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• A Guyton woman told Deputies that as she was balancing her checkbook online, she found that her debit card had been used on two purchases she knew nothing about. The purchases were both for over $500, and both were on the website (Sounds like a coop for unwed hens...) • Deputies are looking for a Guyton woman who used to clean the home of an elderly man. When his son realized the home wasn’t getting cleaned regularly, he fired the woman. However, he apparently forgot to get Dad’s credit card back from her, and she has since added over $2700 to his bill. • A man called Deputies to report that his mother was across the street from his home, taking pictures of his residence. • A man tried to stop three young juvenile girls who were riding around his neighborhood in a motor vehicle. The shouted at him that he was a rapist and drove over the curb to get away from him. He then called Deputies. He told ___________________________________ Continued on page 3

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Rincon Couple Makes the Right Connection with Christian-based Internet Club By Stephen Prudhomme Jay Andrews still uses the voiceover ventrilo server that he previously accessed as a member of a video gaming club. He’s still scoring points, but he’s doing it at a much “higher level.” The 45-year-old Rincon resident and his wife, Lynell, are founders of Personality Disability Voicechat, a club for people with disabilities or those who have cancer or are cancer survivors. Members sign on to a website with a personal log-on and can communicate with one another through the voiceover ventrilo server, which Andrews describes as a “giant Internet- based walkie talkie,” located in Dallas, Texas, or access a site that features 150 video games, information on various disabilities and sermon broadcasts from Pastor Steven Parker of Rincon First Christian Church. They also can listen to Pastor Ralph E. Davis on 105.7 Full Southern Gospel radio station out of Springfield, and make prayer requests. Andrews and his wife are both disabled. He has spina bifida and has endured 66 surgeries. Although he has one prosthetic leg and a brace on his “good leg,” Andrews walks without a cane. “People can’t tell I’m disabled,” says Andrews, who walked several miles during the 2006 Effingham County Fair parade to help promote his club. Lynell has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. In 2006, Andrews decided to leave the video gaming club and told his wife he had no further use for the voiceover ventrilo server. She begged to differ. “Lynell said she’d like to use it to help disabled people,” her husband recalls. Andrews, who had taken some computer classes at Savannah Tech and took to the computer “like a fish takes to water,” built the Christian-based website and through word-of-mouth advertising started with some 10 members. Three years later, the club has 187 members, with about half living in Effingham and Chatham counties, and 4,300 pages on its website. Andrews, who collects disability, finances the club through fundraisers such as yard sales and bake sales as well as generous donations from his father, Douglas G. Andrews, a Savannah attorney. He also cites the generosity of a num-

ber of individuals at a third-year anniversary party held at Rincon First Christian Church Feb. 7th. These included the Christian band, “Crowns of Glory,” which performed for free for the estimated 80 club members in attendance; Kaye Hunt, who did the catering at no charge; and college student Michael Stokes, who volunteered his expertise to help produce a video for the club. Michael Stokes and his father, Ricky, guitarist and lead vocalist for “Crowns of Glory,” are ablebodied members of the club. Ricky says he met the Andrews at Rincon First Christian. When he saw Lynell and other members of the club

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Pooler Celebrates arbor day With tree Planting By Clarence Wilson

The City of Pooler, along with the Pooler Garden Club, joined forces to help celebrate one of the least recognized, but most needed observance days internationally. Arbor Day, translated from a Latin root word means “trees.” This particular day stands out prominently nowadays, because of the national and international focus on the possibility of global warming affecting our planet at an astronomical rate. The recognition of Arbor Day is celebrated usually in April around the birthday of the man most noted as the founder of said day. But Pooler decided to honor the day on Wednesday, because in the south, the weather tends to be too hot for trees to get the proper nourishment during the warm month. The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist and politician originally from Michigan. Throughout his long and productive career, Morton worked to improve agricultural techniques in his adopted state and throughout the United States when he served as President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture. But his most important legacy is Arbor Day, according to in-


Barbara Rawlings, Dale Rickman, Patti Simmons, Claudia Collier, Beverly Waters, Vanessa Magwood, Rebecca Benton and Marjorie North are pictured at new recreation park flag pole planting two trees in memory of past members Bernice Hicks (deceased) and Virginia Tyner, who recently moved to Augusta to be near family members. formation posted on one of the many Arbor Day websites. In Pooler, the two sets of crepe myrtle trees were planted at two different locations in the Godley Station section of Pooler. One set was planted at the entrance to the new Pooler Recreation Park. Mayor Mike Lamb, along with City Manager Robbie Byrd, members of the Pooler Garden Club and other city indi-

viduals were present for the ceremony. Mayor Lamb was jubilant as ever as he sees the city growing by leaps and bounds. “Today is just another step toward opening up our recreation park,” said Lamb. “This site is a great location and we (the city) appreci___________________________________ Continued on page 4


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...The National Guard Battery in Effingham, Alpha Battery, will take the first steps on their deployment to active duty in Afghanistan marching down the main streets in Springfield and Rincon next Tuesday, March 3rd. They will arrive at the County Complex on Laurel Street at 10am. Citizens are urged to plan to be along the parade route on Tuesday morning waving their flags, banners and posters to show the spirit of the citizens of the county in support of the troops. The cities of Springfield and Rincon will be handing out flags to citizens along the parade route. Citizens, businesses or groups can secure small hand-held flags from the Chamber of Commerce; the cost is 25¢ per flag sold in a minimum batch of 25. May God Bless and keep you safe as you serve our nation! ...I was saddened to hear about the passing of Brother Michael Guido Saturday night, but at the same time, for a Christian, it’s a time to celebrate what will truly be a glorious homecoming for him. I’ve mentioned in this column several times how I would stop and visit with him on my way back from getting the paper printed, and how he would pray with me for our success. At my church, Ardsley Park Baptist, we have a program called PUSH, which stands for Pray Until Something great Happens... (Okay, so technically that should be PUS-

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Regarding Bloomingdale again....

Dear Editor, We have all heard of unethical politicians, how change is coming, and how government should be transparent. Bloomingdale government puts a new definition on dirty unethical politics. Do you know how Ethic Complaints are handled in Bloomingdale. You would be amazed. They are swept under the rug, the messenger is shot!!! Councilman Strozier took his lawn mower to the City shop to be repaired. The city tools were used, it was repaired on City property, this was caught on film. Our ethics committee met and found “Councilman Strozier Technically violated the City of Bloomingdale Ethic’s Ordinance Code Section 2-110�. The findings of the Ethics Committee was discussed at the Council meeting 12-8-08. In an effort to sweep this unethical behavior under the rug Strozier’s puppet, Councilman Ray made a motion to remove several pages from the minutes and just insert an line saying Strozier was found not guilty. Apparently Council Ray didn’t read the report filed by the Ethics Committee. The committee made recommendations to ensure this type of abuse of office and government property never happen again. No action has been taken as yet. Will action be taken in our lifetime? So I guess now if the minutes don’t reflect what council wants it to reflect they will just delete and insert what they want it to read, not what really transpired. Unfortunately Strozier’s unethical behavior continues. His latest retaliation is against a witness in the lawn mower incident. Toms Saw Shop has a sign on the fire department property, the sign has been there for 7 or 8 years, now all of a sudden Strozier has decided that the sign should be removed. What a coincidence– Strozier enlisted the help of City Attorney Raymond Dickey to investigate the legality– keep in mind this sign was never an issue until the owner witnessed against Strozier in the Ethics Complaint. Just another example of Strozier using his elected position to bully the citizens of Bloomingdale that have enough backbone to stand up for what is right .

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that are important to our community. We cannot afford to reelect council members that continue to rule as tyrants with personal agendas, ignoring the will of the people. By electing council members like Strozier and Ray, we allow them to base their decisions so as to retaliate against citizens that don’t agree with them on issues. This GOOD OLE BOY SYSTEM cannot continue and we have the power to put a stop to it. Striving for a better Community for all the people of Bloomingdale... Pat Stanfield

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Dear Editor, Bloomingdale citizens stand up and demand answers. The time is now- We have two council men, Michael Ray and Billy Strozier that continue to try to block the new fire department building. At the council meeting 2-1909, there was a vote taken to move forward. Guess who voted against it... you got it Councilman Strozier and Councilman Ray. The city of Bloomingdale has not lived up to their responsibility nor their word to the Volunteer Fire Department. The Volunteer Fire Department signed over their property to the City of Bloomingdale with the agreement they would continue to volunteer, the city would charge user fees to fund the fire department and also build a new building. Well to date the city is collecting $94,000 a month in user fees from the citizens of Bloomingdale, according to City Manager Bob Brady. So why can’t we move forward with the building as promised? Why are Strozier and Ray dragging their feet, is it yet another personal agenda or is Councilman Ray being used as a puppet by Strozier. Thanks to Councilman Myrick and Councilman Rawlings for their ability to stand up for all the citizens of our community and demand the council follow through on their promises. I challenge this community to remember at election time how the council members vote on issues

Regarding thieves in the night....

