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After the Storm: Guyton Pet Lodge

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Out&About

Candid shots from past events

19 Insight 2018-2019 Effingham School System

11 After the Storm

Guyton Pet Lodge: Still Providing Doggone Good Service

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Winner List Most Fabulous Local School Band Most Fabulous City/County Employee Most Fabulous Couple Most Fabulous Man Most Fabulous Woman Most Fabulous Firefighter


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sincerely hope that everyone is enjoying all that summer brings. I sure am. I love the smell of honeysuckle, and watching fireflies at night from the front porch swing. Nothing like the good ol’ summertime and some great front porch sittin’. This issue is like a great night in the front porch swing — there’s a lot to see and to talk about. It’s our annual Most Fab edition, and we think you’re going to enjoy it. We have included for you our annual Most Fabulous reader poll list, so that you can see who won in each category. We also did some articles on a few of the winners, and we know you’ll love reading a bit more about each of them as much as we enjoyed talking with them. Congratulations to all the winners. You’re all fabulous! There is also the Insight section from Effingham County Schools, an annual tradition in this issue. You’ll not only

find useful information, such as phone numbers and e-mail addresses, but you’ll also find encouraging words from the superintendent, as well as information about some of the exciting programs in place in the system. We’d also like to congratulate the Teachers of the Year. You are all amazing and we appreciate what you bring to the classroom and to the lives of our community’s children as well. Job well done, all of you! And last, but certainly not least, we have a story on Russ Deen and the Guyton Pet Lodge, which has made its way back after sustaining damage during Hurricane Matthew. Deen and his crew certainly show the resilience that this community is known for, and we’re excited to help tell their story. Kick off your shoes, wiggle your toes in the sunshine, and enjoy the rest of the summer! Angye Morrison

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the Treutlen Award.

Yvette Carr.

5. Dr. Barbara Prosser of Effingham College and Career Academy.

9. Effingham County 4-H Agent Abby Smith receives a hug after winning recognition.

2. New Chamber President Brian Dickey.

6. New Effingham County Industrial Development Authority Director Brandt Herndon.

10. Connie Bazemore speaks to Beth Epling.

3. Outgoing Chamber President Ed Vance.

7. Dr. Franklin Goldwire

4. Gussie Nease and Warren Ratchford present

8. Exchange Club of Effingham County President

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After the Storm Still Providing Doggone Good Service

{ STORY BY ANGYE MORRISON }

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n Sept. 28, 2016, Hurricane Matthew formed and it quickly became the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007. The 13th named storm of the season, Matthew caused widespread devastation for everything

in its path, including the southeastern United States. For many in Effingham County, the storm would go far beyond the usual hurricane story of overturned patio furniture. Russ Deen, owner of Guyton Pet Lodge, was one of those.

ABOVE: Russ Deen is all smiles, along with a furry friend. Deen has a doggone good time surrounded by some of his furry friends who attend daycare at Guyton Pet Lodge. Deen, owner of the lodge, is shown in front of the new sign at the lodge. The sign was damaged during Hurricane Matthew. Photos by Angye Morrison SUMMER 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING

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The storm passed over Effingham on October 7. “The hurricane hit during the local school’s fall break, one of our busiest times of year,” Deen said. “Our facility already had around 40 dogs and owners had no way of making it back to get them, as some were vacationing and others couldn’t get back as traffic was pouring away from the coast.” Deen said he didn’t think the storm would be that bad, but as he watched the sky grow darker and darker, he realized Matthew was going to be a different story. His wife, Amanda, had taken their two children, Miles and Grace, to Atlanta to stay with her parents. Deen and a kennel tech, Emily, stayed at the lodge to weather the storm and care for the dogs there. “At the time, we all figured we were being silly and that it would just be a lot of wind and rain, maybe a tree down. 12 EFFINGHAM LIVING | SUMMER 2018

You don’t have a dog.

The kennels and yard at Guyton Pet Lodge are serene as several dogs enjoy a sunny afternoon prior to Hurricane Matthew. Photo Courtesy of Russ Deen

They’re another member of

the family.

We had no idea how bad it would get,” he said. On the morning of the 7th, they moved all the pets from the boarding facility into the office in kennels, crates and cages typically used for grooming and cat boarding. The pair spent the day walking the dogs and keeping them calm, and cleaning. “When the eye of the storm passed over Jacksonville at 5:30 p.m., I began to worry. This wasn’t like all the close calls we’d had in the past,” Deen said. “We lost power and internet soon after, leaving us with flashlights, coolers and 45 very scared dogs. I stayed up and walked the office, phoning my wife and


The kennel yard was flooded following the hurricane. High winds caused extensive damage to the building and knocked out the electricity. The sign in front of the building was also broken, but the building itself was left structurally sound. Photos Courtesy of Russ Deen

kids, and checking on our charges. We were lucky to have a good group of dogs.” Deen said the worst hit was at 2:38 a.m. when “it felt like someone was trying to push the building over.” The lodge is housed in a 140x40 foot steel building, and Deen said they could feel it shift as they listened to the winds howl. “I heard two loud noises and waited for the storm to die down as there was nothing I could do about the outside world. All I could do was take care of the pets inside our office, so we did,” he said. At first light, Deen was able to go outside and inspect the damage. He found that the entire 100-foot long roof on the boarding facility had been lifted and thrown into the row of trees behind it. The sign in front of the business had been blown apart, and there were multiple trees down, but the play yard was intact. “We went about the business we know best — caring for pets. Dogs were walked, fed, and cared for until all their owners returned to claim them,” he said. The facility didn’t have power for four days, and Deen said regular customers SUMMER 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING

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operate during the 70 days. who didn’t even have dogs staying at “We were fortunate to be able to limp the lodge stopped in to check on them, along and keep doing business. Groombringing food and their own stories of ing and daycare went on unaffected once surviving the storm. we had power again,” he said. “The en“As news of our damage spread, offers tire area was in upheaval for two weeks. of aid flew in,” he said. Insurance covGetting your dog’s hair cut was low on ered the damage, and 70 days later, the the list.” facility was back to normal with a new Deen began running the Guyton Pet roof and repaired fences. Lodge in 2003, taking it over from his “We were very lucky,” Deen said. “We parents. The facility’s primary focus is did not expect to be a different facility in board and grooming, and doggy daythe morning. We fully expected to walk care. On an average day, they may have everyone back down, the rain recede and about 30 dogs, and during peak times, go back to business as usual.” they can have as many as 60 to 70. Instead, it was a 70-day ordeal of inIn addition to Dean and his wife, surance companies and adjusters and there are six employees, who give med“trying to figure something out that you ications to the pets and handle feedings have to have to figure out,” he said. and walks. They also offer boarding for Deen posted throughout the ordeal cats. to his Facebook page, and his final post “Everything you can do for your pet at read: “It was 70 days ago that I brought home, we can do here,” Deen said. 45 dogs up to the office in anticipation Being a seasonal business has its of Hurricane Matthew, expecting to take perks, and being able to spend lots of them back down to the kennel the next time with his children is certainly one morning. Tonight we have pets boarding of them. Deen says that the lodge has in our main kennel facility once more. its “crazy” season, from Memorial Day I just want to take a moment to thank through Labor Day, and then it slacks everyone for their support, prayers, and off a bit. During that time, he is able for all those who let me vent off the frusto spend more time with Miles, 7, and tration of these past two months. Special Grace, 5. The family enjoys traveling thanks to Alan and Sydney of The Hedgand spending time together, and homeses Construction for getting us back to chooling the children accommodates the boarding before the Christmas holidays. schedules of both the business and the Thanks also to Tom and Josh of Coastal family. Comfort Systems as well as John and his “My kids are saints,” Deen said, smilcrew from JMS Electrical. Last but not ing. “I’m blessed.” least, thank you Korie, Emily, Haylie, As for future plans for the facility, and Jenny for being the best staff a guy Deen said they are adding interior runs could ask for!” to accommodate larger dogs. And he Deen also thanked his insurance says they will be around for a long time agent, Trevor Wilson. EFFINGHAM YMCAhe&said. to come. “He went above and beyond,” HELEN HOBBY, PERSONAL TRANIER “In 10 years, I see still being here. I The damage to the roof was a blessing THANK in disguise,YOU Deen FOR said. MAKING US #1 like being personally involved with my business. I like seeing the people and “The roof wasn’t just blown off, it was knowing the dogs. We’ve stayed small picked up and blown away from the fafor a reason,” he said, adding that for cility,” he said. “It was a blessing because Guyton Pet Lodge, and for him personit didn’t do more structural damage to ally, quality is a must. the building.” “It’s everything,” he said. “You don’t He said they were also fortunate have a dog. They’re another member of in that they didn’t have to lay any staff the family.” El off, and they were able to continue to

Guyton Pet Lodge is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. The facility is located at 51 Central Boulevard in Guyton. Call (912) 772-4025, or go online at www.guytonpetlodge.com for more information.

