In those days - the ones of my cherished youth - my cousin, Ronnie, a year older than I, worked for my daddy. Ronnie had cotton-colored hair and a face that, like mine, was smattered with freckles. He had what the lucky ones on Daddy's side of the family inherit: a quick-thinking sense of humor that is succinct, clever and smart.
It's Memorial Day weekend, and that means summer is officially here. With the warmer months come opportunities for outdoor fun - trips to the playground, picnics and, of course, swimming.
Which group to fall in? Now that is the question. I was talking to my neighbor and he said that a "crew" from Jacksonville was coming. This was sure to draw a large "group." Kanye and Jay-Z were going to be there along wit their "posse." Yo, yo! Justin Timberlake and that Bieber kid were dragging an "entourage." It was sure to be a "fraternity" soirée to end all fraternal soireeseseses. ...
Want to know what's causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here's a hint: it's not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it's a pair of 3-year-old laws.
I always have liked print newspapers. Partly what inspired me was an American Girl movie about a 9-year-old girl living in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Her name is Kit Kittredge.
Another member of the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced yet another bill in a futile attempt to limit how long members of Congress can stay in office. The measure, authored by Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., would limit House members to three terms, or six years, and senators to two terms, or 12 years.
Dear public-school teachers in Georgia: It looks as if you have survived another year of underwhelming support from state legislators, many of whom would kiss a tree toad, if so instructed, by the anti-public education crowd. I know it is frustrating, but as my daddy used to say, "Consider the source." One reader recently harrumphed that I should make my bias about public-school teachers more evident and let it be known that I have four ...
Editor, I am writing to express my shock and dismay over an incident I witnessed on May 9 in the early afternoon as I was leaving a hardware store. A young mother - and I use that term loosely - was severely and literally beating a small boy with a strap that looked like it had been made from a radiator belt. The child was screaming in pain and terror, and I felt compelled to stop and say something to the woman.
Last weekend, my husband and I toured the 2013 HGTV Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach. I am kind of a house-and-garden junkie, and I avidly record shows on HGTV to watch when I have time.
I'm finding it hard not to compare my child to others her age. Reese is healthy, communicative, active and right where she needs to be developmentally. At her 1-year checkup, our pediatrician was pleased with her growth and progress. He assured me she is hitting all of her milestones right on target. That news was music to my ears because, just like every parent on the planet, all I want is for my little girl to live a long, healthy, happy life.
MOULTRIE - Most of us have seen the Chick-fil-A signs that urge us to "eat more chicken." So would you ever expect to see one that says, "eat more crickets?"
Editor, I would like to extend my heartfelt apologies to those citizens who had planned to conduct business before the Midway City Council, others who were in attendance and to the citizens of Midway for the unprofessional conduct of the mayor pro tem and another Midway councilman at the May 13 council meeting. These two elected officials left the meeting in protest over a legitimate request for an oral reading of previous council minutes as ...
Editor, Midway Councilman Levern Clancy Jr. and Mayor Pro Tem Curtis Roberts Sr. should resign immediately from the Midway City Council. I was at the monthly council meeting Monday when past council meeting minutes were due to be read, which is the procedure according to "Robert's Rules of Order" - the rules that govern Midway's meeting procedures.
Editor note: This is the second of a three-part series. It is not running three consecutive weeks but over a four-week period.
Editor, Parents should be able to send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain safe and healthy. Given that today's children face more chronic health illnesses - asthma, diabetes, food allergies, etc. - than ever before, I take my role as a licensed, professional school nurse very seriously. I am grateful for the teachers, administrators and professional support staff with whom I work each day. They help to create ...
The waitress set down my cup of coffee, and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while silently reflecting on and pondering something.
Funny thing happened the other day to our local newspaper on the way to obscurity: My teenage daughter asked for a printed copy.
Every phase of "babyhood" has its merits, and I've loved them all so far. In fact, every time my daughter Reese enters a new stage of development, I swear that it's the best one yet. I honestly can't pick my favorite.
Editor, A former coach at Bradwell Institute said after Jim Walsh was let go that it didn't matter who got the job, because not even Nick Saban could turn the Tigers' football program around. Since coach Saban already has a pretty good job, we were lucky enough to get Adam Carter.
Some say the adage about pigs flying originated with Washington politicians who have an uncanny ability to get nothing accomplished. If they did accomplish something - the politicians we mean - then said swine would take to the air. The horror.
I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.
Editor, Allow me to express my concerns over the proposed annexation by the city of Hinesville of parts of the western end of Liberty County.
Finally, just when we thought it would never happen again, it does - we get some good news out of Washington, D.C.
The government is open once again, and all furloughed employees have been sent back to work.
"Hello, Gov. Deal's office. May I help you? One moment, please. Governor, you have a call on line one."
Editor, This is to the Sound off caller in Sunday's Coastal Courier who referenced a supervisor who apparently marks the time card of a county employee as worked, even though she does not show up for work.
Trash travels. That is why Keep Liberty Beautiful is running our local Rivers Alive campaign for 2013.
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year's elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.
Editor, Citizens of Hinesville beware. There is a company that goes by the name Registered Disbursement Division, and it is sending out letters stating that you have already won large sums of money and all you must do is send them $20 or $25 to process the check.
I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in greater Garfield to see what kind of reactions he was getting from the public to the recent shutdown of the federal government.