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  • Stewart getting more troops this summer Stewart getting more troops this summer The 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion will move from Fort Gordon to Fort Stewart in July, according to a press release from Fort Stewart.The 63rd ESB will be a tenant unit on Fort Stewart and under the control of U.S. Army North.The Department of the Army directed the relocation of the 63rd to enhance mission planning, readiness, training opportunities and professional ...
  • Students earn academic honors Students earn academic honors Several area students have earned academic honors and graduated from colleges:Crystal Holley, Elizabeth Pirkle and Sharon Baldwin, all of Hinesville, and Mary Gordon of Ludowici are among the Valdosta State University students who recently were announced as having met all qualifications for graduation.Locals make VSU dean's listSharon Ashley Baldwin of Hinesville and Richard Keith Welch of Midway recently were named ...
  • LCDA updates community on local industries’ year LCDA updates community on local industries’ year Community leaders, business officials and citizens gathered at the Liberty College and Career Academy Thursday to hear a "year-in-review" update from the Liberty County Development Authority. LCDA CEO Ron Tolley delivered a presentation of the organization's highlights from 2014. Tolley said that last year, Liberty County saw industrial-sector jobs surpass the 3,000 mark. According to Tolley, the manufacturing sector accounts ...
  • Rotary holds speech contest for students Rotary holds speech contest for students The Hinesville Rotary Club on Tuesday hosted its annual speech contest for area high-school students. Seven students – representing Liberty County High School, Bradwell Institute and First Presbyterian Christian Academy – delivered speeches, while seven Rotary members judged their performances. Judging criteria included organization of the students' material and delivery style of their speeches, including eye contact, hand gestures and ...
  • New rural water system up, running New rural water system up, running Officials: Projects was 10 years in making On an appropriately wet Friday, Liberty County officials and residents turned out to the Miller Park well site for a "Turn on the Tap" ceremony, marking the completion of a project started over 10 years ago. "I'm reminded of the old hymn, 'Heaven Came Down,'" County Administrator Joey Brown remarked about the rainy setting. "We're blessed, (and) heaven is truly ...
  • District officials present budget ‘forecast’ to BoE District officials present budget ‘forecast’ to BoE The Liberty County Board of Education received a "very detailed picture" of the school district's finances at a work session held Tuesday morning at the BoE building. LCSS Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee said the presentation was meant to help "lay a foundation" for the recommendations she plans to bring to the board at its Feb. 10 meeting, as the district ...
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  • Fort Stewart Experiences Unique Birth Fort Stewart Experiences Unique Birth Rushed, often unexpectedly early baby deliveries are not something new to any hospital. In most cases though, at least the mother makes it inside the building before giving birth. That wasn't quite the case at Fort Stewart, Georgia's Winn Army Community Hospital in the early morning hours of Jan. 15. Army Staff Sgt. Aquino Tippett, his wife Rosa, who was eight ...
  • Stabbing victim identified Stabbing victim identified Girlfriend being sought A Liberty County man was rushed to the hospital Sunday afternoon after he was stabbed during a domestic dispute.According to Liberty County Sheriff's Office Deputy Grant Porter's incident report, he responded to a call in the 400 block of Live Oak Church Road and found Lewis Varnedoe, 32, suffering from a stab wound to the chest, allegedly inflicted by his ...
  • Controlled burn could bring smoke Controlled burn could bring smoke Three burns in training areas of Fort Stewart are set for today and could bring smoke into the Hinesville area.The post's Forestry Branch will be burning about 160 acres nine to 12 miles northwest of the containment area. Flames will be visible from Highway 144 in the area and smoke signs will be posted in the area.With the wind forecast ...
  • Three-war veteran celebrates 90th birthday Three-war veteran celebrates 90th birthday Friends, family, soldiers honor retiree Retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Mathew Suddath expected a small party for his 90th birthday, but his family surprised him by inviting soldiers to participate in a ceremony to honor his military service. The celebration was held Saturday at Magnolia Manor in Richmond Hill."He's had a lifetime in the military - 31 years," David Suddath of Rincon said of his ...
  • Faith leaders: your secret weapon in the fight against payday lending Faith leaders: your secret weapon in the fight against payday lending When Pastor Chad Chaddick was ordained, he expected to be a teacher, a caretaker of the sick and elderly, a counselor and an evangelist to his community.But a phone call four years ago about a financially desperate church member unexpectedly propelled Chaddick to add political activist to his list of pastoral duties.The member was a father of 10 children who ...
  • A president without a college degree? Wisconsin governor will test it A president without a college degree? Wisconsin governor will test it On paper, Republicans' best presidential candidate for 2016 would seem to be the sitting governor of Wisconsin, except for one possible problem: He never graduated from college.Walker won statewide gubernatorial elections in the swing state three times in four years, most recently winning his second term this past fall with over 52 percent, The New York Times reported. Walker's three ...
  • The good game: video games that grow our kids The good game: video games that grow our kids Video games have been maligned for decades.They’re responsible for making our kids overweight, aggressive, anti-social and hyperactive.Even so-called educational games are viewed like broccoli in cheese sauce. Sure, there may be a little green in there, but they’re really just an excuse to eat cheese. Likewise, an educational video game is just an excuse to stare at a brightly lit ...
  • Bealls, Good's owner donates $3M to communities Bealls, Good's owner donates $3M to communities National department store retailer Stage Stores Inc., which includes Bealls, Goody's, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage, recently announced a donation of more than $3 million to over 850 community organizations as part of its Community Counts Program in 2014. The program at Stage has donated over $5.9 million to more than 2,000 organizations in the past five years.Hinesville is home ...
  • Transitioning soldiers link with employers Transitioning soldiers link with employers Hundreds of soldiers, military spouses and veterans gathered at Club Stewart on Thursday to link with 65 local, national and international employers for a hiring fair and veteran service-organization expo. The "Hiring Our Heroes" event followed a two-day transition summit that allowed job-seekers to hear and take part in panel discussions and workshops intended to prepare them for civilian employment. ...
  • Long County woman is ‘Hometown Hero’ Long County woman is ‘Hometown Hero’ Gina Riddle doesn't think she does anything more than the other people in her community. Others disagree. This week, Riddle was selected as a WTOC Hometown Hero. "It's a huge honor, but honestly, I feel so undeserving," Riddle said. "I feel like I don't do anything more than a lot of other hard-working people around the community do. I am ...
  • Knocking doors: What to know before signing up for that summer sales job Knocking doors: What to know before signing up for that summer sales job After his third day of selling satellite television service door-to-door, Tristan Torgersen packed his bags and left.It was an uncharacteristic decision for the 22-year-old student who spent two years knocking doors as a Christian missionary. He was used to working long hours and having doors slammed in his face. But he wasn't used to employing what he perceived as deceitful ...
  • Property transfers Jan. 14-22 Property transfers Jan. 14-22 Deeds filed in the Liberty County Clerk of Courts Office between Jan. 14 and 22 include:• Dryden Enterprises to Melton James and Linda: Book 1848, Page 854: Tax $208.00: Description: Lot 84 Hampton Ridge Phase 1, 1458 GMD• Janice Smith Trustee of the Hokey Legacy Trust to Strong, Edward and Caporino, Karen: Book 1848, Page 935: Tax $105.00: Description: Lot ...
  • Most K-12 students are now low income Most K-12 students are now low income Radio personality Garrison Keillor used to have a standing joke that his fictional Lake Woebegon was where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."That's now been turned on its head, with over half of American kids in public schools now turning up below average, at least economically, according to ...

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