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Transit changing routes

Beginning at 5:50 a.m. Monday, the Liberty Transit system implemented new routes and schedules in the area. The changes came following a strategic planning study conducted March-December 2012 by the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission.

March 04, 2013 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Commissioners get tax primer

Taxes - it's the buzzword of the moment for the Liberty County commissioners, who on Thursday received a report on current collections, new vehicle-tax laws and upcoming property-tax sales from Tax Commissioner Virgil Jones.

February 28, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ludowici gets safety, infrastucture grants

The Ludowici City Council received good news at its February meeting - the city will receive more than $50,000 in grants for infrastructure and safety needs.

February 26, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Attorney says city contract with OMI is legal

Hinesville is in compliance with state code regarding contracting with water-treatment companies, according to City Attorney Linnie Darden III.

February 25, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Area frets DoD furloughs

Wednesday's announcement by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that the Pentagon is prepared to furlough Department of Defense civilian personnel drew strong reactions from local and state leaders, while military leaders at Fort Stewart said they'll continue to prepare for budget cuts.

February 22, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Assistant prosecutor takes oath

Hugh Ridgeway was sworn in as a new assistant district attorney Friday by Chief Judge David Cavender of the Superior Court of Liberty County.

February 21, 2013 | Staff report | Local news


BoE wants opinions on new superintendent

The Liberty County Board of Education has begun the search for a new superintendent and is seeking the community's input.

February 20, 2013 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Three throw hats into Long County ring

Qualifying concluded last week in Long County for the upcoming general primary and election. After all the paperwork had been turned in, it was discovered that three more candidates had tossed their hats into the ring.

February 20, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Midway blamed for fire plan delay

Despite budget woes, Liberty County still is planning a transition to a paid countywide fire service that would be funded by a combination of service fees and insurance-premium taxes.

February 20, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Board again reviewing children's deaths

Liberty County's Childhood Fatality Review Board met Tuesday afternoon. It was the first official meeting the board has had in months, according to County Coroner Reggie Pierce.

February 19, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


City officials attend conference

ATLANTA - The Hinesville mayor, council, city manager and assistant city manager were among nearly 800 Georgia city officials to attend the Georgia Municipal Association's annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 26-28. The annual conference provides city officials an opportunity to learn more about legislation under consideration at the Georgia Capitol, attend training sessions and hear from state leaders.

February 18, 2013 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Mayor attends VA task force meeting

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas is part of a newly formed Veterans Affairs Task Force that held its first meeting Jan. 17 in Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual meeting.

February 18, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long elections officials alleges libel

Ludowici Elections Superintendent and Long County Board of Elections Chairwoman Vanessa Cunningham went before the Ludowici City Council on Tuesday and claimed The Long County Press committed libel against her, which is when a publication writes or publishes false statements that damage a person's reputation or character.

February 18, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Marina planning under way

The planning for Liberty County's Cattle Hammock Marina, made possible by a $35,190 coastal-incentive grant, is delayed but under way.

February 18, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Cities' costs for services rising

Six of Liberty County's municipalities do not currently level a city property tax, but an agreement struck between the Liberty County Board of Commissioners and the city of Hinesville could set taxes in motion.

February 18, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


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Ga. high court: No buffer required between developments and wetlands

In a high-profile environmental case that has important repercussions for coastal Georgia, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday that the 25-foot buffer required by state law between development projects and the banks of waterways generally does not apply to marshes and wetlands.

June 16, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Georgia announces smoked-salmon recall

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain packaged smoked salmon products that are sold in Georgia for potential health risk to consumers.

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


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


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