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Search on for missing woman

It's not like Savannah Smith to be late for work. It's even more unlike the 22-year-old Hinesville resident to miss a day altogether.So when the young woman never clocked in Thursday for her shift at Colleseum, Smith's friends and co-workers said they knew something was amiss. Now the Hinesville Police Department is asking for the community's assistance in searching for the missing woman.Smith's mother, Odessa Upchurch, told WTOC reporters she last saw her daughter May 22 at her son's graduation ceremony. Around that same time, Upchurch said, Smith told her mother her ...

June 15, 2010 | Patty Leon Staff writer | News


YMCA caters to all children

of a two-part series about the YMCA's gymnastics program.

June 14, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Will Pettis returns to arena football

Former Bradwell Institute football player and Hinesville resident Will Pettis has returned to arena football and Dallas after the Dallas Vigilantes activated the two-time Ironman of the Year and former Dallas Desperados wide receiver/defensive back on June 1.

June 14, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Polly Martin now officially is sheriff

Polly E. Martin was officially sworn into office Friday morning at the Liberty County Courthouse as the first female sheriff to serve the county.

June 14, 2010 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


The sport in roller derby

Even with the hard falls, twisted ankles and the occasional sprained ego there were still 66 skaters on day four of the Savannah Derby Devils boot camp.

June 11, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Former Panther enjoyed role as UGA Drum Major

Former Liberty County high School student Jeremy Fermin enjoyed his days on the Panthers' marching band, but said his biggest thrill came from being chosen as one of the four University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band drum majors for the 2010-11 football season.

June 11, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Another hat in ring for sheriff

Preparing to blaze the campaign trail in a bid for sheriff, Jerald Burgess has announced his intent to run during the special election in November.

June 09, 2010 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


A devil of a camp

Editor's note: This is part one of a two part series covering the week-long roller derby boot camp. Sports editor Patty Leon is among the women strapping on the skates.

June 09, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


‘Canes win home opener

The rainfall was light just before the coin toss Saturday night, but it was enough to turn the gridiron into a sauna and let the Tri-County Panthers know they were on the Hinesville Hurricanes home turf.

June 09, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Answers sought to shots at party

On March 28, roughly 200 people, primarily high school students and young adults, were at a party being held at the County Line Club near Midway when shots rang out.

June 09, 2010 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Gymnasts tumble as a team

Editors note: This is part one of a two-part series about the Liberty County Armed Services Family YMCA gymnastics program.

June 07, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Lady Tiger honored for second year

Currently ranked seventh in Georgia for the 400-meter dash, Lady Tiger multi-sport athlete Quintunya Chapman knows a thing or two about winning. At a recent Georgia State meet, the junior sprinter earned three medals for the long jump, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash.

June 07, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


15U Kings win Memorial Day tourney

South Georgia Kings 15U coach Derrick Brooks has plenty of reasons to smile. His squad currently is 25-2 overall after winning four of their last five tournaments, including the Future 150 Memorial Day Classic in Birmingham, Ala.

June 07, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Moran says he's running for sheriff

Liberty County Chief Deputy Keith Moran has formally announced he intends to run for sheriff in November's special election.

June 04, 2010 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


FPCA sets summer camps

First Presbyterian Christian Academy will offer summer camps beginning this month. The camps are open to the public and will offer children opportunities to try new activities and take day trips.

June 04, 2010 | By Patty Leon | Education


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Sleep safe with garlic

Today is a national food holiday I can surely support - National Garlic Day.

April 19, 2017 | By Patty Leon | LIBERTY LIFE


Bond denied for co-defendant in double murder

The co-defendant in the double-homicide of two Fort Stewart soldiers was denied bond in court Monday.

April 17, 2017 | Patty Leon Coastal Courier | Local news


School system finance in a precarious situation, attorney says

Liberty County School System bookkeeping records are in disarray, according to testimony by a school system employee and an independent financial auditor.

April 16, 2017 | Patty Leon Coastal Courier | Local news


Reese sues LCSS, Lee

Former Liberty County School System Chief Financial Officer Roger Reese has filed a lawsuit against LCSS Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee and the school system in ...

April 16, 2017 | Patty Leon Coastal Courier | Local news


Kathryn Carter winning at VSU

Former Liberty Count High School Lady Panther softball player Kathryn Carter currently has 12 wins and 2 losses as a pitcher at Valdosta State University.

April 14, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Sports


Bond denied on murder charges

A Fort Stewart sergeant accused of a double murder was denied bond Monday in Liberty County Superior Court.

April 12, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Reese no show at tribunal

Former Liberty County School System Chief Financial Officer Roger Reese and his attorney were no shows at a tribunal hearing on his employment status Tuesday ...

April 12, 2017 | Patty Leon Coastal Courier | Local news


Bond denied in double homicide

A Fort Stewart sergeant accused of a double murder was denied bond Monday in Liberty County Superior Court.

April 10, 2017 | Patty Leon Coastal Courier | Local news


2012 fatal stabbing gets May trial date

A suspect, arrested for the July 2012 stabbing death of Johnny Williams Jr., may move to a jury trial in May.

April 08, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Who Screams?

As temperatures outside climb it's time to ditch the chili and soups and head on over to the ice cream isle.

April 05, 2017 | Patty Leon | LIBERTY LIFE


Bond reduced in killing of bouncer

Bond was reduced for a man accused of killing a bouncer at Cream Sports Bar in Hinesville. The shooting occurred in December.

April 05, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Former schools financial chief gave himself a raise, LCSS says

School officials say former Liberty County Chief Financial Officer Roger Reese gave himself a raise without approval.

April 04, 2017 | Patty Leon Coastal Courier | Local news


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