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Zaxby's fans pack lot Monday for free food

To celebrate the grand opening of its first Liberty County restaurant, Zaxby's gave away one free menu item per week for the next year to the first 100 customers in line Monday morning. By 9 a.m., the parking lot was crowded and the line easily exceeded 100 people. The first customer to arrive, Charles Heatwole of Hinesville, said he had been in line since 11:30 p.m. Sunday night.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


Man stabbed during domestic dispute

A Liberty County man was stabbed during a domestic dispute Sunday afternoon and later rushed to the hospital.

January 25, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


MLK birthday celebrated with parade

Local residents lined both sides of Main Street on Monday morning - from the historic courthouse down to the Hendry Street intersection - to watch this year's parade honoring the birthday, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 21, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


‘Taste of Liberty’ both sweet and savory

Nearly a dozen area restaurants, caterers and food vendors participated Friday night in the fourth annual Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Taste of Liberty and awards banquet at the Dorchester Village Civic Center. The event - which spotlights community leaders, volunteers, local businesses and eateries - treated nearly 200 guests to flavors many didn't know they can enjoy right here.

January 21, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


County to name playground for rec dept. supporter

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a request by the Liberty County Recreation Department board to dedicate a playground in honor of former rec department board member Mike Carreker.

January 18, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Council recognizes unsung heroes, learns about homelessness

The Hinesville City Council on Thursday recognized the dedication of some city departments during a recent utility emergency, and learned about the city's upcoming participation in a nationwide homeless count.

January 16, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local artist holds gallery reception at arts council

The Hinesville Area Arts Council opened 2015 with a reception for local artist Ashley Kukula Cuevas last Thursday at the HAAC's downtown gallery on Commerce Street.

January 14, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


City preps for MLK Day activities

Community churches, civic organizations and local leaders are planning a series of events to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scheduled from Friday-Monday, Jan. 16-19.

January 13, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local CASA branch holds kickoff event

Area residents, business leaders and "celebrities" gathered Friday at the La Quinta Inn in Flemington for the Atlantic Area Court Appointed Special Advocates' Dancing with the Stars kickoff event.

January 13, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


County to propose new SPLOST referendum

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday decided that it will propose a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum to citizens this year.

January 10, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


County to move forward with November SPLOST referendum

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday decided that it will propose a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum to citizens this year.

January 08, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Walthourville Fire Department adds two paid personnel members

The city of Walthourville's fire department will add two paid personnel to its roster this year, marking the first step in its planned move from an all-volunteer unit to a full-time, fully staffed firefighting force.

January 05, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


McGinn recognized for honor

Long County commissioners recently recognized Charlotte McGinn, the secretary for the Long County extension office, for being honored by the University of Georgia. Chairman Robert Long said that McGinn was selected as the Secretary of the Year for the Southeastern district of the Georgia Cooperative Extension. Long said that McGinn winning the award was quite an accomplishment, considering that there are 39 counties in the district. On behalf of the other commissioners and the citizens of Long County, the chairman congratulated McGinn and told her that she was a valuable asset to the community. Pictured from left: Commissioner Clifton DeLoach ...

December 31, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier Correspondent | Local news


Mural Brightens LRMC's echo room

Patients in the echo room at Liberty Regional Medical Center now have something a little more colorful to look at while undergoing echocardiography and stress tests, thanks to members of the Hinesville Area Arts Council's beginning-adult painting class.

December 31, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Area motorcyclists give back to community

Outfitted in traditional biker attire - black leather jackets and vests emblazoned with an orange logo - members of the Disloyal Few may look intimidating at first glance, but the motorcycle group is making headway in dispelling the myth that bikers are trouble.

December 31, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier Correspondent | 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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