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Bulk rate postage paid • Permit No. 24 •POB 454 • Nahunta, GA 31553 • Address service required • COPYRIGHT 2010 THE BRANTLEY ENTERPRISE
MAY 5, 2010 • Vol 37 No 18
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The hats are in!
Only one incumbent will run unopposed
May 7 Baseball Playoffs in Toombs CountyMay 15 Miss Summer Sweetheart Pageant
May 21 Prom
May 29 East Coast ATV
June 11 Graduation
June 19 Mr. & Mrs. BC Firecracker June 25-27 Trucks Gone WildJuly 3 Brantley Gilbert
By Ken Buchanan
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingstontold members and guestsof the Brantley CountyExchange Club Friday thatCongress, not governmentbureaucrats, should makedecisions affecting how chap-lains attend their militaryflock.“I’m concerned thatwe’re seeing a major policyshift but Congress is sittingon the sidelines,” Kingstonsaid.“It appears the Pentagonis systematically weedingout preachers and leaders of the clergy who give messagesand sermons that mightruffle feathers. If this is thewill of the American people,it should be reflected by avote in Congress, not by fiatof a bureaucrat.”The congressman’s com-ments came after the Penta-gon rescinded an invitationto Franklin Graham, the sonof evangelist Billy Graham,for the National Day of Prayer ceremonies becauseof comments he made after9-11 about radical Muslimbeliefs and cancelled anappearance by Tony Perkinsas keynote speaker at theNational Prayer Luncheonat Andrews Air Force Basebecause his opposition tothe repeal of the “Don’t Ask,Don’t Tell” policy governinghow homosexuals may serve
See Kingston, page 9
Kingston calls for investigationof military’s anti-Christian antics
Organizers say record crowds turned out for event
See page 9
By Ken Buchanan
Only one incumbent hasno competition in upcomingcounty primary elections asthe deadline for candidatesto participate in the primaryelectionsDot Hickox (D) facesno challenge to her boardof eduction post, but finalresults will be available hereafter the deadline.Three Nahunta residents — the Rev. Robert Thomas,Larry Herrin and WilliamLartz — have qualified for thecity council seat left open bythe death of Syb Johns andwill face one another in theDemocratic primary.In county contests,Democrat Christopher “Skip-per” Harris (D) has qualifiedto run against Charlie Sum-merlin (D) in Post 5 of theboard of commissioners, andformer commissioner BryanHendrix (D) will seek to take the Post 4 seat of Linton Herrin.Both races will be decided in the Democratic primary.Van Herrin (R) has qualified for re-election to his school
See Election, page 9
Are you a candidate? TheBrantley Enterprise wouldlike to formally announceyour candidacy with anarticle and photo in thenewspaper and on the website. You can email your background informationand a photo to news@brantleyenterprise.com or mail to POB 454, NahuntaGA 31553. If you do nothave a photo, we can takeone if you can come byour office on Main Streetin Nahunta. Please call912-462-6776 for an ap-pointment.
Airport surveyerror may meanmajor overhaul
County to meet this weekto determine i mistake willmean heavy renovations
Also in this story
• Mental center seeks grant• Where’s W’ville rec center?• National EMS week set• Move to Coastal RDC off • Leftover funds go to rec center • New bereavement leave policy
Photos by Chris Buchanan/Staff
Hoboken to get EMS center thatwas planned for Schlatterville
Blood drive
Hoboken Baptist Church willhold a blood drive on today(Wednesday) from 1-6 p.m. inthe fellowship hall.
Waycross Area CommunityTheatre will hold “A Raisin inthe Sun” Thursday throughFriday at 8 p.m. and again onThursday, May 13 throughSaturday, May 15 at 8 p.m. andalso on Sunday, May 9 at 2:30p.m. Tickets are $10 for adultsand $9 for students and seniorcitizens. For reservations formore information call 283-2161.
Day of prayer
The National Day of Prayerwill be held on Thursday at 12p.m. at the County Courthouse.
St. Simons Christian will holda concert featuring MatthewWest on Friday at 7 p.m. at St.Simons Community Church.Tickets are $12 in advance and$15 at the door. All proceedswill benefit Saint SimonsChristian School.
