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  • Commission considers changing voter-precinct locations Commission considers changing voter-precinct locations Long County Long County Commissioners recently discussed the possibility of changing the locations of several voter precincts. Elections supervisor Kierra Hamilton said that consolidating Districts 3 and 7 is being looked into, as is having one precinct at city hall.District 3 Commissioner Willie Thompson said he opposes this because he believes every district should have its own precinct to make it easier ...
  • Hinesville jobless rate up to 8.7% Hinesville jobless rate up to 8.7% ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Hinesville's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up .3 percent from 8.4 percent in May. The rate was 9.8 percent in June a year ago. The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and a rise in the labor ...
  • Exiting soldiers get scoop on careers Exiting soldiers get scoop on careers Fort Stewart soldiers who are transitioning from the Army and those who recently left the service, as well as veterans and civilians, had an opportunity Thursday to compete for more than 1,100 state jobs available through the Georgia Department of Corrections and other law-enforcement agencies.The GDC, the Georgia National Guard and Fort Stewart's Army Career Alumni Program hosted a Military ...
  • Next step in election certification Next step in election certification Results from Tuesday's primary runoff races are in, but have not been certified.State Senator Buddy Carter won the 1st Congressional District Republican runoff against Dr. Bob Johnson. In November, Carter will face Savannah Democrat Brian Reese, who defeated Richmond Hill real-estate agent Amy Tavio for the Democratic nomination. Speaking to his supporters, Carter pledged his support to bring the party ...
  • Two firefighters injured Two firefighters injured Civil-War re-enactor's gunpowder explodes Two Hinesville firefighters were injured in an explosion Thursday morning, according to HFD Capt. Kris Johanson. They were injured inside a shed in the 600 block of Mahoney Road shortly before 10 a.m. The shed reportedly contained gunpowder used in Civil War re-enactments. Johanson said the firefighters were unaware of what was in the shed when they entered to put ...
  • Midway officer nabs suspects minutes after crime Midway officer nabs suspects minutes after crime Midway Police Officer Russell Knox said it was solid police work and some luck that led to his apprehension of three armed-robbery suspects early Wednesday morning. According to Liberty County Sheriff's Office Detective Julie Hibbeler, the suspects - later identified as Christian Manuel, 23; Shemar Ramos, 17; and Reginald Brown, 20 - are accused of robbing the El Cheapo service ...
  • City delays vote on new store City delays vote on new store Not enough notice given to public The Hinesville City Council on Thursday tabled a rezoning petition that would accommodate a grocery store with gas pumps.The request, filed by Wilma Gaskin, owner of Berry Engineers LLC, and developer Polestar Development LLC, is to rezone 5.55 acres at 1422 W. Oglethorpe Highway from single-family dwelling to general commercial. Although the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission recommended approval of the ...
  • High-speed chase sends 1 to hospital High-speed chase sends 1 to hospital Incident ended when SUV crashed on Talmadge Road Walthourville Police Lt. Wade Long, attempting to initiate a traffic stop, was involved in a chase on Talmadge Road in Walthourville on Wednesday night. According to Walthourville Police Chief Tracy McFadden, the chase ended when the vehicle containing four people crashed into a cluster of trees on Talmadge Road around 9:30 p.m. Two suspects fled on foot, and another passenger was ...
  • Fitness tests demand soldiers' best efforts Fitness tests demand soldiers' best efforts Challenge establishes Spartan's strongest Each day of Spartan Week presented a new athletic challenge for all the soldiers assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team. July 14 kicked off with a brigade run. The July 15 challenge was an obstacle course called Spartan Forge. On July 16, troops took part in a Battle-Focused Triathlon.Each battalion put forth their toughest, strongest ...
  • Planning meeting Thursday in Midway Planning meeting Thursday in Midway The third of 12 Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission community-planning meetings is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dorchester Academy, 8787 E. Oglethorpe Highway in Midway.Thursday's meeting is open to the public and will focus on the McIntosh/Holmestown area.The purpose of the community-planning meetings, which are scheduled for each month in different locations in the county, is to review recent development ...
