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• Around 9pm, Officers were alerted to be on the lookout for a red Ford F250 that had sideswiped another vehicle northbound on Hwy 21. The Officer caught up with the victim at a traffic light at I-95. The man pointed to the red pickup at the light at Hwy 30. The Officer sped ahead and made the traffic stop. The driver, a Millen man, was arrested for DUI Refusal after he failed the walk and turn test and refused to take the one legged stand test fearing that it would suddenly become the one legged fall test. • At 3:30am, an Officer observed as a black Mitsubishi ran off the roadway four times and almost ran into the ditch. He made a traffic stop, and the Rincon woman finally was able to hand over her Georgia ID card. She soon failed her field sobriety test, and was arrested for DUI and driving while suspended. She became a tad hostile when informed that she was going to jail, and refused to cooperate as the Officer handcuffed her. He finally had to threaten to tase her to get her into the patrol car. She cursed him and told him to go ahead. So he did, and soon she was happy to be getting into ___________________________________ Continued on page 3

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As with many other businesses in the area, Ronnie’s Restaurant has been hurt by the economic downturn. Even its famous milkshakes aren’t enough to prevent a drop in business. Perhaps a new turbine plant can shake things up and reverse that downward trend. On Monday, Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc., announced construction of a $325 million steam and gas turbine plant at the mega site in Pooler. Attending the groundbreaking were Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and Dave Walsh, vice president of Mitsubishi Power Systems. The plant, which will eventually hire 500 people, will be located on a 119-acre tract that is part of the 1,500-acre plus mega site, at the intersection of I-95 and I-16. It will manufacture and service gas and steam turbines for Mitsubishi Power’s customers in North and South America. The turbines are used in power plants to generate electricity. The plant will be built in three phases, with construction on the first phase, consisting of the manufacture of gas turbine combustor opponents to support operating units in the Northern Hemisphere, slated for this year. Hiring will begin early next year, and the first products are expected to come off the line in fall. Ronnie’s Restaurant is located on Dean Forest Road, just a short distance from the mega site. On Monday, several “bigwigs” involved with the project came in for lunch. Restaurant supervisor Jo Ann Moore sees their presence and what it signals as a positive development. “This should help business,” Moore says. “Construction workers usually come in for breakfast and or lunch. The employees wil probably come here as well. I certainly hope so. Business has been down.” Mitsubishi ends the saga of finding a tenant for the mega site that began in 2003 with DaimlerChrysler deciding not to build a $750 million plant that would have produced vans. Subsequent efforts to attract Kia Motors, Volksagen AG and, most recently, Carbon Motors to the mega site were unsuccessful as well. Lynn Pitts, senior vice president of the Savannah Economic and De-

velopment Authority (SEDA), says it’s “huge” to land Mutsibishi. Noting the 500 jobs will pay an average salary of $60,000, he says the “positive” cash benefit to the city of Pooler will be $6.5 million over the next 20 years. Pooler’s “final four” competition for the plant included Tampa, Charleston and Mobile. Pitts says the readiness of the site and size of the port and its supporting operations were “significant” factors in Pooler’s selection. Another key factor was the governor’s decision in December to allow the mega site to be divided into smaller parcels. With Mitsubishi having set the precedent, Pitts says he expects other companies to follow suit. That means, in the near future, a bustling mega site and, most likely, more customers at Ronnie’s Restaurant savoring their milkshakes.

Ronnie’s Restaurant hopes business picks up with the arrival of the nearby Mitsubishi turbine plant.

Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross Deploys to North Georgia The Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross deployed one Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and two disaster relief workers to the flood-ravaged Atlanta area Tuesday evening. Several more volunteers and Red Cross staffers will leave early Wednesday morning. The chapter anticipates eight to ten more relief workers from this area will be needed for a possible two-week deployment as Red Cross workers from around

the state converge on north Georgia to help the hundreds of people displaced by this week’s devastating floods. Two other Savannah Chapter ERVs are on standby. The ERV which rolled out Tuesday is loaded with large cambro containers, ready to be filled with food and beverages to be dispensed on-site. These cambros allow food to be kept hot or cold up to eight hours at specified temperatures. The workers’ current emphasis is on Mass Care, the

sheltering and feeding of those who have had to leave or who cannot get to their homes, according to Sharyn Baggett. Deputy Director of Emergency Services. Red Cross workers will also provide damage assessment, counseling, and, when the water recedes, will help with cleanup efforts. The Red Cross provides kits which contain brooms, mops, buckets, sponges, towels, bleach, and other cleanup materials flood victims will need as they return to their homes.

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is, I don’t like what he’s doing to our country. I believe in capitalism. It’s what’s made our country great, and it will work if the government will stop trying to run and regulate everything. Just look at what’s happened since the Bomma’s been in office. 1. What if I had told you in October 2008, before the last presidential election, that before Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office, the federal government would be in control of both the mortgage and the banking industries? That 19 of America’s largest banks would be forced to undergo stress tests by the Federal government which would determine if they were insufficiently capitalized, so they must be supervised by the government? 2. What if I had told you that within the Bomma’s first 100 days in office the federal government would be the largest shareholder in two of the US Big Three automakers: GM and Chrysler? That the government would kick out the CEO’s of these companies and appoint hand-picked executives with zero experience in the auto industry, and that executive compensation would be determined, not by a Board of Directors, but by the government? 3. What if I had told you that Barack Obama would appoint 21 Czars, without Congressional approval, accountable only to him, not to the voters, who would have control over a wide range of US policy decisions. That there would be a Stimulus Accountability Czar, an Urban Czar, a Compensation Czar, an Iran Czar, an Auto Industry Czar, a Cyber Security Czar, an Energy Czar, a Bank Bailout Czar, a communist Green Jobs Czar, and more than a dozen other government bureaucrats with unchecked regulatory powers over US domestic and foreign policy. 4. What if I had told you that the federal deficit would be $915 billion in the first six months of the Bomma’s presidency - with a projected annual deficit of $1.75 Trillion - triple the $454.8 billion in 2008, for which the previous administration was highly criticized by Obama and his fellow Democrats. That Congress would pass the Bomma’s $3.53 trillion federal budget for fiscal 2010. That the projected deficit over the next ten years would be greater than $10 trillion. 5. What if I had told you that the Obama Justice Department would order FBI agents to read Miranda rights to high-value detainees captured on the battlefield and held at US military detention facilities in Afghanistan. That the Bomma would order the closing of the Guantanamo detention facility with no plan for the disposition of the 200-plus individuals held there. That several of the suspected terrorists at Guantanamo would be sent to live in freedom in Bermuda at the expense of the US government. That our returning US veterans would be labeled terrorists and put on a watch list. Would you have said, “C’mon, that will never happen in America...”

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the back seat. The Officer then checked her car before having it towed, and found a metal pipe freshly packed with marijuana, leading to more reasons to just keep her locked away. She blew a .299 on the breathalyzer. • A woman filed a report of financial transaction card fraud after finding that someone had authorized a withdrawal of $775 from her debit card through Western Union. She was able to cancel the transaction before the offender could collect the funds. • Just after midnight, an Officer checked the license plate on a Dodge Ram pickup in front of him on the side road at the hotels along Hwy 21 at I-95. The license returned to a Ford Taurus. The Officer made a traffic stop and smelled alcohol on the young man’s breath. The young man turned out to just be 19 years old. His 25 year old female passenger was drinking a Captain Morgan and Coke at the time of the stop. She was arrested for providing alcohol to an underage minor, and he was arrested for DUI Underage drinking. (But hey, congratulations on picking up the 25 year old hottie! Brings back some good memories... of when I was 19 and dreamed about picking up hot 25 year olds!) • Around 1:30am, Officers were northbound on Hwy 21 approaching the I-95 northbound on ramp when they spotted five young men jumping in and out of the roadway. The Officers turned around, running over the median, and the five men took off running back towards the hotel, jumping a barbed wire fence in the process. They were able to catch two of the men inside the hotel near a side entrance door. They found a third man laying in the bushes back near the fence. All three had blood in the palms of their hands from the barbs at the top of the fence. They were all taken to jail for public intoxication. • Around 9:30pm, an Officer stopped at a convenience store and found a man sitting on the curb drinking a beer. He asked the man if he was okay and what he was doing. The Florida man said he was on his way to Washington, D.C. and was “just sitting here drinking a beer.” He was soon arrested for public intoxication. • A man walked into a local convenience store, grabbed a cold case of Bud Light and walked out, got into a gold Lincoln Navigator and fled with two other men east on Hwy 30. Officers ran a check of the license plate and traced it to a Guyton address. And apparently they caught the shoplifter later that night, as the next morning, an Officer returned five unopened Bud Light beers to the store. • Around midnight thirty, an Officer was northbound on Hwy 21 at Bonnybridge Road where he spotted a burgundy Buick crossing the centerline seven times. He made a traffic stop, and had the Savannah man submit to a field sobriety test. During the walk and turn test, the man stopped counting and never was able to step heel to toe. He also lost his balance several times. He was taken to jail for DUI.

