22 May 2018

Kayla's Corner, 5/22/18: Your Pie & the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

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Welcome back to the Corner, a place for details on food & fun, cool destinations & local happenings.

For this week's food spot I'd like to talk about one of my favorite places in Covington - Your Pie. I just love their Pizza, and based on the crowds you see there - a lot of other folks do too! Owned by Ross Bradley, a city of Monroe councilman, this place is a little bit different in a very good way!


First off, you get to make your own pizza. Well, not literally, but you get to pick out the type of dough, sauce & all the fixins'. I usually get the regular pie with the traditional marinara sauce, a mix of fresh & shredded mozzarella & most times will just get garlic, onions & mushrooms. Oh my goodness, it is just Too. Darn. Good! And with a very reasonable price & an efficient, nice staff, you can get in & out on your lunch break even when it's busy (which, again, it usually is).

They also do pint nights on Thursday with live music & have other events & specials. "Pye" day on March 14th is always a major event when they sell their pizzas for $3.14! A surprisingly good beer & wine selection just adds to this impressive place. I highly recommend it! 







For destinations this week, I'd like to mention one of the coolest spots in all of Georgia - the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Named after the late famed hunter & writer (and next-door neighbor to TPC editor Marshall McCart when he was growing up - he's got some cool stories to tell about this), this 6,400 acre center managed by the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources really is amazing! Hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, you name it! In addition to those activities, they also have a shooting range. 



The centerpiece of Charlie Elliott  is the Visitor's Center & Museum where you can learn so much about so many things related to wildlife & nature. Also, it has an exact replica of Mr. Charile's den/living room. The center also has a banquet facility, conference rooms & a 28-room lodge. It really is a special place!

Well okay, guys. That'll do it for this time. See you all next week! 



Author of TPC recurring piece, "Kayla's Corner," Ms. Leasure is originally a Walton Co. gal who studied marketing & advertising & loves the beach, the woods & her dogs while keeping herself busy with multiple projects & endeavors. She has her finger on the pulse of the home county like no other & is always "keeping an eye on Covington." A beautiful lady, inside & out, it is The Chronicles' true privilege to have her talents as part of our team. 


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21 May 2018

TPC Realpolitik: Primary Day is Here!


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Greetings, you fantabulous readers, and welcome back to The Chronicles - Your Source for the REAL Story. Well, it's finally that time. Tomorrow is primary day in the great state of Georgia, and not a moment too soon. The way things have been devolving at the top of the ticket, I was really starting to wonder if we were going to see a throwback to the ole days of fisticuffs & possibly a duel (unfortunately the state legislature outlawed those some years back. BTW, that could be a campaign plank that could get some real traction for a future state legislator - "Bring back duels - thin the political herd!" Combine that with the legalization of horse racing, doing away with the time change & a "Legalize & Grow Weed Like Tomatoes" platform & I truly think you'd have a winner. But I digress...) 

The publication has endorsed precisely two candidates in this primary election cycle:

- David Shafer for Lt. Governor 

- Josh McKoon for Secretary of State
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And that won't be changing; however, I will be mentioning a couple folks I'll be voting for along with the usual snarky & at times bizarre commentary that you've grown to love here at the original TPC.

The GOV of GA (GOP)

Well, well, well...what can be said about this crop of gubernatorial candidates that hasn't already been said about Afghanistan - bombed out & depleted. But seriously, it's pretty much a general consensus out there that this has been an underwhelming group & that impression has only been reinforced it seems. Cagle, the moderate establishment guy w/ the weird eyes; Kemp, the more right-leaning establishment guy; Williams; and then the one guy that this writer was seriously considering until he started acting like a political hack - Tippins. So, that pretty much leaves me where I was last fall. I'll be voting for Hunter Hill. Not an ideal candidate, in my opinion, but certainly the best of the bunch.

Lt. GOV 

Shafer. The Man. The Myth. The Legend

As mentioned previously, I'll be voting for David Shafer. But, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention, in a very negative light, his main opponent in this race, Geoff Duncan. I've previously written about this fella in my endorsement of Shafer, so I'll leave it to the Pros on this one. From fellow muckraker & GOP political watcher Bill Simon

"With Geoff Duncan for Lt. Governor, we are dealing with a great...big...liar. In all of his literature, as well as online Website, Duncan has sought to erase a significant part of his true past: His 5 years in the Georgia State Legislature.

And, of course, in erasing that 5-years, he's hiding his track-record of being a quitter at least three times in his life.  And, if you're a quitter, well, of course you would seek tohide that truth with half of the truth about yourself, right?

His campaign website promotes the following summary about him: "He is a former professional pitcher and trailblazing entrepreneur who has thrived in the private sector. Team Duncan is ready to bring home another win for Georgia’s families and businesses."

