Liberty County Magazine 2022

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More than Someone's Something Mom, daughter, wife & more.

Opening Doors of Opportunity

Her rise to the top was filled with trials and tribulations.

Emerging Entrepreneurs

Diverse. Impactful. United.

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2022 Liberty County magazine

CONTENTS

Emerging Entrepreneurs

Diverse. Impactful. United. These are the characteristics of a strong business community that we strive to encompass within Liberty County.

Community and Outreach: A Spotlight on Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Founded in June 1884, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church has had a long-standing history in Liberty County.

Opening Doors of Opportunity

Leigh came from humble beginnings, and her rise to the top was filled with trials and tribulations. As we honored her accomplishments and distinction within our community, we wanted to sit down and learn more about her journey to becoming our Business Leader of the Year.

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Every one of us is something to someone, but what’s truly fascinating is how those roles will continue to grow and develop just as vividly as our dreams do.

Liberty County Made

Cooking up a wide range of food that everyone loves and for the people they love.

Love-It Productions

A native of Liberty County, Donald Lovette is currently the Chairman of the Liberty County Board of Commissioners & the founder of Love-It Productions.

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of Love: Three Liberty County Couples That Are Built to Last
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Services The hard-working staff at Liberty County Animal Services (LCAS) is dedicated to keeping animals off the streets and in happy homes! Take the Back Roads The wandering roads of Liberty County all began as dirt paths summoning the early residents of our country to their future home. The coastal county was originally composed of the colonial parishes of St. John, St. James and St. Andrew. 82-104 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY in every issue A complete Liberty County Chamber membership list. About the Cover The cover is of Samantha Lake, Ryan Lewis & Janelle Remillard. Photography by Joanna Ng Photography 10 18 64 52 60 76
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LIBERTY COUNTY MAGAZINE 7 WE'RE GROWING TO BETTER SERVE YOU! More appointments available with shorter wait times. www.libertyregional.org LAURA MCKAY NURSE PRACTITIONER SETH BORQUAYE M.D., OB/GYN Schedule An Appointment 912-877-2228 LIBERTY OB/GYN LIBERTY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

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We guarantee that our unique perspective on the community, presented here in our Membership Directory and Magazine will offer you an intriguing and engaging perspective on the place we love to call our home. Whether it’s our cover story featuring women-owned businesses or our favorite local restaurants, we hope you learn something new and fall in love with Liberty County all over again. We have also given you some truly noteworthy and astoundingly beautiful photography courtesy of Ng Photography and several local amateur photographers. And of course, we love to feature some great photos from our fabulous staff!

Liberty County is rich in both history and culture, with three signers of the Declaration of Independence, a Revolutionary War fort that still holds the original earthen works, Dorchester Academy—where Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. came to plan important marches like the ones that took place in Selma, Alabama and so much more. We have the original rice dikes at LeConte Woodmanston Plantation, beautiful camellia gardens in the historic district of Allenhurst and one of the most picturesque coastlines on the eastern seaboard.

Those of us who are native to the county are fond of telling newcomers and old timers alike that there is always something to do and something new to see or explore; however, these adventures that await you will require a little searching on your part! The Chamber/CVB is an excellent place to start mapping out your journey. With an active website at www.libertycounty.org, several Facebook pages and Twitter and Instagram where we are @ExploreLiberty, there are many ways to get plugged in and get active!

We are also home to the 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart, the largest military installation east of the Mississippi River, with 20,000+ soldiers in residence at any given moment. Formed as Camp Stewart during the advent of World War II, soldiers from our military installation have fought in every major conflict since. Our pride and commitment to making our soldiers and their families at home is rock solid, much like their go to phrase “Rock of the Marne!”

We are proud to be your 7C Chamber: we are catalysts, conveners, champions, collaborators, cheerleaders, connectors and contributors. We are successful because we step up to the plate every time to face and address the greatest challenges of our community. While we work closely with local government, we are not part of government; although, many consider the process of influencing public policy to recognize the needs of the business community to be one of our most important functions.

Peace of mind for us doesn’t always come easy. It takes a staff committed to the core values we have adopted to run this organization every day. As well as a dedicated Board of Directors to steer, lead and guide the organization in the right direction. Our Board plans, implements and works hard year-round to ensure that our businesses and community partners are receiving, not only the best value for their investment, but the highest success rate for Liberty County overall. That’s what a Chamber is, and that’s what your Liberty County Chamber of Commerce has been for the last 46 years!

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Leah Chief Executive Officer County Chamber of Commerce Liberty County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Whether you’ve lived in Liberty County for a day or a lifetime, we’re excited you’re here!
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Made Liberty County

Food is the one thing that can bring everyone together because, let’s face it, we all have to eat! There truly is nothing better than a tasty meal with the ones you love most. Supporting local businesses is a great way to show appreciation to the community and your neighbors, and it’s even easier to show that support when they’re serving up a delicious meal! A couple of our favorites are Liberty County owned and operated. Next time y’all are looking for somewhere to eat on a night out, support your neighbor and check out one of these local favorites. Each restaurant on our list not only has delicious food, but they also all have their own unique touch. Make sure you go on an empty stomach!

TAZZA KABOB GRILLHOUSE

Located in Hinesville, you’ll find Tazza Kabob Grillhouse. Tazza cooks up Afghan-Persian fusion dishes with a number of unique and delicious options for you to try! The Middle Eastern cuisine has quickly become a local favorite since it opened a couple of years ago! The restaurant is owned and operated by a father and son duo, Nick and Shaen Mehrzes. Their love of cooking for others began with hosting friends and family in their home. With encouragement from loved ones and a passion for making great food, Tazza Kabob Grillhouse came to life! You can feel the sincerity and love from each and every person when you visit their restaurant. You can even taste it in each plate of food because everything is made with the customer in mind! Try a kabob plate, korma bowl, samosas or shawarma. We love their beans and rice and even the eggplant, and we know that you’ll love it too. Don’t forget to grab a piece of the fresh baked naan bread!

RODEO MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Who can say no to chips and salsa?! Oh, and don’t forget the cheese dip and guacamole! Get all of that and a little bit more at Rodeo Mexican Restaurant in Hinesville. Conveniently located right off of Highway 84, pop in for a delicious Mexican meal! The menu is huge and has all kinds of options ranging from favorites like fajitas and nachos all the way to traditional street tacos! The owner, Leo Escaleras opened his fourth location in Hinesville in 2009, and it became a quick success. Rodeo has won best Mexican restaurant in Hinesville more times than you can count on one hand! Leo prides himself on being a welcoming, family-friendly restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere for each and every person. Go see him and his crew at Rodeo Hinesville for some delicious food and maybe even a margarita or two!

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Craving some delicious soul food that tastes like your grandma made it? Margie’s Southern Cooking is the spot for you. Ms. Margie and her family cook up only the best for each person who comes to their counter. The daily specials will make your mouth water just looking at them! The dishes are cooked in and served out of a bright yellow food truck with red letters on the side. It’s parked on Shaw Road in Walthourville, so you can’t miss it! Some of the local favorites are ox tails, candied yams, collard greens and corn bread. Not feeling that? Try out the pork chops and gravy with rice, lima beans and a piece of corn on the cob. Be sure to finish off your meal with a bowl of banana pudding. Can you say yum?!

IZOLA’S ECLECTIC CAFÉ

We’re sure you’ve seen them on TikTok - they’re kind of famous! Located in Hinesville off of E.G. Miles Pkwy, you can get a plate of Southern comfort food at Izola’s Eclectic Café! Their daily specials come with a meat and two sides, and it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t get a glass of sweet tea with it. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with smiling faces at the counter to guide you through the line of yumminess as the food is served cafeteria style! There is no denying that Izola’s is the place to be, especially since they have fans from all over the world that come down to Liberty County for homemade southern cuisine! The owners, Glenn and Lori Poole have been in the restaurant business for over 40 years and continue to build on their great service, atmosphere and even better food!

Has your beer ever been served to you in a boot? Head over to Zum Rosenhof German Restaurant in downtown Hinesville, and that’s exactly what you’ll get! Visitors travel from hours away just to indulge in the authentic German cuisine at Zum, so why not take advantage of the opportunity right in your backyard?! Grab a table or a barstool and immerse yourself in German culture and become a part of the Zum family. Anka and David Hinze are the owners, and they have worked very hard to create more than just a restaurant. Zum Rosenhof is a destination filled with art, antiques, memorabilia and more that represent the German culture. The experience is topped off with the wait staff, as they’re dressed to impress in traditional German attire! We recommend that you try a plate of schnitzel with a side of potato salad or home fries, and finish your meal off with one of the German brews that they have on tap! If your stomach isn’t about to burst, we suggest you try a piece of German chocolate cake too. Last but certainly not least, you can’t leave without popping into the German grocery store next door. They sell plenty of favorites all the way from Germany!

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ZUM ROSENHOF GERMAN RESTAURANT

Coastal views, brews and fresh seafood. Those are some of the words that we use to describe the Sunbury Crab Company. Located out on the coast in Midway, you can make a reservation for a relaxing evening smelling the salty air and tasting the best quality seafood straight from the Georgia coast. Whether you get the fried shrimp, crab legs or oysters that are farmed fresh – you won’t be disappointed. The Maley family built this restaurant from the ground up. In fact, this past May, the restaurant celebrated their 18th year of being open! Go try one of their delicious “home cooked” specials, or order a drink from their full-service bar. The Sunbury Crab Company has been recognized by Southern Living Magazine as one of “The South’s Best Seafood Shacks,” and Coastal Living Magazine called them one of “The 20 Best Seafood Dives of All Time!” Head out to the coast to see what all of the fuss is about, and don’t forget to take a walk out on their dock and snap a picture while you’re there.

The art of barbecuing has led to some amazing dishes ranging from pork to chicken, turkey legs to wings and even veggies! Sho’ Nuff Smokin Good Barbecue has a mouthwatering array of options. Start with an appetizer of smokey wings before devouring the Barnyard Special, which includes three types of meat, and you can even finish with a homemade dessert! Mr. Garrett and his wife take great pride in serving the best of the best to each and every customer that walks in their door. This family-owned business can be seen a little bit of everywhere in Hinesville since they offer some of the best catering around town! They even have a brick-and-mortar location in Glennville. They are also regular participants in the Hinesville Area Arts Council’s annual event, Blues, Brews & BBQ!

MELODY’S COASTAL CAFÉ

Looking for a place where literally everyone in your family can find something that they like? Melody’s Coastal Café is the spot! Melody’s is located in Midway off of Hwy 17 and gives off that perfect coastal vibe. Choose from burgers, seafood, wings or their newest option, New Jersey style pizza! Their eclectic menu and made from scratch items are made possible by their partnership with local vendors. Kelli and Ron Lash are life partners and the owners of this cozy little spot. They guarantee premium quality and freshness on every plate of food that they serve, and they do not miss! Visit them during happy hour and try one of their unique daily or weekly specials and even grab some soft-serve ice cream!

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FLEMING FARMERS MARKET

Everyone wants to shop and eat somewhere they feel at home, and you can have all of these things at the Fleming Farmers Market. The location out in Midway opened up in the old Huddle House a little over a year ago, and they have made an amazing name for themselves. Did we mention that they opened a café inside where they serve up the best sandwiches? Let’s start from the beginning. When you walk up, the produce stands are located under the lean to, and you can find a wide array of seasonal fruit. Not only does the produce look beautiful in all of its colorful glory, but it’s great quality too!

After you’re done checking out all of the fresh fruits and veggies, head inside and grab something to eat. There will be a polite employee waiting at the counter to take your order! We suggest trying the chicken salad or club sandwiches. Grab a glass of homemade lemonade, and you’re all set! Inside of the café, you’ll can find lots of canned goods for sale. Between the wide selection of jams, jelly, moonshine, salad dressings and so much more – it’s very likely that you’ll find something that you and your entire family will love.

All of the deliciousness aside, we believe that the absolute best part of visiting the Fleming Farmers Market is the people you encounter. They are truly some of the kindest and most giving folks that you will ever meet! They seem to never meet a stranger. They would give the shirt off of their backs to help out any customer that approaches the business, and you don’t meet many people like them anymore.

There is so much deliciousness around Liberty County made by your fellow community members! Get out and try some or all of them. You will not be disappointed in the delicious and diverse range of flavors from each special spot!

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Vignettes of Love

Three Liberty County Couples That Are Built to Last

Every day we have dozens of small interactions with various people. Some are brief, but some can last a lifetime. We sat down with a few of our favorite couples to explore how they turned their moments of passion into strong, lasting relationships.

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Madison & Josiah Byler

Young love is always a beautiful thing, and our first couple is no exception. Madison and Josiah originally met in 2018 while attending the University of Georgia. When asked how they met, they locked eyes and giggled. Madison replied with a huge smile saying, “We were going to the same event at the Miller Learning Center, a place for students to study and do homework; a speaker came to talk to us before the school year started.” From that first encounter, a friendship was sparked, and the two quickly bonded over their mutual love for Star Wars. Josiah even admitted he would often bring up the topic just so he would have an excuse to talk to her.

Although it didn’t take Josiah long to realize how much he wanted to date Madison, they decided to remain friends for two years. However, Madison admitted that even though she also really liked Josiah when they met, she initially rejected him. She cheerfully explained that she always said he was a catch to her friends but she just didn’t see him that way in the beginning. Their relationship moved slowly at first, but the couple would soon realize how deep their connection really was. During the 2020 pandemic, Madison and Josiah were forced to part ways, but this didn’t mean they lost touch. Even though they were miles apart, the two made sure to stay in contact through texts, phone calls and video chats. It was in those moments that Madison began to truly realize how much she cared for Josiah. Although it was difficult, the distance truly made their hearts grow fonder, and it wasn’t long before the two decided to date and eventually get married.

These days, the couple enjoys spending time together by watching some of their favorite shows, such as Steven Universe and Bob’s Burgers. Josiah was also eager to mention that Madison introduced him to the show Friends and they binged all 10 seasons. And although Madison is the official artist, specializing in acrylics and digital art through her business Madison Byler Artistry, Josiah also has a passion for making sketches, which was yet another hobby they bonded over. While Madison is busy working on commissions, Josiah just loves being there with her and doodling on his own.

Their family currently consists of two very “zesty” dogs that they love: a long haired chihuahua/ papillon mix and a terrier. However, it won’t be just the four of them for much longer, as Madison and Josiah are also very happy to announce that they are expecting their first child!

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Robert Kitchings & Tina Dinkins

Our next couple went from casual acquaintances to so much more. What began as brief work interactions, soon blossomed into a romantic relationship for Robert Kitchings and Tina Dinkins. Robert currently serves as the Hinesville Fire Chief, and Tina works as the City of Hinesville’s Deputy CFO. Although they work in different departments, as city employees they would see each other often through various meetings and events. Robert jokingly admits that he definitely wanted to make a good first impression, “I needed a lot of money, so I tried to make nice with her,” he adds with a chuckle. Through those brief exchanges, a friendship began, but it would soon become much more. In fact, many of their friends and relatives were certain that the two would be a couple long before they decided to date. “It would drive my momma crazy,” Tina recalls, “because she would ask me and all my friends if we were dating.” Robert interjects and adds that Tina’s mom simply, “knew how bad Tina had it for [him].” When Tina finally admitted that she and Robert decided to date officially, her mom was quick to respond with, “Y’all are the last to find out!” Even though it took them a while to realize it, it was clear from the beginning that these two were a perfect match.

These days, the happy couple enjoys watching shows such as Master Chef and cooking together. They also love to be outdoors, whether they are fishing, hunting or out on a boat. They also share a love of traveling. In fact, this past year, they took a trip to Washington, D.C., but they both agreed that one week wasn’t quite long enough to explore everything in the city. Robert and Tina also love giving back to their community, and they are both dedicated members of the local Kiwanis Club: an organization that works to help disabled and special needs children. Recently, the organization was able to donate aquatic wheelchairs to the YMCA in Liberty County, which allows veterans and other wheelchair bound individuals to do aquatic therapy locally instead of traveling hours to find accessible equipment. Robert and Tina are also very excited about Kiwanis’ upcoming projects to bring accessible playground equipment to various Liberty County parks. This past spring, Robert participated in the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Liberty program, and his class was able to raise $20,000– through a Jail and Bail fundraiser–to help support this effort.

