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Summer 2016

Readers choose Effingham’s favorite people, places and things

INSIGHT: 2016-2017 Effingham County Schools The Joy Angel How painting helped cancer patient Ella Bothwell — and how her paintings have helped others A Publication of the Effingham Herald


“ Because of Effingham Hospital “

I got my life back.

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my daughter back. ­—NICOLE­BEASLEY

When 15-year old Ashlyn fell and hit her head, her mother thought the fall was due to a recent knee injury, but the Emergency Room doctor at Effingham Hospital noticed symptoms of something more serious. A CAT scan revealed a tumor in her neck that was compressing her spinal column. Dr. Marshall referred her to a surgeon, who removed the tumor, restoring Ashlyn’s mobility.

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We asked and you answered. See who readers named to Effingham Living’s second Most Fabulous list!

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The Joy Angel

Ella Bothwell found a way to reach out to the world through her artwork — and her artwork gave the world a way to reach back to her

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InSight 2016–2017

The future is looking bright for Effingham County Schools

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hank you for picking up our second Most Fabulous edition! We asked our audience to tell us all about Effingham’s most fabulous people, places and things. In these pages, you’ll find the winners that readers selected: public servants, community events, local food and other features that make Effingham a fabulous place to live. In addition to our annual InSight section (featuring the Board of Education, which was voted Most Fabulous Company to Work For), in this edition you’ll find a very special story about a very special girl. Ella Bothwell lived with a terminal brain tumor for about a year before she passed away last March, but in that time she filled her home with paintings that gave her family, her community and Ella herself an irreplaceable joy. Some of these paintings went on to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Ella’s mother, Kristine Bothwell, and Morgan Webb, her teacher, tell the story of a tremendous little girl who brought a lot of light into the world. We’d like to thank them for sharing Ella and her art with us. And we’d like to thank you, our most fabulous readers, for making this edition possible. Happy reading!

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Most Fabulous Woman — Stephanie Long, New Life Flowers-Gifts Stephanie Long’s family likes to joke that she “grew up in a flower box.” Her mother, a florist, gave her an early start in the art of flower arranging, and Long used that childhood love of the practice to open her own shop: New Life Flowers-Gifts, which she has owned for 32 years. Long loves her work, loves people and generally loves life, and she says God and family always come first in her priorities (and in that order). She and her husband, Brad, recently celebrated 36 years of marriage, and the couple has two children and four grandchildren. Long spends much of her time with her family, but she is an active member of the Effingham Chamber of Commerce and, in the past, has been involved with the Rincon Noon Lions Club and women’s ministries, in addition to traveling as a gospel singer. Artful, gracious, warm and welcoming, it’s no wonder Effingham residents named Stephanie Long the county’s Most Fabulous Woman! (1) Most Fabulous Man — Mike Rossano, Ebenezer Middle School As a teacher at Ebenezer Middle School, Mike Rossano bleeds green and white. His educational philosophy includes working hard and having fun while learning, and he strives to implement this philosophy during diverse, interactive lessons. You may have seen him on the ball field as the coach of the Screaming Eagles, or on the basketball court during pep rallies (although he was probably dressed up as the Ebenezer Eagle at the time). Most Fabulous Personal Trainer — Tiffany Laumeyer Tiffany Laumeyer practices what she preaches when it comes to physical health: She’s an awardwinning bodybuilder with the muscles to prove it. Her personal training regimen for customers includes workouts, meal planning and “boot camps” to help people look and feel their Most Fabulous.

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Most Involved Couple; Most Fabulous Local Developer — Dennis and Vera Jones There is very little in Effingham that Dennis and Vera Jones don’t jump into with both feet. You’re likely to spot this Fabulous couple at any Effingham County Chamber of Commerce event, from Eggs and Issues to Oktoberfest. You might also see them at the opening ceremonies for new businesses, charity events and athletic boosters for local schools. Vera represents District 2 in the Effingham County Board of Commissioners and Dennis owns and operates D. M. Jones Construction. (He also just happens to be our Most Fabulous Local Developer.) (2) Most Fabulous Local Artist — Ella Bothwell Before her death in March 2016, Ella Bothwell produced a tremendous number of paintings during her art lessons with local artist Morgan Webb. Through her Facebook support page, Prayers for Sweet Ella, Ella’s family was able to share Ella’s artwork and sell it to people across the nation to raise funds both for Ella’s medical expenses and for cancer research. Read more about Ella’s story and her artwork on page 26. (3)

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Most Fabulous Veterinarian — Dr. Mike Bailey, Effingham Animal Hospital Dr. Mike Bailey has been named Effingham’s Most Fabulous Vet for the second year in a row, and for good reason: He has been caring for Effingham’s pets since he purchased his clinic in 1998. Whether feathered or furred, four-legged or finned, all animals are in good hands with Dr. Bailey and his staff at Effingham Animal Hospital. Their services range from vaccinations and dentistry to lab work and surgery, making sure your pet gets all the care she needs to stay happy and healthy. They even help facilitate adoptions. Pets agree: For the best animal care in Effingham, Dr. Bailey’s facility is the place to be. (4)


Most Fabulous Public Safety Officer, Most Fabulous City Employee — Lt. Jose Ramirez Lt. Ramirez says that when he was young, he was headed down the wrong road, and fast. An approachable neighborhood police officer would allow him to stop by his patrol car and ask questions or just talk while he was on his way to school. Ramirez now pays that service forward, speaking about his experience growing up in a crime-ridden neighborhood to at-risk teens, getting involved with every youth opportunity he can so that kids know they can always talk to him if they need to. He started his police career in 2000 with what is now the SavannahChatham Metropolitan Police Department. In 2007, he joined the Rincon Police Department, and he says he loves the community so much that he could never think of leaving. For Ramirez, a police officer is first and foremost a servant, sometimes in ways that are not outlined in the job description. He has coached youth baseball, been involved with Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center and is a youth leader at his church, First Baptist Church in Rincon. He and his high school sweetheart, Carrie, have been married 18 years and have two children: a son, Jackson, and daughter, Tristan. Their support, he says, is invaluable and helps him do the job he loves. (1) Most Fabulous EMT — Toni Broussard What makes Toni Broussard Effingham’s Most Fabulous EMT? A coworker said it must be her overall personality: Her caring nature, mindfulness of others, coolness under pressure and medical knowledge make her an excellent paramedic. Most Fabulous Firefighter — Kenny Whitten When Kenny Whitten signed up to fight fires in 1999, he was mostly just curious to know what firefighting was all about. Over 15 years later, that initial curiosity has turned into a passion for helping people. This graduate of Effingham County High School and his wife, Katie, have one son, Lucas. (2)

Most Fabulous Real Estate Agent — Tara Robinson Tara Robinson knows Effingham’s residential areas like the back of her hand: She has been working in Effingham’s real estate for the past 10 years. She has all the insider knowledge a home buyer might need and the tech-savvy skills to help home owners sell their properties. (3)

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Most Fabulous Local Dentist — Dr. Richard Taylor Patients expect a dentist to be precise and detailoriented when it comes to caring for their teeth, but Dr. Richard Taylor goes beyond that. Customers who are usually afraid of going to the dentist walk into a gentle, comforting atmosphere that can erase their fears of an annual teeth-cleaning. Dr. Taylor and his dental team accept most traditional insurance plans and offer flexible payment options, making your dental appointment pain-free for your mouth and your wallet. Most Fabulous Insurance Agent — Ronnie Brooks, State Farm Why call “Jake from State Farm” when you could call Ronnie Brooks in the insurance giant’s Springfield branch? Brooks has been providing “good neighbor” service to Effingham and the surrounding areas since 1981.

