By Merritt Melancon
On the afternoon of Aug. 21, Georgians will have the opportunity to share in the experience of seeing the summer afternoon sky darken as the moon’s shadow covers the sun, and they are excited.
It’s going to be quite a show, but it’s important that eclipse viewers don’t get so caught up in the hype that they abandon safety, said Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agricultural climatologist.


Last week, our parent company, Morris Communications, announced an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group to GateHouse Media. The News and Farmer / The Jefferson Reporter is part of this sale. GateHouse will acquire 11 daily newspapers, numerous other weeklies as well as various online assets.
While we fully expect some internal changes to occur, we at this newspaper remain dedicated to our readers, our community and our mission to provide quality, honest, ethical and objective journalism to the people of Jefferson and Glascock counties.