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Sunday alcohol, annexation on ballot

Hinesville has contracted with the Liberty County Board of Elections to hold special elections Nov. 5 for voters to decide two issues, according to City Manager Billy Edwards.

September 30, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Panel finalizes plans for vet salute

Members of the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee met Monday evening to continue finalizing plans for the Nov. 16 Veterans Salute.

September 29, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Veterans Parkway plan to be unveiled Oct. 29

Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission Director Jeff Ricketson led the second of two scheduled workshops this week at city hall on the Veterans Parkway Overlay District Study with Hinesville City Council members and Mayor Jim Thomas.

September 29, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


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


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Hinesville Rotarians get the facts on Ebola

Hinesville's Rotary Club members on Tuesday learned about the Ebola epidemic and how to avoid it.

November 26, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Business


HMAC critiques Veterans Salute 2014

The Hinesville Military Affairs Committee met Monday night for the last time this year and focused on this year's Veterans Salute at Bryant Commons - what went right and what went wrong.

November 26, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Homeless Prevention Program turns 16

Hinesville's Homeless Prevention Program celebrated 16 years last month. Program Coordinator Daisy Jones said her department of three had modest beginnings, but it now networks with dozens of churches, civic organizations and service agencies dedicated to helping the homeless and hungry in Hinesville and Liberty County.

November 24, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Storm knocks one business out

High winds caused minor damage, including tree limbs falling throughout the county Sunday, Liberty County Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Larry Logan said the worst damage was at the Friendly Express at the corner of Highway 84 and Airport Road in Walthourville.

November 24, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


Georgia’s mountains serve as real-life postcard

About half of Georgia's 56 State Parks and Historic Sites are located in the northern-most part of the state.

November 24, 2014 | Randy Murray | Outdoors/Recreation


Military camaraderie through sports

The 3rd Infantry Division has been celebrating its birthday this week with an array of athletic competitions.

November 24, 2014 | Randy Murray | Sports


Employee raises saved, tax increase higher

The first action item on Thursday's Hinesville City Council meeting agenda was to approve a revised budget for fiscal year 2015.

November 24, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Georgia mountains are real-life postcard

About half of Georgia's 56 State Parks and Historic Sites are located in the northern-most part of the state.

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


Midway residents help update land-use map

Fewer than a dozen Midway residents joined Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission officials Thursday at the Liberty County Community Complex to discuss and assist updating the Midway subarea land-use map.

November 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long County commissioner raises discrimination concerns in roads department

An otherwise-routine employment process with the Long County roads department has received the attention of the county commissioner responsible for that department.

November 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Community rallies around Stewart, troops

There was no place to park outside the Liberty County Performing Arts Center Monday night, so community members attending the public listening session with representatives of the Army's Force Management Office parked on both sides of the road leading back out to U.S. 84.

November 18, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


Kesslers students join record attempt at cup stacking

About 175 students at Fort Stewart's Kessler Elementary School attempted a world record in cup stacking Thursday.

November 14, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Mayor promotes troop-strength meeting

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas told business and community leaders Thursday that Monday's listen session with representatives from the Army Force Management Office will be the most important meeting in this community for many years to come.

November 13, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


City millage rate increasing by up to .94 mills

After more than an hour and a half debate Thursday over possible cuts to make up a $1.3 million budget deficit, city leaders conceded they have to increase the property taxes by .94 of a mill, though maybe less.

November 13, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local veterans honored at VFW ceremony

Nearly 200 local veterans gathered outside the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6602 just prior to the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.

November 12, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


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