Bird walk
International Migratory BirdDay will be held on Saturday atOatland Island Wildlife Centerfrom 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Therewill be lots of informativeactivities for the whole family.An early morning bird walkis planned from 8:30-10:30 a.m.Please RSVP for the bird walkby calling 912-395-1500.
Youth rally
OASIS at Brantley CountyHigh School will hold a youthrally in the gym on Saturdayfrom 5-8 p.m. The event willfeature three speakers MicahEllington, Wayne Higginboth-am, and Vance Colley, followedby a “Battle of the Bands” anda concert featuring Kneeology.There will be concessions andt-shirts to purchase and doorprizes to give away. Admissionis free. For information callTim Thompson at 506-8526 orCaleb Crews at 286-0898.
Regional southern gospelgroup “Kindred Spirit” willperform at First BaptistChurch in Nahunta on Sundayat 6 p.m. Members of the groupinclude Kendall Hadden (tenor)of Swainsboro, Keith Rogers
Photo by Ken Buchanan/Staff
Kingston speaks at ExchangeClub’s One Nation Under Godevent Friday
Brantley fnds new tax assessor
Brantley County has anew chief tax assessor.The county’s board of tax assessors has selectedCarey J. Lamb Jr. whocurrently serves as anappeal consultant with theJefferson County Boardof Tax Assessors afterbeing dismissed as chief appraiser by the TwiggsCounty board for “political”reasons.Lamb says in hisresume that he was“dismissed from TwiggsCounty assessors due to po-litical pressures in county”when the relatively newboard decided they wantedto “start fresh with anotherchief appraiser.”But the new chief alsocomes with glowing recom-mendations from othercounties where he has beenemployed in tax appraisalpositions, including hiscurrent bosses at JeffersonCounty.“Mr. Lamb has provento be organized and ef-ficient,” wrote ThomasWatkins, chairman of theboard of equalization inJefferson County.“He has shown un-canny ability to diffuse po-tentially heated situationswhile remaining calm, cool,and collected,” Watkinswrote.“He has displayed theability to win over dis-gruntled taxpayers with hiscommon sense approachcoupled with logical andpractical explanations.”The chief appraiser
See Appraiser, page 9
By Chris Buchanan
Two new fire stations and a community centerwere the top agenda items for the Hoboken City Coun-cil’s regular meeting.Hoboken Fire Chief Ank Jordan announced thatin addition to a satellite fire station off of Lee Road,the Hoboken Fire Station would be moving into a morespacious station off of Palm Street across the highwayfrom the city hall.The decision came down after Monday’s monthlyFirefighters’ Association meeting where fire chiefsfrom around the county decided that the plan at the
See Hoboken, page 9
By Chris Buchanan
A measurement errorcould lead to a major prob-lem at the county airport,commissioners said at acalled meeting on Tuesday.Members of the countycommission, airport author-ity, department of transpor-tation, and representativesof companies involved in theconstruction planned to meeton Wednesday to see if afour inch difference betweena survey in December andanother in March will be amajor problem for the contin-ued renovation of the airport.According to Ham, thesurveyors who surveyed theland in December rounded towhole numbers which putsthe field four inches lowerthan necessary. However,the March survey showedthe numbers at the correctheight when fractions of afoot were figured in.With lights and otherwork already completed onthe field raising the heightof the strip would mean tak-ing out each of the lights tobring the airfield up to spec.
See Airport, page 9
Dave Hanson sent us this photo of a pregnant cat withher head stuck in a glass jar. Hanson said he feedscats at five dumpster locations in the county and cameupon this one at the Popwellville site. It might be a com-ical sight, but Hanson says her head has been stuckinside the jar for more than five days and — if he can’tcatch her — she will starve or die from dehydration. Hesays he sent the photo to the newspaper hoping to findsome assistance in his efforts to save the cat. Hansoncan be reached at dlhanso@andc.com
Should the county provide more oversight of theairport construction project?
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(baritone) of Claxton, andChad Brown (lead) of Patter-son. No admission is required.A love offering will be takenduring the service. For moreinformation, you can contactFirst Baptist Church at 912-462-5749.
