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It’s the month for love and lovers everywhere. Flowers…candy…romantic, candlelit dinners. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. I actually looked back to my Facebook feed from last year, and I had dared Cupid to come anywhere near me. I’m still not sure I want that little weirdo coming anywhere near me with his diaper, bow and arrow. Now, don’t get me wrong…when it comes to love, I’m always accepting applications. I am not completely closed off to the idea. I just don’t want to get shot in the, well, back of my front. But if I’m really honest, I have to admit that I do love the idea of romance. What woman doesn’t, right? I mean, I wouldn’t turn down some flowers and candy if they came sailing my way. But Hallmark Channel, could you please back up off the romantic comedies? In this issue, we’ve provided you with just enough romance to wet your whistle….to get you feeling all warm and fuzzy. You’ll read about some newlyweds who are living a real life romance, not some contrivedfor-television thing. Faith and James got engaged on Sweetheart Circle at Georgia Southern, and if you spend just a few minutes reading their story, it will become clear they’re still basking in that newlywed glow. Such a sweet story and an even sweeter couple. Also in this issue, you can read about the Abner Cope exhibit and the Walnut Theatre production of “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” as well as the Pam Tillis Trio, set to perform at the Averitt. These events are among several planned for this month that you won’t want to miss – and any of them would make for a great date night. Alright, already. I suppose, with all the romance in the air, I should just get on board with this whole valentine thing. Bring it on, Diaper Boy.





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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 DJ & Karaoke at Gnat’s Landing, 9 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 2 Dustin Huff and Brendan Roberts at Dingus Magees, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 Travers Brothership at Dingus Magees, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 Open mic night at Loco’s, 9 pm. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 Karaoke at Applebee’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10 Pam Tillis Trio at Averitt Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults, $30 for a box. Friends of the Arts tickets are $26 and $28 for box. Youth tickets are $10. Tuesday, Feb. 14 SaVaSa Trio at GSU, 7:30 p.m. Georgia Southern University’s On the Verge series presents the legendary SaVaSa Trio, formed by members of the legendary German group, Ensemble Modern. The concert is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall, behind the Russell Student Union. There is limited seating, so arrive early. Ongoing Live music at Loco’s Musical acts perform every weekend, 9-11:30 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 17 “Alice & Wonderland” (Family Night Out) at Averitt Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Bits-n-Pieces Puppet Theater takes a trip down the rabbit hole with their 9-foot tall giant puppets, singing and dancing through the adventure Alice took in Wonderland. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth. Purchase tickets online at www. or call (912) 212-2787. Friday, Feb. 24 “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at Averitt Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 25; 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 26 Rick is an alcoholic ex-football player, who drinks his days away and turns away from his wife,

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Maggie. His reunion with Big Daddy, his father, who is dying of cancer, brings up a host of memories for father and son. Directed by Mical Whitaker. Tickets are $15/ adult, $17/box for non-members; $13/adult and $15/box for Friends of the Arts; $10 for youth. Purchase tickets online at www. or call (912) 212-2787. Saturday, Feb. 25 “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” at Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. Presented by Walnut Street Theatre, this Neil Simon classic will have you howling with laughter. Tickets are $22 for patrons, $10 for online GSU students, $19 for online GSU faculty/staff.

Through Feb. 25 The Soul Within: Figuration by Abner Cope Averitt Center for the Arts Part of the African-American series, the exhibit features GSU alumnus Abner A. Cope, the first AfricanAmerican to graduate from Georgia Southern College with an art degree Feb. 3-28 Youth Gallery Averitt Center for the Arts The Youth Gallery features the artwork of Bulloch County students. Every month new schools are featured – Trinity, SE Bulloch Middle and High Schools are featured in February. The new exhibits are celebrated with a reception in the third floor gallery on the First Friday of each month. Through Feb. 3 Flatbed Picture Planes: LaChance, Mosquera, Schissel Georgia Southern University Center for Art & Theatre An exhibition that explores how the painted surface functions as an information-dispensing artifact. The artists in this show have dispensed with the idea of a single window or a site for material representation of expressionism, and instead create non-hierarchic and multivalent approaches to layering and simultaneity in tune with hybridized, jump-cut modes of seeing. Through Feb. 3 Botanica: Lee Renninger Exhibition Georgia Southern University Center for Art & Theatre In the exhibition, Renninger explores the sense of play and lightness of being inherent in the garden. Botanica is a body of work that incorporates the rich color, detail and lavish qualities of the floral world to explore play and wonder – sometimes even in the darkest of contexts. Saturday, Feb. 4 Valentine Day Clay Workshop, Averitt Center for the Arts, 1 p.m. Learn how to make a heart-shaped


Friday, Feb. 24 Planetarium: Lamps of Atlantis, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. at Georgia Southern University Planetarium Was Atlantis a real place? Did it really sink into the sea? Narrated by Terry O’Quinn, the journey takes the audience through the astronomical knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greeks. General admission

tickets available in the Physics Dept., Room 2005, in the Math and Physics Building. Tickets will also be available in the lobby starting at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Early arrival is encouraged. Saturday, Feb. 25 The Chocolate Run, 9 a.m.-noon Recreation Activity Center at GSU

pinch pot, then paint it with glaze. Cost is $20 ($25 for non-members). All materials included. Feb. 8-11 The artwork of students and faculty designers will be on display at the Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University, in the lobby and lower galleries. Works from the eightstate region. Feb. 15 – March 17 Night Visions: Claire Ashley Contemporary Gallery, Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University Claire Ashley’s work investigates inflatables as painting, sculpture, installation and performance costume. Using the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor and pop art, Ashley transforms materials into inflatable painted sculptures and performance props. Artist Talk to be held in the Arts Building, Room 2071, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m., with reception to follow. Feb. 20 – March 22 Applied Heart: Jorge Montero Poster Show, Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University Jorge Montero, a professor at SCAD in Savannah, Is a Venezuelan-born graphic designer, illustrator, visual artist and educator. The gallery talk and reception is March 22 at 5 p.m. Ongoing Give it a Spin! Workshop, 3rd Sunday each month at Averitt Center for the Arts. For those 16 years of age and up, from 1-4 p.m., this pottery class for beginners covers the basics. Bring a towel with you; all other materials provided. Cost is $25 ($40 for nonmembers). Paint-N-Party, 2nd Friday each month at Averitt Center for the Arts Come and have fun with your friends and your favorite drink (21+ to drink). Price includes a 16X20 canvas and art supplies. Call Tony Phillips at (912) 212-2787 to register. Cost is $35 per session.

