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Savannah Wildlife Center Gears Police Up for New Visitor Center

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• At 4:30am, Deputies were dispatched to Longbridge Road for a report of sounds of motor racing coming from a field. The Deputies found a white GMC pickup stuck in the mud with a Chevy Silverado trying to pull it out. Two men were arrested for DUI and another man arrested for underage drinking. • A man told Deputies he was burning some leaves in his yard when he stepped inside his residence around 5:30pm. When he came back out, the fire was out of control and had fully engulfed his 2008 Kawasaki ATV. • Officers responded to the Kroger where a nut job tried returning a hot rotisserie chicken for a full refund. He was told to leave when the clerk noticed the receipt, and apparently the chicken, was three days old. • Deputies responded to the hospital Emergency Room where a boy was being treated for a bullet wound to his leg. Him and another boy were playing when they found a bullet. The other boy threw the bullet onto the driveway, causing the bullet to fire and striking the boy on his inner thigh. The Deputy noted that the bullet casing appeared to have been struck rather than having been thrown. • Shortly after midnight, a Deputy noticed the Freightliner car carrier on Hwy 21, with sparks flying up around the cars loaded on the carrier. He made a traffic stop and found a chain that was dragging on the pavement causing the sparks to fly. As he talked with the driver and passenger, he became suspicious, and soon had located a small amount of marijuana and a glass pipe. Because they were very cooperative, the men were released with a summons to court and allowed to continue with the automotive delivery to Augusta. • Among the items found floating in the air above our highways in Effingham last week... a mattress that fell off a pickup truck and struck a Honda Civic LX, breaking the driver’s mirror and denting the car’s door. • Would you believe a man actually called and filed a report of financial transaction card fraud against his wife for using one of his credit cards to buy something from Victoria’s Secret?!! ___________________________________ Continued on page 3

By Genevieve Rogers

For years, visitors and locals alike have enjoyed drives along the Savannah Wildlife Refuge, taking in the birds, alligators, and vegetation. Now, those visiting the refuge can take advantage of a brand new visitor center, complete with a gift shop, literature and programs, all with the purpose of educating the public about the Savannah Wildlife Refuge and the seven location refuge system in Coastal Georgia. The Savannah Wildlife Refuge sits on 28,168 acres of include bottom land hardwoods and tidal freshwater marsh, and encompasses areas of Chatham and Effingham Counties in Georgia and Jasper County in South Carolina. The refuge was first established as a bird refuge in 1927, but over time more acres were added to the refuge, and in 1940 it was renamed the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Thousands of people visit the refuge every year, many from out of town, and the need for a visitor center has been well overdue. Amy Ochoa, a refuge Ranger for the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex, says that the first talk of a visitor center was the 1980’s. “Funding was available during that time, but for one reason or another, the plans didn’t go through. The Savannah Wildlife Refuge is one the heavily visited refuges in the area and a need for a facility where visitors could make contact with the wildlife officials and get information and connect to the staff was recognized.” In 2003, when the refuge system had it’s centennial, Congress appropriated funds for a refuge centers and Savannah received special Congressional funding for a visitor center. It took two years to get a design set in stone with a firm contracted in Atlanta, but the plans hit a major snag when Hurricane Katrina hit, causing supplies and materials to skyrocket. Sadly, the bid was obsolete and the bids the refuge system did receive were way over budget, so officials were forced to sit on the idea for the center, giving it some time and starting over. In the meantime, revisions were made to the interior design plans of the building, making room for offices so that the headquarters

could be moved to the center. Amy says that they rebid, got the contract, and it’s taken another three years to get to where the center has finally become a reality. The offices for the Savannah Coastal Refuges were moved over to the new visitor center in October 2009 and the main purpose was because of the heavy visitation to the Savannah Wildlife Refuge and the opportunity to give the public a chance to meet with refuge staff, get information, and have things interpreted to them so that they understand why the lands are being preserved. Amy says that the exhibit hall will be the crown jewel of the building and will contain museum quality exhibits focusing on the Savannah Wildlife Refuge and the fact that it’s a true waterway for wildlife. “The majority of the refuge is water, with very little upland areas. We’ve come up with exhibits to talk about the cultural resources, the history, the rice culture, the importance of the fresh water tidal ecosystem, and how important and rare it is. We’re able to interpret a lot of really important information about the refuge in this one confined area which will be education and visually appealing.” And the exhibit hall is exactly that. Photos of the Savannah Wildlife Refuge line the walls, showing scenes from every season in the refuge. Animals that call the refuge home can also be found in the exhibit hall, including a huge alligator that once lived in the refuge. Many of the bird and animal specimens were donated by friends of the refuge, including a bobcat

from a gentleman who helped install the phone system for the new center. The attention to detail in every aspect of the refuge has been preserved, including an amazing molded replica of a live oak located on Laurel Drive in the Savannah Wildlife Refuge. The replica is the central focal point of the exhibit and really brings the outside in. A nature store called “The Gator Hole” sits adjacent to the exhibit hall and includes a wall to wall mural painted by a local artist. A kid’s corner will be included, giving young visitors a chance to touch exhibits and learn more about the animals inside the refuge. “The Gator Hole” will be operated by the Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges, a nonprofit group that supports the refuge by fund raising and creating awareness. Amy says that the group will play an integral part to the visitor center and to those hoping to stop by and learn more about the refuge. “They can speak about issues that we can’t and fight for us and try to increase awareness about the refuge system and how important these lands are. The store will help by giving them revenue to give money back toward the refuge so we can get projects done that we don’t get funded for in our budget, such as wildlife and habitat projects, new facilities, visitor services, and environmental education programs. Everything in the nature store will have an educational focus, so we’ll sell lots of books and nature/wildlife type products.

Also, everything will be geared toward being green and eco-friendly.”

In addition to the exhibit hall and nature store, there’s also also space for educational videos and presentations, with a retractable screen, which can be used for school groups and meetings. The building itself has many green components. The visitors center officially opens Monday, March 8th and it’s operating hours will be Mon-Sat from 9:00am-4:30pm. The center is currently recruiting and training volunteers to be the face of the refuge and encourages anyone with any extra time on their hands who want to donate it to contact the center about volunteer work. “Even if it’s just four hours a shift to greet visitors and and answer questions. We have a very small staff and between all of us, we manage seven refuges, so it’s always a challenger for us. We’re always spread very thin, which is why volunteers are really important to us. This building will help us build our volunteer program so that they have a place to gather that feels home-based.” To celebrate the opening of the center, Wilderness Southeast will be provide a different tour March 8-13th. Those who sign up will be experience wildlife at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge at it’s finest. Trained naturalist guides will conduct the tours. The fee includes binoculars and a spotting scope. All proceeds from the tours help ___________________________________ Continued on page 4



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...Had the pleasure of singing with a Mass Choir Tuesday night at Calvary for an Evangelism Conference, along with choir members from Woodlawn, Calvary, First Baptist of Rincon, First Baptist

of Richmond Hill, Cresthill, and Skidaway Island Baptist. I thought we sounded pretty good, especially considering we were accompanied by a mini orchestra, two guitarists and a drummer. I know some of you modern churches do that every Sunday, but it was a first for me. Anyway, I’m hoping the various Music Ministers will get together and let us do a free concert for Savannah and surrounding areas sometime this Spring! ... ...An 85-year-old couple had been married for 60 years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they watched their pennies. Though not young, they were both in very good health, largely due to the wife’s insistence on healthy foods and exercise for the last decade. One day their good health didn’t help when they went on a rare vacation and their plane crashed, sending them off to Heaven. They reached the Pearly Gates and Saint Peter escorted them inside. He took them to a beautiful mansion furnished in gold and fine silks with a fully stocked kitchen and a waterfall in the master bath. A maid could be seen hanging their favorite clothes in the closet. They gasped in astonishment when he said, “Welcome to Heaven. This will be your home now.” The old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. “Why, nothing,” Peter replied, “Remember, this is your reward in Heaven.” The old man looked out the window and right there he saw a championship golf course, finer and more beautiful than any ever built on Earth. “What are the greens fees?” grumbled the old man. “This is heaven,” St. Peter replied. “You play for free, every day......” Next they went to the

