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Slain baby's father arrested

Police in Alabama arrested Travis Williams, 28, for his reported involvement in the death of his 7-month-old dauther, Syikiria Williams, in Hinesville.

November 06, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Abusers may be grouped

On March 1, 2004, Dominique Jovone Dowling was charged with one count of aggravated child molestation, one count of child molestation, one count of aggravated sodomy and three counts of child molestation for allegedly performing acts on a female under the age of 16 who lives in Hinesville. He spent time in Liberty County jail waiting for his bond hearing and underwent a mental evaluation, after which he was described as mildly mentally retarded, but competent enough to understand the difference between right and wrong and to stand trial.

November 06, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Mat Rats start season with early meet in Fla.

The Liberty County Recreation Department's wrestling team, the Mat Rats, opened up the 2008-09 season by competing at the fourth annual Early Bird Pool Style Open Wrestling Tournament down in Orange Park, Fla.

November 04, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


People falsely accused of sex crimes spend years rebuilding

According to the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute, an estimated two out of every 10 girls and one out of every 10 boys are sexually abused by the end of their 13th year.

October 30, 2008 | By Patt Leon Staff writer | News


Child dies, arrest possible soon

A seven-month-old prematurely born girl died two weeks ago as a result of injuries, the Hinesville Police Department reported. According to HPD Det. Doug Snider, autopsy reports concluded the infant's death was caused by head trauma probably from abuse.

October 30, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Racing runs in the family

Monica Lopez is a running enthusiast, according to her husband Alonso.

October 28, 2008 | Staff report | Sports


Woman pleads to trying to burn family

The woman accused of trying to burn a home down with her family inside pled guilty Thursday.

October 26, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


MACE helps bust prostitutes in Glynn Co.

The Glynn/Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team joined with the Brunswick Police Department Special Services Division, the Glynn County Police Department and the Multi-Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force from Hinesville to help rid the streets of prostitutes and their prospective customers during a 12-hour sting last Friday that netted 20 people on various misdemeanor and felony charges.

October 25, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | Public Safety


Sentence is life plus 20 years

Robbery suspect Christopher Fletcher was found guilty Tuesday evening on four felony counts in Liberty County Superior Court.

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


Show for military families features, cars, tunes, community

Classic Corvettes lined one row, Chevys lined another, the Mustang Club had their own row, and even a row of Volkswagens were on display at the Southeast Region Car Council Super Cruise In, hosted by Hinesville's Heavy Chevy Riderz Car Club.

October 23, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Things to Do


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


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Lovelady signs with Owls

Former First Presbyterian Christian Academy and current East Georgia State College pitcher Richard Lovelady has signed to play at Kennesaw State University.

November 19, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Tough Saturday for BI boys, Liberty teams

Liberty County's basketball teams were swept Saturday at Statesboro. The same day, the Bradwell Institute boys lost a non-conference game at New Hampstead, 62-27.

November 19, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Panthers fall at Griffin in playoff opener

Liberty County fell, 46-12, in the first round of the playoffs Friday at Griffin.

November 17, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Hurricanes prepare for 15th season

The Hinesville Hurricanes semi-professional football team is preparing for its 15th season and will hold tryouts from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Live Oak Church of God.

November 17, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


FPCA wins big in season opener

The First Presbyterian Christian Academy boys' basketball team made a statement about the upcoming season Friday against Appling Christian Academy by beating the Eagles, 80-28, in Baxley.

November 15, 2014 | By Patty Leon | Sports


Bradwell girls, Liberty boys start season strong

The Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers staged a second-half comeback to beat Liberty County, 52-41, in Friday's basketball season opener in the Tigers' home gym.

November 15, 2014 | By Patty Leon | Sports


Wreck at Airport and 196 tying up traffic

Update: A wreck at the corner of Airport Road and Highway 196 West in Hinesville tied up traffic for roughly two hours Wednesday. According to GSP Trooper Lyle Thurmond the wreck happened at 3 p.m. Three vehicles were involved and authorities had to re-route traffic around the area. Traffic headed westbound on 196 toward Gum Branch was closed for about two hours.

November 13, 2014 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Panthers head into post season at Griffin

The Liberty County football team starts postseason play Friday at Griffin.

November 11, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Tiger Marching Band placed fifth at the Georgia Marching Band Series Championship

The Bradwell Institute Tiger Marching Band placed fifth at the Georgia Marching Band Series Championship on Nov. 8 at Mercer University in Macon.

November 11, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Panthers, Tigers hit the hardwood Friday

The high-school basketball season kicks into gear Friday with crosstown rivals Liberty County and Bradwell Institute going head to head at Bradwell.

November 11, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


LCHS beats Richmond Hill Wildcats, 44-22

Liberty County High School shut down Richmond Hill High School's running game Friday night and capitalized on several turnovers to beat the Wildcats, 44-22, at Donell Woods Stadium.

November 10, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Trojans shut out BI in Douglas

The Bradwell Institute Tigers were no match for the Coffee County Trojans and were shutout, 42-0, in a Region 3-AAAAA contest Friday in Douglas, marking the end of BI's first 0-10 season since 1954.

November 10, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


FPCA falls in first playoff game

Two teams that have developed a rivalry left it all on the gridiron Friday as First Presbyterian Christian Academy tried to break another school record and win its first playoff game. But the boys played Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus, where the more experienced team won, 42-14.

November 10, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Panthers expecting good season

After posting a 20-8 overall record, including a 5-1 Region 3-AAAA mark, and making the state playoffs last season, the Liberty County boys' basketball team is ready to do better this year.

November 06, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Lady Panthers to feature many freshmen

Liberty County girls' basketball coach Carolyn Kelly had a relatively young team last year, but nothing like what she said she'll encounter this season.

November 06, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


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