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• Around 5am, Officers received a report of a suspicious vehicle leaving WalMart, northbound on Hwy 21. They quickly spotted the car at the Gate station, and they approached the driver to question him. Inside the car they noticed the empty 12 pack of Miller Lite and two empty Miller Lite cans. (I’ve got to figure out a way to get Miller Lite to pay me for these plugs!) The man then told the Officers he hadn’t been drinking, but he was barely able to stand up and his speech was extremely slurred. He was soon arrested for DUI Refusal and underage drinking. • Just before 2am, an Officer noticed a BMW stopped in the middle of 4th Street. The driver slowly pulled into a driveway, backed out into 4th Street, and the Officer decided to follow him. After the man crossed the centerline several times, he made a traffic stop. The man said he was coming home from dinner. The Officer asked him to step out of his car, and the man needed a lot of help to accomplish that task. The Officer soon had him under arrest for DUI, after the man blew a .256,

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Letters to the Editor .........................9 Church Directory........................... 10 Fruits of the Vine .......................... 11

Obituaries .............................. 12-13 Health & Wellness Directory ............ 14 Lots More Great Stuff .............Section B

SPECIAL DELIVERY Letter Carriers Collecting Food for Second Harvest By Stephen Prudhomme This Saturday, letter carriers will take back more than just returned mail to the post office. They’ll also take back bags of food that, for this one day, won’t require any postage to be delivered. Distributing the food locally will be a non-profit group that has done its part to address the hunger problem for the past 28 years and started a program for children that has been implemented throughout the country. The Letter Carriers Food Drive is being held throughout the nation. This year’s theme is “Stamp Out Hunger.” Last year, the drive collected 73.1 million pounds of food across the country. In the Savannah area, 75,000 pounds of food was collected and given to the Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia for distribution in 21 counties. Karen Franklin, director of development and marketing for Second Harvest, says it’s the biggest single food drive in the area, adding that it’s the most efficient way to bring food from the community to the food bank. “It makes sense since they’re going to everyone’s home,” Franklin says. “They’re interested in the community. They live here too. Their support is appreciated, and we count on it.” This Friday starting at 5:30 p.m., Paula Deen and her sons, Jamie and Bobby, will do their part for Second Harvest by signing autographs prior to the Sand Gnats baseball game at Grayson Stadium. All that’s required is a jar of peanut butter, which will go to Second Harvest. “You’re helping in the community and doing something nice for someone,” says Mary Crouch, executive director of Second Harvest. “It’s a great gift for

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Mother’s Day.” What Second Harvest counts on throughout the year is the generosity of local grocery stores, Target and food drives, among others, to keep their shelves stocked with food. Last year, it received more than 5.9 million pounds of fresh produce and canned goods and distributed these to some 300 partner agencies including the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs, and homeless shelters. Second Harvest pays for the transportation of the food, which Franklin refers to as “nominal.” Along with the transportation fees, there are also operating costs, covered by donations and grants

and, according to Franklin, the “commitment of the community.” In 1989, that commitment to help the less fortunate resulted in the creation of a program for youngsters that has been adopted on a nationwide level. It started when two Garden City youngsters were spotted fishing oranges and milk out of a dumpster. When asked why there were doing that, the youngsters said they had no food at home and were trying to find something to eat. Stunned that children in the local community had to resort to such desperate measures, several people associated with Second Harvest stepped forward and started Kids Café, an offshoot of Second Harvest that provides nutritional meals for the 21,000 school-age children from Chatham County who come from underprivileged homes. Along with meals, the children receive help with their homework and have a safe place to go after school at any of 32 local sites. The food collected by the letter carriers will help provide meals for these youngsters during summer, when school meals and assistance aren’t available. Franklin says they’re kind of proud Kids Café originated in Savannah. “We had some innovators here,” she notes. Further reflective

of that trend is the Lunchbox program, in which hot meals are taken to needy schoolchildren in Bulloch County. Crouch says there are plans to adopt this program around the country. At the other end of the age spectrum, Second Harvest also has its Brown Bag for the Elderly program. Once a month, bags of groceries are taken to various area churches and community centers and distributed to needy seniors. During these challenging economic times, when the loss of a job can place a strain on the family to the extent it doesn’t have enough money for food, the services provided by Second Harvest become even more critical and in demand. “We’ve seen an increase in need,” says Franklin, adding that donations haven’t declined. “Last year, there was a 27 percent increase in the people being served over the previous year. The support from the community is a lifeline. No donation is too big or small.” Donated time is also welcome, to unload the bags of food collected from the Letter Carriers Food Drive. The unloading will take place Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at 2501 E. Presidents Street. Call (912) 236-6750 for further information.

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DO NOT forget your MAMA THIS SUNDAY! It’s Mother’s Day, May 10th! I made the statement when I was 15 that I wanted to grow up and have 3 daughters. Well, the Lord gave me the desires of my heart and I thank Him daily for the privilege of being Mama to the three most awesome young women I know -

gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom. I never knew I would love being a Mom, so very much. ~ Author Unknown

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Happy Mother’s Day to each and every woman who has ever loved, cared for, and/or touched the life of a child.

Before I was a Mom, I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations. I never accidentally left the house with a cloth draped over my shoulder. Before I was a Mom, I had never been puked on. Pooped on. Chewed on. Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. I slept all night (and sometimes, even into the day!). Before I was a Mom, I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin, a two-syllable word or one little, shaky step. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep, making sure I could see her chest expanding with each tiny breath. Over and over again. Before I was a Mom, I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put her down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. Before I was a Mom, I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn’t know that something so small could make me feel so important, complete and happy. Before I was a Mom, I had never

T alkin’ O ut Of T urn • Whenever I feel blue, I try to start breathing again. • If you run out of sick days, call in dead. • It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try and pass them.

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Why they make Prozac ... A Mother passing by her son’s bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up... Then she saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to ‘Mom’ With the worst premonition she opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter. Dear Mom: It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Dad and you. I have found real love with Stacy and she is so nice. But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercings, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is much older than I am. Mom, I really do love her. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a shack in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many children. Don’t worry Mom, I’m 15 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I’m sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren.

