The city of Hinesville held an inauguration ceremony Thursday for its newly re-elected officials, including five city council members and mayor. City Manager Billy Edwards served as host for the event while Probate Judge Nancy K. Aspinwall administered the oath of office to the officials.
In the final of our four-part retrospective, the Courier recalls the top headlines from October through the end of 2011.
The city of Hinesville's Grievance and Appeals Committee unanimously decided Tuesday to uphold a decision by Police Chief George Stagmeier and City Manager Billy Edwards to fire former police officer Mark Scott. While admitting he made some mistakes that warranted disciplinary action, Scott appealed their September 2011 decision, saying none of his mistakes, when considered separately, warranted termination.
ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced recently that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Hinesville decreased to 8.9 percent in November, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.4 percent in October. The jobless rate in metro Hinesville in November a year ago was also 8.9 percent.
The Crown Rydaz's recent charitable car wash netted more than $500, which was used to buy toys and gifts for the children at Gabriel's House in Hinesville. Club members thanked the community for support. (Photo provided)
The Mills House, a historic home on the corner of Oglethorpe Highway and Memorial Drive, is not going to be destroyed, but it is going to be taken apart and moved. The 125-year-old property was purchased by attorneys Joel and Jay Osteen in 2004, but a request for a zoning change and a decision about what to do with the house on the property have hampered
Though 2011 Liberty County property tax bills are just now hitting mailboxes, Tax Commissioner Virgil Jones is spreading the message that property owners don't have to wait for their invoices to make payments.
In the third of a four-part retrospective, the Courier recalls the top headlines from July through September of 2011.
At a recent meeting, Midway adopted a $1.6 million budget for 2012 that includes funds for two new police cars and part-time assistance for the city clerk and finance officer.
From left: Commissioner Gary Gilliard, Walthourville Mayor Pro Tem Larry Baker, Ritchie Anderson, Felecia Holmes, Angie Perkins and Gary Gilliard II prepare to donate 85 hams and 40 turkeys to senior citizens throughout Liberty County. The Christmas giveaway was supported by Seven Ministries, Attorney Kelly Davis, MACE Commander James Reid, Sheriff Steve Sikes, Clay Sikes, C.L. Barrett and Kenny Fussell. (Photo provided)
During the Thursday meeting, the Ludowici City Council also heard updates from auditor Christopher Lightle, who was brought on after city clerk Tara Manning was suspended earlier this month. At the Dec. 13 meeting, Lightle, an accountant with Karp, Ronning and Tindal Certified Public Accounting, presented a preliminary report that noted concerns about lack of budgetary controls, adopted financial controls not being enforced, duplicate payments for some services, cash accounts not being recorded accurately and financial statements not being reported monthly.
The Ludowici City Council suspended Police Chief Richard Robertson with a 2-1 vote during Thursday's called meeting.
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.
ATLANTA - Kroger is hiring 2,000 permanent associates across its Atlanta Division, which includes Georgia, eastern Alabama and South Carolina.
Local municipal and county officials joined business leaders for the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce's monthly Progress Through People Luncheon on Thursday at the Liberty County Community Complex in Midway. Sarah Visser, executive director for Keep Georgia Beautiful, was guest speaker.
Gary Sinrich has retired from his position as municipal court judge for the city of Hinesville after 26 years of service.
The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval of a variance request submitted by The Heritage Bank for the installation of three new automatic-teller machines.
The United Way of the Coastal Empire hosted a mobile food drop Thursday at the Walthourville Fire Department.
City leaders are proposing what they call small increases in fees for garbage and dry-trash collection, as well as storm-water runoff.
Service to the community was the emphasis of a proclamation by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal last week naming Sept. 16 as American Legion Day, and another signed Monday by Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas.
Gospel singer-songwriter and evangelist Mark Cartwright returned home to perform locally Sunday at the Manse at Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church in Richmond Hill.
East Liberty American Legion Post 321 conducted a 9/11 observance ceremony Thursday evening in front of the Midway Police Department.
Randy Bishop of Georgia Arson Control on Wednesday presented former Sunbury resident Willow Duncan with a $2,500 check for her role in convicting the arsonist who burned down an abandoned store in Sunbury.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off its Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax VI campaign Thursday with the first of four community meetings scheduled ahead of the November elections.
Liberty County service personnel, first responders, soldiers and community members turned out Thursday for the America Supports You Freedom Walk at Lyman Hall Elementary in Hinesville.
Hinesville leaders already are planning for how traffic may be affected by growth on Memorial Drive and Central Avenue when Armstrong State University's new Liberty Center and the new Liberty County Library are completed.
City leaders on Monday approved a recommendation by Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas to increase their travel expenditures for fiscal year 2015 as the council goes over next year's budget.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has commenced work on widening State Route 119, also called Airport Road, in Hinesville and Walthourville.