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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


L/LCFD chief explains medical protocols

Editor, When I was hired as chief of the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department, I looked at what calls we were responding to. We want to provide the citizens of Long County with quality and professional care in every type of incident we respond to.

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Rural health care is very important

Editor, Nov. 19 was National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to celebrate the "can do" spirit of our rural communities. On this day, we honored the unselfish, community-minded determination of our rural health-care providers. This day was also an opportunity to focus on these communities and the unique challenges they face - finding ways to take care of their own, dealing with hospital and clinic closures, a dwindling health-care workforce and declining revenues.

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Academician got it right about Woman Who Shares My Name

Several of you got a chuckle over my recent observations on a survey from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia that says a good way to improve your marriage is to show gratitude to your spouse. As one reader told me, groveling doesn't hurt either.

November 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Giving thanks for those we love

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that Randy Parks, one of the dearest friends of my life, was back in the hospital with congestive heart failure.

November 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


What should Georgia do with refugees?

Gov. Nathan Deal was adamant when he signed an executive order declaring that no Syrian refugees will be allowed to set foot in Georgia.

November 25, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


New traffic light is big deal in small town

Editor's note: A new feature in our newspaper is a weekly serial named "The Good Folks of Lennox Valley," written by Kevin Slimp. Kevin says the original idea for the serial came while visiting with a friend from the small town of Lennox, South Dakota, several years ago. For five years, he jotted ideas concerning the folks who lived in his fictional hometown and eventually put those ideas into stories you can read each week in this and scores of other newspapers across the country.

November 23, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


U.S. should not take in Syrian refugees

Editor, How do you commit mass suicide? You bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, as the present administration wants to do. Homeland Security has stated that they are unable to perform proper background checks. Given the abysmal security situation in Syria and the fact that the United States does not maintain a permanent diplomatic presence in the country, it's difficult for U.S. authorities to gather the information they need to thoroughly vet a Syrian applicant.

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hinesville still has hospitality

Editor, I came to live in the Hinesville area in 1970, when Hinesville was 6,500 population, and Liberty County was 17,000. Then Fort Stewart was activated, and now Hinesville is greater than 34,000, and Liberty County is greater than 64,000.

November 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Support Veterans Memorial Walk

Editor, We had a well-attended Veterans Memorial Walk groundbreaking on Saturday, Nov. 7. It is exciting to see four years of work come to fruition.

November 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Unsubstantiated, anonymous sources have no place in journalism

I can't guarantee that I got all the commas where they belong today, but I can guarantee that what you read here is my opinion laid out for all to see.

November 19, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


College students, coaches get upper hand

There was an interesting role reversal at the University of Missouri last week.

November 19, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Legal community mourns loss of Gary Bacon

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of attorney Gary A. Bacon of St. Marys on his recent and very untimely passing.

November 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Recycling can save you money and the world its resources

Sunday was America Recycles Day. ARD encourages Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.

November 17, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


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Support tax relief for wounded veterans

Editor, I urge you to support Senate Bill 2712, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, introduced by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and co-sponsored ...

July 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Annual event lures stars to the Valley

In 1937, Albert E. Brumley wrote a catchy gospel tune titled "Turn Your Radio On," which was eventually recorded by dozens of artists and groups ...

July 11, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Vote no on Opportunity School District

In November, voters will decide whether the Georgia Constitution should be amended to allow Gov. Nathan Deal to create the Opportunity School District, or OSD ...

July 09, 2016 | By Dr. Alleen Magill Guest columnist | Opinion


Supreme Court sends a message

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is ...

July 08, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Helen Walker loves to scream 'bingo!'

With the news surrounding Sarah Hyden-Smith, first female pastor in Lennox Valley, and Raymond Cooper's conversion at the Lutheran church, one might think the ...

July 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


We can brag about our state parks

I am late getting to this subject with summer whizzing along, but not so much so that we can't still squeeze it in the ...

July 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


As nation turns 240, prayer is much needed

On Monday, our country celebrated her 240th birthday. With all of the celebrations, many groups sang "God Bless America."

July 06, 2016 | By Mike Riddle | Opinion


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