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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


L/LCFD chief explains medical protocols

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.

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Rural health care is very important

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.

November 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Academician got it right about Woman Who Shares My Name

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.

November 26, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Giving thanks for those we love

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.

November 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


What should Georgia do with refugees?

Gov. Nathan Deal was adamant when he signed an executive order declaring that no Syrian refugees will be allowed to set foot in Georgia.

November 25, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


New traffic light is big deal in small town

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.

November 23, 2015 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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Learn water conservation at Earth Day

When the 10th annual Earth Day Celebration takes place on Friday, everyone who attends has the chance to learn easy ways to change our world ...

April 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


It's best not to know what lies ahead

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...

April 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Silver Tongue' Dick Bland begins assault

"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt ...

April 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why I voted 'yes' on 'campus carry'

Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry ...

April 15, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Congress, pass a budget for once

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why ‘religious freedom’ bill failed

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


What’s wrong with Ted Cruz?

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


181st school district changing young lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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