From left: Commissioner Gary Gilliard, Walthourville Mayor Pro Tem Larry Baker, Ritchie Anderson, Felecia Holmes, Angie Perkins and Gary Gilliard II prepare to donate 85 hams and 40 turkeys to senior citizens throughout Liberty County. The Christmas giveaway was supported by Seven Ministries, Attorney Kelly Davis, MACE Commander James Reid, Sheriff Steve Sikes, Clay Sikes, C.L. Barrett and Kenny Fussell. (Photo provided)
During the Thursday meeting, the Ludowici City Council also heard updates from auditor Christopher Lightle, who was brought on after city clerk Tara Manning was suspended earlier this month. At the Dec. 13 meeting, Lightle, an accountant with Karp, Ronning and Tindal Certified Public Accounting, presented a preliminary report that noted concerns about lack of budgetary controls, adopted financial controls not being enforced, duplicate payments for some services, cash accounts not being recorded accurately and financial statements not being reported monthly.
The Ludowici City Council suspended Police Chief Richard Robertson with a 2-1 vote during Thursday's called meeting.
The words "thank you" were not adequate to express the gratitude of the nearly 2,000 people who waited in long lines Thursday through three separate shifts at the National Guard Armory for a hot meal and bags of fresh produce, breads, meats and canned goods, plus shoes, clothes, furniture and toys during the first-ever Hinesville Feed the Hungry event.
In the second of a four-part retrospective, the Courier recalls the top headlines from April through June of 2011.
Reporting on his participation with the Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter, Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas summarized their recent trip to Washington, D.C., as successful, even though the general officers his group spoke with at the Pentagon gave no assurances that Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield will be excluded from any decision to cut U.S. forces.
The Hinesville City Council held a called meeting Wednesday to appoint five members to its Grievance and Appeals Committee.
As 2011 draws to a close and we look forward to the year to come, the Courier is taking a look back at this year's most attention-grabbing stories. In this four-part series, we'll revisit the stories that affected the community during the 2011 calendar year. Perhaps they were fodder for dinner parties or hot topics in government meetings; perhaps they dragged on in Sound off for weeks to follow, or maybe they reminded you about the value of humanity. The dates listed reflect when the story appeared in the Courier, not necessarily the date the story occurred.
The Ludowici City Council was told at its Dec. 13 monthly meeting that the city has been making some business operations errors.
Since September 2010, Hinesville has been awarded $27,374,045 in grant funding to benefit residents in a variety of areas, including city and county law enforcement and fire departments, school security, homeless prevention and housing, housing rehabilitation, Fair Housing education, veterans support, transportation enhancement, cultural venue construction, energy efficiency and conservation, water reclamation and quality enhancement, according to Hinesville spokeswoman Krystal Britton.
A proposal to annex residential and undeveloped areas near Highway 196 and Airport Road was among four information items considered by the Hinesville City Council during its meeting Friday.
After much discussion and a called executive session Tuesday, the Ludowici City Council voted to keep city clerk Tara Manning on suspension but to rescind its previous decision not to pay her during the suspension. During a Dec. 5 called meeting, the council voted to suspend Manning without pay for her role in signing checks - along with Ludowici Mayor Myrtice Warren - to pay Vanessa Cunningham for contracted work that since has been questioned by some council members.
While the world economic crunch has rippled through businesses and slashed income for some, its effects also have been making their way to an organization aimed to buffer families from poverty: the Division of Family and Children Services.
Santa Claus received a little help from some unlikely elves Wednesday when mayors and representatives from more than a dozen cities participated in a motorcade-style parade through the campus of Georgia Regional Hospital to deliver Christmas gifts for patients.
Call it a face-lift, a transformation or even an "Extreme Makeover: Print Edition" - the Coastal Courier will unveil a sleek, new look Friday.
Surrounded by cypress trees dating back more than a millennium and hosts of tupelo trees, Brian Cohen regaled a gathering of canoe- and kayak-paddlers with the story of Ebenezer Crossing.
Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas told Liberty County Chamber of Commerce members and special guests that Hinesville's future is promising during his State of the City Address given Thursday at Connection Church in Flemington.
Bryan County Administrator Ray Pittman announced Monday he plans on stepping down this summer as the county's top appointed official.
After nearly seven years as the executive director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, Vicki Davis is leaving her position and moving on with her career. Davis resigned Friday, April 11. She said her last day on the job will be April 25.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce will host a political candidate forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Shuman Recreation Center in Hinesville, 800 Tupelo Trail.
More than 35 former and current African-American mayors from throughout Georgia convened April 4-6 in Hinesville for the annual Spring Conference of the Georgia Conference of Black Mayors. The organization provides information, resources and assistance to small, rural cities that commonly are led by African-American mayors.
Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles went before county commissioners April 1 and asked for additional deputies.
County commissioners and administrators met Monday for one of several finance-committee meetings to comb through a draft budget for fiscal year 2015, line item by line item. The committee will meet twice more this month.
Members and officials of the Hinesville City Council had a full day Thursday, including a planning workshop, proclamation signings and a council meeting.
Republican gubernatorial candidate David Pennington talks pretty fast for a southerner whose Georgia roots stretch back hundreds of years.
One of three Liberty County commissioners up for re-election is running unopposed in the May 20 Democratic primary.
State Sen. Buddy Carter visited the residents and staff at Long County's Coastal Manor nursing home Thursday morning. Carter is a candidate for the U.S. 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Jack Kingston, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Liberty County leaders focused on paying down bond debt and maintaining county roads using sale-tax money Wednesday during a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2015 planning session.
The Hinesville Area Arts Council asked the Liberty County Commission Tuesday to renew the organization's lease on its 640-square-foot space on Commerce Street in Hinesville.