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The it had of the value of the an offered 5K Forest Run/Walk. well as those flashing on and says. “You could see lar or two, regardless uncommon for her down payment. as made a trafthe car to it,” Odom her.” turned around andexplained that tracts avid runnersa good jog. Odom wanted to give so he could sentimental value to to give up, howmerchandise. It’s not Trey, who simply enjoy fic stop. The driver Odom wasn’t about an example to Hand Bells to give the item away. know you care her second-eldest son, but was reluctrouble with his Tech They also host three intermeher serving as he was having “People need to why an Odom who drive to Savannah asked a manual ever. With Odom, lights, and the Deputythem before festivals, a beginners, During the about their plight,” explainswatched her tant to do so because it has I agreed helping out in the community, idea of raising money “My husband diate, and an advanced. 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clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch with every imaginable cuisine laid out before them from seafood to steaks to exotic deserts, free flowing beverages. “Don’t even ask,” said St. Peter to the man. “This is Heaven, it is all free for you to enjoy.” The old man looked around and glanced nervously at his wife. “Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol foods and the decaffeinated tea?” he asked. “That’s the best part,” St. Peter replied. “You can eat and drink as much as you like of whatever you like and you will never get fat or sick. This is Heaven!’ The old man pushed, “No gym to work out at?” “Not unless you want to,” was the answer. “No testing my sugar or blood pressure or...” “Never again. All you do here is enjoy yourself.” The old man glared at his wife and said, “You and your bran flakes. We could have been here 10 years ago!”

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• Officers were kept busy last week responding to fires in the area... Officers responded to a fire on Williams Street. A man told them he was working on a vehicle in his back yard when he flipped his cigarette away. The cigarette landed on some dry grass and caught fire. Before he knew it, the entire back yard was on fire, threatening several homes in the area. The Fire Department responded and put the fire out. • A woman told Police that around 9:30pm, she saw a man rummaging around her back yard, looking into her car. Her brother opened the door and told the man they were calling the Police. He walked across to the nearby railroad tracks and thought he got into a 4 door car at that point. An Officer looked around the neighborhood and spotted a four door Lexus with a broken tail light. He stopped the Lexus, but didn’t find a man inside. The woman, however, was arrested for driving while suspended. • Around 1pm, Officers responded to another residence for a report of a fire in progress. There were several people standing around trying to put the grass fire out with garden hoses as it caught a storage building on fire. Nearby, Officers found a man burning trash in a barrel, and the fire appeared to have started when several pieces of burning paper floated off to dry ground. The Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire. They checked inside the storage building where they still saw some smoke coming from the inside, and found a half barrel of gun powder. (Only in Effingkaboom County...)


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fund science enrichment programs that Wilderness Southeast runs in many of the area schools. Joyce Murlless, of Wilderness Southeast says the science program is six years in the running and wants to let everyone know that when they pay for a tour, they’re helping to fund solid natural science. She says that the group is happy to provide the tours to celebrate the momentous occasion. “We are delighted that the center up and open. We are doing this as a celebration and congratulations for bringing the Savannah Wildlife Refuge plans to fruition.” Amy Ochoa says that the time spent towards the center - from it’s inception to it’s reality- has been well worth it and hopes that those visiting the center will appreciate the hard work involved in the project and the goal that it’s staff and volunteers hopes to achieve. “There are six priorities in public uses of refuges: environmental education, interpretation, hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and Right now, we offer all of those, just in different capacities than other refuges. We want to increase awareness of this refuge and all refuges and we certainly want people to visit the refuge because that’s when they get an appreciation of it. We want to let people know this will give them an opportunity to learn more about the Savannah Wildlife Refuge and the entire refuge system so they can appreciate it when they go on the drive.”

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• Police responded to a Pooler home where the home owner was getting ready to light his grill. “The lighter fluid overshot the grill, catching the grass on fire,” the man explained. There were no injuries, other than the man’s grilling privileges being revoked by his wife. • Officers responded to a domestic relations complaint around 9pm. The man there explained that he and his wife had been in a verbal altercation. Just like men to oversimplify things! His wife explained the real problem... “I caught him cheating on me,” she said, adding “I saw several text messages on his phone from another woman, so I threw his phone in the woods!” The couple agreed to separate for the rest of the night. • Just a little before 2am, a Savannah man told Officers he was in the left hand lane of northbound I-95 when he fell asleep at the wheel. He awoke when he felt the car veering over to the right hand side of the road. He slammed on brakes, which caused the car to slide out of

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control down the embankment, stopping just short of the woodline. • Officers responded to another domestic dispute where a girlfriend was giving boyfriend a hard time because their cable bill was over $50. (I’m guessing she’s not happy with his choice of Movies-ondemand!) • Police responded to the Murphy USA gas station in the WalMart parking lot for a report of a fight... between a woman and a soldier from Fort Stewart. The soldier said he was gassing up his vehicle when the woman approached him and claimed he’d cut her off while southbound on I-95. She threw a drink on his car, at which point he grabbed her, began walking her back to her car, and then pushed her to the ground. Both the soldier and the woman were arrested and charged with affray. • Peggy Sue went through the self checkout line at WalMart, and apparently didn’t scan in all the merchandise she was loading into her buggy. She was stopped by the store’s security officer and taken to jail for shoplifting. • Just before 7pm, Officers responded to I-95 around the 98 mile marker where a drunk man was standing in the middle of the road. Or had been standing in the middle of the road, until numerous people stopped to get him to safety. Apparently he didn’t want any help, because when the Officers got there, a large group of people were forming a line between him and the interstate. One of the Officers noticed the large amount of damage to the front end of the man’s car and asked him about it. He said he’d hit another car about ten miles back down the interstate, and had given the other driver some money to just let him go. The Officer checked with Richmond Hill Police and Bryan County Deputies, but there were no hit and runs reported. The man was taken to jail on public drunk charges. (“Hurry up, Barney! Otis is staggering out into the highway again!”) • About 1:30am, an Officer was dispatched to an accident on South  Godley Station Blvd. and found an intoxicated man on the scene. He admitted he’d had a “few beers” a “few hours ago.” He was arrested and jailed for DUI. (Amazing how the word “few” can mean one thing one second, and the complete opposite just a second later!) • Around 6:30am, an Officer got a dispatch about a wreck on the off ramp from northbound Pooler Parkway to Hwy 80 exit ramp. He spotted the cars pulled over to the side and pulled in behind the last one. While waiting for the driver of that car to hand over his insurance card and license, he heard a loud “thunk” which caught everybody’s attention. The man’s car suddenly began rolling backwards. The Offi-

