As 2011 draws to a close and we look forward to the year to come, the Courier is taking a look back at this year's most attention-grabbing stories. In this four-part series, we'll revisit the stories that affected the community during the 2011 calendar year. Perhaps they were fodder for dinner parties or hot topics in government meetings; perhaps they dragged on in Sound off for weeks to follow, or maybe they reminded you about the value of humanity. The dates listed reflect when the story appeared in the Courier, not necessarily the date the story occurred.
The Ludowici City Council was told at its Dec. 13 monthly meeting that the city has been making some business operations errors.
Since September 2010, Hinesville has been awarded $27,374,045 in grant funding to benefit residents in a variety of areas, including city and county law enforcement and fire departments, school security, homeless prevention and housing, housing rehabilitation, Fair Housing education, veterans support, transportation enhancement, cultural venue construction, energy efficiency and conservation, water reclamation and quality enhancement, according to Hinesville spokeswoman Krystal Britton.
A proposal to annex residential and undeveloped areas near Highway 196 and Airport Road was among four information items considered by the Hinesville City Council during its meeting Friday.
After much discussion and a called executive session Tuesday, the Ludowici City Council voted to keep city clerk Tara Manning on suspension but to rescind its previous decision not to pay her during the suspension. During a Dec. 5 called meeting, the council voted to suspend Manning without pay for her role in signing checks - along with Ludowici Mayor Myrtice Warren - to pay Vanessa Cunningham for contracted work that since has been questioned by some council members.
While the world economic crunch has rippled through businesses and slashed income for some, its effects also have been making their way to an organization aimed to buffer families from poverty: the Division of Family and Children Services.
Santa Claus received a little help from some unlikely elves Wednesday when mayors and representatives from more than a dozen cities participated in a motorcade-style parade through the campus of Georgia Regional Hospital to deliver Christmas gifts for patients.
Call it a face-lift, a transformation or even an "Extreme Makeover: Print Edition" - the Coastal Courier will unveil a sleek, new look Friday.
The Liberty County Board of Commissioners during its meeting Tuesday approved a 120-day extension to an existing moratorium on Internet sweepstakes cafés.
Sarah "Betty" Hayes won the Walthourville City Council Post 3 runoff election Tuesday, according to an election summary report released by the Liberty County Board of Elections.
It's been more than four years since Debora Gail Moody last was seen Dec. 4, 2007. That day, the Long County woman purchased a new pen for her dog, and the owner of the store where she bought it followed her home to help her unload it. That friend was the last person to see Moody, who was 42 at the time.
Hundreds of friends and relatives decked out in baseball attire gathered Saturday afternoon at Liberty County High School's baseball field to celebrate the life of Joe Watkins.
The Liberty County Development Authority held a called meeting Wednesday to discuss service proposals for a timber-management plan for undeveloped sites within its industrial parks.
The Liberty County Hospital Authority appointed one new member and reappointed its chairman Wednesday during a called meeting.
Christmas in the Park will affect traffic and parking in downtown Hinesville on Monday. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and roads will close beginning at 3 p.m.
An otherwise-routine employment process with the Long County roads department has received the attention of the county commissioner responsible for that department.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Liberty, Long, Bryan, Wayne, Chatham and most of eastern Georgia until 6 p.m. today.
About 175 students at Fort Stewart's Kessler Elementary School attempted a world record in cup stacking Thursday.