Windy days in Georgia It doesn't take much to realize that finding energy resources (let's just say oil for example) is becoming a bigger and bigger issue – with a bigger price tag attached to it, as this summer's gas prices have shown. Southern Co., the umbrella company that owns Georgia Power, is being proactive about it, along with some help from a couple coastal Georgia islands. Southern Co. is ...
Care about your local schools? Curious about the folks running for the Bryan County Board of Education? If you answered yes to either of those questions you may want to attend the first Bryan County News-Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce BoE hopefuls forum Thursday evening. In short, this is your chance to not only hear the seven candidates running for school board seats tackle tough questions posed by our readers, ...
Dear Editor: Thank you for addressing the housing bailout bill in your editorial on Saturday. There are three portions of the bill which you failed to mention and as a result your editorial lacked the "punch" to enrage the readers. You should have pointed out that only 400,000 Americans would qualify, that they are people whose credit is so shaky that they don't qualify for other government sponsored loans, and ...
In a perfect world, people would follow the rules of the road and drive carefully and considerately. But as a story on our front page about the damage done to one woman's property by speeders on Clarktown Road shows, this obviously isn't a perfect world.
At the Jesup library last week I participated in a discussion about the effects of rising oil costs. An audience of 35 people tackled the question: What are you doing, if anything, to scale back your petroleum usage?
Down two love and things are not looking up. You think I would pay more attention to the task at hand. With tall pines in front of me and open grass to the back I find myself smack dab in the middle of an evening throughway.
The truth is, I rarely heard anyone say upscale out loud until I started working here, where sometimes it seems everything under the sun either aspires or claims to be just that.
Trying to understand the rules and regulations behind Georgia's badly-in-need-of-fixing property tax system can be like trying to learn physics without knowing anything other than basic math. But the bottom line is county assessments are tied to market values - and for years local officials have pointed the finger at the state when doing revaluations, saying it's a state requirement that it be done every few years.
Last Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Mayor of Washington D.C. in his efforts to enforce a thirty-two year ban on prohibiting the possession of handguns to those who live in his city - the nation's capital. It was the Court's first ruling on the subject in 215 years - that's two hundred and fifteen years! Okay, they did rule against the possession of owning "sawed off" shotguns in ...
As Georgia continues to grow and thrive, it needs power generation capable of sustaining that growth. But the options seem to be shrinking among the body politic for varying environmental, economic and aesthetic reasons.
Dear Editor, From cell phones and iPods to fast-food snacks and driver drowsiness, there are more than enough distractions to keep Georgia motorists from focusing on our four-lanes. And now new national data is showing driver inattention is a key cause in most crashes and near-crashes. According to a 2006 study of real-world driver behavior, distraction, and crash factors, about 80 percent of crashes were caused by some ...
Dear Editor: What follows is my first hand, on-the-job experience of the distinct, immediate, continued and expanded need for funding for the Georgia Emergency Trauma Care Services at hospitals in Savannah and selectively positioned other areas in our state: On June 10, as I approached the Bamboo Gardens on Hwy. 17 southbound I saw what appeared to be an automobile accident of some sort about 200 yards ahead ...
Bailout is wrong Responsible homeowners should be angry at news that Congress is working on a massive bill to stem the tide of foreclosures resulting from the housing bubble gone pop. Why? If it passes, it promises $300 billion in cheaper, government-backed fixed rate loans for homeowners in trouble of losing their homes due to the current subprime credit crisis. That's unfair to the millions of Americans who have ...
When Governor Sonny Perdue signed Georgia's $21.1 billion budget for fiscal 2009, it contained $6 million for Local Assistance Grants (LAG), funds appropriated and allocated to a specific recipient or local government for a specific purpose. Lawmakers try to use the fact that these handouts are a relatively small part of the state budget - about 0.03 percent the '09 budget - to defend the spending.
With the price of gasoline escalating at a dizzying pace, it's tempting for our elected leaders to say things the public may interpret as a solution to the economic nightmare from which America cannot awake. For example, President Bush on Wednesday urged Congress to lift a long-standing ban on offshore oil drilling. And Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Monday made lifting the ban a key part of his campaign. Bush's ...
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.