Grace Community Churchof God in Hoboken will holdrevival beginning on Sundaywith Sunday school at 10 a.m.,service at 11 a.m. and Sundaynight at 6 p.m. and will con-tinue Monday, May 10 throughFriday, May 14 at 7 p.m. nightly.The speaker will be BrotherLarry Richards.
Souls for Jesus
Piedmont Okefenokee BaptistAssociation will hold “S” Night,Souls for Jesus, on Mondayfrom 7-9 p.m. at Second BaptistChurch. Refreshments servedin social hall from 6:15-6:55 p.m.
WES kindergarten
Waynesville Primary School iscurrently registering childrenfor 2010- 2011 Kindergartenclasses. If you have a child whowill be five (5) years old on orbefore September 1 of this yearhe/she will need to register forKindergarten, unless currentlyenrolled in Waynesville Pre-K.Please call the school office(778-3068) to schedule yourappointment. Kindergartenscreening dates are Mondaythrough Wednesday.
NPS kindergarten
Nahunta Primary School iscurrently registering childrenfor the 2010-2011 Kindergartenclasses. If you have a childwho will be five years old on orbefore September 1 of this yearhe/she will need to be regis-tered for Kindergarten, unlesscurrently enrolled in Pre-K.Please call Susan at NahuntaPrimary School to registeryour child – 462-5179. Ourscreenings will be held Mondayand Tuesday at Nahunta Pri-mary School.
Swim lessons
The YMCA of Waycross willhold a parent-tot swim lessonsclass for ages: 6 months to 3years ages on Monday, Wednes-day and Friday at 5 p.m. Thecost is: $65 members and $50non-members.
Live music
Bryant Johnson will performclassic rock music on Thursday,May 13 from 6-8 p.m. at theBrantley County Library.
Fishing day
Lake Wares Annual Kids Fish-ing Day will be held on Satur-day, May 15 from 8 a.m. to 11:30p.m. Any child up to the ageof 16 accompanied by an adultcan participate. Hot dogs anddrinks will be served at 11:30p.m. For more information callHerbert Boyd at 912-283-3865with any questions.
The Waycross Service Leaguewill hold Pirates, Princesses &Pals on Saturday, May 15 from8:30-10:30 a.m. at Kettle CreekChurch, 2523 Carswell Ave.,Waycross. Dress up in yourfavorite costume and come eatbreakfast with your favorite“pals”. Prices are: 1 and underfree, 2-11 $5, 12 and older $7.Tickets can be purchased atOsburn Studio, 912-338-0150.
Board meeting
The Satilla Community Ser-vices Board will hold its nextBoard meeting on Thursday,May 20 at 6 p.m. in the BoardRoom located at 1007 MaryStreet, Waycross. For moreinformation, please contact La-Cretia Gassem at 912-449-7101
The Families of Hamon Barberand James Everett “Rube” Bar-ber, sons of Everett Obadiah“Chubb” Barber, will hold areunion on Saturday, May 22 at12 p.m. at Odadiah’s Okefenokon Swamp Road in Waycross.Lunch will be held in the pavil-ion. This will be a covered dishlunch so bring your favoritedishes, tea or coke, and servingutensils for your dishes. Paperproducts will be furnished.For more information, pleasecontact Herbert Barber at912-449-6432 or Sonny Barber at912-778-4683.
The Brantley County Class of 1980 will hold their 30th yearClass Reunion on Saturday,May 22 at 5 p.m. at Twin OaksPark in Schlatterville. Formore information please callTina Clem Walker at 912-462-7125 or 912-286-1613 or leavea message for Alisa AltmanPeeples at 912-462-5955.
Jay Sweat and Travis Thirftwill perform oldies music onThursday, May 27 from 6-8 p.m.at the Brantley County Library.
Coed league
The Summer Coed League inHortense is looking for teams(church and open). For moreinformation contact FrancesSloan at 473-2302 or RhondaLee at 579-2340.
HES registration
Hoboken Elemetary is holdingKindergarten registration. If you have a child who will befive (5) years old on or beforeSeptember 1 of this year he/she will need to be registeredfor Kindergarten, unless cur-rently enrolled in their Pre-k.Paperwork is needed in orderto be registered. Please callthe school office at 458-2135 formore information.
