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Victim testifies in Ok-Cha robbery, assault

Testimony from a victim, who said she struggled to stay alive and feared being raped and killed, kept the courtroom riveted Tuesday as a trial began in Liberty County Superior Court.

October 23, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


Art class volunteers to paint walls at counseling center

It was nearly a year ago when Heather Brancato and a friend volunteered their time and skills to paint murals on the walls of Helen's Haven, a counseling service for children that serves the Atlantic Judicial Circuit.

October 23, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Education


Do the crime, do the time?

Staff writer's note: The victim's family asked to remain anonymous as they continue to deal with the implications of the case. This is the first of three stories about child molestation cases in Liberty County.

October 23, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


LCRD fall kicks off with jamboree

The Jaguars battled the Broncos during one of the many games featured at the 2008 Liberty County Recreation Department's football jamboree on Sept. 27. Here the Jaguar quarterback sets to toss the pigskin as a sea of mini football helmets and pads invaded Long Bell Stadium last week during the event. The cheerleaders rallied their teams with cheers and games from the pee-wee and midget league as well as the flag football teams took center stage playing games all day. In addition to football the LCRD fall sports calendar includes baseball and soccer. The Courier will posts the scores ...

October 21, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Coach, mentor, namesake for future

Friends and family of the late Donell Woods trickled into the new stadium Friday afternoon for a ceremony and plaque unveiling honoring the man for whom the newly constructed stadium is named.

October 21, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | News


Shrine golf tournament a success

Eighteen teams drove, putted and birdied to benefit the Hinesville/Fort Stewart Shrine Club at its 23rd annual Golf Tournament held on Sept. 13, at Cherokee Rose Country Club and Golf Course.

October 18, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Trash fire puts on show

Shoppers at Wal-Mart gor more than they bargained for Saturday afternoon as smoke filled the sky behind the store and flames shot nearly 100 feet in the air. According to Hinesville Fire Captain Andy Fowler, the fire department recieved the calls from dispatch around 3:40 p.m. By 4, four engines from the Hinesville Fire DEpartment tryin to extinguish the fire in what appeared to be a pile of papers bailed up for recycling and stacked pallets by the dumpsters. An apartment building adjacent to the fire was evacuated and sustained exterior heat damage as the fire melted the ...

October 14, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


Tawdry tale led to rape allegation

A jury found John E. Schneider not guilty of the charges of kidnapping with bodily harm, rape, aggravated anal sodomy and two counts of aggravated sexual battery in a hushed courtroom Friday afternoon in Liberty County Superior Court.

October 14, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


Bond denied in hatchet attack case

Wallace James, the man allegedly responsible for a double homicide in Riceboro on Aug. 28, was denied bond Monday morning in Liberty County Superior Court.

October 11, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Woman says relations with ex-lover not consensual

Despite having earlier relations with John E. Schneider, a Sunbury area woman testified Wednesday that they did not engage in consensual sexual relations on the night that resulted in charges being filed against Schneider.

October 11, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Jury finds Schneider not guilty of rape

A jury found John E. Schneider not guilty of the charges of kidnapping with bodily harm, rape, aggravated anal sodomy and two counts of aggravated sexual battery in a quiet courtroom Friday afternoon in Liberty County Superior Court.

October 11, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


Sunbury rape trial begins

The jury was selected and testimony began Tuesday in Liberty County Superior Court in the trial of a man accused of raping a Sunbury woman. The case, which has been likened to a crime novel, was once described as the trial of the century by attorneys. This trial and others that may follow promise several twists and turns.

October 09, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Gum Branch family makes riding a family affair

The Arnold family from Gum Branch has taken their love of horses and riding a step further than most. Ashley Arnold, 15, and her sister Courtney, 13, started riding when they were 7 and 5, respectively, because they loved horses.

October 07, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Co-op tournament aids Cancer Society

Employees from Coastal Electric Cooperative decided they wanted to extend a helping hand with a fishing tournament to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

October 07, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Shrine club golf tournament set for Saturday

The 23rd annual Hinesville Fort Stewart Shrine Club Golf Tournament starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Cherokee Rose Country Club in Hinesville. Current president Jim Williams said there is still time to register or sponsor a hole.

September 25, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


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Panthers dominate homecoming game

It was a happy homecoming night for Liberty County on Friday.

October 25, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Faith Baptist hosting final home Nov. 7

Faith Baptist Christian Academy will wrap up the home portion of its first 11-man season on Nov. 7 when it hosts Goshen Academy at 7:30 at Long County Recreation Department football field in Ludowici.

October 25, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Liberty clinches a playoff spot with shutout victory

Liberty County High School scored a 47-0 shutout over Windsor Forest during Friday night's Homecoming game. The region 3-AAAA victory guarantees the Panthers will play in the first round of the playoffs.

October 24, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Panthers look to down Windsor Forest

Liberty County's home game Friday against Windsor Forest is a big one beyond just being this year's homecoming contest.

October 21, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Tigers travel to South Effingham

Bradwell Institute will be at South Effingham on Friday to take on the Mustangs in a Region 3-AAAAA contest.

October 21, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


FPCA finishing season on the road

First Presbyterian Christian Academy will finish the season on the road with games out of Hinesville the next two Fridays.

October 21, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Memorial Day beats FPCA

First Presbyterian Christian Academy hosted Memorial Day on Friday at Long Bell Stadium in Hinesville for the team's first region game of the season.

October 20, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Missed field goal leads to Panther loss

The Liberty County High School Panthers came achingly close to victory Friday night in Thomson, but in the end fell just a smidgen short.

October 20, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Blue Devils shut out Tigers at home

The Bradwell Tigers suffered another difficult loss Friday when the Statesboro Blue Devils shut them out, 17-0, at home.

October 20, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Lady Panthers’ state run over

Liberty County's state softball-playoffs run ended Thursday with a 10-1 loss to Pike County in Zebulon.

October 17, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Tigers to host Blue Devils

New Bradwell Institute head football coach Greg Hill will lead the Tigers on Friday into a home game against Statesboro, where he once served as an assistant coach.

October 14, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Panthers headed to Thomson on Friday

Three fumbles and two interceptions made for a difficult road game last Friday as Liberty County fell, 29-6, to Burke County in Waynesboro.

October 14, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Wayne slows Lady Panthers

Liberty County High School played host to Wayne County High for a Region 3-AAAA softball game Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Jackets stung the girls in the second inning to take the lead and eventually win 6-1. Then on Thursday the Lady Panthers traveled to Jesup for the final regular-season game. The Yellow Jackets came out on top again winning 5-0 in the Region 3-AAAA rematch.

October 13, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Tigers at Rebels Friday

Bradwell Institute travels to Effingham County High School on Friday night for a Region 3-AAAAA battle.

October 07, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Panthers headed to Burke County Friday

After having a bye week, Liberty County heads to Burke County High School on Friday for a Region 3-AAAAA contest and the Panthers' first game in two weeks.

October 07, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


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