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PAM TILLIS TRIO TO PERFORM AT THE AVERITT FEB. 10 Pam Tillis is what you might call country music royalty. Her dad is famous country icon Mel Tillis, so she’s been around the scene all her life. She entered show business at the tender age of 8, performing “Tom Dooley” on the Grand Ole Opry stage in 1965. Pamela Yvonne Tillis was born on July 24, 1957 Mel and Doris Tillis. She grew up in Nashville with her four siblings. She took piano lessons at an early age, and taught herself how to play the guitar by the age of 12. At 16, she was injured in a car accident and had to undergo several years’ worth of surgery, including facial reconstruction. Tillis was, according to her bio, active as a youngster in band, chorus, talent shows and church. As she grew up, she was in a variety of bands, playing everything from jazz to alternative country music to top 40. She sang demos and lent her voice to commercial jingles. Tillis was signed to Warner Brothers Records in 1981, for which she released nine singles and one album, “Above and Beyond


the Doll of Cutey.” Throughout the 1980s, Tillis released a number of singles, including “Goodbye Highway,” “One of those Things,” “Those Memories of You” and “There Goes My Love.” Despite some respectable charting, none of the singles took the No. 1 spot, and Tillis left Warner Brothers Records to work as a songwriter for Tree Publishing in Nashville. In the 90s, Tillis worked at Tree, and realized her true passion – country music. She soon signed a recording deal with Arista Nashville, and hit the music scene not as a songwriter, but as a singer. She has since recorded top charting albums, including the studio albums, “Sweetheart’s Dance,” “All of This Love” and “Every Time.” She’s been touring since 1990. In 2001, Tillis released her seventh studio album, “Thunder & Roses,” her last with Arista, which peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. She released “RhineStoned,” her first album on her own label, Stellar Cat Records, in 2007.

Tillis has also collaborated with Lorrie Morgan for what they’ve called their “Grits and Glamour” tour. Tillis calls her style of music “early 90s country,” and says her fans love the sound. “People love that 90s country sound and I love playing it,” she said. When asked about her famous father, Tillis says it’s been a privilege to follow in his footsteps, but glad she could stand on her own two feet as a performer. “It’s hard coming out of such a big shadow like my dad,” she said. “He’s been an inspiration for me and it helped growing up in Nashville around such incredible talent. I’m very proud of the family name.” The Pam Tillis Trio will perform at the Averitt Center for the Arts on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults, $30 for a box. Friends of the Arts may purchase tickets for $26, and $28 for a box. Youth tickets may be purchased for $10. Go online at or call (912) 212-2787.



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You’re not really a Hoosier coed until you’ve been kissed under the dome at midnight at the Rose Well House at Indiana University. If you and your beloved nail a shoe to the shoe tree near Pogue Library at Murray State University, you will have good luck in your marriage. If you’re a female, you’re supposed to kiss any male found occupying the space near the fabled kissing rock at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. And if you cross the Crim Dell Bridge at the College of William & Mary with your significant other and follow it with a kiss, your love will bind you together forever. There’s no denying it – college is a place of higher learning. But it is also a place where many find love. And lots students in love find themselves participating in some sort of ritual or visiting a specific spot on their campus – and all in the name of love. Campuses all over the country have romantic traditions. At Ohio State University, if a couple walks hand in hand across the Oval Walk as the Orton tower bells ring, and no one crosses their path, their love will last for-


ever. At the University of Illinois, a kiss shared near the eternal flame monument on campus binds two lovers together eternally. At Rutgers University, if two students holding hands walk around a body of water that’s become known as the Passion Puddle, they are destined to be married. Georgia Southern University is no exception to this rule, as the campus has its own romantic tradition. Sweetheart Circle was the only place in the early days of the school where men and women were allowed to interact. Since then, a legend has emerged that dictates that if a couple walks around the circle three times, they are destined to be married. The spot has become a place for romantic interludes, particularly marriage proposals. When local resident James Johnson decided to surprise his then-girlfriend, Faith, with a romantic proposal, Sweetheart Circle was the logical destination choice. In fact, once he knew she was “the one,” he made sure to take her there to walk the circle to “seal the deal.”

“To make sure everything’s said and done,” he said, laughing. The couple met while they both were working at Wal-Mart. Faith was a new employee, and James had been there a few months. He spotted her during her orientation, and was immediately drawn to her. When he saw her sitting alone at lunch, he sat down and struck up a conversation. He learned what department she worked in, and changed his route around the store so that he could talk to her. “I pretty much followed her around WalMart all the time,” he said, adding that he got in trouble a lot for spending so much of his time near her. The couple began dating in July 2014, and got engaged in September 2015, a little more than a year later. “We knew pretty early on that we were going to get married,” Faith said. James wanted the engagement to be special, so he picked a spot at Sweetheart Circle that they had gone to early on in their relationship. He planned a picnic lunch, and took

Faith there right after church, with her cousin hiding in the trees, camera in hand. He said he struggled a bit with the logistics, specifically what to do with the ring box so that she wouldn’t see it. In the end, he stuck it in his back pocket. James said he was a bit nervous, and tried to hurry her up as she ate. And as Faith began to clean up after they were done eating, James pulled out the ring and…the box wouldn’t open. “I had sat on it,” he said, laughing. Eventually, he was able to get the box open, and he got down on one knee and popped the question. A nearby event provided some unexpected applause when Faith said yes – the crowd clapped at something completely unrelated, but at the perfect moment. The couple married in Statesboro in April 2016, and they’re looking forward to their first anniversary. The wedding was held outside on the property of a friend who is like a second mom to James. They have learned a lot during their first year of marriage, and say that married life is “good.” “We definitely have our ups and downs. We believe in God, so we put God in the center of all of it,” James said. “You have to put each other first. You cannot be selfish. If you’re struggling, don’t keep it in. You have to talk about it,” Faith said. The couple definitely wants to have children – they plan on having their own, as well as adopting. But in the meantime, they are focusing on getting their careers and education on track, and hope to do some traveling. James wants to become a police officer, and Faith aspires to become a pastry chef. James and Faith say that although they now have responsibilities, they make their relationship a priority, adding in some spur of the moment activities, which they really enjoy. “It’s important to spend time together. You still have to date your spouse,” Faith said. To couples who are considering getting engaged at Sweetheart Circle, James and Faith have some specific advice. “Make sure the ground’s not wet. Walk her around the circle, and on the third time, just get down on your knee. Just make it creative. Make it unique,” he said. Faith advises that it be done at the right time, adding that her husband chose the perfect time. “It was really pretty out there. I think it made for good pictures, too,” she said. “Make sure you have a good photographer. I can vouch for that one.” “Yeah,” James smiled. “And don’t sit on the box.” February 2017 • 9



