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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


Virginia charges against local soldier dropped

All charges have been dropped against a Fort Stewart soldier arrested Dec. 30 in Newport News, Va.

March 13, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


Virginia charges against local soldier dropped

All charges have been dropped against a Fort Stewart soldier arrested Dec. 30 in Newport News, Va.

March 13, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | News+Opinion


Foresters say prescribed burns prevent wildfires

Residents living near Fort Stewart probably have noticed a little smoke recently. Bob Tanner, fire operations team leader for Fort Stewart's Forestry Branch, said not to worry. He said the Army deliberately conducts "prescribed burns" in specific areas from March through June and over the Christmas holidays to prevent uncontrolled wildfires. Each area is burned on a three-year cycle, he said.

March 11, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


Group takes soldiers fishing

A simple "thank you" is not enough for some people.

March 11, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Guard unit preserving its history

Georgia's state militia is as old as Georgia itself. According to "A Brief History of the Georgia National Guard," colonists who came with Gen. James Oglethorpe were trained by the British "Sergeants of the Guard" prior to founding the colony of Georgia in 1733. Half a century later, the Liberty Independent Troop was organized Sept. 12, 1788 as part of the Georgia Militia, according to retired Georgia National Guardsman Wayne Stewart. They no longer were British subjects; they were American citizen-soldiers.

March 10, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Church answers call of the wild

The men's ministry at Gum Branch Baptist Church on Saturday hosted its eighth annual Wild Game Feed. Scores of men and boys gorged themselves on venison sausage, venison chili, fried quail, fried fish, roasted wild hog and roasted wild turkey, as well as a plethora of country vegetable dishes provided by the women of the church, who also served desserts and drinks.

March 09, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Simple dishes often the tastiest

Unlike the movies, life is not filled with action-packed drama. But there are dramatic moments that sometimes test our faith and resilience.

March 08, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray Columnist | Lifestyle


Father, son struggle with PTSD

Despite its hardships on families and personal risks to life and limb, military service often is a family tradition. Nicholas Rorro is the fifth of six generations to serve in the military. His son Curtis Rorro is the sixth generation soldier, but if Nick has any say about it, he'll be the last. Both soldiers are medically retired due to multiple physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

March 07, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Citizen-soldiers carry on Liberty Troop tradition

Former and current Georgia Army National Guard veterans met for breakfast Feb. 28 at Michael's Deli in Hinesville. Older soldiers shared war stories with younger soldiers, who had plenty of tales of their own, many having recently returned from Afghanistan. Wayne Stewart, a retired "citizen-soldier," said local National Guard members have been meeting for breakfast, cookouts or fish fries at least once a month since 1987.

March 06, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Despite cuts, Stewart vows to up service

It doesn't cost anything to treat customers with respect.

March 05, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Ammunition sales hot

Ammunition sales are robust these days - by local consumers and the U.S. government.

March 05, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


EMS starting emergency notification system

Liberty County residents are being urged to sign up for a mass notification system already implemented by the Liberty County Emergency Management Agency.

March 04, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


Canal museum samples simpler life

During the early part of the 19th century, it was easier to move farm and timber products by water than land. Rivers and man-made canals were the highways of early Georgia.

March 02, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Old cannonball blown up

A 100-plus-year-old cannonball that was found at a Liberty County landfill and taken to a home in the Pine Ridge subdivision safely was removed by Fort Stewart's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team Wednesday afternoon, Liberty County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Hodges said.

March 01, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


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Marne commander leads deployment

Third Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Mike Murray will lead the upcoming deployment of U.S. Forces Afghanistan National Security element, and Deputy Commanding General (Support) Brig. Gen. Christopher Bentley will lead the Train, Advise and Assist Command-East deployment, according to 3rdID Deputy Public Affairs Officer Maj. Matthew Fontaine.

October 30, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Troops ready to help fight Ebola

This weekend, 32 soldiers assigned to the 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion will deploy to the West African country of Liberia.

October 29, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Details finalized for Veterans Salute

The Hinesville Military Affairs Committee held its final meeting prior to the second annual Veterans Salute at Bryant Commons at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

October 28, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Scarecrow Stroll bigger than ever

Swarms of ghouls, goblins, scary clowns, witches, princesses and superheroes descended on downtown Hinesville on Friday evening for the sixth annual Scarecrow Stroll and Beggars Night.

October 27, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Outdoors/Recreation


Spartan brigade reorganizes before inactivation

The 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team took its next big step toward inactivation Friday with a reorganization ceremony on Cottrell Field.

October 24, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Council approves balanced budget

The Hinesville City Council approved a balanced budget for fiscal year 2015 during a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon in city hall.

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


Marines train in Wayne County

Marines and sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, conducted a situational training exercise Wednesday evening in Wayne County.

October 23, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Winn Hospital gets new senior enlisted leader

Winn Army Community Hospital has a new command sergeant major.

October 22, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


3rd ID's DIVARTY reactivated

Ten years ago, 3rd Infantry Division Artillery was inactivated as the Army transitioned to a modular force. One year ago, the 42nd Fires Brigade was activated at Fort Stewart.

October 22, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Program allows hunters to help farmers

A new program co-sponsored by Georgia's departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources links farmers with hunters who are willing to help them reduce wild-hog populations.

October 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Outdoors/Recreation


Council briefed on sewage overflow

Hinesville City Council members were briefed Thursday by City Engineer Paul Simonton and Robbie Norby, project manager of underground utilities for public-works contractor CH2MHILL, about a sewage overflow that occurred Oct. 3

October 20, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Veterans using pickup to raise awareness

Retired Army Sgt. 1stClass Angel Sanabria and former soldier Jamal Scott want to raise awareness about the service and sacrifice of America's military while also informing today's young service men and women about the support they have available from veterans' service organizations when they leave they service.

October 15, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Affordable housing sought for homeless veterans

An Atlanta-based development company is working with the Hinesville Housing Authority to build affordable one-bedroom units with a priority of being given to homeless veterans.

October 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Legion Post 321 looking for a home

Since East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 started in October 2006, members have met in banquet rooms and at the Dorchester Academy. For the last five years, they've met at the Midway Police Department.

October 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


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