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Kingston loses bid for Senate seat

Coastal Georgia's longtime congressional representative Jack Kingston was defeated in his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

July 23, 2014 | Staff report | News

Liberty County favors Carter, Kingston

State- and national-office runoff elections held Tuesday across Georgia produced some close, nail-biting results, none of which were complete by the time the Courier went to press at 9 p.m.

July 22, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray and Jeremy McAbee The Coastal Courier | News

Shooting reported at Hillery Park

A shooting has been reported at Hillery Park in Walthourville. It happened just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to Walthourville Police Chief Tracey McFadden. The victim was taken to Liberty Regional Medical Center, but his condition is unknown. Authorities are on the lookout for the suspects, described as two black males in a white Ford Escort. Anyone with information should call 911. Currently, few details are known about the incident, but the Courier will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

July 22, 2014 | By Lewis Levine Coastal Courier correspondent | Public Safety

Work hard for the Lord

Back in the summers of my college days, I worked for a builder. For the most part, I kept the skilled laborers (carpenters and brick layers) supplied with materials. Then, there was the biggest mistake I made during my first summer.

July 22, 2014 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith

Hinesville students earn academic honors

The National Society of High School Scholars recently announced that Bradwell Institute student Nathanel Johns of Hinesville has been selected to become a member of the organization. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

July 22, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Education

Childhood choices affect whole lives

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages of 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom - a driver's license - and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

July 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion

It's time to close Southern borders

Editor, Mexico and Guatemala have finalized a deal that will allow Guatemalans (who normally would be arrested and deported or imprisoned in Mexico) to travel on 72-hour passes through Mexico on their way to our Southern border.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion

Stormwater runoff is good rain gone bad

I love a good rainstorm - I always have. My mother used to check the weather forecast for thunderstorms because I was fascinated by them and wanted to watch them outside. However, it's not really a good idea to sit outside during a thunderstorm.

July 22, 2014 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion

Be flexible with child' milestones

My 2-year-old is a chatterbox. I have no idea where she gets it from. (I'm being sarcastic, of course; it's obviously a trait passed down directly from me.)

July 22, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge | Opinion

Educators leery of law to allow school employees to carry guns

Part of a broad new Georgia gun law that took effect July 1 allows school boards to adopt policies that will authorize school personnel to carry guns at school, on buses and at school functions.

July 22, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten and Taylor Carpenter Correspondents | Education

Braves are in for the long haul

In 2008, the Atlanta Braves bottomed out. Just three years removed from the end of their remarkable stretch of 14 consecutive division titles, the Braves stumbled to a 70-92 record and a fourth place finish in the N.L. East.

July 22, 2014 | By Mike Anthony Guest columnist | Sports

Once upon a blood moon in Georgia

Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.

July 22, 2014 | By Dwain Walden Columnist | Opinion

Materials testing lab picks Interstate Centre

West Penn Testing Group, a material-testing services provider, will locate to Ellabell, creating 70 jobs and investing $3 million into a facility over the next five years, according to Gov. Nathan Deal announced.

July 22, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business

Brown, Hornets down Pelicans

Former Liberty County High School and University of Miami basketball player Rion Brown scored 16 points Thursday, helping the Charlotte Hornets win their second straight Samsung NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas.

July 22, 2014 | Staff report | Sports

McRae appears OK after injury

It appears that former Liberty County High School basketball standout Jordan McRae was not badly injured last Tuesday, as he was placed back in action in the 76ers' summer-league game against the Bulls late Thursday night.

July 22, 2014 | Staff report | Sports

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4-Hers place at state horse show

Four Liberty County youths displayed their equestrian prowess at the 2014 Georgia 4-H State Horse Show June 11-14 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

June 25, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Lifestyle

State gets $1M grant to get more college graduates

Gov. Nathan Deal announced last week that Georgia was one of three states chosen to receive a $1 million grant to lead an education initiative, Guided Pathways to Success, focused on making college more affordable, boosting college completion and saving taxpayers millions.

June 25, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Education

Sound off for June 25

These opinions are not the Courier's. Callers are not required to identify themselves, so we can neither verify sources nor their motives. Call 876-3733.

June 25, 2014 | Anonymous calls | Sound off

Photog's work chosen for state map

Anna Phillips likes to share her love for Georgia's natural beauty and historic places with the photographs she takes whenever she travels around the state.

June 25, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Lifestyle

Draft day nears for McRae, Brown

ESPN will televise the 2014 NBA Draft beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, and the event could have some Liberty County presence.

June 25, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Local sports

Waite is new branch director at YMCA

Donna Waite recently was named the Liberty County YMCA's new branch director.

June 25, 2014 | Patty Leon | Local sports

Long County bounces back in tourney

After a disappointing loss last week, the Long County 10-and-under baseball team roared back on Saturday to defeat South Bryan County, 14-2, in the semifinals of the Georgia Recreation Parks Association District 2 Class C Baseball Tournament in Ludowici.

June 25, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Local sports

Eagles WR Showers arrested in dispute

Georgia Southern football player Kentrellis Marquis Showers, and a woman, Jomeshia Jquana Slaughter, were arrested early Saturday morning at their Cambridge Pines apartment after Statesboro police responded to a call about a verbal altercation that turned physical, according to an incident report.

June 25, 2014 | Matt Yogus Special to the Courier | Local sports

Vozab inducted into alma mater’s hall of fame

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Georgia Southern women's basketball coach Chris Vozab was inducted into the Our Lady of Lourdes High School Hall of Fame at a dinner last week at Dutchess Country Club, according to gseagles.com.

June 25, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Local sports

Superintendent says she's working for change

Editor's note: The past few months, the Coastal Courier received several letters and phone calls, all anonymous, alleging poor management and questionable use of funds by the Liberty County School System administration, now headed by Dr. Valya Lee. The Courier's policy has been and remains that sources sign and acknowledge the letters we receive for publication, but in some cases, when a slew of letters make similar claims, we look into the matter, report on what we know and offer all sides the opportunity to respond. That is the case here. We began our coverage by bringing the ...

June 25, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Education

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Safe Kids Youth Triathlon planned

June 25, 2014 | Staff report | Local sports

No shortage of events at area, regional parks in July

Below are just some of the July 2014 events hosted by Georgia's State Parks and Historic Sites in Coastal, Middle and South Georgia:

June 25, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation

'Lesser of two evils' system not working

Voter turnout was abysmal during last month's primaries, despite important races for governor and both the First Congressional District and one of Georgia's two seats in the Senate. Statewide, less than 20 percent of registered voters participated. In Liberty County, that number was even lower - only 17.6 percent of the county's 24,733 registered voters bothered to exercise their right to help elect their leaders.

June 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion

Hospital CFO resigns

Liberty Regional Medical Center is looking for a new chief financial officer after former CFO Sam Johnson recently resigned.

June 25, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news

Storm damages school bus loading area

A heavy storm that swept through the area Monday night apparently damaged the bus shelter at Snelson-Golden Middle School. Authorities currently are investigating what happened, according to Liberty County EMA Director Mike Hodges, who added that there were no reports of tornadic or rotation activity in the area. Hodges is working with the weather center in Charleston, S.C., to determine what kind of weather-related occurrence caused the damage.

June 25, 2014 | Staff report | Public Safety

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