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Darieng Days

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In the Hands of God or Man?

In the year following catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, what lessons have our emergency managers learned?

A Salute to Those in Harm’s Way

The story of a single-father soldier, seriously injured in Iraq, faced with the decision to leave or remain in the military

Border Patrol

Senator Johnny Isakson’s strong stand on the issues of illegal immigration and border security

Boys and Their Toys

Passions and playthings of the big boys



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people & places A Salute to Those in Harm’s Way Iraq: One Soldier’s View Border Patrol

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Taking on the task of researching Richmond Hill’s history

and where we are today versus where we may be headed in the future is a major undertaking. It takes a staff of dedicated persons who love our community and are passionate about doing the research and sharing it with our readers. As you read this issue, think about what it was really like to be here in the early days, when Richmond Hill was taking its first steps as a city, and how we have matured. You remember stories about the 1950s and 1960s, when places like Las Vegas, California and Florida were rapidly being developed. Boomtowns were popping up all over America. Records

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show that during this time our community had virtually no growth. Richmond Hill was a crossroads with a handful of homes that Henry Ford’s company had constructed. Approximately 100 families called Richmond Hill home. New families didn’t come to the area unless they were kin to someone already living here. You either worked in Savannah at Union Camp or one of the railroads or your family owned one of two filling stations or roadside motels. The local economy depended on the people headed to Florida. Luckily, you couldn’t get there from the northeastern United States without traveling through Richmond Hill. As the publisher, I have had the opportunity to hear the stories of how life used to be and how we became a city. And fortunately, I’ve been here since 1983. Between the early 1960s and my arrival, other than the construction of Interstate 95 and the paving of Highway 144 and a couple of other local roads, not much changed visibly – so I’ve been able to witness much of the growth first-hand. What did happen in that time period, however, was monumental. Several men stepped up and took over the leadership role of the community that was left vacant after the death of Henry Ford. In order for you to truly love this community, you have to know its roots. Many of the families that lived here when there was nothing are still here today. Enjoy their stories and preserve the history. Most importantly, make a contribution to make this a greater place for you and me and those who choose Richmond Hill to call home. And as always, we encourage you to visit the sponsors of Reflections.

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From the Editor


What a wonderful myriad of men we have gracing the

pages of this magazine. Though differing in personality and prowess, they share a common characteristic – passion. Whether it is for play, progress or politics, their passion pulls them headfirst into their pursuits. I have to admit, the past couple of testosterone-filled

months have been fun. Tommy Darieng continues to captivate me with his stories. In his “Darieng Days,” we discover how the perseverance of several young men brought this city into being and our first leaders into office. In this issue, we also see where our current leaders stand on taxes and immigration and what our emergency management team learned PHOTOGRAPH BY COBBLESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY

from the chaos surrounding Hurricane Katrina. We have been repeatedly told by returning military men and women that they were disappointed and insulted by the media’s handling and portrayal of the situation in Iraq. Therefore, we asked two very different men to show us how they see it. In a time when many people are ambivalent about much of what goes on in the world around them, I was taken aback by these men’s staunch beliefs.

Julie Osteen Seckinger on Dock Holiday (see Boys and Their Toys)

On a lighter note, we all know you can tell a lot about a man by what’s in his toy box. We asked around town to find out who has the best playthings – see “Boys and Their Toys” for the results. In interviewing these guys, most said it was actually more about the play than the things. The word freedom was used often. Wishing you the joys of the freedom of summer,

Julie Osteen Seckinger




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By Tommy Darieng

Before I begin with the story, I would like to thank all of you who have contacted me about the sto-

ry of Miss Irene and me in the last issue. I never dreamed there would come a day when I would write my thoughts, much less allow them to be published. I’m honestly enjoying this time reminiscing about the old days. The next 20 years of our life in Richmond Hill were simple, challenging and rewarding. The Fords

not only owned the majority of the land in South Bryan County, they also provided many people with jobs and homes. The Ford Foundation operated the health clinic and the commissary and built and funded our schools. The community depended upon the Fords. After getting married in June of 1948, my fi rst job was with Ideal Gas Company, a small LP gas company in Savannah. In 1949, we moved to Richmond Hill. We rented a small apartment on the side of the old post office where the postmistress, Edna Butler, had lived. Hoof and Woof is there today. Around this time, Henry Ford passed away. Ford’s death didn’t change much in the community until about 1956 when the Ford Foundation sold their holdings. Actually, the only difference seemed to be that we didn’t see him around. Miss Irene returned to Liverpool, England, to be with her family for the birth of our son, Stephen, in June of 1949. After they returned home, I went to work for Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (now CSX) in the signal department. The work was hard, but the pay was good. I didn’t like that we worked out of town for four, 10-hour days. I returned home on Thursday or Friday night. This didn’t sit well with Miss Irene either, but jobs were hard to come by, so you did what you had to in order to survive. One of the many HWY 17 businesses that suffered from the opening of I-95


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In December of 1953, our daughter Debra was born. This meant a bigger house. If my memory serves me correctly, there had been very little or no new construction in Richmond Hill since the death of Henry Ford, so we rented a house in Blueberry on Laurel Street. We bought our first TV. All the children in the neighborhood would gather around it – I can 14

legacies & lore remember coming home at night and not being able to get into the driveway for all the kids. On Friday and Saturday nights, things would liven up at the Crossroads. Most of the activity was at Charlie’s Rendezvous, a restaurant and lounge. They served the best steaks in the world and always had good dance music. Charlie’s was very unusual. When he first opened, Charlie gave us all a key. It was like a key club. Eventually, we all lost our keys and would have to knock to get in. Charlie always dressed in a green sport coat, black tie and white shirt. Believe me - Charlie’s could come alive between 10:00 and midnight. If you showed

The Darieng family shared their home with the Richmond Hill Post Office in 1949.

yourself, Charlie would show you to the front door. As time moved on, things seemed to get better. Instead of war equipment, home appliances were manufactured. One day a gentleman from Hinesville came to my house asking me to sell butane gas and install appliances and storage systems. You have to remember that most of us had only had electricity for a few years and were cooking on wood-burning stoves. Wood fireplaces were our only means of heat. The job offer consisted of salary and commission; it was hard to turn down. I took the job and covered Liberty and Bryan counties. I met just about everyone in town. Richmond Hill began to slowly progress along. In about 1956, The Ford Foundation deeded the streets and parks to the community and be

FOR BETTER OR WORSE For nearly three years, heavy machinery and earthmoving equipment worked to build Interstate 95. Everyone understood, but we all knew that one day the traffic on Highway 17 would die. The local businesses along the highway that had enjoyed the tourists’ spending would soon see days when not even one tourist would stop. I remember sitting with Bud Casey in an old pickup at the corner of Highway 17 and Highway 144 under the big oak tree watching the traffic. About 15 minutes after they opened the interstate, all the cars were gone. You could have lain down and taken a nap on Highway 17. We knew it would happen, but no one truly understood the impact. For the first time in most of our lives, Highway 17 was empty.

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task). It was a great idea, but not everyone shared our enthusiasm. A city

has to have income to operate. Rumors of taxing the rings on your fingers started surfacing. It would have been easier for a new organization to have forfeited the effort, but something had to happen if we were going to continue to exist. The Fords, on whom we had depended for so long, were gone. We



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really had no other choice but to make it happen, regardless of how tough it was going to be. A man named Art Morgan played the leading role in the incorporation. He was a great friend of mine. Although he’s no longer with us, the results of his love for Richmond Hill linger today. Art and his wife, Peggy, lived in Richmond Hill and were teachers before they both took jobs

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at (Camp) Fort Stewart. Art mentioned incorporating Richmond Hill to a friend of his who lived in upstate New York and who was working on incorporating his hometown as well. He provided a lot of basic information and, I believe, the charter of his hometown for a guideline. Fort Stewart also helped by providing aerial photographs and surveys. Then, of course, there were local politics, which I feel were handled very

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got pretty heated. Mr. Louis Gill, the first elected mayor, was the finest person you would ever want to know. But when he went for the water works, he didn’t back up. I remember one meeting in particular that got hot: Mr. Gill told Mr. Youmans, “You remind me of the dog, the ox, and the hay. The dog doesn’t eat hay, but he wouldn’t dare let the ox eat the hay.” Finally, the water works was bought by the city. Next, there was the fire department to organize. The first fire engine was bought from Fort Stewart for