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• Just before 4am, an Officer spotted a red Chevy Silverado moving along at a brisk 8mph on Chatham Parkway near Telfair Place. He made a traffic stop and the man handed over his Mexican driver’s license. The Officer was able to communicate with him with a mixed English/Spanish conversation. He asked the man how much he’d had to drink, and the man replied “Just a leetle beet.” He was then taken to jail for DUI. His female passenger was holding two mixed drinks, both hers, at the time of the stop. She was charged with open container violation and the Officer transported her to her home off Dean Forest Road. • Around 3:30am, Officers responded to Chatham City Apart-

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ments where a man was said to need transport to a local hospital. They arrived and found a man wandering around the apartments and stopped him to question him. “Am I in trouble? What did I do? Ya’ll leave me the heck alone!” he said. They then followed the man across Hwy 21 to a convenience store where he began asking any customer who walked by if he could have money for cigarettes. He even opened the door and asked everyone inside, at once, if they would give him money for some smokes. Everyone just shook their heads no. The man then walked to the nearby ash tray and began pulling out cigarette butts. He finally found one long enough to light, sat on the sidewalk, and began smoking. Another customer walked by on her way in the store, and the Officer said hello to her. The man then yelled “Why ya’ll gotta mess with people!” He then stood up and walked back towards the door, and the Officer placed him under arrest for disorderly conduct at that point. He was also charged with criminal trespass for being on the convenience store property and the apartment property after being told before never to return. • Around 4:30am, an Officer clocked a green Isuzu at 59mph in a 45mph zone of Hwy 21 and watched as the driver roared through the red light at Minus Avenue. He followed and made a traffic stop, getting the man to pull over at Beaver’s. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI. • Officers conducted a safety ___________________________________ Continued on page 4

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AMERICA THEhere. BEAUTIFUL By Frank A. Kaye, Guyton America! America! God shed thy light on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to --- oops! Something does not sound right here. I believe it should be, “God shed his GRACE on thee….” To be certain of its clarity, I checked it out on a 2009 calendar issued and distributed throughout all veteran’s facilities in the country by the Veterans Administration as a salute to our veterans, and was actually titled America The Beautiful. The calendar is a patriotic and very well done piece of work and features one phrase of the song, “America the Beautiful” for each month of the year. What I discovered temporarily shed a new light on what this article started out to be. For the first time in the eight months of daily referring to this calendar, I noticed the absence of God in the entire song. It begins with one stanza of this beautiful song for each month of the year, like, “O Beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain…”, for January. Then it goes on to February: “For purple mountain majesties…”, and on to March, “…above the fruited plain! America! America!” However, something happened to April. No “God shed his grace on thee”; instead it continues, “America! America! From sea to shining sea.” Well! I’ll be darned! Something smells fishy



To confirm my suspicions, I did some research and found that the song was done by educator Katharine Lee Bates who was inspired to write the hymn in 1893 after seeing her country from atop snow-capped Pikes Peak in Colorado, and later set to music. And it did have the phrase “God shed his Grace on Thee”. Now I see the sneaky way for someone in my own Government to remove God from our constitutional way of life. The original song refers to God three more times but each phrase is cut out of the VA calendar version. Since this song has been adopted as one among the several songs of American Patriotism, do we now remove all religious references from the rest of our patriotic songs? There is “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America” (My County, tis of Thee), “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Over There Say a Prayer,” “God Bless America,” and “Taps.” All make religious references. Now for the rest of my story: How much longer will God shed His graces on thee, if we continue our current course on the highway to hell? I use the term “we” because the last time I looked, we were still united. Not a Kingdom as some people in Washington think it is… It is difficult to believe and hard to accept what has been happening these days to America the Beautiful. Most politicians

would describe us as a very rich and powerful country. I hear this quite often. However, what does it mean to Joe the Plumber (AKA Joe Six-Pack)? A recent inquiry to a sitting legislator on the ridiculous spending on foreign soil brought back this response: “The United States is a very generous nation when it comes to foreign aid; I support foreign aid when it is vital to our interest; Foreign aid budget is a small part of the overall spending.” A small part in overall spending??? Well! I cannot wag my tail with him on that one. At any rate, so we are a rich and generous nation, but where in hell are our spending priorities? Our rich and generous government spends $338 billion a year on illegal aliens, yet 28 million American citizens use food stamps to feed themselves. In the past eight years, this nation provided more than $16 billion in food assistance for people around the world. We suffer 1.5 million homeless walking our streets in America. We provided $40 million food aid for North Korea. Giving aid to the enemy used to be called ‘treason’; now it is called ‘foreign aid’. This, while Associated Press tells us 691,000 children are going hungry in America. We sent $10 billion aid package to Afghanistan, while our ghettos smolder with human misery, crime and despair. Another $700 million aid package for Africa, while over 37 million Ameri-

can citizens are living in poverty, reported by the Agricultural Department. Charity supposedly begins at home but usually winds up in a foreign country. Enemy combatants held at Guantanamo are released and go to Bermuda while thousands of American veterans go homeless. There are between 200,000 and 300,000 American veterans sleeping on the streets and under bridges, according to the Veterans Administration. It would seem that the principal export in America is money. Our government has operated in red ink for so long, that the federal ledger looks like a slaughterhouse. These are not my stats, folks. I do not fudge the figures. In addition, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Has anyone noticed a thing called “Pork Barrel?” Not all is spent on foreign soil. We also take care of things at home. $2 million for the University of Alaska to study animal hibernation. $3 million youth summer program at a golf course bearing a Representative’s name. $123,000 for a Mother’s Day Shrine. $295,000 for the International Peace Garden in a town with a population of 793. Even $500,000 for a teapot museum. And the problem gets even worse… In the 2009 budget season, Congress designated 11,600 earmarked projects at a cost of $17.2 billion, none of which significantly benefit the American populace. Meanwhile, American veterans are having difficulty paying their rents or home loans. And home foreclosures are at their highest and climbing. Shall I now take on the thing called the stimulus package? Something is wrong here, RIGHT? And the cost of government won’t go down until the voters rise up.


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check at the I-16 off ramp around 1:30am. A woman pulled up in a blue Ford Focus and the Officers smelled the odor of alcohol on her breath. They asked her to take a field sobriety test, and asked if she wanted to take her high heels off first. “No, I’m a pro at walking in high heels,” she said. She then failed her walk and turn test and was taken to jail for DUI.

