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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


Smoke makes everything taste better, especially chicken

A little smoke flavor can make an old shoe taste good.

May 08, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


LCDA to help pay for Midway turn lane

The Liberty County Development Authority agreed Monday morning to use money from its revolving loan fund to help meet a Georgia Department of Transportation requirement that otherwise might inhibit development at I-95 exit 76 in Midway.

May 07, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Students explore manufacturing apprenticeships

The Liberty County Manufacturing Collaboration is partnering with Savannah Technical College and the Liberty College and Career Academy to sponsor a two-year, paid apprenticeship program that begins in August.

May 07, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Farmers markets more than jobs for vendors

Thursday afternoon saw the beginning of the fifth year for Hinesville's Farmers Market in Bradwell Park. From May to November, Liberty County residents can find fresh local fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices.

May 05, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Candidate questioned at forum

Six Liberty County political hopefuls took part in Liberty County Chamber of Commerce's political forum Tuesday evening at the Shuman Recreation Center.

May 02, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Commander: No major deployments on horizon

Maj. Gen. Mike Murray, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, talked with the Coastal Courier on Tuesday about the Marne Division's current and future missions.

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


Salsa kick-starts your taste buds

I like free stuff, although I realize nothing is really free.

May 01, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Families out for a day of map reading and mud

More than 40 Fort Stewart soldiers, couples and Army families had quality time together Saturday, enjoying the Army Community Service's Resiliency, Enrichment and Communication Orienteering Navigation Challenge at Holbrook Pond Recreation Area.

April 30, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Military


Too many projects proposed for SPLOST

Hinesville, Midway and Riceboro leaders met Monday with Liberty County Commission Chairman Donald Lovette and County Administrator Joey Brown to talk about municipal and county projects to promote November's referendum to renew the special-local-option-sales-tax.

April 30, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Early voting off to a slow start

Early voting began Monday. Turnout has been slow.

April 30, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Volunteers teach reading as lifelong skill

Community leaders, soldiers, moms and dads, as well as business owners and employees volunteered Thursday and Friday to visit Liberty County schools so students could see someone other than their teachers show enthusiasm for reading.

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


Volunteers, athletes bond at competition

Athletes from Fort Stewart, Liberty and Long county schools showed their abilities and mental toughness Friday during this year's Special Olympics Spring Games.

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


Cupcakes, fire trucks take over arts center

Cupcakes and fire trucks don't usually go together, but Liberty County residents and their children got a dose of both Wednesday afternoon with a simultaneous Cupcake War and Public Safety Day display at the Performing Arts Center in Flemington.

April 25, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


Shrimp is king of the shellfish

One of my first jobs was cleaning tables and washing dishes part-time for a seafood restaurant in Sneads Ferry, N.C. The Riverview Café didn't pay much, but they offered an always-hungry teenager the best bennies package in the world - all the seafood I could eat.

April 24, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle


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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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