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Old Jail remembers Sheriff Bobby Sikes

Editor's note: Local historian Margie Love wrote this column in 2004 on the "Old Jail." It includes lengthy references to former Liberty County Sheriff R.V. "Bobby" Sikes, who died Monday at 88. Given that tie between the former sheriff and the jail, we decided it would be worth running a portion of the column again.

October 03, 2016 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion

Election Day! Campaign separates couples

Election Day finally arrived. Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998, was perhaps the most awaited date in Lennox Valley history.

October 03, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Amendment 1 is not the answer

Editor: In order to turn around struggling schools, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed creation of an Opportunity School District (OSD). To do this, there has to be an amendment to the State Constitution. This amendment is scheduled for vote in the November election, as "Amendment 1." The voters will make the final decision. This amendment would authorize the state to temporarily step in to assist chronically failing public schools and rescue children languishing in them, or so says the governor.

September 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Fighting Georgia's shadow economy

The United States has a massive underground economy – reportedly over $1 trillion.

September 29, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion

Being a bed-wetting liberal redneck ain't easy

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner or later, so let me explain.

September 29, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Stem the tide of trash going into oceans

Want to hear something scary, scarier than any horror movie I have ever seen?

September 28, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Who will judge the judges? Keep the JQC

There are roughly 2,000 judges in Georgia, serving at every level of the judicial system from the state Supreme Court all the way down to local magistrate judges.

September 28, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Reactin' takes time

It is with earnest intention that I arise each day and assemble my "to do" list. Somewhere between coffee and barn chores, the day thumbs its nose at my list.

September 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Ask candidates if they believe in democracy

Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Twenty-one times, they faced questions on foreign and domestic policy, on America's role in the world and on the philosophy each would bring to the Oval Office. And on none of those 21 occasions were they asked to debate the single most important challenge facing the country: the health of our American democracy.

September 27, 2016 | By Marc Morial and Morris Pearl Guest columnists | Opinion

Respect, obey police and they'll respect you

The number of police shootings of quote "innocent victims" has seemingly increased at an alarming rate in the past few years.

September 26, 2016 | By Roy Hubbard Guest columnist | Opinion

Cooper supporter motivates women voters

On Wednesday, the day before the "election of the century," Lennox Valley was captivated by the series of events that had transpired the previous night.

September 26, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Say no to closing judicial process

Two years ago, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission for an opinion that strongly discouraged judges from keeping the public out of courtrooms.

September 23, 2016 | By Hyde Post Guest columnist | Opinion

Drought may require divine solution

Uh oh, here we go again. I have been told that we are beginning to experience drought conditions in the state. Somebody needs to alert Dr. Gil Watson, the world's greatest preacher. There is no question he can soon have some serious raindrops falling on our heads.

September 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Just be glad we're not North Carolina, yet

If you want to see how badly politicians can mess up a state, look no farther than our neighbor North Carolina.

September 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Freedom of speech often hurts

Editor: I read Mr. Riddle and his column on Mr. Colin Kaepernick and his protest of racial injustice in the United States, which has spread to several NFL players to include raising fists and even a whole team locking arms in solidarity.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

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Family grateful for love and support

Editor: The Pattman-Jones family would like to take this opportunity to graciously and humbly thank all of you for your generosity during the passing of ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Protect your identity at Shred It! Day

Another Community Shred It! Day is coming. It will be Nov. 19 at the Liberty County Health Department.

October 25, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Corporations dodging $718 billion in taxes

European regulators' recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech ...

October 25, 2016 | By Matthew Gardner Guest columnist | Opinion

Really random meanderings

This and that: I'm not sure what I think about Opportunity School Districts, but I do know when you get south Georgia conservatives who ...

October 24, 2016 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Tight race makes for odd bedfellows

On a riser at the front of the room sat a large whiteboard with the names Bland, Cooper and Stoughton across the top. A fourth ...

October 24, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion

Signs invite criminals in

Editor: "Stupid is as stupid does." This is a quote from the movie, Forrest Gump. Basically, it means people are as stupid as their actions ...

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Thanks for good work, Coastal EMC

Editor: Just a note to say "Thank You!" to the good folks at Coastal Electric Membership Corp. who put in long hours this past week ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

In Georgia government, experience doesn't count

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 19, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Lieutenant governor has education plan

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the ...

October 19, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Storm's lesson: Be kind, patient, grateful

Editor's note: Brittany McClure is the public relations manager for the city of Hinesville. During Hurricane Matthew, she worked around the clock to help ...

October 17, 2016 | By Brittany McClure Guest columnist | Opinion

Christmas may come early for Georgia Power

Christmas traditionally is celebrated on Dec. 25 for most Georgians.

October 17, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Bank's ethical lapses could be costly for all

There is nothing more important than your good name. I inherited mine from one of the most honest and ethical men I ever knew: My ...

October 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Patients need truth about increasing drug prices

We are in the midst of an epic media freakout. It is a subset of a larger liberal panic over Donald Trump's strength in ...

October 13, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

No SPLOST until debt service gone

Editor: Are you for or against SPLOST? I suggested in a previous letter to the editor that the county commissioners remove the debt service from ...

October 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

Work needed to make Liberty beautiful

Editor: I read, with interest, two articles in Sunday's Courier and would like to give my views on both. The front page article entitled ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion

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