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Cheerleaders drum up interest

From a simple front somersault to a hitch pyramid, competitive cheerleading requires physical strength, flexibility and focus. Being involved in cheerleading for 40 years, Linda Purnell said it's time the boys and girls of Liberty County get their opportunity to compete in the sport that has taught her some important life lessons.

July 27, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports

Bears search parks for food

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Bears in Georgia, a more common sight in spring and summer, sometimes find themselves in unfortunate circumstances in the pursuit of an "easy" meal. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, there have been at least four North Georgia bears with their heads caught in a variety of objects in recent years - from a tin milk can to a plastic pickle bucket.

July 27, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Local agencies hellp U.S. marshals in sweep

Members of the Liberty County Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force and the Liberty County Sheriff's Office assisted the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in a succesful raid under operation Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally. The operation led to the arrests of 326 people in the region, 1,927 statewide and 190 nationally during the second week of July.

July 24, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety

Football season approaching

While Aug. 6 signals the start of the new school year, diehard football fans probably have Aug. 1 marked on their calendars. The day marks the official start of football practice as allowed in the bylaws of the Georgia High School Association. It marks the start of two-a-day practices, football helmets, shoulder pads, tackling drills, offensive drills and defensive strategies.

July 24, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports

Kids splash away last days of summer

With school starting in two weeks, children and adults alike are trying to get in a few last splashes of summer fun at Stafford Park pool. The kiddie pool teemed with toddlers and their parents on Wednesday and the bigger kids showed off their diving skills, performing dives, flips and somersaults.

July 24, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports

Hurricanes kill Assassins, 11-0

Even after a 4th of July break and a string of road games, the strength of the Hinesville Hurricanes hasn't diminished to tropical storm status. The 'Canes maintained their intensity and blew away the Low Country Assassins, 11-0, on Saturday night at Long Bell Stadium.

July 22, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports

17U Rebels prep for showcase, nationals

After placing 12th out of 248 teams in last year's AAU National Tournament, the St. James Coastal Crew 17U Rebels were selected to participate in the 2009 Super Showcase, which precedes this year's national tournament in Orlando, Fla.

July 22, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports

Advocate lends support to crime victims

Name: Samantha Ashdown

July 22, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | About People

Child molestation suspect pleads not guilty

Facing two counts of cruelty to children, three counts of child molestation and one count of criminal attempt to cause a child pain, suspect Nicholas Lewis stood before Liberty County Superior Court Judge Paul Rose and entered a plea of not guilty during his arraignment hearing July 14.

July 22, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety

Rebels headed to nationals

The 16U St. James Coastal Crew Rebels are headed to the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., to compete in the 2009 AAU National Tournament. According to head coach Ernie Walthour, the team stands a good chance of placing among the top squads, especially with the addition of JaQwan Raymond, a 6' 2" junior shooting guard from Statesboro High, and the return of key players Alex Reid and Jordan Johnson.

July 20, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports

2 from Team Hinesville going international

Team Hinesville weightlifters, Kayla Rand and Mack Brunson, are the first members of the local weightlifting squad to earn bids to international meets. Rand is headed to Chile for the 2009 Pan-Am 17U Championships in September and Brunson will go to Canada in November for the Quebec Junior Championship.

July 20, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports

Dolphin Project marks 20 years

SAVANNAH - Citizen-naturalists of The Dolphin Project have completed 20 years of work in the nation's longest-running dolphin research program staffed by volunteers.

July 20, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

House restoration to coincide with centennial

Restorations on the house that was built in 1910 by the Dunlevie Lumber Company and once housed the company's treasurer, Herbert Dunlevie, should be complete just one day shy of Allenhurst's Centennial Sawmill Day, set for Oct. 3. The property, which includes the ruins of Ernest Dunlevie's original house, the former lumber company president's house and 1,500 pristine acres of wetlands and wildlife area, are all part of the D.C. Miller Trust.

July 17, 2009 | Patty Leon Staff writer | News

Dickerson camp preps future pros

Ladder drills, up/downs, tackling pads and a lot of laughter were at the forefront of Thursday morning's session on the first day of the 2009 Cedric Dickerson Football Camp at Long Bell Stadium in Hinesville. With nearly 40 kids in attendance, professional football player Cedric Dickerson, his cousin and Cincinnati Bengals draft pick Michael Johnson and cousin and semi-professional player Chris Jones, led the campers through drill stations, working on the fundamentals of football.

July 17, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports

Murder, assault suspects arraigned

A man suspected of killing his mother and stepfather, a father accused of killing his 7-month-old daughter and a man suspected of sexual assault and false imprisonment all entered pleas of not guilty Monday morning during their respective arraignment hearing at the Liberty County Jail before Liberty Superior Court Judge Jay Stewart.

July 15, 2009 | Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety

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Articles By Author - Patty Leon

Where to eat when you're all turkeyed out

In my last column, I talked about re-creating the art of cooking with family or friends - the idea of expressing gratitude and creating memories centered ...

November 26, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Food

Boles sentenced to 30 years

Candice Nicole Boles was sentenced to 30 years to serve for her part in the death of her 3-year old daughter Andraia Boles in February ...

November 23, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety

Panthers fall to Cartersville in round 2

Cartersville had three first-half turnovers and lost yards on two big sacks, but Liberty County wasn't able to convert those opportunities into points. The ...

November 21, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Sports

Panthers have long road to 2nd round

Liberty County has a long road trip for Friday's game. The Panthers advanced to round two of the state playoffs last week, beating Upson-Lee ...

November 18, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

Bradwell, Liberty split games on court

Liberty County opened its basketball season at Bradwell Institute on Saturday when the Liberty girls lost and the Panthers won.

November 18, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

Panther swimmer signs with Georgia

One month after she verbally committed to the University of Georgia swim team, Liberty County senior Sandra Scott made things official.

November 16, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

Carter signs with Valdosta State

Liberty County's two-time Region 3-AAAA Softball Pitcher of the Year, Kathryn Carter, has signed a scholarship to play softball for Valdosta State University.

November 16, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

Go nuts for good health

Let's go nuts. Go all out and get crazy nutty.

November 15, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Living well

Liberty County Panthers advance to second round

Fog rolled across Donell Woods Stadium Friday night and the temperature dropped, keeping the fans chilly. But Liberty County burned up the gridiron, fighting tooth ...

November 14, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

Liberty advances to round two

Liberty County High School advances to the second round of the state playoffs after defeating Upson-Lee 31-22 at home Friday night a Donell Woods Stadium.

November 14, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

Tiger boys win opener

Bradwell Institute opened up their basketball season Tuesday hosting Wayne County High School. The girls fell 55-36 but he boys were triumphant winning 54-42.

November 12, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

Liberty faces Knights in first round

It may not be their first state playoff game, but it is the first time Liberty County has hosted the first round game.

November 11, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

Bradwell looking ahead to next season

It's brutal when your football team has to play in one of the toughest class AAAAA regions in the state, as Bradwell has the ...

November 11, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

Panther boys usher in new head coach

Liberty County alumnus Julian Stokes is the new Panther varsity basketball coach, replacing Willie Graham who retired earlier this year.

November 11, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

LCHS opens season Saturday against BI

Liberty County Lady Panther basketball coach Carolyn Kelly said she has one returning veteran senior on the team this year, but a wealth of talent ...

November 11, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports

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