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Ludowici officials, mayor sworn into office

Ludowici Mayor James Fuller and city council members Mark Chesser, Mary Hamilton, Frank McClelland Jr., Gwen Davis and City Municipal Court Judge Larry Flowers officially were sworn in Tuesday during a ceremony at Ludowici City Hall. Long County Probate Judge Marie Middleton presided over the ceremony, which drew a large group of onlookers.

January 04, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Two battalions deploying to Afghanistan

Two battalions from the Third Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team received deployment orders to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan this year.

January 03, 2012 | Fort Stewart Public Affairs | Local news


Midway fire claims elderly woman’s home

An elderly Midway woman's home was destroyed by fire Friday morning.

January 01, 2012 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Student seeks $15K in damages from BoE

A Liberty County student who allegedly received hand-written notes containing sexual content from a middle-school teacher last year has filed suit against the Liberty County School System seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

January 01, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


New state laws take effect today

Several new laws passed last year by the Georgia legislature and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal become effective today, Jan. 1, 2012. Among these new laws are House Bill 87, Senate Bill 240 and House Bill 269.

January 01, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Progress continues on historic home’s relocation

Progress continues on the historic Mills House's move to its new home in Long County. Its carport has already been removed and taken to another site. A 10-foot by 35-foot section on the right face of the old home has been separated from the rest of the house and laid on long steel I-beams and wooden blocks.

January 01, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Council offers cooking classes, exhibition reception

If your New Year's resolution is to rediscover the finer things in life, the Hinesville Area Arts Council has upcoming events aimed to help you succeed.

January 01, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Deputies grow goatees to help local families in need

Citizens of Liberty County may notice that some sheriff's deputies are sporting a new look.

January 01, 2012 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Hinesville councilmen sworn in

The city of Hinesville held an inauguration ceremony Thursday for its newly re-elected officials, including five city council members and mayor. City Manager Billy Edwards served as host for the event while Probate Judge Nancy K. Aspinwall administered the oath of office to the officials.

December 30, 2011 | By Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Local news


End of year brings Ludowici investigation, big meth bust

In the final of our four-part retrospective, the Courier recalls the top headlines from October through the end of 2011.

December 30, 2011 | By Danielle Hipps dhipps@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Committee upholds officer’s termination

The city of Hinesville's Grievance and Appeals Committee unanimously decided Tuesday to uphold a decision by Police Chief George Stagmeier and City Manager Billy Edwards to fire former police officer Mark Scott. While admitting he made some mistakes that warranted disciplinary action, Scott appealed their September 2011 decision, saying none of his mistakes, when considered separately, warranted termination.

December 30, 2011 | By Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Local news


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


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Homeless Prevention Program turns 16

Hinesville's Homeless Prevention Program celebrated 16 years last month. Program Coordinator Daisy Jones said her department of three had modest beginnings, but it now networks with dozens of churches, civic organizations and service agencies dedicated to helping the homeless and hungry in Hinesville and Liberty County.

November 24, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Employee raises saved, tax increase higher

The first action item on Thursday's Hinesville City Council meeting agenda was to approve a revised budget for fiscal year 2015.

November 24, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Midway residents help update land-use map

Fewer than a dozen Midway residents joined Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission officials Thursday at the Liberty County Community Complex to discuss and assist updating the Midway subarea land-use map.

November 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Commission talks budget ahead of millage-rate hearings

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners heard a financial report from county Chief Financial Officer Kim McGlothlin at its mid-month meeting Thursday.

November 21, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Long County commissioner raises discrimination concerns in roads department

An otherwise-routine employment process with the Long County roads department has received the attention of the county commissioner responsible for that department.

November 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Tornado watch, freeze watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Liberty, Long, Bryan, Wayne, Chatham and most of eastern Georgia until 6 p.m. today.

November 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Kesslers students join record attempt at cup stacking

About 175 students at Fort Stewart's Kessler Elementary School attempted a world record in cup stacking Thursday.

November 14, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


City millage rate increasing by up to .94 mills

After more than an hour and a half debate Thursday over possible cuts to make up a $1.3 million budget deficit, city leaders conceded they have to increase the property taxes by .94 of a mill, though maybe less.

November 13, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


World War II veteran returns to Fort Stewart

In 1943, Sgt. Frank Moore was a soldier with the Army's 4th Infantry Division, XII Corps. As he and his unit prepared for the Allied invasion at Normandy, he spent a summer in Coastal Georgia, sleeping in the fields of Camp Stewart.

November 12, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


MidCoast moves forward with runway extension

The Local Joint Management Board of the MidCoast Regional Airport met Thursday to discuss plans for the runway-extension project, among other business.

November 07, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Council plans to tackle new budget with SPLOST failure

Failure of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum to pass in last week's election was hardly mentioned until the end of Thursday's city council meeting.

November 07, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Commissioners preparing to resume budget talks

As part of his administrative report to Liberty County Board of Commissioners during Tuesday night's meeting, County Administrator Joey Brown advised commissioners they'd have to talk about the county's budget at the next meeting if the referendum for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax did not pass.

November 07, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


UPDATE: County assessing SPLOST failure

Liberty County voters on Tuesday decided that they did not want to see another round of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The referendum to approve another six-year SPLOST period failed in a race that came down to a difference of 90 votes.

November 05, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


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