When asked the secret to their continued happiness, Tina lovingly described how she and Robert let their love develop over time: “I think us having such a good friendship, that seamlessly and organically evolved into something else, has been the best thing.”

Robert and Tina have also blended their families through their relationship, and both are excited about welcoming a new grandchild in the near future. Lovingly referred to as Lolli/Nina and Big Rob–although Robert admits to not liking the nickname his son gave him as a child–the two look forward to creating even more memories together.

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DeLisa & Solomon Clift

Our final couple is the perfect example of working hard and playing harder! As entrepreneurs and business owners, DeLisa and Solomon Clift are truly a power couple.

The circumstances behind their first encounter are up for debate, as Solomon jokingly stated that DeLisa had her eyes on him from the beginning–and was stalking him in the local Kroger. DeLisa, however, remembers that moment a little differently: “I was not stalking [him] at Kroger, but I saw [him]. I was getting in my car and I said to myself ‘oh, he’s kind of cute!’” Although they did not approach each other that day, fate would soon bring them back together. Solomon shares that he was first introduced to DeLisa at a banking event, specifically one designed to help banks better serve the business community. After this brief meeting, DeLisa and Solomon would run into each other once more at a mutual friend’s birthday party sometime later. This third interaction was when the sparks really began, and after seeing each other in a more casual setting, the two decided to become friends. They clearly proved to be a perfect pair, and in 2016 they started dating before getting married in August of 2017. Five years later, the couple is still madly in love and they continue to grow in love and business.

DeLisa started her first business, Strategic Biz Solutions Unlimited, in 2009. In 2016, Solomon joined her and took over as the owner. Together, they began building an empire of their own. Their business focuses on developing business plans, strategies and training for their clients. In 2020, DeLisa started another business called Global Business Development Strategist, which covers all things related to human resources. Although they work well together now, DeLisa admitted there was a learning curve at the beginning, “When you’re talking to a couple that has multiple busi-

nesses there has to be a reality check. For me, there was the big challenge of getting used to someone else running a business.” Communication and compromise are essential, and DeLisa added that, “you have to create a balance.” Although they don’t always agree on everything, they make efforts to respect each other at all times in both their romantic and business relationships. She went on to say “I think understanding the other person’s love language is really important because it goes far and helps you to better appreciate and understand your partner.” Having a good separation between their private and business lives also helps the couple stay on track. DeLisa shared that at the end of the day, after dinner but before they start back working, they have a dedicated window of time to have coffee and enjoy each other’s company while watching the news.

Another way they love to spend quality time together is by hanging out in their backyard: “Recently Solomon built me my own beach. Instead of me having to drive to Tybee or St. Simons, I can put my feet in the sand in my own backyard.” Solomon also enjoys grilling, and DeLisa quickly added that “he is the grill master!” DeLisa and Solomon have also enjoyed building a relationship with each other’s children. Solomon has one daughter who is recently engaged and living in San Diego. DeLisa has two sons who currently reside in Texas: the older of the two is in the military and the younger one works for the family’s company.

Love comes in many shapes and sizes, but there is no doubt that these couples were built to last. While listening to these stories, one thing is clear: even the most serendipitous of meetings can blossom into true love.

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The City of Riceboro is a growing coastal city supporting – and supported by -- its citizens and industries. As part of the Hinesville-Fort Stewart Metropolitan Statistical Area in Liberty County, GA, the City of Riceboro is in the perfect position to progress while preserving the unique culture and serving people. In Riceboro, you gain the benefits of a close-knit community with potential to grow. Our desire is to preserve the heritage, promote the culture, and serve the people while supporting the growth of Riceboro, Georgia.

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Emerging Entrepreneurs

Diverse. Impactful. United. These are the characteristics of a strong business community that we strive to encompass within Liberty County. Although we are a melting pot of diverse cultures and backgrounds, every business—from the large corporations to the home-based professionals—plays its own unique role in helping our community expand. We sat down with four new businesses in Liberty County to explore what makes each of them an integral part of our community.

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From a young age, A’Kasha Wedges has loved pampering others, so it’s no surprise that she took this passion and created Nourish Your Pretty—a spa that specializes in facials, waxing and nails. As a licensed esthetician, nail technician and nail instructor, she loves the connections she builds with her clients. Sometimes sitting on her table can turn into a therapy session, so her goal is to make sure that everyone walks out of her salon feeling beautiful and confident. A’Kasha is very thankful for all of the love she receives from our community, and she enjoys giving that love back to her clients. Whether she is gifting a new mom with diapers or participating in a backto-school giveaway, A’Kasha always does her part to brighten someone’s day.

After serving eight years in the Army, A’Kasha decided that Liberty County was the perfect place to settle down due to its centralized location. In fact, one of her favorite things about this community is that it is military-based and she is able to connect with other soldiers and veterans in the area: “I love that I can still hear their stories.” Since Fort Stewart was her last duty station, she likes to stay in the loop about events and activities at our local installation. She also enjoys talking to new residents and sharing all the new things she has learned about Hinesville since living here, especially her favorite places to eat and shop.

Running a business isn’t always easy, and like many other business-owners, A’Kasha was faced with new challenges during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to her close proximity to her clients during sessions, she had to discontinue some of her services to protect herself and the public. However, through faith and determination, she was actually able to grow her clientele and revitalize her presence in the community: “I just had to put myself back out there. I had to make Facebook reels and get some of my old clients to spread the word about what we do here.” Her hard work paid off, and although she was originally known as “The Facial Guru,” her other services have gained popularity as well: “the highlight of my business—I would have to say—would be Brazilian waxes, and that just happened overnight!”

As a new business owner in this community, A’Kasha knows that no business is fail proof. Nevertheless, her biggest piece of advice to upcoming entrepreneurs is to just take the first step: “Fail and succeed until you are where you want to be with your business. You just have to be okay with rebranding and going back to the drawing board.”

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It takes a kind spirit and a big heart to devote yourself to helping others, and Alisa Ann Whiteman embodies both of those qualities. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, raised in New York, Alisa served in human resources with the US Army for eight years; however, she found her true calling in the special education classroom. Prior to opening her academy, she taught in Long County at McClellan Elementary School and worked alongside children with autism. Her passion for working with special needs children led her to create The Deputy Sheldon G. Whiteman Inclusive Academy—an educational learning academy that provides specialized instruction through cognitive learning and developmental interventions in an inspirational and therapeutic environment.

As a parent of a child with special needs, Alisa sees her business as a ministry, not just a facility that provides specially designed instruction. Not only does she love working with her students—or as she likes to call them, successors—she also loves building a strong relationship with the parents. Her goal is to be that support system that many families lack and show parents that all children are capable of learning. Alisa thanks her son, Áron Whiteman, for teaching her how to be a haven for other parents: “I’m a parent of a child with special needs. I’m a teacher. I teach beautiful children with special abilities. I am here to be a strong tower.” Alisa knows first-hand the challenges many parents and students face when met with educational setbacks, but she believes that by focusing on the strengths these students possess—and not their disabilities— they can learn to overcome those obstacles together.

One thing she loves about Liberty County is “the togetherness and partnership of all the businesses.” From the beginning, Alisa has been amazed by how our community leaders come together to provide different events and resources for the youth in our area: “this community is already ahead of the game in knowing that some parents need support, and all these businesses are coming together to provide that. That just shows the unconditional love within the community.”

The academy also does its part to give back by offering mindset training workshops for students, hosting resiliency workshops for teachers, and presenting medals to local athletes. Alisa aims to help students and teachers build confidence and stress management tools as they prepare for each school year.

The Deputy Sheldon G. Whiteman Inclusive Academy is inspired by and named after her husband—who worked with special needs children and provided in-home services for children with high behavior needs. Deputy Whiteman died in the line of duty in January 2020, but Alisa ensures that his legacy continues to live on: “Our academy is in his honor—for his strength and trust, for his love of God and people and to fulfill his vision of sharing our knowledge, experience and love with others in the community.” While developing her business, the two mantras that kept Alisa going were “follow your vision” and “dream big,” and this is her message to anyone looking to branch out and start their own business. She believes that you can always share your love for your business with others, so if you look for other businesses to partner with and build those connections in the community, anything is possible!

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EMPIRE EVENT CENTER

Although he’s from the quaint town of Morven, GA, Terrell Troutman has big city dreams, which is why he decided to open Empire Event Center. After moving to Liberty County in 2016, Terrell along with his business partners, Shamond Moss and Leon Pace, wanted to bring fun and entertainment to the center of Hinesville. Thus, Empire Event Center was created! Terrell’s vision for Empire is to cover all angles of every celebration: “whether it’s a baby shower, wedding reception or popup shop—whatever you’re celebrating, we can cover it.” The facility is also available to rent, and they even offer catering and decorating services as requested. Truly a one-stop shop, patrons can take some of the stress out of event planning because Terrell and his partners are always excited to help piece together the details. In fact, one of Terrell’s favorite parts about the job is helping bring his customer’s visions to life. Since working with his clients, he has developed a passion for the process of event planning: “It’s like planting a seed and watching it grow.”

Terrell considers Liberty County to be his second home, especially since it reminds him so much of where he was born and raised: “I feel like I’m back at home, and you can easily be accepted into this community, just as if you’ve been here your whole life.” Leon also agrees that the diversity of Liberty County sets us apart from other cities, and being able to bring the people together to have some fun is the best part of their work. Terrell is also a big fan of all the opportunities right here in our community. His belief is that as long as you pick the right thing and really go for it, you can be successful! Not one to boast, Terrell doesn’t make a big deal about advertising all of the ways Empire Event Center partners with other businesses, but they often donate to local churches and they love participating in any community event that is geared towards giving back to the children.

Terrell also knows that no two businesses are alike, so any upcoming entrepreneur should focus on sustainability and strong management when getting their business off the ground. Shamond adds that persistence is key, and you have to continue moving towards your goals. Although they were fortunate enough to have early success, this was only the result of the hard work they put in for years before even opening their doors. After joining forces with other local organizations, like the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, Terrell is amazed by all of the ways he’s been able to showcase his business in Liberty County and beyond.

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Through the trials and growing pains of creating an empire, Terrell, Shamond and Leon keep themselves grounded and focused. All from families of faith, they dedicate their success to the strength and power of God. They never allowed the negativity or doubt from others to alter their course. One thing that Terrell had to grow to learn is that “people are going to judge that book by its cover, but it’s up to you to either let them judge you from the outside or give them something to open up and read.” These rising businessowners plan to change the dynamic of what 718 E Oglethorpe means to people, and they are still writing their story.

FUSION TRAINING CENTER

As they were planning their move from California to Georgia, Summer and Marrco Spencer knew they had to find the perfect place to fit all the needs of their family. After her husband retired from the Navy, Summer and their eight children were on the lookout for a strong military community with lots of fun family activities: “we wanted a place that was safe, close to the beach, had a local VA, good medical nearby and access to basketball, gymnastics and baton!” Luckily, they found all that and more in Liberty County—which is why they were excited for the chance to bring their own expertise to the area and open Fusion Training Center.

In the past, Summer taught dance classes and coached cheerleading, but she always had dreams of opening her own dance studio. Coupled with her husband’s love of boxing, the two decided very quickly that they could bring lots of activities to the youth and adults in Liberty County. Located in Hinesville, Fusion Training Center offers a variety of classes for all ages— from eighteen months to ninety-nine—and they even have options for the special needs community. They provide youth dance programs—including ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop, barre classes for young adults and youth/adult boxing programs.

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They also offer parent/child joint boxing classes and mommy-andme ballet: “we really love that the parents come in with their children and it gives them time to do an activity together and really enjoy each other,” Summer adds.

Fusion Training Center works to make the youth a top priority; Summer and Marrco have designed their courses to incorporate useful mental health practices and “give children positive and encouraging coping life skills,” especially things they can carry with them outside of the training room. Summer’s favorite part of her job is watching her young students grow and become excited about all the things they can teach them. Marrco is no different, and he notes that “watching the eureka moment happen when someone learns a new skill” makes their work worth it.

Even though they are new to the area, Summer and Marrco do their best to stay active in the community. Whether they are participating in fitness expos on Fort Stewart or choreographing performances for local parades and recitals, they are excited to work with local organizations. Summer emphasizes that “from the Chamber to other businesses, everyone here is very supportive of new and incoming businesses because everyone wants growth in this community.” Summer and Marrco want to encourage anyone interested in starting a business in Liberty County to go for it: “don’t be discouraged; we started off slowly, and especially coming out of COVID, for anyone it’s been hard right now.” However, success is all about tenacity, and Marrco adds that patience is key: “Rome wasn’t built overnight, so don’t give up on your dreams so easily.”

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Sweet Iced Tea with a Kick

Everyone knows that the South has many delicacies but none as special as sweet tea! Coca-Cola and Kentucky bourbon are typically known as “southern” but none of them are as widely loved & appreciated as a cold glass of tea. We may be bias, but we think that the best way to enjoy a southern beverage is to mix two of them together.

1 tea bag or a scoop of loose tea

2 cups of water

Pure cane syrup to taste

1 shot of bourbon (1.5 ounces)

Bourbon spiked peach tea is one of our all-time favorites! The sweet tea and bourbon paired with some fresh Georgia peaches make the perfect beverage to cool you off on these hot summer nights! We decided to share the recipe with y’all, so that you can try it out yourself. ingredients instructions

2 peach slices Pour 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Add tea bag and peach slices & bring to a boil. Just as water comes to a boil, remove from heat & cover to steep. Allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes. Pour tea into pitcher & add syrup to taste. (If using loose tea, you will either need to strain the tea leaves or put them in a tea infuser.) Stir well. Allow tea to cool to room temperature. Pour tea over ice, add 1 shot of bourbon & stir. Enjoy!

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Opening Doors

of Opportunity

If you know Coldwell Banker Southern Coast’s Broker/ Owner, Leigh Smiley, you know she’s all about Liberty County! She’s a Flemington City Councilwoman, Co-Chair of the Realtors ® Political Action Committee for the Hinesville Area Board of Realtors, an active board member of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and the Hinesville Area Multi-List Corporation, and a member of Hinesville’s local Rotary Club. What you may not know is that Leigh came from humble beginnings, and her rise to the top was filled with trials and tribulations. As we honored her accomplishments and distinction within our community, we wanted to sit down and learn more about her journey to becoming our Business Leader of the Year.

Born and raised in Liberty County, Leigh’s parents instilled her with a strong work ethic, emphasizing honesty, love and trustworthiness. With that mindset, and an eagerness to carve out her own path, she jumped into the workforce at the age of 15 with what was then the Fort Stewart Credit Union. The skills she obtained while working there helped build the foundation of her professional career and mold her into a budding businesswoman.

However, she would soon face the most challenging—and most rewarding—obstacle of her young life. At the age of eighteen, Leigh became a single-mother and had to quickly adjust to the new demands of motherhood. Even though she had to grow up quickly, she still recalls those times with a smile: “working through that challenge was tough, but I wouldn’t change a thing! I just had to work hard and sacrifice to ensure that my son had everything he needed.” Using this as an opportunity to reinvent herself, Leigh made the decision to transition into a sales position and began working for Alltel. Shortly after, she met her husband—Jody—and the two began to build a life of their own.

Welcoming another beautiful child, Leigh started working with her husband’s land development, landscaping and lawncare business. Industry was growing in Liberty County, and local leaders were encouraging everyone to build and expand in preparation for an incoming brigade to Fort Stewart. Suddenly, life threw yet another curveball, and Leigh and her family were faced with the Great Recession of 2008. Most of the developers Leigh and her husband were working for began to go under, and people began losing their jobs and their homes: “we were caught up in all of that, nearly losing everything we had.” This unforeseen obstacle did not set her back, and she and her husband pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, buckled down and moved forward.

After restructuring their business, Leigh decided to leave it in the hands of her husband while she pursued the real estate industry. This was yet another challenge for her, as she jumped into the field at the height of rampant foreclosures. Through it all, she persevered and found ways to rebuild and sustain in the event of another recession. By 2014, business was back on track and flourishing. This is when Leigh was given the opportunity to step in as the Broker/Owner of Coldwell Banker Southern Coast, formerly known as Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors.

