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Keep Liberty Beautiful volunteers recognized

Keep Liberty Beautiful hosted our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Thursday at La Quinta Inn and Suites with our Business After Hours partner, Navy Federal Credit Union and, of course, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce. I may be prejudiced, but I think that Keep Liberty Beautiful has the best volunteers in the world!

May 30, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Remembering the many who gave their all

On Memorial Day, we pause to reflect, remember, and honor those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom. While we recognize this day every year, every single day is an opportunity to remember and give thanks.

May 30, 2016 | By U.S. Sen. David Perdue Guest columnist | Opinion

Will ‘Trump effect’ oust Ga. incumbents?

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, there's no question he has pulled off an impressive political feat.

May 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Reader finds SPLOST article 'interesting'

Editor, Interesting article by Tiffany King about SPLOST ("County finalizes list of SPLOST projects," page 1A, May 18). Two out of seven commissioners opposed the project list. One commissioner admits the county has "a serious debt problem … I sat here and helped them make it."

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Keep rain pure, healthy

This week's rain has been good. Rain is a friend to folks, like us, who live on dirt roads. I hate dust.

May 24, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

HFD offers grilling safety tips for Memorial Day

With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, many are gearing up to celebrate the unofficial kickoff of the summer season by firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue. Be sure to stay safe during the festivities by following these tips.

May 23, 2016 | Buy Kristian Johanson Guest columnist | Opinion

Hometown News editor digs into Raymond Cooper's shenanigans

With six weeks to go until the "election of the century," Raymond Cooper was feeling pretty good about his prospects. His plan, it seemed, was working to near perfection.

May 23, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Weigh your vote for sheriff carefully

Editor, It's that wonderful time again when politicians seeking office put on their best (and worst) theatrical performances in an attempt to convince voters to favor them with the currency of political economics we commonly call "votes." Some of us call this time the "promise season" due to the abundance of pledges made concerning taxes, education, crime, entitlements, Social Security, defense spending and so forth.

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Support urged for emergency treatment bill


May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Random thoughts on random subjects

Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody, was arrested in the city of Clayton in early April and charged with driving under the influence, possession of an open container of alcohol and driving 72 mph in a 45-mph zone with four exchange students in tow. Taylor, who is up for re-election, expressed the proper amount of remorse for his action as he should have. We all make mistakes. But since his arrest, media reports say liquor lobbying groups have contributed some $20,000 to his re-election campaign. Oh, did I mention that Taylor is a member of the House Regulated Industries Committee, which ...

May 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion

Mayor, council cut salaries in half

It didn't surprise me it was him. Although such had never crossed my mind, it was, of course, just the kind of thing he would do.

May 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Reader lists ways to cut federal spending

Editor, Tick-tock. Tick-tock. In this amount of time, the government spends $242,134, of which $104,324 is borrowed. The federal government is bloated and spending the taxpayers' money into oblivion. About 14.1 percent of our population works for the federal government in departments that are not authorized by the Constitution.

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Volunteers really are superheroes

"I have seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives." - Tracy Chapman

May 17, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Liberty High thanks sponsors of Teacher Appreciation Week

Editor, Most students spend at least seven hours of their day, five days a week at school under the guidance of educators and school staff members. With that kind of influence and responsibility, it is important to keep professionals motivated and appreciated.

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

New minister learns Claire's fowl thoughts

It took only eight minutes for Claire Lapella to get right to the point with her visiting pastor - and soon-to-be friend - Sarah Hyden-Smith. It just happened to be Sarah's first official call on a visitor since preaching her first sermon at Lennox Valley Methodist Church nine days earlier. Heeding the advice of her predecessor, Sarah was attempting to make personal visits to newcomers to the church within a few days after they attended.

May 16, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | 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

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