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• Deputies responded to an Effingham insurance company to check the VIN on a motorcycle. It returned as stolen from Horry County, South Carolina. The motorcycle was seized to be held for Horry County Deputies to pick up. • A man came into the Sheriff’s Office to complain about his neighbor who has threatened to “whup his [tail!]” because he trimmed his side of his neighbor’s red tips hedges. (You could try fertilizing them with a neat product called Roundup...) • Deputies responded to a Springfield mobile home park on a domestic dispute call. While waiting on EMS to clear from the call, a man was warned to control his language and quit cursing in the presence of his neighbors, including many children. The man just got louder, saying the Deputies had no business being in his yard. One Deputy tried explaining they were just waiting until EMS was finished and the man didn’t want to hear it. He became louder and more belligerent, bowing up at the Deputy in an aggressive stance. The Deputy placed the man on the ground and handcuffed him, arresting him for disorderly conduct. • A Deputy made contact with a woman in the lobby at the Sheriff’s Office. The woman said she was there to bond her daughter out of jail. The woman was intoxicated and had just been released from jail herself about two hours earlier. She admitted that she’d driven to the jail, and she was soon under arrest and back on the inside for DUI. Her car was still running in the parking lot, and it was towed by a wrecker company. • Deputies responded to a Guyton neighborhood where a man was going door to door trying to get someone to give him a ride home. They arrived and found the man crawling out of a ditch, highly intoxicated. He was arrested for public intoxication. • Deputies responded to a report of someone throwing rocks at passing cars on Sandhill Road. They met with the complainant at a nearby convenience store. She showed them the chip in her windshield and the chipped paint on her hood. They were unable to locate the rock throwers. • A Deputy stopped a red Pontiac after noticing the driver wasn’t wearing his seat belt as he went through the intersection of Blue Jay Road and Midland Road. As he was writing the driver’s citation, he called for backup including a K-9, who alerted on the car. The driver and the three passengers were soon under arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. • Just before 11pm, a Deputy was sitting stationary on Goshen Road and was passed by a small silver car at a high rate of speed. He pulled out and stopped the car, and the young woman explained ___________________________________ Continued on page 5

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that she was late for her curfew. The Deputy noticed the young woman had bloodshot, glazed eyes, and asked if she’d been drinking or doing drugs. She soon admitted that she’d smoked some marijuana earlier. The Deputy then called the girl’s mother to come pick her up. With mom on the way, the young woman told the Deputy that her mother also smoked marijuana. When Mom arrived, the Deputies asked her if she’d had any alcohol or smoked any dope. She said she’d done both earlier in the night. She was allowed to call her mother-in-law to come pick her and her daughter up. (The family that smokes marijuana together does time together...) • A Meldrim woman told Deputies she’d advertised her jet ski on Craig’s List, and found a buyer in New Jersey. The man sent her a check for $3900 for the $2500 jet ski. The woman turned the check over to Deputies, knowing that it was no good. In fact, it had been stolen from a New Jersey company. • Shortly before noon, a Deputy was on patrol on McCall Road and observed a large timber rattlesnake crawling into a yard where three residences were nearby. The Deputy used his shotgun to put an end to the rattlesnake threat. (Yeah, but I won’t be driving on McCall Road for a long time!) •  Around 6:30am, a Deputy rode up on a Chevy El Camino parked on the side of Hwy 21. The woman there said her father had gone to get some gas for the car. The Deputy noted there was a man, her brother, passed out intoxicated on the back seat. Another Deputy was called to see if he’d noticed the woman’s father walking from the closest gas station, and he said there was no Dad on the roadway to be found. The Deputy finally decided the car needed to be towed from the roadway, and told the woman a licensed driver would have to pick it up. She and her brother were taken to another convenience store where they were picked up by a Screven County Deputy and taken back to their motel in Sylvania. • A Deputy was patrolling on Long Bridge Road just after 8am when he noticed a white SUV approaching from behind at a high rate of speed. The SUV quickly swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic to avoid rear-ending the Deputy, who then made a traffic stop. The woman said she’d fallen asleep at the wheel and woke up just in time to swerve to avoid hitting him. She was soon arrested for DUI Drugs and too fast for conditions. • A Deputy responded to a Rincon ___________________________________ Continued on page 8

A REAL PICNIC Rincon Turns Out for Community Event By Stephen Prudhomme Nice weather, good music and food and fellowship converged in Ricon last Saturday, making the first “We are One-Effingham County” community picnic an event seemingly enjoyed by all. Pastor Gregory William Brunson of Church of the Harvest Ministries in Rincon came up with the idea for a community picnic as a way to bring people together and to thank local government agencies for the services they provide to the community. A number of these agencies set up information booths at the picnic, which was held on 8 acres of land that surrounds the Church of the Harvest on Weisenbaker Road.

families. Speaking of families, many attended the picnic including the Proctors, David and Andrew. David Proctor says he found out about the event through a member of Church of the Harvest. “It’s nice they’re doing it,” says Proctor, noting that he and his son, Andrew, along with friend Jaylen Powell, came to the picnic after baseball practice that morning. “It’s a great turnout, and it’s a pretty day.” Andrew, sporting a New York Yankees cap, found something that hit the spot after a tiring baseball practice. “I liked the cotton candy,” he says. The “menu” also featured free hamburgers, chips and salsa, donuts and pizza, the latter courtesy of the local Domino’s. Other

David Proctor and his son, Andrew, right, along with friend Jaylen Powell, enjoyed the pretty weather and cotton candy at last Saturday’s community picnic. One such agency was Effingham County’s Habitat for Humanity, whose services are in greater demand during these difficult economic times. “We always need something to build houses,” says Morris Oglesby, founder of the local Habitat for Humanity who now serves as a volunteer. “We want to get the community involved with Habitat so we can get everyone into a decent home. The economy is bad, but we can help one another until it gets better.” Right next to Habitat for Humanity was a booth operated by Concerted Services, Inc., a county organization funded by the state and federal government that helps low-income families with their heating and power bills and provides them with food some three to four times a year. Also, with the help of FEMA funds, they help these families pay their mortgage and rent. County coordinator Janice Mydell says it’s important to inform people of the program so the funds will continue to come into the community and “improve the quality of life” for a number of

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“We are One-Effingham County” featured some spirited music and dancing. “pies.” In less than two hours, the lunchtime crowd enjoyed some 336 slices of pizza. For some, one slice wasn’t enough. “One little guy showed up four times,” Marshlick notes. “I told him it was one slice per customer.” Marshlick, remarking that she worked that day and got her exercise, described the event as a “lot of fun.” She adds that it gets them involved with the community and provides some good advertising for Domino’s. “Everyone enjoyed the pizza,” says Marshlick, noting they were popular for another reason as well. “We were the only people with sanitizer,” she says.

Pastor Brunson says the event went very well, attracting some 2,500 to 3,000 people. “It was an outstanding show of community spirit,” he says. “People left saying this is a good thing and they hope we hold it on a yearly basis.” In fact, Brunson has already set the date for next year, Sept. 11, and says he’s looking to double or triple attendance and have a larger venue. Coming up with enough food, based on this year’s response, shouldn’t be a problem. “We wound up with food left over,” Brunson says. “I’m excited with all the different food sponsors we had this year.”

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area home around 1:30am and met with a man whose face had been disfigured in an accident. After a while, the Deputy finally learned that he’d been driving on a closed portion of Old Augusta Road and collided with a Roadtech asphalt paver, shearing off a metal post from that piece of equipment, which entered into his vehicle and struck him in the face. The man and his passenger were taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment. They were charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a closed road, driving while suspended, and reckless conduct. (I’m just hoping things weren’t as bad as they sounded in that report!) • A woman told Deputies that the last time she saw her 2002 Dodge Intrepid was around 3:30am at her sister’s 16th birthday party. When she returned to get her car the next day, the car was missing. • And a man filed a report with Deputies complaining that the meat he’d bought from a door to door meat salesman came with a money back satisfaction guarantee. He said he’s not satisfied with his meat, but he can’t get in touch with the meat salesman now to get his money back.


• At 10:30pm, an Officer ran a check on the license plate of a yellow Chevy Cavalier eastbound on Hwy 80 near Sheftall Street. The license plate returned suspended for no insurance. The Officer made a traffic stop, and found that the driver’s driver’s license was also suspended, and he was taken to jail. • A California man spent the night at a Pooler hotel last week. When it was time to leave, he started to get into his car, but something distracted him enough that he struck his head on the door post, and had to be taken to Candler Hospital for treatment. (Okay, a show of hands,

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PROVIDING ASSISTANCE ON SEVERAL FRONTS Business Owner offers Personal and Business Counseling By Stephen Prudhomme During a time when people around the country are feeling the effects of a stumbling economy, Kenneith Durden is poised to help them on several fronts. Not only can he offer advice as a business consultant, but as a counselor he can also help them cope with the mental and emotional issues that often accompany financial hardships. The Port Wentworth resident operates Durden Consulting Services LLC, which opened in Pooler in January 2008 . He offers individual and family counseling, focusing on such issues as drug addition and mental health. Recently, Durden added business counseling to his list of services. “I’m creating a tool for people to start their own businesses,” explains Durden, who is finishing up his doctorate in organizational leadership from Argosy University. “It will help them develop a general entrepreneurial approach to business.