Yeah...umm, that's not really quite accurate.  You see, the first time Duncan quit was when he quit his undergraduate education to (attempt) to, become a professional baseball player.

The 2nd time he quit was in the supposed profession of baseball, but he never actually made it to the pros, as this excerpt from a 2017 article published in InsiderAdvantage.com discloses:

"Duncan quit the House having accomplished nothing of significance, just like he dropped out of Georgia Tech without earning a degree.  He claims to have played Major League Baseball for the Florida Marlins, but check his record.  He played for unknown minor league teams like the Kade County Cougars and Utica Blue Sox.  He claims to be a serial entrepreneur.  Nonetheless his business career has consisted of brief stints as a home builder and a salesman of promotional products.  His current ‘job’ is running for office.”

The capper for Duncan is that, while he claims to be "an outsider, not beholden to the good 'ole boys", he has a track record of kissing the hind-quarters of the biggest good 'ole boy in the State Legislature: Speaker David Ralston.

And, so, with his quitting of a do-nothing career in the Georgia State Legislature (and his deliberate hiding of that fact), he's a 3-time quitter.  Doesn't sound like much of a "trailblazing leader" to us...does he to you?"



Zing! 
McKoon, For The Win! 

Secretary of State 

Again, Josh McKoon is the clear choice in this race.

Insurance Commissioner & most of the rest?  I might skip it; I may not. I will NOT be voting for Tricia Pridemore for PSC, though.

And here locally, if I was in the 4th District of Newton Co., I'd definitely vote for Spencer Arnhart for Commissioner. 


Well, that'll do it for this go 'round. Happy Trails.

-
MB McCart





19 May 2018

Sweet Petunia Blues Festival in Porterdale Today From 12 to 7PM

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5/19/18

Kicking off at 12 noon today at the Historic Porter Gymnasium will be the Sweet Petunia Blues Festival, a celebration of Oxford native & Piedmont Blueswoman Cora Mae Bryant. Ms. Cora was a highly regarded musician & singer & was the daughter of famed Bluesman Curly Weaver who played with Blind Willie McTell back in the day. 




From the press release: 
"The blues festival will be held in Porterdale on May 19th at the downtown open-air gym.
The festival is to honor the memory of Cora Mae Bryant, a blues vocalist and musician from
Newton County whose stage name was Sweet Petunia.  Her son, Tony Bryant, has organized a
dozen blues groups to perform from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. and features a special appearance
by Tony Bryant and his blues band.

Cora Mae’s father and Tony’s grandfather was Curley Weaver, a blues musician from Newton County
who grew up near Porterdale.  Curley did duets with Blind Willie McTell, who wrote the song
“Statesboro Blues” covered by The Allman Brothers Band in the early 1970s.  The famous blues
club in Atlanta on Highland Ave. is named for Blind Willie.

The open-air gym is a great venue in downtown Porterdale.  The large old cotton mill along the
South River is now loft apartments.  There are stores, restaurants, and bars nearby.
The gym has a covered stage—attendees are asked to bring folding chairs.  Attendees can go in and
out of the event after being stamped so they can walk around downtown, visit the stores,
restaurants, and bars downtown, and view the South River dam and shoals nearby.

Fatt Matt’s Rib Shack, another famous blues venue in Atlanta, is providing barbecue for sale.
Beer and wine will also be for sale inside the venue.  This should really be a great time for all.
Many  modern British and American bands were heavily influenced by the blues, including  
The Rolling Stones, Cream (Eric Clapton’s band), Led Zeppelin, The Jimmy Hendrix Experience,
and The Allman Brothers Band—to name just a few.


Admission is only eight dollars—a great deal for a music festival in these days of sky-high live
music ticket prices.  

We hope to see you there. Remember to bring your folding chairs."





This should be a great event down in the lovely mill village.


17 May 2018

[TPC] - Feature Column by Perrin Lovett: "Rank Hypocrisy: Gun Control Charlatans vs the NRA"

Rank Hypocrisy: Gun Control Charlatans vs. the NRA

A Piece by Contributing Writer Perrin Lovett

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Like with a really bad drug trip, there’s a disconnect with reality when it comes to liberals and guns in America. Despite Americans being the most heavily armed people in the world and concurrently being among the safest, most responsible people in the world, some on the left just don’t get it. The safest of the safe, the most competent of gun owners, tend to be members of the National Rifle Association.




Yet, whenever something bad happens … or is contrived, the NRA gets undue blame. For instance: a few weeks ago an older, out-of-touch, politically-motivated Georgia man penned his sly emotional sentiment: “the NRA has taken over”. I didn’t hear him audibly say it, but I imagine his tone and inflection was something like Palpatine’s “the Jedi are taking over!” Same sort of lie and motivation.


