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The fields are a green and brown striped patchwork quilt of rows and rows of peanuts and blooming cotton plants. This time of year, any drive into Statesboro from any directions takes one past field upon field of some of the best crops in the state of Georgia. Bulloch County is known for many great things, but one of the greatest is agricultural production. Our county remains one of the top producers in Georgia. This issue of Statesboro Magazine celebrates the proud agricultural tradition of Bulloch County with two stories about proud farm families. One story tells how the Andersons of Cooperville are keeping their centennial farm – Old Freeman Family Farm – sustainable with new ideas. We also visit with Bulloch County’s first female agriculture agent, Carole Hicks Knight, to learn how she entered a field usually reserved for men. This issue we also extend a hearty welcome to Georgia Southern’s 13th president, Dr. Jaimie L. Hebert, a native of Abbeville, Louisiana. Inside we visit with Dr. Hebert and learn about his great plans for continuing the proud traditions, both academic and athletic, at the University. For Dr. Hebert, education is a family thing. One Georgia Southern alumni who has made his mark in the field of geology, hydrogeology and paleontology is Dr. Brian K. Meyer. We follow Dr. Meyer’s career from his work on the Mosasaur in the Georgia Southern Museum to his work on sand erosion on St. Catherines Island. This time our Special Sections contain information on Fairs & Festivals, Farming and The Great Outdoors. We hope you will enjoy the cooler weather this fall as you take in the exciting football games, festivals, fairs, and other activities our area offers. Remember to support our area farmers, too. Shop at the Main Street Farmers Market every Saturday, and buy a bag of boiled peanuts whenever you can.


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SPIRITUAL PATHWAYS Bill Perry grew up in Live Oak, Florida, a small town just south of Valdosta, GA. After graduating from Stetson University, he earned three degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2004, he retired as pastor of First Baptist Church of Statesboro after serving that congregation for 22 years. He and his wife, Margaret, registrar of Statesboro High School before her retirement in 2005, have two daughters, five grandsons, and one granddaughter. Bill has been very much involved in community life in Statesboro. He is an avid reader and has been a runner since 1973.

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Welcome President Jaimie Hebert to Statesboro! We can think of no better welcome than to feature you on the cover of Statesboro Magazine. Readers will enjoy Dr. Hebert’s fascinating story beginning on page 12. Dr. Hebert is captured in True Blue style on our cover by award winning photographer Frank Fortune.

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Lori Durden Appointed as President of Ogeechee Technical College C om m i s sioner Gretchen Corbin announced on August 4th that Lori Durden is the new president of Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), after serving as acting president since the July 1st departure of Dr. Dawn Cartee. The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) voted during its August monthly meeting to accept Commissioner Corbin’s recommendation of Ms. Durden to the position. Ms. Durden previously served as Vice President for Economic Development at OTC, where her responsibilities included continuing education and industry training, adult education (GED and literacy programs), and facility rentals. Active in economic development activities in Ogeechee Tech’s service delivery area of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties, Ms. Durden supported local industrial development authorities as they worked to strengthen the economic vitality of the region. Ms. Durden received a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University, and prior to her affiliation with Ogeechee Tech, was Director for the Small Business Development Center at Georgia Southern. She is also active on many local and state boards. Her most recent involvements include the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Public Education in Bulloch County, the Coastal Workforce Investment Board, the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Statesboro Board of Directors. In 2013, Governor Deal appointed her to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, representing the 12th Congressional District. 10 • Statesboro Magazine

Doing Justice, Loving Mercy, Walking Humbly. — Micah 6:8

Chess Connects Local Students with Kenya, Uganda & Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” Three years ago, Bulloch County Schools’ student chess clubs began donating chess boards and time clocks to Uganda and Kenya through the Sports Outreach Institute (SOI). How SOI, a faith-based organization, is using food, clean water and the game of chess to impact these countries can be seen on the big screen in Disney’s new movie, “The Queen of Katwe,” which opens in U.S. theaters on September 26th. “The Queen of Katwe,” is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young, Pictured are students from the Som Chess female chess prodigy, who grew up in Academy in Uganda, with their shipment of chess Katwe, Uganda, one of the country’s larg- supplies from Bulloch County. est slums. Forced to drop out of school at age nine because her family could no longer afford to send her, Phiona wandered into one of SOI’s water and food ministries and also joined their chess program. She became the first female to win her country’s junior chess championship, and at age 17, she began representing her country in international competitions and the Chess Olympiad. Phiona now uses chess to bring international awareness to her country’s needs. “Our students have been able to get to kids who are not as fortunate as most of us, but are being trained in chess, so they can have a better chance,” said SHS Science Teacher Rich McCombs, who is Statesboro High School’s Chess Team Advisor. SHS team members chose to raise funds for this project, and they were joined by fellow students in the district through the Ogeechee River Scholastic Chess Association (ORSCA). “Over the past three years, chess students at SHS and ORSCA have donated 70 chess boards and seven time clocks to SOI,” said McCombs.

CONSTITUTION WEEK SEPTEMBER 17th – 23rd The United States Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. Constitution Week was officially declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 2, 1956. This year, September 17th - 23rd, 2016, commemorates the signing of the original five-page parchment document drafted by delegates to the

Philadelphia Convention. The Constitution has endured longer than any other constitution in the world and is the basic document of our republic. It defines the three branches of government; states’ rights; the Bill of Rights; and protects our individual liberties. It is the cornerstone of American freedom and was written to protect every citizen from the abuse of power by government. The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America. With seven articles and 27 amendments, the U.S. Constitution is the shortest document of its kind still in force in the world. In honor of the observance, The Archibald Bulloch Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution would like to encourage you to “Know your Constitution, know your rights.”