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Most Fabulous Recording Artist from Effingham — Josh Sanders Move over, Billy Currington; Effingham has a new favorite singer-songwriter. Country artist Josh Sanders is originally from Faulkville but now is making a name for himself in Nashville, Tennessee. He has opened shows for artists including Corey Smith, Charlie Daniels and Chris Cagle. His music has a hint of Southern rock, blues and folk, and he has released four songs with many more to come. (4) Most Fabulous Local Photographer — Misti Finn / MK Photography Misti Finn discovered her love of photography after she started taking pictures of her own newborns during her time as a stay-at-home mom. Now, this self-taught photographer and mother of four specializes in newborn photography and natural lighting. She also photographs children, seniors, families, couples and expectant mothers, and her photos are filled with sweetness and whimsy. (5)

Most Fabulous Mortgage Broker — Stacie Taylor It’s important to have a loan specialist you can trust. That’s where Stacie Taylor of Movement Mortgage comes in. She brings experience and personalized attention to the table when entering mortgage services with her clients. Those who have employed her as their mortgage broker have called her very helpful, professional, passionate, responsive, kind — and, now, Most Fabulous. Most Fabulous Hair Stylist — Eyra Lamb, Simplicity Eyra Lamb has been passionate about hair styling since she was a child, when she would practice on her Barbie dolls’ hair. She has been a professional stylist for 11 years, turning customers’ hair into art at the Simplicity salon in Rincon.

Most Fabulous Health Care Professional — Dr. Marc Schnobrich, Effingham Chiropractic Specializing in chiropractic care and wellness, Dr. Schnobrich is committed to providing patients with relief from their aches and pains. He and his staff provide chiropractic care, corrective exercises, massage therapy and spinal screenings in addition to lifestyle and nutrition counseling to help patients stay fit and healthy.

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Most Fabulous Financial Planner — Talbert Edenfield Talbert Edenfield has lived in Guyton for 20 years, so he knows exactly what Effingham County needs out of a financial planner. In addition to having served as president of the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, Edenfield is involved with both the Rotary Club and Mission on the Move. His thorough knowledge of insurance laws, income taxation and investments make this Georgia Southern University alum the Most Fabulous financial planner around. Summer 2016 • 9


Most Fabulous Local School Band — Ebenezer Middle School Eagle Winds Great high school marching bands begin with great middle school band programs like the EMS Eagle Winds Honor Band. Eagle Winds has only been around since 2013, but it has accomplished quite a bit since it began performing. Made up of seventh- and eighth-grade band students who were chosen through an audition process, the band was selected to play the 2016 Georgia Music Educators Association InService Conference, where they received an Exemplary Performance award, and the 2016 Music for all Southeastern Regional Concert Festival. Back in 2014, they performed at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival. Of course, behind every band is a dedicated director, and Eagle Winds director Kenza Murray pours herself into the band’s success to help her students soar to new musical heights. Most Fabulous Place to Hear a Band, Most Fabulous Place to Sing Karaoke, Most Fabulous Local Bar — Alibi’s With good food, a full bar, a stage and a karaoke machine, Alibi’s has everything you need for a fun night out. You might even see Josh Sanders, our Most Fabulous Recording Artist, on the stage. Most Historic Location, Biggest Tourist Attraction — Ebenezer Townsite and Jerusalem Lutheran Church The Jerusalem Lutheran Church in New Ebenezer is a piece of living history: It’s the oldest continuously worshipping Lutheran church in the U.S. Before each service, you can hear the ringing of the original bells brought all the way from Europe. Ebenezer, the former county seat, was abandoned in 1855 but has experienced a revival as the New Ebenezer Camp and, later, the New Ebenezer Family Retreat and Conference Center, a nonprofit religious retreat. The center also conducts Ebenezer ALIVE!, a hands-on educational program for students in the fourth grade and older. Georgia history is alive and well in Ebenezer, and its spot on the National Register of Historic Places makes it Effingham’s Most Fabulous Tourist Attraction. (1)

Most Fabulous Local Sporting Event — ECHS vs. SEHS Football Game Nothing says fall quite like Friday night football, and the hometown showdown between Effingham’s two high school teams draws a crowd like no other in the area. The Rebels and Mustangs always play a good game, so grab your pom poms and giant foam fingers and head to the bleachers in the fall. (3) Most Fabulous Annual Party or Event — Oktoberfest Why drive all the way to Helen when Effingham has the best Oktoberfest celebration right here? The twoday bash celebrates all things German, complete with lederhosen and schnitzel. Don’t miss this year’s event on Sept. 23–24 in Rincon’s Freedom Park! (4)

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Most Fabulous Place to Take the Kids for Fun — Mars Theatre The Mars Theatre is the artistic heart of downtown Springfield, bringing a full season of live music and performing arts to the local stage. Their two-forTuesdays matinee series screens a host of family friendly movies, with tickets and concessions for $2 each, and their Christmas shows are sure to please audience members of all ages. It’s never too early to inspire a love of the theatre, and this historic building with state-of-the-art facilities is the perfect place to do it. (2) (4) Most Fabulous View in the County — Ebenezer Landing Most Fabulous Neighborhood — Whitehall Plantation Most Fabulous Church — Savannah Christian

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Most Fabulous Local Charity or Nonprofit Organization — CURE Childhood Cancer The name of this organization says it all — CURE feels that no child should have to suffer through cancer and strives to eradicate the disease, funding targeted cancer research and supporting patients and their families. Catie’s Fund and the annual Sisters on a Journey dinner event raise funds and support for the local branch of this Atlanta-based charity. (5)

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Most Fabulous Supermarket/Grocery — Kroger Most Fabulous Barbeque Supply Store — Smoke & Bones Most Fabulous Undiscovered Restaurant, Most Fabulous Overall Restaurant, Most Fabulous Seafood, Most Fabulous Take-Out — The Tin Fin The Tin Fin fans showed up in force to name this beloved seafood restaurant the Most Fabulous in several different categories. Featuring fresh seafood paired with Southern favorites, The Tin Fin is a great place to get a taste of the shore without the long drive to the sea and we’ve heard that their fish and grits dish is especially delicious. (1)

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Most Fabulous Soul Food — Southern Kafe on 17 Southern Kafe will tell you that their secret recipe comes down to three things: “Real people, real home feel, real good food.” Their Louisiana-inspired menu features Southern favorites like Low Country boil and fried chicken — only the best comfort food around. (2) (3) Most Fabulous Local Wings, Most Fabulous Burger — 108 Ale House Talk about finger-lickin’ good: This Rincon bar’s wings come in 10 different sauces that run the gamut from traditional buffalo to exotic coconut lime, with varying degrees of spiciness. And wings aren’t the only thing on the menu: Their Bangin’ Burgers have just been voted the best in Effingham as well. 108 Ale House has typical bar food of an atypical excellence, and customers say the portions are huge. (3) Most Fabulous Pizza — Stoner’s With locations in Guyton, Springfield and Rincon, it’s not hard to see why this pizza chain muscled its way into the Most Fabulous seat. Their pies include traditional varieties for purists and more adventurous creations like barbecue and taco pizzas. (4)

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Most Fabulous Business Lunch Location — The Loft

Most Fabulous Fried Chicken — Ms. Jean’s Most Fabulous Barbecue — Rusty Pig (5) Most Fabulous Sushi — Tomo’s (6)

Most Fabulous Place to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth — Dairy Queen