The Chamber of Commerceis accepting nominations forCitizen of the Year, Businessof the Year and Farmer of the Year. For forms or moreinformation call Tim Sawyerat 462-5166, Ruby Ann Sawyerat 462-6957 or Linda Harris at462-5131 ext. 1151.
Baseball camp
The 30th annual Robert Sappbaseball camp is acceptingapplications for its summersessions to be held at MalloryPark on St. Simons and atNorth Glynn Park in Bruns-wick on Monday, June 7 - Fri-day, June 11, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.for boys ages 7-14. For moreinformation or brochures callJimmy Brown at 912-267-6724 orRobert Sapp at 770-287-3309 oremail rsbbcamp@charter.netor visit www.robertsappbase-ballcamp.com. 
Birthday calendars
The Friends of the Library willbe selling birthday calendarsagain this year. We’ll belooking for 12 photographsof Brantley County that willbe featured each month. Bea part of this fundraiser bysubmitting your photos of our beautiful area. Landscapeshots only, no people. Photosmust be submitted in a 4x6format and can be dropped off at the library or mailed to P.O.Box 1090 Nahunta, GA., 31553.There is no age limit and thedeadline for photo submissionis July 31. For additional infor-mation, contact the library @912-462-5454.
Pool tournament
Cedar Lounge will hold a pooltournament every Saturday at3:30 p.m. For more informationcall 462-5741.
Hispanic church
The Atkinson Church of Godof Prophecy is starting anHispanic Church. For moreinformation call Javier Rosalesat 912-269-0733, Rowdy Euniceat 912-223-0464, or the church at778-3226. The church is locatedin Atkinson Community nextto Atkinson Pawn.
Pre-k enrollment
Kidz Kountry Day Care andLearning Center is now accept-ing enrollment in its 2010-2011Pre-K Program. If your childwill be 4 years of age on or be-fore September 1, 2010, you maypick up an enrollment packetMonday through Friday from 6a.m. until 6 p.m. Kidz Kountryis located on Highway 82 inWaynesville. For more informa-tion come by or call 778-5434.
Precious Stages is accept-ing applications for Pre-kenrollment for the 2010-2011school year. Your child mustbe four years old on or beforeSeptember 1, 2010 in order tobe eligible for Pre-k. For infor-mation call 462-7151.
The Brantley County Pre-Kin-dergarten Program is accept-ing applications for enrollmentfor the 2010-2011 school year.Your child must be four yearsold on or before September 1,2010 in order to be eligible forPre-k. Registration packetsmay be picked up at the schooloffices in Hoboken, Nahuntaand Waynesville. Enrollmentis limited.
BBQ cookoff
Lake Ware will hold a BBQ cookoff on Friday, October15 and Saturday, October 16.Brunswick stew competitionon Friday night and cookoff onSaturday. For more informa-tion, suggestions or questionscall 912-283-3865. Vendor formsand fees are available uponrequest.
An account has been set-up atthe Heritage Bank in Nahuntafor Amy Schultze for dona-tions to help with her medicalbills and expenses. Amy hada stroke on December 9 and isrecovering at home.
Line dancing
Southeast Singles will hold linedancing classes every Mondayat 6:30 p.m. at Norman’s Musicroom. For more informationcall Betty at 285-5024, Nancyat 281-6026, Faye at 458-2267,Marva at 281-0535 or Olive Grif-fin at 283-9607.
Adult ed schedule
Brantley County Adult Educa-tion’s hours are Tuesday andThursday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and4 – 9 p.m. As soon as a new fulltime instructor is selected, thecenter will return to a full timeschedule. If you have any ques-tions, please call 912-462-7923 orOkefenokee Technical College912-287-6580. 
Chamber meeting
The Brantley County Chamberof Commerce will hold theirmeetings on the third Wednes-day at 12 p.m. of every month.For more information callTim Sawyer at 462-6282 or visitbchamber@btconline.net. 
Head start
Brantley County Head Start iscurrently accepting applica-tions for the current programyear. This is a free comprehen-sive, federal preschool programfor eligible children ages 3-4.For more information call(912) 462-6552 or visit the centerat 470 Bryan Street, Suite A,Nahunta.