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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 www.marstheatre.com. 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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Clinic. Webb Animal Clinic is a full-service animal hospital, offering breed specific wellness. In addition to critical care, grooming, surgery, boarding, after-hours emergency care and diagnostics, Webb also offers cold laser therapy, dermatology, cardiology/respiratory care, internal medicine, neurology and critical care. In other words, if your pet has an issue, Webb can handle it. The exceptional doctors and highly trained staff at Webb utilize the latest in medical technology, so, you know your pet will receive the highest quality care and treatment available. “We understand the special responsibility of this commitment and the trust you place in us for the optimal care of your furry family members. Our reputation for quality and compassionate care has grown along with our hospital. We are always accepting new patients and welcome you to join our Webb family.” Passionate and dedicated staff receives rave online reviews. Here are just some of many. "I always receive first rate treatment and customer service for my babies. I have been bringing my pets to Webb Animal Clinic for 15 years." "I have great confidence in the veterinarians, and supporting team, at Webb Animal Clinic. My precious feline companions deserve, and receive, the best care, that is humanly possible, at Webb Animal Clinic. My everlasting thanks to you from my kittens, cats, and me!" Webb is currently offering a special for heartworm awareness. The test is $25, regularly $35.50, and the physical exam and test is $60. This is a yearly physical exam required by law in order to receive prescribed medications, including heartworm preventatives. The clinic features a special examination room which is reserved only for their feline patients. It was designed to reduce stress during vet visits. This room is enriched with feline appeasing pheromones and offers plenty of opportunities for cat friendly fun. Whether your pet needs routine wellness care, emergency surgery, a vacation boarding reservation or a day at the spa, Webb will treat your pet as their very own, and do all they can to help your pet live a long, healthy, and happy life. Webb Animal Clinic is located at 3612 Georgia Highway 21 South in Rincon. Call the clinic at (912) 826-1830, or e-mail them

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LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT Randy Shearouse,

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he Effingham County School District makes every effort to equip our students with the educational foundation necessary to succeed in today’s society. However, we recognize that, in order for our children to learn effectively, they must feel safe in their environment. Recurring news of tragedies on school campuses has heightened public awareness to the undeniable need for practical and effective school safety measures, and our school district is no exception. In response to that need, we have taken proactive steps to ensure the ongoing protection of our students and employees. After all, preparedness is key and no child should fear going to school, just as no parent should fear sending their child to school any more than any other public place. The County Board of Education hascredit opted for their somehigh common sense Our aplege during school careers. The Effingham EfďŹ ngham County School District works proaches to strengthening ourforsafety measures. EfďŹ ngham Our Board hasand approved the allocation College Career Academy (ECCA) daily to secure a healthy future our commuof nity additional dollars in this year’s budget to be utilized measures such aspathways increasstudents towards are successfully completing by investing deeply in our children, both towards full-time apprenticeships and schoolassystem ingeducationally our number of socially. resourceOur officers well as purchasing safetyemployment, vestibules for our middle and placement in post-secondary embraces its function as a bedrock in the comand high schools. Through the existing partnership we have with the Effinghamprograms. County Opportunities such as work-based learning and munity and is continually working to advance Commissioner’s Office and the sheriff’s office, we have been able to secure two additional internships provide our students with invaluour children towards becoming responsible, full-time resource officers for our school system.able These officers will provide relief when a on-the-job training, which translates to a educated adult citizens. Our district’s mission school resource officer is out or called away to another duty. We are insincerely for signiďŹ cant advantage today’s grateful competitive statement serves to maintain the focus of the oureducational remarkable partnerships with local law enforcement including the Springfield, Guyton job market. The efforts of our ECCA have even goals for our students: and To Rincon police departments well as the Effingham Sheriff’s The earned themCounty recognition as the Office. “2016 College provide rigorous and relevantasinstruction and Career Academy the Yearâ€? for the state in a safecommunication environment to enable all students towe maintain ongoing and cooperation with these ofagencies have allowed of Georgia! a high diploma as aof foundation usobtain to offer ourschool students a level security for that would, otherwise, be unavailable to them. In addition to the well-established opportupost-secondary success. The installation of safety vestibules is forthcoming for each of our middle and high nities already mentioned, we want to recognize The EfďŹ ngham County School District is comschools as well as our Effingham College and Career Academy. We deeply appreciate our the success of our newly implemented STEM mitted to the post-secondary success of each local delegation theirbecause successful efforts to secure state dollars to help fund project. Academy. While initial plans for this the developof our youngestfor citizens we recognize Plans begin of implementation these vestibulesof as asAcadepossiment and thesoon STEM that are this currently investmentunderway is critical into order for the theminstallation ble, are confident willcomprovide my an begin extra inlayer of security for our students. October 2012, the Academy’s doors to and havewe a positive impact onthat this these and other did notbenefit ofďŹ ciallyfrom open safety until August 2016. During in the future. Inmunities fact, each of our eight elementary schools currently vestibules whose that time period, district educators, local busiOur school is a mid-sized school without dispurchase woulddistrict not have been possible ESPLOST revenues. Our school district nesses and post-secondary partners (including trict that successfully provides a number of outwould like to thank each of the members of the Effingham community who support the local technical colleges and universities) develstanding educational opportunities for approxESPLOST tax that makes projects like our vestibules a reality. oped a strong working relationship with one imately 12,000 students. Our students and staff Moving forward, the Effingham County Board of Education has voted to designate common goal: developing a program with a provide solid daily instruction across a number additional ESPLOST funds to effort be used school for any capital improvement. unique safety and rigorous curriculum focused on real of programs, and this consistent has towards been Thoughts for the future include the89purchase cameras as well update of world applications in the ďŹ eldsasofthe science, techclearly rewarded with our district’s percent of additional nology, engineering and math. rate. Oursystems. goal is to continue along ourgraduation current locking Theschool EfďŹ ngham County School District is exthis path our so that all EfďŹ ngham County students While school district recognizes the need for safety expenditures, our greattremely proud of the solid educational foundaare successfully earning diplomas and poised to est safety resources are the eyes and ears of our teachers, students, and parents. We ask that tion we are able to provide for our students, and pursue post-secondary success. you always be aware of your surroundings and report anything that seems odd or out of the we are grateful to do so in collaboration with all We are very proud of the forward-looking ordinary. if your suspicions are determined unfounded, youand will have played ofto ourbeEfďŹ ngham families community stake-a programsEven we are able to offer our students in critical role towards protecting children ensuring their wellbeing. Through our shared commitment, we EfďŹ ngham. Both ECHS and SEHSour offer a num- andholders. Thank you courses for entrusting your Placement children to uswill each year. to Weprovide do notour take this responsicontinue children with the ber of Honors and Advanced propertrust skillsas to we achieve success each of your their classes that provide level instruction as bility lightly, and wecollege hope to continue earning your educate andinprotect future endeavors! well as the opportunity for students to earn colchildren throughout each new school day.

OUR VISION The district will equip students to compete in our global society, as evidenced by ranking in the top 15% of districts in the State of Georgia.

OUR MISSION As a community of learners,in cooperation with stakeholders,our mission is: To provide rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe environment to enable all students to obtain a high school diploma as a foundation for post-secondary success.

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We believe all students should graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to attain their career goals.

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EFFINGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE All board meetings are held in the boardroom at the Board of Education Central Office, 405 N. Ash Street, Springfield, unless otherwise announced. Meeting agendas and approved minutes are posted on the district website at www.effinghamschools.com. For further information, contact Linda Smith at 754-2537.

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F. Lamar Allen District Three Chairman

Term: 1-1-05 to 12-31-20 5457 Hwy. 119 North Clyo, GA 31303 lakeview3214@ windstream.net

Beth Helmly

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EFFINGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2018 - 2019 All dates are subject to change as situations warrant.

July 26 – August 1...................... Pre-planning for Teachers July 30........................................ Open House for middle and high schools, 4-7 p.m. July 31......................................... Open House for elementary schools, 4-7 p.m. August 2..................................... First Day of School; First Day of the First Nine Weeks September 3............................... Labor Day - No school September 4................................ Issue First Nine Weeks Progress Reports October 4.................................... Last Day of First Nine Weeks October 4................................... Parent/Teacher Conferences - Students Dismissed Early October 5................................... Professional Development Day - Student Holiday October 8 - 9............................. Fall Holiday - No School October 15.................................. Issue First Nine Weeks Report Cards November 9................................ Issue Second Nine Weeks Progress Reports November 19 – 23..................... Thanksgiving Holidays – No school December 18............................... Last Day of Second Nine Weeks; End of First Semester December 20 – January 2......... Christmas Holidays – No school January 2................................... Professional Development Day - Student Holiday January 7.................................... Issue Second Nine Weeks Report Cards January 21................................. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No school February 4.................................. Issue Third Nine Weeks Progress Reports February 13............................... Parent/Teacher Conferences - Student Holiday Professional Development Day February 14 - 18........................ Winter Holiday – No school March 12.................................... Last Day of Third Nine Weeks March 18.................................... Issue Third Nine Weeks Report Cards April 12....................................... Issue Fourth Nine Weeks Progress Reports April 19 - April 26..................... Spring Holidays - No School May 22....................................... Last day of school, Fourth Nine Weeks, and Second Semester May 23-24.................................. Post-planning for staff May 24....................................... SEHS Graduation – 7 p.m. at The Corral May 25........................................ ECHS Graduation – 7 p.m. at Rebel Field May 27....................................... Fourth Nine Weeks Report Cards released on Parent Portal at 5 p.m. Visit www.effinghamschools.com for up-to-date information about the Effingham County Schools, including links to individual school websites, and to view school board meeting agendas and minutes.


