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Ex-coach: Intimacy not a factor in job loss

"I'll admit I made some bad choices and used poor judgment," former Liberty County High School social studies teacher and Panther football defensive coordinator Thomas Desbiens said. "But I want to set the record straight. I never had inappropriate physical, intimate or sexual contact with any student at the school."

February 20, 2009 | By Patty Leon Staff writer | News


Tiger boys team out, ladies advance

The Lady Tigers advanced to the semi-finals with a 33-point win (59-26) over Groves High Lady Rebels on Wednesday night. The Tigers, however lost in overtime Tuesday evening against sixth seeded Johnson High, 52-58.

February 20, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


LCHS soccer team hammers Fitzgerald

The Liberty County High School Lady Panther soccer team took another win Saturday, beating Fitzgerald 3-1.

February 20, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Panthers prepping with new coach

New Liberty County Panther baseball coach David Samuel is ready to have his first-year squad throw out the first pitch and start the season as the Panthers plan to begin with a long road trip to Houston County on Feb. 28.

February 18, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Young Rebel, FPCA player dreams big

Xavier Jackson, 13, is a basketball player with aspirations of making it to the NBA.

February 18, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Junior Lady Highlanders come on strong

The Lady Highlander varsity squad struggled in its inaugural season, finishing 3-12 overall and 2-6 in the GISA region 2-A, but the school can look to the up and coming junior varsity to see its possible turn around.

February 18, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


FPCA takes region, local schools win

The third attempt was a charm for the First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlanders as the boys varsity squad took its third victory against Bethesda on Friday night in Milledgeville, earning the GISA Region 2-A championship. FPCA won 73-68 in overtime.

February 16, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


LCHS Panther soccer already in full swing

The Liberty County Panther soccer teams have kicked the season into full gear as the boys report a record of 2-0-1 to date.

February 16, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Tigers to host first round of playoffs

The Tigers will play Johnson High School at home tonight to finish the regular season, and no matter the outcome, the local team will host the first round of region playoffs at Bradwell next Tuesday and Wednesday. The brackets will be determined by tonight's wins and losses throughout the region.

February 13, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


BI Tigers ready for hitting season

Spring is around the corner and that means baseball season is set to start. Tiger baseball head coach Rhett Hellgren is entering his third season at the helm of the BI squad and said he expects roughly 10-12 players who either started or played on the varsity squad last year to return.

February 13, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


LCHS Lady Panthers off to a solid start

The Liberty County Lady Panthers soccer team won its Feb. 7 scrimmage against Vidalia 6-2 and tied with Brunswick, 2-2, for the season opener. Both games were played on the girls' home field at Lewis Frasier Middle School.

February 13, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Ludowici school shines in background

LUDOWICI - Not many folks know about the other high school in Long County. With an enrollment of approximately 250 students, including 60 in high school, Faith Baptist Christian Academy is more like a tight extended family than a school.

February 11, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Panthers edge out Baldwin County

The Lady Panthers closed the first up by 10, the half up by 5 and the third up by 8, but the Lady Bravettes of Baldwin High controlled the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Panthers 13 to 3, to win 49-41 in front of a home crowd Saturday night.

February 11, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Panthers fall to Burke, Tigers split

The Tigers, Panthers and Long County Blue Tide hit the road on Friday night as wind down region games before the playoffs start Feb. 27.

February 09, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Sports


Tide crown 2009 homecoming king

Last week was a good one for Ricky Rivera. On Wednesday, the Long County High School senior signed to play football for Savannah State University. The night before, he was crowned 2009 homecoming king.

February 09, 2009 | Mike Riddle Correspondent | Sports


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Rebels play well in North Carolina tournament

An overtime loss prevented the St. James Coastal Crew 12U Rebels basketball team from playing in the championship last weekend at a tournament in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

July 06, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Midway native celebrating 100th birthday Saturday

Many things have come and gone in the span of a century. Alma B. Williams of Midway still has the clarity of mind and whimsical wit to recall them all.

July 02, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


Soldier granted bond on murder charge

Liberty County Superior Court Judge Jay Stewart set bond at $50,000 for Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jermaine Ray Mealy during a preliminary hearing Thursday morning in connection with the death of Nathaniel Brown in early June.

July 02, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Wife of slain soldier gets life sentence

The wife of a slain Fort Stewart soldier, who pleaded guilty to the crime in early June, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

June 30, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Look for variety, passion from personal trainer

A personal trainer can help you stay on track for fitness goals, offer motivation and teach you proper exercise techniques.

June 28, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Living well


D&M Hispanic Restaurant evokes Little Havana

The fragrance of freshly made "pastelitos." The lyrics of the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, heard from nearly every open window. The smoke from a hand-rolled cigar and the sounds of the dominoes hitting the table at Domino Park.

June 24, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Food


Rec department has fun available

The Liberty County Recreation Department has many ways for area residents to have a little fun and cool off during the summer heat.

June 24, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Summer splashing is frequent at new water park

A new area water park is already a hit less than a month after it opened.

June 24, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Mother enters plea in her daughter’s death

Candice Nicole Boles entered a plea of guilty of cruelty to children in the first degree, a felony, and guilty of cruelty to children in the second degree, admitting she played a role in the death of her daughter Andraia Boles, who was 3 at the time of her murder in February 2013.

June 22, 2015 | Patty Leon | Public Safety


Mitchell put on ESPN prospect list

Liberty County High School Panther standout Davion Mitchell has been selected for ESPN's list of the top 60 basketball recruits for the Class of 2017.

June 22, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


New music store opens in Hinesville

Hinesville has a new musical instrument sales, repair and instructional store. Backline Productions Services LLC opened its doors in March but held its official grand opening May 16.

June 18, 2015 | Patty Leon | Business


Liberty NAACP leader: Charleston church mass shooting highlights need for dialogue

The Wednesday night killing of nine people by a white gunman in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, highlights the need for everyone to come together and discuss the difficult topics of race, politics and religion, according to the Liberty County NAACP president.

June 18, 2015 | Patty Leon | News


Homeless Connect provides service to needy

Daisy Jones, the city of Hinesville's Homeless Prevention Program coordinator, walked from table to table, ensuring each vendor was prepared before opening the doors of Bradwell Institute's gymnasium at noon June 6.

June 18, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Lifestyle


First-year coach excelling with 12U Rebels

Dana King Jr. knew he would want to coach kids someday.

June 17, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


Panther football player competes in Five-Star Camp

Liberty County High School football player Richard LeCounte was among the top 100 players that was invited to the 2015 Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge.

June 15, 2015 | Patty Leon | Sports


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