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Find some shade

It's too hot for anything.

Too hot to play golf. Too hot to fish. Definitely too hot to cut grass.

And I can't believe school is already in session, which means area football and softball players are spending part of their days in the hot sun, readying their games for the upcoming seasons.

At Briarwood, the softball team has been practicing for a few weeks, and the football team is in the middle of steaming two-a-days.

At THS, softball tryouts were Tuesday, and the football team hit the field Wednesday - after spending part of the summer in passing league workouts.

The smacking of the bats and the cracking of the helmets are welcome sounds to the ears of local sports fans. It means the regular season is right around the corner:

  • The Lady Bucs' first game is Aug. 10 at Briarwood.

  • The Lady Dogs start their season at home on Aug. 15.

  • The Bucs' first football game is Aug. 31 (yes, a Thursday) at Edmund Burke in Waynesboro.

  • Thomson's first game - not counting scrimmages - is Sept. 1, on the road against Salem.

    In the meantime, be mindful of the heat. Drink plenty of fluids, take plenty of breaks and don't over-do it. And, while you are at it, keep the family of the Rockdale County student that passed away early Tuesday after a voluntary football practice in your prayers.

    I had to smile when I read about Briarwood's new picnic area near their football field, which was built in memory of Brandon Norman and Will Holley - two great friends who both left this earth too early.

    That picnic area is destined to be a favorite hangout during games, and is dedicated to two young men who will long be remembered - not only by Briarwood faithful, but in our community as well.

    For each one of you who complain about having nothing to do in McDuffie County, I hope there is a response to Roger Greene's survey for a local bowling alley. Mr. Greene is providing our community a rare opportunity: to critique and offer input on a business before it is built.

    Mr. Greene deserves a pat on the back for being willing to help bring such a project to town. And he's certainly going about it the right way.

    Of course, the project is not a done deal, but there is one thing you can be assured of: If there's no local support, it will not be built.

    You can find the survey at It's simple to fill out, and will only take a minute or so. That's not a lot of time to help shape the future of our community.

    Web posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2006

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