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The Atkinson Church of God of Prophecy will hold a gospel drama on Wednesday 7 p.m.
Gospel drama Cancer walk
The chief ranger of the Brantley County Unit of the Georgia Forestry Service has been recognized for his work in defining forest management techniques that make fires in the Okefenokee Swamp easier to contain. Bo Chesser was chosen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to follow up on an proposal from Alan Dozier for the establishment of a fire-resilient forest buffer to surround the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Dozier theorized that the buffer would make fires safer and easier to manage, increase fire management options in the area, and help prevent
Chesser recognized for swamp fire plan implementation
hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and fire suppression expense. Intrigued with the idea in the aftermath of the 560,000-acre Georgia Bay Fire in 2007, the Georgia Forestry Commission assigned Chesser to describe and document forest management practices that could be used to help create the fire-resilient buffer. Chesser developed the Forest Management Options Manual which describes in detail a myriad of forest management options available to landowners. Dozier then worked through the USDA-Forest Service to secure a $3.6 million grant for the proj-
ect and he and Chesser made presentations to the Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners which convinced them to join the project. The grant also enabled the commission to employ a project leader forester and three additional foresters to help recommend and approve landowner incentive payments to reduce forest fuels, and facilitate on-the-ground practices in line with the forest management options manual. Landowners are paid ARRA funds to treat lands within a one-mile buffer of the Swamp’s
See Chesser, page 9
A meeting for the 2010 cancer walk will be held on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church on Mary St., Waycross.
Sign-ups for the Brantley County 4-H Program camp at Rock Eagle will be held on Thursday, at 8:30a.m at The Brantley County Extension Office. Camp will be Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 9 for children in 5th or 6th grade. Camp fee is $300 and includes transportation, lodging, food and t-shirts. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to hold a space for your child. Space is limited so first come first go.
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Teachers ask for alternatives to furloughs
Call for cuts elsewhere to reduce costs
Board of Education members brainstormed costcutting measures at a called meeting last Thursday that drew a crowd of educators from across the system. The overall goal of the board and the demand of teachers who attended the meeting were the same -- find ways to lower furlough days for the year without raising the millage rate from the current 13 mils. However, Assistant Superintendant Read Carter did
Southside Baptist will hold a gospel through drama featuring the “Kingdom Players” drama team on Thursday at 7 p.m. They are from Lee University.
Shoppers check out in the new Farmers and Builders in Nahunta last week.
Farmers and Builders of Nahunta has officially moved to its new location on Highway 82 east. Regular patrons will remember the previous location on 301 south. Store manager Greg Cochran said that a grand opening of the new, much larger store is tentatively plannedfor October, but the new store is already stocked and open to the public. One worker said that business had picked up considerably in the new location.
Photos by Chris Buchanan/Staff
Jay Sweat and Travis Thirft will perform oldies music on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Brantley County Library.
In a series of ‘what-if’ scenarios, assistant superintendent Read Carter lays out various plans for furloughs to the school board last week
Photo by Chris Buchanan
See Furloughs, page 9
Southeastern Bank will hold customer appreciation in the lobby of the Nahunta location on Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. They especially want to honor all the military veterans and active duty military.
BCMS FBLA gains national recognition
Special to the Enterprise The Brantley County Middle School Future Business Leaders of America chapter handed out lapel pins and certificates to students who earned national recognition for participation in the Middle Level Achievement Program (MAP) at the annual banquet held last week. MAP is a national awards program designed to reward those middle level members who excel in their participation in a variety of activities in the areas of service, education, and leadership. The Entrepreneur Level focuses on basic business skills, introduction to community service, and FBLA-ML involvement at the local level. This year we had 42 out of the 480 (9%) in the nation
Brantley schools may see increase in classroom size
After state drops maximum limit
By Ken Buchanan Brantley County Superintendent of Schools Drew Sauls said this week the school system may take advantage of the state’s exemption to maximum class sizes as it plans for the future. “I’m not saying it’s the best thing, but it may be necessary,” Sauls said. “The trend has been to smaller class sizes and studies have shown that students learn better in smaller classes,” he said. But the current economic climate has made it necessary
SEGA MAMa and G.A.P. House Ministries will hold a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the G.A.P. House. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. For more information call 778-4274.
