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Welcome to the second edition of Liberty Life. The fall issue is full of great stories about the people, life and culture that make Liberty County a unique and special place to live. Reader response to the spring edition was positive and we think you’ll enjoy the fall issue even more.

ABOUT THE COVER COVER: Allen Brown and Kenny Fussell PHOTOGRAPHER: Morgan Eddington CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Katrina M. Sage Allen Brown and Kenny Fussell join photographer Morgan Eddington on Olvey Field as they recapture their glory days and the ambiance of America’s favorite pastime.

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Fall is still all about football in Southeast Georgia and in 1965, Liberty County’s only high school, Bradwell Institute, was No. 1 in the state. That was the year the Tigers, coached by the legendary Hokey Jackson, with the support of a community on fire for football, won the Georgia State High School Football Championship. Beginning on page 18, we take a trip back and talk to some of the players who remember when the community came together and supported the Gridiron Giants of 1965. Liberty County has other heroes as well. In this issue, we share the stories of breast cancer survivors Cathy Thomas and Colleen Martin. These two extraordinary Liberty County women show us the true face of courage. With the help of another extraordinary group, the Suzie Q’s, they are helping others cope with and survive breast cancer. The Suzie Q’s support and help women in our community who receive possible breast cancer diagnoses. Their story begins on page 22. Linnie Darden III is another example of Liberty County residents putting others first. Darden founded Save Our Children, a program for at-risk children. He has devoted his life to improving the lives of children in our community. His is the story of the continuous giver, which begins on page 16. As we look forward to the return of the Marne Division to Fort Stewart, Ginger Cucolo, wife of Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, pays a special tribute to military families and the unique issues many face every day. These family members still find ways to volunteer time and time again to help other military families cope with repeated deployments and other stresses of modern military life. This is also a story of the many programs, including the Army Community Service, that help family members navigate tough times. In case you didn’t know, there are ghosts among us. Really. Led by chief ghost hunter Patty Leon, a group of dedicated ghost busters prowl old houses and historic buildings in search of spirits of long-departed Liberty County residents. Are they serious? We’re not sure, but they seem to be having lots of fun. And maybe that’s the point. The ghost hunters’ story begins on page 26, but don’t read it at bedtime. As the weather cools, hundreds of Liberty County outdoorsmen will begin the fall ritual of weekend hunts with various hunting clubs throughout the county. More often than not, actual hunting takes a secondary role to spending time with family and friends. Several Liberty County clubs have been doing just that for decades and are still active today. Also, Dorchester Hunting Preserve in Midway has taken bird shooting to a new level and plays host to guests from all over the country. The story of Liberty’s hunting clubs begins on page 42. Liberty County Sheriff Don Martin passed away this year. Martin, who left a legacy of community service, built strong friendships with many in our community. Friends and colleagues share a tribute to Don on page 58. This issue of Liberty Life also features ways to spice up your tailgate party and tips on vacation adventures that are close to home. Thanks for taking time to share life in Liberty and have a great fall.

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A Distant Kind of Love

“We always milk the same cows!”


his could sound just awful when describing people who devote endless hours to volunteering, but the statement holds its own weight. Our community is strongly influenced by a population of soldiers and their family members. We jokingly say, “It takes a community…,” and as a military community we know how true that statement is. We know the Army attracts a wonderful type of patriotic, caring, and selfless volunteer who doesn’t quit—a volunteer soldier and often a family who also volunteers. I wrote my master’s thesis on Military Spouse Volunteer Burnout. It’s a mouthful, yes, but valuable in understanding the stressors that volunteers take on…and on…and on, especially in the military. Military life is hard! Collectively, we face frequent deployments and training exercises, long duty days and weekends, frequent moves, fear of death or serious injury, distance from extended family, financial strain and family separation. We have to prepare ourselves for the long haul; failing not to prepare makes me think of Momma yellin’, “Don’t run without your shoes on!” Historically, volunteers have sustained themselves through hardships like these with the same pride and commitment as they show today. Whether it was the American Revolution or Operation Iraqi Freedom, volunteers choose to unite for a like cause, shared values and common goals. Ah, but what about “milking the same cows?” We still do. If you are one of those volunteers who steps up to the plate for everything, then you know what I am talking about. The same people end up volunteering for a myriad of jobs, and we count on them. If we need something done, they are right there to make it happen, no matter what is expected. As volunteers, our communities and the organizations we

support still need us. They have evolved through the years…from Families Helping Families to Family Support Groups to Family Readiness Groups to now Virtual Family Readiness Groups (vFRG). The latest installment in community volunteer efforts, a vFRG is a web-based system that allows the traditional family support system to meet the needs of a geographically separated organization and the families across our nation who love them. We have taken care of one another through the hard times, but we now have help. We don’t have to be a baby sitting service, a taxi service, a financial institution, or counseling agency. There are services available that can help all of us. Right here we are fortunate enough to have Army Community Service, which has taken a load off our shoulders. Their services include financial counseling, a hotline or a human being to provide help for domestic violence; Survivor Outreach Services helping families who have lost a loved one; our Exceptional Family Member program to help families with special needs; chaplain and counseling services; new parent support programs, and many more. Our local communities offer many of these types of programs, too. It just takes a little research and reaching out to ask for help. These services—once done only by volunteers—have evolved into fully staffed agencies and offices but much of the basic, committed values and actions of volunteers on behalf of our community will always be needed. Their time and effort can contribute to the sustenance and continuity of our community, especially as we go through times that require more from us. For those on the receiving end of voluntary assistance, it is often more than just a helping hand that is given them. Their sense of isolation is lessened through advice, support and by practical help. For the volunteer, this can be a chance to grow in confidence, acquire new skills, be a mentor, or support the programs you believe in. Knowing you are or that you support the life of a soldier allows you to shine because you redraw your own dreams to make the best of your situation. So, if that holds any truth, then how do we motivate the people we are trying to reach? Let’s look at our own personal histories. If you are one of two or more siblings, then you understand how very different siblings can be. You remember Daddy wanted you to swim faster, but your sister remembers he was just glad you finished. We remember things differently, we react differently and we handle situations differently. It’s not right or wrong, just different. It is through these differences we build strength within our organizations. Volunteers have always been a cornerstone of support for soldiers, their families and their communities. Family readiness for soldiers and their families relies on education and support programs that promote self-reliance and enhance individual and family wellbeing, and volunteers are part of the relationship that builds trust and confidence for our families. As volunteerism continues to evolve with the Army, we’ll probably still milk the same cows. But how wonderful that churned butter will be!

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Local Heros

The Continuous giver

An impeccably dressed man with a ready smile, Linnie L. Darden Jr. does not look his 80 years. One gets the impression that his life, one filled with caring for others, has been as sustaining for him as it has been for those he helps along the way, and he plans to continue the work for as long as he is able. written by Chris M. Gerards


innie L. Darden Jr. is the founder of Save Our Children, a program for at-risk children in Liberty County. Since 1994, Darden has taken referrals from local schools and churches to get children through their formative years without having to bear the consequences from bad decisions such as drug addiction, STDs or youth pregnancy. “When you’re dealing with children between the age of 13 and 16, it’s a critical stage,” Darden said. “The challenge is to motivate kids by creating a positive role-model image. We are in a new paradigm when it comes to raising children. This generation is a new generation, influenced by a new technology and culture.” Darden said television, music and new styles all influence youth in ways that are different from previous times. Darden is not compensated for his work with Save Our Children, but the program is funded by a $3,000 grant that helps cover costs for transportation. He also receives support from his two Army colonel sons. Latrice Roberts, a former mentee of Save Our Children, was referred to the mentoring

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program by her pastor. Roberts says before she went through the three-month program, that her life was not going in the right direction. She was without positive role models and was involved with a group of friends who had a negative influence on her. Darden changed that by providing her with a positive role model, she said, and steering her away from negative influences. His desire to help children began just after college. Originally from California, he graduated with a master’s from the University of Southern California at Berkeley and worked in the California public school system for 20 years as the director of the alternative school program. Fluent in sign language, he helped hearing-impaired children and still works with about 20 hearing-impaired children each year. He also continues his education through the pursuit of a Ph.D. Darden’s outreach extends beyond domestic borders. In July he led a symposium titled “Meeting Needs in Developing Countries,” organized by another group he founded, Sustaining Hope. Created to facilitate collaboration among charitable organizations, the symposium grew out of a recent

visit to Ethiopia where Darden founded the Church of Christ Deaf School some 45 years ago. The school now serves more than 150 students, and community outreach has increased to educate families in sign language for both English and Amharic, the native Ethiopian tongue. Although he was never officially recognized as the first black missionary to work with deaf children in Ethiopia, Darden’s legacy remained behind; on his return trip some of his old pupils still recognized him. The trip served as a fact-finding mission to study different ways to provide aid in Ethiopia, and using his newfound knowledge Darden plans to build additional schools in the town of Addis Ababa. “I have been working with young people most of my adult life, and as a Christian I am compelled to serve youths with the best of my talents…that is given to me for the rest of my life,” he said. “I believe God has blessed me with excellent mental and physical health, and I believe my life is much better by serving others here and abroad.”

