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QVC reigns among women of Lennox Valley

With all the craziness surrounding Raymond Cooper's candidacy for mayor and the appointment of Sarah Hyden-Smith at the Methodist Church, it would be easy to get the idea that life was never normal in my hometown. Let me make something clear: I'm sure there were normal days during my teen years. It's just that I don't remember any of them.

February 22, 2016 | Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion

Bar congratulates new superior court judge


February 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Here are some random thoughts

An alert to Georgia public school teachers: Keep a close watch on these two legislators. First, House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, evidently isn't buying a report from State School Superintendent Richard Wood and the Georgia Department of Education that shows 44 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years and that 2 of 3 teachers surveyed said they were unlikely or very unlikely to recommend teaching as a profession. Jones said teachers leaving the classroom is simply a "natural post-recession workforce adjustment." This is the same Jan Jones who opined a few years back that ...

February 18, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Services for Georgia vulnerable lifted, but challenges remain

The evening news confronts us with the plight of Georgia's most vulnerable people almost nightly, the fragile children, older adults and people living in poverty. The crafting of the state budget is one of few opportunities during the year for lawmakers to spell out concrete steps to protect and assist these Georgians.

February 16, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Georgia Budget and Policy Insitute | Opinion

Election upstages lady preacher’s visit

It had been almost three months since the members of Lennox Valley Methodist Church learned their pastor, the Rev. Glynn Vickers, was being moved in June of 1998. And it had been four weeks since that fateful moment on May 4 when Diane Curtis, chair of the Methodist Church Pastor/Parish Committee, received the call from the Springfield district superintendent to inform her that Sarah Hyden-Smith was being appointed as the new minister in Lennox Valley.

February 16, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion

Dead Confederates and live Yankees

A speaking engagement in the Chattanooga area landed us within a few minutes of Chickamauga, the site of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles, so I insisted that we take a side trip to the historic battlefield. Since we lost the war, I have to celebrate our victorious battles.

February 16, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion

Ga. military families need our support

Currently, Georgia lags behind several of its Southern neighbors, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama, regarding fulfilling the Department of Defense's 10 key metrics for creating the best environment for military families. Far too many military families and veterans go without adequate access to health care, struggle to find employment in our state or worry about the impact of transient military life on their children's education. Georgia can and must do more to ensure that these families have access to the opportunities they work so hard to protect - a good education, quality health care, a well-paying ...

February 12, 2016 | By State Rep. Al Williams | Opinion

Religious-freedom battles have started

Whatever happened to faith, hope and love?

February 11, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Shooting to beat plowshares into pistols

Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again. Georgia's version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a bill passed in 2014 that was intended to let us lock and load most anywhere we want - libraries, churches, bars, airports - but he and his posse couldn't talk the Board of Regents into letting students at our colleges and universities pack heat. ("Good Lord, Purvis! That running back is gonna take that ball all the way for a touchdown on us. Waste that sucker!")

February 10, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Kemp’s SEC Primary could be decisive

Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: He wanted the world to pay more attention to Georgia and the South in an important presidential election year.

February 10, 2016 | By Tom Crawford The Georgia Report | Opinion

Georgia needs direct care now

The Affordable Care Act passed with the promise of decreasing the high costs of health care and increasing access to care by making health-care insurance more affordable. Almost six years later, it appears that this experiment to remake American health care has been a failure.

February 10, 2016 | By Dr. Hal C. Scherz Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation | Opinion

The preacher and his kindness

A much-appreciated kindness was given to me a few months ago. Someone recognized my need for help and made a big effort to give it to me.

February 09, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Arbor Day, Recycle It! Fair make February green

We are all about trees this month. Georgia Arbor Day is each third Friday of February.

February 09, 2016 | By Sara Swida | Opinion

Congratulations, Judge Cavender

Editor, On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to extend congratulations to Atlantic Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge David L. Cavender on his recent retirement and thank him for his exemplary service to the people of Bryan, Evans, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Tattnall counties.

February 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Raymond Cooper for Valley mayor

In June 1998, the mayor of my hometown was none other than "Silver Tongue" Dick Bland. When he first ran for mayor in 1994, his campaign slogan was "Everybody's Friend" and that seemed like a pretty good description of our leader.

February 08, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

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Learning from the Great Depression

It was the Great Depression that shaped my parents and would, in the years to come, shape my life as well. Because they saw first-hand ...

October 04, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Help for state's working poor

On any given day in Georgia, hundreds of working families walk through the doors of nonprofit food banks in our communities. A young mom earning ...

October 04, 2016 | By Wes Tharpe Guest columnist | Opinion

Snuff out cigarette litter

In the past decade, cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28 percent, yet cigarette butts still remain the most littered item in the U.S ...

October 04, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Old Jail remembers Sheriff Bobby Sikes

Editor's note: Local historian Margie Love wrote this column in 2004 on the "Old Jail." It includes lengthy references to former Liberty County Sheriff ...

October 03, 2016 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion

Election Day! Campaign separates couples

Election Day finally arrived. Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, was perhaps the most awaited date in Lennox Valley history.

October 03, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

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