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Coastal Pet Rescue Celebrates 15 Years


Abby Smith: Creating Future Leaders

Focus on Business: Who, What & Where


Dancing Queen Cancer can't keep this incredible girl down


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Spring 2018

Contents Dancing Queen

Cancer can't keep this incredible girl down

15 Coastal Pet Rescue 15 Years of Saving Animals in Effingham and Beyond


Abby Smith

Working to Create Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Editor’s Note

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very happy springtime to you! We’re excited for warmer weather, sunny skies and sunshine! This issue is pretty awesome, if we do say so ourselves. In it, we got inspired, we got teary-eyed, we found courage and fortitude, and we got to meet some awesome people. We know you’ll enjoy reading their stories. Read about Navaeh Williams, who has been battling cancer for the past several months with more strength and grace than her 9 years would indicate. She’s one awesome and strong young lady. You can also read about Abby Smith, who is the local 4-H agent in Effingham County, and is the powerhouse behind a dynamic program. She’s making tomorrow’s leaders today, and we love what she and the club are doing in our community. And check out what’s new with Coastal Pet Rescue. We did a story on them a couple of years ago, but much has changed — and not changed — since then. Catch up on their amazing story in this their 15th year as a “very different” kind of pet rescue organization. Enjoy the issue! Angye Morrison

photos are courtesy of the Williams family Navaeh Williams has shown unbelievable courage in the face of a terribly disheartening cancer diagnosis — all while dancing and smiling her way through treatment and pain.

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12 1. A Taste of Effingham was held March 2 in Springfield, hosted by the Effingham Chamber of Commerce. Attendees were able to taste the best of what Effingham has to offer. Pat Carr is served Southern Ducks wine from Butterducks Winery. 2. Shawn Scott of Big South BBQ, along with Joe Marchese, is serving up some awesome sliders. 3. Elise Zielicke, Chelsey McNicoll and Abby Smith of the Effingham County Young Professionals are all smiles. 4. Janet Wilson of Moo McGinn’s dishes up some yummy treats.

5. Kennedy Umbelina, 5, helps parents Chris and Kellie Umbelina on the Kona Ice truck. 6. Courtney Moncrief tries a peach mango ice pop from the Savannah Square Pops. 7. The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra takes the stage at the Mars Theatre. 8. Students from all over Effingham County competed in Special Olympics in March, an annual event everyone in the community looks forward to. Students competed in all kinds of events, including running the track. 9. Effingham County Coach Phillip Richards chats with a

couple of runners at the starting line. 10. Dr. Yancy Ford, Effingham County schools assistant superintendent, addresses the crowd before the event at The Corral. 11. Special Olympics competitors also competed in the tennis ball toss. 12. Blandford Elementary School Olympians take the field during the opening parade. { Photos by Mark Lastinger }



Cancer can’t keep e this incredibl girl down { STORY BY ANGYE MORRISON }


Do you want to know what determination looks like? Do you want to see faith in action? Would you like a glimpse of incredible strength?

ust look into the eyes of 9-year-old Navaeh Williams. Go ahead…we’ll wait. Navaeh lives in Guyton with her family: mom and dad, Derrick and Alana; sisters, Cari, Zoe and Dejahri; and brand new baby brother, Draidyn. She attends Marlow Elementary School, and her best friend is

named Rosie. She loves to play basketball and softball, and jump rope. She has an affinity for tutus and mani/pedis. Sounds like any other 9-year-old, right? Navaeh is just like any other little girl, except for one big difference: She has spent the past few months fighting cancer. SPRING 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING


Last fall, the Williams family was evacuated due to Hurricane Irma. The family went to Atlanta to stay with Alana’s sister. While there, Alana, who had just given birth to Draidyn, noticed that Navaeh’s stomach seemed to be distended. “I thought she might be mocking me since I had just had a baby. When I asked her, she said, ‘No Mama. It just got like that,’” Alana said. She and her husband carefully checked their daughter and found her stomach was hard to the touch, and they decided to take her to the doctor as soon as they were able to return home. Once they returned and made that trip to the doctor, the parents were told to take Navaeh to the emergency room immediately. Since the baby was just four days old, Alana went home with him, and told her husband to Facetime her from the hospital and let her know what was going on with their daughter. “I didn’t think it was as serious as it was. I thought it was just constipation or something of that nature,” she said. The couple communicated via cell phone for the next few hours, and Navaeh underwent a CT scan and an ultrasound. As they were Facetiming during the 10 EFFINGHAM LIVING | SPRING 2018

ultrasound, the doctor came in and asked the tech to focus on certain areas so he could see things more clearly. “At that point, I knew something had to be wrong because for a doctor to come in and have the tech do certain angles, that was not originally ordered. I knew something had to be wrong,” Alana said. The doctor told them that Navaeh had a tumor, but they weren’t sure, at that point, what type of tumor it was. “I still wasn’t thinking cancer. I wasn’t there yet,” Alana said. Her husband called her back and told her she needed to come to the hospital. After she arrived, he told her she needed to call the doctor from the phone in Navaeh’s hospital room, and it was then that she was told the tumor was cancerous. “He said he was sure it was cancer because of the size of the tumor. There were a couple of tumors, and the biggest one was 3 pounds,” she said, adding that they were located in the abdomen and down into the pelvic area. The doctor wanted to perform a biopsy the next day, to find out what type of cancer it was. “I broke down in tears and I kept

