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Courier reporter Gilbert says farewell
Asha Gilbert

To Liberty County and the City of Hinesville, I would first like to say thank you for allowing a young black woman fresh out of college to come into your community and grow, not only as a journalist but as a woman. When first arriving in Hinesville, instead of being met with hesitation, I was welcomed with open arms … for the most part.

To the Hinesville Police Department, thank you for having a staff of incredible officers who are not only dedicated to the community they serve, but are also equipped with their own personal experiences to relate to anyone whether they are rich, poor, black, white, or etc. I also thank the HPD for allowing me to come to the luncheons, as you may know many reporters love to cover events with food.

To the Coastal Georgia Minority Chamber, thank you for teaching about the rich history here in Liberty County. Thank you for putting me in contact with minority business owners who are paving the way to provide opportunities to ALL. To creating new exhibits and expanding to the coast, the Coastal Georgia Minority Chamber showed me the possibilities are endless.

To the Liberty County Board of Commissioners, thank you for allowing me to cover your regular and mid-month meetings. I want to give a huge thanks to Liberty County Administrator Joey Brown for helping me understand the ins and outs of TSPLOST and other governmental lingo that I would have never comprehended even after googling. 

To Murder and Mayhem a.k.a. Lewis Levine, thank you for teaching me the dynamics of shooting video and allowing me to edit some of your work. Thank you for answering my calls when I became frustrated and telling me that patience was key “young grasshopper”, in my opinion, the news in Liberty County wouldn’t be half as good if it wasn’t for your contributions and your 2 a.m. phone calls about mayhem in the community.

To the Coastal Courier, thank you for being patient with me while I created a foundation in my journalism career. To General Manager Patty Leon and Editor Denise Etheridge, thank you for giving me the biggest opportunity to show what I’m passionate about. You guys opened a door for me that will hopefully lead to endless possibilities. To the editorial staff, thank you for dealing with my vivacious personality and me singing “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” at my desk in the mornings. To the sales team, thank you all that you do, because without you guys, I wouldn’t have a paycheck. To HR, thank you for not firing me.

Liberty County may be small to those who are not from here, but this county is full of remarkable people that I have been honored to work along with. If I forgot your name, I do apologize unless you’re one of the people who met me with hesitation. 


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