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Despite protests city approves tax hike

After several Hinesville residents expressed anger during the final public hearing on a proposed 1-mill property tax increase, the four city council members present Thursday split their vote, leaving Mayor Jim Thomas to break the tie. The tax increase passed.

December 10, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long County demands say on animal shelters

The Long County Commission ruled at its December meeting that any animal shelters opening in the county must have the commission's approval.

December 08, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Proposal would put more controls on 'dangerous' dogs

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday discussed an aggressive overhaul to its animal control ordinance that would bring it in line with new state requirements.

December 07, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


House blaze displaces family

A house fire Saturday in Hinesville Saturday displaced a family of four.

December 06, 2012 | Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


City's credit rating adjusted because of 'negative outlook'

Moody's Investors Service assigned a negative outlook to Hinesville's $9 million of outstanding general obligation, limited tax-backed debt, according to a Nov. 30 Moody's news release.

December 05, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Local man's truck hits, kills Illinois trooper

ST. LOUIS - A Georgia trucker who lost consciousness before his tractor-trailer struck and killed an Illinois state trooper isn't medically fit to drive commercially, federal regulators have determined.

December 05, 2012 | By Jim Suhr Associated Press writer | Local news


Enrollment drops despite Census numbers

Hinesville has been called a "boom town," and it's growth has landed it positions on lists like "The Top 10 Cities People are Moving to in 2012" by The Fiscal Times and the U.S. Census Bureau's list of fastest-growing communities.

December 03, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


County millage to drop for Hinesville residents

Contrary to previous reports, Hinesville residents will see a decrease in their county millage rate.

December 03, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


City tax hearing turns bitter

The first two of three public hearings on Hinesville's proposed property-tax increase took place Thursday in council chambers at city hall. Though sparsely attended by city leaders and concerned residents, the morning meeting prompted some bitter public comments.

November 30, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Tax hikes not likely to be averted

Property taxes in Liberty County are on the rise, and residents will have the chance to weigh in today at public hearings for both the boards of commissioners and education.

November 30, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp stepping down

Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp is stepping down from her post after 10 years of working to protect the Ogeechee River basin.

November 29, 2012 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Weak economy blamed for tax hike

Hinesville residents are invited to take part in three public hearings on the city's proposed increase in property taxes. The hearings are scheduled at city hall for 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 29, and 3 p.m. Dec. 6, during the city council meeting.

November 27, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Former trooper now heads LCSO deputies

After 40-plus years in law enforcement - with nearly 20 of those years as Liberty County's chief deputy - Keith Moran is preparing for retirement, leaving Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes with the tough task of finding a suitable replacement.

November 27, 2012 | By Patty Leon | Local news


City, county, schools set to raise taxes

Property taxes within Liberty are on the rise.

November 26, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Delinquent tax auction in Long County

Long County is owed more than $400,000 in back taxes, according to Tax Commissioner Becky Fowler. She recently asked the Long County Commission to support her enforcement of penalties on delinquent tax bills.

November 26, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


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Kinder Morgan appeals state denial of Palmetto Pipeline

Kinder Morgan has appealed the Georgia Department of Transportation's denial of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the proposed Palmetto Pipeline, which would go through coastal Georgia.

June 18, 2015 | By Jason Wermers | Local news


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


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