U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter was the keynote speaker at the 6th annual Law Day May 9 in Ludowici.
The Savannah Republican addressed about 40 people at the Long County courthouse, covering several topics.
Carter initially praised the organizers and attendees, saying that more communities needed to recognize the people who help maintain law and order.
He praised Sheriff Craig Nobles and his department, superior court Clerk Sherry Long and her staff, and state court Judge Jeff Arnold.
Carter said that it was important for the legal system to be firm in their actions, but also fair.
He also answered questions from the audience on several topics, including healthcare reform, tax reform and improving the nation’s infrastructure.
The lawmaker said that even though he did not agree with President Trump on some topics, he did believe the president was doing a good job moving the country in the right direction. Carter also asked all who were present to pray for him, the country and the president.
"I believe we still live in the greatest country in the world," Carter said.
In addition to Carter, Arnold, Long and Nobles spoke.
Arnold praised Nobles and Long for keeping the community safe, and praised the elected officials for assisting them and providing support. He also spoke of the importance of serving others and said the spirt of serving was epitomized in the work of these people and the Long County community.
Nobles told the group of the importance of agencies being able to work together. He said the U.S. Marshals Office assists his department often. He said the marshals’ dedication was reflected in the 2016 shooting death of Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers as he and other officers were serving a warrant in Long County. Nobles praised Carothers and then a moment of silence for him as well.
Long, who organized the day thanked all for attending and provided door prizes. Refreshments were provided by Arnold’s office.