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Nine of 12 regional voted no to T-SPLOST

ATLANTA (AP) - Voters have rejected a penny sales tax referendum to pay for transportation projects in nine of 12 regions in Georgia, including in metro Atlanta, unofficial returns show.

August 01, 2012 | Associated Press | Local news


Nobles to face Ballance in Nov. sheriff's race

In Long County, Craig Nobles won the Democrat nod for the sheriff's post with 1,404 votes. Frank McClelland Jr. garnered 704 votes while James E. Rogers took 152. Nobles will face Republican challenger G. Darrell Ballance in November. Sherry McFann Long beat Frank Middleton for the superior court clerk seat, 1,115 to 1,100. Becky S. Fowler beat Deona Walker Carter in the tax commissioner race, 1,625 to 588. In the county commission races, Gerald Blocker, Robert A. Long and Dwight Gordon defeated their challengers for the District 1, District 2 and District 5 seats, respectively ...

August 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Local news


Lovette new chairman, Smith Carter for BoE

Donald L. Lovette will serve as the next Liberty County Commission chairman, a message from voters that status quo may not be so bad.

August 01, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Chairman, BoE seat 2 races underway

In addition to the controversial T-SPLOST referendum, Liberty County voters are in the process of weighing in on a race with local implications today.

July 31, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Savannah teen killed in late-night car crash

SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham County police are investigating a late-night car crash that killed a 19-year-old woman.

July 30, 2012 | The Associated Press | Local news


Voters have their say Tuesday

If all goes according to plan, Liberty County voters will know this week who will succeed commission chairman John McIver, whether board of education District 2 incumbent Charlie Frasier will keep his post and whether to plan for a January tax increase.

July 30, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps Staff writer | Local news


Local governments not complying with law

The Liberty and Long boards of education both are compliant with a new state law that requires governments to share their budgets electronically, but some other local entities are not.

July 28, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps Staff writer | Local news


Early voting period for primary ends today

For Long County residents who wish to avoid the election-day crowds Tuesday, today is the final day to cast ballots in the early and advanced voting.

July 27, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Plan to vote? Learn about candidates

Five candidates offered many opinions but few concrete ideas and even side-stepped some questions Tuesday at the Shuman Recreation Center during a forum leading up to the July 31 primary.

July 27, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps Staff writer | Local news


Offices moving back into old courthouse

The chain-link fence that has surrounded the Historic Liberty County Courthouse for more than a year is slated to come down this week.

July 26, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps Staff writer | Local news


Mayor reflects on planning retreat issues

Hinesville leaders prioritized, discussed and made plans last week to deal with 38 economic, administrative, ordinance-related or construction project issues during their annual planning workshop at Jekyll Island.

July 25, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray Staff writer | Local news


Shopping-center zoning request rejected

The Midway City Council denied a zoning request for a new shopping center at its July meeting.

July 24, 2012 | Joe Parker Jr. Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Retreat targets 38 issues

Hinesville leaders stayed issue-focused during their annual planning workshop last week at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Participants first arrived at the hotel Wednesday afternoon and began prioritizing the 38 issues to be discussed. Their workday ended around 7 p.m.

July 23, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray Staff writer | Local news


Commission OKs library architect, talks parking

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Thursday weighed projects that will continue downtown Hinesville's visual transformation.

July 23, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps Staff writer | Local news


Candidate forum is Tuesday night

Undecided voters for local elections will have the chance to hear directly from the candidates in three contested Liberty County races in a political forum exactly one week before the primary election.

July 23, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps Staff writer | 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

Danny Eason, pastor of Crossroads Church and owner of Uncommon Grounds, is the latest to announce his bid to be Hinesville's next mayor.

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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