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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 childhood and early teen years. He was a fixture on Sunday morning television since the 1970s, and my dad and I watched the famed evangelist as we waited for the rest of the family to get dressed for church each week.

January 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Thoughts on Education Reform Commission

Dear Georgia public schoolteachers:

January 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Announcement makes waves in Lennox Valley

As April moved aside for May in 1998, the good folks of Lennox Valley had no idea how their world was about to change on Monday, May 4.

January 11, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | Opinion


We need to restore the joy of teaching

Currently, 44 percent of Georgia's newly hired teachers are dropping out of the profession by year 5. Equally alarming is that there was a 16 percent dip from 2010 to 2014 in the number of candidates entering Georgia's teacher-preparation programs.

January 11, 2016 | By Richard Woods State School Superintendent | Opinion


The Yankee and the pocketknife

A few months ago, a reader showed up at an event I was doing and handed me a newspaper clipping of a column I wrote eight or nine years ago.

January 11, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


New education law is encouraging

Last month, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - now called the Every Student Succeeds Act - which ended No Child Left Behind when the president signed it into law.

January 08, 2016 | By Richard Wood Guest columnist | Opinion


Don't send U.S. troops to Middle East

Editor, The American people do not want to spend any more of our blood and money for someone else's problem. Unfortunately our body politic doesn't agree. I am still hearing the push for combat troops to be sent to the Middle East. That would be those troops who did not get a COLA raise in this budget because our government can't afford it.

January 07, 2016 | | Opinion


Advice to a great-grandson

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough, Welcome to 2016. This begins your eighth year with us.

January 07, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Some folks share too much information

Occasionally, sleep will sneak away from me in the middle of the night. I will try not to get my mind going because once it takes off, it will wear me out with all its thinking.

January 05, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Age is just a number if you follow these tips

I read where Meadowlark Lemon, the "Crown Prince of Basketball" and great Harlem Globetrotter of years ago, recently passed away at age 83.

January 04, 2016 | By Rich DeLong Senior Moments | 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.

January 04, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Media war brews in small town

Small-town news is a bit different from what you might find in big-city papers. Murders, bank robberies and other violent crimes weren't to be found in the Valley, but that didn't mean the local newspaper, The Lennox Valley Hometown News, was short on breaking stories. The editor, Iris Long, just had to be a little more creative than her metro-newspaper comrades in sniffing out front page news.

January 04, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


There is always something to do in the garden — even at Christmas

If you are reading this the night before Christmas, you are one organized individual. That, or you are looking for a distraction from the holiday hubbub.

January 04, 2016 | By Don Gardner Grass is Always Greener | Opinion


St. Nicholas, Father Christmas and Santa Claus

Christmas is a time I get a little nostalgic for the crisp days of the festive season in northern Europe. However, I am very glad that I am living in a culture that embraces Christmas so enthusiastically.

January 04, 2016 | By Lesley Francis An English Rose in Georgia | Opinion


Workforce legislation may increase Georgia's economic opportunity

The state is working on a new plan to better leverage federal resources to provide training and work support for Georgians and there is room for improvement in the draft it recently published.

January 04, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Georgia Budget and Policy Insitute | Opinion


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Raymond Cooper for Valley mayor

In June 1998, the mayor of my hometown was none other than "Silver Tongue" Dick Bland. When he first ran for mayor in 1994, his ...

February 08, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Celebrating return of corn-fried shrimp

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" - "Of ...

February 04, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


On being orphaned late in life

No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan. It feels oddly like a ship that has been securely moored in ...

February 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's probably best to stay on Claire's good side

Perry Pratt was the kind of man everyone would want living in their hometown. As owner of Valley Country Store, Perry was a friend of ...

February 01, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Grumpy pol seeks to support disabled people

Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician ...

January 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Despite recent cold temperatures, warm winter will hurt plants in spring

This is January. Blueberries are not supposed to be blossoming. Daffodils are not supposed to be growing flower buds, let alone be sprouting up out ...

January 26, 2016 | By Don Gardner The grass is always greener ... | Opinion


Goodbye, Ziggy Stardust

Along with millions of other people, I was shocked to hear of the passing of David Bowie last week.

January 26, 2016 | By Lesley Francis An English Rose in Georgia | Opinion


It takes a village and $1 worth of hope

Editor,

January 26, 2016 | By Jeanne Muhlenberg Letter to the editor | Opinion


Stop the press! History-making event replaces the 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 26, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp The Good Folks of Lennox Valley | 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 26, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Hollywood gets it wrong -- again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

January 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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 | | 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


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