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High school football is a uniquely American phenomenon and a staunch Southern tradition that

has cemented itself in our collective history. Whether player, cheerleader, band member, parent or fan, each one of us has experienced the roar of the crowd as we cheer our team to victory or sucked in a collective gasp at the thought of a heart-wrenching loss. Nowhere else has this been more strongly experienced than in Liberty County during the 1960s and 1970s. As the only high school in the county, Bradwell Institute shouldered the ritual of fall Friday nights spent at the stadium.

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ongtime residents Allen Brown and Kenny Fussell experienced the era of football greatness as high school players under Coach Hokey Jackson. Each alumnus has different perspectives and recollections of his time on the field, but both agree that high school football was integral in defining who they are today. Allen Brown began as many young boys do, tossing a football with his father in the backyard. “My dad was the first quarterback ever at Bradwell Institute and both he and my mom were huge sports fans, so they exposed me to all different types of sports, including football, basketball and baseball,” Brown said. Now a broker and Realtor at Century 21 Action Realty, Brown recalled starting his youth sports career playing for Little League teams, initially gravitating toward basketball and baseball. “In all honesty, I didn’t like getting run over in football,” Brown said with a slight chuckle. Kenny Fussell was also a Little League player, but as part of a military family he played the majority of his younger years in Germany. And for Fussell, football was definitely a draw. “I was instantly attracted. It was aggressive and it was okay to hit someone, which was kind of fun,” Fussell said. “Of course, I didn’t like it when I was the one that was getting hit!” Both ended up on the Bradwell football team, Brown as a quarterback and defensive back, and Fussell as an offensive center and defensive end, with Hokey Jackson leading their athletic journey. “Coach Jackson was a tough coach,” Brown said. “He didn’t mind pushing you to your limits to get the best out of you. The brand of football he taught us was a little different for the time; it was clean but extremely hard hitting.” Fussell added, “[Jackson] wanted to win and didn’t feel bad about beating the other team. He taught us that it is okay to want to win, something that we miss in today’s culture.” That sentiment was illustrated for Fussell when he broke his nose during a game. “I got hit and immediately the referee could tell I broke my nose and he sent me to the sidelines. I walked up to Coach Jackson and told him I was out because I broke my nose,” Fussell said. “He took one look, told me he could see that I had broken my nose and then sent me right back in with a new play.” Jackson, who coached at Bradwell Institute from 1957-1970, chuckled at the recollections of his former players. “I was pretty tough on my players, but I had to push them to find out the extent to which these boys would go to get the best out of themselves. Sometimes they didn’t realize the skills and

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first year, 28 boys came to football camp. We carried them up to Fort Gordon and spent two weeks practicing three times a day,” Jackson said. “A few days into camp, some of them wanted to go home; they even tried to hire a boy with a truck to drive them home but I told the MPs not to let anyone leave.” That fall, Bradwell Institute ended with a season record of 8-2. “Having a winning record spurred the interest and next year we had close to 60 boys come out for football,” he said. Under Jackson, Bradwell became a force to be reckoned with. The powerhouse team allowed only 1.7 points on average during the 1964 regular season, found itself in the playoffs for several consecutive years and won the state championship in 1965. Tough as he was, the venerable coach holds a place in his former players’ hearts. Jackson lives in Athens now and many former players, including Brown and Fussell, pay him a visit during home games for the University of Georgia.

Coach Hokey remembers the good ole’ days as he holds the 1965 State Championship ball. Jackson says that each player is still like a family member to him. “Each player on my field was important to me,” he said, “not only the ones that had their name and picture in the newspapers but the true heroes, the ones who weighed 140 pounds and came to practice every day and on Friday nights sat on the bench, hoping we would run up the score so they could play. That player did everything I asked of him.” “I still feel like a second parent to them,” he said. “I still worry about all my players at night and hope each of them are doing okay.” A huge part of the team’s success also came from the support of the community. “On game day, the entire town shut down,” Brown recalled. “All the businesses were closed, as everyone was headed to the game. You could have robbed a bank on game day and it would have taken at least a day and a half after the game for anyone to figure it out. We would even have about 75 people regularly attended our practices.” “Everyone, I mean everyone joined the Booster Club to help support the team,” he said. “We had two parents of players who would stand at the major intersection in town and collect money

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for the Booster Club. If you didn’t contribute, they were likely to take you out of your car and shake you upside down until you dropped enough money.” That support followed the team on the road as well. “I remember a particular away game where I was warming up on the field,” Brown said. “I glanced over, and here comes our sheriff with lights flashing followed by no less than 250 cars from Hinesville.” Brown and Fussell are quick to point out that the passion felt by the community never became pressure. “Nine out of 10 people at the soda shop would tell you that you had a heck of a game whether you lost or won,” Brown said. Brown continued his commitment to football in college, going on to play at the University of South Carolina. Fussell stayed involved by coaching recreation league football for 32 years and became the radio commentator for Bradwell football for more than 20 years. Each one says the lessons they learned in football have carried over to their lives today. “Football teaches you core life lessons, perseverance, teamwork, commitment. Many times in my adult life those lessons have helped me through situations and tough times,” Brown said. “One of the things Coach Jackson taught me was not to quit,” Fussell remembers. “Once you were committed, you were in, and that is something that I still carry with me to this day.” Years later, Fussell passed along that wisdom to a rec league player who received a scholarship to play at Georgia Southern. Fussell said the student had considered quitting because he wasn’t getting any playing time. “He said he remembered what I said about commitment and was seeing it through,” Fussell said. A few months later the student came back with a national championship—Georgia Southern’s first—under his belt. “That commitment to his coach, team and to himself really sums up to me what football is really all about.”

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Let’s face it—breasts are a hot topic these days, and not just in matters of popular culture. Breast cancer is a battleground for advocates, researchers and physicians who are intent on ridding the world of the disease for good. But every disease has a face, even millions of faces, some of whom are found right here at home. Two Liber ty County women sat down with Liber ty Life to share their experiences fighting cancer.

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CATHY THOMAS When Cathy Thomas underwent a routine mammogram in August 2006 at age 59, she showed no signs of illness, felt no lumps and had no expectations for anything but a healthy test result. But then the mammogram led to a sonogram and then to a biopsy, which led to a diagnosis of breast cancer. “Had I waited until I felt the lump, it would have been too late, because it was so deeply embedded,” Thomas recalls. “So they scheduled a lumpectomy.” By September that year, the lumpectomy was complete and successful at removing the cancer. Thomas’s surgeon, chemotherapy oncologist and radiation oncologist decided that after surgery Thomas should undergo six sessions of chemotherapy followed by 36 sessions of radiation. “It saved my life and it’s something you can live through,” Thomas said of her treatment. And though the medicine led to noticeable changes for her, “you find being bald isn’t all that bad either,” she says. “I’m a very vain person–most women are I think,–so the thought of losing my hair was something I was very worried about, but when you go to these centers, everyone looks like you. The hair will grow back. My hair did come back curly for a short while, but

it did go back to normal.” Another symptom of cancer treatment is a change in one’s sense of taste and smell, which makes eating a much different experience. Thomas said when she found something she actually liked, she took advantage of it. “My husband kept a log of every therapy session and tried to anticipate what I’d want,” Thomas recalled fondly. “It didn’t always work. I’d change my mind, but he was always there to run to Kroger when I thought of something I wanted.” Thomas has kept a positive attitude through her unexpected adversity. She credits her family with giving her ample support and keeping her busy. “I really do appreciate life more. You kind of come to realize that not everything is the end of the world. You take things more in stride and realize, hey, it could be worse.” As a result of her experience, Thomas has become a strong advocate for mammography—so much so that she threatened to buy her five sisters mammograms for Christmas if they didn’t get them done on their own. “I do encourage people to go do mammograms, because I honestly believe I would be dead now if not for that,” Thomas said. “You’re really not that busy.” HINESVILLE AND THE HISTORIC COAST 23

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COLLEEN MARTIN Cancer is still a presence in Colleen Martin’s life today. She first noticed a lump on her own in March. She immediately went to the doctor, expecting to be assured it was nothing. “It’s not the scariest thing to go to the doctor to find out that you have cancer,” Martin said. “The scariest thing is not finding out and not doing what needs to be done when there’s a chance.” Martin’s cancer was diagnosed in Stage 1 and she has completed chemotherapy and is currently in treatment for radiation. She said she feels strongly that her experience has been a much better one because of how quickly the cancer was discovered. “Proactive is always the best way,” Martin stressed. “Take care of yourself and always be aware. It doesn’t have to be in your family for you to have it. It was not in my family so don’t assume that you won’t have it if your mother hasn’t had it.” Although Martin said that her experience with cancer has been wonderful and certainly changed her perspective on life, it won’t keep her from pursuing her future.

