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Hinesville’s jobless rate dips to 8.9 percent

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.

December 30, 2011 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Club’s car wash helps children

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)

December 29, 2011 | Staff Report | Local news


Mills House to be relocated

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

December 28, 2011 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Tax notices are late, but county accepting payments

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.

December 28, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Fires, lemonade stand make headlines during the summer

In the third of a four-part retrospective, the Courier recalls the top headlines from July through September of 2011.

December 28, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Midway City Council adopts $1.6 million budget, hires judge

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.

December 28, 2011 | By Joe Parker Jr. Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Citizens, officials make senior citizens’ holidays merrier

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)

December 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Local news


Ludowici audit update

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.

December 27, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ludowici council suspends police chief

The Ludowici City Council suspended Police Chief Richard Robertson with a 2-1 vote during Thursday's called meeting.

December 27, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Hinesville feeds the hungry

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.

December 27, 2011 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


New CG, pig kisses big news

In the second of a four-part retrospective, the Courier recalls the top headlines from April through June of 2011.

December 27, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Mayor Thomas: Trip to D.C. was successful

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.

December 27, 2011 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Council appoints appeals committee in called meeting

The Hinesville City Council held a called meeting Wednesday to appoint five members to its Grievance and Appeals Committee.

December 27, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Noteworthy stories of 2011

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.

December 23, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ludowici audit report contains questionable findings

The Ludowici City Council was told at its Dec. 13 monthly meeting that the city has been making some business operations errors.

December 22, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


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Officials lining up projects for next SPLOST

Liberty County officials and representatives from five of the county's seven municipalities met Tuesday to discuss SPLOST-revenue projections and the steps to finalizing SPLOST 2015 project wish lists.

March 19, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Flemington considering development

Flemington city officials and a number of residents expressed how they envision their city will grow over the next 25 years during a community planning meeting Thursday at Flemington City Hall on Old Sunbury Road.

March 18, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Ludowici seeking grants for road work

At the Ludowici City Council meeting Tuesday, the council reappointed G. Ben Turnipseed Engineering and ALGA Inc. to prepare and submit Coastal Development Block Grants for the coming year.

March 16, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Long County still taking EMS proposals

Long County Commission Vice Chair Kent Hall said Wednesday that despite rumors and speculation, no decision has been made on who would provide emergency medical services to the county.

March 14, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Liberty schools budgeting for more students

The Liberty County Board of Education was informed Tuesday that school administrators are busy shaping a budget for the 2014-15 school year. School-board members were told that before a final draft budget can be presented, the district must clear three hurdles: projecting enrollment and teacher allocations, developing a budget for capital projects and estimating costs for advancing technology in the schools.

March 14, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Fire destroys "man cave" in Long Co.

A fire broke out late Thursday afternoon in Long County and destroyed a mobile home on Dena Circle that Long County resident Mike Dollins used as his "man cave," according to Ludowici/Long County Fire Chief Richard Truman.

March 13, 2014 | By Mike Riddle | Local news


Tickets will be given for left turns

During Tuesday's Ludowici City Council meeting, Police Chief James Steiner told the council that the police department will issue citations to drivers who make illegal left turns at the intersection of Highway 84 and North/South Main Street.

March 13, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Local news


Split vote stymies recommended firings

Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya S. Lee's recommendation to terminate married teachers Brian and Tiffany Griggs for abandonment of contract failed Monday when the board of education delivered a split vote in the couple's combined fair-dismissal hearing. Had the Griggs been terminated, they most likely would have faced sanctions from the state Professional Standards Commission, to include having their teaching certificates revoked in Georgia and states of reciprocity, including Florida, Alabama and South Carolina.

March 13, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Long has yet to act on EMS contract

With speculation in the air and a deadline approaching, the Long County Commission, as of Monday, still had not taken any formal action regarding the continuation of emergency medical service to Long County, according to commission Chairman Robert Long.

March 12, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Ads on buses get council attention

Thursday's Hinesville City Council meeting included only three action items and five information items on the agenda.

March 11, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Planning meeting for Flemington

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission will host a community planning meeting for Flemington from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Flemington City Hall, 156 Old Sunbury Road.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


State to hear Long County concerns over bombing range

First District Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, told a packed Long County Courthouse on Tuesday that he would take concerns over the Townsend Bombing Range expansion directly to Gov. Nathan Deal.

March 10, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Democratic candidates greet, meet supporters

Democratic candidates for national, county and school board seats hobnobbed with supporters Thursday during a meet and greet event hosted by the Young Democrats of Liberty County and the Liberty County Democratic Committee at the La Quinta Inn in Flemington.

March 07, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


County weighs possible animal-control sites

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday discussed three possible sites on which to build a new animal-control facility. The county would fund the project with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

March 07, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Warrants not issued on former Ludowici chief

Long County Probate/Magistrate Judge Marie Middleton on Wednesday dismissed five warrant requests against former Ludowici Police Department chief James Rogers.

March 06, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


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