This month, as part of the Averitt Center for the Arts African-American Series, the works of Georgia Southern alumnus Abner Cope will be on display in an exhibition titled “The Soul Within.” For Cope, the first African-American student to graduate from the art department in 1974, this marks his first solo exhibit in Statesboro. “It is something special to have an exhibit at a place in which I spent four of my formative years,” Cope said. The exhibit is comprised of oil paintings and charcoal drawings of human subjects, with a great amount of attention paid to light, shadow and color. What is most interesting about the exhibit is the way the portrait subjects are portrayed as distracted, facing away from the viewer as if in deep thought. While some pieces show


figures in motion, others depict individuals seated calmly, staring thoughtfully into the distance. “We live in the age of selfies and if that is the only way a person can understand a portrait because it’s part of their contemporary life, [the exhibition] will add a facet of how you portray a human being, how you bring out the best of them when they are just sitting,” said Sheila Stewart-Leach, curator at the Averitt Center. Most of the figures seem pensive while some even seem angry. The only painting in which subjects are looking directly at the audience is “Gene and Bella,” in which the subjects are children. Unlike the adults, the children look happy and playful as if they are about to giggle. The subjects of the pieces range from ran-

dom models to members of Cope’s family. In fact, Cope’s favorite pieces from the exhibit are the portraits he painted of his aging mother-in-law and wife, which are titled “Looking Back” and “Looking Ahead,” respectively. The size of the pieces range from large to small portraits, but the overarching theme of each is the attention to light and shadows. “I want [the audience] to feel what I felt while I painted . . .If I was really excited about a color or hair or skin tone, I want the audience to feel that excitement,” Cope said. “I think that painting is a language that expresses a feeling and if someone has picked up on the feeling you are trying to express, then you’ve done your job.” “The Soul Within” will be on display in the Roxie Remley gallery until Feb. 25. The gallery is free admission.

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‘SWEET’ EVENT TO BENEFIT LOCAL FACILITY FOR THE HOMELESS For a runner, there’s nothing sweeter than crossing the finish line and claiming victory, except maybe chocolate. The Chocolate Run 5K raises funds for Open Hearts Community Mission (OHCM), a faith-based organization dedicated to lending a helping hand to the homeless. The annual fundraiser, now in its fifth year, offers its runners an embarrassment of riches, rewarding them with chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cakes, chocolate fondue, hot chocolate, donuts and other sweets donated by local businesses and organizations.


“Usually when you think of homeless people, you think of larger cities, but we do have a lot of homeless in our community,” Jennifer Douglass, race director for the event, said. “That’s one of the goals of the 5K, not just to raise money for Open Hearts, but also to bring to light the problem that we have in our community and that there’s a need here.” The event usually brings in about 500 to 700 runners a year. One of those runners is Mindy Fair, who has participated in The Chocolate Run every year. “I love chocolate. If you’re a chocolate

lover like me then it’s a no-brainer,” Fair said. “My friends like the race too because it’s fun. We get a good workout in and afterwards we get to feast on chocolate. It’s so appealing to moms and it’s so quick and efficient. It’s a stress reliever for me.” The race starts at 8 a.m. and will be held on Feb. 25 at Georgia Southern’s RAC Pavilion, located at 3300 Old Register Road. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and costs $30 on the day of the race ($25, if you register online before Feb. 16). Although the event is pet- and strollerfriendly, even offering a Fun Run for kids and those who want to run more for fan, Fair considers herself more competitive, depending on which one of her friends she’s running with. “My age range has gotten really competitive. There’s a lot of crazy moms like me that like to run,” Fair said. Each run has brought steady and significant progress for the OHCM’s homeless mission, including the construction of a facility to serve Statesboro’s homeless. Land was purchased with the $20,000 that was raised in their first year, an accomplishment that was surpassed by the $32,000 raised last year. In fact, Douglass said, “the mission will be completed this year and it’ll be opened to those in need, starting very soon.” The facility will offer both a male and female wing, along with an additional wing to accommodate families. On the day of the race, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., interested parties will be able to attend an open house of the facility to see the culmination of all their hard work. Douglass wanted to make the distinction that the facility serves not as a homeless shelter, but as a homeless mission, emphasizing the facility’s goal of helping their recipients become self-sufficient. “The mission wasn’t just to give them a warm meal and send them on their way. The goal is to have folks come in and help them with any issues they might have, any demons they might be facing,” Douglass said. “We’re going to give them resources and actually help them with whatever they need – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Not just a handout but a hand up, to give them wings and help them fly again.” Although the facility is scheduled to be completed later this year, Douglass said there’s no plan to end the run. “As long as we have runners that want to be a part of it and the community backing it,” she said.




