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Tax hikes not likely to be averted

Property taxes in Liberty County are on the rise, and residents will have the chance to weigh in today at public hearings for both the boards of commissioners and education.

November 30, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp stepping down

Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp is stepping down from her post after 10 years of working to protect the Ogeechee River basin.

November 29, 2012 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Weak economy blamed for tax hike

Hinesville residents are invited to take part in three public hearings on the city's proposed increase in property taxes. The hearings are scheduled at city hall for 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 29, and 3 p.m. Dec. 6, during the city council meeting.

November 27, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Former trooper now heads LCSO deputies

After 40-plus years in law enforcement - with nearly 20 of those years as Liberty County's chief deputy - Keith Moran is preparing for retirement, leaving Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes with the tough task of finding a suitable replacement.

November 27, 2012 | By Patty Leon | Local news


City, county, schools set to raise taxes

Property taxes within Liberty are on the rise.

November 26, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Delinquent tax auction in Long County

Long County is owed more than $400,000 in back taxes, according to Tax Commissioner Becky Fowler. She recently asked the Long County Commission to support her enforcement of penalties on delinquent tax bills.

November 26, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Midway council allows Family Dollar to open

The Midway City Council on Nov. 15 approved an occupational license for a new Family Dollar store after clearing up confusion regarding the store's opening date.

November 24, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Bus cuts go into effect, gripes voiced

Liberty Transit's buses ended Friday night and all day Saturday services this week, cuts that were announced earlier this month.

November 19, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


City tells of intent to increase millage

The Hinesville mayor and city council at 4 p.m. Friday announced the intention to increase property taxes this year by 9.94 percent over the rollback millage rate. Before the tentative budget and millage rate are finalized, Georgia law requires three public hearings on the increase. Residents are invited to hearings at city hall, 115 East M.L. King Jr. Drive, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 29, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 during a council meeting.

November 19, 2012 | Staff report | Local news


County picks site for new library

The Liberty County Commission Thursday approved Memorial Drive as the location for a new library in Hinesville.

November 19, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Nature of rasise sparks council spat

An otherwise uneventful city council meeting Thursday heated up during the public comments session when a Hinesville resident asked the council about the 1.5 percent cost of living increase budgeted for city employees in 2013.

November 19, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Mayor repeats call for action on federal budget

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas on Thursday urged the business community to take action on the looming sequester.

November 17, 2012 | Staff report | Local news


County, city mappers show was GIS can do

Geographical Information System Day was observed Wednesday in the lobbies of city hall and the Liberty County Annex.

November 17, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Former police chiefs honored

Two former Ludowici law-enforcement officers were honored Tuesday during the city council meeting.

November 17, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Riverkeeper sues to stop discharge

Attorneys representing the Ogeechee Riverkeeper Association filed a petition for mandamus Tuesday in Screven County Superior Court, seeking to force the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to halt a textile company's discharge of wastewater into the Ogeechee River.

November 15, 2012 | By Hollie Deal Bragg Correspondent | Local news


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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


City names new judges, adds street repairs

Hinesville City Council voted Thursday to fill two new municipal-judge positions.

April 07, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Authorities identify body found in Altamaha River as missing Wayne County woman

The body found Friday afternoon off of a boat ramp in the Altamaha River in Wayne County has been identified as Willie Joe Vaughn, according to Wayne County Sheriff John Carter.

April 06, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Local news


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