Writing workshops
The Brantley County Histori-cal & Preservation Society, Inc.will hold writing workshops atthe Confederate Park Libraryeach Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., until further notice, tohelp those who are writingstories for the books, Story of Brantley County, Vol. 2 and theConfederate book. For moreinformation contact Dorothy J.Thomas at Djt1927@aol.com.
Southeast Singles will holdtrivia Tuesdays at Applebeesat 9 p.m. For more informationcall Nancy at 281-6026, Beverlyat 387-5142 or Marva at 281-0535.
The hardback cookbookspublished by the local chapterof the United Daughters of theConfederacy are now availableat the Brantley County libraryat a cost of $12. For more infor-mation, contact Karen Harrellat 462-8483.
Southeast singles will walk ev-ery Monday and Wednesday atthe YMCA track in Waycross at6:30 p.m. For more informationcall Nancy at 281-6026, Beverlyat 387-5142 or Marva at 281-0535.
The Satilla Community Mis-sion in Hortense is open everyWednesday from 5-7 p.m., orin case of an emergency callany of the three names listedbelow, and they will meet youat the mission. The missiondoes take money, but we wouldprefer a check made out toSatilla Baptist Church, and onthe memo put for Satilla Com-munity Mission. If you haveany questions please feel freeto call Pastor Daniel Harris at912-237-1000, Bud Jones at 912-462-6397 or John Terwilleger at912-579-9926.
Mercy mission
Liberty’s Mercy Mission beopen for service every otherThursday, serving a differentvariety of food at 12 p.m. Theclothes closet will open from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. on the same day.Liberty Lighthouse WorshipCenter sponsors the missionlocated in the social hall of thechurch, located three milessouth of Nahunta off US 301.For more information or dona-tions, please call 462-8488.
GeorgiaCares, a local part-nership with the Division of Aging Services, is designed toeducate and help seniors anddisabled persons under age 65sort through the complexitiesof Medicare and related healthinsurance concerns. Theircounselors are non-biased andour services are free. For help,call 1-800-669-8387.
Child restraints
The Waynesville VFD has beenawarded Mini Grant and hasavailable technical assistanceand educational materials toreduce the number of fatalitieson Georgia’s roads. Materi-als include child restraints toparents who meet financialeligibility. For more informa-tion about protecting yourchild from preventable injuries,contact Tonya Whitworth at912-322-2935 or tonyaCPST@yahoo.com.
Brantley County NeighborsHelping Neighbors is currentlyaccepting donations for sickchildren, cancer patients, andfamilies in need. Some of thesick children have requestedchihuahua puppies, talkingbirds, etc. Any donation willbe greatly appreciated. Pleasecontact Ronnie Jacobs at 462-5214, Pat Tompkins at 462-7443,or Mert Dowling at 462-5455 formore information.
OREMC programs
OREMC offers safety and en-ergy efficiency programs anddemonstrations to schools andcommunity and civic organiza-tions in our service area. Theirenergy efficiency experts canoffer tips that will help yousave electricity and stretchyour budget. If you are inter-ested scheduling a programfor your group, please contactour office at 912 462-5131 or 800-262-5131 and talk with CraigMuchison (ext. 1147), DavidSmith (ext. 3319) or Linda Har-ris (ext. 1151).
Neighbors Helping Neighborshas a clothes closet available at135 Florida Avenue, Nahunta.Please call Rev. Jimmy andBarbara Bryant at 462-6340 foran appointment. 
Support groups
SEGA MAMa’s meet onTuesdays and Thursdays from6 -8:30 p.m. All coping skillsand life skills classes are onan 8 week rotation the topicschange but they are all faithbased. The charge for theclasses are $5 per topic. TheMonday night classes “Over-comers, A Daily Choice” willmeets from 7 - 8:30 p.m. and thecost is $16.
Clothes closet
Waynesville Baptist is in needof clothes and shoes of all sizesfor their clothes closet. Thecloset is open every Tuesdayfrom 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
American Indian
The American CherokeeConfederacy of Georgia is ac-cepting members with 1/16 ormore of Indian heritage. Youdon’t have to be just Cherokee,as long as you don’t belong toanother tribe or organization.For more information contactthe American Cherokee Con-federacy Tribal Office 619 PineCone Road, Albany, Georgia31705 or call 229-787-5722.