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‘RED HOT’ PRODUCTION ON STAGE AT GSU FEB. 25 Barney Cashman is a middle-aged, overworked and overweight husband who’s looking for something new – and he thinks he may have found it in some spicy trysts. Neil Simon’s Broadway classic, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” will be performed by the touring company of the Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest theater in the country. The freshly-conceived production will have you howling with laughter. According to a press release from the theater, the play is set in the 1960s, and Barney’s misadventures lead him through his trysts with three very different women: Elaine Navazio likes smooth whiskey and other women’s husbands; Bobbi Michele is a young actress who’s just, well, kooky; and Jeanette Fisher is a neurotic housewife who is married to Barney’s best friend. Barney’s misadventures eventually lead him to rediscover his humanity, and help him to find what he thought was missing all along. In the end, he finds love in the last place he thought to look. The New York Times calls the play “extraordinarily funny and yet also charming…as witty as ever, perhaps wittier.” And the New York Post says it’s “delightfully hilarious and witty, as well as filled with wisdom about human nature…a genuinely brilliant play.” Theater-goers should be aware that the play does include strong language and sexual situations, which may be inappropriate for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. The company has been touring the country, with dates in New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, California, New Mexico and Tennessee, making its way to Georgia on Feb. 25. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. at Georgia Southern University’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $22 for patrons, $19 (online) for GSU faculty/staff and $10 (online) for students. Purchase tickets online at or call (912) 478-7999.


Parents frequently feel pressured to have their kids specialize in a particular sport. However, study after study shows that diversification leads to fewer injuries, greater likelihood of being active in adulthood, and better-developed skills and abilities. The possibility of burnout also diminishes. Allowing kids to participate in a range of sports is in their best interest. Here are some general guidelines to make it happen. • One organized sport per season is a good rule of thumb. More than that may lead to overexertion. Kids need time to rest and recuperate. • Aim for a combination of both individual and team sports, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Yoga, rock climbing, dancing, archery, skateboarding, rowing and horseback riding are a few alternative options, but there are many more. • A child’s age should correspond to the maximum number of hours spent involved in an organized sport each week. For instance, a seven-year-old on a soccer team should cap out at seven hours on the field each week, including both games and practices. • Kids don’t have to be involved in an organized sport every season to continue their athletic development. As long as they are engaged in physical activity on a regular basis they’ll continue to expand their skills and stay fit. • Specialization — if it’s self-directed — is entirely fine in the teen years. However, even then, it’s best for young athletes to take breaks rather than train all year round and to remain involved in other physical pursuits.

Kids that play a variety of sports are more likely to become active adults.

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Come out to Fun Swim for swimming and fun activities each day during the school break! Winter Break: February 20-24 3-5 pm Spring Break: April 3-7 3-5 pm $3 per swimmer

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Camp Adventure Days Full day activities (7:50 am - 6 pm) for children who are out of school on holidays and in-service days. Winter Break : February 20-24 Spring Break: April 3-7 $25 per day or $110 for the full week

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Sports for 3- and 4-year-olds!

Sometimes it can be hard to find something to entertain your 3- or 4-year old. SBCPRD has just the thing. A-3 Soccer for 3 Year olds (as of Aug 1, 2016) or Pee Wee Baseball for 4-year-olds (as of Sept 1, 2017). Both programs are Co-Ed. These programs teach the basics of the sport through drills and fun activities. Don’t worry don’t have to know how to play... instructors will be there to help!

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Trivia about our nation’s leaders

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Washington’s Birthday is the official name of the federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February, but many refer to it as Presidents’ Day. While some states continue to emphasize Washington for the occasion, others prefer to celebrate Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday was also in mid-February. Others yet reflect on all past presidents, honoring their collective contributions to the American people. No matter how your state approaches the observance, take some time before you head out for those Presidents’ Day sales to test your knowledge of past leaders with this quick quiz.


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1. This president gambled and lost the White House china in a poker game. 2. He’s the only president to date who earned a doctorate. 3. This president spoke Mandarin Chinese with his wife in the White House. 4. He founded the University of Virginia. 5. The only president to never marry. 6. The largest presidential feet belonged to this size-14-wearing president. 7. With 15 children, he was the most prolific president. 8. The first and only Hawaii-born president to date. 9. The only president to be elected unanimously by the Electoral College. 10. Which four presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize?

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Five ways to prevent tooth decay in children Every year the American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes February as National Children’s Dental Health Month. Cavity prevention continues to be one of the campaign’s main areas of focus. Despite being avoidable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Here are some strategies to thwart it before it starts. 1. Make brushing a habit. Just like adults, children should brush their teeth twice every day with a fluoride-enhanced toothpaste. 2. Visit the dentist. When they are a year old at the latest (or six months after the eruption of their first tooth) children should visit the dentist for the first time. Afterwards, a checkup every six months is recommended. 3. Eat and drink healthy. A well-balanced diet including plenty of fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean protein,

and low-fat dairy is healthy for children — teeth included. Sugar-laden foods and drinks like sodas, juices, candies, chips, and cookies should be allowed sparingly or not at all. 4. Don’t share utensils. Parents are often surprised to learn that sharing utensils can transmit cavity-causing bacteria from one mouth to another. When it comes to utensils, caring means not sharing. 5. Consider a sealant. Having dental sealants applied to the chewing surface of molars can be an effective strategy against cavities. The procedure is easy and painless. A dentist can assess if a child is a good candidate for the treatment.

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Breathing for stress relief Are you looking for a fast, effective way to relax? If you’re feeling stressed out, breathing exercises could be just what you need. They’re simple, can be done anywhere, and are beneficial for everything from sleeping to digestion. THE TECHNIQUE Pay attention to how you’re breathing right now. Most people take shallow breaths, lifting their shoulders as they inhale. If this is what you’re doing, you should know that the proper technique, known as abdominal breathing, is to expand your belly as you breathe in. Doing so makes you breathe deeper, which helps to reduce tension. Feel the benefits right away by doing the following:

• Lie on your back. You can also be standing or sitting, as long as your back is straight to allow proper air circulation. • Place one hand on your chest and another on your belly, below your navel. • Inhale deeply through your nose, expanding your belly. The hand on your chest should barely move while the one on your abdomen should rise. • Exhale slowly through your mouth. During the exercise, pay attention to the air’s trajectory and your body’s movements (nostril flaring, chest expansion, etc.). Simply focusing on your breathing will have a calming effect. If you have a hard time with the technique, practice until it becomes natural. When you start to feel anxious or tense, take a few abdominal breaths as follows: inhale while counting to four, hold your breath for another four, and then exhale fully while counting to 8, making an O shape with your mouth as if you were blowing out a candle. Don’t you feel better already?

Deep, deliberate breathing promotes relaxation.