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By Stephen Prudhomme Pooler should claim bragging rights to a two-time kickboxing world champion and angel in one, Rob Ludgate, who grew up in a Savannah boys’ home and through tenacity and 24 years of martial arts training is living his dream. Ludgate had $10 in his pocket when late last month he started Elite Martial Arts Academy, located at 1024 Hwy 80 West in the Pooler Park West shopping center alongside Hidalgo’s and Super China Buffet. As to the 37-year-old’s angelic connection, his academy is home to more than some martial arts buffsit’s the official training center for the Savannah Chapter of the Guardian Angels. Ludgate said he had watched and admired the Guardian Angels all his life. Chapter leader Shannon “Cabbie” Lyles oversaw the first Savannah graduating class some six years ago, but the group had its beginnings in Bronx, NY in 1979, when then McDonald’s manager Curtis Sliwa and the Magnificent 13 rode the subways to make sure people got home safely after work. “When a Savannah chapter came open, I jumped on it,”  Ludgate said. “We patrol neighborhoods, help the homeless, find lost people. We just care very much about everyone. This is all fun to me,” he added.  He’s very serious about the work that goes on at his academy, however, where it’s all about learning self-control, self-responsibility,  self-confidence, and safety. Young students range in age from four or five years old, depending on his or her maturity level, through age 14. Some 14-year-olds may be considered adult students, depending on his or her size and maturity, on up through 95. Ninety five, you ask? “The mind has the ability to cure the body if it thinks healthy thoughts, and the body will respond,” Ludgate explained. “I force my body to believe it’s healthy. Some think that’s hogwash, but I’ve learned that if we force ourselves to feel fine, then we will.” Ludgate offers such training as mixed martial arts, traditional tae kwon do and boxing, kickboxing, Aikido, Hapkido, Korean Aikido, karate, and Brazilian Ju Jitsu. Stu-

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cer jumped behind the car to stop it, but that was no use, the car kept heading towards his patrol car. He got out of the way as the car struck his patrol car, doing minimal damage. The driver had somehow put the car into Reverse. He was able to put it in Drive and pull it off the patrol car’s bumper. • A Springfield man was southbound on I-95 on his Kawasaki when he had a flat tire. He called a friend to come pick him up, went home and got his truck and his

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dents also learn to speak Japanese and Korean as part of the core curriculum. Young students also become well-versed in all aspects of anti-bullying, what makes a bully, and means of protecting oneself from a bully.   Moreover, he offers an afterschool program, which includes pick-up at ANY school, snack, and homework help. “When the homework is an ‘A,’ then they get free time to play hide-and-seek and practice their [martial arts] forms,” Ludwig said. Youth and adults may earn 10 belts, up to and including the black belt. No contracts are required at his school, and he offers military and family discounts. While most martial arts schools let students train only a few times per week, Elite Martial Arts Academy’s programs allow training five days per week for the same price as the twice-perweek programs. The youth afterschool program runs a very reasonable $60 per week, including the transportation from ANY school to the Academy. He also has FREE one-hour women’s self-defense classes on Tuesdays at 7pm. “We’re talking somebody’s mom, daughter, aunt,” Ludgate asserted. “We want them to learn how to be aware of surroundings and use common sense to stay out of trouble. The techniques require little strength, just a clear mind to prevent an attack, remaining calm if an attack occurs, and how to survive an attack.” Ludgate is on a mission now

to add new recruits and increase member numbers. “We want to keep neighborhoods safe,” he explained. “Being ‘squeaky clean’ is not required. Just be caring. The minimum age is 16. It’s for males and females, and we encourage diversity. And it’s all volunteer.”   Having recently returned from Guardian Angel security detail at the Super Bowl, Ludgate was excited.  “We got to march in the parade in Miami for the Super  Bowl, and so many people said, ‘Thank you,” he said. “My dream and passion are to teach, and I’m living my dream. If I won the lottery tomorrow, sure I’d travel to Japan and other places and learn more about martial arts, but I’d still be a teacher.” Ludgate’s introduction to kickboxing was inauspicious; he didn’t finish his first fight, in 1994. Seven years later, however, he won the World Olympic Council heavyweight title in kickboxing at Savannah State. The following year, he won the National Karate and NKKU world championship super heavyweight title. He attributes his dramatic turnaround in the sport to heart, dedication, motivation and the desire to live up to a promise he made to a family member when he was a teenager. “A family member asked me what I wanted to do with my life,” Ludgate recalls. “I told them I wanted to be a world champion in something. Once I set a goal for myself, I work as hard as I have to to achieve it.”

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head several times, but the security guy hung on and kept the man on site until the Officer arrived to haul him off to jail on charges of shoplifting and battery. • A man told Police he’s put in a bid to buy the vacant property, and regularly rides by to check on it. This day, he found that someone had cut the wires to the air conditioning unit and made off with it. • Officers responded to a domestic relations complaint where a

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Let Us Remember...

Louis Mills Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31404, Monday, March 1, 2010. Interment was at Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery, Dean Forest Road. Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Michael Darwin Shirley

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Virgie Lee Rahn, age 72 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her loving husband David C. Rahn, Jr. and her parents Tanzie and Virgil Rushing and brothers Cecil Rushing and G.H. (Virginia) Rushing. She is survived by her adoring children Virgie Peed (Greg), Vickie Hart (Ronnie) and Sharon Edenfield. Grandmother of Gregory, Jonathan, Casey, Robbie, Mindy, Tiffany and Kyle. Great-grandchildren Jadyn, Savannah, Bryson, Kylie, little Robbie, Clayton and Taylor. Sister-inlaws Shirley Smith (JW) and Theresa Rahn. Virgie Lee will be remembered for her love of gardening and family gatherings at her favorite restaurants. Nothing meant more to her than spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her beloved Pomeranian Misty. Virgie Lee was an avid member of the New Vision Church. Funeral Service services were held at 1pm at the New Vision Church 2417

Guyton - Michael Darwin Shirley, 57, died Friday, February 26, 2010 at Effingham Hospital. The Chatham County native graduated from Georgia Tech and was employed with Advanced Business Software. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Shirley of Guyton; sons, Jonathan M. Shirley of Guyton, Nicholas R. Shirley of Savannah, Timothy R. Winemiller of Guyton, and Jeffrey P. Winemiller of Savannah; his mother, Frances S. Porter (Pat) of Guyton; brothers, John Brady Shirley, Jr. (Diane) of California and Olin Maurice Shirley (Donna) of Guyton; sister, Brenda Lunsford of Clarkesville; grandchildren, Timothy Austin Winemiller, Jordan S. Winemiller, Jesse Epperson, Sarah Epperson, Ashton Brace, and Anthony Brace; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 11am Monday at Pineora Baptist Church. Interment was in Effingham Memorial Gardens. Remembrances may be given to Pineora Baptist Church, 131 Elkins

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Myrtle Figg Botsford, age 83 passed away February 26, 2010 in Savannah, GA. She is preceded in death by her husband Christopher Carl Figg and son Chester Carl Figg. Survived by husband Hartley “Red” Botsford and son John Wayne Figg (Linda). Grandmother of Matthew, Amanda Cleath (Nels), Alisha Davis (Jason) and Leigh Crosby (Jimmy). Great-grandmother of Ronnie Mullins. She was a long-time member of the Ardsley Park Baptist Church and a member of White Star Chapter # 367, OES. Funeral Services were held at 10am Tuesday, March 2, 2010 in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Mrs. Sandra L. Taylor (Floyd)

Tybee Island/Port Wentworth-Mrs. Sandra L. Taylor (Floyd), 66, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2010 at Memorial Health University Medical Center. Mrs. Sandra was born in Savannah to the late Otis C. & Ruth Underwood Johnson. She grew up attending the First Baptist Church of Port Wentworth and later became a member of the Port Wentworth United Methodist Church. She was a school bus driver with the Chatham County Board of Education and she enjoyed traveling, arts & crafts, fishing and playing cards. Survivors include her husband, Michael Taylor of Tybee Island; sons and daughters-in-law, Forrest (Nancy) Floyd of South Effingham, Will (Dr. Tracy Durham Floyd) of Rincon, Mark (Patti) Taylor, Scott (Stephanie) Taylor and Matt (Brittany) Taylor, all of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Kylie, Lil’ Forrest, Luke and Grant Floyd and Dominic, Jordan, Katrina, Joshua, Ashley, Olivia, Autumn, Haley and Donovan Taylor; siblings, Catherine Sample (deceased), O.C. (Patricia) Johnson of Marietta, Mildred (Reg) Dees of Port Wentworth and Ray (Harriett) Johnson of Garden City; brothers and sisters-in-law, David “Mouse” (Chris) Taylor and Carlos (Toni) Gon-

zalez and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 3pm on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 in the chapel of the funeral home with private interment. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel was in charge of all arrangements.

