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Budget woes may trim planning funds

With its budget woes in mind, the Liberty County Board of Commissioners is considering pulling funding for a portion of the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission funding.

February 15, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


City, BoE, United Way fight homelessness

Through its Homeless Prevention Program, Hinesville collaborates with the Liberty County Board of Education, the United Way of the Coastal Empire and other service providers to help homeless individuals and families find temporary shelter.

February 14, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long BoE gets money for school lane

The Long County Board of Education learned during its Feb. 5 meeting that the required deceleration lane for the new high school will be built at no additional cost to taxpayers.

February 13, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


County revenues 'sobering'

Despite recent millage-rate increases, Liberty County's revenues still are lagging.

February 13, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Lightning sparks fire at Smiley

Lighting struck Smiley Elementary's gymnasium at around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, causing a fire to break out on the Long County school's roof, according to Long County/Ludowici Fire Chief Richard Truman.

February 13, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Council steps toward Veterans widening

The Hinesville City Council on Thursday dealt with 27 action and information items on a full agenda schedule during its meeting that lasted nearly three hours.

February 12, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long County addresses upcoming election

The Long County Commission on Tuesday cleared up some issues on the upcoming county election and wrapped up several loose ends regarding the recreation department.

February 11, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Long asked to buck possible gun laws

Two Long County residents on Tuesday asked the Long County Commission not to support federal laws that they fear might violate the U.S. Constitution, specifically gun-control regulations.

February 08, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Survey estimates 235 homeless in county

Leaders of the 2013 Liberty County Homeless Count held an after-actions review Wednesday at the human resource training room in city hall.

February 08, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Bryan OKs $200,000 for interchange

The Bryan County Board of Commissioners has decided how much money it can contribute toward the long-planned interchange project at I-95 and Belfast Siding Road.

February 07, 2013 | By Crissie Elrick Bryan County News | Local news


HPD officer charged with fraud

Hinesville Police Cpl. Anthony Martin has been arrested and charged with one count of financial transaction card fraud.

February 07, 2013 | Staff report | Local news


Hinesville man celebrates $1M lottery win

ATLANTA – Alexander Rivera, a Hinesville resident, has won a $1 million top prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Georgia Lottery Black. Rivera, who retired five months ago from the U.S. Army, is excited about his windfall.

February 06, 2013 | Staff Report | Local news


Georgia Trend: Hinesville is Renaissance City

Georgia Trend Magazine chose Hinesville as one of Georgia's top eight "Renaissance Cities" for its February 2013 edition. According to the article by Candice Dyer, Patty Rasmussen and John McCurry, the eight cities that made the list were Blue Ridge, Columbus, Dahlonega, Decatur, Hinesville, Roswell, Savannah and Statesboro.

February 06, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Class furloughs will hit teacher pay hardest

The Liberty County Board of Education has not been coy about its financial hardship in recent months, and its decision earlier this month to adopt a calendar with six teacher-furlough days for the coming academic year should not have been a surprise.

February 05, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Armstrong still seeking green light from state

The Pirates still are trying to stake their claim on Hinesville soil, but the $4.75 million funding request from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia still hangs in the balance.

February 05, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


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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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