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Traffic incident spurs probe

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation concerning a Dec. 22 incident that allegedly involves Liberty County Commissioner Marion Stevens.

January 02, 2013 | Patty Leon and Lewis Levine | Local news


LCSO staff sworn in

Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes administers the oath of office Monday morning to his staff of deputies, jailers and detectives inside the Liberty County Justice Center's jury room. Several times between Friday morning and Monday morning, the sheriff administered the oath to his staff of nearly 60. Sikes said the deputies are sworn in every four years.

January 02, 2013 | Patty Leon | Local news


Sikes earns leadership award

Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes recently was honored by his peers and the Georgia Sheriff Association.

January 02, 2013 | Patty Leon | Local news


2013 ushers in higher taxes

Even if Congress extends all or part of the so-called Bush income-tax cuts, most Americans still can expect to pay higher federal taxes in 2013 due to new taxes established by the Affordable Care Act and an end to a temporary payroll-tax reduction to the Social Security tax rate.

December 31, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Chief deputy starts next chapter

Liberty County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Keith Moran has come full circle, finishing his career where he first began.

December 31, 2012 | Patty Leon | Local news


Swearing-in ceremony featured choir, reception

Several of Liberty County's elected officers for terms beginning in 2013 were sworn into office Thursday in a ceremony that packed a courtroom in the Liberty County Justice Center.

December 31, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


JBE closure, taxes round out year’s top news

As we close the door on 2012, the Courier recalls stories that grabbed attention, piqued our interest and affected the community in the past 12 months. This is the final segment of a four-part series.

December 31, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Dual ceremonies stir emotions

Liberty County welcomed new and returning leaders to their offices Thursday, but the joyous occasion for some was overshadowed by the fact that there were two ceremonies - and whether intentional or not, they were divided by race and gender.

December 31, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Several county officials sworn in

Several elected and appointed Long County officials were sworn into their positions Dec. 18 at the Long County Courthouse. Atlantic Judicial Circuit Judge Paul Rose and Long County Chief Magistrate and Probate Judge Marie Middleton administered the oaths of office. Rose swore in Middleton, who was re-elected to a four-year term.

December 29, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Sheriff, other elected officials sworn into office for new terms

Jan. 1 marks the official start of new four-year terms for some of Liberty County's recently elected officials, many of whom gathered on the justice center steps Thursday morning to be sworn in.

December 28, 2012 | Patty Leon | Local news


4 arrests in Christmas burglary

Three men and one minor were arrested for allegedly burglarizing a home Christmas Day in Long County.

December 28, 2012 | Mike Riddle | Local news


Car plows into house, two men charged

One man spent Christmas behind bars and now faces numerous charges, and another man turned himself in after a car plowed into a Hinesville residence Tuesday.

December 28, 2012 | Patty Leon | Local news


HPD and GSP ready for crises

Local and state law-enforcement agencies are ready to respond to emergencies like a hostage situation or an active shooter, according to Maj. J.W. Hodges, Hinesville assistant police chief, and Gordy Wright, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

December 28, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Beginnings, tragic endings highlighted 2012

As we close the door on 2012, the Courier recalls stories that grabbed attention and affected the community in the last 12 months. This is the third in a four-part series.

December 28, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Two men charged after car plows into house

One man spent Christmas behind bars and faces numerous charges while another man has turned himself in after a car plowed into a Hinesville residence Tuesday.

December 26, 2012 | Patty Leon | Local news


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Georgia announces pet-food recall

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black alerted Georgians to the recall of certain Ainsworth pet food products that are sold in Georgia for potential health risk to cats.

June 15, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Hinesville Bank of America to become Ameris Bank

Ameris Bancorp, the parent company of Ameris Bank, announced Monday that the acquisition of 18 Bank of America banking centers throughout southern Georgia and northern Florida - including the Hinesville location - has been completed.

June 15, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


School board election is Tuesday

By Tuesday evening, voters in Liberty County's District 6 should know who will represent them on the Board of Education.

June 15, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Water Resources Council to participate in ‘coastal resilience’ program

The Liberty Regional Water Resources Council approved a resolution Thursday to support a program committed to enhancing coastal resilience.

June 11, 2015 | By Caitlin Kenney | Local news


Deal expands highway-safety enforcement efforts

During a Thursday morning stop in North Bryan County, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the addition of 60 commercial-vehicle enforcement officers to improve highway safety and help reduce motor-vehicle crashes in Georgia.

June 11, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Vietnam veterans will be welcomed home at Fort Stewart ceremony

Vietnam War veterans of all services will receive something most did not get some 50 years ago when they returned from combat - a welcome home ceremony - Friday, June 19, at Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field.

June 11, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Parts of Long, Liberty counties get 4 inches of rain

Parts of Liberty County and most of Long County received at least 4 and as much as 7 inches of rain Wednesday evening, according to a precipitation report posted on accuweather.com and the National Weather Service.

June 11, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


City eyes water conservation

Local water-conservation efforts and health-care premiums rising were reported at the Hinesville City Council meeting Thursday.

June 11, 2015 | By Caitlin Kenney | Local news


People for Paws helps animal rescue

About 200 animal lovers made the People for Paws fundraiser a huge success. The event benefitted Carpathia Paws Animal Rescue Organization and was held June 6 at the Dorchester Civic Center in Midway.

June 10, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


Ribbon cutting for the Historic Baptismal Trail

Riceboro's Historic Baptismal Trail is now completed. Residents and local officials gathered together for the ribbon cutting of the trail. They then had an opportunity to walk along the trail and learn about native plants, see the historic baptismal pool and "round hole."

June 10, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Long BoE adopts 2016 budget

The Long County Board of Education approved its fiscal-year 2016 budget by a 4-1 vote Monday.

June 10, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Isakson discloses that he has Parkinson’s

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said in a statement issued Wednesday that he has Parkinson's disease.

June 10, 2015 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


County considers spending increase

During last week's Liberty County Board of Commissioners meeting, Chief Financial Officer Kim McGlothlin presented the proposed budget for fiscal-year 2016, which will start July 1.

June 10, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Ex-police clerk indicted

Former Walthourville Police Department clerk Crystal Gail Tilley has been indicted on one felony count of theft by taking, according to public records.

June 09, 2015 | By Lewis Levine and Patty Leon Coastal Courier | Local news


Liberty County BoE advance voting ends Friday

Time is running out to vote in the special election for the Liberty County Board of Education's District 6 seat. The last day of advance voting is Friday.

June 09, 2015 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


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