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Editorial: Gary Lewis owes the community an apology

Prior to his re-election to the District 2 seat on the Statesboro City Council in 2011, we wrote in this space that Gary Lewis continuing as a council member would be a blight on District 2 and the city of Statesboro.

February 01, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


God will take care of the rest

I usually don't get an inspiration from the comics page, but I just happened to glance at Arlo and Janis and looked to see a word being said between characters, "Existential!" The funny pages have gone up a notch or two since I was a kid. In fact, I really had no use for such a word -- even to show off -- until I found myself in seminary and a study group assigned to discuss the meaning of life. My first thought was to climb to the top of some mountain and find an old grizzled guy sitting in front ...

January 30, 2014 | Rev. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Leefield was a 'big' town in 1900 Bulloch

Note: The following is the 20th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.

January 26, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - There is no single cause, or cure, for nail-biting

Q: What can be done to stop a 19-year-old from biting his fingernails? This has been an ongoing habit from early childhood. He's obviously damaging his fingers and maybe even his teeth. Verbal correction and even punishment has not stopped him. Maybe it is not that big of a deal. Please advise.

January 26, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Some Kinda Good with Rebekah Faulk - Local Spotlight: Barry Turner of Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Café

Statesboro is chock-full of local restaurants and bakeries that serve great food day in and day out, keeping the citizens of Bulloch County well fed. Over the next few weeks in the Local Spotlight, it's my mission to bring awareness to the chefs, bakers, farmers and business owners behind the scenes and to help you get to know the folks in your community who are passionate about what they do.

January 26, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy - The heavens tell us about God

Many important declarations have been made in human history - declarations that have dealt with important themes. One of the most familiar for Americans is the Declaration of Independence, which put into words and onto paper the intention of the American colonists to be free from the rule of England.

January 26, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


The value of a complete education

It's the beginning of a new semester and new students are asking the same old questions, "Why must I take Math, English, History and Government when I want to be a nurse, lawyer, accountant or own and manage my store? Why is there a grade system? Wouldn't it be just as meaningful to give a pass/fail? Let's get serious. I have to sit in your class and listen to your lecture. That's enough pain as it is so just pass me."

January 24, 2014 | Dr. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials


Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - Want to try new place to eat? Go to college

As mayor, I had the pleasure of riding in Monday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade with Jamin Malone, a senior at Georgia Southern University majoring in Finance.

January 20, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Kathy Bradley - You say you want a revolution

Once a year I find myself thrown into the crucible of one of the great debates of Protestantism. Getting the Christmas tree down out of the attic is easy, but getting it back up is something like one of the labors of Hercules. The steep stairs, the narrow opening, the weight and irregular shape of the tree itself and the law of gravity create the laboratory in which I test the doctrine of eternal security. When, at long last, both the tree and I are lying sprawled in our particular states of disarray and exhaustion on the attic floor and ...

January 19, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - A fail-safe way to get children to clean their plates

Well, as they say, better late than never. Two columns ago, I promised to share my fail-safe, money-back-guaranteed formula for getting kids to eat everything on their plates. Then, as if I was in my 60s or something, I forgot and wrote a column about kids who argue constantly with their parents. Consider this my mea culpa or, as the young say, "My bad."

January 19, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Exactly who was Jesus Christ?

Julie gave me a wonderful book for Christmas entitled, "Who Do You Say That I Am?" A simple question that thousands of words have tried to answer. Let me give you a few examples. "He was an answer to prophecy, a promise completed. He is the Way. He was a man. He was a myth. He was a Pauline invention. He is an idea." Most of you know that the question came from the mouth of Jesus and one of the better answers - even though not as exact as we might want - came from Paul who wrote, "He is all ...

January 16, 2014 | Dr. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - Give instructions authoritatively, without explanations

Q: What suggestions do you have for disciplining a 7-year-old girl who argues with every single thing her parents say? We don't try to reason with her and we frequently say "because I said so," but she seems absolutely incapable of simply doing what we tell her to do. This is driving us to the brink of insanity! Thank you for any suggestions.

January 12, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Some Kinda Good with Rebekah Faulk - My taste of Hollywood

Six days. Five airports. 4,830 miles roundtrip. Thirty-five people from all over the nation.

January 12, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy - ‚ÄČAre we living beneath ourselves?

A story in the New York Times from Sept. 23, 1984, is a vivid illustration of the fact that men and women can "live beneath" themselves. Titled "California Man Learns He May Be an Heir," it told the tale of a man who, though he couldn't afford $50 bail after being arrested for panhandling and public drunkenness, was stunned to learn that he might be the heir to millions of dollars.