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$1.00. It was towed from Fort Stewart to Richmond Hill with a pulp wood truck driven by Dinky Miner. I steered the fire engine. That fire engine never ran right. If it didn’t break down going to a fire, you could count on it breaking down coming back. 19

legacies & lore One Saturday, we built a lean-to shelter for the truck behind Dinky and Betty Miner’s Gulf Station (where CVS is today). With it being a typical Saturday afternoon, the carpenters were, shall we say, a little less than steady-handed. The lean-to collapsed and the ring of firefighters collapsed in laughter. A traveler pumping gas came around the corner to see what the commotion was all about. When he started laughing at us, we didn’t think it was too funny; Mrs. Miner quickly put him on the road out of town. I guess like most small communities, we were a little clannish. The Jaycees also worked with the community mothers to create some organized recreation for the local kids. We set up ball games in Mrs. Miriam Miner’s field, which is in front of the DNR Fish Hatchery. The mothers sold hamburgers and hot dogs to raise money for the recreation. Even after incorporation, life in Richmond Hill in the 1960s was simple. Miss Irene worked at Fort Stewart (she was there during the Cuban Missile Crisis), and I had the opportunity, again, to change jobs. I went to work for the Savannah Gas Company, which was branching out to Richmond Hill with underground gas lines. Gill’s Grill (now Upper Crust) lit up the first gas light. I.C. Casey had the first residential gas light (where Ella’s is today). Natural gas was a big deal – for the gas lights and the convenience (no worrying about refilling the tank). I remember a time when I forgot my own gas. One 20

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morning before I left for work, Miss Irene asked me about the house gas. I answered, “We have plenty – I’ll check it when I come home this evening.” Like many times, I didn’t get home until around 11pm – and didn’t check the gas as I was supposed to. That night about 3am, baby Chris cried out for a bottle of milk. By the way, when the third baby arrived, Miss Irene decided to put the crib on my side of the bed. I went to the kitchen to warm the milk – no gas! In trouble and thinking fast, I plugged in the iron and turned it up to the pot to warm the milk. I was gone too long and the baby was still crying; Miss Irene came to check on me. I was holding the pot, but I had fallen asleep. Miss Irene was mad but smiling. She said she couldn’t believe I could think so fast. Believe me, the LP gas tank was filled the next morning. Editor’s Note: In the next issue, Tommy recounts his memories of creating Fort McAllister State Park.


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This March, when Orafol USA, Inc. signed a training agreement with Georgia Quick Start and Savannah Technical College (STC), it represented a number of firsts – the first time a company from the former East Germany has built in the United States; the first tenant in the Interstate Business Center, which is the first industrial park in Bryan County; and the first time area residents will have a viable local manufacturing career path. Orafol manufactures self-adhe-

sive PVC films and will open its first U.S. headquarters and manufacturing site in Black Creek this summer. Plans are to add a warehousing and distribution center in 2007, ultimately creating more than 400 jobs. “If it hadn’t been for the local community laying the groundwork for this project, it wouldn’t have happened,” says Georgia Quick Start Director of Regional Operations Jan Melcher. According to Melcher, the relationship between the company

and its Georgia-based partners continues to grow. In June, Orafol is bringing a team of twelve manufacturing specialists to assist with equipment installation and plant start-up. While they’re here, Savannah Technical College will work with them to provide assistance with language and acclimation to the area. It’s a successful model that serves the state of Georgia well in its economic and workforce development activities. Georgia Quick Start, a 23

around town nationally-recognized program of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, offers comprehensive training for business start-up or expansion. The state’s network of technical colleges provides long-term career education and workforce development. The Quick Start training at Orafol includes both pre-employment and job-specific post-employment training. Pre-employment training topics include company overview, manufacturing process overview, working with decimals and the metric system, precision measurement using digital calipers and job-specific practical exercises. Post-employment training consists of manufacturing process training, roll converting, quality testing, packaging and shipping, safety training and powered industrial truck safety training. Another workforce development partnership between Quick Start and Savannah Technical College is centered on expansion opportunities throughout the region. Earlier this spring, when Gulfstream Aerospace announced a major expansion, Savannah Technical College was the primary education and training partner, working to identify and provide entry level skills for nearly 4,000 new workers over the next five to seven years. It marked the first time that the college has been so closely aligned with an industry leader on a project of this magnitude. “The scale of the Gulfstream activities is what is new to us,” says Savannah Technical College Vice President for Economic Development Ken Boyd, “not the training partnership.” 24

Boyd’s area is responsible for working directly with businesses to develop and manage customized training to meet their needs. The services are varied and include pre-employment assessment, specialized training and tailoring of college curriculum to meet specific needs for skill development in a variety of key manufacturing areas including welding, electrical and industrial systems. In addition to Orafol and Gulfstream, STC is working with other business partners including Dollar Tree and International Greetings USA. STC also expects to work with Target to provide pre-employment screenings and other training services as the company builds its warehousing and distribution site in Liberty County. This summer, STC will partner with Dorchester Academy in Midway to offer education and training in warehousing and distribution on-site at Dorchester. “We’re excited about

this partnership,” says Boyd. “We have a number of training opportunities in the area, working directly with employers, but this is the first we’ve offered in partnership with a community organization.” Dorchester Academy, named in 1879, was the first provider of education to freed slaves in coastal Georgia and currently serves as a center for community activities. Classes will begin at Dorchester in mid-July. Notes Boyd, “Whether large or small, industry- or community-based, Savannah Technical College is a willing partner in workforce development. It’s an integral part of the college’s mission.” For information about customized training and workforce development services available through Savannah Technical College, please call Ken Boyd at 912.443.3015. For information about services and resources available through Georgia Quick Start, please call Jan Melcher at 912.965.6385.






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With a unanimous vote, Bryan County Commissioners – Chairman Jimmy Burnsed, Toby Roberts, Glen Willard and Rick Gardner, along with the two commissioners representing North Bryan County – granted property owners an opportunity for the first large tax deduction in Bryan County history. Those claiming homestead on their personal residence will receive a $30,000 reduction on their assessed home value. The key word is “assessed,” according to Toby Roberts, who added the tax reduction concept to the proposal. Roberts explained that the fair market value of homes in South Bryan County has steadily increased over the past five years. In the proposed plan, the county tax office would reduce the fair market value by 60 percent, leaving only 40 percent to be taxed (the assessed value). The new tax law would allow that amount to then be reduced by an additional $30,000.

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If, however, you are one of the 775 households that are now taking advantage of the seniors’ tax break of $20,000, you are the big winners. Your tax break will be increased to $50,000. Jimmy Burnsed remarked that this is a great day for those who have worked and paid taxes most of their lives. With the above plan, a retiree with a home valued at $125,000 would pay no taxes. Burnsed went on to say, “The state of Georgia could be introducing legislation in the upcoming year that will cap the amount one’s taxes can increase to a maximum of three percent in a given year. We think we have done a good thing by putting this in place prior to the state law.” Glen Willard, who represents the third district, has only been in office for two years. Willard stated that when he campaigned, he supported a tax reduction for the citizens. He went on to say, “Toby Roberts and Rick Gardner 27

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were already working on the tax break when I arrived. We had to be very careful to make sure that the right plan was put forth so services would not be decreased to the citizens of the county. This is a great plan and I’m excited to have been able to work with my fellow commissioners to deliver this opportunity to the citizens.” County Administrator Phil Jones, who oversees the operating budget of the county, stated, “The city and the county are experiencing tremendous growth in the nonresidential sector, which had a lot to do with being able to make this happen. The value of the county should exceed $2 billion this year. We have been able to keep tight restraints on spending and we should still be able to have a small surplus in cash if this quality of growth continues.” The Bryan County School Board followed the commissioners’ lead in granting seniors the $50,000 tax break, but stopped there. Sitting Chairman Carrol Ann Coleman was the architect who led the charge in 1998 to give retirees 65 and older the $20,000 tax break that they have been enjoying. “We have strong tax revenues and a large surplus of cash. We didn’t feel the loss in revenue ten years ago, and I believe, with the growth we are experiencing, we will not feel the loss of revenue this time either,” Coleman stated. The School Board was not as generous as the commissioners on granting the break to citizens under 65 years old. New Bryan County School Board Chairman Eddie Warren, who will take office in January, stated that his first task will be to analyze the budget and the forecasted revenue to see if the same $30,000 tax break can be given to the rest of the citizens. “I’m looking forward to working with Phil Jones and the other members of the Board of Education to make this happen.” Most local realtors agree that this tax break is likely to attract more retirees to our community. “Retirees love to volunteer their services, they bring large deposits to the local banks, and many pay school taxes even though they have no children in the system,” stated local realtor Angus McLeod. Senator Eric Johnson and House Representative Ron Stevens presented the tax break to their peers in Atlanta who approved the plan. On May 4, Governor Sonny Perdue signed off on the tax break. Each of us will have the opportunity to cast our vote on November 4.



