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Stewart opens Army Wellness Center

A new Army Wellness Center officially opened at Fort Stewart this week with a ribbon cutting by 3rd Infantry Division and Stewart-Hunter Commander Maj. Gen. John "Mike" Murray, Winn Army Community Hospital and Stewart-Hunter Medical Activity Command Commander Col. Kirk Eggleston, Winn Preventative Medicine Chief Lt. Col. Shannon Ellis, Wellness Center Director Megan Amadeo and Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training Center manager John Gaddy.

September 28, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Living well


Early fall is perfect time for jam

Jams, jellies and fruit preserves always have been an essential part of what I considered dessert - a cathead biscuit smothered with butter and homemade jam, jelly or preserves.

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


Having a good time with science

Liberty Elementary School had its second annual Science Discovery Night on Thursday evening. Event organizer Ashley Striplin said the event was open to Liberty Elementary students and other students in the community, including middle- and high-schoolers.

September 24, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Education


POWs, MIAs remembered

The grief does not end for family, friends and brothers in arms of servicemen and women still missing in action or kept as prisoners of war in a foreign country.

September 23, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Resident lectures council on blight

An angry Hinesville resident addressed the city council during the public comments section of Thursday's meeting.

September 23, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Rain bringing out the critters

Spiders, snakes and other reptiles and insects are not among the attractions that draw people to Coastal Georgia.

September 20, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Five trees added to Warriors Walk

Five soldiers assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were honored Thursday morning with a tree-dedication ceremony at Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk.

September 20, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Camp cooking is more than grillin

I chose the infantry because I love being outdoors. For years, I shivered in icy arctic winds, roasted under a blistering desert sun, melted under a thick jungle canopy or suffered from hypoxia on some remote mountain top.

September 18, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Area Krogers helping replenish food bank

Since Sept. 1, Kroger stores in the Savannah area have been collecting donations to help America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia replenish its food-bank shelves. According to the Hinesville store's unit manager, Michael Landing, the donation drive, called a "round-up," will end Saturday.

September 18, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


DAV volunteers help vets get help

Imagine a full-time job in which the only payment received is the satisfaction of helping others. That's what the nine volunteer staff members, including six service officers, with Disabled American Veterans Chapter 46 do each weekday.

September 17, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Details set for Veterans Salute Day

Subcommittee chiefs of the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee held a special meeting Tuesday at the Hinesville Police Department for discussion while coordinating final details for the first-ever Veterans Salute Day.

September 16, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Buses still have city support

Liberty Transit System, which operates the county's buses, still has the full support of Hinesville's mayor and city manager, despite recent budget cuts that resulted in fewer buses on the road and shorter hours of operation.

September 13, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Fort Stewart hosts 9/11 memorial

Soldiers, military retirees, first responders, Department of Defense civilians and military family members gathered Wednesday morning at Fort Stewart's main post chapel to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

September 13, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Governments back fitness program

Hinesville, Liberty County, Liberty County School System and Liberty Regional Medical Center are partnering with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to encourage local residents to make physical activity a habit.

September 12, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Living well


A chocolate that puts others to shame

Other than Atkinson's peanut-butter bars and the orange-slice jelly candies I enjoyed as a kid, I've been good about keeping candy at arm's length. But when I was stationed in Italy, I discovered that European chocolatiers take chocolate to a whole new level. Had my unit not rotated to Fort Bragg early, I might now be diabetic.

September 12, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


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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


Rally focuses on challenging students

Project Reach God's Anointed Now Generation Inc. hosted the 16th annual Back to School Rally on Saturday at Riceboro's community center gym.

July 14, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Education


'Gypsy' hitchhiking the skies

Amber Nolan is hitchhiking across the country - by air. Not commercial air, but general aviation.

July 12, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Doughnuts are poor man's dessert

It doesn't matter if you spell it donut or doughnut - these little ring-shaped dough cakes are deep-fried and smothered in sweetness. Donuts are a poor man's dessert.

July 10, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Rare termite finds home in Hinesville

A rare species of termites reported on in the Courier a year ago continued to spread through the building in which they were found, and now they've been discovered in the oak trees in Bradwell Park.

July 09, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Brig. Gen. Jones heads overseas

The 3rd Infantry Division bid farewell Wednesday to one of its senior officers in a retreat ceremony in Fort Stewart's Marne Garden. Brig. Gen. Pete Jones, former 3rd ID deputy commanding general-support, is leaving the Marne Division for a new role as director of future plans for the International Security Assistance Force.

July 05, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Parker arson case delayed again

The case of the state of Georgia vs. Robert Parker, a former Long County Sheriff's deputy, was delayed again Wednesday morning when First District Atlantic Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Robert L. Russell III agreed to set Aug. 1 for a "Rule 20" hearing to allow Parker to enter a plea.

July 04, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


Hinesville Rotary installs new officers

The Hinesville Rotary Club installed new officers Tuesday night at its weekly meeting. New club President Brigitte Shanken and fellow officers were sworn in by Rotary District 6920 Gov. Ted Thompson.

July 04, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Appetizers can enhance a restaurant’s reputation

A restaurant's appetizer can influence my decision to make a return visit. Even something as simple as the dry-roasted peanuts I wolf down while waiting for my Five Guys burger is something I consider before deciding which burger joint to visit.

July 02, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


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