Tim Chitwood

Tim Chitwood: Midwinter of our voting discontented

It's gonna' be cold, it's gonna' be gray, and it's gonna' last you for the rest of your life: It's Monday Mail.

Groundhog Day

Tuesday is Groundhog Day, again, and you know what that means.

That means our opening today is from the Bill Murray movie, and winter's half over.

The vernal equinox will be 12:30 a.m. Sunday, March 20. So that Saturday would be a good time to throw a party, to celebrate the sun's crossing the equator to our Northern Hemisphere as the tilted Earth leans into it instead of away while revolving around our star.

Space balls

Speaking of space measured by time, Georgians have a limited amount left to register to vote in the March 1 presidential preference primary featuring Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Larson uh Marco Polo, Deb Bush, Pan Paul, Miss Pigsty, Uncle Bernie, Dame Hillary ... some other people, maybe.

It's going to be a wild ride, so don't wait in line like it's Disney World. Get in on the ground up.

Go online to www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP to be sure you're registered, and if you're not, go to https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov to sign up.

Early voting here starts Monday, Feb. 8, in the community room of the Citizens Services Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday until Feb. 26.

You also can vote there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two Saturdays, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20.

This early primary is supposed to make the South relevant to presidential campaigns, but of course that means only the Republican Primary, because the South's solid as a rock Republican.

State leaders call this the SEC or Southeastern Conference primary because it includes Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, the most Southern states tallying totals together since Super Tuesday 1992, when Democrat Bill Clinton actually won some.

So don't wait for the insanity to begin. Get out in front of it.

Vote early, and often.

Heart to heart

Have you made Valentine's Day plans? If not, consider Seale, Ala.:

The Old Russell County Courthouse Commission ... is hosting a Valentine's Dance on Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 to 11 p.m. EST at the Old Russell County Courthouse. Food and Entertainment will be provided.

Live music by The Tag Williams Band!

Attire: Semi-Formal.

This event is held to raise money to maintain this historic site. The Valentine's Dance is open to the public....

To reserve your ticket a $25 donation is requested. Please call 334-298-3303 or 334-298-0869.

Heather Tharpe.

Dear Heather:

So, cash bar, BYOB or leave it in the car?

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.