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• Just after 9am, Officers were called to a motorcycle shop on Hwy 21 regarding a 10’ alligator. The Officer “confirmed the presence and size” of the reptile and a very very brave man arrived moments later who trapped and removed the gator. It is unknown whether the alligator was a serious buyer or simply browsing. • A construction company is apparently having trouble with three young men. It seems they were told to stay away from the office and construction sites, and while two of them left, one stated he’d “be back, and you better watch out” according to an employee. A total of five reports have been filed since then for various acts of vandalism on Laurel Lane and Sandy Point Way in Port Wentworth. Which begs the question... How bad is it when kids give you more trouble than alligators? • Just after 7am, an employee at an O’Leary Road transportation company discovered the gate had been tampered with and a semi had been stolen. He called the police and Officers watched the theft on the security video. Several people were involved and police have a good deal of physical evidence to aid in their search. A lookout was aired for the 2005 white conventional Freightliner. • Just after 2pm, an Officer patrolling Hwy 25 saw what appeared to be a stranded car. Checking the tag and driver’s ID, the Officer placed him under arrest for an outstanding warrant from Pooler. The police in Pooler welcomed him with open arms, and an open cell. (Got warrants? Make sure you get a tune-up!) • Just after 3:30am on Hwy 21, an Officer saw a black Honda Civic turn onto Hwy 30 after running the red light. He pulled the car over and the woman smelled of alcohol. Walking to the back of the car, she was “unsteady, swaying, and had bloodshot eyes.” He asked if she had anything to drink. She said yes. He asked if she would submit to field tests. She said yes. Did she get arrest___________________________________ Continued on page 4

Police Reports................................1 Guest Editorial................................4 Allison’s Shorts...............................5

Health & Wellness Directory...............6 Obituaries.....................................8 Cal Thomas Column..........................9

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Vol. 10, Issue No. 43 Jonah Goldberg Column................... 12 Letters to the Editor........................ 12 City Council Reports....................... 16

Bikers Ride In Support Of Autism By Ashley Engleford Bikers from all over the Low Country donned their riding gear in the “1st Annual Reardon Run” on May 8th. Each rider had their own reason for coming out to support The Matthew Reardon Center, THE ONLY school designed specifically with Autistic students in mind. Doug Sikes said he and his wife, Donna from Wilmington Island, “look for rides (like this one) to support.” Then there are others like Rick Patrilla of Bluffton who came out because he has family and friends directly affected by autism. A total of twenty riders signed up and the event all together raised nearly $2000 which will go directly back into the school. PTO President and parent of an Advanced student, Tiffany Lanier, organized the event and couldn’t stop talking about the immense support shown by the community. Thirty-four businesses and organizations came together to sponsor the “Reardon Run,” with many providing items such as a two night hotel stay or goody baskets to raffle off. Items such as these covered several tables and brought in a good deal of money. The run was a typical poker run and it began at John’s V-Twin in Savannah. The last stop, where the concession and raffle stand were set up, was at Savannah Harley-Davidson, just off of I-95 and 204. The Matthew Reardon Center which runs the Advance Academy takes students K-12 and is the only school in this region for autistic children. Parent Teresa Brewton talked about the difference the school has made in her 17 year old daughter’s life over the past six years. Teresa said that “now to talk with her…. you wouldn’t know she had autism.” Before the school, her daughter could barely talk. Kim Reardon, who founded the center shared with me about its humble beginnings, “When my son became ill, I realized what services Savannah lacked and wanted to prevent others from having to travel out of town for treatment in the midst of a crisis. It was very therapeutic for me to help others obtain services for their families. The Center’s mission grew from these voids in the community.” Matthew, who is now 22, moved with his family to Atlanta to be within driving distance of the

doctors and therapy he now needs but Savannah does not offer. Kim said that the center can only afford to help individuals up to the age of 18, thus creating an obvious void for the adult years. The CDC website says that 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys are affected with autism. These are staggering statistics and even more astounding is the lack of funding for such a prevalent disease. The CDC also quotes the lifetime total of caring for a child with autism at $3.2 million, which means that there are many parents out there that need help. The Reardon center has made a huge positive impact in the lives of many but there is obviously a need for more, so please give your time and money to The Matthew Reardon Center and don’t be afraid

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Live Oak Public Libraries of Effingham County Face Budget Cuts By Donna Avera Effingham library users will soon feel the impact of major budget cuts recently approved by the Effingham County commissioners and the Effingham Board of Education. The library branches face a total thirty-five percent cut in funding for fiscal year 2011. They received a ten percent cut from the county commissioners, from $316,000 in fiscal year 2010 to $284,450 for fiscal year 2011. The board of education’s funding for the library is down fiftyfive percent from the previous fiscal year, $180,000 for fiscal year 2011 compared to $360,000 in fiscal year 2010. “We have met with county officials about the situation and are still hopeful that they will recognize the value of having public libraries in their community,” said Christian Kruse, library director, Live Oak Public Libraries. With these budget reductions, library operating hours will be cut effective June 1. Rincon Library hours will be Mondays, 10am to 7pm; Tuesdays, 2pm to 6pm; Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 6pm; (closed Thursdays and Sundays). The hours at Rincon will be reduced from 60 hours per week to 37. At the Springfield Library, hours of operation will be Mondays, 2pm to 6pm; Tuesdays, 10am to 7pm; Wednesdays, 10am to 2pm; Thursdays, 10am to 6pm; (closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). Springfield’s library hours per week will be reduced from a total of 52 to 25. And, according to Kruse, the timing could not have been worse for library users. “Over the last two years, the number of visits to our facilities has gone up more than thirteen percent,” he said. “In addition, computer use is up more than fourteen percent, and circulation con-

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Flarleen Young, library assistant at the Rincon Library, with one of her regular customers, Freddie Fullard. tinues to increase nearly ten percent. Whether it’s the economic downturn, an increased interest in recreational reading, or a recognition of the importance of early childhood education, we’re busier than ever and more important than ever to a strong, vibrant community.” In fiscal year 2009, for example, the libraries logged 200,668 visitors through the doors and 80,172 computer sessions. Susan Lee, public relations coordinator for Live Oak Public Libraries and a resident of Springfield said that the library has proven to be a vital resource for many Effingham residents during some tough times. “Many of our friends who have lost their jobs over the past three to four years have turned to the library and been amazed at what’s available,” she said. “Not only does the library offer access to WiFi and plenty of computers, but also trained staff who knows how to connect you to the most useful resources so your online search is

more productive.” Kruse added that perhaps the most essential service that libraries provide is that they are often a child’s first introduction to books. “Regular visits to the library and attendance at storytimes help children learn to read and develop a love of books,” he said. “Many people are not able to buy a lot of books for their children, but with their library card, they can have access to a wide variety of age-appropriate books. In the words of Harlem Children’s Zone creator Geoffrey Canada, ‘Education is the key to climbing out of poverty and literacy is critical to a child’s educational success. For our kids to develop a lifelong love of reading, they need to have easy access to great books.’” Library patron Jennifer Bendetti urges citizens to contact the Effingham County Board of Commissioners and School Board. “Let them know how important the library is to our community.”

