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Hooray! The state of Georgia, CSX Transportation, Murray County and the Georgia Ports Authority have announced construction of the Appalachian Regional Port to be built in Murray County in northwest Georgia. Automobiles, carpet, flooring and other goods from Georgia and neighboring states will be shipped via a direct 388-mile CSX rail line to the Georgia Ports Authority's deep-water port in Savannah.

August 13, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


School starts -- and the games begin

Another school year is underway in our state, which means that it's time to start complaining about the Georgia High School Association.

August 12, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Commissioners trying to sneak in SPLOST again

Editor, I really love to watch the "good ol' boy" politicians in Liberty County inveigle money from the taxpayers. If their sneakiness wasn't so serious, it would be funny.

August 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Being a full-time soldier for God

And he said, 'The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge. My savior, thou dost save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.'" - 2 Samuel 22:2-4

August 10, 2015 | By Pastor Richard Hayes Pastor's Corner | Opinion


Don’t be a water waster with these tips

Are you a summer water waster?

August 10, 2015 | By Sara Swida Keep Liberty Beautiful Director | Opinion


Reader: Eason has positive vision for Hinesville

Editor,

August 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Clerk’s office works to save taxpayers money

As a government agency grows, there is a tendency for the agency to become a bureaucracy. I am not fond of bureaucracy and as clerk of the superior, state, juvenile and magistrate courts of Liberty County, I have done everything within my power to ensure that your clerk's office never becomes a "system of administration marked by officialism, red tape and proliferation" - which is an onerous task because almost every function of the office is governed by state and federal laws, court decisions, and state- and local-court rules.

August 10, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes For the Record | Opinion


The wealth of being poor

My people, as I have long said, were raised in hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred-dollar bill.

August 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion


Seven Ministries thanks school rally supporters

Editor, The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting our annual Back to School Rally. The event was held on July 25 at Rebecca's Place here in Hinesville, and we were able to provide school supplies to well over 250 children. Seven Ministries is not a social club, nor a civic organization. We are a ministry and, like all ministries, we depend on donations (the kindness of strangers) to make what we do possible. Monies from our annual fundraiser, the Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-A-Thon, remain our primary ...

August 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


This time was supposed to be so different

The most-important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget. I know - it also levies taxes, imposes or relaxes regulations and, once in a while, nudges our social, economic or political order in a meaningful way. But the budget tells the government what to do and makes it possible to do it. Everything else follows from that.

August 07, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


By popular demand, Junior Lee analyzes races

Please don't say anything to Junior E. Lee about this, but I had several people come up to me after a recent speech to ask why they had not seen his observations in the paper recently. If he knew that, he might ask for a raise.

August 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Step right up and place your bets

Casino gambling is coming to Georgia. That is probably the horse to bet on.

August 05, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


When time melts away

It was over Sunday dinner that my sister told me what I did not know. A childhood friend - the red-headed, freckle-faced girl with laughing eyes and the brightest sense of humor possible - was sitting vigil with her husband as death crept close.

August 04, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Don't flick your butts on the rest of us

Cigarette litter is nasty - and unnecessary. So join us in the next few weeks as we remind local smokers, "Don't flick it; dispose of your cigarette litter responsibly."

August 04, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Tax-assessment appeal laws have changed

Georgia legislators this year amended laws governing procedures for appealing county tax assessments on real and personal property. The changes took effect July 1.

August 03, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes | Opinion


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Here is why your tax bill is late

Editor, The end of the year comes with the very important duty for the Tax Commissioner's Office to issue property tax notices to our ...

January 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Hollywood gets it wrong -- again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

January 26, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


De-clutter your life for a fresh new year

This is a great month for de-cluttering your life. Although any month will do, January is a fresh year.

January 26, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Radio host calms listeners' nerves

Her intentions were innocent enough as Claire Lapella purchased her very first copy of The Lennox Valley Hometown News on Tuesday, May 5, 1998. She ...

January 25, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Jefferson's words continue to ring true

Editor, One of the greatest statesmen this country has ever known is Thomas Jefferson, who lived from April 13, 1743, to July 4, 1826. He ...

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Gov. Deal backs away on teacher pay issue

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session ...

January 22, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


State of the Column: Never stronger!

My fellow Georgians, now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has ...

January 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Georgia missing a chance to strengthen its workforce

While most adults who rely on cash and food assistance in Georgia lack any education beyond high school, not enough of the state's workers ...

January 20, 2016 | By Melissa Johnson Guest Columnist | Opinion


Costs of litter higher than you think

In Liberty County, we are currently wrestling with the litter aftermath of the holidays. Our community, as well as the rest of the country, is ...

January 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Some old things are new again

In my childhood home, I did not grow up surrounded by literature or commercial novels. What I did grow up with were two items read ...

January 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Government schools' not ideal for kids

Editor, One of the main topics of conversation in Liberty County appears to be the Liberty County school district. There have been complaints about the ...

January 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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