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Kesslers students join record attempt at cup stacking

About 175 students at Fort Stewart's Kessler Elementary School attempted a world record in cup stacking Thursday.

November 14, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


City millage rate increasing by up to .94 mills

After more than an hour and a half debate Thursday over possible cuts to make up a $1.3 million budget deficit, city leaders conceded they have to increase the property taxes by .94 of a mill, though maybe less.

November 13, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


World War II veteran returns to Fort Stewart

In 1943, Sgt. Frank Moore was a soldier with the Army's 4th Infantry Division, XII Corps. As he and his unit prepared for the Allied invasion at Normandy, he spent a summer in Coastal Georgia, sleeping in the fields of Camp Stewart.

November 12, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


MidCoast moves forward with runway extension

The Local Joint Management Board of the MidCoast Regional Airport met Thursday to discuss plans for the runway-extension project, among other business.

November 07, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Council plans to tackle new budget with SPLOST failure

Failure of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum to pass in last week's election was hardly mentioned until the end of Thursday's city council meeting.

November 07, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Commissioners preparing to resume budget talks

As part of his administrative report to Liberty County Board of Commissioners during Tuesday night's meeting, County Administrator Joey Brown advised commissioners they'd have to talk about the county's budget at the next meeting if the referendum for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax did not pass.

November 07, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


UPDATE: County assessing SPLOST failure

Liberty County voters on Tuesday decided that they did not want to see another round of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The referendum to approve another six-year SPLOST period failed in a race that came down to a difference of 90 votes.

November 05, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Liberty votes down SPLOST

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum proved to be the race to watch Tuesday night, as Liberty County voters nearly were split down the middle on whether or not the 1 percent sales tax would see another six-year term in the county.

November 04, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


LCPC recommends Flemington annex property straddling city line

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended that the city of Flemington annex eight parcels of land that mistakenly were identified as un-zoned county property.

October 30, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Early voting nearly over; Sunday turnout 'exceeds expectations'

The general elections are a week away, but Liberty Countians have been casting ballots since Oct. 13 at two polling locations.

October 27, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee and Jeff Whitten | Local news


Council approves balanced budget

The Hinesville City Council approved a balanced budget for fiscal year 2015 during a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon in city hall.

October 24, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Groundbreaking for Tradeport pipeline

Atlanta Gas Light and Liberty County Development Authority officials held a groundbreaking Thursday at the Tradeport East Business Center in Midway for the start of construction on a $9.7 million natural-gas pipeline.

October 21, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Council briefed on sewage overflow

Hinesville City Council members were briefed Thursday by City Engineer Paul Simonton and Robbie Norby, project manager of underground utilities for public-works contractor CH2MHILL, about a sewage overflow that occurred Oct. 3

October 20, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Walthourville city councilman arrested

A story appears to be developing in Walthourville, but details are still scarce. According to the city's police chief, Tracy McFadden, a search warrant has been executed at the home of Walthourville City Councilman James Hendry. Agents from the Department of Revenue were seen carrying plastic containers containing alcohol out of the residence.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


Liberty Countians should take advantage of local history, site directors say

Liberty County teems with history.

October 15, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


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LCDA updates community on local industries’ year

Community leaders, business officials and citizens gathered at the Liberty College and Career Academy Thursday to hear a "year-in-review" update from the Liberty County Development Authority.

January 29, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Rotary holds speech contest for students

The Hinesville Rotary Club on Tuesday hosted its annual speech contest for area high-school students.

January 29, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


New rural water system up, running

On an appropriately wet Friday, Liberty County officials and residents turned out to the Miller Park well site for a "Turn on the Tap" ceremony, marking the completion of a project started over 10 years ago.

January 29, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Long County woman is ‘Hometown Hero’

Gina Riddle doesn't think she does anything more than the other people in her community. Others disagree.

January 27, 2015 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Miller Pasture education center up for sale

There's a for-sale sign at the Jan and Dennis Waters Educational Center on Dunlevie Road in Allenhurst.

January 27, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Local news


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


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