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Sunday alcohol sales law starts Feb. 1

The Hinesville City Council adopted a revised alcohol ordinance during its meeting Thursday. The new ordinance incorporates three amendments, including the sale of package alcohol on Sunday; issuance of an alcoholic-beverage license based on food sales; and the distance an establishment selling alcohol can be from libraries, churches, schools or residences.

January 20, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Gateway's financial issues not evident here

Interim CEO for Gateway Behavioral Health Services David Crews said Gateway's branch facilities in Liberty County are not affected by the recent discovery of misused funds at Georgia's largest health-care provider for patients who have developmental disabilities, are mentally ill or suffer with an addiction.

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


Former Ludowici cop granted hearing

Ludowici's city council meeting Tuesday evening was brief, barely half an hour long. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James Fuller at precisely 6 p.m., and all attending were led in an invocation by a local pastor.

January 17, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Text of Sen. Jason Carter's response to SoS Address

Today, we gather to talk about the state of the state in Georgia. This is a state that we love, and a state that we call home. Not as Democrats, not as Republicans – but as Georgians.

January 16, 2014 | State Sen. Jason Carter | Local news


Text of governor's State of the State Address

Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Shafer, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, members of the consular corps, members of the judiciary, my fellow Georgians:

January 16, 2014 | Governor's office | Local news


Long County renews trash contract

The Long County Commission voted at its meeting last week to renew a contract for trash pickup with Republic Waste Services. Chairman Robert Long said the annual fee for poly carts will be $156 per resident. The cost for Dumpsters will vary, depending on the amount of waste collected. The county will bill residents for the poly-cart fee, but Republic Waste

January 15, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


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


Reports from 2014 General Assembly Jan. 13-24

The media player at left has daily reports from the Georgia General Assembly for 2014 session, which began Jan. 13:

January 14, 2014 | Staff Report | 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


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City preps for traffic changes along Memorial

Hinesville leaders already are planning for how traffic may be affected by growth on Memorial Drive and Central Avenue when Armstrong State University's new Liberty Center and the new Liberty County Library are completed.

September 10, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Budget talks include increase in travel expenditures

City leaders on Monday approved a recommendation by Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas to increase their travel expenditures for fiscal year 2015 as the council goes over next year's budget.

September 10, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Airport Road widening project underway

The Georgia Department of Transportation has commenced work on widening State Route 119, also called Airport Road, in Hinesville and Walthourville.

September 10, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


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