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2018-2019 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

BLANDFORD BLANDFORD BLANDFORD ELEMENTARY ELEMENTARY ELEMENTARY

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Marlow Elementary School Elaine H. Jenkins

Sand Hill Elementary School Tricia E. Kerr

Guyton Elementary School Melissa A. Hooper

South Effingham Elementary School Tiffany R. White

Effingham College & Career Academy Michelle C. Thompson

Effingham County High School Kenneth (Owen) Nix

Springfield Elementary School Brittany A. Lein

South Effingham High School Stephanie M.Tant

Ebenezer Elementary School Nicole L. Hildebrandt

Ebenezer Middle School Harper Kristine (Krissy) Lewis

Blandford Elementary School Martha E. Hartmann

Effingham County Middle School Kristina P. Baranowski

Rincon Elementary School Skye Besier

South Effingham Middle School Jeannie L. Dukarski

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GROW YOUR OWN EDUCATORS

hat would you like to be when you grow up? More and more, the answer from high school seniors is an enthusiastic "I want to be a teacher!" The Grow Your Own Educators program of the Effingham County Schools, supported by the Teaching as a Profession Pathway and sponsored by Georgia Southern University is making great strides in the careers of our future Effingham teaching force. Last year, six students participated at only one high school. This year, we had 14 participants between both schools. Early in May, both Effingham High School and South Effingham High School sponsored Educator Signing Day. This national event features high school seniors signing a pledge to pursue education as a career. Parents, friends, family and teachers all attended to support these students who are beginning their journey toward the world's most noble profession. We look forward to hearing great things from them!


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HONEY RIDGE PLANTATION GROWING HEALTHY ‘CROP’ OF STUDENTS By Julie Lavender

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oney Ridge Plantation may have only belonged to Effingham County Board of Education for less than two years now, but many in the community and school system have already been the recipients of a bountiful harvest. The 310-acre property is less than a mile off Georgia Highway 17, 3 miles south of Guyton, and a stone’s throw from Honey Ridge subdivision. Fortuitously for the Board of Education, former owner Sam Zemurray was looking to sell the property that for the last 30 years had been a purebred polled Hereford cattle farm at the same time the Effingham County Board of Education was contemplating building an agri-center. The two plans came together, and

the school system purchased the property in the fall of 2016. Todd Wall, the Career Tech and Agriculture Education (CTAE) program manager for Effingham County and manager of Honey Ridge Plantation was thrilled with the purchase and recognized immediately the benefits the property could offer students and beyond. “Even if you’re not in the ag sector, knowing how vital agriculture is to our country is hugely important,” said Wall, who holds a bachelor’s in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia and master’s and specialist degrees in Leadership Administration from Georgia Southern University. “Students get real life, practical, hands-on experience at Honey Ridge,” said Wall. A tour of the 300-plus piece of

property shows just how many kids can and will benefit from the plantation. One of the first renovations on the property after it was purchased involved turning a former sale arena for cattle into a livestock show area for Effingham County students to use. “We’d not had anything like this before, that we could use year-round,” said Wall, noting that previously students took part in activities at the fairgrounds in limited time-frame opportunities. The Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) barn consists of a shelter that was already on the property and stalls and pens that were added after the BOE took possession. “This gives all kids the opportunity to participate in livestock showing now. Some couldn’t because of financial restraints or because they lived in a subdivision. You can’t just have a cow in your


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backyard in a subdivision,” Wall added. Wall said the school board purchased sheep, goats and additional cattle to increase the herd from 23 cows to 35 for the students to use for various livestock projects. Rabbits, chickens and ducks were also added to the menagerie for the students to take care of and show in competitive events. Additionally, the animals are used for labs with veterinary science students and animal science students for both Effingham County High School and South Effingham High School. “Those students come out to the farm to do vaccinations, pregnancy checks, artificial inseminations, well-checks and deworming procedures,” Wall said. The STEM program at Effingham College and Career Academy (ECCA) utilizes the farm, too. Students take part in projects on the farm to gain skills in mapping, soil testing, conservation and drought studies, insect damage observation in hayfields and archaeology digs

and findings. Agriculture students, under the leadership of ag teachers, plant and grow garden vegetables that include pumpkins and corn, among other crops. Calling it a Farm to Table program, Honey Ridge Plantation participants donated some of the harvest and some was served at Young Farmers meetings. “A future hope is to put some of this food back into the school system,” said Wall. Back in the fall, Honey Ridge Plantation offered a 7-acre corn maze to the community and a fall festival. “They said it couldn’t be done,” said Wall, “but we planted corn in July and had it ready for a corn maze by the fall.” Another sector of students that benefits from hands-on work at Honey Ridge Plantation is those in the field of Forestry and Wildlife. “Over 40 acres were cleaned up for students in Forestry and Wildlife classes to learn timber services, land

measurement and tree identification,” said Wall. “We plan to have a forestry plot in the near future. Forestry students have already had the opportunity to take part in prescribed burns on the property during this past school year.” At yet another location on the farm, an area is sectioned off to host a mini-tractor pull that is sponsored by the Effingham County Young Farmers. “Ag mechanics students work on small engines in their shops to learn how to rebuild motors and then they come out here and test them. They build little mini-tractors and test them out here in a tractor pull,” he said Wall said that Honey Ridge Plantation has an open-door policy with Effingham County 4-H clubs and they’ve already set up an archery range for practice and have started a bee club with hives set up in a back field. Students produced 50 acres of hay on the property to feed the calves, and Wall said the plan is to grow their own


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grain for the calves, too. “We eventually want to be self-sustaining,” Wall added. Landscaping and horticulture classes in the upcoming fall have several projects lined up for hands-on experience and beautification projects. “We also have an open door policy with the Boy Scouts,” said Wall. He noted that the wooden fence across the front of the plantation was constructed by members of a Boy Scout troop. Other non-agriculture activities on the property this past school year included two major cross country runs held at Honey Ridge Plantation and a 5K fundraiser sponsored by ECCA Student Council. “We try to involve as many aspects of school life as possible, not just inclusive to ag students,” said Wall. A pond on the property needs some repair work that students in the Natural Resources pathway will take part in. Students who plan to go in the field of

Forestry and Wildlife occupations will be included in those projects. Students who take ag mechanic classes at the high schools will have the opportunity to practice their welding skills on the farm, too, repairing various fences and gates. But it’s not just high school and middle school students benefiting from Honey Ridge Plantation. Every first grader in Effingham County has the privilege of touring the facility to learn about the various aspects of the farm. Wall said that last year more than 900 first grade students spent time at the farm, traveling to various stations manned by high school and middle school agriculture leadership students. Some of the stations included: livestock consumption studies, a corn maze, sheep-shearing demonstrations, quality herd health information, beef livestock information, a 4-H agent’s discussion about cotton from plant to a garment, livestock showing events, rabbit and

chicken exhibits, hay castle climbing activities after kids learned about the value of hay for cattle consumption and a hayride around the farm. “The first graders benefit, most definitely, but the high school and middle school students learn to be leaders and public speakers.” Wall added, “We hit these first graders with information that affects them the rest of their lives and later, when they have to make decisions important to the management of woodlands or forests or agriculture, they’ll have a handson, educated understanding.” Students and adults from a variety of interests and career paths are benefiting from the farm. From first grade to middle school to high school, to teachers of all ages of students, to the community of Effingham County and beyond — Honey Ridge Plantation is producing a harvest of bountiful proportions.


