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Finance website ranks Hinesville 'on rise'

Hinesville ranks second among 37 Georgia cities with populations greater than 20,000, according to a June 13 report for NerdWallet.com by analyst Maggie Clark.

June 20, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Popcorn is not just for movies anymore

Popcorn is one of those extra expenses that go with movie-going. How's a fellah gonna watch Captain America save the nation without a large tub of salty, buttery popcorn to get him through all those action scenes?

June 19, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Marne Advocacy Center opens on post

Eight subject-matter experts who, in the past, have assisted Fort Stewart victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, child abuse and discrimination now are co-located at the Marne Advocacy Resource Center.

June 18, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


'Troops to trucks' expands at STC

Savannah Technical College has expanded its "troops to trucks" program.

June 17, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Fort Morris camp rolls fun into education

Sixteen children ages 7-12 enjoyed a week of fun and educational activities last week at Fort Morris State Historic Site. According to ranger Arthur Edgar, the park manager, the Junior Ranger Camp is a one-week, annual event he's led since he transferred from another state park 22 years ago.

June 16, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Officials cut ribbon on VA clinic

Active-duty military, veterans, elected officials and Department of Veterans Affairs personnel gathered Friday morning outside the new Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Hinesville Outpatient Clinic at the intersection of Oglethorpe Highway and Memorial Drive for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

June 16, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Ludowici reinstates police chief

Ludowici City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday morning to reinstate Police Chief James Steiner, who has been on administrative leave for the previous three weeks.

June 13, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


TV food shows not what they used to be

I watch a lot of reruns of The Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," in which chef Guy Fieri travels around the country, showcasing hometown restaurants the locals love most.

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


Kids fishing rodeo draws hundreds

The big ones were biting for more than 230 children who participated in a kids' fishing event Saturday at Fort Stewart's Holbrook Pond, but it wasn't just little ones who enjoyed a day on the pond.

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


Fort having to replace Warriors Walk trees

The 468 eastern redbud trees at Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk are dying. According to Fort Stewart public affairs spokesman Kevin Larson, the trees intended to be living memorials begin dying shortly after they're planted.

June 11, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Council OKs rezoning despite concerns

The Hinesville City Council on Thursday approved, with special stipulations, a petition filed by Evans T & T Investments, LLC to rezone 44.12 acres of land for the Retreat at Oak Crest, Phase II and III, over-riding recommendations by the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission and public concerns.

June 10, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Division's former command sergeant major retires

The Marne Division's 25th command sergeant major retired Friday morning in a ceremony on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field. Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson's retirement ceremony was attended by a dozen members of his family, including his wife Sharon and their three daughters.

June 09, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


VVA giving fans to seniors

The Vietnam Veterans of American chapter 789 has earned a reputation for helping local seniors, veterans and disabled members of the community. And recently, the VVA gave away fans to qualified seniors to help them through the summer.

June 06, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


DNR seizes 708 lbs of illegal shrimp

Shrimp season in Coastal Georgia waters begins Tuesday, but some shrimp-boat captains don't want to wait and will risk shrimping in closed waters. According to Georgia Department of Natural Resources Capt. Doug Lewis, they may face having their shrimp confiscated by DNR rangers, as well as heavy fines and criminal charges.

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


Onions are close to perfect

Onions are pretty close to being the perfect food, not only for adding character to an endless variety of dishes but also for their health benefits.

June 05, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


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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


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


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