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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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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


Costs of litter higher than you think

In Liberty County, we are currently wrestling with the litter aftermath of the holidays. Our community, as well as the rest of the country, is ...

January 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Some old things are new again

In my childhood home, I did not grow up surrounded by literature or commercial novels. What I did grow up with were two items read ...

January 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Government schools' not ideal for kids

Editor, One of the main topics of conversation in Liberty County appears to be the Liberty County school district. There have been complaints about the ...

January 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


History-making event replaces flamethrower

Todd Cecil, host of Revival Flames Ministries of Joplin, Missouri, was just about the biggest celebrity to make an appearance in Lennox Valley during my ...

January 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Thanks to EMTs for helping senior in need

Editor, On 18 Dec., 2015, I found myself in a position to call 911.

January 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


They run for president; we’ll run for governor

For the next few weeks, you'll see every candidate for president dropping by the Capitol as they campaign toward the March 1 presidential primary.

January 15, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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