News for Saturday, January 1, 2005

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New Year's traditions vary

By Ed Brock

The 2004 monkey is off my back - Ed Brock

Oh my God, my year is over.

Living in the House of Usher - Justin Boron

The future of my auspicious apartment building is deteriorating with the drop in the temperature.

'Twas the night before Sickmas - Rob Felt

Behold... Christmas Eve, and I lay with a still. On the couch near the tree with a fever and chills.

New Year's: More than a day - Greg Gelpi

Janus, the two-faced Roman god, has one face looking to the past and the other looking to the future.

Past year was full of local sports thrills

By Anthony Rhoads

All my ex-belongings live in Taxes - Bob Paslay

Let me say upfront that I hate taxes and I hate everything about the concept of them. You scrape, you save, you eat hamburger helper with no hamburger (well maybe not that bad), but you put together enough to buy a a house or a car. And then each year you have to buy a part of those two belongings back in taxes. It's the only two things I know you have to keep buying even though it is paid for. Could you imagine going to the mall and buying a new shirt and then at work some tax guy (or gal) comes and rips your shirt off for not paying the continuing tax on it.

New term means new statehouse management

By Michael Davis

Brenda Diane Fredericks

Mrs. Brenda Diane Fredericks, age 58, of McDonough passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004 at Henry Medical Center. She was born Sept. 14, 1946 in Muscogee County, Ga. to the late Howard Dorsey and the late Margaret Joyner Dorsey.

Pets of the Week

Delilah is a 7-month-old, silver tabby domestic medium-hair. She has been spayed and all vaccinations are current. Delilah was turned over to the Clayton County Humane Society as a stray. She has a sweet, bubbly personality, and gets along well with other cats. For more information call the Humane Society at (770) 471-9436. To see other animals available for adoption visit www.claytoncountyhumane.org.

I love consumer products - in moderation - Zach Porter

I have now joined the elite ranks of those cosmopolitan trendsetters who own an iPod. It is the nature of such technological toys that once you plug them in you can't imagine a life without them. In a few years these things will be as common as the cell phone and may replace the traditional ways in which music is bought, sold, and played.

Mildred Estelle Bailey McAdams

Mrs. Mildred Estelle Bailey McAdams, age 87, of McDonough died Dec. 30, 2004 at Sacred Journey Hospice. Mrs. McAdams was born Dec. 29, 1917 in Randolph County, Ala., the daughter of the late Letha Elizabeth Traylor and Omer Leo Bailey. Her husband, William Wallace McAdams, preceded her in death in 1987.

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Trucker killed in I-75 accident

By Michael Davis