Long County residents gathered Monday at the Ludowici Church of God to begin the organizational process of building a house for Thomas and Gladys Patton, who lost their home last month in the fire that burned more than 4,000 acres. Fifteen people, including builders, homemakers and firefighters, attended the meeting to learn how they could help with the project.
The Georgia Coast Rail-Trail that opened last spring in Camden County slowly but surely is growing and eventually could make its way to Liberty County.
Helping keep young children safe is the goal for Week of the Young Child. Family-friendly activities will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. today at Faithful Temple Church of Deliverance Praise and Worship Center at 1060 S. Main St. in Hinesville.
ATLANTA - The Chevron Station at 1046 W. Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville recently sold a winning Cruise for Cash instant ticket.
A Midway man was killed last Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident on Isle of Wight road in Midway.
Allenhurst City Councilman Douglas Burgess Jr. stepped down from his position Friday.
On Tuesday, Walthourville City Hall was filled with 13,000 pounds of food collected to help serve community members in need.
Now that the 2010 Census numbers are out, many cities and counties across Georgia may decide to redraw voting districts to comply with the Voting Rights Act, and Hinesville is no exception.
Downed trees were cleared Tuesday and power was restored to Fort Stewart after severe thunderstorms moved through coastal Georgia early Tuesday morning.
A local resident drove his car through the wall of the Ludowici post office on Monday.
An argument Saturday afternoon over a pickup truck and liquor led to a gunfire exchange in Midway.
The recent rain may have helped to cool the Long County land that was scorched by a fire that broke out March 24, but the damaged structures and charred vegetation remain. Some residents lost their homes and others are dealing with damaged property.
Long County hosted its 2011 Relay for Life on Friday night and Saturday morning at Veterans Stadium. Though temperatures were on the cool side, Chairwoman Carla Carter said this year's event appeared to draw one of the largest crowds ever. Twenty teams joined in the fun, setting a participation record for Long County's Relay for Life, which has been going strong for six years.
With the needy and forgotten veterans in mind, Lockheed Martin Readiness and Stability Operations employees from Fort Stewart donated 360 pounds of canned and nonperishable food and $276 to the Kirk Healing Center for the Homeless on Thursday at the center's K&K Thrift Shop off Highway 84.
The BP Food Mart on Gen. Screven Way in Hinesville appears to be a hot spot for winning lottery tickets.
State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, has been appointed by Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for the $20 billion annual state budget.
Ludowici Police Department Chief James Rogers has been put on administrative leave without pay, pending the results of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, the reported use of racial slurs and a possible EEOC investigation stemming from events that may have occurred at the Ludowici Police Department, according to City Attorney Joe Kitchings, who spoke Friday morning on behalf of the city.
The Liberty County Commission Tuesday asked Georgia lawmakers to let counties to seek voter approval for local transportation special purpose local option sales taxes.
Ludowici Police Department Chief James Rogers has been put on administrative leave without pay, pending the results of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, the reported use of racial slurs and a possible EEOC investigation stemming from events that may have occurred at the Ludowici Police Department, according to city attorney Joe Kitchings, who spoke Friday morning on behalf of the city of Ludowici. The move was made in light of information obtained by the city council and mayor.
Liberty County Commissioner Marion Stevens confirmed this week he was cleared by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in a Dec. 22, 2012, traffic incident. The investigation was completed last month, Stevens said, but he would not comment further.
Freezing temperatures are on their way out. The National Weather Service is forecasting the high today in the upper 40s, possibly low 50s and the weekend highs in the 70s, above normal.
Local state lawmakers are predicting that the 2014 legislative session, which begins Monday, Jan. 13, likely will be the quickest one on record.
Fort Stewart is conducting controlled burns today, according to a news release from the post.
Former Ludowici Police Department employee Robert Kicklighter and the city of Ludowici are in agreement that he no longer works for the city, but they are at odds over the circumstances surrounding his departure.
Liberty County residents woke to nearly freezing temperatures Friday morning, according to Larry Logan, assistant director of Liberty County Emergency Management Agency.
Monday's swearing-in ceremony for Midway's newly elected officials became a standing-room only event as city hall quickly filled with residents eager to see re-elected Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington, new Councilman Stanley Brown and incumbent city council members Melice Gerace, Levern Clancy and Curtes Roberts take their oaths. Stanley replaced former Councilman Terry Doyle, who lost his mayoral bid to Washington.
Liberty County residents are encouraged to take part in a transportation survey conducted by the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission.
Georgia's 2014 elections will most likely start two months earlier than in past statewide election seasons, with a general primary May 20, instead of in July. Candidates – including local ones – will need to qualify March 3-7.
Last June, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that from 2010-2012 Long County was the fifth-fastest-growing county in the nation, verifying what most leaders in Long County already knew. In anticipation of the arrival of 2014, several officials and notable community members shared their hopes for the new year and previewed some of their organizations' and entities' plans.
Now that we have welcomed 2014, the Courier takes a look back at last year's stories, some sad, some hopeful. This is part two of a two-part series. The dates listed are the dates on which the Courier published these stories, not when the events occurred.