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Dukes’ 911 thoughts still relevant 22 years after attack

(Editor’s note: The following is a letter to the editor penned by the late Charles Dukes and published in the September 18, 2001 edition of The Herald Gazette following the terrorist attacks on our country a week prior. Dukes died this summer on the morning of his 88th birthday following a brief illness. This letter was read at his funeral on July 31 by his son John Dukes. The Dukes family resided on Thomaston Street here for many years and opened their home and hearts to every charitable need laid before them.)

Dear Editor:
Last week’s scenario is still in some ways unreal, like some novel by Tom Clancy, like something that can be put on a shelf and rendered harmless by moving on to another and less apocalyptic story. But, it is real, causing a relative quiet to settle over the day to day conduct of things – no sports spectacles, no boiling crowds in airports, no boiling crowds anywhere for that matter.

Routines are altered by an attitude of watchfulness – not the cringe of fear, but the quiet resolve to join in the task of, once more, confronting and destroying an evil that threatens the entire free world.

It is a new type of battlefield but an old story: the corrosive evil of militant and deadly fundamental religion that preaches death to anyone who doesn’t agree with it.

Once again, God is asked to take sides in his own name. Once again, we face warfare over the question of who is right about God, which is the wrong question to begin with. Warfare over that question makes everyone wrong, for no one, no group, no nation, has the ultimate answer to the existence of the object of our neurobiological urge for order and control.

Mankind still ignores the lesson of God’s answer for Moses: “I am…”. There is no further possibility of description without limiting and thereby negating the idea of a God. God is simply beyond the most complex religions possible – not detached from them, for they are all like fingers pointing to the moon, all to some degree externalizing mankind’s yearning for absolute truth.

Absolute truth cannot be found at this stage in our planet’s history, but enough can be found in the hearts of all who love their neighbor, even if that love is the kind that responds only when it is needed.

Now the world knows what Americans have always known; we are a community, a neighborhood bound invisibly together in all our diversity and ready to sweep aside all distinctions in order to love our neighbor when they need it. That, after all, is the definition of freedom.

Charles Dukes

Trojans win thriller in Manchester

The Lamar County Trojans (2-2) built a 17-6 lead then held on to defeat #2 Manchester (2-1) 17-14 Friday night on the road.

7:22 1st qtr: LC 7 MAN 0: Ty Head 1 yard TD run. Caleb Miller PAT.

11:53 2nd qtr: LC 7 MAN 6: MAN 2 yard TD run. PAT blocked by Terry Welch.

2:34 2nd qtr: LC 14 MAN 6: Head 46 yard TD run. Miller PAT.

0:47.1 2nd qtr: LC 17 MAN 6: Miller 37 yard FG. KEY PLAY: Fumble recovery by Bryson Johnson.

HALF: 17-6

2:17 4th qtr: LC 17 MAN 14: Man 3- yard TD run. Two point PAT good.

FINAL: 17-14

Man lifeflighted after fall from bucket truck

A man was lifeflighted to a Macon trauma center Friday afternoon after a 40-50 foot fall fall from a bucket truck. The man was working with a tree crew at a home at 167 Fellowship Dr. when a tree fell on the body of the truck and jostled him out of the extended bucket.

He was lifeflighted from the open area adjacent to the Milner fire station.

More to follow…

Buggy Days are here again

The 49th annual Buggy Days Festival kicks off this weekend with the annual Miss Buggy Days Pageant at the Fine Arts Center. Registration for pageant entrants has closed.

The main event week begins Tuesday, Sept. 12 with the return of Almost Anything Goes, a series of games pitting local teams against each other. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Summers Field Park.

The official festival kickoff party will be held Thursday, Sept. 14 at Mangia on Main from 7-10 p.m.

The big weekend gets underway at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 with the Buggython Road Race. There will be certified 5K and 10K road races and a two mile fun walk.

Early registration (postmarked by Sept. 6) fees are $20 for those 13 and over, $15 for those under 13 and $10 for the fun walk. After the early registration deadline, those fees go to $25, $20 and $10.

Sponsors are still being sought for the road race which will benefit the recreation department and Boys & Girls Club. For more information, contact Kathryn Green at 678.572.7723.

The traditional arts and crafts fair opens downtown at 9 a.m. and runs through 6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Buggy Blast Kids Park will be open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday in the United Bank parking lot. During those same hours and across the street in the Stafford Block parking lot there will be an area cordoned off for gellyball games and axe throwing.

A new venue this year is the special events area in front of the old B&L convenience store building at the corner of Taylor Street and College Drive. That area will host the car show from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday and a corn hole tournament from 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

The Buggy Days parade will form up at the Gordon College parking lots of College Drive and hit the usual course at 2 p.m.

Soundwave, a musical extravaganza featuring multiple local acts, will be held Saturday evening at Summers Field Park. Attendees will have a front row seat for the fireworks show. Fuses will be lit at 9:30 p.m.

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Trojans fall 33-28

The Lamar County Trojans (1-2) lost to Dublin to take on the Fighting Irish (2-0) 33-28 Friday night.

Other scores of interest:

South Atlanta 24 Heard County 21

Ola 44 Jackson 7

George Walton Academy 14 Social Circle 7

Wilkinson County 30 Crawford County 6

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