Five tips to get you moving (even if you don’t have the time) If you think you don’t have time to work out, think again! The truth is, being active doesn’t require hours to spare. Get moving — without running out of time — with these practical pointers. 1. Split up your sessions. If you don’t have time for the recommended half-hour of exercise each day, do two fifteen-minute sessions or three ten-minute sessions. It’ll be just as good for you, and much easier to work into your busy schedule. 2. Walk. Try to walk to your destination whenever you can. If you can’t make it all the way on foot, get off the bus or the subway a few stops early. At work, fit more steps into your day by going to see your colleagues instead of calling them, heading outside during your breaks and parking at the far end of the lot.

3. Avoid elevators and escalators. Taking the stairs isn’t that much more time-consuming than waiting for the elevator. It’s also faster than standing on the escalator, and it’s great for your cardio! 4. Replace your office chair with an exercise ball. Tone your muscles while you work! You can do the same at home while you watch TV, too. 5. Try express training. From jumping rope to hula hooping, there are plenty of exercises you can do in just a few minutes. Consider this: driving twenty minutes back and forth to the gym or the pool is a waste when you’re short on time. Exercise at home, at work or anywhere in between.

Ten habits for healthy weight loss If you’re looking to slim down, forget draconian diets and miracle cures. Just take on the following habits and watch the pounds melt away for good. 1. Trust your gut. Eat only when you feel hungry, and learn to recognize the signs your body sends when you’re full. Always eat slowly. 2. Eat protein. It satisfies hunger better than sugars and fats do. Include some in every meal. 3. Stock up on fibre. It will fill you up fast and keep you full for hours, thus preventing cravings. 4. Choose vegetables. By granting veggies a larger place on your plate, you’ll satisfy your stomach with fewer calories. 5. Snack. Eat two healthy snacks a day to avoid overeating at meals because you’re starving. 6. Spoil yourself. Don’t give up on your favourite treats entirely. Enjoy them once in a while in moderation so you don’t get tempted to binge. 7. Drink water. It’s the best beverage to keep you hydrated, and it has the fewest calories!

Which cardio class is right for you? If you can’t find the motivation to exercise on your own, consider joining a group fitness class. Whether you want to work on your flexibility, your strength or your posture, you have a ton of options to choose from. Here are a few classes that focus on burning calories and building cardio — in good company! TAE BO A combination of martial arts and boxing, Tae Bo provides an intense workout that’s great for letting off some steam. Each session will help build your endurance as well as improve your balance and coordination. ZUMBA If you like dancing and upbeat tunes, then Zumba lessons are for you. These aerobic dance classes can feel more like a party than a workout, but rest

assured: you’ll be burning calories at lightning speed.

weights. This intense activity is sure to put your cardio to the test.

SPINNING If you enjoy pedalling away those extra calories, spinning should be right up your alley. This demanding discipline develops strength and endurance as you raise your heart rate to the sound of upbeat music.

STEP AEROBICS This fun sport involves performing choreographed movements using an elevated platform (known as a step). Since the height of the step is adjustable, you can always adapt your workout to your fitness level.

CROSSFIT CrossFit routines are constantly changing, so you’re always working on different areas. Your trainer will have you pushing, pulling, jumping, climbing and performing floor exercises in addition to jogging and lifting

Six practical tips to eat more fruits and vegetables As nutritious as they are colourful, fruits and veggies are the best foods for your health. If you feel you aren’t eating enough of them, here are six flavourful ways to include more in your diet. 1. Upgrade your salads. When it co­ mes to choosing ingredients, com­­­bine as many colours as you can to create a highly nutritious salad. Don’t shy away from fruits: garnish your greens with apples, strawberries, oranges or pears. You’ll be coming back for seconds! 2. Drink up. Blend fresh or frozen fruit into yogurt, milk or a soy be­ve­­rage to stock up on energizing vitamins. If you have a juicer, use it to try something new — and don’t be afraid to throw in some leafy greens. 3. Have some dessert. Other than car-

rot cake, produce-based sweets you have to try include beet and chocolate brownies, sweet potato scones and pumpkin cookies. Yum! 4. Enhance your soups. Add every vegetable you can think of to your favourite soup. And look into fruit-based soup recipes — they’re easy to find and the results are absolutely divine.

cake batter or garnish your oatmeal with shredded apples. One last tip: wash and cut some fruits and veggies and stick them in the fridge so you’ll always have a healthy snack to grab on the go.

5.Add veggies to your favourite di­shes. Vegetables can improve the nu­tritional value and flavour of everything from omelets, pasta and rice to sandwiches, pizza and meat­loaf. You can also use lettuce in lieu of tortillas, cauliflower instead of rice and squash to substitute pasta noodles. 6. Start your day off with fruit. Top your cereal or yogurt with fresh or dried fruit, add mixed berries to your pan-

The key to good nutrition: healthy food and a balanced diet 8. Don’t eat after dinner. Energy expenditure is at its lowest while you sit in front of the evening news, so avoid snacking on low-key evenings. 9. Get moving. Exercise is essential to losing weight and staying healthy. 10. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep goes hand in hand with an overactive appetite and cravings for fattening foods. Lastly, think long-term and set realistic weight goals for yourself. Remember, many hands make light work: consult a nutritionist and a personal trainer to get the results you want.

More fruit and fibre, less sugar and salt — adopting healthy eating habits isn’t that complicated when you know where to start. If you’re determined to start eating healthier, here are some guidelines.

bet is a varied diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. Do you have a hard time with portion control? Here’s a clever trick: use smaller plates!

