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  • Liberty County workshop discusses SPLOST, Wi-Fi, economic development Liberty County workshop discusses SPLOST, Wi-Fi, economic development ST. SIMONS ISLAND - County and city leaders attended their annual two-day countywide planning workshop, Wednesday and Thursday at The King and Prince resort to discuss new initiatives and review department activities. Status updates The workshop started with status reports on the three issues chosen at the 2015 workshop to tackle that year: business development, branding and the Special Purpose ...
  • Ludowici woman dies in Florida hospital after accident Ludowici woman dies in Florida hospital after accident Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction. An earlier version of this online article incorrectly listed Rita Simmons Deen's occupations. She was the daughter of a retired tax commissioner and worked at Ludowici Bank. It also mispelled the name of one of the probate judge candidates. The correct spelling is Teresa Odum. The Coastal Courier ...
  • This bourbon's for Ludowici veteran This bourbon's for Ludowici veteran Evan Williams introduces tribute bottles Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon is recognizing 10 veterans for their service in the military and their community, and one of those selected lives in Ludowici. Lori McCampbell retired from the Army as a sergeant first class in 2015 after serving in the National Guard since 2001, first in Kentucky and later in Georgia. She worked as a heavy-vehicle mechanic and ...
  • Bradwell graduates head into the future Bradwell graduates head into the future A parade of blue and gold marched across the ornately decorated Olvey Field. Families sat on the bleachers of Hokey Jackson Stadium, anticipating the call of their child's name. Their children were receiving their Bradwell Institute diplomas during Friday's commencement. "We've come a long way from being the insecure freshmen who had to use a map to find their way ...
  • Comments sought on social studies standards Comments sought on social studies standards ATLANTA - The State Board of Education has posted the first Georgia Standards of Excellence for social studies for public comment. If approved, the standards will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year, following a year of teacher training. The draft standards, along with supporting documentation, are available at www.georgiastandards.org/Documents/Social-Studies-GSE-K-12-May-2016.pdf. The proposed standards were developed based on a formal review ...
  • Comments sought on social studies standards Comments sought on social studies standards ATLANTA - The State Board of Education has posted the first Georgia Standards of Excellence for social studies for public comment. If approved, the standards will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year, following a year of teacher training. The draft standards, along with supporting documentation, are available at www.georgiastandards.org/Documents/Social-Studies-GSE-K-12-May-2016.pdf. The proposed standards were developed based on a formal review ...
  • Sheriffs win primaries; 2 runoffs in Long County Sheriffs win primaries; 2 runoffs in Long County The Liberty and Long county sheriffs won their respective primaries Tuesday, one Long County commissioner primary went to a recount Friday, and another Long commissioner primary might go to a recount next week. Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes will face Republican challenger Robert Brooks in the November general election, while Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles will face GOP challenger Timothy ...
  • Hinesville Gulf War veteran to march in National Memorial Day Parade Hinesville Gulf War veteran to march in National Memorial Day Parade Event to highlight 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm Twenty-five years ago, more than 600,000 service members took part in Operation Desert Storm, at the time the largest deployment of U.S. Armed Forces since Vietnam. Paul Sheldon, then an E-4 (specialist), from Hinesville was one of those who left friends and family behind to serve in Desert Storm. On Monday, he will be among more than 500 Gulf War ...
  • County leaders develop action plans to address issues County leaders develop action plans to address issues ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Developing action plans for three issues in Liberty County was the focus for day 2 of the county-wide planning workshop at The King and Prince resort. Wednesday afternoon, county leaders and department representatives chose three issues to discuss: Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax, beautification and economic development in the three city gateways to the county ...
  • Metro Hinesville’s unemployment rate drops in April Metro Hinesville’s unemployment rate drops in April ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Hinesville's unemployment rate for April was 5.3 percent, down 0.6 percentage point from March. The rate in April 2015 was 6 percent. The rate declined as the number of jobs increased by 100, or 0.5 percent, to 19,800 in April. Most of the increase came in the service-related industries ...
