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The Brantley Enterprise

The Brantley Enterprise

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Sheriff balks at commissioners’ jail staff cutbacks
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Sheri RobertThomas has rejectedcutbacks in undingor the new jail sug-gested by commis-sioners, saying thathe will continuewith plans to hire 22sta members and aull-time jail admin-istrator, despite theact that the county hasalready spent $1.6 milliono a $3 million line o creditissued by SoutheasternBank in January — andcontinues to overspendby hundreds o thou-sands o dollars eachmonth.County managerChuck Madray toldthe Enterprise Mondaythat commissioners havecalled or a reductionin sta to 17 and thatthe chie deputy take on the jailadministrator position as well, butthe sheri has reused.In a letter to the commissionersdated Aug. 20, the sheri sets orthhis response to the commissioners’request.“When I sent you the budget orthe new jail you approved it,” hewrote.“The board o commissionerswere inormed rom the beginningthat to open this jail I would need atotal o 22 jailers and a ull-time jail administrator in order torun the new jail.”The sheri went on to saythat he has been told by Bill Le-max, president o the GeorgiaSheri’s Association, that a jailthe size o Brantley’s requiresa minimum o 22 jailers and aull-time jail administrator.But Madray questioned
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BTC contributes Internet equipment to OTC
BTC owners Dr. Wade Strickland and Rosemary Strickland look over a couple of telecommunicationsequipment pieces with OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton. In an effort to further the educational oppor-tunities for telecommunications students in the area, Brantley Telephone Company recently donateda variety of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) equipment to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundationfor the computer information systems and electronics programs at Okefenokee Tech. This equipment,valued at approximately $130,000 new, makes it possible for Okefenokee Technical College to simulatean actual DSL Internet platform, giving students the opportunity to build, monitor and trouble-shootfrom the comfort of the classroom. At a meeting on the college’s Waycross Campus, OTC PresidentGail Thaxton expressed her appreciation to Dr. Wade Strickland and Mrs. Rosemary Strickland for their support of technical education through this contribution. “Today’s graduates must be skilled in the latesttechnology,” stated Thaxton, “and the rapid changes in the telecommunications and IT industry requirea huge investment in updated equipment. Please accept our genuine thanks.” Okefenokee Tech’s CISinstructors, Derrell Harris and Eddie Murray, along with various OTC administrative staff were on handto welcome BTC representatives and to view the donated equipment. For information about BrantleyTelephone Company, visit www.btconline.net.
Mayor recoversfrom surgery
Nahunta mayor Ronnie Jacobssaid this week he was unable toattend last week’s city council meet-ing because he was recovering romsurgery in a Jacksonville medicalcenter.Jacobs said he was operated onor poor circulation, a procedure inwhich doctors strip open the bloodveins in the legs.The mayor and the city clerkboth missed last week’s meetingand the meeting was delayed whilecouncil members searched or atape recorder to record the meeting.
Job fair
The Georgia Department of Labor'sWaycross Career Center will sponsor a job fair for employers and job seekersin the area on Thursday from 3-6 p.m.at The Waycross Depot, located at 317Plant Ave. in Waycross. The event willfeature about 30 employers who willbe hiring to fill current job openings.In addition, other employers will bediscussing possible future employ-ment opportunities with the job seek-ers, while other organizations willbe providing educational and otherresources. For more information callPatrick Simmons at 912-285-6105.
Sacred Harp sing
A Sacred Harp Sing will be held atBayview Nursing Home from 7 - 8p.m. on Thursday. For more informa-tion call David Lee at 912-458-2493 orClarke Lee at 912-458-2268.
Story time
The Brantley County Library willstart Story Time for ages 2-5 on Fridayat 10 a.m. Please stop by the libraryand pick up a schedule. For moreinformation call 462-5454.
The Nahunta Church of God fundraiser is rescheduled for Friday.Chicken plates will be sold, this willinclude a smoked chicken leg quarter,potato salad, green beans, dessert anda roll. The cost of a plate is $6.50 anddining in is available for 11 a.m. - 2p.m. in the youth building. If diningin a drink comes with the meal. Thechurch is located at 122 Cannon St.
Spay and Neuter
River City Community Animal Hospi-tal with the help of PetSmart Chari-ties will have a mobile unit providingfree or low cost spay and neutersurgeries to qualified individuals andfamilies on Friday at Angel's Gardenof Eden in Waynesville. Surgeries arebased on income qualification andare by appointment only. Funds arelimited. Call now for an appointmentat 904-733-8123. For more informationvisit www.rccah.org.