Dear Editor, I find it a shame when someone will just pull up in your private driveway and steal something from you that is not theirs. We had four little solar lights lining our driveway in front of our house. They weren’t expensive or anything elaborate, just something to mark our driveway and nice to look at. Sometime during the week of February 16th, they were stolen. No, we didn’t see anyone take them nor did we report it to the authorities. Like I said, they were just something we liked. So, to whomever took our lights, I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. By the way, Someone did see you take them; He sees everything and you will have to answer to Him for your stealing ways. Shame on you!!! Sincerely, The Veals Courthouse Road

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them he and his wife have children and don’t want them hurt by these youngsters driving around the neighborhood. Another neighbor said her husband is President of the Homeowner’s Association, and that she’d witnessed them riding around recklessly for over four hours. The Deputy then spoke with the grandmother of one of the girls, who said she allowed them to operate the vehicle without a driver’s license because “all children do the same thing.â€? The Deputy spoke with the girls, and they said they knew it was wrong, but they were just bored. • A Rincon man filed a report, telling Deputies that someone had broken into his shop and stole a case of Old Milwaukee non-alcoholic beer. (The question is... why? and Why did you have it?) • Deputies responded to a 911 hangup around 4:45am at a Rincon area residence. The man and woman there said everything was fine, and that they’d dialed the number by accident. The Deputies pressed the issue a bit, and the man finally said they’d been in an argument. He said he’d allowed her to move in with him if she would agree to clean up after him. He’s upset that she’s not holding up her end of the bargain. (It’s called marriage, pal. Get used to it! And for goodness sakes, don’t ask her to wash your shirts for you!) • Deputies were called to a Springfield subdivision around 2am when one of them noticed a man riding around on a bicycle. He stopped the man, thinking it was unusual for anyone to be joy riding at that

time of night. The man became very defensive and began arguing with the Deputy. Then he told the Deputy he was going to be on his way. The Deputy told him not until he’d found out the man’s identity and what he was doing in the neighborhood where they’d been called for a report of persons fleeing a residence, at least one of them with a gun. The biker looked at him, and then quickly took off running. The Deputy gave chase and the man tripped over a bench in someone’s backyard. As he got up, he began to take off again, so the Deputy tased him. Theman was soon on his way to jail for obstruction by fleeing, public intoxication, and giving a false name and identity information to an Officer. • Deputies responded to a party in Springfield just before 1am. Two young men had fled the party in a pickup, and the homeowner said she thought everyone was old enough to be drinking. The boys in the truck were located, and they said they’d gone to the party looking for girls, and the girls they found had boyfriends who weren’t happy with the boys’ search and rescue operation. The boy that had been driving was arrested for DUI, and the other was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, pointing a gun at another, and reckless conduct. • A Deputy was dispatched to an Eden residence where a man showed him the skid marks in his yard, from one driveway to another. The man explained that the motorcycle had proceeded through his bushes all the way up to the point where it struck a tree in his back yard. • A Faulkville man called to report that someone had stolen his girlfriend’s brother’s RV, valued around $80,000.

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in wheelchairs, Ricky says he was inspired to write the song, “Heavenly Eyes.” The message of the song, co-written by Ricky’s wife, is not to judge people by the way they look but what’s inside their hearts. “I want people to see the beauty in what God created, despite the imperfections,” Ricky explains. “We all have imperfections.” Ricky describes the Andrews as “awesome people” who are so passionate about their program and helping others. He notes that Jay has a prosthetic leg and carries a colostomy bag and Lynell is in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy but remain on the go. “They don’t let anything stop them,” Ricky says. “I believe in what they’re doing. I’m honored by their association and glad to help any way I can.” By the end of 2010, Andrews hopes the club will be given nonprofit status and will thus be able to attract sponsors to help him achieve his ultimate goal of pro-


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ate all the people who helped in getting this project together.” He continued, “Trees are very important to the City of Pooler. We’ve lost some trees due to development.” Parks and Trees workers Val Ervin and Gary Ross provided the manpower for both locations. Both workers applied their talent and skills under the watchful eye of Parks and Trees Supervisor Ralph Wright.

viding free transportation for active club members with a fleet of 20 handicapped-accessible vans. In the meantime, he’ll run the website, repair members’ computers and provide them with on-line and in-person assistance with various programs and serve as an example of someone who won’t let a disabil-

ity stand in the way of walking the walk when it comes to helping others. “This is what God wanted me to do,” Andrews says. “He wanted me to go through those trials and tribulations so future generations won’t have to fight the battles we fought for assistance. It’s part of being Christ-like – making sacrifices. If we’re not willing to make sacrifices for your brothers and sisters, what are we good for?” Andrews and his wife face a number of physical and financial challenges and could hardly be blamed for feeling depressed and, as with many disabled people, seeking an escape through drugs and alcohol. That’s one escape route they’re not going to take, however. “I’m not looking for sympathy,” Andrews says. “I want to show there’s an alternative to drugs and alcohol. Life is how you make it.” For further information on the club, call (912) 312-2524 or 312367 or visit their website,

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he told the clerk he’d given him two $1 bills instead of two $20 bills, and showed the clerk the ones. (I’m guessing this equals about $1200 an hour pay for a flim flam artist!) • An Officer cross referenced the license plate on a Ford Ranger and learned that there was a warrant from his department for the owner for contempt of court. He made a traffic stop, and took the man to jail. The truck was towed from the scene. • Just before midnight, an Officer stopped a Plymouth Neon for veering over the fog line on Hwy 21. A check with dispatch revealed that the woman’s license had been suspended for failure to appear. He asked her if she’d ever been stopped before, and the woman said about two weeks ago, she’d been stopped for a suspended license, but just made aware they were suspended, and not arrested. Wasn’t so lucky this time. The Officer asked why she hadn’t gone and gotten her license re-instated, and she replied “I didn’t know I had to do that.” (And still she drives around in a 2000 pound machine at speeds sometimes reaching over 55mph! Lord help us all!) • Another woman was arrested for driving while unlicensed... this one after being stopped for speeding 41mph in a 25mph zone of Lisa Street. • An Officer stopped a woman in a gold Saturn afer checking her license plate with dispatch and finding it had been suspended. The woman said her license was suspended because of a ticket. She added that she was just driving around! Dispatch said it was for failure to appear in court. She was arrested and her Saturn was towed. • Around 8:30am, an Officer clocked a Malibu at 60mph in a 30mph zone of Lexington Ave. and made a traffic stop. The Officer asked why she was driving so fast, and the woman said she was on her way to the airport. Dispatch advised her license was suspended. She was taken to jail after a family member came and picked up her two small children.

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glad to see this thing get going,” said McDonald. “My kids played at the old park on Rogers Street, and this new park will help keep kids out of trouble.” The other location for planting of two trees was at the foot of the new flagpole adjacent to the softball field. Eight members of the Garden Club showed up and dedicated the trees to one fallen member and another to a member who worked diligently in the area for years, but had to move to be near her family. “Bernice (Hicks) died last year

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• Officers were alerted that a Statesboro man was staying in a local hotel, and that he was wanted by Police. An Officer arrived and knocked on the man’s door. He was identified, and sure enough, he was wanted by Chatham County, Richmond County, Henry County, and Columbia County for a variety of offenses. • A car hauler told Officers he’d parked his trailer in the Lowe’s parking lot on Pooler Parkway around 7pm. When he returned the next morning, he was missing a pink Chevy Caprice from his trailer. • Security personnel caught another shoplifter at WalMart as a young, stupid Pooler man took a video game CD out of it’s packaging and shoved it inside his pants and tried to leave. (Congratulations kid, now you’ve got a record for the rest of your life, and on top of that, your wife won’t even be able to send you to WalMart to pick up any of her necessary hygiene products.) • Officers responded to WalMart where a drunken man had been attempting to buy a case of beer, as if he needed more to drink. He dropped the case, causing it to break in line at the cash register. The man was escorted to WalMart’s office and held until the Officer arrived to serve him with a criminal trespass notice not to ever return to any WalMart store. • Police arrested a shoplifter at the Dollar General store, where he was caught leaving without paying for a $2 can of Chicken of the Sea Chicken Salad, a $1.50 king size Twix cookie bar, and a $1.50 king size Snickers bar. • Around 10:30pm, an Officer was on patrol in a shopping center when he noticed two men tossing a softball inside the laundromat. The men then came outside and began tossing the ball against the business sign. The Officer walked up and checked their personal information through dispatch. One of the men was wanted by Effingham County, and he was taken into custody and turned over to Deputies at the county line. • Our thief that steals ladies’ purses from their cars while their husbands are pumping gas into the car struck in Pooler again last week. This time, it was a young local woman’s turn to be the victim, while her dad was pumping the gas. • A woman pushed her buggy up to the cashier at WalMart, and the cashier rang up her $60 purchase. And then the woman’s credit card was declined. No problem, just take away about half of the items. After whittling it down to just around $25 worth of stuff, the card was still declined. So the woman just loaded everything back up in her buggy and calmly walked right out the door into the parking lot with it. (Shoplifters all across the Low Country and the Coastal Empire must have let out a large sigh of relief at word that they’ve started clearing the land and doing the foundation work for the new WalMart coming to Pooler, at the corner of Pine Barren