Love, Your Son Paul P.S. Mom, none of the above is true. I’m over at Dustin’s house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the report card that’s in my center desk drawer. I love you. Call me when it’s safe to come home.

Regarding our front page story, I encourage you to donate food to this years Letter Carrier’s Food Drive. These donations help locally in stocking the pantry at America’s Second Harvest Food Bank. And, if you are able, they need Volunteers this Saturday! The Food Bank would love to have your team of volunteers help them unload food from the mail trucks and begin the process of sorting and stocking the food to make it available to people in need. Please join them this Saturday, May 9th from 4-8 pm at the food bank at 2501 E. President Street, in Savannah to take part in the “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign! Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes, and be at least ten years of age. They encourage volunteers to wear t-shirts that display company or civic group logos as this event is usually covered by the media. If you and/or your group can volunteer, please call Karen Franklin at American’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia at 236-6750, ext. #12.

May you always be overwhelmed by the Grace of God rather than by the cares of life. Wishing you and yours many blessings!

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and for open container after finding a styrofoam cup filled with wine. (Starkle, starkle, little twink, who the heck you am I think. The stander I long here, the drinker I get, but I be not so drink as some thinkle may peep I be.)

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hose leading to the engine and was the source of fuel for the truck. The truck’s owner was located in the RV park nearby, and she told them her truck had just been stolen. Detectives are now investigating. • A woman told Deputies she had her home in Richmond Hill listed for rent on Craigslist, and received an email from a woman who had found her home on the site, but explained there were two different ads, one offering the home for $2900 per month, and one offering it for $1300 per month. The ad for $1300 had different contact information, and the woman forwarded it to the Richmond Hill woman. And you’ll never guess who was trying to rent her home out... A Nigerian Aids Orphanage Missionary School! Once the Nigerians received a “refundable” $1300 deposit, they would mail the keys and rental agreement, adding that the home is available right now. The woman is worried that someone will arrive wanting to move into her home after sending $1300 to Nigeria, and she’s not planning on moving out until June. (Yep, we’d have run that ad for four months for a flat $25. Of course, I don’t know anyone with a rent budget of $2900, but you never know. There could be a Nigerian family coming over here anyday now with plenty of money to rent a nice home in Richmond Hill.) • A woman told Deputies that

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• Apparently some shoplifters just can’t help themselves, like the Savannah woman who was stopped after she’d paid for one item and tried leaving with several packages unpaid for. She was allowed to get in another register line and pay for those items. The woman then returned to the store, grabbed a pair of Hipster stockings valued at $7.49 and tried walking out without paying for them. At that point, she was detained and Police were called to take her to jail. She was given a $1410 bail amount to get out of jail for shoplifting. Funny thing is... she had the money to pay for the stockings on her. (This girl’s just sorry! Please! Send me a picture

and let me put her in the paper so everybody will know this thief when she enters their business!) • Just after 5pm, an SCMPD Officer called Pooler Police to Pooler Parkway at I-16 where he’d stopped what he thought was a drunk driver. The Savannah woman refused to listen to any of his commands, and tried to lock her purse in the trunk of her black Chrysler Sebring convertible. The Pooler Officers tried to question the woman, but she was too messed up to understand. One finally asked if she was under the influence of medication, and she managed to say “Yes! A lot!” She was transported to the Pooler Police Department for the state test of her blood, and once inside, she tried to sit down where there wasn’t a chair. She was taken to jail for the DUI Drugs charge, and Officers are waiting on results from the GBI lab before charging her with possession of the morphine pills. • A Comcast salesman walked up to the front door of a Pooler home, and the homeowner and a friend were inside watching television. They heard a sudden commotion and went to see what the problem was. The problem was the German Sheppard tethered in the front yard who’s apparently not too keen on the idea of salesmen just walk-

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Brilliant answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions: • Why did God make mothers? 1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is. 2. Mostly to clean the house. 3. To help us out of there when we were getting born. • How did God make mothers? 1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us. 2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring. 3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He Just used bigger parts. • What ingredients are mothers made of? 1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean. 2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think. • Why did God give you Your mother & not some other mom? 1. We’re related. 2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me. • What kind of little girl was your mom? 1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.

2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy. 3. They say she used to be nice. • What did mom need to know about dad before she married him? 1. His last name. 2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? 3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores? • Why did your mom marry your dad? 1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot. 2. She got too old to do anything else with him. 3. My grandma says that Mom didn’t have her thinking cap on. • Who’s the boss at your house? 1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball. 2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed. 3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad. • What’s the difference between moms & dads? 1. Moms work at work and work

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TRICKLE-DOWN CORRUPTION By Jonah Goldberg Tribune Media Services

Some days you have to ask yourself, my God, what if these people were Republicans? Democrats took back Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008 in no small part because of their ability to bang their spoons on their high chairs about what they called the Republican “culture of corruption.� Their choreographed outrage was coordinated with the precision of a North Korean missile-launch pageant. And, to be fair, they had a point. The GOP did have its legitimate embarrassments. California Rep. Randy “Duke� Cunningham and lobbyist Jack Abramoff were fair game, and so was Rep. Mark Foley, the twisted Florida congressman who allegedly wanted male congressional pages cleaned and perfumed and brought to his tent, as it were. Of course, it wasn’t as if Democrats were without sin. Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson was indicted on fraud, bribery and corruption charges in 2007, after an investigation unearthed, among other things, $90,000 in his freezer. Then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was busted in a prostitution scandal. But that’s all yesterday’s news. Let’s look at the here and now. Barack Obama, who vowed he’d provide a transparent administration staffed with disinterested public servants with the self-restraint of Roman castrati, appoint-