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STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM INVOLVEMENT AT HONEY RIDGE By Julie Lavender

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any students in Effingham County are growing educationally from hands-on, practical learning experiences at Honey Ridge Plantation. The students are benefitting from the application of classroom learning to real-life situations offered at the 310-acre farm, purchased by the Effingham County Board of Education in the fall of 2016. Dillon Pippin, a rising Effingham County High School senior, spent a great deal of time at the farm as the Work-Based Learning student at Honey Ridge Plantation this past year. Through his involvement with the program, Pippin not only learned the basics of running a farm, but he also gained experience in preparing for events, problem solving and team work. Pippin worked through all types of weather conditions and gained first-hand experience on the value of the field of agriculture. Carson Bigelow, a rising senior in the Effingham College and Career Academy’s STEM program, took on a project at Honey Ridge Plantation that benefited both the farm and

Bigelow’s Boy Scout Eagle project. Bigelow, in the process of completing his Eagle Scout requirements, approached Ashley Kieffer, ECCA principal, for input on a project suggestion. At his principal’s suggestion, Bigelow made a connection with Todd Wall, Career Tech and Agriculture Education (CTAE) program manager and Honey Ridge Plantation manager. After much discussion, the rising senior decided to undertake the task of upgrading the fence at the entrance of the farm. Agricultural Mechanics student volunteers demolished the original fence and removed overgrown landscaping, allowing Bigelow to start fresh with his project. With Kieffer’s help, Bigelow drew up plans for a new fence, priced materials and established a work schedule. Bigelow set up a work day in mid-May, and he was joined by his Scout Master, Commissioner Phil Kieffer, Ashley Kieffer, about 20 Boy Scout helpers and the Effingham County High School ROTC. With guidance from the adults on hand, Bigelow assumed a leadership role and flawlessly led his team


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of helpers throughout the day to complete the project. Ashley Kieffer expressed pride in Bigelow’s accomplishment and said, “Eagle Scout projects must be of benefit to a school, church or other community organization, and I cannot think of a better project than helping the Board of Education and the citizens of Effingham County than the functional beautification of Honey Ridge Plantation.” Other ECCA STEM program students took part in projects at Honey Ridge Plantation over the last couple of years also. Scientific Research students in the program have focused their work at the farm on the exploration of potential solutions to the global concerns of alternative energy and access to clean water. Their goal is to make the farm more energy efficient and to find ways to conserve water. Students have researched alternative farming methods, specifically hydroponics and aquaponics. Rita Elliott, local archaeologist, accompanied Research II students to the farm. Faith Austin and Jocelyn Rivas researched the history of Honey Ridge Farm. Their research will be the starting point for building a display to teach others about Honey Ridge and its past, present and potential use. Mary Kathryn Brantley researched the topography of Honey Ridge Farm from the early 1930s to the present. She shared her project at Georgia Southern’s Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Learning Conference in March. The project also placed in the top five of the state in the Georgia ARCGIS Competition, hosted by University of North Georgia. Using a drone on loan from Georgia Southern, student Carson Bigelow took pictures and video of the farm to support fellow student Brantley with her project, and he also plans to continue his drone footage throughout the upcoming school year to monitor the Honey Ridge Plantation fields. Evan Jenkins led a large class project, engineering a vertical hydroponics system that successfully produced leafy greens like kale. Garrett Boyett designed a zig-zag hydroponics system for classroom use. Boyett, along with Courtney Flowers, will work with two elementary classes during the upcoming school year to help the students build and maintain the system and will be leading the students through curriculum by investigating plants and sustainable agriculture. Students across the spectrum of interest and educational paths are benefiting from hands-on activities and learning at Honey Ridge Plantation. And with this many accomplishments in the two short years of the farm’s relationship with Effingham County Board of Education, there’s bound to be many opportunities and successes sprouting and growing on the farm, just south of Guyton.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DIRECTORY 2018 - 2019 NAME/TITLE

CONTACT INFO

Effingham County Board of Education

Phone: 912-754-6491 FAX: 912-754-7033

Dr. Randy Shearouse, Superintendent of Schools Mariella Manhatton, Administrative Asst. to the Superintendent

mmanhatton@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2537 FAX: 912-754-8899

Dr. Yancy Ford, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Emily Tabolt, PR Specialist/ Administrative Asst. to the Asst. Superintendent

etabolt@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6491

David Smith, Hearing Officer/Disciplinary Designee

davidsmith@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2511

Susan Hartzog, Executive Director of Human Resources

shartzog@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-1119

Lori Dasher, Director of Human Resources

ldasher@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-1119

Karla Sasser, Human Resources Specialist

ksasser@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-1119

Vonda McDonald, HR Administrative Asst.

vmcdonald@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-1119

Renota Jackson, Receptionist/ Administrative Secretary

rjackson@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6491

Mark Rahn, Payroll/ Benefits Administrator

srahn@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-2512

Tamie Patnaude, Payroll tpatnaude@effingham.k12.ga.us Supervisor 912-754-5619 Luann Howell, Benefits Manager

lhowell@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5618 FAX: 912-754-2515

Jessica O’Leary, Nutritional Services Coordinator

joleary@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5633 FAX: 912-754-6560


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EFFINGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DIRECTORY 2018 - 2019 NAME/TITLE

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Clara Barnes, Nutritional Services Technician/Trainer

cbarnes@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5632

Bekki Hall, Transportation/ Clerical

bhall@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-3574

Amanda Ginn, Nutritional Services Bookkeeper

aginn@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6416

dking@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-3574

Melanie Exley, Nutritional Services Bookkeeper

mrexley@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5632

Dana King, Administrative Assistant to the Transportation Coordinator Jim Anderson, Maintenance Coordinator

jpanderson@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5517

Jackie Davis, Administrative Assistant to the Maintenance Coordinator

jdavis@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5517

Cynthia Orr, Maintenance Clerk

corr@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5517

Travis Nesmith, Executive Director of Curriculum and Technology

tnesmith@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508

Lisa Byrd, Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Curriculum and Technology

lbyrd@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508, FAX: 912-754-5637

Wendy Porter, Curriculum Coordinator, 6-12

wporter@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508

Dr. Melodie Fulcher, Assistant Coordinator, K-5 Curriculum & K-12 Gifted

mfulcher@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508

Kristie Long, Student Academic Intervention & Support Specialist

klong@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508

Sheryl Helmey, Student Behavior/ Speech Intervention & Support Specialist

shelmey@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5508

Karen Warnell, Nursing kwarnell@effingham.k12.ga.us Coordinator 912-754-6491 Dr. Slade Helmly, Chief Operations Officer

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Carolyn Conaway, Administrative Asst. to the Chief Operations Officer

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Ronald Wilson, Director of Finance

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Kathy Morgan, Assistant Director of Finance/ Purchasing Agent

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Tammy Mongin, Accounting Technician

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Cathy Duttenhoffer, Purchasing Technician

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Mary Exley, Head Bookkeeper

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Shirley Morgan, Printer

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Brett Martin, Transportation Coordinator

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Eric Harris, Assistant Transportation Coordinator

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Larissa Knight, Energy Manager

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Sandra Cone, Transportation/ Clerical

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Carlett Fulcher, District cfulcher@effingham.k12.ga.us Literacy Coach 912-754-5508 Todd Wall, CTAE Director

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Carla Dean, Testing Coordinator

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ewoodcock@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-728-7511

Cecilia Nixon, Administrative Secretary for the Testing Coordinator

cnixon@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5636

Erin Woodcock, Social Worker/ Foster Care Liaison Ruby Andrews, Homeless Liaison Assistant

randrews@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6491

Linda Howard, Administrative Secretary for the Testing Coordinator

lhoward@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5636

Terri Johnson, Early Learning & Student Support Coordinator

terrijohnson@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5677

Missy Roddenberry, Information Systems Coordinator

mroddenberry@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5621

Tracy Wright, Director of Exceptional Students

twright@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623

Amy Burgin, Student Information Specialist

aburgin@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5621

Jeff Lariscy, Information Technology Coordinator

jlariscy@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533

Holly Lewis, Information Technology Assistant Coordinator

hlewis@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533

Mike Cale, Information Technology Security Administrator

mcale@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533

Crystal Dowd, Information Administrative Technician

cdowd@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533

Stephanie Anderson, Webmaster

webmaster@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533

Gregg Miles, Instructional Technology Specialist

gmiles@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5533

Justin Keith, Instructional Technology Specialist

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Dr. Sandra Nethels, Special Programs Coordinator

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Dr. Jackie Brown, Social Worker/ Homeless Liaison

jbrown@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-6404

Kim Gosyne, Adminkgosyne@effingham.k12.ga.us istrative Secretary912-754-5623 Data/Budget Specialist Dr. Lindsay Blakey, Program Manager

lblakey@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623

Dr. Joy Sheppard, Program Manager

jsheppard@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623

Dr. Ashly Hunter, Program Manager

ahunter@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-7757 (w) 912-433-2790 (c)

Gloria Young, Program gyoung@effingham.k12.ga.us Manager 912-754-5623 Amy Ambrose, Parent Mentor

aambrose@effingham.k12.ga.us 912-754-5623

Renee Arnsdorff, Registrar- Central Registration

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Mollie McLeod, Registrar- Central Registration

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What does it mean to be “fabulous?” If you look up the word “fabulous,” you’ll get the standard definition: “…extraordinary, amazingly good, wonderful, near to perfect all the time.” It’s a difficult thing to be near to perfect all the time. To wear the labels of extraordinary or wonderful can be overwhelming. But these folks make it look easy. They wear their mantles of leadership, professional and personal, with grace and, obviously, a dash of fabulous. We took notice. And so did you. So we present to you this year’s list of winners in the Effingham Living Most Fabulous 2018 Reader Poll. Our readers have spoken, and pointed to who they feel the word fits best — and we couldn’t agree more. Congratulations to you all!

