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Hard to believe, but in a handful of weeks, most South Georgia youngsters will be back in school. Summer — as a concept of vacations, no school, lazy afternoons, etc. — will soon draw to a close.

Between 2013 and 2017, lung cancer was the No. 3 cause of death in Colquitt County. Colon cancer was No. 14. With two of the top 15 causes of death being cancer, the eradication of the disease would be a godsend for our community.

The Observer published to our website the story about the hiring of a new head football coach after Monday night’s school board meeting, and we linked it to our Facebook page. Comments quickly came in, including one from a woman who wrote “Just bring PROPST BACK PLEASE.”

A conflict over whether to give more money to Puerto Rico to help recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria has held up a disaster bill that would help South Georgia recover from Hurricane Michael. Congress needs to find a middle ground and get assistance flowing soon.

Autism can be difficult to define because Autism Spectrum Disorders describe a wide range of disorders with symptoms that vary in type and severity.

We strongly oppose House Bill House Bill 734. We urge our state representatives — Sam Watson of Moultrie and Jay Powell of Camilla as well as all their colleagues — to flatly reject this measure sponsored by Rep. Andy Welch of McDonough.

Two weeks ago in this space, The Observer called upon the community to let us know who was reaching out to help our neighbors in Cairo following the tornado that smashed a section of that city.

Today is the 125th birthday of The Moultrie Observer. On March 15, 1894, W.H. Cooper cranked up his little printing press and published Volume 1, Number 1 of this same publication you hold in your hands.

Mother Nature has vented its fury on South Georgia once again. Less than five months after Hurricane Michael plowed through the region, a tornado has smashed into our neighbors in Cairo.

Statewide, more than a staggering 2 million Georgians cast ballots ahead of Tuesday’s election including 184,925 mail-in absentee ballots along with 1.88 million in-person votes. That more than doubles the previous record for early voting in a midterm election, set in November 2014.

In her letter to the editor today, Rebecca Blalock raises an important question: Why is the community not supporting the Southwest Georgians who were impacted so severely by Hurricane Michael?

At The Observer, we’ve seen a lot of photos of conditions on the Florida coast after Hurricane Michael swept through. Houses and businesses were reduced to boards scattered around and their contents strewn so far most will never be found. And items that are found may never again be fit to use.

Your local newspaper is not The Fake News. Your newspaper is most definitely not The Enemy of the People. In fact, the paper is the eyes, ears and voice of the people.

At the top of today’s Rant and Rave column is a comment asking for more space for those comments.

On April 26, The Observer received a comment criticizing us for running a series of negative rants about the school system. It’s the third one down in today's Rant and Rave column if you haven’t seen it yet.

Sometimes it seems our lawmakers spend a lot of time majoring in minors. A case in point: Some of our lawmakers are once again pushing the idea that most state communications be published only in English.

On recent days in our Rants and Raves column, the issue of “street people” has been batted around relative to the very cold weather we have experienced.

We should be adequately warned by now that there are myriad shysters and con-artists out there who would like to take away some of our hard-earned money. Yet some will fall prey.

Many years back there was a movie in which motorized vehicles took on human characteristics and began attacking people.

As we go about our daily lives here in sunny South Georgia, driving through our beautiful countryside of cotton fields, grazing cattle, big oaks and pine forests, we probably don’t dwell too much on the issue of pollution.

Over the past two weeks, The Moultrie Observer’s “Sunlight Project” has focused on the opioid epidemic in our nation — a tragedy that expresses itself very loudly right here in our own community.

For centuries most people have thought of churches as being places where they could feel safe, even claim asylum if necessary. And some of the worst elements in society even honored (if we might stretch the definition of that word in this regard) those holy zones.

   There was a place in Poland called the Sobibor Death Camp. Probably few of us have heard of it or remember it. It’s an element of that great horror known as the Holocaust.

A few nights ago, some 100 or more people gathered for a candlelight vigil in the courthouse annex here in Moultrie, honoring the memory of those who have died as a result of domestic violence.

The good news is we have an incredible amount of information at our fingertips via computers. The bad news is we have an incredible amount of information at our fingertips via computers.

So what the heck is a bump  stock? Simply put, it’s a device that can be attached to a semi-automatic weapon to make it a rapid fire, fully-automatic device capable of the kind of horror that unfolded in Las Vegas last Sunday where some 58 people were killed and hundreds more wounded.

This Week's Circulars


TALLAHASSEE [mdash]Marium Clark Whisnant, 79, passed away peacefully at Big Bend Hospice House August 22, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. Marium was a native of Moultrie, Georgia and had lived in Tallahassee since 1988. At age 19 she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she …

MOULTRIE [mdash]Mrs. Evelyn Mitchell (73) passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the Golden apple retirement home. Arrangements will be announced by Luke Strong And Son Mortuary, Ltd.