Opinion

Editorial: Help us honor the cornerstones of our community

As each day passes, opportunities to express our appreciation for those around us slip away. Whether it be dedicated city officials, devoted foster parents or helpful neighbors, none of us would be who we are today without the helping hands of others. All too often we wait too long to show our gratitude for contributions that in ways, big or small, help make our communities better.

Letter: Newspaper thanked for sharing news on area youth

Dear Editor:
Ever since subscribing to your paper, I have meant to write this note. I am totally impressed by and pleased with the coverage you give to youth and local school happenings, etc. going way beyond the usual sports coverage. I feel it is a wonderful encouragement to them. It shows they matter and they do, for they are the future of our community.
Sincerely, 
Julia Mitchell
Bartow

Letter: Smith planning memorial event

Dear Editor:
I, Demonta Smith, am planning a memorial for my late Grandma, Lola Lee “Coonie” Dudley and my uncle, Ronnie Dudley for July 22, at 3:30 p.m. at Helen Clark Memorial Park in Louisville. 
This event is a gathering of family and of friends where we will commemorate, celebrate and remember their lives. I ask that if you are able, bring a dish or some sort of food, drinks, prepared meals or deserts to the memorial. If you know the Dudley family and knew Coonie or Ronnie, you are welcomed to the event. 

Letter: We have to have faith

Dear Editor:
We have to have faith no matter how rough the situation is. Adults need faith, even the little kids. Gun violence and murders, they all need to stop. We all need to take action, not just the cops. 
There is power in the tongue, so therefore we should say things of faith. Let God’s will be done. They’re still dreams to change. 
Let’s not wait for tomorrow, let’s start today. We should have faith for world peace. For it is never too late.

Letter: Principal proud of Beta Club students

Dear Editor:
Several Wrens Middle School Beta students recently competed at the National Beta Convention in Orlando, Florida, from June 23-26.  The students were invited because they had garnered two first place wins and a fourth place at the Georgia State Beta Convention in Macon in November.  Because of these wins, the students were invited to attend the nationals in Orlando.  This was very exciting for the students, their families, the school, and of course, Jefferson County.

Letter: Citizen working to plan holiday events for Glascock

Dear Editor:
Glascock County is dear to my heart!  Last year I was rather disappointed the annual Christmas parade did not take place.  Young, old, and everyone in between enjoy a parade. It just puts us all in a holiday, happy spirit. That is the reason I have volunteered to take this task on this year.  
One person cannot plan the type event I want to see happen.  All the people that have expressed a desire to make this happen have the opportunity to jump right in and be part of planning this celebration.  

Letter: BRAGging about Louisville

Dear Editor:
As the only cyclist from Jefferson County on the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, I could not be prouder of my hometown. The 980 BRAG riders pedaled 356 miles last week from Athens to Brunswick and spent two nights in Louisville, with indoor and outdoor camping at Louisville Academy and wonderful vendors and entertainment in Helen Clark Park.

Letter: BRAG rider enjoyed overnight stay in Louisville

Dear Editor:
Our first night, after our bus ride to a fabulous Mexican dinner at Los Lomas, I suggested to my friend we walk over to visit with a gentleman sitting on his back porch across from Louisville Academy, our BRAG “home” for two nights. We had quite the conversation with him - he was a lifelong Louisville resident, former president of the Queensborough Bank, has children and in-laws who are school principals, teachers and all locally involved as his family has been for generations.  Also found out we have “friends in common.”  

Editorial: BRAG shows us potential

This week, Jefferson County opened its arms to welcome more than 1,200 people into our community. One of our schools opened its doors as a place for cyclists and their support people to sleep; and, the Mary Clark Memorial Park grounds allowed them an inviting place to rest, repair their bikes and enjoy a variety of food offered by local people and civic clubs.

Editorial: Cool-headed, professional, compassionate

It could have been bad. It could have been real bad.
Tragedy was averted last week when officers took down a man who had entereed Jefferson Hospital with a semi-automatic pistol, threatened one employee with it, and then forced his ex-girlfriend from the lab and into the parking lot where he attempted to abduct her from the premises. 

Editorial: Our libraries support us

Our public library system provides a variety of activities for our use. We have computers with internet service, books for all ages and reading levels, and research materials.
Libraries may offer other services such as a place to register to vote. Right now, the libraries in both Jefferson and Glascock counties have family passes you can check out to visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The museum is at the center of the main Emory University campus in Atlanta. 

Editorial: A gift that can save lives

We all understand that when it comes to earthly possessions, we just can’t take them with us when we go. What we leave behind become keepsakes and reminders for loved ones of the time we shared and the life we lived. However there is one possession that too many people do take with them, that could save up to eight lives and help improve the health of up to 75.
April is National Donate Life Month. 

Editorial: Sign up for CodeRed

Monday afternoon area residents experienced strong winds and a tornado threat. Jefferson County Public Works Director Ken Thomas said a few trees were uprooted.
“It turned over a few irrigation pivots in the county,” he said Tuesday, adding that overall, the county was in pretty good shape.
“We had some rotational clouds; but we didn’t have any damage,” Glascock County Sheriff Jeremy Kelley said on Tuesday.
Jefferson County’s EMA Director Jim Anderson said a couple of houses were damaged.

Letter: Hospital thanks voters

Dear Editor:
• Between 2010 and 2016, rural Georgia saw six hospitals close their doors (Calhoun Memorial, Charlton Memorial, Hart County, Lower Oconee, North GA Medical, and Stewart-Webster).  
• 25 percent of Jefferson County residents are at or below the poverty line.
• Georgia is in the top five states with the highest percent of people who have no healthcare insurance.
• Georgia is near the bottom, 48th in the country, in Medicaid spending per beneficiary.

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