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Locals at St. Simons retreat

County and city leaders have gathered on St. Simons Island for the annual county-wide planning workshop to discuss initiatives, community issues and updates on topics from last year's meeting. Jeff Ricketson, executive director of Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, opened the meeting by having everyone sharing what makes them Liberty County-proud.

April 22, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Mayor has resident escorted from meeting

Hinesville resident Joe Stuart has spoken directly to City Council on numerous occasions during the public-comment portion of its twice-monthly meetings.

April 22, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Public voice opinions on proposed pipeline

An estimated 200 people attended a public meeting on a proposed pipeline at the Richmond Hill city center Tuesday to hear information and voice their opinions. Vice President of Public Affairs Allen Fore from Kinder Morgan, the company proposing the pipeline, gave a 10-minute speech about its proposal and the reasoning behind placing a pipeline along the coast of Georgia, including Bryan, Liberty and Long counties.

April 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


911 operators in spotlight for week

Dispatchers in Liberty County's 911 center spend hours in front of computer monitors in a dimly-lit, windowless room fielding calls that they don't know whether they'll be about a noise complaint or a shooting.

April 21, 2015 | By Lewis Levine Correspondent | Local news


Roads, repairs dominate Long Co. meeting

Roads dominated much of the Long County Commission meeting on April 7.

April 21, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Liberty Transit to offer free rides for Earth Day

The Liberty Transit public transportation system will offer free rides Wednesday in recognition of Earth Day.

April 20, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Liberty County officer’s quick response cited

It's not the kind of call any officer wants to receive.

April 20, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


Kirk Center loses United Way funding

The United Way of the Coastal Empire's Liberty County Office has allocated and disbursed its 2015 funds to several local nonprofit agencies, but the Kirk Healing Center was not one of the recipients.

April 20, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Carter talks pipeline, ISIS, DC politics

The company hoping to build a pipeline through Coastal Georgia needs to make sure it does everything it can to protect the environment if its project is approved, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said during a Friday morning stop in Richmond Hill.

April 17, 2015 | By Jeff Whitten` Correspondent | Local news


Opponents expected at pipeline hearing

Opponents of a proposed petroleum pipeline are lining up in advance of a public hearing set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Richmond Hill City Center.

April 17, 2015 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Local news


Submit your questions about SPLOST

In the upcoming 2015 election, Liberty County wants to put the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) back on the ballot after a measure to renew it was defeated in last year's midterm election. The tax officially expired March 31, meaning the sales tax in Liberty County is now 6 percent, 1 percent lower than surrounding counties.

April 15, 2015 | Staff report | Local news


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 | | 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


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Eclipse closes LCSS schools for students

The Liberty County School System has cancelled classes for students Aug. 21 because of the solar eclipse. The press release reads:

August 09, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Local news


12 days and counting

*Editor's note: The article has been updated to include Liberty County School System's announcement concerning the solar eclipse.

August 09, 2017 | Staff report Coastal Courier | Local news


Two men busted for crime spree

The Hinesville Police Department arrested Kenya Scott and Daniel Turner for their alleged roles in a series of business burglaries between July 23 and 25.

August 09, 2017 | Patty Leon Coastal Courier | Local news


Council members urge respect for assistant city manager

The Hinesville City Council took no action after reconvening a called meeting following a closed session Monday to discuss two personnel items, one of which ...

August 09, 2017 | Denise Etheridge Coastal Courier | Local news


Historic committee working to keep county’s history legible

The Liberty County Cultural and Historic Resources Committee is continuing its campaign to clean historic markers throughout Liberty County.

August 08, 2017 | By Mark Swendra Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Blood donations urgently needed as summer ends

The American Red Cross is urging blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

August 07, 2017 | Coastal Courier | Local news


Leadership class recuriting

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2017-18 class of Leadership Liberty.

August 07, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Shooting suspect denied bond

Michael Cansler. who is accused of shooting three people in Hinesville Tuesday morning, was denied bond during a first appearance hearing before a magistrate at ...

August 07, 2017 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier | Local news


Fire damages Hinesville apartment

A fire in a Hinesville apartment complex heavily damaged a residence.

August 06, 2017 | Lewis Levine | Local news


Liberty goes back to school

Grey skies couldn't dampen the smiles on the faces of teachers and students starting the 2017-2018 school year in Liberty County Friday.

August 06, 2017 | Tiffany King Coastal Courier | Local news


Liberty County to back off taxing private housing on Fort Stewart

In a unanimous but non-binding resolution, the Liberty County Commission has apparently backed off an effort to collect taxes on private property on the Fort ...

August 06, 2017 | Joe Parker Jr. Senior correspondent | Local news


Susie Baker King Taylor's birthday celebrated today

A special birthday celebration will be held in honor of Susie Baker King Taylor, the Liberty County-born slave who escaped and went on to become ...

August 06, 2017 | Tiffany King Coastal Courier | Local news


Carters celebrate 70th anniversary today

Seventy Years Later and Still in Love

August 06, 2017 | Edith Anderson Special to the Courier | Local news


Update: Drowning in Liberty County

A man drowned late Saturday in a pond off Williams Road in Hinesville.

August 05, 2017 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier | Local news


Suspect in shootings turns himself in

Michael Cansler, 17, who was wanted in Tuesday's triple shooting at a Pineland Avenue home in Hinesville has turned himself into authorities.

August 05, 2017 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier | Local news


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