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City allows beer closer to residences

Two restaurants are the first to take advantage of Hinesville's recently amended alcohol ordinance that allows sales closer to residences than in the past.

February 24, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Liberty included in Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor

Liberty County has been included in the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, according to Griffin Lotson with the corridor's commission.

February 24, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Long State Prison marks 10th anniversary

Long State Prison recognized its 10th anniversary with a ceremony Tuesday. Counselor Mike Mourand welcomed around 30 people from around the region, with inmate Larry Robbins then leading all in singing the national anthem. Following Robbins' performance, inmates Randall Martin, Kwame McDowell, Alvin Sutherland, Lesley Farmer and Ryant Russell sang harmony songs.

February 22, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Plans for adult-care home concerns neighbors

Two Allenhurst residents raised concerns during Tuesday's Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission meeting about a proposed adult-care home.

February 22, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Long rec pond is for fishing rodeos only

The Long County Commission on Feb. 11 approved a policy governing use of the fishing pond at the recreation complex.

February 22, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Train caught film crew by surprise

A woman was killed Thursday when she was struck by a train in Wayne County during the filming of a movie about Gregg Allman.

February 21, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Rescue group takes aim at feral cats

Carpathia PAWS pet-rescue organization is known for its efforts to adopt out dogs and cats that have been abandoned, sometimes fostering them until they can be placed in "forever homes" with caring owners. What many in the community don't know is that the volunteer group recently established a trap-neuter-return program to help control the area's feral-cat population.

February 20, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Projected SPLOST revenue: $55.4M

During a planning session Friday, the Liberty County Board of Commissioners discussed possible projects for SPLOST 2015. Commissioners also were updated on projected revenues the county could expect from the 1 percent sales tax.

February 19, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


AASU unveils new Liberty Center plan

Local leaders got a glimpse of the future Tuesday during a Hinesville Rotary Club meeting when Armstrong Atlantic State University President Dr. Linda Bleicken and Liberty Center Director retired Col. Peter Hoffman unveiled a rendering of the new Liberty campus. The unveiling was held during a Rotary luncheon at the La Quinta Inn on Highway 84 in Flemington.

February 19, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Bryan County puts Sunday alcohol sales to voters

The Bryan County Board of Commissioners will let voters decide in November whether they want to buy alcohol on Sunday in unincorporated parts of the county.

February 18, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Local news


Former Pembroke priest sentenced

A Catholic priest, who worked in several Georgia towns, including Pembroke, is going to prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing a boy in Ohio.

February 18, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Local news


LPD officer fired by council

Ludowici Police Department Captain Robert Kicklighter was formally fired by the Ludowici City Council on Thursday after a hearing was held to investigate the circumstances of his departure from the department on Dec. 23.

February 17, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Low-cost vet clinic opens in area

The Liberty County Humane Shelter and Coastal Community Veterinary Clinic have joined forces to provide area residents with low-cost veterinary services. The facility, at 279 Briarwood Circle in Hinesville, held its grand opening last week and celebrated by offering free checkups and rabies shots to the first 50 pets in line.

February 17, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Mayor: Learn from history, but focus on today

His military career began in 1957 and essentially continued through to 2005, when he retired for a second time with a total of 46 years military-related service. Then, in 2008, Jim Thomas began his political career as Hinesville's first black mayor.

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


Republican challenging sitting governor

David Pennington says that if elected, he will be Georgia's first limited-government, conservative Republican governor.

February 15, 2014 | By Al Hackle Correspondent | Local news


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Alternative plan allows LCPC employees to keep raises, bonuses

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission governing board met Monday morning in the LCPC conference room to discuss a request by Hinesville officials to amend the LCPC's 2015 budget.

December 01, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local 4-Hers learn about cotton, consumer choices

Liberty County 4-H members recently competed in the annual Cotton Boll and Consumer Jamboree competition Nov. 4 in Lyons.

December 01, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Black Friday deals lure Liberty shoppers

Cooler temperatures didn't stop Liberty County shoppers from taking advantage of Black Friday deals at area stores the day after Thanksgiving.

November 28, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Citizens voice concerns at county millage hearing

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Monday held its first public hearing regarding the upcoming millage-rate adoption.

November 26, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Interact clubs emphasize ‘service above self’

On Saturday, Oct. 18, while most teenagers were sleeping in, roughly 25 Liberty County High School students gathered together to clean up a section of Liberty County's waterway as part of the Rivers Alive project.

November 26, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Bryant Commons to open to public March 7

The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority has announced that Bryant Commons officially will be opened to the public in a grand-opening event scheduled for March 7.

November 26, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Homeless Prevention Program turns 16

Hinesville's Homeless Prevention Program celebrated 16 years last month. Program Coordinator Daisy Jones said her department of three had modest beginnings, but it now networks with dozens of churches, civic organizations and service agencies dedicated to helping the homeless and hungry in Hinesville and Liberty County.

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


Employee raises saved, tax increase higher

The first action item on Thursday's Hinesville City Council meeting agenda was to approve a revised budget for fiscal year 2015.

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


Midway residents help update land-use map

Fewer than a dozen Midway residents joined Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission officials Thursday at the Liberty County Community Complex to discuss and assist updating the Midway subarea land-use map.

November 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Commission talks budget ahead of millage-rate hearings

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners heard a financial report from county Chief Financial Officer Kim McGlothlin at its mid-month meeting Thursday.

November 21, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Long County commissioner raises discrimination concerns in roads department

An otherwise-routine employment process with the Long County roads department has received the attention of the county commissioner responsible for that department.

November 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Tornado watch, freeze watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Liberty, Long, Bryan, Wayne, Chatham and most of eastern Georgia until 6 p.m. today.

November 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Kesslers students join record attempt at cup stacking

About 175 students at Fort Stewart's Kessler Elementary School attempted a world record in cup stacking Thursday.

November 14, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


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