I don't think Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Ben Conner had being on the opinion page in mind when he emailed me last week, politely asking if there was some way I might be able to get a little bit of information on his deployment to Iraq in this newspaper.
Opponents of school uniforms in general or just the one proposed by Bryan County School administrators can relax for a while, now that the BoE voted against approving the policy at Thursday's meeting.
When it comes to some issues, it's impossible to make everyone happy. That saying seems particularly appropriate when it comes to the controversy over a proposed school uniform policy.
It hit me early in Thursday's teleconference between Major General Rick Lynch and area reporters. The man had to be tired, even if he didn't sound it.
I took command of the 3rd Infantry Division almost one year ago. I spent that first year building the team – the 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Benning in Columbus; the Combat Aviation Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield; and the First, Second, and Fourth Brigade Combat Teams at Fort Stewart. With our new modular Army, brigades are prepared to deploy individually, without their parent headquarters.
We'd like to congratulate Mallory McGee, a sixth grader at Richmond Hill Middle School. McGee was the District 12 winner of the Georgia Municipal Association's essay contest and will be honored today in Atlanta. Her essay will run in Saturday's paper, by the way, and from the looks of it, someone could get a pretty good mayor in the future should McGee ever decide to run for office.
If you thought Georgia needed rain, you're right. And though the entire state is in a drought, some parts of the state are worse off than others – including Bryan County, which is one of several area counties experiencing a severe drought, according to University of Georgia climatologist David Stooksbury.
It defies easy analysis. Or should. Because when 32 people are shot and killed during a single senseless rampage, it's so incomprehensible it dulls the senses. Those of us who don't know any of the victims need time to let news like this sink in. Of course, those more closely tied to Monday's shooting rampage at Virginia Tech will need a lot more time to grieve, to heal and to make ...
We've said this before. We have no problem saying it again. It's no accident the Bryan County school system is considered to be among the best in the state. It's taken a lot of hard work from a lot of people, including School Superintendent Dr. Sallie Brewer, BoE members past and present, teachers, administrators and, yes, parents who take the time and make the effort to be involved in the education of ...
It seems some parents are upset over the Bryan County Board of Education's decision to allow only the week of spring break for them to compose an email or letter on the proposed school uniform policy. That doesn't mean the plan itself is bad.
Speaking to a group of Boy Scouts last month, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) said he doesn't favor a timetable for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq as that bloody conflict grinds on into its fourth year.
By having to serve at least 30 months of two concurrent 10 year sentences in a detention center, 20-year-old Jack Barfield IV will lose a minimum of more than two years of his freedom for the 2005 deaths of Ginger and Garrett Reagin and the serious injury he caused to James Mock.
The Bryan County Board of Education invests both time and financial resources in informing our public. Good News about Bryan County Schools is sent to almost 17,000 boxholders. The spring issue each year contains a questionnaire requesting parent input on the student handbook - the foundation of our establishment of a safe environment for students and staff.
Authorities haven't said whether speed was a factor in the accident that claimed the lives of three young girls last week near Pembroke while leaving the driver in critical condition in a Savannah hospital.
The Bryan County school system is widely considered one of the best in the state.
Sydney, our youngest daughter, is a member of the local Cheer Savannah competitive cheerleading team. Last week our family attended our first ever cheerleading exhibition to watch Sydney, along with the several hundred girls that are involved in this wonderful program, demonstrate all the skills and techniques they have learned over this past summer.
As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes.
During the recent government shutdown, many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out, and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.
Last Friday morning, dozens of local golfers will take to the greens at Sterling Links Golf Course in Richmond Hill ready for a day of friendly competition and, of course, golf. But these golfers aren't playing just for the sport of it - they'll be participating in the Good Ol' Boys' 14th annual John Stevens Santa Scramble and helping raise funds for the Bryan County Children's Fund.
We often hear how pets are wonderful companions for older adults. Pets provide much-needed comfort, friendship and love to our seniors.
The waitress set down my cup of coffee, and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while silently reflecting on and pondering something.
Funny thing happened the other day to our local newspaper on the way to obscurity: My teenage daughter asked for a printed copy.
Every phase of "babyhood" has its merits, and I've loved them all so far. In fact, every time my daughter Reese enters a new stage of development, I swear that it's the best one yet. I honestly can't pick my favorite.
Some say the adage about pigs flying originated with Washington politicians who have an uncanny ability to get nothing accomplished. If they did accomplish something - the politicians we mean - then said swine would take to the air. The horror.
I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.
Finally, just when we thought it would never happen again, it does - we get some good news out of Washington, D.C.
"Hello, Gov. Deal's office. May I help you? One moment, please. Governor, you have a call on line one."
Halloween is a fun holiday, short and sweet. It doesn't require a lot of prep and is over in a few hours.
There's a topic I've always shied away from in this column - the working mom vs. stay-at-home mom debate. I never felt the need to broach this subject before because, honestly, I didn't really feel it was an issue anymore. I thought we, as parents, had moved past all that trivial nonsense and decided all mothers play important roles. Period.
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year's elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.