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News Columns & Blogs

When student becomes the teacher

In any given teaching career, there are notable times when the classroom teacher takes a back seat to the students, when degrees fall silent to the voices of the children. Most teachers can tell stories of times when the instruction didn’t come from them. It came from the kids. These precious moments are why teachers choose this career – to experience times when compassion enters the classroom and overtakes agendas and curriculum.

Chris Johnson

Go get yourself some cheap sunglasses

This might shock those of you who know me, but I'm not the kind of guy who spends a lot of money on sunglasses — or clothes or restaurants or vehicles or golf courses or technology or tequila or the prescriptions the doctor thinks might keep me alive.

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Lessons from the road

Especially during the last few weeks of a long, tough school year, I started repeating this mantra in my head: be a part of the solution, not the problem. When life or job or family or circumstances in general begin to heighten my anxiety, I need something to help control my actions and reactions or else I’ll impulsively respond, and sometimes that isn’t so pretty. So, I admit it; I talk to myself. Here recently, that little phrase has saved me from much embarrassment.

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We are a blessed community

This is the time of year when the expected happens, when many accomplished students walk across the stage and receive awards everyone knew they would earn. Countless numbers of able-minded youngsters finally receive their just due and see the fruits of their labor acknowledged by others. The end of a school year is certainly quite magical, and more likely than not, most of us have already or will be attending some sort of celebration of student accomplishment before we all head for the beach this summer.

Chris Johnson

It's hard to out-conservative these Georgia boys

I've already cast my ballot this primary season in Georgia. I like early voting because, just as I said last week, I kinda like my elbow room. In fact, if it were up to me, we'd have a holiday where everyone could vote, an early voting period before that and a week before that when only I am allowed to vote.

Caught on Camera: Multiple brawls break out inside Columbus Dollar Tree store

Columbus police said three women and a 14-year-old girl were charged after being involved in a fight Thursday night at the Dollar Tree on Buena Vista Road.