LUDOWICI - "Absolutely not true, we have not hired an administrator, and all the reports and rumors saying that are false," Long County Commissioner Cliff DeLoach said.
ATLANTA - Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine is urging Georgians to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks back to standard time next weekend.
Members of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 46 of Hinesville presented a plaque to Mayor Sandra Martin and the City Council of Flemington on Oct. 14 at Flemington City Hall for outstanding support during the organization's 2008 fundraising drive.
SAVANNAH - A former Fort Stewart soldier has been sentenced to almost six years in prison for defrauding the Army out of a $100,000 insurance benefit by claiming that his wife had died.
SOCIAL CIRCLE - It's finally that time of the year again for Georgia hunters. Firearms deer season opens Saturday and goes through Jan. 1 in the Northern Zone and Jan. 15 in the Southern Zone. Last year, more than 276,000 licensed hunters harvested more than 300,000 deer.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that 56,652 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in September, an increase of 76.3 percent from September 2007.
The organizers of this year's second annual Ricefest, to be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8 in downtown Riceboro, are planning big improvements for the festival they launched successfully last year.
Lynn Bennett, principal agent and owner of The Bennett Agency of Allstate Insurance in Hinesville, recently moved his business into a newly constructed building at 820 W. Oglethorpe Highway, west of Wal-Mart on Highway 84.
Public testing of the voting machines to be used in the upcoming election will be performed at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Board of Elections office, 102 S. Commerce St.
One fall morning I was running on the road when nine wild turkeys crossed in front of me. Uncle Bill and the other farmers were pulling corn nearby, and the turkeys must have been gathering spillage. While I was gaping at them, anticipating their flight, a sharp-shinned hawk rushed from the woods and flew directly over me.
Editor, On Oct. 6, Linger Longer Communities revealed its revised plan for a Jekyll Island town center. The new plan, at first glance, suggests a town center much different than the oversized and condo-dense beach village in Linger Longer's original proposal, and closer to what many Georgians have been calling for during the past year. While the town center question may be decided in the public's favor, the long-term future of Georgia's only coastal state park, unfortunately, is far from secure.
Here are some of the issues area residents are discussing. The statements were phoned in anonymously and we do not know if they are true. Nor do we know what motivated the callers:
ATLANTA - Certain SCANA Energy customers have only a short time left to apply for up to a $25 credit if they have switched to any other SCANA variable or fixed plan. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.
What is the Gospel?
It is raining while I write this. It is a typical summertime thunderstorm. I love a downpour like this. It just kind of refreshes the air even on a hot, humid day.
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Hinesville's unemployment rate for April was 6.2 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from 6.5 percent in March. This is the lowest the rate has been since November 2008, when it was 6.2 percent.
The classroom is changing.
TROY, Ala. - The Arkansas State Red Wolves jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, and Chandler Hawkins tossed a gem to eliminate the Georgia Southern Eagles with a 6-1 win in game 5 of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament May 21 at Riddle-Pace Field.
No. 4 Auburn earned the program's first trip to the softball College World Series by sweeping a best-of-three Super Regional series from No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend in Auburn, Alabama, according to auburntigers.com.
Road work on Highway 144 will continue until July 31, Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said.
Liberty County recently was featured among "America's Top Sites for Business Prosperity and an Enjoyable Life" by Trade & Industry Development magazine.
ALBANY - Three area students have made the dean's list for the spring 2015 semester at Darton State College.
This past week, it was reported that Josh Duggar, who is the son of Jim and Michelle Duggar from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show, molested several girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.
Taxes are nobody's favorite expense. Most people view them as simply a nuisance bill to pay or as an added cost on a major purchase. Average Georgians rarely give state tax policy a second thought, especially compared to critical challenges like education and health care. But few issues matter more to the pocketbooks of Georgia families, the bottom line of Georgia businesses and the ability of state and local governments to fund quality public services.
My recent open letter to Georgia's public school teachers produced as much response as I have received in a long time. Teachers from one end of the state to the other have weighed in, and the comments are still coming.
These opinions are not the Courier's. Callers are not required to identify themselves, so we can verify neither sources nor their motives. Call 876-3733.
Sports on Earth writer Matt Brown published his pick for the top-25 linebackers entering the 2015 season, and former Liberty County High School football player Raekwon McMillan made the cut.
Several Liberty County High School players were named to the All-Region 3-AAAA team, according to Lady Panther coach Jarvis McArthur.