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I reckon I’ll never learn... I keep letting Allison cover this space for me when I don’t have time to write this column. Last week, she kinda took the gloves off the subject of putting on weight... I’ll have to keep that in mind for future columns! ...More commercials I can’t stand... I’ll never shop at Staples while they continue to run the “WOW! That’s a low price!” commercial. Because “WOW! That’s a really stupid and irritating commercial!” And you can quote me on that! ...”If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.” Milton Friedman ...Kudos to the folks at Home Depot who donated their time and services to complete the second phase of the Outdoor Unity Garden at West Chatham Elementary School. ...There will be a Spring Health Fair At Fairlawn Baptist Church in Garden City this Saturday, May 22nd, from 10am til 2pm at 4719 Augusta Road (across from Subway.) Come out and get your clean bill of health for your summer fun and activities. Health screenings include blood sugar, blood pressure, cancer risk assessments, vision screenings and cholesterol. Medical screening provided by Memorial Health University Medical Center, Georgia Eye Institute and the Anderson Cancer Institute. Also enjoy the free food, snacks, beverages and games. For more information, please call 964-4371. ...Things I learned while reading about other things... • Pennsylvania Police say 19 year old Nicole Kelly escaped while being transported to jail by Deputies, leading to a search that lasted several hours. She was captured after a funeral home owner found her

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Police Reports ...............................1 Steve’s Shorts ................................2 Business Briefs ..............................5

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in a coffin. He held her there until Officers could arrive. The funeral home is now seeking restitution for damages to the coffin. ...It looks like all incumbents up for re-election this November will be in for a fight if the results of the elections Tuesday are any indication. I was glad to see Arlen Spector lose, but I am gonna miss Glenn Beck’s radio partner’s imitations of the soon to be former Senator. ...The Coastal Heritage Society invites the public to join us to celebrate Memorial Day at historic Old Fort Jackson on Sunday, May 30th and Monday, May 31st, 2010 from 9am to 5pm. Step into the shoes of a historic soldier by trying on period uniforms and learning about life as a Civil War soldier. Our cannon and musket firings through the day will start your

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pork laden and watered down that it won’t mean anything anyway. Besides, what good is another law going to do when you won’t enforce the ones on the books now? And what ever happened to the polls, guys? I thought you folks were the quintessential finger wetters. Well you sure ain’t paying any attention to the polls this time because somewhere around eighty percent of Americans want some thing done about this mess, and mess it is and getting bigger everyday. This is no longer a problem, it is a dilemma and headed for being a tragedy. Do you honestly think that what happened in France with the Muslims can’t happen here when the businesses who hire these people finally run out of jobs and a few million disillusioned Hispanics take to the streets? If you, Mr. President, Congressmen and Senators, knuckle under on this and refuse to do something meaningful it means that you care nothing for the kind of country your children and grandchildren will inherit. But I guess that doesn’t matter as long as you get re-elected. Shame on you. One of the big problems in America today is that if you have the nerve to say anything derogatory about any group of people (except Christians) you are going to be screamed at by the media and called a racist, a bigot and anything else they can think of to call you. Well, I’ve been pounded by the media before and I’m still rockin’ and rollin’ and when it comes to speaking the truth I fear not. And the truth is that the gutless, milksop politicians are just about to sell out the United States of America because they don’t have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to face reality. And reality is that we would never allow any other group of people to have 12 million illegal in this country and turn around and say, “Oh it’s ok, ya’ll can stay here if you’ll just allow us to slap your wrist.” And I know that some of you who read this column are saying “Well what’s wrong with that?” I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it. These people could be from Mars as far as we know. We don’t know who they are, where they are or what they’re up to and the way the Congress is going, we’re not going to. Does this make sense? Labor force you say? We already subsidize corporate agriculture as it is,

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ed? If you said yes, you’re right. The passenger, who seemed just as drunk, was driven home by another Officer (nice guy) and the driver was off for a fun-filled night of fingerprinting, photographs, and fines. (I’m starting to wonder

must we subsidize their labor as well? If these people were from Haiti, would we be so fast to turn a blind eye to them or if they were from Somalia or Afghanistan? I think not. All the media shows us are pictures of hard working Hispanics who have crossed the border just to try to better their life. They don’t show you pictures of the Feds rounding up members of MS 13, the violent gang who came across the same way the decent folks did. They don’t tell you about the living conditions of the Mexican illegal some fat cat hired to pick his crop. I want to make two predictions: No. 1: This situation is going to grow and fester until it erupts in violence on our streets while the wimps in Washington drag their toes in the dirt and try to figure how many tons of political hay they can make to the acre. No 2: Somebody is going to cross that border with some kind of weapon of mass destruction and set it off in a major American city after which there will be a backlash such as this country has never experienced and the Capitol building in Washington will probably tilt as Congressmen and Senators rush to the other side of the issue. I don’t know about you, but I would love to see just one major politician stand up and say, “I don’t care who I make mad and I don’t care how many votes I lose, this is a desperate situation and I’m going to lead the fight to get it straightened out.” I don’t blame anybody for wanting to come to America, but if you don’t respect our immigration laws why should you respect any others? And by the way, this is America and our flag has stars and stripes. Please get that other one out of my face.

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with their growth. I’m not kidding when I tell ya’ll that by Tuesday, all showed growth in just that short of time!! Hopefully in a couple months I’ll be eatin’ ‘em 3 times a day, mmmmm. Ooooo, tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches any time I want!! By the way, Steve hates tomatoes Speaking of Steve, he’s one of those people that is convinced, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Miracle Whip is mayonnaise. There’s no telling him any different. That’s what he was raised on and he is a devout believer that there is no substitute. He despises my Blue Plate in the fridge and refuses to borrow my REAL mayonnaise when he runs out of his SALAD DRESSING. We’ve actually almost fussed about it before! Anyway, after church this past Sunday he came into the kitchen and just stood there with one hand on his hip the other holding on to the counter and he just looked at me with an expression of disbelief. “WHAT?” I asked him. “You are not gonna believe this, but my Mama  told to me today that she sometimes uses Hellman’s mayonnaise, specifically in the carrot salad (his favorite)!” He belted out.