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please, if you’ve ever knocked yourself out while getting into your car...) • A convenience store owner contacted Police after finding that people have been using his dumpster for their personal trash. He was able to find several envelopes addressed to a Pooler man included in the dumpster. That man has been advised of illegal dumping charges, and the store owner may pursue civil charges against him. • An evil, evil person in Pooler took a golf cart from the Westbrook Clubhouse and drove it through several sand traps, across the driving range, the putting greens, and

Durden says he added business consulting to his services to give himself a different avenue and perspective from counseling. He adds one often needs both business consulting and counseling to cope with the sudden loss of a job, for instance. Not only do you often have to go in a different direction as far as your career, he notes, but you also have the emotional stress of dealing with the loss of a job and income. Growing up in Swainsboro, Durden says he always wanted to help people. To that end, following undergraduate work at Armstrong Atlantic State University, he earned his master’s degree in counseling from Argosy University, an Atlanta-based school with a satellite campus in Savannah. “I’m curious about why people do what they do,” says Durden, explaining his career choice of counseling. Durden says there’s a great need for counseling, especially among the youth. “They have so many issues,” he says. He attributes these issues to a change in the nation

regarding core beliefs and the willingness to help others in need. “We’re quick to give up on someone, to lock them up,” Durden notes. “The connection between people is not there like it used to be.” There’s no one general solution to the various issues an individual might face, according to Durden. “You have to look at people as individuals,” Durden maintains. “You have to find out what’s the issue with them.” Once those issues are brought out into the open, and that can be a challenge, given the reluctance of many people to see a counselor, according to Durden, the next step is to discuss the problems and then offer ways on how to best cope with them. Ultimately, though, it’s the individual who determines the final outcome. “I deposit things in people,” Durden explains. “It’s up to them to make changes. That’s what attracted me to counseling – the opportunity to effect positive changes.”

the 18th green before finally crashing it into a trash can. The sides of the golf cart were found in two different locations where they’d been knocked from the cart while Dr. Evil was riding around tearing up the greens. Hopefully, Police will send us a photo of the perp based on the video surveillance tape they are reviewing now. (Senseless crimes deserve senseless punishments! I say let this guy go out and collect range balls on the driving range without the protective cage, while all the club members are allowed to try and hit him from a hundred yards out! Heck, they could even make money by charging admission to just watch!) • At 10am, an Officer stopped a blue Pontiac for speeding 63mph in a 45mph zone of Pooler Parkway. The driver was charged with driving while unlicensed, but was released when he explained through an interpreter that he was diabetic and had been throwing up blood. (Not sure what one has to do with the other... I’ve been diabetic for over thirty years and ain’t never thrown up blood!)

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Dear Editor, Recently at a Pennsylvania Town Hall Meeting, a young woman received national attention when she exclaimed, “You have awakened a Sleeping Giant!” Now, as we approach Election Day, November 3rd, it’s critical that we accept and fully utilize the power and strength of that Sleeping Giant. Over the past four years, I have criticized the Bloomingdale Mayor and certain Council Members. I have been critical for what, “in my heart of hearts,” are extremely valid reasons. Rather than transparency and openness in government, sound fiscal decisions, and putting the Citizens first, I have witnessed a series of self-serving agendas routinely executed behind closed doors. Citizens have been belittled and ridiculed and overall spoken “down-to.” Now, with the upcom-

ing Bloomingdale election, that form of oppressive governing and that abusive attitude can be forever eliminated. In the November 3rd election, two Mayoral and eleven Council Member candidates are vying for your vote. I urge all Bloomingdale voters to critically analyze the qualifications of each candidate. Rather than continuing the “goodold-boy syndicate” form of governing, let’s vote objectively and fairly for those candidates who will better serve the City of Bloomingdale and its Citizens. While all these candidates on the surface may be nice folks, we must support those individuals who are decidedly better qualified to govern and clearly more committed to serve. We must consider the interpersonal, negotiation and practical good-sense decision making skill-sets of each candidate, as well as their educational, political, and business-experience backgrounds.


A Bloomingdale Block Party is planned for Saturday, October 31st, from 10am-3pm, at 1109 East Highway 80. All candidates have been invited. Bloomingdale Voters, please take this opportunity to join in a fun day and the chance to “meet and greet” with candidates. Come… be a part of the Sleeping Giant!

Latrelle Griffin Kling Coalition for a Better Bloomingdale

Regarding The Original Flying Pig BBQ Festival....

Dear Editor, The Original Flying Pig BBQ Festival can not be held this year, “Original” being the key word. We had it scheduled for October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at Tom Triplett Park, but we were threatened with a $10,000 lawsuit if we continued with our festival. This would have been our 13th consecutive year. It is to our regret that we have had to cancel the many things we had planned and worked on since the conclusion of last year’s festival.

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On September 16th, the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce hosted the Taste of the Westside at the newly opened Cambria Suites near the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport. A variety of restaurants and caterers participated in the event, serving some of their most delectable and savory dishes, which were

elegantly displayed. There were a variety of dishes, offering something for everyone. Some of the restaurants present included Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern, Sisters of the New South, and Reflect Bistro. The hotel lobby was packed with guests attending the event, none of whom left with an empty stomach. Everyone socialized and enjoyed the company of one another along

with the food. Those who sat in the lobby were treated to the wonderful acoustic guitar playing of local Kris Britt, who owns Crossroad Music. Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening. Pooler offers a wide array of restaurants, so the next time you go out make sure you support one of them. Thanks to the Chamber for putting on such a wonderful event.

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Officer politely told her it sounded like, since the store is in Savannah, she might want to contact the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police. The report ended with the note “No crime committed in Pooler.” • A Savannah man told Police he’d left his Olds Silhouette van parked on the side of I-95 around 8am. When he returned around 4pm, the van was missing. The man said he’d checked with the State Patrol, the Chatham Sheriff’s Office, and the Pooler Police to make sure the car had not been towed. • Officers responded around 2:30am to a residence for a report of a domestic dispute. They spoke first with the husband, who complained that his wife wouldn’t let him inside the house when he returned home from a night at the bar. They then spoke with the wife, who was mad because he’d woke the baby up by knocking on the windows and door. The

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GLENN BECK EXPLAINED By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services

“They would not listen, they’re not listening still, “Perhaps they never will.” -Don McLean, “Vincent” Radio and TV commentator Glenn Beck was mentioned three times in separate opinion columns on the same day and in an article the next day in The New York Times, possibly a record for someone who does not hold elective office. Oh, and then there’s this week’s Time magazine cover. He’s everywhere. Beck is also the Left’s latest explanation for what is wrong with America. Many on the Left believe that if conservatives would just get out of the way, shut up and allow liberals to re-create America in their image, we would all be better off. But those loud-mouthed cable TV and radio talk show hosts keep uneducated, God-worshipping, flag-waving, NASCAR-loving, country music-fueled trailer trash riled up and prevent their brave new world from being born. The articles, essays and columns about Beck, and so many others on the Right, drip with the condescension conservatives have come to expect from liberal elites who think because they went to

the “right” schools they are better than everyone else. I had not met Glenn Beck, so last week I visited him in his highrise Manhattan office. His walls are decorated with black-and-white photographs of people he clearly admires. There are entertainers like Red Skelton and a young filmmaker named Walt Disney. You could watch Skelton on TV and view Disney movies along with your wife and kids, knowing you’d never hear a bad word, including a bad word about America. Beck has an old Admiral blackand-white TV an aide says they are trying to “make work.” When it did work, it carried programs worth watching, including news broadcasts by real journalists like Edward R. Murrow, whose photo hangs on a wall close to Beck’s office. Is it Beck who is stirring the pot or has the pot been stirring for some time and it is he, and a few others, giving the masses a voice? Maybe it’s the leadership vacuum in the country that has thrust Beck and Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin (1 million of his latest book sold) and others to the forefront. If Republicans were behaving like Republicans, perhaps there would be less perceived need for them.

