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State tax credits back private school scholarships

Individuals, couples and corporations can receive a tax credit if they contribute to Georgia GOAL, a student scholarship organization that operates under the state education expense credit program. This program provides scholarships to low-income students who want to attend private schools, like First Presbyterian Christian Academy in Hinesville.

February 20, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


Projected SPLOST revenue: $55.4M

During a planning session Friday, the Liberty County Board of Commissioners discussed possible projects for SPLOST 2015. Commissioners also were updated on projected revenues the county could expect from the 1 percent sales tax.

February 19, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


AASU unveils new Liberty Center plan

Local leaders got a glimpse of the future Tuesday during a Hinesville Rotary Club meeting when Armstrong Atlantic State University President Dr. Linda Bleicken and Liberty Center Director retired Col. Peter Hoffman unveiled a rendering of the new Liberty campus. The unveiling was held during a Rotary luncheon at the La Quinta Inn on Highway 84 in Flemington.

February 19, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Schools preparing students for standardized testing

Liberty County School Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee informed school-board members during a meeting Tuesday that students and teachers are entering "crunch time" before the upcoming standardized testing periods.

February 17, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


Dorchester Academy graduate honored

Smiling her wide, mischievous grin and exuding a warm, open manner, Ophelia Evelyn Johnson Killens can cheer the sternest stranger and delight anyone with her stories of what Dorchester Academy was like for students in its heyday.

February 17, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


BoE Oks revamp of administration

The Liberty County Board of Education approved a three-page list of recommendations Tuesday to offer contracts to central-office and school-level administrators and district staff for the 2014-15 school year.

February 15, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


3rd ID's 4th Brigade gets new commander

The 3rd Infantry Division's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team welcomed a new commander Wednesday during a change-of-command ceremony in Newman Fitness Center on Fort Stewart. The colorful parade-ground ritual normally is held on spacious Cottrell Field, but was moved indoors due to the heavy rain forecasted.

February 14, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Military


Army secretary: Downsizing is typical

Secretary of the Army John McHugh told reporters during a news conference Tuesday on Fort Stewart that the timeline for downsizing the Army has been stepped up from 2017 to 2015.

February 12, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Military


Exhibit shows artist's range

Hinesville artist Charles Nelson likes all aspects of art, including comic-book illustrations, and his diversity is evident in the work on display through Feb. 27 at the Hinesville Area Arts Council gallery on Commerce Street.

February 11, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Lifestyle


Carter raises most in congressional campaign

This is an election year and with the primaries moved up to May 20, candidates vying for national offices are rushing to file statements of candidacy and disclose campaign contributions with the Federal Election Commission.

February 10, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Timeline set for comprehensive plan

In a public hearing held during Tuesday's county commission meeting, Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission Executive Director Jeff Ricketson recommended a two-year schedule for community-planning meetings. These planning sessions will be held to garner public input so residents have a voice in how they would like to see their communities develop, Ricketson said.

February 07, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


County fire coordinator resigns

Liberty County Fire Coordinator James Ashdown resigned Monday, county officials confirmed this week. Ashdown had served as the county's first fire coordinator for more than eight years.

February 07, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Students help pick lunch selections

Liberty County public-school students won't find high-calorie junk food favorites like chili cheese fries in their school cafeterias anytime soon, but they may find some new, healthier choices taste-tested by their peers.

February 05, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Education


Officials plotting November SPLOST vote

Government officials, educators, Fort Stewart representatives, business leaders and others met Friday at the Liberty County Community Complex in Midway for a mid-year review, to contemplate how far the community has come since a community-wide planning workshop was held last May.

February 04, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Foreigners invest in industry here

More than two-thirds of the industry in Liberty County is the result of foreign investment, Development Authority CEO Ron Tolley told chamber of commerce members Thursday.

February 03, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Business


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Articles By Author - Denise Etheridge


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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