Letter: Supporters of Good Samaritan Shelter thanked

Dear Editor, 
I would just like to give a big thanks to those that helped make our Good Samaritan Shelter the success that it was. Their donations really helped us to make everything run smoothly and provide the evacuees of hurricane Irma with food and shelter. The support of the people of the Jefferson County community was greatly appreciated and shouldn’t go unnoticed. Special thanks to the following:

Letter: American people don't quit

Dear Editor, 
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, when the funds are low and debts are high, and you want to smile but you can’t find how, when all is pressing you down a bit, rest if you must, but don’t you quit. 
Success is failure turned inside out, the silver tint on the clouds in doubt. And you can never tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit. It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit. 

Editorial: Dedication to this community will remain

Last week, our parent company, Morris Communications, announced an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group to GateHouse Media. The News and Farmer / The Jefferson Reporter is part of this sale. GateHouse will acquire 11 daily newspapers, numerous other weeklies as well as various online assets.
While we fully expect some internal changes to occur, we at this newspaper remain dedicated to our readers, our community and our mission to provide quality, honest, ethical and objective journalism to the people of Jefferson and Glascock counties.

Letter: Concerns about the eclipse and eye protection

Dear Editor:
The highly anticipated  and anxiously awaited solar eclipse (Sun, moon and Planet Earth all three align) that will occur August 21, 2017 brings with it a number of conditions that should be carefully addressed and discussed with your families, friends and others. The biggest concern by far, in my opinion, is that watching the eclipse without proper protection can result in blindness. Please take all precautions,especially with children, seniors and others that may not be capable of protecting themselves. This info should be shared with everyone.

Letter: Holton welcomes students back to school

Dear Parents/Guardians:
I would like to welcome you back to a new school year and formally invite you to attend Open House on Friday, July 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This will be an ideal opportunity to meet with returning teachers and new faculty members, as well as learn of new programs, features, and course offerings.  Teachers will begin pre-planning on Tuesday, July 25, and students will report on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Letter: Sheriff’s Office has two of whom to be proud

Dear Editor:
We had been to the doctor’s office in Augusta. We knew we were having tire problems; so, we got two new tires on the front of the van. On the way back home, we had a blowout approximately 4 miles from Wrens. We have roadside service with AAA and Farm Bureau. We were sitting on the side of the road for approximately 3 to 4 hours.

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.
Julia Mitchell

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.


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