Leigh explains that “the entire area was rebounding from the Great Recession and the Holtzman’s were looking to retire,” so she had to quickly step up to the plate. Along the way, Leigh and her family also dedicated themselves to their religion, which she holds as her biggest saving grace: “somebody once told me that I was a rare breed because I face challenges head on, but that’s not just because of me.

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That’s because I have the Lord with me, and He walks me through everything.” She added, “all of the blessings in my life are possible through Him and my team, and that’s what I want people to see.”

Leigh also acknowledges her family as her biggest cheerleaders and inspiration: “I wouldn’t be where I am without their love, support and encouragement.” Her success is multiplied by her amazing team of professionals, who challenge her to be better each and every day. She fully believes it is thanks to their creativity, innovation, loyalty, hard work and determination that Coldwell Banker Southern Coast has found steady growth and success.

Although she lightheartedly jokes that she’s awaiting the day she can retire and ride off into the sunset, her biggest motivation— and what gets her through every tough day—is her contribution to those around her. With a determined expression, she asks herself, “who can I help and leave in a better position than I found them? What can I contribute to make my family, my business and my community better?” Clearly, she’s doing all of this and more, as evidenced by her numerous awards and accomplishments. She was named the 2010 Hinesville Area Board of Realtors Rookie of the Year, 2017 Liberty County Business of the Year and honored at the 2021 Top 45 Under 45 in Liberty County.

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“Stay

Always looking forward, Leigh is excited about future growth and expansion within Coldwell Banker Southern Coast. She has tons of upcoming projects on the books, including an additional office in Statesboro and a remodel of their current location. She recently started an Agent Accelerator Program, which aims to help new and experienced realtors achieve success and sustainability in their careers. Coldwell Banker Southern Coast will also begin offering educational tours to help new and incoming realtors become more familiar with our county and its resources. On top of all that, Leigh is always working to expand services and locations for their property management company, Southern Coast Properties.

She never fathomed that her life would bring her to where she is now, but she wouldn’t change a thing about it! She did not expect to land in the real estate industry, but she always knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur and make a name for herself. She believes the recipe for her success is simple, but it’s not something anyone can do: “you have to get up early in the morning and you have to do things that other people will not do, so that you can benefit in ways they never imagined.” Her tenacity through every hardship—and her positive outlook on the future—is possible through her own grit and grace. And this resiliency has solidified her as a pioneer within her industry and beyond.

“You have to surround yourself with like-minded people,” she explains.
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“Somebody once told me that I was a rare breed because I face challenges head on, but that’s not just because of me. That’s because I have the Lord with me, and He walks me through everything.”
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Fostering Hope with Liberty County Animal Services

As a transient community, Liberty County has a high population of stray and abandoned animals. However, the hard-working staff at Liberty County Animal Services (LCAS) is dedicated to keeping animals off the streets and in happy homes! We sat down with Steve Marrero, who has been the Director of LCAS for the last two years, to learn a little more about how this organization keeps happy tails wagging.

With their new facility on Lee Place Road, Liberty County Animal Services has hit the ground running for the last five years. The six staff members work day in and day out on dispatch, emergency calls, adoptions, fostering and kennel maintenance. Through various partnerships—with Petco, PetSmart Charities®, Best Friends Network and Maggie’s Fund—they’ve brought affordable services to pet owners all over the county!

“We provide free vaccines, low-to-no-cost microchipping and low-cost flea and tick preventatives,” Steve explains.

Giving back to Liberty County is what they love to do, and Steve is always looking for ways to help owners keep their pets healthy. Currently, LCAS is working to develop a new spay/ neuter clinic next to their facility: “We don’t have anything like that in our county, so we want to create that here.” With the new clinic, Steve hopes to increase the outreach and awareness for the services they currently provide.

LCAS has been fortunate enough to work closely with Flemington Veterinary Hospital, and the local community has stepped up to help with LCAS’s vet costs as well: “For our last big vet bill, we had a $4,000 credit with Flemington, so we were able to get two of our animals treated. That was all thanks to donations from our community.”

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Earlier this year, LCAS began a foster-to-adopt program, which Steve hopes will help limit the number of animals returned to the shelter: “We give families about a week to see if the animal fits. And even if it doesn’t, at least the puppy or cat got to get out here for a few days for a little vacation!” If anyone is interested in fostering an animal, the process is simple. By state law, LCAS is required to perform a routine home inspection to ensure it’s ready for the new pet. Once you’re approved, you can begin fostering as soon as possible.

Steve’s biggest mission is to prevent future public safety issues, especially with sick or aggressive animals. LCAS is a fear-free facility that prioritizes animal comfort: “We provide the animals with toys and different interactions to help minimize the kennel craziness.” Without this attention and care, Steve says the animals can start to show behavioral issues: “it’s like a person in jail; it changes you. Even though we do everything we can, ultimately this is not a fun place for animals. They belong in homes with families.”

He also hopes to continue educating the public on what LCAS’s role is in our community. Due to the increase of strays and limited space, citizens are not allowed to simply drop-off their pets with LCAS. Unfortunately, once the facility runs out of space, they are required to put the animal down: “we are zero-kill unless there is a space issue; that’s what it comes to.”

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In an effort to reduce the number of animals that have to be put down, LCAS makes efforts to contact surrounding shelters to see if they have space for excess animals. Even when faced with these harsh realities, Steve and his team are dedicated to education and prevention. The organization’s biggest priority is keeping animals off the streets and helping strays find loving families.

Ultimately, Liberty County Animal Services has one goal for Liberty County—to help keep happy animals in happy homes. Steve believes that once people have access to affordable pet care and reliable adoption/foster programs, the problems solve themselves: “We want to give people the resources to maintain these animals in their homes. Without that, they’ll resort to dumping the animals anywhere, and that’s what we want to prevent.”

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A Spotlight on Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Founded in June 1884, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church has had a long-standing history in Liberty County. Unknown to many, Mount Zion started on Fort Stewart in the Sugar Pond Community. Congregants would gather beneath a bush harbor to hold services. When Fort Stewart was established in our area, the church moved onto land known as the Chapel Hill Community in Hinesville, donated by Liberty County residents C. J. Martin and J. E. Martin. This was the primary location until July 1998, when presiding pastor Bishop M.L. Jackson led the move to a larger edifice at 1370 Shaw Road because of the massive growth of the congregation.

Maintaining 138 years of service is no small feat, and Mount Zion has been blessed to see continued growth and development over the years resulting in the establishment of Mount Zion Ministries, which encompasses Mount Zion Memorial Chapel, Pastor Jonathan Garrett, located at 146 Ralph Quarterman Drive, Lighthouse Hispanic Ministry, Pastor Moises Tolentino, and Heavenly Place Learning Center.

Pastor Christie N. Conyers serves as the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Ministries, which offers a variety of resources and services to enrich individuals and families in the community. From child care services to food drives, Mount Zion is always working to lend a helping hand to families in need. “We have a daycare on site for children six-weeks to four years old,” Conyers explains, “and it has been an extension of the ministry for more than 20 years now.” Mount Zion launched it’s Beyond the Walls Ministry several years ago to provide essential resources and services to the community. One of its most used resources is the food pantry, which has become a hub for some local residents who don’t have anywhere else to go to find help. The ministry’s location on Shaw Road enables it to improve the lives of people who may not be able to access in town services. “During the holidays we increase our food drives to help families in need. Last year, we served about 75 families during Thanksgiving and more than one hundred during Christmas time.” Families were given a holiday spread that included turkey, ham, chicken, and sides. Pastor Conyers also understands the needs for basic toiletries and household goods: “If you can’t buy food, chances are you can’t buy cleaning products or detergent to wash your clothes with, so all of those items are also available.”

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In addition to food and toiletries, Mount Zion also holds annual water drives in preparation for hurricane season: “We want to make sure that—in a worse-case scenario—we are able to help out our own congregants and of course the local community.” Even though there weren’t many major storm events in our community last year, Mount Zion donated water to other areas that were hit with severe weather. In fact, they sent water as far as Texas and Louisiana and even Pembroke, which experienced a devastating tornado last year.

Their Beyond the Walls building serves as the primary location for many resources, including their clothing ministry. Set-up like a boutique, this facility allows those in need to have a shopping experience, which Conyers believes is just as important as the items they receive. “We realized early on that coming in for help also snatches a piece of your dignity, so we don’t have the clothes in bags; they’re displayed and assorted by departments, neatly on racks to give individuals the shopping moment.”

When Liberty County schools transitioned into uniforms, Mount Zion made efforts to assist families with this need as well. Conyers says that “a lot of parents—already in need—began to panic” at the thought of another school expense. To help ensure all students are ready to return to school, their organization began taking donations of gently-used school uniforms. “It’s grown into a great thing,” Conyers adds. “We also include school supplies to that ministry as well, so a lot of outreach for the community exists within our Beyond the Walls location.”

Mount Zion is able to provide these essential products and more to our community at no cost thanks to generous donations from the congregation. When asked about the generosity of her churchgoers, Pastor Conyers gushed about all they have been able to provide: “We’ve got a lot of people with great hearts that remember their own hard times, and I think that makes a difference too.” She firmly believes that when people can be sensitive to their times of need, they are more likely to be mindful of others who are now in need. “We’ve got members that are super couponers,” she adds with a chuckle, “and they are generously willing to give back.”

Mount Zion Ministries wouldn’t be what it is today without great leadership, and Conyers is honored for the opportunity to serve as senior pastor. Her inauguration on April 3rd was a historical and momentous occasion for Mount Zion, as Conyers is the first female senior pastor in the ministry’s history. “I was fortunate to be able to see successful succession happen. Oftentimes, especially when it comes to churches, someone passes away suddenly which leads to creating a search committee. But that wasn’t our story.”

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Prior to this position, she served for twelve years as the youth pastor with Mount Zion. Although it was not her original plan, Conyers knew she had been given a meaningful opportunity. “I had an opportunity to be trained under great leadership, and that’s really how it unfolded. That of course was not my plan, but God’s plan said so!” Originally, she and her husband Kelvin Conyers had plans to leave Hinesville after he retired from Fort Stewart, but she knew this was something she was called to do. “It’s been an amazing journey since April, especially with all the support I’ve received.” She continued to express how “people were warm and receptive” as she stepped into this new position. Always looking towards the future, Conyers is hopeful that Mount Zion will continue to be a support system for our community. One of her goals for the future is for Mount Zion to be an additional resource for military families. As a transient city with a large military population, Conyers hopes to strengthen its ties with Fort Stewart to support military families. She believes that the, “pride and joy [of Mount Zion] is being able to be the solution for people’s daily life issues on the local level,” and she hopes they are always able to give their best to the people.

Pastor Conyers is a licensed Associate Professional Counselor, with a M.A. in Professional Counseling, and her mission is to emphasize mental health care in our community. “It’s important for all of us to care for our mental wellness, which can sometimes be taboo for believers. Being able to integrate faith and mental wellness, I believe, is a part of my life’s calling.” For this reason, Mount Zion actively promotes mental health and offers reduced service rates to the congregation and the community through its in-house center, Grace Counseling Services.

Pastor Christie Conyers is excited to continue Mount Zion’s legacy within the community, and she knows there are still many amazing things to come. So, feel free to stop by on Sundays for the Zion Experience, where services are engaging, edifying, and filled with expectations! She encourages you to reach out if you are interested in learning more or volunteering with Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, call or send an email.

MISSION

Go…Preach, Teach the Word, baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, and make Disciples of Christ. We believe in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost, living a committed life of holiness.

If You Do It Right, God Will Bless It Right | Say It! Sow It! See It!

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Love-It Productions, Inc.

Anative of Liberty County, Donald Lovette is currently the Chairman of the Liberty County Board of Commissioners and the founder of Love-It Products. But his real passion is his love of history. Chairman Lovette is a recipient of the 2021 Governor’s Award for Arts and Humanities. This award represents his years of writing and producing plays showcasing African American history. In an article in Georgia Trend Magazine, he shared his new nickname “The Tyler Perry of Liberty County.”

It is for his work in the arts and humanities that he was nominated for this prestigious award. As a local playwright and historian he has been an inspiration to the youth of Liberty County and has shined a spotlight on African American culture in Liberty County. He is a man of many talents who strives to give back to the community he loves through his passion for history through his plays.

When Love-It Productions, Inc. was established in 2007, there was no local theater company in Liberty County. The community at-large, to include several civic organizations, recognized the introduction of a native Liberty Countian to the community who was an inspiration to others. The company served several purposes to include an outlet for local talent to showcase their skills and desire for the dramatic arts, giving the local population an opportunity to enjoy local performances at home. It served as a wake-up call for the local community of the high level of talent that was in our local community, middle and high schools.

Love-It Productions, Inc. was a source for employment for sound, video and staging personnel. From Love-It Productions, Inc., there are now collegiate alumnus who have professional careers teaching and performing the dramatic arts. In past years, they have participated in a dramatic arts workshop sharing their talent and skill sets with local youth and their community. Chairman Lovette also collaborated with local churches for summer youth cultural arts workshops. These are a positive outlet for the youth, combining the arts with a message such as “underdogs can win.”

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As a history buff, he has embraced the call through his production company to highlight the contributions of unsung heroes. “Tell them so they will know,” became the theme of a plethora of productions. This includes the contributions of Susie King Taylor, a Liberty County native and America’s first Black Civil War Nurse as well as Samuel A. McIver, the last African American and Liberty County native to serve in the Georgia Legislature during Reconstruction; William A. Golden, the father of higher education for African Americans in Liberty County; Rev. Floyd Snelson, a local county official and catalyst for securing financial support to make the historic Dorchester Academy the “college for Blacks” in Liberty County.

In addition to these local heroes Love-It Productions, Inc. has uncovered and presented such untold stories as, “The Tragedy at Ebenezer Creek.” Many of these stories were unknown to a larger population. By intertwining them into plays, Love-it Productions introduced them to local youth who weren’t exposed to this history in school. It has also educated many adults and newcomers to our community of the rich history of Liberty County.

Chairman Lovette’s time and talents over the years have been consistently devoted to mentoring, educating and highlighting the rich African American history of Liberty County. When is his next production? His most recent productions during COVID have been for the youth department at his church. These include a skit written for Pleasant Groves’ Founders Day celebration, as well as a skit entitled “When Grandma Comes to Dinner” for Easter.

Love-it Productions is located at 409 Flat Shoal Lane, Hinesville, Georgia. Call (912) 368-7550 or visit their website Love-It-Productions.com

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SEASONAL BLOOMS

Keep an eye out for these beauties throughout each season!

Winter

While most people might find spring the best time of year for flowers in bloom, our winter flowers are some of our favorites. Gardens and yards are brought to life with camellias in shades of red, pink and white during our more brisk months.

The property is full of heirloom flowers, oak trees dripping in Spanish moss and a sycamore tree covered in Confederate jasmine vines! To say we’re lucky to work in such a beautiful place is definitely an understatement.

Camellias and other winter flowers are blooming throughout all of Liberty County. This makes going on a walk in the winter one of our favorite things to do!

Remember, it’s good to stop and smell the roses every once in a while, or in this case the camellias!

Spring

The Cherokee Rose is our state flower, and it blooms every spring here in Liberty County! The blooming season is short, usually ranging from late March and into April. You’ll want to catch these beauties in bloom before it’s too late!

Azaleas are often called one the South’s favorite shrubs, and this is because they can be found all around these parts! We are not lacking for these beautiful flowers, so keep an eye out for them almost anywhere you look this spring.

Wisteria is covered in small baby blue and lilaccolored spurs. They grow on long vines that can reach up to 30ft long and can be pretty heavy. In all of its draping beauty, Wisteria does contain toxins that can be harmful to pets, livestock and humans too, so be cautious when planting!

#ExploreLiberty, and check out some local plant havens like HLH Nursery, Harris Ace Hardware, Stacy’s Florist and Dawson’s General Store and see what they have!

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Learn about local film productions

Liberty County is the perfect place for coastal views and good food, but did y’all know that it’s also a prime location for film productions?! The beautiful dirt roads, open wooded areas, classical colonial architecture and even black water swamps make for some of the perfect locations to film no matter how big or small the budget is. We’d be willing to bet that some of your favorite movies and TV shows have been filmed right here in our backyard!