Mrs. Ocea Cornelia Wise Davis

Bloomingdale-Mrs. Ocea Cornelia Wise Davis, 87, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2010. She was born in Clyde, GA and loved her family, often telling stories about how she loved living in Clyde. She was preceded in death by husbands, Corbitt Cribbs, Ernest John Osteen, Welcome Rawlings and Luther W. Davis; daughter, Rita C. Ryan, son, Ernest Osteen, Jr.; grandson, Dana Ryan; father and mother, Albert Addis Wise and Minnie Mae Wise and six siblings, Altha Wise O’Bryan, Cleta Mae Wise Williams, Minnie Lois Wise, Auburn Dorsey Wise and Slayton Dennis Wise. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Jettie Cribbs Deal and Bill Deal of Bethlehem, GA and Sue Osteen Shirah and Leon Shirah of Bloomingdale; daughter-in-law, Joan Osteen; twelve grandchildren, Craig Deal, Melissa Deal Kerlin, Cindy Poole Rollins, Jason Poole, Suzette Shirah Rewis, Justin Shirah, Kathy Ryan Clay, William Ryan, Jr., Kenneth Ryan, Gary Ryan, Julie Osteen and Jay Osteen; eighteen greatgrandchildren and blessed with many nieces and nephews. The funeral wasa held at 11am on Tuesday in the chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Ivey Spence and Rev. Anna Kelley officiating. Pallbearers were Jason Poole, Justin Shirah, Jerry Williams, Brian Rewis, Jay Osteen and John Seckinger. Burial was at Gravel Hill Cemetery on Hwy 80 in Bloomingdale. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel was in charge of all arrangements.

Mrs. Ruby Shuman Cowart

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rounded by her family. Mrs. Cowart was born in Willie, Georgia on March 21, 1927 but lived in Pembroke most of her life. She was self employed as a licensed cosmetologist for many years and worked for Concerted Service of Georgia for Senior Citizens. Mrs. Cowart was a member of Pembroke Christian Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Rex Cowart. Survivors include two daughters and son-in-laws Diane and Roy Smith and Pam and Donnie Newman all of Pembroke; two grandchildren and their spouses Benny and Carrie Smith of Cartersville and Missy Newman Thompson and Ashley Thompson of Pembroke; 3 great grandchildren Ella Grace Smith, Davis Garrett Smith and Cole Thompson; and numerous extended family members. Funeral services were held at 11am on Tuesday March 2, 2010 in the chapel of Flanders Morrison Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Bryant officiating, assisted by Elder Spencer Moore. Burial was in Northside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416 or to the charity of your choice. Please sign the on-line guest book at Flanders Morrison Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Craig Wilton Tucker

GUYTON – Mr. Craig Wilton Tucker, 43, entered peacefully into rest on February 27, 2010. He is survived by his parents, Clifford Wilton Tucker and Audrey Nell Tucker of Guyton; two sisters, Annette (Mickey) Youmans of Richmond Hill, and Renee Smith of Guyton; one brother, Randall (Jamie) Tucker of Guyton; two nephews, Russell Craig Smith and Clay Tucker; two nieces, Emily Smith and Kinley Tucker, five aunts and two uncles, a very dear friend, Danny Tyler of Augusta, and several other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 7pm on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 following visitation in the funeral home chapel. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Anderson Cancer Center, 4700 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA 31404 in memory of Craig. ___________________________________ Continued on page 9

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Bert L. Ratliff, Sr.

Springfield - Bert L. Ratliff, Sr., 71, died Saturday, February 27, 2010 at his son’s residence in Rockledge. The Chatham County native was a retired truck driver and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Survivors include his wife, Linda W. Ratliff of Springfield; sons, Bert L. (Shely) Ratliff, Jr. of Rockledge and Tommy (Pam H.) Ratliff of Springfield; daughters, Teresa A. (Ricky D.) Rockett of Guyton and Georgia Ratliff (Darrell A.) Bell of Rincon; grandchildren, Paige N. Ratliff, Linda Ollie Rowe, Bert Lee Ratliff, III, Ashley Marie Ratliff, Bennie William Ratliff, II, Brent Sheldon Ratliff, Teresa Allison Rowe, Joshua Thomas Ratliff, Bryce Daniel Beasley, and Kristian Pamela Ratliff; brother, George Floyd Ratliff, Jr. of Blackshear; sisters-in-law and brothersin-law, Margie Ratliff of Glennville, Mr. & Mrs. J.B. Woods, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. E.M. Woods, Jack Lee Woods, Sr., and Helen Youngblood all of Guyton; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 11am Tuesday in the chapel. Interment was in Woods Family Cemetery on Sand Hill Road. Remembrances may be given to Hospice of Laurens County. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

David Franklin Chapman

David Franklin Chapman, 75, died in peace, with his devoted wife by his side at Memorial University Medical Center on February 28, 2010. He was born in Oclocknee, Georgia and was the son of the late Thomas Edward Chapman and Pattie Chapman Redditt. David worked for a number of years as a right-of-way agent for the State of Georgia and later had his own real estate appraisal business. He moved to Savannah in 1979 and became tax assessor for Chatham County. He owned Chapman Appraisal Company until 1990 when he suffered a life altering stroke. His tenacity and strength enabled him to become a 20-year stroke survivor who, with the help of his wife, was able to stay at home for 18 years until he entered Tara Nursing Home. Throughout his life David never met a stranger and was always willing and eager to help anyone who may need it. He was a fabulous cook and was especially adept at the grill, hosting numerous cookouts. During his time in the nursing home, he was known as everyone’s friend, shaking hands with everyone he came across. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Edward Chapman



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Leila Arnsdorff Berry, 100, of Savannah, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at Riverview Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Jamison Berry. She was born and raised in Effingham Co. and attended local schools. After moving to Savannah, Leila met and married the love of her life, Russell. She retired from American Can Co. as a machine operator with over 35 years of service. She was a faithful member of 1st Christian Church and was a descendant of the Salzburgers. Although Leila and Russell had no children of their own, they consid-

ered their nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews their children. Funeral Services were held at 1pm on Thursday, March 4, 2010 in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Joe Ryals officiating. Burial was at Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park. Leila’s great-nephews were active and honorary pallbearers. Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Ramona Dianne Snider

