As Tropical Storm Andrea made its way across Florida on Thursday afternoon, Liberty County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Hodges said Coastal Georgia residents needed to prepare for excessive wind and rain into Friday morning. The storm carries with it the possibility of up to 5 inches of rain, 60 mph wind gusts, isolated tornadoes and some high surf.
Daniel Thomas of Richmond Hill won a $100,000 top prize playing the Jumbo Bucks Crossword instant lottery game.Thomas, who works in the gift-wrapping business, stopped at Clyde's Market on East Oglethorpe Highway in Midway after work to buy a ticket.
Liberty County EMA Director Mike Hodges said he expects Tropical Storm Andrea will bring about 5 inches of rain and 60 mph wind gusts to this area. There also is a possibility for isolated tornadoes and some high surf (although major coastal flooding would not be expected since the storm would be coming at us from the Gulf, not the Atlantic). The impacts would be most likely for the coastal counties, and be felt mainly later Thursday and Thursday night, possibly lingering into early Friday in the South Carolina counties.
Hinesville will host the third annual Project Homeless Connect from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Community Center, 1370 Shaw Road, next to Lyman Hall Elementary School.
There are no projects on the list yet, and a date for voters to weigh in has not been determined, but Liberty County leaders are gearing up for the next special purpose local-option sales-tax referendum, or SPLOST, which will take place in 2014.
Long County High School seniors on Thursday were told to make the area proud as they were recognized during the 2013 senior banquet at LCHS.
To help local residents prepare for this year's hurricane season, which began Saturday, the Liberty County Emergency Management Agency observed Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 25-June 1.
A local food drive held at Bradwell Institute's gymnasium and sponsored by the Liberty County office of the United Way of the Coastal Empire gave away more than 17,000 pounds of food that included frozen turkeys, canned fruits and vegetables, bread and drinks. Area United Way Director Jennifer Darsey said a large crowd waited in the bleachers for the food to be bagged before it was distributed.
The annual Liberty Countywide Planning Workshop wrapped Friday after two days of sessions held within county lines for the first time.
Fort Stewart firefighters used their specialized lifesaving skills and training to rescue a Tattnall County maintenance worker May 21.
A remote-control model airplane club has brought new life to Liberty County's old airport. The Blazing Angels RC Squadron club members now are wowing spectators with aerobatic maneuvers by model aircraft.
Billy Kirk and Clint Durrence, lead line technicians with Coastal Electric Membership Cooperative of Midway, along with a line tech from Cobb EMC and another from Washington EMC, this weekend are heading to Costa Rica, where they'll bring electricity for the first time to a remote jungle village.
The foundation for the planned Long County Veterans Memorial recently was laid in Ludowici. With that work completed, the next step toward completing the three-year project is to have the names of veterans and supporters engraved on the marble stones that will be sitting at Friendship Park.
Liberty County residents observed Memorial Day on Monday in a variety of ways. While some opted to relax at home or enjoy traditional backyard cookouts, others took advantage of events around the area, such as the American Legion Post 168's morning observance or Fort Morris State Historic Site's commemoration, which featured Revolutionary War musket- and cannon-firing demonstrations.
Law Day was celebrated last week at the Long County Courthouse.
The road to making the newly dedicated Liberty County Community Complex a reality took more than 10 years to travel. Community leaders recently recounted how the community-center renovation evolved and shared memories of the old Liberty County High School that served African-American students from 1952 to 1972.
Liberty County commissioners Thursday heard for a second time about Ban the Box, a campaign to make it easier for ex-cons to get jobs.
The Long County Commission met department heads and constitutional officers on Tuesday. During the work session, Commissioner Willie Thomson asked if the recreation board had policies on who could fish at the recreation complex pond.
Georgia's leading water protection group recently named its "Dirty Dozen" for 2013, highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia's waters.
The Hinesville City Council heard a legislative update from state Rep. Al Williams during Thursday's meeting. Williams, D-Midway, told the council that as the state continues to cut its budget, the legislature will be forced to pass the cuts to local governments.
Community leaders and east-end residents were happy to enter the newly renovated Liberty County Community Complex on Friday in Midway to formally dedicate the facility.
The Ludowici City Council during a recent meeting reported the approval of a grant that will help two streets behind Walker Elementary School.
Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, the memories of that tragic day have faded for many Americans. But for two people who unwittingly were tied to the harrowing events that unfolded Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the mental anguish never will subside.
A spokesman for Georgia's Environmental Protection Division said a permit issued this week that allows King America Finishing to continue releasing wastewater into the Ogeechee River would "make the discharge the most highly regulated in the state."
The Liberty County Board of Education unanimously voted to keep its millage rate at 16 mills next year during Tuesday's regular meeting.
The Liberty County Board of Education has been named a Georgia Quality School Board.
The Liberty College & Career Academy hosted the second day of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's business and education summit Friday. Cagle attended the first day of the summit Thursday at the college and career academy in Effingham County. He was not able to attend the summit here in Liberty County.
Mayor Jim Thomas said his recent trip to China may bear fruit in a year or two. Thomas and Liberty County Development Authority CEO Ron Tolley went to Wuhan, China, on Oct. 14-20 for the third annual China Global Automotive Forum.
The Long County Board of Education on Tuesday approved a measure to join the Southeast Georgia Friends of Fort Stewart and Hunter partnership.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce will host a panel to discuss current issues at noon Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Century Link 50/50 building, 115 Patriot's Trail in Hinesville.