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Noah Warner
Noah Phillip Warner, 83, of Atkinson, died Sunday afternoon(May 2, 2010) at Satilla Medical Center following an extendedillness. Born in Atkinson, his parents were Lewis Phillip Warnerand Sarah Lettie Keene Warner. He is also, preceded in death byhis, wife of 61 years, Juanita Hickox Warner and a son, NathionWarner. He worked as a Welder for CSX Railroad for 40 years. Hewas a member of King Memorial Baptist Church and was a Ma-son. He loved everybody and enjoyed farming, fishing and takingcare of his animals. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law,Gertude and George Lee of Hickox; special sister-in-law, FayeWarner Benfield, Waynesville; 6 sisters-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law, Myrtle and Tim Hickox of Hoboken; Rosie Solomon and NoraBell Graves; Hilda and Ron Belanger of Atkinson; DeLon Warnerof Nahunta and Delores Welch of Hortense; several nieces,nephews and other relatives. Funeral services were held at 11a.m., Wednesday morning (May 5, 2010) at King Memorial BaptistChurch with Rev. Mike Yawn and Rev. Wayne Higginbotham offici-ating. Burial followed in the Smyrna Cemetery in the family plotwith Masonic rites. Pallbearers were Glen Warner, Anthony Lee,Butch Hickox, Phillip Lyons, William Warner and Greg Humbers.Honorary pallbearers was the staff of BayView Nursing Home,Waycross Dialysis, Bo and Mary Hendricks, Okefenokee EMS andSpecial friend, Daphne Vann. Sympathy may be expressed by sign-ing the online registry at www.fryefh.com.
Pearlie Thrift
Mrs. Pearlie Mae Rowell Thrift, 72, died Wednesday night (April28, 2010) at her residence after an extended illness. She hadbecome spoiled by her daughter, Vanessa, who was her caregiverduring the last five years. She was a native of Brantley Countybut had lived most of her life in Ware County. She is the daughterof the late James Bradford Rowell and Emily Herrin Rowell. Sheis also preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Thrift; oneson, William Bradford Thrift; one brother, Owen Rowell; and onesister, Frances Scurry Williams. She was a member of SwampRoad Baptist Church and the Senior Singles Ministry. She was a1956 graduate of Brantley County High School and retired fromthe Transportation Department of the Ware County Board of Education in 1998 after fifteen years of service as a bus driver. Shewas an avid cook and was best known for her “cat-head biscuits”.Survivors include two daughters, Marcia Thrift of Waycrossand Vanessa Thrift of Waycross; one step-daughter, Lou Taylorand family of Waycross; one daughter-in-law, Rose Moore Thriftof Manor; six grandchildren, Mandy Thrift Matranga (husbandJoey) of Waycross, Jeffrey J. Thrift of Waycross, Bradley S. Thrift(fiancé DeeAnna) of Waycross, Brandi N. Thrift of Buford, WillThrift of Waycross and Travis S. Todd of Waycross; five greatgrandchildren, Harley Lee, Destiny Matranga, Taylor Thrift, De-van Matranga and Courtney Matranga; a special friend, Gina Bry-ant Bagley of Waycross; two sisters, Emilie “PeeWee” Grissom of Orlando, and Myrtis Mims of Sanford, one brother, James DwightRowell (wife Debbie) of Apopka, and several nieces and nephewsand other special friends. A funeral service was held Saturdaymorning (May 1, 2010) at Swamp Road Baptist Church with Rev.Joe Chancey officiating. Burial was in the Piney Grove Cemetery.Pallbearers were Jeffrey Thrift, Bradley Thrift, Travis Todd, JoeyMatranga, Willie Bagley, Harley Lee, Will Thrift, and Sid Halstead.Music Funeral Home of Waycross was in charge of arrangements.Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.