The deadline to enter Glitz Totsand Teens pageant is Saturday. Thepageant will be held on Saturday, Sep-tember 6 at the Brantley County HighSchool. The pageant is for boys agebirth-6 and for girls ages birth-21 yrs.Boys and girls ages birth-6 will regis-ter at 2 p.m. and the contest will beginat 2:30 p.m. Girls ages 7-21 will registerat 4 p.m. and the contest will begin at4:30 p.m. For more information callTammy Richardson at 912-283-7967.
Book sale
A christian book sale will be heldat the Nahunta Church of God onSaturday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Authorslike Charles Swindoll, David Jer-emiah, Larry Buckett and others willbe available.
Southeast Singles
Southeast Singles will hold an after-noon of fellowship with hamburgersat Troy's on Saturday at 1 p.m. Bringfishing poles. For more informationcall Betty at 285-5024 or Nancy at 281-6026 or Faye at 458-2267.
Higginbotham reunion
The 83rd Higginbotham reunion willbe held on Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m. at the Higginbotham Home Stead
An internal disagreement overan identifcation card project ap-parently put into place by Nahuntamayor Ronnie Jacobs has spilledover into an investigation, butit’s not yet clear who is doing theinvestigating.Jacobs would only say thathe is certain his plan to oer cityID cards is ully legal, reerringurther questions to city attorneyBrooke Kelly o Folkston, who wasin court Monday and Tuesday andcould not be reached or comment.Contacted by the EnterpriseMonday, city councilman Syb Johnsalso declined to comment except tosay that the matter is under inves-tigation, but she did not say who ishandling the investigation.Word on the street has it thatthe matter has been turned overto the district attorney’s ofce inWaycross and to the Immigrationand Customs Enorcement (ICE).A spokesman or the ICE region-al ofce in Atlanta told the newspa-per Tuesday that the agency neitherconfrms nor denies whether it is
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etc@brantleyenterprise.comYou can also call us at 912-462-6776 or sendmail to Post Office Box 454, Nahunta GA31553.
Pavilion. A fishfry will be on Saturday.Please bring your favorite recipes tolunch on Sunday. For more informa-tion call 462-5950.
The families of Mack Herrin and IdaKing reunion will be held on Sundayat Okefenokee Swamp Park in theCypress Cove Annex. Bring a covereddish and join the families. Lunch willbe at 1 p.m. For more informationcontact Kevin and Valerie Herrin at912-458-3254.
Deacon ordination
Riverside Chapel Baptist Churchwill be having Deacon Ordination onSunday. Presbytery will be at 2:30 p.m.and service at 3 p.m. There will be aSupper after the service in Honor of the three new deacons: Bro. EugeneFlowers, Bro. Christopher Harris, andBro. Bradley Thomas. The church islocated approx. 6 miles from Hickoxon Riverside Rock Road.
Waycross college
The waycross College campus will beclosed Monday in observance of theLabor Day holiday. The college willreopen on Tuesday.
School registration
Liberty Christian School is now regis-tering for classes for grades K5-12 forthe 2008-2009 school year. Classes be-gin on Tuesday. Tuition is reasonablypriced. The school is located at 1063Old Post Rd. in Waynesville. For moreinformation call 778-4931 or 778-4350.
Executive meeting
The Satilla Community ServiceBoard's Executive Committee willmeet by conference call on Tuesday at5 p.m. in the Board Room at Sa-tilla Community Services, 1007 MaryStreet, Waycross.For more information, contact LaCre-tia Gassem at 449-7101.
Gospel sing
Grace Community Church inHoboken will hold a gospel sing onSaturday, September 13 at 7 p.m. withthe "New Taylor's Singers". 
Taste of Ware
The 2nd SAFE CASA Taste of Warewill be held on Saturday, October 4from 12-4 p.m. in downtown Waycross.A silent auction will be held at 3 p.m.Tickets are $5 per person. All proceedsbenefit the CASA court-appointedadvocate program. For more informa-tion call SAFE CASA at 912-283-7326.
Southeast Singles Fellowship willhave a Social on Saturday, September6 at 6:30 p.m. at Troy's house. Therewill be chicken dinners and covereddish. For more information please callBetty at 285-5024, Nancy at 281-6026 orFaye at 458-2267.
Prayer meeting
An hour of prayer will be held onThursday, September 11 from 12-1 p.m.at the Brantley County courthouse.For more information contact PastorRaymond Willis at 778-5117 or 778-3226,or Pastor Henry Grimes at 473-2516 or473-2007. 
Planning meeting
Southeast Singles Fellowship willhave a planning meeting on Friday,September 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Jerry J'sin Waycross. For more informationplease call Betty at 285-5024, Nancy at281-6026 or Faye at 458-2267.
