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Memorable excuses from potential jurors

One of my statutory jobs as clerk of the courts of Liberty County is to maintain the jury list of the county from which superior and state court civil and criminal jurors are chosen for jury duty at random by an automated system.

August 17, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion

Carson would make a great president

Editor, "Instead of pointing fingers and creating strife, we should be talking about how to solve the problem of murder in our black communities. ... We should instill values to let young black men know that their brothers' lives do matter."

August 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Snake oil in the Clean Power Plan

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help,'" Ronald Reagan famously said. After new energy regulations were announced this week, Americans should ask government, "With friends like you, who needs enemies?"

August 13, 2015 | By Benita Dodd Guest columnist | Opinion

Random thoughts on random subjects

Hooray! The state of Georgia, CSX Transportation, Murray County and the Georgia Ports Authority have announced construction of the Appalachian Regional Port to be built in Murray County in northwest Georgia. Automobiles, carpet, flooring and other goods from Georgia and neighboring states will be shipped via a direct 388-mile CSX rail line to the Georgia Ports Authority's deep-water port in Savannah.

August 13, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

School starts -- and the games begin

Another school year is underway in our state, which means that it's time to start complaining about the Georgia High School Association.

August 12, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

Commissioners trying to sneak in SPLOST again

Editor, I really love to watch the "good ol' boy" politicians in Liberty County inveigle money from the taxpayers. If their sneakiness wasn't so serious, it would be funny.

August 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Being a full-time soldier for God

And he said, 'The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge. My savior, thou dost save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.'" - 2 Samuel 22:2-4

August 10, 2015 | By Pastor Richard Hayes Pastor's Corner | Opinion

Don’t be a water waster with these tips

Are you a summer water waster?

August 10, 2015 | By Sara Swida Keep Liberty Beautiful Director | Opinion

Reader: Eason has positive vision for Hinesville


August 10, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Clerk’s office works to save taxpayers money

As a government agency grows, there is a tendency for the agency to become a bureaucracy. I am not fond of bureaucracy and as clerk of the superior, state, juvenile and magistrate courts of Liberty County, I have done everything within my power to ensure that your clerk's office never becomes a "system of administration marked by officialism, red tape and proliferation" - which is an onerous task because almost every function of the office is governed by state and federal laws, court decisions, and state- and local-court rules.

August 10, 2015 | By F. Barry Wilkes For the Record | Opinion

The wealth of being poor

My people, as I have long said, were raised in hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don't know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred-dollar bill.

August 10, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Dixie Diva | Opinion

Seven Ministries thanks school rally supporters

Editor, The Board of Directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting our annual Back to School Rally. The event was held on July 25 at Rebecca's Place here in Hinesville, and we were able to provide school supplies to well over 250 children. Seven Ministries is not a social club, nor a civic organization. We are a ministry and, like all ministries, we depend on donations (the kindness of strangers) to make what we do possible. Monies from our annual fundraiser, the Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-A-Thon, remain our primary ...

August 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

This time was supposed to be so different

The most-important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget. I know - it also levies taxes, imposes or relaxes regulations and, once in a while, nudges our social, economic or political order in a meaningful way. But the budget tells the government what to do and makes it possible to do it. Everything else follows from that.

August 07, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion

By popular demand, Junior Lee analyzes races

Please don't say anything to Junior E. Lee about this, but I had several people come up to me after a recent speech to ask why they had not seen his observations in the paper recently. If he knew that, he might ask for a raise.

August 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Step right up and place your bets

Casino gambling is coming to Georgia. That is probably the horse to bet on.

August 05, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

September 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

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