2016 Dancing with the Statesboro Stars Thursday, October 6th at 6:30 p.m. twelve local celebrity dancers along with their partners will be kicking up their heels at Georgia Southern’s Performing Arts Center to benefit Safe Haven Domestic Violence Shelter. In its sixth year as the signature fundraiser for the Shelter, Dancing with the Statesboro Stars is a popular event pairing local citizens with limited dance experience with trained area professional dancers. Each couple raises money for the Shelter as they compete to win the number one spot as Statesboro’s Star Dancing Couple. The teams are scored by a panel of judges for overall best performance, and the couple who raises the most funds is also honored with the Community Award. The fundraiser has expanded in the past two years to include an encore matinee performance on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. At the matinee the audience chooses the best couple and dancers nominate a couple for the Congeniality Award. Tickets to either show are $25.00 per person with proceeds from ticket sales also going to Safe Haven. This year’s dancers include (amateurs listed first): Dr. Marc Bisseck & Melanie Lewis Terry Harville & Jimmy McNeely Shane Jenkins & Gail McNeely Alison Jordan & Ron Washington Ashley Joyner & Justin Norris Scott Kemp & Katie Byers Dr. Cheryl Perkins & Bryan Realiza Michelle Smith Lank & Tony Phillips Lori Tidick & Devon Thompson Dr. John Waters & Rebecca Collins Alan Woodrum & Savannah Thompson Jonathan Young & Brandilyn Stroup For more information about the event, to become a sponsor, to make a donation on behalf of a dancer, or to purchase tickets please contact Kimberly Billings @ (912)764-4605 or visit

Professional Women of Statesboro Name Scholarship Recipients

(L-R) Brandi Waters, America Minc, Hayley Fritch, Tiffany Harlow, Teresa Novotny, and Tamara Richards.

The Professional Women of Statesboro (PWS) each year presents two scholarships to female Bulloch County residents attending Georgia Southern University, East Georgia College-Statesboro or Ogeechee Technical College. For over 20 years, PWS has been committed to providing support of women’s educational aspirations by providing these two scholarships. This year’s recipient of the $1,500 Georgia Southern University Scholarship is Hayley Fritch. Hayley is the daughter of Carrie and Mike Fritch and a graduate of Southeast Bulloch High School. The recipient of the $1,000 Ogeechee Technical College Scholarship is Tiffany Harlow. Tiffany is the daughter of Tina and George Harlow and is a graduate of Portal High School. If you are interested in joining PWS, please contact America Minc, Membership Chair, at 912-478-1153.

Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts Opens Third Averitt Campus Downtown On September 8th – 10th, the Averitt Center for the Arts will host three days of events celebrating the opening of the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts at 31 East Vine Street. The Grand Opening Celebration will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday the 8th, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the facility followed by the 6:00 p.m. opening of an exhibit by artist Juan Granados: In Time/En Tiempo at the Averitt’s Main Gallery on East Main, and a Georgia Southern Music Faculty Showcase at the Emma Kelly Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening, September 9th, the community is invited to “Experience the Arts at the Roxie” with an evening of fine art, music, food, drinks, art demonstrations, and dancing under the stars on the bricked concourse. This event is part of the Averitt Center’s Capital Campaign and tickets may be purchased at the Averitt Box Office. Saturday, September 10th, guests can enjoy a day of shopping and art sampling in conjunction with the Main Street Farmers Market from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Visit the Arts Market, take a sampler visual arts class or enjoy a bite from one of the food vendors. For more information or to purchase tickets to Friday’s event call 912.212.2787 or visit www. September/October 2016 • 11

Dr. Jaimie L. Hebert

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He’s been at the helm of Georgia Southern for 100 days. He moved 1,000 miles from Huntsville, Texas to assume leadership of the University in July. He is one of four children from Abbeville, Louisiana, population 12,000. He holds three degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He spent 20 years of his career at Sam Houston State University. He reads statistical theory for fun. He is a numbers man. He is Dr. Jaimie Layne Hebert, the 13th president of Georgia Southern University. He was tantalized by math at an early age. “As a child, my father would give me a math problem to work like it was a game,” he recalled. “I was challenged early on by him to enjoy the relationships of numbers.” One of 14 children, Dr. Hebert’s father became the first on either side of the family to graduate from high school. He attended U.L. Lafayette and became a math teacher, then helped his brothers and sisters through school. Dr. Hebert’s father also greatly influenced his life and the lives of his siblings. “My brother and his two sons became engineers, one sister a math teacher, and another sister, 14 years older than me, taught high school English,” he said. “I was in her class. She always knew what I had for homework.”

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Growing up in Abbeville, Dr. Hebert enjoyed the outdoors, too. He went fishing and hunting with his dad and his brother on the bayous flowing from St. Landry Parrish southward along the Vermilion River through Abbeville which is located in Vermilion Parish. The French names from this area of Louisiana are significant. The French people who settled there are known as Acadians. 14 • Statesboro Magazine

“We were here ten years before the Pilgrims,” Dr. Hebert said. The work “Cajun” is derived from the French word “Acadian.” Dr. Hebert comes from a long line of Acadian descendants. “My grandmother hardly spoke English,” he said. “My family has been in the South Louisiana region for a long time.” The Heberts can be traced back to brothers Etienne and Antione Hebert

who settled first in Nova Scotia, then in the land of Acadia in the early 1600’s. The family came over from Nantes, France. The Cajun culture of South Louisiana is distinct with its own dialect, mores, music and cuisine. It’s a culture of tight knit communities and pride of identity. An identity that Dr. Hebert brings with him to Georgia Southern. “When I got here, I could relate to

the culture and the traditions that are a large part of Georgia Southern and what the University is about,” he said. “I was drawn by the academic reputation of the University and I couldn’t help but recognize the University’s athletic achievements.” The close knit community surrounding the University also felt familiar. “The community has opened its arms,” he said, “That has been the icing on the cake.” Dr. Hebert already feels at home calling Statesboro a place “where you can talk about math on a bass boat.” He’s also an avid reader with a wide range of interests. “I’m one of those people who has three books going at once,” he said. “I’ll be reading a personal development or self-help book, along with a book on math or science, and some fun fiction.” For fun reading Dr. Hebert especially enjoys the crime novels of best-selling Southern author James Lee Burke, many of which are set in New Iberia, Louisiana, just 20 miles from Abbeville, where he grew up. “I recognize a lot of the locations and characters in his novels,” he said. He also reads books by Peter Dickinson. Books about the theory of mathematics and statistics. “I just fell in love with theoretical statistics,” he said. He was encouraged to pursue his doctorate by the late mathematics and statistics professor Dr. Thomas Boullion at U.L. Lafayette. “I went back for his retirement and told him how much he had influenced me,” Dr. Hebert said, “It meant so much to him because he had no idea. That’s why I encourage students to go back and tell an educator what he or she meant to them. People like that have an impact on young lives, and that’s my personal goal as president.” Dr. Hebert hopes to both encourage and prepare students for the future. “Our programs are designed to be