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I want to explain SB 1070 which I voted for and was just signed by Governor Jan Brewer. Rancher Rob Krantz was murdered by a drug cartel on his ranch a month ago. I participated in a Senate hearing two weeks ago on the border violence; here are just some of the highlights from those who testified. The people who live within 60 to 80 miles of the Arizona/Mexico Border have for years been terrorized and have pleaded for help to stop the daily invasion of humans who cross their property. One Rancher testified that 300 to 1200 people a DAY come across his ranch, vandalizing his property, stealing his vehicles and property, cutting down his fences, and leaving trash (beer cans, plastic bottles, used tampons, feces and used toilet paper, etc.). In the last two years, he has found 17 dead bodies and two Korans. Another rancher testified that drugs are brought across his ranch daily in a military operation. A point man with a machine gun goes in front, 1/2 mile behind are the guards fully armed, 1/2 mile behind them are the drugs, behind the drugs 1/2 mile are more guards. These people are violent and they will kill anyone who gets in the way. This was not the only rancher we heard that day that talked about the drug trains. One man told of two illegals who came upon his property, one shot in the back and the other in the arm by the drug runners who had forced them to carry the drugs and then shot them. Daily they listen to gun fire. During the night, it is not safe to leave his family alone on the ranch and they can’t leave the ranch for fear of nothing being left when they come back. The border patrol is not on the border. They have set up 60 miles away with check points that do nothing to stop the invasion. They are not allowed to use force in stopping anyone who is entering. They run around chasing them. If they get their hands on them, then

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Believe it or not, it turned out the man was driving under the influence and he was arrested. • Around 3:30am on Hwy 21, an Officer noticed a white Nissan X Terra without a working tag light. After pulling her over, the driver stated she was coming from a downtown bar. It seemed odd to the Officer as the woman said the bar closed at 1am and it was two and a half hours later. There was an odor of an alcoholic beverage and her eyes were glassy and red. (Ah HA! A clue Sherlock!) How many more clues detected during the field tests you say? Thirteen out of eighteen altogether earned her enough points to be driven free of charge to a charming Cell-n-Bail on the scenic Chatham Parkway. • To save gas, another checkpoint was set-up at the I-16 off-ramp at Chatham Parkway. At 3am, a silver Honda Accord pulled up with the windows already down. A strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and very glassy eyes were enough to have the female driver play “How Drunk Am I?” (We have winner! With a .141, Johnny tell her what she’s won!) When asked, her passenger stated he was also impaired and could not drive. The woman went to jail, the car was towed, and the passenger went home alone. • Just after 4am, (same checkpoint) a gray 2008 Mazda pulled up. The windows were down and the music was loud. The Officer

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asked for the man’s license, and still the music was blaring. Taking a long time to present his license, the Officer noticed the man had a “strong odor of alcohol, very glassy eyes, a flushed face, low mumbled speech and droopy eyelids.” After finally handing over his license, the Officer AGAIN had to ask him to turn down his music! When asked if he had had anything to drink, the driver stated (brace yourself)...No! He failed all the field tests and when it came to the breath test... he failed to even blow into the tube correctly, “playing around” until the Officer finally just took him to jail. (I don’t think they really needed a breath sample on that one!)

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already lost our history - it is no longer taught in our schools. And we have lost our borders. The leftist media has distorted what SB 1070 will do. It is not going to set up a Nazi Germany. Are you kidding? The ACLU and the leftist courts will do everything to protect those who are here illegally, but it was an effort to try and stop illegals from setting up businesses, and employment, and receiving state services and give the ability to local law enforcement when there is probable cause like a traffic stop to determine if they are here legally. Federal law is very clear... if you are here on a visa, you must have your papers on you at all times. That is the law. In Arizona all you need to show you are a legal citizen is a driver license, MVD identification card, Native American Card, or a Military ID. This is what you need to vote, get a hunting license, etc. So nothing new has been added to this law. No one is going to be stopped walking down the street etc. The Socialists who are in power in DC are angry because we dare try and do something and that something the Socialists want us to do is just let them come. They want the “Transformation” to continue. Maybe it is too late to save America. Maybe we are not worthy of freedom any more. But as an elected official, I must try to do what I can to protect our Constitutional Republic. Living in America is not a right just because you can walk across the border. Being an American is a responsibility and it comes by respecting and upholding the Constitution, the law of our land which says what you must do to be a citizen of this country. Freedom is not free.

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Let Us Remember...

Jimmie Edwin Tucker

Jimmie Edwin Tucker passed away May 11, 2010 in Savannah, GA. He is the son of the late Charles Corbett and Flora Myrtle Tucker. Father of Dorothy Camp and Rebecca Donald. Brother of Charles Clifford Tucker, the late Thelma Marguerite Tucker Stafford and the late Bruce Allen Tucker. Jimmie was a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he earned his Bachelors and Masters Degree. He had a long career as a teacher in Marianna, Arkansas and retired in 1990. He will be remembered as a caring and compassionate professional for his years of service as a counselor for AA. Funeral Services were held on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 6pm in the Chapel of Fairhaven. Interment was at Mount Zion Cemetery, Kedron, Arkansas. Arrangements were handled by Charles E. Fuller Funeral & Memorial Co. Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Elvin Mosely

Black Creek- Mr. Elvin Mosely, age 82 was found Wednesday evening May 12, 2010 ending a week-long search conducted by family and friends. Mr. Mosely was a long-time resident of Savannah and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He established the family business, K and M Electric Company in 1955 and retired as owner and operator with over 38 years of service. Mr. Mosely was a member of Olive Branch Baptist

Church and was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his wife of 58 years Mrs. Dorothy Durrance Mosely of Black Creek; three sons and daughters-in-law Greg and Nancy Mosely of Lanier, Carl and Lori Mosely of Hilton Head Isl. and Ken and Virginia Mosely of Guyton; one daughter and sonin-law Denise M. and Tom Young of Jacksonville, FL; one brother and sister-in-law Paul and Shirley Mosely of Tybee Isl.; two sisters Catherine Jeffers of Savannah and Clarise Hathaway of Miami; eight grandchildren Nikki Groover, Ashley Mosely, Emily Barfield, Kenneth Mosely, Jr., Carl Mosely, Jr., and Jesse, Ian and Andrew Mosely; and one great grandson Keller Groover. Funeral service were held at 11am Monday May 17, 2010 at Olive Branch Baptist Church with Rev. Clint Sullens officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bryan County Project Lifesaver, Attention Wendy Sims, P.O. Box 960, Pembroke, GA 31321 or Alzheimer’s Association, 201 Television Circle, Savannah, GA 31406. Flanders Morrison Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Lamar G. Mongin, Sr.