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Most Fabulous Spa Experience — Therapeutic Embrace Most Fabulous Local Salon — Salon Retreat Most Fabulous Mani/Pedi — City Nails Most Fabulous Boutique & Most Stylish Local Business Owner — Merle Norman, Mary Jane Brinson To look and feel your most fabulous, it only makes sense to go to the most fabulous boutique in the county. For the second year in a row, Merle Norman Studio in Rincon has clinched that coveted title, and its owner, Mary Jane Brinson, is once again the Most Stylish Local Business Owner in Effingham. A regular mistress of makeovers, Brinson has been making people look and feel their best for the past 16 years. (1) (1) Most Fabulous Place to Buy a Wedding Dress, Most Fabulous Formal Wear Shop — That Dress With more than 30 years of experience in customer service and sales, the team at this Rincon bridal and formal wear boutique is dedicated to helping customers find That Dress to help them look their Most Fabulous at big events, from hitting the prom dance floor to walking down the wedding aisle. (2)

Most Fabulous Local Gift Shop — Sweet Pea’s This darling little shop is filled with the Most Fabulous presents for friends, family members or even yourself, if you need a pick-me-up. From jewelry to handbags, monogrammed specialties and interior decoration, there’s a little something for anyone of any age in Sweet Pea’s. If you like unique necklaces, patterned bowties, inspirational wall hangings and individualized clothing items, you’ll fit into this store — well, like a pea in a pod. (2) Most Fabulous Local Antique Store — A Guy A Girl And a Red Door Walking into this unique little venue is like embarking on your very own treasure hunt. You never know what you’ll find here: furniture, time pieces, lanterns, bicycles, signs, dolls — you name it, and it has likely come through (well, under) that iconic red door. If you’re in the market for a standout piece for your home, you’ll certainly find something at Effingham’s most fabulous antique store. (3)

Most Fabulous Local Monogram Store — Southern Charm Embroidery & Gifts The girls at Southern Charm are a team of a mother, daughter and their friends, striving to promote local business and personalize gifts with love and detail. The shop carries and distributes thousands of articles of clothing, in addition to accessories and school or office supplies — all of which you can personalize right there in the store.

Most Fabulous Pet Care/Supply Store — Tractor Supply Most Fabulous Farm and Livestock Supply Outlet — Webb’s Most Fabulous Vehicle Repair/Collision Repair — Harold’s

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Most Fabulous Furniture Store — Wiley’s Home Center Wiley Thomas has been in the furniture business since at least 1987, when he opened Wiley’s Home Center in Effingham. With wife Rosalyn Thomas at his side as co-founder and daughter Detra Thomas as the company CEO and president, “Mr. Wiley” sits atop a flourishing furniture outlet. They care about what you put in your rooms as much as you do, and their helpful staff is ready and willing to assist you in furnishing your home.


Most Fabulous Local Florist — New Life Florist-Gifts Flower arrangements aren’t all New Life FloristGifts does — but they are what New Life does best. New Life’s beautiful bouquets, baskets, boutonnieres and overflowing vases are perfect for any occasion. They take great care to match their arrangements to your needs, whether you are looking for a Mother’s Day bouquet, a sympathy wreath or a “just because” expression of love. And they aren’t just local; they promise to deliver your flowers to recipients in Rincon or any other city you choose. For New Life FloristsGifts, floral arrangement is an art, which makes them the Most Fabulous florist in town. (1)

Most Fabulous Local Consignment Store — My Sassy Sister Consignment Boutique Everyone needs a sassy sister to help them look their most fabulous, and Effingham has a whole store specially dedicated to the task. The upscale juniors and ladies consignment boutique features jewelry, shoes, handbags, accessories and clothing to help customers look their Most Fabulous! (2)

Most Fabulous Place to Buy a Car — Rincon Chevrolet This local dealership is celebrating its second year in business and its second year of winning a spot in Effingham’s Most Fabulous. Rincon Chevrolet’s customer service representatives are all about matching new buyers to the Most Fabulous vehicle for their needs, and satisfaction is their No. 1 goal. (4) Most Fabulous Convenience Store/Gas Station — Parker’s Effingham loves Parker’s gas stations — in fact, there are at least five in the county. With PumpPal perks and daily specials, Parker’s is dedicated to making customers’ lives a little easier, particularly when they are on the go. (5)

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Most Fabulous Kids’ Clothing Store — Twinkle Twinkle Little Shop For your one-stop shop for children’s clothing, look no further than Twinkle Twinkle. They accept gently used children’s, maternity and junior clothing, in addition to clothes and equipment. Carefully selected with customers in mind, and a 14-day return guarantee, Twinkle Twinkle’s consignment offerings are perfect for local moms who enjoy shopping for their kids. (2)

Most Fabulous Local Pharmacy — Quick Rx Drugs Locally owned and operated in Effingham and Chatham counties, Quick Rx Drugs has been filling prescriptions in our area since 1987. Ron Stephens and his staff work hard to serve their community by filling their medications in a caring, professional manner. (3)

Most Fabulous Business that Gives Back to the Community — Georgia Pacific Georgia Pacific is all over Effingham County, lending many hands to a great variety of different causes and community efforts. You’ll see them represented in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Christmas parades, in addition to the annual procession for the county fair. They work through their Bucket Brigade grant program to make sure the city and county volunteer firefighters are taken care of, and in the school system, they serve as board members, Science Olympiad coaches, board members and field day volunteers. Proudly serving the county since 1986, Georgia-Pacific’s Savannah River Mill considers it a privilege to call Effingham County home. Most Fabulous Sign Shop — Zebra Grafix Whether you need a physical sign, a business card, screen printing services or a newly designed logo, Zebra Grafix has you covered. Their edgy, compelling designs catch and command the eye, making your company look both professional and wildly individual.

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Most Fabulous Place to Work in Effingham — Effingham County Schools They say that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. The folks in the school system certainly work hard on building the best educational environment, but they love serving Effingham’s young scholars and their families. Their focus, dedication and sense of purpose made the school system the most fabulous organization to work for in Effingham! (1) Bank with Most Fabulous Customer Service — BB&T At BB&T, you can rely on helpful associates to guide you through your financial needs, whether you need to open a new account or just see a friendly face while running your errands. (2)

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Effingham Business Directory • 1

The 2016-2017 Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory will be the authoritative business reference for our community. It will include community information, important phone numbers, and feature a Directory Section listing all chamber members.

“Most Fabulous Woman” STEPHANIE LONG Thank you for making me feel Fabulous!

Copies of this publication will be printed and distributed to all subscribers of the Effingham Herald and all Chamber members. It will also be available throughout the year for distribution to area newcomers and visitors at the Chamber Welcome Center. In addition, it will remain on the Effingham Herald and Chamber websites for the next year. Advertising opportunities in this publication are being offered exclusively to Chamber members. A portion of the advertising proceeds will go to the Chamber. Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237 C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268 Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237 C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268 Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800 Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411 Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237

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C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268 Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800 Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411 Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237 C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268 Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800 Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411

C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237

Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder

C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public

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Also, a big thanks to all my customers for voting NEW LIFE FLOWERS “Most Fabulous Local Florist!”

