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Car-show organizers thank the community

Editor, The International Car Show enjoyed a very successful second year at the 2016 Hinesville Small World Festival. The show raised more than $2,100, all of which was donated to the creation of Veterans Memorial Walk at Bryant Commons. When complete, this beautiful tribute to service members from all military branches will be a source of pride and honor for the city of Hinesville - a place to reflect and commemorate the sacrifices veterans made for this nation.

March 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


March to the beat of your own eardrums

When it comes to hearing, a majority of us walk through life unaware of the dangers we pose to our eardrums. We forge ahead, staying fit through regular exercise, conducting annual physicals and developing healthier eating habits, without assuring that our hearing is in optimum health. Consequently, this lapse in judgment could lead to hearing loss.

March 18, 2016 | By Mark Kishel | Opinion


Incumbents are playing defense

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Keep your online business identity in check

Jeb Bush recently made headlines for allegedly forgetting to renew his domain name. It was discovered that JebBush.com was pointing to Donald Trump's official campaign website. Since this news originally broke, we have learned that Bush never owned JebBush.com, and Trump never had control of that domain. A company in Australia owns it.

March 16, 2016 | By Lauren Dingus Speros | Opinion


Volunteers needed for local cleanups

The annual Great American Cleanup has begun. GAC was started in 1999 by Keep America Beautiful.

March 15, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Irresponsible spending led to county's debt

Editor, Great headline in Wednesday's paper, "1% sales tax would pay off half of the debts." Why do we have any debts at all? Now, I remember. The Liberty County Board of Commissioners spent more money than they had, and now they expect the taxpayers to cover their ineptitude.

March 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Mama comes around again

All my life, as long as I can recall, Mama saved things. Not because she was sentimental but because she had grown up Scotch-Irish poor, so any little bit of something might be valuable down the road.

March 15, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's finally Sunday! Can anyone save Sarah?

Sarah Hyden-Smith was usually a cheerful, confident woman. Lennox Valley Methodist Church was her third appointment, having served as an associate pastor at two larger churches since graduating from a fine seminary in central Ohio five years earlier.

March 14, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Seniors shouldn't have to pay school taxes

Editor, I recently contacted Buddy Carter's office concerning seniors in Liberty County having to pay school taxes. He replied in writing, stating that seniors in Georgia (according to Gov. Deal) do not have to pay school taxes. However, he stated that some counties are still charging seniors.

March 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why not hold parents accountable?

To my friends in the Legislature (and, yes, you are my friends. Without you, I wouldn't have a job).

March 11, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Congratulations to LCHS Panthers

Editor, Congratulations to the Liberty County players on winning the state championship in basketball. To my knowledge, this is only the third state championship won by a public school in Liberty County. What a great accomplishment!

March 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why you should care about qualifying week

Qualifying week, when candidates fill out the paperwork to be on the election ballot, is something I call "put up or shut up" time.

March 10, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here's where the story begins

A few years back, I was interviewing Celia Rivenbark, a noted Southern humorist and a friend of mine, on public radio. We were in a discussion about her latest book when I asked, "Are you funny every day?"

March 08, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Help pick most attractive businesses, homes

It is that time again! Time to nominate attractive homes and businesses in our community. We have so many assets that we should be proud of and that add value to our community. Through March 31, we are taking nominations for our Win-dex Awards for attractive businesses and for our biannual HomeProud recognition, honoring attractive homes and yards in our county.

March 08, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Maxine could spin tales in 'Rumor Has It'

It didn't take a Nielsen rating to uncover the favorite local entertainment in Lennox Valley in 1998. Without our own TV station, the newspaper and radio were our outlets for local news.

March 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


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Liberty schools about to finish a successful year

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and we have already begun celebrating our many 2015-16 successes. The following are just a few ...

April 21, 2016 | Dr. Valya Lee | Opinion


Now might be the worst time to get a DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad when the next ...

April 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Learn water conservation at Earth Day

When the 10th annual Earth Day Celebration takes place on Friday, everyone who attends has the chance to learn easy ways to change our world ...

April 19, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


It's best not to know what lies ahead

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted ...

April 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


'Silver Tongue' Dick Bland begins assault

"Renderings with Raymond" was normally a labor of love for Raymond Cooper. After all, it was his "baby." Started in 1997 as a camouflaged attempt ...

April 18, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Why I voted 'yes' on 'campus carry'

Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater regularity. House Bill 859, the "campus carry ...

April 15, 2016 | By state Rep. Jeff Jones Guest columnist | Opinion


Congress, pass a budget for once

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why ‘religious freedom’ bill failed

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


What’s wrong with Ted Cruz?

Editor,

April 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


181st school district changing young lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that ...

April 15, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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