For months on end in 2013, my daughter had a chronic, rough-sounding cough, severe chest congestion and back-to-back bouts with viruses and infections. To rule out serious illnesses and conditions such as pneumonia, childhood asthma and cystic fibrosis, we saw multiple doctors and specialists, one of whom - a pediatric pulmonologist - sent my then-20-month old toddler for a chest X-ray. Thankfully, it was clear.
Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries of Liberty County Inc. would like to thank the community for supporting the 2014 Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-a-Thon fundraiser. The weather was a little chilly for our fourth annual event, but the crowd was one of the largest we've had and, again, we say thanks.
Editor, The time to act is now. All Americans must stop and take a close look at the symbol of our great nation, which they might have flying over their residence, place of business, on their vehicles or even on their clothes. Is that great symbol of your freedom, the American flag, unserviceable? By that, I mean is it worn, torn, dirty or just plain ragged? If so, now is the time to replace it with a brand-new American flag.
Editor, In the Friday, May 9 Courier, I saw that the Liberty County Board of Commissioners has finalized the list of SPLOST projects. I noticed that the east end of Liberty County, as usual, was granted just a small portion of the projected $54 million. The two items that I see listed is the Midway City Hall ($317,384) and an east-end medical clinic ($362,725). These two projects are about 0.013 percent of the total revenue expected from SPLOST.
Editor: The city of Hinesville is hosting the fourth annual Project Homeless Connect on June 14, in the Bradwell Institute gymnasium. Each year, at least 100 families in this community experience homelessness. These families most often include young children, victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, veterans and senior citizens. Regardless of whether their experience is for one night or longer, it is our endeavor to minimize this traumatic experience and prevent homelessness.
To David Perdue, Jack Kingston and Michelle Nunn: Congratulations on making it this far in your quests to become our newest U.S. senator. As you prepare for the next phases of your campaigns, I thought I would pass along to you some unsolicited advice for your consideration.
No matter how old I get, I still need my mom - and my mother-in-law. That's especially true now that I have my own family, house, career and other obligations. This precarious juggling act necessitates a need for motherly help like never before.
I recall a visit I once had with Mama. It was a couple of years before she just up and died without warning and when we least expected it.
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You may vote in elections, but when you volunteer, you vote about the kind of community you want to live in. - source unknown
Can you believe school already is out for the summer? It seems like it was just yesterday that we began day one of the 2013-14 school year in Liberty County and "set sail" on a course of excellence toward developing the 21st century learner. It's been a busy year of change; but overall, a great year with numerous successes and accomplishments. I am so very proud of our bright and talented students as well as our dedicated faculty and staff in the Liberty County School System. The process has been labor-intensive, but all to the benefit of our students.
Editor, On behalf of the Liberty County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Association, I want to personally thank our community for its incredible support. We have reached a milestone in our philanthropic work, as this year marks a total of $100,000 awarded in scholarships to high-school seniors.
How's this for a conflict? Recently, I had to choose between going to New York and attending the prestigious Peabody Award ceremonies, sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, or an opportunity to participate in the 14th annual Washpot Festival in Garfield.
Editor, Who can say no to puppy kisses? It's the rare person who does not melt when confronted with a darling puppy full of energy. But it also is the rare person who stops to think about the origin of that puppy.
Editor, The 10th annual scholarship golf tournament was held April 12, and it was the culmination of several events this year hosted by the Liberty County Dr. M.L. King Jr. Observance Association.
Somewhere along the line, it seems, people stopped talking about the American Dream. I can't recall the last time I heard anyone, in person or through the media, remind folks that we live in the greatest country on Earth and that here in this land of profound freedom, opportunities abound and no one, regardless of race or socioeconomic background, is held back from grand and lofty aspirations.
Remember the story of "The Little Engine That Could"? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.
In an article that appeared in the Feb. 20, 2013 edition of the Coastal Courier, the Liberty County commissioners blamed Midway for delaying the fire plan, but never addressed or discussed why the city opted out of the county fire plan.
Lately, I've been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life's challenging times - the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, "It's always about the story with her."
This weekend, Keep Liberty Beautiful will host two Native Plant Awareness Giveaway Days to encourage the use of native plants and other great growers in our community.
I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it's not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I've long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.
Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday." The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia: "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."
History is fickle with heroic humans, even when they loom over their generation in service to humanity. Even presidents suffer the fickle hand of history, especially when events in their administrations overshadow them. It happened to Herbert Hoover.
Editor, Recently, I've spotted some news headlines - around the region, state and country - that I never thought I'd see. It really makes me wonder, "Whatever were they thinking?"
As many of our readers know, over the past few weeks the Courier received numerous comments and requests to look into recent policies and decisions made by leaders and administrators of the Liberty County School System.
Editor, The Hinesville Fire Department responds to several residential fires each year. Often, the structure involved in the fire is rented property. In several incidents that I have responded to in my 21 years with the department, residents have lost all of their belongings and did not have renter's insurance. This is a reminder from our department for renters to get renter's insurance today.
National Planting Day, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, is a special way for us to celebrate the value and power of native species for local landscapes.
Have you noticed how "nostalgia" sells? This hit me like an antique butter churn the other day as I was watching television, and so many of the commercials have incorporated "old rock" music into their marketing spiels. And we can say, "Yes I remember that one!" We might even say, "Hey, that was our song!"
When business called my husband, Tink, back to Los Angeles, he decided to take the opportunity to have his annual check-up. When it ended, he called home.
Last week, seemingly all the national news agencies reported on the American Academy of Pediatrics' new recommendation that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to help ensure older children get more sleep.
Editor, Two and a half years ago, Hinesville renovated its mosquito-control program to bring it in line with the American Mosquito Control Association's recommendations for an integrated mosquito control program.