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Women in combat raises questions

Two female soldiers assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team expressed different opinions about Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's lift of the ban on women serving in combat units. During media interviews held Tuesday outside their brigade headquarters the two soldiers talked candidly about the policy change.

January 30, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | News+Opinion


Stewart clinic earns recognition

A Winn Army Community Hospital primary care medical clinic has earned the highest possible certification by an outside health care accreditation organization.

January 29, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Living well


Soldiers have mixed feelings on women in combat

Military leaders formally lifted the ban on female soldiers serving in combat positions Thursday with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey announcing the change.

January 28, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Soldiers have mixed feelings on women in combat

Military leaders formally lifted the ban on female soldiers serving in combat positions Thursday with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey announcing the change.

January 28, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | News+Opinion


Vigil memorializes nation's homeless

Local clergy, civic leaders, community leaders and citizens concerned about the homeless gathered Tuesday evening at Hinesville's First United Methodist Church for the first Homeless Persons' Memorial Day.

January 26, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Homeless count has big implications

Dozens of service-providing organizations, government agencies and churches are collaborating next week under the direction of the Liberty County Homeless Coalition and the Hinesville Homeless Prevention Program.

January 26, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


State's top Army booster visits here

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James E. Donald, president of the Georgia chapter of the Association of the United States Army, recently visited Hinesville and Fort Stewart.

January 25, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | News+Opinion


State's top Army booster visits here

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James E. Donald, president of the Georgia chapter of the Association of the United States Army, recently visited Hinesville and Fort Stewart.

January 25, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Homemade burgers are the best

As his name implied, Wimpy was a wimp, but he was just as self-centered as the burly bully Brutus, with whom my hero, Popeye, had many philosophical discussions.

January 24, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Rotarians hear, taste LCCA's success

Members of Hinesville's Rotary Club heard and tasted proof Tuesday that Liberty College & Career Academy is successful.

January 24, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Homemade burgers are the best

As his name implied, Wimpy was a wimp, but he was just as self-centered as the burly bully Brutus, with whom my hero, Popeye, had many philosophical discussions.

January 23, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Food+Drink


Wounded warriors mark MLK Day, legacy

Fort Stewart's Warriors in Transition Battalion observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday Friday afternoon.

January 21, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


City's contract for water works questioned

An otherwise-routine Hinesville City Council meeting Thursday took a serious turn when a citizen questioned the city's compliance with a state code.

January 21, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Post officials credit standards for awards

A management tool implemented by Fort Stewart's Directorate of Public Works probably contributed to the installation winning a number of awards during the last decade.

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


Desert Rogue soldier memorialized

A 24-year-old soldier, husband, father, son and brother was memorialized Thursday morning with a tree dedication ceremony at Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk.

January 18, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


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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


'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


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