At noon Monday, Hinesville's City Council members and new mayor were sworn into office at City Hall in front of a council chambers packed with dignitaries, city workers, family members and friends.
District 1 Councilwoman Diana Reid stated during her remarks that she and District 3 Councilwoman Vicky Nelson are the first African-American women to serve on the council.
Mayor Allen Brown was sworn in for his second time as mayor of Hinesville, having previously served from 1992-99. He said he plans to work on lowering property taxes and get the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST, to pass this year.
Check back later with coastalcourier.com and Wednesday's Coastal Courier for full coverage of today's event.