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237

594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237

C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268

Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800

C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268

Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800

Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411

Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800

Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237

Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237

C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268

C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268

Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800

C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268

Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800

Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411

Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800

Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave

Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237

(912) 964-4237 C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation No reviews · Manufacturer 100 Airways Ave (912) 964-4237

C Neal Kessler Jr CPA PC No reviews · Certified Public Accountant 594 S Columbia Ave #300 (912) 826-2268

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Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411

142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800 Planters Telephone Cooperative No reviews · Software Company 100 Ogeechee St (912) 857-4411

Tippins Homes No reviews · Home Builder 142 Ruby Trail (912) 728-6800

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Dennis Jones is a commercial & residential general contractor, licensed in the State of Ga, & has been building & developing in Effingham County for over 25 years, when he moved here for the school system. While very humbled & appreciative for this award, Dennis has always shied away from any spot light. “I believe the biggest factor in contributing to Dennis deserving this award, is simply who he is as a man,” said his wife Vera. I found a prayer Dennis had put in writing in 2007 when the economy was tanking. Not only did he pray for our family, but he prayed that everyone that ever bought or sold in our subdivisions would be blessed. Thats the kind of man he is. I believe that prayer is one of the reasons we survived in this economy, This has never been strictly about money. He wants to give people more than they expect or hope for, and he strives to do that on every, home or project he takes part in. I think A Winston Churchill quote describes his philosophy best: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

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To Whom much is given, much is required” Luke 12:48 Dennis & I have always believed it is our duty, honor & privilege to give back where ever we can, & we have as much fun doing that as possible. One of the most meaningful & emotional events we had the privilege of participating in was a local poker run for an Effingham Co Sheriffs deputy, that needed a kidney transplant. But you will likely find us at ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, athletic booster events, Susank Komen cancer fund raisers, relay for life, Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues, & a taste of Effingham, Olde Effingham Days, meeting with State legislators at Effingham Day at the Capitol, coaching sports, reading to pre-k, and honoring our local first responders, firefighters, & law enforcement wherever possible. Yes, you might even find us at a Donald Trump Rally. We thank those that voted for us, it is an honor to be thought of, & be the recipient of this award.


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The Joy Angel Ella Bothwell’s spirit lives on in the art she used to help other children living with cancer Written by: Brittani Howell

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or many people in Effingham, the picture is a familiar one: a painting of a little girl with red hair, wings and a halo, facing away from the audience and reaching her arms up to the word “Joy” at the top of the canvas. The painting has appeared on cards, prints, T-shirts and at least one tattoo, and for those who recognize the piece, it has come to

symbolize the painter: 7-year-old Ella Bothwell, a student at Blandford Elementary who passed away March 31 from an inoperable cancerous brain tumor. In the year between her diagnosis and her death, Ella created dozens of paintings and other artwork with her teacher, Morgan Webb. Art became a way for Ella to focus on something other than her cancer for a few hours each week, but in the months following her diagnosis, her paintings also allowed her to reach out into the world — and allowed the world to reach back to her.

The paintbrush-cleaner In April 2015, Ella was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive tumor usually found at the base of the brain that most often occurs in children — and for which there is no cure. The tumor quickly began affecting Ella’s motor skills, and the little girl who loved gymnastics, sports, dancing and playing outside soon lost her sense of balance and much of her ability to walk. She needed stimulating activities that could be done at home. That’s when Ella’s family — mother Kristine, father Ben and elder brother Conner, 9 — came up with the idea of art lessons and reached out to Webb, a known artist and art teacher in Springfield. Webb has worked with cancer wards and cancer patients for several years, particularly through CURE Childhood Cancer, a nonprofit based out of Atlanta with branches all over the state. She has created murals at Backus Children’s Hospital in Savannah and painted the bare heads of patients going through chemotherapy. She is the top participating “shavee” at Savannah’s St. Baldrick’s Day event, which raises money and awareness for cancer research by, among other things, shaving people’s heads so they can stand in solidarity with kids who have lost their hair to chemo treatments. “I knew I would have to ask the instructor to come to the house, and I knew Morgan had a history of working with CURE and had done murals for them, so I thought she’d be interested in doing this with us,” Kristine said. While Webb had worked with young cancer patients before, she had never worked with a child she, doctors and the family knew had a terminal condition. But she got onboard with Kristine’s idea and began weekly art lessons with Ella, and it took no time for the two to become thick as thieves. “I really fell in love with her,” Webb said. “Quickly.” They soon established a routine: The night before Ella’s lesson every Tuesday, Kristine would ask Ella what she would like to paint. Ella would rattle off a few ideas, and Morgan would find sample pictures to fit her preferences. On Tuesday, Ella would pick her favorite example — and then, Morgan said, she would paint something totally different, giving it her own twist and style. “She was very, very independent,” Morgan said. “Not in a sassy way; she just knew what she wanted to do.” Summer 2016 • 27


She was a willing student, but if Morgan tried to make an instruction or alteration directly on Ella’s canvas, Ella would give her a “scold eye” over her glasses, erase the mark and start over. “I would say I was just her glorified brushcleaner, because she really knew what she wanted to do every week when I got there,” Morgan said. Some weeks, Morgan — who has an affinity for face-painting — would add another element to their art lessons. When Ella wanted to paint flamingos, Morgan came to the lesson decked from head to toe in pink clothes, pink face paint and a fluffy pink feather boa. Another week, she painted Ella’s face with a rabbit nose, whiskers and carrot because Ella had expressed interest in painting bunnies. Morgan even brought Ella a pair of rabbit ears to complete the look. She did her best to make her lessons zany and engaging. For a few hours, Kristine said, Ella was able to “close the door” on her cancer diagnosis and simply be a kid with a paintbrush. Ella loved bright colors and polka dots and preferred to paint animals, especially penguins and husky puppies that looked like her dog, KoKo. She particularly liked elephants because, Morgan said, “they had her name in them.” She also loved to paint angels. Ella’s art takes off After Ella finished a painting, she would sign the canvas, and both Morgan and Kristine would take a picture of her weekly masterpiece. They would then post the photo to social media — Morgan on her own Facebook account and Kristine on a community page she managed, called “Prayers for Sweet Ella.” Kristine had created the group so that her family, friends, church members and community could stay up-to-date on Ella’s condition. It was a place where she could share the family’s triumphs and sadnesses during their difficult time, ask for advice, receive encouragement and, of course, send out prayer requests. By the time Ella began her art lessons, the group already had several thousand followers, and when Kristine began posting Ella’s weekly paintings, the “likes” came pouring in. “It became a Tuesday thing that a lot of people looked forward to seeing,” she said. It did not take long for group members to start asking how they could get a piece of Ella’s artwork for their own. “People would always say, ‘Can I buy Ella’s 28 • Effingham Living

paintings?’” Kristine said. “And of course I didn’t want to part with any of them.” But the likes and the requests kept pouring in from people all over the country and, as the group grew, from around the world. Webb and her future daughter-in-law, Holly Nicole Nance, came up with the idea of selling prints of Ella’s works rather than originals. They made an initial run of prints featuring Ella’s “Joy Angel” — the little redhaired, haloed, winged girl — on one side and the story of her diagnosis on the other. Then they put them up for sale on Nance’s Etsy page and waited to see what happened. They had to reprint their initial order multiple times, because the prints took off. “We sold hundreds of them all over the United States,” Morgan said. “They were going all over the place.” They sold almost 500 prints through the Etsy page, and they sent half the proceeds to the Bothwells for Ella’s medical expenses and half to St. Baldrick’s “Team Ella” to help fund research for childhood cancer cures. When they received their prints, customers would return to the Facebook group to say how happy they were to have them. “I swear, there are people all over the world who will show me a picture of their room with that print in a frame and (tell me) what that painting means to them,” Kristine said. Webb added, “It was cool to see how many people posted a picture after they received it and where they put it in their homes so they could remember to think positive. It was a really positive thing that came from that little painting.” It didn’t stop with prints. The Joy Angel, with its red-haired resemblance to Ella herself, became such a symbol for Ella’s fans that Morgan adopted the design for the Team Ella St. Baldick’s Day shirts, which they also sold to raise money for Ella’s care. Morgan said she expected to sell about 50, but they ended up selling “just hundreds and hundreds; it was insane, how many shirts we sold.” And then, she said, people would post pictures of themselves wearing their shirts, with captions like “We took Ella to the beach today” or “Ella’s in Delaware!” While some children may have had their heads turned by all the attention, Ella took her newfound fame in stride and barely acknowledged her online popularity. However, Morgan said, the attention let Ella know that people were rooting for her and made her feel special when she was sick.