ed an admitted tax cheat to run the Treasury Department -- and he’s hardly the only one in the administration. New York Rep. Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is under investigation for, among other things, failing to report income from his Caribbean villa. Meanwhile, Sen. Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, got sweetheart deals from subprime lender Countrywide and has yet to adequately explain his too-goodto-be-true deal on his million-dollar “cottage� in Ireland, which he may have gotten in exchange for finagling a pardon (from President Clinton) for a felon. Oh, Dodd also secretly protected those AIG bonuses that raised such a ruckus. Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania, Nancy Pelosi’s moral authority on military matters during the Iraq war, has been revealed as a kleptomaniac of sorts, delivering as much of the federal budget as possible to various cronies and lobbyists. Former Sen. John Edwards, who had an affair even as he was scoring Oprah-points as the supportive husband during his wife’s battle with breast cancer, is being investigated by the feds for the improper use of campaign funds. It looks like the silky-haired champion of the little guys may have used their donations to bribe the alleged “baby mama� into silence. And it would be a shame to let it pass that Obama’s Senate seat


awful film “Chooch� -- produced by the brother of an official in the New York comptroller’s office -as a thinly veiled bribe to gain access to New York pensions funds. Chooch, by the way, is Italian slang for “jackass,� which just happens to be the Democrats’ mascot. More to the point, political corruption is inevitable whenever you give hacks -- of either party -- too much discretion over public funds. Businesses look to Washington for profits instead of to the mar-

ket. The thing is, this has become the governing philosophy of the Democratic Party, from banking and cars to health care and now student loans. The federal government is taking over, and the culture of corruption inevitably trickles down. That in itself should be a scandal. Call it “Choochgate.�

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was put up for sale by the thengovernor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. A congressional ethics board is investigating whether Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. tried to buy it. But you know what? We ain’t seen nothing yet. For starters, the real corruption isn’t what the media are ignoring or downplaying as isolated incidents. It’s what the media are hailing as strokes of bold, inspirational leadership. The White House, as a matter of policy, is rewriting legal contracts, picking winners (mostly labor unions and mortgage defaulters) and singling out losers (evil “speculators�), while much of the media continue to ponder whether Obama is already a greater president than FDR. If a Republican administration, staffed with cronies from Goldman Sachs and Citibank, was cutting special deals for its political allies, I suspect we’d be hearing fewer FDR analogies and more nouns ending with the suffix “gate.� Take Obama’s “car czar,� Steven Rattner. According to ABC’s Jake Tapper, Rattner is accused of threatening to use the White House to smear a Chrysler creditor if it refused to back the administration’s Chrysler bankruptcy plan. He’s also connected to a massive pension fund scandal involving the investment firm he used to run. It’s alleged that Rattner’s firm bought the less-than-worthless DVD distribution rights to the achingly

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THE JACK KEMP I KNEW By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services

Many have commented on the life and legacy of Jack Kemp -- the former Buffalo, N.Y., congressman, former vice presidential candidate, former HUD secretary, former professional football star and a friend for life to all those who knew him. I knew Jack and his family well. Our children grew up together. We belonged to the same church. Next to Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp was probably the most optimistic Republican I knew. He was also a conservative advocate for civil rights long before many other Republicans would address that issue. This was because, as he said, it was difficult to oppose people you had showered with as an athlete. Kemp believed civil rights was a conservative issue. After all, don’t conservatives value people before government and don’t they want to liberate individuals from those things that limit their ability to succeed? Kemp saw racial discrimination as one of those limiting things and he tirelessly campaigned against it. He even supported voting rights for the District of Columbia, though it would ultimately mean more Democrats in Congress. New York Times columnist Bob Herbert wrote that Kemp’s attempt to get his Republican Party to accept blacks and other ethnic minorities was “futile,” given the GOP’s “Southern strategy” in the 1960s and since. Kemp advocated economic independence and strong families. Herbert suggested that Kemp’s strategy should have been to embrace Democratic objectives -- i.e., bigger and evergrowing government -- to help blacks overcome discrimination and poverty. The Herbert and Democratic Party approach has deepened dependency on government handouts. The Kemp approach sought to make the poor self-sustaining and independent of government. In 1988, I attended a reception hosted by Kemp during the Republican National Convention

in New Orleans. There may have been more African Americans at that event than in the entire GOP at the time. Kemp’s civil rights activism was not for the purpose of attracting black votes -- though he openly appealed to blacks that they would find a better home and a better future in the Republican Party. Rather, his civil rights activism flowed from his belief that when the Declaration of Independence says all are created equal, it actually means all. Kemp was way ahead of Republicans and Southern Democrats on race. He would visit housing projects like the notorious Cabrini-Green in Chicago, a nest of poverty and gang activity that even Chicago police officers were afraid to enter. It is now in the process of being torn down and its residents relocated. Whatever replaces it should include a plaque with a tribute to Kemp. Kemp was an idea man, not caring who got credit so long as people’s lives were improved. He disliked those who demonized people on “the other side.” He saw all Americans on the same side and this put him at odds with certain people in his party who made enemies out of those who held different beliefs in order to raise money and attract votes. Some had a divide-and-conquer approach. Kemp’s approach was to unite for the benefit of all. This attitude was most evident during his 1996 vice presidential debate with Al Gore. Kemp began his remarks by promising no personal attacks and pledging to conduct himself with civility. The approach angered some on the Right, who wanted blood, but Kemp was true to himself. Kemp regarded the football teams he played against as opponents, not enemies. His politics displayed the same attitude, which is why his opponents admired him on and off the field. It is also why his funeral Friday will be held at Washington’s massive National Cathedral (the service was moved from his church to accommodate the large crowd that’s expected). The cross-section of attendees will be a testimony to the value of his

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor: We have lived in south Effingham since 1978 and have seen a lot of changes in our community, especially in the last decade. The mass influx of home development in south Effingham and nearby west Chatham will no doubt lead to more dramatic changes in the next decade. They say change is indeed inevitable, and that we can only attempt to control and direct it in positive ways. Many south Effingham residents are very aware of the race track in our midst, since we hear it nearly every day. Even though it has operated here for many, many years - there has been a marked increase in the frequency and noise level in the past 10-15 years, which we believe is more than reasonably tolerable. It is time for us to exercise our rights as tax paying residents to request some controls and compromises from a business who’s rich clients come in from other states and communities to affect our quality of life with their

