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West Point alums donate to Raider memorial

Three West Point graduates from the class of 1990, two of them former 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team soldiers, presented a $15,000 donation to the Raider Memorial fund Friday, following the brigade's change-of-command ceremony.

January 31, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Military


Raiders pass colors, command

Before outgoing 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team commander Col. Roger Cloutier passed the brigade's colors and his command to incoming commander Col. James Crider Friday, he said the real purpose of the ceremony was to honor the 3,800 soldiers on Cottrell Field and the families who support them.

January 31, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Military


Deputy’s widow repays club for support

The widow of Liberty County Sheriff Deputy John "Jay" Smiley paid it forward last week when she presented a $6,500 donation to the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire. The money was raised at a golf tournament held in Smiley's memory on Nov. 20, at Cherokee Rose Country Club. The late deputy's family and friends helped organize the event.

January 26, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


A whole lot of building going on

Construction on Fort Stewart's $427 million 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team complex will be close to completion and ready for troops to occupy in mid-July, when Vanguard soldiers return from a 12-month deployment to Iraq, according to Fort Stewart officials.

January 26, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Military


Panel: racial profiling allegations ‘unfounded’

A special committee formed to investigate alleged acts of racial profiling by the Hinesville Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit concluded the allegations were unfounded.

January 25, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


Annual community health fair draws a steady crowd

One issue people of all ages and backgrounds seem to agree on is the importance of good health. A steady number of Liberty County residents concerned with getting or staying healthy attended the fourth annual community health fair held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Hinesville.

January 24, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


Build brigade raises home walls

Staff Sgt. Jason Letterman lit up as he described how Alex, his 5-year old son, couldn't wait to help build the specially adapted house where his father, 12-year old brother Daniel and mother Elena will make a lasting home.

January 24, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Lifestyle


Hinesville already a winner in Reader's Digest contest

Reader's Digest notified Hinesville city officials Thursday afternoon its loyal residents' online postings have earned the city a $1,000 donation and a spot on the magazine's national RV tour.

January 22, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Local news


Commander: No deployments on horizon

3rd Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo told the Hinesville Rotary Club Tuesday the deployment "treadmill" is "slowing down."

January 19, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Military


City launches 2011 Help Haiti campaign

One year after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, the island nation is still in shambles, its people still suffering.

January 14, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Lifestyle


Center trying to keep seniors covered

"Many seniors in our area go without heat during the cold months in order to pay for groceries, medications and other essential items," said Mary Foley, marketing director for Senior Citizens Inc. "For more than seven years, (our organization) has distributed blankets to those seniors in need. This year, with the help of Georgia Natural Gas and Starbucks Coffee, the 2011 Blanket Drive will serve communities in six counties in Coastal Georgia."

January 14, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Lifestyle


Wounded warrior's new home in works

A Hinesville resident and disabled veteran will soon have his dream home, one with wide doors and an open floor plan to accommodate his needs, allowing him to live as independently as possible with his wife and three sons.

January 13, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Military


Soldier's murder trial delayed

The start date in a Fort Stewart soldier's death penalty case has been delayed, to give the defense time to have their experts examine additional evidence and to accommodate witnesses coming to the United States from Iraq.

January 13, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | News


Telephone company looks at big merger

CenturyLink, a communications company with local offices in Hinesville, recently announced it will merge with Qwest, considered by some to be a leader in the networks services market because of its national fiber-optic network.

January 12, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Business


Community braces for possible rise in domestic violence cases

Tri County Protective Agency staffers say the community is currently experiencing a "honeymoon phase" with the recent Christmas holidays and the return of most 3rd Infantry Division troops to Fort Stewart. But they don't expect the quiet to last.

January 10, 2011 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | News


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Reception opens new exhibit at Gallery

The Hinesville Area Arts Council gallery on Commerce Street in downtown Hinesville was packed with art-curious business people and artists seeking other artists Thursday during a reception and Liberty County Chamber of Commerce business-after-hours event.

April 15, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Lifestyle


Diploma-to-Work fair shows seniors options

High-school seniors who graduate next month but still are unsure of which career path to take were introduced to a variety of options Friday during the Liberty County School System's first Diploma to Work event at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center in Flemington.

April 15, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


Courier wins top ad awards

The Coastal Courier and Bryan County News took home top awards from this year's Georgia Press Association 2014 Advertising Conference and Awards Banquet, held April 3-4 at Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele.

April 14, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Business


EMA/911 host open house

Several families took the time to learn more about their county emergency services by touring the Liberty County EMA office and 911 call center during an open house Wednesday afternoon.

April 14, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


New complex adds services, gears up for summer

The Liberty County Community Complex is a busy place, and county officials say it is about to get even more foot traffic with tag-renewal services, summer library programs and the pool opening.

April 14, 2014 | Denise Etheridge | Outdoors/Recreation


Schools' app will keep students, parents informed

Liberty County Board of Education members were introduced Tuesday to the school system's newly designed free app and taught a lesson in using social media. The Liberty County School System app will debut May 1, school officials said.

April 11, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


High school honors military kids at breakfast

So-called military "brats" learn how to make friends quickly because they never know when they once again might have to say their goodbyes, move to a new town and enroll in a new school. They must carry on with growing up while their active-duty service-member parent or parents are away, focused on protecting the nation's interests. Military children are taught early on to be self-sufficient. During April, the Month of the Military Child, these kids' resiliency and sacrifices are recognized.

April 11, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Lifestyle


Commission starting 2015 county budget

County commissioners and administrators met Monday for one of several finance-committee meetings to comb through a draft budget for fiscal year 2015, line item by line item. The committee will meet twice more this month.

April 10, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Two commission candidates challenged

One of three Liberty County commissioners up for re-election is running unopposed in the May 20 Democratic primary.

April 08, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Families celebrate Easter, spring at egg roll

Spring weather greeted families Saturday during the second annual Easter Egg Roll at Bryant Commons in Hinesville. The event was organized by the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority and Fort Stewart MWR.

April 07, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Lifestyle


Liberty Prom Promise has serious message

Convicted felon Adam Cochrane told Liberty County High School students Thursday during a prom-promise that the choices one makes are like ripples on a pond - they leave behind consequences that affect others. Cochrane, a Bradwell Institute graduate, said his choosing to drink and drive one night in 2004 cost three people their lives.

April 05, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


Leaders firm up SPLOST projects

Liberty County leaders focused on paying down bond debt and maintaining county roads using sale-tax money Wednesday during a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2015 planning session.

April 04, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Arts council asks county to renew lease

The Hinesville Area Arts Council asked the Liberty County Commission Tuesday to renew the organization's lease on its 640-square-foot space on Commerce Street in Hinesville.

April 04, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Prom Promise warns students of risks

Teens think they're invincible, that they'll live forever. The possibility they could be killed or maimed in a car crash on prom night is not on their minds.

April 03, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Public Safety


BI media center named one of the best

The days when school libraries were hushed environments where students sat hunched over musty books are long gone, as demonstrated by Bradwell Institute's award-winning media center during an open house last Friday.

April 02, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


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