“I think a lot of it was her parents’ willingness to share her with people and let people know her and learn about her,” Morgan said. “It would bring people forth to pray for her. And it did so much for Ella. So many people from all over cared so much about her that I know it made things really fun for her.” Kristine said, “It was kind of a movement. People wanted Ella to survive this and get past this. And that’s not what happened, but I think it made Ella find joy throughout the whole thing, and our whole family tried to.” In February, Catie’s Fund — a named fund of CURE Childhood Cancer — held its third annual Sisters on a Journey dinner and auction to raise money for childhood cancer research, featuring three pieces of Ella’s art. By that time, Ella was too weak to leave the house, but her absence did not affect the success of her paintings: All were sold, including a 16-by-20inch print of the Joy Angel, which the buyer then gifted to Kristine’s mother, right there on the auction floor. Ella’s painting of two lovebirds sitting in a tree earned a whopping $4,700 for cancer research. “I don’t think people were just humoring her, because her artwork was really good, and people really enjoyed it,” Morgan said. “It’s so sweet and cheerful.”

The Joy Angel Ella and Morgan made paintings together every week until two or three weeks before Ella died. During that time, Morgan said, she got to know Ella very well as a focused artist, thoughtful friend, sassy spirit and practical joker with a “kooky” sense of humor. “Every once in a while, she would just start to act silly and paint her nose or paint the dog’s nose and start cracking up at herself,” Morgan said, laughing. She spent hours crafting with her brother, Conner, and spent much time writing notes: thank-you notes, notes to other sick children, notes to her family members and friends. After Ella passed away, Kristine found a note she had written to Morgan but had not been able to deliver: “Thank you for my art lessons. Love Ella.” Ella also wrote about things that mattered to her, like her faith in God and her belief in angels. In another one of her notes, she wrote, “A angel was with me when I was in the hospital and I was scared. I love God’s angels.” Kristine believes this is part of the reason people were drawn so strongly to Ella’s personality and her artwork. “Through (her diagnosis), she just had a peace about her,” she said. “I think she felt

God’s presence through it. I think people connected to that.” Ella passed away March 31, just days before her eighth birthday and a few weeks shy of the one-year mark since her diagnosis. Her absence leaves a hole in the community that loved her, and her family sorely misses her bright spirit. But her art fills the Bothwell home: Kristine has been framing many of Ella’s paintings to create a gallery in the house, and with the help of a friend, Ella’s dad, Ben, recently had the Joy Angel tattooed onto his forearm. It is still early for the Bothwell family to think of whether they will continue using Ella’s art to help raise funds for cancer research and other children living with DIPG. Kristine, Ben and Conner are still deep in mourning, but Kristine said they do hope, one day, to return to the cause. She said that their future involvement would likely include a regular presence at CURE’s local events — perhaps a yearly table at Sisters on a Journey. “I’m praying about it, and our family feels a calling to it,” Kristine said. “I just don’t know how it’s going to come to fruition.” Whatever the future holds, one thing is certain: Ella’s angels are still hanging in homes around the world, shedding a little of Ella’s light and hope on whoever happens to see them. Summer 2016 • 29


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Putting Success

INSIGHT for Effingham County Students

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2 Putting Success

INSIGHT for Effingham County Students

No LImITaTIoNS Randy Shearouse

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.

Superintendent of Schools

OUR BELIEFS We are very proud of our students and want to recognize all of their accomplishments and expand their opportunities. Our graduation rates have continued to improve for everyone the past 10 years and with more students graduating from high school, more have also made the decision to explore post-secondary options. Several years ago we started recognizing our seniors on College Decision Day. Students are recognized for making post-secondary decisions like college or the military. The Effingham County Board of Education focuses on a vision that provides the very best education possible for all students. At Effingham County High School and South Effingham High School not only has the number of AP classes increased and the number of students taking AP classes risen, but also the number of students passing AP exams has increased. The Effingham College and Career Academy continues to thrive and move forward providing numerous opportunities for our students to excel. Students are completing pathways in specific areas and are also being successful in receiving their certification in certain areas. More and more students are actively participating in

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work-based learning which provides students with on-the-job training. Meaningful partnerships with area businesses continue to grow and include some internship opportunities for our students. In August of 2016, the school system will open our new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy located on the campus of the Effingham College and Career Academy. This school, which is a part of our two high schools, will provide advanced studies for students interested in pursuing Computer Science, Engineering and Health Care. Our goal was to start with 250 ninth and tenth graders, and we have reached our goal with a few students still on the waiting list. When fully implemented, the STEM Academy will have approximately 500 students in grades 9-12. Traditionally, many of our students have been successful in STEM fields and we look forward to continuing and expanding that trend. Our school system has made a commitment to provide a great education for every student in an area that meets their individual needs. The Effingham County School System appreciates the support of our parents and the community as we continue to move forward.

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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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We believe in high expectations for all.

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We believe data-informed decision making and research-based practices are keys to improved performance.

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We believe students learn best in a safe and well-maintained environment.

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We believe in prompt and regular attendance.

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We believe that continuous growth is a shared responsibility.

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We believe in open stakeholder communication.

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We believe in the power and benefits of respectful, responsible choices.

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We believe in maintaining qualified, positive, caring staff.

10. We believe that all people should be treated with dignity.


3 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 St., 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. Following is the meeting schedule through the end of 2015

Effingham County Schools are governed by a five-member board, responsible for setting system-wide school policies designed to deliver the best possible education to each child. These policies govern budgetary, facility and personnel resources, as well as the students, faculty and staff at each school. School board policies also ensure that the local schools comply with state and federal laws. Board members are elected from five militia districts, and consider themselves servants of all Effingham County school children and their parents, representing the best interest of all citizens and the 14 public schools currently operating in the district. School board members are elected every two years on a staggered basis to hold fouryear terms. Board members, as part of their service, expect to hear from constituents regarding school-related issues. Parents and individuals who seek information regarding their own children’s unique circumstances are asked to review the policies, speaking first with their children’s teachers, and then the school principal, before contacting other administrative personnel and board members about issues.

August 5, 2015

2:00 pm

August 20, 2015

7:00 pm

September 2, 2015

2:00 pm

September 17, 2015

7:00 pm

October 7, 2015

2:00 pm

October 15, 2015

7:00 pm

November 4, 2015

2:00 pm

November 19, 2015

7:00 pm

December 9, 2015

2:00 pm

*2017 dates and times, pending approval

SACS ACCREDITED

Effingham County Public Schools are accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and meet all standards mandated by Georgia’s Quality Education Act.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Effingham County Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment practices based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap, as required by the 1972 Education Amendment.

