ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to a record 10.4 percent in January, and Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says the job crisis is getting worse.
The rate tops the previous record of 10.3 percent set in December. It's also up 2 percentage points from the 8.4 percent at this same time last year.
Effective March 3, the Coastal Courier is changing the newsstand price for weekday editions to 75 cents. The price of the Sunday paper will remain at 75 cents. Subscription or home delivery rates also will not change. The Courier last increased its weekday edition prices 14 years ago in January 1996 from 25 cents to 50 cents.
A simple joke between two longtime friends backfired when a sign, meant as a personal gag, was hung in a Hinesville business and left up longer than intended. The sign angered an unknowing customer.
ATLANTA - Now through March 13, Kroger customers can buy a $1 or $5 paper icon at any Kroger cash register to benefit the "Rock Eagle 4-H Center Cabin Campaign." The statewide effort, which includes all 176 Kroger stores in Georgia, is designed to raise $100,000 to fund construction of the "Kroger Cabin," the first corporate-sponsored cabin on the Rock Eagle 4-H Center campus in Eatonton. During the past two years, Kroger has raised more than $171,000 toward the project, but $250,000 is needed to finish the cabin.
U.S. Patriot recently celebrated its Hinesville store's grand opening with the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon cutting. The store is in the former Rite Aid building and is a woman-owned, veteran-owned military and law enforcement supplier based in Columbia, S.C.
Gov. Sonny Perdue and George Israel, CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, have announced the launch of Hire Work Ready, a new initiative designed to provide funding to small businesses that hire Work Ready-certified employees.
NEW YORK (AP) - Your next credit card statement is going to contain an ugly truth: how much that card really costs to use.
Shane's Rib Shack opened its Hinesville eatery last Thursday and manager Shane Burke, whose name is not connected to the business, said business has been brisk and steady. "We expected a good turnout, but it's been a bit more than we expected," he said. "It seems everybody in town loves it so we are trying to give them what they want." The complete story is in Friday's Coastal Courier.
SNF Chemtall has requested a modification of its wastewater pretreatment permit from Georgia's Environmental Protection Division, but some area residents would like an opportunity to discuss the issue before the permit is approved. A public comment period regarding the permit ends Feb. 28.
The Liberty County Board of Education will host a job fair from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 27.
South Georgia Bank President Bran Thompson extended a warm welcome to visitors on a cold, rainy morning for the bank's ribbon-cutting in Hinesville. The bank officially opened the doors to its fourth branch Friday, exchanging a temporary home on Highway 84 for new, permanent digs on Main Street.
Liberty County Development Authority members had a called meeting Thursday afternoon to review and approve details regarding the delivery of water service to the old Dorchester Consolidated School property.
ATLANTA - Starting Feb. 12, the state energy efficient appliance rebate program will provide Georgia residents with rebates ranging from $25-$199 on Energy Star rated appliances. Energy Star appliances eligible for the program include clothes washers, dishwashers, air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, water heaters, refrigerators and freezers. The total amount available for rebates is $8.6 million.
SNF, a global manufacturer of chemical products with operations in Liberty County and headquarters in Andrezieux, France, was recently named a recipient of the 2010 Crystal Peach Award by the Atlanta French-American Chamber of Commerce at an awards ceremony in Atlanta.
Whether you're a packrat, a fan of freebies or just the unfortunate recipient of too many hand-me-downs, a new online site has popped up to help you get rid of your extra stuff without the hassle of pricing dozens of knick-knacks and haggling with early-bird bargain hunters on your front lawn. For more details from this story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Coastal Courier. Click here, to go to the Bookoo.com.
SAVANNAH - Enmark recently announced a branding change to "enmarket."
Bill Gates, who is still the richest man in the world according to Forbes, is a big fan of college.
Upwards of 80 percent of Americans could restrict their eating habits to food grown within 50 miles of where they live, according to a new study published by the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California, which means that if consumers want it, there's more than enough potential to buy food exclusively from local markets.
Glenn Beck recently went on record saying he thinks former Texas Gov. Rick Perry deserves a little credit for ending the Texas drought.
Three "major hotels" are in the works to be built in Richmond Hill, their developer announced Friday.
Local business leaders and officials met again for another Progress Through People Luncheon earlier today. The luncheon featured the State of the County Address. Liberty County Commissioners Chairman Donald Lovette spoke on what makes a community poised for growth. He then shared stories from locals to show that Liberty is on course for growth. The end of Lovette's speech was littered with the refrain, "We can't stop" to express Liberty's need for continual progress.
It's well known that millennials are the most unmarried generation in American history, but a new report by Gallup suggests that tying the knot isn't the only union youngsters are avoiding.
The New York Times recently published an op-ed that offered defaulting on your loans as a viable way of escaping student debt. Pretty much everyone disagrees with that.
If you’re in the mood to get away from it all, $1 might seem more than a fair price to pay for a vacation in a resort destination.