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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


Soup really is good food

Soup is one of those simple comfort foods that conjure pleasant childhood memories, like watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on a Sunday evening while eating a bowl of Campbell's tomato soup with a grilled-cheese sandwich.

February 28, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


'Nature's symphony' readies for spring

Officially, spring is three weeks away, but in Coastal Georgia, the sounds of spring are in the air every afternoon and evening. By sunset each day, frogs, toads, crickets and various song birds are warming up their voices and "wing bows" for a spring concert.

February 28, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Evacuation reported in Hinesville neighborhood

Residents living near 1277 Baxter St. in Hinesville's Pine Ridge subdivision were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after discovery of a Mexican War or Civil War-era cannon ball, according to Mike Hodges, director of Liberty County Emergency Management Administration.

February 27, 2013 | By Randy Murray | Public Safety


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