“fun hobby.� Afterall, what does the race track contribute positively to our community? As we are forced into constant awareness of the track, we’ve thought of a few suggestions for possible “compromises�  1. Limit racing to weekdays, so we could have race/noise free weekends when most families are home.   2. Put limits on the noise level to eliminate the most offensive vehicles.   3. or, limit the amount of days this noise level can be exceeded, and notify the neighborhood residents (by group e-mail?) so we can plan to be “away.�   4. Maybe it is time to consider a “nuisance tax� - what does this track pay in taxes compared to the surrounding residential community?   (A reality check - any ONE of the

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• Officers arrived at the video store for a report of a disorderly person. One Officer had detained the man at his pickup truck by the gas pumps, while the others went inside to speak with employees. The man said he’d gone in to rent a movie, and the clerk seized his ID and wouldn’t give it back to him. The clerk said she recognized the man from a previous visit where he’d been caught shoplifting and had been banned from the store forever. (At least, that’s the way I remember it from the Police Report, about three weeks ago.) She said she seized his ID and called Police when he attempted to check out, and the man became disorderly. He was taken into custody for criminal trespass and taken to jail and given a $650 bond. (Have you never learned the lesson that you have to pay the price for the decisions you make??? You also shouldn’t have been driving, because I’m pretty sure you got a DUI for an accident in Bloomingdale not too long ago, too!) • Around 3am, an Officer found a man laying on the sidewalk at the

paint store on Pooler Parkway. The Officer walked over and nudged the man, trying unsuccessfully to wake him up. He poked him again, and the man finally came to, staring off into space, obviously wondering where he was and why he was there. He began to walk away, and the Officer stopped him and asked for his ID. The man took off his boots and walked away again. As the Officer was telling him to come back, the man unzipped his pants and began tee-teeing. The Officer asked the man if he realized what he was doing was illegal, and the man said he knew. Of course, you can’t just stop peeing once you’ve started, so the Officer allowed the man to finish before taking him to jail for public drunk and disorderly conduct. • Officers were alerted to be on the lookout for a blue Toyota pickup that had left the Piggly Wiggly after the driver had shoplifted over $340 worth of meat. An Officer was patrolling on Pooler Parkway and

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fic about a quarter after 6am due to an accident on Quacco Road. A Savannah woman in a red Pontiac van ignored his signals to stop and kept driving towards the Officer. The Officer began flashing his flashlight at the woman, but she continued moving forward. The Officer at last had to jump to the shoulder of the road, and slapped the hood of the Pontiac with his hand. The woman then pulled over, surprised. Of course, she didn’t speaky no English and could only produce a Mexican driver’s license. She was taken to jail for driving while unlicensed and for ignoring an Officer’s signal to stop.

These are compromises! Afterall, we have been asked for years to compromise our peace and quiet - isn’t it time they were asked to compromise something, and be forced to accept they do not exist in a vacuum with no responsibility for their actions? We have a new county commissioner in south Effingham, Bob Brantley. Please call him and let him know how you feel (the commissioner’s office number is 7542124). We are certain that this is an issue for area realtors, as well. If you feel the same as we do, please consider leaving your name with the commissioner’s office so we can form a group to bring about positive change for a peaceful south Effingham.  Claudia Collier South Effingham Resident

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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 Pine Street Baptist 118 Lynn Bonds Avenue Pastor: Chris Roberson

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

Church of Christ Hwy 80

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

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

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.

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 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

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

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

Holy Samaritan Apostolic Church of the Living God 148 Rawls Drive Pastor Isiah Brehler, Sr. 754-4234 First Baptist of Springfield 1435 Hwy 119N • 754-3443 Rev. Jeff Rollins

Heavenbound Baptist Church 1014 Quacco Road • 921-1500 Rev. Gene Alderman

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

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

First Presbyterian Church Pooler (PCA) 329 Hwy. 80 East • 330-9415 John Fender, Pastor

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

Life Baptist Church 1541 Highway 21 South • 754-3148 Pastor Charles Powell

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

Gethsemane Baptist 1102 N. Maple St. 754-7530

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

Chevis Oaks Baptist Church 102 Sylvania Rd. at Chevis Rd. 925-3852 Rev. Eric R. Carpenter

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

New Birth Savannah Meeting at West Chatham Middle School Gym 800 Pine Barren Road • 233-6755 Pastor: Kenneth K. Law

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

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

Bethel Missionary Baptist 5863 Ogeechee Rd • 927-8044 Rev. Jerome Baker

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

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

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

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

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

Crossroads Worship Center Hwy. 80 at N. Rogers St. • 547-5101 Rev. Joe Hubbard

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

Savannah Christian Church 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Pastor Cam Huxford

Lighthouse Baptist Church 106 Pipemakers Circle • 748-1164 Pastor: Dr. Van Power

Faith Bible Baptist Church 5137 Old Louisville Rd. • 964-7655 Dale Mathis, Pastor

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

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

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

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

Union Springs AME Union Springs Church Rd. • 7549460

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

Port Wentworth Baptist 231 Grange Rd • 964-0762

New Life Sanctuary 1410 Pine Barren Road Pastor J. S. Hartman • 572-6001

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

Abercorn Baptist Baker Hill Rd. • 826-4213

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

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

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

“To make a long story short, don’t tell it.”

Wildwood United Methodist Garrard Avenue Pastor Lloyd Dees

Church of Christ 4506 Augusta Rd. • 964-6443

Solid Rock Baptist Church 5th Street • Meldrim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westside Christian Church Hwy 80 • 748-0309 Pastor Leonard Daughtery

Firm Foundation Baptist Church 937 Mixon Road • 865-4505 Dr. Bernard D. Carter

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

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

St. John Divine Baptist Hwy 80 Rev. Alphonso Piper

Bloomingdale Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy 1501 E. Hwy. 80 • 748-2181 Pastor: Mark Minter

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

Holy Church Of God 707 Little Neck Rd • 920-0042 Rev. Ryan Ralston New Mount Olive Baptist 835 Chevis Rd. • 920-1133 New Testament Missionary Outreach 102 Waynesboro Rd • 927-6368   Southside Church Of God 50 Henderson Blvd • 927-4408 Pastor John A. Reyes 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 Gospel Baptist Church 5126 Wilma Edwards Rd. 690-1066 Pastor John Whitaker 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 Church of Christ Hwy 204 • Ellabell Min. Joseph Holloway, Jr. 858-3283 First Baptist Church of Blitchton 5204 Hwy. 80E • Blitchton Rev. Darnell Barner • 858-3274

Spirit Newspapers • May 7 - May 13, 2009 • Page A11


Fruits Vine

By Billy Graham

of the

“LITTLE ANGELS” By: Mike Sharobim Once upon a time, there was a child ready to be born. One day, the child asked God, “They tell me that you are going to send me to the earth tomorrow. How am I going to live there being so small and helpless?” God replied, “Among the many angels, I have chosen one just for you. She will be waiting for you and will take care of you.” “But,” said the child, “here in Heaven I don’t do anything else but sing and smile. That’s what I need to be happy.” God said, “Your angel will sing for you everyday and you will feel your angels love and be happy.”

