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Officials cut ribbon on VA clinic

Active-duty military, veterans, elected officials and Department of Veterans Affairs personnel gathered Friday morning outside the new Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Hinesville Outpatient Clinic at the intersection of Oglethorpe Highway and Memorial Drive for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

June 16, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Ludowici reinstates police chief

Ludowici City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday morning to reinstate Police Chief James Steiner, who has been on administrative leave for the previous three weeks.

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


TV food shows not what they used to be

I watch a lot of reruns of The Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," in which chef Guy Fieri travels around the country, showcasing hometown restaurants the locals love most.

June 12, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Kids fishing rodeo draws hundreds

The big ones were biting for more than 230 children who participated in a kids' fishing event Saturday at Fort Stewart's Holbrook Pond, but it wasn't just little ones who enjoyed a day on the pond.

June 12, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Fort having to replace Warriors Walk trees

The 468 eastern redbud trees at Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk are dying. According to Fort Stewart public affairs spokesman Kevin Larson, the trees intended to be living memorials begin dying shortly after they're planted.

June 11, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Council OKs rezoning despite concerns

The Hinesville City Council on Thursday approved, with special stipulations, a petition filed by Evans T & T Investments, LLC to rezone 44.12 acres of land for the Retreat at Oak Crest, Phase II and III, over-riding recommendations by the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission and public concerns.

June 10, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Division's former command sergeant major retires

The Marne Division's 25th command sergeant major retired Friday morning in a ceremony on Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field. Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson's retirement ceremony was attended by a dozen members of his family, including his wife Sharon and their three daughters.

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


VVA giving fans to seniors

The Vietnam Veterans of American chapter 789 has earned a reputation for helping local seniors, veterans and disabled members of the community. And recently, the VVA gave away fans to qualified seniors to help them through the summer.

June 06, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


DNR seizes 708 lbs of illegal shrimp

Shrimp season in Coastal Georgia waters begins Tuesday, but some shrimp-boat captains don't want to wait and will risk shrimping in closed waters. According to Georgia Department of Natural Resources Capt. Doug Lewis, they may face having their shrimp confiscated by DNR rangers, as well as heavy fines and criminal charges.

June 06, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Onions are close to perfect

Onions are pretty close to being the perfect food, not only for adding character to an endless variety of dishes but also for their health benefits.

June 05, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Wildlife rescue needs Liberty volunteers

A Tifton-based organization dedicated to saving and protecting injured and orphaned wildlife needs local volunteers.

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


Online article ranks state 29th for military retirees

An article recently posted on WalletHub.com by John S. Kiernan ranked Georgia at 29th on a list that the writer said represents the best and worst states for military retirees.

June 03, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Garrison leader: 'Neighbors' can help assessment

Col. Kevin Gregory, U.S. Army garrison commander for Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, delivered the State of the Garrison address Thursday during Liberty County Chamber of Commerce's Progress Through People luncheon at the Liberty County Board of Education Transportation Complex.

June 02, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Plans for lot at Main, Veterans unclear

For weeks, local residents have posed questions to the Coastal Courier about the 7.82-acre tract of land being cleared at the corner of South Main Street and Veterans Parkway. Along with the questions, there have been unsubstantiated rumors about what's being developed at the site.

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


Business helps disabled veteran

Times have been hard for Brian Pelish and his family since he was medically discharged by the Army in 2006.

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


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