As the Camera Ready Liaison for Liberty County, we are the spot for production crews to get all of their necessary permits, resources and general information about the area. The requests that we get from scouts are usually for photos of anything and everything! Location scouting is what grabs the attention of producers, so we are always happy to take photos of our beautiful county to share with them. We have no way of knowing when we will get a request from a scout or where it will take us, but we’re always up for the challenge and adventure. It’s one of the many perks of our job, and it always keeps us on our toes!

In 2017, when John Cena’s popular TV show American Grit filmed here, they bought every bicycle that they could find in Liberty County. They needed them to get around town, because we don’t have many Uber or Lyft drivers. The spending that the cast and crew do is called clean spending, and it has a very positive impact on our local economy. We measure this by the increased amount of tourism dollars that have come in the last couple of years.

What Film Does for Our Community

One reason that we love the film industry is because it benefits our whole community. People love to visit spots where their favorite movie or TV show was produced! The part of filming that means the most to us is that the cast and crew add to our economy while they’re in town. They rent out dozens of rooms at local hotels, order catering from our restaurants, shop at grocery stores, wash clothes at neighborhood laundry mats, pump gas at local gas stations and utilize whatever other resources that they may need while visiting.

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More Than Someone’s Something

There’s always more to someone than what meets the eye, and we all have unique dreams and aspirations that motivate us to live meaningful lives. Whether it’s a dream to do something big or the hope to change the world in small ways, pursuing these dreams is what keeps many of us going– and this is especially true for women. Filling the role of a mom, wife, or sister can be demanding, but many women wear all of these hats and many more. Every one of us is something to someone, but what’s truly fascinating is how those roles will continue to grow and develop just as vividly as our dreams do.

Sam Lake, Janelle Remillard and Ryan Lewis have all created beautiful lives for themselves, but we wanted to learn a little bit more about them and ask them questions that people don’t ask as often. What would you do if you could do anything? What if you weren’t a mom? A wife? A sister? A daughter? What did you want to be when you grew up? The thing about dreams, aspirations and hobbies is that every single person has different ones for different reasons. This story is about the things that make Sam, Janelle and Ryan feel fulfilled and what really makes each title that they have worthwhile. Read along with us to learn more about each hat that these women wear!

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“Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

As a Liberty County native, Sam Lake has been living here for 36 years give or take. She is a wife and the mother of three beautiful children. Sam and her husband, David, got married when they were young and have been together ever since! She said that she always fought tooth and nail that she wouldn’t stay in Liberty County, yet here she is. She even joked that she always made fun of her grandparents for saying that they were “going into town,” and funny enough, she now says the same thing. Sam loves Liberty County because it’s home, and she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. She’s watched the county grow over the years, but she also recalls when one of the only places to shop and hangout in Hinesville was the Walmart Supercenter: “It was the place to go on Friday and Saturday nights,” she laughed. The ease of life here is what she loves most, and it’s what has kept her here after all of this time. Today, Sam and her younger sister proudly run the Robin’s Nest, which specializes in hand-crafted, clay jewelry and is located inside of Martin Mercantile in downtown Hinesville.

When we asked Sam about her dreams, she very confidently replied, “I think I’m pretty much doing my dream. I knew from a very early age that I was going to do something artistic.” While growing up, Sam initially wanted to become a photographer. As she got older, she realized that having a career in the photography business meant she would have to take family photos and portraits. Since that wasn’t really her thing, she decided to try other artistic careers before she settled into what she does now. She revamped and painted furniture for a while, but her absolute favorite thing to make was textiles. Sam shared that, “Making and designing fabric is my dream. It was something I always enjoyed, and it was my favorite thing to learn about in college.”

Her dreams were altered a bit more when she started having children because she realized that she couldn’t do it all. She explained that if she went into the field of making textiles, she would have to have space, connections and all of the things that go along with it. Fortunately her desire for a less demanding career path is exactly what led to her to start making jewelry, and she found it was very compatible with her life. She can do it at home, and she can still be a mom and fit it around her busy schedule. Although making jewelry is quite different from photography, Sam’s dream to be an artist still goes hand in hand with what she does now; in fact, this creative freedom is what she enjoys the most: “I like the creating part and coming up with different shapes.” She also loves seeing people wear the earrings that she’s made, and she adds that “It really shows me that people appreciate what we’re doing and the time that we put into it.” Aside from making earrings, Sam enjoys having time to herself to crochet and read, which helps keep her calm and relaxed. She also enjoys nature and being outside, so she’s a frequent visitor at National and State Parks. “I like to go places and learn new things.” When asked what she would do if she had the chance to turn back time and become anything she wanted, her response was no surprise at all: “This is going to sound cliché, but I wouldn’t change anything. I feel like I am where I am supposed to be, doing what I like to do.”

Next time you put on a pair of earrings from the Robin’s Nest, post a photo! Be sure to tag them on Facebook or Instagram @robins.nest.shop. If you don’t already own a pair, stop by Martin Mercantile and grab some. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-2pm!

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Janelle Remillard

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Janelle Remillard and her husband have been living in Liberty County for a little over 15 years. Fort Stewart brought them here originally and served as their first duty station. Not long afterwards, while her husband was deployed for 16 months, Janelle bought a house, and now she, her husband and their 2 kids enjoy a beautiful life here in Liberty County. Janelle is much more than a wife and a mother, though, and she also works as a hair stylist at her very own salon, Vogue Hair Studio! Janelle is proud to say she is living her dream, especially since she always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: “From the time that I was 14, I wanted to be a hair stylist. At one point, I said that I wanted to be Barbie, but then I turned 5 and realized that was dumb,” she laughed. Although her dream never really changed over the years, Janelle did decide to push herself even further. As she progressed into her career, she went from wanting to be a hair stylist in someone else’s salon to wanting to be the owner of her own salon. Janelle also admits that she was “kind of the black sheep of her family for a while, because there is such a negative stigma around being a hair stylist.” However, she didn’t let this deter her, and now Janelle is making the younger version of herself proud by achieving this dream. It’s not Barbie, but it’s close enough!

What makes her happy about what she does was a tougher question for her to answer, because there is so much that she loves about it. She said that she really likes the transformations, and it is always fun to see people’s hair before and after their appointments. But, believe it or not, her favorite part of the job has nothing to do with hair; instead, it’s all about the people she gets to know along the way: “I have a lot of families that come in. Watching the kids grow up and the family dynamics change is really awesome. The connections that I get to make with people make me the happiest.”

Janelle jokingly said that if she could be anything she would like to be a trophy wife. Truthfully though, she wouldn’t change anything about where her dream has taken her: “I am really happy with my life just the way it is. I can’t think of anything else that I would rather do.” Even outside of her regular working hours, Janelle’s hobbies include doing hair and spending time with her customers at the salon, but she also coaches cheerleading at First Preparatory Christian Academy! She enjoys coaching cheerleading because it helps keep her involved with the school and gives her the chance to get to know her children’s friends and classmates. She really loves being a part of the positive environment and welcoming community at FPCA.

If you need a haircut from someone who is passionate about their profession and thrives to create a relationship with each customer, then book an appointment with Janelle! Vogue Hair Studio is located at 103 Gause Street in Hinesville, and she would love to see you.

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Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis is the other half of the Robin’s Nest duo and a lifelong Liberty County resident. She is a mom, a wife and a business owner. Ryan thinks her dreams are pretty simple. When she was younger, she really wanted to be a veterinarian because of her love for animals, but as she grew up and realized what all it involved, she realized it wasn’t the path for her. She also considered a career in the medical field, but she could never find something that she wanted to stick with. Her interests continued to change over the years, but Ryan soon found new passions. After leaving college and starting a job at a dental office, she began making jewelry. She realized quickly that she really loved creating, which was a hobby that was fostered by the art classes she took in high school. Her favorite class was sculpting, and it’s pretty easy to see how that grew into what she does today. To this day, Ryan still uses the techniques she learned from her sculpture class while working with the clay to make earrings.

Ryan always dreamed of having her own family, doing something creative and owning her own shop: “I think I always felt like opening a shop was something that I couldn’t do.” You can now find her at Martin Mercantile making gorgeous earrings and being creative. Her dream has truly come to life! Ryan even admits that operating Martin Mercantile and making earrings with her sister really feels like “living out a lifelong dream” for her, and she now realizes this is what she’s always wanted to do. Many things about what she does make her happy, but the thing that makes her happiest is that she gets to take whatever vision is in her head and make it a reality: “I can make the colors and the design, and that’s what being a creative is all about. It’s really cool to see something that you imagined come to life!”

Ryan wouldn’t change a single thing about her life. She’s happy where she’s at. “I love being a mama and a wife, and I get to do what I like every day. I don’t think you can ask for anything better than that.” In her free time, she enjoys attending sporting events with her family. Under her husband’s influence, she has become a newfound Atlanta Braves fan! Ryan also really loves being outside, so it’s a win-win situation for them! The beauty of the outdoors is peaceful and relaxing for her, and that’s why she loves it. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and visiting National and State Parks because seeing more of the world fascinates her, and it’s something she can do with her whole family in tow. She added, “I think there are a lot of beautiful things that we haven’t even seen yet. I would love to see the Grand Canyon and California, and that’s something that we could all do together. That would make it even better! I think that’s a dream of mine too.”

If you see Ryan out and about, be sure to ask her about the Atlanta Braves. Don’t forget to congratulate her for achieving her dreams! Anytime you buy a pair of earrings, keep in mind the people behind them and the love and care that is put into each pair. Being referred to as someone’s mom, wife, daughter, sister is an amazing title, but we need to be reminded sometimes to ask women the questions that really matter. Everyone has a story and a journey, and these women are just getting started on theirs! Each and every woman had a dream of what they wanted to be when they got older, and sometimes we forget that we can still be dreamers. We all need some time to put ourselves first and as a woman wearing many hats, it’s easy to get caught up between the tasks of everyday life like being a mom, taking care of kids and being a wife. These women prove that you really can be all of someone’s somethings, and most of all that you never stop dreaming.

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DOG FRIENDLY SPOTS IN LIBERTY COUNTY

Historic Baptismal Trail

The coastal city of Riceboro has many hidden gems, but the Historic Baptismal Trail is one of our personal favorites! The boardwalk takes you down a path that was used as an active holy place for over 100 years. It is perfect for some reflection and quiet time with your fourlegged friend.

Fort Morris Historic Site

Our state historic site is one of the most peaceful places in Liberty County and sets the perfect scene for a nice walk. The grounds are welcome to leashed pets, and we know both of you will appreciate the beautiful view of the St. Catherines Sound!

Cay Creek Interpretive Wetlands Center

If you haven’t visited Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center, you're missing out! Begin walking in the freshwater wetlands and end up in the saltwater marsh. It’s a great opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife and for you and your pet to get some exercise!

Johnnie B. Frasier Park

A local favorite in the city of Walthourville is Johnnie B. Frasier Park! It is located off of Shaw Road and has lots of open space for your pup to run around.

James Brown Park

Located inside Hinesville city limits is James Brown Park. It’s on Patriots Trail and has a 1-mile walking trail that will take you around the whole park. If your four-legged friend loves to meet new people, this is the perfect place!

Jones Creek Park

This park is a hidden gem located off of Isle of Wight Road in Midway. It is the perfect place for the whole family, including your pup to enjoy a view of the water and maybe even spot a dolphin or two. It’s open year round, so check it out anytime!

Bryant Commons Park

Located in the heart of Hinesville, Bryant Commons is a passive park with a number of amenities including a dog park! Relax under the old oak trees and take a walk around the dog trails. It is sure to keep tails wagging.

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Take the Back Roads

Escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life and immerse yourself in the simplicity of coastal living that is Liberty County. Runaway to a land of breathtaking sunsets and ancient live oaks draped in Spanish moss. Our pristine coastline will have you hooked, and you’ll want to stay for a lifetime. Take the back roads and travel back in time as you explore the incredible history that has left a lasting legacy for many generations to come!

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The wandering roads of Liberty County all began as dirt paths summoning the early residents of our country to their future home. The coastal county was originally composed of the colonial parishes of St. John, St. James and St. Andrew. Liberty County’s official birth date is February 5, 1777, less than a year after Button Gwinnett and Dr. Lyman Hall acted as the community’s representatives at the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Preserving the spirit of independence and freedom, cultural and historical sites are found throughout the county. Visit each fascinating place at your leisure, and you’ll be greeted with smiling faces and warm accents. Discover the stories of our historical and cultural sites, and you’ll be amazed at how each connects to the other, weaving the amazing tapestry of our community’s past.

The historic Highway 17, originally part of the Dixie Highway system and now the newest “Georgia Grown Trail,” leads modern day visitors to places of interest. Entering the county from the North will bring you to the Midway Museum: Georgia’s first colonial museum, which holds relics gathered from ancestors who devoted their lives to the betterment of Liberty County.

Neighboring the museum, you will find the beautiful Midway Church which has a long and rich history of its own. An original meetinghouse was established by early settlers but was burned down by the British forces during the American Revolution. The existing building was created to replace the purpose of the original meetinghouse and was constructed in 1792. It served as a place of worship and community meetings until the Civil War. Union troops utilized the building and surrounding grounds during their occupation of Liberty County, and after the war the church was no longer used for regular services.

Across the street, you will find yourself in the hallowed grounds the Midway Church has watched over for the last two hundred years. Time has taken its toll on many of the other tombstones that mark the final resting place for early settlers while others look untouched by nature. The Midway Cemetery’s most prominent residents include two American Revolution heroes, General James Screven and General Daniel Stewart. A few steps away you will also find a large obelisk structure in the center of the cemetery that was dedicated to the generals in 1915.

In Riceboro you’ll find a path filled with stories of faith and religion—The Historic Baptismal Trail. For almost 100 years, as early as the 1840s, this site was an active holy place for the ancestors of the local Geechee communities.

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Revolutionary War history comes alive for visitors at the Fort Morris State Historic Site. The once bustling port town of Sunbury was the original county seat, and Ft. Morris did its part to defend the coastal community from invading British Naval forces. Each year the fort celebrates Col. John McIntosh, whose response to the British’s demand of surrender was a resounding “Come and take it!” Costumed interpreters muster their weapons, shattering the quiet with musket and cannon fire demonstrations. Campfires glow as colonial style food is cooked over an open flame, and the clanging hammer of the blacksmith can be heard in the background.

Liberty County’s barrier island, St. Catherines, can also be seen from Ft. Morris, and the grand vista over the Midway River is one that has not changed in hundreds of years. Fort Morris serves as a retreat for bird watchers as well. Painted buntings, goldfinches, wood storks, great egrets and pileated woodpeckers have made their nests in the area, but there is a plethora of other species to be found there.

Travelling west along Oglethorpe Highway brings you to Dorchester Academy in the city of Midway. There, the African American boys’ dormitory takes you forward in history to the Civil Rights movement. It was here that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed while

Oral and written church history from descendants of the First African Baptist Church indicate this was the location of many ritual Christian baptisms performed by the leaders of a congregation of enslaved people. These early baptisms were carried out in affiliation with the White North Newport Church, and after the white congregation moved to Walthourville in 1854, the enslaved Africans renamed the church the First African Baptist Church and continued the ritual baptisms until the early 1940s.

Today, a dirt path lined with pine trees and interpretive signage leads you to a boardwalk overlooking the baptismal pool. The stillness and reverence are palpable as your gaze wanders from the dark waters to the intense green of the towering trees, the gaps between them giving you a glimpse of the blue heavens above. It is truly a transcendental spot for reflection, meditation and contemplation.

Crossing Highway 17 is the eastern portion of Oglethorpe Highway, and travelers heading along this road in either direction will be welcomed by more of Liberty County’s rich history. The eastern route leads visitors toward the historic town of Sunbury and the coast, and many travelers may follow paths which were once used by soldiers and freed slaves alike.

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planning “Project C”, and there’s a sense of awe when you enter his room. The furniture is sparse—two twin beds, a desk, a chair and a small separate room with a 1960’s TV and vintage chair. The room has been preserved as it was after Dr. King’s departure, and his pioneering spirit remains.