LEFT: Nevaeh and her best friend, Rosie, take time out for some much needed BFF time with some mani/pedis. RIGHT: Navaeh has smiled on the way to the hospital, danced during her treatments, and smiled despite any pain or discomfort she might have felt. Her positive attitude has been an inspiration to all who have had contact with her.

asking why,” Alana said. The biopsy was done the following day, and Navaeh was in the hospital for a week. The family had to wait two weeks for the results, but even when the results were back, they didn’t have a diagnosis yet. They were eventually told it was Ewings Sarcoma. Alana began to research Ewings, and found that the symptoms didn’t match what Navaeh had experienced. “Ewings Sarcoma is a bone cancer. It’s not in African-Americans, it’s not common in females. There was just a lot of things that didn’t sit well with me. So I immediately started working on a second opinion,” she said. Derrick and Alana decided the best place to care for their daughter would

be The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). “They couldn’t see her right away, and recommended that she go ahead and begin chemotherapy in Savannah, which she did. She did her first cycle there,” Alana said. By the time she was ready for the second cycle, she was able to go to CHOA, where they had a very sobering talk with the doctor. “The look on his face, I will never forget it,” Alana said. “It was so serious,” Navaeh added. “He said if he was looking at Navaeh, he would say she had DSRCT (desmoplastic small round cell tumor). He said it’s very similar to Ewings, and it is easy to diagnose it as that. DSRCT is much more rare and a lot harder to try to cure because there is no standard treatment plan for it,” Alana said. “He just looked at us and said, ‘This is not a good diagnosis at all.’ He paused and picked up the tissue box and I was like, I was in shock. I didn’t cry.” Navaeh, however, took matters into her own hands, taking the tissue box, and offering them to her mother.

“That right there just shows how strong of a girl she is,” Alana said. DSRCT is usually found in the abdomen, but can also occur in other parts

I dance through chemo, so it will go by faster. It makes it better. It makes me feel better. of the body. The tumors are formed by small, round cancer cells and are surrounded by scar-like tissue. This type of cancer is often not found until the

tumors have grown large, and consequently, the disease has often spread to the liver, lymph nodes, lungs or bones. Fewer than 200 cases of DSRCT have been reported, with about 85 percent of those in Caucasian people. Boys and young men are about four times more likely to have DSRCT as girls and young women. It is usually diagnosed in males between the ages of 10 and 30. Because it is so rare, there is no standard way to treat it. Surgery is often the go-to, if the tumors can be removed. Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) may be given during the surgery to kill the cancer cells that cannot be removed surgically. This is done by inserting a heated, sterile chemo solution through the part of the abdomen where the tumors are found, for up to two hours. Chemotherapy is also used, along with radiation therapy. Because so few people have DSRCT, only a small amount of information on treatment is available. The disease currently has a 15 percent, 5-year survival rate. The Williams family’s doctor told them that treatment at CHOA would give Navaeh the greatest chance of survival.


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Nevaeh Williams smiles with her siblings; sisters, Cari, Zoe and Dejahri, and brand new baby brother, Draidyn. The girls are all wearing shirts bearing Navaeh’s picture, in her favorite color, teal, to support her in her fight against cancer. Naveah’s school, Marlow Elementary, also welcomed her back by “painting the school” her favorite color. Everyone wore the color in her honor.

Navaeh has continued with chemotherapy, and it was recommended that she have HIPEC. Doctors hoped that the chemo would shrink the tumors, and scans in December showed that they had, in fact, decreased in size. The tumors were 50 percent smaller after six cycles of chemo. After 10 cycles, doctors told the family in February that what was left of the tumors was dead. The HIPEC procedure was scheduled for March 5. Throughout the process, Navaeh has continued to smile and show a strength way beyond her years. She has become known as the “girl who dances through chemo,” as she has used dancing to cope with the long hours she spent receiving the treatment. “She’s a strong girl. She hasn’t vomited, hasn’t cried, hasn’t complained. She’s just been going through it, dancing her way through,” Alana said. Navaeh has done so well, in fact, that she has been able to keep up with her schoolwork. She did so at first by being homebound, with the teacher coming to the family home whenever Navaeh felt up to it. “We decided that doing as good as she 12 EFFINGHAM LIVING | SPRING 2018

was, we decided to let her go in to school some days, and be homebound some days, and let the teacher come here. And then on other days, when she’s feeling really great, let her go in for at least half a day, so she can have that social life with her friends,” Alana said. Navaeh’s illness has been tough on the whole family, Alana says. With a new baby and a sick child, it’s become necessary for Alana to stay at home, so the family has had to adjust to only having one income. Alana says she sometimes feels overwhelmed. “I do have my days,” she said. Derrick and Alana have chosen to be open and honest with Navaeh about what’s going on with her health. “She’s not in the dark about anything. She knows everything that’s going on and she still chooses to smile and go on about her life every day,” Alana said. This inspires her. “Navaeh is doing it, so you have to do it, too,” she said. The family has a set up a Facebook page to provide updates on Navaeh’s health, which is filled with photos of a smiling little girl, who shows no signs of

