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.
It was as ugly as a warthog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50, and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia -the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South -bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the state football championship, 41-34.
Over lunch the other day with friends - all in the newspaper business - I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.
Let's start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what's happening in the world - and understand the plans of allies and enemies - to keep the nation prepared and secure.
My attempts at making more mom friends still are failing miserably. At this point, I'd probably try an online "matchmaking" site for women with children who are looking to befriend other women with children. Sort of like eHarmony, but with sippy cups and strollers. Actually, that sounds like a great idea because then I'd get to be very picky with my criteria, thus reducing the chances I'd get "matched up" with another mom I have absolutely nothing in common with, which has kind of been my problem so far.
This is a wonderful time of the year! It is a great time to share your Christmas cheer with folks that you normally might take for granted.
The holiday season is suddenly upon us. Tree lots are full, Christmas candies are out in full force and the Black Friday sales are taunting us at every turn.
Editor, Mark your calendars, dress the young'uns, pack up the car and head east because Liberty County's east end is coming alive Saturday, Dec. 7.
No one likes to hear "I told you so…"
If New Year's is a time to regroup and look toward the upcoming year, then Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reflect on the year that has passed. In our family, it is a time when we thank the good Lord for both the heartaches and the blessings.
We did it for four years while I was a member of the planning and zoning board of the city of Pooler. We did it for 11 years while I was serving as either Pooler mayor pro tem or mayor. And we've done it for the past nine years while I've served in the state Legislature.
Editor, I'm writing to praise all of those who planned and carried out the Bradwell Institute Old Lions reunion Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Dorchester Village Civic Center.
Knock! Knock! Knock!
We have so much to be thankful for. It is really easy when we become adults to get a little cynical. It becomes a little too easy to see what is wrong and forget about all the things that are right that we take for granted every day.
Somehow I ran across an out-of-print book called "The Last Lap." Now 15 years old, it tells an intriguing, timeless tale of the early days of America's first stock-car racers.
Before I had a child, there were a few things I noticed parents doing that really annoyed me, and I swore I would never do those things if and when I became a mother. For the most part, I've been diligent about sticking to my guns.