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BoC OKs $500K in fire truck bids

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners approved $520,227 in bids to purchase two custom fire trucks and discussed proposed district lines during its meeting Thursday.

November 21, 2011 | By Danielle Hipps dhipps@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Ludowici council questions recent $60,000 payment

The Ludowici City Council at its Nov. 15 meeting questioned an amount of approximately $60,000 that was paid to local resident Vanessa Cunningham.

November 21, 2011 | By Mike Riddle Courier correspondent | Local news


Council votes to leave millage rates unchanged

The Hinesville City Council held its November meeting Thursday, hearing informational items on several subjects and agreeing to several action items, including adopting the millage rate for the 2011 tax digest and developing a program to educate the public about how to reduce the mosquito population.

November 21, 2011 | By Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Local news


United Way surpasses goal

After months of fundraising through community events and outreach, the United Way of Liberty County has exceeded its 2011 campaign goal of $181,000 by more than $4,000.

November 21, 2011 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


LCPC still accepting input on code revisions

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission held a public hearing on proposed planning and zoning code revisions during its Tuesday meeting - but no residents or developers chimed in.

November 19, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ludowici council seat is Chesser’s

Long County Board of Elections Chairwoman Vanessa Cunningham said Monday that Marvin Chesser officially was declared the winner of the District 2 Ludowici City Council race.

November 16, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Gullah/Geechee commission discusses culture

More than 20 representatives gathered at Midway's Dorchester Academy on Friday to discuss preservation and cultural reclamation during the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission's fall meeting.

November 14, 2011 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Local rivers named to ‘Dirty Dozen’ list

With its annual "Dirty Dozen" rivers list, the Georgia Water Coalition aims to send a wake-up call to state residents before their fresh waters are overtaken by human waste, dredging and neglect.

November 14, 2011 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Prioritizing local TIA projects

With a list of regional transportation projects finalized for next summer's Transportation Investment Act referendum, municipal leaders now are prioritizing projects that will be managed locally if the tax succeeds at the polls.

November 11, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


James Fuller is mayor of Ludowici

James Fuller was elected mayor of Ludowici on Tuesday, according to Election Supervisor Larry Wells. Fuller received 48.03 percent (207) of the vote; Tara Manning received 22.74 percent (98); Janis Goode received 22.04 percent (95); and William Miller received 6.96 percent (30). The results are unofficial, Wells said, but all absentee ballots have been counted and there only are nine provisional ballots to be considered, so those nine votes will not affect the outcome of the mayoral race.

November 11, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Walthourville plans council seat runoff

The Liberty County Board of Elections and Voter Registration will conduct a runoff election Dec. 6 for Walthourville City Council Post 3, according to city clerk Juanita Johnson. She said results from Tuesday's election did not give a clear majority - 50 percent or more - to one candidate among the four running for that office. The runoff is between Sarah "Betty" Hayes and Lillie R. "Readie" Kelly, she said.

November 11, 2011 | Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Frost advisory to get close

Authorities have issued a freeze warning for parts of central and eastern Georgia, where temperatures are expected to plunge into the upper 20s in some areas Friday morning.

November 10, 2011 | Associated Press | Local news


Midway council discusses budget changes

When Midway's city council meets Nov. 14, it is expected to formally act to move city government operations into the Midway Mall. After an earlier tour of its proposed new quarters in the mall, the council met to consider budget changes and a new peddler-licensing ordinance and to hear complaints from a home-owner.

November 10, 2011 | Joe Parker Jr. Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Ludowici elects Fuller as new mayor

James Fuller was elected the mayor or Ludowici yesterday, according to election supervisor Larry Wells.

November 09, 2011 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Obstacles complicate Gum Branch elections

Though the city of Gum Branch held its elections Tuesday, legal hiccups complicated the process - possibly leaving the door open for contested results. Kathy Todd won the mayoral race, ousting incumbent Richard Strickland.

November 09, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


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Not registering to vote doesn't preclude jury duty

One does not have to vote to be called for jury duty, according to Liberty County Clerk of Superior Court F. Barry Wilkes.

March 27, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Former Liberty Commissioner Carl Johnson dies

March 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


Eyesores abound

Local government leaders say more needs to be done to enhance Liberty County's appearance in order to entice a greater number of visitors and convince potential residents and businesses to settle here.

March 26, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge and Randy C. Murray Courier staff writers | Local news


$10M loan for work on sewage plant

Hinesville has received a $10 million, low-interest loan to pay for upgrades to its sewage treatment plant on Fort Stewart, according the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.

March 25, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Longtime building official, sports ref dies

March 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


Council has light agenda; much discussion

Thursday's Hinesville City Council meeting included only 15 agenda items, but public comments and reports from the council, mayor and city manager made for a full afternoon.

March 25, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Rural water system to be completed by fall

The county's new rural water system is on track and could go online as early as September, Liberty County commissioners learned Thursday.

March 24, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


City pulls club's licenses

Following a "show-cause" hearing Thursday, the Hinesville City Council revoked the alcohol and business licenses of Island Vybez at 728 E. Oglethorpe Highway.

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


Former HPD officer may sue Savannah department

Another Chatham County Police officer is sending a letter saying she plans to sue the department.

March 22, 2014 | www.wtoc.com | Local news


LCPC rezones 4 acres for Griffin Park

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission on Tuesday approved rezoning a 4.17-acre residential tract in an unincorporated area of the county and then agreed it should be annexed it into the city of Hinesville.

March 21, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Former superintendent sanctioned

Former Liberty County School System Superintendent Steve Wilmoth recently was sanctioned by the Missouri Ethics Commission for getting paid to promote an Ombudsman program while employed as the superintendent of the Seneca School District in Missouri.

March 21, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Fate of new I-95 interchange up to Congress

Work on the proposed interchange at I-95 and Belfast Siding Road could begin as early as the summer of 2017 - or then again, maybe not.

March 20, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Local news


Long Co. sets 2014-15 calender, honors teachers

The Long County Board of Education had several items on the agenda last week, including approval of the 2014-15 school calendar. Special-education teachers of the year also were recognized.

March 20, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Only educators running for school board

Four former teachers and one Chatham County assistant principal are running to fill three board seats and the chairman's spot on the Liberty County Board of Education.

March 20, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Camp Aloha aims to help, support grieving kids

Children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one within the past 24 months are invited to attend a weekend overnight camp organized by nonprofit Hospice Savannah's Full Circle bereavement staff and volunteers.

March 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


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