Ramona Dianne Snider, 51, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at Candler Hospital. Ramona was a life long resident of Savannah and a member of The Sanctuary Church where she sang in the choir and was very active with

the Youth. She was the receptionist for C.C. Graham & Company. She is survived by her parents, William and Anne Snider; sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Sandy Sanderfur; niece and nephew, Adam and Amy; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. Visitation: 6pm– 8pm Thursday at the Funeral Home. Funeral Service: 1pm Friday at the Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry McDaniel and Rev. Hugo Hammond officiating. Burial: Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donation be made to The Sanctuary Church, 8912 Whitfield Ave., Savannah, GA 31406. Fairhaven Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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In the country of Armenia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Samuel squatted before his son and looked him in the eye. “Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I’ll always be there for you.” They hugged and the boy ran off to school. Hours later, a powerful earthquake rocked the area. In the midst of the pandemonium, Samuel and Danielle tried to discover what happened to their son but they couldn’t get any information. The radio announced that there were thousands of casualties. Samuel then grabbed his coat and headed for the schoolyard. When he reached the area, what he saw brought tears to his eyes. Armand’s school was a pile of debris. Other parents were standing around crying. Samuel found the place where Armand’s classroom used to be and began pulling a bro-

ken beam off the pile of rubble. He then grabbed a rock and put it to the side, and then grabbed another one. One of the parents looking on asked, “What are you doing?” “Digging for my son,” Samuel answered. The man then said, “You’re just going to make things worse! The building is unstable,” and tried to pull Samuel away from his work. Samuel just kept working. As time wore on, one by one, the other parents left. Then a worker tried to pull Samuel away from the rubble. Samuel looked at him and said, “Won’t you help me?” The worker left and Samuel kept digging. All through the night and into the next day, Samuel continued digging. Parents placed flowers and pictures of their children on the ruins. But, Samuel just kept working. He picked up a beam and pushed it out of the way when he heard a faint cry. “Help! Help!” Samuel listened but didn’t hear anything

again. Then he heard a muffled voice, “Papa?” Samuel began to dig furiously. Finally he could see his son. “Come on out, son!” he said with relief. “No,” Armand said. “Let the other kids come out first because I know you’ll get me.” Child after child emerged until, finally, little Armand appeared. Samuel took him in his arms and Armand said, “I told the other kids not to worry because you told me that you’d always be there for me!” Fourteen children were saved that day because one father was faithful. How much more faithful is our heavenly Father! Whether trapped by fallen debris or ensnared by life’s hardships and struggles, we are never cut off from God’s faithfulness. He is true to His character. He is reliable and trustworthy and can always be counted on. By David Langerfeld and passed along by

MY ANSWER By Billy Graham Q: My husband died several months ago (of cancer), and they have been the hardest months of my life. People try to cheer me up by saying he’s in heaven now, and I believe it, but it doesn’t take away the hurt. How can I get over this? -- Mrs. E.W.

A: Have you ever had major surgery? If so, you know it took a long time to recover from it -- months, even years. Something traumatic had happened to your body, and it healed only gradually. This is similar to what happens when a loved one is taken from us. Something traumatic has happened: A loved one has been removed from our lives, and our emotional pain is very real. And just as it takes a long time to recover from physical surgery, so it takes a long time to recover from the “emotional surgery” of a loved one’s death. In fact, we may never fully recover; I miss my late wife every day, and I’m sure I’ll continue to miss her until we are reunited in heaven. Grief is real; even Jesus wept at the tomb of His friend Lazarus (see John 11:33-35). But when we know Christ, we have hope -- hope for ourselves, and hope for those who have entered heaven before us. Take time each day to thank God for His goodness in giving you so many years together, and for the hope we have of heaven because of Jesus Christ. But ask God also to help you reach out to others who are grieving (perhaps in your church). They need your friendship -- and as you encourage them, your own grief will lessen. The Bible says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15).

(Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, P.O. Box 1270, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:

The Church Bulletin Board • CAR WASH! FREE Car Care & Prayer hosted by JSBC Outreach, Jasper Springs Baptist Church, 62 Smith Avenue in Garden City. If you are unable to care for your automobile, bring it to us for an interior and exterior cleaning while you wait under our tent with people who care about you on March 13th, from 9am until the last car is cared for! For more information please call 964-6864 or email

• The Proclaimers will be performing a Gospel Concert at Faulkville Baptist Church on Friday, March 19th at 7pm. The public is invited to join us for this inspiring worship time! • Fundraiser for Mission Trip, Church Yard Sale at First Baptist Church of Bloomingdale. Mark Your Calendars now for Saturday, March 6th, 8am - 12 noon. Our church is having a yard sale to send a group on a World Chang-

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ers Mission Trip. All money that is made will be used to help pay the way. Please come out and support our mission trip! Call the church at 748-4017 or call Peggy at 748-0491. The yard sale will take place in the social hall parking lot at the corner of Highway 80 & Cherry Street.

istry on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 4th, 5th and 6th. Butts are $20, Hams are $25, and Ribs are $20. Stop by the church, 1105 Hwy 80 in Bloomingdale, between Pooler Parkway and Cherry Street. They won’t last long, so be first to stop by each day!

• Lent with Zion Lutheran Church... Our Sunday evening Lenten programs focus on “family”, “spiritual growth” and the “opportunity” to reach great distance through offerings to the Lutheran World Relief/Haiti Crisis. Please join us at 5pm in our educational building on Feb. 28th, March 7th, 14th, and 21st. There will be interesting activities for young and old! Bring a friend and share a fellowship meal, following at 5:45pm. We are located on the intersection of GA Routes 17 & 30. Any questions, call the church office at 728-3430 or go to our website at

• Rincon United Methodist Church announces a change in worship times and locations. Beginning March 7th, both services and all Sunday School and Bible Studies will be held in the sanctuary at 107 Savannah Avenue. The contemporary worship will be at 8:30am, and the traditional service at 11am, Gathering Time at 9:30am and classes at 9:45am. All are invited to worship with us.

• The Liberty County Community & Area Mass Choir will present the Easter Messiah Concert on Saturday, April 3rd at 7pm at First United Methodist Church, 100 Memorial Drive in Hinesville. For more information, please call 912-3682200. • Time Change for Bible Based Lutherans of Effingham, 6450 McCall Road in Rincon... Effective March 7th, Sunday School starts 9am and Worship starts at 10am. • The Men’s Ministry of Life Springs Worship Center in Bloomingdale will be holding a Boston Butt and Ham Sale as a fundraiser for the min-

• Celebrate Israel Come experience A Night to Celebrate Israel at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel, March 23rd at 7 pm. Be inspired by a world renowned speaker, Robert Stearns of Eagle’s Wings and internationally acclaimed worship leader Claren McQueen as well as the Benote Zion Dancers of Knoxville, Tennessee who will lead an evening of solidarity for Israel: to celebrate Israel’s existence as a nation, to affirm her right to the land, and to honor her loyalty to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For more information, call 656-4229. This event is sponsored by churches and ministries of the

greater Savannah area.

• Youth Choir Anniversary & Musical The Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Youth department invites you to join them on Friday, March 26th, at 7pm as they celebrate their Youth Choir Anniversary with a musical. Come and enjoy Jesus with us as we sing praises to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you are interested in being a part of this awesome event, please contact Sister Veronica E. Graham, Youth Advisor or our First Lady Jacquelyn Best at 912-927-0129.

• Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Celebrates Pastor’s 4th Anniversary Pastor Arthur Lee Best, III of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church located at 13813 Coffee Bluff Road, will be celebrating his 4th Anniversary on March 21st, at 4pm. We are inviting all churches, family members and friends to come out and celebrate with us. Pastor James Williams, III of First Mount Bethel Baptist Church will deliver the “Word”.

• Pastors of a local church in Pooler are looking for a home to rent or for a rent-to-own option, on the Westside (preferably in Pooler or Bloomingdale). Currently we are driving an hour and a half each way at least 2-3 days per week. Please call Pastor Abraham at 478494-0893 or Aaron Walker at All American Glass, 450-4527.