Guyton-Mr. Lamar G. Mongin, Sr. passed from this life on May 17, 2010. Born May 5, 1939 in Metter, GA to William D. & Eva J. Mongin. Lamar retired from Cyanamid and Kemira Chemical Company after over 40 years of faithful service. He dearly cherished watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren as they actively participated in softball, basketball, tennis, and just hanging out with them. His love of family is a legacy that will be remembered by all who knew

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him. He frequently enjoyed a day of just fishing on a pond bank with family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 30 years, Christine, brothers Denver and Harold, as well as his sister, Jewel Kitchens. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Pamela L. Mongin, Lamar G. Mongin, Jr., E. Michelle (Thom) Norton; his three stepsons, Ted (Sheri), Aubrey (Sharon), and Jerry Wiley. His biggest fans, his grandchildren, Candyce Mongin, Jason (Molly) Mongin, Thomas Norton, and his princess, Kate Norton, as well as two great grandchildren, Alexis Vaughn and Jase Mongin. He is also survived by his brothers, Jake (Edna), Don and Herman (Margie) Mongin, as well as, sisters, Anne Moore, Eunice (Johnnie) Barnes, and Irma Collins; sisters-in-law, Till (Richard) Stapleton, Helen Jones, and Shirley Tallman; and brother-in-law, Lonnie Lewis. Funeral services were held at 10am Thursday May 20th in the chapel of the funeral home with burial at Hillcrest West on Dean Forest Road. Remembrances: Countryside Baptist Church Building Fund, 1201 Noel C. Conaway Rd., Guyton, GA 31312. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel, was in charge of local arrangements.

Nina Todd McDowell

Nina Todd McDowell, 87, of Savannah, died Wednesday May 19, 2010 at Riverview Nursing Home. She was born in Conway, S.C. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, and the Order of Eastern Star in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and she received her BA Degree from Auburn University, and her Masters Degree from the University of Alabama. She was retired from the Chatham County Board of Education, having served as a Special Needs teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. McDowell and a daughter Jamie McDowell Scott. She is survived by 1 daughter, Tamara M. Pitts (James) of Guyton, Ga.; 1 son in law, Steve Scott of

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Janet Marie Fortner Austin

Janet Marie Fortner Austin, 69, of Pooler, died Wednesday May 19, 2010 at her home under the care of Hospice Savannah, Inc. after fighting a courageous battle for the past 10 years following a brain aneurism. Janet was a 1958 graduate of Savannah High School and a member of Ash Street Baptist Church. She loved her family very much especially her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John M. and Grace Keel Fortner. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Joseph “Joe” F. Austin; two sons and daughter-in-law, Tony and Marie Austin, Joe Austin and Sarah Mixon; a daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Mark Jenkins; five grandchildren, Christina Austin McCullough (Jason), Jerrod Austin (Chelsey), Candice, Courtney and Cameron Jenkins; three great grandchildren, Jackson and Jillian Austin, Kinley Grace McCullough; a sister and brotherin-law, Shirley Manning Horne and Ollin Horne; many other family and friends. Visitation: 6pm - 8pm Thursday May 20, 2010 at the funeral home. Funeral Service: 10am Friday May 21, 2010 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Carlton Wiley and Rev. Kenneth “Kenny” Harrelson officiating. Burial: Hillcrest West Cemetery. Fairhaven Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Life appears empty sometimes. Times like losing a job, ending a marriage, loss of a loved one, or financial collapse. All endings. I guess that’s it. Things that end remain empty and hard to fill, replace or let go. Then how do you explain sunsets? It is indeed an end to something or many things. The day ends, the celebration concludes, the band stops playing, the dance is over, the lights go out and we “call it a day.” Seems empty to me. Why then do we love sunsets? It seems to go so fast when you don’t want the day to end and much too slow when you can’t wait for it to be over. My curiosity asked “How long is a sunset?” My searching found this answer. Rather factual, cold and lacking any emotional ties to the experience, still the answer. “It very much depends on the observer’s latitude. On the equator, it would take about 2 minutes because the Sun is moving perpendicular to the horizon.. At other

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Pooler - Mr. Emory C. Roach, 85, passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Westview Nursing Home in Port Wentworth. Mr. Roach was the owner/operator of Roach’s Garage in Pooler. He was a World War II veteran and was awarded a purple heart. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Gracen Roach and brother, Charles A. Roach. Survivors include his children, Emory (Susan) Roach, Jr., Jean (Buddy) West, Joan (Curtis) Rewis, Donald (Sherri) Roach, Ronald Roach, and Joyce (Jimmy) Cobb. 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Visitation: 6pm-8pm on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the funeral home. Funeral: 2pm on Friday, May 21, 2010 in the chapel of the funeral home with burial to follow at Newton Cemetery in Pooler. Friends may sign the online register book at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, West Chatham Chapel, is in charge of local arrangements.

