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Soldiers case colors, ready to go

The 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team cased its colors Sept. 27 in a formal ceremony on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field.

October 03, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray Staff writer | News+Opinion


Soldiers case colors, ready to go

The 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team cased its colors Sept. 27 in a formal ceremony on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field.

October 03, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray Staff writer | Military


Retiring soldiers choose to settle in area

Eight soldiers and two Department of the Army civilians were retired Sept. 27 in an official ceremony held at Club Stewart. Two of those newly retired soldiers said they're not going anywhere. They're already home.

October 03, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | News+Opinion


Civil affairs battalion activated

The 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion was activated Thursday morning in a formal ceremony on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field.

October 01, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray Staff writer | Military


Riceboro area plagued by burglaries

Several homes in one Riceboro community repeatedly have been burglarized in recent months, according to Riceboro resident Erika LeCounte.

October 01, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray Staff writer | Public Safety


Outdoors fair showcases recreation opportunities

Soldiers, retirees and family members visiting Fort Stewart's post exchange Friday were greeted by a line of umbrella tents where members of the installation's outdoor recreation facilities and organizations conducted an Outdoor Wilderness Fair.

October 01, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Outdoors/Recreation


Music, food and fun planned

The smoky aroma of pit-cooked barbecue and the mournful sounds of wailing guitars will fill the downtown-Hinesville air Saturday.

September 28, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


'Sappers' learn to blow things up

Seventy-two combat engineers with the 530th Engineer Company, 92nd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team pushed themselves for five days and four nights this week, vying to earn the title "Expert Sapper," 92nd Engineer Battalion Rear Detachment Commander Capt. Dennis Louck said.

September 28, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Stewart fishing event fun for families

More than 200 people came to Fort Stewart's Pond 30 on Saturday morning for a family fishing event that celebrated National Hunting & Fishing Day.

September 27, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Chinese delegates visit Hinesville

JianWu Zhang, delegation leader and vice mayor of Yichun, China, Hinesville's sister city, signed a new agreement Monday morning with Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas.

September 26, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray Staff writer | Local news


AUSA rep speaks out on sequestration

Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Donald Thomas has a commanding presence, and before the Hinesville Association of the United States Army chapter opened its general membership meeting Thursday at the Golden Hibachi Buffet, it was clear where he stood on the pending threat of sequestration.

September 25, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Military


City council asked to restrict out-of-town fundraising

The Hinesville city council Thursday heard an unusual request to restrict fundraising efforts by non-local veterans groups.

September 24, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray Staff writer | Local news


Time is right to get lawn, garden ready for winter

Robert Bell, Liberty County agricultural extension agent, and master gardener Dot Moss recommend using the first half of autumn to prepare lawns and gardens for winter.

September 24, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Outdoors/Recreation


Deployed soldiers get voting assistance downrange

Due to recent deployments, many Fort Stewart soldiers are a long way from a voter-registration office or polling station with an impending national election.

September 20, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Military


Travel showcase invites military community

Soldiers, their family members and Department of Defense civilians recently learned what the community has to offer for fun activities at the 2012 Community Showcase and Travel Show on Wednesday at Hunter Club and Thursday at Club Stewart.

September 18, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Military


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Army Reserve celebrates 106th birthday

The U.S. Army Reserve will turn 106 years old Wednesday. Local Army reservists, active-duty and retired soldiers as well as elected leaders celebrated the occasion a week early with a proclamation signing Wednesday afternoon by Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas in the Hinesville Room at city hall.

April 18, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Mayor: Hinesville's future is promising

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas told Liberty County Chamber of Commerce members and special guests that Hinesville's future is promising during his State of the City Address given Thursday at Connection Church in Flemington.

April 18, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Pimento cheese is Southern caviar

Salted sturgeon eggs ought to taste something like the mullet row I used to eat when I was a boy. But since caviar sells for about $50 an ounce, I'll never know.

April 17, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Downtown development manager resigns

After nearly seven years as the executive director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, Vicki Davis is leaving her position and moving on with her career. Davis resigned Friday, April 11. She said her last day on the job will be April 25.

April 16, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Attorneys move offices for new eatery

Hinesville attorneys Jay and Joel Osteen have moved their office - literally. Their old office building on the corner of Oglethorpe Highway and Fraser Street and a smaller building next door were moved early Sunday morning to a rural, unincorporated area of Long County.

April 16, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


'Thunder' on a cloudless day

Despite a clear blue sky, Liberty County residents heard "thunder" Thursday and Friday. Those who looked skyward found the source of the thunder was a C-17 Globemaster landing and taking off from Wright Army Airfield.

April 14, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Career expo lets soldiers see options

Hundreds of soldiers, veterans and military spouses came to Club Stewart on Tuesday for a career expo hosted by the Noncommissioned Officers Association.

April 12, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


'Best breakfast in town' -- yeah, right

The large billboard could be seen half-mile away when traveling north on I-95, near the town of Dunn, N.C. The colorful ad depicted a large dinner plate with two eggs over-easy, several slices of bacon and a generous portion of good ol' Southern grits.

April 10, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


City eyes paying off city hall, new fire station with SPLOST

Members and officials of the Hinesville City Council had a full day Thursday, including a planning workshop, proclamation signings and a council meeting.

April 09, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


3rd ID gets new senior enlisted leader

A new senior enlisted leader took responsibility for the 3rd Infantry Division's enlisted soldiers Friday afternoon. Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Gilpin assumed responsibility from retiring Marne Division Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson during a change of responsibility ceremony at Marne Garden.

April 09, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Old Army dirt airstrip back in use

It had been more than 20 years since a C-130 Hercules has landed on Fort Stewart's Remagen Landing Zone, but on Wednesday, the dirt strip LZ and drop zone received a lot of air traffic.

April 07, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Education center commemorates namesake

Numerous buildings on military bases are named in honor of heroes, particularly Medal of Honor recipients. Fort Stewart's education center is one of them.

April 07, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Scouts introduce new district to Rotary

Inductions of new members and a presentation by Coastal Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America highlighted Tuesday's Hinesville Rotary Club luncheon at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Flemington.

April 04, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Candidate stumps at nursing home

State Sen. Buddy Carter visited the residents and staff at Long County's Coastal Manor nursing home Thursday morning. Carter is a candidate for the U.S. 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Jack Kingston, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

April 04, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Coffee important to mornings, national security

It's hard to imagine that 240 years ago, American colonists drank tea - not sweet tea, but English tea.

April 03, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


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