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Office closures, delays due to Hurricane Michael

With impacts from Hurricane Michael expected to hit Liberty and Long counties late tonight and into the early morning tomorrow, schools, government offices and other businesses are announcing closures or rescheduling operations.

City Hall will close on today at 5 p.m. and will reopen at 1 p.m. Thursday. The information can also be accessed on the City's webpage at or our Facebook page.

Hinesville Police and Fire departments will operate on their normal schedules. 

Liberty Transit will suspend all operations tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 11. Operations will resume fully on Friday, Oct. 12 during normal business hours.

Garbage pick-up will begin tomorrow, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. with yard debris on an abbreviated schedule. Operations will resume fully Friday, Oct. 12. 

The Liberty County/ Armed Services YMCA will open tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 11, at noon for fitness center access and remain open through regular closing time. There will be no child watch or Mother’s Morning Out programs. Pryme Tyme will be closed at all locations. Fun Club Before and Afterschool Program will be closed. The YMCA is continuing to monitor the path of the storm and at this time it will resume regular operations on Friday, Oct. 12.  Updates across social media channels and  will be made as needed.

The Georgia Department of Labor office in Hinesville will close today at 2 p.m. The office is located at 740 General Stewart Way, Suite No. 202.

Savannah Technical College will close today at 5 p.m. and will remain closed tomorrow, Oct. 11,  in response to expected tropical storm conditions forecast as a result of Hurricane Michael.  All night classes will be cancelled tonight, Oct. 10, as well as all classes on Oct. 11. The college’s primary concern is the safety of its faculty, staff and students. STC plans to reopen for business as usual Friday, Oct. 12. Additional information will be available at 

All Live Oak Public Libraries branches in Liberty, Effingham and Chatham counties will close tomorrow, Oct. 11. Library patrons will not be charged for overdue fines accrued on Thursday, October 11. Library book drops will be closed when libraries are closed. Library staff request that patrons do not use book drops as items may be damaged in bad weather. Regarding Live Oak Public Libraries operations on Friday, October 12, library administrative staff will review the emergency management directions and travel advisories issued by each county. Online resources, including e-books, audiobooks and videos, are available 24/7 at 

A candidates forum hosted by the Liberty branch of the NAACP, set for tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 11, has been cancelled.

Long County School Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters told the Courier school has been canceled for tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 11. School  officials will decide tomorrow whether or not to have classes on Friday, according to Waters.

The Liberty County public schools will be closed to both staff and students Thursday, Oct. 11. This cancellation includes all athletic and afterschool activities. Staff and students should plan to report back to work and school on Friday, Oct. 12, unless notified otherwise. The latest information will be posted to the Liberty County School System website as well as LCSS social media outlets.

Both Liberty and Long county government offices and facilities will remain open today until 5 p.m., but will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 11, until noon. Local government employees in both counties should report to work tomorrow at noon.

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to noon due to weather conditions in the area. 

The Coastal Regional Commission has cancelled today’s scheduled monthly meeting in Richmond Hill.

Hinesville City Manager Ken Howard told the Courier the city would meet at 11:30 a.m. today to discuss any possible changes in city daily operations.

The Courier will update readers throughout today.

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