Of course, Martin said, she couldn’t possibly call her experience “wonderful” without the support of her family, especially her children, whom she said leave her speechless with how well they have dealt with it. “You know, I call it a bump in the road. It’s just one of those experiences that you have to go through,” she said. “I’m just not wanting to be here [being treated for cancer] in another eight to 10 years, so I’m just doing anything I can to not have to be here again.” She’s also thankful to the support provided by the Suzie Q’s, a breast cancer awareness, prevention and support group in Liberty County. “Before cancer, it’s almost embarrassing to say how little I knew about all of this,” Martin said. “I’m so fortunate to have been put with Diedre [Howell] and all the others with Suzie Q. Just knowing someone is there helps you get through.”


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The Suzie Q ’s The Suzie Q’s of Liberty County have rallied together around a single cause—beating breast cancer. From fundraisers to educational events and screenings, these volunteers are dedicated to spreading support and awareness. Suzie Q’s founder Deidre Howell said the group has received a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to organize a breast cancer support group, BRAVE (Be Readily Available and Very Empathetic). Volunteers will accompany women who have received a possible cancer diagnosis to mammograms and other treatments. Additionally, they have a loft y goal of raising $25,000 this year and are coming closer and closer to that goal through fundraisers such as the Komen Race for the Cure, Books for Boobies, Art Your Bra and the Pink Pancake Supper. For more information or to find out how to get involved with Susie Q’s efforts, contact Diedre Howell at 876-2173 ext. 206 or by email at dbhowell@dhr.state.

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Patty Leon likes to call herself a paranormal investigator. When she was 14 years old, she remembers awakening from a deep sleep, bolting upright in her bed and looking over to the doorway where a translucent figure loomed. She blinked the sleep out of her eyes, rubbed them and gazed in disbelief into the dimness. Was she really seeing what she thought she was? The figure floated toward the bed and as it got closer, Leon yanked the covers over her head. But even from under the covers, she smelled a familiar fragrance, Violeta Valenciana, a perfume she wore as a child. Suddenly, unafraid of the shadowy silhouette, Leon pulled the covers down. The figure was gone. Leon, now 45, never told anyone about the experience. She said she was afraid people would think she was crazy or just making it up. She never thought her childhood home was haunted; it was a typical three-bedroom, two-bathroom house close to Sunset Drive in the newer area of Miami. Her parents, Cuban immigrants, raised their children with Catholic values and “just didn’t talk about stuff like that,” Leon said. So she never brought it up. However, Leon said her mother, Esther Leon, has always been sensitive to certain things and very attuned to natural phenomena. For example, when it comes to predicting the gender of an unborn child, Leon’s mother has correctly guessed babies’ genders 250 times. Her mother also has vivid dreams and, most of the time, they come true, Leon said. “Call it psychic, call it whatever,” said Leon, who thinks she in28 LIBERTY LIFE MAGAZINE Fall20102.indd 28

herited some of her mother’s intuition. “I don’t say I’m 100 percent psychic, because I’m not ... but I get hunches sometimes and I get feelings.” Still, with that knowledge, Leon kept silent and went out to find answers about the unknown. “That left the lingering impression of ‘what the heck was that?’” she said. “And that forever made me wanna be the weird kid, always looking for other stuff.” Curious as ever, she submerged herself in research about the paranormal — everything from psychology and Freud’s theories to consciousness and physics — to try and better understand a realm others often question the existence of. Years later, after she moved to Allenhurst in 2006, Leon said she discovered that Liberty and Long counties are just as historic

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See the ghosts? Hint... he is wearing a top hat and coat. She appears to be wearing a veil as downtown Savannah. She jumped at the opportunity to explore buildings that people in the area told her were haunted. After spending some time exploring Hinesville and the surrounding areas as a reporter for the Coastal Courier, Leon decided to start Bump in the Night Investigations, Inc. “I finally met a group of folks who had the same interest,” she said of her decision to start a ghost-hunting group. The Bump in the Night team investigates properties and structures, free of charge, after owners or residents report suspicious noises and sightings. Group members bring all the equipment necessary to capture evidence of paranormal activity at each site. Leon said their equipment actually is more advanced than what most ghost tour companies use during nighttime expeditions. Electronic Voice Phenomenon equipment, such as a digital or magnetic recording devices, can be used to pick sounds otherwise undetectable to the human ear. Leon uses an audio program to analyze the recordings and categorize them into “classes” of audio frequencies: Class A is a clear EVP without amplification. Class B requires some amplification. Class C requires amplification, plus filtering out background noises. Bump in the Night investigators also carry Electro Magnetic Field detectors that can locate and track energy sources. When the power source to a building is shut off, there should be no energy fields pulsing through the air, Leon said. If energy is present, however, the group members know they’re in for an eventful evening. Strapped with nearly $2,000 worth of equipment, Leon and seven investigators embarked on their first local ghost hunt Nov. 17, 2008, at the Old Liberty County Jail, located in Hinesville’s business district. During their visit, the group photographed several orbs moving across a room. They picked up two audio recordings as well — one a Class A. When Leon made a remark about the toilets in the cells

being small, a male voice whispered, “So sorry.” When the group asked for a name, a Class C recording caught a voice saying, “Jake.” Another photo captured mist stretching from one wall to another in an upstairs room that once was a padded cell. All group members carry cameras, which they use to snap photographs from various angles and to prove skeptics wrong that an orb isn’t just a reflection. Before employing their EMF detectors, the investigators take initial readings around energy sources such as light poles and electrical outlets to be sure of the readings received. They also scan the target area when the power is off. Fluctuations that indicate a possible energy presence start at 2.0 and go up from there, Leon said. Leon said she isn’t focused solely on finding ghosts and channeling spirits. Her hobby helps her learn the history of the community, dating back to residents who lived in the Hinesville area hundreds of years ago. “We’re also trying to separate folk lore from fiction. It’s tying the history of the community together,” Leon said. “I think Liberty County’s got a lot more history than people give it credit for.” Before conducting an investigation, the Bump in the Night leader pores over historical documents and conducts interviews with site owners to see what kind of activity has been recorded before in the vicinity. As for what she discovers, the supernatural enthusiast doesn’t share her findings with the other investigators unless her analysis shows someone else’s discoveries match her own. Leon also likes her group members to write personal accounts to ensure accuracy, she said. "Is there something behind me?"- Kathryn. Notice the skull-like mist and the rising light beam. Location: deep in the swamps of Liberty


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Look closely, can you find the moving orb? Paranormal community orbs are believed to be the manifestation of spirits. All of the investigators have full-time jobs, so the ghost hunting business is just a fun escape to do something they all enjoy on Saturday nights. . For their first out-of-state investigation, the Bump in the Night team loaded up its gear in June 2009 and trekked to the Old Historic Charleston Jail in South Carolina, which was under construction at the time. The group was granted after-hours access, and they explored from 10 p.m.-3 a.m., searching for traces of lingering spirits. Often, physical or environmental disruptions such as renovation work or thunderstorms stir up paranormal activity, Leon said. One team member, Kathyrn Fox, said she smelled old tobacco and the scent of a freshly lit matchstick in the jail. However, no one saw or heard anything. The power is always shut off completely during investigations to minimize any background noise and electromagnetic waves that could lead to false indications of activity. When the group returned to analyze the audio from the jail, they heard noises that couldn’t possibly have been caused by their movements — a distinct sound of heavy boots marching across the floor and down stairs that had clearly been blocked off for construction. The recording made sense to Fox, who, while studying up before the expedition, discovered the building had been an old military installation. All members wear soft-soled shoes during investigations to prevent extra noise, Fox said. The group had rented out the jail and all the investigators were present and accounted for during the time the audio footage was recorded. “There were literally holes in the floor where you could fall through to the next level,” she said of the extensive construction work under way at the jail. Fox grew up in upstate New York in what she describes as a “very old house” where she said she caught glimpses throughout her childhood of a ghost-like figure gliding down the home’s hallway. It never scared her, just made her more aware of her surroundings, she said, and interested in the paranormal. “The older the place, the better,” Fox said with a mischievous grin. “I’ve always had an interest, especially since I was a little kid. We always lived in old, ancient houses in New York.” As for ghosts and their reasons for lingering in our dimension, 30 LIBERTY LIFE MAGAZINE Fall20102.indd 30