anything but happiness. A GoFundMe page was also set up to help the family. Navaeh has become a symbol of hope to all who meet her. She has an infectious smile and a can-do spirit. Watching her dance is pure joy. “I dance through chemo,” she said, “so it will go by faster. It makes it better. It makes me feel better.” Nevaeh is looking toward the future and says when she grows up, she wants to be either a lawyer or a doctor. She’s currently leaning toward being a pediatrician, because she wants to help children just like her. A lot of things will be altered in her life because Nevaeh has had childhood cancer. But the Williams family continues to pray and believe. “Nevaeh believes God will heal her, and we’ll just leave it at that,” Alana said. Nevaeh smiles as her mother talks. Then she quietly offers up a philosophy that most adults can’t even comprehend. “Your current situation does not have to be your destination,” she says softly. Those words are proving to be prophetic. On March 5, after a long 12 hours of surgery, Navaeh’s appendix and gall bladder were removed, along with portions of her liver, stomach lining, pancreas and colon. The doctors were able to remove most of the tumors, and the rest were biopsied to see if they were still active. By March 9, Navaeh was up, slowly walking around, and in pain, but smiling. And less than a week after her surgery, she was dancing again, laughing and joking as she danced that she looked like an “old lady.” Her family was thrilled to see her dancing again, and looked toward the next few months with hope. Navaeh was scheduled for four more cycles of chemotherapy, with her last round on May 7. Once she has completed these last cycles, she will begin six weeks of daily radiation treatments. “We are continuing to pray for a cancer-free outcome,” said Alana. El

For updates on Nevaeh’s journey, go to her Facebook page at www. The family’s GoFundMe page can be found at nevaehs-fight-against-cancer.


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Coastal Pet Rescue:

15 Years

of Saving Animals in Effingham and Beyond STORY BY ANGYE MORRISON ★ PHOTOS BY BIRK HERRATH

It’s been 15 years since Lisa Scarbrough began Coastal Pet Rescue, and she’s still just as passionate about saving animals in the Coastal Empire.


carbrough’s love of animals and saving them began early in her life. She grew up on Tybee, and she and her father began the trapping, neutering and releasing of feral cats that were dumped at her parents’ marina. She eventually graduated from Georgia Southern University, and had planned to work at National

Geographic as a photojournalist. She had no clue that her future would include CPR and all that it has accomplished. All throughout her college career, she continued to help stray animals, often paying out of her own pocket for their care. She was advised to get her own 501(c)3 nonprofit set up, and on her 23rd birthday, it became official: Coastal Pet Rescue (CPR) began its mission.

ABOVE: Owner and founder of Coastal Pet Rescue Lisa Scarbrough gets a little love from one of the dogs at the shelter. The organization celebrated its 15th year this past February, and continues to expand its care for animals in the Coastal Empire.



LEFT: Volunteer Jen has the “purrfect” touch for this resident of CPR. TOP RIGHT: Cats at CPR enjoy their outdoor spaces, and might even be a little cheeky when you pay them a visit. BOTTOM RIGHT: The “catio” gives cats at the shelter a chance to safely get some fresh air.

CPR is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in Savannah and the surrounding areas. The organization accomplishes this through its foster home program and small capacity shelter, Camp Pawsawhile Retreat. Scarbrough says she is at the shelter six or seven days a week, and spends her evenings searching for and writing grants, doing research and working on an e-mail newsletter. “There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. I’m lucky that I have some volunteers that help us with some of these tasks. There’s a lot of hours that get put into this,” she said. Volunteers at CPR come mostly by word of mouth. There are around 100 volunteers, from Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to senior citizens, to military or family groups. Scarbrough is the only staff person, as of a little more than a year ago. Scarbrough can’t say enough about how wonderful those volunteers are. “We have a lot of great adventures out here with the animals that come in our care. But it is work,” she said. Since the last feature article in Effingham Living in 2016, much has changed at CPR. The organization took over the lease of a hunting camp on Thomas Avenue in Savannah almost four years ago. “We’ve been fixing it up little by little. We were able to get a building donated to us by the Bryan County Fire Department. It was their old fire department 16 EFFINGHAM LIVING | SPRING 2018

building. But as you know, when it comes free, there’s work that comes with it,” Scarbrough said. It took about a year to get the building moved to the Thomas Avenue site, and it took a few months after that to make it work for their needs. It’s now used for CPR’s administrative offices as well as their medical and isolation units. “This means we can take in animals from animal control that are sick with maybe an upper respiratory infection, or something that would be unable to be treated in a shelter environment, but because we have an isolation unit, we’re able to bring them over here, house

them, treat them, and then put them up for adoption after they’re cleared,” she said. CPR has also launched two outreach programs in the past two years. The first of these is a partnership with Safe Shelter of Savannah, which allows CPR to house the animals of domestic violence victims while they are receiving services at Safe Shelter. The second is Operation Street Paws, which is a partnership with the Homeless Authority. This allows representatives from CPR to go into nine homeless camps in Savannah, and provide care and free spay/neuter services for the animals of the residents of those camps.