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C ONG R AT U L AT IONS T O T H E 2 018 W I N N E R S ! Most Fabulous Educator Elaine Jenkins ˇ

Most Fabulous EMT Toni Broussard ˇ

Most Fabulous Mortgage Broker Chris Beecher ˇ

Most Fabulous Local Artist Morgan Bonner Webb ˇ

Most Fabulous Real Estate Agent Sue Anderson ˇ

Most Fabulous Dentist Dr. Richard Taylor ˇ

Most Fabulous Local Photographer Sara Dasher ˇ

Most Fabulous Financial Planner Ryan Waters ˇ

Most Fabulous Insurance Agent Sundi Williamson ˇ

Most Fabulous Personal Trainer Darcy Giaquinto ˇ

Most Fabulous Local Developer Dennis Jones ˇ

Most Fabulous Historic Location New Ebenezer Retreat Center ˇ

Most Fabulous Business Owner Tateum Chatfield ˇ

Most Fabulous Healthcare Professional Dr. Joseph Ratchford ˇ

Most Fabulous Place to Take Kids for Fun Mars Theatre ˇ

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Most Fabulous Woman Beth Epling Most Fabulous Man Jose Ramirez Most Fabulous Couple Jose and Carrie Ramirez Most Fabulous Public Safety Officer Jose Ramirez

Most Fabulous Vehicle Repair/ Collision Repair Shop Harold’s Most Fabulous Place to Buy a Car Rincon Chevrolet Most Fabulous Convenience Store/Gas Station Parker’s

Most Fabulous Veterinarian Webb Animal Clinic Most Fabulous Wedding Venue in Effingham Woodlawn Plantation Most Fabulous Cold Beer 108 Ale House

Most Fabulous Overall Restaurant 108 Ale House

Most Fabulous Location for Date Night Mars Theatre

Most Fabulous Soul Food Mrs. Jean’s

Most Fabulous School Spirit Effingham County High School

Most Fabulous Wings Rusty Pig

Most Fabulous Place to Get Fit YMCA

Most Fabulous Pizza Zoner’s ( formally Stoner’s in Springfield)

Most Fabulous Home Décor Ruffles, Rust & Sawdust

Most Fabulous Business Lunch Location The Loft

Most Fabulous Home Builder Alan Writch/Hedges Construction

Most Fabulous Fried Chicken Mrs. Jean’s

Most Fabulous Church Compassion Christian

Most Fabulous Barbecue Rusty Pig

Most Fabulous Landscape Company Bell’s Lawn Care Inc.

Most Fabulous Sushi Tomo

Most Fabulous HVAC Pro Air

Most Fabulous Boutique Largesse

Most Fabulous Seafood The Tin Fin

Most Fabulous Plumber Jake Patrick and Son

Most Fabulous Antique Store Aunt Tinkie’s

Most Fabulous Burger 108 Ale House

Most Fabulous Electrician JMS Electrical

Most Fabulous Business That Gives Back to the Community Thrivent Financial

Most Fabulous Take-out Simply Southern Home Cooking & Catering

Most Fabulous Locally Owned Business Twisted Scissors Hair Salon

Most Fabulous Supermarket/Grocery Kroger

Most Fabulous Annual Party or Event Sisters on a Journey

Most Fabulous Coach Darcy Giaquinto

Most Fabulous Firefighter Dave McPherson Most Fabulous City/County Employee LaMeisha Kelly Most Fabulous Local School Band Effingham County High School Most Fabulous Sporting Event ECHS vs. SEHS rivalry game Most Fabulous Local Salon Twisted Scissors Most Fabulous Mani/Pedi City Nails Most Fabulous Barber Shop Amy’s Vintage Barber Shop

Most Fabulous Consignment Store My Sassy Sister Most Fabulous Florist Joann’s Most Fabulous Pharmacy Quick Rx Most Fabulous Furniture Store Badcock Home Furnishings Most Fabulous Barbecue Supply Store Smoke N Bones Most Fabulous Animal Care/Farm Supply Store Tractor Supply

Most Fabulous Local Charity or Nonprofit Organization Family Promise

Most Fabulous Category We Forgot Was Fabulous Most Fabulous Spa: Therapeutic Embrace

Most Fabulous Neighborhood Lost Plantation Most Fabulous Bank Customer Service Bank of America Most Fabulous Company to Work for in Effingham Effingham County Schools Most Fabulous Daycare/ Childcare Facility The Learning Treehouse

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Most Fabulous Local School Band — Effingham County High School Rebel Regiment

Rebel Regiment: More than just loud and proud

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f you’ve been to a football game at Effingham County High School, then you know all about the Rebel Regiment. And it’s very likely you’ve seen Matt Leff, who has been the Regiment’s band director for nine years. Voted as this year’s Most Fabulous Local School Band, the Regiment has a long-standing tradition of excellence. The band earned the title of Grand Champion during the 2017 Marching Mustang Invitational, and has consistently earned high ratings in competitions through the years. Born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia, Leff attended Toccoa Falls College, and later did his graduate work at the University of Georgia. He has lived in Effingham County for 14 years. He and his wife, Nycole, have two children, Andy and Charlie. Leff chose music as his career because of his own experience in band in high school. “I’ve always loved music, but I was torn between history and coaching, and teaching band. My high school band director had a profound influence on me and that influence led me to study music in college,” he said. Leff says he has enjoyed working with his students, and he strives each

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By Angye Morrison day to see his students’ character and work ethics develop. As for the band being called “fabulous,” Leff says it’s very much deserved. “I’m very proud of our students and their hard work. Any recognition we receive is because of the effort that they

What’s your definition of “fabulous?” “A group that people take pride in and that strives for excellence each and every day.” – Matt Leff, ECHS Rebel Regiment Director have put into the program,” he said. There are 200 students in the marching band, and 285 students enrolled in band classes. During marching season, the band practices on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights until 6:30 p.m. each week. And of course, the band is in the stands and on the field on Friday nights, in addition to competing at least four Saturdays a year. During concert season, the band performs six concerts, and each group attends a concert festival, during which they are evaluated on their playing abilities.

As for what sets the Regiment apart, Leff says it’s more than just being large and in charge. “We are a very large and loud marching band, but there are plenty of those,” he said. “What really makes us different is the caliber of our student leadership. They take pride in what they do and lead younger students to do the same.” Leff says the greatest lesson that students learn from being in band is the importance of being a part of a team. “With so many kids, we can’t rely on one or two talented kids to carry us. We need every child on board to achieve our goals,” he said. Leff is also quick to point to the adult leadership that enables the program to remain strong. “Anthony Jones, Will Alford, Lindsay Sandberg, Lisa McDonald and John Pope are the assistant directors and do an incredible job. There is no way one director could do all that we do. We also have a phenomenal booster organization,” he said. “Effingham is such a special place to live and teach. I love how our community supports our schools, and what amazing students we have,” he added.


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LaMeisha Hunter Kelly City Planner / Director of Building and Zoning Most Fabulous City / County Employee SUMMER 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING

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Most Fabulous City/County Employee – LaMeisha Hunter Kelly

Kelly says giving back is key to being blessed

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his year’s Most Fabulous City/ County Employee is Lameisha Hunter Kelly, a Guyton native. Of the honor, Kelly says, “I never imagined this life for myself, so I am overwhelmed with the thought that members of my community selected me for this honor.” Kelly is currently the interim City Manager/City Planner/Director of Building and Zoning for the city of Rincon. She says she didn’t choose her career — it chose her. “I didn’t know what a city planner was until I applied for my first job with the city of Statesboro,” she said. “I was the first intern with the Effingham County Industrial Authority. The executive director at that time encouraged me to apply for the job, and I got it.” Kelly says that in her current role, her department is responsible for all commercial and residential development within the city of Rincon. “We also process Occupation Tax Certificates and alcohol licenses, handle code enforcement, work with EPD and DOT, administer grants, and complete special projects for the mayor and City Council. We are currently administering a $750,000 CDBG grant to upgrade water and sewer lines in the city,” she added. With all of this on her plate, Kelly still strives to do a great job for the city and for its citizens. “Doing a great job means helping new businesses open, new buildings get developed, new homes get built, and improving the quality of life for all of our citizens. Everything that we do in Rincon has a direct impact on the growth and development of Effingham County as a whole,” she said. Kelly was originally born in New Rochelle, New York, but moved to Guyton with her family when she was 3 months old. She attended Georgia Southern University, where she earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. “I am a proud Eagle,” she said.