and Pooler Parkway.) • An Officer was told about a blue Ford Explorer parked in front of a vacant home in a Pooler neighborhood. The civilian said the driver would park, get out, and walk through the back yard into the woods behind the home. The Officer pulled up behind the Explorer, and noted the drive out tag rather than a real license plate. He called for a K-9 to respond, and soon Maxx from the Garden City Police was walking around the Ford. He alerted on the passenger side door. The Officer called to have the Explorer towed. After the vehicle was towed, a man walked up and wanted to know where his Explorer was. The Officer explained that it had been towed because the K-9 had alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. The man was told he would be contacted when the


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Georgia is a right to work state and this could have a dramatic affect on companies’ decisions to come here, which would affect jobs and local economies. Recent studies have shown that 86% of Georgians and 82% of union households agree that EFCA would prevent secret ballots and no longer protect workers. There was spirited discussion of the bill in the meeting, including some concerns in favor of card checks. The bill passed the committee with a 7-2 majority vote and is headed to the Senate Rules Committee for consideration for the Floor vote.


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• Just after noon, a Savannah woman told Officers she had attended a funeral at Gravel Hill Cemetery. When she returned to her car, she found the passenger window shattered, and her purse was missing. (I’d like to catch the lowlife that robs people while they’re attending a funeral!) • Around 9:30pm, an Officer was running radar on I-16 and clocked a Vero Beach, Florida woman at 86mph in the 70mph zone. He made a traffic stop and ran the woman’s information through dispatch. It returned that her Florida license was suspended for failure to pay a traffic citation. She was arrested and taken to jail. (Just in case you’re thinking about not paying

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Effingham County 9th Annual Hog Show Tuesday night at 7pm, the Effingham County Fairgrounds held its 9th annual Hog Show. The Effingham County Hog Show consists of students from several Effingham County Schools showing their own hogs for placing in showmanship, weight class and the chance to represent Effingham County in The State Hog Show. The hogs are judged on qualities such as confinement soundness or mobility, depth in their body and girth, and levelness from shoulder blade to the hip. The person selected to judge the show was Tyler Harper, a member of the livestock judging team at the University of Georgia. When Tyler Harper was asked exactly what he was looking for when judging these hogs, Tyler stated, “I am looking for the perfect pig. I know that I am not going to find the perfect pig but I will look for the one that is as close as we can get to perfect.” But not only are the hogs judged. The students are also responsible for their scores in the showmanship rounds. The students must have control over their hog and be able to keep eye contact with the judge at the same time. This task can prove to be difficult if the hog does not cooperate, as some students found out. Even though all of the hogs may not have had their heads in the game, each of the students who participated did a wonderful job and had a lot of fun doing it. The students who took home first and second place ribbons in showmanship are the following: • Placing first and second in Junior Showmanship was Dusty Jett 1st and Aaron Philips 2nd. • Placing first and second in Intermediate Showmanship was Logan Conaway 1st and Cyndilee Cone 2nd. • Placing first and second in Senior Showmanship was Chris Tuten 1st and Heather Smith 2nd. The students who took home first and second place ribbons in Weight Class are the following: • Placing first and second in Class One weight range 134lb-148lb was Katie Chauvenne 1st and Aaron Philips 2nd. • Placing first and second in Class Two weight range 166lb-195lb was Ryan Boykin 1st and Olivia Laverenz 2nd. • Placing first and second in Class Three weight range 198lb-200lb was Katie Conaway 1st and Ricky Griffin 2nd.

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• Placing first and second in Class Four weight range 202lb-213lb was Megan Riner 1st and Miranda Bucy 2nd. • Placing first and second in Class Five weight range 219lb-225lb was Chris Tuten 1st and Paige Zittrauer 2nd. • Placing first and second in Class Six weight range 230lb-250lb was Lauren Shuman 1st and Logan Conaway 2nd. • Placing first and second in Class Seven weight range 251lb-262lb was Chris Tuten 1st and Jason Piche 2nd. • Placing first and second in Class Eight weight range 266lb-274lb was Chris Tuten 1st and Jordan Brinson 2nd. The student who won the chance to advance and represent Effingham County in the State Hog Show was, without surprise, Chris Tuten. Chris had dominated this hog show from the beginning, winning a first place ribbon in every event he competed in. It is easy to see that this kid knows his hogs. In fact, Chris Tuten at the age of 16 owns his own business that consists of training hogs for these shows and selling them to students who would like to compete. When Chris was asked how he felt about being the overall winner of this show he replied, “It feels really good and it gives me confidence knowing I own my own business and I have successful pigs in the ring tonight that I raised myself on my own farm.” When Chris was asked if he felt other students should become a part of this event, he said “I would, because it gives them a chance to get out into the community and to stay out of trouble. Also, it shows them more about animals and how to take care of them and how to be successful in life.” It is easy to see that this chance to advance to the State Hog Show means a great deal to Chris. So let’s all show him our support by wishing him good luck in representing Effingham County in the State Hog Show competition!

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Q: I’m supposed to start teaching a class for high school students in our church in a few weeks, and I’m scared to death. Do you have any suggestions on how to get through to them and hold their attention? Mrs. A.J.

Leaving Behind the Seeds of Love

A: If God has given this responsibility to you, then the first thing for you to realize is that you won’t be alone in that classroom. God will be with you! He is more concerned about these young men and women than you are, and He will be present by His Spirit to help you as you teach. Your work as a teacher should involve at least three steps: preparation, prayer and presentation. Don’t skip any of them! First, prepare your lesson thoroughly and carefully - not at the last minute, but all during the week. Base your lesson on the Bible; young people want to know what God says, and the most important thing you can do to prepare is to study God’s Word thoroughly. The Bible says, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130). Then pray - pray for your students, and pray for yourself, that the Holy Spirit will use you to speak to them about Christ. Satan will do all he can to divert them and close their minds to God’s truth - but God can use your prayers to defeat him. Finally, make your presentation as clear and interesting as possible. You aren’t there to entertain them - but neither are you there to put them to sleep! Summarize your lesson in two or three memorable points. Encourage discussion also (although don’t let it get too far afield). Most of all, point them to Jesus, and urge them to make Him the center and foundation of their lives.

Longtime Minister Passes Away Need some help heading in the right direction?

Some days, life is going along just fine, and then a financial jam, career crisis, relationship conflict or other unexpected problem leaves us feeling frustrated and helpless. If you’re feeling “stuck” in some difficult circumstances, maybe it’s time to try something new. Join us at Ash Street Baptist Church for some new insight and encouragement. You might find just what you need to turn it around!! 310 Ash Street Bloomingdale Turn beside the Bloomingdale Post Office 748-0902 or 748-0163 Sundays @ 11AM & 7PM Wednesdays @ 7PM for Bible Study & Children’s/ Youth Activities

By Stephen Prudhomme “The Sower” has planted his last seed and moved on, his message of love, compassion and understanding having been spread around the world. Dr. Michael Guido, founder of the Sower Ministries and a longtime presence in newspapers and broadcasting, passed away peacefully Feb. 21st at Candler County Hospital while surrounded by family and friends. He was 94 years old. Guido, whose ministries are based in Metter, celebrated his birthday last month and was working on three new projects at the time of his death. These included a cartoon strip for children, a crisis ministry team to respond in time of accidents, disasters and emergency situations, and a Christian training program. Guido and his wife of 66 years, Audrey, began a radio ministry after being involved in a nearfatal automobile accident; they had traveled around the country doing evangelical crusades. The program is now broadcast on 435 radio stations and evolved into a television ministry that

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GA’s Visit Backus Children’s Hospital It was an awesome day! We had fifteen GA’s, two younger girls, Adam & Philip Akins, & 12 adults, whom we couldn’t have done without. The amount of donations far exceeded our expectations. We were able to visit some of the patients and deliver gifts, valentines and sweets. The smiles said it all!!! Photos: The GA’s (Girls in Action) of First Baptist Church of Rincon

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A little girl was asked to memorize a Bible verse for a play, and her mother faithfully coached her with the verse, “I am the light of the world.” When she came to the platform, she became frightened, and she blurted out, “My mother is the light of the world.” How wonderful when a child thinks of her mother as a “light.” For our Lord said, “You are the light of the world.” A light is something that’s meant to be seen. And you Christianity is meant to be seen. A light is meant to show the way, and a Christian must be an example. Parents who want their children to end up right must walk upright themselves. You’re the world’s light, therefore, shine!