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hands-on programs that truly prepare students for the workforce,” he said. “Engineering has a 100% employment rate, and with those graduates there is an immediate impact on the economy and the workforce. Programs like Nursing and Education have an immediate impact on the community as well, and on Georgia citizens in general.” What role does Dr. Hebert see the University playing in spurring economic growth in the area? “We are in the business of transforming families. It’s a very personal mission for me because my own family has been transformed through higher education. I think we have a responsibility to the state of Georgia to provide affordable access to educa16 • Statesboro Magazine

tion so we can continue to meet the needs of students and to grow the student population as the general population of the region increases,” Dr Hebert stated. He believes Georgia Southern football also plays an important part in the economic development of the area. “You can’t pay for the recognition the University receives because of the Georgia Southern Eagles reputation on the playing fields,” he said. “Sports are an integral part of the institution that bring us national attention. When you’re successful in sports, it opens the doors of the University to show how well we excel in the realm of academics, too.” “I see the University as part of a broader economic fab-

ric,” he said, “I see it as a catalyst for economic development. I think we can continue to work together with Statesboro and Bulloch County and dovetail our ambitions. I think the economy of this area is ready to explode with progress and I see Statesboro and Georgia Southern right in the middle of what’s coming.” S


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From the Mosasaur to the Georgia Shore With Geologist Brian K. Meyer Written by Jenny Foss

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“At Georgia Southern, I took the introductory courses in geology as the required science courses. I quickly became hooked and I’ve never looked back,” said Brian K. Meyer, Ph.D., a scientist and lecturer in geosciences at Georgia State University, whose career started with work on the Georgia Southern Museum’s Mosasaur, and now includes hydrogeological research on the shoreline dynamics and the nearshore wetlands of St. Catherines Island. Meyer’s entry into the field of geology and paleontology began when the late Richard Petkewich, Ph.D., professor in the Geology and Geography Department and a paleontologist at Georgia Southern,

was working on the Mosasaur. A 29-foot Tylosaurus unearthed in the black hills of South Dakota, the giant, lizard-like Mosasaur swam in Late Cretaceous seas over 60 million years ago. The specimen that Dr. Petkewich and museum director Dr. Gale Bishop acquired in 1978 was collected in South Dakota and transported to Georgia Southern, where it was prepared by students and faculty for exhibit. The work took almost a decade. Dr. Meyer spent his spare time as an undergraduate and student assistant casting bones, rebuilding the skull and mounting the skeletal remains of “Mo.” “I started working as a student assistant

for two years and really became committed to finishing the project,” Dr. Meyer stated. “The task required a combination of skills that I was fortunate to possess. Following graduation, I was lucky to be able to get a full-time research associate position at Georgia Southern that allowed me to complete the project. “Gale Bishop, Jim Darrell, and Dick Petkewich, my professors and mentors at Georgia Southern, invested their time in helping me to develop my geoscience skills,” said Dr. Meyer. “I count the Georgia Southern Mosasaur among my greatest accomplishments,” said Dr. Meyer. “It is an achievement that generations and generations will be able to enjoy and learn from, a true legacy type of project.” Dr. Meyer left Georgia Southern in 1987 and spent the next 20 years as a geologist and environmental consultant with a firm based in the Atlanta area. “I went back to school after 20 years to the other GSU – Georgia State – to get my masters and Ph.D.,” said Dr. Meyer. “They had a lecturer position open after I graduated, so I jumped at the opportunity to teach.” His doctoral dissertation was entitled, Shoreline Dynamics and Environmental Change Under the Modern Transgression: St. Catherines Island, Georgia. (©2013, Brian K. Meyer) One of 12 barrier islands off of Georgia’s coast, St. Catherines is privately owned by the Edward John Noble Foundation which, since 1968, has dedicated the island’s use to education and research. Because the island hasn’t been commercially developed, it can provide information for scientists which other over-developed islands along Georgia’s coast cannot. “St. Catherines has a great infrastructure for researchers including lodging and transportation. I’m typically using a John Deere® Gator and a GPS to map the shoreline. But the collaboration with colleagues from Georgia Southern and the American Museum of Natural History has really made it develop into a special place for me personally as a scientist,” he said. Dr. Meyer continues to work with colleagues from Georgia Southern including Dr. Kelly Vance, Dr. Gale Bishop, Jaynie Gaskin, Dr. Jim Reichard, and Jacque Kelley. These and other scientists on the island September/October 2016 • 19

are evaluating wildlife, ecology, geology, and hydrogeology - the study of the movement of water across, beneath, and through the island. Dr. Meyer has been focusing on hydrogeology and two environmental processes that affect the changing shoreline of St. Catherines - the rate of sea level rise and the movement of sediment caused by the modification of land cover by humans. He uses vibracoring, the extracting of layers of beach sand and sediment, and radiocarbon data to provide insight into the development of St. Catherines’ shore. The sediment layers he collects show environmental impact much like the rings of a tree. Two Late Holocene events that have drastically changed St. Catherines are the hurricane of 1893 and the 1993 “storm 20 • Statesboro Magazine

of the century.” Both events moved large amounts of water and sand, changing the landscape of the island. In general, the interruption of the transportation of sand from north to south along the Georgia coast has been attributed to commercial land developments on other islands, dredging of shipping channels, and the damming of the Savannah and Altamaha rivers, all having an increased effect on St. Catherines’ shores, making it the most erosional of Georgia’s barrier islands. Dr. Meyer’s research has shown that the “effects of sea level rise and shoreline retreat are evident …The shoreline retreat is actively eroding the marsh environment and is exposing relict marsh muds on the beach. The highest rates of shoreline retreat are observed on the extreme southern por-

tion of the island where more than 400 meters of the island has been lost since 1951 at an average rate of more than six meters per year.” The research is important in helping us to understand erosion problems and environmental concerns, but also how to better protect our coastal homes and businesses. “We’re trying to understand how our islands are reacting to sea level rise and how the ecosystems are responding,” stated Dr. Meyer. “If we understand the timing and response, we may be better prepared to build resiliency into the ecosystems and more efficiently protect our investments in the build environment.” The research affects not only Georgians, but countries with coastlines around the world wishing to preserve the environment



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and protect investments along the shore. “We are fortunate in Georgia that the vast majority of our barrier islands have been protected from development,” said Dr. Meyer. “I hope that we can continue to conserve these valuable resources and also understand the impact that sea level change is producing in order to preserve them in a sustainable manner for future generations to enjoy.” The spark ignited by his first geology class back in 1981 still glows. “My greatest career success is being able to repay the investment that other teachers have made in me by mentoring our next generation of earth and environmental scientists. I am extremely proud to see my students develop as geoscientists, it is truly a rewarding experience.” S





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Carole Hicks Knight Bulloch County’s First Female AG Agent Written by Jenny Foss