she subscribes to a couple theories. “I think they’re saying, ‘Hey, we’re still here,’” Fox said. The Bump in the Night team always gets permission before entering a property to ensure no laws are broken and that the spirits are not irritated by unwelcome visitors. “The No. 1 rule is, ‘never go alone,’” said Fox, who has extensively researched ancient religions, demons, Voodoo and exorcisms. “There are places that are documented that have caused physical injuries to people.” She said she clearly felt something — or someone — grab hold of her at the Charleston jail. “I had gotten grabbed on the leg, and when we went outside, I had scratch marks on my leg,” Fox said. Although she has walked away from investigation sites bearing physical proof of her adventures, Fox insists she doesn’t get scared because of all the background research she has done. Fellow ghost hunter, Leslie Miller, however, admits she gets spooked from time to time during the group’s expeditions. Miller, who hasn’t done as much research as Fox, said she tends to be skeptical when it comes to the paranormal. However, she confesses to getting the jitters when it comes to exploring old properties. “I’m probably more skeptical than the rest of them,” she said. Miller, like Fox, also grew up in upstate New York and has her reservations about ghosts and hauntings. As a little girl, she said, she avoided the attic at all costs. She isn’t sure why, but recalls she was petrified of it and often heard unexplained sounds emanating from the house. “I’m a scaredy cat,” Miller said. “I don’t like to stay by myself at

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known to sit for hours on end, waiting for one sound, one movement, just to possibly capture and analyze it. Sometimes the group will set down EVP equipment while they finish exploring the rest of the roon to see if anything can be captured while they are moving about. Other times, the investigators say, they can hear, smell and feel movements in a building without any equipment. During a visit to the former Dorchester Consolidated School in Midway, Miller said she was standing in the middle of a hallway when she felt someone touch her hair. Miller compared the sensation to that of her young daughter, Tori, lightly stroking her hair. While such an experience might normally upset her, she said, “I wasn’t scared. It wasn’t a scary place to be.” For her, the weirdest thing is when she listens to the audio and can hear things clear as day that she never heard Old spooky jail cell located on South Main at the site. Street before restoration. Today it serves The school, now a civic center, once served students who lived on as a the Hinesville Downtown Development the east side of Liberty County, Leon said. Those working to preserve Authority office. and restore the facility say they have heard strange noises and have taken photos that revealed faint, human-like outlines, giving the imnighttime either.” pression of children standing in the windows. Although people often ask Leon if they can tag along for the exBecause the group hauls around an arsenal of equipment, Leon perience, she has to say no. Because she is often trusted with keys to said it isn’t uncommon to have two hours of video footage and auold buildings, such as county jails and sometimes even homes, she in- dio recordings that she will spend upwards of 15 hours analyzing. sists on keeping the group tight for security reasons. “There’s just that For those interested in trying to investigate on their own in hopes of trust I build,” Leon said of her core group of investigators. seeing a ghost immediately, she knows they will be disappointed. “It As for those who get excited about television shows such as the is countless hours for nothing or countless hours for something that Syfy network’s “Ghost Hunters,” Leon warns that investigating makes your hair stand up,” she said. “There is just no perfect manudoesn’t come easily to impatient people. Her team members have been al.” Fox agrees with Leon when it comes to discoveries that are worth getting excited about. A lot of people will claim their house is haunted, but it’s usually just “old house noiswas a smashing hit! es,” Fox said. Even if they suspect a property may just be “settling,” the Bump in the Night crew is still willing to check it out. Since they conduct investigations for free, the group accepts donations to help cover fuel costs for out-ofstate travel. The investigators say their love of history and curiosity about the unknown intensely drives the investigations. “Ultimately, I would love to be able to find out and prove why they’re here,” Fox said of spirits she has encountered. “And if they’re here and they’re stuck, how to get them where The cast does a great job in their delivery. Overall, this is a well delivered, they need to go.” fun presentation and a great message for youth and adult alike.” For Leon, the past few years have been a fun learning experience full of history, haunt— Thomas Hickey, Interim President, Hinesville Area Arts Council ings and camaraderie. Of course, after 31 years of paranormal research, she has picked up on some bad vibes at times. But she’s not ready to quit just yet — she knows there is still a lot to learn. Find us on “I do call myself a paranormal investi109 Flat Shoal Lane • Hinesville • 912.368.7550 gator,” Leon said. “I don’t call myself an expert.”

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Why did you choose your field of choice? Working with children and helping others has always been my passion. It has always been my dream to own a learning center for the past 20 years or so. I started my journey working as paraprofessional in my hometown for the Oklahoma City Board of Education, then later became a library clerk and then a home provider throughout my husband’s military career. Although I have had other jobs, I have found childcare to be the most rewarding. I love to see the smiles on children’s faces and watch them as they learn, grow and play. I remember back then I was called just a babysitter, I found myself correcting people daily. “I would say ‘I’m not a babysitter, I am a childcare Provider’ (Smile).” I remember telling my husband and everyone else, “One day, I’m gonna own “A great BIG center”, and was going to do this and that.” (Smile)

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Why Liberty County? My husband, Mr. Lawrence Duncan, who is currently retired from the United States Army was assigned to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia in June of 1998. Upon returning home from Korea, after doing our research we thought that Hinesville was a very nice peaceful community and we decided that it would be a great place to raise our family.


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Why did you choose you field of choice? Since I was a child I have always been intrigued by the field of banking, so it was a fairly easy choice when the time came to choose a career path. Banking lets me use my educational background, while also allowing me to build personal relationships with the customers that rely on my services. “Why Liberty County?” I see that you graduated from the University of Georgia, why did you decide to return to Liberty County to pursue your career? This is home. As a child, my father was in the Army, so we were constantly on the move it seemed. Looking back on those days I am very appreciative for the experiences and opportunities that the Army brought into my life. The Army was great to my family, but as a child I was always left wondering where I should call home? When my dad decided to retire it was nice to know that we were going to settle down. I have been here for ten years now and don’t foresee leaving anytime soon. This is where my family and friends are and I can’t think of a better place to be. “Challenges of working in Liberty County?” What challenges does working in Liberty County with finance create and how does South Georgia Bank overcome them for their customers? Liberty County is very unique place to live and work. One obvious challenge that we face, day in and day out, is the continuous


changes in our market we experience due to strong military presence in our area. We know these families that are new to the area need our services and we aim to make them easily available. We have developed a “switch kit” to help new customers make this transition as quick and easy as possible. What are the qualities consumers should look for in choosing a bank? Consumers should look for a bank that can help them meet their needs in a convenient and timely manner. As with any business a customer should feel that they are appreciated. At South Georgia Bank we know that our customers have choices when it comes to where they will bank, and we want them to know we appreciate that they choose us. What advice could you offer customers so they can obtain lower interest rates? For a customer to obtain better interest rates my advice would be to monitor their credit and establish a banking relationship. Too many times people are not aware of their credit issues until it is too late. Do everything that you can to maintain good credit performance. Also banks want to be able to help their customers. By establishing a deposit relationship with a bank you are presenting a scenario in which both parties are potentially benefiting.

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ello! I am Brigitte! I have lived in Spain and Panama as a civilian and a military child and came to Hinesville, Georgia in 1990 as a military spouse. For 20 years now I have called Hinesville my home. For the past 33 years I have volunteered for the American Red Cross, International non-profit organizations overseas, and most importantly, in my own community. Right here! Helping people is really my passion! I have held jobs from being a medical clerk (winning Fort Stewart’s Secretary of the Year award in 1994) to a director of volunteer services (receiving recognition and accolades from Fort Stewart Commanders to a U.S. Congressman). Now, as a REALTOR®, I want to continue helping in a different way. Purchasing or selling a home is a big deal! I truly understand the needs of any family who is moving and urgently needs to buy or sell a home, or relocating to a different State. My varied background and knowledge of both, the Real Estate market and the community, has given me the added ability to assist both buyers and sellers in what is one of your most important financial decisions in their lives. So, when you are ready to buy or sell your home... ~ I can help you! ~ My Commitment to you is: To provide you with the highest of business ethics and integrity. To be reliable, resourceful, hard working, honest and focused. To emphasize that customer and quality service is always my priority. To help you achieve your desired results.