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Bloomingdale Alpha United Methodist Church 5 East Hwy 80 • 748-4062 Pastor Anna Kelley Ash Street Baptist Church 310 Ash Street • 748-0902 Rev. Carlton Wiley Bloomingdale Alliance Church 501 West Hwy 80 • 748-6351 Rev. Ken Otto Church of the Nazarene 1116 East Hwy 80 • 748-9128 Pastor: David Horne Journey Church Meeting at Bloomingdale Elementary, Sunday mornings at 10:30am Pastor Larry D. Wilson 224-6453 First Baptist Church of Bloomingdale Cherry Street • 748-4017 Rev. Darrell Bailey New Life Sanctuary 1410 Pine Barren Road • 988-3598 Pastor Bryan M. Smith Liberty Pentacostal Church Little Neck Road Life Springs Worship Center 1105 E. Hwy. 80 330-0740 Pastor Julie Stanley Piney Grove Baptist Church Hwy 80 • 748-5966 Pastor Belizaire Joseph South Newington Baptist 462 John Carter Road • 748-4831 Pastor Nathaniel Steve McCoy St. John Divine Baptist Hwy 80 Rev. Alphonso Piper Westside Christian Church Hwy 80 • 748-0309 Pastor Leonard Daughtery Bloomingdale Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy 1501 E. Hwy. 80 • 748-2181 Pastor: Mark Minter Firm Foundation Baptist Church 937 Mixon Road • 865-4505 Dr. Bernard D. Carter Effingham International Worship Center 2836 Hwy 80 • 748-7308 Pastor Eddie Tomberlin Berea Southern Methodist Church 2872 Noel Conaway Road (GA 30 near Kolic Helmy Rd), Guyton Silver Hill United Methodist Church Silver Hill Church Rd. Pastor Al Fernandez Clyo United Methodist Church Railroad St. at 3rd. Ave. Pastor Al Fernandez Corinth Baptist Church 290 Corinth Church Rd. 754-0032 • Shawnee Pastor Jeff Self Mizpah United Methodist Church Clyo Kildare Rd • 754-1563 Pastor: Jose Velasquez Garden City Central Baptist Church 4010 Old Louisville Rd. 965-0752 Rev. Kenny Harrelson Count It All Joy Ministries Highway 17 Michael Tucker

United House of Prayer For All People 4107 6th Street • 966-5522 Elder Samuel Ransom

Pineora Baptist Church 131 Elkins Street • 772-3044 Pineora (Corner of Ga. 17) Pastor: Bobby Braswell, Jr.

Oakland Missionary Baptist 187 Burkhalter Rd. • 236-3439 Pastor Jerry Wright

Countryside Baptist Church 1201 Noel C. Conaway Rd. Pastor Terry A. Wilson

Alpha & Omega Ministries 4906 Pineland Dr. Pastor James P. Witherspoon Palm Grove Primitive Baptist 2207 Shaw Avenue • 964-2080 Elder James W. Kicklighter Everlasting Life Christian Church 614 Hwy. 80W • 964-6003 Rev. Van Marie Green, Pastor Trinity Church of God 2202 Hwy. 80 • 964-8770 Frank Gupton Oak Grove Missionary Baptist 4617 Louisville Road • 964-2683 Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 4285 Ogeechee Rd. • 234-1979 Pastor Robert L. Miley Silk Hope Baptist Church 18 Tower Dr • 233-8424 Rev. Donnie Brannen Woodlawn Baptist 407 Talmadge Ave. • 964-8676 Gary Johnson, Pastor

Fellowship Assembly of God 5224 Augusta Rd. • 964-4243 Pastor Gary Smith First Baptist Church of Garden City 35 Nelson Ave. • 964-0355 Rev. Ken Sharpe Garden City Primitive Baptist 126 Smith Ave. • 964-5014 Pastor: Elder Hugh Thompson Jasper Springs Baptist Church 62 Smith Ave. • 964-6864 Pastor: Rev. Johnny Bowen Garden City United Methodist Church 62 Varnadoe Ave. • 964-5780 Rev. Dan Pegram Elohim Christian Fellowship 309 Main Street, Suite F Pastor Leroy R. Kirkland III 966-5005 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 41 Main Street • 964-1649 Rev. David Rasmussen

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West Chatham Baptist Church South Rogers Street Rev. David Stanford MorningStar Baptist Church 131 Canal Street (off Pooler Parkway) Pastor Tom Byerly Savannah First Seventh Day Adventist 50 Godley Way • Pooler • 748-5977 Rev. Mark Pioutrowski Gateway Community Church Now meeting at the YMCA on Pooler Parkway • 220-1074 Pastor Matt Hearn Church of Christ in Pooler Meets at Quality Inn (behind Burger King on Governor Treutlen Drive/I-95) Services: 10AM-Bible Class 11AM-Worship Service Every Sunday Contact 912-966-2071 The Church at Godley Station (Meeting Sundays at 9am behind Home Depot on Pooler Pkwy) Pastor Earnie Pirkle Assoc. Pastor: Steve Dees 220-4440

Parkway Church of Christ 4360 Ogeechee Rd. • 234-4040 Clay Johnson

United Methodist Church Meldrim Rev. Peter Vermeulen

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Powers Baptist Eden • 748-6288 Travis Cowart, Sr.

Guyton/Marlow Faith Ministries International 51 Central Blvd. (Hwy. 17) 772-4849 Pastor, Bruce Meyers

Pooler Beth-El Alliance Church Quacco Road Rev. Michael Owens

Pine Street Baptist 118 Lynn Bonds Avenue Pastor: Chris Roberson

New Life Covenant Church 1105 E. Hwy. 80 • 220-5244 Rev. Rodney A. Sprauve

New Vision Pentecostal Church, 2355 Hwy 119 • 772-4417 Pastor: Charles Bazemore

Abundant Life Community Church (ELCA) 119 Canal St. Suite 104 Just off the Pooler Parkway near Cancun Mexican Restaurant Weekly Worship - Sundays at 10 AM Pastor Seth Bridger 856-6871

Pineora Holy Church of God 460 McLaws Rd. • 232-6100 Pastor Ronnie Miles Faith Baptist Church 1951 Hwy 119 South • Guyton Dr. Calvin Bradley, Pastor 772-5269 Elam Egypt Baptist Church Paul Moore, Pastor 2166 Egypt Ardmore Rd • 754-5060 Rev. Peter Vermeulen United Methodist Church Ga. Hwy 17 • Marlow Rev. Peter Vermeulen Hwy. 30 Church of Christ 1952 Noel C. Conaway Rd. 728-3819 John W. Wright, Jr.

First Baptist of Marlow 2229 Central Ave. • 772-7438 Pastor Daniel Alexander (Minister of Gospel) Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Association Education Center Central (Hwy 17) & Simmons Rd. Macedonia Baptist Church Central (Hwy 17), Guyton Pastor: Delmons White Safe Haven Church/ Mission Central (Hwy 17), Guyton Pastor: Emmett Patterson Liberty Christian Fellowship Church 302 Church Street • 772-5522 John Tanner, Pastor Royal Temple Holiness Church 409 Samuel Small Dr. - 772-3498 Elder Verdie Banner New Providence Baptist Eric Palmburg 772-3590 New Hope Christian Church 2420 Courthouse Rd. • 772-4499 Rev. Brad Proudfoot Trinity Faith International Church 776 Kolic Helmey Road Pastor: Kaye Bell

