As Tropical Storm Andrea made its way across Florida on Thursday afternoon, Liberty County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Hodges said Coastal Georgia residents needed to prepare for excessive wind and rain into Friday morning. The storm carries with it the possibility of up to 5 inches of rain, 60 mph wind gusts, isolated tornadoes and some high surf.
Daniel Thomas of Richmond Hill won a $100,000 top prize playing the Jumbo Bucks Crossword instant lottery game.Thomas, who works in the gift-wrapping business, stopped at Clyde's Market on East Oglethorpe Highway in Midway after work to buy a ticket.
Liberty County EMA Director Mike Hodges said he expects Tropical Storm Andrea will bring about 5 inches of rain and 60 mph wind gusts to this area. There also is a possibility for isolated tornadoes and some high surf (although major coastal flooding would not be expected since the storm would be coming at us from the Gulf, not the Atlantic). The impacts would be most likely for the coastal counties, and be felt mainly later Thursday and Thursday night, possibly lingering into early Friday in the South Carolina counties.
Hinesville will host the third annual Project Homeless Connect from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Community Center, 1370 Shaw Road, next to Lyman Hall Elementary School.
There are no projects on the list yet, and a date for voters to weigh in has not been determined, but Liberty County leaders are gearing up for the next special purpose local-option sales-tax referendum, or SPLOST, which will take place in 2014.
Long County High School seniors on Thursday were told to make the area proud as they were recognized during the 2013 senior banquet at LCHS.
To help local residents prepare for this year's hurricane season, which began Saturday, the Liberty County Emergency Management Agency observed Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 25-June 1.
A local food drive held at Bradwell Institute's gymnasium and sponsored by the Liberty County office of the United Way of the Coastal Empire gave away more than 17,000 pounds of food that included frozen turkeys, canned fruits and vegetables, bread and drinks. Area United Way Director Jennifer Darsey said a large crowd waited in the bleachers for the food to be bagged before it was distributed.
The annual Liberty Countywide Planning Workshop wrapped Friday after two days of sessions held within county lines for the first time.
Fort Stewart firefighters used their specialized lifesaving skills and training to rescue a Tattnall County maintenance worker May 21.
A remote-control model airplane club has brought new life to Liberty County's old airport. The Blazing Angels RC Squadron club members now are wowing spectators with aerobatic maneuvers by model aircraft.
Billy Kirk and Clint Durrence, lead line technicians with Coastal Electric Membership Cooperative of Midway, along with a line tech from Cobb EMC and another from Washington EMC, this weekend are heading to Costa Rica, where they'll bring electricity for the first time to a remote jungle village.
The foundation for the planned Long County Veterans Memorial recently was laid in Ludowici. With that work completed, the next step toward completing the three-year project is to have the names of veterans and supporters engraved on the marble stones that will be sitting at Friendship Park.
Liberty County residents observed Memorial Day on Monday in a variety of ways. While some opted to relax at home or enjoy traditional backyard cookouts, others took advantage of events around the area, such as the American Legion Post 168's morning observance or Fort Morris State Historic Site's commemoration, which featured Revolutionary War musket- and cannon-firing demonstrations.
Law Day was celebrated last week at the Long County Courthouse.
With speculation in the air and a deadline approaching, the Long County Commission, as of Monday, still had not taken any formal action regarding the continuation of emergency medical service to Long County, according to commission Chairman Robert Long.
Thursday's Hinesville City Council meeting included only three action items and five information items on the agenda.
The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission will host a community planning meeting for Flemington from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Flemington City Hall, 156 Old Sunbury Road.
First District Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, told a packed Long County Courthouse on Tuesday that he would take concerns over the Townsend Bombing Range expansion directly to Gov. Nathan Deal.
Democratic candidates for national, county and school board seats hobnobbed with supporters Thursday during a meet and greet event hosted by the Young Democrats of Liberty County and the Liberty County Democratic Committee at the La Quinta Inn in Flemington.
The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday discussed three possible sites on which to build a new animal-control facility. The county would fund the project with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
Due to roadway construction and drainage work, North Commerce Street in downtown Hinesville will be closed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through March 14. Motorists should plan to use alternate routes during those times.
Long County Probate/Magistrate Judge Marie Middleton on Wednesday dismissed five warrant requests against former Ludowici Police Department chief James Rogers.
Qualifying is under way for Liberty County offices and for Georgia's May 20 primary, with Republicans and Democrats filing their paperwork to appear on the ballot. The general election is Nov. 4. Qualifying began Monday and ends at noon Friday. Candidates must qualify at the Board of Elections and Registration in suite 1600 in the courthouse, 100 S. Main St., Hinesville.
The Liberty County Board of Education agreed last week to offer all children - regardless of ability to pay - free school breakfast for the 2014-15 school year and for three years thereafter. The board of education also agreed to raise the price of student lunches by 10 cents in order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Schools are not allowed to use excess from free-meal reimbursements to subsidize the paid lunch cost, school officials said.
Susanne Lawler went back to her native Sweden last summer to undergo medical treatment and get medicines she could not afford in this country. She left her American husband and then-9-year-old son here in Hinesville for what she thought would be a three-week trip. That was six months ago.
James Rogers officially has resigned from his position as chief of the Ludowici Police Department.
Frank Biezenbos has driven Highway 144 just about every day for the past 19 years. Thursday, Biezenbos drove the few miles east from his home in Strathy Hall to the County Administrative Complex to attend a public hearing on the proposed widening of 144 and give state engineers his two cents on the project.
Ludowici Mayor James Fuller announced today that suspended Police Chief James Rogers has resigned.
Two restaurants are the first to take advantage of Hinesville's recently amended alcohol ordinance that allows sales closer to residences than in the past.