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Viral video spurs Sonic roach controversy

The Hinesville Sonic is tight-lipped but open despite drawing regional attention after viral videos posted by a former employee exposed an alleged infestation of roaches.

January 04, 2013 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Cliff averted, cuts still possible

Both chambers of Congress pulled out a deal this week that prevents America from going over the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts that experts say would have chilled the economy and prompted an extended recession - but there's still much work ahead.

January 04, 2013 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


150th anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation celebrated

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Liberty County's faithful gathered Jan. 1 at the Historic First African Baptist Church in Riceboro, where a bell tolled at noon, signifying the importance of the historic recollection.

January 04, 2013 | Edith Anderson | Local news


Hinesville man arrested in Va.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Police say a suspect from Hinesville has been arrested after allegedly shooting at a car within 1,000 feet of a school. According to Lou Thurston with the Newport News Police Department, the incident occurred between 8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Dec. 29. Thurston said Miguel Antonio Childress approached a man, believing him to be responsible for a separate incident in which Childress' relative was assaulted. As Childress approached the Suffolk man's car, the man drove away, and Childress allegedly shot at the car. Childress was charged with one count each of shooting ...

January 04, 2013 | WAVY, TV Newport News, Va. | Local news


Hinesville man arrested in Va.

January 04, 2013 | WAVY, TV Newport News, | Local news


Services return to normal after holidays

With so many local, state and federal employees taking advantage of holiday breaks at Christmas and New Year's, some government services have been limited by the reduced staff, while other services were postponed until the holidays are over.

January 04, 2013 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


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


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Keel wins District 6 Liberty County BoE special election

In the end, experience mattered.

June 16, 2015 | By Tiffany King and Jason Wermers Coastal Courier | Local news


Empty home on Fort Stewart burns

A vacant home in North Bryan Village on Fort Stewart caught fire early Wednesday morning, post spokesman Kevin Larson said.

June 16, 2015 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Chairman: County 'can't stop' progress

The state of the county was the focus of Thursday's Progress Through People Luncheon.

June 16, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


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


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