C. Robert Grant

Troy K. Alford

F. Lamar Allen

Beth Helmly

District One

District Two Vice Chairman

District Three Chairman

District Four

District Five

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4 EffINGHam CouNTy Board of EduCaTIoN Academic Calendar 2016 - 2017

July 28 – August 3 ....................Pre-planning for Teachers August 1 ...................................Open House for middle and high schools, 4-7 p.m. August 2 ...................................Open House for elementary schools, 4-7 p.m. August 4 ............................. First Day of School; First Day of the First Nine Weeks September 5 ....................... Labor Day - No school September 6 ............................Issue First Nine Weeks Progress Reports October 5 .................................Issue First Nine Weeks Report Cards October 6 ................................Last Day of First Nine Weeks October 6 ........................... Parent/Teacher Conferences - Students Dismissed Early October 7 ........................... Professional Development Day - Student Holiday October 10-11 .................... Fall Holiday - No School November 11 ...................... Veterans Day - No School November 14 ...........................Issue Second Nine Weeks Progress Reports November 21 – 25 .............. Thanksgiving Holidays – No school Dec. 19 – Jan. 2 ................. Christmas Holidays – No school January 2 ............................ Professional Development Day - Student Holiday January 5 ..................................Last Day of Second Nine Weeks; End of First Semester January 11 ................................Issue Second Nine Weeks Report Cards January 16 .......................... Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No school February 8 ................................Issue Third Nine Weeks Progress Reports February 9 .......................... Parent/Teacher Conferences - Students Holiday Professional Development Day - Student Holiday February 10 ........................ Professional Development Day - Student Holiday February 13 ....................... Winter Holiday – No school March 15 ...................................Last Day of Third Nine Weeks March 17 ............................. St. Patrick’s Day Holiday - No school March 22 ...................................Issue Third Nine Weeks Report Cards April 10 - 17 ........................ Spring Holidays - No School April 26 .....................................Issue Fourth Nine Weeks Progress Reports May 26 .....................................Last day of school, Fourth Nine Weeks, and Second Semester May 26 ................................ SEHS Graduation – 7 p.m. at The Corral May 27 ......................................ECHS Graduation – 7 p.m. at Rebel Field May 29 ......................................Post-planning for staff May 31 ......................................Fourth Nine Weeks Report Cards released on Parent Portal at 5 p.m.

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5 2016 - 2017 TEaCHErS of THE yEar

BLANDFORD ELEMENTARY

Each year the Effingham County Schools’ faculty and staff recognize the individual teachers on their campuses who exemplify professionalism and dedication to making a difference in the lives of children. While all our teachers work diligently to provide their students with a quality education, these individuals stand out among their peers. 2016-2017 Effingham County Teacher of the Year has been selected and she is Mrs. Bilinda Sikes, 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Effingham County Middle School. We are so proud of each educator who was selected for the 2016-17 school year. Thank you for all that you do to make our school system successful!

Kenza Murray Ebenezer Middle School Cynthia Dean South Effingham High School Tabitha Edenfield Sand Hill Elementary Kelly Fortson Marlow Elementary Michelle Gonzales Blandford Elementary Tracy Granzow Guyton Elementary Tracy Henry Springfield Elementary

Joan Hightower South Effingham Middle School Tisha Kreyenbuhl South Effingham Elementary

Blandford Elementary School’s mission is to inspireits students to strive for their highest potential, to create a passion for learning, and to provide tools for making life choices that ensure lasting success. Harriett Snooks, Principal 4650 McCall Road Rincon, GA 31326 912-826-4200 FAX 912-826-4747

MARLOW ELEMENTARY

Allison Moore Effingham County High School Diane Boyett Ebenezer Elementary Hannah Kessler Rincon Elementary Krystle Shuman Effingham College and Career Academy

Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive learning environment that will enable our students to grow academically and socially. Wallace Blackstock, Principal 5160 Hwy 17 South Guyton, GA 31312 912-728-3262 FAX 912-728-4477 Summer 2016 • 37


6 EBENEZER ELEMENTARY

Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive learning environment that will enable our students to grow academically and socially. Beth Kight, Principal 1198 Ebenezer Road Rincon, GA 31326 912-754-5522 FAX 912-754-5527

SOUTH EFFINGHAM ELEMENTARY

Our mission is to meet the learning needs of our children while helping our children fulfill the requirements of schooling. Anna Barton, Principal 767 Kolic Helmly Road Guyton, GA 31312 912-728-3801 FAX 912-728-4487 38 • Effingham Living

GUYTON ELEMENTARY

RINCON ELEMENTARY

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 .

Our mission is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive a quality education through the teaching of essential skills, knowledge, and concepts while encouraging students to be problem solvers who produce quality work.

Charlotte Connelly, Principal 719 Central Blvd. Guyton, GA 31312 912-772-3384 FAX 912-772-5523

Dr. Paige Dickey, Principal 501 N. Richland Ave. Rincon, GA 31326 912-826-5523 FAX 912-826-4052

SPRINGFIELD ELEMENTARY

SAND HILL ELEMENTARY

Springfield Elementary: where our mission is to meaningfully teach every child, every day.

Our mission is to enable each unique individual to become an independent lifelong learner by providing optimal learning experiences that promote academic, social, and physical growth.

Lisa Woods, Principal 300 Old Dixie Hwy Springfield, GA 31329 912-754-3326 FAX 754-7172

Kristen Richards, Principal 199 Stagecoach Avenue Guyton, GA 31312 912-728-5112 FAX 912-728-5125


7 EFFINGHAM COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

EBENEZER MIDDLE SCHOOL

SOUTH EFFINGHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL

The mission of Effingham County Middle School is to provide a high-quality education through a structured and differentiated learning environment.

The mission of Ebenezer Middle School is to nurture and facilitate the academic, social and emotional growth of our diverse learners so they can successfully transition to the secondary environment.

The mission of South Effingham Middle School is to inspire all students to become confident, internally motivated, lifelong learners through challenging educational experiences.

Billy Hughes, Principal 1659 Hwy. 119 South Guyton, GA 31312 912-772-7001 FAX 912-772-7005

Amy Dickerson, Principal 1100 Ebenezer Road Rincon, GA 31326 912-754-7757 FAX 912-754-4012

April Hodges, Principal 1200 Noel C. Conaway Road Guyton, GA 31312 912-728-7500 FAX 912-728-7508

SOUTH EFFINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL

EFFINGHAM COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

EFFINGHAM COLLEGE & CAREER ACADEMY

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.

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 .

To create a high-tech career focus to better serve our team members’ needs for those entering directly into the workforce from high school and those planning further postsecondary options.

Dr. Mark Winters, Principal 1220 Noel C. Conaway Road Guyton, GA 31312 912-728-7511 FAX 912-728-7529

Yancy Ford, Principal 1589 Hwy. 119 South Springfield, GA 31329 912-754-6404 FAX 912-754-6893

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8 EffINGHam CouNTy STudENT SpoTLIGHT CRYSTAL LEDDICK

AARON DAVIS

Effingham County High School Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, Georgia

South Effingham High School Morehouse College – Atlanta, Georgia

Her love for design started in early childhood: She would wear her grandmother’s scarves as dresses and model them in mini fashion shows, and she would pick her grandmother’s clothes out for her in the morning. In high school, she started work at the Nike store in Pooler’s Tanger Outlets, where she got a taste for the retail world. In college, she hopes to revisit the competitive swimming and soccer she left behind in high school, in addition to seeking an internship through the many connections she will make at SCAD.