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ccording to real estate agent Kathy Villafane, she is first and foremost a woman who loves her family and loves the Lord. Of utmost importance to her are guidance from the Lord and the support of her family, without which she feels could not do the things that she does. Her husband Richard is a retired veteran, and the couple has two children, KaRi and Khloe. Villafane is a REALTOR® who truly cares about helping her customers buy or sell a home. She will be the president of the Hinesville Area Board of REALTORS® in 2011. As an accredited Buyer Representative, Villafane is certified and specializes in working with first-time home buyers. Upon meeting a client, she takes the time to offer them a “First-time Home Buying” session, which provides detailed information on purchasing a home. Once they are comfortable with the concept, she guides them through the next step: becoming a homeowner. Villafane also offers individualized marketing strategies for those trying to sell their home. Her main focus when working with homeowners is to keep them informed regularly. She believes that communication with sellers is the most important part of her marketing plan.

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elva Duncan is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Northeast High School, and attended Oklahoma State University. She is the wife of retired Staff Sergeant Lawrence Duncan, has four children, and grandmother of one. Her experience with working with children started early on when she began working in the Oklahoma City Public School System. After working there for several years, the desire grew to open her family childcare business. Wanting to directly work with children and families, she officially opened “Just 4 Kids� which was in operation for a period of two years. Upon relocating to Hinesville, GA she reopened her business which then leads to the opening of Greater Expectations ECDLC, Inc. in October 2006. Mrs. Duncan is motivated by her undying love and passion for others in general, and especially her compassion for children. It is her belief that if you can reach a child, you can teach a child and be instrumental to equip them for their future.

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he changing of leaves may be more subtle in the South, but the bite of chilly air signals for many the chance to spend a weekend outdoors, flushing out doves with dedicated retrievers or quietly hovering in deer blinds at dawn, waiting for a young buck to wander by. Liberty County’s hunting clubs are a hidden gem, providing hobby hunters and dedicated outdoorsmen with accessible opportunities to pursue game in a variety of settings, from family-friendly casual to corporate-outing chic. Tucked away in a little corner of the county is the New Ground Hunting Club, a family tradition that goes back decades for Clint Durrence, New Ground’s current vice president. Durrence says he grew up hunting with his great-grandfather, a member of New Ground, and today the club continues to build strong bonds between family members. New Ground members and their guests are most likely to be scouting deer on the roughly 5,000 to 6,000 acres of family and timber land the club hunts, though the club will occasionally organize bird hunts with retrievers. Though hunting is a key component, the overarching emphasis at New Ground has been spending quality time together. “We do more socializing than hunting,” Durrence

“Even though our members come from a vast array of professional backgrounds, we all enjoy the great outdoors. The members are dedicated to the preservation of the club and we all look forward to the fellowship that our outings bring.” —Bubba Bunting

said. “We’ll hunt mainly on Saturdays but we have covered dish suppers, with all the kids running around.” New Ground is an intimate club–about 25 memberships currently–but Durrence said finding one to be a part of can be as easy as asking around. Another homegrown organization is Bushwacker Hunt Club, which currently has 20 members. Bubba Bunting said the club has existed for at least 20 years, and despite its size enjoys a diverse membership that comes together for a common desire.

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“The club offers members opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and get away from our regular routines,” Bunting said. “Even though our members come from a vast array of professional backgrounds, we all enjoy the great outdoors. The members are dedicated to the preservation of the club and we all look forward to the fellowship that our outings bring.” As a private club, Bunting said, members are chosen “to ensure the compatibility with not just one member, but with all members.” More so, he added, members must have excellent hunting and safety ethics; membership drives come from within the ranks, with standing members nominating potential new participants. Game vary widely as options for Bushwacker participants to pursue; the members will hunt whitetail deer, turkey and hog as well as other animals when the season permits. The club’s success in the field was even recognized by Georgia Outdoor News Magazine in 2005 for the harvest of a 10-point buck. Bushwacker’s primary hunting grounds are located along the coast on the east side of Interstate 95, Bunting said. “We are very honored to be able to lease a beautiful piece of property and are just as honored to help preserve it.” This dedication to preservation through the sport of hunting, both of species and the club itself, is what Bunting feels is one of

Bushwacker’s strongest characteristics and what makes it a vital part of the county. “Members of our club help to keep it maintained,” he said. “There are duties year-round to ensure that the property is kept clean.” Dorchester Preserve is also dedicated to maintaining its hunting and club grounds in pristine condition. Under the direction of Chuck Gaskin, the 11-year-old Midway fi xture has grown substantially, both in terms of facilities and hunting opportunities. The upscale atmosphere draws corporate hunting parties as well as

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individuals and families wanting to combine the hunting experience with a weekend retreat. Dorchester’s prime draw is quail hunting on its 4,700 acres in eastern Liberty County, Gaskin said, “but our next most popular offering is the sporting clays; it’s fun, especially when you learn how to do it right early on.” The popularity of quail hunting is grounded in tradition, Gaskin said. “Once upon a time, you had a bird dog laying in the yard at home, waiting for you to get home from school. Then you’d just go off into the woods with him,” he said. For quail hunting, groups are assigned a guide and pointing dogs to help flush out the birds. Much of the appeal lies in just getting to watch the dogs work, Gaskin said. “And then there’s the challenge of shooting a bird on the wing.” The hunts are strictly for food, he added, and because of Dorchester’s preserve status there’s no restriction on size or sex for birds. The size of Dorchester Preserve and its new, larger lodge have turned it into an outdoors destination for corporate hunting parties and leisure events, he said. “We do a lot of charity events with the clays.” The lodge is the latest feather in Dorchester’s cap; the atmosphere is refined without being stuffy, and amenities are comparable to any hotel suite or bed and breakfast retreat. “A big fire in the lodge fireplace, with comfortable chairs and a good Southerncooked meal is a very important part of the hunting experience as well,” Gaskin said. Gaskin said 90 percent of his hunters are seasonal enthusiasts while the other 10 percent are novices or beginners looking to gain more experience with the sport. Though a sluggish economy and evolving tastes in recreation have claimed victims

in the hunting club world, Gaskin said Dorchester’s offerings and following are keeping it afloat. “We have customers that travel here from all over the U.S.” In an era of high-tech gadgets that keep kids glued to glowing screens, the three men say introducing younger generations to hunting helps them stay connected with the outdoors. Bunting said Bushwacker actively hosts family gatherings so those who aren’t avid hunters can still enjoy activities like recreational riding, cookouts and club campouts. Reaching beyond traditional membership to educate, Gaskin said Dorchester is open to sharing outdoor sports with student organizations. “There’s room to involve 4-H and other groups,” he said. Durrence added that by taking young people hunting, they can gain a lifelong appreciation for the simple pleasure of being outside. “I’ve got two young kids and I’m looking forward to them coming out and spending a day in the woods with me.”


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WRITTEN BY DANA FINDLEY DODGE PHOTOGRAPHS BY ZAC HENDERSON In Liberty County, residents have hit a stroke of luck when it comes to places to golf. Both Taylors Creek Golf Course on Fort Stewart and Cherokee Rose Country Club Golf Course in neighboring Hinesville offer challenging links and access to professional advice to help guests make the most of their game. Ronny Mobley is a Hinesville native and has built quite a reputation with his management style. “I really love this course because everyone here is so friendly on and off the course,’’ Mobley said. Judge Gary Sinrich, also a native of Hinesville, plays golf at Cherokee Rose every Friday with his friends and paid a compliment to Mobley. “Ronny has done a great job over the years maintaining this course and this course remains to be a challenge for the average player,” Sinrich said. Another high compliment was paid to the management by a certified golf instructor and former golf pro at Sapelo-Hammock, Graham Lewis. “It is a challenging, community-based course that I think is excellent for the beginner or novice to learn how to play since it is not loaded with hazards and places to lose your ball.” When asked about advice for golfers at any playing level, everyone on the golf course said, “Don’t forget golf is supposed to be fun.’’ 48 LIBERTY LIFE MAGAZINE Fall20102.indd 48

Taylors Creek Golf Course has much to offer golfers of all levels including free monthly golf clinics, private instruction programs, practice facilities and annual membership. At Taylors Creek, golf pro Tommie McArthur is on hand to help players hone their skills. McArthur, a former military brat who has been playing golf for 46 years, said he wants to be an “ambassador to this great game.” Pro golfer and Hinesville resident Kendall Paige said he practices at the course on Fort Stewart frequently because the greens are well maintained, the staff is friendly and they welcome the civilians who live in the surrounding area. “I really like to walk the links at Taylors Creek Golf Course because I get a chance to chat with friendly people,” Paige said.

