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LCDA plans $3.4M in budget cuts

The Liberty County Development Authority met Wednesday to discuss its preliminary budget for the 2012 fiscal year, which is down $3,471,313 from the previous year.

June 24, 2011 | Danielle Hipps dhipps@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Environmental health office demolished

After more than 50 years serving Hinesville as a Ford dealership and a county administrative office, the building located at 101 N. Commerce St. has come tumbling down.

June 23, 2011 | Danielle Hipps dhipps@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Lumpkin murder trial moving forward

The murder trial for Kenneth Lumpkin may be forthcoming as the case was moved to the rule 20 calendar.

June 22, 2011 | Patty Leon | Local news


Man shot while biking in Walthourville

Shots reportedly were fired Sunday at a man who was riding a bicycle shortly after 7 p.m. on Busbee Road near Highway 84, according to an incident report filed by Walthourville Police Officer Brandon Calhoun. The victim, however, still has not been found.

June 22, 2011 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Commission approves $24M operating budget

The Liberty County Commission reviewed current budgetary expenses and approved its next annual budget during Thursday's mid-month meeting.

June 21, 2011 | Jen Alexander McCall Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Midway streamlines utility-bills process

Midway water and sewer customers will have 10 days to pay their bills following action by the city council that streamlines procedures in the utility department.

June 21, 2011 | Joe Parker Jr. Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Ken Howard recognized for GCCMA service

Hinesville Assistant City Manager Ken Howard, right, was recognized recently by Alan Ours, president of the Georgia City-County Management Association, for serving as GCCMA president from April 2010-March 2011.

June 21, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


City, workers to pay more for health insurance

Hinesville city employees will have to pony up more money for their health insurance in the coming year. So will the city.

June 20, 2011 | Pat Watkins | Local news


Ex-Loonie Farms operator returned to area

Christiane Judd, former owner of Loonie Farms Animal Rescue, is back in Long County, according to Long County Sheriff's Office Detective Lt. Tom Sollosi. Judd arrived via commercial inmate transfer service at 9:15 a.m. Saturday and immediately was processed.

June 20, 2011 | Patty Leon | Local news


Black bear killed on Liberty Co. highway

A young male, probably away from home for the first time, was struck and killed by a vehicle in Liberty County early June 11.

June 20, 2011 | Pat Watkins | Local news


Walkers look to preserve history

Saturday morning's overcast sky provided the 11th annual Walk to Dorchester participants with an intermittent breeze and protection from the hot June sun, which broke through the clouds later in the day.

June 20, 2011 | Frenchi Jones Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Chase ends in cow pasture

A report of stolen aluminum pipes at a mobile home park Thursday morning eventually gave way to a 23-mile high-speed chase through Long County.

June 20, 2011 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Courier wins 9 awards

The Coastal Courier recently earned several 2011 Georgia Press Association awards, which representatives from the newspaper received Friday at the association's annual Better Newspaper Contest awards ceremony and banquet on Jekyll Island. The prizes recognize the best newspapers in Georgia for their achievements in reporting, writing, photography, website content creation, newspaper page design and videography.

June 16, 2011 | Staff report | Local news


Young, old walk to save landmark

More young people are expected to join their elders this Saturday for the 11th annual Walk to Dorchester.

June 15, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


Robbery leads to high-speed chase

A reported robbery Tuesday night outside the Walmart Super Center on East Oglethorpe Highway eventually gave way to a high-speed chase that had Hinesville police, Liberty County Sheriff's Office deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers traveling at speeds upwards of 93 miles per hour.

June 15, 2011 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


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Groundbreaking for Tradeport pipeline

Atlanta Gas Light and Liberty County Development Authority officials held a groundbreaking Thursday at the Tradeport East Business Center in Midway for the start of construction on a $9.7 million natural-gas pipeline.

October 21, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Council briefed on sewage overflow

Hinesville City Council members were briefed Thursday by City Engineer Paul Simonton and Robbie Norby, project manager of underground utilities for public-works contractor CH2MHILL, about a sewage overflow that occurred Oct. 3

October 20, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Walthourville city councilman arrested

A story appears to be developing in Walthourville, but details are still scarce. According to the city's police chief, Tracy McFadden, a search warrant has been executed at the home of Walthourville City Councilman James Hendry. Agents from the Department of Revenue were seen carrying plastic containers containing alcohol out of the residence.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


Liberty Countians should take advantage of local history, site directors say

Liberty County teems with history.

October 15, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Local cyclist working for more bike paths in Liberty

Keith Martin sees a problem in Liberty County.

October 15, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Three arrests in vandalized football field

The Long County Sheriff's Office arrested three suspects in connection with the Sept. 30 vandalization of a football field at the Long County Recreation Department.

October 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


Affordable housing sought for homeless veterans

An Atlanta-based development company is working with the Hinesville Housing Authority to build affordable one-bedroom units with a priority of being given to homeless veterans.

October 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Legion Post 321 looking for a home

Since East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 started in October 2006, members have met in banquet rooms and at the Dorchester Academy. For the last five years, they've met at the Midway Police Department.

October 11, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local 4-H observes National Youth Science Day

Liberty County 4-H members celebrated National 4-H Week by participating in National Youth Science Day last Wednesday.

October 10, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Local veterans share, compare stories

Three local veterans representing three different wars sat down together to talk about their recent trip to Washington, D.C., with the Honor Flight Savannah but also to share and compare war stories from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

October 08, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local pastor honored by secretary of state

For Lucile Smiley, service is a way of life.

October 07, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Budget hearing gets loud, unruly

Thursday's Hinesville City Council meeting got a little loud and unruly when the floor was turned over to public comments about the 2015 fiscal-year budget.

October 06, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


'Nurturing person' honored

The Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless held its fourth annual Honors Benefit Dinner on Thursday at Club Stewart, this year honoring retired nurse Gale Dent as Humanitarian of the Year.

October 06, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Liberty native retires after 30-year Army career

Sgt. Maj. Ceaser Roberts Jr., a Liberty County native, has retired from the Army after a 30-year career.

October 03, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Red Cross awards Sheriff for blood drive victory

Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes accepted an award Thursday for his office's victory in the third round of the Battle of the Badges blood drive, which took place Aug. 22 at the district attorney's office in Hinesville.

October 02, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


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