Aaron Davis will enter his undergraduate career at Morehouse College on a full U.S. Navy scholarship, but he won’t be setting sail until he graduates. In the meantime, he will be pursuing a degree in biology to satisfy a longheld curiosity with marine life. Recently, Davis paid a visit to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, not far from where his new alma mater is located. The visit awoke a desire to possibly work at an aquarium himself one day. “I like the ocean, and I like ocean animals,” Davis said. “There’s not too much I know about them, and I want to learn.” Fueled with curiosity about his new major, Davis has not yet turned his eye toward Morehouse’s many extracurricular opportunities, but he will have plenty to choose from at the private, historically black college that has graduated notable men including Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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9 EffINGHam CouNTy STudENT SpoTLIGHT JORDAN BOOMGAARDEN

KATIE GARNER

South Effingham High School Mercer University – Macon, Georgia

South Effingham High School Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, Georgia

When Jordan Boomgaarden was young, he used to visit his mother’s office all the time. She worked in the medical field, and her boss, a cardiologist, made a strong impression on Jordan’s growing mind. Growing up surrounded by the medical field, it seemed only natural that he pursue a pre-med study in college—and, of course, to pick one of the state’s best nursing programs to help him do it. That’s why Boomgaarden is headed to Macon, where he will enter Mercer University’s nursing program. “Nursing was just one thing I wanted to do, and Mercer is the best nursing school program in the state,” Boomgaarden said. The beautiful campus doesn’t hurt, either. In the 10th grade, Boomgaarden attended a marching band event at Mercer and fell in love with the grounds. Boomgaarden led the trombone section in the SEHS marching band and could often be seen dancing in the school’s pep rallies. After completing his undergraduate studies, he intends to become a registered nurse and pursue employment and higher studies in the Atlanta area.

Katie Garner is swapping her Mustang red for the yellow and black of Georgia Tech, but she isn’t attending for a technical field. Garner is headed to Atlanta for one of the technical school’s few liberal arts programs so she can study economics and international affairs. Garner fell in love with economics during her Advanced Placement Macroeconomics course, but she was torn between pursuing her studies at the University of Georgia or at Georgia Tech. She chose Georgia Tech after a shadow day, where she was able to tour the campus and get a feel for the school. Also, she said, “They have the best opportunities there in Atlanta.” After graduation, law school is on Garner’s horizon, though she does not yet know what area of law she would like to study. In high school, she held leadership positions in the student council, the National Honors Society, the Beta Club and the Model United Nations Team, in addition to competing with the Mock Trial team. Helping her on her way to Georgia Tech are several scholarships: one from the university itself, a Goldie Glenn scholarship and a Beta Club scholarship. Summer 2016 • 41


10 EffINGHam CouNTy STudENT SpoTLIGHT JOCELYN PRICE

KAITLYN FOSTER

South Effingham High School Utah State University – Logan, Utah

Effingham County High School Berea College – Berea, Kentucky

During her time at SEHS, Jocelyn Price was in the National Honors Society, the Beta Club and the marching band, where she held the position of first vibraphone in the front ensemble for three years. She is now taking her music skills to Utah State University, where she has a scholarship to play the oboe in the Utah State Band. Her major, however, is not music—it’s math. “Math has just always been my favorite,” Price said. While teaching math will always be an option for her, Price said she may have her sights set on a different field: theoretical physics. However, she still has plenty of time to make up her mind. Though she will be leaving the South, Price won’t be too far from home—she has family members who live out West. In fact, her father also graduated from Utah State University, allowing Price to pursue her studies at the school under an alumni tuition waiver. Whether she decides to go after teaching or theoretical physics, one thing is certain: Price certainly is not afraid to go great distances in pursuit of her studies.

Berea, a very selective liberal arts work college, provides full tuition for the students it accepts, which means Kaitlyn Foster will not have to take on any of the dreaded student loan debt for her education. Such financial freedom, she says, will help her reach her full potential in her chosen major: biology, with a focus in physical therapy. Foster has had her eye on the field since seeing how physical therapy has helped her young cousin, Eli. Despite his rare condition that keeps him from using most motor skills, thanks to physical therapy, he can now walk on his own and even talk. Inspired, Foster decided she wanted to be part in making that kind of a difference for other people with similar needs. As a member of HOSA, the Future Health Professionals club, Foster and a partner claimed first place in the state competition and placed eighth overall at nationals. She also participated in a host of other extracurriculars, including the Spanish National Honor Society, the chorus and the newly reinstated drama club. Foster has been involved with every production since the club’s return to ECHS. For her final role as a Rebel, she played Cogsworth in last spring’s Beauty and the Beast.

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11 EffINGHam CouNTy STudENT SpoTLIGHT GABI USHER

TAHIRA NIMI

Effingham County High School University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia

Effingham County High School Georgia Southern University – Statesboro, Georgia

Class president Gabi Usher will be the first to tell you that she loves to argue, but she also loves fighting for a purpose. That’s why she is heading to UGA to study international affairs and start on a pre-law track: to begin a career in politics and foreign affairs. “I watch all the Republican presidential debates,” Usher said. “I really love the questions that arise when you debate policy and ethics and morals. I love that.” As the recipient of a Zell Miller scholarship, Usher knew she wanted to stay in-state for her studies, but she picked UGA for more than just financial convenience: She has been a die-hard Dawgs fan since childhood, and, as she says, “You can’t beat Athens” as a place to live. As a high school student, Usher stayed busy with leadership roles in the National Honors Society and the Beta Club, in addition to playing varsity volleyball and varsity basketball over the years and staying involved with her church. In addition to having a passion for politics, Usher is enthusiastic about culture. She says law school is definitely on her horizon, and she has her hopes set on Columbia University in New York, not least because of the study abroad opportunities it offers.

Growing up, Tahira Nimi said she only ever wanted to be one of two things: a doctor or a dentist. With a mother who works as a school nurse, Nimi has always had a fascination with the medical field, and she clearly remembers, in the sixth grade, researching fiercely after her cousin was diagnosed with a heart defect. The aspiring cardiologist is setting out to begin her pre-med track at Georgia Southern University, where she will study biology. While attending ECHS, Nimi participated in several clubs—Future Business Leaders of America, HOSA, Calculus Club, Spanish National Honors Society and the school band—but she also poured her efforts into her work-based learning opportunities. She started off doing physical therapy at the hospital in Springfield, where she stayed for three months before transitioning to Reddick Family Dentistry. “I did that to be able to see what I wanted to do outside of school. It’s been a kick-start for what I want to do,” Nimi said. Armed with this prior knowledge of her field, Nimi is eager to begin the next chapter of her education as a GSU Eagle. Summer 2016 • 43


12 EffINGHam CouNTy STudENT SpoTLIGHT RUSSELL KNOX

HARRISON JOYNER

Effingham County High School Emory University – Atlanta, Georgia

Effingham County High School Auburn University – Auburn, Alabama

Russell Knox hasn’t quite decided whether he ultimately wants to pursue law or business, but he has his immediate next step all mapped out: He’s heading to Emory University to study business consulting, with a possible minor in political science. “My top choices were Georgia Tech and Emory,” Knox said, “but when I visited both campuses, Emory just struck me as feeling more like home — and their business school is better.” After Emory, Knox hopes to attend law school to study corporate or business law—although, he said, he could easily transition into the business as a backup plan. He has not yet shopped around for Emory’s extracurriculars, but in high school, the future business tycoon participated in the Interact Club, a community service organization; the National Honors Society, Beta Club and Calculus Club; ran track for three years; and played both golf and basketball.

“All my life, I’ve been interested in building stuff,” said former Rebel, Harrison Joyner. This interest is spurring him to pursue mechanical engineering, and though he has always been a diehard Dawgs fan, he’s heading out of state for Auburn University, which has one of the top 25 engineering programs in the United States. Joyner’s father has worked at Gulfstream for 28 years, which is likely what draws Joyner to the engineering field. “I’ve always thought about the airplanes and building the inside—like, the cabinets and furniture inside,” Joyner said. The former Beta Club member, Future Farmer of America and tennis teammate intends to work with the planes at Gulfstream after he graduates, although he is also considering a career with Georgia Power or the many opportunities provided by the Georgia Ports Authority.

