I know that Twiggs County has been receiving some negative publicity recently, especially the Twiggs County Volunteer Fire Department. However, my husband and I would like to publicly thank the Twiggs County Volunteer Fire Department and the Twiggs County Sheriffs Office for their assistance and quick response when our house caught fire on Dec. 18. They saved our home from being a total loss and kept us from losing our three cats, who were in the house at the time. Responding from the Volunteer Fire Department were the following: Daniel Wimberly (chief), Dustin Deaton, Bubba Fincher, Shirley Stokes, David Stokes, Jeffery Miles and Roy Wood. The two deputies were Scott Radebaugh and Derrick Cobb.
Words cannot express how much we appreciate all of their help. We would also like to thank our neighbors and friends for their concern, as well as the staff at the Days Inn on Jeffersonville Road for treating us so well during our stay. We are proud to live in Twiggs County and cannot wait until our house is repaired so that we can return home.
-- Lisa and Larry Cowher
Sharing the good news
I work for Birch Communication here in Macon. I have been here for the past 13 years. I am the youth director at my local church, Williams Chapel CME Church in Jeffersonville. We recently started an enrichment program for the youth to help with tutoring, test preparation and homework. We are a small church so we were looking for assistance from Middle Georgia.
I knew computers would be extremely beneficial to our success. I asked our CEO, Vinnie Oddo, if our company would donate to our church. Without hesitation, he agreed to do it. My church was blessed with a donation of five computers to help jump-start this new ministry.
I just wanted to share this with the community to encourage and let everyone know there are truly some great employers in Middle Georgia, and I am fortunate to work for one of them.
Not sure if this is worthy news, but sometimes we have to read about good things that are happening in our news to be encouraged.
-- Aleka Harris
Keep animals warm
During the polar vortex that sent temperatures tumbling throughout the country this month, countless animals suffered and died because they were left outdoors. A pit bull who was chained to a tree in Texas froze to death, and in New York, a stray cat appeared to have frozen mid-stride.
With another round of frigid temperatures, its crucial to keep our animal companions indoors, where they will be warm and safe, and to look out for neighbors animals and strays. Left outdoors, animals can suffer from frostbite, hypothermia and dehydration when water sources freeze.
At minimum, animals who are forced to live outdoors need increased food rations and proper shelter -- a wooden doghouse elevated off the ground, stuffed with straw, and covered with a flap. If stray or feral animals visit your property, do everything you can to get them safe indoors (shelters will often loan out humane box traps).
Animals are no better equipped to survive bone-chilling temperatures than we are. If you see an animal deprived of adequate shelter, food, water, or other necessities, please notify authorities immediately. For more tips on protecting animals in cold weather, visit www.PETA.org.
-- Lindsay Pollard
The PETA Foundation
Nice ad -- for a change
I read the ad, What do Christians Really Believe and I found it to be a refreshing detour from the usual fare found in newspapers. The picture on the top is an old print depicting a Puritan. Would to God purity would infiltrate this once great land that allows ads for erectile dysfunction and lingerie ads bordering on the obscene. Some commercials are so blatantly hedonistic you cant watch them with children.
As for the content, it was not a manifesto, or a thesis, but generally accepted views of Christians. Jesus Christ said, Narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be who find it. This is what point 8 was making. Certainly God will judge all men, but we can know we have eternal life through Jesus Christ, according to the Apostle John who wrote the gospel.
As for believers, we must make our relationship to Jesus Christ our priority and thus find out what God would have us do with our earthly lives. Loving one another is one way we prove Jesus Christ came to Earth to die for our sin and to offer eternal life in his presence. Lets be glad The Telegraph printed this ad. Too many in media are deciding Christian messages are not for common fare and are relegating our faith to irrelevancy. Who knows, they may have started a good trend for a change.
-- Anthony Smith
At a recent AARP local chapter meeting at the Wellston Center in Warner Robins, the chairman of the Houston County commissioners, Tommy Stalnaker, announced that his county employees had replaced all the old and soiled ceiling tiles and non-working fluorescent lighting in the main meeting room of the center. What a difference.
Chairman Stalnaker also told me that the encroachment problems at Robins Air Force Base will be resolved by the end of this year or early in 2015. Thus what would have been a negative issue in a future BRAC will no longer exist. Bravo.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
Heavenly Father, as we come boldly to your throne of grace and mercy asking you, Lord, to forgive us for our sins, forgive us for anything that we have done displeasing in your sight. Build us up where we are torn down. Strengthen us where we are weak and make our path straight, so we may be able to go and do your will. In Jesus, name I pray. Amen.
-- Grady Sneed
Readers -- ministers, rabbis, priests and laypersons alike are invited to contribute prayers to this weekly feature. Mail them to Prayer, The Telegraph, P.O. Box 4167, Macon, GA 31213; or fax to (478) 744-4385; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.