2008-01-23 / Editorial

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By Bonnie K. Taylor General Manager The True Citizen

I was glad to hear the Uptown Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center was named the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

Charlie was a great man and a great congressman. The bill to rename the facility in his honor was sponsored by Georgia's congressional delegation and signed into law by President Bush.

In making the presentation, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal of Georgia's 9th District said, "It is fitting and proper that from this day forward, the veterans who receive care in this facility will know that there was a congressman who cared about them, and his name was Charlie Norwood."

****** Congratulations to our district attorney, Danny Craig. Gov. Sonny Perdue called and asked Danny to fill the seat of Augusta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge for the remaining year of retiring Judge Neal W. Dickert.

Danny is a Christian and he is a hard working man that is tough on criminals. The citizens of Burke, Richmond and Columbia counties are blessed to have Danny as their district attorney and now their judge.

An editorial in The Augusta Chronicle quoted Danny as saying, "It's in the judicial system that people come into the most direct contact with their government. It's the judge who sets the tone for the perception of the quality of justice that prevails in that courtroom. A bad tone has a ripple effect throughout the entire county."

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Assistant Waynesboro Fire Chief Robert Parrish has been keeping a secret from many local folks.

Sunday at Botsford Baptist Church our piano player got up from the piano and headed to the back of the church prior to the offertory hymn. I thought is was unusual but maybe the sound system needed attention. Within seconds the most beautiful piano playing began. It sounded like a concert pianist playing hymns in keys I did not recognize. It was so uplifting.

I did not recognize the pianist. He went on to play "Amazing Grace," and it sent chills up my spine. It was so inspirational.

At the end of his playing our pastor, the Rev. Wayne Dixon, stood at the pulpit. He introduced the gentleman. I did not catch his name, but he is Robert's daddy.

At the end of the service I told Robert how much I enjoyed his dad's music presentation. Robert jokingly said, "I taught him everything he knows!"

Our church is so blessed to have talented folks in our congregation.

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