January 12, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Taking care of what we have

As you read this, the temperature has gone back to normal and you may unbutton the back flap in your long johns and put away those woolens for the time being. One day - in the distant future - you will talk to your grandchildren about the freeze back in 2014 when you had to stay inside for two whole days without golf or direct sunshine. How cold was it? Why, Sonny Jim, it was so cold that the ice cubes froze in our tea.

January 09, 2014 | Rev. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials


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An Easter feast of roasted lamb

Over two French doors in my kitchen hangs a sign that reads, "Good wine, good friends, good times." That couldn't have described the scene around my table more on the cool and rainy Tuesday night we had earlier this week. I'd invited a few of my closest friends to my early Easter feast, where we would dine on roasted lamb with mint chutney and farm-style side dishes hailing from the soil of Screven County.

April 20, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - Torturing animals raises suspicions of sociopathy

Q: My 18-year-old son and a slightly younger friend recently found some mice and decided to dispose of them. They drowned one and set the other one on fire. When I confronted my son for torturing animals, his response was, "They're just mice." Is this typical boy behavior, or should I be concerned?

April 20, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Slow down and enjoy the moment

Twenty-five years ago when Julie and I drove into Statesboro with the kids, we knew we had been blessed by God Who had brought us home. Strangers waved at us as we drove in, the streets were clean and there was little traffic up and down old two-lane Fair Road. I think there were only a few places to eat - mostly family style - and Georgia Southern College had perhaps 9,000 students.

April 17, 2014 | By REV. JOHN BRESSLER | Columnists/Editorials


Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Masters gives Statesboro hotels a nice 'bump'

Every now and then it is good to get out of the Boro and get a different perspective. One of my favorite places to get a feel of how the "ordinary Georgians" are doing is Bennie's Red Barn on St. Simons Island.

April 14, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Tribute to a friend I met online

All too often, we hear horror stories about "meeting" people online. It's true that predators and crazy people use the Internet as a tool to take advantage of others, but if one uses common sense, the world of cyberspace can lead to true, real relationships.

April 14, 2014 | Holli Deal Bragg | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - Video games proving very problematic for teen boys

Q: Our 14-year-old son seems depressed - to us, at least. His principal sees no sign of depression but thinks he's socially anxious. The subjects of counseling and medication have come up. We have suggested to him that he get more exercise and spend less time playing video games and watching TV, but he says he hates sports. He appears to be withdrawing more and more into his video-screen world.

April 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Statesboro incorporated in 1866

Note: The following is the 28th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.

April 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Kathy Bradley - Hut one, two: For love of the blitz

I know exactly when I fell in love with sports.

April 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy - We live in battlefield conditions

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil" (Ephesians 6:10–11).

April 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


'Elijah' took me to Israel

It has been some 30 years since my brother-in-law and I stood on the top of Mount Carmel in northern Israel, the site of the remarkable biblical encounter between Elijah and the priests of Baal. We had talked about 1 Kings 17 the night before and when we realized that we were not bound to the travel itinerary and read about a side trip to Haifa - just a few miles from Mount Carmel - we jumped at the chance.

April 10, 2014 | By REV. JOHN BRESSLER | Columnists/Editorials


Taking care of the lesser creatures

Have you ever been shopping at ReTails? Yes, that's the way it's spelled, and it just happens to be one of the best thrift shops around.

April 10, 2014 | By REV. JOHN BRESSLER | Columnists/Editorials


Guest column: Preventing cervical cancer

A cancer diagnosis, no matter the type, can be sobering for any patient. Cervical cancer in particular can be frightening for women with fears that the diagnosis eliminates their chance to have children, or worse. As a gynecological oncologist, helping women understand the importance of preventative care can mitigate many of the threats associated with cervical cancer.

April 10, 2014 | By GIUSEPPE DEL PRIORE, MD, MPH | Columnists/Editorials


The importance of teachers

Recently, I exited my editor's office to find a lady waiting to speak to me. I was quite flabbergasted when she told me I was a former student of her father's, and that he spoke of me often until his death earlier this year.

April 10, 2014 | Holli Deal Bragg | Columnists/Editorials


Living for the next generation

I am, by my father's admission, a Duke's mixture. "Dad, what the heck does that mean?"

April 10, 2014 | By REV. JOHN BRESSLER | Columnists/Editorials


Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Dingus to mark 35-year anniversary Saturday

When you walk in the door of Dingus Magee's at lunch, chances are you will be met by owner, Stephanie Owens with her 100-watt smile, boundless energy and her trademark question, "You doing alright today?"

April 07, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


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