Christ Presbyterian Church Coffee, Welcome with Worship at 10:00 a.m. 1743 Quacco Road • 925-6441 Rev. Ed Ayers • 713-1276 The Sycamore at West Chatham Meeting in homes on Wednesdays Pastor Ric Smith 596-4725 New Birth Savannah Meeting at West Chatham Middle School Gym 800 Pine Barren Road • 233-6755 Pastor: Kenneth K. Law New Life Sanctuary 1410 Pine Barren Road Pastor J. S. Hartman • 572-6001 Heavenbound Baptist Church 1014 Quacco Road • 921-1500 Rev. Gene Alderman First Presbyterian Church Pooler (PCA) 329 Hwy. 80 East • 330-9415 John Fender, Pastor Faith Bible Baptist Church 5137 Old Louisville Rd. • 964-7655 Dale Mathis, Pastor Crossroads Worship Center Hwy. 80 at N. Rogers St. • 547-5101 Rev. Joe Hubbard Calvary Assembly of God 1007 West Hwy 80 • 748-5847 Daniel Webber, Pastor Risen Saviour Lutheran 1755 Quacco Road • Pooler Worship: 10AM Pastor James Borgwardt St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church 1285 Pine Barren West • 748-6016 Sunday Worship 10:30am Rev. Dr. Robert LeFavi, Vicar First Baptist Church of Pooler Hwy 80 • 748-7521 Rev. Otis Hill Rothwell Baptist Church 216 Rothwell Street • 748-7593 Rev. Devin Bell South Valley Baptist Church Rev. Barry Jackson Pine Barren Road • 748-0279 Reaching For Souls Located in the All American Glass Shopping Center on Hwy. 80 478-494-0893 Pastors: Stanly & Angela Abraham

Port Wentworth Bonnybridge Baptist Church 811 Bonnybridge Rd. • 964-0553 Dr. Dan Hall, Pastor Open Door Ministries at Joel’s Place 13 North Coastal Hwy. at Bonnybridge Rd. • 964-5001 Pastor Neil Bush Bible Connection Ministries 410 S. Coastal Hwy. • 965-1101 Pastor: Alex Grant, Jr. First Baptist Church of Port Wentworth Hwy 25 • 964-5811 Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Hwy 25 • 964-0219 Father Michael J. Kavanaugh North Salem Baptist 955 Hwy 30 • 964-7933 Pastor Phil Hudson Port Wentworth Alliance Church 222 Cantyre Street • 964-4495 Pastor John Smith Faith Foundation C.O.G.I.C. 7 Cantyre Street • 964-0019 Pastor, Elder Earl Williams, Jr. Port Wentworth Baptist 231 Grange Rd • 964-0762 Real Life Christian Fellowship 841 Crossgate Rd. Pastor Paul L. Taylor, Jr. Port Wentworth United Methodist 201 Turnberry Street • 964-4210 Pastor: Grable Page Rincon Effingham Baptist Church 1007 North Columbia Ave. 826-3794 Pastor: Tom Davis Jehovah Shammah Assembly of God 432 Blandford Rd. • 826-2173 Pastor Jackie Gordon St. Luke’s Episcopal 155 Goshen Rd. 826-3332 Worship Service, 9:00 am Sunday School, 10:30 am Rev Dr. Bob LeFavi New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church 130 Giles Avenue • Rincon • 826-2431 Solomon J. Roberts, Sr. - Pastor Living Faith Church of God 3789 Noel C. Conway Rd. Rev. Sean Faircloth 728-8811 House of Prayer of Rincon Fort Howard Road in Rincon Services: Sunday 11 AM & 6:30 PM 826-2570 Pastor: Mildred Lake Cornerstone Baptist Church Lexington Avenue Sunday: 10:45am • Wednesday: 7pm 754-9650 Pastor Duane Logsdon Centerpoint Churct Meeting at Effingham YMCA 1224 Patriot Drive Pastors David Rhoads & Mike Bassett 826-5521 Acts III Global Church 604 Goshen Road • 826-2981 Pastor, Al Usher Church of the Harvest 434 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-6461 Rev. Brunson

St. Mathews Baptist 218 Wallace Dr. • 754-3143

Abercorn Baptist Baker Hill Rd. • 826-4213

Springfield United Methodist 209 Cleveland St. Rev. Ben Martin

Bryant Temple W. 6th St. • 826-2896

Thomas Chapel AME Savannah Town Rd. • 754-1233

Ephesus Reformed Baptist 826-4598 • Pastor Steve Thomas

Turkey Branch United Methodist Turkey Branch Rd. • 754-0053 Madison Morgan – New Pastor

Faith Presbyterian 2000 Lexington Avenue 826-6880 Rev. Mary Beene

Union Springs AME Union Springs Church Rd. • 7549460

First Baptist of Rincon 201 E. 6th St. • 826-5536 Dr. Bob Rogers

Fellowship Bible Church 841 Old Dixie Hwy. • 754-9645 Pastor Robert Quarterman

New Life Worship Center 5509 McCall Road • 826-3832 Pastor Paul Flippo

First United Pentecostal Church 1735 Grove Point Rd • 927-0569 Rev. David A. Hodge

First Christian 826-2224 Minister Steve Parker Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church Blandford Rd. • 826-5259 Rev. Jonah E. Jerman Goshen Road Baptist 1323 Goshen Rd. • 826-1826 Rev. Frank Hodges Grace Community Church 1094 Goshen Rd. • 826-4204 Pastor Wesley Corbitt Marantha Assembly of God 454 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-5234 Rev. Mike Beck

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Guyton United Methodist 401 Church Street • 772-5099 Rev. William A. (Chip) Strickland

Dean Forest Baptist Church 1524 Dean Forest Road 964-7369 Rev. Larry Strickland

Fountain of Life 2836 Hwy. 80 • Faulkville • 704-1462 Pastor Joseph Clinton

It’s Harvest Time Church 409 W. Hwy. 80 • Pooler 748-1560 Sundays at 11am Pastors Greg & Donna Van Gorp

Goshen United Methodist Church Hwy. 21 at Goshen Rd • 826-6088 Pastor Ricky Rushing

“Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited - until you try to sit in their pews.”

Chapel in the Garden Presbyterian Church Daren Russell 93 Main Street • 964-5734

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness 4869 Louisville Road • 964-1210

Solid Rock Baptist Church 5th Street • Meldrim

Eden Baptist Church 435 Dogwood Way • 748-2373 Rev. Jonah E. German

Bethesda United Methodist 3608 Midland Road • 728-3332 Pastor Matt Waldron

Clifton Baptist Church 100 Big Hill Rd. • 964-2335 Rev. Oddie Luckett

Meldrim/Eden/Faulkville Meldrim First Baptist 748-5220 James Carlisle – Pastor

Zion Fair Missionary Baptist 4123 First Street • 964-1322 Ronald Smalls

Wildwood United Methodist Garrard Avenue Rev. Rick Bishop

Church of Christ 4506 Augusta Rd. • 964-6443

Zion Lutheran Hwy 30 at Ga. Hwy 17 Marlow • 728-3430 Pastor Barbara Koch

Faulkville Baptist Church Hwy 80 • 748-7332 Pastor Albert Hill

Guyton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 301 Pine Street 772-3478

Fairlawn Baptist Church 4719 Augusta Road • 964-4371 Rev. Harold Edwards, Sr., Pastor

South Effingham Community Church 289 Harley Road • 728-3810 Dr. Charles G. Cooper, Jr.

Woodlawn United Methodist 2502 Hwy 80 • 964-0787 Sanford Brown

Wilder Memorial Baptist 1 Gamble Road Rev. Tom Keller

Living Hope Community Fellowship 5008 Augusta Rd. • Garden City (Hwy. 21 next to Dairy Queen) 965-0406 Pastor Joyce C. Hall

Sand Hill Baptist 1931 Sand Hill Rd. • 728-3681 Rev. Royce Hendry

Trinity United Methodist Church Corner of North Newton St. & Benton Drive • 748-4141 Pre-School, 748-4410 Pastor: Randy B. Nease

Northside Baptist Hwy 21N • 826-5346 Rev. Mike Jones Rincon Church of God Hwy 21, Rincon Pastor: DeWayne Merritt Rincon Baptist Temple 305 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-5818 Rev. Ron Hand Rincon Church of Christ 306 E. 4th St. • 826-5440 Rincon United Methodist 107 Savannah Ave. • 826-5796 Sr. Pastor: Rev. Larry Bird Journey Community Church 5938 Ga. Highway 21 South Pastor Michael Bassett 754-9444 St. John’s Lutheran Hwy 21 at 7th St. • 826-5411 Springfield Agape Assembly of God 703 First St. Ext. • 754-6354 Pastor: Shane Holcombe New Testament Fellowship UPC 307 South Laurel St. • 754-9782 Pastor: Walter Thomas

