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Long County BoE expects graduation rate to drop

The Long County graduation rate probably will drop due to a new federal formula for calculating figures, the board of education learned at its March 12 meeting.

March 14, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Festival celebrates writers, literature

How do novels come to be? How does a writer navigate the changing publishing industry? Why is literacy important?

March 14, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Gas lines delay work on Savannah parkway

SAVANNAH - Workers are suspending construction on a major bypass in Savannah after crews twice cut into gas lines buried underground.

March 12, 2012 | Staff Report | Local news


Heating assistance still available

The Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority Inc. still is assisting eligible households with heating bills.

March 12, 2012 | Staff Report | Local news


Liberty County real estate numbers stay up

While the national outlook on real estate seems to rise and fall with the stock market and mortgage company settlements, Liberty County sales figures during the past four months have held steady above last year's rates.

March 12, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Fire protection is BoC’s top priority

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners identified fire protection as its No. 1 priority for the current year during a retreat Friday.

March 12, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Local option sales tax revenues up in '11

For a second year in a row, Hinesville's local option sales tax revenues have increased following a major decrease in revenues two years ago, according to data provided by Hinesville Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Ryon.

March 12, 2012 | Randy Murray | Local news


Local option sales tax revenues up in '11

For a second year in a row, Hinesville's local option sales tax revenues have increased following a major decrease in revenues two years ago, according to data provided by Hinesville Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Ryon.

March 12, 2012 | Randy Murray | Local news


Suspect arrested again for meth

For the second time in less than six months, a Gum Branch woman has been arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine. Virginia Burke, who also was arrested last October during a meth bust, again was apprehended Thursday for allegedly manufacturing the narcotic at a home on Bradley Lane in Gum Branch.

March 12, 2012 | Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Margaret Martin dies

March 12, 2012 | Special to the Courier | Local news


County commission OKs historical society lease request

On Tuesday, the Liberty County Board of Commissioners approved a request from the Liberty County Historical Society similar to its current lease agreement with the Hinesville Area Arts Council.

March 11, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Students, teachers earn honors

Students and teachers in the Long County school system recently were recognized for their achievements.

March 11, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Play kicks off Manna House campaign tonight

Love-It Productions will stage an encore of the play "With My Spiritual Eyes I Can See" at 6 p.m. tonight at Bethesda Church, 116 Patriots Trail in Hinesville.

March 10, 2012 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Homestead exemption deadline is April 1

Liberty County residents who wish to file a homestead exemption for the 2012 tax year have until April 1 to do so, according to tax commissioner Virgil Jones.

March 09, 2012 | Staff report | Local news


Obama, Gingrich lead pack in Liberty

While about one-third of Liberty County voters went blue in Tuesday's Presidential Preference Primary, the rest opted for various shades of red.

March 09, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


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Rotary holds annual Dodd-Brown Christmas party

The Hinesville Rotary Club hosted its annual Dodd-Brown Christmas party Tuesday evening for area foster children.

December 18, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Plane makes emergency landing off I-95

A small, one-person plane made an emergency landing Thursday morning in McIntosh County.

December 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


Golden Corral back on the market

The Golden Corral building on Highway 84 in Hinesville is back on the market. A Realtor's sign was placed on the property sometime this week.

December 17, 2014 | Patty Leon | Local news


County's long-range transportation plan discussed

The Stakeholder's Advisory Committee of the Hinesville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization met Tuesday to hear an update on Liberty County's long-range transportation plans and view the prioritized project list.

December 17, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Liberty Center construction delayed

Construction on the Armstrong Liberty Center's new building has been delayed, according to Liberty Center Director Pete Hoffman.

December 15, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Community turns out for LCSS Holiday Extravaganza

The Liberty County School System held its first-ever Holiday Extravaganza on Monday and Thursday at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center.

December 12, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Liberty residents, leaders protest grand-jury verdicts

Roughly 30 Liberty County residents and elected officials demonstrated peacefully in downtown Hinesville Friday afternoon.

December 12, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Giant tortoise visits Hinesville

A 400-pound, 60-year-old-tortoise named Benjamin Franklin paid a visit to Hinesville on Friday afternoon. Randy Gallagher, the owner of the tortoise, was passing through on his way to various cities in Georgia as a way to raise awareness for turtle conservation. Benjamin drew a large crowd in the parking lot of Hinesville's Walmart as children and adults rode the animal and curious onlookers snapped photos. Gallagher has had Ben for 45 years. "All he pretty much does is eat and sleep," said Gallagher, who is from North Carolina.

December 12, 2014 | 400-pound, 60-year-old animal draws a crowd | Local news


4-Hers make one family’s Christmas a little warmer

Members of Liberty County 4-H's Crafty Corners Club on Friday presented a very special gift to LaDona Andrews, a child support enforcement agent with Liberty County's Child Support Services.

December 10, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Annual illuminated parade draws huge crowd to Hinesville

Liberty County residents, Fort Stewart families and visitors from around the region turned out in droves Friday night for the 18thannual Illuminated Christmas Parade in Hinesville, presented by the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau.

December 10, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Golden Corral temporarily closed

The Golden Corral restaurant on Oglethorpe Highway is closed but, according to vice president of operations Bob Heyward, that is temporary.

December 10, 2014 | Patty Leon | Local news


Fort Stewart spouse finalist in Army-wide Operation Rising Star

Celeste Betton, an Army spouse, worship leader, choir director and pre-K teacher's assistant who has a passion for singing and a love for music, is one of six finalists in the 2014 Operation Rising Star competition in San Antonio.

December 09, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


City adopts lower-than-proposed millage rate

The Hinesville City Council adopted a millage-rate increase during Thursday's meeting that was smaller than the proposed 1.2 mill increase over last year, which would bring the total millage rate to 11.7.

December 04, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


County holds final hearing sessions, approves millage rate

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday held the last of three public hearing sessions regarding the millage rate increase before adopting the new rate at its 6 p.m. regular meeting.

December 04, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Gingerbread house competition under way

Guests of La Quinta Inn and Suites on Oglethorpe Highway won't have much trouble getting into the holiday spirit this year.

December 03, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


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