Gas prices rise 3.9 cents per gallon
Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 3.9cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.79/g May 2.This compares with the national average that has increased4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.90/g, according togasoline price website GeorgiaGasPrices.com.Including the changein gas prices in Georgiaduring the past week,prices May 2 were 91.5cents per gallon higher than thesame day one year ago and are 9.3 cents pergallon higher than a month ago. The nation-al average has increased 7.9 cents per gallonduring the last month and stands 84.3 centsper gallon higher than this day a year ago.(About GeorgiaGasPrices.com: GasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-track-ing websites, including GeorgiaGasPrices.com.GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine’s 50best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008.)
CCG gets twonew degreeprograms
The Board of Regentsof the University System of Georgia (USG) has approvedtwo new baccalaureatedegree programs for theCollege of Coastal Georgiaincluding Bachelor of Sci-ence in Biological Sciencesand Bachelor of Science inHealth Informatics.The Biological Sciencesdegree is a natural fit for theCollege, which is located onGeorgia
s coastal marshes,adjacent to the SoutheastGeorgia Health System, andminutes from the headquar-ters of the Georgia Depart-ment of Natural ResourcesCoastal Resources Division.The program will offerthree tracks of study: CoastalEcology, Secondary Educa-tion and pre-professionalfor students who intend toenter professional programssuch as medicine, veteri-nary medicine, bio-medicalscience, dentistry, pharmacyand physical therapy.The Secondary Edu-cation track will preparescience majors to teach atthe high school level, a fieldwhich is much in demand.One of the nation
sfastest growing fields, HealthInformatics exists at the in-creasingly important nexusof health care, computer net-works, data and information,and business administration.Converting to electronicmedical records will improvehealthcare quality, lessenor eliminate medical errors,lower costs of administra-tion and care, increaseadministrative efficiencies,decrease paperwork andexpand access to affordablecare.The College will be oneof only three public institu-tions in Georgia to offerthis bachelor
s degree. TheCollege’s strong partnershipwith the health system andregional providers will sup-port this degree offering.“The development of these two exciting degreescomplements our Colleges
 growing baccalaureateexpertise and existing bac-calaureate degree programsin Business Administration,Early Childhood and MiddleGrades Education, and Nurs-ing,” said College of CoastalGeorgia President Dr. ValerieA. Hepburn.Georgia’s newest statecollege, the College of Coast-al Georgia, building upon anear half century of service,is poised to become a signifi-cant and successful force toeducate, enrich, engage, andeconomically enhance theCoastal region and the stateoverall. Construction of thestate-of-the-art health andscience building is scheduledfor completion before theSpring 2011 semester andground will soon be brokenon the campus
first housingcomplex and a 50,000 square-foot campus center.“These new programs,along with the expansion of student services, develop-ment of student housing,academic buildings, andcampus center, positionthe College and the entireCoastal Georgia region fortremendous success,” saidRegent James A. Bishop.The new baccalaure-ate programs are scheduledto begin in the Fall of 2010,pending final authorizationfrom the Commission onColleges of the SouthernAssociation of Colleges andSchools. Approximately 20rising juniors are expectedto enroll in each programthis fall.
