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Christian educators should model faith

Area schools start classes back this week and next. For both students and educators, the new year brings many challenges.

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Updated: jul. 31, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Volunteers, community support made Special Olympics successful

Editor, I would like to personally thank Fort Stewart EFMP, Reaching Milestones and all the wonderful military and civilian volunteers who came out to support our annual Special Olympics Spring Games. The competition would not have been successful without such tremendous support from the Hinesville and Fort Stewart community.

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Updated: jul. 31, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Trying to determine who is the real outsider in race

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office, and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate “outsider.”

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Updated: jul. 30, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Downtown director was a blessing

Editor, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude for the great job that Vicki Davis did when employed as the executive director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority. The seven years that she gave to our community opened many doors of opportunity to the Liberty County Community and Area Mass Choir.

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Black and white stories can be powerful

One Sunday, while sitting around the dinner table, my sister Louise and I began to tell “Daddy stories” — the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he was “made a preacher,” as our folks said back then, I could only contribute what he had told to me about those days, not what I had seen.

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Updated: jul. 29, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Parents, use every second wisely

Right after my daughter’s birth, I thought I never had enough time to get things done. I had a new baby, I’d just returned to work and I was adjusting to a lot of “firsts.” While I enjoyed my precious, new little one and devoted as much time as I possibly could to my career, laundry stacked up, dishes went unwashed, tumbleweeds of dog hair and dust rolled lazily across the kitchen floor and a thin layer of dust coated nearly every surface in my house.

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Updated: jul. 29, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Pastor's Corner: Embrace the power of purity

Today’s Scripture reading: Acts 19: 11-16 (NIV).

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Updated: jul. 28, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Keep Liberty Beautiful: Nominees help make area beautiful

Are you HomeProud? Thankfully, many homeowners in our community are, and we are delighted to showcase a few of them this month.

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EPA rules good for business, economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

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Updated: jul. 24, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Small businesses want higher wages

If Congress actually listened to small-business owners, the minimum wage would be going up.

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Updated: jul. 24, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Yet another Georgia river in peril

As far back as 2010, the Ogeechee River has been called one of the most threatened rivers in the country by environmental groups such as the Southeast Environmental Law Center.

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Updated: jul. 24, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Pay for P.O. box on time or face fee

Editor, I never would have thought a small block of wood measuring about 1.5 inches by 2 inches could make me so angry.

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Updated: jul. 24, 2014 11:30 a.m.

Taxpayers on hook for botched ethics probe of governor

In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term, in which I served until 2002.

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Updated: jul. 23, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom — a driver’s license — and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

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Updated: jul. 22, 2014 4:00 p.m.

It's time to close Southern borders

Editor, Mexico and Guatemala have finalized a deal that will allow Guatemalans (who normally would be arrested and deported or imprisoned in Mexico) to travel on 72-hour passes through Mexico on their way to our Southern border.

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Updated: jul. 22, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Stormwater runoff is good rain gone bad

I love a good rainstorm — I always have. My mother used to check the weather forecast for thunderstorms because I was fascinated by them and wanted to watch them outside. However, it’s not really a good idea to sit outside during a thunderstorm.

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Updated: jul. 22, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I’m being sarcastic, of course; it’s obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

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Updated: jul. 22, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the “blood moon.” And that includes me, until now.  I wasn’t really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a “better beware” kind of verbiage.

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Updated: jul. 22, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Johnson deserves district seat

Editor, Lately your newspaper has printed several letters stating that Buddy Carter is just like Jack Kingston. These claims are extreme exaggerations and pretty farfetched.

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Updated: jul. 21, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Midway needs better fire-protection deal

It’s good when the fire department is quiet, but the Midway Fire Department is the busiest department outside of Hinesville. The Midway volunteers do an excellent job with a quick response time. Many residents are not aware of Midway’s coverage area, but the Midway Fire Department covers Midway’s 4 square miles and 40 square miles of unincorporated areas of Liberty County. It also supports other fire departments when called upon for assistance.

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Updated: jul. 17, 2014 6:00 p.m.

BRAC should be feared in Georgia

Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.

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Updated: jul. 17, 2014 4:00 p.m.

The tyranny of automobiles

In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.

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Updated: jul. 17, 2014 1:00 p.m.

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