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’Canes and Firebirds tough it out for a tie pre-season game (21-21)

The sky was clear, the weather cool, but you could see the steam coming off the helmets as the Hinesville Hurricanes and the Waycross Firebirds strapped on their football gear to open the semi-pro league's pre-season game at the Gator Bowl on Fort Stewart Saturday night.

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


Panthers wrap regular season, spliting two with Savannah Christian

The Liberty County Panthers wrapped up the regular season with a double-header Saturday against the Savannah Christian Red Raiders.

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


Helen's Haven honors supporters during child abuse prevention month

April was National Child Abuse prevention Month and, locally, Helen's Haven Children's Advocacy Center in had an open house on April 24 to honor the volunteers, law officers, counselors and child care specialists who make the facility function.

May 21, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff Writer | News


Drug search of school stymied

A miscommunication led to an awkward moment and frayed nerves as representatives from MACE, HPD and drug dog units from Long and Chatham counties were turned away from what was supposed to be a pre-scheduled drug sweep of a high school here.

May 20, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff Writer | News


Bryant to join Pennyman as Tiger NCT

Another Bradwell Tiger will join a teammate at North Carolina Tech as Curtis Bryant Jr. signed a scholarship to play football for the Tech Tigers.

May 20, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Pettis named Iron Man at mid-season

Hinesville native and former Bradwell Tiger standout Will Pettis continues to exceed the Dallas Desperados' expectations.

May 20, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Panthers drop Bears in 5

The season's third game against the Burke County Bears turned out to be the charm as the Liberty County Panthers finished the Bears 10-0 in 5 innings Thursday.

May 20, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Tigers live up to full potential

"Finally," Tiger baseball coach Rhett Hellgren said after his Tigers' squad came from behind twice in Tuesday's game against Groves. "It was a complete team effort and they played the way I always knew they could."

May 17, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Panthers clinch spot at state, take down Bulldogs with homers (5-3)

It took Hank Aaron hitting some homers to send the Liberty County Panthers to a state bid. OK, so it was Henry (Hank) Barrett and Aaron Pringle, as well as a another homer from Chris Arnold to keep the Panthers ahead by 2 (5-3) to defeat the Thomson High Bulldogs of the northern sub region for 3-AAA.

May 17, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Panthers drop Bears in 5

The season's third game against the Burke County Bears turned out to be the charm as the Liberty County Panthers finished the Bears 10-0 in 5 innings Thursday.

May 17, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Waycross Firebirds seek vengeance on Hurricanes

The last time James Cox coached and played for a semi-pro football team from Waycross (2000-2001) things were a little rough.

May 17, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


More arrests at local hotels as MACE sweeps the area

After a string of arrests, some related to prostitution, during a March 28 raid at the San's Inn hotel, the Multi Agency Crack Enforcement Drug Task Force Commander Al Cato said surrounding hotels are cooperating to clean up their businesses.

May 17, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff Writer | Public Safety


Arrest breaks burglary operation

Glynn County deputies arrested Deddrick Jackson of McIntosh County Sunday night and Hinesville Police have since said he is responsible for a string of business burglaries and car heists up and down the Georgia coast.

May 17, 2008 | By Patty Leon Staff Writer | News


Guyton signs two year free agency contract with Patriots

Hinesville native and former Bradwell Tiger and Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, Gary Guyton, has signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent.

May 15, 2008 | Staff report | Sports


Men Tigers takeregional track title, second year in a row

The Bradwell Tigers' men track team ran, jumped and threw their way to a region 3-AAAAA title, making it the second year in a row the men came out as top cats at the regional track meet at Savannah State University last week.

May 15, 2008 | By Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


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Rec department hopes to serve public

Liberty County Recreation Department Director Jimmy Martin was the guest speaker at Thursday's Progress through People Luncheon hosted by the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center in Fleming-ton.

July 21, 2014 | By Patty Leon | Sports


Trying to make a great program greater

Georgia Southern University's new football coach, Willie Fritz, was the guest speaker at Tuesday's Rotary meeting at the LaQuinta Inn in Flemington.

July 18, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Local bowlers earn medals

Local bowlers Hunter Miller, Joseph Yarbrough, TJ Standard and BJ Cedola all competed at the 2014 Georgia Games last weekend in Lawrenceville.

July 18, 2014 | Patty Leon | Sports


Court works on murder cases

Liberty County Superior Court Judge D. Jay Stewart spent Monday busily working through the criminal court docket. Many of the cases he dealt with have been in the news before, but have surfaced again recently because of defendants' requests for new trials, bond reductions and resentencing.

July 16, 2014 | By Patty Leon | News


Preseason games fast approaching for Tigers, Panthers

Although a preseason game primarily helps the coaching staff determine where their team is at, it's still a game coaches want to win.

July 14, 2014 | Patty Leon | Local sports


John honored with proclamation, key

Former Bradwell Institute football player Ulrick John was honored by Mayor Jim Thomas on Thursday for being the first Hinesville native to be drafted by a National Football League team.

July 11, 2014 | Patty Leon | Local sports


Soccer camp wraps up

Everyone was sporting new camp shirts Thursday morning as Atlanta Calcio Academy wrapped up its four-day elite soccer training at James Brown Park.

July 11, 2014 | Patty Leon | Local sports


Tigers resume team practice, raise funds

The Bradwell Institute Tigers resumed team practices this week after taking one week off as required by the Georgia High School Association. The players trained with their helmets on, allowing them to become acclimated to the heat.

July 11, 2014 | Patty Leon | Local sports


Brown in NBA summer league

Another Liberty County High School basketball player is headed toward a potential NBA career.

July 07, 2014 | Patty Leon | Local sports


Swimming is more than treading water

Tom Dunlap started swimming at age 10 and still asserts - 70 years later - that the sport is good for the body and mind. His friend, Gary Burch, started swimming about two years ago and said it has improved his overall health. Both men regularly take to the pool at the Liberty County YMCA, and while they do it to stay in shape and have fun, they want others to know that the recreational activity can be deadly for those who don't know how to swim. "Most of the kids who drown probably thought they could swim," Dunlap said.

July 07, 2014 | Patty Leon | Local sports


Chapman slated to compete in Canada

It's her first year competing in multi events, but former Bradwell Institute track star Quintunya Chapman is making the most of it. The University of Georgia junior recently was named to the National Team USA U23 squad that will compete in Canada on Aug. 8-10.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local sports


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