CPR is donation based, and Scarbrough says she is working on grants for Street Paws. The adoptions they do at the shelter helps to alleviate some of the costs of care for the animals, but does not cover it all. But with Street Paws, there is nothing for them to recover. This increases the need for more pleas for donations and grants. They have, so far, identified 56 animals in the camps that could be spayed or neutered. “Our problem is that we don’t have the agreement of all of the owners. So we’re going out there each week, bringing free food and supplies. We’re taking animals in that need to be seen by vets, as long as the owners are giving us permission, kind of building that trust in the hope that we will get all these animals spayed and neutered. If I had my way, they would all be spayed or neutered next month. But that’s not happening,” she said. Scarbrough expects that in the next few weeks, the numbers of kittens in these camps will jump, as they have also found a large number of pregnant cats. Not all owners, she said, are willing to allow them to take the animals off site to have them spayed or neutered, then brought back to them. It’s about trust.

I love when family groups come out here and volunteer together because we do want children being handson in animal welfare

Loveable Diesel hangs out with volunteer Jen.

“That’s part of the reason we partner with the Homeless Authority. They already have that relationship with the individuals in these camps. They’ve been going out there, they know who the people are. They also contact us if they’re on a visit to a site and they see something happening,” she said. Scarbrough points to a recent incident in which a dog was injured and the Homeless Authority contacted CPR. They were able to take first aid supplies to the camp and treat the dog, and then monitor while the animal recovered. As a result, the owner decided to let them have the dog neutered. The ever-increasing population of animals in the homeless camps is frustrating for Scarbrough. She and her volunteers have been watching for homeless people with pets in the past two years, and stopping to talk with them, offering food and care. One of the issues that they face with these animals is that the owners of the dogs often breed them, so that they can sell the puppies. Trouble is, this is illegal without a license. But it’s done in various locations all over Savannah. “Even though there are laws against that in Georgia, it’s very hard for us to get it enforced,” she said. The capacity at CPR is around 120,

but the shelter has a lot of turnover. They have around 40 foster homes, and those people return to the shelter almost immediately after a dog or cat is adopted, so that they can take another animal home to foster. Then the shelter heads to animal control to retrieve another animal. About 60 percent of the animals CPR cared for last year were from Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties; the rest were from owner surrenders. “We are very much not a traditional animal shelter,” Scarbrough says. “We are in the woods. We have four units. We have our admin building that has the isolation and medical unit. We have what we call The Cottage, which is our small dog housing. We have a small dog play yard for The Cottage, and kennels behind that. There are play yards for the kennels for the large dogs. Then we have our cattery, which houses typically 15 cats and kittens at a time.” Scarbrough says to pay for the care and housing of the animals, they do a lot of fundraising. There are lots of Yappy Hours at various restaurants and bars all over Savannah, and many service groups do donation drives. One such as recently conducted by the Beta Club at Southeast Effingham Middle School, which resulted in such a large SPRING 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING


The admin building at the facility was a donation from the Bryan County Fire Department, and allows CPR to house not only their offices, but their medical and isolation units as well.

contribution, CPR was able to divide it in several was to care for many needs, including Street Paws. Scarbrough says that although they don’t often advertise for volunteers, they could always use more. She said she loves it when families come out to the site to volunteer together. “I love when family groups come out here and volunteer together because we do want children being hands-on in animal welfare, because they can grow up and then I can retire. There has to be someone coming after

me,” she said. If you want to help, Scarbrough suggests that you go to the organization’s website, www.coastalpetrescue. org, and “click around.” Volunteers are always needed on site, but you can also be a virtual volunteer, and there is a supply wish list you can contribute to. Donations are always accepted to help pay for vet bills as well. Last year, CPR cared for 700 animals, in addition to the work they did with Safe Shelter and Street Paws. Scarbrough is hopeful they will be able


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to expand, because they often have to turn away animals because they just don’t have the space or resources to properly care for them. Scarbrough says they are bringing in more and more animals each year for care, and for her, that’s heartbreaking. “It’s 15 years in, and we should be doing less and less. We have more clinics providing lower cost spay and neuters, and we have microchipping so that lost pets can be reunited with their owners. Why am I doing more? A lot of it is just mentality. We have to figure out how to change that mentality. So my goal is I’m changing youth. If I can get my hands on youth, and they can get involved and realize that this is what we do to fix this problem, then I can have a retirement plan. But it’s going to take a little while.” El

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or Abby Smith, the love of 4-H began very early. “I grew up in 4-H,” she said. “My brother and sister were involved, so from the second grade I was exposed to 4-H programs and events and activities, and so I had a deep love for 4-H from the very beginning.” Smith was very active in the organization once she was age-eligible, and she remained active through her senior year of high school. The Effingham County native says that project achievement was her favorite part of the 4-H program. Her first project was when she was in the fifth grade, and was on lambs. “I remember my brother was there helping me put the project together and create the posters, and helping me with my speech, and my sister as well. I just remember that always being impactful in my life,” she said. The 4-H program helped Smith hone her public speaking and communication skills. “That always drew me in,” she said, adding that project achievement helped to shape who she is today. All that she learned in 4-H, she now wants to pass on to the students involved in today’s Effingham program. Smith attended Georgia Southern University, and during her second year in college, she found that there was a parttime position available at the Effingham County Extension Office. She was offered the position, and after graduation, found that she could make the transition to a full-time position as program assistant. “I was so involved in the program, and so I just continued that love and that passion because I knew how much 4-H had meant to me as a child, and the impact that my 4-H leaders had on my life, and the opportunities that I had through the 4-H program. It just felt right to be able to give back to the kids here in Effingham County,” she said.



