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Debating food preferences is futile

Sometimes at a public gathering someone will privately comment on one of my food columns. Most are kind, telling me how much they agree with my assessment of steaks, seafood or certain restaurants. Others tell me up front I got it all wrong about which is better - North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Memphis, Kansas City or St. Louis barbecue.

October 16, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Even swamps affected by shutdown

National wildlife refuges are closed due to the federal-government shutdown, including one of Georgia's seven natural wonders - the Okefenokee Swamp, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Jeff Fleming.

October 16, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Rotarians discuss Affordable Care Act

Hinesville Rotary Club members heard details and implications of the Affordable Care Act from local business owners and operators during Tuesday's lunch meeting.

October 16, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Area artist’s work on display in October

Local artist Kallie Breningstall doesn't feel confined to a particular art media. Her prints, paintings, photography, pottery, pencil drawings, sculpture and hand-made jewelry are on display this month at the Hinesville Area Arts Council gallery at 102 Commerce St. in downtown Hinesville.

October 14, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Gen. Coffee Park lets visitors have a blast with the past

Many of Georgia's 56 state parks and historic sites offer a history lesson. Gen. Coffee State Park, located about 90 minutes from Hinesville on Highway 32, is like stepping into the past.

October 14, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Outdoors/Recreation


Midway’s annual fly-in slated for Saturday

The Grass Strip Foundation is hosting the fourth annual fly-in and open house from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Berg Park Aerodrome in Midway.

October 14, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


HUD, VA partner to help homeless vets

Hinesville Assistant City Manager Ken Howard and Homeless Prevention Program coordinator Daisy Jones invited representatives from the Savannah Veterans Affairs Primary Care Clinic to hold information sessions Monday morning in the Community Development training room.

October 13, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


161-year-old school back to educating

Another part of local history has been preserved by the Dorchester Village Civic Center's board of directors.

October 11, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Adventures with state-fair food

The other night, I enjoyed a microwave corn dog.

October 10, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Downtown vying for Main Street recognition

Hinesville Downtown Development Partners gathered last Thursday in city hall to hear a speaker with their same goals in mind.

October 10, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Post's civilian workers recalled

Brig. Gen. John Hort, 3rd Infantry Division deputy commanding general-maneuver, confirmed Monday that nearly all of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's 2,400 civilian workers were back on the job.

October 09, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Long shutdown could stop buses

The partial government shutdown may stop the public buses in Hinesville, at least temporarily, said City Manager Billy Edwards during a discussion of an information item added to the city council meeting agenda Thursday. Edwards offered a report called annual appropriations impact summary that noted possible affects of the current federal government shutdown.

October 07, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


VFW, its veterans help vets, community

Many veterans continue their military service by serving their fellow veterans and their community through their membership in veterans' organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said Stephen Wheeler, commander of VFW Post 6602.

October 05, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


City manager reports on projects

Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards reported on capital-improvement projects for fiscal year 2014 during the Sept. 19 city-council meeting.

October 05, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Meat market caters to deer hunters

The meat market in downtown Ludowici has reopened and is enjoying steady business, partly from patrons who frequented the previous business and partly from new customers, including deer hunters.

October 03, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


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City leaders in planning workshop

Hinesville leaders are having their annual planning workshop through Friday at St. Simons Island's Sea Palms Resort.

July 30, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


Apartments planned for senior citizens

Renaissance Park, an upscale apartment complex for senior citizens, is under construction on Memorial Drive, across from the First Baptist Church.

July 30, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


School, community fair draws crowd

More than 2,000 soldiers and family members filled Fort Stewart's Newman Fitness Center Thursday for the first-ever, combined Back-to-School and Community Activities Information Registration Fair.

July 29, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Education


Residents leery of growth in rural area

An estimated 25 residents of the McIntosh/Holmestown community have told planners they don't want much development in their area.

July 28, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


Hinesville toddler awaits new heart

Six months ago, Brynslet Sellers was like other 2-year-olds, ready to play with her siblings or dress up in princess dresses and tiaras. In February, however, she was diagnosed with heart failure.

July 28, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


2nd ABCT soldiers compete in Spartan Week's athletic battles

For the 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team, July 14-18 was a week of individual and team competitions. Spartan Week's athletic battles marked the last time Spartan soldiers will compete or train as a brigade before the unit cases its colors this fall.

July 28, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Living well


Exiting soldiers get scoop on careers

Fort Stewart soldiers who are transitioning from the Army and those who recently left the service, as well as veterans and civilians, had an opportunity Thursday to compete for more than 1,100 state jobs available through the Georgia Department of Corrections and other law-enforcement agencies.

July 25, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Bologna conjures up fond memories

I like bologna - the mild sausage made from beef or meat scraps (beef, pork, turkey and/or chicken), not baloney, the mess you hear from TV infomercials about snake-oil pills that increase your memory, help you lose weight, fight bad breath and increase your personal wealth.

July 24, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


City delays vote on new store

The Hinesville City Council on Thursday tabled a rezoning petition that would accommodate a grocery store with gas pumps.

July 24, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


Fitness tests demand soldiers' best efforts

Each day of Spartan Week presented a new athletic challenge for all the soldiers assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

July 24, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Veterans launching craft brewery

Being former soldiers, Kevin Ryan, Dan Sartin and Jeff Hyatt have a common bond that's typical of all uniformed personnel, whether they're military, law enforcement or firefighters. They also share a love for good beer.

July 21, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


New veterans’ organization growing quickly

Warrior Pointe, an organization started by former soldier Reed Pacheco in 2013, has grown quickly by connecting veterans with veterans and the resources that help them with specific issues.

July 19, 2014 | Randy Murray | Military


Tomatoes are terrific summertime treats

Every day, twice a day I check my garden to see if I have any "maters" ripe and ready for picking. In less sophisticated parts of the country, this veggie-fruit is called a tomato, but I live in Georgia, so I call them maters.

July 17, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Legion Post 321 installs officers, retires flags

East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 installed new officers Saturday afternoon in a ceremony at the Midway Police Department. The American Legion Department of Georgia Junior Vice Commander George Walker swore in the new leaders.

July 17, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Limited red snapper season opens

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently approved a request by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries to allow limited recreational harvesting of red snapper in federal waters, according to Doug Haymans, policy coordinator with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

July 15, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Outdoors/Recreation


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