The museum in front of Dorchester Academy houses information and artifacts from the past, and there are numerous stories to be told, from the teachers and students. According to the Dorchester Improvement Association, Dorchester Academy’s first gift to freed slaves was the freedom of the mind. Many minorities were educated here, enabling them to pass the tests required to vote during this time. Although it is designated as a National Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dorchester Academy remains a hidden gem of the Civil Rights Movement.

It’s relatively remote location and unassuming facade may be part of why it was chosen by Dr. King and others, since it gave them the freedom to plan and take some respite from their daily struggles. Whatever may have drawn them to it, the stories of their time at Dorchester Academy are just waiting to be retold to those who visit.

The roads of Liberty County crisscross and wander as they lead their travelers throughout history. Some places in Liberty County combine history with a bit of lightheartedness. The Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association Museum, led by Executive Director Alissa Moss, works to preserve the telecommunications history and share it with

the community. ITPA provides visitors the opportunity to discover the technology of a bygone era, and is also dedicated to community service. They are proud to support Wounded Warriors as well as research for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

“Who would have thought that old telephones and telephone artifacts could build friendships with people you never thought possible,” asked Executive Director Alissa Moss. “Boy was I lucky when I met a charismatic lady who was carrying her house plant around in celebration of National Take Your House Plant to Work Day. We all know her as Mrs. Charm; my kids call her the lady that celebrates every day. Mrs. Charm has a way of visiting our museum and turning old telephones into an exciting learning opportunity. Her eyes light up with excitement as she dials the old rotary phone and hears the clickety-clack of the step switch dialing a call or as she turns the crank on an old magneto and hears the ring that takes you back to the old days.”

Moss says ITPA welcomes everyone to come visit the museum, and she encourages them to see it through the eyes of Mrs. Charm, “because life is more fulfilling when you are having fun.”

For some, nature is their true calling and their path will always lead them to the outdoors. In Liberty County, you can lose yourself in the surrounding coastal areas and ancient oaks framed by Spanish moss. Picturesque locations are dotted throughout the community, and sites like Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center offer relief from the metropolis. Wherever you are, nature hums as you are immersed in the salty air and coastal breezes. Locations for kayaking and fishing are found scattered along many roads in Liberty County, and being on the water allows you to relax as you float along beneath a beautiful sun-lit sky.

Both its history and future lie along the roads that wander through this coastal community. They serve to connect the many incredible stories of people who lived long ago and the descendants who carry on their spirit.

Life is short. Take the dirt road, get your feet wet and explore Liberty County! To learn more about Liberty County’s history and attractions or to plan your next trip to our coastal hideaway, visit www.libertycounty.org or call 912-368-445. LIBERTY COUNTY MAGAZINE 79

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historical sites

2Dorchester Village Civic Center

Where: 1804 Islands Hwy., Midway

When: Available year-round for rental on occasions such as banquets, weddings and/or receptions, family reunions, business and club meetings, birthday parties, conferences and other events.

Contact: (912) 884-3342 or www.dvciviccenter.org Admission: rental fees vary

1Dorchester Academy & Museum of African-American History

Where: 8787 East Oglethorpe Hwy., Midway

When: Tuesday-Friday 11 am-2 pm & Saturday- Sunday 2 pm- 4pm Contact: (912) 442-0018 or www.dorchesteracademyia.com

Admission: No fee; donations are welcome

The former school, which was founded by the American Missionary Society soon after the Civil War to educate African-Americans, was named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites by the National Trust for Historic Preservation a few years ago. The Academy operated until 1940 and then became a cooperative to help area residents with farming, economic and household issues. Its most recent historical role was as a site for civil rights movements. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. planned his campaign to integrate Birmingham during meetings there in the mid-1960s. The Dorchester Improvement Association is spearheading the effort to restore Dorchester Academy to its past glory and conducts annual fundraisers, the biggest of which is the annual Walk to Dorchester, usually held in mid-June. The walk retraces the average distance students had to walk to attend the school.

This recently restored 1938 school-house is located off of I-95. It features 7,400 square feet, including an auditorium, five classrooms, a full kitchen and an outdoor pavilion. The schoolhouse, originally built in 1927, consolidated the schools at Sunbury, Colonel’s Island, Riceboro and Jackson Chapel. That building burned down and the school was rebuilt in 1938. It served grades one through seven until 1951, when it was closed. On February 4, 1958, the Liberty County Board of Education sold the property for $10 to the nonprofit Dorchester Civic Center, Inc. Over the years the building fell into a state of disrepair and was closed due to the hazardous conditions. In 2008, Dorchester Civic Center, Inc. reactivated and began an effort to restore the historic building so it could again become a vital part of the community. The renovation was completed in 2010.

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Fort Morris State Historic Site

Where: 2559 Fort Morris Rd., Midway

When: 7 days a week/ 365 days a year, 9am- 5pm; Museum Hours: Thursday-Saturday 9am- 5pm

Contact: (912) 884-5999 or www.gastateparks.org/fortmorris

Admission: $3.00- $4.50 per person; group rates are available with advance notice

When the Continental Congress convened in 1776, the delegates recognized the importance of a fort to protect Georgia’s coast from the English navy. A low bluff on the Midway River near the seaport of Sunbury was fortified and garrisoned by 200 patriots. The fort protected Georgia during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Today, visitors can stand within the earthworks from the War of 1812 and view scenic St. Catherines Sound. In the museum, exhibits describe the once bustling colonial port at Sunbury that—at one time—was larger than Savannah’s.

5Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association National Office & Museum

Where: 438 West Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville

When: Monday- Friday 10am- 4pm

Contact: (912) 408-4872 or www.nationalitpa.com

Admission: No fee; donations are welcome

4Midway Museum

Where: 491 N. Coastal Hwy. 17, Midway

When: Tuesday- Saturday 10am- 4pm

Contact: (912) 884-5837 or www.themidwaymuseum.org

Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, $8 seniors & military, free admission for children under 5, prearranged group rate available

Patterned after a raised, cottage-style house typical in the 18th century, the museum is a replica but holds authentic pieces and a wealth of information. The museum was built in 1957 and has been gathering artifacts, documents, pictures and furnishings since then. Several special days are held at the museum each year, including the annual Christmas Tea. In late 2009, a new collection opened featuring documents and household items from the Charles Colcock Jones family, whose letters became the basis for “The Children of Pride,” a compilation about life on Southern plantations in the mid1800s. Next door to the museum is the Midway Congregational Church, built in 1792. The church is a classic example of a colonial house of worship with neither electricity nor plumbing. The nearby cemetery was established in the 1700s by Puritan settlers. Many famous Liberty Countians are buried there. About 300 of the 1,200 graves still bear their original markers.

The museum consists of a vast collection of telephones and telephone equipment from throughout history. Children and adults alike will find it fascinating to see how the telephone evolved from the solid wood, wall-mounted, hand-cranked, operator-directed, simplistic designs of the past to today’s pocket sized, touch-screen, cellular phones. The ITPA Museum is located at Bryant Commons, a beautiful 150-acre property, located in the heart of Hinesville, which was once the homestead of the former Senator Glenn E. Bryant and his wife Mrs. Bryant. The Bryant family envisioned the property as a “passive park” for the community to enjoy. Through a joint venture with the Bryant Family Foundation and the City of Hinesville, plans for Bryant Commons were developed and it currently features and outdoor amphitheater, a dog park, a playground, a 15-acre pond and Veterans Memorial.

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Old Liberty County Jail

Where: 302 South Main Street, Hinesville

When: Tuesday & Friday 10am- 12pm

Contact: (912) 877-4332 or www.hinesvilledowntown.com

Admission: No fee

In October 1892, the brick jail was completed on what was at the time the south end of Hinesville and replaced a one-story wooden jail. The site and date of construction of the first jail are unknown. The architect is unknown, but the contractor was a man by the name of Mr. Parkhill. The architecture of the jail is typical of the penal facilities of that time period found in towns of similar size throughout the southeast. The jail was used until 1970, when a new regional prison facility was completed. The jail was auctioned off and purchased by the Liberty County Historical society for the sum of $4,500. According to restoration documentation, “The Old Liberty Jail is a significant example of a late 19th century jail for an agricultural county and a small, but growing, community in Georgia. It is one of the earliest brick structures in Hinesville and probably Liberty County.” It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

7Historic Baptismal Trail

Where: 8805 E.B. Cooper Hwy., Riceboro

When: Monday- Friday 8am- 5pm; Saturday- Sunday 9am- 5pm (hours are subject to change)

Contact: (912) 884-2986 or www.cityofriceboro.com Admission: No fee

For almost 100 years this site was an active holy place where the ancestors of the local Geechee communities baptized new members into their faith. Oral and written church history from the surviving descendants of the First African Baptist Church indicate that as early as the 1840s, the site was used a sap lac where the ritual Christian baptism was performed by leaders of a congregation of enslaved people. These early baptisms were carried out in affiliation with the White North Newport Church. After the white congregation moved to Walthourville in 1854. The enslaved Africans renamed the church the First African Baptist Church and continued the practice of ritual baptisms at the site until the early 1940s. The site features a boardwalk, benches and picnic tables as well as interpretive signage regarding the surrounding natural habitat and the historical significance of the site. It is open daily to the public for self-guided tours.

8Melon Bluff

Where: 2999 Islands Hwy., Midway

When: Labor Day through Memorial Day - FridaySunday & holiday Mondays from 9am - 4 pm

Contact: (912) 880-4500 or www.melonbluff.org Admission: $5 donation requested

Melon Bluff Nature Center is a beautiful 450-acre nature preserve on the Georgia Coast. Its purpose is to preserve the vanishing coastal wilderness, its wildlife, and its important history. Instead of destroying this unspoiled beauty with development, we prefer to offer it as a place to learn and explore. The Melon Bluff Nature Center is open for hiking, mountain biking, and birding. Self-guided nature and heritage trails maps can be used to navigate the property by foot and by bike. Melon Bluff staff can also arrange picnics, group outings, and parties. The Melon Bluff Nature Center features exhibits and educational programs, restrooms, and parking.

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The Right Blend

People often say we’re passionate about our tea here in the South. Many southerners grew up on sweet iced tea. A single glass has the ability to quench thirst and the soul simultaneously! The best kind of tea, as any local can tell you, is one that refreshes the body and mind. It’s a strong blend with just the right amount of sugar served over ice. It quenches our thirst, especially on those hot summer days, and cannot be beat!

Here in Liberty County, the soil is perfect for tea and if it hadn’t been for a financial deal that fell through to South Carolina, Liberty County would have been producing tea for the states in the 1800s. It all began in Riceboro where the first tea plants were introduced by William Jones and his daughter, Rosa Jones Screven. A Scottish venture capitalist named John Jackson visited Liberty County to inspect their tea crop. The specimens that he collected were sent to the Department of Agriculture and deemed equal to the best raised in India or China. A $30,000 appropriation to establish a government sponsored tea project in Liberty County was secured, but the political tides turned and the project went to South Carolina instead. Jackson had no choice but to follow the money, so he packed up and moved to Summerville, South Carolina to tend to the crops. After a year of cultivation, he was convinced South Carolina’s soil was wrong, but none-

theless Liberty County was the best choice to grow a perfect tea crop! Unfortunately, since the tea didn’t take in South Carolina, the government funding was relinquished. Jackson had to abandon his tea aspirations, and decided to move back to Liberty County where he was a resident until his death. He tried to secure financial backing for tea cultivation in the area many times but was unsuccessful. Remains of the old tea fields near Riceboro could still be found as late as 1900. Local residents picked the leaves when they were tender, dried them in the sun and brewed their own special blend of Liberty County tea. The tea plants cultivated by Jackson are no longer in existence in Liberty County, but the soil in these parts hold the memory of his dream! The history of Liberty County dates back long before tea plants were sowed in the dark, rich soil. Historical and cultural sites abound in this area and tell the story of a blended heritage forged from the enslaved Gullah Geechee people to Revolutionary War heroes to Civil Rights leaders and into the modern era. This right blend of culture and history in our lovely Liberty County awaits discovery. So, if you visit our coastal community, chances are we’ll offer you some this delicious, sweet, iced delicacy because after all, we’re passionate about our tea in the South.

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Pathways Health Career Training Center............37

M.E. Sack Engineering..........................................55

Sammy's Pressure Washing................................74 Shellhouse.............................................................14

Southern Coast Properties...................................17

State Farm - Melissa Carter Ray..........................74

The Shanken Team...............................................55

TR Long Engineering............................................74

Wreaths for Warriors Walk...................................59

Yates-Astro............................................................59

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MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

To become a member of the Liberty County Chamber, call: 912.368.4445

104 Logistic, LLC 104 Raven Road Midway, GA 31320 (912) 318-5612 www.104logisticllc.com

A Plus Realty Group

445 EG Miles Parkway #108 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 463-4409 www.buyorsellinhinesville.com

ABC Plumbing Inc.

128 McDonald Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2920 www.abcplumbinghinesville.com/

Acceptance Insurance

445 Elma G Miles Pkwy Suite 201 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-1112 http://acceptanceinsurance.com

Ace Real Estate Services

1146 EG Miles Pkwy Suite 205-B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-1211 www.acerealestateservices.com

Advanced Innovative IT Solutions, LLC (912) 271-0563 www.aiisllc.com

Air Evac Lifeteam

148 Peachtree Street Jesup, GA 31545 (912) 422-8083 www.amcnrep.com/andrew-harper

All Ways Feet of Georgia

127 MacArthur Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-8637 www.physiciansfootcare.com /offices/hinesville-office

Allstate Insurance Andy Bennett 110 S. Gause St Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-0432 https://agents.allstate.com /andy-bennett-hinesville-ga.html

Allstate Insurance: Zambia Geiger (912) 216-6034 http://allstate.com/zambiageiger

American Red Cross

41 Park of Commerce Way Building 200 Savannah, GA 31405 (912) 651-5300 www.redcross.org/ga/savannah

Ameris Bank

101 West Hendry Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2265 www.amerisbank.com

AmeriSpec of Coastal Georgia (912) 255-0722 www.heininspections.com

Ankle and Foot Associates, LLC 481 E.G. Miles Pkwy, Ste C Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 432-7236 www.anklesandfeet.com/ hinesville-ga-podiatrist

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar 1492 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Flemington, GA 31313 (912) 369-4909 www.Applebees.com

Arline & Wiggins, CPAs, LLC 211 E Court St Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 265-1020 www.arlinewiggins.com

Armed Forces Benefits Network 139 E MLK Jr. Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 1-800-549-4252 www.afbn.us

Arnold & Stafford 128 S. Main St. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-4529 www.coastallawyers.com

Arrowood Environmental Group 10 Rose Hill Drive Savannah, GA 31419 (912) 920-2895 www.arrowoodenv.com

AT&T Georgia 552 West Oglethorpe Hwy, Unit 114 Hinesville , GA 31313 (912) 877-3388 www.att.com

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MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

To become a member of the Liberty County Chamber, call: 912.368.4445

104 Logistic, LLC 104 Raven Road Midway, GA 31320 (912) 318-5612 www.104logisticllc.com

A Plus Realty Group

445 EG Miles Parkway #108 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 463-4409 www.buyorsellinhinesville.com

ABC Plumbing Inc.

128 McDonald Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2920 www.abcplumbinghinesville.com/

Acceptance Insurance

445 Elma G Miles Pkwy Suite 201 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-1112 http://acceptanceinsurance.com

Ace Real Estate Services

1146 EG Miles Pkwy Suite 205-B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-1211 www.acerealestateservices.com

Advanced Innovative IT Solutions, LLC (912) 271-0563 www.aiisllc.com

Air Evac Lifeteam 148 Peachtree Street Jesup, GA 31545 (912) 422-8083 www.amcnrep.com/andrew-harper

All Ways Feet of Georgia 127 MacArthur Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-8637 www.physiciansfootcare.com /offices/hinesville-office

Allstate Insurance Andy Bennett 110 S. Gause St Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-0432 https://agents.allstate.com /andy-bennett-hinesville-ga.html

Allstate Insurance: Zambia Geiger (912) 216-6034 http://allstate.com/zambiageiger

American Red Cross 41 Park of Commerce Way Building 200 Savannah, GA 31405 (912) 651-5300 www.redcross.org/ga/savannah

Ameris Bank 101 West Hendry Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2265 www.amerisbank.com

AmeriSpec of Coastal Georgia (912) 255-0722 www.heininspections.com

Ankle and Foot Associates, LLC 481 E.G. Miles Pkwy, Ste C Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 432-7236 www.anklesandfeet.com/ hinesville-ga-podiatrist

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar 1492 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Flemington, GA 31313 (912) 369-4909 www.Applebees.com

Arline & Wiggins, CPAs, LLC 211 E Court St Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 265-1020 www.arlinewiggins.com

Armed Forces Benefits Network 139 E MLK Jr. Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 1-800-549-4252 www.afbn.us

Arnold & Stafford 128 S. Main St. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-4529 www.coastallawyers.com

Arrowood Environmental Group 10 Rose Hill Drive Savannah, GA 31419 (912) 920-2895 www.arrowoodenv.com

AT&T Georgia 552 West Oglethorpe Hwy, Unit 114 Hinesville , GA 31313 (912) 877-3388 www.att.com

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Atlantic Area C.A.S.A.