By Daryn Wise

On April 11, North American Properties broke ground

at the site of their newest commercial center. Located on the corner of Highway 144 and Port Royal Road, the 85,000-square-foot development will be anchored by a 45,000-square-foot Publix grocery store. An additional 15,000 square feet of space will be occupied by traditional retailers, restaurants and offices. Free-standing businesses will comprise the remaining space. Jimmy Adkins, partner with North American Proper-

Groundbreaking participants (left to right): Ryan Joyce, Mayor Richard Davis, Jimmy Adkins, Toby Roberts, Bob Massey and Johnny Murphy.

ties, discovered Richmond Hill while searching the surrounding area for new development sites. Cathy Gregory, a local Re/Max associate broker, showed Mr. Adkins the site in 2002, but it was a difficult sell. “The demographics at the time didn’t support their needs,” Gregory said. “We helped them understand the vision for Richmond Hill and the direction in which it was growing. To substantiate, we did a manual count – looking at the anticipated growth based on the number of vacant lots, the number of new houses and home-

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sites for sale, and projected development.” This fit with North American Properties’ innovative approach at identifying emerging, high-growth, upscale communi-

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In the Hands of God or Man? By Julie Osteen Seckinger


Hurricane season has arrived, and experts foresee tropical waters churning up some 17 named storms, with nine swelling to hurricane status. Bryan County emergency management leaders share what they’ve learned from Hurricane Katrina and what they feel is vital to protecting us from natural and man-made disaster. As elementary as it may sound, there seemed to be no plan put into action in the hours surrounding Katrina. From the order of evacuation that came too late, to the Governor’s request to President Bush for aid (just for help, no specifics), to President Bush’s ambiguous directive to FEMA to coordinate all relief efforts. Jim Anderson, Director of Bryan County Emergency Services, and County Administrator Phil Jones oversee a comprehensive plan for our county that works in conjunction with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Guide. According to Mr. Anderson, the number one priority of the plan is protecting the lives of residents. The plan outlines: Management personnel’s responsibilities Evacuation timing, notification and routes Handling special needs evacuees (a special needs database is maintained) Emergency shelters Emergency personnel that remain during the storm and the shelter location The return of evacuated emergency personnel Damage and situation assessment Community volunteers and resources Emergency vehicles, refueling locations, generators and communication methods on hand Outside resources and procurement 30

Evacuees returning Relief aid points of distribution and formulas for determining initial and ongoing needs Lack of personal communication was one of the most fundamental missteps of the Katrina operation identified and addressed by Bryan County emergency management. “We know the chain of command, the necessary procedures and the resources at our disposal, and have developed a relationship with key contact personnel,” Mr. Anderson explained. Phil Jones added, “It has all been established. If an emergency arises, we know who to contact and what to ask for. I would rather have resources on standby that we end up not needing, than to take a ‘wait and see attitude’ and be in need.” Residents’ compliance with the set plan is crucial for a successful outcome. “Apathy is our biggest enemy,” Mr. Jones stated. “It endangers lives and hinders emergency efforts.” When residents refuse to evacuate or return before authorization is given, relief operations often turn into rescue efforts. In addition, the D.O.T., GEMA, and FEMA have strict policies. It’s crucial that these be followed to guarantee needed funds and aid are received. “People usually mean well,” Mr. Anderson stated. “They think they’re helping and speeding up the process. They don’t understand that they could actually be making things worse. Unfortunately, sometimes the breakdowns in operations are caused by the residents themselves.” If you have a special need or questions, or would like to volunteer, please contact the Bryan County Office of Emergency Services at 912-756-3259.


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A SALUTE TO THOSE IN HARM’S WAY By Johnny Murphy Photographs courtesy MSG Richard Burnette

One afternoon, I was walking to my truck when Larry Barker called me over to meet a new friend. He was in uniform, and when I shook his hand, I immediately felt that there was no thumb. That led directly into conversation about this gentleman being wounded in Iraq. We also discussed the recent announcement that children of our soldiers returning from the war were not allowed excused absences to be with their fathers. Larry was one of the more vocal citizens against this local school board ruling for three reasons: 1) His son Jason was stationed in Baghdad, Iraq at the time. 2) His new friend - whom you are about to meet - was a great example of a father returning from war desperately wanting to spend a couple of days with his children. 3) Larry felt that it was just not the right way to welcome home soldiers and fathers. I was very interested in following up with a story on this soldier – particularly after hearing his feelings about being injured, what we are doing in Iraq, being a single-parent soldier, and whether or not he would now retire. One thing he stressed was that he felt the national media wasn’t painting a clear picture of the situation and wasn’t really reporting the positive things that are going on in Iraq. That is a shame, and one thing was for sure, we wanted you to hear his story. We thought the Salute to Men issue, coming out just after the 4th of July, was the perfect issue to publish this article. Meet Master Sergeant Richard Burnette.


MSG Burnette training in desert with soldiers


people & places REFLECTIONS: Please introduce

U.S. ARMY. I drove straight to the

seconds, this all changed. The drill

yourself and tell us a little about why

recruiter’s office. My grandfather

sergeants entered the bus screaming. I

you chose the Army.

had served in the Navy and was at

remember the exact words, “You guys

MSG BURNETTE: I’m a graduate

Pearl Harbor, so I decided to join the

are disgusting, and you’re the most

of Spartanburg Methodist College;

Navy. When I arrived, however, it

pathetic-looking group of soldiers I’ve

my major was Criminal Justice. SMC

was lunch time and the only person

ever seen.” All I could think was what

is a two-year college. I had a partial

in the recruiter’s office was an Army

a big mistake I had made.

scholarship and my parents paid the

guy. I was so eager to just sign up, I

balance. In the early 1980s, money

joined the Army.

was tight, and my parents couldn’t

For 15 weeks, these drill sergeants worked to make young men out of

I began basic training at Fort

boys. I was so impressed with these

afford additional education. I decided

Jackson, South Carolina, on Febru-

men’s abilities and skills that I start-

to start working, hoping to save mon-

ary 14, 1983. After three days, my

ed to become more worried about

ey for a year or two and then return

new friends and I were bused to Fort

disappointing them than anything

to school. Being only 20, I became

Benning, Georgia. As the bus pulled

they were doing to me. I began to

frustrated with life.

up, I could see a dozen or so drill ser-

admire the organization of the Army

geants there to greet us. Up until this

and the professionalism. Everything

my aunt and uncle’s house, I saw a

point, everyone I’d met in the Army

was in such unison, and I was also

billboard with large letters: BE ALL

was pretty nice; I was ready to breeze

getting pretty good at what they


through this new adventure. Within

were teaching me.

One day, returning home from

I graduated from Advanced Infantry Training on May 19, 1983. REFLECTIONS: What was your first assignment? MSG BURNETTE: I reported to the Republic of Korea and was assigned to the United Nations Command, Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, Korea. REFLECTIONS: What was that like? MSG BURNETTE: I was 20 years old and a new soldier. When I joined the Army, it was for the money to go back to college. I had no idea that four months later I would be standing a few feet from my enemy. I was a security guard on the 38th Parallel. MSG Richard Burnette with his three children, Erica (left), Adam (middle), and Chelsea (right)


The Americans and South Koreans were on one side of the fence and the

William Woods (far right), the most senior ranking soldier to be killed in Iraq, with American and Iraqi ambassadors

North Koreans were on the other. I

I decided to get married. My platoon

just how important my job was and

was a little scared, but my training

sergeant, SFC Steven Atkins, had

the contributions that I was making

kicked in, and I had the confidence I

been encouraging me to make the

by training men to serve our country.

needed to conduct myself as a soldier

Army my career. After getting mar-

It becomes part of your blood.

and do my duty. After one year, my

ried, I thought that maybe this was

tour was up and I came home to Fort

not all that bad - good job, good

tended the U. S. Army Drill Sergeant

Campbell, Kentucky. In less than

insurance for my family. I decided

Academy at Fort Benning and gradu-

three years, I could get out.

two years of college was enough and

ated in December of 1991. In the next

re-enlisted for six more years.

three years, I trained over 1,200 new

REFLECTIONS: Obviously, you

We got an assignment in Hohen-

When I returned to the states, I at-

recruits that must have felt just as I did

decided not to leave the Army. Why?

fels, West Germany, where I became

MSG BURNETTE: I stayed at Fort

an instructor. This is when profes-

Campbell for the next three years.

sional maturity set in. I realized that

and I had three wonderful children.