Eventually, she took on the role of 4-H agent. After four years, Smith left to teach, eventually earning her master’s degree in school counseling. But when she finished her degree, there were no local counseling positions available. She worked at a school in Beaufort County for about three months and says it was a terribly long drive. At that time, she found that the agent position was open again in Effingham, so she eagerly took the job. “I felt like I was coming home. It was a calling to be back here and give back to the youth here,” she said. Smith is currently the 4-H agent, as well as the county extension coordinator. She’s been back

with the extension office for a little over six years. One of her goals as 4-H agent was to have a diverse program, so that there is something for every child, no matter his or her interest. She felt it was important to add programs that would pull kids in, whatever their niche. Since she became an agent, the program has added an archery team and after school programs including Kids in the Kitchen, Baking Bonanza, STEM Club and LEGO Challenge. “The goal is to get the kids interested (in 4-H) using what they are already interested in, then they can later be plugged in to the public speaking piece,”

she said. Smith says that citizenship, leadership and communication skills are infused into every part of the 4-H program. “A lot of times, kids are not having these opportunities in schools,” she said. “So I think that they need those opportunities.” One of the biggest pieces of the 4-H puzzle in Effingham County is the school programming. The 4-H program is in every fourth and fifth grade classroom in the county on a monthly basis. Each class has a set of officers who are responsible for various portions of the meeting. The students learn leadership, but they have fun as well.

I can’t think of a time when they have not stepped up and done what they needed to do.

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“That’s our first opportunity to touch these kids and have an impact on them,” she said. “So we take those club meetings very seriously.” Three other staff members assist her with the meetings, and they hold after school meetings as well. For the sixth through 12th grade clubs, meetings are held at the extension office in Springfield, in the evenings, and on a monthly basis. These students do a lot of leadership activities, and are encouraged to mentor the middle school students. Smith says this helps foster that feeling of belonging and family. “We hear that a lot from our kids that 4-H is a family. We want them to be a part of this family. They feel like they’re 24 EFFINGHAM LIVING | SPRING 2018

home and they’re connected,” she said. In addition to all of this, there’s a Cloverbud program for first, second and third grade children who are homeschooled. Smith is the first to stand up and say that 4-H impacted her life, but also to speak to how it impacts the lives of students still today. She recalls one young lady in particular. “She was quiet and awkward, and stand-offish. She stood in the back of the room, and she didn’t really interact with a lot of kids,” she said. “We had to pull her into the program and the activities, but she kept coming, and we kept working on her.” The student was soon involved in the

certified teen leader program, and serving in that capacity, and even competed in district project achievement. By the time she graduated, she was serving as her club’s president, and ran the entire awards program by herself. “Those are the moments when you look and you say, that is why I do what I do, because you see the growth, and you see the confidence it builds, and you see how these children grow and mature, and you see how they find their strength,” she said. This is what impacts her the most as an adult leader in the program more than anything else. But Effingham’s 4-H program is not without its challenges. Transportation

for the program’s younger participants is challenging, as parents are still at work during the after school hours, so it’s hard to get them to activities and club meetings. There are also space constraints that make hosting activities and events difficult. Smith says they must be choosy about what programs they offer, and they are diligent to make sure they have the space, resources and staff to offer them. Hours are also challenging. It’s important to find times that suit the kids, she said, but still allow staff to go home and be with their families. The 4-H program offers students so much more than what you see on the

surface. For many, when the term “4-H” is uttered, images of corn fields, cattle and fairgrounds immediately crop up. But Smith asserts that there are so many benefits that carry beyond a student’s time in the club. “It is an impactful program that you will take with you. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say, ‘I am so grateful I was in 4-H,’” she said. Smith says she has high expectations for the students in Effingham’s program — and they know it. “I tell them, you represent you, your family, and Effingham County 4-H, and you represent me. Do that with respect, and know who you are,” she said. “I

can’t think of a time when they have not stepped up and done what they needed to do. I’m so proud of them.” In the next year, Smith says the Effingham program will continue to grow. They have a record number of campers signed up for this summer, and a long waiting list. They will be adding a BB team during the next academic year, and are working to engage middle school students more. “I think we’ve got a great program. We’ve got good support from our community, from our school board, and from our parents,” she said. Smith has been married to her husband, Nicky, for 16 years, and the couple

has one son, 10-year-old Tucker, a fifth grade student at Springfield Elementary. She says when she’s not working, her world rotates around him and his activities. “He plays football and baseball, and loves hunting, fishing, building and being outdoors, riding the four-wheeler and being outside,” she said. She enjoys spending time with him doing those things, as well as going to the beach, running, and spending time with friends and family. She and her family live near her parents, as well as her siblings, and the extended family spends a lot of time together. The Smith family attends Springfield Methodist Church, where they are very

active. Smith says she is also active in several civic organizations, and says it is important to model that involvement for her students. Smith draws her strength from seeing her students grow, and seeing how they apply what they’ve learned to their own lives. She has a plaque in her office that reads, “I teach tomorrow’s leaders,” given to her by her leadership team. “It really couldn’t be more true for me. I feel like that is my job. To me, leadership is one of the most important things that we do in the 4-H program,” she said. “I want them coming out of the 4-H program confident in their leadership ability.”

