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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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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


Real estate records kept in clerk's office

"Clerk" is a commonplace term used to describe a variety of vocations, referring to persons who sell goods, wait on customers or engage in any type of clerical work, such as bookkeeping, copying and even running a cash register in a checkout line. Black's Law Dictionary defines "clerk" as the "officer of court who files pleadings, motions, judgments, etc., issues processes and keeps records of court proceedings," thus more aptly describing the functions of the 159 elected clerks of superior court in this state.

June 22, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


In search of cure for Alzheimer's disease

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

June 19, 2015 | By State Rep. Robert Trammell Jr. Guest columnist | Opinion


A day for memories of a special man

It has been 31 years since he passed away, and not a day goes by that I don't miss him, especially on Father's Day.

June 18, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Funding the state transporation bill

The transportation bill received much attention this past legislative session, and rightfully so. It doesn't take long for one to drive anywhere in Georgia before noticing that our roads, interstates, and bridges are in terrible disrepair.

June 18, 2015 | By State Rep. Ron Stephens Special to the Courier | Opinion


The American dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn that people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised that sometimes I see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes, I agree with that disagreement.

June 17, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Clerk of courts discusses his position

Many years ago, at the conclusion of the longest criminal jury trial in Liberty County's history, I overheard an attorney's son, who sat through several days of presentation of evidence during the trial, tell his father that, of all the jobs of court officials involved, he wanted my job as clerk of superior court.

June 16, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Special to the Courier | Opinion


Make your vacations eco-friendly

Are you planning your summer vacation? I hope you don't think you have to toss out all your good green and sustainable habits when you travel!

June 16, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


W-ville mayor responds to Courier article

Editor, The following is written in response to your article on June 10, 2015, discussing the indictment of Crystal Tilley. The Coastal Courier called the City of Walthourville earlier in the week seeking comments on the indictment. Then, as now, it would have been inappropriate for the city to officially comment on this matter. There is an ongoing criminal case, and current city officials and employees may be witnesses or called to give testimony.

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


Resident says city is muzzling him

Editor, Locked out!

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion


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