1113 E. Oglethorpe Hwy. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-3816 www.atlanticcasa.org

Automated Business Resources 15 Chatham Center, South Drive Savannah, GA 31405 (912) 527-7777 www.abr1.com

B and J's Steaks & Seafood 901 North Way Darien, GA 31305 (912) 437-2122 www.bandjssteaksandseafood.com

Baker Girls Beauty, Relaxation & Recovery Retreat (912) 332-1596 www.facebook.com /BakerGirlsBeautyBar

Balanced Marketing (912) 289-7321 http://balanced-marketing.com

Baldinos

456 General Screven Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-8093 www.baldinos.us/ Barry S. Chapman & Associates LLC 1146 EG Miles Parkway Suite 205 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 532-6767 www.barrychapmancounseling.com

BeSeen Outdoor Advertising 2001 Cook Street Brunswick, GA 31520 (912) 289-2235 www.beseenoutdoor.com/

Best Care Home Health 229 W. General Screven Way, Suite A Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-5477

Better Living Better Life Consulting (912) 269-1013

Beyond The Front Porch Properties 218 Fraser Dr Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-1682 facebook.com/beyondthe frontporchproperties

Big Dawgs

735B EG Miles Pkwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 320-4381 www.bigdawgshotdogs.com/

Biomat USA

108 W Hendry Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 255-6150 www.grifolsplasma.com/en /-/hinesville-ga

Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia

475 South Main Street, Suite A Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 427-0800 www.bjisg.com

Bootleggers Package Store

5782 W. Oglethorpe Hwy, Suite A Walthourville, GA 31333 (912) 332-1809 www.facebook.com/ bootleggerspackagestore

Boys and Girls Club of Liberty County

100 Deen St Hinesville , GA 31313 (912) 977-0674 www.bgcliberty.org

Bradwell Institute 100 Pafford St. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-6121 http://bradwellinstitute.org/

Brantley Building 135 MLK Jr Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-6322

Brigitte CabezaShanken,CIPS,RSPS,AHWD,Realtor, Associate Broker (912) 222-8279 www.coldwellbanker.com/ agents/BRIGITTE-CABEZASHANKEN-31313

BuddyWatch, Inc (912) 884-4440 https://buddywatchinc.org/

C.A. Sittle, Inc. 5462 Elim Church Road Ludowici, GA 31316 (912) 667-3014 http://landscapehinesville.com

Cadence Bank 119 E. General Screven Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-5050 www.cadencebank.com

Cakamile, LLC 112 S Commerce Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-1732 http://cakamileproducts.com

Canoochee EMC 342 E. Brazell St Reidsville, GA 30453 1-800-342-0134 www.canoocheeemc.com/ Carpathia Paws 1534 Airport Rd Hinesville, GA 31313 http://carpathiapaws.com

CBD+ Hinesville 445 EG Miles Pkwy, Suite 109 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-1232 www.wearelilufarms.com

Cellvanna One Stop Shop 946 Elma G Miles Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 432-1566

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Century 21 Action Realty

123 General Screven Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2100 www.century21-actionrealty.com

Charming Chics Boutique

229 General Screven Way , Suite N-2 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-0741 www.charmingchicsboutique.com

Chatham Parkway Subaru

7 Park of Commerce Way Savannah, GA 31405 1-888-301-8570 www.cpsubaru.com

Cherokee Rose Country Club

225 Cherokee Trail Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-5503 www.facebook.com /CherokeeRoseCountryClub1

Chick-Fil-A Hinesville 877 West Oglethorpe Highway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-6631 www.cfahinesville.com/

City of Flemington 156 Old Sunbury Road Flemington, GA 31313 (912) 877-3223 http://cityofflemington.org/

City of Hinesville

115 East M. L. King, Jr. Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-3564 www.cityofhinesville.org

City of Midway

41 Charlie Butler Rd Midway, GA 31320 (912) 884-3344 www.historicmidway.com

City of Riceboro

4614 S. Coastal Highway Riceboro, GA 31323 (912) 884-2986 www.cityofriceboro.org

City of Walthourville 222 Busbee Rd. Walthourville, GA 31333 (912) 368-7501 http://cityofwalthourville.com/

Clayton Homes of Hinesville 1207 W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 333-9100 www.claytonhomesofhinesville.com

Clearwave Fiber LLC 1375 Chatham Parkway Savannah, GA 31405 (877) 427-4729 www.hargray.com

Climate Controlled Storage

229 West General Screven Way STE M4 Hinesville , GA 31313 (912) 876-4999 www.hinesvillestorage.com

Club Stewart 1020 Hero Rd, Bldg 405 Ft. Stewart, GA 31314 (912) 767-4717 www.stewartmwr.com/index.php /clubs_and_dining-1/club_stewart/

Coastal Area District Development Authority

501 Gloucester Street, Ste. 201 Brunswick, GA 31520 (912) 261-2500 www.cadda-sba.org/

Coastal Cooling LLC 155 Dunlevie Rd Allenhurst , GA 31301 (912) 977-0222 www.coastalcoolingllc.com/

Coastal Courier 125 South Main St. Suite B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-0156 http://coastalcourier.com

Coastal Drug Company 204 Butler Ave Midway, GA 31320 (912) 884-9255 http://coastaldrugcompany.com

Coastal Electric Cooperative 1265 South Coastal Highway 17 Midway, GA 31320 (912) 884-3311 www.coastalemc.com

Coastal Endodontics 111 East Mills Avenue Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 463-4405 www.coastalendo.net

Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority Inc

1 Community Action Drive Suite A Brunswick, GA 31521 (912) 264-3281 www.coastalgacaa.org/

Coastal Georgia Military Affairs Coalition (912) 408-6225 www.friendsofftstewartandhunter.com

Coastal Plains Charter High School Liberty Campus 212 School House Road Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-6766 www.coastalplainscharter.org

Coastal Solar Power Company 229 West General Screven Way Suite N1 Hinesville, GA 31313 (884) 765-2793 www.coastalsolar.com

Coldwell Banker Southern Coast 730 General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-4300 coldwellbankersoutherncoast.com

Columbia College 100 Knowledge Drive, Suite 147 Fort Stewart, GA 31314 (912) 877-3406 www.ccis.edu/nationwide /ftstewart.aspx

Comcast - Business Services 145 Park of Commerce Drive Savannah, GA 31405 (912) 253-1944 https://your-local-solution.com/

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Think Big Youth Organization

9784 E Oglethorpe Hwy Suite C Midway, GA 31320 (912) 713-8130 www.thinkbigyouth.com

Thomas Hill Jewelers

110 E Martin Luther King Jr Dr Suite 1A Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-6036 www.thomashilljewelers.com

Tidal Wave Auto Spa 897 W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 www.tidalwaveautospa.com

Tri-County Protective Shelter (912) 368-9200 Hotline http://tri-countyprotective agency.net/

Troy University 2743 Perimeter Pkwy Bldg 200, Suite 201 Augusta, GA 30909 (706) 231-2263 www.troy.edu

UBOUNCE (912) 622-3832 www.ubounce.biz

United Community Bank 2225 E Victory Drive Savannah , GA 31404 (912) 303-9667 www.ucbi.com/locations/ savannah-victory-dr/

United Country Real Estate 1091 HWY 24E Statesboro , GA 30461 (912) 536-9595 www.ashleydarbyrealtor.com

United Service Organization

Fort Stewart- HAAF 1639 Gullick Avenue Building 703 Fort Stewart, GA 31315 (912) 332-5488 facebook.com/USOFortStewart/

United Way of Coastal Empire- Liberty County 301 Olive Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-4282 facebook.com/ UWCELIBERTYCOUNTY/

Unlimited Taxes & More, Inc. 241-C West General Screven Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-9592 www.unlimitedtaxes.com

V Films LLC (912) 349-9740 http://villanuevaanthony.com

Vaden Nissan of Hinesville 1009 E Oglethorpe Hwy. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-1680 http://vadennissanofhinesville.com

Veranique Collections Hinesville, GA 31313 (757) 775-2637 www.veraniquecollections.com

Vietnam Veterans of America (912) 876-7039 facebook.com/Vietnam-Veterans -of-America-Chapter-789218134592076914

VIP Office Furniture & Supply 109 Central Avenue Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-3000 www.vipoffice.com

VIP Promotional Products 126 E MLK Jr. Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-5215 www.vippromoproducts.com

Vogue Hair Studio 103 Gause Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-6483

Walmart Neighborhood Market #4519 801-A East General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 255-6010

Walmart Neighborhood Market #4525 1422 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-9810 www.walmart.com/store/4525

Walmart Super Center 751 West Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-3600 www.walmart.com

Walthourville Meat Market 5715 W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-4933 facebook.com/meatmarket57

Warley & Bush Company (484) 985-2855 www.stizocollection.com

Webster University- Ft. Stewart 100 Knowledge Dr. Suite 134 Ft. Stewart, GA 31315 (912) 876-8080 www.webster.edu/georgia

Wedgewood/Aspen Court Apartments 939 South Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2244 www.wedgewood-aspencourt.com

Weichert Realtors - Real Estate Professionals

201 E. General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-5194 www.usrealtypro.com

Wise Tax Services 908 S Main St. Suite 104 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 321-3568 www.wisetaxservices.com

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Compass Insurance Group of Georgia Inc

P.O Box 375

Midway, GA 31320 (912) 884-2929 www.cigofga.com

Connection Church 116 Patriots Trail Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-6121 www.connectionchurch.com/

Cori McFann-Levesque, Realtor

730 General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 256-6235 coldwellbankersoutherncoast.com

Country Financial- Tico Brown

740 General Stewart HWY Suite 202 Unit H Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-6169 www.countryfinancial.com /tico.brown

Country Inn and Suites

742 General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-7777 www.radissonhotelsamericas.com

Creative Expressions (912) 321-4277

D & J Construction Services PO Box 1425 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2133

Dagmar Madden, Realtor

730 General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31310 (912) 572-6005 www.fortstewartgeorgia.com

Dawson's General Store

5782 W. Oglethorpe Hwy, Suite B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-8721 www.americanfenceandfeed.com

Daybreak Industrial Inc 1201 Armon J Kicklighter Rd Glennville, GA 30427 (912) 654-0571

Decor Divas Designs 146 Neta Rd Jesup, GA 31545 (912) 294-9259 www.facebook.com/Decor DivasDesigns/

Dee's Electrical 1329 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-2887

DeeVine Beauty Supply 9784 E Oglethorpe Hwy, Suite A Midway, GA 31320 (912) 884-2270

Delectable Fruits & Delectable Scoops 1427A W. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 320-4258 http://delectablefruits.com

Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center Of GA

510 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-7546 www.gaderm.com/

Digital Office Equipment 10929 US Hwy 301S, Suite 5 Statesboro, GA 30458 (912) 489-6964 www.calldoe.com

Direct Auto Insurance

751 W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 255-4235 http://directauto.com

Disabled American Veterans Chapter #46 1113 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2546

Divens Solutions (813) 409-0085

Diversity Health Center 301 Fraser Dr., Unit B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-2227 http://diversityhc.org/

Donovan Rehab 315 W Memorial Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 320-4737 www.donovanrehab.com

Doodles Billiards 105 West General Screven Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-2211

Dorchester Improvement Association 8787 E Oglethorpe Hwy Midway , GA 31320 (912) 369-3407

Dove Mortgage Inc. 617 Windhaven Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-8296 www.dovemortgageinc.com

Dryden Properties / Enterprises 310 South Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313-3242 (912) 368-6105 www.dryden-homes.com

Dulce Delicia 908 S Main St, Suite 101 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-1948

Econo Lodge 726 E. Oglethorpe Highway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2275 www.hotelinhinesville.com

Edward Jones, Office of Todd Lacy 111 Ryon Avenue, Suite B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-4850 www.edwardjones.com

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ELAN Technology

169 Elan Court Midway, GA 31320 (912) 880-3526 www.elantechnology.com/

Elite Roofing & Consulting Service (912) 447-3339 www.eroofcs.com

Emma Jane's 106 Commerce Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-7683 facebook.com/emmajanesboutique/

Empire Event Center 718 E Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 facebook.com/EMPIREHINESVILLE/

ERA Southeast Coastal Real Estate

139 Ryon Ave Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-3538 www.erageorgia.com

ESA Investigations & Security, LLC (912) 312-9510 www.esainvestigations.com

ESG Operations, Inc 613 EG Miles Pkwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-8216 www.esginc.net

Expedia Cruises Hinesville Georgia 101 S. Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 434-7670 www.expediacruises.com/us900311

Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers

618 Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-7888

Fairfield Inn & Suites 1494 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2003

Fairway Independent Mortgage 2591 US HWY 17, Suite 104 Richmond Hill, GA 31324 (864) 526-8384

Fang's Island 521 B W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-1525

Farmer's Natural Foods 754 E.G. Miles Pkwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-7803 www.farmersnaturalfoods.com/

Farmhouse Restaurant and Catering 3152 Hwy 301 S. Glennville, GA 30427 (912) 654-1456 www.thefarmhouse301.com/

FBS Screening 449 W General Screven Way, Suite A Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 255-5136 www.fbsscreening.com

First Command 110 E. MLK Jr. Drive, Suite B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 391-1049 www.firstcommand.com

First Preparatory Christian Academy 308 East Court Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-0441 www.fpcahinesville.com

First United Methodist Church 203 N Main St Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2200 https://hinesvillemethodist.com/

Flacos House 4 744 E Oglethorpe Hwy, Unit B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-1310 www.flacoshouse.com

Fleming Shortcut Fruit Stand 993 Fleming Loop Road Fleming, GA 31309 (912) 655-6857

Flemington Veterinary Hospital 3263 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3226 www.flemingtonvet.com/

Florabelle Florist & Gifts 68 Whetstone Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-5345 http://hinesvillageflorist.com

Fort Stewart Family Homes 50 Austin Road, Building LW50 Fort Stewart, GA 31315 (912) 408-2480 www.fortstewartfamilyhomes.com

Fraser Center 203 Mary Lou Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-7777 www.frasercenter.com

Fusion Training Center 730 Weeping Willow Dr Hinesville, GA 31313 (951) 445-8282 www.ftcga.com

G&B's Treasures 103 Ralph Quarterman Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-5974 www.gnbstreasures.com/

Georgia Department of Labor 140 East MLK Jr. Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 370-2595 www.dol.state.ga.us

Georgia Eye Institute of the Southeast 741 Weeping Willow Dr. Ste A Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2522 www.gaeyeinstitute.com/

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Georgia Hospice Care

141 South Macon Street Jesup, GA 31545 (912) 427-3202 www.georgiahospicecare.com

Georgia Power Company

923 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (888) 660-5890 www.Georgiapower.com

Georgia Southern University

175 W. Memorial Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-1906 www.georgiasouthern.edu/

GeoVista Federal Credit Union

601 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31310 (912) 368-2477 www.geovistacu.com/

Get It Done Right Home Inspection (912) 324-5935 www.getitdonerighthome inspection.com

Gibson Home Store

1122 West Oglethorpe Highway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-6250 www.gibsonshomestore.com/

Gift of Love is Here Corporation 1951 Shaw Rd Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 320-3403 giftofloveisherecorporation.com

Global Business Development Strategist

425 W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 980-2414 www.globalbizstrategist.com

Gold & Silver Pawn

501-H General Screven Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-6580 http://goldandsilverpawnhinesville.com/

Golden & Associates CPA's, LLC 769 East Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-7575 www.goldencpa.com

