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Ministry serves area individuals, families

We live in a fast-paced community here in Hinesville, Fort Stewart, Liberty and the surrounding counties. Many people suffer crises and tragedies, but they don't have caregivers to count on. Family members and friends may be scattered across the country or even the world. Neighbors and some friends rarely offer the support they once did. So when a crisis or challenge hits, many people have no one to turn to and end up facing it alone.

March 07, 2011 | By John Scherer Columnist | Opinion


Great American Cleanup is looming

The Great American Cleanup season officially has begun! Thousand of communities just like ours are gearing up to clean up and "green up" their neighborhoods, roads and schools as well as look for ways to beautify and enhance green spaces. Why go to all this effort? Clean and attractive communities are healthier, safer, environmentally balanced and usually economically healthy, too. Those are all goals that I have for Liberty County and I hope you do, too! Activities already are in the works for the next few months. Just one thing is missing - we need you involved. Here are a few ...

March 07, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


House votes to save citizens time, money

The General Assembly completed its 19th legislative session day Thursday. The members of the legislature now are working in full force as we work toward the completion of the 2011 session, a maximum of 40 session days.

March 02, 2011 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Columnist | Opinion


Changes needed for state HOPE

Sometimes a good idea is so good it's hard to sustain over the long haul. That's often true with ideas that come from government that depend on revenues that blow with the economic winds.

March 02, 2011 | Gainesville Times | Opinion


Withholding is indexed for inflation

Editor, In response to Reggie Sage's letter in Sunday's edition, asking why the federal tax withholding went up on his recent retired pay statement, I may have the answer. The same thing happened at my office, where I am responsible for our payroll.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Garrison commander addresses gate traffic

Editor, I'd like to address the concerns with gate opening times at Fort Stewart that were called in to the Coastal Courier's Sound off.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Senate busy with bills, teasing newbies

• Day 17 (Tuesday, Feb. 22): While much of this session has been dedicated to talks about the HOPE scholarship program and the changes that will have to be made, Gov. Nathan Deal announced his proposals at a news conference today. The successful program that has provided numerous Georgia students with opportunities to continue their education has fallen on difficult times recently due to rising costs and declining revenues. The program is projected to show a deficit of around $240 million in the current fiscal year and more than $300 million in the next fiscal year. To give the program the ...

March 02, 2011 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the Courier | Opinion


Obama game plan is more of the same

President Barack Obama is stirring up the forces of reaction. Or at least he wants to. He is their inspiration and their leader, the nation's most eloquent and powerful advocate of a government of the past.

March 02, 2011 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Jail crisis has been building for years

Does Georgia have a higher percentage of criminals in its population than any other state? Let's hope not.

March 02, 2011 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Attractive businesses benefit community

The quarterly Win-dex Awards, which honor attractive businesses throughout our county, are one of my favorite programs at Keep Liberty Beautiful.

February 28, 2011 | By Sara Ann Swida Columnist | Opinion


Record and cherish memories for posterity

Last Monday was a national holiday for Presidents' Day. Many people were off work for the holiday. But, more important to me, it was my 64th birthday! It seems unreal to be this age. It seems as if I was just 6. Looking back over these years, I thought of so many things that have happened or changed since I was born. It is funny how we remember certain things and others we do not. For this column, I will share some of the most memorable moments of my life.

February 28, 2011 | By Margie Love Columnist | Opinion


Attorney general reminds cities of Sunshine Laws

Editor, I haven't given up on this cause against the unethical behavior of our local government.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


LCIDA chairman must get story straight

Editor, This letter is being written to clear up any misconceptions there may be regarding Paul McGowan's status with the Long County Industrial Development Authority and his proposed site in the Long County Industrial Park.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


President owes us an explanation

Editor, This is an open letter to the president of the United States.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Opinion


Children see the world differently

"You will be president of a small country."

February 28, 2011 | By Joselynn McKenna Columnist | Opinion


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Seven Ministries thankful for support

Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries Inc. would like to thank the community for its support of our annual fundraiser, The Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-A-Thon. We had a record turnout and raised enough funds to award scholarships as well as help support our other programs.

July 04, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Former UGA prexy heads back to Malibu, all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 02, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Motorcycles disturb quiet neighborhood

Editor, On the afternoon of June 20, my quiet neighborhood of Sharon, Lesa and Elaine streets bordering the usually serene Irene B. Thomas Park was basically "occupied" by a large, loud motorcycle group. I called the Hinesville Police Department and was informed by the HPD that about four or five people called about this incident. The motorcycle group involved about 30-40 motorcycles and had two individuals on private property on Sharon Street near the park entrance videotaping their entrance. Thankfully, the Hinesville police responded in force, and the "occupying force" quieted down and left in an orderly manner.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Three new chapters in America's story

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

July 01, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Clerk's staff can't practice law

O.C.G.A. § 15-6-51 makes the unauthorized practice of law illegal. Specifically, it bars any person other than a duly licensed attorney at law of this state from rendering or furnishing legal services "of any kind in any actions or proceedings of any nature."

June 30, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine - long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations - called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

June 30, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


No butts about it, cigarette litter is nasty

One of the most challenging elements that businesses have to grapple with in maintaining attractive venues is the cigarette litter that people dispose of in parking areas and sidewalks.

June 30, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


MaMa Irene thanks group for assistance

Editor, I'm coming to our community to say thanks for all of your help and assistance. So many of you have given in the past years to MaMa Irene's Outreach. Through all of you, I was able to help a countless number of families who were in need with clothes, furniture, appliances, Christmas toys, Easter baskets and school supplies.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Now, Georgia can close insurance gap

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The King v. Burwell ruling protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace rather than create their own state-based health-insurance exchange.

June 29, 2015 | By Timothy Sweeney Guest columnist | Opinion


Thanks from Manna House

Editor, The Board of Directors of Liberty County Manna House would like to acknowledge and thank: Hinesville Rotary Club, GeoVista Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors, City of Hinesville and Liberty Regional Medical Center for their efforts in collecting and donating more than 500 jars of peanut butter and jelly. A special thanks to the Rev. Doug Harn, who graciously allowed us to use his truck to move all this food.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Five young men help define successful life

Five young men, ages 18-23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 25, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


The great EPA ozone-asthma caper

The first ozone alert of 2015 was issued June 17 amid 90-degree temperatures in metro Atlanta, a "Code Orange" warning children and "sensitive" individuals to "limit prolonged outdoor exertion."

June 25, 2015 | By Harold Brown Guest columnist | Opinion


Poverty increases demand for feeding programs

Georgia summer nutrition programs served about 18,000 more children in July 2014 than in July 2013. That's the good news. The bad news is that these programs still served less than 1 in 6 needy children in 2014, according to a recent report by the Food Research and Action Center.

June 24, 2015 | By Melissa Johnson Guest columnist | Opinion


Honor businesses that have clean facilities

Creating an attractive Liberty County is good for all of us who live here. Attractive and clean communities attract new businesses and residents, and are healthier places for all of us to grow and thrive.

June 23, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


A father to remember

It happens all the time: Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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