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There has been some sort of “Super Bug” living in my house the past few months. Herman began getting sick just before Thanksgiving and after many weeks of being he merely had a virus a dose of antibiotics fixed his issues. Kat came down with the same thing just after Christmas and a round of antibiotics was all it took for her to get better. I on the other hand have now taken 3 rounds of antibiotics since Thanksgiving. I have gone through an upper respiratory infection, a sinus infections and now I am battling bronchitis.  Here’s hoping that attacking everything in the house with Lysol, Clorox wipes, and straight up bleach will kill it.


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Yesterday was election day.  Holly and I went in to vote around 2 pm.  There was absolutely no line.  I thought it was important for Holly to see the American electoral process in action.  I am not going to tell you who I voted for, but let’s just say that my side didn’t win in every political race.  i was very surprised that no even questioned my having Holly at the voting terminal with me, but I guess that is small town American South for you.  They actually at first thought she was there to vote.

Here are the election resultes from Swainsboro, Georgia as printed in the local paper, The Forest Blade .

Emanuel County preliminary election results are in
Published: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 10:09 PM EST
As of press time on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 13 of 14 precincts reported their unofficial and incomplete voting results. The fourteenth precinct is the provisional precinct, which is where those with difficulty voting are counted. The results for that precinct will be available Thursday.

For County Commissioner District 3, Democratic Incumbent Brad Hooks received 679 votes or 41.28%. Republican Hugh Foskey received 965 votes or 58.66%. There was one write in or 0.06% of the vote.

For Board of Education District 1, Democratic Incumbent Loy D. Cowart received 828 votes or 74.19%. Republican Kennedy Lacue received 287 votes or 25.72%. There was one write in or 0.09% of the vote.

For State House Representative 156, Republican Incumbent Butch Parrish received 5066 votes or 70.99%. Democrat Jonathan McCollar received 2068 votes or 28.98%. There were two write ins or 0.03% of the vote.

For U.S. House 12 Congress, Democratic Incumbent John Barrow received 4283 votes or 55.2%. Republican John Stone received 3474 votes or 44.77%. There were two write ins for 0.03% of the vote.

For President of the United States, Republican John McCain received 5105 votes or 61.96%. Democrat Barack Obama received 3060 votes or 37.14%. Libertarian Bob Barr received 56 votes or 0.68%. There were 18 write ins for 0.22% of the vote.

For U.S. Senate, Republican Incumbent Saxby Chamblis received 4289 votes or 59.61%. Democrat Jim Martin received 3073 votes or 40.78%. Independent Allen Buckley received 171 votes or 2.27%. There were three write ins for 0.04% of the vote.

Copyright © 2008 – The Forest Blade

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Well, Holly has been with us a little over two weeks now.  It has been an adjustment period for everyone involved.  I have finally gotten my room all straightened out and my bathroom is back in order also.  Now I don’t feel like I am living in a hotel room.  It’s back to being an oasis in the middle of the chaos that is life with two teenage girls.

Holly and Kat went to the DEA (David Emanuel Academy) scrimmage game with Kat’s boyfriend, Cameron Friday night.  It was Holly’s first experience with high school football.  They had a good time.  DEA lost the game, but I have been told that is nothing new.

Kelley's dog's puppies a week or so after they were born

Kelley's dog's puppies a week or so after they were born

Today Kat went over to Kelley’s house to help bathe the 1 month old puppies.  Holly was going to until she was invited by another friend to go hang out, etc.  She and her friend from school went to Statesboro and saw The Dark Knight.  It was of course Holly’s second time seeing the movie.  I am glad she is making friends her own age and experiencing life like any other American teenager.

I am trying to plan a girl’s shopping trip to the Tanger outlet in Hilton Head, SC .  I want Herman’s younger sister, Mandy to come along as well.  I think we all need to go do something fun and Holly probably needs some new clothes. The agency and airline would only let her bring 2 suitcases with her.  Even if she only stays 5 months, she didn’t get to bring nearly enough clothes. 

Holly is taking U.S History and a literature course that concentrating on American authors.  This means that I am in a sense repeating U.S. History, 20 years after I graduated high school.  So far the focus of American history is dealing with Unions and the pros & cons of this on society.  I also get to repeat this next year when Kat takes it next year.

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Kat was featured this week in The Forest-Blade (our only local paper ) for winning first and mastering in her project area at the State 4-H Congress last month.  Her project area was Companion Animal Sciences.  We of course are very proud of her and I’m going to buy a few more copies of the paper, so I can frame the article, etc.

Kat with fellow 1st place winner, Whitney Bush

Kat with fellow 1st place winner, Whitney Bush

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Vodpod videos no longer available.

I was messing around on youtube while on hold yesterday and I found an interesting excerpt of a 1940’s film.  I did some research and found the entire movie.  It is called Swainsboro Town Film. The film is 23 minutes long and gives you a sense of what life was like then and still is to some degree in Swainsboro, Ga.  It is posted on a library archive page on the UGA website — http://www.libs.uga.edu/media/collections/georgiarelated/swainsboro.html 

The webpage goes in to how it was saved and restored so that we can view it now.  There are a few places in the film like Coleman Lake that are still around.  It was like a large camping/recreation area with a pool and bowling alleys. The buildings are still there, but now it’s operated mainly as a restaurant without the bowling or swimming.  I plan to do more in depth research to match up places in the film to what they are today.  I know the red brick church at the end of the film is now the Emanuel Arts Center.  There are a few others that I want to double check for I can say for sure.

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Earlier this week, we went through the interview and paperwork portions to qualify to host an exchange student for the upcoming school year.  Her name is Holly and she is from Dusseldorf, Germany.   She is 16, a year older than Katie. I just talked to her on the phone this afternoon and she seems really sweet. Language doesn’t seem like it will be  a barrier. She’s into sports and is very excited to come to the US.  I know you’re thinking why would she want to come to Swainsboro.  Those of you who have been here know there really isn’t a lot here as far as shopping, no movie theater, etc.  During the interview process, we found out that these students want to come to the US to study and see the real America, not the sanitized, homogenized, generic movie version. 


We are really looking forward to showing Holly things around here as well as taking day trips to Savannah, Georgia, Tybee Island, Georgia, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, maybe Disney World, and all around the vastness that is Emanuel County  http://www.cityofswainsboro.org/ .

Hopefully I can use this blog to keep everybody updated on this exciting and wonderful experience

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