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Blue Tide wins playoff in OT with shot as time expires

LUDOWICI - Whoa, Nellie, if anyone thought the Long County basketball team would have a "cushion" opponent in the first round of the state playoffs, they didn't know anything about the Bleckley County Royals.

March 09, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing writer | Sports


Long County Blue Tide to play state play-off game tonight in Ludowici

LUDOWICI - The Blue Tide Basketball Team didn't have much time to celebrate winning their 2-AA Region Championship this week, since they had to prepare for the state tournament.

March 07, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing writer | Sports


Long 7 & 8 Basketball Team wrap up season

The Long County Recreation Department's 7- and 8-year-old basketball league wrapped up the season Saturday.

March 07, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing writer | Sports


Long Commission wants say in Liberty Hospital Authority on nursing home

LUDOWICI -- At the February Long County Commission meeting, Liberty Regional Medical Center CEO Scott Kroell reported on Coastal Manor nursing home.

March 07, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing Writer | News


Long 4-H'ers compete at Rock Eagle

The Long County 4-H Club sent 17 youth to the state 4-H Camp at Rock Eagle for the District Project Achievement Project competition Feb. 1-3.

March 07, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Education


Long BoE ask Ludowici city council for support with proposed school

LUDOWICI -- At a Ludowici city council meeting, members from the Long Board of Education asked the city for support with a new school to be completed for the 2010-2011 school year.

March 06, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing Writer | News


Long pre-release center starts new CDL program

LUDOWICI -- On Feb. 13, the Long Pre-Release Center started the first commercial driver's license class in a prison in the state.

March 06, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing Writer | Public Safety


Long Senior Center Crowns King and Queen Sweetheart

The Long County Senior Citizens Center had a 2008 Valentine Banquet on Feb. 14.

March 05, 2008 | Mike Riddle | Lifestyle


Long County is region champ

Having lost twice during the regular season to the Appling County Pirates, the third time was a charm for the Blue Tide, as the boys' basketball team beat the number two team in the state, 51-43 for the 2-AA Region Championship.

March 05, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing writer | Sports


Broken taillight leads to drug arrest

LUDOWICI - On Feb. 3 a busted rear taillight led to a Garden City man's arrest here for drug possession and the possession of a stolen firearm.

March 04, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing Writer | Public Safety


Blue Tide advance to region finals for third contest with MCA

The Long County boys basketball team advanced to the finals of the Region 2-AA Tournament this past week, with wins over the Brantley County Herons and the Savannah Christian Red Raiders.

March 02, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing writer | Sports


Long 7- and 8-year olds shoot hoops

The Long County 7- and 8-year-old basketball teams continued to shoot hoops like the big-leaguers Saturday.

March 01, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing writer | Sports


Long boys and girls begin 2-AA tourney

The Long County girls and boys basketball teams ended the regular season last week and now the "important games" begin the region tournament and next week the state tournament.

March 01, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Contributing writer | Sports


Community mourns death of teacher

LUDOWICI - Just two weeks ago, 34-year-old Valerie Futch-Smith was teaching her Smiley Elementary School first grade class, and planning to visit her mother in New Mexico. But on Feb. 1 at 3:45 a.m., tragedy struck, and her husband Jimmy, rushed her to the hospital.

February 29, 2008 | Contributing Writer | Lifestyle


Needy Long county kids to get glasses

The Long County Board of Education approved a measure last week that will allow the parents of some needy kids to buy eyewear for their children at a low cost.

February 27, 2008 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Education


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Blue Tide look to get first win against McIntosh County

The Long County High School football team will be looking to accomplish something Friday that it hasn't done to date: beat McIntosh County.

October 21, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Sports


Long County recreation teams recognized by Blue Tide

The Long County Recreation Department cheerleaders and players recently were recognized by Long County High School.

October 21, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Sports


Blue Tide fall to Rebels 36-20

Long County dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in Region 2-AA with its 36-20 loss to Groves on Thursday in Garden City in a televised game.

October 17, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Sports


Lady Tide fall in first round of state

The Long County High School softball team's season came to an end on Wednesday as they lost a best of two-out-of-three series to Berrien County in the first round of the state playoffs. According to Lady Tide Head Coach Brian Thomas his team lost to the Rebels 8-0 and in the first game and then 3-0 in the second game. The games were in Nashville.

October 16, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Sports


Long County goes to Groves on Thursday for televised game

The Long County High School football team travels Thursday to Garden City to face Groves in a Region 2-AA game that will be broadcast on WSAV, Hinesville cable channel 4.

October 14, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Sports


Blue Tide band continues to dominate, needs financial support for trip to Thanksgiving Day parade

The Long County High School band recently continued its dominance, bringing home 19 awards from the Coffee County Invitation Band Competition on Sept. 27 in Douglas.

October 14, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Sports


Blue Tide ground Phoenix

The Blue Tide extinguished the New Hampstead Phoenix, 41-0, Friday in Ludowici.

October 13, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Sports


Lady Tide end region, state quest starts now

On Monday the Long County High School softball team's dream of a region championship faded away as Bacon County beat then in back-to-back games

October 09, 2014 | Mike Riddle and Patty Leon | Sports


Garcia crowned Long County homecoming queen

Samantha Rose Garcia was crowned the 2014 Long County homecoming queen at the half time of the Blue Tide's football game Friday in Ludowici.

October 07, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Sports


Blue Tide host Phoenix on Friday

The Long County High School football team is back at home Friday to taking on New Hampstead.

October 06, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Sports


Long County falls to Vidalia at home

The Long County High School football team fell to undefeated Vidalia, 42-0, Friday in Ludowici in its homecoming game.

October 06, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Sports


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