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Zesty chili warms hearts on chili day

More than 600 community members found warmth in hot bowls of chili Saturday afternoon during First Presbyterian Christian Academy's annual chili cook-off.

January 29, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Growth partnership struggles to survive

Fewer than half the members of the Fort Stewart Growth Management Partnership attended a meeting Tuesday at the Liberty County Courthouse Annex. Those who showed discussed goals and objectives for 2014 and whether the organization should attempt to revitalize itself or fold. Attendees agreed the partnership should try to team up with the Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter, but could not vote on the matter without a quorum. There also were not enough voting members to elect new officers.

January 24, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Support your local small-town cafe

They moved with a purpose from the dining room to the kitchen and back. Their pace was pretty good for 400-year-olds.

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


Army proceeding cautiously with drawdown

As the Army begins to draw down the overall size of its active-duty force, recruiting goals are getting smaller, but not drastically so, according to Lt. Col. Mary J. Constantino, Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

January 23, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


MLK parade one of largest ever

More than 80 entries that included nine floats, scores of VIP cars, police cruisers, fire trucks and military vehicles as well as marching soldiers, bands, church and civic groups took part in this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade Monday in downtown Hinesville.

January 22, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Stop suppressing the news

Complaints about lost constitutional rights are common these days, especially the six individual rights enumerated in the First Amendment.

January 20, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Opinion


Sunday alcohol sales law starts Feb. 1

The Hinesville City Council adopted a revised alcohol ordinance during its meeting Thursday. The new ordinance incorporates three amendments, including the sale of package alcohol on Sunday; issuance of an alcoholic-beverage license based on food sales; and the distance an establishment selling alcohol can be from libraries, churches, schools or residences.

January 20, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Vanguard soldiers memorialized

Before its redeployment from Afghanistan last month, the 3rd Infantry Division's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team lost two sol-

January 20, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Admiral visits her hometown

Whenever she has a chance to return to Liberty County, Annie Andrews likes to visit old friends and family members. She especially likes to spend time in her mother's kitchen, where the aroma of great food brings back fond memories. Andrews is just like any other small-town girl coming back to her roots, except that she's a rear admiral and commander of the Navy Recruiting Command.

January 20, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Gateway's financial issues not evident here

Interim CEO for Gateway Behavioral Health Services David Crews said Gateway's branch facilities in Liberty County are not affected by the recent discovery of misused funds at Georgia's largest health-care provider for patients who have developmental disabilities, are mentally ill or suffer with an addiction.

January 18, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Former Ludowici cop granted hearing

Ludowici's city council meeting Tuesday evening was brief, barely half an hour long. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James Fuller at precisely 6 p.m., and all attending were led in an invocation by a local pastor.

January 17, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


WACH opens new 65,000 square foot wing

Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Winn Army Community Hospital opened its new Liberty wing Tuesday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Due to rain, the ceremony was held indoors near the front doorway of the new 65,000-square-foot facility.

January 15, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Leaders planning trip to Kenya

Community leaders are planning an trip this summer to Marsabit, Kenya, according to Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas. He said the city council approved a recommendation a year ago to join with Marsabit in the sister-city international-partnership program, but money was not available to pay for a trip.

January 15, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


GOP congressional candidates say change needed

Five of the six Republican candidates running for U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston's 1st Congressional District seat met Wednesday for a forum sponsored by the Savannah Area Republican Women.

January 14, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Most soldiers' housing allowance increased

Most soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield will see an average 5 percent increase in their basic housing allowance, according to Chris Curry, housing chief for Stewart-Hunter's Directorate of Public Works.

January 13, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


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Chicken skin is a too-often discarded delicacy

A lot of the things I eat as snacks and appetizers are not what doctors and nutritionists would call healthy.

April 15, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Food


Fire department gets new trucks

A partnership between the Department of Defense and the Georgia Forestry Commission allows local fire departments to acquire military-surplus equipment and vehicles.

April 15, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


First female military pilots remembered

A static display consisting of dozens of black-and-white photos of women in uniform piloting or posing with World War II-era aircraft will open to the public Thursday in the rotunda of MidCoast Regional Airport.

April 15, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Liberty County receives CVB spending plan

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect a correction, which will appear in Sunday's print edition. The Liberty County Board of Commissioners received the fiscal-year 2016 budget for the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau earlier this month. An article on page 10A Wednesday incorrectly stated that the commissioners approved the budget, but the CVB's board approves its own spending plan. The commissioners simply received a copy of the budget.

April 14, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


Fort Stewart honors Gold Star spouses

Numerous spouses of Fort Stewart soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan were honored Friday during a special ceremony held at Club Stewart and Warriors Walk.

April 11, 2015 | Randy Murray | Military


Holocaust remembered at Stewart observance

The Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated 70 years ago on Jan. 27, 1945. Liberating the concentration camps halted the near-annihilation of the Jewish people.

April 11, 2015 | Randy Murray | Military


Fish fry is tasty fundraiser with memories

Journalists and other starving artists can't afford to support every good cause or fundraiser with our meager personal funds.

April 09, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Hinesville veteran keeps breaking down barriers

Dollie Goldman has been breaking down social barriers for more than 50 years.

April 07, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


Midway bake sale supports American Legion

Heather Brannon, owner of the Cattail Crossing Shopping Center in Midway, believes in supporting veterans.

April 07, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


Agencies state their financial cases

Several Liberty County agencies requested larger budget allotments during a daylong Liberty County commissioners meeting Thursday.

April 07, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


City names new judges, adds street repairs

Hinesville City Council voted Thursday to fill two new municipal-judge positions.

April 07, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Former NAACP leader running for mayor

Former Liberty County NAACP President Liston Singletary III is running for mayor of Hinesville.

April 06, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Good Friday Walk for Shelter draws hundreds

More than 200 local residents came out in support of this year's Good Friday Walk for Shelter.

April 03, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


HMAC plans events to support veterans’ memorial

The Hinesville Military Affairs Committee has begun planning for November's Veterans Salute and March 2016's International Car Show, which will once again coincide with the Small World Festival at Bryant Commons Park.

April 01, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Water council member discusses offshore exploration, drilling

Oil exploration and drilling off Georgia's coast present both pros and cons, a McIntosh community resident says.

April 01, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


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