Prayer of the Week... Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. In the name of Jesus, Amen! By the Rev. Joe Wright, who offered it in front of the Kansas State House in 1996

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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

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

Bloomingdale Alliance Church 501 West Hwy 80 • 748-6351 Rev. Ken Otto

Alpha & Omega Ministries 4906 Pineland Dr. Pastor James P. Witherspoon

Church of the Nazarene 1116 East Hwy 80 • 748-9128 Pastor: David Horne

Palm Grove Primitive Baptist 2207 Shaw Avenue • 964-2080 Elder James W. Kicklighter

South Effingham Community Church 289 Harley Road • 728-3810 Pastor: Steve Canfield

Journey Church Meeting at Bloomingdale Elementary, Sunday mornings at 10:30am Pastor Larry D. Wilson 224-6453

Everlasting Life Christian Church 614 Hwy. 80W • 964-6003 Rev. Van Marie Green, Pastor

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

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 Marlow Learning Center • 748-7308 Pastor Eddie Tomberlin Berea Southern Methodist Church 2872 Noel Conaway Road • Guyton (GA 30 near Kolic Helmy Rd) Silver Hill United Methodist Church Silver Hill Church Rd. Pastor Al Fernandez Bible Based Lutherans of Effingham Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. Services at 10:00 a.m. Blandford Elementary School 4650 McCall Road 1-1/2 Miles from Harold’s Body Shop  Pastor Andy Krey Clyo United Methodist Church Railroad St. at 3rd. Ave. Pastor Al Fernandez “The Lighthouse” of Effingham meeting at Rincon YMCA 1224 Patriot Drive • 856-0428 Roland Dann, Pastor 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

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. Jonathan E. Phillips Woodlawn Baptist 407 Talmadge Ave. • 964-8676 Gary Johnson, Pastor

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness 4869 Louisville Road • 964-1210 Dean Forest Baptist Church 1524 Dean Forest Road • 964-7369 Rev. Larry Strickland Fellowship Assembly of God 5224 Augusta Rd. • 964-4243 Pastor Gary Smith First Baptist Church of Garden City 35 Nelson Ave. • 964-0355 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 • 966-5005 Pastor Leroy R. Kirkland III Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 41 Main Street • 964-1649 Rev. David Rasmussen

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

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

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

Goshen United Methodist Church Hwy. 21 at Goshen Rd • 826-6088 Pastor Devin Schultz

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 First Baptist of Rincon 201 E. 6th St. • 826-5536 Dr. Bob Rogers New Life Worship Center 5509 McCall Road • 826-3832 Pastor Paul Flippo First Christian 826-2224 Minister Steve Parker Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church Blandford Rd. • 826-5259 Rev. Jonah E. Jerman

Silk Hope United Methodist 5212 Silk Hope Rd. • 447-5282 Guyton/Marlow Faith Ministries International 51 Central Blvd. (Hwy. 17) 772-4849 Pastor, Bruce Meyers Pine Street Baptist 118 Lynn Bonds Avenue Pastor: Chris Roberson

Port Wentworth Bonnybridge Baptist Church 811 Bonnybridge Rd. • 964-0553 Dr. Dan Hall, Pastor

The Fountain Church International 131 Canal Street, Suite B • 704-1462 Sunday: 8AM and 11 AM, Wednesday’s POWER HOUR @ 7PM Pastor Joseph Clinton

Open Door Ministries at Joel’s Place 13 North Coastal Hwy. at Bonnybridge Rd. • 964-5001 Pastor Neil Bush

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

Pineora Holy Church of God 460 McLaws Rd. • 232-6100 Pastor Ronnie Miles

Abundant Life Community Church (ELCA) Sunday School 9:23 AM Weekly Worship - Sundays at 10:30 AM 119 Canal St. Suite 105 Just off the Pooler Parkway near Cancun Mexican Restaurant Pastor Seth Bridger 856-6871

Faith Baptist Church 1951 Hwy 119 South • Guyton Dr. Calvin Bradley, Pastor 772-5269

Christ Presbyterian Church Coffee, Welcome with Worship at 10:00 a.m. 1743 Quacco Road • 925-6441 Rev. Ed Ayers • 713-1276

Elam Egypt Baptist Church Paul Moore, Pastor 2166 Egypt Ardmore Rd • 754-5060 Rev. Peter Vermeulen

The Sycamore at West Chatham Meeting in homes on Wednesdays Pastor Ric Smith • 596-4725

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

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

First Baptist of Marlow 2229 Central Ave. • 772-7438 Pastor Daniel Alexander (Minister of Gospel)

Lighthouse Baptist Church 106 Pipemakers Circle • 748-1164 Pastor: Dr. Van Power New Birth Savannah 118 Pipemaker’s Circle Suites 202-205 748-2969 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

Grace Community Church 1094 Goshen Rd. • 826-4204 Pastor Wesley Corbitt

Bethel Baptist Church 748-9085 Pastor Eddie Deas

Marantha Assembly of God 454 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-5234 Rev. Mike Beck

New Vision Baptist Church 2417 Louis Mills Blvd. 236-4841 Pastor Gary Bradham

Trinity Faith International Church 776 Kolic Helmey Road Pastor: Kaye Bell

Reaching For Souls Located in the All American Glass Shopping Center on Hwy. 80 478-494-0893 Pastors: Stanly & Angela Abraham

Holy Church of God Little Neck Road Savannah Christian Church 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Pastor Cam Huxford

Rincon United Methodist 107 Savannah Ave. • 826-5796 Sr. Pastor: Rev. Larry Bird

Holy Church Of God 707 Little Neck Rd • 920-0042 Rev. Ryan Ralston

Journey Community Church 5938 Highway 21 South • 754-9444 Pastor Michael Bassett

New Mount Olive Baptist 835 Chevis Rd. • 920-1133

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

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

Real Life Christian Fellowship 841 Crossgate Rd. Pastor Paul L. Taylor, Jr.

New Testament Fellowship UPC 307 South Laurel St. • 754-9782 Pastor: Walter Thomas

Port Wentworth United Methodist 201 Turnberry Street • 964-4210 Pastor: Tom Edwards

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

Rincon Effingham Baptist Church 1007 North Columbia Ave. 826-3794 Pastor: Tom Davis

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

St. Mary’s Holiness Church 205 Stokes Ave • Rincon • 826-4525 Bishop Billy Scott

First Baptist of Springfield 1435 Hwy 119N • 754-3443 Rev. Jeff Rollins

Jehovah Shammah Assembly of God 432 Blandford Rd. • 826-2173 Pastor Jackie Gordon

Northside Church of God 273 Church Row • 754-4801 Pastor Reginald Anderson, Sr.

St. Luke’s Episcopal 155 Goshen Rd. 826-3332 Worship Service, 9:00 am Sunday School, 10:30 am à Rev. Liam Collins

Abundant Life Church 1541 Highway 21 South • 754-3148 Pastor Don Burkhalter

House of Prayer of Rincon Fort Howard Road in Rincon Services: Sunday 11 AM & 6:30 PM 826-2570 Pastor: Mildred Lake

New Hope Christian Church 2420 Courthouse Rd. • 772-4499 Rev. Brad Proudfoot

Ft. Argyle Gospel Fellowship 909 Ft. Argyle Road (Hwy. 204) Pastors Robert and Renea Jordan 748-4339

Coastal Christian Center 6073 Ogeechee Rd • 925-3166  Ron and Rosie Chambers

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church 1285 Pine Barren West • 748-6016 Sunday Worship 10:30am Rev. Dr. Robert LeFavi, Vicar

South Valley Baptist Church Rev. Barry Jackson Pine Barren Road • 748-0279

Southside Assembly of God 401 Tibet Avenue Rev. Jack Moon

Rincon Church of Christ 306 E. 4th St. • 826-5440

Living Faith Church of God 3789 Noel C. Conway Rd. Rev. Sean Faircloth 728-8811

Rothwell Baptist Church 216 Rothwell Street • 748-7593 Rev. Devin Bell

Northside Baptist Hwy 21N • 826-5346 Rev. Mike Jones

Quacco Baptist Church 215 Quacco Road • 925-3885 Pastor Barry Minsky

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Hwy 25 • 964-0219 Rev. Douglas Clark, Pastor

Risen Saviour Lutheran 1755 Quacco Road • Pooler Worship: 10AM Pastor James Borgwardt

New Providence Baptist Eric Palmburg 772-3590

Bible Based Lutherans of Effingham Blandford Elementary School 4650 McCall Road 1 1/2 Miles from Harold’s Body Shop Pastor Andy Krey