Commodity distribution
Concerted Services Inc. will distrib-ute U.S.D.A. surplus commoditiesto eligible area residents beginningThursday, September 4 at 113 ChurchSt. behind the Health Department inNahunta. Elderly and Handicap willreceive commodities beginning at 8a.m. on Thursday, September 4. Allothers on Friday, September 5 until itis all gone. Please bring a box for yourcommodities.
Singles dance
Southeast Singles Fellowship willhave a dance on Saturday, September20 at 7 p.m. at the Ag. Building atthe corner of Hendry and Carter inBlackshear. For more informationplease call Betty at 285-5024, Nancy at281-6026 or Faye at 458-2267.
Gospel sing
A gospel sing will be held at OpenDoor Baptist Church, Hwy 84 inWaycross on Saturday, September6 at 7 p.m. featuring local talent.Finger foods will be served. For moreinformation contact Jeff and CheriMorgan at 912-385-0789 or jcmorgan@wayxcable.com.
Southeast Singles Fellowship willhave a social on Saturday, September27 at 6:30 p.m. at Troy's house. Therewill be Pound Bingo and finger foods.For more information please callBetty at 285-5024, Nancy at 281-6026 orFaye at 458-2267.
Hunter education
Hunter Education Classes will be heldat the Brantley County Library Con-ference Room on the following dates:Friday, September 5 from 4 - 6 p.m.,Tuesday, September 16 and Wednesday,September 17 from 4 - 8 p.m. (mustattend both nights), Monday, October6 from 4 - 6 p.m., Tuesday, October7 and Wednesday, October 8 from5 - 9 p.m. (must attend both nights),Thursday, November 13 from 5 - 7 p.m.and Thursday, December 11 from 5 - 7p.m. All students must register onlinefor the classes at www.georgiawildlife.com and should follow any instruc-tions given such as completing a CDor completing the internet portion of the class. Registration ends 3 businessdays before each class.
Beneft sing
There will be a Benefit Sing atWaynesville Church of God onSaturday, September 6 at 7 p.m with"Crosswalk" from Blackshear preform-ing. For more information please callthe church office at 778-4884.
The Raleigh Ringers will be in concerton Saturday, September 6 at 4 p.m. atSweat Memorial Baptist Church inWaycross. Tickets are $15 for adultsand $10 for children 12 and under.Seating is limited and tickets arefirst come, first serve. Tickets areavailable at Yarbrough's Office Supplyin Waycross. For more informationcontact Carol Clarke at 912-337-0702(h_clarke@bellsouth.net) or DannyYarbrough at 912-283-8725 (danny@yarbroughs.com).
The 4th annual Sister to Sister Confer-ence will be held September 10 - 14 atthe First Credit Hill Baptist Church.Services will be held Wednesday -Friday at 7 p.m. nightly, Saturday at 10a.m. with free lunch and door prizes,and Sunday at 11:15 a.m. For moreinformation call 912-832-3536.
OREMC meeting
The annual meeting of OkefenokeRural Electric Membership Corpora-tion, will be held Saturday, September13 at the Brantley County High Schoolin Nahunta. For more informationcall the office at 462-5131.
Waycross event
Waycross MainStreet will hold a freeconcert on Saturday, September 13featuring local musicians "Hayshaker"from 7-11 p.m. at Phoenix Park indowntown Waycross. Downtownrestaurants will also be open. Bring achair and come and enjoy a night of entertainment and community fun.For more information call 912-283-7787or email waycrossmainstreet@yahoo.com.
Scholarship pageant
America's Perfect Girl National Schol-arship Pageant will be held in Atlantaon Friday, September 19 throughSunday, September 21 for girls ages,0-18 month, 19-35 month, 3-4 yrs., 5-6yrs., 7-9 yrs., 10-13 yrs., 14-17 yrs., and18-26 yrs. For more information visitour website at www.americasperfect-girl.com.
Thomas reunion
All descendants of Alfred and LovieThomas will hold their reunion onSunday, September 21 at Jesse Thomasresidence on Hwy 301, 4.5 miles Northof Nahunta. Lunch will be served at1 p.m. Bring a covered dish. For moreinformation call 462-6307.
OREMC auction
OREMC will hold an auction of surplus and salvage equipment atthe headquarters office in Nahuntaon Saturday, September 27. Manyitems will be offered to the generalpublic for bid. Gates will open at 8a.m. for inspection of items offeredfor bid, with sales beginning at 9 a.m.For more information contact PaulBowers at 1-800-262-5131 or 912-462-5131ext. 1156.
