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March to the beat of your own eardrums

When it comes to hearing, a majority of us walk through life unaware of the dangers we pose to our eardrums. We forge ahead, staying fit through regular exercise, conducting annual physicals and developing healthier eating habits, without assuring that our hearing is in optimum health. Consequently, this lapse in judgment could lead to hearing loss.

March 18, 2016 | By Mark Kishel | Opinion


Incumbents are playing defense

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Keep your online business identity in check

Jeb Bush recently made headlines for allegedly forgetting to renew his domain name. It was discovered that JebBush.com was pointing to Donald Trump's official campaign website. Since this news originally broke, we have learned that Bush never owned JebBush.com, and Trump never had control of that domain. A company in Australia owns it.

March 16, 2016 | By Lauren Dingus Speros | Opinion


Volunteers needed for local cleanups

The annual Great American Cleanup has begun. GAC was started in 1999 by Keep America Beautiful.

March 15, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Irresponsible spending led to county's debt

Editor, Great headline in Wednesday's paper, "1% sales tax would pay off half of the debts." Why do we have any debts at all? Now, I remember. The Liberty County Board of Commissioners spent more money than they had, and now they expect the taxpayers to cover their ineptitude.

March 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Mama comes around again

All my life, as long as I can recall, Mama saved things. Not because she was sentimental but because she had grown up Scotch-Irish poor, so any little bit of something might be valuable down the road.

March 15, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


It's finally Sunday! Can anyone save Sarah?

Sarah Hyden-Smith was usually a cheerful, confident woman. Lennox Valley Methodist Church was her third appointment, having served as an associate pastor at two larger churches since graduating from a fine seminary in central Ohio five years earlier.

March 14, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Seniors shouldn't have to pay school taxes

Editor, I recently contacted Buddy Carter's office concerning seniors in Liberty County having to pay school taxes. He replied in writing, stating that seniors in Georgia (according to Gov. Deal) do not have to pay school taxes. However, he stated that some counties are still charging seniors.

March 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why not hold parents accountable?

To my friends in the Legislature (and, yes, you are my friends. Without you, I wouldn't have a job).

March 11, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Congratulations to LCHS Panthers

Editor, Congratulations to the Liberty County players on winning the state championship in basketball. To my knowledge, this is only the third state championship won by a public school in Liberty County. What a great accomplishment!

March 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Why you should care about qualifying week

Qualifying week, when candidates fill out the paperwork to be on the election ballot, is something I call "put up or shut up" time.

March 10, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Here's where the story begins

A few years back, I was interviewing Celia Rivenbark, a noted Southern humorist and a friend of mine, on public radio. We were in a discussion about her latest book when I asked, "Are you funny every day?"

March 08, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Help pick most attractive businesses, homes

It is that time again! Time to nominate attractive homes and businesses in our community. We have so many assets that we should be proud of and that add value to our community. Through March 31, we are taking nominations for our Win-dex Awards for attractive businesses and for our biannual HomeProud recognition, honoring attractive homes and yards in our county.

March 08, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Maxine could spin tales in 'Rumor Has It'

It didn't take a Nielsen rating to uncover the favorite local entertainment in Lennox Valley in 1998. Without our own TV station, the newspaper and radio were our outlets for local news.

March 07, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


ESPLOST up for renewal on May 24 ballot

Editor, Due to the defeat of the Special Local Option Sales Tax in November 2014, we currently pay 6 percent sales tax in Liberty County - 4 percent state sales tax (no state sales tax on groceries), 1 percent Local Option Tax to operate Liberty County and 1 percent for education, also known as ESPLOST, which expires next year in July.

March 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


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This Sebastian is the real deal — no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do, and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in ...

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Junior E. Lee gives thoughts on election

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now, but in order to do so, I needed ...

June 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough Syndicated columnist | Opinion


Officers must stop speeders on Rye Patch Road

Editor,

June 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Investing in people is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms hoping for good news and, at the same ...

June 14, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Have you been feeding monsters?

There are monsters lurking around our cities. No, not zombies, but they are just as devastating. These monsters create havoc on our environment because citizens ...

June 14, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Armed with truth, editor ponders strategy

In all the years Iris Long had served as editor of Hometown News, she had never felt faint while covering a story. Never, that is ...

June 13, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Tip on preventing thefts from autos

People entering automobiles and taking things that don't belong to them has become all too common. The Hinesville Police Department has handled a number ...

June 13, 2016 | By George Stagmeier Guest columnist | Opinion


DOT: Please pardon our progress

It's springtime in Georgia and summer is around the corner. It is a time when we welcome visitors to our great state, and we ...

June 13, 2016 | By Russell McMurry Guest columnist | Opinion


Some good guys leave the Capitol playing field

We've spent a lot of time talking about people running for office this year, but I want to note the departure of a few ...

June 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford Syndicated columnist | Opinion


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