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Taxes not only hard issue at council meeting

Even after a proposed property-tax increase was settled with Mayor Jim Thomas' tie-breaking vote, Thursday's three-hour Hinesville City Council meeting remained contentious.

December 12, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long County volunteers honored at dinner

The Long County Protective Services Auxiliary recently hosted an appreciation dinner for the volunteers who worked Long County's annual haunted house and hayride fundraiser. Proceeds from the event go to help local fire departments, EMS providers, forestry personnel and to provide scholarships to local teens.

December 11, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


County OKs tax hikes unanimously

The Liberty County Commission Friday increased millage rates in three unanimous votes.

December 10, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Despite protests city approves tax hike

After several Hinesville residents expressed anger during the final public hearing on a proposed 1-mill property tax increase, the four city council members present Thursday split their vote, leaving Mayor Jim Thomas to break the tie. The tax increase passed.

December 10, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long County demands say on animal shelters

The Long County Commission ruled at its December meeting that any animal shelters opening in the county must have the commission's approval.

December 08, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Proposal would put more controls on 'dangerous' dogs

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday discussed an aggressive overhaul to its animal control ordinance that would bring it in line with new state requirements.

December 07, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


House blaze displaces family

A house fire Saturday in Hinesville Saturday displaced a family of four.

December 06, 2012 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


City's credit rating adjusted because of 'negative outlook'

Moody's Investors Service assigned a negative outlook to Hinesville's $9 million of outstanding general obligation, limited tax-backed debt, according to a Nov. 30 Moody's news release.

December 05, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local man's truck hits, kills Illinois trooper

ST. LOUIS - A Georgia trucker who lost consciousness before his tractor-trailer struck and killed an Illinois state trooper isn't medically fit to drive commercially, federal regulators have determined.

December 05, 2012 | By Jim Suhr Associated Press writer | Local news


Enrollment drops despite Census numbers

Hinesville has been called a "boom town," and it's growth has landed it positions on lists like "The Top 10 Cities People are Moving to in 2012" by The Fiscal Times and the U.S. Census Bureau's list of fastest-growing communities.

December 03, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


County millage to drop for Hinesville residents

Contrary to previous reports, Hinesville residents will see a decrease in their county millage rate.

December 03, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


City tax hearing turns bitter

The first two of three public hearings on Hinesville's proposed property-tax increase took place Thursday in council chambers at city hall. Though sparsely attended by city leaders and concerned residents, the morning meeting prompted some bitter public comments.

November 30, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Tax hikes not likely to be averted

Property taxes in Liberty County are on the rise, and residents will have the chance to weigh in today at public hearings for both the boards of commissioners and education.

November 30, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp stepping down

Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp is stepping down from her post after 10 years of working to protect the Ogeechee River basin.

November 29, 2012 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Weak economy blamed for tax hike

Hinesville residents are invited to take part in three public hearings on the city's proposed increase in property taxes. The hearings are scheduled at city hall for 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 29, and 3 p.m. Dec. 6, during the city council meeting.

November 27, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


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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


Kinder Morgan appeals state denial of Palmetto Pipeline

Kinder Morgan has appealed the Georgia Department of Transportation's denial of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the proposed Palmetto Pipeline, which would go through coastal Georgia.

June 18, 2015 | By Jason Wermers | Local news


Keel wins District 6 Liberty County BoE special election

In the end, experience mattered.

June 16, 2015 | By Tiffany King and Jason Wermers Coastal Courier | Local news


Empty home on Fort Stewart burns

A vacant home in North Bryan Village on Fort Stewart caught fire early Wednesday morning, post spokesman Kevin Larson said.

June 16, 2015 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Chairman: County 'can't stop' progress

The state of the county was the focus of Thursday's Progress Through People Luncheon.

June 16, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Ga. high court: No buffer required between developments and wetlands

In a high-profile environmental case that has important repercussions for coastal Georgia, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday that the 25-foot buffer required by state law between development projects and the banks of waterways generally does not apply to marshes and wetlands.

June 16, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Georgia announces smoked-salmon recall

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain packaged smoked salmon products that are sold in Georgia for potential health risk to consumers.

June 15, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


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