Craft fair
Brookman New Hope MethodistChurch in Brunswick will hold their2nd annual Craft Fair on Saturday,November 1. Their Women's Mission-ary Society is looking for craftersto participate in the fair by rentingtable space or setting up their owntables for a small fee. The moneyraised will go to educational missionsfor children. For more informationcontact Patti Wilcox at 912 264-6200or pandjwilcox@comcast.net or callLibby Carter at 912 264-8460.
Lake Ware
Come Dance with us at Lake Warein Waycross on Friday nights. Liveentertainment by Dry Creek Band.Admission is $7.00 per person. BYOB, no coolers, and no bottles, cans only.Singles and couples welcome. Formore information call 912-283-8858
Starlight Ranch
Starlight Ranch is looking forvolunteers and donations to helpwith the many activities at the ranch.They also have openings in their freetherapy and after school programs.A school to ranch ride program isavailable for participants. For moreinformation call Tasha at 778-3976,leave message if no answer.
Brantley County Neighbors HelpingNeighbors is currently acceptingdonations for sick children, cancerpatients, and families in need. Someof the sick children have requestedChihuahua puppies, talking birds, etc.Any donation will be greatly appreci-ated. Please contact Billy Lartz at462-7484, Pat Tompkins at 462-7443, orMert Dowling at 462-5455 for moreinformation.
Reunion planning
If you are interested in helping toplan a Hickox School Reunion pleasecontact Florrie Rozier Hardin at (912)449-9729 or (912) 288-2538 or Roy Crewsat (912) 473-2434.
Cookbooks created in memory of Carolyn S. Lewis are for sale at theBrantley County Library. The cost of the cookbook is $8 and all proceedsgo to a memorial scholarship fund.For more information, contact KarenLewis Harrell at 462-8483. 
Business directory
Support Max Animal rescue andadvertise your business. The BrantleyCounty Business Directory producedby Brantley Office Supply & Serviceswill advertise "Brantley County" onlybusinesses. Proceeds from book saleswill go to Max Animal rescue. Call 912-462-2677 or Lori Hartman, 912-458-3263for further information.
OREMC programs
OREMC offers safety and energy effi-ciency programs and demonstrationsto schools and community and civicorganizations in our service area.Their energy efficiency experts canoffer tips that will help you save elec-tricity and stretch your budget. If youare interested scheduling a programfor your group, please contact ouroffice at 912-462-5131 or 800-262-5131and talk with Craig Muchison (ext.1147), David Smith (ext. 3319) or LindaHarris (ext. 1151).
World War II
The Brantley County HistoricalSociety’s World War II book is on saleat the Brantley County Library. Youcan also order one by mailing a checkor money order to Brantley CountyHistorical Society, P.O. Box 1096,Nahunta, 31553. The purchase price is$45.00 including tax, plus $5.00 for s/h.For more information call DorothyThomas at 912-265-7599 or email her atdjt1927@aol.com.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors has aclothes closet available at 135 FloridaAvenue, Nahunta. Please call Rev.Jimmy and Barbara Bryant at 462-6340for an appointment. 
History book
The Brantley County Pictorial His-tory Book is for sale at the NahuntaLibrary. The cost is $65 includingtax. If you wish to order, please sendcheck or money order for $65 plus $5S/H to Brantley County Historical& Preservation Society Inc., P.O. Box1096, Nahunta, 31553.
Animal rescue
Max's Animal Rescue & Humane So-ciety of Brantley County is currentlyaccepting donations for puppy food,dry and canned and as always mon-etary donations are always needed foroperations and for the building fund.Please specify where you would likeyour donation to be allocated. ContactLori Hartmann Director at 912-458-3263. Charitable donations are taxdeductible. Volunteer opportunitiesare available.
Clothes closet
Waynesville Baptist is in need of clothes and shoes of all sizes for theirclothes closet. The closet is open everyTuesday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Neighbors Helping Neighbors isaccepting donations for a "Fire Fund"to help families when their homesare burned and destroyed by fire.Donations may be sent to NeighborsHelping Neighbors, c/o Fire Fund, P.O.Box 271 Nahunta, 31553.
Donate blood
The Red Cross needs approximately1,200 people to donate blood eachweekday to meet the needs of approxi-mately 140 hospitals and healthcarefacilities. Most people age 17 or olderwho weigh at least 110 pounds cangive blood. For more information call1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543).
Concerted Services Inc., is acceptingnon-perishable food items, as wellas cash donations, for a small foodpantry. The food assistance will bepersons/families who have emer-gency/crisis needs. Donations will beaccepted Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.For more information call 912-462-5163or 912-462-5263.
