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Long County extends EMS contract

With an April 1 deadline looming for emergency medical services to end, the Long County Commission on Monday approved another extension with current EMS provider Liberty Regional Medical Center.

March 29, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Aiport gets $1M from state for runway work

Atlanta attorney Jimmy McDonald informed the Liberty County Development Authority on Monday that MidCoast Regional Airport will benefit from $1 million in Airport Aid Program funds to extend the runway.

March 27, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Not registering to vote doesn't preclude jury duty

One does not have to vote to be called for jury duty, according to Liberty County Clerk of Superior Court F. Barry Wilkes.

March 27, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Former Liberty Commissioner Carl Johnson dies

March 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


Eyesores abound

Local government leaders say more needs to be done to enhance Liberty County's appearance in order to entice a greater number of visitors and convince potential residents and businesses to settle here.

March 26, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge and Randy C. Murray Courier staff writers | Local news


$10M loan for work on sewage plant

Hinesville has received a $10 million, low-interest loan to pay for upgrades to its sewage treatment plant on Fort Stewart, according the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.

March 25, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Longtime building official, sports ref dies

March 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


Baby, it could get cold out tonight

A freeze warning will be in effect for most of Georgia starting at midnight. That includes Long County. Even the western two-thirds of Liberty will be under a freeze watch, according to the National Weather Service's Charleston office.

March 25, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Council has light agenda; much discussion

Thursday's Hinesville City Council meeting included only 15 agenda items, but public comments and reports from the council, mayor and city manager made for a full afternoon.

March 25, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Rural water system to be completed by fall

The county's new rural water system is on track and could go online as early as September, Liberty County commissioners learned Thursday.

March 24, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


City pulls club's licenses

Following a "show-cause" hearing Thursday, the Hinesville City Council revoked the alcohol and business licenses of Island Vybez at 728 E. Oglethorpe Highway.

March 24, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Former HPD officer may sue Savannah department

Another Chatham County Police officer is sending a letter saying she plans to sue the department.

March 22, 2014 | www.wtoc.com | Local news


LCPC rezones 4 acres for Griffin Park

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission on Tuesday approved rezoning a 4.17-acre residential tract in an unincorporated area of the county and then agreed it should be annexed it into the city of Hinesville.

March 21, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Former superintendent sanctioned

Former Liberty County School System Superintendent Steve Wilmoth recently was sanctioned by the Missouri Ethics Commission for getting paid to promote an Ombudsman program while employed as the superintendent of the Seneca School District in Missouri.

March 21, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Fate of new I-95 interchange up to Congress

Work on the proposed interchange at I-95 and Belfast Siding Road could begin as early as the summer of 2017 - or then again, maybe not.

March 20, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Local news


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Conservation efforts in Effingham get hand

Surrounded by cypress trees dating back more than a millennium and hosts of tupelo trees, Brian Cohen regaled a gathering of canoe- and kayak-paddlers with the story of Ebenezer Crossing.

April 19, 2014 | By Pat Donahue Correspondent | Local news


Mayor: Hinesville's future is promising

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas told Liberty County Chamber of Commerce members and special guests that Hinesville's future is promising during his State of the City Address given Thursday at Connection Church in Flemington.

April 18, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Bryan County administrator resigning

Bryan County Administrator Ray Pittman announced Monday he plans on stepping down this summer as the county's top appointed official.

April 16, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Local news


Downtown development manager resigns

After nearly seven years as the executive director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, Vicki Davis is leaving her position and moving on with her career. Davis resigned Friday, April 11. She said her last day on the job will be April 25.

April 16, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Political forum set for April 29

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce will host a political candidate forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Shuman Recreation Center in Hinesville, 800 Tupelo Trail.

April 15, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Black mayors meet in Hinesville

More than 35 former and current African-American mayors from throughout Georgia convened April 4-6 in Hinesville for the annual Spring Conference of the Georgia Conference of Black Mayors. The organization provides information, resources and assistance to small, rural cities that commonly are led by African-American mayors.

April 14, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Long sheriff asks commission for more deputies

Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles went before county commissioners April 1 and asked for additional deputies.

April 11, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Commission starting 2015 county budget

County commissioners and administrators met Monday for one of several finance-committee meetings to comb through a draft budget for fiscal year 2015, line item by line item. The committee will meet twice more this month.

April 10, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


City eyes paying off city hall, new fire station with SPLOST

Members and officials of the Hinesville City Council had a full day Thursday, including a planning workshop, proclamation signings and a council meeting.

April 09, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Gubernatorial candidate stops in Ellabell

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Pennington talks pretty fast for a southerner whose Georgia roots stretch back hundreds of years.

April 08, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Local news


Two commission candidates challenged

One of three Liberty County commissioners up for re-election is running unopposed in the May 20 Democratic primary.

April 08, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Candidate stumps at nursing home

State Sen. Buddy Carter visited the residents and staff at Long County's Coastal Manor nursing home Thursday morning. Carter is a candidate for the U.S. 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Jack Kingston, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

April 04, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Leaders firm up SPLOST projects

Liberty County leaders focused on paying down bond debt and maintaining county roads using sale-tax money Wednesday during a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2015 planning session.

April 04, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Arts council asks county to renew lease

The Hinesville Area Arts Council asked the Liberty County Commission Tuesday to renew the organization's lease on its 640-square-foot space on Commerce Street in Hinesville.

April 04, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Businessman Raleigh Way dies

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


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