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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


Cajun, Creole, low country seasoned by diversity

Cajun, Creole and low-country cooking are similar, I think, because they're culturally linked. I say it's not the common spices or pork seasonings but the diversity that makes these similar cuisines so delicious.

December 19, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


DAV honors veterans of year at banquet

Members of the Disabled American Veterans chapter 46 and their families held a brief meeting Monday night at Dorchester Academy before having a Christmas celebration with a small feast.

December 19, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Former chairman is humanitarian of year

Former Liberty County Commission Chairman John McIver recently was recognized by the Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless as its 2013 humanitarian of the year.

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


NOAA ending traditional nautical charts

According to a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration news release, the federal government will stop printing traditional paper nautical charts after April 13.

December 17, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Volunteers dress up local events

The spirit of volunteerism can be infectious.

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


Fallen warriors receive wreaths

More than 150 motorcyclists joined 170 family members of Fort Stewart's fallen heroes Saturday afternoon at Cottrell Field.

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


Detailed carvings on exhibit until Dec. 20

Woodcraft artist Guy Browning held his first art exhibition at the Hinesville Area Arts Council's Commerce Street gallery on Thursday evening. On display were about 45 of his wood carvings that could be categorized as wildlife, Native Americans, religious, historic and comical.

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


Expect to hear more gunnery training

Hinesville Rotarians received a status report Tuesday from what club member George Holtzman called Liberty County's largest industry.

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


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Stewart soldier awarded Soldiers Medal

A 28-year old Fort Stewart soldier has been awarded the highest peacetime medal in the Army, the Soldiers Medal.

February 27, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Liberty County EMA holding meetings on hazard-mitigation plan

The Liberty County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a series of stakeholders' meetings this month as part of its effort to update the county's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

February 26, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


YMCA hosting ‘Flags for Heroes’ fundraiser

The Liberty County/Armed Services YMCA will host its first-ever "Flags for Heroes" fundraiser Saturday, March 7, at Bryant Commons in Hinesville.

February 26, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Vanguard infantrymen conduct live-fire training exercise at Galahad Drop Zone

Infantrymen with the 3rd Infantry Division's 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team took part in a combined-arms live-fire training exercise Friday at Range B18, also known as Galahad Drop Zone.

February 26, 2015 | Randy Murray | Military


Smaller donations accepted for veterans’ memorial

Small donations are now being accepted toward construction of the Veterans Memorial Walk at Bryant Commons, according to the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee's subcommittee chairman George Holtzman.

February 25, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Military and Liberty County ‘one big family’

Walthourville Mayor Daisy Pray said her father, John Shaw, was 57 years old when she was born, the youngest of 10 children. He died while she was young, but she remembers him fondly.

February 23, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Peppers, paradise not compatible

While recently reaching for a fresh bell pepper, I noticed a tray above the sweet peppers that was filled with long, ominous-looking green peppers. They were about the size of my little finger, just longer.

February 18, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


High school students participate in civil court as jurors

Eighty-five Liberty County High School students were sworn in as jurors Wednesday afternoon as they participated in a mock civil trial.

February 16, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local company recognized for supporting military

Waltrich Plastic Corporation quietly has served the military community for more than a dozen years, without thanks or fanfare.

February 16, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Looking for the perfect meatball

With the exception of the Shell House just off I-95 in Savannah, my best food finds have been off the beaten path.

February 12, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Food


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