Fountain of hope
Fountain of Hope meetings are heldevery Thursday at 7 p.m. at the GAPHouse, located on 110 N, across RRtracks and 1st house on left. For moreinformation call Regina Hunter at(912) 778-5017 or Sherry Handley (912)778-4805.
Fibromyalgia meetings
The Coastal Georgia FibromyalgiaSupport Group meets the first Tues-day of each month at 6 p.m. at Waynes-ville Baptist Church in Waynesville.For more information, call AlishaHendricks at 912-778-4741.
MAMA meetings
The Waynesville chapter of M.A.M.A.has open meetings at 7 p.m. on thefirst and third Mondays of eachmonth at the GAP house in Atkinson,look for signs. They also show filmsand exhibits as presentations to thepublic by invitation. For more infor-mation call Regina Hunter at (912)778-5017 or Sherry Lane (912) 778-3023.
Foster parents
Brantley and Charlton County Depart-ment of Family and Children Servicesare in need of families who are will-ing to open their homes and hearts tochildren who are in need. For moreinformation, please call 1-877-210-5437or contact Gwendolyn McClendonor Cheryl Jordan at 912-462-6171 (Na-hunta) or 912-496-2527 (Folkston). 
Masonic meetings
The Nahunta Masonic Lodge willhold meetings on the first and thirdTuesdays of every month.
Narconon of Georgia offers OutPatient help for Drug and Alcoholaddiction. For more information callNarconon of Georgia at 1-877-413-3073.
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whether the association has thepower to dictate to the county any-thing about the jail.But Thomas also notifed thecounty o an increase in the cost o medical services or the jail.He said the physician chosento provide the services has calledor an increase in his services rom$120,000 to $162,900 or an averagepopulation o 75 inmates due toincreased costs.Madray said the most recent jailpower bill was $3,500 — and that’swith only 75 percent o air condi-tioning units in operation. It will bemuch higher when the jail is in ulloperation, he said.The sheri’s reusal to complywith cutbacks comes at a time whenthe county fnds itsel in debt tothe tune o $1.6 million and thebalance o the $3 million line o credit dwindling rapidly as somecounty department heads continueto overspend.Since the line o credit wasissued in January, the county gov-ernment has called or advances o more than $200,000 in some months.In January the county wasrequired to pay o the balance o $400,000 on a loan rom last yearwhich came out o this year’s loan.In April the county was orcedto take advances o $150,000, in May$300,000, in July $210,000, and inAugust $525,000, leaving the line o credit balance at only $1.4 millionto last the year. I it doesn’t last, thecounty will be orced to seek yetanother loan.Advances taken by the countyare mostly or expenses such aspayroll and power bills, which willcontinue to drain the county’s lineo credit as long as county depart-ment heads reuse to cut back onemployee hours and usage o airconditioners and other power hun-gry devices.In act, advances have beentimed to paydays over the past ewmonths.The county drew $150,000 onApril 3, a payday; $150,000 on May 1and 15, both paydays; $60,000 July 10and $150,000, both paydays; $275,000on Aug. 7 and $250,000 on Aug. 21,both paydays.The means the county has beenunable to meet payroll in our o the past six months, being orcedto borrow to pay employees eachpayday.Madray has called or $271,000in cutbacks in the cost o opera-tions, but that request has allenon dea ears in some departmentswhich continue spending as usual,even in the ace o a $3 millionshortall.The county manager said he isconsidering asking the county toapprove a 1/12 budget which wouldorce department heads to balancetheir budgets at the end o everymonth, much like most people areorced to do with their personalbank accounts.
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involved in an investigation, but in-dicated that the practice o handingout ID cards is neither unusual nora violation o ederal law.Jacobs’s plan frst came to lightin this month’s cit council meetingwhen those in attendance heardan uproar rom behind the closeddoors o an executive session heldby the mayor and council.No mention o the topic wasmade ater the council returned toopen session, but the Enterprisehas learned that the mayor andcouncil members were arguingabout the mayor’s plan to oer cityID cards.According to sketchy inorma-tion uncovered by the newspaper,Jacobs planned to oer card or $5each or local resident in need o some orm o identifcation, and $50each or immigrants in the marketor cards.It was not made clear whetherthe cards would be issued to legalimmigrants only or might be a sys-tem or providing cards to illegalimmigrants or a premium ee.
are freewith a $5 fee for photos.
are $5 each.
are $20 per year in county, $25 per year out of county, and $15 for senior citizens in county only.
are $5 per week for personal ads and $10 per weekfor commercial ads. Subscribers get one free personal wantadper week of up to 35 words. Additional words are charged at10¢ per word. Personal wantads must be paid in advance.
