Here are some of the issues that area residents are discussing. The statements were phoned in anonymously, so the Courier does not vouch for the veracity, nor do we know what motivated the callers:
Rezoning schools is one of those jobs that can be referred to as a necessary evil. As a school system, we must continually re-evaluate the number of students at each school and ensure that we have enough staff members, space, etc., to meet state and federal requirements and guidelines. Any time there is a need to change students from one school to another and change the zoning boundaries, we try to make the fewest moves possible and move students who live closest to their new school. This is not always an easy task.
Lewis Frasier Middle School's students of the month for December won lunch at Wendy's on Dec. 16.
A representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission will be at Bradwell Institute to discuss financial aid Feb. 3.
Math is fun. Ask the students in Teressa Scott's third-grade class about working cooperatively to solve Sudoku puzzles.
Liberty Elementary School student Duane Fairfax won the 2008 DARE essay writing contest. Fairfax received a first-place certificate from LCSO Deputy Vernecia Mills. Mills and Deputy Cpl. James Caines, who taught Fairfax's DARE class.
Last Tuesday was truly a historic day as the first African-American president took the oath of office. Record crowds attended the inauguration. Unfortunately, the litter left behind was also historic. According to an article in the Washington Post by Petula Dvorak, Washington garbage trucks hauled away more than 130 tons of garbage after the inauguration of President Obama. National Park Service workers picked up almost 100 tons on the National Mall and near the White House.
Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church has been around for a long time - it's approximately 118 years old.
We heard it, we've seen it, we've called for it, voted for it, and some have accepted it. The "It" I'm talking about is change. This week started with some historic and powerful events. On Tuesday, we heard our new president say, "Change has come to America." This is an exciting and powerful statement.
Editor, I have observed with interest the issue and debate about the wastewater treatment plant proposed for the east end of the county. I have read the letters, which have been published concerning this and I have listened to some comments on the street. All of these offer insight and raise more questions.
Editor, As the vice chairman for the Keep Liberty Beautiful Advisory Council I felt it important, on behalf of our advisory board, to clarify the article that appeared in the Jan. 11 editon of the Coastal Courier entitled "Commission split on anti-litter challenge."
If you believe President Obama inherited a truckload of problems from George W. Bush, consider what the next Georgia governor faces.
A head-on collision in Douglas last Sunday claimed the life of 13-year-old Savannah Highsmith of Midway, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Grimaud of Hinesville recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie "Rocky" Addis of Glennville announce the engagement and marriage of their daughter, Victoria Lynn Addis, to Jonathan Clifford Mobley, son of Nell Mobley of Glennville and Kim and Wayne Mobley of Hinesville.
One Sunday, while sitting around the dinner table, my sister Louise and I began to tell "Daddy stories" - the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he was "made a preacher," as our folks said back then, I could only contribute what he had told to me about those days, not what I had seen.
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Nu Rho Omega Chapter recently attended the 66th international convention of the organization. Over 11,500 members of the international organization participated in the weeklong event July 12-18 at the Charlotte Convention Center. During the event, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was installed as the 2014-18 international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. The 2014-18 International Program will focus on the theme, "Launching New Dimensions of Service," through which the sorority's 265,000 members will address community needs via service programs.
The Hineshouse Project Inc. resident services staff and the Summer Learning Camp participants boarded a chartered bus early in the morning on July 11 at Regency Apartments and headed to Atlanta for a field trip.
Two members of a Fort Stewart family, 9-year-old Oceana Irizarry and her father, Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry, 36, have died from injuries sustained in a freak accident Sunday on a Florida beach.
The silver lining of a tragic day in Long County two years ago is helping area kids get ready for school.
Oceana Irizarry, 9, who along with her father was hit by a plane on a Florida beach Sunday, has died, according to national and regional media.
Hinesville firefighter and musician Marcus Barrett recently hosted a musicians' shed at New Day Community Church. A shed is designed for musicians to practice music, usually with special care to be kept from being disturbed. Musicians from throughout Liberty County gathered to share gifts and music. Drums, keyboards, guitars and a few vocals were performed well into the night. Barrett is working on the next event.
Emmett Xavier Moeller was born at 9:28 a.m. July 10 to Anna Moeller of Wyanet, Illinois, and Walter Moeller VI of Douglasville, Georgia.
College of Coastal Georgia head volleyball coach Jeff Huebner has announced Samantha Brannen, a home-school graduate of Faith Baptist Christian Academy of Ludowici, has committed to play for the Mariners this upcoming season.
Today's Scripture reading: Acts 19: 11-16 (NIV).
Danielle Shannon Royal of Hinesville has accepted membership into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).
These were the recent police reports in Hinesville:
Here are some recent reports filed by deputies at the Liberty County Sheriff's Office:
Veralyn Clover Magallanes Flores was born at 10:37 a.m. July 9 to Lilia Magallanes Flores and Eric Magallanes Reyna of Lafayette, Indiana. Born at Liberty Regional Medical Center, baby Veralyn weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.
The Fort Stewart community learned today that one of their own was killed in a tragic airplane accident in Venice, Florida on Sunday.