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.

Letter: Public encouraged to visit Service Center open house

Dear Editor:
 This is an open letter to the staff of the Jefferson County Service Center.
With a heart full of gratitude, I want to thank you for your wonderful services to Jefferson County. You meet the needs of many special consumers by going above and beyond your job descriptions. It takes a special calling to be in your roles of teaching, nurturing and loving.

Editorial: Let’s celebrate our heritage

This Saturday, March 25, is a day the Jefferson County Historical Society will hold a program in downtown Louisville that we all should attend.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, people will demonstrate primitive crafts and skills. We’ll have an opportunity to watch woodcarving, quilting, crocheting, blacksmithing, making butter and making pottery as well as other activities.
Historical Society President Patricia Edwards said there will be old tractors, Indian artifacts, a black powder gun, Creek Indian lore, music and food.

Letter: Jefferson County Leisure Center January events

Dear Editor: 
Even though it was a “Rainy Night in Georgia” on Friday, January 6, 2017, the Jefferson County Leisure Center seniors had a shining time at their first Seniors Night Out affair.  In spite of the heavy rain, they came, danced, sang, and ate heartily.  Some even played board games.  The old year holds many precious memories of activities for the clients at the JCLC, but the new one will hold a great deal more.

Editorial: Vote yes March 21

Tuesday, March 21, we have to go to the polls and vote yes. And we should not go alone. Encourage your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to do the same.
The referendum asks Jefferson County residents to give commissioners the assent to raise the millage rate by up to 3 mills to support the financial operations of Jefferson Hospital. 

Letter: Lauderdale family offers thanks

To the editor:
On behalf of the extended family of the Rev. George S. Lauderdale, we want to thank editor Parish Howard and the staff of The News and Farmer for publishing my husband’s weekly devotional for 30 years, right up to his passing on March 6.
We also are grateful for the countless acts of kindness to George from this community over the years. We thank the staff at the Keysville Nursing Home and the loving congregation of Ebenezer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Letter: American people fear or faith

Dear Editor:
Read: Numbers Chapter 13
A) Running from fear or chasing your dreams
B) Running From fear: Five things the devil tries to stop you at.
1. Have you serving small gods.
2. Having no faith.
3. Looking at big giants (problems).
4. Having you discourage .
5. A land that eateth up the inhabitants. 
C) Chasing your dreams: Five things you have to have in your heart.
1. Serve a big God.
2. Have faith.

Guest Editorial: Support our hospital and our economic development

Please go out to vote and vote YES for county support of Jefferson Hospital.  The need for a local community hospital is clear.  If our hospital did not exist, local healthcare would be lost as well as resulting in our whole community/county suffering greatly.  In the event of trauma and emergency, I shudder at the thought of having to drive or be transported at least 25 miles (29 minutes) to some other hospital.

Letter: Parents are the problem

Dear Editor:
As a retired teacher, I am sick of people who know nothing about public schools or have not been in a classroom recently deciding how to fix our education system.
The teachers are not the problem! Parents are the problem! They are not teaching their children manners, respect or even a general knowledge of how to get along with others. The children come to school in shoes that cost more than the teacher’s entire outfit, but have no pencil or paper. Who provides them? The teachers often provide them out of their own pockets.


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