The deadline for all ads and news is noonMonday.
Office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3p.m. weekdays. Closed on Wednesday.
Danielle Strickland
Danielle Nicole Strickland, 19 of Waynesville, died Tuesday after-noon (Aug. 19, 2008) at her residence following a lengthy illness.Born in Glynn Co., she is preceded in death by her father, ElmerWilson Strickland Jr., paternal grandfathers, Elmer Wilson Strick-land and Harold Atwood, and maternal grandfathers, DouglasWillis and Johnny Harnage.Danielle was a 2008 graduate of Brantley County High School anda member of J.R.O.T.C.She is survived by her parents, James and Melinda Willis Lane of Waynesville; 4 brothers and sisters-in-law, Elmer Wilson andShawnaStrickland III of New York, James Douglas and AshleyStrickland ofWaynesville, Jonathan David and Amy Strickland of Brunswick, and James lee Lane of Ft. Meyers; 3 sisters, HeatherAnn Lane, Samantha Elinda Lane and Angel Renee Lane all of Ft. Meyers; paternal grandmother, Rebecca Atwood of Darien; 2maternal grandmothers, Maggie Harnage of Frostproof, and CathyWillis of Waynesville; 2 nieces and 2 nephews; and a special fiance,Clay Johns and a host of friends.Funeral services were Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the BrantleyCounty High School Gym with Rev. Ion Johns officiating.
Karen Thomas
Karen Simmons Thomas, 55 of Waynesville, died suddenly Sundaynight (Aug. 17, 2008) at Southeast Georgia Health System, Bruns-wick. Born in Macon, her parents were John Dallas and LorenaWoodrum Simmons.She is also preceded in death by a son, Gene Thomas.She was a housewife and of the Baptist faith.Karen is survived by her husband of 13 years, L. E. Thomas of Waynesville; children & their spouses, Lorie and Howard Cothrenof Waynesville, Kelly and Jeff Jones of Hortense, Gail Ray of Nahunta, Linda and Steve Dykes of Nahunta, Casey and JennyBrown of Thalman, Darlene and Larkin McWhorter of Hortense;22 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Melinda Simmons of Brunswick; several aunts,uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.Funeral services were Thursday at 11 a.m. at Chambless- FryeFuneral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Carson and Adam Cothren.Burial followed in Smyrna Cemetery, Lulaton.Pallbearers were Jeff Jones, Tony Galyen, Chris Dykes, BenjaminThomas, Matthew Dykes and Justin Dykes.
Josephine Crews
Josephine Crews, 83 of Folkston, passed away August 19. She was anative and life-long resident of Charlton County.Her parents were the late William and Effie Lowther Crews. Shewas a member of Sand Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded indeath by her husband, Thomas H. Crews; a son, Willis Crews; asister, Janie Carter; and 3 brothers, Nathan Crews, Owen Crews,and Oscar Crews.She is survived by 5 daughters, Wanda (John) Osborne of CedarPark, Texas, Phyllis (Bobby) Sarine of Summerville, S.C., HattieMae (Bill) Flemings of Perry, Norma Jean Rodriguez of Killeen,Texas, and Nancy Carter of Folkston; 3 sons, Warren (Kathy)Crews of Nahunta, William (Doris) Crews of Winokur, and DavidCrews of Folkston; 3 sisters, Mildred Johnson, Lorene Carter,and Pearl Batton all of Folkston; 24 grandchildren; and 16 greatgrandchildren.Funeral services were held Saturday August 23 at 11 a.m. at SandHill Baptist Church with Dr. Jack Stolte, Rev. Ion Johns, and Rev.Ralph Crews officiating.Burial followed in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Nola Lee
Nola Mae Thomas Lee, 74 of Nahunta, died Wednesday (Aug. 20,2008) at her daughter's residence following a lengthy illness.Born in Appling Co, her parents were Melvin and Ella Mae WasdinThomas.She is also preceded in death by her husbands, Kenneth LavoidLowman and Isacc Lee; a daughter, Clara Mae Lowman; and abrother, Carol Thomas.She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.Nola is survived by 8 children and their spouses, Raymond andJan Lowman of Raybon, Gary M. Lowman of Hortense, Sue J.and Robert Melton of Waycross, Craig D. Lowman of Reidsville,Morgan Lowman and Kenny Lowman of Raybon, Wyatt and VickyLowman of Hortense and Sheila and John Trusievitz of Jesup;21 grandchildren, Billy Lowman, Suzy Boatright, Dana Edwards,April Lowman, Dessa Lowman, Scott Melton, Dustin Melton,Amanda Lowman, Will Lowman, Patti Westberry, Shei Westberry,Tommy Lowman, Charlotte Davis, Brandi Lowman, Clara Lowman,Kenny Lowman III, Josey Lowman, Clinton Lowman, NicholasTrusievitz, Ben Trusievitz and Jake Trusievitz; 27 great grandchil-dren; a brother, Mack Thomas of Baxley; several nieces, nephewsand other relatives.Graveside services were Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. at LightseyCemetery, Bristol, with Rev. Otis Boatwright and Tommy Lowmanofficiating.Pallbearers were Raymond Lowman, Gary M. Lowman, CraigD. Lowman, Morgan Lowman, Kenny Lowman, Wyatt Lowman,Tommy Lowman and Will Lowman. 