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Develop a confident rapport between golfer and instructor Obtain proper mechanics such as grips and postures Golf professionals need to provide customized game plan improvements Students need to understand that improvements are not an overnight occurrence Developing new and improved habits take 21 days of drill/activities

Backswing: A correct position is achieved by swinging the left arm and hand. The right arm is passive but supportive. Shoulders should be fully turned 90 degrees.

Downswing: The hands initiate the downswing which makes the body respond. The angle of the backswing is maintained through the downswing, allowing the club to be released.

Extension: The weight is transferred to the target side through the hip and foot action, this allows the arms, hands and club to be swung through the ball towards the target generating contact. Follow Through: The follow through tells us what has gone before. If you finish the swing in the correct position and are poised and balanced facing the target then you have completed the swing.

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Cozy Room

Escape, indulge and fall in love with our top bed and breakfasts this season. written by Seraine Page



or travelers looking to be pampered, well fed and even a little lazy, a bed and breakfast just may be the perfect option for a fall getaway. Check out our top bed and breakfast choices across the state of Georgia to book a quick weekend trip, or a romantic, non-traditional Thanksgiving weekend. Three of the locations are less than 50 miles from Liberty County so there’s no excuse not to book an instant vacation this fall. Explore historic Savannah or sit atop the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia. With so many options, it’s hard to choose just one. We did all the footwork for you; now it is up to you to pick the time and the place for your relaxing retreat.

explore a secret garden with Azalea Inn & Gardens in Savannah, Ga. Owners Mike and Teresa Jacobson were named the top innkeepers of the year by, a website dedicated to helping couples book reservations at cozy inns. The main inn has seven guest bedrooms with king and queen beds, private showers and a large jet tub for two. Azalea Inn also offers a private two-story cottage garden house for guests looking to have extra space, and is conveniently located beside a sparkling pool. Both the inn and cottage house are air-conditioned. To ensure the owners are prepared for your arrival, always let them know about dietary requirements ahead of time, recommends Teresa. Guests can always expect fresh desserts like 50 LIBERTY LIFE MAGAZINE Fall20102.indd 50

banana coconut cream-fi lled cupcakes and complimentary wine in the evenings. Hot coffee, tea and fresh fruit are also served 24 hours a day. Join other guests on the porch to drink complimentary wine and watcha beautiful sunset. Teresa offers advice for couples staying for the first time: “If you look at it like you’re visiting good friends, you’ll be fine.”

Nightly rates: $199-$329 To reserve: 1.800.582.3823 or

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Stroll through wine country at Edelweiss German Inn & Restaurant in Helen, Ga. Known for its German-style buildings and quaint little shops, Helen is tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River. For guests looking to truly relax yet stay close enough to the heart of the city–three and a half miles–Edelweiss is the place for mountain lovers. “This is right in the middle of wine country,” owner Ginevra Boyes said. “There are 11 wineries within a 30-mile radius.” The Vines, a restaurant on the first floor of the inn also offers authentic European cuisine. The site offers seven rooms and three cottages with free wi-fi in the rooms. The property sits on fouracres filled with blooming gardens, a Koi pond, and a babbling brook. Hiking trails, shopping and pottery museums are just minutes away. Families are welcomed.

Take in the view at The Lodge on Apple Pie Ridge in Alto, Ga. The 9,000 square-foot lodge, located in the North Georgia Mountains, is ideal for those looking for a cozy accommodation with a family atmosphere. The owners, Max and Judy Chosewood, raised their now-grown children and farm animals on the spacious 30-acre property. The five bedrooms were named after apples grown in their backyard orchard during the 1920s and 1930s. Judy cooks a full four -course breakfast including warm biscuits made from scratch. For those interested in history, the main entrance on the first floor of the lodge was made from wood that originally came from an Atlanta pencil factory, and then again was reused in a Lay’s potato chip factory. An 18-hole golf course sits nearby, as does alpine Helen for shopping and seasonal activities. Need another reason to stay? “Judy’s an excellent cook, and I’m an excellent conversationalist,” promises Max.

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Nightly rates: $155 (standard room), $165 (luxury), $175 (cottages) To reserve: 706.865.7371 or visit

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A Safe Place to Grow

Hinesville First United Methodist Church Preschool & Kindergarten

Kindergarten • Pre-K • 2 & 3-year-olds • Toddlers • Infants Excellent Curriculum Bible Curriculum and Weekly Chapel Child-Friendly School Day (9:00am -1:00pm) Developmentally Appropriate Structure and Activities Small Classes and Loving Teachers Positive Discipline Follows Public School Calendar To enroll your child or for more information, please contact: Mrs. Marian Letnaunchyn, Director or 912-368-3355

A loving, accepting, and caring congregation welcomes you to share our passion for Christ! - Inspiring Sunday worship services at 8:30 am (praise), 11 am (traditional), and 6 pm (teaching) - Ministries for all ages - Christ centered - Community oriented - Military friendly

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A little non-traditional at East Bay Inn in Savannah, Ga.

If you’re looking for a bed and breakfast experience in a romantic city, but on a bigger scale, East Bay Inn is the place to go. With 28 rooms, the inn offers a hotel feel with the hospitality of a smaller inn. Start your day with a fresh breakfast in the dining hall and feel free to sip on the hot coffee and tea offered throughout the day. Guest rates also include free wi-fi, a daily newspaper and wine and cheese receptions. All rooms have one or two queensized beds along with a private bathroom in each. Select rooms offer exposed brick walls, bringing out the charm of aged buildings set in the heart of Savannah. Unlike most B&Bs, the bedrooms are unusually large with 12 to 18 foot tall ceilings that give this inn a New York City vibe. Lucas Theater and River Street sit only a block away and other tourist hot spots—like the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist—are just a car ride away. Join the Guest Rewards Program and when you stay nine nights, you will receive a tenth night free.

Nightly rates: $179-$219 To reserve: 912.238.1225 or visit

Stay in a beach bungalow AT The Lighthouse Inn on Tybee Island, Ga. For a quiet island escape, visit this two-story chiffon yellow inn where guests come to vacation from all over the world. Owners Susie and Stuart Morris offer a key to guests to make them feel right at home as soon as they arrive. The house is old—built in 1910—and is only a walk away from the beach where Tybee Island Light Station is located. Local activities include birding, fishing and sea kayaking. History and marine life lovers can also stop in at Fort Pulaski National Monument or the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. Every morning the couple offers a hot breakfast and invite guests to come together and socialize over steaming sausage, hot casseroles and freshly cooked omelets. Susie is certain those who love to chat will get along just fine in their home. “We like to welcome people into our home,” she said. “They come as guests and leave as friends.”

Nightly rates: $235 and up To reserve: 912.786.0901 or visit

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Sunday Services Contemporary Worship: 9:30am Sunday School: 9:30 & 11:00am Traditional Worship: 11:00am Evening Worship: 6:00pm

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Children: 6:00pm Bible Studies & Prayertime: 6:30pm

Ministries Awana • Youth 24/7 Choir Programs • Sunday School Senior Ministry • Mission Groups His Kids • Stephen Ministry

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For football fans who will be tailgating this season, having the perfect party platter foods is almost as important as your team earning a perfect score. Joe Maley, co-owner of Sunbury Crab Co. shares some of his favorite recipes that are tailgatefriendly. “I usually don’t write down my recipes,” said Maley, who often just throws together food that he thinks will work well together. The following recipes are ideal for shrimp lovers and take less than 30 minutes to whip each one up. Make the crab and shrimp dip if you’re looking for something filling and a bit rich; BBQ shrimp for the typical tailgate tang, and the tequila shrimp for a little kick in your mouth. -written by Seraine Page

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Coastal Cravings TAILGATING

Barbeque Shrimp

½ of one Vidalia onion chopped 2 tbsp. minced garlic 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp. soy sauce 2 tsp. sesame oil 1/3 cup white wine 2 tbsp. chopped green onions 1 tsp. creole spice ½ tsp. cayenne pepper 1 stick of salted butter (Cut in half) 1 pinch of fresh ground black pepper 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 pinch each of garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, salt 1 small can tomato paste (4 oz) 1 tbsp. crab base 4 oz. heavy cream 2 lbs. large fresh Georgia shrimp


Melt butter in a large sauce pan. Sauté Vidalia onions until tender. Add all ingredients minus the cream, shrimp, and half of the stick of butter and simmer on low for approximately ten minutes. Stir in the cream and simmer for another ten minutes. Remember to taste the sauce and add salt or heat (more pepper) for flavor. Add in the shrimp with the shells on and stir until pink and cooked through. Add in the remaining butter and stir until blended into the sauce. The shrimp are ready to serve. I like to serve this with a crusty bread such as French bread. If you prefer, it is OK to cook the shrimp without the shells. Just add the shells to the sauce while simmering and remove them before adding the shrimp. The shells contain a lot of flavor that cooks into the sauce.

