August is National Immunization Awareness Month and this year's goals are to increase awareness of immunizations for everyone, from infants to the elderly. This is an especially important reminder, not only for parents of infants and children but for adolescents, adults and seniors.
Q: My 16-year-old son has started using curse words in our home. What's the best way to deal with this?
The smell of fried fish and fresh cole slaw drew hundreds of Liberty County residents to the aged steps of Midway's newly renovated Dorchester Civic Center on Saturday for the center's fish fry and car show.
Eric Michael Turner, 21, of Hinesville was arrested by the Hinesville Police Department Crime Suppression Unit in front of his home at 910 Brett Drive the afternoon of Aug. 13. Police served a search warrant on Turner's residence on Wednesday, but he was not in the area.
Here are some of the issues area residents are discussing. The statements were phoned in anonymously, so the Courier does not know if they are true, nor what motivated the callers:
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Be careful not to allow the backers of a new financial "deal" to pull the wool over the lamb's eyes. It could hold fewer plusses and more negatives than you were first led to believe.
Offshore Outlaw, a blue water fishing club out of Fort McAllister Marina in Richmond Hill, is offering soldiers an opportunity to participate in an offshore charter fishing tournament on Saturday, Sept. 19. Registration is under way now and will continue until all slots are filled.
A Taylor Road man who was allegedly robbed at gunpoint Aug. 10 decided not to press charges against three robbery suspects, said Hinesville Police Department Det. Kyle Lairamore.
Aug. 3, Indecent exposure
ATLANTA - The percentage of U.S. high school graduates meeting all four of ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks increased slightly in 2009 as the pool of students taking the preparatory test continued to expand.
The not-for-profit ACT's newly released annual grad class report on college readiness found the percentage of graduates ready to earn at least a "C'' or higher in first-year college courses in all four subject areas tested on the ACT - English, math, reading and science - increased from 22 percent in 2008 to 23 percent in 2009.
FIFTY MILES OFF CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Deep beneath the crystalline blue surface of the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern U.S. lies a virtual rain forest of coral reefs so expansive the network is believed to be the world's largest.
A 23,000-square-mile area stretching from North Carolina to Florida is just part of that entire reef tract now being proposed for protection from potential damage by deep-sea commercial fishing and energy exploration.
ATLANTA - The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a new hearing for death row inmate Troy Davis, giving the condemned killer a chance to present evidence his lawyers say could clear him in the murder of an off-duty police officer almost 20 years ago.
The court told a federal judge to hold a hearing to decide whether evidence "that could not have been obtained at the time of trial" could establish Davis' innocence. His case has become a rallying cry for death penalty opponents.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2009 - Under a personnel rule that takes effect next month, some military spouses could be quickly hired for federal jobs without going through the usual competitive process.
The new hiring authority takes effect Sept. 11. The Office of Personal Management issued the authority's final regulatory guidelines Aug. 12. The guidelines are posted in the Federal Register under the title: "Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses."
The empty, white frame house surrounded by large oak trees on Highway 84 near Washington Avenue warrants little more than a passing glance these days, but its possible removal to make way for development has renewed efforts to preserve the 122-year-old Hinesville property, viewed by some as a valuable part of the city's history.
Editor, The historic Mills House is in danger of demolition.
I have mentioned this before in this space, but I have a deep desire to "finish well" in whatever I do. Last month, I attended a "pre-retirement" seminar sponsored by our state Baptist convention. My retirement is not just around the corner, but this was advertised as an important event for all pastors "over the age of 50."
The recently released film "Tomorrowland" is based on the Disney theme-park ride of the same name, and for about two-thirds of its length, it's never in short supply of wit and imagination despite a screenplay that is heavy-handed about optimism for tomorrow.
BRUNSWICK - Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia's territorial waters will close to commercial and recreational oyster harvest effective 6 a.m. Monday through midnight Sept. 30.
What is the Gospel?
It is raining while I write this. It is a typical summertime thunderstorm. I love a downpour like this. It just kind of refreshes the air even on a hot, humid day.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Hinesville's unemployment rate for April was 6.2 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from 6.5 percent in March. This is the lowest the rate has been since November 2008, when it was 6.2 percent.
The classroom is changing.
TROY, Ala. - The Arkansas State Red Wolves jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, and Chandler Hawkins tossed a gem to eliminate the Georgia Southern Eagles with a 6-1 win in game 5 of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament May 21 at Riddle-Pace Field.
No. 4 Auburn earned the program's first trip to the softball College World Series by sweeping a best-of-three Super Regional series from No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend in Auburn, Alabama, according to auburntigers.com.
Road work on Highway 144 will continue until July 31, Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said.
Liberty County recently was featured among "America's Top Sites for Business Prosperity and an Enjoyable Life" by Trade & Industry Development magazine.
ALBANY - Three area students have made the dean's list for the spring 2015 semester at Darton State College.
This past week, it was reported that Josh Duggar, who is the son of Jim and Michelle Duggar from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show, molested several girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.
Taxes are nobody's favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more to the pocketbooks of Georgia families, the bottom line of Georgia businesses and the ability of state and local governments to fund quality public services.
My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.