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Leaders planning trip to Kenya

Community leaders are planning an trip this summer to Marsabit, Kenya, according to Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas. He said the city council approved a recommendation a year ago to join with Marsabit in the sister-city international-partnership program, but money was not available to pay for a trip.

January 15, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


GOP congressional candidates say change needed

Five of the six Republican candidates running for U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston's 1st Congressional District seat met Wednesday for a forum sponsored by the Savannah Area Republican Women.

January 14, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Lawmaker named to Appropriations

State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, has been appointed by Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for the $20 billion annual state budget.

January 13, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Ludowici officials defend chief's suspension

Ludowici Police Department Chief James Rogers has been put on administrative leave without pay, pending the results of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, the reported use of racial slurs and a possible EEOC investigation stemming from events that may have occurred at the Ludowici Police Department, according to City Attorney Joe Kitchings, who spoke Friday morning on behalf of the city.

January 13, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


County asking for its own TSPLOST

The Liberty County Commission Tuesday asked Georgia lawmakers to let counties to seek voter approval for local transportation special purpose local option sales taxes.

January 13, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Ludowici PD chief on unpaid leave

Ludowici Police Department Chief James Rogers has been put on administrative leave without pay, pending the results of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, the reported use of racial slurs and a possible EEOC investigation stemming from events that may have occurred at the Ludowici Police Department, according to city attorney Joe Kitchings, who spoke Friday morning on behalf of the city of Ludowici. The move was made in light of information obtained by the city council and mayor.

January 10, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Commissioner cleared in traffic incident

Liberty County Commissioner Marion Stevens confirmed this week he was cleared by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in a Dec. 22, 2012, traffic incident. The investigation was completed last month, Stevens said, but he would not comment further.

January 10, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Temperatures expected to moderate

Freezing temperatures are on their way out. The National Weather Service is forecasting the high today in the upper 40s, possibly low 50s and the weekend highs in the 70s, above normal.

January 08, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Lawmakers predict fast, furious session

Local state lawmakers are predicting that the 2014 legislative session, which begins Monday, Jan. 13, likely will be the quickest one on record.

January 07, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Prescribed burns on post today

Fort Stewart is conducting controlled burns today, according to a news release from the post.

January 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Ludowici PD, ex-employee at odds

Former Ludowici Police Department employee Robert Kicklighter and the city of Ludowici are in agreement that he no longer works for the city, but they are at odds over the circumstances surrounding his departure.

January 06, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Last week's storm has little impact

Liberty County residents woke to nearly freezing temperatures Friday morning, according to Larry Logan, assistant director of Liberty County Emergency Management Agency.

January 06, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Midway swears in new administration

Monday's swearing-in ceremony for Midway's newly elected officials became a standing-room only event as city hall quickly filled with residents eager to see re-elected Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington, new Councilman Stanley Brown and incumbent city council members Melice Gerace, Levern Clancy and Curtes Roberts take their oaths. Stanley replaced former Councilman Terry Doyle, who lost his mayoral bid to Washington.

January 03, 2014 | By Joe Parker Jr. Correspondent | Local news


Locals encouraged to take transportation survey

Liberty County residents are encouraged to take part in a transportation survey conducted by the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission.

January 01, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Voting will seem early in 2014

Georgia's 2014 elections will most likely start two months earlier than in past statewide election seasons, with a general primary May 20, instead of in July. Candidates – including local ones – will need to qualify March 3-7.

January 01, 2014 | By Al Hackle Correspondent | Local news


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Some work downtown nearing end

The mess behind the courthouse annex in downtown Hinesville should start clearing up soon, engineer Trent Long told the Liberty County Commission Thursday.

April 23, 2014 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


Culverts focus on complaints to county

"They're bragging out there that they got their's free. It kind of makes me mad. They're not free, those are tax dollars."

April 22, 2014 | By Pat Watkins | Local news


Conservation efforts in Effingham get hand

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.

April 19, 2014 | By Pat Donahue Correspondent | Local news


Mayor: Hinesville's future is promising

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.

April 18, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Bryan County administrator resigning

Bryan County Administrator Ray Pittman announced Monday he plans on stepping down this summer as the county's top appointed official.

April 16, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Local news


Downtown development manager resigns

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.

April 16, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Political forum set for April 29

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.

April 15, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Black mayors meet in Hinesville

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.

April 14, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Long sheriff asks commission for more deputies

Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles went before county commissioners April 1 and asked for additional deputies.

April 11, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Commission starting 2015 county budget

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.

April 10, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


City eyes paying off city hall, new fire station with SPLOST

Members and officials of the Hinesville City Council had a full day Thursday, including a planning workshop, proclamation signings and a council meeting.

April 09, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Gubernatorial candidate stops in Ellabell

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Pennington talks pretty fast for a southerner whose Georgia roots stretch back hundreds of years.

April 08, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Local news


Two commission candidates challenged

One of three Liberty County commissioners up for re-election is running unopposed in the May 20 Democratic primary.

April 08, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Candidate stumps at nursing home

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.

April 04, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Leaders firm up SPLOST projects

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.

April 04, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


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