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State fines 30 gas station for gouging

ATLANTA - More than 30 Georgia gas stations have paid fines to the state Office of Consumer Affairs over alleged price gouging in the wake of Gulf Coast hurricanes last fall.

Some stations have to pay up to $10,000 in fines to the state, while others must refund money to customers who can prove they bought gas during the price spike. The list includes a $20,000 fine against nine Tennessee-based Pilot Travel Center stations.

March 19, 2009 | Associated Press | Business


Army to end Stop Loss this year

The Department of Defense announced today a comprehensive plan to eliminate the current use of Stop Loss, while retaining the authority for future use under extraordinary circumstances. This is an important step along the path in adapting the Army into an expeditionary force.

The Army Reserve and Army National Guard will mobilize units without employing Stop Loss beginning in August and September 2009, respectively. The Regular (active duty) Army will deploy its first unit without Stop Loss by January 2010.

March 18, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Military


U.S. births break record; 40% out of wedlock

ATLANTA - More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than any year in the nation's history, topping the peak during the baby boom 50 years earlier, federal researchers reported Wednesday.

There is both good and bad news from the more than 4.3 million births:

March 18, 2009 | By Mike Stobbe AP medical writer | Living well


Game Day for March 18, 2009

Today

March 18, 2009 | Staff report | Schedules/Stats/Rosters


Sports briefs for March 18, 2009

USSF referee

March 18, 2009 | Staff report | Schedules/Stats/Rosters


Lady Highlanders win soccer tourney

ALBANY - The FPCA Lady Highlanders soccer team came away from their first tournament carrying a championship trophy.

March 18, 2009 | Debi Meadows Special to the Courier | Sports


Bill to encourage insurance for autism treatment tabled

The Georgia General Assembly worked diligently last week on passing important pieces of legislation before midnight on the 30th legislative day (Thursday). This event represents a milestone in the legislative process as bills must "cross over" into the opposite chamber in order to have the chance to become law this year.

March 18, 2009 | By Sen. Tommie Williams Special to the Courier | Opinion


Hey, big spender

When President Barack Obama wanted to push an $800 billion "stimulus" or "recovery" bill through Congress, he thought an atmosphere of economic crisis helped his cause. So he repeatedly warned of "catastrophe," of "a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse."

March 18, 2009 | By Rich Lowry Columnist | Opinion


Gop focusing on rebirth of party

Like other Republicans around the country, Liberty County GOP members said after the last election and the end of George Bush's administration, they now find themselves challenged with the task of trying to redefine their values, goals and image, and defend the past president.

March 18, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | News


Economic stress busters

There's economic doom and gloom in the newspaper over breakfast, and more bad news on the TV with dinner: It can take a toll on your frame of mind and load you down with stress. But you don't have to succumb to the negativity and fears over the current economy. You can control your response to it.

March 18, 2009 | By David Uffington Dollars and sense | Advice/Columnists


Horoscopes for week of March 18-25

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although you tend to bore easily and leave others to finish what you start, this is one time when you'd be wise to complete things on your own. Then you can move on to something new.

March 18, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Sound off


Sound off for March 18

Here are some issues that area residents are discussing. The statements were phoned in anonymously, so the Courier does not vouch for their veracity, nor do we know what motivated the callers:

March 18, 2009 | Anonymous calls | Sound off


Don't be a sitting duck -- fight disease

I am constantly amazed at the number of people who still believe there's nothing they can do to prevent a disease that one or both of their parents have. They'll tell you they are just doomed.

March 18, 2009 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Advice/Columnists


Photo contest winners announced

Melon Bluff Nature and Heritage Center recently announced the winners in the 2009 inaugural live oak photo competition. On Feb. 21, at the Center in Midway, Kyle Ford, a student at Savannah College of Art and Design, took first place ($250 prize) in the senior division with his photo titled "Majestic Oak." Libby Persse of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Savannah was awarded first place ($75 prize) in the junior division with her photo also titled "Majestic Oak."

March 18, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Things to Do


Talk with 'The Doctor' beats counseling

Regular readers of this column are no doubt familiar with my imaginary friend, The Doctor. I often call upon him to solve behavior problems of various sorts, from bedtime to toilet training, with young children. Well, he's done it again! This time with separation anxiety; or, I should say, what many mental health professionals would call separation anxiety.

March 18, 2009 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Advice/Columnists


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Birth: Leitutua Uati Sisigafria Leiataua

Leitutua Uati Sisigafria Leiataua was born at 6:27 p.m. April 24 to Leitita Leiataua of Hinesville.

May 22, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Celebrations


Remember the One who gave us life

We are approaching Memorial Day weekend, and it is sneaking up on many of us. It is a bit of a quirk that Memorial Day does not follow the last Sunday of May this year. Nevertheless, we pause this weekend to remember.

May 22, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


'Mad Max: Fury Road' one of best films of year

It's been 30 years since Mel Gibson wandered across a post-apocalyptic wasteland and escaped at the mercy of Tina Turner in "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome," the third film in the "Mad Max" series.

May 22, 2015 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to do


Don't be complacent about hurricanes

Cumberland Island was struck head-on by a major hurricane 117 years ago. The Category 3 storm pounded the Georgia coast with winds of 135 mph and massive waves, causing a 16-foot storm surge in Brunswick that left much of the city underwater.

May 22, 2015 | By Jim Butterworth Guest columnist | Opinion


Florida teen arrested in Liberty County

A Florida teen was arrested Thursday night in Liberty County in connection with a school bus shooting that left two teens injured.

May 22, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Hinesville police call off search for large bear

Hinesville police officers attempted to track a bear within the city limits Thursday night. But shortly before midnight, they called off the search because it had disappeared into the woods.

May 21, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


Authorities capture escaped inmate in northwest Georgia

People in southeast Georgia- especially in the Sunbury area near Fort Morris - can breath a little easier.

May 21, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Public Safety


State of garrison address at luncheon

The May Progress Through People Luncheon, featuring Fort Stewart garrison commander Col. Kevin Gregory with the State of the Garrison address, will be at noon Thursday, May 28, at the Liberty County Board of Education Transportation Complex, 100 Technology Drive in Hinesville.

May 21, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Grand opening for real estate office

Liberty Real Estate Services held a grand opening April 30 for its new office in Ludowici.

May 21, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Business


Birth: Braden Michael Clement

Braden Michael Clement was born at 8:16 p.m. April 24 to Elizabeth Clement of Glennville.

May 21, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Celebrations


Learn from past, let God lead you

As I've written before, Paul wrote, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). The Old Testament serves as a lesson to all to see how God has dealt with man and how man has dealt with God.

May 21, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


What Nobel laureates have incurred should not have occurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).

May 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Winn hosts education fair for military

Winn Army Community Hospital recently did its part to help soldiers prepare for life after the Army.

May 21, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Military


Pembroke called out for Run for Heroes

A big group of runners and cyclists will pass through Bryan County on Saturday morning for a good cause.

May 21, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher Correspondent | Military


Fishing tourney gives $77K to help sick kids

The Fishin' for a Cure fishing tournament, held Saturday in Long County, gave $77,000 to seven children with cancer or some other medical condition.

May 21, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


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