James Estes
Mr. James Roland Estes, 61, of Nahunta died early Saturday morn-ing (Aug. 23, 2008) in the Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswickafter a long illness.Born in Fort Worth, Texas he was the son of Edward and MaryGoldwinn Estes. Mr. Estes retired from the United States Armyand had served in the Vietnam War. After leaving the Army hewent to work with CTL of Florida as a truck driver.Survived by his loving wife, Paula Vern Hicks Estes of Nahunta; 2sons and daughters-in-law, David and Virginia Parrack of 
See Obituaries, page 5 
Johns to wed Manning
Gene Demarus Johns Sr. and the lateVirginia Ann Johns o Nahunta are proud toannounce the engagement o their daughter,Kimberly Deon Johns to Cleve Brad Man-ning son o Felton Cleve Manning and EdithGeneva Manning o Hortense.The bride elect is the granddaughter o the late Oliver Oscar Johns and the late Mal-lie Bedell Johns o Nahunta and late KermitJohns and Lula Mae Johns o Nahunta.Miss Johns is a 2008 graduate o Brant-ley County High School. She is currentlyenrolled at Okeenokee Technical College o Waycross.The uture groom is the grandson o thelate Fell Manning and the late Lena Bell Man-ning o Wayne and the late Elvie Elvin Crewsand the late Geneva Crews o Folkston.Mr. Manning is a 2006 graduate o Brantley County High School. He is currentlyemployed by Mactec o Brunswick.The wedding will take place at 5 p.m. onSaturday, September 6, 2008 at the BachelottChurch o God in Bachelott.A reception to be held aterward in thechurch social hall.Invitations will be sent to out o townguests only.All riends and amily are invited to at-tend.
Hyers weds Harrell
Sarah Hyers and David Harrell, both o Kingsland, were united in marriage on Sat-urday, May 31, 2008 at the Primitive BaptistChurch in Cades Cove located in the GreatSmokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee.Sarah is the daughter o Bobby and Glen-da Hyers o Mershon and the granddaughtero Charles and Louise Conley o St. Marys.She is employed by Southern Style Salon andSpa in Brunswick as well as being an ArtisticEducator or Matrix.David is the son o Ms. Gladys W. Greeno Lulaton and the late Mr. John Henry Har-rell o Kingsland. He is employed by DixieExpress o Folkston.Rev. Jim Eaton ofciated a small, privateceremony at 12:30 p.m. The bride wore achampagne gown that was accentual with ahand beaded ivory sash that draped aroundthe top and down the back o the gown.The attendant included junior-bridesmaidCloey Johnson, ringbearer, Brian Harrell,and ushers Joshua Harrell and ChandlerJohnson. The reception ollowed at TrailheadSteakhouse in Townsend, Tenn. The couplespent their honeymoon in the Great SmokeyMountains and will reside in their home inKingsland.
White weds Jones
Jessica Sabrina White and Jeremy JamesMarlin Jones were married on Saturday,June 21, 2008 at Waynesville MissionaryBaptist Church in the presence o amily andriends.Jessica is the daughter o Joyce AnnLong (David) and John White o Hickox andthe granddaughter o the late James Whiteand the late Elizabeth Highsmith Glydwell.She is a 2003 graduate o BrantleyCounty High School, and a graduate romCoastal Georgia Community College with anAssociate’s Degree and is currently attendingArmstrong Atlantic State University or herBachelor’s Degree in Teacher Education.Jeremy is the son o Lynn Jones (Gary)and the late Jon Jones o Waynesville andthe grandson o Lavaita Jowers and MarlinEdgy (Dot) and the grandson o Jim andLouise Jones.He is a 2003 graduate o Brantley CountyHigh School and has received a reriger-ant certifcate rom ESCO Institute and iscurrently employed with Island Air on St.Simons Island.
