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Jim Wikcox: Braves Moving

By   /  November 12, 2013  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet The Atlanta Braves made the stunning announcement Monday that they’re leaving downtown Atlanta, their home for almost 50-years, for the suburbs and a 672-million dollar new stadium at the traffic-choked intersection of Interstates 75 and 285 in Cobb County. That means Turner Field is likely headed for the wrecking ball, even though it’s only [...]

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The challenges of the news

By   /  September 17, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet There are challenges being in the news industry.  We are, justifiably, held to a high standard when it comes to getting our facts right.  When any news agency blows it, we all look bad and it’s not hard to understand why.  However, getting it right isn’t as easy as it may seem. Friday evening, [...]

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DISH ready to sign deal if Raycom commits to market rates

By   /  August 6, 2013  /  Community  /   Comments

Tweet Special to the Journal ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 5, 2013 – DISH customers in 36 markets remain in the dark today despite DISH’s (NASDAQ: DISH) commitment to pay market rates to retransmit Raycom stations. The following statement is attributable to Sruta Vootukuru, DISH director of programming: “DISH is ready to sign a deal right now [...]

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WALB named 2013 Georgia’s “Community Service Station of the Year”.

By   /  June 10, 2013  /  Press Releases  /   Comments

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Tweet Stations for all Georgia cities outside Atlanta were in competition. . Also “Gabby” awards for: “Best Sportscaster”, “Best Sportscast”, and for “Best Sports Series”, “Murray”.

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Newspaper Changes

By   /  October 10, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet The newspaper business in this country has a proud history and it’s no stretch to say print journalists played an important role in some of our country’s most important events and eras.  

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SPLOST Forums

By   /  June 30, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /   Comments

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Tweet     There’s much debate about the proposed new transportation tax that Georgians will vote on July 31st.  According to the Chamber of Commerce, this regional tax will create more than $15,000 jobs, will have a $500 million economic impact on Southwest Georgia, and If it passes, the revenue generated in our area is [...]

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Thanks Big Steve

By   /  June 16, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   Far too often, we get caught up in our own little worlds.  Our work, our families, our bills, in other words, ourselves. We don’t take the time to pause, to do many things we should do.

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SCHOOL SYSTEM BOND

By   /  May 24, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   There’s yet another instance of poor judgment by top administrators in the Dougherty County School System. Superintendent  Joshua Murfree and Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer reimbursed parents for bond money after they complained about their daughter’s arrest at school. The school board attorney says that may be an unlawful expenditure of school system money, [...]

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Voters should decide Consolidation

By   /  May 21, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   We hope Commissioners will finally allow voters to decide the City / County Consolidation, issue, as one obvious answer to our budget shortfall. The City now struggles with financial problems, which may mean a 1.33 mil tax increase for property owners.  City Manager James Taylor says he can balance the budget without a [...]

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CHARTER SCHOOLS

By   /  April 1, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet You’ll get a chance to decide whether to change the state Constitution to make it easier to start charter schools.  Both the state House and Senate passed a Constitutional amendment referendum that will go on the ballot in November.  It would clarify state law after the state Supreme Court ruled the Georgia Charter Schools [...]

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