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Progress continues on historic home’s relocation

Progress continues on the historic Mills House's move to its new home in Long County. Its carport has already been removed and taken to another site. A 10-foot by 35-foot section on the right face of the old home has been separated from the rest of the house and laid on long steel I-beams and wooden blocks.

January 01, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Council offers cooking classes, exhibition reception

If your New Year's resolution is to rediscover the finer things in life, the Hinesville Area Arts Council has upcoming events aimed to help you succeed.

January 01, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Deputies grow goatees to help local families in need

Citizens of Liberty County may notice that some sheriff's deputies are sporting a new look.

January 01, 2012 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Hinesville councilmen sworn in

The city of Hinesville held an inauguration ceremony Thursday for its newly re-elected officials, including five city council members and mayor. City Manager Billy Edwards served as host for the event while Probate Judge Nancy K. Aspinwall administered the oath of office to the officials.

December 30, 2011 | By Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Local news


End of year brings Ludowici investigation, big meth bust

In the final of our four-part retrospective, the Courier recalls the top headlines from October through the end of 2011.

December 30, 2011 | By Danielle Hipps dhipps@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Committee upholds officer’s termination

The city of Hinesville's Grievance and Appeals Committee unanimously decided Tuesday to uphold a decision by Police Chief George Stagmeier and City Manager Billy Edwards to fire former police officer Mark Scott. While admitting he made some mistakes that warranted disciplinary action, Scott appealed their September 2011 decision, saying none of his mistakes, when considered separately, warranted termination.

December 30, 2011 | By Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Hinesville’s jobless rate dips to 8.9 percent

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced recently that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Hinesville decreased to 8.9 percent in November, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.4 percent in October. The jobless rate in metro Hinesville in November a year ago was also 8.9 percent.

December 30, 2011 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Club’s car wash helps children

The Crown Rydaz's recent charitable car wash netted more than $500, which was used to buy toys and gifts for the children at Gabriel's House in Hinesville. Club members thanked the community for support. (Photo provided)

December 29, 2011 | Staff Report | Local news


Mills House to be relocated

The Mills House, a historic home on the corner of Oglethorpe Highway and Memorial Drive, is not going to be destroyed, but it is going to be taken apart and moved. The 125-year-old property was purchased by attorneys Joel and Jay Osteen in 2004, but a request for a zoning change and a decision about what to do with the house on the property have hampered

December 28, 2011 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Tax notices are late, but county accepting payments

Though 2011 Liberty County property tax bills are just now hitting mailboxes, Tax Commissioner Virgil Jones is spreading the message that property owners don't have to wait for their invoices to make payments.

December 28, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Fires, lemonade stand make headlines during the summer

In the third of a four-part retrospective, the Courier recalls the top headlines from July through September of 2011.

December 28, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Midway City Council adopts $1.6 million budget, hires judge

At a recent meeting, Midway adopted a $1.6 million budget for 2012 that includes funds for two new police cars and part-time assistance for the city clerk and finance officer.

December 28, 2011 | By Joe Parker Jr. Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Citizens, officials make senior citizens’ holidays merrier

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)

December 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Local news


Ludowici audit update

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.

December 27, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ludowici council suspends police chief

The Ludowici City Council suspended Police Chief Richard Robertson with a 2-1 vote during Thursday's called meeting.

December 27, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


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Rotary hosts Sheriff Sikes

Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes spoke to the Hinesville Rotary Club during its Tuesday meeting.

October 01, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Mayor revives 'SF' memories during Washington trip

Mayor Jim Thomas has made frequent lobbying trips to Washington, D.C., on behalf of the Hinesville-Fort Stewart community. During his most recent trip, however, the trip became personal when he ran into nearly 80 former Special Forces soldiers, many of whom served with Thomas in Vietnam.

September 30, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Liberty County youth gear up for National 4-H Week

4-H members across Liberty County are preparing for National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of the club that takes place during the first full week of October.

September 30, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Long Co. celebrates homecoming this week

Long County High School is celebrating homecoming this week with a variety of activities scheduled at the school. The theme for this year is "This is How We Blue Tide." The highlight of the week will take place Friday when the 2014 homecoming queen is announced and crowned during halftime of the high-school football game.

September 29, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


HDDA hosts movie night at Bryant Commons

The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority will host a screening of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" at the amphitheater at Bryant Commons on Friday, Oct. 3.

September 29, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


LCPC holds land-use meeting with Ricebore residents

Riceboro residents and city officials met with Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission planners Thursday at Riceboro City Hall to discuss and update the community's land-use map.

September 29, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Seven graduate from DUI court

Seven participants of the Liberty County DUI court graduated from the 24-month program in a ceremony held at the Liberty County Justice Center on Friday morning.

September 29, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Training exercise under way at Long Co. H.S.

The Courier has received some calls asking whether there is some sort of emergency happening at Long County High School. However, we checked with the emergency management agency and learned that the county is just conducting a training exercise out there. EMA Director Bob Heffley said there is no cause for concern and the students are safe.

September 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


Couple welcomes baby on Leroy Coffer

Fort Stewart 1st Lt. Daniel Wynn and his wife, Corina, headed to Winn Army Community Hospital on Fort Stewart on Thursday night to welcome their new baby; however, the infant had other plans.

September 26, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Patriotic quilt donated for Veterans Salute

As Nov. 1 and the second annual Veterans Salute at Bryant Commons draw near, the Hinesville Military Affairs Committee continues to work on details for the event to honor all veterans, past and present.

September 26, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


City budget session reveals deficit

As Hinesville's fiscal-year 2015 budget workshop went into its final day Monday afternoon, the books showed the city's total revenues at $33,672,911, but total expenditures were $34,155,044, leaving a deficit of $482,133.

September 26, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


FPCA club observes world day of prayer

First Presbyterian Christian Academy's Interact Club hosted "See You at the Pole," an internationally observed day of prayer, at the school's flagpole Wednesday morning.

September 26, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Rotary hears from local nonprofit, Buddy Carter

The Hinesville Rotary Club on Tuesday heard a presentation from Charlestine Hutchison, a Long County teacher and president of Hodari Hope Inc., a local nonprofit organization.

September 24, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


City gets $306K to fix substandard housing

Hinesville Assistant City Manager Ken Howard presented a big check to Mayor Jim Thomas and city-council members at the start of Thursday's council meeting.

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


Saucy fare, tunes pair well

The winds were a little blustery Saturday and brought with them dark, threatening clouds. Rather than prompting local residents to stay home, though, something in the winds drew folks to downtown Hinesville. It was the sound of good music and the smell of great barbecue emanating from the Hinesville Area Arts Council's 11th annual Blues and BBQ festival.

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


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