Here are some of the issues that area residents are discussing. The statements were phoned in anonymously, so the Courier does not know if they are true, nor do we know what motivated the callers:
ATLANTA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 146 of 159 Georgia counties a primary disaster area because of production losses due to prolonged drought and high temperatures.
The governor's office said Thursday that the designation is in response to Gov. Sonny Perdue's request last month.
SAVANNAH - Exposed by erosion at the edge of a crumbling bluff, the pit discovered beneath 2 feet of sandy dirt at first appeared to be a grave just long and deep enough to bury a human body.
An excavation by archaeologists on Ossabaw Island revealed something more puzzling - just a few small bones, apparently from fingers or toes, mixed with charcoal, bits of burned logs and pottery shards more than 1,000 to 3,000 years old.
Lewis Frasier Middle School's First in Math teams are striving to maintain and improve their rankings in the state and nation. Team Orbit, which is comprised of sixth-graders, and Team Congo, which is made up of seventh- and eighth-graders, are ranked first and second in the state, and 12th and 13th nationally.
Third-graders at Liberty Elementary School had a science fair in September. Projects were displayed for parents and students to look at.
Can you think of an adventurous way for a group of second-graders to learn about Georgia history? How about a trolley tour of historic Savannah and a walk on the riverfront.
With flu season upon us, it is important that we work together to keep our children healthy. Viruses spread easily among children in schools and families with school-age children have more infections than others, with an average of one-third of these family members infected each year. You can help prevent the spread of the flu virus, or help your child get better if he/she does get sick, by following a few simple steps:
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2009 - The number of U.S. military fatalities in Iraq in 2008 fell two-thirds compared to the previous year, underscoring an improvement in security amid upcoming provincial elections.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The U.S. is preparing to pour at least 20,000 extra troops into southern Afghanistan to cope with a Taliban insurgency that is fiercer than NATO leaders expected.
ATLANTA - Georgians can celebrate a reduction in the state's gasoline tax as they welcome in the New Year. But it will mean less revenue for transportation projects.
The state tax was lowered by 4 cents per gallon to 14.6 cents starting Thursday. Georgia's gas tax is adjusted twice a year based on the average price of gas. When that average price dips - as it has in recent months - the tax goes down as well. Gov. Sonny Perdue rescinded an executive order he issued in June that froze the tax as prices skyrocketed over the summer.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - It was barely a year ago that the Falcons visited Arizona and returned home with a three-point overtime loss.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Matthew Stafford gave the type of performance in the Capital One Bowl that'd make a fitting finale to his excellent Georgia career.
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Ludowici native Dustin McGowan has been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a report Tuesday on cbssports.com.
Lincoln Donald Oakes was born at 4:39 a.m. March 19 to Amanda Oakes of Berlin, New Hampshire, and Jeremy Oakes of Penacook, New Hampshire.
Georgia boasts no native sources of fossil fuel - coal, natural gas or oil - yet the energy industry fuels this state's economy just as surely as if it were the epicenter of operations.
Christian Terrell Sibert was born at 7:31 a.m. March 18 to Evelyn Bailum of Springfield, Ohio, and Bradley Sibert of Savannah.
DeMari' Lavon-Depree Crandall was born at 10:21 a.m. March 16 to Chanelle Gates of Hinesville and Demarkis Crandall of Fort Stewart.
Editor's note: The Opportunity School District legislation was approved by the House on Wednesday, but with some differences from the Senate version. So now a conference committee will have to work out the differences before it goes to the governor. Suggs wrote this as a blog before House passage. And her issues may have to be weighed by voters before it appears on ballots in November 2016 as a constitutional amendment.
Amiya Corrina Edwards was born March 16 to Antwonette Fleming of Hinesville and Corey Edwards of Hinesville.
Ji-zhi Hambrick was born at 9:39 p.m. March 13 to Annah Hambrick of Hinesville.
We are in the middle of the national Great American Cleanup effort, and hundreds of local residents already have joined to clean up more than 50 miles of our county. We will have hundreds more join in the next few weeks.
Reports recently filed with the Hinesville Police Department include:
Amber Barbaro has joined the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce as its membership coordinator.
"When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, 'Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.' But Elisha said, 'As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.' So they went down to Bethel. The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, 'Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?' 'Yes, I know,' Elisha replied, 'so be quiet.' Then Elijah said to ...
Metropolitan Hinesville's unemployment rate for February was 6.8 percent, down 0.2 percentage point from
Zeniyah Robinson was born at 5:25 a.m. March 13 to Clarissa Robinson of Midway and Maurice Ferguson of Midway.
The Liberty County Panthers boys gained its first victory of the season in a 4-0 shutout of Brantley County on Senior Night. In the night cap, the Lady Panthers dominated the Lady Herons, 10-0.