  • Kingston loses bid for Senate seat Kingston loses bid for Senate seat Carter is GOP nominee for House Coastal Georgia's longtime congressional representative Jack Kingston was defeated in his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Businessman David Perdue got 50.9 percent of Tuesday's primary runoff votes, or 245,723 of the 482,913 votes cast, for the Republican nomination. Kingston pulled in 237,190 votes or 49.1 percent of the total. Perdue now faces Democrat Michelle Nunn in the ...
  • Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for July 23 Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for July 23 Recent reports filed by deputies at the Liberty County Sheriff's Office include:July 6Harassing phone calls - A Hinesville woman was having problems with her ex-boyfriend, who had been told by another deputy not to contact her anymore. The ex-boyfriend called her from a blocked number and said, "I don't want to take you to court, and I don't want you ...
  • Longh BoE OKs vote on new school Longh BoE OKs vote on new school Question will be on November ballot The Long County Board of Education on Monday took the first step in the process of building a new school that would house grades 3-8.In a unanimous vote, the board approved a resolution to let voters decide in November whether the county should raise $6.1 million through taxes to go toward the construction project. Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters said that ...
  • Holtzmans selling realty office Holtzmans selling realty office Leigh Smiley buying franchise Coldwell Banker Holtzman, Realtors owners George Holtzman and his wife, Babs Holtzman, are releasing the day-to-day operational decisions and management. Leigh Smiley will transition from associate broker to managing broker/owner of the realty firm. George Holtzman still will serve as the qualifying broker and will continue to list and sell commercial and special residential properties. With 40 years of real-estate ...
  • Liberty County favors Carter, Kingston Liberty County favors Carter, Kingston Early results show tight 1st District, Senate races State- and national-office runoff elections held Tuesday across Georgia produced some close, nail-biting results, none of which were complete by the time the Courier went to press at 9 p.m. He may have come in behind businessman David Perdue during the May primary, but U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston made a strong run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. ...
  • Shooting reported at Hillery Park Shooting reported at Hillery Park Victim at LRMC, two suspects sought A shooting has been reported at Hillery Park in Walthourville. It happened just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to Walthourville Police Chief Tracey McFadden. The victim was taken to Liberty Regional Medical Center, but his condition is unknown. Authorities are on the lookout for the suspects, described as two black males in a white Ford Escort. Anyone with information should ...
  • Materials testing lab picks Interstate Centre Materials testing lab picks Interstate Centre 70 jobs to be created near Ellabell West Penn Testing Group, a material-testing services provider, will locate to Ellabell, creating 70 jobs and investing $3 million into a facility over the next five years, according to Gov. Nathan Deal announced. "West Penn Testing Group's decision to locate to Bryan County underscores the high-caliber talent found in Georgia," Deal said today. "Not only does this advocate for Georgia's No. ...
  • HPD gets new DUI-test equipment HPD gets new DUI-test equipment The Hinesville Police Department recently received a grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to provide funding for a CMI Intoxilyzer 9000 breath alcohol testing instrument.In joint efforts with the Law Enforcement Intoxilyzer Instrument Transition Program, the grant program is assisting local law-enforcement agencies in replacing the Intoxilyzer 5000, an aging breath testing device, with the improved ...
  • Number of foreclosures worry county commisison Number of foreclosures worry county commisison Group offers help to failing homeowners The Liberty County Board of Commissioners heard a petition from JC Vision and Associates, Inc. at its mid-month meeting Thursday.According to Dana Ingram, executive director of the nonprofit organization, the metropolitan statistical area of Hinesville-Fort Stewart saw the 12th-highest growth in serious delinquency rates, out of 381 MSAs nationwide."This is something that we're not talking about in the community," Ingram ...
  • Long County resolves EMS issue Long County resolves EMS issue For the past year, the provider of Long County's future emergency medical services has been shrouded in uncertainty. But Emergency Management Agency Director Bob Heffley said last week that there soon will be no cause for concern. On Thursday, Heffley told the Coastal Courier that the Region 9 Zoning Commission for EMS had provided the initial approval for Long County ...

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