Savannah Holy Church of God 707 Little Neck Road • 920-0042 Pastor: Rev. Ryan Ralston

Rincon Baptist Temple 305 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-5818 Pastor: Bro. Joe Springer

Macedonia Baptist Church Central (Hwy 17), Guyton Pastor: Delmons White

Royal Temple Holiness Church 409 Samuel Small Dr. - 772-3498 Elder Verdie Banner

Southwest Baptist 831 Little Neck Road • 925-0699 Dr. Robert B. Peacock, Pastor

First Baptist Church of Port Wentworth Hwy 25 • 964-5811 Rev. John Ashworth

Calvary Assembly of God 1007 West Hwy 80 • 748-5847 Daniel Webber, Pastor

First Baptist Church of Pooler 204 W. Hwy 80 • 748-7521 Sunday School: 10:45am Morning Service: 9:30am Evening: 6pm Wednesday Service: 6:45pm Rev. Otis Hill

Southwest Chatham Amazing Grace Baptist Church 5790 Ogeechee Road • 858-4362 Pastor: George Barron

Rincon Church of God Hwy 21, Rincon Pastor: DeWayne Merritt

Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Association Education Center Central (Hwy 17) & Simmons Rd.

Liberty Christian Fellowship Church 302 Church Street • 772-5522 John Tanner, Pastor

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

Bible Connection Ministries 410 S. Coastal Hwy. • 965-1101 Pastor: Alex Grant, Jr.

New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church 130 Giles Avenue • Rincon • 826-2431 Solomon J. Roberts, Sr. - Pastor

Safe Haven Church/ Mission Central (Hwy 17), Guyton Pastor: Emmett Patterson

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

Chevis Oaks Baptist Church 102 Sylvania Rd. at Chevis Rd. 925-3852 Rev. Eric R. Carpenter – Your Online Church Directory Pooler Beth-El Alliance Church Quacco Road Rev. Michael Owens

Union Springs AME Union Springs Church Rd. • 7549460

Goshen Road Baptist 1323 Goshen Rd. • 826-1826 Rev. Frank Hodges

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

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

Abercorn Baptist Baker Hill Rd. • 826-4213

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Guyton United Methodist 401 Church Street • 772-5099 Rev. Rick Holt

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

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

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

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

Church of Christ 4506 Augusta Rd. • 964-6443

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United Methodist Church Meldrim Pastor: Rick Holt

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

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

Solid Rock Baptist Church 5th Street • Meldrim Pastor: Greg McAlister

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

Wildwood United Methodist Garrard Avenue Pastor Lloyd Dees

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

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

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

Cornerstone Baptist Church Lexington Avenue Sunday: 10:45am • Wednesday: 7pm 754-9650 Pastor Duane Logsdon Centerpoint Church 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

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. John Barichivich 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. Angel Haven Outreach Ministry 409 S. Laurel Street • 407-0071 Pastors Carl and Leslie Canoy 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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Babies & Basset Hounds I’m so excited! I went to my fering, please send to: Cross Comdaughter’s ultrasound appointment last week and found out that we will be blessed with a baby girl sometime around the beginning of July! Congratulations Lyric and Ronnie! I kept telling her that it was going to be a girl while most everyone else was convinced it was going to be a boy (including Steve). When I was being asked along the way, “How do you know that it’s gonna be a girl?” I always responded with, “Because the Lord said He would give me the desires of my heart.” And with that being said, He always has. Oh! I can’t wait!   A couple of important announcements that came in after deadline that I’d like to let you all know about:   Prayer  is needed for Ralph Davis and his family. Most of you know, or have heard of Ralph, he is the owner and operator of Cross Communications, 105.7 FM in Springfield. He was brutally attacked several years ago while at his station. It was a miracle that he survived. Through months of therapy, prayer and rehabilitation the Lord mended and healed him almost as good as new. Up until approximately 9 months ago, he continued with good health. But since then, Ralph has been in the hospital for the last 7 out of 9 months. Although he is beginning to improve, he and his family need our prayers.  We know  that God says, “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I will be in the midst of them.” God answers prayers! If you’d like to send a love of-

munications, 102 Fox Street, Springfield, GA 31329. All donations are tax deductible. Hopefully, by the time you read this column, Ralph will have improved enough to come home. There is a Missing Basset Hound around! Orange and white female, last seen around the Rincon Elementary area. She has seizures and needs her medication as soon as possible! A REWARD is offered. Please call 912-663-5417. Please give them a call if you have seen their 4-legged family member.   Speaking of Basset Hounds ... Let’s just say that our female Basset Hound, Jadis,  and the next door neighbor’s male Basset Hound became more than  neighbors a couple of weeks ago. We still can’t figure out how he broke into our backyard, but he was there an awful lot - then. I asked her this morning while feeding her, “Where’s your boyfriend now, huh?” She just looked at me with her sad, droopy eyes. Made me feel kinda bad, until she jumped on me and made me spill her food all over the back porch. Anyway, I reckon we’ll be the proud grandparents of a herd of miniature, long,  floppy eared, short legged  hounds sometime around the end of April. And my favorite cashier thinks I buy a lot of dog food now ...   Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Judge Hearn and Tony Waller, both of whom have passed away this week. Judge was a staple in this community and was well thought of


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The president is surrounded by acolytes of the Cult of Obama. They consider him to be a “transformational figure” who need not sully himself with the usual rules of politics. The president agrees, rejecting suggestions that he recalibrate his Olympian ambitions. That’s not me saying that, nor one of my knuckle-dragging, babyeating, right-wing brethren. It’s Dana Milbank, the liberal Washington Post writer widely seen as Maureen Dowd in drag by most conservatives. Milbank wrote a column Feb. 21 arguing that all the president’s problems can be attributed to a single factor. “Obama’s first year fell apart in large part because he didn’t follow his chief of staff’s advice on crucial matters,” writes Milbank, referring to Rahm Emanuel, apparently the only senior staffer who hasn’t drunk the Obama Kool-Aid. “Arguably, Emanuel is the only person keeping Obama from becoming Jimmy Carter.” Milbank’s column sent political reporters and other junkies into a frenzy of dime-story Kremlinology. Did Rahm plant the story? Did he talk to Milbank? Will Obama, Zeuslike, hurl a lightning bolt at his majordomo? Milbank insists he didn’t interview Emanuel. But that just underscores how fiendishly clever Emanuel is, claim his enemies. He had his friends advance the story line, without leaving his fingerprints on anything (they say the same thing about a host of subsequent damage-control stories the Milbank column inspired). What really got tongues wagging was the ugliness of the White House chief of staff seeming to blame the president for his problems. Normally, a chief of staff falls on his sword for the boss; he doesn’t shove it into his boss’s back. But Milbank makes an important point. “It’s worth noting,” he wrote in a Post chatroom discussion, “that nobody seems to be questioning the argument itself ... which I take to be a good sign.” I don’t know what he means by a “good sign.” Good for Obama? Emanuel? The country? But Milbank is right that no one’s disputing his basic point: Obama and his sycophants are the problem. If reports are to be believed, Emanuel wanted Obama to be less ambitious ideologically but more aggressive politically. Emanuel likes winning, and so he thinks the president should pick battles he can win. Emanuel opposed the idea of shutting down Guantanamo Bay within a year. He argued that Obama should have gone for a smaller, more digestible health-care bill that ex-

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Yet Obama has indicated that he never considered the Clinton model appropriate or appealing. He wants to be “transformative” like Ronald Reagan. But such a transformation requires an electorate willing and capable of being transformed. Obama and his acolytes misread the public, thinking voters were as worshipful as they were. Beyond the disloyalty and all that, the real reason the Milbank column has enraged so many leftwing bloggers and liberal columnists is that Emanuel’s understanding of the political landscape puts him in the reality-based community. And that is a community the Obama cult refuses to join. (Jonah Goldberg is an editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at