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13 EffINGHam CouNTy STudENT SpoTLIGHT ZANE HARRISON

MEGAN DRIGGERS

Effingham County High School Clemson University – Clemson, South Carolina

Effingham County High School Savannah Technical College – Savannah, Georgia

If one had to name three things that are important to Zane Harrison, one would list service, patriotism and duty. The former ECHS football and lacrosse captain is heading to Clemson University on an ROTC scholarship so he can pursue a career path in the Army. But not just any path: Harrison wants to study bioengineering so he can make prosthetics for wounded warriors. “It’s just a chance to make a difference,” Harrison said. “You see it on TV and you don’t really think about it until you get older, but someone has to make them (prosthetics). It’s really a chance to make a difference in the world.” He is choosing Clemson as his next educational home because of its on-campus atmosphere. “I visited several schools, and the hospitality at Clemson is just unmatched,” he said. “It’s that at-home feeling you just long for.” In addition to playing sports, while at ECHS Harrison played in the wind ensemble for the school’s concert band and participated in the Beta Club. He was not, however, involved in ROTC. Entering the program will be a new experience for him, but Harrison isn’t daunted by the challenge. “My family has military history behind it, so I’ve grown up around it,” he said.

Next summer, this high school graduate will commence again after receiving her first culinary arts degree at age 18. But before she does that, she’s going to study abroad in France with The Culinary Institute of America. Driggers doesn’t know exactly what awoke her love for culinary arts, but when she saw that it was a path she could pursue with Effingham’s College and Career Academy, she decided at once that the field was for her. After two years of studying at the ECCA, Driggers took advantage of the Move on When Ready program to begin her culinary studies at Savannah Tech. With her introductory courses out of the way, she said, she is ready to start “the real culinary classes.” After she returns from France and finishes her degrees, Driggers hopes to start work at a resort or cruise ship to get experience preparing food for hundreds of people every day. Such a trial by fire, she said, opens up many other possibilities. “When I’m done, I can pick whatever I want to do,” Driggers said. “If I want to eventually open up my restaurant, then I can. I have lots of different paths; it just depends on where it takes me!” Summer 2016 • 45


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EFFINGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION FAX: 754-7033 754-6491 Dr. Randy Shearouse Superintendent of Schools Linda Smith Administrative Assistant lsmith@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-2537 FAX: 754-8899 Becky Long Executive Director of Human Resources blong@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-1119 FAX: 754-2516 Susan Hartzog Human Resources Coordinator shartzog@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-1119 Karla Sasser Administrative Assistant ksasser@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-1119 Vonda McDonald Administrative Secretary vmcdonald@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-1119 46 • Effingham Living

Kim Gosyne Receptionist/Admin. Secretary kgosyne@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-6491 FAX: 754-7033 Grant Anderson Payroll/Benefits Administrator ganderson@effingham.k12.ga.us Tamie Patnaude Payroll Supervisor tpatnaude@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5619 Luann Howell Benefits Manager lhowell@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5618 FAX: 754-2515 Jessica O’Leary Nutritional Services Coordinator joleary@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5633 FAX 754-6560 Clara Barnes Nutritional Services Specialist/ Trainer cbarnes@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5632

Amanda Ginn Nutritional Services Senior Bookkeeper aginn@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-6416 Melanie Exley Nutritional Services Assistant mrexley@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5632 Marsha Cornell Nursing Coordinator mcornell@effingham.k12.ga.us 728-7511 Dr. Slade Helmly Executive Director of Administrative Services shelmly@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5630 Carolyn Conaway Administrative Assistant (Central Office) cconaway@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5630 Jackie Davis Administrative Assistant (Transportation/Maintenance) jdavis@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-3574


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Board of EduCaTIoN dIrECTory Phyllis Graham Hearing Officer/ Disciplinary Designee pgraham@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5610

Melodie Fulcher Assistant Coordinator Grades K-5 & K-12 Gifted mfulcher@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5508

Ronald Wilson Director of Finance rlwilson@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5885 FAX: 754-3489

Kristie Long Student Intervention & Support Specialist klong@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5508

Kathy Morgan Assistant Director of Finance ksmorgan@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5620 Tammy Mongin Accounting Technician nnease@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5622 Shirley Morgan Printer shmorgan@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5643 Brett Martin Transportation Coordinator bmartin@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-3574 Larissa Knight Assistant Transportation/ Safety Coordinator lknight@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-3574 Eric Harris Energy Education Coordinator eharris@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-3574 Jim Anderson Maintenance Coordinator jpanderson@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-3574 Travis Nesmith Student/Professional Learning Coordinator Grades 6-12 tnesmith@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-2511 Kim McCallie Administrative Assistant kmccallie@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5508 FAX: 754-5637

Jackie Brown Social Worker jbrown@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-6404 Erin Woodcock Social Worker ewoodcock@effingham.k12.ga.us 728-7511 Linda Howard Admin. Secretary- Professional Learning lhoward@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5677 Wendy Porter Testing Coordinator wporter@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5636 Cecelia Morell Administrative Secretary cmorell@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5636 Noralee Deason Information Systems Coordinator ndeason@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5621 Dawn Everett Information Systems Assistant Coordinator dneverett@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5621 Tori Carnes State & Federal Reporting Specialist tcarnes@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-6491

Lisa Byrd Central Registration lbyrd@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-2530 FAX: 754-2531 Renee Arnsdorff Central Registration rarnsdorff@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-2530 21FAX: 754-2531 Central Registration FAX: 754-2531 754-2530 Jeff Lariscy Information Technology Coordinator jlariscy@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5533 Holly Lewis Assistant CoordinatorInformation Technology hlewis@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5533 Amy Burgin Webmaster webmaster@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-2514 Dr. Sandra Nethels Special Programs Coordinator snethels@effingham.k12.ga.us. 754-5628 Mollie McLeod Administrative Secretary mmcleod@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5628 Stacy Boyett Coordinator Exceptional Children sboyett@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5623 Cynthia Knight Assistant Coordinator for Exceptional Children cknight@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5623 Jade Knight Administrative Secretary jknight@effingham.k12.ga.us 754-5623 FAX: 754-5642 Summer 2016 • 47


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Effingham County Commission Chairman — Wendall Kessler Elected through 2016 District 1 — Forrest Floyd Elected through 2020 District 2 — Vera Jones Elected through 2018 District 3 — Jamie Deloach Elected through 2018 District 4 — Reggie Loper Elected through 2020 District 5 — Phil Kieffer Elected through 2018 County Clerk Stephanie Johnson 610 North Laurel Street Springfield, GA 31329 Phone: 754-2123 Fax: 754-4157 County Administration County Administrator Toss Allen State Lawmakers Gov. Nathan Deal Office of the Governor 206 Washington Street Suite 203, State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-1776 Web site: gov.georgia.gov Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Office of the Lieutenant Governor Administrative Staff 240 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-5030 Fax: (404) 656-6739 Web site: www.ltgov.georgia.gov State Web site: www.georgia.gov Effingham’s General Assembly Delegation State Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) Capitol Office State Capitol Building Room 234 Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-5038 Fax: (404) 657-7094 Email: jack.hill@senate.ga.gov District Office P.O. Box 486 Reidsville, GA 30453 Phone: (912) 557-3811 Fax: (912) 557-3522 Committees: Appropriations (Chairman); Finance; Natural Resources and the Environment; Regulated Industries and Utilities; Rules

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