Southwest Chatham Amazing Grace Baptist Church 5790 Ogeechee Road • 858-4362 Pastor: George Barron Southwest Baptist 831 Little Neck Road • 925-0699 Dr. Robert B. Peacock, Pastor Chevis Oaks Baptist Church 102 Sylvania Rd. at Chevis Rd. 925-3852 Rev. Eric R. Carpenter Bethel New Testament Christian Church 1295 Little Neck Road • 412-4995 Pastor D.M. Nelson New Vision Baptist Church 2417 Louis Mills Blvd. 236-4841 Pastor Gary Bradham Savannah Holy Church of God 707 Little Neck Road • 920-0042 Pastor: Rev. Ryan Ralston Chatham Parkway Baptist 1950 Chatham Pkwy. • 644-7447 Pastor Van Power Quacco Baptist Church 215 Quacco Road • 925-3885 Pastor Barry Minsky Southside Assembly of God 401 Tibet Avenue Rev. Jack Moon Ft. Argyle Gospel Fellowship 909 Ft. Argyle Road (Hwy. 204) Pastors Douglas & Glenda Lane 748-4339 Holy Church of God Little Neck Road Savannah Christian Church 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Pastor Cam Huxford Bethel Missionary Baptist 5863 Ogeechee Rd • 927-8044 Rev. Jerome Baker Coastal Christian Center 6073 Ogeechee Rd • 925-3166  Ron and Rosie Chambers Holy Church Of God 707 Little Neck Rd • 920-0042 Rev. Ryan Ralston New Mount Olive Baptist 835 Chevis Rd. • 920-1133

Bethel Lutheran ELCA 1984 Hwy 21N • 754-6561 Rev. Shelley Nelson-Bridger

New Testament Missionary Outreach 102 Waynesboro Rd • 927-6368

Holy Samaritan Apostolic Church of the Living God 148 Rawls Drive Pastor Isiah Brehler, Sr. 754-4234

  Southside Church Of God 50 Henderson Blvd • 927-4408 Pastor John A. Reyes

First Baptist of Springfield 1435 Hwy 119N • 754-3443 Rev. Jeff Rollins Northside Church of God 273 Church Row • 754-4801 Pastor Reginald Anderson, Sr. Life Baptist Church 1541 Highway 21 South • 754-3148 Pastor Charles Powell Gethsemane Baptist 1102 N. Maple St. 754-7530 Holy Trinity Lutheran 303 S. Laurel St. • 754-3353 Rev. Joe Copeck Jerusalem Lutheran 2966 Ebenezer Rd. • 754-3915 Rev. Elanor Russey Laurel Hill Lutheran 530 Laurel Hill Rd. • 754-6718 Rev. David Hendrix New Bethel Pentecostal 2402 Old Dixie Hwy • 754-1509 Darrel Childress, Pastor New Hope Apostolic 525 Ardmore Oaky Rd. • 754-4079 Mount Hope Missionary Baptist 5083 Mount Hope Road 772-3280 Pastor Leonard Lemon, Sr. Freedom Christian Center 409 S. Laurel Street Pastor: Cynthia Streeter Sundays@11AM • Wednesdays@6PM St. Boniface Catholic Church 1952 Hwy 21S • 754-7473 Mass: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Father Wes Lamb

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Spring Hill Baptist 44 Carol Way 925-7523 Shiloh Missionary Baptist Fort Argyle Road • 927-3169 Rev. Nathaniel Bowles North Bryan County Abundant Life Church of God 119 Wildwood Church Road Pembroke • 653-3696 Olive Branch Baptist Church Olive Branch Road - Ellabell Pastor Clent Sullens (912)858-3216 Northside Independence Baptist Church 458 W. E. Smith Road • Pembroke Pastor Jeff Spencer • 653-3088 Ellabell United Methodist Church 3079 Hwy. 204 • Pembroke Pastor: Rodney Body 858-2534 Christ Baptist Church 3580 Wilma Edwards Road Ellabell • 858-2724 Interim Pastor: Travis Cowart, Jr. Faith Harvest Sanctuary 1237 Bill Futch Road Ellabell Tony Hewitt 858-5446, church Gospel Baptist Church 5126 Wilma Edwards Road Ellabell • 690-1066 Pastor John Whitaker Ellabell First Baptist Church 3425 Hwy. 204W • 826-5003 Pastor Keith Perdue Pembroke United Methodist 102 College Street 653-2220 Rev. Ricky Bishop Bread of Life Holiness Church #119 Cypress Bay Loop Road Pembroke (912) 858-3161 Prophet Walter Wright, pastor

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truck in reverse, nearly hitting the patrol car, then took off. The Officer tried to keep up with the man, but he’d gotten too big a jump exiting the trailer park. The Officer did get the man’s license plate number, and it was traced to an Effingham man. Deputies in Effingham found the truck parked in the driveway of the man’s residence, but the man never answered his door. The Officer will be taking out a warrant for his arrest. • Around 5pm, an Officer clocked a blue Ford Ranger at 70mph westbound in a 55mph zone of Hwy 80. He tried to make a traffic stop, but the driver continued west into Effingham County. He pulled into a driveway near a convenience store, and the Officer pulled in behind him. The man was trying to get inside, but the Officer caught and detained him. Dispatch advised that

the man has a lifetime suspension of his driver’s license, and he was carted off to jail. • An Officer was running radar on I-16 and, just before 10am, clocked a silver Honda Accord at 100mph. Before he could pull out behind the car, another car zoomed up in chase of the Honda. This was a Bryan County Deputy’s patrol car. As they approached the Bloomingdale Road exit eastbound, the Bloomingdale Officer took the lead in the pursuit. However, he lost track of the Honda at the top of the exit ramp. He looked both north and south, then decided to see if the Honda had continued across Bloomingdale Road to get back on I-16. At that point, he found the Honda. It had struck the guard rail, and was being held up from falling down the embankment by the damaged hood of the car. The driver and both passengers appeared intoxicated, and the incident was turned over to Georgia State Patrol troopers. • At 7:30pm, an Officer was dispatched to an accident on Pine Barren Road. There, he found a Kia Spectra overturned in the wood


line. A small child was climbing out of the car, and another was outside the vehicle. The mother was still behind the wheel, holding on to a smaller child. The infant seats weren’t strapped into the seat belt, though Mom said she’d unbuckled one to let her child out after the accident. She told the Officer that a deer had run out in front of her car and she swerved to avoid hitting it. After refusing treatment from EMS, and refusing to submit to an alcosensor breath test, she finally agreed and blew a .240, three times the legal limit. Her three children were turned over to her parents, and she was taken to jail on charges of DUI, endangering a child while DUI, child restraints violation, and too fast for conditions.

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• A Richmond Hill man told Officers he’d left his Buick Regal parked in the convenience store parking lot two weeks earlier. Now the Buick was missing. He’d called the local towing companies and none said they’d towed it. He showed the Officers his bill of sale so that they’d know there were no liens on the car. It was located later that day at a towing company the man had not called. • An Officer was notified about a red truck and a green Malibu racing on Hwy 21 shortly after midnight. The other Officer took the truck, while this Officer stopped the Malibu. The driver admitted he’d been drinking, and he was soon on his way to jail for DUI, racing, and driving while suspended. • An Officer stopped to assist his supervisor with a traffic stop around 9:30pm near the Effingham County line on Hwy 21. The woman was berating his supervisor, screaming that she wasn’t going to take any tests! The Rincon woman was very unsteady on her feet, swaying back and forth, and reeking of alcohol. The Officer placed her in hand___________________________________ Continued on page 12

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Let Us Remember...

Mrs. Nichole E. Wafford

Mrs. Nichole E. Wafford was born in Savannah, on September 23, 1970 the daughter of Mr. Daniel and Rosemary Middleton. She attended public schools in Savannah and later graduated from Windsor Forest High School. She then pursued her education by graduating from Savannah Technical College and later Armstrong College with a degree in Nursing, becoming one of the best Registered Nurses in Savannah. She was married at Christ Memorial Baptist Church to Mr. Elijah Wafford III on Thursday, January 1, 1998 in Savannah. Nichole E. Wafford leaves to cherish her memory son Christopher A. Wafford of Savannah, husband Elijah Wafford III, father Daniel Middleton, mother Rosemary Middleton, sisters Candace Middleton and Kathenia Law, brothers Alexander Middleton and Daniel Kashaun, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, relatives, and friends. Funeral Services were held at 12 noon on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home. Rev. Daniel Middleton and Dr. Marilyn Odom officiated. Please sign our online guest book at Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Tommy E. Brantley

Tommy E. Brantley, 44, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at Candler Hospital. He was born in Dublin, GA and had lived in Savannah most of his life. Tommy was employed by Hoover Chrysler Jeep; was an avid fisher, hunter and enjoyed NASCAR. Survivors include his mother, Geraldine Bateman Brantley; companion of 16 years, Cindy; sister, Trena Brantley; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary (Lisa) Brantley all of Savannah; Ray (Penny) Brantley of Effingham County; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends, and his living and faithful dog, Princess. Graveside Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Gravel Hill Cemetery with Rev. Ricky Rushing officiating. Burial was at Gravel Hill Cemetery, Bloomingdale. Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Annie Belle Brown

Annie Belle Brown, age 87, passed away February 20, 2009 in Pooler, GA. She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Gordon Brown, son Archie Brown and parents Henry H. and Martha E. Collins. Miss Annie is survived by her children Henry C. (Joyce Ann), Robert Gene (Joycee), Daniel (Lynne), Marvina Ortiz (Jose deceased), Phynita Terrell, Natalie Houck (Randy), and Virginia “Jenny” Meyer. Cherished Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great-Great Grandmother. Funeral Services were held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 24, 2009 in the Fairhaven Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Ralph V. Crews officiating. Interment was at the Lower Lotts Creek Cemetery in Bulloch County. Special thanks to Odyssey Health Care. Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Charles C. Beaver, Sr.

