Get up offa that thing!

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Whaat? Momma’s feelin’ right funky! I’m talkin’ James Brown! Y’all gotta get up! Yeah! Channelin’ some 70s funk! It’s like the Soul Train over here at the Citizen! Yes! Line Dance! Here comes Monaray Powers and she’s flat kickin’ it! “Get up offa that thing and shake til you feel better . . . get up offa that thing and shake til. . . “ Momma’s up next! “ Holy Smokin’ Sizzle Sass! Momma’s doin’ the back bend! “Get up offa tha. . .” Bangin’ Bongos! She flat can’t get …

Dairy Queen opened on Eatonton Highway

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Ding Dang! All you-know-what has flat broke loose! Honey, times they are a changin’! Hold on honey and get ready! First up, we had the big Dairy Queen open up on Eatonton Highway last Friday to record crowds! Susan Praugh of Madison even got in the line at 6:30 a.m. (I’m talkin’ before the birds were chirpin’) and she got the very first Dairy Queen cake and a $5 meal per week for a dad-gum year! That’s right! Dairy Queen gave $5-meal-a-week-for-a-year gift cards out to the first 50 people …

It’s astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness takes its toll.

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Ding Dang Momma! Don’t tell me we’re gonna hike down this Hard Labor Creek State Park trail! Nobody goes down there . . . Some even say it’s flat enchanted! I’m talkin’ spooky, haunted! Shoot fire! Why’s the air gettin’ all blurry? WHOOOOA Momma! Hold on! We’re in one of those flippity-floppity, loopity-loppity Time Warps! POP! What? Where? Who knows me? And, why are we dressed like servants from the post-Edwardian era? Oh My Ever Livin’ Gosh! There’s Downton Abbey! (cue theme song) And, don’t look now but Mrs. Crawley’s …

Mother’s Day ideas from Bizz Buzz, with hot filming news

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Somebody help us! Momma’s ain’t playin’! She got her one of them race cars and went to Talladega! I mean she’s got on a red racin’ suit with matchin’ helmet and handbag! Plus her car is aptly named White Lightnin’ cause it runs on Georgia Moon Shine! Lord keep us all outta the jailhouse. Amen! Well I reckon we’d better head to Alabama! Whew! Talladega sure is loud with all this racin’ racket! Don’t look now but Momma’s in the line up! POW! There off! She’s headin’ into the curve! …

Happy Easter & be sure to shop local for Easter goodies

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Momma is that you! Say somethin’! Stop starrin’ at me all mean like! Gosh Almighty! That’s the scariest ding dang Easter Bunny costume EVER IN CREATION! I’m talkin’ that long-eared, red-eyed face will flat stop a clock! And, what in the Sam Hill do you mean smokin’ one of PawPaw’s cigars! You look a sight! You sure ain’t gonna work no Easter Egg Hunt lookin’ like that! Now hop skippity jump smack outta hear before I choke! And, don’t come back until . . . WHOOOOA! Y’all! Momma just drove …

BRAGging all around Morgan

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Dianne Lively Yost, Biz Buzz Columnist Was last weekend’s BRAG event was just fantastic or what? The Brady Inn was flat booked for the full three days and The James Madison Inn sold out too! Our restaurants were slammed and our retailers had great business sales! A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers and to our very own Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Ellen Ianelli who coordinated the event and the volunteer efforts! Hey and y’all! All these bikes mean big business! I cannot tell you how …

Running with the Rooster

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Edward Jones! Morgan Stanley! Wall Street! Take cover! Momma’s a bonafied wealth management consultant! What the? I’m talkin’ she’s one of them high frequency traders, spikin’ the Red Bull with the White Lightenin’! Every nanosecond adds up to vast returns! We’re gonna get Rich, Rich, RICH, Fast, Fast, Fast! The only problem is her dadblasted partner! None other than that rowdy Rutledge Rooster Foghorn Leghorn! “Who’s respons, I say, who’s responsible for this unwarranted attack on my person? Biz Buzz . . . you’re cold, I say, cold as a …

Here comes Ricky D’s! Dianne Lively Yost biz buzz columnist

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Momma! I’m home! I brought you a brand spankin’ new . . . Oh My Ever. Livin’. GOSH! Yoda! Ironman! Indiana Jones! What in the Sam Hill is goin’ on? Whoa! Did somebody slip psychedelic mushrooms in my tea? Momma y’all can’t play poker with our shoppin’ money! Yoda! Get that light saber away from me before I slap you to kingdom come. “To kingdom come you will slap me not.” What? Don’t get your metal plates in a rust, Ironman! No one’s gonna get hurt so put down that …

Biz Buzz: Bieber fever takes a back seat to Spring

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By Dianne Lively Yost, Columnist Lord have mercy! There’s a rambunctious ruckus goin’ down at the Big House! I can hear the hollerin’ from here! Look out! Momma’s done kidnapped Justin Bieber and she’s got ‘em hog tied in PawPaw’s barn! Hot fire Momma! You’re gonna flat ruin PawPaw’s barn with the likes of Justin Bieber! I’m talkin’ the horses won’t even step foot in there now ‘cause they know a fool when they smell one! Heck! Even the pigs are in an uproar and don’t even get started on …

Somebody’s got a bad, bad case of the “Affluenza!”

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By Dianne Lively Yost, Columnist Momma’s flat sick with a whoppin’ case of the Affluenza! She must have gotten it from that fool Wall Street billionaire Tom Perkins! It’s a dang epidemic! I accidently saw Momma’s email correspondence and she flat booked the Presidential Suite at the MGM Grand in Vegas this weekend and from there a private jet to Los Angeles for a shoppin’ spree with a high falutin’ personal shopper on Rodeo Drive! Shoot fire! She even retained Madison-based Robert Hanselman Domestic Agency to hire her a fancy-dance …

Biz Buzz: Lake Oconee Living wows again! Ricky D’s gets close!

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Diamonds and more diamonds? Check. Fabulous gown? Check! Chic-but-extremely- painful-pointy high heels? Check! Red Carpet? Double Check! Ding dang y’all! Lake Oconee Living’s Best of Lake Oconee gala last Saturday night was a resounding success! We thank all of the many restaurants and caterers who donated delish food and all of our retailers and artists who donated items for the auctions! And, a big THANK YOU goes out to the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center for allowing us to host the event there! Congratulations to each and every winner and to all …

Biz Buzz: I. Bowman Art Gallery a welcome addition to West Jefferson St.

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By Dianne Lively Yost, Biz Buzz Good ding dang bye 2013! It’s 2014! Blue skies from here on out! Don’t you feel it? Yes! Positivity is swirlin’ all around! Although it might be just a tiny bit . . . just a smidgen … COLD! Honey 9 degrees does it every time! Anyhow we all know the good sun will warm us up soon enough! In the meantime we just need to head over to one of our fine restaurants and pick up a hot mug of hot chocolate, coffee …

Biz Buzz: “Blow Out” Tour of Homes, great shopping and a few of my favorite things

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By Dianne Lively Yost, Biz Buzz Honey we had a 2013 Town & Country Holiday Tour of Homes BLOW OUT last week! I’m talkin’ about 2,400 people came despite the rainy forecast! Ricardo’s Kussenio was jammed packed with people and one of the tour goers told the Biz Buzz that her group “Just loved Ricardo’s!” As to other downtown businesses: “We had a fantastic weekend! It was much better than we expected considering the weather,” said David Stone of Amici Italian Café. “The crowds were good and their spirits were …