As the recession lingers and the economy continues to struggle, it's time to get smart about saving. Marty Durrence, city executive for The Coastal Bank in Hinesville, recently shared his top five tips for improving financial situations and saving for the future:
Air Force Airman Sherree K. Grant recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Recording artist and Midway resident Naomi Ruth McFadden is gaining popularity in gospel music circles. She will soon release her debut album, "Come too Far," and has been performing at various church events around the region. The album's namesake single is available on iTunes.
Last year, Julian Stokes led the Liberty County Panthers to the second round of the football playoffs as quarterback. This year, Stokes is headed to Georgia State University where he will try out Aug. 24 for the school's inaugural football team.
Hinesville resident Tommy McKnight, 11, has been attending vacation Bible school at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Hinesville for "practically" his whole life.
Mary LeCounte Baggs will join the century club July 23, when she will officially celebrate 100 years of a full and active life. Having lived in Riceboro all her life, Baggs has seen the dirt roads of early 20th century Liberty County paved over with change. And she has left her mark on the community.
Demetrius D. Stinson has entered basic cadet training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., in preparation to enter his first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phase orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets before their freshman year.
John Thomas Durden Jr., son of Atlanta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden, recently completed his degree in criminal justice with an emphasis in computer technology at Middle Tennessee State University. The younger Durden is now a police officer with the city of Glennville.
July is "National Make a Difference to Children Month." With the start of school less than four weeks away, a local school nurse recently shared with the Courier the ways in which she tries to make a difference to children every day.
SAVANNAH - Hinesville City Councilman Keith Jenkins received a certificate of excellence June 28 from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association's 77th annual convention in Savannah.
Pvt. 1st Class Michael Wilkinson graduated basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., on June 25. For AIT, he will be at Fort Watchuka, Ariz., for military intelligence.
Shawn Haines, an automobile enthusiast, spent 22 years as a mechanic. After he and his wife moved from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Fort Stewart last July, Haines made the change from working on cars to selling cars with Liberty Chrysler in Hinesville. Haines recently shared a list of his dream cars with the Courier.
Air National Guard Airman Roxane C. Pearson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Chief Master Sgt. Cassandra Crawford-Bice retired June 17 from her position as the superintendent of the 436th Mission Support Group, Dover Air Force Base, Del. She served as principle advisor to the Mission Support Group commander on matters related to the professional development, education, retention, manning, health, welfare and morale of more than 1,800 military personnel in seven squadrons: Aerial Port, Civil Engineer, Security Forces, Logistics Readiness, Communications, Force Support and Contracting.