Hams celebrate50th anniversary
Huey and Dorothy (Morgan) Ham o the Hickox community will celebrate their50th wedding anniversary onSunday aternoon, August 31at Joe’s Japanese Steakhousewith their amily and riends.Huey is the son o the lateOscar Elias and Nancy Eliza-beth (Jones) Ham and Dorothyis the daughter o the lateJoseph Talmadge (Dick) andRuby (Thomas) Morgan.The Hams have two chil-dren, Kathy (Freddie) Hendrixand Ronald (Paula) Ham alsoo the Hickox community.Four grandchildren have beencelebrated during their yearstogether, Renee Roberson (Kris) Smith, Hil-ary Hendrix, Elizabeth and Joseph Ham. Thecouple are honored as well to have two greatgranddaughters, Katlyn Renee and KirstenRuby Smith o Nahunta.The Hams are graduates o South Geor-gia College and ABAC College in 1958 as wellas the University o Georgia in 1962 withdegrees in vocational education.
Mr. Ham taught Vocational Agricultureor thirty years beginning at Hoboken HighSchool then on to Brantley County Highschool.Mrs. Ham taught Home Economics alsoat Hoboken High as well as Brantley CountyHigh school or twenty eight years and wasthe Food Service Director orBrantley County School systemor two years.Mr. Ham is also the retiredMagistrate Judge o BrantleyCounty.The Hams were instrumen-tal in the organization o theBrantley Historical Society andthe two publications o BrantleyCounty History and Cemeterybooks. They are both respec-tively members o the Daugh-ters and Sons o the AmericanRevolution as well as Sons andDaughters o the SouthernConederacy.Mr. Ham has built the Mumord Libraryand the Memorial Wall honoring Coned-erate War soldiers rom our area in theWaynesville community.Mr. and Mrs. Ham have touched manylives in their years o dedicated service notonly to the many children but the citizens o Brantley County.
The 83rd Higginbothamreunion will be held on Sat-urday, August 30 and Sunday,August 31 at 1 p.m. at theHigginbotham Home SteadPavilion. A fshry will be onSaturday. Please bring youravorite recipes to lunch onSunday. For more inormationcall 462-5950.
The amilies o MackHerrin and Ida King reunionwill be held on Sunday atOkeenokee Swamp Parkin the Cypress Cove Annex.Bring a covered dish and jointhe amilies. Lunch will be at1 p.m. For more inormationcontact Kevin and ValerieHerrin at 912-458-3254.
Selena Strickland, a re-cent graduate o OkeenokeeTechnical College, is eaturedon the ront cover o theMarch 2008 issue o Fender-Bender magazine, a periodi-cal dedicated to covering thelatest news in automotivecollision repair. Selena gradu-ated rom OTC’s collisionrepair technology programJanuary 2008 and now has herown auto repair business inBrantley County, where she isa resident.Strickland was a standoutstudent at OTC, so it is no sur-prise to her instructors or therest o the sta that she hasbeen recognized by the colli-sion repair industry as a suc-cess. In college, not only wasshe a member o the NationalTechnical Honor Society, butshe won the state SkillsUSAcompetition in collisionrepair in 2007 and placed 10thin the nation as she competedwith a bad ankle injury.Elizabeth Millard, thereelance writer o the articlein FenderBender, reerredto Strickland’s perormanceat nationals as “stellar.” Inact, it was this perormancethat caught the attention o the leaders in the auto col-lision industry. As a result,Strickland won the Women’sIndustry Network’s (WIN)frst educational scholarship.She was also the 2007South Georgia Street Rodsscholarship recipient. As theOTC 2007 Georgia Occupa-tional Award o Leadership(GOAL) winner, which isquite an honor, Stricklandreceived an OTC FoundationGOAL Scholarship. JackDixon, her collision repairinstructor, nominated her orthe GOAL award. Stricklandhas expressed her apprecia-tion to Dixon repeatedly orhis support and encourage-ment. She also attributesher success to her parents,her husband, and technicaleducation. In addition to herauto collision repair diploma,Strickland also completed sev-eral marketing/entrepreneurclasses at OTC.Strickland’s parents areCharles and Yvonne Taylor o Snellville, and she is marriedto Joey Strickland. She gradu-ated rom South GwinnettHigh School and has a B.A.in Biology rom Shorter Col-lege and a Master’s in PublicHealth (Epidemiology) romEmory University.
National honors
Four students romBrantley County qualifed orinduction into the 2007/2008National Honor Roll.The National Honor Rollrecognizes high-achievinghigh school and middle schoolstudents.The students were:Pebbles J. Daniels and HaleyMcDougale both o Nahunta,April Sweat o Waynesville,and Brittney S. Mixon o Hortense.

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