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.
Editor, How do you commit mass suicide? You bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, as the present administration wants to do. Homeland Security has stated that they are unable to perform proper background checks. Given the abysmal security situation in Syria and the fact that the United States does not maintain a permanent diplomatic presence in the country, it's difficult for U.S. authorities to gather the information they need to thoroughly vet a Syrian applicant.
Editor, I came to live in the Hinesville area in 1970, when Hinesville was 6,500 population, and Liberty County was 17,000. Then Fort Stewart was activated, and now Hinesville is greater than 34,000, and Liberty County is greater than 64,000.
Editor, We had a well-attended Veterans Memorial Walk groundbreaking on Saturday, Nov. 7. It is exciting to see four years of work come to fruition.
I can't guarantee that I got all the commas where they belong today, but I can guarantee that what you read here is my opinion laid out for all to see.
There was an interesting role reversal at the University of Missouri last week.
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 ...
"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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Editor's note: This column,which was completed Sunday, was revised to indicate that Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 323 into law Monday.
This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.
Editor's note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Examiner.
A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of state Sen ...