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Officials dedicate justice center

During a dedication ceremony Saturday morning, downtown Hinesville was crowded with residents who wanted to get a sneak peek inside the new Liberty County Justice Center that sits on the corner of Main Street and MLK Drive.

May 17, 2011 | Seraine Page | Local news


St. Catherines artifacts still in spotlight

The Franciscan mission that was buried within St. Catherines Island has been a treasure trove of history, and David Hurst Thomas, curator of North American archaeology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, has spent much of his career bringing those treasures into the light of day.

May 16, 2011 | By Crissie Elrick Correspondent | Local news


Defense requests mistrial in soldier's capitol case

The murder trial of Fort Stewart soldier Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich was interrupted this week when the defense requested a mistrial because the prosecution failed to share information with them concerning Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson, one of the victims in the case.

May 16, 2011 | Denise Etheridge Coastal Courier Staff Writer | Local news


Town hall meeting addresses fire damage

Long County held its "after the smoke clears" town hall meeting Wednesday night at Smiley Elementary School.

May 14, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Allenhurst’s council search continues

Since an Allenhurst councilman resigned last month, a spot on the council has yet to be filled and may not be until November.

May 14, 2011 | Seraine Page | Local news


Hinesville City Council begins redistricting process

The Hinesville City Council poured over district maps and discussed population splits between voting districts Monday afternoon during a redistricting workshop.

May 12, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


Liberty County wins Kiss-A-Pig

For the second time in 15 years, the team representing Liberty County got to pucker up and kiss Reba the pig at the 19th annual Kiss-A-Pig campaign, which benefits the American Diabetes Association.

May 11, 2011 | Patty Leon | Local news


Man breaks into, robs Long store

A man reportedly broke into the Mystik convenience store last week in Ludowici, damaging and robbing the store.

May 11, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


Farmers market kicks off with a crowd

The Hinesville Downtown Farmers Market is held from 4-8 p.m. each Thursday now through Oct. 27. HDDA officials say vendors will be selling area-grown fresh produce, grass-fed beef, eggs and dairy products, honey, arts and crafts, soy candles, jams and jellies and customized woodwork. For more information, call 877-4332 or email discoverdowntown@coastalnow.net.

May 10, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


Animal-control center, shelter work together under one roof

From the dirt road out front, the bold black lettering on the small, blue, brick building seems like a joke: "Animal Control."

May 09, 2011 | Seraine Page | Local news


City redoing districts

The Hinesville City Council voted Thursday to redraw its voting districts to comply with the Voting Rights Act. The city's 2010 Census numbers shows two of its districts' populations swelled in the past 10 years, and another district's population has declined somewhat.

May 09, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


Someone will kiss a pig tomorrow

The winners of the 19th annual Kiss-A-Pig campaign will be announced tomorrow night during the campaign's final gala dinner at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Savannah.

May 07, 2011 | Patty Leon | Local news


Hinesville grocery helps combat hunger

The Hinesville Save-a-Lot food store donated 10,000 pink lady apples to America's Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia during a ceremony Thursday morning attended by Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas, Save-a-Lot District Manager Mike Holcombe and Second Harvest Food Servicing Manager Russ Toler.

May 07, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Local news


Commission OKs historic site grants

On Tuesday, the Liberty County Board of Commissioners approved five grants for local historic sites along the Historic Liberty Trail, which stretches from the coast all throughout the county.

May 06, 2011 | Seraine Page | Local news


Midway council work session ends abruptly

Midway City Council's Monday work session came to an abrupt halt and was adjourned about two minutes into the proceedings because the agenda was not approved.

May 03, 2011 | By Joe Parker Jr. Coastal Courier correspondent | Local news


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Citizens voice concerns at county millage hearing

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Monday held its first public hearing regarding the upcoming millage-rate adoption.

November 26, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Interact clubs emphasize ‘service above self’

On Saturday, Oct. 18, while most teenagers were sleeping in, roughly 25 Liberty County High School students gathered together to clean up a section of Liberty County's waterway as part of the Rivers Alive project.

November 26, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Bryant Commons to open to public March 7

The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority has announced that Bryant Commons officially will be opened to the public in a grand-opening event scheduled for March 7.

November 26, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Homeless Prevention Program turns 16

Hinesville's Homeless Prevention Program celebrated 16 years last month. Program Coordinator Daisy Jones said her department of three had modest beginnings, but it now networks with dozens of churches, civic organizations and service agencies dedicated to helping the homeless and hungry in Hinesville and Liberty County.

November 24, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Employee raises saved, tax increase higher

The first action item on Thursday's Hinesville City Council meeting agenda was to approve a revised budget for fiscal year 2015.

November 24, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Midway residents help update land-use map

Fewer than a dozen Midway residents joined Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission officials Thursday at the Liberty County Community Complex to discuss and assist updating the Midway subarea land-use map.

November 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Commission talks budget ahead of millage-rate hearings

The Liberty County Board of Commissioners heard a financial report from county Chief Financial Officer Kim McGlothlin at its mid-month meeting Thursday.

November 21, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Long County commissioner raises discrimination concerns in roads department

An otherwise-routine employment process with the Long County roads department has received the attention of the county commissioner responsible for that department.

November 21, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Tornado watch, freeze watch

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.

November 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local news


Kesslers students join record attempt at cup stacking

About 175 students at Fort Stewart's Kessler Elementary School attempted a world record in cup stacking Thursday.

November 14, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


City millage rate increasing by up to .94 mills

After more than an hour and a half debate Thursday over possible cuts to make up a $1.3 million budget deficit, city leaders conceded they have to increase the property taxes by .94 of a mill, though maybe less.

November 13, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


World War II veteran returns to Fort Stewart

In 1943, Sgt. Frank Moore was a soldier with the Army's 4th Infantry Division, XII Corps. As he and his unit prepared for the Allied invasion at Normandy, he spent a summer in Coastal Georgia, sleeping in the fields of Camp Stewart.

November 12, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


MidCoast moves forward with runway extension

The Local Joint Management Board of the MidCoast Regional Airport met Thursday to discuss plans for the runway-extension project, among other business.

November 07, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Local news


Council plans to tackle new budget with SPLOST failure

Failure of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum to pass in last week's election was hardly mentioned until the end of Thursday's city council meeting.

November 07, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


Commissioners preparing to resume budget talks

As part of his administrative report to Liberty County Board of Commissioners during Tuesday night's meeting, County Administrator Joey Brown advised commissioners they'd have to talk about the county's budget at the next meeting if the referendum for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax did not pass.

November 07, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Local news


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