When thinking of this final edition of The McDuffie Mirror, I went to the online archives and found my first column. It was the June 9, 2005, edition, and the headline was "A crash course in McDuffie County.
The seven-mile drive south on U.S. 421 changes everything. Between Medaryville and Francesville you leave the edge of the once endless swamp and enter the still endless prairie.
The towns, once proud rivals, now proudly share a high school.
I haven't been with The Mirror very long. I came in January after being unemployed for five months.
In the past, I wrote for a small weekly newspaper in North Augusta. I loved getting to know the people and telling their stories.
Rodeo Nights - an annual fundraiser for the Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation - is scheduled for April 20-22 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. The eighth annual event is sponsored by Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc.
"Once I had a bird come in from a race and zoom by me and circle around to come into the loft, and then he flew back by in a big arc with a hawk after him. Pretty amazing birds, that even after flying for 200 miles, they can still outrun a hawk.