With only nine months left to serve,

not only was I teaching, I was learning

The day after Christmas in 1995, I

the day I arrived at Fort Benning. Between 1990 and 1993, my wife


people & places left the states for another tour in Ko-

every day. I gained a lot of respect

Shortly after 9/11, I was sent to New

rea. It was hard being away from the

for these soldiers.

York City to assist in mobilizing a

family. You find out then what bond-

One morning after physical fitness

New York National Guard Battalion.

ing with your fellow soldiers is truly

training, I was on my way to the bar-

This battalion was later sent to fight

all about. You have no one else. Final-

bershop when I learned that a plane

the Taliban in Afghanistan.

ly, my tour was over. When I arrived

had crashed into one of the World

home, my wife of eight years wanted

Trade Center towers. Within minutes,

Jackson. My job as First Sergeant

a divorce. This is not uncommon for

I was watching television and saw the

was to supervise the training of over

soldiers to experience, but it couldn’t

second plane strike the second tower.

240 basic training soldiers every nine

happen to me – or so I thought.

…I heard rifle fire and my initial thought was that we were being attacked by direct fire weapons. Fortunately, I had tremendous support from two command sergeant majors from Fort Benning and Fort Lewis, Washington. I was one of the Army’s few male soldiers to become a single parent. I had three children, ranging in age from three to six. I was able to get a job with the First Personnel Group in Fort Lewis that kept me out of major deployments and field time for a little while. In May of 1999, I received orders to move to Fort Drum, New York. I became the senior non-commissioned officer of a training support division to teach, coach and mentor National Guard Battalions in the northeast. This is where I learned that part-time soldiers took their jobs as seriously as full-time enlisted men and women. The only difference was that they had only part time to learn the skills of war, where the rest of us did this all day, 38

Trash-strewn countryside

Six months later, I was sent to Fort

weeks. The first task of training was in Army values - loyalty, duty, re-

MSG Burnette and Iraqi children seconds before the suicide bombing attack

spect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. In 2004, and with over 21 years of service, I received orders to go to Fort Stewart, Georgia. Those close to me encouraged me to retire; we all knew that this was my turn to deploy to Iraq. That may have been easy for some, but for me that just wasn’t an option. REFLECTIONS: Why not retire after 20 years of service like most?

MSG BURNETTE: While provid-

driver went into a U-turn, and he and

MSG BURNETTE: There are sev-

ing security, as part of a Personal

I made eye contact. I knew immedi-

eral reasons I chose not to retire at 20

Security Detachment (PSD) for my

ately something was getting ready to

years. First of all, our country was at

battalion’s command team, who was

happen. I swung my rifle around to

war and my job is to help defend our

conducting reconstruction inspec-

fire, but the children had gotten so

country in wartime. I have trained

tions, I was attacked from my rear by

close to me that I had to raise my rifle

thousands of soldiers over the last 23

a vehicle-borne improvised explosive

up over their heads. Even though this

years to prepare themselves for the

device, more commonly referred to as

only took a split second, it gave the

battlefield at all times and under any

a suicide bomber.

driver enough time to detonate his ex-

circumstances. So if I walked away, I would only be a hypocrite. I also realized that someday I

While positioned outside my vehicle, pulling rear security for the PSD, I

plosives before I could get off a shot. The blast was very powerful. I ini-

was swarmed by several Iraqi children

tially thought I had survived the blast

would have to explain to my children

wanting candy, or food, or whatever

uninjured except for the loud ringing

why I left the Army when we were at

I had to give them. The children had

in my ear. I stumbled backward, very

war, especially since I had received

positioned themselves very close to me.

shaken. It was then that my legs gave

orders to report to a division I knew

I had originally convinced them to

out and I fell to the ground. I turned

was deploying to the battlefield. I also

leave the area, but they soon returned.

my head and saw a little Iraqi boy,

felt I had a responsibility to the lead-

They were talking to me, using what

who could have been no more than

ers from my past who had invested

little English they knew.

nine or ten years old. His eyes were

many years preparing me to lead

All of a sudden, I heard a vehicle

open and staring at me, but I knew

soldiers and fight on the battlefield.

to my rear. I could hear the driver

he was dead. In all, 17 Iraqis died

There was no way I could walk away

down-shifting the vehicle. I turned

during the attack, including around

with all this at stake.

to look over my right shoulder. The

six children.

vehicle was already within about ten

About this time, I heard rifle fire

REFLECTIONS: How were you

meters from where I was standing.

and my initial thought was that we


As I turned to look at the vehicle, the

were being attacked by direct fire 39

people & places MSG Burnette and Major Ashcroft, who just moved from Richmond Hill, with Iraqi tractor

weapons. I was lying out in the open

Operating Base Rustamiyah and were

REFLECTIONS: Do you remember

and knew I needed to get to cover. I

being treated by medical personnel.

what was happening just before the

could see my vehicle behind me, and

I was eventually sent to Walter Reed


I started to crawl toward it. Before

Army Medical Center in Washing-

MSG BURNETTE: The battalion

I could move very far, my battalion

ton, D.C. It was there that I learned

senior medic (SGT Thompson) had

sergeant major, Command Sergeant

of all my injuries. My right thumb

just asked me if she could go take

Major Gregory Watkins, got to me

had been blown off at the blast site.

some pictures of the area. I told her

and dragged me to the vehicle. Then,

My left thumb had been surgically

no, because I wanted her with me if

my battalion commander, Lieutenant

removed at FOB Rustamiyah due to

we were attacked so I could get her to

Colonel S. Jamie Gayton, arrived at

severe damage. My left elbow was

the casualties. About two minutes lat-

my location and told me, “I’m going

completely shattered, causing severe

er, the explosion occurred. Had I let

to get you out of here, Master Ser-

median and radial nerve damage, and

her go, she could have been hit herself

geant.” The battalion medic, Sergeant

my left arm was broken in three plac-

or she may not have been able to treat

Carolyn Thompson, had already put

es. I was hit by large pieces of shrapnel

me so quickly, which prevented me

one tourniquet on me and was treat-

in my thighs, my right calf and left

from bleeding to death. That decision

ing my other wounds. They put me

hip. My left eardrum had also been

not to allow her to leave the vehicle to

into the vehicle and quickly got me

completely blown out, and I had nerve

take pictures may have been the most

and three of my soldiers, who had

damage to my right foot. In all, I had

important decision of my career.

also been injured, out of the area.

over 450 stitches and staples in me and

Within 17 minutes of the attack, we were evacuated back to Forward 40

still have small pieces of shrapnel in

REFLECTIONS: Do you and your

my face, left hand and left arm.

children have much conversation

about your injuries? And how do they

have not functioned there in many

dreams of freedom and democracy,

feel about the military?

decades. Since our arrival, Coali-

even if that means fighting and some-

MSG BURNETTE: We have only

tion Forces have executed over $800

times dying for it. Otherwise, we are

spoken of it occasionally. At first,

million in projects. Children have

failing to practice what we have been

they were curious about what hap-

running water to drink from and no

preaching for over 230 years.

pened. But now, I think they realize

longer have to stand in line for hours

how close I came to dying, and they

to get one bottle of water for their

very receptive to the soldiers. In some

would just as soon forget it. They do,

entire family for the day. The schools

cases, they can only smile at us or make

however, support me and the military.

in some areas also have water wells

a small gesture with their head and eyes

In fact, my oldest daughter, Chelsea

in place. In some areas, electrical

for fear that they may be spotted by

(16), took ROTC in high school this

systems and services are more reli-

insurgents who could kill them or their

year and has shown serious interest in

able for the individual families. Trash

family. But they manage somehow to

attending the U.S. Army Academy at

transfer stations were established all

show their appreciation for us, even if it

West Point, New York. My son, Adam

over the country. Children no longer

is just a nod. This country is rebounding

(13), has also shown some interest

have to play in waste material and

from decades of neglect and abuse. They

in joining the military service. My

garbage just outside of the extremely

need our help, and we need their support

youngest daughter, Erica (12), has not

small homes. One day, while provid-

in that part of the world. It is vital to the

seemed interested at all. They all sup-

ing security for the BN Commander,

security of our own nation.

port me in my job and are proud of

I observed three children playing in

my accomplishments and my service.

the middle of an open field that was

Editor’s Note:

just covered in used medical syringes.

Master Sergeant Richard Burnette

REFLECTIONS: What message do

Those areas are now clean and safe, at

has been named Soldier of the Year

you want to leave in the minds of

least from a health viewpoint.

by Army Times.

our readers?