“And,” said the child, “how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language that men talk?” “That’s easy,” God said, “your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will every hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.” The child looked up at God saying, “And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?” God smiled at the child saying, “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.” The child said, “I’ve heard on earth there are bad men, who will protect me?”

A LIFESAVER The U.S.S. Astoria was a heavy cruiser that saw duty during World War II fought the Battle of the Coral Sea and at Midway, then was sunk in August of 1942 at the Battle of Savo Island. On board in the final fight for Savo was Signalman Third Class Elgin Staples. Sometime around 2 a.m. on the ship’s last day, Staples was blown overboard when one of the Astoria’s gun turrets exploded. In the water, wounded in both legs by shrapnel and in a state of nearshock, Staples was kept afloat by a narrow lifebelt which he had activated by a trigger. In his book The Grand Weaver, Ravi Zacharias tells the fascinating story of what happened next. Four hours after being blown into the Pacific, Staples was picked up by a passing destroyer and returned to the Astoria. Even though the cruiser had been severely damaged, her captain was trying to beach the ship in order to save her. When his attempts failed, Staples found himself back in the water. By now, it was noon. “This time it was the U.S.S.

President Jackson that plucked him out of the water. On board, Staples studied the little lifebelt that saved his life twice that day. He noticed the belt was manufactured by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio, and carried a registration number. “Allowed to go home for a visit, Staples related his story to the family and asked his mother, who worked for Firestone, the purpose of the registration number on the belt. She pointed out that the company was holding employees responsible for their work in the war effort and each worker had his/her own number. Staples recalled everything about that lifebelt, including the registration number. As he called it out, his mother’s eyes grew large. She said, ‘That was my personal code that I put on every item I was responsible for approving!’ “His mother had made the belt which had saved his life twice.” By Chap Notes and passed along by

Q: We’re brokenhearted, because the baby we’d looked forward to having for years died after only 10 days of life. I suppose we have lots of questions about why God let this happen, but my main question is this: Is our baby in heaven? Or can we really know? - Mrs. J.McD.

God put His arm around the child saying, “Your angel will defend you - even if it means risking her life!” The child looked sad, saying, “But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.” God hugged the child, “Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way to come back to me, even though, I will always be next to you.” At that moment, there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from earth could already be heard. The child, in a hurry, asked softly, “Oh God, if I am about to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.” God replied, “You angel’s name is of no importance ... you will simply call her “Mommy”.”

A: Yes, you can be assured that your baby is now in heaven, safely beyond the sickness and pain of this world. Your grief is real, and it won’t go away overnight - but take comfort in the fact that this little child is now in God’s presence forever. Whenever I’m asked a question like this, I think immediately of King David in the Old Testament. God described him in the Bible as “a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22), and he ruled over Israel with great wisdom and courage. But as the years passed, David drifted away from God, and on one occasion he committed adultery with another man’s wife, named Bathsheba. She became pregnant, and in time she gave birth to a son. But almost immediately the child became very sick, and seven days later he was dead. During those seven days, David pleaded with God, asking Him to spare the child’s life - but to no avail. David grieved for the child - but at the same time, he was confident that after his own death they would be reunited: “Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me” (2 Samuel 12:23). Thank God for His love - both for you and for this child. Thank God most of all for the hope we have of heaven because of Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Is your hope in Him?

(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 further information.

• Loaves and Fishes Interfaith Food Ministry will have its food pantry open on Thursday May 21st from 10 AM until 2 PM and on May 22nd 4 PM until 7 PM. Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is located at Christ Presbyterian Church “The Church House”, 1743 Quacco Road (Pooler Parkway). Loaves and Fishes is available to help the needy of Pooler with food and other necessities. For further information please call 663-2294 or 349-4881.

• Discover VBS Down Under! Boomerang Express will be held at First Baptist Church of Rincon on June 8th - 12th, 9 AM - 12:15 PM. First Baptist is located at the corner of Highway 21 and 6th Street in Rincon. Ages K5 - 5th Grade. Register online by May 31st, www. or call 826-5536. • A Gospel Concert featuring the Cleghorns from Kathleen, Georgia will be held at Cokesbury United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 9th at 7pm. The church is located at 5411 Skidaway Road at DeRenne Ave.

• “Suwannee River Boys with a Destinee” will be in Concert on Saturday, May 16th, 6-8 PM at Trinity Chapel UMC, 10th & Butler, Tybee Island. For more information, please call 786-6377.

• Chick-fil-A presents: Hope for “The Treutlen House”, featuring “The Nelons” in concert! $10 per person (suggested donation), a love offering will be received. ALL proceeds will benefit the “Treutlen House”. This event will be held at the First Baptist Church, 119 North, in Springfield, on Saturday, May 9th at 7 PM. For more information, please call 754-9797.

• Singles Group Meeting Single Life Ministries will meet on Saturday, May 16th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rincon United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 810 Fort Howard Road in Rincon.  A spaghetti dinner will be followed by game night.  Contact Kay Zettler at 912-826-1201 for

• Here are the planned sermons for the next several weeks at Rincon First Baptist Church: May 10 (Mother’s Day): What is a mother’s role in the home? May 17: Is traditional marriage just old-fashioned? May 24: Is Hell real? May 31: What is Heaven like? June 7: What good is the church? June 14: What does the Lord’s Supper mean? June 21 (Father’s Day): What is a father’s role in the home? June 28: What does baptism mean?