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Cal Thomas If the Left bothered to hang out where conservatives do and take seriously their concerns about a country to which they pay taxes and for which many of them, or their parents, or children have fought, maybe they would understand what has so many upset. Pollster Frank Luntz understands. In a recent column for The New York Daily News, Luntz reports on his interview survey of 6,400 people, the results of which appear in his new book “What Americans Really Want ... Really.” Luntz discovered that people are angry with the government because of the lack of accountability by our leaders and a lack of progress on anything meaningful in Washington. The “absence of accountability,” he writes, “ranks No. 1 in the hearts and guts of the average American. Washington spends billions to bail out big business and then can’t explain where the money went. Washington spends $800 billion on a stimulus package filled with earmarks and pork projects. And now Washington is trying to create a trillion-dollar health-care experiment when over 85 percent of Americans are satisfied with their health care just as it is.” As Professor Harold Hill put it: “Make your blood boil? Well, I should say.” Luntz continues: “This could be forgiven, perhaps, if those elected officials from Washington exhibited even an ounce of respect for the voters who pay their salaries. But the combination of a political class that ignores those with whom they disagree and a business class that ignores the very real suffering of the working class (if they are, in fact, working) while pocketing million-dollar bonuses has convinced the public that no one cares.” Glenn Beck seems to care and that’s why his ratings are now chal-


Pooler City Council met Monday night, with Mayor Lamb being the only member absent. (He was attending a function regarding the announcement of Mitsubishi moving to Pooler!) Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Benton ran the meeting in his absence. In the Public Safety report, Councilman Allen said the Police Department had handled 1158 calls from Sept. 4th thru the 17th, bringing the year to date total to 22,786. The Fire Department has handled 130 responses so far in September, bringing the year to date total to 1429. In the Water and Sewer Report, Councilman Wall said therre had been a Force Main leak on Sept. 14th when the site was hit by a Georgia Power truck. The instance has been reported to the EPD. In Recreation, Councilman Royal said that football and soccer are continuing, and schedules are posted on the city’s website. Also, tumbling is going on Monday and Tuesday nights, with additional classes held on Saturday mornings. In Building and Zoning, Councilwoman Benton said there had been 4 new single family permits issued, bringing the year to date total to 113. There were also 5 new commercial permits issued, bringing the year to date total to 21. No word on whether Mitsubishi has filed for their permit yet or not. Beofre moving on to Old Business, Mayor Pro Tem Benton introduced Ms. Lauren Lewis, who is heading up the 2010 Census in the Pooler area. Ms. Lewis pointed out that Mitsubishi needed good information to make the decision to come here, and a lot of that information is found in the Cen-


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sus. She added that $400 Billion per year will be distributed based on the Census. Georgia is looking to add at least one, possibly two Congressional seats based on the 2010 Census, so it’s important that everyone gets counted! Ms. Lewis also said that, since 1790, no individual’s information has been passed on to the IRS or any other person or government agency, so rest assured that your input and answers on the Census form will be kept private. Councilman Wall also pointed out that on a local level, the Census data is used to determine how local SPLOST dollars are allocated. In Old Business, Council voted to approve the Second Reading on the hotel/motel tax ordinance defining a permanent resident. This will slightly increase the amount of tax dollars from guests on extended stays at local hotels and motels. In New Business, Council voted to exempt Mitsubishi from ad valorem taxes on imported tangible personal property held within a foreign trade zone. Next, Council approved a 16” water line installed along Wildcat Dam Road and passing underneath the Georgia Central Railroad. Council next approved the low bid for construction of a communications tower at the Public Works Department on South Rogers Street. The winning bid was $134,538, about $15,000 under what Council had budgeted for the item. The bid was awarded to Sabre Communications of Sioux City, Iowa. Council also awarded the bid for installation of sidewalks at Gleason Park. City Manager Robbie Byrd noted that there have been significant changes made at the park, with 31 trees taken down. The $16,953 bid for work will be funded through the city’s Tree Bank, which is donated money from developers who can’t meet the city’s tree ordinance. Finally, Council voted to retain the city’s 4.5 millage rate this year. If your assessed property value went down, your city taxes will go down. Council then adjourned into an Executive Session to discuss legal matters. Pooler City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 6pm at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend and see how they’re spending your tax dollars.


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Let Us Remember...

Springfield - Mary Lucille Pevey Smith, 78, died Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at Effingham Extended Care. The Effingham County native was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and a retired cashier from Morrison’s Cafeteria and Bill’s Dollar Store. Survivors include her children, Shirley Turner and Jerald Smith both of Rincon; grandchildren, Randall D. Turner, Jeremy Turner, and Daniel Smith; greatgrandchildren, Lauren, Mark, and Taylor Turner, and Tyler Wellman; sister, Alice Edell Chance of Virginia; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Interment was in Springfield Cemetery. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel handled all arrangements. Remembrances may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 270, Rincon, GA 31326.

Joseph Anthony George Joseph Anthony George, 71, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2009 at Hospice Savannah. Mr. George was born March 14, 1938 in Greensburg, PA. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Army, and a resident of Savannah. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Mary George of Callahan, FL; his five children, Angela Thacker of Garden City, Anthony George of Savannah, Anita Friley of Hinesville, Allen George of Hinesville, and Alex George of Hilton Head; also, the mother of his five children, Elma Lee George. Four step-children, Debra Ludwick of Jacksonville, Joe Ludwick of Jacksonville, Scott Murray of Callahan, and Wendy Gale Ray of Gleenville; 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and his beloved cat “Willy.” Funeral Services were held Monday in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home with interment in Hillcrest Abbey West. Please sign our online guest book at: www.fairhavenfuneralhome. net. Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory in Garden City handled the arrangements.

Larry Powell

Larry Powell, age 56, passed away September 17, 2009 in Savannah, GA. He is preceded in death by his father Fred Powell. Survived by mother Martha, wife Denise, daughters Tina Conner, Chasiti Pritchard, Ashlie McClintic, grandchildren Jacob, Kaitlyn, Macy, Brantley and brother Mike Powell (Linda). Loved by a host of other relatives. Funeral Services were held Monday at the Fairhaven Chapel. Interment was in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Collins, GA. Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory in Garden City handled the arrangements.

Richard Vernon Hinely

Rincon - Richard Vernon Hinely, 53, passed away at home on Friday, September 18, 2009 following a long illness. Ricky was a lifelong member of Rothwell Baptist Church and had worked at Gulfstream Aerospace for 18 years. He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Samuel Hinely; grandfathers, Henry Hinely and Rev. Ira Carver and his grandmothers, Carrie Hinely and Edith Carver. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; step-children, Nathon (Beth); granddaughter, Mady Rachel Gould, (Kevin Spooner); brotherin-law, Donny Kromer; mother, Ann Carver Williams (step-father, Jason); sisters, Debra Welsh (Tom) and Sheri Bragg; nieces, Linsey Griffen, Jeris Bragg; nephews, Dylan Welsh and Taylor McLaughlin; great-niece, Bri

Virginia L. Hagan Scott

Eden- Virginia L. Hagan Scott, 63, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Mrs. Virginia was born in Chatham County to the late John Morgan and Lillie Brannen Hagan. She was an active member of Powers Baptist Church. She was the coowner and operator, along with her daughter, of Virginia’s & Leigh’s Salon. Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Harl H. “Butch” Scott of Eden; children, Leigh Scott Sumner (Alan) of Eden, Jon Scott (Teresa) of Jesup and Elaine Scott Driggers (Billy, Jr.) of Eden; her beloved grandchildren, Heather Sumner, Emily Scott, Blaine Driggers, David Scott and Andrew Driggers; sister, Vivian Howard of Faulkville and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held Wednesday at Powers Baptist Church, with burial in the Church cemetery. Remembrances may be sent to the Powers Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 730, Eden, GA 31307 Friends may sign the online register book at www. stricklandandsonsfuneralhome. com Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes in Pooler handled the arrangements.

husband, Joe A. Fuller, her father, Michael Taranovich and a brother, Michael Taranovich. Survivors include her children, Tammie J. Saxon (Tony) of Savannah and Jimmy J. Fuller (Brandie) of Bloomingdale; grandchildren, Barry Smoak, Byron Saxon, Allison Saxon, Colby Fuller, Hailey Fuller and Jolie Fuller; mother, Angelina LaRosa of Ellabell; siblings, Steve Taranovich of Eden, Angela Beasley of Ellabell and David Friedberg of Ellabell and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held Thursday in the chapel of the funeral home with burial to follow at Hillcrest Abbey West on Dean Forest Road. Remembrances may be given to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416 or to the American Cancer Society, 6600 Abercorn Street, Suite 206, Savannah, GA 31405. Friends may sign the online register book at www. stricklandandsonsfuneralhome. com Thomas C. Strickland & Sons in Pooler handled the arrangements.