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Daniel Westcot from Georgia Forestry Service presents Mayor Mike Lamb with Tree City USA plaque making their year to date total 305. In Parks, Trees, Streets, and Drainage, Councilwoman Benton noted that they’d had a successful Arbor Day with the planting of two new trees at the new Recreation Park with the help of the Pooler Garden Club and the Georgia Forestry Commission. Councilwoman Black said that signups for the men’s industrial and church league softball teams was still going on. The Rec. Department will have 35 teams playing baseball and softball this year, and there will be 14 soccer teams this season. Also, the boys 10 and Under and 12 and Under teams won their state championships! In the Building and Zoning Report, Councilman Allen said there had been 3 new single family building permits issued, bringing the year to date total to 26. He also pointed out the new traffic light for the intersection of Hwy 80 and Pine Barren Road has been approved. Daniel Westcot from Georgia Forestry Service then presented Mayor Mike Lamb with the Tree City USA certification and plaque. Councilwoman Benton thanked Ralph Wright, the city’s Master Gardener and a certified arborist, for all his help in achieving the special designation for the city. In Old Business, the requested rezoning of 820 West Hwy 80 across from Lips Pizza was withdrawn by the owner. In New Business, Council agreed to waive the permit fees for Steve White for a triathlon to be held May 1st at The Farm at Morgan Lakes on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Proceeds from the event will benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Mr. White said he expects 200-250 participants. Finally, the last meeting in this brief meeting was the approval of an agreement with Georgia Power to provide street lights from Benton Blvd. to the Fire Station on Pooler Parkway at a cost of about $2400 per month. Before the meeting was ad-


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journed, Leo McDonald told Council he was glad to see the city finally got a television, which is a nice one mounted up above Council. It will be used for presenting maps and visual displays for presentations to Council. Council meets on the first and third Monday of every month at City Hall at 6pm. The next meeting will be Monday, March 15th, and the public is encouraged to attend. Garden City Garden City City Council met on Monday, March 1st at 7 pm for a regularly scheduled meeting. All Council members were present. The council received the Beautification Committee’s minutes from their February 8th meeting, which included their plans for a Butterfly Garden in Sharon Park and the beautification of “city limits� signs. The motion to amend the Hotel-Motel Tax Ordinance passed unanimously. This amendment will increase the number of days the city will charge hotel tax from a maximum of ten to a maximum of 30. The motion to amend the Solid Waste Collection Ordinance to include all approved residential properties to receive regular municipal solid waste collection services passed unanimously as well. Next up, a motion passed unanimously to table the Amendment to Alcoholic Beverage Sale Ordinance in order to allow a public hearing. This hearing will be held at the next scheduled council meeting on March 15th. The council will vote on the issue immediately following the hearing. The last item on the agenda was a resolution to amend the general fund budget to reflect the monies received by the Police Department from the Byrne Memorial Justice Fund, which total $112,000. Chief Lyons explained that the department will be purchasing a new ATV, an electronic citation program, a Live Scan Fingerprint system, and the Cellebrite program (allows them to extract data from mobile phones). The motion passed unanimously. Garden City City Council meets every first and third Monday of the month at 7pm. Meetings are held at the new City Hall on Dean Forrest Road. Visit their website at for more information. You can also print out the upcoming agenda on the Friday prior to the meeting.

Port Wentworth On Thursday, February 25th, the Port Wentworth Regular Meeting of Mayor and Council took place, but it was NOT all that regular. Right after the prayer and pledge, following a quick procedural vote (approving the agenda), things picked up with the Recognition of Visitors portion of the meeting. The first speaker had a request for Council to do something to restore privacy to a row of houses behind the new Food Lion, but the very next speaker got to the night’s topic: solidarity of citizens with the Mayor and Council. She ___________________________________ Continued on page 15

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To learn more, enter the cook-off or secure a booth, call Willie Johnson at 912-964-0418. urged the elected officials to think of themselves as in a marriage, with the citizens as “children” who would suffer if their “parents” were to become divided. She pleaded with them to resist falling into dissention over false accusations, and to hold fast to God’s principles. She said they should be unified, and that they should avoid “murmuring.” What did this good lady perceive as the source of murmuring and dissention? What are these false accusations? It seems to be the most recent set of potshots aimed at the City by a verbal “sniper” hiding in the bushes of the Internet. Through various negative email messages (two of which were circulated at the meeting) and postings on non-moderated forums such as that at, this person has spread half-truths concerning Port Wentworth all over cyberspace. Some messages accused various businesses of having improper relationships with the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce and the City. Others

ing events (listed online at www. A Consent Agenda containing five payment items was quickly approved, though two items were voted separately. Under New Business, a contract change-order and a catering bill were approved for payment. At the meeting’s end, Mayor Jones thanked all present for their support and trust, and that they can be sure all their city officials will do the best they can possibly do. Port Wentworth City Council meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7pm at City Hall. The next meeting is set for March 25th, and the public is encouraged to attend.

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faulted City management with losing the Mitsubishi opportunity to Pooler. In another part of the meeting, Alfred Boyett (one of the targets of our “sniper”) asked if anyone knew the identity of this person, and he indicated that he will take legal action against him or her. The entire Council assured Mr. Boyett that they do not subscribe to the views circulated by this individual. Throughout the meeting, more speakers affirmed their support of the Mayor and Council, praising them for their professional conduct in the face of these attacks. They knew that other factors, not city mismanagement, affected Mitsubishi’s decision to build in Pooler. Some of them expressed the fear that this kind of adverse commentary on various Internet platforms will cause large corporations, looking to build or relocate, to avoid Port Wentworth. As far as regular Council business was concerned, there was not much. Willie Johnson requested and received a permit to conduct a parade on March 6th, as part of the Collard Greens Festival. The Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce presented its report of com-

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and we now face very uncertain economic times. We must be prepared to face the challenges that lay ahead.” King is a vice president with VNS Corporation, a building materials supply company with operations in Rincon. He is married to Jennifer Hinely King, and they have four children. “We need to plan for our children’s future by being proactive in our approach to

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driver didn’t begin to slow down until they were two miles further down the interstate. The Statesboro man was obviously intoxicated and admitted he’d been drinking before he left the ‘Boro. He was taken to jail for DUI after failing his field sobriety tests. • Just before 5am, the Officer above was back to his radar hot spot on I-16 and clocked a Statesboro woman at 80mph in the 65mph zone after she’d already slowed down. He made a traffic stop and noticed the strong odor of alcohol on the woman’s breath. She also failed her field sobriety tests and was taken to jail on DUI charges. • Around 11pm, the Officer clocked a white Dodge pickup at 85mph in the 70mph zone of I-16 and made a traffic stop. He approached the driver’s window and asked the

woman for her license and insurance. The woman grabbed her pocketbook and began digging through it, tossing money onto the floor in her search for her license. The woman was extremely talkative (Imagine that!) and explained that she was eating chicken because she was diabetic and hadn’t eaten all day. She apparently showed the Officer the half eaten chicken. “I’ve been to Pep Boys to get my tire fixed... blah, blah, blah, yakkety, yakkety...” and was apparently on her way back to Vidalia to get her tools from her hair cutting instructor who was leaving around 7pm to go to a church function. (Yeah, I can see where the Officer had a hard time not just locking this one up right off the bat!) The Officer told the woman he smelled al-

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• Just before 2am, an Officer was running radar on I-16 and clocked a Plymouth Voyager at 88mph. The Officer pulled out behind the van and observed it weaving erratically and crossing the centerline. He made a traffic stop, though the

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