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Kingston announces Senate run

SAVANNAH - He's represented Coastal Georgia residents at the federal level for 20 years, and now Rep. Jack Kingston is vying for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

May 03, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | State, National


Governor signs bill to amp up water safety

Gov. Nathan Deal last week signed Senate Bill 136, which lowers the blood-alcohol content limit for boaters from .10 to.08 and increases penalties for those caught boating while intoxicated.

May 01, 2013 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Proposed law would seek river protection

Rotary Club of Richmond Hill members learned Thursday about recent efforts by the Ogeechee Riverkeeper and state lawmakers to help keep clean water flowing in Georgia.

April 30, 2013 | By Crissie Elrick Correspondent | State, National


Hinesville trucker charged for Illinois death

HILLSBORO, Ill. - A Georgia truck driver has been indicted for reckless homicide by a Montgomery County, Ill., grand jury in the November death of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage of Highland on Interstate 55 near Raymond, Ill.

April 26, 2013 | The Journal-News Hillsboro, Ill. | State, National


$2.5M lottery ticket sold in Hville

ATLANTA - A winning Georgia Lottery instant ticket with a multi-million dollar top prize recently was sold in Liberty County. Hinesville Station, at 1046 W. Oglethorpe Highway, sold the Millionaire Jumbo Bucks ticket worth $2.5 million.

April 26, 2013 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Star system named after UGA

ATHENS - The nation's first state-chartered university recently became the world's first to have a star system named after it.

April 25, 2013 | By Alan Flurry UGA | State, National


Shell reefs being put in off Bryan

A group of volunteers is doing its part to help revive and maintain marine life in the off the coast of south Bryan County.

April 23, 2013 | By Crissie Elrick Correspondent | State, National


New I-95 interchange work is five years off

Members of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill were some of the first to hear the news in the latest developments with the potential interchange at Belfast Siding Road and Interstate 95 on Thursday when State Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, spoke to the group.

April 22, 2013 | By Crissie Elrick Correspondent | State, National


Governor signs bill at picnic

Gov. Nathan Deal changed the normal schedule of events at the 26th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Cookout near Glennville on Thursday evening by signing legislation recently passed by the General Assembly.

April 22, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Fire ants are more than a nuisance

Disturbing their mound prompts an attack by hundreds of vicious drones, whose bites leave festering blisters that burn.

April 18, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


State's arson dog dies

Atlanta – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced today that Smokey, the state's fifth arson canine, passed away this morning after a brief illness.

April 16, 2013 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Charges filed in dog mauling of child

Charges have been filed in the death of a North Bryan toddler killed by a pack of family dogs in Ellabell late last month.

April 16, 2013 | Staff report | State, National


Group works for access to South Newport

Preliminary efforts to restore the South Newport River to its natural condition are underway and going well, according to a recent report from the Friends of the South Newport River.

April 15, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps Correspondent | State, National


Pentagon calls for new round of BRAC

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2013 – President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget request for the Defense Department balances competing operational and strategic needs while ensuring the maximization of taxpayer dollars and addressing internal imbalances, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

April 11, 2013 | By Claudette Roulo American Forces Press Service | State, National


Charges expected for toddler mauled by dogs

Charges may be filed this week in the death of a 21-month-old North Bryan toddler mauled late last month by a pack of the family's dogs.

April 10, 2013 | By Crissie Elrick Correspondent | State, National


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DOT sets hearing on pipeline in RH

The Georgia Department of Transportation will have a public hearing on the controversial Palmetto Pipeline project on April 21 at the Richmond Hill City Center.

April 01, 2015 | Special to the Courier | State, National


How one entrepreneur started a $3 million business from prison

As a young man, Frederick Hutson was very enterprising. In his early 20s, he figured out a clever way for his friends to transport marijuana across borders using shipping containers and vacuum-sealed units.

March 29, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Area men have ties to Emmy-winning film

A regional Emmy Award-winning historical documentary more than a decade in the making and shot in North Carolina has a local connection.

March 28, 2015 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | State, National


Offshore drilling meeting draws interest

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An article about the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's "scoping" meeting on offshore drilling held March 24 in Savannah incorrectly characterized the 50-mile buffer. That buffer is only for exploration off the Atlantic coast, not other coasts such as the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska. Also, the term "Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement" was incorrectly stated in the article.

March 26, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Obama extends troop levels in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has extended troop levels in Afghanistan several months beyond the original drawdown plan, saying it will help Afghan security forces succeed during the upcoming fighting season.

March 26, 2015 | By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity | State, National


Bill would make smoking in vehicle with kids illegal

As I write, the General Assembly has passed the 30th legislative day, or "Crossover Day," as it's commonly called. Any legislation that hasn't crossed over to the House or Senate is dead until we reconvene next year. For the remainder of the session, we will focus on reviewing House bills that crossed over to the Senate.

March 24, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson | State, National


'You can't handle the truth': 96 percent of Americans admit to lying

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the ninth commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness."

March 24, 2015 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News | State, National


Census testing digital nose-count in area

The U.S. Census Bureau is in the middle of an experiment to see if online data collection in the next nose-count of Americans.

March 24, 2015 | By Jessica Leigh Lebos Correspondent | State, National


Despite wage setbacks, economy is recovering

A recent Pew Research Center article reports that the U.S. economy in indeed growing and making a resurgence despite some setbacks.

March 24, 2015 | Matthew Jelalian Deseret News | State, National


Spring, eclipse, supermoon all today

AccuWeather reports that Friday the vernal equinox will occur, again marking the gradual return to warmer days in the Northern Hemisphere and winter's official astronomical end.

March 20, 2015 | By Michael Kuhne AccuWeather.com staff writer | State, National


I should have lost my job

Bee shared a story with anonymousthankyous.com about the kindness of a woman who should have had her fired but instead saved her job and gave her encouragement to keep trying.

March 20, 2015 | Michael McCarlie KSL | State, National


From child marriage to lower wages, women and girls still struggle with equality

Women and girls still suffer the lion’s share of violence, illness and lack of access to opportunity, according to two new studies.

March 19, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


State bill would ban photos, video from private places

As I write, the General Assembly has passed the 30th legislative day, or "Crossover Day," as it's commonly called. Any legislation that hasn't crossed over to the House or Senate is dead until we reconvene next year. For the remainder of the session, we will now exclusively focus on reviewing House bills that crossed over to the Senate.

March 19, 2015 | By State Rep. Ben Watson | State, National


How an outdated welfare rule is forcing low-income families to spend their savings

When President Reagan revamped welfare reform in the '80s, he introduced a crucial change: to be eligible for social programs, a person couldn’t have more than $1,000 in assets. This meant that people in need would have to spend their savings before they could apply for assistance programs — and they did.

March 18, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Senate addresses failing schools, marsh buffer and reglious freedom

The Georgia Senate voted on many bills as "crossover" day, or day 30, loomed (Editor's note: Crossover day was Friday). Day 30 is significant because bills that do not go to the House after day 30 or "crossover day" will not become law this session.

March 16, 2015 | By State Sen. Ben Watson | State, National


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