Head Startsponsors carseat workshop
Parents at the Head StartCenter recently attended aninformative workshop pre-sented by Officer Andy Sin-quefield of the Georgia StatePatrol. A certified traineron child passenger seatsafety, Sinquefield conductedworkshops for the ConcertedServices, Inc. Child Develop-ment Services parents for allof the 12 counties served bythe program.Sinquefield spoke to theparents about the Georgialaws for car seats.“All children under theage of six must be properlyrestrained in a federally ap-proved child restraint ap-propriate for their height andweight,” he said.Another important rule for parents isthat children under six must ride in a backseat of the vehicle. Children between the agesof 6 to 17 must be properly restrained by asafety belt in all seating positions.Sinquefield said child passenger seatshave an expiration date and parents shouldcheck the back of the seat to find that date,which is usually six years.The materials in the seat may breakdown by exposure to heat, cold, food, etc.which would compromise the safety of theseat.Officer Sinquefield encouraged parentsnot to buy a used car seat. A used seat couldhave been in an accident which would com-promise its ability to keep their child safe.Officer Sinquefield informed parents aboutthe position the safety seat should be for theage and weight of the child. At a minimum,children should remain rear-facing until atleast one year and 20 pounds. After the work-shop Officer Sinquefield conducted free carsafety seat checks for parents attending.Anita Young, Parent and CommunityInvolvement Coordinator, would like to thankOfficer Sinquefield for his time working withthe Head Start/Early Head Start parents onsuch an important topic.Educational parent meetings are animportant component of the Head Startprogram. Educational parent meeting arean important component of the Head Startprogram. For more information on the HeadStart program and enrollment opportunitiesplease contact the Brantley County HeadStart Family Advocate Office at (912) 462-6552.Brantley County’s veryown “South Georgia Coun-tyline Cloggers” showedtheir expertise in the field of clogging in a recent compe-tition called “Baxley’s GotTalent” where they receivedsecond place.The group performedbefore a large audienceat the Fine Arts Center atthe Appling County HighSchool. Before the panel of  judges, contestants werebeing judged on talent, stageperformance, originality andappearance.The group performed aroutine to Dolly Parton’shit“High and Mighty” to includesign language throughoutthe song which receivedgreat applause from theaudience.The group has per-formed at many local eventsand festivals as well assurrounding county eventsincluding nursing homes.
The group includes soundman Wallace Bare, left, director Wanda Bare of Hortense, Kaye Thomas andWard Highsmith of Nahunta, Lillian Cotney of Waycross, Denise Eberly of Brunswick, Michelle Herrin of Hoboken and emcee Winnie Logue of Brunswick.
Countyline Cloggers take second place in Baxley
Tick season is pretty much year roundin South Georgia and if you think there is noLyme Disease in Georgia think again.Lyme is present in all of the 50 statesand is the fastest spreading infectious diseasein the United States. It is spread by the biteof the black legged (deer tick).Any tick attachment should always bea concern. Not all ticks are infected, but thebite site, if you are lucky enough to see it,can look like a bull’s eye. The actual infec-tion is from a syphilis-like spirochete calledBorrellia Burgdorferiäämore commonlyknow as Lyme Disease.If bitten, the tick should be removedand saved if possible. Proper removal is keyso as not to squeeze the body and risk furthercontamination of the blood. It is importantnot to squash the tick and have contact withthe possibly infected tick fluid. Ticks shouldbe pulled out with a fine set of tweezers asclose to its mouth section as possible. Place ina plastic bag and save it in the freezer shouldyou become ill, it can be tested for Lyme .If Lyme disease is caught in its earlystages (first couple of weeks), it can be treat-ed effectively with about a month’s courseof the proper antibiotic. However, if notdiagnosed early, Lyme disease then becomesCLD (chronic Lyme disease) and can be verydifficult to detect and treat. In fact treatmentoften takes years.Blood tests for the disease are veryunreliable. Doctors have not been educatedon the frequency and severity of this threatand therefore will seldom diagnose, treat ortest for Lyme.It is often the infected person them self who requests treatment. Because of the lackof qualified physicians and treatment plans,there are often years of testing by variousspecialists (at significant cost to the indi-vidual or the medical system.) and then theremay still be problems obtaining treatment,especially if it is in the chronic stage.Lyme disease can be a tricky thing todiagnose if left to its later stages as Lymedisease is called the new “great imitator”Syphilis was the original “great imitator.”Lyme is called the great imitator be-cause its symptoms can mimic Fibromyalgia,MS, ALS, Lupus, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’sand several other strange syndromes likechronic fatigue and bi-polar. Lyme diseasehas been found to be at the root of some of these diseases. In fact if you or a family mem-ber has been diagnosed with any of thesediseases, ask to be tested to rule out Lymedisease and have your Doctor request that thespecimen be sent to Igenex Labs in California,it’s one of the more reliable Labs specializingin detecting Lyme.There are several lab tests available forLyme ie: the IFA (Elisa), IgM and IgG West-ern Blots and PCRs for Borrelia burgdorferi.The IFA (Elisa) is a general Lyme diseasescreen. The Western Blots are to determinewhich antibodies the patient is making. theLyme Whole Blood PCR for DNA and theLyme Serum PCR for DNA the least reliableis the Elisa and a waste of money.
Lime disease is serious business

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