• Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp visited Wadley last week and toured Battle Lumber Company, one of the largest hardwood sawmill operations in the southeast. Kemp, shown here touring the facility with Tommy Battle, said that he had passed by the facility many times and when the opportunity became available to tour it, he jumped at the chance. Kemp said he was impressed with the company’s scope and operations. At bottom left, Kemp poses with Battle Lumber operators and Jefferson County officials who joined him for the tour of the facility.

Community

The 16th Annual Summer Gospel Concert sponsored by Dr. Michael L. Lewis and the 100-Voice Metro Mass Choir will feature acclaimed recording artist Monica Lisa Stevenson of Atlanta in a free concert on July 11, at 5 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church.

Opinion

You’ve probably seen the hilarious man-on-the-street videos of Americans who seem to have little grasp of either current events or American history.

While entertaining, the videos are all a bit horrifying, in that they reveal a level of ignorance and apathy that is wholly incompatible with a self-governed nation.

No such nation can long endure if its citizens don’t know what’s gone on before, what’s going on now, who’s doing it, and how our system even works.

Yet, increasingly, that appears to be the case in the United States.