For more information on 4-H in Effingham County, go online at, and click on “4-H Youth Development.” El OPPOSITE PAGE: Abby Smith and Grace Kieffer are all smiles at the Southern Region Teen Leadership Conference in Crossville, Tennessee. ABOVE LEFT: Mallory Morgan, Bri Tredway, Aby Smith, Becca Valasquez and Rose Moss are shown at the 2018 graduating senior banquet for the Southeast District Project Achievement at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. ABOVE RIGHT: Abby Henry, Payton Mercer, Becca Velasquez, Abby Smith and Mallory Morgan are shown at the state 4-H Congress banquet. SPRING 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING



he Mars Theatre is the heart of Springfield — and the pride and joy of Effingham County. Few small communities have a theater that boasts of all that the Mars has to offer: movies on most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and classic movie matinees on the second Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. Then there are the live concerts and theatrical productions offered each month. Owned by the city of Springfield, the Mars Theatre reopened in 2014 and will celebrate its fourth anniversary in April. The theater was closed throughout the fall of 2017 for an expansion project that added dressing rooms, a green room, wing space and storage, as well as doubled the size of the stage. This exciting expansion will allow for larger acts to perform on the Mars stage, as well as theatrical productions. The Mars has the best popcorn in the county. You can see a movie, get a small popcorn and small drink and a movie ticket, all for just $10. First-run movies are shown regularly as soon as they come out nationwide. The theater also offers field trips for schools and other organizations. The Mars Theatre is located at 106 Laurel


Street in downtown Springfield. The best place to find out what is happening at the theater is online at You can also subscribe to the e-mail newsletter to receive earlybird news and offers. Follow the theater on social media: on Facebook (Mars Theatre), on Twitter (@MarsTheatre) and Instagram (Mars_Theatre).


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arshland Credit Union is a not-forprofit financial co-operative. That means the people who do business with us are all part owners of the credit union. We call them members, not customers. Credit unions, like Marshland, are organized to serve the ever changing financial needs of our members. On January 20, 1953 Glynn Teachers Federal Credit Union organized to serve educators of the Glynn County School System and their families. In the 1970’s, Glynn Teachers FCU expanded to include Brunswick Junior College, McIntosh County Board of Education, Brantley County Board of Education, City of Brunswick, Glynn County Board of Education and other government related businesses. On May 1, 1998 Glynn Teachers FCU was granted a community charter by NCUA and offices were opened in Nahunta and Darien shortly after. In December of 2000, GTFCU opened an office in St. Simons Island. On March 27, 2006, Glynn Teachers Federal Credit Union changed its name to Marshland Community Federal Credit Union to properly reflect the credit union’s membership. Glynn Teachers began as a credit union for educators but was now a credit union for everyone in Glynn, McIntosh and Brantley Counties. The new name,

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Marshland Community Credit Union more accurately represents who and where we are. Today Marshland Credit Union continues to serve its members the high-quality and professional service they look for in a financial institutions. At Marshland, serving you is the heart of our business. The Rincon location will be the first of four new Marshland branches in South Georgia. In the future, there will also be additional Marshland locations in Wayne, Liberty and Bryan counties. Marshland is a full service financial institution which offers savings and checking accounts, low cost loans and mortgages with quick closures, and the latest in online banking technology. With Marshland’s Mobile Express, most if not all of your banking, including online bill pay and remote deposits, can be done using your phone. Effingham is our first new branch. We expect the doors will open early in the second quarter. If you are in Effingham County, stop by and see us at 135 Goshen Road, in Rincon. Say hello to Stephen Bell, our Branch Manager. Stephen comes to us with 17 years of credit union experience. He is friendly and knowledgeable and a great fit for Marshland Credit Union. We are thrilled to have him leading the team in Rincon.

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arian Hodge spent 30 years teaching kindergarten. After she retired in 2006, she got restless. Retirement was just too stagnant for her, and even her consulting and mentoring student teachers wasn’t enough. All that time teaching other teachers, she wanted them to teach the right way. That’s why, when she completely shifted gears and became a business owner in her second career, she opened a teacher supply store in Rincon and called it Teach Right. Teach Right opened its doors in June 2008 and won the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award from the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, nominated by her fellow Chamber members. “I was quite honored,” she said of the award, “because I know we have a lot of small businesses here, some who have been here a lot longer than us.” “Among the things that make Marian stand out are not only her dedication to business but her positive attitude and

continual support of the community and the Chamber,” said Chamber Director Rick Lott. “I personally love working with Marian — she’s always got a smile and a love for life.” She said that one of the highlights of being a business owner getting to know more people in the community. Marian is also a past vice president/president-elect of Effingham Women in Business. She still does consulting (for teachers). Her last job was in Ridgeland, South Carolina. “I really enjoy doing it, but this takes up a lot of time,” she said. By “this” she means the store filled top to bottom with colorful books, maps, posters, games, classroom décor and learning guides, every teachers dream, and an excited sight for children as well. For Marian Hodge, Teach Right is just right. The store is located off Highway 21 in a storefront behind Subway and the Shell Station. It’s open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (912) 826-1681 for more information.