I remember, as we were driving

MSG BURNETTE: I suppose that

from Kuwait into Baghdad, I saw

the U.S. Military, the Third Infantry

numerous children in southern Iraq

Division, its soldiers, and their families

standing on the sides of the road. It

need their continued support. The War

was about 40 degrees, and many of

on Terror, like any war, cannot be won

these children only had on a pair of

without the support of Americans - this

shorts and, if they were lucky, a pair

means small communities like Rich-

of shoes with no socks. They were

mond Hill, as well as the big cities.

waving at us and asking for food, but

Even though they don’t always

The majority of adult Iraqis are also

MSG Burnette holding a piece of shrapnel that flew ten feet over his head and landed 20 feet away two days after his arrival in Iraq.

in their eyes you could see that they

see it on television, great strides are

saw some hope for themselves with

being made daily in Iraq, includ-

our presence there. In my opinion, if

ing infrastructure reconstruction

we as a country are going to proclaim

improvements such as water purifica-

ourselves to be a true democracy that

tion facilities, trash sites, electricity

supports freedom, then we must sup-

and sewer systems, most of which

port any nation who has the same 41

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City market in Baghdad

IRAQ M ONE SOLDIER’S VIEW Photographs and story by Jonathan Edwards

My name is Staff Sergeant Jonathan Lee Edwards, and I have recently re-

turned from my second deployment to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart. While there, I was stationed in Baghdad and maintained route

security for military shipments of supplies for the local schools and hospitals and for rebuilding the infrastructure. This is my view.

I felt that it was important for me to get out and see for myself what was go-

ing on while I was over there, and not just listen to what the media was saying. I 45

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Iraqi school children

wanted to know for myself if we truly were accomplishing

What makes my situation different than most of the other

something and if it was something that the Iraqi people

soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Division is that I am in the Geor-

wanted. I would say that the vast majority of Iraqis support

gia National Guard and have had to leave my full-time job

our efforts and want us to stay until the job is finished.

at Gulfstream Aerospace. I say this because more and more

We are helping them open new schools and hospitals every

National Guard troops are being called up to serve in either

day. We are helping them train other Iraqis to be firemen,

Iraq or Afghanistan. We need the understanding of local and

policemen and soldiers. We are helping them form their

national leaders and their support in providing policies and

own government and run it in a way that best serves them.

provisions for our unique circumstances. Instead, we are faced

All of this takes time. The soldiers know this better than

with an increasing number of politicians and news agencies

anyone else, because we are the ones on the ground every

putting their personal spin on how things are going over

day working with the Iraqis, helping and supporting them

there. Usually this spin is negative, when in actuality most of

however they need us.

what occurs there is positive and serves a good purpose.


I am disappointed in the number of politicians who show up in Iraq for four days and want to hear only about the bad things that go on – not about all the power and water plants we have gotten back online, all the hospitals and schools we have opened, and the books, supplies, food and toys we have given to school kids (even if they feel this stuff won’t make the headlines or get them re-elected). I agree that it is terrible when soldiers die. I’ve lost friends over there, but I know that

Iraqi school soccer team

they died doing what they believed in and that we are accomplishing the goals we set for ourselves – to provide aid to the Iraqi people and to destroy the insurgents who are killing innocent Iraqis and working with the terrorists who blew up the World Trade towers and Pentagon and killed thousands of innocent Americans. This is my opinion, but it is also the opinion of the majority of American soldiers who have served and are now serving our country in Iraq. For the politicians and media to put a negative

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spin on the accomplishments and morale of the soldiers serving our country is not only insulting, but simply wrong. Re-enlistment rates are very strong. The morale, patriotism and sense of accomplishment of the soldiers that I encountered can’t be rivaled in the civilian workplace. If we allow the media and politicians to dictate the news based on their agenda rather than give a comprehensive and objective account, we are no better than the dictatorships that we are condemning.

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JOHNNY ISAKSON By Julie Osteen Seckinger

Senator Johnny Isakson in Richmond Hill to discuss his thoughts on immigration with Reflections.


Issues surrounding illegal immigration have the country and political parties split. The debate is an emotional one with points of view at polarized extremes. Are the illegal aliens simply undocumented immigrants who are decent human beings looking for a better life or fraudulently documented criminals who are cheating the system and taxing our services? Do we have an obligation to look the other way while the Mexican government itself encourages this practice as a means to improve the standard of living of its citizens, even if it compromises our national security and the opportunities for our minorities and citizens without a high school diploma? Does our economy depend on this workforce or do businesses intentionally recruit from this labor pool and depress wages? We talked to Johnny Isakson, United States Senator from Georgia, to see where he stands in the debate. Senator Isakson believes that illegal immigration is the number one domestic issue facing the nation today. In 1986, three million illegal immigrants were granted amnesty. Nothing further was done to increase border security or enforce immigration laws. Now there are approximately 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States. In a press release earlier this year, he stated, “Our states, our school systems, our hospitals, our farm workers and our citizens no longer have the luxury or the patience for us to delay this issue any longer. We must 49

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take the necessary steps now to secure our borders, enforce legal immigration and see to it there are consequences for bad behavior. We are a nation of immigrants, and we should honor every legal immigrant who is here and encourage them to be citizens. However, we are also a nation of laws.” The threat that an unsecured border poses to our national security is of top concern for Senator Isakson. “September 11 should never be anything but foremost in our minds,” he stated. Thoughts of terrorists crossing through weak links in the 2,000-mile border are alarming. In February of this year, Senator Isakson visited the United States – Mexican border to see firsthand the security challenges faced. During the trip, he inspected a recently discovered tunnel that ran from Tijuana to southern California. The 2,400-foot tunnel is 75 feet deep and has water pumps, lighting and an air ventilation system. There were two tons of marijuana in the tunnel when it was discovered. Senator Isakson submitted an amendment to the Immigration Reform Act that called for ensuring that the border was secure and funding was in place for the provisions outlined in the immigration legislation up for vote before any guest worker program be implemented or grants of legal status be given to illegals currently in the United States. His amendment was defeated. The House of Representatives and Senate have approved separate bills addressing border security and illegal immigration problems. Senator Isakson voted against the final Senate immigration bill. He explained, “The

Senator Johnny Isakson climbs down into the half-mile tunnel from Tijuana into San Diego, considered the largest cross-border tunnel ever discovered, during a trip examining U.S. efforts to secure its borders.

people of this country are looking to us to secure our borders, to improve national security and to restore credibility to our immigration system. With the bill that passed, the Senate is telling the American people that we should continue to give a wink and a nod to those who would cross our borders illegally. That is a terrible message to send and that is why I voted ‘No.’” The question now is whether or not Congress will be able to agree on a comprehensive bill. Senator Isakson is hopeful. “Even though the Senate rejected my amendment, it is my sincere hope that my approach of securing the border first could serve as the foundation for a compromise when the House and Senate try to reconcile the differences between their two bills. When I got back to Washington from our recent recess following the passage of the bill, I heard from a number of Senators who are planning to give my amendment a second thought after hearing from their constituents at home. In the end, we must secure our border before we do anything else.” 51

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By Julie Osteen Seckinger

Photographs by Cobblestone Photography

Upon arriving at the home of Steve and Vickie Myers, one crosses an arched bridge over a tidal creek beneath low-hanging, live oak branches. A brick koi pond with brightly colored floating orbs and a fountain graciously greets guests. Built in southern tidewater Low Country, vernacular, sweeping steps lead to the wide front porch that opens into an entry hall running the length of the house to the expansive back porch. Above are soaring, arched ceilings. Below are beautiful Brazilian walnut floors. “eBay,” said homeowner Steve Myers. eBay? “I bought the wood for the floors off eBay. It is an incredible marketplace.” Although appearances would lead one to believe the home is from another time, it was completed in the fall of 2005. Filled with antique art and furnishings and whimsical indulgences, it is a comfortable blend of old world and new – created by traditional and modern means. Vickie discovered Richmond Hill on the internet. The couple was living in the Atlanta area at the time, where the main office of Steve’s company, The Mortgage Outlet, is located. They were looking for something that was on deepwater where they could dock their boat, Distraction, but that was within driving distance of Atlanta. “The first time I saw this lot, I thought that it looked like an enchanted forest.” said Vickie. “And the sky at night is just incredible; you don’t have stars like that in Atlanta.” They purchased four acres that included frontage on the Ogeechee River. The only hurdle was a tidal creek that separated the lot from the rest of the neighborhood. A bridge had to be built, which turned out to be quite an ordeal. It took five years to finally complete the house and move in. During construction, Steve visited each week to oversee the progress. He stayed on his boat (a 50-foot Viking, which they also found on the internet – are you picking up on a theme yet? Additionally, a 17-foot Triumph was purchased on eBay). “We made some major changes during construction and we didn’t cut corners. We are so glad now,” Steve and Vickie Myers

An early 1900s monk’s clock, made by Elliott Clockworks for Tiffany, is one of the Myers’ favorite pieces.


