October 23, 2013

Mark Millican: They’re ba-ack!

“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” — The Eagles, 1977

It’s felt that way if you’ve worked in downtown Ellijay the last couple of weeks, especially on Fridays. Traffic coming into town for the Apple Festival or the annual “leaf looking” tours will hesitantly let you out, but begrudgingly let you back in. Judging by how hard it is to find a parking space, the parking lot here at the Times-Courier seems to be a premium locale for tourists launching into local restaurants and shops, and most of our regular customers know to visit us early in the day.

Otherwise, you may need to bring a bar of soap to wash out your mouth from those words you thought you’d forgotten. And it’s not just that there are so many visitors, it’s that some of them drive ... so ... slowly ... to see what’s in the store windows as they creep by.

Nevertheless, we’re thankful for those who visit our fair town to gander around and go antiquing — and of course, buy a copy of the newspaper.

Speaking of creepy, have you driven into Ellijay late at night recently? Myself, I’m an early riser who may get up at 4:30 or 5 a.m., but hardly ever past 5:30. Yes, my time as one of Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children (the U.S. Marine Corps) ruined me forever from sleeping late. Conversely, that means by 8 or 9 p.m. my motor has pretty much ground down. Call me before then if you want me to make sense.

So, if we’re ever coming through town in October from a function after dark I’m already tired, and then I’m freaked out. That’s right — Ellijay’s “Standing Dead” are everywhere, those “scarecrows” dreamed up by the chamber of commerce. Even in broad daylight driving around the square I keep thinking a tourist is going to bolt right in front of me from their standing position there at the curb.

“The Walking Dead” have nothing on this town.

Text Only
  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014

  • Citizen of the Week: Jonathan Rose

    Running for exercise is a popular hobby among many local residents, but at least one racing enthusiast plans to take his fun a step further today.

    April 11, 2014

  • Community champions make world a better place

    We sometimes think a good community is one with attractive buildings, well-kept homes and beautiful parks. But buildings, homes and parks, no matter how attractive, don’t make a community. People do.

    April 10, 2014