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Lawmaker tours new government buildings

POSTED: August 23, 2011 11:30 a.m.
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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, far right, chats with Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas, far left, Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier and former Walthourville Mayor Henry Frasier before touring Hinesville’s new city hall last week.

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During a whirlwind schedule to connect with his constituents, U.S. Representative Jack Kingston (R-1st District) stopped in Hinesville on Thursday to tour the Liberty County Justice Center and the new Hinesville City Hall.
Kingston spent more than the allotted 30 minutes at each building, as he kept running into well-wishers — like Liberty County Probate Judge Nancy Aspinwall — and greeting staffers like justice center maintenance worker Annie Torres. 
Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes, LCSO Chief Deputy Keith Moran, Liberty County Commission Chairman John McIver, Liberty County Administrator Joey Brown and LCSO Lt. James Caines guided Kingston on a tour of the justice center.
Kingston was shown paneled courtrooms, judges’ chambers, a handsome law library, a sturdy holding cell where defendants are kept before trial and the justice center’s state-of-the-art security surveillance room.
After touring the county’s justice center, he walked one block over to Hinesville’s new city hall.
Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas and City Manager Billy Edwards greeted Kingston at the entrance. Inside, council members, several city employees and former Walthourville Mayor Henry Frasier waited to shake the congressman’s hand.
Thomas and Edwards ushered Kingston into the council chamber before proceeding on to the inspections and water departments on the first floor.
Next, Kingston was taken to the second floor, where he stood on the balcony for a quick view of downtown Hinesville. The congressman was shown the building’s third floor, where the finance department and administration offices are located. Edwards also gave Kingston a peek of unfinished space on the third floor, which can be expanded in the future as the city grows.
After his stop in Hinesville, the congressman got back on the road for a speaking engagement in Jesup and later met with farmers in Blackshear.

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