Rodney Vernon Newton, Sr.

Rodney Vernon Newton, Sr., 93, died Sunday, September 20, 2009, at his residence. Mr. Newton was born in Screven County and lived in Effingham

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Lanier - Mack Hagin, age 84 passed away Saturday , September 19, 2009 at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. Mr. Hagin was born in Bulloch County September 14, 1925 to the late George C. and Mamie McDaniel Hagin. He was a graduate of Marvin Pittman School and the University of Georgia; a

veteran of WWII, having served in the European Theatre, and was a Purple Heart recipient. Mr. Hagin was a long-time member of Lanier Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of Deacons. He was a retired farmer and rural mail carrier. He was predeceased by his brothers, G.C. and Robin Hagin. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marian Stubbs Hagin of Lanier; two sons and daughtersin-law, George and Susan Hagin of Pembroke and Mack and Sandy Hagin of Tampa, FL; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marcia and John Carter of Jesup and Vicki and Mikell Foxworth of Lanier; one sister, Margaret Hagin Prosser of Bulloch County; eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Flanders Morrison Funeral Home, with Reverend Dan Bryant officiating. Burial was in Lower Black Creek Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459. Flanders Morrison Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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Janet Usher (Thomas), 53, of Savannah, died Friday, Sept 18, 2009, under the care of Hospice Savannah. She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret Canady and Eldon Darty Usher, and a brother, Bruce E. Usher. She was retired from BellSouth. Janet is survived by her husband, William “Bill” Thomas; 4 brothers, John Usher (Debbie), Alan Usher (Peggy), David Usher (Ann), and Mark Usher (Susan); a sister-inlaw, Marie Usher; several nieces and nephews, and several grandnieces and grand-nephews. The Memorial Service was held Sunday in the Chapel of the Fairhaven Funeral Home, with Rev. Ronnie Miles Officiating. Remembrances: Hospice Savannah, Inc., PO Box 13190, Savannah, Ga 31416. Please sign our online guestbook at: www.fairhavenfuneralhome. net Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory handled the arrangements.

County for a number of years. He was a carpenter, a veteran of the US Army, having served in WWII, a member of Hiltonia United Methodist Church, and a member of the Carpenters Local #256 in Savannah. Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles R. Smith (Judy) of Savannah, Rodney V. Newton, Jr. (Judy) of Sylvania, and James C. Newton (Pam) of Guyton; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Hiltonia United Methodist Church. Interment was at Screven Memorial Park with Military Honors. Pallbearers were Brent Cornwell, Denny Pittman, Jim Newton, Ray Smith, Mike Smith, Trey Newton, Michael Stewart and David Blount. Honorary Pallbearers were Gene Newton, Micky Newton, Charles Martin and Adam Eller. Riggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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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 Interim Pastor: David Wainwright Woodlawn Baptist 407 Talmadge Ave. • 964-8676 Gary Johnson, Pastor

Garden City Central Baptist Church 4010 Old Louisville Rd. 965-0752 Rev. Kenny Harrelson Count It All Joy Ministries Highway 17 Michael Tucker Wilder Memorial Baptist 1 Gamble Road Rev. Tom Keller Wildwood United Methodist Garrard Avenue Pastor Lloyd Dees Chapel in the Garden Presbyterian Church Daren Russell 93 Main Street • 964-5734

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

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 New Vision Pentecostal Church, 2355 Hwy 119 • 772-4417 Pastor: Charles Bazemore Pineora Holy Church of God 460 McLaws Rd. • 232-6100 Pastor Ronnie Miles Faith Baptist Church 1951 Hwy 119 South • Guyton Dr. Calvin Bradley, Pastor 772-5269 Elam Egypt Baptist Church Paul Moore, Pastor 2166 Egypt Ardmore Rd • 754-5060 Rev. Peter Vermeulen United Methodist Church Ga. Hwy 17 • Marlow Rev. Peter Vermeulen Hwy. 30 Church of Christ 1952 Noel C. Conaway Rd. 728-3819 John W. Wright, Jr. Guyton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 301 Pine Street 772-3478 Bethesda United Methodist 3608 Midland Road • 728-3332 Pastor Matt Waldron Guyton United Methodist 401 Church Street • 772-5099 Rev. Rick Holt First Baptist of Marlow 2229 Central Ave. • 772-7438 Pastor Daniel Alexander (Minister of Gospel)

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 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 Christ Presbyterian Church Coffee, Welcome with Worship at 10:00 a.m. 1743 Quacco Road • 925-6441 Rev. Ed Ayers • 713-1276 The Sycamore at West Chatham Meeting in homes on Wednesdays Pastor Ric Smith • 596-4725 Lighthouse Baptist Church 106 Pipemakers Circle • 748-1164 Pastor: Dr. Van Power New Birth Savannah Meeting at West Chatham Middle School Gym 800 Pine Barren Road • 233-6755 Pastor: Kenneth K. Law New Life Sanctuary 1410 Pine Barren Road Pastor J. S. Hartman • 572-6001 Heavenbound Baptist Church 1014 Quacco Road • 921-1500 Rev. Gene Alderman First Presbyterian Church Pooler (PCA) 329 Hwy. 80 East • 330-9415 John Fender, Pastor Faith Bible Baptist Church 5137 Old Louisville Rd. • 964-7655 Dale Mathis, Pastor Crossroads Worship Center Hwy. 80 at N. Rogers St. • 547-5101 Rev. Joe Hubbard

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 Father Michael J. Kavanaugh North Salem Baptist 955 Hwy 30 • 964-7933 Pastor Phil Hudson Port Wentworth Alliance Church 222 Cantyre Street • 964-4495 Pastor John Smith Faith Foundation C.O.G.I.C. 7 Cantyre Street • 964-0019 Pastor, Elder Earl Williams, Jr. Port Wentworth Baptist 231 Grange Rd • 964-0762 Real Life Christian Fellowship 841 Crossgate Rd. Pastor Paul L. Taylor, Jr. Port Wentworth United Methodist 201 Turnberry Street • 964-4210 Pastor: Tom Edwards Rincon Effingham Baptist Church 1007 North Columbia Ave. 826-3794 Pastor: Tom Davis

Church of Christ 4506 Augusta Rd. • 964-6443

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

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

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

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

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

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 Acts III Global Church 604 Goshen Road • 826-2981 Pastor, Al Usher Church of the Harvest 434 Weisenbaker Rd. • 826-6461 Rev. Brunson

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

Fellowship Bible Church 841 Old Dixie Hwy. • 754-9645 Pastor Robert Quarterman 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 Chevis Oaks Baptist Church 102 Sylvania Rd. at Chevis Rd. 925-3852 Rev. Eric R. Carpenter Bethel New Testament Christian Church 1295 Little Neck Road • 412-4995 Pastor D.M. Nelson New Vision Baptist Church 2417 Louis Mills Blvd. 236-4841 Pastor Gary Bradham

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 Robert and Renea Jordan 748-4339 Holy Church of God Little Neck Road

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

Savannah Christian Church 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Pastor Cam Huxford

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

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

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

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

St. John’s Lutheran Hwy 21 at 7th St. • 826-5411 Springfield Agape Assembly of God 703 First St. Ext. • 754-6354 Pastor: Shane Holcombe New Testament Fellowship UPC 307 South Laurel St. • 754-9782 Pastor: Walter Thomas Bethel Lutheran ELCA 1984 Hwy 21N • 754-6561 Rev. Shelley Nelson-Bridger 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

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

Gethsemane Baptist 1102 N. Maple St. 754-7530

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ephesus Reformed Baptist 826-4598 • Pastor Steve Thomas

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

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

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

Thomas Chapel AME Savannah Town Rd. • 754-1233

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

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

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

Bryant Temple W. 6th St. • 826-2896

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

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

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

Springfield United Methodist 209 Cleveland St. Rev. Ben Martin

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

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

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

Abercorn Baptist Baker Hill Rd. • 826-4213

- God Silk Hope United Methodist 5212 Silk Hope Rd. • 447-5282

Mizpah United Methodist Church Clyo Kildare Rd • 754-1563 Pastor: Jose Velasquez

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

“The wages of sin is death. Repent before payday!”

