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Newsome pleads guilty to murder of Savannah Smith

Maurice Dwayne Newsome entered his negotiated plea of guilty to malice murder in the death of his former girlfriend, Savannah Smith, on Tuesday in Liberty County Superior Court Judge Robert Russell's courtroom.

January 18, 2012 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Election payments questioned in Long County

In a recent Long County Commission meeting, county board of elections member Nancy McKnew questioned recent payments to board chair Vanessa Cunningham.

January 17, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Midway City Council rejects lawyer's proposal

The Midway City Council last Tuesday unanimously rejected its lawyer's advice to spend around $250 for a study aimed at helping resolve a years-long dispute between Midway and the Liberty County Development Authority.

January 17, 2012 | By Joe Parker Jr Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Allenhurst officials sworn in

Allenhurst's leaders were sworn into new terms Thursday at City Attorney Bob Pirkle's office in Hinesville.

January 17, 2012 | Staff report | Local news


Love for art, theater becomes ministry

Donald Lovette is a man who gives life to the characters he sees in his mind's eyes.

January 16, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


MLK’s dream hailed

The annual Leadership and Grand Marshall Breakfast at Historic Dorchester Academy continued a long tradition Saturday with more than 125 governmental, civic and religious leaders attending to honor the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King.

January 16, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Home heads down the road

This old home was moved Thursday from 506 Oglethorpe Highway, only three doors down from the Mills House, which was scheduled to be moved today. However, a last-minute decision by the Georgia Department of Transportation delayed that move until 9 a.m. Monday. The smaller home also was part of the property now owned by attorneys Joel and Jay Osteen.

January 13, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Sheriff Nobles laid to rest

A line stretched outside the chapel door of First Baptist Church in Ludowici on Wednesday afternoon as a steady stream of family, friends and community members gathered to pay their final respects to Long County Sheriff Cecil Nobles, who died early Monday morning.

January 13, 2012 | By Patty Leon | Local news


Winter returning to the area

Winter is expected back across Georgia, including our coastal area, this evening. It could stay the weekend.

January 12, 2012 | Staff report | Local news


Vandals target two Midway schools

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office and the Liberty County School System are working together to find the person - or people - responsible for vandalizing two schools and damaging $21,887 worth of technology gear in Midway over the weekend.

January 11, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


A lifetime of service

Longtime Long County Sheriff Cecil Nobles died Monday at Wayne County Hospital in Jesup. He was 76 years old. Nobles had been battling cancer and was undergoing treatment at the time of his death.

January 11, 2012 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Long Co. Sheriff Nobles dies

Longtime Long County Sheriff Cecil Nobles died early Monday morning at Wayne County Hospital in Jesup. He was 76 years old.

January 09, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Former tax commissioner recently released on parole

A former Liberty County Tax Commissioner convicted in April 2001 on four counts of theft by conversion and racketeering has returned to the area after serving about 10 years.

January 09, 2012 | Staff Report | Local news


Mills House to receive makeover after relocation

New owners Pastor Tim and Catherine "Cathy" Parrish will restore and renovate the Mills House after it is moved to their land in Long County. The refurbished Mills House will incorporate replacement doors, windows and fixtures from another historic home, the Jordye Bacon House, which was torn down in September when efforts to preserve it fell through.

January 09, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Council talks business, transit

When the Hinesville City Council held its first meeting of the year Thursday, it spent a significant amount of time discussing an old issue: the occupancy status of Tekilla Rose Bar and Grill.

January 09, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


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Projected SPLOST revenue: $55.4M

During a planning session Friday, the Liberty County Board of Commissioners discussed possible projects for SPLOST 2015. Commissioners also were updated on projected revenues the county could expect from the 1 percent sales tax.

February 19, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


AASU unveils new Liberty Center plan

Local leaders got a glimpse of the future Tuesday during a Hinesville Rotary Club meeting when Armstrong Atlantic State University President Dr. Linda Bleicken and Liberty Center Director retired Col. Peter Hoffman unveiled a rendering of the new Liberty campus. The unveiling was held during a Rotary luncheon at the La Quinta Inn on Highway 84 in Flemington.

February 19, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Local news


Bryan County puts Sunday alcohol sales to voters

The Bryan County Board of Commissioners will let voters decide in November whether they want to buy alcohol on Sunday in unincorporated parts of the county.

February 18, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Local news


Former Pembroke priest sentenced

A Catholic priest, who worked in several Georgia towns, including Pembroke, is going to prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing a boy in Ohio.

February 18, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Local news


LPD officer fired by council

Ludowici Police Department Captain Robert Kicklighter was formally fired by the Ludowici City Council on Thursday after a hearing was held to investigate the circumstances of his departure from the department on Dec. 23.

February 17, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Low-cost vet clinic opens in area

The Liberty County Humane Shelter and Coastal Community Veterinary Clinic have joined forces to provide area residents with low-cost veterinary services. The facility, at 279 Briarwood Circle in Hinesville, held its grand opening last week and celebrated by offering free checkups and rabies shots to the first 50 pets in line.

February 17, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Mayor: Learn from history, but focus on today

His military career began in 1957 and essentially continued through to 2005, when he retired for a second time with a total of 46 years military-related service. Then, in 2008, Jim Thomas began his political career as Hinesville's first black mayor.

February 16, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Republican challenging sitting governor

David Pennington says that if elected, he will be Georgia's first limited-government, conservative Republican governor.

February 15, 2014 | By Al Hackle Correspondent | Local news


Hearing set for former Ludowici chief

Suspended Ludowici Police Chief James Rogers has been granted a hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Ludowici City Hall. The city council unanimously approved and scheduled the hearing during Tuesday's meeting.

February 15, 2014 | By Mike Riddle | Local news


Reports from 2014 General Assembly Jan. 13-24

The media player at left has daily reports from the Georgia General Assembly for 2014 session, which began Jan. 13:

January 14, 2014 | Staff Report | Local news


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