Opinion

Letter: Miller offers thanks

Dear Editor:
The apostle Paul reminds us to give thanks in everything. Sometimes that can be hard but I believe that an everyday attitude of thankfulness, as well as an attitude of constant prayer will make our lives less stressful and more abundant. When we find ourselves prone to take everyday blessings for granted we can breathe the child’s prayer, “Father we thank you for the night and for the morning’s pleasant light; for rest and food and loving care and all that makes the world so fair.”

Letter: Clements calls out litterers who cost taxpayers

Dear Editor:
Having noticed the excellent grass mowing, trimming, trash removal, etc. on Federal and State Routes which has been contracted to commercial entities for the last couple of years brings to question how much this is costing the taxpayers (you and me) as opposed to days past when this was done by state employees. 

Letter: Leisure Center directors thank supporters

To the Community of Jefferson County:
In response to National Gratitude Day, we, the members of the Jefferson County Leisure Center, want to THANK all who have worked faithfully and diligently to keep our center operating successfully.  We have truly enjoyed coming here to participate in the many activities/functions.  Without everyone involved, we know that this would not be possible.  Again, thank you.
 
Sincerely,
Tammie Bennett, director
Yolanda Walden, asst. director

Show them our thanks, attend a Veterans Day service

Veterans Day is Saturday; and, there are events in our community for veterans on that day. While these events focus on our veterans, the public is welcome to attend. We encourage everyone, veteran or not, to attend as many of these events as possible.

The American Legion Post 229 will host a Veteran’s Day celebration at the Wrens Veteran’s park on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Retired Chief Warrant Officer John Wallace and State Sen. Brian Prince (D-127) are scheduled to speak.

Editorial: Are you thankful? Then say it in the paper

It’s November; and, for us that means our thoughts have turned to Thanksgiving. At this time of year, we ask our readers to share with us why you are thankful. 
First of all, we are thankful for you, our readers. We take pride in our role providing information that is important to people in our community. It may be about the success you or someone you know has had. It may be about someone rarely recognized who deserves our appreciation. It may be about any number of things, whatever is going on in our community.

Editorial: Trick or Treat is Tuesday, have fun but be safe

Halloween is one of those holidays that stir controversy.
Some think it’s a fun day for children; some think it’s mired in pagan tradition.
Whatever you think, children will be out Tuesday  night, dressed in costumes, ringing doorbells and asking for candy.
Area law enforcement advises parents to check the candy, stay away from houses that look suspicious and check the Sex Offenders Registry. Stay away from any addresses on that list.

Editorial: Tie one off

This month is when we have Red Ribbon Week, a time set aside for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence prevention awareness. The campaign is observed in the United States every year in October.
Red Ribbon Week began after the kidnapping, brutal torture and murder of a DEA agent, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. After the bodies of Camarena and his pilot, Alfredo Zavala-Avelar, were found, citizens in Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, Calif., donned red ribbons in Camarena’s honor. 

Letter: Former reporter recalls anniversary of disappearance

Dear Editor:
It’s been 15 years, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. It was one of those rare occasions in life, where even time cannot erase what you experienced.
It’s been nearly 13 years since I left The News and Farmer, and moved to report the news on the southwest side of metro Atlanta. Having done this work for 19 years this month, I’ve written somewhere north of 10,000 news stories totaling around 4 million words. 

Editorial: October is breast cancer awareness month

For several years our first edition in October has been printed on pink paper. We hope it got your attention. With the recent changes in our contracted printer, the pink paper itself was not available this year, however as we are sure you noticed, our front page still holds that distinctive color.
This designated color for Breast Cancer Awareness symbolizes our committment to remind you, our readers, about the importance of early detection, treatment options and medical advances to prevent, detect and fight breast cancer. 

Editorial: Help us recognize and reward the Best

For nearly 20 years now we have been asking our readers to vote for and help us recognize which businesses, professionals and service providers should be considered The Best of Jefferson County. Every fall for the last two decades, throughout the month of October, we have run a ballot in our paper and asked you, our readers, to nominate the businesses you feel rise above their competitors, providing the best service and quality in a range of categories. And every year we spent hours counting, tallying and verifying the paper ballots that were submitted. 

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.

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