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2 Georgia senators give politics a good name

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

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


If life were fair ...

It happened, I suppose, when I was in the fourth grade. That is my first strong recollection of the unfairness of life.

July 02, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Dvia | Opinion


Truth shall set radio show host, candidate free

The ladies in Caroline's Beauty Salon were on pins and needles after hearing Raymond Cooper, host of the daily radio talk show, "Renderings with Raymond," utter the chilling words, "I have the biggest news flash in Lennox Valley history," just after Vera Penrod announced that Elbert Lee Jones and Marvin Walsh were scurrying into the radio station across the street.

June 27, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Two men help rec baseball succeed

Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize two people who, in the last eight years, have made our recreational baseball a great success.

June 24, 2016 | | Opinion


This Sebastian is the real deal -- no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do, and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special-interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers - none of whom could carry their book bag. They sure don't do it for the financial reward. That, we save for semi-articulate professional athletes and Hollywood liberals who earn obscene amounts of money pretending to be someone else.

June 23, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Vote for Clinton -- or maybe not

Editor, Now that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, I thought that I would give the voters some reasons to vote for Hillary.

June 21, 2016 | | Opinion


Daddy's ugly shed will stay with me

Behind the little house in which I spent a happy childhood - where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my bed nightly to pray, where homemade biscuits buttered and sprinkled with sugar were a favorite treat - is a little shed that, to the outside world, is noted for its ugliness.

June 21, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Egg case about to crack wide open

I've always said that gossip in Lennox Valley was born in one of three places: Maxine's weekly column called "Rumor Has It," Raymond Cooper's radio show, or Caroline's Beauty Salon.

June 20, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee gives thoughts on election

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now, but in order to do so, I needed to talk with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield, Georgia.

June 16, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Investing in people is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms hoping for good news and, at the same time, dreading the bad. I can remember clearly moments of time suspended by a pounding fear resounding in my ears like a thunderous cannon firing relentlessly.

June 14, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Armed with truth, editor ponders strategy

In all the years Iris Long had served as editor of Hometown News, she had never felt faint while covering a story. Never, that is, until she stood on Marvin Walsh's porch and listened as Elbert Lee Jones placed the blame for inflated egg prices directly on the shoulders of Raymond Cooper, local celebrity and aspiring politician.

June 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


DOT: Please pardon our progress

It's springtime in Georgia and summer is around the corner. It is a time when we welcome visitors to our great state, and we start thinking about hitting the roads with family and friends for fun and vacations. For the Georgia Department of Transportation, this also means it's time for road work. GDOT forecasts one of the busiest construction seasons that Georgia has seen in a long time, and we want you to know what work we've scheduled, so you can plan ahead.

June 13, 2016 | By Russell McMurry Guest columnist | Opinion


Don't be so quick to get loan on home equity

They are on TV seemingly every 15 minutes. They are in your mailbox every day. It's retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Tom Lynch, and now a newly turned carpetbagger, selling the concept of 100 percent real-estate equity loans to veterans and GIs.

June 10, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion


UGA athletic director does the right thing

I haven't met University of Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity, but I give him high marks for the way he has handled the blowback from the ludicrous Ludacris debacle.

June 09, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Reformed Yankee loves Southern connections

Sitting in for Ronda Rich this week is her husband, John Tinker ... "Tink"

June 07, 2016 | By John Tinker Guest columnist | Opinion


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Trump cares about and helps people

Editor, For some reason, many people think badly of Donald Trump. Maybe it's because he is new to the political scene. Actually, that is ...

July 25, 2016 | | Opinion


Six days could shape future of the Valley

These might have been the most memorable six days of my teenage years. Between Friday, July 17, and Tuesday, July 21, 1998, Iris Long had ...

July 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


No question: Answer Man has answers

Hey, boys and girls! What time is it? It's time for Answer Man! The show where we delve into inquiring minds and show you ...

July 21, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Coastal Courier | Opinion


So now she's "Teflon' Hillary

Editor, On July 4, we celebrated our independence from an oppressive king. On July 5, we saw an oppressive and corrupt government in action. Remember ...

July 19, 2016 | | Opinion


Oh to be able to say 'I don't want to'

As the years of Mama's life grew into the long shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing ...

July 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Soulmate memories haunt Claire Paletta

Loneliness lasts. It never completely goes away. It is the one emotion that seems to make its way into the hearts of almost every man ...

July 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


A mother's view of last week's tragedies

After last week's terrible tragedies for two young black men and the police officers that have moved this country's heart, I decided to ...

July 14, 2016 | By Sharon Butts Guest columnist | Opinion


Time to lower rhetoric, start healing

Have we gone totally, completely insane? It is not bad enough that the specter of Islamic terrorism hangs over us like a toxic cloud. Now ...

July 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Former BoE candidate endorses Krupp

Editor, Taking a leap of faith this election season and throwing my own name in the hat was such a great experience. Although I may ...

July 14, 2016 | | Opinion


Desperation holler in E. Kentucky

The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion, the deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.

July 12, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Annual event lures stars to the Valley

In 1937, Albert E. Brumley wrote a catchy gospel tune titled "Turn Your Radio On," which was eventually recorded by dozens of artists and groups ...

July 11, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Vote no on Opportunity School District

In November, voters will decide whether the Georgia Constitution should be amended to allow Gov. Nathan Deal to create the Opportunity School District, or OSD ...

July 09, 2016 | By Dr. Alleen Magill Guest columnist | Opinion


Helen Walker oves to scream 'bingo!'

With the news surrounding Sarah Hyden-Smith, first female pastor in Lennox Valley, and Raymond Cooper's conversion at the Lutheran church, one might think the ...

July 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


We can brag about our state parks

I am late getting to this subject with summer whizzing along, but not so much so that we can't still squeeze it in the ...

July 06, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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