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Jerimy Ball, 29, born July 31, 1980, died on May 17, 2010 in a fatal car accident. Jerimy was a lifelong resident of Evans County, and a graduate of Claxton High. A recent survivor of cancer, he was preceded in death by his grandparents Buddy and Evelyn Thompson and Joe and Ella Ball of Claxton. He leaves to cherish his memories his parents Terry and Janie Ball, his girlfriend Amber Evans and Son Brandon Tyson, one sister Melissa Stone, aunts Ann Sermons, Becky Anderson, Betty Tapley and Blondell Martin, uncles Michael and Ted Ball, Harry, James, Allen Henry and Donald Thompson, as well as many cousins. Services will be private. Fairhaven Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

latitudes, it moves at a shallower angle. For example, at latitude 50 degrees, it takes about 4 minutes. From the north or south pole, it takes more than a day because it is a function of the Earth’s orbital motion, not its rotation. Atmospheric refraction makes the Sun appear higher in the sky and will tend to slightly increase these times.” (Yahoo Answers) “How long does a sunset take?” A sunset takes the colors of the day, the beauty of a collection of moments, the very essence of ever having been, and squeezes them into enough time to remember, forget, embrace, let go, fall in love, sigh, kiss, wave goodbye or say “thanks.” It does all that and means much more depending on what you believe, where you are in life and where you live on Earth. Perhaps it is not so much the event that captures my heart but knowing it will all happen again, but never the same. It is knowing that, that gives me “Solace at Sunset.” By Bob Perks and passed along by

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also gave them the driver’s identity, and he’s probably been arrested for obstruction and fleeing to elude charges by the time you’re reading this. • An Ellabell man reported his German Shepherd mix puppy was stolen from his back yard. He suspects his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend may have had something to do with it. • Deputies responded to a fight at an Ellabell residence. One man explained that he’d gone to the home to give another man a ride. The other guy came out the front door and started giving him a rash of crap, so he started talking back to him. Next thing he knew, they were both on the ground fighting, and he ended up biting the big mouth on his left bicep and in his right arm pit. The other man simply cussed at the Deputies and refused to cooperate at all. That guy was arrested on obstruction charges, because you can’t just tell Deputies you ain’t gonna talk to ‘em and then started cursing them. (And there ain’t enough Listerine in WalMart to wash the taste of that guy’s armpit outta your mouth!)

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TEN TRUTHS EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW #2 Denying the Creator does not make Him go away Imagine a young man climbing to the roof of his two story house. He has come to the conclusion that he will only believe in that which he can see with his own eyes. He comes to conclude that since he does not see gravity, he will not believe in it. Therefore, he steps off his roof. Does denying gravity make it go away? The obvious answer is no. However, there are many who live their lives using the same logic in regards to the God who created the world. They believe that since they deny the existence of the Creator, they do not have any obligation to Him. First, God has made it clear that He exists. In Psalm 19: 1-2 we read, “The Heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night re-

veals knowledge.” Just the very existence of a creation screams for a Creator. Then in Romans 1:1820 we read, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.  19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”  Evidence for a Creator God is all around us. Second, in that passage in Romans 1, God makes it clear that those who deny Him are simply suppressing the truth. I would argue that those who deny the Creator do so because they want to deny the Creator. It is not as if they are com-

ing at the question from an objective position, but rather they have a vested interest. To acknowledge a God would mean they would have to submit to that God, and many do not want that. Because God is our Creator, we are obligated to Him whether we want to or not. Yes, acknowledging Him will mean that we have to submit to His ways. However, the truth is that His ways are better than our ways. It may appear that the life of independence is what we all want, but deep down we know that we were made for a relationship with our Creator, and the greatest joy in the world is not found in the creation, but in being loved and provided for by God. John Fender is the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Pooler. For more information go to

MY ANSWER By Billy Graham Q: Our daughter came home from college at Christmas and told us she’d become a Christian there. We’re not religious, however, and recently she’s turned very negative toward us for not believing as she does. Is this the way Christians are supposed to act? -- Mrs. B.R.

A: I’m thankful your daughter has given her life to Jesus Christ, and I have no doubt that she has found a joy and peace that were lacking in her life before this. But I’m sorry she’s reacted toward you in a negative way -- and no, this isn’t the way she should be acting. Jesus taught us to love others, just as He loves them (even if they don’t love Him in return). He said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). In time, I’m sure your daughter will come to see this truth more clearly. Since receiving your letter, I’ve been pondering why your daughter has reacted in this way. I wonder, for example, if she resents the fact that you never taught her about God or had any interest in God. But I also can’t help but feel that she’s very concerned about you -- and her concern comes from her love for you. She hopes that some day you’ll discover what she has discovered, and that Christ’s peace and joy and hope will become a part of your lives, as they have hers. Whatever her reasons, my prayer is that you and your husband will begin to face your own need of Christ. God loves you, and life’s greatest joy comes from knowing Him and being able to face the future with Christ in our hearts.

(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 • VBS! Saddle Ridge Ranch will be our theme for Vacation Bible School this year at Chevis Oaks Baptist Church. VBS will be held June 20th - 24th in the evenings. You can go to our website at or if you need additional information please call 9253852. Chevis Oaks Baptist Church is located at 102 Sylvania Road in Savannah! Everyone is welcome and there are classes for all ages! • Westside Christian Church and Bloomingdale Fellowship are blessed to host “Watoto” Children’s Choir, live

concert of hope. Watoto is a choir of parentless children from Uganda. This special concert will be held on Tuesday, May 25th at 7 PM at Westside Christian Church, 1106 W. Hwy 80 in Bloomingdale. For more information, please call 748-0309. Everyone is invited and there is NO ADMISSION charge! • Welcome to friendly RADIANT LIFE, 5619 Skidaway Road, Savannah, 912354-1780, David C. Stanton, Pastor. Upcoming Events: Sunday, May 2310:45am: Pentecost Sunday Service, 6pm: Camp Meeting, Assemblies of

PRAYER OF THE WEEK... Dear Lord, I failed again to make the mark, I lost my way once more. I tried to do it by myself, Like so many times before. If you leave me to myself, O Lord, It will always be the same, It’s you who’ll have to hold my hand, And protect me by your name. I turn and find you there for me, You’ve been waiting all along – Your open arms, the sweet relief, And you whisper me a song. At times like these I ask myself, How could I have ever strayed, And forgotten all you’ve given me, And lost sight of what you paid? So will you please just hold my hand And protect me by your name?



