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.
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.
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.
Three men and one minor were arrested for allegedly burglarizing a home Christmas Day in Long County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Liberty County Commission Chairman John McIver adjourned the board's Dec. 20 meeting, he was adjourning more than that session.
Mayor Jim Thomas said he and Liberty County leaders plan to form an alliance with leaders of other communities surrounding Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield. The alliance will serve as a collective voice, expressing concerns to leaders in Washington about future military base closures, he said.
As we close the door on 2012, the Courier is recalling stories that grabbed attention, piqued interest and affected the community in the last 12 months. This is the second in a four-part series.
The top stories for Hinesville, Fort Stewart and the surrounding areas in 2012 offered reasons to celebrate, question and recall aspects of the community in which we live.
The Hinesville City Council heard a report Thursday on the Liberty Transit Strategic Study that detailed county-wide needs and recommended strategies.
The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved two application requests - one that will seek state aid for road improvements and another that targets military-zone tax abatements.
Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler recently visited Liberty County and met with Liberty County Development Authority board and staff members at MidCoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield.
Road work on Georgia highway 144 that began Sunday night will continue until July 31. Motorists are urged to drive with caution. The Georgia Department of Transportation is paving a little more than 11 miles of highway 144 east between Evans Army Airfield and the Richmond Hill boundary gate in four-mile sections that will close one lane. Flagging stations will be used. Night work will occur. No lanes will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Bryan County's loss is the Charleston, South Carolina area's gain.
A multiple-vehicle wreck on West Oglethorpe Highway left three people injured and tied up traffic on the busy Hinesville thoroughfare Friday afternoon.