Good To Go 1050 E Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-3933

Goodwill Southeast Georgia 115 W. Hendry Street, Suite 18A Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-7473 www.goodwillsega.org

Graddy & Associates Financial Group 101 A N. Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2130

Great Clips 863 W Oglethorpe Hwy, Suite 250 Hinesville, Ga 31313 www.greatclips.com

Great Oaks Bank 42 Town Centre Drive Richmond Hill, GA 31324 (912) 445-6868 www.greatoaks.bank

Green Lotus Dreams 734 Elma G Miles Pkwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-5791 www.greenlotusdreams.com

Grey Wolfe Trucking, LLC (912) 446-5294

Grynd Central 120 Liberty Street, Suite C Hinesville, GA 31313 www.gryndcentral.com

H&R Block 229 West General Screven Way, Suite B-C Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-3415 www.hrblock.com

Hair by Deesign, The Salon 9784 E Oglethorpe Hwy, Suite B Midway, GA 31320 (912) 622-1949

Hampton Island Club, LLC 1300 Retreat Road Riceboro, GA 31323 (912) 880-8800 www.hamptonisland.com/

Harris Ace Hardware 1012 W. Oglethorpe Highway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2147

Haunted Grounds Coffee LLC 248 Butler Ave Midway, GA 31320 (912) 502-2583

Henri, LLC (912) 532-1566 http://hpeterson.as.me

Heritage Bank 300 South Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3332 www.the-heritage-bank.com

Hernandez Collision Center 1070 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-6398 www.hernandezcollisioncenter.com

Hinesville Area Arts Council 102 Commerce Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-4445 www.hinesvillearts.com/

Hinesville Area Board of Realtors 111C Ryon Ave Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-4227 www.hinesvillerealtors.com

Hinesville Business Center (305) 775-1099

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Hinesville Downtown Development Authority

115 East M. L. King, Jr. Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-4332 http://hinesvilledowntown.com/

Hinesville Housing Authority 100 Regency Place Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3466 www.hinesvillehousingauthority.org

Hinesville Lodge #271 F&AM

933B EG Miles Parkway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 321-9381 www.hinesvillelodge271.org

Hinesville Military Homes

776 Elma G Miles Pkwy, Suite B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 867-9000 https://hinesvillemilitaryhomes.com/

Hinesville Pharmacy

481 EG Miles Parkway, Suite A Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-8125

Hinesville Rotary www.hinesvillerotary.org/

Hinesville Smiles 101 East General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3333 www.hinesvillesmiles.com/

Hinesville Super Friends facebook.com/groups /668788314339887

HLH & Co., Nursery and Design 10353 East Oglethorpe Hwy Midway, GA 31320 (912) 884-3589

Hog N Bones Hinesville

762 Veterans Parkway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 463-4793 www.hognbones.com

Holiday Inn Express

1388 East Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-5611 www.hiexpress.com

Holtzman Elite Properties, LLC

1146 EG Miles Pkway, Suite 104 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-8886 www.fortstewart.com

Holtzman Insurance Agency

1146 E.G. Miles Pkwy, Suite 102 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2600 www.holtzmaninsurance.com

Holtzman Real Estate Services 1146 E.G. Miles Pkwy, Suite 104 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-8886 www.holtzmanrealestate.com

Home Instead

319 W General Screven Way, Suite 109 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-1554 www.homeinstead.com/ location/860

Horizon Diagnostic Laboratory

508 N Main St, Suite B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 623-4801 www.horizondiagnosticlab.com

Horizon Staffing, Inc. 7722 Waters Avenue Savannah, GA 31406 (912) 355-5966 www.horizonstaffing.com

Huey Magoo's DBA KRM Chicken

567 Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 221-1233 https://hueymagoos.com/

Hugo Boss 270 Elan Court Midway, GA 31320 (912) 880-5200 www.hugoboss.com

Humana Military

1061 Harmon Ave, Bldg 302 Ft. Stewart, GA 31314 (502) 313-9677 http://humanamilitary.com

Huta Essentials 908 S Main Street, Suite 105 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-4882 www.hutaessentials.com

In & Out Movers

952 Whippoorwill Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 518-8458 http://inandoutmovers.info/

Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association 438 W. Oglethorpe Hwy. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 408-4872 www.nationalitpa.com/

Infiniti Studios 4981 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-4696 www.theinfinitistudios.com/

Interstate Credit Union 11199 East Oglethorpe Highway Midway, GA 31320 (912) 884-2754 www.interstatecu.org

It's All About Me Selfie Studio 110 E MLK Jr. Drive, Suite 1B Hinesville, GA 31313 (833) 422-6886

Izola's Country Cafe 809 Willowbrook Dr., Suite 106 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 463-4709 facebook.com/ IzolasCountryCafe

J M Allen Construction, INC. 441 Bell Road NE Ludowici , GA 31316 (912) 499-0126

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JC Lewis Ford Hinesville

309 W Oglethorpe Highway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-3673 www.jclewishinesville.com

JC Vision and Associates, INC. 135-G East MLK Jr. Drive Hinesville, GA 31310 (912) 877-4243 www.jcvision.com

Jeanne Evans, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Southern Coast

730 E General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 977-4230

JGCM Enterprises, LLC

787 Saint Catherine Circle Richmond Hill, GA 31324 (912) 412-9080 facebook.com/jgcment/

JJ's Bar and Grill

726 E. Oglethorpe HWY Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-9119 www.jjsbarandgrill.com

Jody Smiley Landscaping LLC (912) 977-3434

Jones Medical Equipment 481 E.G. Miles Parkway, Suite B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-3202 facebook.com/jones medicalequipmenthinesvillega/

Jones, Osteen, Jones 206 E. Court St Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-0111 www.jojlaw.com/

Josh Wheeler, Keller Williams, Coastal Area Partners

105 Hendry Street Hinesville, GA 31313 912.271.1313 www.southgaproperties.com /agents/191955-Josh-Wheeler/

Jumpin' Jacks Family Fun Center 767 Veterans Pkwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 320-4885 www.jumpingjacksga.com/

K&M Xtreme Clean (912) 980-6605 facebook.com/xtremeclean912/

Kaely Smith, Realtor 1146 EG Miles Parkway Suite 104 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 980-7690 facebook.com/kaelysmithrealtor

Kandy's Event Venue

237 W General Screven Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 463-1282 facebook.com/kandysvenue

Kathy Villafane- REALTOR

445 EG Miles Parkway Hinesville, GA 31313 912) 247-7967 http://kathyvillafane.com

Kawanza LLC (229) 589-0945 facebook.com/Kawanza-LLC117905700088189

Keep Liberty County Beautiful 9397 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Midway, GA 31320 (912) 880-4888 www.keeplibertybeautiful.org/

Kiwanis Club of Liberty County (912) 271-0508

Kona Ice of Savannah (912) 346-3572 facebook.com/konaicesavannah/

Krystina Langan, Realtor

323 W. General Screven Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 532-8705 http://fortstewartrealty.com

L & D Cleaning and Floor Services Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 429-1602

La Maison Du Caniche Inc. 988 Pineland Avenue Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-5165 www.lamaisonducaniche.com

LaQuinta Inn & Suites 1740 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-3000 www.LQ.com

Leigh Smiley REALTOR

730 E. General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 977-3401

Lesley Francis PR 11258 Ford Ave , Suite 2 Richmond Hill , GA 31324 (912) 417-5377 www.lesleyfrancispr.com

Liberty Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Inc. 750 West Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-5129

Liberty Co. Board of Commissioners 100 Main Street, Suite 1320 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2164

Liberty Co. Board of Education 200 Bradwell Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2161 www.liberty.k12.ga.us/

Liberty Co. Clinic of Chiropractic 211 East Memorial Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-4002 http://libertyccc.com

Liberty Co. Community Housing Development 100 Regency Place Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3466

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Liberty Co. Convention & Visitors Bureau

208 E. Court Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3580 www.libertycounty.org

Liberty Co. Development Authority

425 West Oglethorpe Highway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3356 https://comegrow.global/

Liberty Co. DFCS

112 West Oglethorpe HWY Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 370-2555 http://dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov/libertycounty-dfcs-office

Liberty Co. Extension Office

100 Main St, Suite 1200 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2133 https://extension.uga.edu/countyoffices/liberty.html

Liberty Co. Farm Bureau 562 E.G. Miles Parkway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3370 www.gfb.org/contactus/default.asp

Liberty Co. Health Department 1113 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2173 www.gachd.org/counties /liberty_county/

Liberty Co. Public Safety 100 Liberty Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2201

Liberty Co. Recreation Department 607 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-5359 http://lcrd.net

Liberty College & Career Academy

245 Dorsey Road Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-4904 http://schools.liberty.k12.ga.us/lcca/

Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission

100 Main Street, Suite 7520 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 408-2030 www.thelcpc.org

Liberty County Animal Control 1731 Lee Place Road NE Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-9191 www.libertycountyga.com/ 182/Animal-Services

Liberty County Board of Assessors

100 Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-3568 www.libertycountyga.com

Liberty County Coroner's Office 100 South Main Street, Suite 3700 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 408-2101 www.libertycountyga.com

Liberty County Historical Society 100 South Commerce St Hinesville, GA 31313 www.libertyhistory.net/

Liberty County Manna House 244 Memorial Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3660 www.libertycounty mannahouse.org/

Liberty County Sheriff's Office 201 S. Main Street, Suite 1300 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2131 http://libertyso.com

Liberty County Solid Waste Authority

100 North Main Street, Ste. 1510 Hinesville , GA 31313 (912) 884-5353

Liberty Line-X and Accessories 305 W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 391-1440 http://libertylinex.com

Liberty Regional EMS, Inc. 474 South Main Hinesville, GA 31310 (912) 369-9420

Liberty Regional Medical Center 62 E.G Miles Parkway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-9400 www.libertyregional.org

Liberty Shipping Solutions 103 W General Screven Way, Suite G Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-7912 www.libertyshipping solutions.com

Liberty Veterinary Medical Center 1094 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-3357 www.libertyveterinary.com/

Liquor World 1156 W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313

Live Oak Chiropractic 462 South Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 432-7773 www.lochinesville.com

Live Oak Church of God 296 Live Oak Church Rd. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-8769 http://liveoakchurch.org

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Live Oak Public Libraries

236 W. Memorial Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-4003 www.liveoakpl.org

Live Oak Public Libraries- Midway Branch 9397 E Oglethorpe Hwy Midway, GA 31320 (912) 456-9261 https://liveoakpl.org/locations/midway

Local Media Outdoor Inc

345 Green Street NW Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 535-6308

Longhorn Steakhouse

825 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-7181 www.longhornsteakhouse.com

Loretta Rose, Realtor 730 General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 484-6320

Love-It-Productions, Inc. 109 Flat Shoal Ln. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-7550

Low Country Cancer Care 740 E General Stewart Way, Suite 210B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 692-2000 http://lcccsav.com

Low Country Eyecare 465 E.G. Miles Parkway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-2422 www.lowcountryeye.com

Low Country Turf & Ornamental LLC (912) 463-3396 https://lowcountryto.com/

Lowcountry Audio (843) 304-8000 www.lowcountryaudiosc.com

Lowes Home Improvement 735 West Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 408-1001 www.lowes.com

Ludowici Koffee Kafe & Ice Kreme Parlor

623 South McDonald Street Ludowici, GA 31316 (912) 545-2121 facebook.com/ LudowiciKoffeeKAFE

Luis F. Lopez PO Box 617 Millen, GA 30442 (912) 977-4321

M & M Motors 29 McIntosh Lake Rd Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-7433

M.E. Sack Engineering 515 N Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-5212 www.mesack.com

Mach 1 Body Shop INC

701 Courtland Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-5500 www.mach1bodyshop.com/

Madison Byler Artistry

600 Taylor Rd, Apt 94 Hinesville, GA 31313 (706) 581-6429

Magnolia Manor on the Coast 141 Timber Trail Richmond Hill, GA 31324 (912) 756-4300 www.magnoliamanor.com

Mami24Seven LLC (912) 321-4248 https://mami24seven.com/

Margie's Southern Cooking

1696 Shaw Road Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 463-4864

Marshland Credit Union 3650 Community Road Brunswick, GA 31521 (912) 580-9822 www.marshlandfcu.coop

Martin Insurance Agency, Inc. 206 North Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-5115

Martin Mercantile 102 N Commerce Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 318-7129

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies 100 Knowledge Dr. Fort Stewart, GA 31314 (912) 572-8136

McAlister's Deli 632 W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-5666

McDonald's Restaurant (912) 876-9301 www.mcdonalds.com

MD Event Productions LLC (719) 308-6898 www.mdproductions.net

Medallion Styles LLC 413 S. Main Street, Suite B Hinesville, GA 31313 (386) 675-2968 www.medallionstyles.com

Melody's Coastal Cafe 34 N Coastal Hwy Midway, GA 31320 (912) 884-4113

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MidCoast Regional Airport

1116 E Lowe Circle

Fort Stewart, GA 31313 (912) 877-4359 www.mcra.us

Midway Museum

491 North Coastal Highway Midway, GA 31320 (912) 884-5837 www.themidwaymuseum.org

Mike Reed Chevrolet

1559 East Oglethorpe Hwy. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2121 www.mikereedchevy.com/

Molly Maxine Enterprises 122 South Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-0160

Mr. Y Fun Time (912) 294-6710 https://mryfuntime.com/

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church 1370 Shaw Rd Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-6464 facebook.com/MZHinesville

MTCO Remodeling and Renovations (912) 333-0608

Muse Collision Inc. 14 Brights Lake Road Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 408-7246 www.musecollision.com

Navy Federal Credit Union 730 S. Main St. Hinesville, GA 31313 (888) 842-6328 www.navyfederal.org

Nengiie Graphic Designs (912) 622-1749

New Directions Employment Services (678) 590-8188

Ng Photography

105 E General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 351-5961

NISE Entertainment (912) 255-9650 www.playnise.com

Norman Realty & Management

139 Ryon Avenue Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3433 www.rentfortstewarthinesville.com

Nourish Your Pretty

115 E. Oglethorpe Hwy, Unit 4 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 504-0537 facebook.com/nourishyourpretty

Nu Rho Omega Chapter AKA (912) 369-3407 www.nurhoomega.org/

Omni Financial 230 W General Screven Way, Unit 110 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 335-5320 www.omnimilitaryloans.com/ location/hinesville-ga/

One Stop Package

760 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-8066

Optim Medical Center

790 Veterans Pkwy, Suite 111 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-4400 https://optimhealthsystem.com/ location/hinesville/

Osteen Law Group

101 Fraser St. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-2211 http://osteenlaw.com/

Pam Lovett, REALTOR®

401 South Main Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 977-4626 www.pamlovett.com

Panera Bread 1190 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 448-0061 www.panerabread.com

Parkwood Podiatry Associates 600 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3036 http://parkwoodpodiatryassociates.com

Pastor Richard D. Hayes (912) 388-1474 https://ndcchinesville.org/

Pathways Health Career Training Center 103 W General Screven Way, Suite E Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 432-7079 www.pathwayshealthcareer.com

Pedrick & Company, LLC 103 Central Avenue Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-4697 www.pedrickcpa.com

Peds Now! 863 W Oglethorpe Hwy, St 220 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 391-1044 http://Pedsnow.com

Phillips Pediatrics, PC 455 S. Main Street, Suite 103 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-6868 www.phillipspeds.com

Pit Stop

1011 Airport Rd Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-6003

Pleasant Grove AME Church 1450 W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-3266 https://pleasantgroveame.org/

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Pro Feet

111 West Hendry Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2662 www.facebook.com/theprofeet/

Purchasing Alliance Solutions 1265 Minhinette Drive, Suite 150 Roswell, GA 30075 800-782-8254 www.purchasingalliance.com

Puzzling Patterns

740 East General Stewart Way, Suite 202 Hinesville, GA 31313 (404) 697-3608 www.puzzlingpatterns.com

Quality Inn Hinesville-Fort Stewart

1024 E Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 332-7461 www.choicehotels.com/ georgia/hinesville/quality-innhotels/gaa24

Ratcliffe & Smith, P.C. 103 N. Main St. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-8000

Rawls Realty Inc. 790 Veteran's Parkway Suite 112 Hinesville, GA 31313 (877) 798-9080 http://rawlsrealty.com