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The Myers’ 50-foot Viking, one of only 13 made

Steve remarked. Those changes included finishing intended attic space to create a guest room and theater room. Steve had a special system installed that works like movies on demand – they can choose a movie from their personal library (currently around 150 titles) with the click of a button; no fumbling through stacks of DVDs. They can search by Bronze sculpture mailbox title, actor, director or writer and watch from plush red recliners. For these changes, they had to sacrifice space in other rooms, however. “We compensated by paying extra attention to the details and how best to use the space,” Steve explained. Vickie’s focus was on the interiors. “I’m a very visual person,” she explained. “And I love collecting art. I particularly like Britain’s Royal Academy artists.” 54

Steve praised, “She has a talent for taking something from visualization to reality. A lot of people have good ideas, but few can actually make them work.” And certainly it does take a talented person to beautifully mix treasures found at famous auction houses with eBay victories and fanciful finds. “My favorite piece is an 1886 painting by William Frederick Yeames that I bought in New Orleans,” Vickie said. “Then I found a photo of the artist in his studio with my painting in the background! I bought it on eBay for $18. I would have paid thousands for it.” The painting hangs in the dining room above a formally set table. Intermingled with the sparkling crystal and china are tiny Swarovski trinkets – a palm tree, scallop

William Frederick Yeames painting in dining room


home & garden shell and many others. “I love always having the table set, it feels special, but I like to add a little whimsy,” Vickie explained. “We love to entertain our friends, and they have started giving us the Swarovski figurines as gifts. We call them table jewelry.” “Our friends love it here,” Steve said. “It is like going on vacation for them. We had a Christmas party for a group of our friends from Atlanta last year. A chef came in for the day to prepare the meals. A massage therapist was on hand to give each of the ladies a massage. They stayed in their robes all day watching movies and eating chocolate truffles. The men went offshore fishing, showered on the boat and arrived back home dressed for a seven-course dinner. It was a perfect day. Living in Atlanta,

Master bedroom

I would have never imagined what life is like here – the beauty and the simple pleasure of enjoying nature.” Vickie agreed. “After dinner we’ll cruise around the creeks look-

ing for alligators or listening for wild boars. In one spot, it seems like there are hundreds of white herons. In the evenings it looks like snow-covered Christmas trees.”

A 1776 needlepoint, purchased at Sloan’s Auction House, hangs over the fireplace in the family gathering room.



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(above and right) Vickie’s dream kitchen opens to a sundeck with herb garden.

A little over 11 years ago, Steve went to his endodontist friend’s office for a meeting. Vickie was there for an office visit. Steve convinced his friend to give Vickie his business card and ask that she call him for a date. Vickie replied, “I don’t call boys.” But she gave him her card. On their third date, they had a bottle of wine that they both particularly liked. He bought her a case of the wine and suggested they not see other people until they had drunk all of the wine. They were married a month later and have a couple of bottles of that wine put away. “I knew what I wanted and she was it,” Steve said. He went on to explain that he believes life is a journey, but one that can be carefully charted (he wanted to name his boat Soul’s Compass, but friends convinced him it was too deep). “Where I am in my life is the result of a well thought-out, 10-year plan – and a lot of blessings. Now I have to figure out the next 10 years. I’m reading The Purpose Driven Life; I think that will help me find some direction. But I would love to get 58


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Koi pond


Support arches were inspired by an old bridge in Savannah and created with hand-made Carolina bricks.

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my captain’s license and give nature tours.” For now, he is working two days a week in Atlanta and living a casual coastal life the rest of the week. As we were finishing up the interview, the phone rang and the answering machine picked up, allowing us to hear the caller leaving the message. “Steve, I’m returning your downriggers and I’ll leave you some dolphin we caught,” the caller said. “That’s what I like about Richmond Hill,” Steve smiled. “You make friends; they deliver fish.”

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Boy: Donnie Royals Toy: Harley Davidson Donnie Royals has been riding motorcycles since he was a kid, and he has had around 40 Hondas. Last year, the owner of the nearby Harley Davidson store got him on a 2005 V-Rod Screamin’ Eagle and Donnie was sold. He liked the look – it rolls out of the factory loaded with chrome, with custom wheels, laid-back handle bars and an electric orange paint job. And he loved the engine – quiet and fast. Its liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 115-horse power, V-twin Revolution engine was designed by Porsche for Harley Davidson. PHOTOGRAPHS BY COBBLESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY

Donnie Royals and his Harley Davidson V-Rod Screamin’ Eagle


Iwonder, 1955 Chevy Nomad

Danny Bryant with 1935 Pontiac

1957 Chevy Nomad – 1derer

Boy: Danny Bryant Toy: Restored Cars Danny Bryant is a man full of life and fun

Working on the Night Moves – ‘60s Chevy

(or just plain full of it, depending on who you ask). An unassuming warehouse filled with cars is just one set of his many toys. His collection ranges from the nostalgic – there is the 1958 Cadillac (one of only 304 made), that he bought for his daughter, Catherine, and son-in-law, Frasier, to leave their wedding in, and the 1972 Grand Prix that is just like the one he brought his other daughter, Dana, home in from the hospital – to the highly customized and publicized – his 1957 Chevy Nomad has been published in 10 different magazines and won an award for best tag: 1derer. PHOTOGRAPHS BY COBBLESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY



Dock Holiday heading out

Boy: Robert Oglesby Toy: 32-foot Albemarle Express Sportfisher When Robert Oglesby retired in 2000, he knew he wanted to live on the water. He and his wife, Judy, were living in Pennsylvania at the time. They looked along the Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts before finally choosing a house on the Ogeechee in Cape Hardwicke. Bob said that he has had boats most of his life, including a 24-foot Grady White and 17 ½foot Edgewater since living in Richmond Hill. “But I wanted something that I would enjoy taking bluewater fishing,” he said. He took his time looking and Bob Oglesby and his 32-foot Albemarle, Dock Holiday

did his research. It was a 32-foot Albemarle Express Sportfisher that won him over, complete with all the latest and greatest technology, twin Caterpillar 3126 diesel engines, cabin that sleeps four (with enclosed head and fully furnished galley), teak fighting chair, rigging station with freshwater sink and live well, and a plethora of other little luxuries. This is a boat for fishermen who like to fish hard and live well. PHOTOGRAPHS BY COBBLESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY


Garrett Gnatek with his 931 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster

Boy: Garrett Gnatek Toy: Antique Cars Garrett Gnatek has an affinity for antiques and American history. One thing he had always wanted was a Model A Deluxe Roadster. A few years ago, he found what he was looking for. “I just stumbled across it,” he said. “It was exactly what I had always wanted, down to the color.” He said that although he likes beautiful antique cars, he doesn’t particularly care for the attention they typically draw. He must have been a little uncomfortable, then, with the stir he recently created at the Ford Days Antique Car Show when he won first place with a car he had purchased off eBay only days before – a 1953 Desoto Firedome. PHOTOGRAPHY BY COBBLESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY


1953 Desoto Firedome


Boy: Glen Willard Toy: Cessna 172sp Skyhawk Glen Willard has had his head in the clouds for weeks now. He flew his first solo on May 17 and bought a plane a couple of days later. His Cessna 172sp Skyhawk is a singleengine, high wing monoplane that seats four with luggage capacity. “It’s perfect for a short family or business trip. My wife, Liane, and daughter, Morgan, love it,” he said. He had wanted to learn to fly for years but had always put it off. After the birth of his second daughter, Karsyn, he decided it was time. “It is just one of those things,” he said. “You wake one morning and say, ‘What am I waiting for? I’m going to do it.’ I still feel like I’m dreaming.” PHOTOGRAPHS BY COBBLESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY

The cockpit

Cessna 172sp Skyhawk at Savannah Aviation


pursuits Boy: Billy Reynolds, Richmond Hill Police Chief Toy: Restored 1970 Dodge Charger RT; 1970 Plymouth Superbird under restoration Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds moonlights as president of the Over the Hill Gang car club. The group was unofficially formed in 2000 and was incorporated as a club last year. There are some 60 members. “The cars are over the hill, not the owners,” explained Billy. He gave us a peek (literally) at his current top-secret project, a Plymouth Superbird. A limited number of Superbirds were manufactured for only one year and for one reason – NASCAR. A certain number had to be put on the street to make the car legal for use in NASCAR. Richard Petty was one of the Superbird drivers. It was outlawed the following year. Near his hometown of Millen, Billy found the Superbird, which had been parked in a garage since 1973. He is keeping the car under cover until

Billy and Bobby give a sneak peek at the Superbird

completion when it makes its debut.

