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Giving out thanks for a good year

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some people who deserve commendations for what they accomplished in 2015.

December 31, 2015 | Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Love story defied time, circumstances

Perhaps the most appropriate way to end this year is with a love story - the story of Dr. Raymond Cook, 96, and Dr. Elisabeth Mays Stein Cook, who passed away last week at the age of 94.

December 30, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Georgia should propose school vouchers

Humans seem to always want more - more time with our families, more funding for roads, more tax cuts. More funding for our public K-12 schools. And more student achievement.

December 28, 2015 | By Ben Scafidi Georgia Public Policy Foundation | Opinion


Tempers reach fever pitch in mountainless Lennox Valley

I like to tell people that Lennox Valley rests in a lovely place where two mountain ranges meet.

December 28, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


2016 a-comin’, good Lord willin’

As the old year spits and sputters to an end and the new one waits in the wings, straining with enthusiasm to burst forth with fresh hope, I see things differently than I have in past years when I wrote this New Year's column.

December 28, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


Reader thanks pharmacy for personal touch

Editor, We live in an impersonal world of chain stores. These corporations barely know that you exist. As a customer, you are just a number, another sale and more profit. Maybe I am just an old geezer who remembers when all businesses were small businesses, mostly managed by family members who knew you as a person, a neighbor and an acquaintance.

December 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Christmas on the Mississippi

So it was that several years ago, I was hired to speak on a few occasions for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi. Paddle boats that hearkened back to the days of Mark Twain moved lazily yet with determined purpose through the waters of my favorite large river.

December 22, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Tis tash-making season, too

Happy trash-making season! That doesn't sound as wonderful as "happy holidays" or "merry Christmas," does it?

December 22, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Claire Lapella finds her cause: Baptist turkeys

At last count - not that there is an official count of such things - there were six vegetarians living in Greater Lennox Valley in 1998. Four of them were Billy and Wilma Perkins and their two children.

December 22, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Fire department shares safety tips

Editor, The Hinesville Fire Department would like to wish each of you a very happy and safe Christmas season.

December 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Upcoming power bills will shock customers

You would think we learned our lesson the first time around. But we didn't.

December 18, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Sometimes, being naughty can be nice

Ring! Ring! Ring!

December 17, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Shame on lawn-decoration thieves

Editor, Hello, thieves, how are you doing today?

December 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Wrap it up in green, too

Santa says: Don't be naughty, think green and stay on the nice list.

December 15, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Dying before all is read and done

There is only one thing that scares me about dying.

December 15, 2015 | By Ronda Rich 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


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