CHOOSE HEALTHY FOOD FIRST Rich in vitamins and minerals and low in calories, fruits and vegetables should be your main staple. Your diet should also include lots of fibre-rich whole grains, such as barley, brown rice and quinoa. And don’t forget fatty fish (like herring, mackerel and sardines), a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to heart function. Meats — the leaner the better — should be consumed in small quantities and regularly replaced with other protein-rich foods, like legumes, eggs and tofu. Try to drink low-fat milk or enriched soymilk every day, but remember: water should always be your beverage of choice. KEEP IT BALANCED Does eating well mean avoiding cake, chips and soda at all costs? Not necessarily. Don’t give up your favourite treats entirely — that only leads to cravings and overeating. You’ve heard it before, but it’s the truth: moderation is key. Your best

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ARIES Your boss will hand you a promotion on a silver platter. You’ll have all the inspiration you need to tackle new professional and personal projects. TAURUS A trip could be added to your calendar soon. You’ll feel like partying and might plan a friendly get-together to celebrate an event. GEMINI An unexpected event will shake your peace of mind. You’ll need to trust your friends and family to lift your spirits. Spend some quality time with them. CANCER You should weigh the pros and cons before coming to a decision. It’s possible that you’ll be asked many questions, for which you won’t al-ways have the answer. LEO You’ll have a number of small tasks to take care of at home and at work. You’ll be left with a feeling of accomplishment if you finish everything you start. VIRGO You have significant projects in store for your home. Your love life could take a new turn after a serious talk. There’s a new baby on its way in your extended family. LIBRA This week will be hectic. Before you can think about having fun you’ll need to either put in extra hours at work or take care of some pressing family obligations. SCORPIO You’ll manage to score great deals on some work you need to do at home (remodelling or redecorating), thereby increasing your property’s value significantly. Don’t hesitate to ask for a raise as well. SAGITTARIUS An unexpected expense could be coming your way. Fortunately, if it does, you’ll get something solid in return. Smart negotiating will yield good results. CAPRICORN Everything seems to be in place for a quiet week, but don’t count on that to be the case — there will be lots of action in your life. Luckily you can expect to have some fun. AQUARIUS A number of changes are becoming necessary in both your professional and your personal life. You must learn to relax as you confront this situation. PISCES Your social life is about to get busier. Some of your friends will persuade you to sign up for a class related to wellness; art or yoga, perhaps.

On Jan. 13 via a live conference from Tokyo, Nintendo announced the new Nintendo Switch system would be available worldwide with a suggested retail price of $299 in the U.S. The Switch will include the main console, Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, an HDMI cable, an AC adapter and the Nintendo Switch dock, which holds the main console and connects to a television. Nintendo also announced two versions would be available for purchase: a version with a set of grey Joy-Con controllers, and a version with one neon red and one neon blue Joy-Con controllers. Both consoles will retail at the same price. Nintendo Switch is looking to break the norm of what a home console is. The Switch connects to a home television like other consoles but it also transforms into a portable handheld system with its 6.2-inch screen. Gamers will be able to play full games on the go anywhere and anytime now. Nintendo advised gamers that they could expect battery life between three and six hours, depending on the games played. While on the go, gamers can charge the Switch by plugging the AC adapter into the console’s USB Type-C connector. Nintendo also announced many ways for gamers to stay connected while gaming with the new console. Up to eight systems can be connected for local wireless gameplay. Online multiplayer Wi-Fi gaming is fully supported. Also, Nintendo has join the ranks of Sony and Microsoft by adding a new online subscription based service for the Switch. At launch the service will allow for a free trial. The paid service, which was announced to begin this fall, will also present subscribers with a free SNES or NES game every month and discounts on Nintendo software digitally. And Nintendo finally announced they will eliminate their practice of region-locking with Nintendo Switch software. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima announced that Nintendo is working with more than 50 companies with over 80 games in development. Nintendo’s own store list the following games coming to the Switch: • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (March 3, 2017) • Super Bomberman R (March 2017) • Snipperclips - Cut it out, together (March 2017) • Just Dance 2017 (March 2017) • Has Been Heroes (March 2017) • I Am Setsuna (March 2017) • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 28, 2017) • Arms (Spring 2017) • Lego City Undercover (Spring 2017) • Sonic Mania (Spring 2017) • Splatoon 2 (Summer 2017) • NBA 2K18 (September 2017)

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To keep with all the exciting news, Nintendo also announced that reservations could be made for the new console immediately after the announcement. However, at press time, Nintendo Switch was already sold out at all major retailers like Gamestop, Best Buy, Amazon and WalMart. Hopefully more stock will be sent to the retailers before March 3 for gamers who weren’t lucky enough to reserve their copy yet. I was quick enough to reserve a copy of the neon red and blue edition console and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This year is already shaping up to be an exciting time for gamers. February 2017 • 21


GOLDEN RULE MUST BECOME MORE THAN OFT-QUOTED CLICHÉ Last semester, I didn’t say much about decorum in our classroom. Somehow, erroneously, I thought I didn’t need to. I stand corrected. A collaborative document concerning potential edits to our department’s brochure was rudely peppered with phrases like “BUILD THE WALL” and “KEEP AMERICA NATURAL.” This spring, we are studying subcultures as a research focus for the course, and students will be assigned readings and film clips pertaining to the diversity of human experience. They will encounter groups they may find offensive or amoral. Some of them are choosing on their own to study highly stigmatized


subcultures for their semester-long research project, and that’s where I turn Mother Hen. In an effort to create an environment that is both inclusive and candid, we have been working, in increments, to build our own civility clause. I don’t think most of my students are amused, and some of them seem outright annoyed. The fundamentals of speaking to one another with respect and civility are ones we were taught early and have, in theory, practiced all of our lives. In response, then, to some of the students who believe that most of this does and can go unsaid, I encouraged the inclusion

of clichés or state-the-obvious tenets. One student called out, “The Golden Rule.” “Good. So what is the Golden Rule?” Some huffing and puffing, and then, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “Right. So how many of us practice this each time we engage with another human?” No one raised a hand. And therein lies the rub. We all know these rules, and can practically recite them in our sleep, but we don’t always approach one another with the intention or the care we preach. The lifelong drill of these principles has nearly stripped them of their very meaning. In some of my classes, the dominant suggestions for keeping peace were “not to take things personally,” “not to take things so seriously” and “not to take offense so quickly.” All are also true, on some level, and are important mindsets for peaceful interaction with those who offend us, most especially if they do so inadvertently. But it means a great deal to me that in my classroom, these axioms be secondary to those aforementioned imperatives. In my world, the Golden Rule trumps “don’t take things so personally.” In my world, attempting to put oneself in another’s shoes takes precedence over not taking serious things seriously. It is hard work to be careful with one another, and consciously respect the safety and sovereignty of those around us at all times, but it is important work. Of course, it is also important – even for the biggest peacekeepers among us – to recognize that there are moments when kindness cannot serve us. When our very well-being is threatened as a result of misinformed or narrow-minded beliefs, we must speak against those threats, and do so aggressively if our survival and sanity depend upon it. This is the harder lesson for me, and I am working every day to build my reserves of bravery in the face of this new, intolerant government. But this primarily placid ethic of mine does not mean that anyone’s values are under attack in my classroom. It does not mean that students cannot express themselves candidly, or share their perceptions. It simply means doing so with regard for the emotional and intellectual well-being of their peers, no matter where they come from, or where they stand. So far as I can see it, that’s not censorship. It’s human decency. And to quote another of my students, it’s as simple as this: “Don’t be an (expletive).” Quick, somebody get Washington on the line.