Boy: Bobby Lenton Toy: 1970 Dodge Challenger RT; 1970 Plymouth Superbird under restoration Bobby Lenton is the mastermind who oversees the restoration and care of Danny Bryant’s collection and helps others around town with their projects. Having worked with Danny on restorations for 15 – 20 years, he finally made it his full-time profession about six years ago. Bobby’s favorite toy is his 1970 Dodge Challenger RT that was featured in the movie “2 Fast, 2 Furious”. After the movie, Bobby bought the car from Universal Studios. In addition, he has his own restoration project underway. Ironically, it too is a 1970 Plymouth Superbird.

Challenger from the movie 2 Fast, 2 Furious

Billy Reynolds’ 1970 Dodge Charger RT


J. T. Turner

Babe Ruth

The first piece in the collection, a 1962 Detroit Tigers program autographed by the players

Boy: J. T. Turner

Mr. Turner’s favorite picture, Mantle & Maris 1961

Toy: Baseball memorabilia J. T. Turner’s passion for baseball started as a child. His first piece of memorabilia was a 1962 Detroit Tigers program signed by all the players, including Al Kaline and Rocky Colavito. He passed on his fervor to his son, Tripp. Together they have over 100,000 baseball cards, and hundreds of signed pictures and other pieces of sports memorabilia (mostly baseball), including the first edition of Sports Illustrated from 1954, a limited edition 500 Homerun Club plaque with each player’s picture and a sliver of his bat, and a signed picture of the last four Triple Crown winners.

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Larry Garrett and Yella Feva

Boy: Larry Garrett Toy: Yella Feva Larry Garrett’s favorite toy, a yellow 34-foot Venture sportfishing boat with twin 250 Yamahas, was photographed on land because he was taking it out to play - fishing in the Governor’s Cup, a bluewater tournament in Charleston. After almost 20 years in the restaurant business (his restaurant, the Shell House, was recently mentioned in USA Today as one of 10 restaurants to get off the Interstate for), he plans on working less and playing a lot more – with his grandchildren and friends on Yella Feva. PHOTOGRAPHS BY COBBLESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY


Manson Owens

Boy: Manson Owens Toy: Custom chopper “A man’s got to have a passion for something in life and go for it,” said Manson Owens. “It doesn’t matter if it’s motorcycles or flowers. God only gives you so many days; I’m

Maltese crosses on sissy bar, seat, and storage bag Custom spokes

going to keep my oars in the water.” Or rubber on the road. Manson’s passion is motorcycles; he has had two Harley Davidsons – he still has one, a collector’s item, which sits under cover. While on a bike trip to Sturgess, however, he had a vision of a new motorcycle – a chopper, inspired by Captain America’s bike in “Easy Rider.” He quickly discovered that the only way he would get what he wanted would be to have it custom made. It took five years to choose all the parts and build the bike. He was out of town when it was completed and had to wait a week before taking it on the first ride. “It was drizzling rain. I was worried it would wobble because of the front end, but it rode like a dream. It was everything I had envisioned and more.” Not one to collect pretty things and not take them out to play, Manson has several road trips scheduled this summer, including trips to Elizabethtown, Key West, and the bayou. “Beautiful scenery, open roads – just let the machine eat gas. That’s what it’s all about.” PHOTOGRAPHS BY COBBLESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY



Boy: Colon Roberts Toy: Antique Tractors: Three Allis Chalmers (one 1948 and two 1949), 1954 McCormick Farmall, 1964 Economy

Colon Roberts and “Sweet Allis”

“Sweet Allis is my favorite,” said Colon. “People who collect usually have some sort of sentimental attachment, something they identify with. When I was a kid, Allis Chalmers sponsored the Saturday morning radio show I listened to; I always wanted one. Sweet Allis was my first.” Colon Roberts, 73, spent some 40 years with the Navy and has been on every continent. While stationed at the South Pole in the mid-‘50s, he made friends with a farmer from Missouri. They have stayed in touch ever since, and it was his friend who finally convinced him to buy his first tractor and set him up with “Sweet Allis.” Having grown up in Bulloch County, where Farmall tractors are popular among farmers, it is only natural that a Farmall be among Colon’s toys. He also looks for tractors that are different in traditional appearance or have some unique feature. “I like to keep the tractors as they were used. I restore them only to that point. I have them just for the fun of using them everyday. That’s what I love,” Colon explained. PHOTOGRAPHS BY COBBLESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY


Colon chose this tractor for its unique front end.

Boy: Allen Peterson Toy: Sport Bicycle Does swimming a mile, biking 30 miles and then running another six and a half miles sound like fun to you? It does to Allen Peterson. He participates in five or six triathlons (of varying lengths) a year, but mostly for the pleasure, not the competition. He enjoys the training and finds it the best way to work the entire body. A Specialized Allez Sport is his bike of choice for several reasons: the lightweight, aluminum alloy frame, curved handle bars providing the most aerodynamic ride and clip pedals, which Chip Griewahn

save time as one jumps out of the water and onto the bike and provide power during the push and pull of pedaling.

The Lancair 320 in Chip’s front yard.

Boy: Chip Griewahn Toy: Lancair 320 custom-built plane Chip Griewahn wins the award for the most outrageous toy. In his garage, in a local Richmond Hill neighborhood, is a 2-seater Lancair 320 airplane he has been custom building for seven months. When finished (it should take him about 2 more years), the plane will be able to fly nonstop from here to Michigan, about 3 hours. That is good news for Chip since much of his family lives in Michigan. After more than ten years of serving in the military on an air medical team, including one year in Afghanistan, he settled in Richmond Hill and is a flight instructor for Savannah Aviation. PHOTOGRAPHS BY COBBLESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY



Captain Tim and the Double or Nothing


FISHING LINES Of Spanish and Kings

By Tim Gaylor


Well, it’s hot. The weather’s hot and the fishing’s hot, too. When the temperature’s like this, I really like to take it easy

on the boat. A great way to do that is mackerel fishing. Right off our coast, in my opinion, is some of the best Spanish mackerel and king mackerel fishing anywhere. Evidence of this are the many kingfish tournaments held along the Georgia coast. Right now, let’s talk about the easy ones: Spanish mackerel. Probably the best thing about Spanish mackerel fishing is that you don’t need a lot of tackle to do it. A couple of decent fishing poles, some number two or three planers, and some small to medium Clark spoons is all you need. Take your boat out to the end of the channel and start looking for the birds. If you see a bunch of birds diving, that’s a really good thing (I’ll tell you more about the birds in a minute). Rig your planer with about a 30-foot, 10- to 15-pound leader with your Clark spoon on the end. Set them in the water and troll to the birds. of the planer. When a fish hits the spoon, the rod will pop up. I call this inverted fishing. What happens is the fish hit the spoon, which trips the planer, which makes the planer quit diving and come to the top. Just reel your pole in, pull the leader in, and voila: Spanish mackerel. That’s all there is to it.


Photo by Cobblestone Photography

While you’re trolling, the rods will be bent over from the drag

pursuits Now, king mackerel can be a little

reef, which attracts fish. What I like to

more complicated. A great place to look

do is troll right down the middle; it’s a

for king mackerel is around the numer-

virtual trolling alley. Go to the buoy,

ous offshore reefs that the Georgia

turn due south, go about a mile and a

Department of Natural Resources has

half, turn around, and go back to the

built around 15 miles off our coast. My

buoy. The professional king mackerel

favorite one for king fishing is the CCA

tournament fishermen take this to a

Reef. A great source of information that

whole new level of technical compe-

every fisherman around here should have

tence, but I’m going to tell you the easy

on his boat is A Guide to Georgia’s Off-

way. Number three planer, 30 feet of

shore Artificial Reefs. These are available

30-pound leader, three-and-a-half-

on the Georgia Department of Natural

inch blue Drone spoon. This Drone

bait fish that made a break for it. Even

Resources’ website, or you can go by and

spoon has been around for hundreds

if the mackerel aren’t hungry, they’ll eat

pick one up. If you tell them I sent you,

of years. In the days of the tall ships,

the fish on principle alone.

they’ll give you one for free. The lat/longs

they pulled these spoons behind them,

In the mix of all this, there’s going to

for all the Georgia reefs are listed in this

all the time, and they only ate provi-

be a really bad fish, called the barracuda,

book, including the CCA.

sions when the spoons didn’t produce

that is not to be taken lightly. They’ve

fish. So if something’s been around for

jumped into boats before and bitten

300 years, it’s probably proven itself.

people – entirely unprovoked. It really

The main reason I like the CCA so much is that’s where they took the old

Double hook-up

Talmadge Bridge. That bridge and I go

Now, back to the birds. With all of

happened; I saw it. When the king start

way back. Years ago there was an old

man’s technology and advancement,

hitting your spoon, you’d better get them

nothing beats Mother Nature for find-

in quickly, because the ‘cuda can sense the

ing fish. And the best fish finders in the

distress from a long way off, and they’ll

world are birds. Here’s what happens: A

come eat your fish right out from under

school of king mackerel will herd up a

you. I really hate barracudas, but I’m sure

whole school of bait fish. They get ‘em

they serve some useful purpose.

