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County budget building deficit

The Liberty County general fund came in $216,094 over its anticipated budget for the 2011 fiscal year, according to reports presented during the Thursday Board of Commissioners meeting.

August 22, 2011 | By Danielle Hipps Staff writer | Local news


Officials offer Rotary members a visual tour of Liberty County Justice Center

About 25 members of the Rotary Club of Hinesville got a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Liberty County Justice Center on Tuesday, but they didn't have to set foot inside the building.

August 19, 2011 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Senators address local concerns

The crowd that greeted U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson for a town hall meeting Wednesday at Altamaha Technical College in Jesup was mostly supportive of the Republican politicians, voicing concerns rather than anger.

August 19, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


Experts question data on income growth

Last week, the Hinesville-Fort Stewart metropolitan statistical area was deemed as having one of the top four fastest personal income growth rates within the United States for its 2010 numbers.

August 19, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Kingston to tour new local landmarks

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-1st District) will tour two new government buildings in Hinesville on Thursday. He will tour the Liberty County Justice Center at 10 a.m. and then walk across the street to tour the new Hinesville City Hall at 10:30 a.m., according to Kingston's district representative, Brooke Floyd.

August 17, 2011 | Staff report | Local news


Veteran ADA joins Atlantic Judicial Court

Liberty County Superior Court Chief Judge David Cavender presided as incoming Assistant District Attorney Isabel Pauley took her oath of office, sealing her commitment to the Atlantic Judicial Circuit.

August 17, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Fatal stabbing case goes to grand jury

A Fort Stewart soldier will have his case referred to the grand jury after a hearing to determine probable cause was held Monday morning in front of Liberty County Superior Court Judge Robert Russell.

August 17, 2011 | Patty Leon | Local news


City debates shelving Liberty Transit system

After discussing possible consequences for shelving Liberty Transit, the Hinesville City Council decided to "ride out" the challenges of funding the bus system for at least another year.

August 16, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


New city hall is not a ‘civic center,' officials say

A number of community organizations already have approached city officials about meeting inside the new city hall. But the officials, citing security concerns, say city hall only should be used for city business.

August 15, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


Victim’s family speaks out

Midway native Benjamin O'Neal grew up within walking distance to the Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center, and he spent a great deal of his life fishing and crabbing from its docks.

August 15, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Long gets $1.27M in OEA funds

The Long County Commission received nearly $1.3 million in remediation funds from the Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment last week as compensation for work the county did to prepare for a fifth military brigade.

August 15, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Coastal Regional Commission hears project updates

The Coastal Regional Commission saw a change in leadership when incoming Chairman Walter Gibson pounded the gavel at the start of the group's August meeting on Wednesday.

August 13, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ludowici to gather input on Sunday alcohol sales

Acknowledging the recently passed state legislation that allows voters to decide whether to permit the sale of alcohol in stores on Sundays, Long County Elections Board Chairwoman Vanessa Cunningham brought up the issue Tuesday at the Ludowici City Council's monthly meeting.

August 12, 2011 | Mike Riddle | Local news


Hinesville Area Arts Council lands new downtown lease

As soon as renovations to the former Liberty County Division of Elections office are complete, the Hinesville Area Arts Council will have a new home.

August 11, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Microburst downs trees, sinks boats

Four boats sank, a number of trees fell and one small area lost power during a thunderstorm that shook the coast Monday night.

August 10, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


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Cleaning up on Earth Day

Hundreds of school-age children brought their parents with them to the YMCA soccer fields Wednesday for Liberty County's Ninth Annual Earth Day celebration.

April 25, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Man injured in rollover in Long County

A man was injured this morning in a rollover in Long County.

April 25, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Planning workshop focuses on Liberty County branding, SPLOST

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Day 2 of the county-wide planning workshop started with developing action plans for the top three issues chosen Wednesday afternoon: Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, branding Liberty County and business development.

April 23, 2015 | Tiffany King | Local news


BoE employees to be paid twice a month

Certified employees, such as teachers, in the Liberty County School System will transition from being paid once a month to twice a month starting in January.

April 22, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Adult care, movies, wetlands, sewer, traffic on agenda

Officials talked about developments in their departments and the results of projects during the first day of a countywide retreat on St. Simons Island Wednesday.

April 22, 2015 | By Tiffany King Staff writer | Local news


Despite surgery, former deputy improving

William Solomon, a former Liberty County deputy and current Georgia Ports Authority police officer, continues to make progress in his road to recovery after being struck by a tractor-trailer March 2.

April 22, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Locals at St. Simons retreat

County and city leaders have gathered on St. Simons Island for the annual county-wide planning workshop to discuss initiatives, community issues and updates on topics from last year's meeting. Jeff Ricketson, executive director of Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, opened the meeting by having everyone sharing what makes them Liberty County-proud.

April 22, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Mayor has resident escorted from meeting

Hinesville resident Joe Stuart has spoken directly to City Council on numerous occasions during the public-comment portion of its twice-monthly meetings.

April 22, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Public voice opinions on proposed pipeline

An estimated 200 people attended a public meeting on a proposed pipeline at the Richmond Hill city center Tuesday to hear information and voice their opinions. Vice President of Public Affairs Allen Fore from Kinder Morgan, the company proposing the pipeline, gave a 10-minute speech about its proposal and the reasoning behind placing a pipeline along the coast of Georgia, including Bryan, Liberty and Long counties.

April 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


911 operators in spotlight for week

Dispatchers in Liberty County's 911 center spend hours in front of computer monitors in a dimly-lit, windowless room fielding calls that they don't know whether they'll be about a noise complaint or a shooting.

April 21, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Local news


Roads, repairs dominate Long Co. meeting

Roads dominated much of the Long County Commission meeting on April 7.

April 21, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Liberty Transit to offer free rides for Earth Day

The Liberty Transit public transportation system will offer free rides Wednesday in recognition of Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Liberty County officer’s quick response cited

It's not the kind of call any officer wants to receive.

April 20, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


Kirk Center loses United Way funding

The United Way of the Coastal Empire's Liberty County Office has allocated and disbursed its 2015 funds to several local nonprofit agencies, but the Kirk Healing Center was not one of the recipients.

April 20, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Carter talks pipeline, ISIS, DC politics

The company hoping to build a pipeline through Coastal Georgia needs to make sure it does everything it can to protect the environment if its project is approved, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said during a Friday morning stop in Richmond Hill.

April 17, 2015 | By Jeff Whitten` Correspondent | Local news


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