Crab and Shrimp Cheese Dip 1 8 oz. pack of cream cheese 1 lb. white American cheese (chopped into squares) 16 oz. heavy cream 2 oz. cooking sherry ½ of 1 medium Vidalia or sweet yellow onion chopped ¼ cup chopped celery 1 tbsp. crab base 1 tsp. creole seasoning or crab spice ½ tsp cayenne pepper ½ lb. chopped fresh Georgia shrimp ½ lb. fresh crabmeat 1 stick salted butter Pinch of Salt


In medium size sauce pot melt butter. Sauté onions and celery until tender. Add all ingredients reserving the cheeses, cream, crab meat and 1 oz. of sherry. Cook on low to medium heat until shrimp are pink and lightly cooked. Reduce heat to low; add in cheeses and crab while mixing cream a little at a time. Stir until cheeses are melted and sauce is at a consistency to your liking. It may not be necessary to use all the cream. Stir in the remaining sherry last and salt the sauce to taste. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips. I prefer to cut and fr y my own corn tortilla chips for the best flavor. Pickled Jalapeno peppers on the side add a nice touch. This dip will not last long at any football tailgate.

Tequila Lime Grilled Shrimp 2 tbsp. lime juice 2 tbsp. Tequila ¼ cup olive oil 1 pinch of Sea Salt tsp. fresh crushed garlic ½ tsp. ground cumin 1 pinch fresh ground black pepper 2 oz. chopped fresh cilantro 1 lb. fresh large Georgia shrimp (peeled and deveined) Wood or metal skewers (wood needs to be soaked in water).


Combine all ingredients in a sealed plastic bag. Marinade for a minimum of one hour. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Skewer six to seven shrimp per skewer. Cook shrimp until pink with no clear color left on both sides. Be careful not to overcook. Shrimp will become rubbery if they are overcooked. Serve with lime wedges. If you prefer a little heat to your shrimp add chopped Jalapeno or Chili peppers to the marinade. I also like to baste my shrimp with seasoned garlic and lime butter after the first flip. For a large crowd just multiply this recipe.


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Special Section IN MEMORY


Remembering Don Martin

iberty County said goodbye to Sheriff J. Don Martin in May after a long struggle with injuries he sustained in a car accident last December. He passed away surrounded by family and friends at his Midway home at age 70. Martin was first elected sheriff in 1992 and was in the middle of his fourth term of service to the community that was dear to his heart. “He had a talent for picking out good staff—deputies and other staff,” Superior Court Judge David Cavender said. “He was a strong believer in law and order.” In 2001, Martin was named Sheriff of the Year and also received a medal from the honorable order of St. Michael, signed by former President Ronald Reagan. “It is very unfortunate that we lost him,” county Commissioner Connie Thrift said. “He ran one of the largest departments in Liberty County, yet he always worked with us to save the citizens money. He was always well thought of within this community.” A philanthropist and advocate for his profession, Martin contributed to fund-raising efforts for the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Youth Homes and was chosen as Boss of the Year in 2002 by the Hinesville Officials’ Association of Public Servants. Cecil Nobles, longtime sheriff of neighboring Long County, recalled with fondness his longtime partnership with Martin. “For the past 17-plus years, it was my privilege to work with and come to know Don Martin. As sheriff, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a husband and a friend, Don set a terrific example for us to follow,” Nobles said. “His love of Liberty County, its people and his passion for preserving law and order will be difficult to match.” Before his time in

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office, Martin worked as a retired rural letter carrier, even serving as first district president of Georgia Rural Carriers Association. He was actively involved in local groups, contributing time and resources to further their goals. Martin gave back to his high school alma mater by serving as president of the Harvey Overton Bradwell Institute Booster Club for two years. During his leadership he brought in 300 members and organized refurbishing the fieldhouse and concession stand at Olvey Field. He also helped the school build a new baseball field. “A lot of people associate Don Martin with being the sheriff,” Eddie Walden, vice chairman of the Liberty County Commission, said. “But I’ll remember him for his involvement in the Methodist Youth Fellowship and his involvement with the Liberty County Recreation Department, and the sports programs like football and baseball. That’s the Don Martin I want to remember.” In a letter to the editor, the family thanked the community for its overwhelming response. “Words cannot convey the deep appreciation we feel for the tremendous outpouring of support expressed to us for the passing of our husband and father, Sheriff J. Don Martin,” the family wrote. “To all the people who sent food, cards, plants, and flowers, those who attended the viewing and the funeral, Carter Funeral Home, Paula Scott and the staff at Liberty County High School, Keith Moran and members of the sheriff’s office, close friends who were with us for his last several days, and even those who stood hand over heart as the funeral procession passed, a thousand thanks.” — The Editor

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Special Section Veteran’s Day


Retired Army colonel reflects on the progress of women in the military written by Denise Etheridge


hen Dorothy Cox was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a nurse in 1982, women were still beginning to experience expanding opportunities in the workplace, and the military was no exception. Erasing traditional mindsets about the roles of female service members and opening the door for them to earn prominent command roles took time, even in the medical field. Now a retired colonel, when Cox began her commission, “we still wore white dresses, white stockings and white shoes. They [military hospitals] had just stopped issuing hats as part of the uniform. We also started wearing pants.” Cox said these changes and others that soon followed reflected a shift in the attitude toward Army nurses and, ultimately, women’s military leadership capabilities. While 30 years ago the highest position a military nurse could achieve at a military hospital was chief nurse — equivalent to a civilian director of nursing, —“today Army nurses can command at almost every level.” This evolution in leadership includes women now being able to achieve the position of hospital commander in the military hospital system, equal to becoming the CEO of a civilian hospital. What has not changed in Army nursing is the compassion for the patient. Cox said Army nurses put soldiers and their families first, whether they serve in a field hospital or large medical facility. “You’re going to take care of the soldier and the soldier’s family wherever they happen to be,” she said. Technological advances have helped advance Army nursing as well. Computer programs, the Internet and cell phones allow nurses to better communicate with patients and keep more precise medical records.

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Cox said it is easier to educate patients using the Internet as a tool. Using valid sites helps open up discussion between the patient and nurse, helping to more effectively answer a patient’s questions. “Nurses must be more computer-savvy today,” she said. “Automation with computers has improved how we document [patient records]. It used to be a stubby pencil and lots of paper.” Now, too, in order to better serve the patient and to move up in nursing, nurses must attain higher levels of education, she said. “Education standards and expectations have risen. An Army nurse with a bachelor’s degree is entry level. Most are expected to advance to a master’s degree in order to become a career officer.” Like many career military officers, Cox has traveled the world. The Miami, Fla. native attended nursing school at the University of Mary in Minot, North Dakota, before reporting for duty at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta. She then moved to Berlin, Germany, in the late 1980s, and also has been stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas; Nuremburg, Germany; twice at Fort Stewart and West Point, New York. “I’ve been really fortunate–all my assignments were great,” Cox said. Cox and her husband, Dr. Ronald Cox, an administrator with the DoD school system, raised two daughters while moving from one duty station to another; both are grateful for the cultural opportunities their family shared during their time in Europe. The couple’s older daughter has followed family tradition by serving a four-year tour in the Army.

“In the past there wasn’t really a connection. She really has made a difference in having ward clerks, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants work as a team. The patient flow in the (OB/GYN) clinic is better because of her experience and patience.”

Cox and her husband made Hinesville their permanent home more than a decade ago.“In 1994, when we got back from Europe we wanted to find a place to call home,” she said. Cox, who currently serves as the nurse manager for the OB/GYN clinic at Winn Army Community Hospital, said she chose to take a civilian nursing position after her military career ended because she wanted to continue caring for soldiers and their families. Cox’s patients include soldiers and family members who are dealing with the stress of multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. “When I first entered the military we were not at war,” Cox said. “The early 1980s was at the tail-end of the Cold War era. Now there is a global war on terrorism.” Cox’s supervisor, section chief Lt. Col. Lori Skinner, had the highest praise for her. “If I could clone her I’d have a thousand like her. She’s a tremendous nurse leader,” Skinner said. “Her biggest thing is she’s very fair, very honest across the board. She is a team player.” Skinner and Cox began their professional collaboration last August. Skinner credits Cox for helping link OB/ GYN, labor and delivery and mother-baby health sections together into a cohesive working relationship.“All of the docs and midwives work all three areas,” Skinner said. “In the past there wasn’t really a connection. She really has made a difference in having ward clerks, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants work as a team. The patient flow in the (OB/GYN) clinic is better because of her experience and patience.” Despite the challenges military service-members and their families face, Cox said she would still encourage young men and women to consider the military as a viable career choice. “You get an opportunity to experience something greater than yourself.”


