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Ga. labor commissioner addresses Long Co. chamber

Georgia Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler addressed the Long County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday at a breakfast meeting in Ludowici.

October 22, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Burgess appeal still pending with Supreme Court

An appeal by Douglas Burgess to the Supreme Court of Georgia still is pending, according to Burgess, who is appealing a September 2011 decision by the Liberty County Board of Elections to deny his eligibility to run for the District 4 seat on the Hinesville City Council.

October 20, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Historic courthouse gets new lease on life

The historic Liberty County Courthouse is back in business, and leaders gathered Thursday morning to rededicate the structure.

October 19, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Teacher to face battery charge

A state court judge Wednesday granted a warrant request against a Liberty Elementary School second-grade teacher who allegedly tipped over a student's desk Sept. 21.

October 19, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Crew working to pull barge from Medway

A crew is working this week to extract a sunken barge from the Medway River.

October 18, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Parade to close Ludowici highway Thursday

Highway 57, McDonald Street, in Ludowici will be closed temporarily Thursday evening for the Long County High School homecoming parade.

October 17, 2012 | Staff report | Local news


Mayor, city manager explain budget restraints

Despite starting with a general fund shortfall of $1.1 million during its annual budget workshop last week, city council members will vote Thursday on a balanced budget for Hinesville's fiscal year 2013 budget, according to Mayor Jim Thomas and City Manager Billy Edwards.

October 17, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Ambulance response time questioned

Liberty Regional Emergency Medical Services drew the ire of a Long County commissioner at the government entity's Oct. 2 meeting in Ludowici.

October 15, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Actor McLeod speaks at Long Co. youth revival

Actor Jason McLeod, who appeared in the films "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof," spoke Sunday during the youth fall revival at First Baptist Church of Ludowici.

October 13, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


BoE fretting over federal impact aid again

The Liberty County Board of Education could face a mid-year budget cut due to federal reductions, and though it's premature to name remedies, the district's financial officer said salaries and benefits could be affected.

October 12, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


City squares off against $1M budget shortfall

Hinesville City Council members, the mayor, city manager and department heads met Tuesday to deal with a $1.1 million shortfall in the general fund during the annual budget workshop at city hall.

October 12, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Congressional candidate here tonight

Lesli Messinger, Democratic candidate for Georgia's 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House, will be a guest of the Liberty County Democratic Party tonight in Hinesville.

October 11, 2012 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Would-be commissioners unhappy with new election

Three candidates who thought they'd won district seats on the Long County Commission voiced complaints recently after the primary-election results were invalidated by a U.S. District Court ruling.

October 11, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Habitat called key to saving endangered species

Restoring, protecting and enhancing habitat are a key part of Fort Stewart's endangered-species program, according to Tim Beaty, chief of the Fish and Wildlife Branch of the Environmental and Natural Resource Division of the Directorate of Public Works.

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


Geechee corridor plan questioned

Though Liberty County has 217,754 acres within the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, none of the public comments released Oct. 2 address Liberty's role in the preservation plan.

October 10, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


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Liberty County pet-business request faces opposition at LCPC meeting

A couple's efforts to have a pet-service business at their home was met with opposition at the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission meeting Tuesday evening.

August 18, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


Long trips to Savannah persist

RICHMOND HILL - Repairs to the damaged Interstate 95 overpass at exit 87 will not start until next month, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

August 18, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher For the Coastal Courier | Local news


Hinesville mayor appointed to state public infrastructure panel

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas has been appointed to Georgia's Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act Guidelines Committee, Gov. Nathan Deal announced recently.

August 17, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Spots open on sheriff's citizen academy

A few spots remain open for the upcoming Liberty County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy.

August 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


Prisoners may build Long County animal shelter

State and local officials met recently in Ludowici to discuss funding options for a proposed animal rescue shelter in Long County.

August 16, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Teen pleads to charges from fatal wreck

SPRINGFIELD - An Effingham County teenager charged in an September 2014 accident that claimed the lives of three people, including a Liberty County resident, has pled ...

August 15, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue Correspondent | Local news


Porter wins lawsuit claim, awarded $3.5 million

A Liberty County jury on Friday awarded $3.5 million for the death of Barbara Porter in a lawsuit brought by her widower, Kenneth Porter.

August 15, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


Jury in deliberation in wrongful-death trial

After nearly a full day of closing arguments, the wrongful-death trial stemming from a lawsuit brought forward by Kenneth Porter, on behalf of his wife ...

August 13, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


City looking for ways to eliminate blight

The Hinesville City Council approved a bid to refurbish two garbage trucks and a resolution for blight-elimination funding as part of its first meeting of ...

August 13, 2015 | By Caitlin Kenney | Local news


Closing arguments set for Thursday in wrongful death suit

Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the wrongful-death trial on behalf of former Liberty Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Room Nurse Barbara Porter.

August 11, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


NAACP to host community meeting

The Liberty County Branch of the NAACP will host a community mass meeting beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday.

August 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


Sparse turnout reported for virtual town hall

Liberty County's first virtual town hall had a small turnout, but it was a start.

August 10, 2015 | Caitlin Kenney | Local news


Liberty County residents play major role in Selma-to-Washington march

People from all over the country, including Liberty County, are taking part in the NAACP's "America's Journey for Justice" march, which began Aug ...

August 10, 2015 | By Keturah Greene | Local news


Long County fire chief applicants to be interviewed soon

The Long County Board of Commissioners still is looking over applicants for the full-time fire-chief job to replace former Chief Richard Truman, who is currently ...

August 10, 2015 | Caitlin Kenney | Local news


Rep. Al Williams addresses transportation, casinos, Fort Stewart cuts

Editor's note: This article was revised before being posted to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Wednesday's print edition. State Rep ...

August 10, 2015 | Jason Wermers | Local news


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