"Daddy spoke of people coming from near and far back in the 1930s to benefit from the restorative waters," Hinesville native Sandy Burch said. "They were just sulfur water, but they attracted many visitors to Hinesville."
The Hospital Authority, Hinesville City Council and Liberty County Commissioners broke ground at the Lewis Ashmore Medical Park and future home of Liberty Regional Medical Center on May 8, 1997, and celebrated the hospital's grand opening on Nov. 22, 1998.
In 1803, a new law had been passed in the Georgia General Assembly, and native American land the state owned was laid out into counties. It was broken up into lots of 202.5 acres, and a lottery was held.
Brush strokes on canvas, a dip of pen in ink or words etched in time. The senses ignite. Creativity springs to life. Talents are discovered. New passions are explored. It all happens in a place dedicated to the arts - the Hinesville Area Arts Council's downtown Hinesville gallery on South Commerce Street.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce was organized Feb. 13, 1930, with H.C. Saunders as president and meetings slated for February of each year. Members made efforts to recover from The Great Depression and bolster the local economy by creating the Liberty County Car Credit Corporation Unit, the Liberty County Truck Growers Association and the Liberty County Livestock Association.
In 1989, Charlene Godley, Barry Wilkes, Johnny Zoucks, Gary Dodd, Billy Jones and Dr. Whitman Fraser formed an ad hoc committee to establish an organization promoting faith-based programs.
Nicky Clark -- Newspaper man through and through
When the town of Hinesville was laid out in 1837, a plot was reserved for the Methodist Church. This site was adjacent to the courthouse, where Bradwell Park is now. A small frame building was erected on the lot, and it was there that religious life in Hinesville began to grow.
Buddy DeLoach -- The Army Town
From the day it was named for state Sen. Charlton Hines and tapped as the county seat in 1837, Hinesville's history is rich.
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