Female county agents with agricultural program responsibilities consist of only about 11.4% of the Cooperative Extension Service’s population of employees. That number is increasing as fields and professions in the realm of agriculture, traditionally held by men, are now opening to educated and enthusiastic young women. Always one of Georgia’s top agricultural producers, Bulloch County is one of the first counties to have two fulltime county agents: Bill Tyson, who handles row crops, and Carole Hicks Knight, who handles livestock and horticulture. Knight is the first female Ag agent for Bulloch County,

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Ms. Knight works for the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Service which provides resources for area citizens and farmers through a special partnership between the University, the State of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The UGA County Extension Service has been serving Georgia’s farmers since it was founded in 1914, offering educational programs and expert support in the areas of horticulture, animal husbandry and agriculture. Knight was attracted to animals at an early age. She moved to Bulloch County in 1988 when her father, Ray Hicks, a county agent in Jefferson

County, began working with Southern States Cooperative (formerly Gold Kist). Knight grew up on a small farm, and recalled, “I always had some livestock. I grew up in 4-H showing Herefords and bringing home ribbons.” Knight attended public schools in Bulloch County and graduated from Statesboro High School. She then attended the University of Georgia obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, with a major in Animal Science in 2001, followed by a Master of Science in Animal Science in 2003.

Research for her masters centered on use of ultrasound on live animal carcasses to look at the composition changes in mature cows. As the cattle grew, Knight mapped changes in fat cover and how it changed over a productive year. She started her own company, Visionary Cattle Services, LLC, after graduation, traveling the Southeastern United States as a certified live animal carcass ultrasound technician. She worked with cattle producers evaluating and collecting ultrasound data on livestock. In a year she would scan

approximately 3,000 head of cattle, testing bulls and running some reproductive tests on breed cows. In August of 2006, Knight began work with the UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department as an Extension Animal Scientist and Beef Cattle Specialist. “My office was located in Statesboro, but my responsibilities were statewide,” she said. As Beef Cattle Specialist, Knight provided support to all Georgia cattle producers organizing and presenting educational September/October 2016 • 25

programs on topics ranging from basic production practices to technological advances to cattle marketing. She also provided assistance to 4-H and FFA Junior Livestock programs at various shows and events throughout the State serving as superintendent at the Jr. National Livestock Show, the Georgia National Fair, and the Georgia Junior Beef Futurity Show. In 2011, Knight’s department was being moved from Bulloch County to the UGA 26 • Statesboro Magazine

Agricultural Center in Tifton, Georgia. Not wanting to leave the area, Knight sought and was approved for a move to the position of Bulloch County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, previously held by Pat Todd who was retiring. Knight has been a Bulloch County Ag Agent since then. She loves the diversity her job brings. “You never know what might happen. For example, I went to a producer running sheep and ended up having to show him how to

shear sheep,” she said. She also serves on the Tree Board, the Georgia Club Calf Producers Association, Georgia Young Farmers, and the Georgia Farm Bureau. Along with husband, Kyle, she is owner of Sandbriar Farms in Cooperville, Georgia, a family-run farming operation that maintains a herd of 75 cows, two bulls, six goats, one donkey and one sheep. There are no chickens, but the farm is home to two dogs,

Sparky and Bella, and three calico cats, Jingle Cat, Pumpkin, and Mr. Yellow, that keep the rodent population under control. The Knights handle feeding, breeding, and maintaining the health and nutritional needs of all the animals in addition to general farm upkeep. The couple met in of all places – a cow sale. “He’s from Indiana and he was working a cattle sale in Georgia, and that’s where we met,” she said. Indiana winters were something Knight didn’t care to experience, so the couple married and made their home in Screven County. They have one son, fouryear-old Beau. “We enjoy having a small summer garden each year, too.” said Knight. Carole and Kyle can pickles, tomatoes, salsa, relishes, and green beans for the family to enjoy year round. “Kyle and I have similar backgrounds,” Knight said. “Cows are the glue that holds us together. We hope that Beau will follow in that.” Working in agriculture is definitely a family matter. Knight’s father, Ray Hicks, who resides in Bulloch County, left Southern States in 2001 to become Screven County’s Extension Agent. “It’s a running joke in our family,” Knight said, “I’m my dad’s county agent, and he’s mine! I’m glad I managed to follow in his footsteps. He’s been a great Dad and mentor.” “I’m also fortunate to be working in Bulloch County. We have a really great team that’s one of the largest in the state as far as staffing. We work so well together to get it all accomplished,” she said. “It’s becoming more prevalent in the State to have women in agriculture positions,” she said. “We’re still in the minority, but we’re becoming more and more accepted. Some folks still think I’m the secretary when I answer the phone, but they soon learn I really am the agent.” “I’m here to consult with area livestock breeders and producers,” Knight said. “Fortunately, our county’s big enough that we attract a lot of commercial consultants as well. In smaller counties, the Cooperative Extension Service is the only support office. We welcome the other consultants. We want to do the most for our farmers. We’re here to cover the need.” S

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George L. Smith Sugar Cane Festival It’s the sweetest time of year at George L. Smith State Park! On November 19th, they will host their annual Sugar Cane Festival where families and friends get together to harvest the sugar cane and create syrup. The old-fashioned cane boil brings together farmers, local artisans, and area restaurants to showcase their produce and ingredients and celebrate the sugar cane harvest! Guests can help out with the harvesting of the sugar cane and taste it in its purest form and enjoy fresh ground corn meal. DATE: November 19, 2016 TIME: 9AM – 3PM Admission: $1 * Parking: $5 PLACE: George L. Smith State Park Located between Metter and Twin City off Highway 23. Take I-16 exit #104 28 • Statesboro Magazine


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The Kiwanis Club of Statesboro welcomes you to the 55th annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair. We hope your family and friends will join us in continuing the tradition of education, heritage, business exhibits, great food, entertainment and rides. This year’s fair begins on Monday, October 17th, at 5 pm with the parade in downtown Statesboro and will conclude on Saturday, October 22nd. ‘Friend us’ on Facebook (Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair) for up-to- date information and schedules. We have booked some great live music entertainment that will be enjoyed by everyone attending the fair. Sam’s Petting Zoo and Rosaire’s Pigs will return to the Heritage Village for some great family experiences. Be sure to catch a show of amazing stage illusions and skillful escapes by Extreme Illusions & Escapes. As always, our famous “Pancake House’ will be open along with the BBQ Hut and many local groups to provide a wide range of food choices. Thank you for supporting our efforts to help our seven county region with the funds we raise during the fair. All money raised from the fair is given back to the community and the communities of our seven participating counties, Bulloch, Bryan, Candler, Evans, Tattnall, Jenkins & Screven counties. Because of public support we are able to give back over $200,000 each year DATE: October 17-22, 2016 PLACE: Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds






