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Herschel Walker recalls twists, turns of athletic career

It may surprise many to know that former University of Georgia football star Herschel Walker chose college versus a military career by simply flipping a coin. Speaking to an audience Thursday morning at Fort Stewart's Main Chapel, the Heisman Trophy winner admitted he didn't want to go to UGA at all - at first.

May 14, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Four Panthers qualify for national meet

Four Liberty County Panther weightlifters recently qualified for the USA Weightlifting School-age National Competition this summer in Foster City, Calif.

May 14, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


’Canes storm past Broncos in pre-season scrimmage

Usually it takes a cowboy to break in a wild bronco. Last Saturday, however, a vicious storm did the trick. The Hinesville Hurricanes tamed the Beaufort Broncos, 42-6, in their pre-season opener on Fort Stewart.

May 12, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Students, mothers honored at halftime

During intermission at Saturday's pre-season game featuring the Hinesville Hurricanes and the Beaufort Broncos, Liberty County Elementary students and mothers were recognized. Students received accolades for writing sponsorship letters on behalf of the Hinesville team and moms received gifts a day shy of Mother's Day.

May 12, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Tigers honored at soccer banquet

They donned suits and fancy dresses but it wasn't the prom. In fact, the group that filled Bradwell Institute's cafeteria last Thursday would be more likely to use a dance floor for an impromptu soccer game than for cutting a rug.

May 12, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Chapman brings home three medals

Camille Jackson, Quintunya Chapman, Shonteria Williams, KeAndre Ladson, Kissimmee Herring, Kwajelin Holsendolph and Sherina Hornsby made the voyage to Albany last weekend for the girls state track meet. The athletes represented the Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers in Class AAAAA.

May 12, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Murder conviction draws life plus five years

"I meant to hurt her. I meant to cut her, but I didn't mean for her to die," defendant Richard Geiger told jurors Friday under cross examination by Atlantic Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Russell Mabrey.

May 10, 2010 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


Devils exorcise Panthers

Columbus High School's diamond Blue Devils put the hoo-doo on visiting Liberty County on Friday, eliminating the Panthers in the first round of the playoffs in two quick, mercy-rule games.

May 10, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Lions outhit Tigers twice

A contest between the big cats played out Friday in Henry County. The Bradwell Tigers and the Luella Lions battled for the title of king of the jungle or, perhaps more accurately, king of the baseball diamond during the first round of the state playoffs.

May 10, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Rebels shine at Bob Gibbons’ camp in N.C.

On April 24, seven St. James Coastal Crew Rebels players headed to Charlotte, N.C., looking to make a good impression at the Bob Gibbons Spring Evaluation Clinic.

May 10, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Man on trial for girlfriend's death

Attorneys made opening statements Thursday morning in the murder trial of Richard Geiger, who is charged in the March 2007 death of his girlfriend, Rosie Smith, in her Raintree Apartment on Saunders Avenue.

May 07, 2010 | pleon@coastalcourier.com | Public Safety


Panther Riley morphs into Mountain Lion

Surrounded by basketball teammates and peers, Liberty County Panther Chris Riley signed Thursday to play as a Mountain Lion for Young Harris College. Riley will join the college's newly formed men's basketball program. The 2010-11 season will be YHC's first with men's and women's varsity squads since the program was discontinued in 1969. Two other Panthers also are headed to YHC. Miata Askew signed Monday with the women's basketball program and Dominique Sibley will attend on a softball scholarship.

May 07, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Semi-pro football starts tomorrow

The countdown to the summer semi-pro football season has begun and this year, the Hinesville Hurricanes have scheduled two pre-season games on Fort Stewart's football field.

May 07, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Seven Lady Tigers compete in state track today, tomorrow

Seven Lady Tigers are at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany today and tomorrow to compete in the Georgia High School Association's girls state meet.

May 07, 2010 | Patty Leon Sports writer | Sports


Murder trial starts here

Opening statements began Thursday morning in the murder trial of Richard Geiger, who is charged for the death his girlfriend Rosie Smith in her Raintree Apartment on Saunders Avenue in March 2007.

May 06, 2010 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


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Verdict in film suit: $11M

The plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit against CSX Transportation and others were awarded $11.2 million by jurors Monday in State Court at the Chatham ...

July 19, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Real estate fraud allegations leveled at church leaders

Several former members of House of Prayer Christian Church, now called A Place of Prayer, allege that many high ranking church members and church founder ...

July 16, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Big names run youth basketball camp

Former high school basketball player Jordan Johnson held his first Dream Chasers Basketball Camp at the Liberty County YMCA Saturday.

July 15, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Sports


McMillan may get start with Dolphins

According to Dolphins Wire writer Antwan Stanley, former Liberty County High School linebacker Raekwon McMillan may get a chance to start at that position for ...

July 13, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Sports


Foods that are worth a month of meals

If you had to eat the same meal for 30 days what would you choose?

July 12, 2017 | By Patty Leon | LIBERTY LIFE


Suspect in bouncer’s death out of jail on bond

A murder suspect made bond this week while another murder suspect had his bond reduced and a convicted murderer requested a new trial.

July 12, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


Cyclist struck on Shaw Road

A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle on Shaw Road Monday night.

July 11, 2017 | Patty Leon | Local news


Re-entry coalition looks to churches

Saying the foundation of a successful prison re-entry program lies at the foot of faith-based organizations, Liberty County Re-Entry Coalition Director Daisy Jones welcomed pastors ...

July 06, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Member says ‘My church is not a cult’

Cesar Vargas said he wants to set the record straight.

July 05, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Rotary celebrates 40th anniversary

Hinesville's Rotary club celebrated its 40th anniversary, inducted the 2017-18 board and acknowledged accomplishments of the past year at its annual induction meeting June ...

July 05, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Restaurant's opening made into a happening

The sun wasn't up yet, but folks waiting for the opening of Hinesville's first Chick-fil-A were already lined up Thursday. Many spent the ...

July 01, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Business News


Search for alleged robber continues

Hinesville Police are still searching for Michael Earl Palmer, who allegedly robbed the PetSmart on Oglethorpe Highway on June 22.

July 01, 2017 | By Patty Leon | Public Safety


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