The dolphin have been plentiful this year, too.

in a really tight ball, just like cowboys

Every time I go fishing it seems like I

herd cattle. These fish work in a coordi-

see something or learn something new.

nated effort, and it’s amazing to watch.

And to watch how all of these fish work

The mackerel force the bait fish to the

together in concert is really a miracu-

surface and hold them there, which is

lous thing. Ain’t nature grand?

the last place in the world the bait fish want to be because the birds are going

steel bridge that crossed the Savannah

to eat them. When you see this happen-

River instead of the suspension one we

ing, you don’t want to troll through the

have now. They took it down, cut it

middle of it. You’ll only bust it up, and

up in pieces, took it out to this spot,

in effect, let the herd loose and stampede

and lined it up in two rows. These

the cattle. You want to troll around the

structures will eventually turn into a

edge and make your spoon look like a


Remember: if you can’t tie a good knot, tie plenty of ‘em. ‘Til next tide… -Captain Tim Editor’s Note: Captain Tim offers daily charters from Ft. McAllister Marina. For more information or to submit fishing stories or photos, please contact him at (912) 727-1001 or visit

Top Picks for

Manly Flicks Nick Durkin from Movies, Music & More offers his choices for the top ten guy movies of all time.



Tony Montana and his little friend...enough said.












John Belushi and gang take fraternity life to a whole new level in this hilarious comedy.

Bruce Willis is a hard-nosed New York City cop visiting his family in Los Angeles when terrorists take over his wife’s company’s Christmas party. Come on, it’s Bruce Willis, you know what happens.

Viggo Mortensen plays the owner of a small-town diner whose past comes back to haunt him.




Tom Hanks, as Captain John Miller, must take on a nearly impossible mission to save one soldier from dying.

An Oliver Stone picture in which Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), fights in the Vietnam conflict, but soon learns that there is more to war than just fighting.

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this dark comedy about two men who start an underground fight club that begins to turn their lives upside down.

A truly classic mobster movie with an all-star cast, including Al Pacino and Marlon Brando.

© A.M.P.A.S

A staple in the Stanley Kubrick collection, this movie portrays the process of transforming a regular Joe into a killing machine.

A Martin Scorsese film starring Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta, a prize fighter in and out of his prime.








Fish with Friends Photographs courtesy Mike Womble and Laura Armitage

Members of The Ford Plantation have made some very special friends around town. In their honor, the members hosted the second annual Fish with Friends on a day of outdoor fun for local special needs children. The event kicked off with fishing from the banks of Tom Sawyer Pond where each and every child caught at least one fish. For some, it was their first catch ever. Fishing was followed by music and lunch at Ogeechee Outfitters at the marina. For their great effort, the young anglers each received a trophy, Fish with Friends hat and t-shirt and fish cookie. The event was spearheaded by Jeff and Lila Scott and Ben and Susie MacMillan, but many members and employees of The Ford Plantation graciously and gladly gave of their time, money and support to make the event as memorable for the kids as possible. The smiles on the faces of the volunteers mirrored those of the children. Editor’s Note: These children were so special; we tried to picture each one.

Event organizer, Jeff Scott, and Director of Special Education for Bryan County Schools, Becky Kelly



Employee volunteers from The Ford Plantation: (left to right) Adam Anghilante, Danny Sharpe, Christiaan Pullitzer and Mike Womble

Ogeechee Outfitters at The Ford Plantation marina

Bryon Wagner sang for the hungry fishermen.






Ford Days


Photographs by Cobblestone Photography

Richmond Hill turned back the clock

May 12 through May 14 for the third annual Ford Days Festival. Trolleys offered guests a glimpse at historical homes, including the former Ford Mansion on the Ogeechee River bluff. An old-fashioned fair, fireworks, pony rides, open air concerts and antique cars amused old and young alike. Proceeds benefited preservation projects of the Richmond Hill Historical Society. 89


Wendy Bolton and Carole Brogdon

The Peter Tavalin Trio with vocalist Morgan Shaffer

Dell and Herman Liest, Kevin Mobley and Jason Stevenson

Gregg Allman and Brice Ladson Rena Patton and Bob Caldwell



Photographs by Randy Thompson

Earth Day, April 22, was a fitting date for the second annual Root Ball. Close to 200 guests gathered on the bluff at Kilkenny to help raise funds for the Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation, whose mission is to plant, promote and protect tree canopy. According to foundation member Wendy Bolton, the event exceeded the previous year’s in both funds raised and participation. “We were extremely pleased to see new faces in the crowd. There were many young, local professionals and people with no previous ties to the foundation. Our future success is strongly related to member support and we feel this was a great way to expand our member base and increase awareness of our organization.”



Meet the Artist Photographs by Eric Hartley Photos

On April 29, Arts on the Coast hosted a champagne reception showing of the works of local artists expressed through myriad mediums. The artists themselves were on hand to greet guests and discuss their art.


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Meatheads The Man’s Manual on Entertaining


By Chef Herman Lee Man

It is time yet again for the annual ritual of the pass-

ing of the spatula. The beautiful weather of the season drives people out of the kitchen and into the backyard for barbeques, low country boils and fish fries. The heat also drives the men a little crazy – crazy enough to offer to take over the tedious job of outdoor entertaining and proudly show off their party prowess. Here we offer step-by-step instructions for throwing the ultimate masculine outdoor party – a fish fry. Sunday: Tell your wife you are graciously giving her next Sunday off – you are going to have a fish fry for a few of your good friends and take care of all the details yourself. Call friends and invite them to come over next Sunday afternoon – just whatever time they feel like it. Monday: Search the garage for the fish fryer and propane tank you haven’t seen since last summer. Make sure fryer is clean and propane tank is filled. Tuesday: Get together with friends to plan fi shing trip to catch fi sh for party, chart course and have a

store – sausage, ribs, pork chops, shish-ka-bobs, and pro-

couple of beers.

pane tank you forgot to pick up earlier in the week.

Wednesday: Get together with friends to tie rigs for fishing trip and drink a couple of beers. Thursday: Get together with friends to get boat ready for fishing trip and drink a couple of beers. Friday: Take the day off from work to scout and prefi sh before the actual fi shing trip (and to drink a couple of beers). Saturday: Leave at 4am for fishing trip. Return at dark, exhausted. Give all the fish to locals at dock because you are just too tired to clean the fish and are really craving some red meat anyway. Sunday: Because you are so tired from the entire week

While you and the other men are outside heating up the grill, let the ladies prepare the meat for grilling, whip up some side dishes, set the table, fix the drinks and bring the meat and grilling utensils out to you – they are in the kitchen anyway, it will give them something to do and make them feel useful. Put meat on the grill. Drink a beer. Turn meat periodically. Drink a beer. Take meat off the grill and proudly carry to table. After dinner, accept praise and gratitude for the wonderful meal and hard work. After the ladies clean the kitchen and everyone leaves,

of preparations for the party, ask your wife if she could do

kiss your wife and ask with a loving smile if she enjoyed

you a little favor by picking up a few things at the grocery

her day off.


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I Serves 4

In anticipation of all the fish we know you’re going to catch

this season (see Fishing Lines if you need some tips on catching kingfish), we asked the Fort McAllister Sportfishing Club to

share their recipe for Kingfish Kabobs, which has won awards at the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival every year.

Ingredients: 4 lbs kingfish 1 large pineapple 1 package bacon 1 16-oz bottle of Italian dressing 1 cup pineapple juice 1 bottle tangy barbeque sauce

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To prepare: Mix pineapple juice and Italian dressing in bowl and set aside for marinade. Cut kingfish into 1 ½-inch squares – approximately 36 pieces. Cut bacon and fresh pineapple into 36 pieces. Alternate kingfish, then bacon, then pineapple on grilling skewers, repeating three times on each skewer. Place kabobs in large container and cover with prepared marinade. Marinate in refrigerator for 24 hours.

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Grill for approximately 20 minutes, turning frequently. Brush barbeque sauce over the kabobs during the last 10 minutes of grilling. Enjoy!



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