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THE PROBLEM OF WHAT TO GIVE Have you ever noticed that people tend to give gifts that they would love to receive themselves? If you’re stumped on what to offer your loved one this year, try to remember what he or she has given you for Valentine’s Day in recent years. It’s a great way to start your search for a suitable gift. If the woman in your life has given you thoughtful gifts that are symbolic of love and relationship, then it’s most likely that she would like to receive something similar. She’s sure to be thrilled with a gourmet candlelight supper and romantic music to set the mood, together with a traditional gift such chocolates, a dozen red roses, or a bottle of her favourite bubble bath. If your budget is tight, you could create a photo arrangement of the two of you or write a love letter — little touches that show her how much you love her. After all, isn’t that the point of this special day? On the other hand, if the man in your life has given you practical gifts with no hint of romance, such as kitchen utensils or bath towels, maybe that is the type of gift he’d like to receive. You might think he’d enjoy a gift certificate for a spa, but perhaps you’d be better off concentrating on his passions: electronic gadgets, sports items, woodworking tools, and the like. Your gift will encourage him in his interests and he will probably appreciate it as a loving gesture he can relate to.

Try to remember what your loved one has given you for Valentine’s Day in recent years; it could be a clue to the sort of gift they themselves would like to receive.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOW A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY Whether they like it or not, college football coaches wear more than one hat over the course of a year on the job. There was a time in the days of leather helmets and racially segregated rosters that all a college football coach had to do was recruit and coach. Nothing more, nothing less. Yes, it was a simpler time. However, like the black and white televisions games watched then, those times are long gone. College football is now a multi-billion dollar industry, thanks to uber-lucrative television contracts and the advertisers willing to pour out a king’s ransom just so your eyeballs can see Jennifer Garner get angry about your credit card choices. The money being brought into the sport has raised the stakes for every school in Division 1. Athletic departments are essentially small, internal businesses within the university working to market a brand out to not just put fans in seats buying overpriced popcorn and soda – but to show television networks they’re worth watching so they, too, can get a bigger cut of those precious ad-fueled payouts. Football and basketball reign supreme over most athletic departments, making them the biggest money generators for the schools’ athletic departments and, in turn, the universities themselves. At the forefront of those programs are not the players (that’s a different argument for a different column) but the head coaches


instead. A head coach of a D-1 college football or basketball program are the de-facto poster boys. When you think of Alabama football, who do you think of first? It’s not Jalen Hurts or OJ Howard, it’s Nick Saban or Bear Bryant, depending on what era you’re from. Ohio State? Urban Meyer. For the longest time at Boise State it was Chris Peterson and even closer to home you could pull the same analogy for Mark Richt and Georgia. These coaches stand at the forefront of their respective programs, making them more than just coaches or recruiters. These guys are public relations specialists, fundraisers and salesmen, as well as coaches and recruiters. Their job is around the clock, because when the season ends you have to go recruit and when the recruiting cycle is done you have media days and when media days are done it’s back to fall workouts. It’s a vicious cycle that every D-1 coach has to live with, even guys like Saban, who are about as warm and fuzzy as penguin feces. It’s something all coaches have come to learn and adapt to, even right here in Statesboro. While Georgia Southern is a baby in the landscape of D-1 FBS college football, it’s still a name that’s known from its dominance at the FCS level and upsetting D-1 bluebloods like Florida back in 2013. So when things aren’t going right in Statesboro, certain situations

can still draw the national eye right here to Bulloch County. It’s a part of the job that whether he likes it or not, Georgia Southern head coach Tyson Summers has to live with. When something goes wrong under your watch, you’ve got to handle the PR to clean up the mess. In the ranks of the NFL, Jeff Fisher managed to make a 22-year career of .500 football seem great because he was a master of PR. The media lapped up every word he said and it extended his career far longer than it probably should have been. Les Miles is another example in the college ranks of someone who was excellent at PR despite consistently underperforming with tons of NFL talent. Even though it was a necessary football move, Summers made a necessary PR move in December with the hire of Bryan Cook as the Eagles’ new offensive coordinator. When I asked Summers if this was a good PR move for the programs at Cook’s introductory presser, the second-year head coach was puzzled at first by the wording of the question. After rewording my question, Summers finally came back with this: “We want to bring in the good people and people who knew how to run the ball. Bryan’s proved that as the OC at Cal Poly and as a coach at Georgia Tech.” It was a necessary move for the program – built on its pride of being able to run the ball

