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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not long ago, I watched a couple of documentaries on ESPN about the Southeastern Conference called "SEC: Storied."
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, is a politician who's had a lot of things go his way.
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.
One day over lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The perfect ending to a hectic day: Yesterday, on the way home, I got behind one of those "magic" trucks.
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 ...
Okay, Georgia Tech fans, give me your best shot. I asked for it.
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 ...
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 ...