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By Angye Morrison Kelly has no children of her own, but shares a step-daughter, Kaitlyn,

What’s your definition of “fabulous?” “Being fabulous is being blessed. It is being able to come to work each day to a job that I love being surrounded by co-workers that I enjoy. Being fabulous is living a life that speaks of your integrity and character.” – LaMeisha Hunter Kelly

with her husband, Terry. She is proud of Kaitlyn, who is a junior at Middle Georgia College, majoring in Mass Communications. “I have two nieces and two nephews that I love with all of my heart,” she said. She is the oldest of five herself; her

siblings are Daniel, Jonah, Rochene and Montrelle. Her family all lives in Guyton

and Marlow. The Kellys have been married since November 2010. Terry is in the Air National Guard at the 165th, and works at the base as well. “God has a sense of humor, so he gave me a husband who is much like my grandfather. Terry appears quiet at first, but he has a great personality and everyone loves him. He is very supportive of my career and community involvement, which is blessing,” she said. Kelly says that since January 2017, she has lost her father, Anthony Hunter, along with her grandfather (Daniel Hunter) and grandmother (Sarah Hunter). These three had the strongest impact on her life. “They were all civic-minded. I grew up watching the news, reading the newspaper and discussing politics with


them,” she said. “Because of them, I am a government nerd.” Kelly comes from a family of educators, including her parents, so she also loves teaching and educating others. In addition to her family by birth, Kelly says she is inspired by her church family at Macedonia Baptist Church. When asked about her mentors, Kelly says she has far too many to name just one. She also acts as a mentor to others, believing it makes a difference in the lives of others. “I am who I am because of people believing in me, teaching me, working with me and having patience with me,” she said. “I want the best for everyone around me.” Kelly says she loves finishing a good project. “I am very project oriented,” she said. She also loves to laugh, but says that ignorance and people not seeing their own worth make her sad. When she has some spare time, Kelly enjoys reading. “I do not own an electronic reader. I still prefer turning the pages of a book. My happy place is on the beach, listening

to the waves with sunlight on my face,” she said, adding that she and her husband also like to travel and explore new places together. Giving back to the community is also important to her. “If I am to live a blessed life, I must bless others. I am currently on the Effingham Health System Hospital Authority. It is important that we create and maintain a viable health system in this community. Healthcare impacts the economy, education, and long-term growth of a community. We must have a health system that people can choose as their provider, instead of traveling to other counties,” she said. For years, Kelly was a member of the Rincon Lions Club, but had to resign due to her work schedule. “It is a great organization that provides eye glasses and screenings to people in need. I have other organizations that I assist when needed,” she said. When asked how others would describe her, Kelly said, “She is a get-it-done person. She is fair. She tells you exactly how she feels.”

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Most Fabulous Couple – Jose and Carrie Ramirez

A strong foundation makes a ‘fabulous’ couple

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e was a bad boy, and she was just drawn to him. Conversely, he was drawn to her family’s structure, which was based on “God and family.” This year’s Most Fabulous Couple, Jose and Carrie Ramirez, have been married for 20 years. The couple first met as 15-year-old high school freshmen. “We were just two high school kids who, over time, became the best of friends, not knowing the plans God had in store for us,” Jose said. He says he knew while they were still in high school that Carrie was the one for him. “I knew my senior year in high school because she saved me, believed in me and would not give up on me. I recall talking to my parents, telling them about my intentions of wanting to marry Carrie, and then going to her house where I asked her father for his daughter’s hand in marriage,” Jose said. The couple was married April 25, 1998 at Isle Hope United Methodist Church in Isle Hope, Georgia. Jose was 20 and Carrie had just turned 21. The couple has two children. Jackson, who is 19, is a South Effingham High School graduate who is currently studying Criminal Justice at East Georgia State College. Their daughter, Tristan, is a student at South Effingham High, and wants to study nursing in college. Both Jose and Carrie feel that what makes their marriage strong is its foundation. “We love other unconditionally, by creating a strong marriage foundation that is based on God’s word and by knowing each other’s love language,” Jose said. They both also agree that learning to handle and overcome all difficulties and challenges that have come their way has been both surprising and satisfying. Their biggest challenge as a couple has been communication. “Married couples tend to get busy with their children’s activities, work schedules, housework and individual activities that we soon forget to take time

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out of our days to just focus on one another. But other challenges worth mentioning is having the ability to forgive one another, and to make sure that each other serves and meets their spouse’s needs,” Jose said. The most joyful thing they have experienced as a couple, they say, was “the birth of their children and our acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.” The toughest thing would be persecution by those who would want to see a marriage fail, Jose said. “By no means has our marriage been perfect. But by having the ability to forgive and leaning on the Lord, we continue to strive to keep our marriage as one,” he added. To newlyweds, the couple offers this advice: attend an annual marriage retreat. “Too many couples think they have nothing to fix in their marriage. The truth is that spouses can become complacent and before they know it their marriage is doomed. By attending annual marriage

retreats, preferably one that is biblically sound, newlyweds can see where they have become complacent and where they are failing to serve their spouse’s needs. Think about it like preventative maintenance on your vehicle, but instead it’s for your marriage,” Jose said. “In today’s world we treat marriage too much like vehicles. For example, one’s vehicle may be simply out of fuel and instead of putting more fuel into your vehicle (work/ energy into your marriage) we would rather trade it in than to invest in it.” If they could ask a question of a couple that’s been married longer than them, they both said, “What happens or what did you do once the kids move out?” Both Jose and Carrie say their marriage isn’t perfect, because they are imperfect people. But it’s worth the work and they look forward to many more fabulous years. “We are just honored and humbled that friends and family have nominated us for this recognition,” they said.


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Most Fabulous Man and Most Fabulous Public Safety Officer – Jose Ramirez

Humble officer puts others ahead of himself

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alk about your triple threats. Lt. Jose Ramirez, who has been with the Rincon Police Department since 2007, has been voted this year’s Most Fabulous Man, as well as Most Fabulous Public Safety Officer. And he is also half of this year’s Most Fabulous Couple, along with his wife, Carrie. But if you ask him about being “fabulous,” he laughs, but expresses a humble attitude. “I feel that I am not worthy of such recognition, but I am honored and very humbled of the recognition by the citizens of Effingham County,” he said. Ramirez has lived in Effingham County for 17 years. Originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico, he moved to Tampa, Florida with his family as a child, and the family later moved to Savannah in 1990. He graduated from Windsor Forest High School, where he played varsity football and baseball. He later attended Savannah Technical College, and joined the Savannah Police Department in 2000. A year later, he and his own family moved to Rincon, where they lived for 11 years before moving out into the county. Ramirez has been married his high school sweetheart, Carrie, for 20 years. The couple met when he was a freshman. The couple has a son, Jackson, who is 19. Jackson graduated from South Effingham High School, and is attending East Georgia State College, studying Criminal Justice. The couple’s daughter, Tristan, is attending SEHS and will graduate in 2021. She wants to study nursing in college. A dedicated law enforcement officer, Ramirez says he didn’t choose his career, it chose him. “I was headed down the wrong road as a youth, involved in drugs, poor grades, fighting and crime. But in the midst of it all, through the love and support of those that engaged in my life and saw that my life had value, I realized that my life had a purpose, a greater calling and that was that God wanted me to be a servant,” he said. “I knew, even when I was lost, that

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What’s your definition of “fabulous”? “Fabulous to me would be someone who is extraordinarily caring and loving of other people.” —Jose Ramirez I wanted to serve as a police officer and truly help and protect those who cannot protect themselves.” Ramirez is currently the Commander of Operations with the Rincon PD, and manages the day-to-day operations of the department. He supervises 20 officers, a K9 unit, the Criminal Investigations Division and three civilian personnel. And

he is the go-to guy when it comes to complaints or possible violations of department rules and regulations by personnel, conducting investigations and recommending appropriate action. He has been in law enforcement for 18 years, including terms with the Savannah Police/SCMPD, the Chatham County DA. He is also currently serving as the vice president of the Georgia Gang Investigators Association. Ramirez says that each day on the job, he is striving to take full advantage of each opportunity he has, as an officer or supervisor. “This is why I live by my motto of ‘Serve everyone with honor because every life has value,’” he said. Ramirez says he enjoys anything to do


with the outdoors, and loves to hunt, fish, and all sports. When asked about his inspiration, he is quick to answer. “My inspiration comes from my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because of his unconditional love for all of mankind. He was the true definition of a servant, and we should all strive to be like him,” he said. When asked who his mentor is, Ramirez says he doesn’t have one — he has many. “I believe that everyone I come into contact with can be viewed as a mentor. For instance, if I come into contact with someone that is positive, wise, kind and lives their life according to God, then there is a lot to gain from them. But if I come into contact with someone that lives their life wild, gossips, uses profanity, is materialistic and is always unhappy, there is also a lot to gain from them, because I’m able to learn from their mistakes,” he said. Ramirez doesn’t consider himself to be a mentor, but he understands that his position comes with more than just enforcing criminal and traffic laws. “This means engaging in people’s lives, helping them when they need help with

whatever life throws their way. For example, helping a citizen obtain employment, helping citizens out with their bills, gas, food, etc. or just being someone they can talk to for advice,” he said. When asked what makes him happy, Ramirez says he loves to see people succeed in life and not give up when things get tough. What makes him sad? “It saddens me every time that I see one of today’s youth wasting their lives and not realizing that their lives have value and a purpose. It also saddens me that parents are no longer acting like parents and they allow their kids to do whatever they want. Parents are failing to be a part of their children’s lives which is causing our youth to seek out affection in all the wrong places,” he said. Ramirez was asked to define himself in three sentences, and he turned to a friend, who pointed out that this was difficult to do. “I would say that you are not a man that can be defined by any one person or situation. You are a loving father and husband, loyal friend, servant of God and of the people,” the friend said. That, we all agree, is pretty fabulous.