He claimed that 80% of Americans, including gun owners, want more “common sense” gun control. When one hears a gun controller call for “common sense,” one can safely assume the caller has none.


As best I can tell, his touted percentage comes from an informal poll among select NPR listeners. Something tells me not to trust the figure. NPR took their poll shortly after the Parkland, Florida high school shooting. Gallup also ran a post-Parkland poll, among teachers, and only found 33% support for more “common sense” nonsense. I’m even suspicious of those findings, especially given the hysteria associated with Parkland.




Of course, we know little about that particular crime, except that the NRA was not involved in any way, shape, or form. (Come to think of it, the NRA and its members are never involved in any mass shootings and very few crimes in general. Hmm…). We do know that government keeps changing the official narrative, in evolving CYA fashion.


The government ran (and abused) programs which contributed to the tragedy and then the blame falls on the NRA. Hypocrisy? Well, yes. That’s kind of the calling card of the anti-gun, anti-freedom left. The new poster child of the dissembler cause is the former “teen steam’ queen herself, actress Alyssa Milano. This fading flower of a mountebank attended an anti-NRA rally accompanied by her own armed bodyguards.


In her defense, she qualified the discrepancy as follows: “I’m an important star! I, like totally, need protection. It’s not like you little, poor people. I mean, you … probably live in trailers. I can’t even…” That may not be a direct quote but it perfectly captures the essence of her actions. By the way, don’t bring this up - she’s sensitive about the truth coming out. Hypocrites have feelings too.


Now, dear practical political fans, don’t get all partisan just yet. The hypocrisy isn’t limited to the left. Some “conservatives” are cucking hard on the NRA and “common sense.” For instance, Oklahoma’s Republican Governess just vetoed a “Constitutional carry” law supported by the NRA. That means she thinks the common folk need government permission to bear arms. I once read something about infringement. Can’t quite recall where or what that was from. I also remember something about recalling governors. And there was something about conservatives failing to conserve anything. Anyway...


Back to the “common sense” geezer; he wrote, “Let us save our children!” That’s a funny battle cry from a man whose political party has championed the murder of tens of millions of children since 1973. Then again, hypocrisy is the theme of the day.


There is a kind of method to this leftist madness. It makes perverse sense that they start (well, continue) the quest for greater gun and freedom control by targeting the innocent NRA membership. These types usually begin by targeting a small segment of the population. Hitler, for instance, targeted Jews with the Weapons Control Act of 1938. That particular charlatan had ulterior motives. Odds are, ours do too.





Fellow Terry College of Business (UGA) grad Brother Perrin Lovett is a true renaissance gentleman & scholar. A recovering attorney, he's into guns & cigars, and the US Constitution. A published authorPrepper columnist & YouTube personality, and an acclaimed blogger, TPC is very proud to have our old friend on board as the C.F. Floyd Feature Writer of National Affairs

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16 May 2018

McKoon the Clear Choice for Secretary of State: A TPC Editorial Endorsement

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Josh McKoon, Republican State Senator from Columbus, is an attorney by trade & is the clear choice, in our opinion, for Secretary of State of Georgia in the GOP primary on May 22nd.

McKoon is known throughout the great state of Georgia as a staunch defender of individual liberties and one of the most effective advocates for ethics reform & government transparency that we've ever had under the Gold Dome. In fact, the cap on lobbyist gifts that was introduced by McKoon was really the first major ethics law governing state legislators in Georgia's history.

Furthermore, McKoon was on the front lines of mandating a 24-hour review period for all new legislation as well as being the driving force for what many in Georgia politics refer to as "The Josh" -  the video & audio recording system that makes it possible for live streams of all Senate conference meetings. 


While sometimes considered a lightning rod & at times a target of derision of some of his colleagues for some of his unyielding stances & the refusal to compromise on his principles, McKoon has time & time again in his seven year career as a state legislator surprised & silenced his critics with his incredible knack for getting the things done that conventional wisdom said couldn't be done. 

I've had the opportunity to talk with Josh a few times over the years & I'm here to tell you - he's the real deal. First off, I believe him to be absolutely brilliant. I really do. Also, his love, passion & belief in the founding principles of Liberty, Justice & Equity is such a breath of fresh air in this era of uninspired, milquetoast politicians.

But why should Mr. McKoon be the official custodian & keeper of the Great Seal of Georgia? Why should he be the next Secretary of State to follow in the tradition of Milton, Barnett, Cleland & Handel? Well, in addition to what we've already covered, he has a great vision for this all-too-important Constitutional office. 




