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Flooding ushers out Irma

As Hurricane Irma appeared to be leaving Liberty County with only light damage Monday afternoon, the storm surge and high spring tides flooded east-end homes and temporarily cut off thousands of residents.

September 12, 2017 | By Pat Watkins | Public Safety


Eclipse America 2017

While Eclipse America 2017 fizzled over the skies of Liberty County because of clouds, some area residents did see the spectacle.

August 23, 2017 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


City looking at ban on pets from buildings, parks

A dog with a bladder that just couldn't wait while its owner paid a bill at Hinesville City Hall has prompted introduction of an ordinance to ban pets from all Hinesville property, including parks.

May 09, 2014 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


New gun law has city officials worried

A state law expanding gun owners' rights to carry their weapons is prompting Hinesville officials to weigh security at city hall and other public places.

May 06, 2014 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


Some work downtown nearing end

The mess behind the courthouse annex in downtown Hinesville should start clearing up soon, engineer Trent Long told the Liberty County Commission Thursday.

April 23, 2014 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


Culverts focus on complaints to county

"They're bragging out there that they got their's free. It kind of makes me mad. They're not free, those are tax dollars."

April 22, 2014 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


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 News


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


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