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Most Fabulous Woman – Beth Epling

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eth Epling is one of the most humble women you’ll ever meet, and she certainly doesn’t consider herself to be fabulous. So when she was told she had been voted this year’s Most Fabulous Woman, she was flabbergasted. “I am overwhelmed,” she said, “and thankful for those who selected me.” But to those who know her, “fabulous” is only the tip of the iceberg when you’re trying to describe her. Epling is a graduate of Athens High School, and the University of Georgia, where she earned an education degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She was the UGA County Extension agent in Spaulding County from 1970 to 1974, when she came to Effingham County. She served as the County Extension agent and director/coordinator in Effingham until 1999, when she retired. During her time as an Extension agent, she helped to build one of Georgia’s top 5 4-H programs, and saw many national and state 4-H project winners. She also created awareness for the need of a nurse at each school. In addition to all that, Epling helped to begin the Holiday Classic in 1994 with the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, helped to launch Effingham County Day at the Capitol, and the Leadership Effingham program in 1989. But retirement didn’t suit Epling. She soon accepted a position as the education coordinator for the New Ebenezer Retreat Center, and she’s been there ever since. Since she began her tenure at Ebenezer in 2000, she has established a new education program for students and adults called Ebenezer ALIVE. “The Ebenezer ALIVE program presents many opportunities for youth (fourth grade and up) to discover life in colonial America,” she said. “It is designed to be an extension of the classroom during the school year and provides a customized, hands-on learning experience in historic natural settings.” Epling has received many awards through the years for her community and professional service. She was named the

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By Angye Morrison Outstanding Georgia 4-H Youth Extension Agent and was the recipient of the William Booth Award, and the Master 4-Her award. She is a 1992 graduate of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Eff-

What’s your definition of “fabulous”? I believe the meaning of ‘fabulous’ is different for every person. However, for me, when I think of someone who is fabulous, I believe that person has accomplished remarkable things with the gifts and talents God has given them.” —Beth Epling ingham County. And she was honored with a Georgia House of Representatives proclamation, and received the UGA Family and Consumer Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. She has served on the UGA Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association Board, and the UGA Alumni Association Board.

She was named the 2008 Effingham County Fair grand marshal, received a Golden Egg award from the Georgia Egg Commission in 2009, and was issued a commendation by Gov. Nathan Deal in

2011. And in 2011, she received the John Adam Treutlen Award to an Outstanding Citizen for exemplary service to Effingham County. The award is presented each year at the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. Epling is a member of the Rotary Club of Effingham County, and served as its president in 2013-14. She is also a member of the Georgia Salzburger Society, the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee, and the Effingham Retired Educators. She has served as a member of the Effingham County Fair Committee for 43 years. As if all that wasn’t enough, Epling also keeps busy as a wedding coordinator, and loves planning and decorating for special events. She enjoys photography, history and traveling, but says her passion is truly doing for others. Epling has been married to her


husband, Jerry, for 48 years, and they have lived in Effingham County for 43 years. The couple has no children, but has many they consider their own, and they enjoy their many nieces and nephews. The Eplings met while they were students at UGA. He was attending the university on a basketball scholarship. Mentoring has played a key role in Epling’s life. She has had many mentors in her life, she said. In her early years, through college, she looked up to her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. She has also looked to her husband, and past and present coworkers. And she also values her friends, who have always been a guiding force in her life. Epling herself has served as a mentor, having guided many 4-Hers and their families through her years with the Extension service. She continues to do so. “I had to the opportunity to be a mentor to many coworkers. Many have mentored me over the years, therefore, I want to pass it forward to as many as I can,” she said. When asked what inspires her, Epling points first to her husband. “I’m thankful for my health each day,

and the opportunities I have each day, personal and professional. Also, learning or doing something new,” she said. Epling says her friends and family make her happy, as well as seeing the successful lives and careers of former 4-Hers. She also enjoys seeing the success of the Ebenezer ALIVE program. And she also smiles and says her “little dog Winston” is a source of joy for her. What makes her sad? When someone decides not to continue his or her education. “No one can take your diploma from you,” she said. “Knowledge is power.” Epling works each day to be the best that she can by setting a positive example and encouraging others to be their best. She is a big believer in giving back to the community. “Jerry and I belong to and support many groups that contribute in many different ways to helping people in the community and county,” she said. “I’m very, very thankful for having an exceptional family, friends, coworkers and opportunities to serve people for 48 years.”

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Most Fabulous Firefighter – Dave McPherson

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erving others has become a family affair for the McPhersons. Dave McPherson, who served in the military until 1996, was voted this year’s Most Fabulous Firefighter. Both of his sons have served in the military, with Daniel serving in the Air National Guard, and Chris a former Marine, who served four years. Dave’s father retired from the Army in 1981. Dave graduated in 1988 from Alfred E. Beach High School in Savannah, where his family had moved after his dad’s retirement from the Army. That same year, he met his wife, Rebecca, and a year later, Daniel was born. Dave said he joined the Army in 1990, and was stationed in Germany from 1990 to 1993. He later was stationed in Columbus, Georgia, but was hurt in 1995, and medically discharged in 1996. Dave then moved his family back to Savannah in 1997, and then to Pooler in 2001 to enjoy small town life. But after seeing the growth that was happening in Pooler, the family built their current home in Effingham County. Both Daniel and Chris are South Effingham High School graduates, and Chris is now a teacher and coach. Dave and Rebecca have recently celebrated 29 years of marriage, and he says he’s proud of his wife. She owns and operates her own home daycare. Dave joined the Effingham County Fire Department in August 2008 as a volunteer, and his wife also volunteers with the department. “I am an FF2, and senior firefighter at my station. It is my responsibility to help the career staff with truck checks, and station duties,” he said. In May 2017, McPherson was offered the opportunity to take the EMT A and B classes. He tested for his national registry for EMT B and passed, and was scheduled to take the EMT A test in June. When asked who inspires him, Dave points to his father. “My father has always been my inspiration,” he said. “He is one of the hardest-working men I’ve ever known. “ Dave strives each day to be a better

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firefighter and EMT. “I’ve always wanted to help people,” he said. Even in his spare time, Dave seeks to help others. He is a member of the Red Knights Georgia Chapter 15, a firefighter-based motorcycle club. He is currently serving as president of the club. “I’ve been riding with them for almost

10 years,” he said. “Our goal is to raise awareness in motorcycle safety. We also pick one local charity that relies on donations. This past year, we picked Coastal Pet Rescue. I feel honored to be picked (to be president).” “My motto is, I’m doing this for the outcome, not the income,” he added.


Pets at Peace On the last Wednesday of each month, the Effingham Herald will feature a section devoted to pet tributes, memorials, and obituaries. If you are interested in honoring your pet, please contact our sales representatives for rates. $5 of each tribute will be donated to Coastal Pet Rescue. CONTACT 912.826.5012 or obits@effinghamherald.net

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ith locations in Newington and Sylvania, the Bank of Newington makes sure that every customer knows “our top priority is you.” Outstanding customer service is the heartbeat of what makes the Bank of Newington operate. When you call or stop by one of the offices, you will be greeted by a friendly, professional team member. If you have a question, you’ll get an answer. If you have a suggestion, they want to hear it. And even if you have a complaint, they’re all ears. “Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but we intend to make ours right,” is their call to service. The Bank of Newington was established in 1919, and moved to its new office in 1991, located at 224 Walton Street in Newington. The Sylvania office is located at 107 West Ogeechee Street. In addition to personal and business checking, and savings accounts, you’ll find Agrowfin, personal, business and home construction loans. You can also get such services as online banking and bill pay, mobile banking, e-statements, MasterCard debit cards, MoneyDesktop and direct deposit.


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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 president 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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ur program involves guest families living in a structured program while residing at the Family Promise House. Each family meets with our on staff Social Worker to formulate goals and a plan to self-sustainability. We partner with 15 churches in Effingham County who provide overnight volunteers to stay with our families as well as dinner each night of the week. Our volunteers from the congregations are the heart of our program. They provide various services including cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework and simply interacting with guests. Two volunteers stay overnight every night with the families. Since our founding more than twenty years ago, we have served about 500,000 people, including tens of thousands of homeless families who found temporary homes at our Affiliates. Most of our clients are children. Our proven approach has helped nearly 80 percent of clients secure housing. For more information about our organization visit our website at www.effinghamfamilypromise.org.

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totally professional. He personally went out of his way help us with every detail. I would recommend there services,” shares his experience an online reviewer. For more information, call the Springfield location at (912) 754-6421, the Pooler location at (912) 748-2444, or go online at www.stricklandandsonsfuneralhome.com.

