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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 homes, and the Southern states were readmitted into the Union.

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 all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine" - but it is pretty darned close. My beloved corn-fried shrimp are coming back to the Georgia Sea Grill on St. Simons Island. ("Of all the eateries in all the towns in all the world, they saunter into mine.") Cue Sam and the piano.

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 here in our community, we would definitely miss them.

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 a harbor but then is set free to drift without anchor. There is even a point when you feel you are without a rudder.

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 just about everybody in the Valley.

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. One Atlanta newspaper columnist calls him "perpetually grumpy" and "ornery." Now in his third term in the Senate after serving 12 years in the House, what you see with Sen. Millar is what you get: perpetually grumpy and ornery and a straight-shooter.

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 a fight that they are destined to have.

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 property owners. With a relatively late adoption of the required millage rates by our levying authorities, there is not much room for error if we are to bill in a manner to allow taxpayers who desire to pay by Dec. 31 the opportunity to do so.

January 27, 2016 | Staff Report | 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


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. She snored and I read, enjoying every delicious moment of a wonderful biography on Jackie Kennedy.

January 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Radio host calms listeners' nerves

Her intentions were innocent enough as Claire Lapella purchased her very first copy of The Lennox Valley Hometown News on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She had read The Hometown News once before, after finding an old copy under a phone book at the home where she and her "soulmate" lived before he found another soulmate and moved on. Now, stranded on her own in a place with no friends and no obvious place to make friends, Claire made her first trip alone to the town square.

January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Jefferson's words continue to ring true

Editor, One of the greatest statesmen this country has ever known is Thomas Jefferson, who lived from April 13, 1743, to July 4, 1826. He died 190 years ago, but his wisdom still lives on.

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gov. Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session rolled around.

January 22, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


State of the Column: Never stronger!

My fellow Georgians, now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has given us a nautically themed State of the State address that would have made Moby Dick proud, (Ha! Ha! Ha!) I come today to submit to you my annual State of the Column address, better known to many of you as the State of Confusion. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Georgia missing a chance to strengthen its workforce

While most adults who rely on cash and food assistance in Georgia lack any education beyond high school, not enough of the state's workers are trained for so-called middle-skill jobs. Middle-skill jobs require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.

January 20, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


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Stabler and the righteous renegades

When I was a young sports writer, just beginning an education on the world of sports and the men who made the majors great, I ...

May 31, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


More egg-citement coming to Lennox Valley

Iris Long was perplexed. She had just returned home from visiting her sister four hours away, where she realized that egg prices were 19 cents ...

May 31, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


Stabler and the righteous renegades

When I was a young sports writer, just beginning an education on the world of sports and the men who made the majors great, I ...

May 31, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Dvia | Opinion


Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers recognized

Keep Liberty Beautiful hosted our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Thursday at La Quinta Inn and Suites with our Business After Hours partner, Navy Federal Credit Union ...

May 30, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Remembering the many who gave their all

On Memorial Day, we pause to reflect, remember, and honor those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom. While we recognize this day ...

May 30, 2016 | By U.S. Sen. David Perdue Guest columnist | Opinion


Will ‘Trump effect’ oust Ga. incumbents?

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Reader finds SPLOST article 'interesting'

Editor, Interesting article by Tiffany King about SPLOST ("County finalizes list of SPLOST projects," page 1A, May 18). Two out of seven commissioners opposed the ...

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Keep rain pure, healthy

This week's rain has been good. Rain is a friend to folks, like us, who live on dirt roads. I hate dust.

May 24, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


HFD offers grilling safety tips for Memorial Day

With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, many are gearing up to celebrate the unofficial kickoff of the summer season by firing up the ...

May 23, 2016 | Buy Kristian Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion


Hometown News editor digs into Raymond Cooper's shenanigans

With six weeks to go until the "election of the century," Raymond Cooper was feeling pretty good about his prospects. His plan, it seemed, was ...

May 23, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Weigh your vote for sheriff carefully

Editor, It's that wonderful time again when politicians seeking office put on their best (and worst) theatrical performances in an attempt to convince voters ...

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support urged for emergency treatment bill

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May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Random thoughts on random subjects

Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody, was arrested in the city of Clayton in early April and charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open ...

May 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Volunteers really are superheroes

"I have seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives." - Tracy Chapman

May 17, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Reader lists ways to cut federal spending

Editor, Tick-tock. Tick-tock. In this amount of time, the government spends $242,134, of which $104,324 is borrowed. The federal government is bloated and ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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