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grade students have been able to participate in an After School Garden Program at five elementary schools: Langston Chapel, Mattie Lively, Mill Creek, Julia P. Bryant and Sallie Zetterower. Due to a partnership between the Bulloch County Board of Education, Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks & Recreation Department (SBCPRD), Lee Family Farms, the Georgia Southern Center for Sustainability, the Departments of Biology and Health and Kinesiology, and the office of Student Leadership & Community Engagement, these students are able to learn about food through hands-on tending of a school garden; planting, nurturing and harvesting their own crops. The gardening takes place each day during the SBCPRD’s After School Program, “Our Time.” For ten weeks beginning in early September, the children work along-side Georgia Southern student volunteers learning lessons in plant biology, agriculture, health and nutrition. For the first time some learn that the source of food is not the grocery store, but the earth.

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The children also learn the benefits of growing their own food and other important aspects of gardening and sustainability. For six weeks they learn about plants and the benefits of gardening, and for four weeks the lessons focus on making healthy food choices and nutrition. At the end of the ten-week program, the students, who have tended the raised garden beds from planting seeds to weeding, nurturing and harvesting the produce, are treated to a Harvest Celebration at the SBCPRD’s Honey Bowen Building. At the Harvest Celebration, the Georgia Southern student volunteers, along with the students from all participating elementary schools, come together to share their experiences with each other and to enjoy the preparation and eating of the fruits and vegetables they’ve grown. The After School Garden Program has gained statewide recognition for the partnership of the organizations that supports the program and for the effective way it introduces students at an early age to the many benefits of growing their own food. S

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GreenFest2016: A Celebration of Green at the Top of the Blue Mile


In an event that brings town and gown together, GreenFest will showcase all that the region has to offer for sustainable living from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on October 1, 2016. Georgia Southern’s Center for Sustainability hosts the downtown festival the first Saturday of October each year, in partnership with the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority. Centered on the Bulloch County courthouse lawn, where 40some vendors and exhibitors share sustainability information and green products, the festival offers live music, sustainability workshops, children’s activities and more. Featured workshops this year include up-cycled vases and planters, pallet birdhouses, and bookmarks and placemats made from recycled Georgia Southern banners. The 2nd Annual Pallet Challenge

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is sure to be a highlight, with dozens of entries displayed along Siebald Street, and the winners announced at noon. Dust off your carpentry skills and register your pallet creation in the competition this year at Last year’s competition drew entries from as far as Savannah and included pallet picnic tables, catapults, compost bins and even a bunkbed. This year, the green fun will spread throughout downtown and along the Blue Mile, with GreenStop shopping for

sustainable products at many downtown businesses, green activities and green wall tours at City Campus, recycled art projects at the Averitt Center’s Roxie Remley Center, and bike riding on the Willie McTell Trail. Bicyclists will be eligible to enter a drawing for sustainable prizes at the festival. Also new this year, the City of Statesboro is hosting a service opportunity for beautification along the Blue Mile, so volunteers can get their hands dirty and make a difference in our community. Check in on the courthouse lawn to participate. Vis-

itors to the festival will also enjoy fresh and delicious local produce, baked goods and more at the Downtown Statesboro Farmers Market in Charlie Olliff Square, which will be in full swing as it is every Saturday. The goal of GreenFest is to educate the public about sustainable solutions throughout the community, and to share green resources and eco-friendly ideas in an outdoor festival atmosphere. This year’s October 1st event marks the 4th Annual GreenFest. For the first time, a shuttle

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Agriculture is a $74 billion per year industry for Georgia. One in seven Georgians works in agriculture, forestry or related fields. There are an estimated 42,257 farms operating in Georgia encompassing 9,620,536 acres of land. The average farm size is 228 acres, according to the UGA Center for Agriculture & Economic Development. Bulloch County ranks 18th in the state in Grower Value producing $137,284,644 annually. The total Farm Gate value for Bulloch County is $149,648,830 annually ranking us 26th out of 159 counties in the State. Bulloch County is among the top producers in Georgia for row & forage crops, vegetables, ornamental horticulture, forestry, and livestock. The only agricultural areas of production in which Bulloch ranks at the mid-level are fruit & nut crops and poultry & eggs. Bulloch County is a major agricultural center ranking 2nd in the state for cotton production and third for peanuts. Our farmers are among Georgia’s best producers of everything from pecans to breed cows, chickens to strawberries. With so much of Bulloch County’s economy based in agriculture, From the Farm focuses light on those businesses that support our area farmers and producers with products and services developed especially them

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Travis Chance 2004 BBA Marketing President & Owner CFG Wealth Management, LLC Statesboro City Councilman 5th District

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TWO STATESBORO RESIDENTS RECOGNIZED BY UGA AS TOP ALUMNI In July, the University of Georgia’s the business community along with release, “This year, nearly 400 nominathe Tyson FoundaAlumni Association retions were submitted. Seleased this year’s 40 Under tion. Elliott, Precilections were based on the 40 Class of 2016, which graduates’ commitment to sion Ag Coordinaincluded two residents of a lifelong relationship with tor for Southern Statesboro. UGA and their successes in States Cooperative, The two honorees, both personal and profesis deeply involved Mandy Edwards and Elin Statesboro and sional endeavors. Bulloch County’s This year’s class will be liott Marsh, are not only agriculture industry. honored at a luncheon at active UGA alumni, but In its sixth year, Flourish in Atlanta on Sepactive community memthis program recogbers. Mandy, owner of lotember 8, 2016 and will be honored during the Georcal social media marketing nizes outstanding Mandy Edwards Elliott Marsh and web design company alumni under the gia v. Nichols State home ME Marketing Services, is involved in age of 40. From the University’s official football game that following Saturday. 48 • Statesboro Magazine

