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Why security is needed in courthouse

Late on a Friday afternoon in 1989, Judge James E. Findley (now deceased), one of the three superior-court judges of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, which includes the superior court of Liberty County, was conducting a hearing for parties involved in a dispute over child support and alimony. The plaintiff, the former wife of a retired soldier, alleged that her ex-husband, the defendant, owed her substantial unpaid amounts for both forms of postdivorce support.

September 22, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Honor businesses that care about appearance

Businesses are part of the heart of our community here in Liberty County. We are fortunate that we have so many business owners who work hard to make the appearance of their businesses as positive as the services and products that they sell.

September 21, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


City resolves hospital security issue

Editor, It appears the city of Hinesville and the Police Department have reversed the decision to short the car plan to provide a static post inside the hospital. Instead, it will be offered to officers as a voluntary overtime job.

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Torn between metro Pooler and Ryo

This world is full of surprises. I just got a call from Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. That alone is rare. Skeeter doesn't call me much because he doesn't particularly care for those of us in the media. He thinks we add little value to society. That doesn't make him unique. According to my mail, quite a few others share his opinion.

September 17, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Politicians failing us on economy

A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy's long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it: We're headed for the fiscal rocks.

September 16, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion


Unintended consequences of 'religious freedom'

If you've been watching TV, you surely have seen the controversy in Kentucky, where a court clerk has been in and out of jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses on the grounds that it violates her religious beliefs.

September 16, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Recalling those old sports guys

Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called "SEC: Storied."

September 15, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Great response from HomeProud homeowners

A couple of years ago, we implemented a seasonal recognition program called HomeProud. We wanted to put a positive spin on the appearance of private properties in Liberty County.

September 15, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


State court performs vital judicial role

The State Court of Liberty County was established Aug. 9, 1916. Once called "county court" and later the "city court" of Hinesville, the state court has limited civil and criminal jurisdiction, but exclusive jurisdiction over misdemeanor criminal offenses occurring in any geographic area of the county where a municipal court does not exist (such as in Hinesville, Midway and Walthourville, all which have their own municipal courts).

September 14, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Is your city flooding your water bill?

Editor, Did you know that your city penalizes you when you turn on the sprinklers, water the flowers, wash your car, or fill the pool for your kids? If you look at your monthly utility bill, you will see charges for water usage and wastewater (sewer) usage. Both are determined by the amount of water that goes to your property, even if that water does not go into the wastewater system. This is a hidden source of income for the cities.

September 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Law officers have earned our respect

Eighty-three law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty this year. Twenty-four of them were shot and killed in cold blood. That is 83 husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters who will never make it home again for dinner, never celebrate another holiday with those they love, never return from that final shift protecting each and every one of us.

September 11, 2015 | By Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Guest columnist | Opinion


Two men who marched to their own drums

I love a great sense of humor no matter what its source. That includes obituaries. Joe O'Connor, a great American from Marietta, shared with me a couple of eulogies he thought I might enjoy reading. I did, and I deemed them too good not to pass along - edited for length but preserving their spirit.

September 10, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Politicians are human beings, too

State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, is a politician who's had a lot of things go his way.

September 09, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Juvenile-court reforms aim to help young offenders

Georgia's first juvenile court was established in 1911 in Fulton County. In 1971, a new law established a juvenile court in every county. In most counties, the juvenile court was a subdivision of superior court, with superior-court judges doubling as juvenile-court judges.

September 08, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion


Renegades among the righteous

One day over lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

September 08, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


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Could vetoes harm school reform efforts?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's vetoes of the "campus carry" and "religious ...

May 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Every day is Mother's Day

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many of the times she crosses my mind, I am doing something ...

May 10, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Liberty celebrates County Government Month

Liberty County celebrated National County Government Month with a variety of activities throughout April. This was our fourth year participating in the National Association of ...

May 10, 2016 | By Bob Sprinkel Assistant County Administrator | Opinion


'Magic trucks' really just spread litter

The perfect ending to a hectic day: Yesterday, on the way home, I got behind one of those "magic" trucks.

May 09, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Beatrice Justice keeps everyone guessing

Looking over the attendance pads from her first Sunday service, new Methodist Pastor Sarah Hyden-Smith read, "Claire Lapella." Next to the name, the box marked ...

May 09, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Ludacris’ demands for G-Day performance were ludricrous and UGA accepted them

Okay, Georgia Tech fans, give me your best shot. I asked for it.

May 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Teachers and substitutes often taken for granted

The first week of May marks the National Education Association's National Teacher Appreciation Week, which exists, in part, because teachers are too often thankless ...

May 06, 2016 | By Kendley Davenport | Opinion


It has been a strange election year

When friends ask if I'm ever going to retire as a working journalist, I respond, "how can I leave when I'm having so ...

May 05, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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