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Long County establishes polling places in 5 precincts

Long County, under order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia's Brunswick Division, has established polling places in each of its five districts.

January 04, 2013 | Mike Riddle | Local news

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

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Liberty County entities set millage rates

Hinesville and several Liberty County entities recently set their millage rates for the 2015 tax digest.

December 01, 2015 | Caitlin Kenney | Local news

Hinesville gives thanks

Editor's note: This clarification will appear in Wednesday's print edition. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., and state Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, were ...

November 28, 2015 | Jason Wermers | Local news

Restaurant sanitation scores

The following are among the food service establishments inspected in October by the Liberty County Health Department. The department scores on a 100-percentile scale. Kitchens ...

November 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Local news

Workshop lays out SPLOST campaign

Liberty County Administrator Joey Brown recently outlined preliminary details of the proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, which is planned to go before voters ...

November 25, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news

Community comes together for fallen officer

A large group of family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers attended the funeral service Tuesday afternoon to say goodbye to Georgia Port Authority Officer ...

November 24, 2015 | Lewis Levine | Local news

Dancing with the Stars of the Coastal Empire competition kicks off

The competitors for the third Dancing with the Stars of the Coastal Empire are, representing Liberty County: Ed Milan; Maria Rodriquez; Jewell Landers; Beate Wickham ...

November 20, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news

Health district honors employee

Liberty County Health Department employee Johnnie Reed was recently recognized for 20 years of service to public health.

November 18, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Local news

Recovered gun causes a stir at Ludowici City Council meeting

A gun that was found during a Nov. 7 cleanup was the focus of a heated discussion at the Nov. 10 Ludowici City Council meeting.

November 17, 2015 | Mike Riddle | Local news

Fleming park design presented

A conceptual site design for a recreation park in Fleming was presented to the Liberty County Board of Commissioners earlier this month. The proposed design ...

November 17, 2015 | Tiffany King | Local news

Early voting underway in Hinesville runoff elections

Voters who would like to cast their ballots in the runoff elections for Hinesville mayor and the District 3 City Council seat may now do ...

November 13, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news

Advocate asks Long County to help feed senior citizens

Long County commissioners were asked last week to help provide more meals to senior citizens in the county.

November 13, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news

Spaceport Camden gains Coastal Regional Commission support

RICHMOND HILL - Support for building a spaceport similar to the one in Cape Canaveral, Florida, is increasing, as government leaders comprising the Coastal Regional Commission ...

November 12, 2015 | By Dollie Gull Correspondent | Local news

Hinesville City Council recognizes resident for help in arresting robbery suspect

Mayor Jim Thomas and Hinesville City Council members recognized a resident who assisted in the capture of a suspected armed robber.

November 10, 2015 | Caitlin Kenney | Local news

Ground broken on Hinesville's Veterans Memorial Walk

Hinesville and Liberty County community and military leaders broke ground on the future Veterans Memorial Walk on Saturday morning at Bryant Commons before the start ...

November 10, 2015 | Caitlin Kenney | Local news

Stonehenge Drive in Hinesville to close for 8 days

In conjunction with the 3.3-mile-long widening of Highway 119 in Liberty County, the contractor for the Georgia Department of Transportation has scheduled the temporary ...

November 10, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Local news


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