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amily owned and operated, Thomas C. Strickland and Sons Funeral Home in Springfield has been serving Effingham, Chatham and surrounding counties since 1971. Owners Thomas C. Strickland Jr. and his wife, Terri, along with their family, are trusted for their history of helping families through difficult times. Tommy is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and Terry is a licensed funeral director. Sons Thomas C. “Trey” Strickland and Ryan H. Strickland are both licensed funeral directors and embalmers, and have worked at the funeral home since their early teen years. Dwayne A. Duff, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, has worked with Tommy at the funeral home since 1980. A Pooler location was added in 1999. Tommy grew up in Pooler and had long desired to better serve the people in Pooler and the coastal area. “Strickland Funeral Home in Pooler treated us with the utmost respect. Trey Strickland is an absolute gentleman and

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outhern Motors Springfield Chrysler has an experienced and knowledgeable staff — and that’s invaluable. Located in Springfield, Georgia, and serving Savannah and Hardeeville, as well as Effingham County, the dealership offers Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles, at competitive prices. In addition, the dealership has a searchable online inventory of the latest new cars, along with well-maintained used cars. Owned by Myron Kaminsky, the dealership has been offering quality vehicles and service in Springfield for 30 years. Kaminsky says what sets them apart is their customer service. Customers who are looking for guidance on financing their new purchase will find that the financial staff at Southern Motors Springfield can offer expert advice. You’ll also find that the repair technicians and fully stocked inventory of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram parts means that your vehicle will always be well cared for. Southern Motors Springfield is located at

1500 Georgia Highway 21 in Springfield, and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sales Department. The Service Department is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (912) 754-4000 for more information, or go online at


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pon his return home from the Navy in 1959, Wiley Thomas went to work for Union Camp Paper Company in Port Wentworth, Georgia, where he was employed for nine years. He then worked in the furniture and appliance industry for 18 years before he ventured out to build a business of his own. In April of 1987 Wiley and his wife, Rosalyn, opened the doors to a 20,000 square foot furniture and appliance facility called Wiley's Home Center. Shortly after, in December of 1987, his daughter Detra joined the business and now serves as the CEO of the corporation. Just one year after opening the doors, Wiley's Home Center was outgrowing its facility. In 1988, the successful business added 15,000 additional square feet of floor space. Two years in a row (2008 and 2009), Wiley's Home Center was voted "Best Furniture Store in the County." Since 1987 Wiley's Home Center has been serving the people of Effingham County and surrounding

communities with integrity, honesty and customer satisfaction, qualities that Wiley has valued all his life. Customers at Wiley’s can find styles ranging from traditional to modern and chic. You can also special order from well over 50 different brands. The store serves Effingham, Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, Bulloch, Screven and Candler counties in Georgia, and Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Allendal counties in South Carolina. The staff at Wiley’s is incomparable. Detra Thomas, president, and Carol Clemens, sales, are ready to assist you with whatever you need. And if you need to see the doctors — the appliance doctors, that is — stop by and see Jimmy Wilson or Allen Gnann. Wiley’s Home Center is located at 1202 Columbia Avenue (Highway 21), in north Rincon. The store is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (912) 826-2932 or go online at for more information.

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ueensborough National Bank and Trust Company, founded in 1902, has always held to the promise made to its customers: “great service and uncomplicated banking.” More than a century later, those values still hold. Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company, founded in 1902, has always held to the promise made to its customers: “great service and uncomplicated banking.” More than a century later, those values still hold. “We were ahead of our time then, and we are still a bank ahead of our time today,” says the staff the 26 locations that stretch from Savannah to Augusta. Queensborough offers a variety of services, including business and personal checking and personal savings, business and consumer loans, private banking, trust services, wealth management, mortgage services, financial education, and mobile and online banking. Bringing the professional banker expertise you need coupled with the personal banker attitude you want, Queensborough is a bank where state of the art technology and first class customer service co-exist. Your Rincon branch can be reached by

calling (912) 826-4286. Call the Savannah branches at (912) 925-8373 or (912) 232-2901. The Garden City branch can be reached at (912) 303-9080. Find Queensborough Bank on Facebook at, or Twitter, @QNBTrust. For more information, go online at