in the option style better than anyone else – and a necessary move for his own well-being. Fans were calling for Summers’ head following a 4-7 start to the season, and had it not been for an upset win against Troy in the final game of the year the former Colorado State defensive coordinator might be looking for a DC gig elsewhere this season. The decision to bring in Rance Gillespie and David Dean as co-coordinators with no prior option experience was a move last August that looking back in hindsight probably wasn’t scrutinized enough. The two were handed the keys to a Ferrarri Berlinetta and repeatedly ran it into a guardrail. If you follow the advanced efficiency metrics engineered by SB Nation’s Bill Connelly like I do, those can illustrate just how dramatic the fall was. Keep in mind Georgia Southern brought back its top five rushers from 2015 with three returning offensive lineman. With all of that talent, the Eagles went from being the ninth ranked rushing offense in the country to the 117th. In 2015 Georgia Southern had the most explosive rushing offense as ranked by Connelly’s numbers, however this season the Eagles dropped to 90. Matt Breida, GS’s leading rusher from 2015 went from gaining 1615 yards at 7.9 yards a carry to gaining just 646 yards at 3.8 yards a carry. The last time America saw something so great fall so quickly Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling were selling Enron stock and testifying on Capitol Hill. Either way, even though Summers never outright said it at the press conference it was obvious he knew Dean and Gillespie had to go at some point before the Troy game. It less than 24 hours after GS’s 28-24 win over the Trojans the dual OC’s were relieved of their duties. So Summers went out and hired an OC who had an option background in Cook, who not only served under the tutelage of Georgia Southern legend and current Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson but was the OC at Cal Poly where he ran the option to great effect. Additionally, Summers went out and hired Bob Bodine and Juston Wood – both of the option tree – to come in and fill out the offensive staff. These moves aren’t just football moves, they’re PR moves too. Summers could have easily flipped a middle finger to the fan base like Brian VanGorder did and ignored the entire option identity. However he didn’t, he went out and not only made good football moves but made the necessary PR moves to buy some love from Georgia Southern’s hyper-passionate fan base. GS’s fans wanted the option, they pleaded for the option and by God they got the option back. This should be a positive sign for Georgia Southern fans to show Summers isn’t stubborn and he is open to adapting his philosophies to save his job and getting the program back to where it was in 2015. Cook said Georgia Southern will be a gun option team, plain and simple. This should be enough to calm the nerves of fans until they get a legit taste of what’s to come in 2017 on April 1 during the spring game. Because as Summers said during that presser, he knows no matter how good the offense is next season or how aesthetically pleasing it is – he better do one thing and one thing only this upcoming season. “Win.”


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If you’ve been reading this section for any length of time now, first of all thank you and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Secondly, you have probably guessed by now that I’m passionate about the outdoors and about our amazingly diverse array of state parks. If any one of these articles has encouraged you to get in your car and go somewhere you’ve never been or to do something you’ve always wanted to but never did, then I’ve accomplished my goal. I love finding places that have, to some degree, eluded or resisted us and have, as a result, retained some basic wild essence that we rarely


encounter in our increasingly fast-paced lives. If you’ve been to the Grand Canyon you know how small it makes you feel, how distant. It’s something beyond you, something you are observing but not a part of. Places like that have a wildness to them, an untouched quality that both frightens us and draws us in. That’s how I feel when I look at the night sky or at dozens of pairs of glowing gator eyes, as if I’m intruding on something larger than myself. Stephen C. Foster State Park, nestled in the middle of more than 400,000 acres of protected swampland, gave me that feeling. The

park’s isolation, its distance from sources of light pollution such as homes, cities, and major roadways has led to its recent designation as a Dark Sky park. This means that it’s one of the best places to stargaze on the East Coast, a fact that the park rangers have known for some time, as evidenced by their longstanding astronomy programs and the popular Paddle Under the Stars trips which run most weekends. Reservations and the $20 fee must be received in advance, however the process is fairly straightforward and can be completed over the phone at (912) 637- 5274 in a matter of minutes. Visitors embark in either kayaks or canoes on a ranger-guided excursion into the depths of the Okefenokee. The first half hour is spent paddling west into a beautiful Georgia sunset glinting off the water. Various types of wading birds such as Great and Little Blue Herons, White Egrets, Cormorants, and White Ibis can be seen on the banks or flying overhead. American alligators patrol the water’s edge and occasionally decide to cross in front of the approaching group, their powerful tails trashing the water as they dive to avoid any further contact. As dusk falls, most birds begin to settle in for the night but the owls and frogs begin their calls over the water. Darkness comes on quickly in the swamp and the recommended headlamp becomes a necessity, not only to navigate, but to get a glimpse of the alligators gathering in the shallows. Their eyes glow orange, a fact which, combined with the sheer number of eyes looking back at you gives them a mildly threatening appearance. The experience leaves you without any doubt that they are the apex predators in this beautifully balanced ecosystem. But don’t let the gators distract you from the spectacular view of the night sky. More stars are visible with the naked eye at Stephen C. Foster than anywhere else in the state, even allowing an unassisted view of the Milky Way. The park is busiest in the spring and on into the summer, the warmer weather and a clearer view of our galaxy drawing more visitors. However, winter nights offer the greatest number of clear night skies so no time of year is a bad time to visit. The park is a three-hour drive from Statesboro, but if you’re looking to extend your visit, various camping options are available ranging from cabin rentals to pioneer campsites. Paddle trips are scheduled every weekend in February so mark your calendar for Feb. 4, 10, 18 or 24 and make an evening of it. Or maybe you’ve neglected to plan ahead for Valentine’s Day. In that case, I hope you’ve found this article helpful.

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KID GONE MAD – A Teal Circle woman reported her juvenile son as being unruly, but the boy told deputies his mama had been drinking, and threw a hard ball at him. The ball struck the wall near his fishing rod, and he yelled at her, he said. WHOSE ACCOUNT? A Burkhalter Road man told deputies he deposited a large check into a woman’s account, since he had no account of his own. When he asked her for his money, she said she didn’t have it and another man spent it. SHOTS FIRED – An Old Flat Ford Lane woman told deputies her kids were climbing trees across the road when the land owner came outside, yelled at them to get off his property, threatened to shoot and then fired a gun. The man said he was not aware they were children, that they were antagonizing his dogs and that he fired into a homemade burm, not at the kids. WAS HE DREAMING? – A Still Quarters Road man called 911 claiming his brother had been shot. Then he said his brother was gone and he was going to get a knife. Deputies arrived and the man, reportedly belligerent and highly intoxicated, said his brother was in a shed outside and had been stabbed in the stomach. After deputies found the brother asleep and unharmed inside the home, the man was arrested for false report of a crime. PETTY REVENGE – A Statesboro business owner involved in an ongoing dispute with his wife told police they had an argument and shortly afterward, he discovered his outside phone lines had been cut. WALKING AND CRYING – Concerned, someone called deputies to check on a woman walking along Two Chop and Rocky Ford roads, crying. The woman gave them a false name and birthdate, because she knew she had outstanding warrants. After finally telling the truth, she was arrested and taken to jail. Reports did not disclose her reason for crying.








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