Charles C. Beaver, Sr. 77, of Port Wentworth, GA died Thursday Feb-

ruary 19, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born in Cool Springs, GA, retired from Stone Container as a Paper Maker, served in the Korean War as a member of the Georgia Army National Guard 48th Brigade, and was a member of Assembly of God Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Alvin and Alice Chestnut Beaver; 1 brother Clarence Beaver, 4 sisters, Louise Beaver Greene, Mary Beaver Swanson, Clarice Beaver Giddens and Ruby Beaver Casteel. He is survived by his wife, Janeth Frances Beaver of Port Wentworth; 2 sons, Charles C. Beaver, Jr. (Lorraine) and Perry Louis Beaver (Sandy) 4 step-sons, Larry F. Tuten (Donna), Charles W. Tuten (Donna), Richard H. Tuten (Donna) and James H. Tuten (Sallie); 2 daughters, Susan Beaver Henderson (Jimmy), Kathleen Beaver Sanders (Bentley); 1 step-daughter, Donna Tuten; 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Chatham County Humane Society or the National Rifle Associations. Funeral Services were held at 10:00 am Sunday, February 22, 2009 in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home with Rev. Clifford Coursey and Rev. Buddy Cribbs Officiating. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Elmer “Pete” Phillip Roberson

Elmer “Pete” Phillip Roberson, age 87 passed away February 21, 2009 in Savannah. WWII Army Veteran and retiree of the Sugar Transport Company. Survived by his beloved wife Bernice Turner Roberson and children Wayne, Terrell (Laura), Deborah Archer, Sharon Lawler (Bobby), Susie and the Late Frances. Brother of James O., Janice Baker and Dollice Roberson. Cherished Grandfather. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel with interment at the West Side Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pastor Dale Simmons officiated. Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Nina B. Luzano

Garden City - Nina B. Luzano, 51, died on Monday, February 23, at her home. Visitation: 6-7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial Service: 7 p.m. on Thursday following the visitation in the chapel of the funeral home. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

James “Jim” Hood

Faulkville - James “Jim” Hood passed away on February 21, 2009 at Westview Nursing Home. Jim was born April 7, 1931 and was a member of Faulkville Baptist Church. He was a retired Truck Driver. He is survived by his wife of thirtyeight years, Wanda Barrs Hood; two daughters, Jamie Adams (Cliff) and

Karen Vaughn; a step-son, Cary Counts (Wanda); 2 step-daughters, Arlene Taylor (Grady) and Suzanne Parks (Kenny Powell); special grandchildren, Heather and Michael Parks, Hannah and Abigail Taylor and Jonathan Adams; a sister, Louise Turner; sister-in-law, Mary Hood; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held on February 24, 2009 at Faulkville Baptist Church. Burial followed at Oliver Cemetery. Fairhaven Funeral Home in Garden City was in charge of all arrangements.

Mrs. Grace Morgan Spikes

Mrs. Grace Morgan Spikes, age 78, passed away Thursday afternoon at her residence. The Tattnall County native had lived in Pooler for the past thirty-eight years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Holy Church of God in Savannah for the past forty years. She was also a member of the Golden Apple Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Henry and Eva Mae Morgan, her husband, Willie Sanford Spikes, and a brother, Cleve Morgan. Survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Gwen Spikes and Sandra Stanhope, both of Pooler, and Deborah and Benjamin Curtis of Charlotte, NC; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Nancy Spikes of Brooklet, Randy Spikes, and Brian and Tiffanie Spikes, all of Pooler; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bill Jones of Sylvania; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Archie and Frances Morgan, Wilbert and Ruby Morgan, Elton Morgan, all of Lyons, Leroy and Jean Morgan of Savannah, and Otis Morgan of Richmond Hill; three grandchildren, James and Lacey Stanhope of Rincon, and Amber and Arron Frady of Mooresville, NC; greatgranddaughter, Hailey Stanhope of Rincon; and numerous nieces and nephews, and other relatives. Funeral services were conducted at 2 PM on Sunday from the Holy Church of God with interment following in the Reidsville City Cemetery. Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home served the Spikes Family.

Geraldine Smith Jacobs

Geraldine Smith Jacobs was carried by the angels to be with our Lord on Sunday, February 22, 2009 from her residence. She was born on July 28, 1949 to the late Ben Smith and Marie Smith. She attended the local schools of Chatham County and was employed by SCAD until her health failed. She was also employed by Chatham-Savannah County Board of Education for 17 years. Geraldine was a faithful member of Second Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. She served in the Harold Baker Angelic Chorus, a member of the Sunday School and Bible Study Class. Sunday School and Bible Study were very important Geraldine as she grew in the knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Geraldine was preceded in death by her father, Ben Smith, her son, Pertifiton Cutter, Jr. and her brothers, Sam, Ernest, Earl and Michael Smith. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Steve Jacobs, one daughter, Veronica Green (Walter); one son, Darrell Smith; her mother, Marie Smith; two sisters, Christine Smith Brown (Willie), Theresa Smith Brown; four brothers, Willie Smith, Omar Shareef (Pat), Harold Smith (RosaLee) and Marvin Smith; four grandchildren, Whitney Smith, Jareal Smith, Tyler Green and Darrell

In Loving Memory Of Daddy,

Alex C. McNeely, Sr. 2/24/27 - 3/17/08 Sadly missed by son, Cecil

In Loving Memory of

Ovid J. Keen 1925 ~ 1999

You would have been eighty-four this year, but instead, ten years ago you decided to fly with the real Angels. We miss you very, very, much, and can’t wait to see you again. Love, Your Kids and Grand-kids

In Loving Memory Of

Alex C. McNeely, Sr. February 24, 1927 ~ March 17, 2008 Sadly missed by wife, Nita

Smith, Jr.; one great grandchild, Trinity Norman; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Smith and one brother-in-law, Eugene Jacobs; seven uncles, three aunts, and other family members and friends. Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at First African Baptist Church of East Savannah. Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Tina Walls

Savannah-Tina Walls, 28, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2009 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Tina was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. Tina grew up and attended school in Savannah. She enjoyed writing poetry and working with dogs. For a time she had her own dog grooming business and was currently employed at A Paw Above in Pooler. Tina will be greatly missed by her children and family. She was preceded in death by a grandmother, Dorothy Jones. Survivors include her husband, Richard Walls; daughter, Kadyn Walls; son, Nicholas Roe; mother and stepfather, Bonnie & Danny Morgan; father, Alan Collester; sister, Kristie

Guy; half-brother, Joshua Collester; grandfather, Robert Jones; grandmother, Doris Collester; grandfather, Robert Collester and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation: 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Funeral: 1 p.m. on Saturday in the chapel of the funeral home. Their will be a gathering for family and friends at Lake Meyer following the funeral. In lieu of flowers the family requests that remembrances be made to a trust fund in the name of Tina Walls’ children at the Savannah Bank. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel, is in charge of all arrangements.

Betty Louise Daley

Betty Louise Daley, 74, of Hinesville, GA, died Tuesday February 24, 2009 at Lower Oconee Community Hospital in Glenwood, GA. Graveside Service will be at 12:00 pm Friday February 27, 2009 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with Rev. Darnell Barner officiating. Fairhaven Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

In Loving Remembrance of

Bro. Michael A. Guido “Seeds from the Sower”

We will forever be thankful to God for the time in prayer that Bro. Guido spent with us during the first few years of publishing Spirit Newspapers. There is no doubt, that the world is a much better place because of the enormous planting of seeds, from the Sower. ~ Steve & Allison Hartley Spirit Newspapers

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Cub Scout Achievement for Manna House by Robert palmer

Nicholas (Nick) Brown, age 10, of Cub Scout Pack 665, in Rincon and member of the Webelos 2 has been in scouting since the first grade in school and is now in his fifth year as a Cub Scout. He will be moving on to the next step which is the Boy Scouts with his goal of being an Eagle Scout. Nick feels that scouting will improve his life and make him a better person and will help by teaching respect, responsibility and independence. His favorite part of scouting is the art of camping and learning survival skills. Nick took the project “Scouting For Food” to heart and went through his neighborhood col-

lecting food for the Rincon Manna House. One family donated 23 cans of food stuffs and he also collected from several businesses. Fellow students in school brought in cans of food to him, and his food collection totalled over 300 cans. This one Cub Scout has shown his love for his comminity and for people in need by spending his spare time collecting for the needy. On Saturday evening, February 21, 2009, Nick was recognized for his outstanding achievment at the Annual Cub Scout Pack 665 “Blue and Gold Banquet” which was held at the Rincon United Methodist Church on Fort Howard Road.