Old Freeman Family Farm

Harvesting New Ideas Written by Jenny Foss September/October 2016 • 49

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W When Becky Freeman Anderson was born, she became the fourth generation of her farm family to own land on the Scarboro Highway (Highway 17) just over the Ogeechee River in Screven County. A Georgia Centennial Farm, Old Freeman Family Farm had been in her family since John Wesley Freeman purchased 400 acres in 1893 for around $2,000. There has been a Freeman descendent farming the land since then. Today small family farms face many challenges in remaining lucrative, but the Andersons are innovators. Becky and husband Dan, along with sons Garrett and Benjy and their families have created inventive ways to keep the farm sustainable and in the family for generations to come. Becky’s great-grandfather John Wesley Freeman farmed the land until 1903, then passed it down to his sons, Charlton and Marion. Marion Freeman and wife Effie moved onto the farm into the century-old farmhouse that still sits in the middle of a pecan orchard on the farm. Known as M.F., Marion Freeman and Effie were the parents of six children. During M.F. and Effie’s time on the land, they made the farm into a large sustainable operation, becoming one of the largest farms in the area. They grew a wide variety of crops, plowing with around 25 mules, including tobacco, corn, cotton and peanuts. Thirty acres of the farm were planted in pecan trees that still stand today. Outbuildings included a commissary, cotton gin, generator house, chicken house, big barn, smoke house, and ice house. M.F. employed around 15 families who lived on the farm. When he passed away, around 2,000 acres were in cultivation. There were six children born to M.F. and Effie, three boys and three girls. Son M.F., Jr. worked with his father on the farm and was first in the family to use a tractor. The original “H” model Farmall is still on the farm, part of a large collection of around 25 tractors that the Andersons own. Members of the Rusty Relics antique tractor club, Danny and Becky still ride their vintage John Deere, Farmall, Allis Chalmers, and Chase tractors in parades, displaying them for special events. Becky’s father, M.F., Jr. was a Navy veteran of World War II returning to the farm to continue the family tradition. Upon the death of M.F., Sr. the original farm house was deeded to M.F., Jr. and his wife Kathleen. They had four children: Mary, Franklin, Glenn, and Becky. Becky’s faSeptember/October 2016 • 51

ther farmed until 1965 when he passed away leaving a young widow with four children to raise. Kathleen worked at Minkovitz in Sylvania from 1966 until 1990, then became deputy clerk of the superior court until she retired in 2000. She leased the farm to relatives to supplement her income. Becky was only 11 when her father passed away, “It was a lot on Mama. She was only 37 when Daddy died with four kids to raise. She was a housewife for one year, then had to go

When Danny and Becky moved onto the farm, they were able to build a log cabin home within the pecan orchard near the original farm house. Much had changed over the years. All of the original out buildings had fallen to disrepair and were removed or destroyed. The only remaining one being the generator house. Danny and Becky were able over time to purchase back parts of the M.F., Jr. Estate from relatives and now own most of the original acreage.

diverse and to create new revenue streams. Near the family’s log home, Danny began to replace the original out buildings that had been destroyed with new structures. He built a large barn, a commissary (store) with a prep kitchen, and restored the old farm house. The Andersons turned these new out buildings, in a beautiful setting within the original pecan orchard, into a venue that can be rented for weddings, family reunions, and other events. For

to work to support all of us,” she said. In 1973, Becky married Danny Anderson, a Bulloch County native who also grew up on a farm. Their love for the land and Becky’s ties to the Old Freeman Family Farm prompted them to move back to the home place after only two years away. They began farming in 1976, the same year their oldest son, Benjamin Daniel (Benjy) was born. M.F. Freeman, Jr., had died intestate, with minor children, so the farm had remained in his estate until 1976.

In 1980 a second son, William Garrett (Garrett) was born. The boys were reared on the land and flourished living the farm life. They grew up doing farm chores, driving tractors, and helping their parents to run the farm. Active in 4-H and FFA, they also showed livestock and competed with 4-H projects, eventually becoming livestock judges. With the Andersons now owning the old home place, Danny and Becky began to consider alternatives to traditional farming to keep the farm

the past five years, each fall the Old Freeman Family Farm operated a corn maze and pumpkin patch with hay rides and a zip line. Becky also hosts school field trips to the farm that provide a hands-on farm life experience for second graders. The tours last four to five hours and are led by Becky, who retired as Dover’s postmaster in 2012, and volunteers. Five stations are created for the children to visit: an animal station with pigs, chickens, dairy calves and goats; a grist mill station where corn is

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ground into grits; a crop station (this year it is cotton); a pumpkin and sugarcane patch; and the corn maze. “The children also enjoy a hayride and a sack lunch during the visit,” said Becky. “We have really enjoyed having a large corn maze for the past five years and opening it to the public, but this year we are taking a break. We have so many weddings and school tours, that we found ourselves operating seven days a week to meet the demand.” The farm is still available for groups and tours, October – November, Tuesday – Friday, advance reservations required. Another innovative way the Andersons are adding to the farming operation is by developing special feed mixtures for livestock. Danny has researched and developed Non-GMO (genetically modified organism), feeds for chicken, hogs, goats, breed cows and horses. His brand is Real Feed® and it is a Georgia Grown® product. The Non-GMO corn is grown on the farm and bagged in Metter, Georgia. Currently, it is being distributed locally. As the operation grows, Danny intends to ship the feed as demand dictates. Benjy and Garrett have developed a feed of their own for deer. “It’s a specialty deer corn still on the cob the boys call ‘Dixie Deer Corn,’” said Danny. The boys also both work for the Georgia Forestry Commission – Benjy in Screven County and Garrett in Bulloch County. They farm “on the side” owning some land and leasing other acres to grow corn, wheat, and oats. In addition, they operate a custom harvesting and hay baling business, all under Anderson Brothers Farms. Benjy is married to Ashley, and Garrett’s wife is Haley, Director of Pharmacy for Optim Medical Center in Jenkins County. Garrett and Haley are parents to three children – son Slade, and twin daughters Kensley and the late Hendley, who passed away last fall. Garrett’s children are the sixth generation of the Freeman family to be born while living on the farm. The Andersons hope that the future of the farm is secure because of all the innovations that have been made in the way the farm is operated. Inviting the public to spend a day on the farm, creating new farm products, and harvesting crops the traditional way have all become part of what will preserve the Old Freeman Family farm for generations to come. S

Editor’s Note: On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Andersons will host Plow Day at the Old Freeman Family Farm with antique tractors and plows on display with the Rusty Relics. For more information visit their website at September/October 2016 • 53