Effingham International Worship Center Marlow Learning Center • 748-7308 Pastor Eddie Tomberlin

Corinth Baptist Church 290 Corinth Church Rd. 754-0032 • Shawnee Pastor Jeff Self

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

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

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

“The Lighthouse” of Effingham County meeting at Rincon YMCA 1224 Patriot Drive 856-0428 Roland Dann, Pastor

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

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

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

Clyo United Methodist Church Railroad St. at 3rd. Ave. Pastor Al Fernandez

Church of Christ Hwy 80

United Methodist Church Meldrim Pastor: Rick Holt

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

Silver Hill United Methodist Church Silver Hill Church Rd. Pastor Al Fernandez

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

Berea Southern Methodist Church 2872 Noel Conaway Road (GA 30 near Kolic Helmy Rd), Guyton

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

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

Fruits Vine HANGING ON

“Sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and higher,” blared the radio. My wife was listening to the radio. She has a love-hate relationship with our Minnesota weather. This has turned her into a bit of a weather junkie. She finds our weather both intriguing and frightening. Her feelings are not unlike those of a child watching a particularly scary horror movie, nearly scared to death, yet seldom feeling so alive. I found myself staring out the window. Lightning filled the sky and rumbling thunder shook the house. Rain began to fall. The trees were bending in the strong wind. However, it was none of these things that was commanding my attention. It was a little blue and white bird that I could not take my eyes off of. I was looking at a Tree Swallow, a small bird that nests in an old bluebird box in our rural yard. The tiny swallow, weighing at most three-quarters of an ounce, was hanging on with dear life to a small branch of a tree. Its mate was sitting on eggs inside the nest cavity. The wind blew harder and harder, almost as though it was determined to shake the tiny bird free from its perch. The bird’s plight caused me to reflect on the trials of a friend. When my friend Keith broke his leg, he felt that it was the last straw. Keith, a farmer all of his life, had been suffering from leukemia for a year and a half, and a bone marrow transplant had produced

• Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, located on Hwy 25 across from Dixie Crystal Sugar Refinery in Port Wentworth, is hosting a Boiled Shrimp Supper from 11am until 7pm on Friday, September 25th. The meal includes 1/3 lb. boiled shrimp, green beans, coleslaw, crackers and dessert, all for just $7. Deliveries of five or more dinners can be made to local businesses. Call 964-0219 by noon Thursday, September 24 to place an order for Friday delivery. • Illusionist to perform at FBC Rincon Oct. 3-4 Master illusionist and Christian comedian Greg Davidson will present three unique and entertaining programs on Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4 at First Baptist Church of Rincon. “Believe It! A Celebration of Wonder” inspires and amazes audiences with illusions, clean comedy, live music, multimedia and an inspirational message from Greg Davidson. Each program is completely different, but each will include first-class entertainment through illusions, humor and music live onstage. See it and hear it on Saturday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Each program is free, and a donation will be taken. For more information, call First Baptist Church of Rincon at 826-5536 or visit the website To learn more about “Believe It!” visit their website at • The Bernie Wallace Circle of the United Methodist Women are hosting a Chicken & Dumplings Dinner, Eat in or Take Out. All proceeds will go toward nursery im-

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disappointing results. The leukemia had gone into remission, but the bone marrow hadn’t started reproducing as everyone had hoped. Things just hadn’t been working out. Keith was pulling a wagon with a four-wheeler when a freak accident happened, breaking his leg. It was one of those cases where just as you think that things can’t possibly get any worse, they get worse. Keith found himself laid up and with 160 acres of beans in the fields that needed harvesting. It looked as if his wife and his 82-year-old father would have to try to harvest the beans. Things were looking bad. Then a miracle happened. The miracle came in the form of good neighbors. In the spirit of good Samaritans, two neighbors organized five volunteer crews. Trucks and combines poured into Keith’s fields and made short work of the harvest. In less than three hours, Keith’s fields were bean-free. The project took longer to plan than to do. I believe that neighbors are meant to help neighbors. I once tried to talk my father into buying a neighbor’s farm. The neighbor wasn’t much of a farmer and really didn’t tend to his business. Besides, we could have used a little extra land. I will never forget my father’s answer to one of my pleas. It was one of those responses that comes with its very own life’s lesson. He told me that he would rather have the neighbor than the neighbor’s land. At the time, I thought he was

terribly old-fashioned and had let his feelings get in the way of good business sense. Watching the neighboring farmers harvest Keith’s beans made me realize how right my father was. I felt good watching so many people get together to help a neighbor who was down on his luck. I knew that Keith would reciprocate if given the chance. A fundraiser was organized for Keith and many people worked and donated to a worthy cause. A meal was served to an overflowing crowd at the local school. As I remembered these events, my thoughts and prayers were with Keith. I hoped for his rapid and complete recovery. My thoughts left Keith and his bean harvest when I heard a loud crack, followed by a deafening crash. The fierce wind had blown down a large tree that had been standing forever and a day in our yard. I looked at the fallen tree with a touch of sadness. I could plant another tree and I would, but I would never see one of the same size in its place. Then I remembered the Tree Swallow. My eyes sought the bird. I looked at the branch and saw that the small bird was still hanging on despite the heavy wind, the thunder, the lightning, the rain and the falling tree. My spirit soared because I knew, as one is allowed to know these things, that my friend Keith was going to be all right. By Al Batt and passed along by www.

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MY ANSWER By Billy Graham Q: What happens to us in the first minute after we die? Do we enter heaven immediately, or do our souls go into some kind of a sleep until the end of time, when our souls and our bodies will be reunited? I’ve always had lots of questions about heaven. - T.N.W.

A: The Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about heaven and life after death - and the reason is because our minds are limited and heaven is far too glorious for us to understand. Some day, all of our questions will be answered - but not yet. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully” (1 Corinthians 13:12). However, the Bible certainly does indicate that when we die we enter immediately into God’s presence if we belong to Christ. From our earthly point of view, death looks somewhat like sleep - but not from God’s point of view. Paul declared, “We are confident (of eternal life), I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Elsewhere he wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23). Later, we will be given new bodies - bodies that will never age or be subject to death, because they will be like Christ’s resurrection body. As the Bible says, “The dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52). Is your hope in Christ? Death is a reality - but so is God’s offer of salvation in Christ. Don’t put off your decision for Him, because you could be called into eternity at any moment - and then it will be too late.

(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:

Prayer of the Week... Lord, I worship you and give you the glory due your name. I worship you in the beauty of your holiness. When I praise you, you bring my life into alignment with your purposes. Help me to sing your praises even when I wake up troubled in the night. Even when my soul is heavy and I don’t feel like singing at all, put a song in my heart that rises out of me and releases my fear. Give me your words that I may keep singing my praise to you.

The Church Bulletin Board provements at the Alpha United Methodist Church in Bloomingdale. Sunday, September 27th following the 11am worship service. Please join us that day for good food, fun, and fellowship. Enjoy Sunday dinner and leave the cooking to us! Alpha UMC Social Hall is located at 5 East Hwy 80 in Bloomingdale. • On Sunday, October 4th, the Bernie Wallace Circle of the United Methodist Women will sponsor a “baby shower” for the Alpha United Methodist Church nursery. Please bring one of the items below to the morning service where they will be brought forward and dedicated during the service, or call 748-4062 if you want to donate or participate, but can’t be present Oct. 4th: Crib Sheets (full size, 3/4 size, and changing table size), Bumper  pads (full size and 3/4 size), Baby Wipes, New Toddler size table and chairs  (sturdy and safe), and Kleenex. Cash donations gladly accepted. No toys please! Thank you so much! • FALL FESTIVAL 2009 Everyone of all ages is invited to come out and take part in Chevis Oaks Baptist Church’s annual Fall Festival which will be held on Saturday, October 3rd from 4-7 p.m. At the festival, there will be

plenty of fun and games including a moon bounce house, train ride, cake walks, face painting, dunking booth and much, much more. “The purpose of the fall festival is to share the love of Jesus Christ with the community and beyond.” says pastor Eric Carpenter. The church is located at 102 Sylvania Road in Southwest Chatham County in the Ogeechee Farms community. For more info, either call 925-3852 or visit the website at

the 11am service is Rev. Earl Best. A covered dish meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the morning service. During the evening service, the Lord’s Supper will be observed and various members will give testimonies of their years at the church and how the church has grown and changed over the years. If you are a past member or a member who no longer attends, please come and let us “Welcome You Home.”

