The news is not good for Georgia on the economic front. It seems sales tax revenue is down approximately 10 percent from February 2009, and last year revenue was down ... well, let's say they were way down and leave it at that for now.
April 1, 2010 is the deadline for accepting applications for homestead exemption for tax year 2010. Applications can be accepted year round but those received after April 1st will be applied to 2011 taxes. You can file at either of the two offices of the Tax Commissioner: (1) 11 North College Street in Pembroke or (2) 185 Richard Davis Drive in Richmond Hill.
In the midst of one of the worst economic crises in memory, the Georgia General Assembly has to make some extremely difficult financial decisions. I don't envy them their job.
For the past two weeks, the Georgia state legislature has taken a working recess to address our budget crisis. At issue are both the FY 2010 amended and the FY 2011 general budgets.
Many of us have reached that point in the deployment where we are less focused on counting down for the end of the year and more focused on counting down for R & R. Those blessed two weeks of reprieve from the loneliness seem to be on everyone's minds.
The crowd gathered behind barricades in barely contained anticipation - and in some cases adoration - Tuesday prior to President Barack Obama's arrival at Savannah Technical College reminded me of Beatle-mania way back in the 1960s, when four charismatic musicians from Manchester, England, forever changed America's rock music scene.
This past November, I was elected to the Richmond Hill Historical Society. It was, and is, an honor.
"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right."
By George Israel Around far too many kitchen tables in Georgia, families and friends are talking about jobs – how they've lost one, what they are doing to get one, and how few seem to be available. With statewide unemployment hovering around 10%, even if we're not having those conversations ourselves, we know someone who is. Estimates show that Georgia will ultimately lose as many as 370,000 jobs ...
Henry Ford is probably turning over in his grave, because we are talking about him once again.
Henry Ford did a lot for Richmond Hill. There is no disputing that. But history shows Ford was indisputably anti-Semitic, and that bothers some Richmond Hill residents. Among the most vocal is Dick Kent, a retired Army colonel who over the years has attempted to persuade Richmond Hill leaders to change the city's "A Henry Ford City" slogan shown on road signs to something he believes would be less inflammatory to those ...
Another year went by in a flash. It seems like yesterday that the 2008 "Stud's "n Dud's" article came out. And here it comes again. Every year, folks look back and reflect on the best and worse things that happen that year. We may not get all of the Stud's and Dud's of 2009, if fact, you probably have a long list of your own, but here are mine in no particular order or degree of "UD-ness."
- Defensively Minded Hinesville - There are many people in Hinesville who will read this column. And many of them are military folks either being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, are in Iraq or Afghanistan or are returning from Iraq or Afghanistan - all in defense of our country. They defend, by taking the battle to the "subversive's" backyard rather than allowing "them" to do battle in ours. The population ...
There are many people in Hinesville who will read this column. And many of them are military folks either being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, are in Iraq or Afghanistan or are returning from Iraq or Afghanistan - all in defense of our country. They defend, by taking the battle to the "subversive's" backyard rather than allowing "them" to do battle in ours.
By David Freeman Guest Columnist I am irritated, and I bet some of you are too. The arrogance of our politicians seems to be growing by the day. I realize that we are a republic, and that we elect people to represent our views and legislate on our behalf, but the question I want to ask you is this: Are they representing your views? Do you believe they ...
When I was elected to my first term as chairman, all commission meetings were required to be held in the Pembroke, which was designated as the seat of county government in our charter. The meetings were held on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 in the afternoon.
State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) deserves thanks for taking a stand against the issuance of another wastewater permit to King America Finishing, the Screven County manufacturer believed to be responsible for the largest fish kill in the Ogeechee River in memory.
Last week, the Environmental Protection Division held a public hearing to solicit comments on the draft wastewater permit for King American Finishing in Screven County. The hearing was held at Effingham County High School in Springfield and, although I was not there, I understand it was well-attended.
Editor, "Government is essentially the negation of liberty. If we fail to challenge government at every turn, there will be no liberty remaining for us to defend when the government tries to negate it,"
David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, is making noises about challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary.
The Ogeechee River is in southern Georgia, just south of Savannah, where it expands majestically into the ocean near Fort McAllister.
Have you ever tried to figure out a maze? You travel down a path and find yourself at a dead end, forcing you to backtrack to find another way out. Well, Midway is in that maze right now - it's called the city charter.
Mama was stubborn. "Set in her ways," is what country folks call it and boy, was she. When she made up her mind, nothing stopped her. Especially when she set her jaw and punctuated her declaration with a firm nod of her head. If she also threw that crooked forefinger in your direction, you knew that it was set in stone. Destined to be.
Columbus lost a huge one in court this week, and it wasn't even close. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a 2012 Muscogee County Superior Court decision protecting trees along Georgia rights-of-way is invalid.
I learned a few years back that it doesn't pay to clean out your sock drawers.
Editor, Saturday, May 11, was the birthday of well-known Hinesville entrepreneur and philanthropist Gary W. Dodd. I'd like to thank my dear friend and Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless co-founder for all he has done for Hinesville and, especially, for the homeless men and women we serve.
Although you, my devoted readers and fans, likely are reading this on Mother's Day, it was written several days ahead of time, so I have no idea what kinds of surprises this special day will hold for me.
Editor: I see that Liberty County is still trying to take away Midway's fire department by using fear tactics. If Liberty County wants full-time firefighters in Midway, all the county has to do is send some of Midway's property taxes back to the city so that the city can hire the full-time firefighters.
A little more than three years ago, the controversial health-care law known as Obamacare to some and the Affordable Care Act to others was signed into law.
This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.