Coastal Courier Managing Editor Hollie Moore Barnidge spoke at the Long County Chamber of Commerce’s Progress Through People Breakfast on Tuesday.
Barnidge told the crowd of about 60 that the Coastal Courier was a triweekly newspaper that serves Long and Liberty counties. She said it was created in 1871 and has served the coastal region of Georgia for more than 100 years. She told the group that the paper’s circulation was growing in Long County and that the newspaper made a concerted effort to cover the county’s news, sports and community activities. She also said that half of the paper’s staff resides in Long County.
“I want all of our readers here to know that I and everyone else at the Courier have a vested interest in what’s happening in Long County,” Barnidge said.
Barnidge said that the reporters always are out on the street reporting on events, talking to people and attempting to cover all angles of the local community. But she said that even though the reporters and the staff of the paper do a great job, they can’t cover everything. She encouraged those present to pass on the message to the rest of Long County that if anyone had anything that they wanted covered by the Courier to contact the office.
“We’re very interested in your lives, news, happenings, government proceedings, events going on and the achievements of our readers over here … we are your county’s legal organ of record, and we truly want to be your first and most reliable source of information,” she said.
Barnidge also told the group that in addition to having the newspaper — which comes out on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday — the Courier also has its website available 24 hours a day. She said that the website provides everything that the written paper does, plus offers include blogs, picture albums, videos, sport shows, games and coupons.
“We’re very proud of this site. It has been named as the best small newspaper website in the state by the Georgia Press Association for around five years,” she said.
After Barnidge concluded her presentation, Justin Anderson and Wendell Hutchinson briefly introduced themselves and told the chamber about their new businesses that opened in Ludowici.
Anderson said Long Auto Parts recently opened. Hutchinson said the Freehart Women’s Life Recovery Center opened in October. He said that the center was a faith-based operation established to help women who are dealing with drug addiction.
Chamber President Kadee Dasher presented a check to Long County High School band director Terry Kenny to help fund the band’s trip to perform during the halftime show at the upcoming Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
“What an awesome turnout for today’s breakfast,” Dasher said. “I want to thank everyone for being here, but especially all of our elected officials, and Hollie for a great presentation.”