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I've been thinking about what's happened over the last two weeks with the death of George Floyd. His death should never had happened. I don't mind the protesting as long as it is peaceful. Let the courts handle it correctly. A peaceful protest says a lot more than protests with riots, looting and destruction. 

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The article in June/July ITG Next sports magazine about a phenomenal diver Hunter Kebler — novice to collegiate in three years. Ryan and Penny Kebler moved to Moultrie from St. Petersburg, Fla. in 2010, with their 8-year-old son Hunter. Read the magazine for Hunter's story.

These are critical times in which we are living and first responders have a definite role in keeping us safe. Our first responders have a very difficult job and we should take every opportunity to say “thank you” to each of them whenever the opportunity arises.

There is trouble across America. The Coronavirus crisis is threatening our way of life while political and social havoc is tearing away the fabric of decency and good order.

COVID-19 in Moultrie is on the rise and people still don't wear masks or do social distancing. We have not heard anything from the City of Moultrie on this subject.. We need to encourage citizens to wear masks to protect our citizens. To the younger people of Moultrie, wear a mask to protect your grandparents.

Dion Brown here from the Colquitt County Baptist Association. My ministry assistant showed me a recent article in the Observer that linked two local COVID cases to churches in our community. The implication in the way it was stated was that these folks contracted the virus as a result of attending church.  

Lewis Carroll wrote that Alice in Wonderland “had never forgotten that, if you drink from a bottle marked ‘poison,’ it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.” It was good of Alice to remember that precaution because not everybody would have gone to the trouble. Some people …

NAFTA, a word not discussed at the dinner table. My position, I feel it essential that everyone becomes aware, awareness makes for good government. Congress must become responsible to the American people and disallow agenda’s that may result in the beginning of the end of this Republic.

Perhaps we need guidance from “Hal,” the computer generated commander aboard the 1984 spacecraft bound for Mars. Our hopeless leaders in government deliver meaningless thoughts. They are like yapping dogs - daily media and congress drone the same message.

Do you know what supplies you should have stored in case of a disaster or national emergency? If not, you’re not alone. New survey data from the nonprofit DisasterChecklist.org shows most families are unprepared for natural disasters -- including the one we are living through now.

What a crazy and uncertain time we are in with all of our attention given to the coronavirus. With our men at Crossroads experiencing similar feelings as you and I, this virus has reminded me of a biblical truth I so easily forget --sowing and reaping. What we put into our minds, through whatever media outlet, is planting seeds that will reap a harvest.

The Members of The Hospital Authority of Colquitt Regional Medical Center would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all our medical, administrative and support staff and to the people of Moultrie and Colquitt County for their dedication and commitment to our community during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Today President Trump expressed the need to increase oil prices, “the oil producers need the profits.” Addressing the need for oil profits only confirms the driving force of the U. S. economy — middle class workforce is by far the largest oil consumer. Mid America jobs provide much needed revenue to drive the U. S. economy.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to greatly impact Southwest Georgia, Colquitt Regional is continuing to actively monitor the situation at hand and assess the ever-changing factors involved.

In this time of uncertainty, it seems to me that one of the most valuable things to have is information from leaders in our community. With up-to-date information available to us, we as individuals and families have the knowledge to make important decisions in a world where the situation is changing daily.

As I sit here in my living room with tears running down my face, giving thanks to almighty God from whom all blessings come during this time with the coronavirus — but I say to the Moultrie, Ga., community and all over the world that not to be scared and have no fear. Just pray and leave it in God’s hand.

Why are our churches closing the doors? We say we have faith, why not use it in this time? Only God knows when, where and how this will all end. 

People with this coronavirus are taking it too far. If people would pray and turn from their wicked ways, then they won’t be so scared of the coronavirus. 

I’ve lived in Colquitt County my whole life. Until retiring, I grew row crops (cotton, peanuts, corn and tobacco) and raised cattle for a while. While I rent my farm to another farmer who grows cotton and peanuts, I keep up with farm issues.

Well, I didn’t plan on an ongoing discussion of the school system’s purchase of school bus tires, but Superintendent Howell’s letter in the January 31 Observer left some lingering questions. So, in accordance with the Georgia Open Records Act, I requested some written information from the school system which was provided on a timely basis.

I am a Georgia farmer, the wife of a Georgia farmer, the mother of Georgia farmers, the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of Georgia farmers as well as the grandmother of future Georgia farmers.  I farm land that my family obtained from service in two wars, and my sons farm land that has been in their father’s family since the early 1800s.

House Bill 545 will protect farmers’ rights to produce safe and abundant food here in Georgia, and Georgia Farm Bureau urges lawmakers to pass the legislation. The purpose of the bill is to prevent established farms from being unfairly harassed and forced out of business as nuisances.

This Valentine’s Day, many Veterans who fought to preserve our freedoms will be hospitalized, receiving the medical care they earned, but separated from the homes and communities they defended.  No one should be alone on Valentine’s Day, and with the help of our grateful community, no Veteran has to be.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, Donald Trump was acquitted on impeachment charges. The reason why he was acquitted was because we didn’t have enough Democratic senators in the Senate. That comes from people not voting.

The House Speaker should have taken the high road after being snubbed by the president but no one who gleefully sat back while the president mocked a handicapped man, degraded women and hurled daily public insults has the right to say a word about it.

What a Presidential speech. Very inspiring. Unfortunately the Dems were not for anything. The lack of manners was astonishing. The speaker was just petty and rude. It is so obvious the Dems only have rage and hate for the President. They have no ideas and seem against everything. They were c…

Moultrie is such a beautiful town, and one of the reasons is our wonderful trees. From the courthouse to the residential areas and throughout the county, we are surrounded with a marvelous array of magnificent trees and woodlands.

In the Wednesday, Jan. 8, Rant and Rave, somebody said that Rush Propst is going to mess up USA Academy like he did CCHS. Rush Propst didn’t mess up this school — the board and superintendent and 75 percent of the fake friends that laugh in Rush Propst’s face did.

“That was AWESOME!” That remark could have been after one of the Packer wins, following the lighting of the Square for Christmas, a great Fourth of July picnic…but it wasn’t. The comment was made by a second grade student who floated on his back, unsupported, for the first time. 

The State Bar of Georgia congratulates Southern Judicial Circuit Senior Assistant District Attorney James L. Prine II of Thomasville on his appointment by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve as a Superior Court judge for the Southern Circuit, which covers Brooks, Colquitt, Echols, Lowndes and Thomas counties.

Early on in Americas defense against aggressive Eastern Asian Countries, Pres. George Washington paid the Dey of Algiers one million in gold to protect American shipping interest in the Mediterranean from Barbary Pirates, employed by the Dey of Algiers. 

I have a very important issue that I think needs to be discussed in the public arena. A lot of times, people are concerned about raising taxes. What I want to discuss here is something similar to that, but also different.

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