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Leaders organize to fight BRAC

Mayor Jim Thomas said he and Liberty County leaders plan to form an alliance with leaders of other communities surrounding Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield. The alliance will serve as a collective voice, expressing concerns to leaders in Washington about future military base closures, he said.

December 26, 2012 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Murder pleas, deployments big news in early 2012

As we close the door on 2012, the Courier is recalling stories that grabbed attention, piqued interest and affected the community in the last 12 months. This is the second in a four-part series.

December 26, 2012 | Danielle Hipps | Local news


Obama visit, militia top 2012 stories

The top stories for Hinesville, Fort Stewart and the surrounding areas in 2012 offered reasons to celebrate, question and recall aspects of the community in which we live.

December 24, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


City approves transit study

The Hinesville City Council heard a report Thursday on the Liberty Transit Strategic Study that detailed county-wide needs and recommended strategies.

December 24, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Commissioners OK military zone, road work request

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved two application requests - one that will seek state aid for road improvements and another that targets military-zone tax abatements.

December 24, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ga. labor commissioner stops in Liberty County

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler recently visited Liberty County and met with Liberty County Development Authority board and staff members at MidCoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield.

December 22, 2012 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Educator remembered

In her obituary, Mary Mullen Guiendon's family requested that books be sent to schools instead of flowers being sent to them.

December 21, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Long Co. district lines approved, new election set

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia Brunswick Division on Friday approved Long County's final district lines and set the date for the next general primary, according to County Commission Chairman Bobby Walker.

December 18, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Tornado watch issued for area

Much of Southeast Georgia, including Liberty and Long counties, has been under a tornado watch.

December 17, 2012 | Staff report | Local news


Ground, air medical transports discussed

Emergency medical services were the focus of the recent Long County Commission meeting.

December 15, 2012 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Absent councilman would have voted for tax hike

Hinesville City Councilman Jason Floyd said if he had been present for last Thursday's meeting, he'd have supported the property-tax increase. His absence required Mayor Jim Thomas to make the tie-breaking vote to approve the city's 1-mill property-tax hike.

December 14, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Volunteers sought for homeless count

Hinesville and Liberty County are taking part in a statewide "homeless count" facilitated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, according to Daisy Jones, program coordinator for Hinesville's Homeless Prevention Program.

December 14, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Funeral for BGE School principal set

December 13, 2012 | Staff Report | Local news


LCDA to pay $137K in taxes, seek some reimbursement

The Liberty County Development Authority on Monday voted to pay $137,721.92 in disputed property taxes from a former industrial tenant.

December 12, 2012 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Taxes not only hard issue at council meeting

Even after a proposed property-tax increase was settled with Mayor Jim Thomas' tie-breaking vote, Thursday's three-hour Hinesville City Council meeting remained contentious.

December 12, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


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Liberty County pet-business request faces opposition at LCPC meeting

A couple's efforts to have a pet-service business at their home was met with opposition at the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission meeting Tuesday evening.

August 18, 2015 | By Tiffany King | Local news


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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