The words "thank you" were not adequate to express the gratitude of the nearly 2,000 people who waited in long lines Thursday through three separate shifts at the National Guard Armory for a hot meal and bags of fresh produce, breads, meats and canned goods, plus shoes, clothes, furniture and toys during the first-ever Hinesville Feed the Hungry event.
In the second of a four-part retrospective, the Courier recalls the top headlines from April through June of 2011.
Reporting on his participation with the Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter, Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas summarized their recent trip to Washington, D.C., as successful, even though the general officers his group spoke with at the Pentagon gave no assurances that Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield will be excluded from any decision to cut U.S. forces.
The Hinesville City Council held a called meeting Wednesday to appoint five members to its Grievance and Appeals Committee.
As 2011 draws to a close and we look forward to the year to come, the Courier is taking a look back at this year's most attention-grabbing stories. In this four-part series, we'll revisit the stories that affected the community during the 2011 calendar year. Perhaps they were fodder for dinner parties or hot topics in government meetings; perhaps they dragged on in Sound off for weeks to follow, or maybe they reminded you about the value of humanity. The dates listed reflect when the story appeared in the Courier, not necessarily the date the story occurred.
The Ludowici City Council was told at its Dec. 13 monthly meeting that the city has been making some business operations errors.
Since September 2010, Hinesville has been awarded $27,374,045 in grant funding to benefit residents in a variety of areas, including city and county law enforcement and fire departments, school security, homeless prevention and housing, housing rehabilitation, Fair Housing education, veterans support, transportation enhancement, cultural venue construction, energy efficiency and conservation, water reclamation and quality enhancement, according to Hinesville spokeswoman Krystal Britton.
A proposal to annex residential and undeveloped areas near Highway 196 and Airport Road was among four information items considered by the Hinesville City Council during its meeting Friday.
After much discussion and a called executive session Tuesday, the Ludowici City Council voted to keep city clerk Tara Manning on suspension but to rescind its previous decision not to pay her during the suspension. During a Dec. 5 called meeting, the council voted to suspend Manning without pay for her role in signing checks - along with Ludowici Mayor Myrtice Warren - to pay Vanessa Cunningham for contracted work that since has been questioned by some council members.
While the world economic crunch has rippled through businesses and slashed income for some, its effects also have been making their way to an organization aimed to buffer families from poverty: the Division of Family and Children Services.
Santa Claus received a little help from some unlikely elves Wednesday when mayors and representatives from more than a dozen cities participated in a motorcade-style parade through the campus of Georgia Regional Hospital to deliver Christmas gifts for patients.
Call it a face-lift, a transformation or even an "Extreme Makeover: Print Edition" - the Coastal Courier will unveil a sleek, new look Friday.
The Liberty County Board of Commissioners during its meeting Tuesday approved a 120-day extension to an existing moratorium on Internet sweepstakes cafés.
Sarah "Betty" Hayes won the Walthourville City Council Post 3 runoff election Tuesday, according to an election summary report released by the Liberty County Board of Elections.
It's been more than four years since Debora Gail Moody last was seen Dec. 4, 2007. That day, the Long County woman purchased a new pen for her dog, and the owner of the store where she bought it followed her home to help her unload it. That friend was the last person to see Moody, who was 42 at the time.
Walthourville Police Lt. Wade Long, attempting to initiate a traffic stop, was involved in a chase on Talmadge Road in Walthourville on Wednesday night.
Hinesville Mayor James Thomas and Midway Mayor Clemontine Washington were elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association's annual meeting June 23 in Savannah.
After an extensive search, the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors selected Michelle Ricketson as the agency's new executive director.
Now that the school year is over, many local children are attending a free summer learning camp hosted by the Hineshouse Project Inc.'s Resident Services Department.
Hinesville native William Dasher celebrated 45 years of employment with a retirement barbecue Thursday at Downs Lumber and Supply.
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