Real Estate Resource Center of South Georgia

110 E MLK Jr Drive Suite 2D Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 335-4544 www.realestateresourcecenter.org

Red Roof Inn & Suites

70 Wallace Martin Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-3000

Refocus Behavior, LLC

740 E General Stewart Way Suite 103 Hinesville, GA 31313 1.877.321.BUZZ www.refocusbehavior.com

Renaissance Park Senior Village 205 East Memorial Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 448-0067 www.fairwaymanagement.com

Ricter Taxes Etc., Inc. 1951 Shaw Road Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-6744

Righteous Hauling, LLC 135 Gregory Ct Allenhurst, GA 31301 (912) 321-1331

Rodeo Mexican Restaurant 304 W. Oglethorpe Hwy. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-2040 www.rodeomexican.com

Rogers Tree Service 322 Pate Rogers Road Fleming, GA 31309 (912) 884-2112

RTS Homes 116 S. Main St Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-3363 http://www.rts-homes.com

Rustic Designs Home Market 1875 GA Hwy 196 W Hinesville, GA 31313 (864) 640-6482 https://rusticdesigns homemarket.com/

Ryan Feller, Realtor 730 General Stewart Way Hinesville, Georgia 31313 (912) 321-7788 www.RyanFellerRealtor.com

S'soul Food by Chef Neysha (787) 239-4664

Sammy's Pressure Washing and Fence Staining (912) 255-9650 www.sammyspw.com

Samone Norsworthy Fine Art (912) 977-1632 www.samonenorsworthy.com

Sandy Duggan, Realtor 1146 EG Miles Pkwy, Suite 104 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 980-5103 http://sandyduggan.realtor

Sanitary Plumbing 1574 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-3457

Savannah Radio 9100 White Bluff Road Suite 601 Savannah, GA 31406 (912) 856-3592 www.1047thehawk.com

Savannah Sand Company 828 Rogers Pasture Rd. Fleming, GA 31309 (912) 884-3702 www.jahna.com

Savannah Technical College 100 Technology Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 408-3024 www.savannahtech.edu

Save Our Next Generation, Inc. (912) 271-9858 www.songofliberty.org

Scott Wells Plumbing 281 John Wells Road Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-2067

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SERVE LLC

110 N Commerce Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 463-4772 www.servellc.com

Set The Scene Designs

642 Eagan Rd Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 463-3984 www.setthesceneco.com

Sho' Nuff Smokin Good Barbecue

4827 W 15th Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-4663

Signs by Kelli Johns (912) 977-5362

Skylark - Sexual Health and Care Clinic

212 S. First Street, Suite 6 Jesup, GA 31545 (912) 588-0010 http://helloskylark.com

Skyler Wingate, Coldwell Banker Southern Coast

730 General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 387-3076

Smile Doctors 111 W General Screven Way Hinesville, GA 31313 1-888-336-3374 www.smiledoctors.com/ douglasga/smile-doctors-welcome

Smokin' Pig The BBQ Joint

13711 E Oglethorpe Hwy Midway, GA 31320 (912) 884-4495 www.smokinpigbbqjoint.com

South Georgia Bank 737 South Main St. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 408-1051 www.southgabank.com

South University 709 Mall Boulevard Savannah, GA 31406 (912) 790-4163 www.southuniversity.edu

Southeast Auto Service, LLC 104-B Carter Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-4280 www.southeastautoservice.com

Southeastern Bank 2004 US Hwy 17 Richmond Hill, GA 31324 (912) 459-2323 www.southeasternbank.com

Southern Coast Properties 730 General Stewart Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-6322 www.southerncoastpm.com

Southern Comfort Heating & Air Co. 1822 GA Hwy 196 W Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-4822 www.southerncomfortga.com

Southern Premier Partners 111 Ryon Avenue Suite A Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 321-8451

Southern Shoots Photography 730 Weeping Willow Drive Suite 106 Hinesville, GA 31313 (941) 928-0035 http://southernshoots photography.com

Sparrow Communications, LLC (912) 376-9342 mysparrowcommunications.com

SPI Guns 411 General Screven Way Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-7296 spiguns.com/

Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry of Hinesville 624 W Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 877-0193 www.spinnakerpediatricdentistry hinesville.com

Split Fin Brewing, LLC 60 Butler Avenue, Suite C Midway, GA 31320 (315) 329-9056 www.splitfinbrewingllc.com

Spring Hill Suites 4428 Hwy 17 Richmond Hill, GA 31324 (912) 445-6090

Springfield Legacy Foundation, Inc. 2999 Islands Hwy Midway, GA 31320 (912) 321-8420

St. Joseph's/ Candler Immediate Care 780 E. Oglethorpe Highway Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 385-0801 www.sjcurgentcare.com

State Farm - Joseph Grant 101 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-0073

State Farm - Melissa Carter Ray Agency 119 Ryon Avenue Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-6729 www.hinesvilleinsurance.com

State Farm Insurance - Adam Herndon 790 Veterans Parkway, Ste 105 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2159 www.adamherndon.com/

Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners 345 W Memorial Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 456-2010 www.cohenveteransnetwork.org /clinics/

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MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

To become a member of the Liberty County Chamber, call: 912.368.4445

104 Logistic, LLC 104 Raven Road Midway, GA 31320 (912) 318-5612 www.104logisticllc.com

A Plus Realty Group

445 EG Miles Parkway #108 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 463-4409 www.buyorsellinhinesville.com

ABC Plumbing Inc.

128 McDonald Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-2920 www.abcplumbinghinesville.com/

Acceptance Insurance

445 Elma G Miles Pkwy Suite 201 Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-1112 http://acceptanceinsurance.com

Ace Real Estate Services

1146 EG Miles Pkwy Suite 205-B Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-1211 www.acerealestateservices.com

Advanced Innovative IT Solutions, LLC (912) 271-0563 www.aiisllc.com

Air Evac Lifeteam 148 Peachtree Street Jesup, GA 31545 (912) 422-8083 www.amcnrep.com/andrew-harper

All Ways Feet of Georgia 127 MacArthur Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 876-8637 www.physiciansfootcare.com /offices/hinesville-office

Allstate Insurance Andy Bennett 110 S. Gause St Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-0432 https://agents.allstate.com /andy-bennett-hinesville-ga.html

Allstate Insurance: Zambia Geiger (912) 216-6034 http://allstate.com/zambiageiger

American Red Cross 41 Park of Commerce Way Building 200 Savannah, GA 31405 (912) 651-5300 www.redcross.org/ga/savannah

Ameris Bank 101 West Hendry Street Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 368-2265 www.amerisbank.com

AmeriSpec of Coastal Georgia (912) 255-0722 www.heininspections.com

Ankle and Foot Associates, LLC 481 E.G. Miles Pkwy, Ste C Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 432-7236 www.anklesandfeet.com/ hinesville-ga-podiatrist

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar 1492 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Flemington, GA 31313 (912) 369-4909 www.Applebees.com

Arline & Wiggins, CPAs, LLC 211 E Court St Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 265-1020 www.arlinewiggins.com

Armed Forces Benefits Network 139 E MLK Jr. Drive Hinesville, GA 31313 1-800-549-4252 www.afbn.us

Arnold & Stafford 128 S. Main St. Hinesville, GA 31313 (912) 369-4529 www.coastallawyers.com

Arrowood Environmental Group 10 Rose Hill Drive Savannah, GA 31419 (912) 920-2895 www.arrowoodenv.com

AT&T Georgia 552 West Oglethorpe Hwy, Unit 114 Hinesville , GA 31313 (912) 877-3388 www.att.com

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It's always the perfect time to pack your whole family in the car to enjoy some quality time together! A favorite pastime in Liberty County is sitting back, relaxing and taking the road less traveled. This normally means finding a beautiful dirt road and cruising along to see what you can spot while enjoying the scenery. One of our favorites to cruise along is Barrington Ferry Road in Riceboro, and if y’all drive out there, you’ll understand why.

Over the years, there have been mysterious “tree spirits” that have popped up along the drive. These tree spirits are faces that someone carves into the big, old live oak trees along the way. Each face is different which makes searching for them that much more fun. The person who carves these majestic faces has revealed their identity to us, but in our opinion keeping him or her a mystery is all part of the fun.

For the sake of argument “he” said he lets the tree tell the story of its spirit, and this is how it gets a face. There is an immense amount of detail in every one that makes them all unique and gives them their own personality. The tree spirits can be easily missed if you don’t pay attention, so keep your eyes open wide! We think that they’re truly something that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy. That being said, we went out and dropped a pin at each of them, so that we could share them!

To our surprise, we even found some new ones that we hadn’t seen before. This brought our total up to five! Three of them are on the right-hand side as you go down Barrington Ferry and two are on your right-hand side as you’re coming back up the road towards the pavement!

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Learn about local film productions

Liberty County is the perfect place for coastal views and good food, but did y’all know that it’s also a prime location for film productions?! The beautiful dirt roads, open wooded areas, classical colonial architecture and even black water swamps make for some of the perfect locations to film no matter how big or small the budget is. We’d be willing to bet that some of your favorite movies and TV shows have been filmed right here in our backyard!

As the Camera Ready Liaison for Liberty County, we are the spot for production crews to get all of their necessary permits, resources and general information about the area. The requests that we get from scouts are usually for photos of anything and everything! Location scouting is what grabs the attention of producers, so we are always happy to take photos of our beautiful county to share with them. We have no way of knowing when we will get a request from a scout or where it will take us, but we’re always up for the challenge and adventure. It’s one of the many perks of our job, and it always keeps us on our toes!

In 2017, when John Cena’s popular TV show American Grit filmed here, they bought every bicycle that they could find in Liberty County. They needed them to get around town, because we don’t have many Uber or Lyft drivers. The spending that the cast and crew do is called clean spending, and it has a very positive impact on our local economy. We measure this by the increased amount of tourism dollars that have come in the last couple of years.

What Film Does for Our Community

One reason that we love the film industry is because it benefits our whole community. People love to visit spots where their favorite movie or TV show was produced! The part of filming that means the most to us is that the cast and crew add to our economy while they’re in town. They rent out dozens of rooms at local hotels, order catering from our restaurants, shop at grocery stores, wash clothes at neighborhood laundry mats, pump gas at local gas stations and utilize whatever other resources that they may need while visiting.

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Perfect Spots to Take a Photo

Liberty County has a number of a beautiful places to stop and snap a quick photo or plan your next photo shoot! With all of the great locations, it’ll be hard to choose just one.

Having a photoshoot on Old Sunbury Road or Cay Creek Road is the perfect way to capture a true Liberty County vibe in your photos.

The boardwalk at Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center is a perfect location to snap a picture or two.

The Historic Baptismal Trail has a beautiful tree lined path, and there is also a boardwalk that leads to the baptismal site.

Walk down the dock at Sunbury Crab Company and snap your best #onthewater look for your photos.

The Sunbury Public Boat Ramp is another spot to visit to give your photos a coastal flair.

Visit Fort Morris Historic Site for views of the coast and nature!

The Mural in Downtown Hinesville is Liberty County’s only mural, and it's conveniently located on the side of the Hinesville Area Arts Council Gallery!

A Sandbar says coastal vibes more than just about anything.

Jones Creek Park is one of our personal favorite spots. It truly has some of the most perfect sunset views.

Eve Park at Halfmoon Marina is located on the intracoastal waterway here in Liberty County.

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SPOTS TO QUENCH YOUR THIRST

ZUM ROSENHOFF

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Along with traditional German cuisine, Zum Rosenhof serves authentic German beer! Located in the heart of downtown Hinesville, in what used to be a bank building, you’re liable to meet Anka, the owner, who may be belting out a bar or two of a rousing German tune over the mic she carries around with her!

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Play a game of pool, relax and enjoy a cold beer at Doodle’s Billiards. They have a selection of domestic and import beer and can make pretty much any cocktail that you’d like! Doodle’s is a friendly and fun environment to grab a drink, some traditional bar food and play a game of pool!

MELODY'S COASTAL CAFE

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Located in Midway, Melody’s Coastal Café is known for their delicious food and great customer service, and they also have a fully stocked bar! If you’re looking for a place to get a delicious cocktail, a cold beer and a tasty meal then you’re looking in the right place.

THE SPOT NUTRITION

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A relaxing place to chill and hangout, The Spot Nutrition, makes gourmet meal replacement shakes, mega energy drinks and more! If you’re looking for a drink that is delicious and nutritious then head on over and try out one of their unique flavors!

SPLIT FIN BREWING

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If you’re into beer, check out Split Fin Brewing in Midway. This is Liberty County’s first brewery, and they have tons of interesting flavor combinations! Along with craft beer, they have ax throwing, so it’s the perfect place to go with a friend, family or partner to have a drink and a good time.

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MAUI WOWI SOUTHERN PARADISE

Get a taste of Hawaii right here in Liberty County! Grab a rich Hawaiian c offee, delicious smoothie or refreshing frozen cocktail that has character and a distinctive flavor straight from the islands. If you’re looking for a beverage that is unique and refreshing, visit them!

SPLIT FIN BREWING

If you’re into beer, check out Split Fin Brewing in Midway. This is Liberty County’s first brewery, and they have tons of interesting flavor combinations! Along with craft beer, they have ax throwing, so it’s the perfect place to go with a friend, family or partner to have a drink and a good time.

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Female Trailblazers

FOUR INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN LIBERTY COUNTY HISTORY

Mary Musgrove influenced peace between the Creek Indians and the colonists in the 1700s. Mary’s father was English trader and her mother was a Creek Indian, and she grew up with both cultures as an influence! She spoke English and Musckogee, which allowed her to help her husband with his business, and allowed her to serve as an interpreter to James Oglethorpe. Mary spent many years serving all people before she settled on St. Catherines Island to spend the remaining years of her life.

Elizabeth B. Moore was the headmistress at Dorchester Academy from 1925-1932. During her time at Dorchester, she focused on expanding the curriculum and teaching the students life lessons. She taught the children about art appreciation, increased physical activity time, improved the music department and added a science department. Elizabeth led Dorchester Academy to great success, and the students were lucky to have such a fearless leader!

Lyndol Anderson

Located in Walthourville is a historical marker that says, “organized by women, supported by men.” When the town was founded, Governor Jimmy Carter appointed a female mayor and all-female council. The council was headed by Lyndol Anderson, the first female mayor in Liberty County. After being sworn into office in 1974, Anderson donated her monthly pay back to the city and it was able to provide the citizens with running water!

Carrie Kent Brown was the first African American female to become mayor in the whole state of Georgia! She was a member of the Walthourville all female city council for four years before deciding to run for mayor, an office she successfully held for 24 years! During her time in office, she raised a family, was a devoted member of her church and never stopped continuing to improve the lives of the citizens of the city!

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DOG FRIENDLY SPOTS IN LIBERTY COUNTY

Historic Baptismal Trail

The coastal city of Riceboro has many hidden gems, but the Historic Baptismal Trail is one of our personal favorites! The boardwalk takes you down a path that was used as an active holy place for over 100 years. It is perfect for some reflection and quiet time with your fourlegged friend.

Fort Morris Historic Site

Our state historic site is one of the most peaceful places in Liberty County and sets the perfect scene for a nice walk. The grounds are welcome to leashed pets, and we know both of you will appreciate the beautiful view of the St. Catherines Sound!

Cay Creek Interpretive Wetlands Center

If you haven’t visited Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center, you're missing out! Begin walking in the freshwater wetlands and end up in the saltwater marsh. It’s a great opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife and for you and your pet to get some exercise!

Johnnie B. Frasier Park

A local favorite in the city of Walthourville is Johnnie B. Frasier Park! It is located off of Shaw Road and has lots of open space for your pup to run around.

James Brown Park

Located inside Hinesville city limits is James Brown Park. It’s on Patriots Trail and has a 1-mile walking trail that will take you around the whole park. If your four-legged friend loves to meet new people, this is the perfect place!

Jones Creek Park

This park is a hidden gem located off of Isle of Wight Road in Midway. It is the perfect place for the whole family, including your pup to enjoy a view of the water and maybe even spot a dolphin or two. It’s open year round, so check it out anytime!

Bryant Commons Park

Located in the heart of Hinesville, Bryant Commons is a passive park with a number of amenities including a dog park! Relax under the old oak trees and take a walk around the dog trails. It is sure to keep tails wagging.

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