Morning Reads for National Banana Split Day (August 25)

Good morning! While you’re reading this, I’m probably in Hancock County getting a COVID test. No, I’m not symptomatic. However, I work at one of Georgia’s public universities, where we are not requiring any sensible mitigation measures, so the likelihood I’ve been exposed to COVID this past week is in the code red “extreme risk” group according to I’m trying to keep everyone around me safe, so off I’ve trotted to Sparta, where they have continued to offer COVID testing appointments, unlike most of the county health departments in Georgia. To be clear, Baldwin County is testing on Mondays and Fridays, but I missed Monday’s testing period and thought the better of waiting until Friday. If your county health department is not offering testing, now would be the time to find out why, and where it’s possible for you to get a test periodically. There’s also home testing available. Y’all, please stay safe out there, and please get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so!

On a much more lighthearted note, it’s National Banana Split Day, and y’all know what that means, right? Yes, you should definitely go get some ice cream. Not being a big banana split person myself, about as close as I’m going to get to eating one is a scoop of Haagen-Dazs banana peanut butter chip.

Moving on to the news…

Pat Conroy

Alice Walker

Flannery O’Connor

  • Three evacuees out of Afghanistan have given birth at Ramstein Air Base in Germany – one of which was born on the aircraft itself.

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