Into The Woods


A wonderful thing about hunting and fishing is how, if you spend enough time in the wild, the stories will find you. In between seasons, we keep the love of the outdoors alive in the retelling of these tales. In each recollection the fish gets longer and the antlers grow in number as we swap our stories -destined to become legends – in the off-season. That’s what keeps the spirit of the outdoors alive in between excursions. Another way to keep it alive is to prepare for the upcoming seasons for fishing, camping, boating, and hunting wildlife in South Georgia by examining weapons and gear beforehand to make the necessary replacements, to clean where it’s needed, and to repair what is damaged. TC Outdoors is a great resource for the outdoorsman or woman, offering everything needed for a successful open-air adventure, including licenses for hunting and fishing. Get ready for a wild experience this fall with the following list of open seasons:

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TormentaFC s Heidi Jeffers


The Perfect Storm The perfect storm emerged on May 21, 2016: history was made, new fans were created, and a team came together to change the path of history for Statesboro and for soccer players around the world. Tormenta FC played its inaugural home opener against the Carolina Dynamo. Over 3,000 fans came to support their new soccer team. The game was live-streamed and over 60 countries watched Statesboro’s and South Georgia’s team begin its inaugural season. Over 20,000 fans attended Tormenta FC games and events this year. The game-day experience reflected the excitement of the Statesboro community and the momentum of the new soccer movement in South Georgia. Team colors of magenta and blue highlighted the stadium; the “get down”

sounds of local band “Kids of Rock” played in the background; fans enclosed the entire field; and a 25-foot-tall jumbo LED video board with unmatched clarity showcased sponsors and partners, plus provided instant replay during the games. The luscious, green Bermuda grass playing surface featured the Tormenta FC’s signature logo on both halves of the playing field. Coca-Cola® and Powerade® banners blanketed the stadium to bring the soccer game-day experience to a new level never before seen in the low-country. Players from Georgia Southern University, 18 other universities and colleges, and seven countries came together to make Tormenta FC and Statesboro their home for the season. With a very short and ac-

celerated practice time, led by Head Coach Ben Freakley and Assistant Coach Michael Chesler, these young men bonded as a team. Building on each player’s individual strengths, the team had one goal in mind: to produce amazing results for the Tormenta FC franchise and the community. They did just that in their first year, finishing with a winning record of 6-5-3. The Tormenta FC players were winners off the field, too, making a positive impact on the community by visiting The Boys and Girls Club, Gardens at Southern Manor, Statesboro Regional Library, and so many more. The festival atmospheres of First Friday and Statesboro’s Main Street Famers Market, were enhanced by the players’ participation. A visit to the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau was the perfect place for Tormenta FC players to get to know more about the area. America’s Best Communities and Salute to Service for military families were two projects the team also helped showcase on and off the field. Tormenta FC came together with partnerships and amazing talent in the team organization as well. A dedicated front office staff, an enthusiastic volunteer group (the Storm Troopers!), and an experienced leadership team, worked tirelessly behind-thescenes to make each game-day experience seamless for the players and the fans. Videographer Art Berger, his production team, ESPN and Tormenta FC sports anchors Drew Fellios and Eddie Rodriguez, together with the Tormenta FC Franchise Development team, produced a broadcast that is unmatched in soccer’s Premier Development League. Everything happened to showcase the international sport of soccer right here in Statesboro, Georgia. We at Tormenta FC love our fans around the community and look forward to many upcoming events this fall. Watch for Early Bird Ticket promotions and events, “The Ibis Cup” Tournament, soccer camps, and Fabulous Fan Nights. Don’t forget about Tormenta FC tryouts coming in December! Like us on Facebook at Tormenta FC or purchase fan gear and season tickets at The vision statement for Tormenta FC is true for our fans, sponsors and community. Great things await, because “Pros Start Here!” September/October 2016 • 57

True Blue GS s Doy Cave

Entertaining, and Educational, too


Statesboro is a great place for families. It’s home to a beautiful downtown, a flourishing cultural scene and great parks and trails. And on the campus of Georgia Southern, there are several attractions for visitors of all ages to find entertainment — and a little education, too. Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern Tucked into a subdivision off Fair Road is 11 acres of natural beauty that brings garden and horticulture fanatics, students and families from all over the Southeast to visit its quiet pathways. Originally the farm of Statesboro resi-

dents Dan and Catherine Bland, the Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern features woodland walking trails, a children’s learning garden, a native azalea collection and bog garden, the Oak Grove one-room schoolhouse and much more. It’s a living laboratory that shows the unique geography of our Coastal Plain, which used to be the bottom of an ancient ocean. “The Garden is a very concentrated and beautiful lesson about how this region came about,” said Carolyn Altman, director of the Garden. “It shows the hard work, diligence and ingenuity of the people who were able to cultivate a life here. “It’s a unique, quiet, untrafficked place here in the heart of Statesboro.” Future plans at the Garden include a revamped entrance and better parking areas, a tower with expansive views, a new multilevel children’s garden and a labyrinth. The Botanic Garden is free to all visitors, but also offers memberships, which give members access to special events as well as first pick at the annual plant sale. Georgia Southern University Museum The Georgia Southern University Museum is also focused on the ancient Coastal Plain, which comprises much of the state of Georgia. The shallow, ancient oceans that swept back and forth for millions of years formed this unique region, and the Museum’s permanent exhibits tell the story of the changing environments, animals and cultures that have called it home. With such a broad range of time and history as its focus, Museum Director Brent Tharp says visitors can expect to see just as broad a range of exhibits. “We always like seeing people show up here, and I don’t think they always know what they’re going to get into,” he said. “With the name Georgia Southern University Museum, it could be a little bit of everything, but that’s sort of what they get, too.” The permanent exhibits feature the 26foot long fossil skeleton of the mosasaur, a formidable marine carnivore that inhabited the prehistoric oceans in Georgia. Most significant to Georgia, however is the fossil

and replica of Georgiacetus vogtlensis, the oldest whale fossil found in North America, which was excavated in nearby Burke County, Georgia. In addition to the permanent exhibits are a wide range of changing exhibits for visitors of all ages. The Museum currently features “CLICK! Exploring the History and Science of Cameras” until Jan. 29, 2017. This exhibit features a large historical camera collection and hands-on activities about how they work. Museum admission is $2, and free for children under 3. Center for Wildlife Education and The Lamar Q. Ball, Jr. Raptor Center Have you ever held a Madagascar hissing cockroach? You can do just that at the Center for Wildlife Education and The Lamar Q. Ball, Jr. Raptor Center — the Wildlife Center — if you’re brave enough. Wildlife Center Director Steve Hein says that the fundamental mission of the Wildlife Center is to bring people and nature together, which means a noticeable absence of cages and enclosures. “We wanted to have that experience where you walk into a tobacco barn and see a barn owl look down at you, or along the wooden walkway and seeing these birds,” he said. “That’s the takeaway — that close proximity between man and nature.” Every weekday, the Wildlife Center hosts a program at 3:30 p.m. in the lecture hall featuring a variety of animals — such as snakes, lizards and bugs — that visitors can hold or touch. On Saturdays, the lecture hall program is at 2:00 p.m. and the Center hosts a flighted raptor program in the amphitheater at 3:00 p.m., where that barn owl just might fly right over your head. Admission to the Wildlife Center is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 3-11 and free for children under 3. There are also special discounts for seniors and military. Georgia Southern strives to provide educational services and attractions to the Statesboro community. Its goal is to grow the academic community beyond its borders to get kids interested in and excited about learning. September/October 2016 • 59