• New church start up in Rincon is in need of musicians and singers and sound and video people. Come and be a part of a new and exciting ministry in Rincon. Opportunity to tour down the road. Contact Pastor Leslie at 407-0071.

Prayer of the Week... Dear Lord, Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living your way. Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place, But now I’m in step with your Word. You are good, and the source of good; Train me in your goodness. Lord, tell me your ways. Show me how to live. Guide me in your truth, And teach me, my God, my Saviour. I trust you all day long. Lord, remember your mercy and love That you have shown since long ago. In your great love revive me So I can alertly obey your every word.

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Let Us Remember...

Maude Underwood

Pooler-Maude Underwood, 85, went home to be with her Jesus, Wednesday morning, April 29, 2009 at St. Joseph/Candler Hospital.

Ms. Underwood was born on September 6, 1923 in Emmanuel County to the late Leola and Barney Underwood. Left to cherish her memory are two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Roach and Mrs. Idolene Moxley; brother, Larry Underwood; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the chapel of the funeral home conducted by Rev. W. H. “Buddy” Cribb followed

Hilton Garvin 8-9-1935/ 5-6-2005

My eyes can no longer see your smile, Yet my heart still feels its warmth My ears can no longer hear your voice, Yet your words of wisdom are etched into every day. I can no longer hold your hand, Yet it still guides my every step What we see, hear, touch and love is eternal... You are always with me. I love you Daddy!

To The Family Of

Lynn “Honey” Rawlings Nowell

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you.” ~ Spirit Newspapers

by a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Swainsboro City Cemetery in Swainsboro, Georgia. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Dukes Strickland

Rincon - Mary Elizabeth Dukes Strickland, 90, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at home. The Liberty County native was a charter member of Southside Christian Church and a Deaconness. She was a co-founder of Electric Motor Service where she worked alongside her husband for over 50 years. She was a member of the Monday Morning Card Club for over 40 years, an active worker at Kicklighter Christian Camp, and was the organizer for the Dukes family reunion. She was preceded in death by her parents, Saxton Dukes and Stella Braddy Dukes, husband, Harry Grady Strickland, 10 siblings, and son-in-law, Jerry Tillman. Survivors include her daughters, Harriet Tillman of Rincon, Kathryn Monson (Eric Monson, III) of Beaufort, SC, and Elaine Nichols (Timmy Nichols) of Pomaria, SC; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Lillian Piper of Tybee Island; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rincon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Ford and Rev. Larry Bird officiated. Pallbearers were Eric Monson, III, Billy Monson, Timmy Nichols, Matthew Nichols, Harry Tillman, and Mark Tillman. Interment was in Hillcrest Abbey East. Remembrances may be given to Rincon United Methodist Church, 107 Savannah Ave. Rincon, GA

31326 or Savannah Speech & Hearing, c/o Virginia Snedeker, 1206 East 66th St., Savannah, GA 31404. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Derrick Ahlers

Newington - Mary Elizabeth Derrick Ahlers, 38, died Thursday, April 30, 2009 at East GA Regional Medical Center. The Effingham county native was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She graduated from Effingham County High School in 1989 and attended South College. She enjoyed being a caregiver to the elderly and children. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul G. Derrick. Survivors include her husband, Pete Ahlers of Newington; mother, Doris E. Derrick of Clyo; sister-inlaw, Margo Ann Ahlers of N. Myrtle Beach, SC; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment was in Springfield Cemetery Annex. Remembrances may be given to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 353, Springfield, GA 31329. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

Larry William Carnell, Sr.

Larry William Carnell, Sr. passed away at Hospice Savannah, April 30th., 2009 after a short illness from cancer.  His devoted family was by his side. He is proceeded in death by his father and mother Clarence and Pauline Carnell of Newark, New York and his two brothers, Vaughn Carnell from Virginia and Harold Carnell from Texas. Surviving are his beloved wife, Catherine Barry-Carnell of Midway,

In Loving Memory Of

Jack “Lavone” Pevey In Loving Memory Of

Lillian Ann Wingate Ray “Mrs. Ann”

We’ll go the extra mile. In Loving Memory Of

Lillian Ann (Wingate) Ray

July 11, 1929 ~ May 9, 1992 That day that God called your name we where there with you.

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In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories; your love is still our guide, And though we can not see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain was broken and nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. © adfinity

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Georgia and his loving son Blake William Carnell of Warner Robins, Georgia, daughter-in-law Misty, and beautiful grand-daughters, Christina and Mace. He also has two other sons, Larry W. Carnell, Jr. and Dale Carnell and their families of Rose, New York. Other family members are his stepdaughter Patty Gale and her husband Michael Gale of Rincon. Larry worked for many years at Savannah Tire as an Automotive Technician, George Williams Chevrolet of Hinesville and most recently at CarQuest of Hinesville delivering parts throughout the area. He is also a member of the National Hot Rod Association. Funeral Services were held Monday, May 4, 2009 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral. Interment was at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Contributions can be made to Hospice Savannah, P. O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA  31416, Please sign our on-line guest book at Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Mrs. Ruth Flowers Davis

Pooler-Mrs. Ruth Flowers Davis, 82, died Friday, May 1, 2009 at Hospice House. A Quitman County native, she lived most of her life in Port Wentworth and moved to Pooler three years ago. She was a devoted member of First Baptist Church, Port Wentworth, having taught Sunday School and was active in W.M.U. for many years. She was employed at Budget Rent-A-Car for a number of years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lacy Davis, six brothers, two sisters, and a granddaughter. She is survived by one son, Ralph Davis (Bobbie Jean), and three daughters, Myrna Jean Kinsey, Delores Miller (Johnny), Elaine Ragsdale (Louis), all of North Carolina, twelve grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren, one sister, Estelle Barnes of St. Simons Island, and one brother, Britt Flowers, of Fayetteville, Georgia, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 4th at the Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, West Chatham Chapel in Pooler. Interment was at Hillcrest Abbey West. Remembrances may be given to First Baptist Church, Port Wentworth, P.O. Box 4066, Port Wentworth, GA 31407 or to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416-0190. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