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Keith Brown, Cub Scout Den Master, and also Nick’s Dad, and Nick Brown with a good portion of the food collected by Nick.

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violent, and kicked the Officer’s supervisor in the crotch, doubling him over in pain. Another Officer had arrived by now, and feeling his supervisor’s pain, he used his taser to stun the woman into a state of cooperativeness. She was taken to jail and would be smart to take the long way to Rincon in the future. • Around 2:30am, an Officer was northbound on Hwy 21 when he noticed the car in front of him veering across the center and left lane lines several times. He made a traffic stop in front of Enmark and asked the woman if she’d had anything to drink that night. “No, I just got in from North Carolina,” the woman said. The Officer told her he could smell alcohol on her breath, but the woman maintained “I didn’t drink anything tonight.” She finally agreed to the field sobriety tests, and blew a .183 and was arrested for DUI. • Just after 4am, an Officer found a white Ford Explorer parked on the side of Hwy 21 with the flashers on. As the Officer pulled in behind it, the driver was just beginning to pull away. He stopped, and the Officer asked if everything was okay. The man said he was, and when he spoke, the Officer realized the man had been drinking. He was soon on his way to jail for DUI. • Officers responded to a report of two prowlers running from a home on Clifton Drive. The caller provided a pretty good description of

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Happy Birthday Kayla! Love, Ms. Allison –––––––––––––––––––––––


Happy 1st Heavenly Birthday Isabelle Hope Burford! Love, Mommy & Daddy –––––––––––––––––––––––


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To the Best Friend in the whole world ... Happy 50th Birthday Kathy Jones! We love you like a sister! ~ Donna & Elaina –––––––––––––––––––––––

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2nd Annual Religious Hike In Historic Savannah On February 7th, Scouts from the Coastal Empire Council hit the streets of Savannah for the second annual “City of Savannah Religious Hike.” The Hike was developed by Scoutmaster Ken Luikart and Troop 665 of Rincon. The 6-mile hike is laid out to provide hikers an interesting and informative day of touring this magnificent city and stopping at

The Telfair sister played by Veronica Fay and Michelle Todd 16 points of interest along the way to appreciate our city’s religious

heritage such as Trinity Methodist Church, 1st and 2nd African Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wesley Chapel, Independent Presbyterian Church First Baptist Church, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Bull Street Baptist Church, Mickve Israel Synagogue, and St. John’s Episcopal Church. The hike began at 8:00 A.M. at the Visitors Center on MLK Jr. Blvd, and Scouts traveled the beautiful and historic Savannah streets. The hike helps Scouts understand the meaning of the 12th point of the Scout Law “A Scout is Reverent.” Scouts met celebrities in Savannah history along the way such as Juliet Gordon Lowe, the Telfair Sisters, General Oglethorpe, a Union Major in Greene Square and a Union private who was stationed in the Colonial Cemetery during


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Jeanie, Might want to walk behind me the next time! Sorry for the little “push” (so I hear ...)! Hope you mend up good as new! Love ya girl! ~ Jackie –––––––––––––––––––––––

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Happy 22nd Birthday To our “little brat” Lindy P. Bowers! Love, Daddy, Mama, Ryan and the rest of the family

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General Oglethorpe played by Norman Munthe, Scout Master Troop 691 the occupation of Savannah. They also met residents of Savannah from both the Civil and Revolution Wars.

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(Editor’s Note: Outdoor Truths is a weekly sportsman’s article that appears in newspapers and regional magazines across 13 states in the South, and Midwest. It is a blend of observations and experiences that have come over time from being in God’s great outdoors. We’re proud to offer this column for the outdoor sportsmen in our area.) Many of our local streams are stocked with trout this time of year. Our state’s game and fish commission will do this several times in the next few months. It makes for some early, easy, and fun fishing. And it’s a great time to take a young person. I almost let the cold weather keep me from going last Saturday. The temperatures were in the low twenties and my body was comfortable sitting lazily in the seventies, but I decided to make my way, with a friend, to a couple of these creeks. The weather warmed up like a spring day, and it turned out to be one of the nicest days we had had in a while. Most of the time I see very few people taking advantage of this late winter opportunity, but today was different. Several fishermen had made their way to these little spots to get in on the first stocking of the year. It was also good to see some of our younger generation there as well. There’s nothing like watching one of these up and coming fishermen hook a fish that likes to fight, as trout do. I’m glad there are oc-

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High School Sports By C. Edward Wilson Effingham girls rise to occasion At the beginning of the 20082009 basketball season, Effingham County’s girls’ basketball coach Karl DeMasi indicated his first love was coaching any type of basketball. Better known for his ability on the football field, many doubters knew what DeMasi already knew about himself… confidence in his ability to get any job thrust in front of him accomplished. Well, mark one up for the firstyear Effingham coach as his girl’s team won the Region 4-AAAA region championship this past weekend when they defeated Brunswick, 53-47 on the road. The Rebels will take on Hardaway High out of Columbus on Friday at Effingham. “We can play with anybody in the state, ...we are a very quick and athletic team,” said Demasi. “Everybody is healthy and we played consistently and my five starters are very good. I’m not surprised, I knew we had talent. There were bumps in the road that we had to get over this season. There were stretches where we didn’t play up to our potential. Right now we are playing the best basketball of the year and we are pretty confident in our abilities.” During the championship game at Savannah State University’s Tiger Arena, the Groves boy’s basketball team looked sharp coming out of the gate. But the vaunted Savannah High defense coached by Tim Jordan reared its head in the second quarter and the Blue Jackets cruised to a 62-51 victory. Two of the players on the Groves team made the all-tournament team: Dominque Elliott made the first team, while Nate Drayton was voted to the second team. Effingham County heads back to the court on Friday night for a 7 p.m. encounter, while Groves will

take on third-seeded Riverdale out of the Atlanta area in a 7:30 p.m. contest on Saturday, while Savannah High will play Cross Creek at 5:30 pm. This is the first time in more than 20 years that Groves has gotten this far in Georgia High School Association play and if victorious, may host another game at home if Valdosta High loses in it region game. All tournament team chosen at end of region play: 1st team girls: Jeanna Knappenberg, Camden; Iesha Massey, Jenkins; Bryttni Speight, Bradwell; Sonia Heyward, Savannah High; Khalilah Watson, Beach: 2nd team girls: Lorraine Sheppard, Johnson; Kristin Jones, Camden; Briana Smalls, Groves, Bianca Washington, Windsor Forest: MVP – Monique Willis, Beach. 1st team boys: Jareal Smith, Johnson; Dominique Elliot, Groves; Deangelo Smith, Camden; Khiry Waldburg, Savannah High; 2nd team boys: Angelo Davis, Johnson; Derek Nesbit, Bradwell, Bernard Huggins, Jenkins, Nate Drayton, Groves: MVP – Darnell Jackson, Savannah High. Effingham County Parks The next scheduled meeting for the Effingham County Recreation and Parks 2009 Umpires gathering will be on March 4th at 6:30 p.m. for baseball rules. The March 10th meeting will be for Softball and ASA rules and two days after on March 12th, there will be dinner served with coaches and a general discussion with Clarence Morgan, county recreation supervisor regarding field positioning and mechanics. Please call Jeff Leonard for any further information at 429-8493.

Pooler’s Basketball Season Over The Pooler Recreation Department just completed its basketball season on Feb.21st. The recreation department had 27 teams with kids ages 5 thru 13. The recreation department will be taking registration for its Summer Basketball League during the months of May and June. Also, the recreation department will hold a summer basketball camp July 6 thru July 9th from 8:30am till 12:00 pm. If you have any questions about the Summer Basketball League or the Summer Basketball Camp please contact Chris Kirby at or at 748-5776 ext. 703. Here are the roster names for each of the teams in the pictures. I also have two teams with no pictures if you could just put the names for them it will be fine. 7U Boys Bruce Bailey Thomas Carver Ryan Hinson Jackson Hudgins Carter Hutton Tyjuan Manor Brett Portzer Harden Smallwood Austin Tramell

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