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.
Hundreds of friends and relatives decked out in baseball attire gathered Saturday afternoon at Liberty County High School's baseball field to celebrate the life of Joe Watkins.
The Liberty County Development Authority held a called meeting Wednesday to discuss service proposals for a timber-management plan for undeveloped sites within its industrial parks.
The Liberty County Hospital Authority appointed one new member and reappointed its chairman Wednesday during a called meeting.
The Liberty County Board of Commissioners heard a request from Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority Executive Director Tres Hamilton at its mid-month meeting Thursday night.
The United Way of the Coastal Empire hosted an emergency mass mobile food drop Thursday at the Walthourville Fire Department.
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.