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Military children get a free shopping spree

Military children get a free shopping spree

More than 500 military children went on a shopping spree at Bryant Commons last week courtesy of United Military Care.

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Posted: may. 05, 2015 6:39 p.m.
DNR offers conservation workshops

DNR offers conservation workshops

Georgia Project WILD is a conservation-education program designed to inform and educate anyone interested in protecting wildlife and the environment, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website.

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Posted: may. 05, 2015 6:32 p.m.
Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission panel talks personnel, spending

Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission panel talks personnel, spending

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission governing board discussed the commission’s hiring procedures during a recent meeting at Hinesville City Hall.

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Posted: may. 05, 2015 6:27 p.m.
LCPC updates Walthourville land-use map

LCPC updates Walthourville land-use map

Walthourville residents met with Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission planners in March to provide input to update their community’s land-use map as part of Liberty County’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

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Posted: may. 04, 2015 3:47 p.m. | Updated: may. 04, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Hospital CEO retires

Hospital CEO retires

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Wednesday's print edition. Liberty Regional Medical Center communications officer Rene Harwell confirmed Friday that Scott Kroell had retired as the hospital's CEO after 21 years and said Donna Cochrane, the hospital's chief nursing officer, had been named interim CEO. An article that appeared in Sunday's edition incorrectly characterized her response to the Coastal Courier, making it appear — inaccurately — that she had evaded the reporter's question. The Courier regrets the error. 

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Posted: may. 01, 2015 4:41 p.m.
Sprinkler floods sheriff’s office in Liberty County Justice Center

Sprinkler floods sheriff’s office in Liberty County Justice Center

A fire sprinkler in the kitchen of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office in the Justice Center malfunctioned, pouring thousands of gallons of water into the office space around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

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Posted: may. 01, 2015 3:30 p.m.
Kinder Morgan’s SC gas leak tops 250,000 gallons

Kinder Morgan’s SC gas leak tops 250,000 gallons

Kinder Morgan, the Texas-based energy company that wants to run a 360-mile petroleum pipeline through Upstate South Carolina and Coastal Georgia, is dealing with a leak of more than 250,000 gallons from one of its existing pipelines in South Carolina, officials said.

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Posted: apr. 30, 2015 5:47 p.m.
BoE planning progress summit

BoE planning progress summit

The Liberty County School System will hold a Blueprint for Progress Summit on May 14 at the Board of Education building, Patti Crane, the district’s chief information officer, recently announced.

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Posted: apr. 29, 2015 9:04 a.m. | Updated: apr. 30, 2015 2:00 p.m.
Conversation in Savannah about pipeline

Conversation in Savannah about pipeline

Emergent Savannah announced that it will hold the Palmetto Pipeline World Café from 6:30-8:30 p.m.Monday at the Sentient Bean Coffee Shop, 13 E. Park Ave. in Savannah.

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Posted: apr. 30, 2015 10:53 a.m.
City refinances city hall bonds, expecting savings

City refinances city hall bonds, expecting savings

Board members of the Liberty County Public Facilities Authority and city Chief Financial Officer Kim Ryon met Tuesday morning in Mayor Jim Thomas’ office to work on refinancing.

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Posted: apr. 29, 2015 5:29 p.m. | Updated: apr. 30, 2015 7:00 a.m.
BoE considering removing unpaid days

BoE considering removing unpaid days

The Liberty County School System is considering eliminating unpaid furlough days for the next school year.

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Posted: apr. 29, 2015 8:49 a.m.
Film company sets premieres

Film company sets premieres

Wonder Worthy Productions LLC, an entertainment-production company in Midway, will have red-carpet premieres of its latest productions filmed in Liberty County.

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Posted: apr. 27, 2015 11:25 a.m. | Updated: apr. 28, 2015 7:00 p.m.
State of the city address is Thursday

State of the city address is Thursday

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce will host a Progress Through People Luncheon at noon Thursday at Connection Church on Patriots Trail in Flemington. The event will be sponsored by CH2M.

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Posted: apr. 27, 2015 2:56 p.m. | Updated: apr. 27, 2015 8:30 p.m.
Officials plot the return of SPLOST

Officials plot the return of SPLOST

Liberty County and Hinesville city officials miss the funding brought by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

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Posted: apr. 27, 2015 2:23 p.m.
Walthourville planning meeting Tuesday

Walthourville planning meeting Tuesday

The next community planning meeting will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Walthourville Police Station, the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission announced.

