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Egg wars! No place safe in Lennox Valley

Saturdays from April through September were always busy on Bearden's Corner.

December 14, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Bill would improve vets' mental-health care

Despite attempts from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide additional providers and resources for mental-health services to serve the growing number of veterans seeking mental-health care, veterans are still experiencing long waits or traveling lengthy distances to get appointments. To help alleviate the growing issue, House Resolution 1604, the Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act, was introduced to the House Veterans' Affairs Committee on March 25.

December 10, 2015 | By Melissa Blondin Guest columnist | Opinion


What about those UGA coaching changes?

As my sweet Mama would say, "Things just get curiouser and curiouser." That is the best way to describe the recent events at the University of Georgia - or, more specifically, the athletic department at UGA.

December 10, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Georgia has its own Grinch for Christmas

It's the holiday season, a time when people are supposed to be having fun, going to parties and bestowing good wishes on friends and family.

December 09, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Neighborhood needs protection from vicious dogs

Editor, A murder was committed in Midway. This murder did not involve a person but a loving, sweet Chihuahua, who was mauled and killed by four boxer/American bulldogs that escaped from their yard. She was bitten in the neck, side and abdomen. She was in great pain, and it was very difficult finding a veterinarian on Thanksgiving. She went into shock. The vet gave her an IV and oxygen, yet she had respiratory failure. The vet gave her CPR, but she died at the vet's.

December 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


A different green for Christmas

Santa may wear a red suit, but you can be sure he is a "green-friendly" old elf.

December 08, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Tink and the magazine cover

Here's what happened - and I swear on Mama's cocoa-splattered chocolate cake recipe that this is gospel.

December 08, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'No shoes' church livens up services

In 1999, the Rev. Billy Joe Raymond was universally recognized as the fieriest preacher in Lennox Valley, and with good reason. Not a Sunday, or Wednesday night for that matter, passed at First Baptist Church without an altar call and at least two rededications by souls who had wandered astray, ultimately finding their way home during a latter verse of "I Surrender All."

December 07, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Georgia faces rural health challenges

Georgia is burdened with a host of health challenges across the state, from an uninsured rate that ranks among the highest in the nation to its lack of health-care providers. Many patients lack access to needed health services because of geographic and transportation obstacles even when they do have health coverage. Many more Georgians suffer poor health caused by environmental factors, unhealthy lifestyles and other issues.

December 04, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


It's not too early to think about Christmas

Hot diggity dog! It is December, and that means Christmas is just around the corner. I love Christmas. I love it today, and I loved before it became politically incorrect. Anytime someone tells me, "happy holidays," I thank them and say, "And a Merry Christmas to you, as well." If it is to a store clerk, I will generally get a knowing smile. They would like to say "Merry Christmas," too, but it is against store policy.

December 03, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


A college degree has become very expensive

If you have a child attending one of Georgia's public universities, you may have the perception that the cost of college is going up faster here than just about anywhere else.

December 03, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Awards honor attractive businesses

The holidays are officially underway. It is a great time to share your Christmas cheer with folks you often take for granted.

December 01, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


There's a story with every name

In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.

December 01, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Support for LCHS Panthers much appreciated

Editor, Tuesday, Nov. 17, I received a text from Liberty County High School football coach Kirk Warner seeking financial support for the Panthers as they prepared to travel to Cartersville for the second round of the state playoffs. Immediately, I sent a text to a few of my friends from the world of business and politics, and we raised a few dollars for the team.

November 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Radio host hatches plan to become mayor

Elections have always been big deals in small towns, and Lennox Valley is no exception. Winning an elected office is one of the few ways to be a big fish in a community like "The Valley." About your only other options are serving on a church board or opening a law office.

November 30, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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Celebrating return of corn-fried shrimp

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" - "Of ...

February 05, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Here is food for thought for city, business leaders

Editor,

February 04, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion


Lawmakers keep fighting the Civil War

You might have the impression that the Civil War ended sometime around 1865, after the Confederate armies stacked their weapons, the soldiers returned to their ...

February 03, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Conservatives helping Democrats' presidential efforts

On Jan. 21, the well-known conservative magazine The National Review published a print completely aimed at destroying Donald Trump's chances of winning the presidency.

February 02, 2016 | By Mike Riddle Guest columnist | Opinion


Here is food for thought for city, business leaders

Editor,

February 02, 2016 | By Robert J. Wetmore Letter to the Editor | Opinion


Lawmakers keep fighting the Civil War

You might have the impression that the Civil War ended sometime around 1865, after the Confederate armies stacked their weapons, the soldiers returned to their ...

February 02, 2016 | By Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion


Celebrating return of corn-fried shrimp

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" - "Of ...

February 02, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Plant a tree for Arbor Day

In our little corner of the world, trees are an essential part of life. We may take them for granted, but if they were not ...

February 02, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


On being orphaned late in life

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan. It feels oddly like a ship that has been securely moored in ...

February 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's probably best to stay on Claire's good side

Perry Pratt was the kind of man everyone would want living in their hometown. As owner of Valley Country Store, Perry was a friend of ...

February 01, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Grumpy pol seeks to support disabled people

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician ...

January 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Who wins in this fight over freedom?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be ...

January 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here is why your tax bill is late

Editor, The end of the year comes with the very important duty for the Tax Commissioner's Office to issue property tax notices to our ...

January 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hollywood gets it wrong -- again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

January 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


De-clutter your life for a fresh new year

This is a great month for de-cluttering your life. Although any month will do, January is a fresh year.

January 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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