Editor, Wednesday morning, I experienced the excitement and absolute joy of welcoming students and parents back to a new school year at the Midway Elementary and Middle schools. It was an experience I will long remember and the most wonderful start to my day in many years.
I cannot think of a time in my life when newspapers were not present.
With the recent revelations coming out of the Internal Revenue Service - news that it colluded with the Federal Elections Commission to influence rulings - the last place the scandal-plagued agency belongs is in the most personal aspect of our lives: our health care.
Editor, It has come to the attention of myself and the Liberty County NAACP chapter that there has been unacceptable behavior from a Chinese-food restaurant in Hinesville toward certain residents of Liberty County.
Teachers, as you head back to the classroom for the new school year, I would like to tell you that things have changed for the better, but I would be fibbing.
Editor, Andy "Bubba" Young is a loving, compassionate daddy who gave up the comforts of home to serve and protect us as a loyal Long County deputy. He gave of himself. As a Christian, he prayed for our loved ones anytime we reached out to him.
Having a sick child is hard, there's no doubt about that. First and foremost, parents are faced with the sense of helplessness that comes with knowing your son or daughter feels poorly, and there's little that can be done to instantaneously restore their health.
Back in the summer, unwillingly, I would rise early and take a run to beat some of the oppressive heat and humidity that smothers the South when the sun inches higher in the sky. Many mornings, I encountered something that would stick with me for the rest of the run.
People who litter just blow my mind. I do not understand where anyone gets the idea that tossing your trash on the ground makes any sense.
This week, school bells will ring and the 2013-14 academic year will begin. Some kids welcome it, others don't. Parents also likely have mixed feelings about the start of another term.
If you want to know why passing congressional legislation has gotten so difficult, here are two numbers to remember: five and 532. They illustrate a great deal about Congress today.
Editor, News has been circulating around Midway that McDonald's and a convenience store will be opening next to Holton's Seafood Restaurant on East Oglethorpe Highway at I-95. The city of Midway and Liberty County have given their approvals. Now, for the bad news - the Georgia Department of Transportation has decided that there needs to be a new turn lane in that area, which will cost $175,000.
With 25 years in the pet industry and formally as a handler licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, I well understand that there is room for improvement in every aspect of animal husbandry. My comments here are superficial to the problems that exist.
I read recently in the Atlanta newspapers that our intrepid public servants just keep on going - on trips, that is.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate more than 251 million tons of garbage each year. We are the trashiest country in the world.
My fellow Georgians, in order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is a requirement that I annually submit to you a State of the Column message. This I do today. (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!)
Southeast Georgia recently escaped the worst of a winter ice storm that ravaged other parts of the South, particularly Georgia's capital, Atlanta. The utility companies that serve our region had personnel on standby and monitored the storm closely enough to at least be prepared for the worst. Thankfully, the severe ice and snow that accompanies such storms did not come our way and, for that, we should be thankful.
Editor, I have been an dedicated subscriber and reader of the Coastal Courier for some 30 years. Never have I seen an article begin:
Are you HomeProud? At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we hope so.
The Second Amendment. Made in the USA. Jobs for Georgia. These are three of my favorite things.
"Someday," Daddy used to say often as I was growing up, "I'm going to the Holy Land. I want to walk where Jesus walked."
The next big milestone on my parenting horizon isn't really something that's fun to talk about, let alone figure out how to handle. It's not a dinner-table conversation topic, but it certainly is a necessity - potty training.
As spouses and mothers, we far too easily let the needs of our family come first. As members of the military community, we give and give, tirelessly supporting those alongside us. While the challenges often faced by our community aren't dwindling anytime soon, instead of letting our lives and goals and intentions pass us by, let's go out and make big things happen.
Last Friday, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to approve a $320 million addition to the state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30. The midyear adjustment would increase this year's total budget amount from $19.9 billion to $20.2 billion.
American humorist Will Rogers once said, "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Ol' Will would have loved the Georgia Legislature. They are the gift that keeps on giving.
After taking a day off to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we continued our session Jan. 21. Traditionally, the shortened week is set aside for budget hearings, so only members of the Appropriations Committee would need to be in attendance. However, with the fast pace that we have started out with this year, budget hearings were held the week of Jan. 13 in order to save time.
Back years ago, when Mama was widowed, it became suddenly and shockingly clear that she wasn't completely capable of being on her own. This was news to us because she had always stepped up and did whatever it took to look after our family. She was quite ingenious and hard-working.
Awhile back, I worked with a woman who was vocal about her belief that potential parents should have to pass a strict screening before welcoming children into the world. Although, from a purely scientific standpoint, there was no way to enforce my coworker's slightly far-fetched proposal, she maintained all human beings should be stripped of their fertility at birth and should have their ability to procreate returned to them in their mid-to-late 20s only if they meet certain criteria.
Editor, I was very pleased to read that Coastal Electric Cooperative recently has been named the best electric co-op in Georgia and also received the 2013 Georgia Electric Membership Corporation "Community Service and Volunteerism Award."
Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier.