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Volunteers sought for homeless count

Hinesville and Liberty County are taking part in a statewide "homeless count" facilitated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, according to Daisy Jones, program coordinator for Hinesville's Homeless Prevention Program.

December 14, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Funeral for BGE School principal set

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Local news


LCDA to pay $137K in taxes, seek some reimbursement

The Liberty County Development Authority on Monday voted to pay $137,721.92 in disputed property taxes from a former industrial tenant.

December 12, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Taxes not only hard issue at council meeting

Even after a proposed property-tax increase was settled with Mayor Jim Thomas' tie-breaking vote, Thursday's three-hour Hinesville City Council meeting remained contentious.

December 12, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long County volunteers honored at dinner

The Long County Protective Services Auxiliary recently hosted an appreciation dinner for the volunteers who worked Long County's annual haunted house and hayride fundraiser. Proceeds from the event go to help local fire departments, EMS providers, forestry personnel and to provide scholarships to local teens.

December 11, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


County OKs tax hikes unanimously

The Liberty County Commission Friday increased millage rates in three unanimous votes.

December 10, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Despite protests city approves tax hike

After several Hinesville residents expressed anger during the final public hearing on a proposed 1-mill property tax increase, the four city council members present Thursday split their vote, leaving Mayor Jim Thomas to break the tie. The tax increase passed.

December 10, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long County demands say on animal shelters

The Long County Commission ruled at its December meeting that any animal shelters opening in the county must have the commission's approval.

December 08, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Proposal would put more controls on 'dangerous' dogs

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday discussed an aggressive overhaul to its animal control ordinance that would bring it in line with new state requirements.

December 07, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


House blaze displaces family

A house fire Saturday in Hinesville Saturday displaced a family of four.

December 06, 2012 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


City's credit rating adjusted because of 'negative outlook'

Moody's Investors Service assigned a negative outlook to Hinesville's $9 million of outstanding general obligation, limited tax-backed debt, according to a Nov. 30 Moody's news release.

December 05, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local man's truck hits, kills Illinois trooper

ST. LOUIS - A Georgia trucker who lost consciousness before his tractor-trailer struck and killed an Illinois state trooper isn't medically fit to drive commercially, federal regulators have determined.

December 05, 2012 | By Jim Suhr Associated Press writer | Local news


Enrollment drops despite Census numbers

Hinesville has been called a "boom town," and it's growth has landed it positions on lists like "The Top 10 Cities People are Moving to in 2012" by The Fiscal Times and the U.S. Census Bureau's list of fastest-growing communities.

December 03, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


County millage to drop for Hinesville residents

Contrary to previous reports, Hinesville residents will see a decrease in their county millage rate.

December 03, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


City tax hearing turns bitter

The first two of three public hearings on Hinesville's proposed property-tax increase took place Thursday in council chambers at city hall. Though sparsely attended by city leaders and concerned residents, the morning meeting prompted some bitter public comments.

November 30, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


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Opponents expected at pipeline hearing

Opponents of a proposed petroleum pipeline are lining up in advance of a public hearing set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Richmond Hill City Center.

April 17, 2015 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Local news


Submit your questions about SPLOST

In the upcoming 2015 election, Liberty County wants to put the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) back on the ballot after a measure to renew it was defeated in last year's midterm election. The tax officially expired March 31, meaning the sales tax in Liberty County is now 6 percent, 1 percent lower than surrounding counties.

April 15, 2015 | Staff report | Local news


Convict re-entry program nearly ready

Faith-based groups, businesses and members of the public from eastern Liberty County had a chance to learn about a proposed prison re-entry program during a meeting Monday at Wilderness Baptist Church in Midway.

April 15, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Liberty County receives CVB spending plan

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect a correction, which will appear in Sunday's print edition. The Liberty County Board of Commissioners received the fiscal-year 2016 budget for the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau earlier this month. An article on page 10A Wednesday incorrectly stated that the commissioners approved the budget, but the CVB's board approves its own spending plan. The commissioners simply received a copy of the budget.

April 14, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


An administrator in Long County?

Long County commissioners recently discussed the possibility of hiring a county administrator in the future.

April 11, 2015 | Mike Riddle | Local news


Liberty County NAACP seeks partnership between community, police

The Liberty County Branch of the NAACP recently held what was widely viewed as a successful, well-attended Community Policing Awareness forum.

April 11, 2015 | Jason Wermers | Local news


Sister city delegation visits Hinesville

A delegation from Hinesville's sister city in China visited the area to explore economic, cultural and educational opportunities.

April 10, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Texas man charged with lewd conduct with child

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man suspected of lewd conduct with a child after asking the public's help in identifying him.

April 09, 2015 | By Lewis Levine editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Man charged with allowing boy, 13, to drive car that wrecked

A 20-year-old man has been charged with allowing a 13-year-old boy to drive a car that led to a wreck and serious injuries, police said.

April 09, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Local news


HDDA partners meeting discusses new initiatives

A Hinesville Downtown Development Authority meeting Wednesday morning focused on attracting business to area.

April 08, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Hinesville veteran keeps breaking down barriers

Dollie Goldman has been breaking down social barriers for more than 50 years.

April 07, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


Midway bake sale supports American Legion

Heather Brannon, owner of the Cattail Crossing Shopping Center in Midway, believes in supporting veterans.

April 07, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


Agencies state their financial cases

Several Liberty County agencies requested larger budget allotments during a daylong Liberty County commissioners meeting Thursday.

April 07, 2015 | Randy Murray | Local news


Man suspected of lewd conduct with child

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office is looking for the public's assistance in identifying the man in these photographs for questioning concerning an allegation of a lewd incident involving a child.

April 07, 2015 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Courier wants your photographs

Do you have a camera? Do you post oodles of photos on Facebook yet yearn for something more?

April 07, 2015 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


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