This week, newspapers and other media outlets across the county are commemorating Sunshine Week.
The recently resurrected idea to move the seat of Bryan County government from Pembroke to Richmond Hill isn't new. Indeed, some south Bryan residents may have wanted to see it done since Fort Stewart opened for business and effectively cut this county in half in the 1940s.
Please read the letter to this newspaper on page 5A from several Bryan County commissioners, who chastise this newspaper up one side and down the other for, among other things, failing to mention a major step in the Henderson Park project in a story in last week's paper.
For the past few months, the Bryan County News family has been working on several projects - from gearing up to go twice a week to improving our editorial content and the look of the newspaper. While the latter two projects are ongoing as we constantly seek to make the paper better, we'll begin publishing twice a week on Wednesday, Feb. 28, with our first Saturday issue scheduled to get to readers March 3.
Liberty County suffered the loss of at least four of its oldest live oak trees this week - symbols of Georgia's beauty and heritage.
If you checked out the front page of today's Bryan County News, what I'm about to announce is no surprise.
It appears democracy is alive and well in Bryan County. It just takes a little work, sometimes.
To understand the Georgia General Assembly, think of it this way: It is a convention of wolves. The wolves howl together for 40 days each year in Atlanta with a single purpose: to consider what they can do next to the sheep.
Last week, the Rev. Francys Johnson took a big step toward a bright future on a national scale when he assumed the position of national regional director for the NAACP's Southeast region.
America's stiff upper lip is starting to quiver. At least that's what one may deduce from many of the noises coming from the halls of Congress these days. Resolutions attempting to undermine President Bush could be dismissed as ordinary political posturing if not for the demoralizing effect it has on our troops serving in Iraq.
If you believe the story in Atlanta's rapidly deteriorating major daily, then the Georgia Democratic Committee elected former state Rep. Jane Kidd as chairperson last weekend mainly to attract women voters to the Democratic Party.
It is almost time for the newest addition to North Bryan County's Interstate Centre Industrial Park to open for business.
The more we know about the incident at Richmond Hill High School last week involving a student in need of medical attention, EMS and city fire fighters, the less we understand it.
Many in Statesboro and points beyond - including here in Bryan County - where shocked Tuesday when the school announced that after only one season at the helm, football coach Brian VanGorder had decided to leave for a job with the Atlanta Falcons.
Monday, many celebrated the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Atlanta-born civil rights leader who inspired millions in the 1960s with his dream of a better life for all people, not just African-Americans.
Around the corner, out in the country where we live, is a hardware store owned by a guy I have known since the day I was born. Our bassinets were next to each other in the hospital nursery.
The Internet is bad for me. I'm an obsessive worrier, and I've only gotten worse since the advent of search engines. I often think that if someone got a hold of my web-search queries, I'd end up an international laughing stock. Among the best last week: "Can you become addicted to nasal spray?" "Affects of eating slightly brown guacamole," "Can Tums cause kidney stones?" and "My cat ate cellophane."
I attended two wonderful Veterans Day celebrations this week. One was hosted by the city of Richmond Hill, and the other was at my church. Both provided wonderful tributes to, and recognition of, our service men and women who have fought so gallantly to keep our country the greatest place on Earth.
We did it for four years while I was a member of the planning and zoning board of the city of Pooler. We did it for 11 years while I was serving as either Pooler mayor pro tem or mayor. And we've done it for the past nine years while I've served in the state Legislature.
Welcome to the first of many military-life columns. Whether it is among civilian friends or military colleagues, military life presents its own unique challenges and opportunities. Your neighbors, children's friends and strangers in the grocery store all have been affected in different ways by the military. In our community especially, we live, work and play next to military families without realizing it.
Each Nov. 11, America takes time to honor and remember those who have put their lives on the line in the defense of this great nation.
Dear Dr. Morehead:
It happened in Memphis. A lot of history and interesting things occur in that magical city that sits grandly on the Mississippi River. Elvis held court there, the blues grew up there, and barbecue is queen. Elvis, of course, is still king.
I'm an apologetic person. Maybe it's Catholic guilt. Maybe it's just in my nature. But I do love to apologize - mostly for things that aren't my fault. My mother has always said I'd apologize for World War II if given the opportunity. She's right; I am sorry for that horrible global conflict, but not because I think I had anything to do with it. In general, I'm just sorry it happened. It's an empathetic type of apology.
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.