Beverly June Brown

Beverly June Brown, 72, of Savannah passed away on Friday May 1, 2009 at Appling Health Care–The Pavilion, in Baxley. A native of Savannah, Beverly was a long-time member of the Savannah Country Twirlers Square Dance Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion T. Brown and a grandson, James Bonner and is survived by 2 sons, Samuel V. (Julie) Bonner of Bridge City, Texas and Barry (Leigh) Winkler of Kite, Georgia; 2 daughters, Paula (Mike) Myers of Baxley, Georgia and Rhonda (Rick) Moss of Savannah; a sister, Sandra Groby; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren + 1 soon to be; and life-long friend and cousin, Ruby Long of Claxton. Funeral Services were held at 11 A.M. Tuesday in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home with Rev. Alan McCoy of Sparta, Georgia officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Abbey West. ___________________________________ Continued on page 13

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Ruth Lucille McBurney McElveen

May 7, 1923 – May 2, 2009 Ruth Lucille McBurney McElveen, 85, of Pooler, died on May 2, 2009 at The Place at Pooler, Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness. A native of Barnesville, Ohio Ruth was valedictorian of her Bethesda High School graduating class and an honors graduate of Wheeling Nursing School in 1944. Affectionately called “Mac”, she was a practicing registered nurse for over forty years, having begun her career in Miami, FL at Jackson Memorial Hospital and later retiring from Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. She and her family lived in Miami, FL and Black Creek, GA before moving to Pooler, GA in 1964. A compassionate caregiver to many, Ruth always enjoyed sharing stories about her ballroom and swing dancing experiences, solving crossword puzzles, playing competitive card and board games---and teaching her grandchildren all of these! A member of the First Baptist Church of Pooler, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Carlous McElveen, her eldest daughter Sheryl McElveen Packer, and her sister Izola McBurney Kiner. Surviving are her four daughters, Judith Mann of Raleigh, NC; Kathy Symonds and Cristy McElveen, both of Pooler; and Debra Stewart of Midway; five siblings, Ralph McBurney of Columbus, Ohio, Robert McBurney of Worthington, Ohio, Dean McBurney of Ashland, Ohio, Martha McBurney Rinehart of Greenville, SC, Rhea-Mae McBurney Setti-Ducati of Albany, NY; Nine grandchildren Krista (Tracey) Girardeau, Michael (Kim) Packer, Robert (Liz) Mann, Amy (Tim) Jarkow, Holly (George) Ketchup, John (Amber) Stembridge, Julie Mann, Joey (Ashley) Stembridge, Matthew Symonds; five great-grandchildren: Jacob, Emily, Will, LJ, and Kaleb; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 1 pm on Tuesday, May 5th in the Chapel of Thomas C. Strickland and Sons Funeral Home in Pooler. The Rev. Kenny Harrelson officiated and music was provided by Kim Packer and Angie Roberts. Pallbearers were grandsons Michael P. Packer, Jr., John Robert Mann, Jr., John Stembridge, Joseph Stembridge, Matthew Symonds and Tracey Girardeau. Burial was in the Hillcrest Abbey West cemetery in Garden City. Remembrances may be given to: American Cancer Society 6600 Abercorn St., Ste 206 Savannah, GA 31405 or Hospice Savannah P.O. Box 13190 Savannah, GA 31416 Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

Ms. Lynn Rawlings Nowell “Honey”

Bloomingdale-Ms. Lynn Rawlings Nowell, “Honey”, 53, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2009 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Lynn lived in Bloomingdale all of her life and was a loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Rawlings. Survivors include two sons, Trey Nowell of South Guyton and Gregg Nowell of Bloomingdale; three grandchildren, Abbegail, Isabel and Breanna Nowell; mother, Barbara Rawlings of Bloomingdale; siblings, Karen Rawlings of Bloomingdale, Donna Rawlings of Savannah, Janna Blackwell of Statesboro, Billy Rawlings of Richmond Hill and Andy Rawlings of Bloomingdale as well as a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the chapel of the funeral home with burial at Gravel Hill Cemetery. Rev. Devin Bell and Rev. Anna Kelly will officiate. Active pallbearers were Cody Rawlings, Kyle Rawlings, Todd Brinson, Dannon Dixon, Jeff Kirby and Brad Kirby. Honorary Pallbearers were the members of the Bloomingdale Fire Department. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, West Chatham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

Alan R. Sorrells

Alan Richard Sorrells, 43, of Savannah, husband of Kimberly “Kim” Ann Welch Sorrells, died Saturday evening, May 2, 2009, at Memorial Health University Medical Center. Born in Geneva, Alabama, he was a son of Barbara Jean Brubaker Sor-

rells and the late Kellor Bell Sorrells. Alan was a member of Chevis Oaks Baptist Church and he and his wife own and operate Savannah Drain Service. He loved riding his motorcycle and playing poker. Alan was a devoted family man who enjoyed spending time and cooking out for his family. Surviving are his wife of 6 years, Kimberly “Kim” Ann Welch Sorrells; three daughters, Lauren Moore, Tiffany Jones and Ashley Sturgill; two sons, Sean Sorrells and Frank Jones; his mother, Barbara Jean Brubaker Sorrells; one sister, Shannon Sorrells of Ijamsville, Maryland; one brother, Kevin Sorrells of Savannah, and two nieces, Danielle Sorrells and Deanna Sorrells. The funeral service was held at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by The Reverend Eric R. Carpenter. Interment was private.

Mary Ann Jones

Tennessee - Mary Ann Jones, 66, died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at her home in Crawford, Tennessee. Mrs. Jones was born November 25, 1942 in Screven County to the late Lamar and Florrie Lee Murray. She was a retired truck driver and a member of the Monterey First Baptist Church in Tennessee. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Harry Jones of Crawford, TN; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Robin Jones of Sandersville and Bruce and Kim Jones of Guyton; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the chapel of the funeral home with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

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am Burns Riggs of Guyton and Eva Belle Pevey of Springfield. Graveside Services were held on Monday, May 4, 2009, in the Jubilee Cemetery, in Daphne, AL under the direction of Gilmer’s Funeral Home in Mobile, AL. Riggs Funeral Home in Guyton was in charge of all arrangements.