God area-wide service with Missionary Evangelist Joe Phillips. Sunday, May 30- 10:45am: “God’s Prophetic Timeline”. Saturday, June 5- 9am: Men’s Breakfast, “Message of a Beekeeper – Buzz from the Bible” (For reservation, call 354-1780). Sunday, June 6- Singer/ Songwriter Donna Jackson. Everyone is welcome! • REVIVAL & GOSPEL SING featuring The Holcombe’s and The Lynn Family… Saturday, May 29 at 7pm at the Bloomingdale Community Center, located at the corner of Moore and Pine Streets. Hosted by ALL HEARTS CHURCH - Minister Butch Webster. Come be a part of a new beginning, Expecting a change! For more info: 398-0343 or 728-6070. SING & SHOUT – GIVE GOD THE GLORY! • Bethesda United Methodist Church invites all children to Galactic Blast: A Cosmic Adventure Praising God! Vacation Bible School. Board the starship Galactic Praise to see our awesome universe-and our awesome God-in a whole new way. The fun begins June 14th and ends June 18th from 6pm to 9pm at Bethesda United Methodist Church 3608 Midland Road in Guyton. A small meal will be provided for the children each night. Call 728-3332 for additional information. • Vacation Bible School Bethesda United Methodist Church, 3608 Midland Road, will hold Vacation Bible School June 14-18, from 6pm to 9pm. Kids, have a “Galactic Blast” adventure praising God with Bible stories, crafts, games and lots of fun. For more information, call 7283332. • Living Hope Community Fellowship and Pastor Joyce Hall would like to invite you to our Unity and Communion Service on Sunday, May 30th at 10am. It will consist of special music, a power-packed sermon and communion. We are located at 5008 Augusta Road (Hwy. 21, next to Diary Queen in Garden City). For more information, please call 965-0406. • Come join Heavenbound Baptist Church at Advance Auto Parts in Pooler for a CAR WASH and BAKE SALE on

Saturday, May 22nd beginning at 8am! Cost of the car wash is donations. • VBS at Rincon UMC Galactic Blast: A Cosmic Adventure Praising God is the theme for VBS at Rincon United Methodist Church, June 13 – 17. Children pre-K through rising 6th graders, as well as youth, will voyage into outer space through daily missions, praising God and gaining a new perspective on our planet Earth. This cosmic combination of faith and fun will have cadets developing a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and through a variety of music, crafts, science activities and space facts they will learn tips they can take home beyond VBS to help our planet. A light supper will be served each evening at 5:30 PM, and the program will run from 6 PM to 8 PM. Register at www., or call 826-5796. The church is located at 107 Savannah Avenue in Rincon. • Guyton Christian Church will have a Casual Sunday Worship Service followed by a Cook Out on Sunday, May 23rd, beginning at 11 AM. Dress is casual. There will be food, fun and games for the whole family. Please join us and bring a friend along. VBS registration will also be held. Located at 301 Pine Street in Guyton. • Silk Hope Baptist Church will host their 59th Homecoming Day on Sunday, June 6, 2010. Please consider this a personal invitation to come and celebrate with us! Our Services begin at 9:45 AM for Sunday School and 11 AM for Morning Worship Service. Our own Rev. Jonathan E. Phillips will be our speaker. After the service, we will enjoy a covered dish lunch. The Church will furnish fried chicken, tea, lemonade and coffee and all paper products (plates, napkins, cups, and utensils). Please bring other meats, vegetables, salads and desserts. We will enjoy several special music presentations. Please extend this invitation to any members, past or present, that you may be in contact with and come be with us on this special day. We look forward to seeing each of you on Sunday, June 6th, as we renew old acquaintances and share our memories of the past. For more infor-

mation, please call 233-8424.

• Homecoming & Revival at New Vision Baptist Church will be held May 30th - June 2nd. Rev. Guy Boyd will be presenting God’s message Homecoming Sunday at 10:30 AM. Dinner will be on the grounds after service. Revival will be held Monday - Wednesday at 7 PM nightly. New Vision Baptist Church is located at 2417 Louis Mills Blvd. (corner of Chatham Parkway and Garrard Avenue in Savannah). For more information call 236-4841.

• St. Boniface Church, Springfield, will honor its graduating seniors at the 11 o’clock Mass on Sunday, May 23rd. All are encouraged to wear their cap and gown. If attending, please notify the parish office, 754-7473, by Friday, May 21st.

• St. Boniface Church, Springfield, will observe Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st, with a special Mass at ten o’clock. All are welcome. Patriotic songs will be sung.

• St. Boniface Church, Springfield, will hold a Volunteer Appreciation Supper on Thursday, May 27th, 6-8 PM, for all parish ministry and committee volunteers, officers, etc. If attending kindly RSVP to the parish office, 754-7473, by May 26th.

• St. Boniface Church, Springfield, will observe its parish patronal feast day of St. Boniface on Saturday, June 5th, with a special parish Mass at 11 o’clock and a parish picnic beginning at 6 pm. All are welcome. Contact the parish office, 754-7473, for details.

• Front Porch Ministry is inviting everyone to come enjoy some good hometown singin’ at 3447 Hwy 204, Ellabell in the Blue Shop. Sings will be every 2nd Saturday of each month (June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11) at 6pm. Don’t hesitate to call Jane at (912) 856-2312 for directions!

• Abundant Life Church in Springfield is seeking a grant writer for 501-3C proposals. Call Pastor Don Burkhalter at (912) 856-2870.

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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

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

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 Lutheran Church 4650 McCall Road Rincon, GA. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Church Service 10:00 a.m. Pastor Andrew 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. 754-1338 • Shawnee Pastor: Dr. George Lanier 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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Richard Holt 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

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

Bible Connection Ministries 410 S. Coastal Hwy. • 965-1101 Pastor: Alex Grant, Jr. First Baptist Church of Port Wentworth Hwy 25 • 964-5811 Rev. John Ashworth Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Hwy 25 • 964-0219 Rev. Douglas Clark, Pastor North Salem Baptist 955 Hwy 30 • 964-7933 Pastor Phil Hudson Port Wentworth Alliance Church 222 Cantyre Street • 964-4495 Pastor John Smith Faith Foundation C.O.G.I.C. 7 Cantyre Street • 964-0019 Pastor, Elder Earl Williams, Jr. Port Wentworth Baptist 231 Grange Rd • 964-0762 Real Life Christian Fellowship 841 Crossgate Rd. Pastor Paul L. Taylor, Jr. Port Wentworth United Methodist 201 Turnberry Street • 964-4210 Pastor: Tom Edwards Rincon Effingham Baptist Church 1007 North Columbia Ave. 826-3794 Pastor: Tom Davis St. Mary’s Holiness Church 205 Stokes Ave • Rincon • 826-4525 Bishop Billy Scott Jehovah Shammah Assembly of God 432 Blandford Rd. • 826-2173 Pastor Jackie Gordon St. Luke’s Episcopal 155 Goshen Rd. 826-3332 Worship Service, 9:00 am Sunday School, 10:30 am à Rev. Liam Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fellowship Assembly of God 5224 Augusta Rd. • 964-4243 Pastor Gary Smith

