Here's what happened - and I swear on Mama's cocoa-splattered chocolate cake recipe that this is gospel.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The holidays are officially underway. It is a great time to share your Christmas cheer with folks you often take for granted.
In the South, everyone has a story. Every name is followed by a few sentences or paragraphs. No one is known by name alone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Nathan Deal was adamant when he signed an executive order declaring that no Syrian refugees will be allowed to set foot in Georgia.
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.
The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.
There is a troubling, but not surprising, report out, "State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America," by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that ...