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Land records hold a plethora of information

Land records hold a plethora of information

In many Georgia counties, the lack of — or gaps in — many public records is blamed on the Union Army’s monthlong march through Georgia in the winter of 1864 when, in fact, the real reasons are a century and a half of complacency on the part of some officials entrusted to protect and preserve such records, lack of proper recordkeeping techniques, shoddy and inept recordkeeping practices, corruption, fraud, intentional alteration or destruction of records, and the lack of appropriations required to properly store and preserve such records.

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Updated: jul. 06, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Health law still unaffordable, unworkable

Health law still unaffordable, unworkable

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Obama administration to allow Obamacare subsidies to flow through HealthCare.gov. This is a disappointment for the rule of law and for the states that have fought to keep some of Obamacare’s flawed policies out of their states.

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Seven Ministries thankful for support

Seven Ministries thankful for support

Editor, The board of directors of Seven Ministries Inc. would like to thank the community for its support of our annual fundraiser, The Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-A-Thon. We had a record turnout and raised enough funds to award scholarships as well as help support our other programs.  

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Updated: jul. 04, 2015 7:30 a.m.
Former UGA prexy heads back to Malibu, all is well

Former UGA prexy heads back to Malibu, all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution’s vice president of university affairs.

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Updated: jul. 02, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Motorcycles disturb quiet neighborhood

Motorcycles disturb quiet neighborhood

Editor, On the afternoon of June 20, my quiet neighborhood of Sharon, Lesa and Elaine streets bordering the usually serene Irene B. Thomas Park was basically “occupied” by a large, loud motorcycle group. I called the Hinesville Police Department and was informed by the HPD that about four or five people called about this incident. The motorcycle group involved about 30-40 motorcycles and had two individuals on private property on Sharon Street near the park entrance videotaping their entrance. Thankfully, the Hinesville police responded in force, and the “occupying force” quieted down and left in an orderly manner.

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Updated: jul. 02, 2015 11:50 a.m.
Three new chapters in America's story

Three new chapters in America's story

You won’t often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours — a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

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Updated: jul. 01, 2015 12:30 p.m.
Clerk's staff can't practice law

Clerk's staff can't practice law

O.C.G.A. § 15-6-51 makes the unauthorized practice of law illegal. Specifically, it bars any person other than a duly licensed attorney at law of this state from rendering or furnishing legal services “of any kind in any actions or proceedings of any nature.”

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Updated: jun. 30, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Everything works out if you let it

Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine — long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations — called one day to announce happily that she was learning to “let things roll right off my back.”

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Updated: jun. 30, 2015 6:00 p.m.
No butts about it, cigarette litter is nasty

No butts about it, cigarette litter is nasty

One of the most challenging elements that businesses have to grapple with in maintaining attractive venues is the cigarette litter that people dispose of in parking areas and sidewalks.  

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MaMa Irene thanks group for assistance

MaMa Irene thanks group for assistance

Editor, I’m coming to our community to say thanks for all of your help and assistance. So many of you have given in the past years to MaMa Irene’s Outreach. Through all of you, I was able to help a countless number of families who were in need with clothes, furniture, appliances, Christmas toys, Easter baskets and school supplies.

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Updated: jun. 30, 2015 2:00 p.m.
Now, Georgia can close insurance gap

Now, Georgia can close insurance gap

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The King v. Burwell ruling protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal healthcare.gov marketplace rather than create their own state-based health-insurance exchange.

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Updated: jun. 29, 2015 8:30 p.m.
Thanks from Manna House

Thanks from Manna House

Editor, The Board of Directors of Liberty County Manna House would like to acknowledge and thank: Hinesville Rotary Club, GeoVista Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors, City of Hinesville and Liberty Regional Medical Center for their efforts in collecting and donating more than 500 jars of peanut butter and jelly. A special thanks to the Rev. Doug Harn, who graciously allowed us to use his truck to move all this food.

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Updated: jun. 25, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Five young men help define successful life

Five young men help define successful life

Five young men, ages 18-23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

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Updated: jun. 25, 2015 4:00 p.m.
The great EPA ozone-asthma caper

The great EPA ozone-asthma caper

The first ozone alert of 2015 was issued June 17 amid 90-degree temperatures in metro Atlanta, a “Code Orange” warning children and “sensitive” individuals to “limit prolonged outdoor exertion.”

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Updated: jun. 25, 2015 9:00 a.m.
Poverty increases demand for feeding programs

Poverty increases demand for feeding programs

Georgia summer nutrition programs served about 18,000 more children in July 2014 than in July 2013. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these programs still served less than 1 in 6 needy children in 2014, according to a recent report by the Food Research and Action Center.

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Honor businesses that have clean facilities

Honor businesses that have clean facilities

Creating an attractive Liberty County is good for all of us who live here. Attractive and clean communities attract new businesses and residents, and are healthier places for all of us to grow and thrive.

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Updated: jun. 23, 2015 7:00 p.m.
A father to remember

A father to remember

It happens all the time: Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

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Updated: jun. 23, 2015 4:00 p.m.

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