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Soldiers conduct air-assault training

Seventy artillerymen with the 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division conducted air-assault training Friday morning on the Vanguard Brigade's compound.

May 21, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Simulated storm tests preparations

Coastal Georgia residents were unaware when Tropical Storm Bruce hit Hilton Head Island on May 14.

May 21, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Public Safety


Liberty County favors Kingston, Carter

Georgia's primary election included several key, state-level races, including governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. The closest races were for the Republican nominations for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

May 20, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


Hinesville mayor, council recognize pastor

Before any other business was discussed during Thursday's city council meeting, Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas and city council members took time to say 'goodbye' to a long-time friend of the city, Pastor Richard Wright of First United Methodist Church.

May 19, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


3rd ID soldiers train for air assault

Twenty-two soldiers with Battery B, 1/76th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division conducted air-assault training Friday at Fort Stewart.

May 19, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Leaders review final SPLOST list

Liberty County Board of Commissioners Chairman Donald Lovette and County Administrator Joey Brown met with five Liberty county mayors Wednesday to review what was meant to be a finalized list of funds to be allocated for road and building projects if voters pass the November referendum for a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

May 19, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Adult day care center takes a step

The Liberty County Hospital Authority met briefly Tuesday afternoon to give final approval to the financing and construction of a 5,000-square-foot adult day health-care facility next to the Coastal Manor Long-Term Care nursing home in Ludowici.

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


Planning commission OKs budget

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission governing board on Thursday approved revised budgets for July 1-Oct. 31 and then for Nov. 1, 2014-Oct. 31, 2015.

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


Maligned Spam is versatile, packed with memories

Computer geeks have their own language. It's interesting to me that so many words in geek language are food-related, like microchips, bits, bytes and, especially, spam.

May 15, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


New Fraser Center director talks to club

Hinesville Rotary Club members received free counseling information from the Fraser Counseling Center's new executive director Tuesday during their weekly luncheon. Teresa I. Winn has been with the center since 2000 as a licensed professional counselor and master addiction counselor.

May 14, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Marsh buffer removal angers advisors

A legislative update heard by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Coastal Advisory Council was received with quiet outrage during the CAC's spring meeting Wednesday morning at the Coastal Electric Membership Cooperative headquarters on Highway 17 in Midway.

May 13, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Hiring policy delays road work

An otherwise-uneventful Liberty County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday night became a little heated when county engineer Trent Long presented an action item to award a road-improvement contract.

May 12, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


MPs make Special Olympics torch run

About 200 military-police officers with the 385th MP Battalion took part in a special run early Friday morning from Fort Stewart's Marne Garden to the Hinesville Police Department.

May 12, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Students make recycling fashionable

Amber Johnson's art students at Diamond Elementary School put on a fashion show Tuesday for fellow students, teachers, administrators and parents. They designed, assembled and then wore outfits made from recyclable material.

May 09, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Education


More than 20% of proposed SPLOST earmarked for debt

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Monday finalized a list of road and building projects that would be funded if a new Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax is approved by voters Nov. 4.

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


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Natural is better in the battle of butter vs. margarine

In the 1970s, the makers of Chiffon margarine had a successful run with several commercials that depicted Mother Nature personified.

July 31, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


Raffle started for Veterans Salute

Members of the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee are selling raffle tickets for a 50/50 drawing Nov. 1 during the second annual Veterans Salute Day at Bryant Commons.

July 31, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


City leaders in planning workshop

Hinesville leaders are having their annual planning workshop through Friday at St. Simons Island's Sea Palms Resort.

July 30, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


Apartments planned for senior citizens

Renaissance Park, an upscale apartment complex for senior citizens, is under construction on Memorial Drive, across from the First Baptist Church.

July 30, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


School, community fair draws crowd

More than 2,000 soldiers and family members filled Fort Stewart's Newman Fitness Center Thursday for the first-ever, combined Back-to-School and Community Activities Information Registration Fair.

July 29, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Education


Residents leery of growth in rural area

An estimated 25 residents of the McIntosh/Holmestown community have told planners they don't want much development in their area.

July 28, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | News


Hinesville toddler awaits new heart

Six months ago, Brynslet Sellers was like other 2-year-olds, ready to play with her siblings or dress up in princess dresses and tiaras. In February, however, she was diagnosed with heart failure.

July 28, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


2nd ABCT soldiers compete in Spartan Week's athletic battles

For the 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team, July 14-18 was a week of individual and team competitions. Spartan Week's athletic battles marked the last time Spartan soldiers will compete or train as a brigade before the unit cases its colors this fall.

July 28, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Living well


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


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