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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 www.springfieldchryslerautomart.com.

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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 www.wileyshomecenter.com for more information.

Helping to make your house a home. FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1987.

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great deal has happened since Queensborough National Bank & Trust was founded in 1902 as First National Bank of Louisville in Louisville, Georgia. Our promise then was “great service and uncomplicated banking”. Over a century later, those values still hold. We’ve changed our name but never our promise. We were ahead of our time then and we are still a bank ahead of our time today. Our footprint stretches from Augusta to Savannah with 26 locations and potential for growth in the near future. Our President & CEO, Bill Easterlin, is a 4th generation CEO that takes great pride in preserving the bank’s history and founding core values. As a community bank, we offer all of the essential products and services you will find from larger banks including smartphone banking and a full array of on-line deposit capabilities. We take pride in our technology. But, the biggest difference is our attitude of service toward our customers at every level. We value relationships. We work for our customers and appreciate them. As automated as banking has become, we know that it is still a “people” business. We are Queensborough - Georgia’s Community Bank since 1902.

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 www.facebook.com/QNBTrust, or Twitter, @QNBTrust. For more information, go online at www.QNBTRUST.bank

William F. Easterlin, III President & CEO

597 South Columbia Avenue, Rincon • 912-826-4286 www.QNBTRUST.bank

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he Effingham County Industrial Development Authority welcomed a new CEO on June 7 at a special called meeting where they approved the hiring of Brandt Herndon. He comes from the Savannah Economic Development Authority where he was the vice president of business development. Herndon knows he has lots to do and the first priority is staying on top of what active projects are currently in the works. “There are two or three floating around that are looking for some information so we are trying to make sure we are providing the correct information and keep moving forward,” he said. The IDA’s partnership with OmniTRAX at the 2,700-acre Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub in Rincon will garner plenty of Herndon’s attention. The area served by CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads is expected to attract manufacturers, processors, distributors and other businesses because of its proximity to the Port of Savannah. “There’s a lot of opportunity with that dual rail and it is GRAD (Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development) certified,” Herndon said. “There are only 60 of them in Georgia so I feel like this is a good opportunity, this piece of property, for Effingham County.”

The IDA is hopeful that the connections Herndon made while with the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Fayette County Development Authority, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Electric Cities will help him in Effingham County. “After 20 years, you get to know a lot of people,” Herndon said. “That’s a lot of contacts and the key for me – having that network and relationships.” The IDA has four industrial sites. OmniTRAX is searching for the first tenant for the Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub. “The bottom line is it’s a good piece of property with a lot of potential,” Herndon said. After he was announced as the CEO finalist, Herndon kept up daily communication with Tre Wilkins, who served as interim IDA CEO, about ongoing projects. IDA Vice Chairman Slade Helmly voiced gratitude to Wilkins and the rest of the IDA staff for handling authority business during the CEO search. “I’m really excited to be here,” Herndon said. “Being in Savannah six years and seeing where the growth and development are going, and seeing that Bryan, Effingham and Liberty counties are set to benefit, I look forward to being a part of the success that is coming.”


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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 www.geovistacu.com.

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adcock Home Furniture has called 321 South Columbia Avenue its Rincon home for six years. Offering home décor, electronics, appliances, bedding, and home and office furnishings, Badcock is your one-stop shop for all your home and office furnishings.

Badcock’s staff works hard to make sure that each customer is treated with the utmost respect, and that they want to shop at the store again and again. Customer service is always a priority. There is always new furniture and accessories coming in to the store each day, with a great selection of the newest trends, so you are sure to find just what you need to make your home or office fit your particular tastes. Find Badcock Home Furniture on Facebook, or go online at www.badcock.com. Call the store at (912) 826-4500.

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“PLEASE CALL IF I CAN BE OF SERVICE!” P.O. Box 486 | Reidsville GA 30453 Tel: 912.557.3811 | Toll Free: 800.367.3334 | Fax: 912.557.3522 108 Weisenbaker Road Rincon, GA

912-826-0117 Monday-Thursday 11 - 9 Friday & Saturday 11 - 10 | Closed Sunday

234 State Capitol | Atlanta GA 30334 Tel: 404.656.5038 | Fax: 404.657.7094 | jack.hill@senate.ga.gov SUMMER 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING

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oAnn's Florist has been proudly serving Effingham County and the surrounding areas for over 32 years. Our family owned and operated florist is committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Our professional staff is dedicated to making each customer’s experience a pleasant one. We truly value our customers and always go the extra mile to make their floral gifts perfect. Over the years JoAnn’s Florist has flourished and now offers an endless list of wedding

and event design services. We focus on each bride’s unique vision and style with a customized design. From the moment you say “Yes!” to the day you say “I Do!”, we’ve got you’ve covered. Our clients mean the world to us and the JoAnn’s design team works closely with each of them to ensure every last detail of their event is fresh and fabulous. In addition to flowers, our studio offers a large array of unique decor elements. Let JoAnn's Florist be your first choice for flowers.

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We are a full-service FTD, Teleflora, & 1-800-Flowers shop. Call us to order anything you see — or don’t see — on our site!

508 N. Laurel Street, Springfield, GA 31329 912-754-9116 www.joannsflorist.com


S We wanted to keep that hometown, mom & pop feel so we chose a different direction.

ame location, same family, formally Stoners Pizza Joint, the name was bought by another company. We wanted to keep that hometown, mom & pop feel so we chose a different direction. Experience the same great atmosphere in our Springfield restaurant and also our location in Statesboro. Zoner's expanded menu offers great new items including Roger Wood Savannah and Andouille Sausage. We also are excited to team up with Hershel Walker who is proudly serving his Famous 34 Chicken & Waffles in our locations! Try his waffles savory with our Pulled Pork Waffle sandwich or sweet with the unforgettable Cheesecake Waffle Sandwich. We serve freshly made items to suit any taste including jumbo wings, salads, sandwiches, strombolis, calzones, and of course pizza with any topping you choose! We offer a number of specials, as well as Facebook only specials, and always have a large 1-topping pizza special for just $9.99.

THANK YOU Effingham!

Zoners Pizza Wings & Waffles 1452 Hwy 21, Springfield, Ga

912-407-0172 zonerspizza.com

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he folks at Marshland Credit Union in Rincon would like to invite everyone in Effingham to stop by, meet their team and see why you may want to become a member. Why join a credit union? Credit unions provide all the services you might find at a local bank, but instead of working for corporate stock holders, credit unions works for its members as a not-for-profit financial institution. Everyone who does business with a credit union is a member, rather than a customer. The members are the owners, and it is set up as a cooperative. The goal of the credit union is to provide high quality services, including savings, checking, and certificates of deposit. They also provide low costs loans including personal loans, automobile loans and mortgage loans. Often members have a close, personal relationship with the credit union employees and remain members for many years, and incorporate the next generation of their family. Marshland’s Sixty Five Year History: Marshland Credit Union, as it is known today, was founded in 1953 as the Glynn County Teachers Federal Credit Union in Brunswick, Georgia. It was originally organized to serve educators and their families.

By the year 2000, the credit union was granted a full “community charter”, meaning, they were able to serve any person who lived, worked, worshipped or attended school in Glynn, McIntosh or Brantley County. The name was changed to Marshland Credit Union, more accurately reflecting who they were. Today, Marshland is expanding again. Effingham County is the first of what will be four new counties served. In the near future, look for Marshland to come to Liberty, Bryan and Wayne County, as well. It is the credit union’s goal to continue to grow in South Georgia and its coastal region, bringing high quality products and services to all people who seek financial services with lower costs. In Summary: Who can be a member of the Credit Union? YOU CAN! If you live, work, worship or attend school in any of the following counties: Effingham, Liberty, Bryan, McIntosh, Glynn, Brantley or Wayne. Best of all, membership is free (through August 31, 2018) to our neighbors in Effingham, Bryan and Liberty County. So visit Marshland at 135 Goshen Road, In Rincon, and find out what 13,000 other Georgians already know and love.

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Thank you Thank you Effingham County for voting Chris Beecher “Most Fabulous Mortgage Broker” for the second year running. Chris Beecher, CPA-Owner NMLS # 170433

Office: 912-826-2246 Cell: 912-856-0250 Fax: 912-826-2365

Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee # 22391 NMLS # 170367 Chris@oglethorpemortgage.com • www.oglethorpemortgage.com


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THIS IS WHERE AWESOMENESS HAPPENS

Thank you Effingham County for voting Sue Anderson with Coldwell Banker "Most Fabulous Real Estate Agent"

Sue Anderson

Cell: 912-657-5300 Office: 912-826-0927 Fax: 912-826-5828

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Juicy Boneless Wings

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Thank you again Effingham for voting us as the Most Fab BBQ in the area. Now come in and try one of our Rusty Pig Apps...Appetizer that is! They perfectly complement our BBQ. Call or go online and down load our App that brings you the Most Fab Apps (appetizers) in Effingham too!

In Rincon call: (912) 826-4233 Locations in: Rincon & Glennville.

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