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Industries amping up local recruiting

A group of manufacturers in Liberty County has banded together to try to recruit more employees who live in Liberty County.

February 13, 2014 | By Pat Watkins | Business


Flag football brings athletes together for cause

The Kalamazoo Conquistadors again won the Joe Watkins Memorial Scholarship Flag Football Tournament on Saturday at James Brown Park.

December 24, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Local sports


Growth partnership lacks traction

Chris Roessler still is the acting chairman of the Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield Growth Management Partnership.

August 26, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


2nd BCT to deactivate sooner

The 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade likely will be deactivated up to two years earlier than previously announced.

August 23, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Military


Council buys $500K in equipment

The Hinesville City Council during its Thursday meeting approved the purchase of more than a half million dollars worth of equipment for its public-works department.

August 21, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


Council OKs preliminary plan for restaurant

Hinesville City Council members Thursday saw and approved preliminary plans for a Zaxby's that is to be built on Highway 84, across from First Presbyterian Christian Church.

August 19, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


Retail study funding questioned

Liberty County commissioners Tuesday didn't refuse a request for funding to hire a consultant to recruit retail business, but not all of the commissioners appeared to like the idea.

July 05, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


City reworking peddler laws

A proposal that "closes loopholes that were perceived to be in our peddler license ordinance" will come before the Hinesville City Council later this month.

March 17, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


Roadblocks to neighborhood sign frustrate residents

Phillip Parham and other members of a neighborhood watch in Sherwood Forest Subdivision are frustrated after trying for months to get an entrance sign to their neighborhood built.

March 15, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


Land rezoned despite speculation concern

Construction of an extended-stay motel in Hinesville inched forward Thursday despite one city councilmember's objection that a request smacked of speculative zoning.

March 13, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Business


New development authority called promotional

There's a new development authority in Hinesville, but Mayor Jim Thomas said it won't compete with what the other two do, that it will complement them.

March 11, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


Obituary site to be down

Starting at 10 tonight, Legacy the company that hosts our obituary site is going to be working on its system. You won't be able to access the site while it is being worked on. The company said it expects the work to last about two hours.

February 28, 2013 | By Pat Watkins | Business


Locals enjoy oyster roast at museum

Former Midway Mayor Don Emmons dips an oyster in cocktail sauce Nov. 10 at the Midway Museum's recent Oyster Roast and Pig Pickin'. Emmons, who is on the board of governors of the museum, and about 50 other people attended the fundraiser.

November 21, 2012 | Pat Watkins | Lifestyle


Commander sees resolve in today’s future veterans

While Memorial Day is set aside to remember those who have died in service to their country, at least one soldier sees the holiday as a call to be ready to meet challenges.

May 29, 2012 | Pat Watkins | Local news


Joe Watkins retires the side

Sunday morning: Joe Watkins, Jan, Richard and my Christmas baby, died Saturday. He had been born on that special day in 1992 and was about a month shy of his 19th birthday. Actually, nothing about Joe was shy. His mother and I could embarrass him but I don't think he was embarrassed about anything he did.

November 27, 2011 | Pat Watkins Staff blog | Staff blogs


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