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Hinesville jobless rate down to 8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Hinesville's unemployment rate decreased to 8 percent in February, down 0.3 percent from 8.3 percent in January. The rate was 8.9 percent in February a year ago.

March 29, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


New hobby store opening in Pooler

Michaels, North America's largest arts-and-crafts specialty retailer, announced that a new store will open April 6 at 252 Pooler Parkway.

March 22, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


United Way picks MedBank to manage benefits

SAVANNAH - MedBank has been selected by United Way of the Coastal Empire to assume management of Access Benefits Online.

March 22, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Liberty banker gets hired in Darien

Joseph R. Ford, a longtime resident of Liberty County, has joined Southeastern Bank as senior loan officer and assistant vice president of the bank's Darien office.

March 22, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Legislature OKs more funding for harbor

SAVANNAH - The $35 million in additional port-deepening funds proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal was approved by the state Legislature on Tuesday and awaits Deal's signature.

March 22, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Hobart closing Richmond Hill plant

The commercial food appliance manufacturer Hobart will close its Richmond Hill plant before the end of 2014, ending a 30-year relationship during which the company was the city's only industry.

March 20, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Business


Main Street project going to council

Hinesville Downtown Partners Tuesday discussed starting a Main Street start-up program here. The partners will ask city leaders for support Thursday at a council.

March 19, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Jobless rate rises here in January

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Hinesville's unemployment rate increased to 8.2 percent in January, up 0.1 percent from 8.1 percent in December.

March 16, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


State revenue up over a year ago

Gov. Nathan Deal announced recently that Georgia's net tax collections for the month of February totaled almost $838 million for an increase of $42 million, or 5.3 percent, compared to the month-ended February 2013.

March 16, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Chamber offers Photoshop workshop

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold a Photoshop workshop from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the chamber/CVB offices, 425 W. Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville.

March 15, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Public works contractor has new boss

Hinesville public works contractor OMI has a new director slated to take the reins from current Director Gregg Higgins. Guan Ellis joined OMI on Feb. 10 and is expected to take over in May.

March 14, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Insurance company honors local agency

Holtzman Insurance Agency recently earned the Allstate Insurance Company's "Distinguished Agency Award."

March 11, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Ameris Bancorp to buy The Coastal Bank

MOULTRIE -- Ameris Bancorp, the parent company of Ameris Bank, Tuesday announced the acquisition of The Coastal Bank (Coastal Bankshares, Inc), scheduled to close in the third quarter of 2014. Once this merger is finalized, Ameris Bank will be the largest community bank on the Georgia coast.

March 11, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Photography shop marks opening

Joanna Ng Photography was welcomed as a new member of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 20 at the chamber offices in Hinesville.

March 09, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Homes for Heroes ranks area realtor high

Homes for Heroes recently named Lisa Scales with Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners its No. 2 realtors affiliate nationwide in 2013, based on number of heroes served.

March 07, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


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Sales-tax holiday Friday-Saturday

Georgia annual back-to-school sales-tax holiday is this weekend.

July 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Apartments planned for senior citizens

Renaissance Park, an upscale apartment complex for senior citizens, is under construction on Memorial Drive, across from the First Baptist Church.

July 30, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Hinesville jobless rate up to 8.7%

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Hinesville's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up .3 percent from 8.4 percent in May. The rate was 9.8 percent in June a year ago.

July 25, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Exiting soldiers get scoop on careers

Fort Stewart soldiers who are transitioning from the Army and those who recently left the service, as well as veterans and civilians, had an opportunity Thursday to compete for more than 1,100 state jobs available through the Georgia Department of Corrections and other law-enforcement agencies.

July 25, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Holtzmans selling realty office

Coldwell Banker Holtzman, Realtors owners George Holtzman and his wife, Babs Holtzman, are releasing the day-to-day operational decisions and management. Leigh Smiley will transition from associate broker to managing broker/owner of the realty firm. George Holtzman still will serve as the qualifying broker and will continue to list and sell commercial and special residential properties.

July 23, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Materials testing lab picks Interstate Centre

West Penn Testing Group, a material-testing services provider, will locate to Ellabell, creating 70 jobs and investing $3 million into a facility over the next five years, according to Gov. Nathan Deal announced.

July 22, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Veterans launching craft brewery

Being former soldiers, Kevin Ryan, Dan Sartin and Jeff Hyatt have a common bond that's typical of all uniformed personnel, whether they're military, law enforcement or firefighters. They also share a love for good beer.

July 21, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


State revenue up 11% in June

Georgia's net tax collections for June totaled $1.76 billion for an increase of $182.25 million, or 11.5 percent, compared to the month-ended June 2013, Gov. Nathan Deal announced this week.

July 19, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


LCDA approves bond resolution

The Liberty County Development Authority held a called meeting Tuesday to approve a resolution to restructure bond debt.

July 19, 2014 | Jeremy McAbee | Business


Planning commission recommends OK for store

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a rezoning petition filed on behalf of a developer with plans to build a grocery store and gas station at 1422 W. Oglethorpe Highway.

July 18, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Business


Ludowici hoping to attract a McDonald's

Leaders from Ludowici met earlier this month with a representative from McDonald's USA about bringing a restaurant to the city.

July 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Hinesville entrepreneur honored

Allstate exclusive agency owner William Lynn Bennett of Hinesville has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.

July 11, 2014 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Business


Williams named to tax-study committee

ATLANTA - District 168 state Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, has been appointed by Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, as a member of the Joint Study Committee on Property Tax Digest Impact on Education Funding.

July 11, 2014 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Business


Davis named membership director

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce recently moved Lisa Davis to the position of membership director.

July 11, 2014 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Business


Tractory Supply opening Hinesville store

Construction is under way on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Hinesville, the company's 54th Georgia location. The retailer is setting up shop in the former builder supply store and lumberyard at 766 W. Oglethorpe Highway, across from Walmart.

July 11, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


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