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Planners see stable population for county

The Liberty County Planning Commission has been working on a new comprehensive plan for Liberty County and its municipalities for the past 18 months. During this time, we have facilitated 18 meetings throughout the county, covering the cities of Flemington, Walthourville, Midway, Riceboro and Gum Branch as well as the town of Allenhurst and the unincorporated county. In each of the 18 meetings, we received input from residents about how they would like to see their parts of Liberty County grow in the future.

September 02, 2015 | By Jeff Ricketson Guest columnist | Opinion

Magistrate court in state's 'small-claims court'

In 1983, the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation creating a magistrate court in every county. Formerly, the magistrate court was called "the office of the justice of the peace" or, alternatively, the "justice court."

September 01, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion

Recycle It! Fair, Shred It! Day Sept. 12

It is time again for our quarterly Recycle It! fairs. The quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at three locations: the Liberty County Health Department in Flemington, Walthourville City Hall and the Midway Police Department. Three locations means that it is easier than ever for you to drop off these types of recycling items.

September 01, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Southerners love nicknames

For some reason, Southerners - more than people in any other region - love nicknames. It's really a show of affection when we care enough to bestow a nickname rather than call a person by his Christian name.

August 31, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

What about people who don't vote?

The campaigning for next year's elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large bloc of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, but don't.

August 28, 2015 | By Lee Hamilton Guest columnist | Opinion

What is childhood apraxia of speech?

In recent years, there has been a marked increase in public awareness of childhood apraxia of speech. Despite this awareness, this neuromotor condition remains poorly understood by many parents, teachers and even some pediatricians.

August 28, 2015 | By Shaunita Woods Guest columnist | Opinion

State must ensure schools don't fail students

In 2016, Georgia voters will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment creating an Opportunity School District (OSD), which would step in and place chronically underperforming public schools under state control.

August 28, 2015 | By Richard Woods Guest columnist | Opinion

Brian Robinson is more than just spokesman

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or a lizard-loafered lobbyist lurking around the Capitol with free lunch coupons or members of the news media with coffee stains on their shirts and cynicism in their hearts, the name Brian Robinson may be unfamiliar to you.

August 27, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

Carter shows special kind of courage

When he sat down in a room full of journalists at the Carter Center to talk about the cancer that has spread to several parts of his body, former President Jimmy Carter was quite calm and collected in discussing his reaction to the dreaded diagnosis.

August 26, 2015 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion

HomeProud Homes counter what broken windows bring

This month, we are accepting nominations for HomeProud Homes in Liberty County.

August 25, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

An introduction, Southern style

Back in the autumn - just as the leaves began to hint of the enchanting oranges, yellows and reds to come - we took a Monday off and headed to the state fair.

August 25, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

Midway neglecting historic trees

Editor, I think that I shall never see

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Clerks created state authority for residents

Georgia's Uniform Commercial Code provides the process for lenders to secure loans on personal property (i.e., non-real-estate property) by filing with the clerk of the superior court a document called a "financing statement" or a "UCC." Prior to 1993, clerks of superior court in Georgia learned that members of the state's banking industry were working with state legislators to create a central filing system for UCCs because, throughout the state, banks were losing money because of the state's outmoded method for filing financing statements to secure property pledged as collateral for loans.

August 24, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion

Free technical school education is great deal

At June's grand opening of Lanier Technical College's new campus in Barrow County, Gov. Nathan Deal talked about one of the best educational opportunities available anywhere in the United States.

August 20, 2015 | By State Rep. Terry England Guest columnist | Opinion

One of Georgia Tech's 'Lost Dodd Boys' reminisces

To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do you know who attended Georgia Tech football games for some 80 years - that's not a misprint - and was a season-ticket holder for Tech basketball for decades until the practicality of age made her realize she could root just as hard from home as she did on-site? And she does.

August 20, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

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Participate in 2015 Veterans Day Parade

Editor, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, falls on a Wednesday this year. As with the last three years, the Veterans Day Parade will line up in ...

September 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Why security is needed in courthouse

Late on a Friday afternoon in 1989, Judge James E. Findley (now deceased), one of the three superior-court judges of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, which ...

September 22, 2015 | By Barry Wilkes Columnist | Opinion

Honor businesses that care about appearance

Businesses are part of the heart of our community here in Liberty County. We are fortunate that we have so many business owners who work ...

September 21, 2015 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

City resolves hospital security issue

Editor, It appears the city of Hinesville and the Police Department have reversed the decision to short the car plan to provide a static post ...

September 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Opinion

Torn between metro Pooler and Ryo

This world is full of surprises. I just got a call from Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater ...

September 17, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion

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

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