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Donations solicited for memorial walk

Individual and corporate donations are being sought to help build the Veterans Memorial Walk at Bryant Commons, said George Holtzman, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Walk Committee.

January 07, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Last week's storm has little impact

Liberty County residents woke to nearly freezing temperatures Friday morning, according to Larry Logan, assistant director of Liberty County Emergency Management Agency.

January 06, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Shotgun class offered to Stewart youth

Fort Stewart youths, ages 10-16, are invited to sign up for a shotgun-orientation class from 8 a.m-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Holbrook Outdoor Recreation Center

January 04, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Outdoors/Recreation


Pearl Harbor survivor honored after death

Frank Noonan joined the Navy after graduating from high school in 1941. After initial training, he was sent to Hawaii. Noonan turned 18 in a Navy hospital two days after Japanese bombers sank the USS Oklahoma and several other Pacific Fleet ships in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

January 04, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Locals encouraged to take transportation survey

Liberty County residents are encouraged to take part in a transportation survey conducted by the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission.

January 01, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local culinary heroes teach, inspire

I emulate Biblical role models like Joshua, David, Peter and Paul. Jesus is more than a role model. He's God. I also look up to military heroes like Francis Marion, John Singleton Mosby, Alvin York, Audie Murphy and Paul R. Smith. It's my culinary heroes, though, who teach me new recipes and inspire me to develop my own skills in the kitchen or at the grill.

January 01, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Rule change may benefit vets with brain injuries

The Department of Veterans Affairs published an amended regulation Dec. 17 at www.regulations.gov. When it takes effect Jan. 16, these changes may benefit thousands of veterans with illnesses caused by service-connected traumatic brain injuries.

January 01, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Community celebrates Raekwon McMillan Day

Members of the community gathered at the Liberty Performing Arts Center Friday to celebrate the accomplishments of Liberty County High School senior Raekwon McMillan, who has committed to play football for Ohio State University.

December 31, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Sports


Give trees second lives

Keep Liberty Beautiful Director Sara Ann Swida hates to see Christmas end and gets sad when the Christmas decorations come down.

December 27, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


W-ville getting new retail space

A wooden sign in a vacant lot on Highway 84 in Walthourville has proclaimed "Shopping Center Coming Soon" for several years. It appears it is finally coming true.

December 27, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


It's Christmas sweets, not the turkey or ham

Millions of Americans have gained a few pounds since Thanksgiving. They'll add on a few more on Christmas and New Year's Day.

December 25, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Joseph Martin wins gingerbread house contest

Joseph Martin Elementary School won the People's Choice and Overall Winner awards Wednesday in a gingerbread-house competition hosted by the LaQuinta Inn and Suites in Flemington and the Hinesville Rotary Club.

December 24, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Community lights up for holidays

One obvious sign of the season is especially noticeable after the sun goes down. From Flemington to Walthourville, colorful lights and decor line both sides of Oglethorpe Highway. Motorists who venture down a side street into most any neighborhood are sure to see homes and yards aglow with bulbs of silver, gold, red, blue and green.

December 24, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


City pulls prior conviction question from applications

The city of Hinesville has decided to eliminate the question on city employment applications that asks about criminal convictions. City-council members agreed with a motion made by Mayor Jim Thomas during Thursday's meeting to authorize the city personnel office to "ban the box" that some have argued discriminates against felons who've completed their prison sentence.

December 23, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


City chosen for Main Street program

Hinesville recently was selected by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs as one of 19 cities to join the state's Main Street start-up program, according to a GDCA news release.

December 21, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


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Hinesville Rotarians get the facts on Ebola

Hinesville's Rotary Club members on Tuesday learned about the Ebola epidemic and how to avoid it.

November 26, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Business


HMAC critiques Veterans Salute 2014

The Hinesville Military Affairs Committee met Monday night for the last time this year and focused on this year's Veterans Salute at Bryant Commons - what went right and what went wrong.

November 26, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Homeless Prevention Program turns 16

Hinesville's Homeless Prevention Program celebrated 16 years last month. Program Coordinator Daisy Jones said her department of three had modest beginnings, but it now networks with dozens of churches, civic organizations and service agencies dedicated to helping the homeless and hungry in Hinesville and Liberty County.

November 24, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Storm knocks one business out

High winds caused minor damage, including tree limbs falling throughout the county Sunday, Liberty County Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Larry Logan said the worst damage was at the Friendly Express at the corner of Highway 84 and Airport Road in Walthourville.

November 24, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


Georgia’s mountains serve as real-life postcard

About half of Georgia's 56 State Parks and Historic Sites are located in the northern-most part of the state.

November 24, 2014 | Randy Murray | Outdoors/Recreation


Military camaraderie through sports

The 3rd Infantry Division has been celebrating its birthday this week with an array of athletic competitions.

November 24, 2014 | Randy Murray | Sports


Employee raises saved, tax increase higher

The first action item on Thursday's Hinesville City Council meeting agenda was to approve a revised budget for fiscal year 2015.

November 24, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Georgia mountains are real-life postcard

About half of Georgia's 56 State Parks and Historic Sites are located in the northern-most part of the state.

November 23, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Midway residents help update land-use map

Fewer than a dozen Midway residents joined Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission officials Thursday at the Liberty County Community Complex to discuss and assist updating the Midway subarea land-use map.

November 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long County commissioner raises discrimination concerns in roads department

An otherwise-routine employment process with the Long County roads department has received the attention of the county commissioner responsible for that department.

November 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Community rallies around Stewart, troops

There was no place to park outside the Liberty County Performing Arts Center Monday night, so community members attending the public listening session with representatives of the Army's Force Management Office parked on both sides of the road leading back out to U.S. 84.

November 18, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


Kesslers students join record attempt at cup stacking

About 175 students at Fort Stewart's Kessler Elementary School attempted a world record in cup stacking Thursday.

November 14, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Mayor promotes troop-strength meeting

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas told business and community leaders Thursday that Monday's listen session with representatives from the Army Force Management Office will be the most important meeting in this community for many years to come.

November 13, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


City millage rate increasing by up to .94 mills

After more than an hour and a half debate Thursday over possible cuts to make up a $1.3 million budget deficit, city leaders conceded they have to increase the property taxes by .94 of a mill, though maybe less.

November 13, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local veterans honored at VFW ceremony

Nearly 200 local veterans gathered outside the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6602 just prior to the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.

November 12, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


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