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Columns and Editorials

  • Years ago in Henry County

    By Hammer Smith

    In January 1814, the attorney for the County Court of Henry County filed the following information concerning a murder that occurred in the County.

    On Jan. 15, 1814, America, a slave who was the property of Little Berry Wells of Henry County, was charged with murdering Nicholas, a slave who was the property of John Evans, a resident of Henry County. America was charged with preparing and administering a poison to Nicholas, causing his death.

  • Fooducate yourself with a new way to purchase food

    by Lindsey Seel

  • New shift in cholesterol treatment

    Cardiovascular disease will claim the lives of more than 600,000 Americans this year.

    It has long been known that high cholesterol levels are related to higher rates of vascular disease, heart attacks and strokes. For years physicians and patients have taken a reactive approach to high cholesterol and focused on “treating the numbers” to goal. Statin medications such as simvastatin (Zocor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), pravastatin (Pravachol) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) are the most potent and popular medications prescribed to treat high cholesterol.

  • All I’m asking: Just a little respect

    By Lance Minnis

     

  • Our country will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy assassination

      On Friday, our country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of its most tragic events: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
    Like the attack on Pearl Harbor before it and 9/11 after it, Nov. 22, 1963, is one of a handful of dates in history where those old enough to remember it will never forget where they were and what they were doing.

  • Reduction of road fatalities remains in our hands

    One of the more persistent challenges facing our country is finding ways to reduce the number of people killed or injured in a traffic accident.

    In one sense, we have come a long way. Four decades ago, for example, the number of highway fatalities regularly topped 50,000 a year, but the figures for 2011 were the lowest the United States has seen since 1949, a testament to tougher laws, safer roads, more focused enforcement and better technology in the cars and trucks we drive.

  • In Jesus, there are no little people

    By Michael Duncan

    Zacchaeus was a wee little man who climbed up in a sycamore tree to see Jesus (See Luke 19). Zacchaeus’ story made me think of two of my school friends.

  • 1838: 50 acres of land bought for $200

    By Hammer Smith

    Years Ago

    At the November session of the Henry County Court it was ordered that John Owens, Robert Webb, James Dunn and Daniel Sandford or any three of them being first duly sworn view and mark an alteration proposed by John Violett in the road from Vanhorn’s            to intersect the Sullinger Warehouse Road.  The examination was to be done fairly and impartially and the convenience and inconvenience listed in the report of the committee to the court.

  • Children become the adults we are

    Parents and other concerned adults worry a lot about the things, ideas  and behaviors to which children are exposed, and rightly so.

    Our children learn to be who they are becoming from a variety of sources: people with whom they associate, places they go, movies they see, sites they visit on the internet, teachers and coaches who guide them, etc. All of this can’t be controlled 24/7. What’s a parent to do?

    While not a parent, I am an adult who is concerned about our children.

  • Anxiety: The first step is asking for help

    John couldn’t sleep because he had butterflies in his stomach and he just couldn’t get his mind to calm down.

    We have all had those anxious feelings before. Anxiety is a normal emotion that often accompanies events such as starting a new job, preparing for a test, or trying to make a big decision. Anxiety can be helpful to make sure that you are alert and on top of your game, but for some it can be overwhelming.