For years there's been a general sense of distrust in Georgia's elections & voting results that has only intensified the last few years. Getting rid of these dinosaurs that we've been using as our voting machines is a major objective (and bonus points awarded for doing a video reenacting the classic scene from "Office Space" that, to me, has been one the highlights of this entire election cycle). Josh understands that ensuring verification of our votes, protecting the voters' data & re-inspiring the confidence in our elections is paramount for our next SOS, as is requiring photo ID to vote & making sure that only qualified electors cast votes in our elections. 


As for professional licensing, the other main responsibility of the Secretary of State of Georgia, McKoon is dedicated to a limited-government approach to majorly reforming the licensure process to benefit and behoove commerce, business & enterprise, being a firm believer in the notion that the government that governs best is the one that governs least. 

Josh McKoon, Republican for Secretary of State

It is the pleasure of The Chronicles & its Editor, MB McCart, to endorse Josh McKoon for Georgia Secretary of State. 

*Ed. note: this is the second & final endorsement of TPC  in this primary cycle. We've previously endorsed David Shafer for Lt. Governor. 

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15 May 2018

On the C-town Beat: Tax Assessments Crazy AF? Meeting Room Wars? NCSO Exodus?

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Greetings, fabulous readers. What's the word on the street?

The tax assessment situation has now gotten officially beyond ludicrous. There have been multiple additional instances of incredulous valuation increases on top of the several TPC had already been made aware of. I think most real estate & finance professionals would tell you that some parts of our county have perhaps seen rates of appreciation of 10-15% in the last year; not, however, valuation increases of 40%; nor of 87%,; and certainly not over 200%.

Upon first glance, it appears that the Board of Assessors are getting very aggressive with their valuation & assessment techniques. We'd hope they're not practicing the illegal act of "sales chasing." Not to cast any aspersions on anybody, but what we've witnessed here in the home county just doesn't seem possible. We certainly understand that there is a methodology used that places emphasis on comparative sales, but not at the numbers we're seeing.

This publication reached out to the Newton Co. Tax Assessor's office to try to speak with the Chief Appraiser, Marcus Jordan. I was informed that he was in class until Friday & not available until then. I asked the lady who answered the phone if there was anyone else in the office that could answer some questions & she responded that there was not. In the meantime, I'm going to send him an email.

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Various people & media outlets covered the recent flap concerning allegations made by Gene Wills, the 2nd Vice-Chair of the Newton Dems, at the most recent Covington council meeting that the Newton Co. GOP was getting preferential treatment in the form of getting to meet for free at the Covington Municipal Airport's meeting room.

What Mr. Wills later found out, and what many others knew to be true - including the Chair of the Newton Dems, was that several different groups & organizations had been meeting at the airport, free of charge, as the the airport was trying to drum up interest & exposure for the facility with a plan of eventually instituting a fee schedule.

Later, in a public post on Facebook, "Bunt Harvey," Gene Wills' alleged Facebook persona, made accusations of racism & later described the act of some persons who were correcting his false assumptions as "a lynching."

Rhetoric like this is, in our estimation, completely beyond the pale. It serves no productive purpose, and it discounts 400 years of struggle & history.

It's 2018...

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According to our sources, more deputies have left the Newton County Sheriff's Office the last few weeks continuing a trend that's been seen the last several months. According to one source - "people are jumping ship...they feel like things aren't getting better."

Also, as we understand it, several shifts are still undermanned - including the night shift - because they simply don't have the deputies to fill the slots.

If true, this is a concerning situation. 

That's it for now.






12 May 2018

Update on the Spillers Park Situation


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5/12/18


As The Chronicles reported about a month ago, several volunteers of all backgrounds, including Spencer Arnhart, candidate for BOC4, took it upon themselves to fix up Spillers Park, the long-neglected Newton Co. Recreation Dept. park in the Green Acres/Nelson Heights neighborhood.

But then a couple of days later & the park was closed down & the mulch was removed. It was said the mulch that was provided by the Newton Co. government was not of "park-grade" caliber, though much investigation by TPC & others could never verify if this was even a thing, and the fact that other parks throughout Covington & Newton Co. used the same mulch.

Many felt like this was a situation of playing politics as it may have been having an adverse effect on the incumbent of the 4th district. Inquiries by this publication as to guidelines used in qualifying the mulch, or the official who ordered the removal of the mulch & the closing of the park have gone unanswered by Newton Co. in the last several weeks.

So we went down to Spillers Park today, May 12th, to see where things were at.

As you can see, the park is still closed. Over a month & nothing has been done.



Well, one thing was done - the Newton County Recreation Commission sign for Spillers Park was taken down. 


Another example of government inefficiency? You decide...

Til next time.

-MBM