• All-Church Yard Sale! “There’s Something Happening in Pooler”... on Saturday, October 3rd from 8am til Noon, the Abundant Life community is hosting an All-Family Yard Sale here in Pooler! Join us at 119 Canal St., just off the Pooler Parkway, near the Cancun Mexican Restaurant, from 8 am til Noon. No early birds please! We’ll have lots of Furniture, Beds, Mattresses, Entertainment Center, Washer/Dryer, Desks, Clothes, and much more. All proceeds from the Yard Sale will be given to Community needs in Pooler.

• Living Hope Community Fellowship and Pastor Joyce Hall would like you to invite you to our Tenth Church Anniversary Celebration: Thursday, October 8, 2009, at 7:00pm, and the speaker will be Pastor Ricky Temple. Friday, October 9, 2009, at 7:00pm, and the speaker will be Bishop Matthew Odum. Sunday, October 11, 2009, at 10:00am, and the speaker will be Bishop Iona Locke. Come celebrate

• South Newington Baptist Church, 453 John Carter Road in Bloomingdale, celebrates it’s 166th Homecoming on September 27th. This year’s theme is “Welcome Home,” and the guest speaker for

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Irving Kristol’s Clear Thinking By Jonah Goldberg Tribune Media Services

“I am so nostalgic.” That’s the phrase I associate most with Irving Kristol, who died last week at the age of 89. What piqued Irving’s nostalgia, at an American Enterprise Institute conference I worked on in 1992, was old-fashioned censorship. In the good old days, he explained, local communities were able to determine their own standards without inviting lawsuits from the ACLU and overwrought invocations of “Fahrenheit 451.” In fact, hanging a “Banned in Boston” banner in a bookstore window, he explained, was the surest way to sell that book in New York. Local censorship, tethered to common sense and grounded in community norms, gave communities a say in how they would live. It made the world a more diverse, sane place. I’m not doing the argument justice, but what captured my attention was the calm, reasoned and even folksy way -- for a New York

Jewish intellectual -- Kristol managed to slice through layers of liberal cant. I am a National Review guy, and William F. Buckley would be the first face etched on my American-conservative Mount Rushmore, but, aside from my father, no single person had a bigger impact on my political thinking than Kristol, whose funeral was Tuesday. The obituaries have focused on Irving’s role as the “godfather of neoconservatism” and the founder of the Public Interest. That is as it should be. From that perch, Kristol led a massive counteroffensive on what he called the “new class -statist intellectuals, lawyers, social workers, educators et al.” “Though they continue to speak the language of Progressive reform,” Kristol wrote, “in actuality they are acting upon a hidden agenda: to propel the nation ... toward an economic system so stringently regulated in detail as to fulfill many of the traditional anticapitalist aspirations of the Left.” Kristol’s formulation wasn’t

Jonah Goldberg entirely new. He expanded an argument made by such figures as economist Joseph Schumpeter and James Burnham, another Trotskyist turned conservative (and a founding editor of National Review). But two things set Kristol apart. The first is that he understood the new class intimately; he spoke its language and was from the same cultural milieu. The second is that he did something about it. Buckley said that the neocons’ greatest contribution to conservatism was “sociology.” The early National Review conservatism was more Aristotelian, Buckley observed, while the neos brought

the language of social science to the debate. National Review might first ask whether a government initiative was warranted under the Constitution or whether it violated some immutable moral law. The neocons were less abstract. “The legitimate question to ask about any program,” according to Kristol, “is, ‘Will it work?’” Starting at the height of LBJ’s Great Society, Kristol unleashed a cadre of America’s finest social scientists -- James Q. Wilson, Seymour Martin Lipset, Charles Murray, Thomas Sowell, Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom to name a few -- to ask that question, and the answers usually confirmed that the Aristotelians were right all along. (No wonder the “law of unintended consequences” became the neocons’ motto.) Kristol argued that there were two basic orientations on the right: those who are anti-left and those who are anti-state. An antistatist would say the government shouldn’t be running the schools. The Kristolian would say public schools are fine; it’s what they teach that’s the problem. If anything, today’s conservatism is an imperfect fusion of these perspectives. Kristol himself became far more of a traditionalist, noting toward the end of his public life that the work of neoconservatism was largely

done. The staffers at the Public Interest -- not to mention his own son, Bill -- were simply “conservatives” now. There is a tendency among liberals to believe that the only good conservative is a dead conservative. They don’t wish violence on their opponents. Rather, once a prominent conservative dies -- Goldwater, Reagan, Buckley and now Kristol -- liberals use their memory to bash living conservatives. “Why can’t you be more like those civil, high-brow types?” goes the refrain. That’s already begun with Irving. Liberal intellectuals sorrowfully ask what he would make of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and the tea partyers. My hunch is that the man who defended Joe McCarthy’s anti-communism (while detesting the man) and saw the evangelical Promise Keepers movement as a healthy sign of America’s moral restoration would offer qualified praise. After all, the singular neoconservative duty, Kristol wrote, was “to explain to the American people why they are right, and to the intellectuals why they are wrong.” That’s the Irving Kristol I will always be nostalgic for. (You can write to Jonah Goldberg in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at

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ing the World of Adoption…DeMystifying Adoption” sponsored by St. Boniface Catholic Church and Council of Catholic Women, Springfield Georgia on Wednesday, September 30th, 7:30pm – 9pm. Short talks will be presented by Reverend Wes Lamb, Parish Administrator; Birney Bull, Adoption Attorney; Patricia Barrett, Adoption Consultant; Vicky Riggins, Director, Effingham County DFCS and adoptive couples representing various types of adoption. A question and answer session and refreshments are included. There will also be opportunity for participants to talk privately with speakers and adoptive parents. No reservations are required. The church is located at 1952 GA Highway 21 South, in Springfield. For further information, please call Nancy Miller, 772-5844. • The congregation of Red Dam Baptist Church would like to invite you to our 114th Homecoming Service, which will be held on the 27th of September at 11am. Rev. Roy Perry will be the guest speaker. Dinner will follow in the fellowship hall. No evening service. • Regional southern gospel group “Kindred Spirit” is scheduled to sing at First Baptist Church in Blitchton on Saturday, September 26 at 7pm. Members of the group include Kendall Hadden (tenor) of

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• Womanless Beauty Pageant Come and see the most beautiful creatures in Effingham County! Rincon United Methodist Church will hold a Womanless Beauty Pageant Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Family Life Center, 810 Fort Howard Road. A Taco Dinner will be served at 6pm followed by the lovelies strutting their stuff for your entertainment. Admission is $10, which includes the Taco Dinner and Show. All are welcome to come and root for your favorite beauty. For information, call Leslie at 826-5796.

• Revival at Bethesda United Methodist Church Bethesda United Methodist Church, 3608 Midland Road, Guyton, welcomes Dr. “Rick” Lanford as guest preacher for the Fall Revival. Dr. Lanford, President of The Methodist Home Foundation, Macon, Georgia, is not only known across Georgia for his work with children, but for his exceptional teaching and preaching of the gospel. He has a variety of duties within the United Methodist Association and currently serves as the Senior Chaplain for Homeland Security under the Office of the Governor Sonny Perdue. Revival services will begin at 11am on Sunday, September 27th. Additional services will be held at 7pm on September 27th, 28th and 29th. There will be a fellowship meal at 6:00 p.m. each day. For additional information, call 728-3332.

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• Olive Branch Baptist Church is having their 4th Annual Back to School campout at the W.W. Mann Center in Brooklet on September 25th. There will also be a line glider race. All R.A.’s from all area Baptist Churches are invited. Dave Chafin will be there with his reptiles! For more information, or if you need line gliders for your R.A.’s, call Larry, at 858-3862.

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