  • Spotlight on students at fair Spotlight on students at fair The Liberty County Media Festival shined spotlights on students last week at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center, which was decked out like a red-carpet reception. Students received Oscar-like trophies for their projects. The judge's favorite projects were chosen from more than 260 submissions. Many of the projects will go on to the Georgia Student Media Festival May 13 at ...
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    Rabies clinics in Long County Saturday Long County will host two rabies clinics Saturday. The first will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Long County Animal Control on Highway 84. The other will be from 11 a.m. to noon at Fire Station No. 5 in Sandhills, Chief Code Enforcement Officer John Bradley said. Dr. Clint Hall of Wolfe Animal Hospital in Jesup will be at each clinic ...
  • Leaders attend county-wide planning workshop Leaders attend county-wide planning workshop UPDATED ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Liberty County's annual countywide planning workshop started Wednesday at The King and Prince resort. County and city leaders gathered to discuss new initiatives and review activities in their departments across the county. Status reports were given on the three topics leaders chose in April 2015 to tackle for the year: business development, the Special Purpose ...
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    Riceboro FD lowers ISO rating The members of the Riceboro Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department received notification from the Insurance Service Office that the city's public fire protection classification has been lowered to the new rating of 05/5X from 6/9. The new rating, which came from the results of a survey conducted March 2 by the ISO, applies to all properties within 5 road miles of the ...
  • Long County Fire Department begins business safety checks Long County Fire Department begins business safety checks The Ludowici/Long County Volunteer Fire Department is starting to perform safety inspections of businesses. During a May 17 work session of the Long County Board of Commissioners, Chief Chris Moss said one of the department's two inspectors informed a new restaurant in Sandhills that it needed to purchase $2,800 worth of equipment for a hood system in the kitchen. That ...
  • Sheriff races: Nobles wins big; Sikes has majority with nearly all votes in Sheriff races: Nobles wins big; Sikes has majority with nearly all votes in Several Long County incumbents ousted; Liberty County ESPLOST appears to pass The Liberty and Long county sheriffs enjoyed strong support as results were coming in Tuesday evening, but several Long County incumbents were ousted, according to unofficial vote totals. In Liberty County, Sheriff Steve Sikes (D) easily accumulated the most votes, 2,498 (50.9 percent) with 13 of 13 precincts reporting. Second-place challenger Will Bowman picked up 1,761 votes (35.9 percent). If ...
  • Long seniors walk through elementary school Long seniors walk through elementary school Long County High School seniors may have started a tradition Monday. They paraded the halls of Smiley Elementary School in a Senior Walk. Elementary students lined the halls to congratulate and encourage the seniors for making it through high school. "It's important to inspire kids to reach the point of graduation," said LCHS senior Love Turner, the daughter of Joey ...
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    Schools dealing with federal conflict on transgender students The Georgia Department of Education is taking the U.S. Education and Justice departments to task for issuing guidance on the rights of transgender students that State School Superintendent Richard Woods says "openly violates, misinterprets and moves to rewrite established U.S. law." The clash between the state and federal governments has left local school systems to figure out what course of ...
  • Liberty County mulls increasing fire coverage Liberty County mulls increasing fire coverage A proposal for three 24-hour manned fire stations in Liberty County was presented to Liberty County Board of Commissioners on Thursday. The proposal showed the startup budget, first-year operations and a trajectory over four years. The proposal recommended fire stations in the Holmestown-Joseph Miller Park area and Tradeport East, and turning the Gum Branch volunteer fire station into a manned ...
  • Fort Stewart hosts joint exercise Fort Stewart hosts joint exercise On Sunday, Fort Stewart concluded an exercise with a JAAT. What's that? JAAT stands for Joint Air Attack Team, in which several military assets work together to hit a target at the same time - in this case Fort Stewart's impact area, which is a designated area in which munitions can be fired during training exercises. Marne soldiers from the ...

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