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Riceboro City Park breaks ground

New ground was broken earlier today to start construction on Riceboro City Park, located behind the Riceboro Youth Center. City and county officials gathered at the site to show support and talk about the progress of Riceboro. The main feature of the park will be a quarter mile walking trail, which will be handicap accessible. Paul Simonton, of engineering consulting firm P.C. Simonton & Association, Inc., said that he hopes to connect the park's walking trail to the coastal bikeway trail that runs along Highway 17, so bicyclists can use the park as a pulloff or rest station. The ...

May 13, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Event aims to attract more businesses to Hinesville

Hinesville officials say the first-ever Mayor's Small Business Conference next week is aimed at serving small-business owners and assuring any with entrepreneurial ambitions that the city is business-friendly.

May 12, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


County approves shooting range

A new, private gun club and shooting facility will be developed on the east side of North Coastal Highway 17 near the Leroy Coffer Highway intersection, close to the Bryan County line.

May 12, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Highway 144 east road resurfacing began Sunday, continues until July

Road work on Georgia highway 144 that began Sunday night will continue until July 31. Motorists are urged to drive with caution. The Georgia Department of Transportation is paving a little more than 11 miles of highway 144 east between Evans Army Airfield and the Richmond Hill boundary gate in four-mile sections that will close one lane. Flagging stations will be used. Night work will occur. No lanes will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

May 11, 2015 | Fort Stewart PAO | Local news


Volvo chooses SC over Bryan County

Bryan County's loss is the Charleston, South Carolina area's gain.

May 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


Police search for vehicle that caused Highway 84 wreck

A multiple-vehicle wreck on West Oglethorpe Highway left three people injured and tied up traffic on the busy Hinesville thoroughfare Friday afternoon.

May 08, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Local news


Fort Stewart announces prescribed burns

Smoke might be visible in and around Fort Stewart today because the post's Forestry Branch will perform prescribed burns in the following training areas:

May 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


National Day of Prayer to be celebrated locally

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and there are several local observances.

May 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


Military children get a free shopping spree

More than 500 military children went on a shopping spree at Bryant Commons last week courtesy of United Military Care.

May 05, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


DNR offers conservation workshops

Georgia Project WILD is a conservation-education program designed to inform and educate anyone interested in protecting wildlife and the environment, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website.

May 05, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission panel talks personnel, spending

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission governing board discussed the commission's hiring procedures during a recent meeting at Hinesville City Hall.

May 05, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


LCPC updates Walthourville land-use map

Walthourville residents met with Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission planners in March to provide input to update their community's land-use map as part of Liberty County's 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

May 04, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Hospital CEO retires

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Wednesday's print edition. Liberty Regional Medical Center communications officer Rene Harwell confirmed Friday that Scott Kroell had retired as the hospital's CEO after 21 years and said Donna Cochrane, the hospital's chief nursing officer, had been named interim CEO. An article that appeared in Sunday's edition incorrectly characterized her response to the Coastal Courier, making it appear - inaccurately - that she had evaded the reporter's question. The Courier regrets the error.

May 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


Sprinkler floods sheriff’s office in Liberty County Justice Center

A fire sprinkler in the kitchen of the Liberty County Sheriff's Office in the Justice Center malfunctioned, pouring thousands of gallons of water into the office space around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

May 01, 2015 | By Caitlin Kenney | Local news


Kinder Morgan’s SC gas leak tops 250,000 gallons

Kinder Morgan, the Texas-based energy company that wants to run a 360-mile petroleum pipeline through Upstate South Carolina and Coastal Georgia, is dealing with a leak of more than 250,000 gallons from one of its existing pipelines in South Carolina, officials said.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


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County hopes to clamp down on runoff

A new chapter will be added to the Liberty County Code of Ordinances - Illicit Discharges and Illegal Connections.

July 03, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Midway native celebrating 100th birthday Saturday

Many things have come and gone in the span of a century. Alma B. Williams of Midway still has the clarity of mind and whimsical wit to recall them all.

July 02, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


Fire officials concerned over new law

Under a new state law that went into effect Wednesday, Georgians are no longer limited to having only sparkler-type illuminations.

July 02, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher Correspondent | Local news


Store questions nearby land-use; rezoning OK'd

The Fleming Food Mart might get competition across Leroy Coffer Highway, and its owner isn't happy about that prospect.

July 02, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Home of pregnant teens in Walthourville?

A second-chance home for pregnant youth could be established in Walthourville.

July 01, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Georgia Southern likely to lose its president

STATESBORO - Eagle Nation's biggest fan may leave Statesboro and return to his hometown.

July 01, 2015 | Statesboro Herald | Local news


Downtown promoters report to commission

The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority has been busy.

June 29, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Long County commissioners, firefighters at odds

This past week was a turbulent time for the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department with the suspension of the acting chief, a partial walkout of firefighters and allegations that a commissioner illegally operated a fire truck.

June 27, 2015 | Mike Riddle | Local news


Metro Hinesville’s unemployment rate rises to 6.5 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Hinesville's unemployment rate for May was 6.5 percent, up 0.4 percentage point from 6.1 percent in April. The rate in May 2014 was 7.9 percent.

June 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Gazebo request meets stiff opposition

All Troy Burns wants is to put a gazebo in his front yard. But at least one of his neighbors, the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission staff and a majority of the Planning Commissioners don't like the idea.

June 25, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Fourth candidate in Hinesville mayoral race

Editor's note: An information box accompanying this article has been changed to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Wednesday's print edition. Former Liberty County NAACP President Liston Singletary III is a candidate running for mayor of Hinesville. Because of an editor's error, his name was listed incorrectly in an information box accompanying a front-page article on June 24. The Coastal Courier regrets the error.

June 24, 2015 | By Caitlin Kenney | Local news


Long County Library seeks funds for growth

Since 2013, usage at the Long County Library has increased by nearly 27 percent, according to library board secretary and treasurer Brent Klinedinst.

June 24, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Liberty County prayer service calls for unity, vigilance after Charleston shooting

The suspect in the shooting that killed nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, reportedly confessed to the horrific act and, in doing so, told police he wanted to start a race war.

June 21, 2015 | Jason Wermers | Local news


Hinesville police, fire seek grants for equipment

Hinesville City Council approved applications Thursday to seek grant funding for the police and fire departments.

June 18, 2015 | Caitlin Kenney | Local news


Fiscal-year 2016 budget for Liberty adopted

The proposed 2016 budget was adopted by the Liberty County Board of Commissioners today. At their mid-month meeting, Chief Financial Officer Kim McGlothlin reviewed the budget a final time before the commissioners.

June 18, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


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