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BERNARD COLUMN: Policing and the black community

I have multiple family members who have retired from law enforcement. In particular, policing local communities can be a tough and unrewarding job.  Read more

TURES COLUMN: Can churches become fishers of men and women again?

America has been hemorrhaging Christian followers in generally and Protestants in particular.  But today’s churches could turn the corner, by following Jesus’ example and casting ... Read more

OUR VIEW: Thankful for Sweetland concerts

Last week, thousands of people gathered at Sweetland Amphitheatre to watch country artist Travis Tritt perform on stage. Tritt put on a great performance, but that ... Read more

SMITH COLUMN: Collin Morikawa’s brilliance at the Open Championship

With the conclusion of the British Championship, the major golfing season has ended.  For years, the final major, the PGA, was played in August —usually ... Read more

OUR VIEW: Giving police more assistance during family crisis calls a good idea

When there’s an emergency or something is out of control, we’re all taught at an early age to pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1. Read more

SMITH COLUMN: Appreciating the work of Erin Barger

Dr. Gary Bertsch, retired UGA professor who worked to make our world safer by reducing nuclear arsenals, sees local involvement as the key to solving ... Read more

OUR VIEW: We should listen when local physicians rally to urge COVID-19 vaccinations

No one wants to hear it, but Troup County is trending the wrong direction in the number of COVID-19 cases it’s seeing. Over the last ... Read more

OUR VIEW: Mask or no mask for students? Don’t let social media decide for you

The Troup County School System released its back to school guidance last week, deciding that wearing a mask is optional on campuses this year. Masks ... Read more

GENDUSA COLUMN: Our children are America’s tomorrow

Grandma, why do your hands look like that?”  She asked as she held my hand and pointed to all the freckles and visible veins.  “Well, ... Read more

HUNT COLUMN: To speak or not to speak

Most folks would probably agree that local school districts should have a certain amount, or quite a lot, of autonomy in determining the policies and ... Read more

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