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Miriam Virginia Jenkins

Rincon - Miriam Virginia Jenkins, 83, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at her residence. The Philadelphia, PA native moved to Rincon from New Jersey 20 years ago. She retired from RCA after 25 years. She was an avid bowler and a loving mother, grandmother, and sister. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Port Wentworth. She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Worthy Jenkins, Jr. Survivors include her 2 sons, Charles J. Rosley of Kansas City, MO, and Thomas E. Rosley of Stoddard, NH; sister, Janet Murphy of Mickleton, NJ; 2 step-children, Donna L. Moore of Erlanger, KY, and Raymond A. Jenkins of Guyton; she had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel. Interment will follow in Rincon Cemetery. Remembrances may be given to First Baptist Church of Port Wentworth, P.O. Box 4066, Port Wentworth, GA 31407. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel, is in charge of all arrangements.

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Mrs. Helen Hodges Rollins

Port Wentworth-Mrs. Helen Hodges Rollins, 89 years old, passed away on May 5, 2009 at her home. Mrs. Rollins was born in Screven County and was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Walter P. Rollins. She and her husband helped to start seven Churches with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and were known for their generous hearts and loving sacrifice. Following Walter’s death in 2001, Helen’s work at Manna House in Rincon, ministry of prayer, and encouragement was appreciated by all who knew her. Survivors include her children, Nancy Conn, Bennie, Perry, John, Mark and Tim Rollins; 23 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the chapel of the funeral home with burial at Guyton Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, West Chatham Chapel, was in charge of all arrangements.

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Larry S. Friar

Larry S. Friar, age 61, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at his residence in Savannah. Larry was born and raised in Fonde, KY, and has lived in Savannah for over 30 years. He was a night Auditor for Wingate Inn. Larry was an avid golfer, and a member of Southbridge Golf Club and Bacon Park Golf Course with a handicap of 7. Larry is preceded in death by his wife Nina Friar and brother Bill Friar. He is survived by his brothers Jerry W. Friar of Savannah and Johney Friar of Auburn, GA, sisters Alice Morgan of Maryville, TN, Dreama Merwin of Savannah, and Kathy McKay of Rincon, niece Amber Derksen of Savannah, great nieces Gabrielle, Katherine, and Jacqueline Lawrence, all of Savannah, and many other nieces, nephews, and friends. There will be a Memorial Gathering of Larry’s friends and family at 6pm on Friday, May 8 at Fairhaven Funeral Home. Remembrances may be made in Larry’s name to Hospice Savannah. Please sign our online memorial at Fairhaven Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Merrill Shealey Burns

Merrill Shealey Burns, 74, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Alabama. Mr. Burns was a retired supervisor from the Savannah Sugar Refinery, and a member of the Bay Community Church. Survivors include his wife, Shirley S. Burns of Daphne, AL; a son, Brian Burns of Guyton; two sisters, Miri-

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UP, UP, AND AWAY! By State Rep. Buddy Carter

Last November, while appearing before a Congressional inquiry in Washington, D.C., CEO’s of the Big Three auto companies were criticized and admonished for flying on private jets to attend the meetings. The CEO’s were in Washington to request taxpayer bailout money to help keep their companies out of bankruptcy and, as is standard procedure for each company, flew on their companies corporate jet. Understandably, this did not sit well with members of the Congres-

sional committee. Several Congressman pointed out the irony of the CEO’s flying into Washington with tin cups in their hand and compared the scene to a guy showing up at a soup kitchen wearing a high hat and tuxedo. The three auto execs did not respond directly to the questions, but at least one, in a later trip to the nation’s Capitol drove a hybrid vehicle. While the reaction of the Congressman can be argued as being appropriate, especially in light of the reason the auto execs were

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pliers where the business airplane can go. Business aviation keeps America connected and infuses urban and rural areas with muchneed tax revenue and jobs.

Congressman: Mr. Auto Executive, before long you may be trying to tell me that business aviation is a crucial part of the humanitarian support network in the U.S.

Auto Executive: Sir, volunteer pilots in the U.S. fly over 118,000 hours per year in support of charitable and humanitarian efforts. In fact, in 2008 just four out of the hundreds of these organizations flew over 15,000 missions alone. Sir, while it may have been inappropriate for me to have flown on a corporate jet for this particular meeting, it should not reflect negatively on the business aviation industry that is a vital component of our nation’s economy and infrastructure.

Congressman: Mr. Auto Executive, thank you for pointing out the many positive benefits that business aviation brings to our nation and thank you for supporting the proud and dedicated workforce in Savannah, Georgia, by flying a Gulfstream IV jet.

Representative Buddy Carter can be reached at Coverdell Legislative Office Building (C.L.O.B.) Room 508, Atlanta, GA, 30334. His Capitol office number is 404-656-0213.

WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN’T LOOKING... When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one. When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life. When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you handled

your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I learned most of life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, “Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.”

The congregation at Temple Hill Baptist Church in Clito, sang this on Mother’s Day, 2006. We thought some of our local churches may want to sing it in the Mother’s Day services this year as well!

Sung to the tune of “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”...

What a Friend We Have In Mother What a friend we have in Mother Who will all our secrets share We should never keep things from her Tell her all and she’ll be there. Oh, what tender love she gives us When in sorrow or despair Tell her gently, whisper softly She will listen, she’ll be there. Day by day as she grows older She’s the nation’s guiding star Don’t forget the prayer she taught you You will need them where you are. Though her hair has turned to silver Send the flowers sweet and fair Drop a card or send a letter She’ll be waiting, she’ll be there. When her eyes have closed in slumber Gently kiss her icy brow Fold her hands upon her bosom She will rest in Heaven now.

ATA Blackbelt Academy 22 Coleman Boulevard • Pooler • 748-4505

When your days are dark and dreary And your cross is hard to bear Do not let your memory fail you Think of Mother she’ll be there.

-Author unknown


Spirit Newspapers, Section A, May 7, 2009

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