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City focuses on HPD needs, accomplisments

The Hinesville Police Department played a big part in Thursday's city council meeting. The meeting began as two HPD officers and a Fort Stewart soldier were recognized for saving a life.

March 25, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Easter bunny gets a visit too

Saturday's rain held off for two of the three hours scheduled for Bryant Commons' first public event, an Easter egg roll. Children as young as toddlers began lining up with their parents by 10:30 a.m. at the activities.

March 25, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Invasion of Iraq recalled 10 years on

Command Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Jeffrey Ashmen was part of the 3rd ID's 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team when it crossed into Iraq 10 years ago this week.

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


Donations for veterans memorial begin

The amphitheater at Bryant Commons will host its first event this weekend, and donations already have been made toward another step in Hinesville's park project.

March 24, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Public invited to 'Walk for Shelter'

The second annual Good Friday Walk for Shelter starts at noon, March 29. According to event coordinator Jim McIntosh, the route for the five-mile walk begins at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 1370 Shaw Road and finishes at St. Philip's Episcopal Church at 302 Gen. Stewart Way.

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


Focus on preventing brain injuries

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. As part of its observance, Winn Army Community Hospital's Warrior Restoration Clinic partnered Wednesday with Fort Stewart's Installation Safety Office and the post's fire department to hold a Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention expo outside the main Post Exchange.

March 22, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Bacon goes well with about anything

If I had an entrepreneurial spirit (and budget), there are some natural fragrances that I think should be bottled and sold as perfumes, after-shave lotions and air fresheners. I'm not talking about floral scents like orange blossoms, gardenias or honeysuckle, which already have been marketed. I'm talking about the really good-smelling stuff like frying chicken, piping hot pizza or bacon - especially bacon.

March 21, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Columnist | Lifestyle


Look out for snakes

"Snake!" It's one of those exclamatory words that cause some people to panic. Some people freeze instantly, afraid to take another step, while others begin a series of steps that look like they're auditioning for Riverdance. Nonetheless, as temperatures get warmer and flora and fauna show signs of spring in Coastal Georgia, encounters with snakes are common.

March 20, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Parkway study will solicit opinions

An anonymous complaint recently made through the Coastal Courier's "Sound Off" claimed that city leaders are planning to rezone the Veterans Parkway corridor from the intersection of E.G. Miles Parkway to Fort Stewart. The caller warned homeowners to put their property up for sale because city leaders' "quiet rezoning will make it commercial to benefit somebody's pocketbook."

March 20, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Army wives' company has 'portable' jobs

Lisa Bradley said a lack of employment opportunities for military spouses and a driving desire to start a business led her and jogging partner Cameron Cruse to create R. Riveter, a handbag business that provides business opportunities for other military spouses.

March 19, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Ludowici Council approves budget

The Ludowici City Council approved the city's 2013 budget for the water and sewer and general funds during Thursday afternoon's meeting.

March 18, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Cuts cancel Soldier Show stop here

The effects of sequestration are starting to be felt at Fort Stewart with the cancellation of an event planned by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. According to special events coordinator Chris Dent, the U.S. Army Soldier Show's stop at Fort Stewart has been canceled.

March 18, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Spring event showcases travel, leisure

Wednesday's 2013 Spring Community Showcase and Travel Show allowed local and regional communities to lobby soldiers, family members and Department of Defense civilians, providing them with information about leisure, recreation and educational opportunities available in their communities.

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


DoD identifies 3rd ID casualties

The five U.S. soldiers killed Tuesday in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in southern Afghanistan were assigned to the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, which is based at Hunter Army Airfield, said Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, 3rd Infantry Division commander and commanding general of the International Security Assistance Force's Regional Command-South.

March 15, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Pet-supply store, eateries opening

PetSense opened for business in November. And though many local pet owners still are trekking to Savannah or Brunswick for their pet's needs, manager Scott Leiter said area shoppers slowly are finding out that PetSense offers supplies, pet grooming, pet vaccinations, puppy kindergarten and obedience school. PetSense is in the Hinesville Square Shopping Center.

March 13, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


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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


Experts: Sea level rising in Coastal Georgia

Several studies on the rising sea level in Coastal Georgia have been conducted over the past decade, with each report coming to similar conclusions. Occasional local flooding problems today may become major environmental and economic issues in just 15 years.

November 10, 2014 | Randy Murray | Outdoors/Recreation


Council plans to tackle new budget with SPLOST failure

Failure of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum to pass in last week's election was hardly mentioned until the end of Thursday's city council meeting.

November 07, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Commissioners preparing to resume budget talks

As part of his administrative report to Liberty County Board of Commissioners during Tuesday night's meeting, County Administrator Joey Brown advised commissioners they'd have to talk about the county's budget at the next meeting if the referendum for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax did not pass.

November 07, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


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