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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 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

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 inundated with litter during the holiday season.

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 daily by my parents with strong interest and complete devotion: The Bible and the daily newspaper.

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 supervisor, the school board and the loss of good teachers.

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 childhood and early teen years. He was a fixture on Sunday morning television since the 1970s, and my dad and I watched the famed evangelist as we waited for the rest of the family to get dressed for church each week.

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

Thoughts on Education Reform Commission

Dear Georgia public schoolteachers:

January 14, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Thanks to volunteers for holiday efforts


January 13, 2016 | By Staff Report | Opinion

Paris climate agreement is significant

Regardless of the technical details and absence of sanctioned enforcement controls, the recently concluded Paris talks on global climate mark a noteworthy achievement - a historic milestone that deserves being understood, avidly supported and celebrated.

January 13, 2016 | Guest Columnist | Opinion

Announcement makes waves in Lennox Valley

As April moved aside for May in 1998, the good folks of Lennox Valley had no idea how their world was about to change on Monday, May 4.

January 11, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion

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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

Amendment 1 is not the answer

Editor: In order to turn around struggling schools, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed creation of an Opportunity School District (OSD). To do this, there has to ...

September 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

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