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t GeoVista Credit Union, you are never just another customer. You’re a member who has a say in everything GeoVista does. That’s because credit unions are different than banks — members are part owners of the institution. GeoVista has been in business since 1964 in Hinesville, the main office, located at 601 West Oglethorpe Highway. There are offices at Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, in Pooler, Statesboro and Richmond Hill. The office in Effingham County is located at 271 South Columbia Avenue in Rincon. The credit union’s original mission was to offer a welcoming and professional banking experience to the well-deserving military personnel and civil service employees at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. Since then, they have expanded to include all individuals and families within the Hinesville area. This includes community members in Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. “At Geovista credit union we really focus on our members. We really want them to achieve their financial goals, and become a part of something really great in our community and become a partner and a member of GeoVista Credit Union,” said Barbara Matin-Vanduser, vice president of branch operations. In addition to personal checking accounts like

Kasasa Cash, Vista Choice and senior checking, GeoVista offers savings accounts: Kasasa Saver, share savings, Savasaurus Club, Christmas club and vacation club. There are also share certificates available, as well as online banking, auto and personal loans, share secured loans and Individual Retirement Accounts. GeoVista offers a multitude of services, including online banking and bill paying, mobile banking and mobile apps, e-statements, shared branching, Visa debit cards, financial planning, Love My Credit Union rewards, a member service center and repossessed vehicles. Linda McKnight, a GeoVista member, says she and her husband find that it’s a great bank. “We selected GeoVista credit union because it’s a great bank for, well, for both my husband and I, as far as having our deposits made there and easy access to our funds.” Christina Anthony, another member, agrees. “Geovista is not just a credit union. Geovista is a local community sponsor. It’s a financial partner and it’s an educator for our young youth of tomorrow to make a better and brighter financial future for themselves.” To reach the main office, call (912) 368-2477. The Rincon office can be reached at (912) 826-4008. For more information visit

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Living Effingham BY DR. RANDY SHEAROUSE Effingham County School Superintendent

In Effingham – ‘I believe most people are good’



I truly believe that the people of Effingham County are good and that we are all looking to build a quality of life for ourselves and our families that reflect this goodness. Many of the core values we hold dear today reflect the values brought here during the 1700s by Effingham’s first inhabitants, German and Austrian immigrants in search of safety from religious persecution. My wife and I, like many of today’s Effingham families, can trace our ancestry back to those early settlers and are grateful that they endured extreme hardships to lay the groundwork for what we now know as the Effingham community. Today, Effingham is represented by a multitude of families from different backgrounds, but the similarities we share far outweigh our differences, and those similarities are each rooted in goodness. My parents moved to Effingham from Chatham when I was 5, back to my dad’s home where all of my family, including my mother’s side, would eventually settle. Raised on a small farm certainly prepared me for life. I had many responsibilities including plowing, planting a huge garden with my Grandfather and Uncle Wayne, and taking care of my many chickens. My chickens were free range before free range was cool! My dad, Wendell, dabbled in politics and served as a county commissioner, and my mom taught kindergarten in our home. “Busy Bee” kindergarten was a very popular program taught out of our garage, believe it or not. Although we didn’t have a lot of extras growing up, my sister and I were loved and taken care of very well. My parents raised me to think positively, always holding on for a better tomorrow. Religion was at the center 38 EFFINGHAM LIVING | SPRING 2018

of our lives, and I attended church at least three times per week and even more when I became involved in the youth group as a teenager. I was taught the importance of hard work, honesty and how to be a good person by example. My career in education started in 1988 when I was fortunate enough to land a job teaching history at Effingham County High School. Of course, as a new teacher, I had the opportunity to coach football, baseball, and basketball, as well as teach my history classes. A few years later, I was recommended by Dr. Moore to be assistant principal at Marlow Elementary. While here, I was awarded the privilege to work under a great lady by the name of Naomi Dasher. She was an excellent instructional leader who left a permanent mark on my life by teaching me the importance of instructional leadership and taking care of the needs of individual students. As I grew in my educational career, I was soon able to open the new Sand Hill Elementary School as principal where I served for eight years. It was here that I began working with Linda Smith, my administrative assistant, and we have worked together for the past 23 years. Unfortunately, she will be retiring this year after taking care of me for a vast majority of my career. At Sand Hill she had a sign up behind her desk that stated: “Do you want to talk to the man in charge or to the woman who knows what’s going on?” As you can imagine, she will be dearly missed. From Sand Hill, I moved on to the principalship at ECHS for two years before becoming superintendent after Dr. Moore announced his retirement. My entire professional career has been with the school system

“In today’s world where it seems there is nothing but negativity, we can continue to be the bright and shining star where everyone takes care of each other and helps others in need.” in Effingham County. I have worked and continue to work with great individuals who taught me important skills that bring about the opportunity for success. We learn from everyone around us, both the good and the bad. Some individuals you want to emulate; others serve as models you want to avoid. My children, Annah and Kieffer, were fortunate to have great experiences in the Effingham County School System. Both began as 4-year-olds in our pre-K program at South Effingham High School before moving on to Rincon Elementary School, Ebenezer Middle School, and later graduating from Effingham County High School where their mother and my wife, Rhonda, works as a media specialist. Thankfully, they had some awesome teachers along the way that not only taught them to love certain subjects, but also cared for them and wanted to see them succeed. Kieffer and Annah are both attending college at UGA. Kieffer will graduate in May and has accepted a job in his field of risk management and insurance (off the family payroll finally!) Annah, Lord willing, will graduate the following year with a degree in Agriculture Education.


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