New Providence Baptist Eric Palmburg 772-3590

First Baptist Church of Garden City 35 Nelson Ave. • 964-0355

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

Garden City Primitive Baptist Sunday Morning Services: 9:45am & 11am Sunday Evening Services: 6:30pm Wednesday Evening Services: 6:30pm 126 Smith Ave. • 964-5014 Pastor: Elder Hugh Thompson

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

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 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

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 Brookstone Community Church 604 Goshen Road • 401-2918 Pastor James Broxton Church of the Harvest 434 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-6461 Rev. Brunson

First United Pentecostal Church 1735 Grove Point Rd • 927-0569 Rev. David A. Hodge Southwest Chatham Amazing Grace Baptist Church 5790 Ogeechee Road • 858-4362 Pastor: George Barron Southwest Baptist 831 Little Neck Road • 925-0699 Dr. Robert B. Peacock, Pastor

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

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 Pastor: Bro. Joe Springer Rincon Church of Christ 306 E. 4th St. • 826-5440 Rincon United Methodist 107 Savannah Ave. • 826-5796 Sr. Pastor: Rev. Larry Bird

Savannah Holy Church of God 707 Little Neck Road • 920-0042 Pastor: Rev. Ryan Ralston 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) Pastor Greg Holland 844-0900 Holy Church of God Little Neck Road Savannah Christian Church 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Pastor Cam Huxford Bethel Missionary Baptist 5863 Ogeechee Rd • 927-8044 Rev. Jerome Baker Coastal Christian Center 6073 Ogeechee Rd • 925-3166  Ron and Rosie Chambers

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

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

St. John’s Lutheran Hwy 21 at 7th St. • 826-5411

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

Springfield Agape Assembly of God 703 First St. Ext. • 754-6354 Pastor: Shane Holcombe New Testament Fellowship UPC 307 South Laurel St. • 754-9782 Pastor: Walter Thomas Bethel Lutheran ELCA 1984 Hwy 21N • 754-6561 Rev. Shelley Nelson-Bridger Holy Samaritan Apostolic Church of the Living God 148 Rawls Drive • 754-4234 Pastor Isiah Brehler, Sr. First Baptist of Springfield 1435 Hwy 119N • 754-3443 Rev. Jeff Rollins Northside Church of God 273 Church Row • 754-4801 Pastor Reginald Anderson, Sr. Abundant Life Church 1541 Highway 21 South • 754-3148 Pastor Don Burkhalter 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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Garden City United Methodist Church 62 Varnadoe Ave. • 964-5780 Rev. Dan Pegram

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Jasper Springs Baptist Church 62 Smith Ave. • 964-6864 Pastor: Rev. Johnny Bowen

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 Devin Schultz

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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

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

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

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

Church of Christ 4506 Augusta Rd. • 964-6443

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

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

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

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

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United Methodist Church Meldrim Pastor: Rick Holt

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

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

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

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

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

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 Gethsemane Baptist Church 1275 Old Thorn Pond Road 660-3708 Pastor: Lonnie Oglesby 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 Dr. Larry Sauls 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

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dorsing bigotry and genocide, or if the video was somehow misleading. In response, I received boilerplate about how, in the tradition of Aristotle, UCSD treasures “discourse and debate� and how “the very foundations of every great university are set upon the rock-solid principles of freedom of thought and freedom of speech.� I wrote back, in part: “Thank you for your response. I must say I find it fairly non-responsive. Out of curiosity, if a UCSD student publicly called for the extermination of gays and blacks, would this be your only response as well?� I then received an even less responsive primer on how student groups are funded on campus. Now, I could write at length about UCSD’s hypocrisy. After all, the school recently launched a “Battle Hate� campaign in response to some idiotic stunt called the “Compton Cookout� at which a fraternity held a racially offensive event off campus during Black History Month. Administrators went into overdrive, the Black Student Union issued 32 demands, the vice chancellor righteously explained to students that although the event may have been beyond the school’s “legal jurisdiction,� it was not beyond UCSD’s “moral jurisdiction.� “We have the moral high ground!� the vice chancellor shouted before trying to start a chant of “Not in our community!� Well, Albahri’s statements were not only within the UCSD community, they were well inside the school’s legal and moral jurisdiction. And yet in response, we don’t get the familiar Kabuki of official outrage. Instead we get: This endorsement of genocide is brought to you by Aristotle. The important point here isn’t the school’s double standard. It’s that on campuses, and in the wider intellectual culture, people can’t let go of their dog-eared script. It’s


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here, the drinker I get, but I be not so drink as some thinkle may peep I be!�) • Around 1:30am, a Deputy was parked in the parking lot of the convenience store at Hwy 21 and Ebenezer Road, an excellent place to pick up a copy of The Spirit. A black Honda Del Sol pulled in, and the Deputy could see the driver look over at his patrol car, say something to the passenger, then pulled back out onto Hwy 21 heading towards Rincon. The Deputy called to another Deputy to make a stop on the suspicious car. That Deputy soon had the driver under arrest for driving while unlicensed. (And if this was Arizona, he’d be on his way south by now! I’m gonna start keeping track as best I can of the how the population of illegals would be shrinking if we had the Arizona law in Georgia. So far, that’s two, plus the passenger here, so a total of three so far.) • Among the other items reported stolen this past week in Effingham... a wooden glider from the front porch of mama’s house in

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Fishes & Loaves Helps the Needy in Pooler By Stephen Prudhomme Like a growing number of people, Ron and Donna Callahan are facing economic challenges. The expense of moving from Florida to Pooler and inability to access retirement funds has them often wondering from where their next meal will come until Ron receives his first paycheck. Providing them with sustenance is an organization in Pooler that draws inspiration from the ultimate “chef,” the one who has the power to multiply the food supply. Loaves & Fishes Interfaith Food Ministry of Pooler opened its doors in January 2009, operating out of the local YMCA. It represents the outgrowth of Christ Presbyterian’s food pantry; in September 2008 the church’s mission committee proposed a food ministry involving all the churches in Pooler. Nowadays, comprised of eight local churches, Loaves & Fishes, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, provides food and household items to needy families in the Pooler area. Its food pantry is open the second Friday and Saturday and fourth Friday of each month. Bambi Toupin serves as vice president of Loaves & Fishes. As with the other officers in the organization, she is a volunteer. “I enjoy helping people,” Toupin explains. “I feel like I’ve been blessed in my life and need to pass on as many blessings as I can. It really helps people. The economy has hit people hard. I’ve seen a lot of seniors and families in recent months.” Like the Callahans. Ron was working as a depart-

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help tremendously,” Ron says. “There’s a reason why I’m here, in Pooler. I just don’t know why.” The Callahans also learned about Angel Food Ministries, a nationwide network of churches and organizations that provide food at discounted prices. Locally, the program is administered through Fishes & Loaves, with monthly shipments coming from Macon; this month’s delivery, scheduled for last Saturday, was delayed for several hours after the truck had mechanical problems. Toupin says the food isn’t “resale or rejected” but of a high quality and marketable. She adds the menu changes every month. “If you eat food, this will save you money,” Toupin notes. “Everybody wants to save money these days and this helps.”