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The Spiritual Pathway s Rev. Dr. H. William Perry


Control Anger before It Controls You

Years ago Lew Selvidge, professor emeritus at Georgia Southern, shared with me the story of the owner of a hardware store who overheard a conversation between a new sales clerk and a customer. The customer asked, “How much are these?” “Twenty-five cents a-piece. That’s seventy-five cents for one hundred,” replied the clerk. The owner couldn’t believe what he was hearing! The customer said, “I don’t want one hundred, I want fifty-seven.” The clerk replied, “That will cost fifty cents.” After the customer paid and left the owner pulled the young clerk aside and with an extremely agitated and angry voice said, “Boy, before I fire you I have two questions: first, what kind of new math were you using with that customer? And second, what in the world were you selling? Twenty-five cents a-piece? Fifty-seven for fifty-cents? That should have been $14.25!” The young clerk, almost in tears, said, “I was selling house numbers, sir. Fifty-seven was two house numbers at twenty-five cents a-piece. I charged the customer fifty-cents.” The owner, lowered his head and put his hand on the young man’s shoulder and said,

“I apologize, son. My hasty actions were based on wrong information.” Often our anger is based on inaccurate conclusions. Do you remember the story of the sergeant in Viet Nam who had his squad standing in front of him in ranks? He described the need for three of the soldiers to volunteer for a dangerous assignment. “Now, I’m going to turn my back, and if you’re willing to volunteer for this mission, step forward.” When he turned back to face his squad he immediately started yelling at them, expressing his disappointment that no one had stepped forward. They were still in rank. Then one of the privates spoke up: “Sir, the whole squad stepped forward.” I wonder how many times I have gotten angry because I acted on inaccurate information. I do know that anger is an issue with me. It probably is with you, too. Sometimes the anger is justified; often it is not. Most of the time I hide my anger, just store it up and hide it in the basement of my life. My teacher and friend, Wayne Oates, said, “When you get angry and you don’t deal with it, or you bury it, it will turn to hatred.”

Wow! Sometimes I use sarcasm that has a cut to it that injures the people who I blame for my anger. Often I have found out later that my sarcasm had hurt people deeply. The ancient church considered anger to be one of the seven deadly sins. However, the teachings I find in the Bible about anger say it is the improper dealing with anger that is sinful. When Jesus said, “Anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment,” (Matthew 5:22), He used a verb of continuous action, so that the meaning of the teaching is, “Whoever keeps on being angry with his brother will be judged.” The Apostle Paul wrote, “In your anger do not sin.” (Ephesians 4:26). My conclusions? Be sure you get the information right before you get angry. Don’t explode with your anger, and don’t bury it. Talk it out! I’m still working on my reaction to the things crazy drivers do when I’m driving my car. I’m getting a little better. But I can still imagine one of my grandsons saying to Margaret, “Gamma, why do all the idiots come out when Poppa is driving?” September/October 2016 • 61

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LOOK AROUND Georgia Southern Alumni Business After Hours Thursday, August 18, 2016 Eugene Bishop Alumni Building

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The View From Here s Ric Mandes

He Always Wanted to Preach


Something about the hymns and the solos from Ms. Minnie, especially when she sang The Lord’s Prayer just before Communion was served. He loved sitting by his Granny during those morning worship hours. There she sat on the side row, keeping herself cool, with a hand fan provided by A. O. Miller Funeral Home. Granny always wore her white hat with a veil. Her blue Irish eyes never leaving the moving figure of Brother Moss as he summoned the congregation to hear and accept “Your Lord Jesus into your hearts!” And when Brother Moss delivered a resound-

ing reason to love the Lord, Granny would gun an “Amen!” perfectly timed, resonating throughout Grace Chapel. His teen years were punctuated by Saturday nights with Granny reading the Bible verses for the next morning’s Sunday School lesson, which began exactly at nine-thirty when the bell rang ending the opening sing along – a gathering of the young who stood around the piano lifting their voices as Judson, Brother Moss’s son, accompanied them on the piano. And it was around that spiritual chorale his voice took to the chords, and from that moment on throughout his

Christian life, he blessed celebrations of revivals, weddings, and funerals with his powerful vibrato. Forty years later, he and I are talking about his journey for THE WORD. “He just would not let me alone,” he smiles. “I had a college scholarship offer to play basketball, thinking that would give me a good ride into coaching.” He stops – encompassed with a long pause “and you know the rest if of the story,” and I did. Upon graduating from theology school he decided walking the aisles of a grand cathedral would not give him the chance to realize his mission to “get with it.” “I wanted to take on the devil face to face,” he shared. “I wanted to be in the real sense of the battleground telling him to ‘Give me all ya got.’” He prayed about his deep commitment as to where he could best serve. And God opened His arms to this young preacher and said “Go forth and serve me…” Twenty-two years later he retired having served as a Chaplin with the U.S. Army. He then became active another fifteen years as a senior pastor in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Now as he and I sit remembering and recalling – There is “No Comment” about his two tours of duty in Viet Nam. He is not rude in his refusal, but cordially firm. The one postscript comment he will offer is “having breakfast with my soldiers in the early daylight and burying them that night, really tested my faith. The devil was delivering it. He never allowed me to forget out there beyond those dirt hills was a bullet with my name on it, just as there had been for the young lad I said last rites over as his remains were placed in a body bag and zipped closed. A farm boy. Who helped his dad run the dairy; who sat with his Granny in her small living room on Saturday nights studying the word, and with her on those Sunday mornings being filled with His spirit and waiting for that “Amen!” coming from the depths of her soul. Now he moves about with a fresh cup of coffee. He stretches and yawns. It is then he turns to me and offers, “During those evenings of war as I moved to those body bags, I always, always said, ‘Pray for me, Granny. Let me hear your ‘Amen!’ I truly need one right now!” September/October 2016 • 65


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