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Posted: apr. 27, 2015 9:46 a.m.
Planning workshop focuses on Liberty County branding, SPLOST

Planning workshop focuses on Liberty County branding, SPLOST

ST. SIMONS ISLAND — Day 2 of the county-wide planning workshop started with developing action plans for the top three issues chosen Wednesday afternoon: Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, branding Liberty County and business development.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2015 11:01 a.m.
BoE employees to be paid twice a month

BoE employees to be paid twice a month

Certified employees, such as teachers, in the Liberty County School System will transition from being paid once a month to twice a month starting in January.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 9:23 a.m. | Updated: apr. 22, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Adult care, movies, wetlands, sewer, traffic on agenda

Adult care, movies, wetlands, sewer, traffic on agenda

Officials talked about developments in their departments and the results of projects during the first day of a countywide retreat on St. Simons Island Wednesday.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 3:05 p.m.
Despite surgery, former deputy improving

Despite surgery, former deputy improving

William Solomon, a former Liberty County deputy and current Georgia Ports Authority police officer, continues to make progress in his road to recovery after being struck by a tractor-trailer March 2.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 1:28 p.m.
Locals at St. Simons retreat

Locals at St. Simons retreat

County and city leaders have gathered on St. Simons Island for the annual county-wide planning workshop to discuss initiatives, community issues and updates on topics from last year’s meeting. Jeff Ricketson, executive director of Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, opened the meeting by having everyone sharing what makes them Liberty County-proud.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 10:59 a.m.
Mayor has resident escorted from meeting

Mayor has resident escorted from meeting

Hinesville resident Joe Stuart has spoken directly to City Council on numerous occasions during the public-comment portion of its twice-monthly meetings.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 9:48 a.m.
Public voice opinions on proposed pipeline

Public voice opinions on proposed pipeline

An estimated 200 people attended a public meeting on a proposed pipeline at the Richmond Hill city center Tuesday to hear information and voice their opinions. Vice President of Public Affairs Allen Fore from Kinder Morgan, the company proposing the pipeline, gave a 10-minute speech about its proposal and the reasoning behind placing a pipeline along the coast of Georgia, including Bryan, Liberty and Long counties.  

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 9:28 p.m.
911 operators in spotlight for week

911 operators in spotlight for week

Dispatchers in Liberty County’s 911 center spend hours in front of computer monitors in a dimly-lit, windowless room fielding calls that they don’t know whether they’ll be about a noise complaint or a shooting.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 9:49 a.m. | Updated: apr. 21, 2015 9:47 a.m.
Roads, repairs dominate Long Co. meeting

Roads, repairs dominate Long Co. meeting

Roads dominated much of the Long County Commission meeting on April 7.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 9:36 a.m. | Updated: apr. 21, 2015 7:00 a.m.
Liberty Transit to offer free rides for Earth Day

Liberty Transit to offer free rides for Earth Day

The Liberty Transit public transportation system will offer free rides Wednesday in recognition of Earth Day.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 5:00 p.m.
Liberty County officer’s quick response cited

Liberty County officer’s quick response cited

It’s not the kind of call any officer wants to receive.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 10:50 a.m.
Kirk Center loses United Way funding

Kirk Center loses United Way funding

The United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Liberty County Office has allocated and disbursed its 2015 funds to several local nonprofit agencies, but the Kirk Healing Center was not one of the recipients.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 9:22 a.m.
Carter talks pipeline, ISIS, DC politics

Carter talks pipeline, ISIS, DC politics

The company hoping to build a pipeline through Coastal Georgia needs to make sure it does everything it can to protect the environment if its project is approved, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said during a Friday morning stop in Richmond Hill.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 2:44 p.m.
Opponents expected at pipeline hearing

Opponents expected at pipeline hearing

Opponents of a proposed petroleum pipeline are lining up in advance of a public hearing set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Richmond Hill City Center.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 1:18 p.m. | Updated: apr. 17, 2015 11:48 a.m.
Submit your questions about SPLOST

Submit your questions about SPLOST

In the upcoming 2015 election, Liberty County wants to put the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) back on the ballot after a measure to renew it was defeated in last year's midterm election. The tax officially expired March 31, meaning the sales tax in Liberty County is now 6 percent, 1 percent lower than surrounding counties.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2015 12:39 p.m.
Convict re-entry program nearly ready

Convict re-entry program nearly ready

Faith-based groups, businesses and members of the public from eastern Liberty County had a chance to learn about a proposed prison re-entry program during a meeting Monday at Wilderness Baptist Church in Midway.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2015 10:05 a.m.

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