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G.L.O.W. Ministries held an Appreciation “Spa Day” and welcomed area Moms to enjoy a rejuvenating morning. Glowing Mothers and Grandmothers gathered recently for the fourth annual Spa Day. The day of pampering and loving these special ladies was held in the outreach building housed on the campus of Grace Community Church in Rincon. G.L.O.W. is an acronym for God Loves Orphans and Widows. With a mission of taking care of orphans and widows, G.L.O.W. Ministries was started in 2006 serving five families, and has gown to assisting 108 families. Founder Wendy Turner explained that the team mission is to display a heart for children and their families. “It is our goal to love others. We want to be Jesus’ hands and feet within our community.” Mothers give so much of themselves and a special Spa Day was one way to give back to them. Numerous children are parented by single Mothers, and often times Grandmothers. G.L.O.W. recognizes the tremendous efforts given by these care-takers. Through lovingly

serving and ministering to physical needs of families, G.L.O.W. can disciple and strengthen homes. All Moms need a day to relax and unwind. With an array of services to refresh and rejuvenate, Spa Day is a special day set aside for pampering. Ladies throughout the room were saying how the day was so nice and very much needed. They were able to indulge in several activities offered by G.L.O.W. volunteers. Spa Day services included a variety of skin care treatments, relaxing massages, soothing facials, along with rejuvenating pedicures and manicures. The Hospitality and overwhelming kindness was more than I expected. While receiving a massage, in appreciation it was commented that it is nice knowing that there are people to support and appreciate Mothers and Grandmothers. Dishes of appealing food and wrapped colorful gift baskets added excitement to the occasion. The atmosphere at the Mothers Appreciation Day of G.L.O.W Day Spa was relaxing. Friends were busy caring for one another. The event was a great way to connect.

G.L.O.W. Ministries Mother’s Appreciation Spa Day 2010 turned out to be a successful and relaxing day which all of the women enjoyed. Some have attended each year since Spa Day began while it was the first time for others. Either way, all of the women were excited to experience what the day had to offer. Thanks to G.L.O.W. for loving Mothers. Thanks to Mothers for loving others.

A GREEN THUMB’S UP Garden City Recycling Program Offers a Number of Benefits By Stephen Prudhomme Recycling can be a challenge, separating an assortment of cans, bottles and paper, placing them in bags and heading to a recycling center and dumping them in their respective bins. Going green, seemingly, can be a tedious and time-consuming process. Garden City, on the other hand, is simplifying the process, allowing residents to leave the sorting and transporting to someone else. All they’re asked to do is wheel the green plastic bin containing all re-

cyclable items to the curb, twice a month. Recycling’s never been so easy. “We want people to be environmentally conscious,” explains Anne Robinson, utility services manager for Garden City. “But we also want to make it convenient. The ‘single-stream’ system allows all recyclables to be placed in one bin.” Garden City and Savannah are the only two municipalities in the Coastal Empire that have the onesteam system; Garden City started the program in September. “It Half of Garden City’s residents, including Shenneka Campbell, participate in the city’s recycling program.

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takes a lot of capital to get started,” notes Robinson, who previously served as the recycling coordinator for the City of Savannah before taking her current position five months ago. The program, according to Robinson, offers a number of environmental and economic benefits. It allows materials to be diverted from landfills. With 80% of trash being recyclable, that’s a significant amount that won’t go back into the environment. During difficult economic times, anything to create jobs is a positive. Local and state companies purchase recycled material. International Paper (IP), for instance, purchases recycled paper (fibers) for its operation. Shaw Industries out of Dalton, likewise, makes many of its carpets with recycled plastic bottles. “Our recyclables don’t have to go too far,” Robinson says. “The program keeps fellow Georgians at work and stimulates the economy.” Before they help make up that plush carpeting in the living room or the rich wood floor in the kitchen, the plastic and other recyclable materials are taken from the residents’ homes by Waste Management and brought to a material recovery center run by Pratt Industries, an Australian-based company that has an operation in Kahn Industrial Park, off Gamble Road, in Savannah. There, the items are placed on a conveyer belt. The paper is sorted first through a tumbling process. Subsequently, a series of large magnets separates the steel, an eddie current takes out the aluminum and optical sorters separate the different colors of glass. Six to seven individuals sort out the plastic and any other remaining materials. The separated materials are then put together in tightly-compacted bales, loaded on a truck and taken to companies such as Shaw Industries and IP for processing; Georgia ranks second to California in state recycling processors. So far, Garden City has welcomed the voluntary program. “The national average for recycling is 35%,” Robinson says. “We have 50% local participation.”

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Garden City On May 3rd, Garden City City Council met again. The meeting was called to order with all councilmembers present except Gwyn Hall. Mayor Holder presented a proclamation making May 16 – 22nd National Public Works Week. Police Officer Eddie Dicus was awarded an Employee of the Quarter certificate by Mayor Holder and Chief Lyons. Concerned and frustrated citizens, Ms. Myra White and Ms. Celeste Johnson, who live in the 5300 block of Silk Hope Road, addressed the council regarding noisy parties which have become the norm at the nearby Progressive Recreation Center. Police Chief David Lyons went over the noise ordinance with the



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As disappointing as this is, annexation with Garden City could still happen via petition, given that 60% of each side vote in favor of the partnership. The city is going to push to have all petitions in by August 1, 2010 and as City Manager Johnson stated, “hopefully it will be in our favor.” Johnson said that the city has two other issues currently before the General Assembly. One is the request for an agreement between Garden City and Savannah regarding joint police jurisdiction for I-16 and Dean Forest Road. The second is the Constitutional Amendment allowing property owners within industrial zones to remove their properties from said zones. Garden City City Council meets every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm. The meetings are held in the new City Hall on Dean Forest Rd across from the SouthBridge Community.

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