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Hot Happenings Denim & Diamonds Gala on the Marsh October 2 Time: 6 p.m. Place: Yellow Bluff in Midway

The community is invited to attend this fifth annual event to benefit Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville. Come enjoy catered food, fine wine, music and dancing, followed by a silent auction of jewelry. Dress is cocktail casual. Men may wear anything from a black tie and cocktail attire to a sports jacket and jeans, or choose a combination of both. Ladies are encouraged to wear cocktail dresses, or their best jeans and a sequined blouse and, of course, anything that sparkles.

Cost: $50 per person Contact: Rene Harwell 912.369.9491 These statements and events were accurate at the time of press. To have events listed on our calendar, e-mail with specific details of the event.


Birds Eye View with Capt. Wild Bill Time and place: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Yellow Bluff. Take a trip with local naturalist Capt. Wild Bill for a birding excursion by boat through the marshes and waterways surrounding Yellow Bluff. Learn tips on identifying and locating different species of coastal birds such as marsh hawks, clapper rails and night herons. Bring your binoculars, sunscreen and camera. Great photo op! Bottled water will be given Cost: $35 per person Contact info: Debra Brown 912.884.6778


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Consumer Credit Counseling Time and place: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Live Oak Public Library in Hinesville will have a consumer credit counseling services workshop Cost: The session is free, but RSVPs are required. Contact info: 912.691.2227 or e-mail


Farmer’s Market Time and place: 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Bradwell Park (every Thursday) Fruits and vegetables, canned goods, meat and poultry, prepared foods, fresh seafood, arts and crafts, seasonal items, baked goods and more! Address: Commerce Street and East M.L. King Jr. Drive Hinesville, Ga. 31313 Contact info: 912.877.4332


Tybee Island Pirate Fest Time and place: 5 p.m.-11 p.m. South Beach parking lot Thieves market offers food, drinks and shopping. Live concert from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Petting zoo and magic show for children. Cost: $15 weekend admission for festival area


Memorial Concert Time and place: 7 p.m. Mt. Zion AME Church in Waycross Mt. Zion AME Church in Waycross will have a memorial concert for the late Rev. Bernard A. Benson Sr. Contact info: 912.816.3884 or e-mail


Liberty County NAACP Presents: Political Action Forums 2010 Time and place: 6:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. at Midway Civic Center Candidates for Liberty County Sheriff. Come hear the candidates’ platforms and ask questions you want answered. Address: 9397 East Oglethorpe Highway Midway, Ga. 31320


Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival Time and place: 5 p.m. at J. F. Gregory Park through October 17 The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is an annual event in Coastal Georgia. It takes place each year on the 3rd weekend in October. Address: 520 Cedar Street Richmond Hill, Ga. 31324 Contact info: Chamber of Commerce at 912.756.3444 or Lunchtime Concert in the Park Series Time and place: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Bradwell Park Every third Friday during the months of April-October. Attendees can bring a picnic lunch or choose from the on-site food vendors or downtown eateries. Past concerts have featured such sounds as Rock, Country, Reggae, Soul, Blues, and Funk. Those wanting a particular sound for a concert are welcome to sponsor a concert and pick their own entertainment. Discover downtown Hinesville’s best kept secret. Cost: Free admission Ludowici Haunted House Time and place: 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. on Marcus

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Nobles Road The Ludowici Ladies Auxiliary will have a haunted house October 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30. Contact info: 912.654.9499 YMCA Haunted Forest Time and place: 8 p.m.-11 p.m. at the YMCA The Liberty County Armed Services YMCA will have a haunted forest, FridaySaturday, Oct. 15-16. Contact info: 912.368.9622 Cost: $3 per person.


Tales and Legends Tour of the Midway Cemetery Time and place: 5 p.m. at Midway Museum The tour tells of all the legends and strange stories of the cemetery! Appropriate for ages 10 and above. It is a walking tour and staff does a costumed performance. Cost: $10 adults, $5 for grades 1-12 Contact info: Dianne Behrens 912.884.5837 Candle Lantern Tour of Ft. McAllister Time and place: 7 p.m. at Ft. McAllister, Richmond Hill You have seen the fort by daylight now come and experience it by candle light. Walk through these historic grounds and watch the soldiers go through their nightly duties and chores. Be sure to stay with your guide or you may be captured as a spy. Cost: Admission charged Contact info: Danny Brown at 912.727.2339 Jingle Bells, Baubles & Bubbly Time and place: 2 p.m. at Yellow Bluff Come spoil your dinner with a decadent dessert. Sip our favorite champagne and indulge in scintillating conversation, and try on (and purchase, if you wish), beautiful jewelry that will be on display. Don’t miss your chance to pick from the traditional jewelry sets to the latest silver or turquoise or your favorite designer look at reasonable prices. Bring a wrapped toy for the Toys for Tots gift drive and receive a chance to win jewelry. Contact info: Rene Harwell at 912.369.9491

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very day, right here in Liberty County, many of our children are abused, bullied, neglected and exploited. This is unacceptable! I believe as a community our motto should be “Children First.” As Sheriff of Liberty County, my goal will be to partner with existing non-profit and government run organizations that provide services to and protect our children. I believe that by partnering with these existing organizations, the Sheriff’s Department will be more directly connected to the problems that our children face each day, thereby enabling the Sheriff’s Department to better meet the needs of our precious young ones. By improving these partnerships and implementing a new community oriented policing program, the Sheriff’s Department can more effectively bring our neighborhoods, schools, and families together and make Liberty County a safer place to raise our children.

Thank you for supporting my effort to protect our children by voting Steve Sikes for Sheriff of Liberty County on November 2nd.


Beggar’s Night & Scarecrow Stroll Time and place: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

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Downtown Hinesville Participating businesses and organizations provide goodies and children’s activities to the trick-or-treaters.


The Savannah Film Festival Through November 8 Features the best in independent and innovative film from around the world. Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the annual festival presents a full range of cinematic creativity from both awardwinning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Contact info: Contact Christina Routhier at 912.525.5051


Live music Time and place: 7 p.m. at Juan’s Mexicali Address: 207 West General Screven Way Hinesville, Ga. 31313-3034 Contact info: 912.408.5826


Blackwater Paddle; Flow to the Sea

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Time and place: 8:30a.m. -12:30 p.m. Ebenezer Creek After basic canoeing instruction, your WiSE naturalist will lead the way downstream past stately tupelo and ancient cypress. Tour size: 4-16 people. Meet in Rincon, GA. Reservations required. Cost: $45 per person includes canoe, paddle, and basic instruction Contact: 912.236.8115 FPCA Community Chili Cook-off Time and place: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Christian Academy Come join us for our 4th annual chili cookoff and fall festival! We will be honoring our troops and their families at this patrioticthemed event. Brigade General Jeffery Phillips will be attending as a judge for the cookoff along with other dignitaries from the community. Activities will include a bounce house, game booths, and face painting. Food vendors will be set up for the all-you-caneat buffet. For those interested in entering their chili into the cook-off, the deadline to register with Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors is Oct. 29. A trophy will be presented

to the participant with the best chili. Cost: $10 adults, $5 for children, free for children 3 and under Contact info: Leigh Smiley 912.368.4300


Alderman’s Grand Slam Tournament Time and place: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coffee Bluff Marina Savannah’s very own Coffee Bluff Marina is the host sight for the second Annual Alderman’s Cup...a slam fishing tournament full of redfish, speckled trout and flounder. Come and fish for this prestigious award! Cost: $25 per angler Contact info: 912.925.7474 Ricefest 2010 Time and place: 10:30 a.m. -5 p.m. at Riceboro City Hall The fourth annual Ricefest pays homage to the Geechee culture and the history of rice. Activities throughout the day include a rice cook-off, historical demonstrations and exhibits. Children’s activities are planned as well throughout the day. Live music will be performed by Bruh Man, Georgia Geechee

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Business After Hours Time and place: 5 p.m., South Georgia Bank hosted by South Georgia Bank, Address: 737 S. Main St. Hinesville, Ga. 31313


“Come and Take It!” Revolutionary War Encampment Time and place: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh’s defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, a small skirmish and more. Interpreters in historical attire will represent a variety of colonial life. Cost: $2.75-$4 Address: Fort Morris Historic Site 2559 Fort Morris Road, Midway, Ga. 31320 Contact info: 912.884.5999

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