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PAULA I. BRYANT: Eat Vidalia onions, fund an education

Members of the Hyco Road Ruritan Club are selling Vidalia Onions to promote higher education through our Frazier Pool Memorial Scholarship Fund.

And it’s not too late for you to place an order for onions that will arrive the first week in May, weather permitting. 

As a proud member of the club, I like to promote its good works every chance I get, and this is one of those opportunities.

Members will deliver the onions to all those who place an order, and they only cost $10 per 10-pound bag.

Those interested in placing a prepaid order can do so by contacting me at work (572-3945) or any member of the Hyco Road Ruritan Club or by calling one of these numbers: Ray Bowen at 572-3818, Bob Ford at 575-7605, Kenneth Irby at 572-4677, Bonnie Bowen at 579-0895 or Ricky Pool at 572-1325.

Last week, when we ran a story about the onion sales listing all the names of the club’s active membership, one member’s name was inadvertently omitted…Nat Terry. He is a very valuable member, and if you’ve bought onions from him this year, we guarantee you will enjoy the tasty Georgia treats.

Other Hyco Road Ruritan Club members who will be more than happy to sell you a bag or two or three of onions are Donna Anderson, Ricky Barber, Bonnie Bowen, Ray Bowen, Wayne Bowen, Paula Bryant, Henry Buchanan, David Comer, Dax Elliott, Gene Faucette, Hunter Ford, Brenda Ford, Robert Ford, Ashley Howerton, Kenneth Irby, Joe Jenkins, A.G. Lewis, Mark Lewis, Mitchell Martin, Bobby Murray, Carl Newbill, Henry Owen, Henry Perry, Ricky Pool, Billy Puckett, Bobby Ratliff, Leon Reed, Linda Reed, Ray Satterfield, Nat Terry, Bobby Tuck and Donnie Wilkerson.

The members will be meeting Thursday evening to turn in their final orders, so call a member today and place your order.

You’ll be glad you did.


Tax-Freedom Day to arrive Monday

While many last minute tax filers were working feverishly last night to prepare their taxes by Tuesday’s tax deadline, Tax Freedom Day will arrive next Monday, April 21, 111 days into the year and three days later than last year which is being attributed to the country’s slow economic recovery.

Tax-Freedom Day is the date on which Americans will have worked long enough to have earned enough money to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels.

Each state has its own Tax Freedom Day because residents of different states pay different amounts of state and local taxes, but also because their federal tax payments can vary dramatically.

Virginia’s Tax Freedom Day arrives Thursday, April 24, this year.

The latest ever Tax Freedom Day was May 1, 2000 meaning Americans paid 33 percent of their total income in taxes.

Tax Freedom Day also answers the basic question: “What price is the nation paying for government?”

An official government figure for total tax collections is divided by the nation’s total income. 

This year, Americans will pay $3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in state taxes, for a total tax bill of $4.5 trillion, or 30.2 percent of income.