to earn this award. Students earning the Entrepreneur Level were: Katrina Anderson, Tanner Britt, Cheyenne Brundage, Randee Bush, CJ Cannon, Abigail Carlson, Brianna Carter, Joey DePratter, Kirastyn Flowers, Katie Funderburk,
See Class, page 9
Satilla Missionary Baptist Church will hold a fundraiser on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Paige’s office parking lot in Hortense at the intersection of Hwy 301 and Hwy. 32. Whole Boston Butts will be available for pick-up for $20, BBQ sandwich plates (sandwich, side, dessert and drink) for $5 and a variety
See FBLA, page 9
Courthouse gets facelift
By Chris Buchanan Work on the courthouse continues this week with exterior trim sanding and painting expected to be completed by Friday, though County Commission Chair Ron Ham said that expected rain during the week may slow the workers down. D&D Decorators, a Brantley Countybased firm, won the bid and has already pressure washed the courthouse, worked
Rescinded Nahunta vote setback for courthouse parking project?
By Chris Buchanan Plans to expand the courthouse parking lot will need to be changed — but not scrapped — because a Nahunta City Council member changed her mind, according to County Commission Chair Ron Ham. “We certainly respect the city’s authority to do what they choose with the facilities,” he said. At a called meeting earlier this month, Councilwoman Jean Haynes rescinded her vote to deed two roads adjacent to the courthouse for use in expanding the lot. “I wish the plan had been presented to us and then [we
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See Courthouse, page 9
Workers spruce up the county seat of government
Photo by Chris Buchanan
See Rescinded, Page 9
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Members of the Brantley County Chamber of Commerce met Friday to decide which business, citizen, and farmer would take home top awards at the Thursday annual banquet. Wee Kids Daycare was nominated as business of the year, Wayne Morgan as citizen, and David Lake as farmer.
Chamber names annual honorees
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of baked goods will also be available. Yard sale items will be on site as well as a car wash across the highway at Paige’s #1. All proceeds to benefit the church bus ministry and Satilla Community Mission.
and the late registration fee will be waived. Please send registration forms and payment by Saturday, June 5. Registration forms can be picked up at Mikey’s Pizza, Katie Bugs and Movie Time. Please call 4625605 with any questions.
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31705 or call 229-787-5722.
The descendants of Emory Arlington and Serena Elizabeth Lee Johns will hold their annual family reunion at Hoboken Elementary School on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Family members are asked to bring “the usual good eats.” For further information, please contact Rev. Emory Ion Johns at 912-282-1499 or Dorothy Johns Thomas at 912-265-7599 or visit email@example.com.
The Mr. and Mrs. Brantley Firecracker pageant will be held on Saturday, June 19 beginning at 1:30 p.m. with the pageant to start at 2 p.m. at the Brantley County High School Cafeteria. Entry fee is $50. For more information contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is accepting donations for a “Fire Fund” to help families when their homes are burned and destroyed by fire. Donations may be sent to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, c/o Fire Fund, P.O. Box 271 Nahunta, 31553.
Waynesville. For more information come by or call 778-5434.
There will be a school council meeting at Nahunta Elementary School on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center will hold summer camp for rising Kindergarten through sixth graders from Monday, June 21 through Friday, August 20. For more information visit www.oatlandisland.org or call 912-395-1500.
Precious Stages is accepting applications for Pre-k enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year. Your child must be four years old on or before September 1, 2010 in order to be eligible for Pre-k. For information call 462-7151.
Liberty Christian School is currently taking applications for K-12 for the 2010-2011 school year. For more information call 778-4931.
The Nahunta United Methodist Church will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, June 3. Dinners consisting of spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverage, will be served from 6-8 p.m. eat in or take out. The cost will be $7. and all proceeds benefit the Vacation Bible School project.
The Friends of the Library will be selling birthday calendars again this year. We’ll be looking for 12 photographs of Brantley County that will be featured each month. Be a part of this fundraiser by submitting your photos of our beautiful area. Landscape shots only, no people. Photos must be submitted in a 4x6 format and can be dropped off at the library or mailed to P.O. Box 1090 Nahunta, GA., 31553. There is no age limit and the deadline for photo submission is July 31. For additional information, contact the library @ 912-462-5454.
The Brantley County Historical & Preservation Society, Inc. will hold writing workshops at the Confederate Park Library each Wednesday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m., until further notice, to help those who are writing stories for the books, Story of Brantley County, Vol. 2 and the Confederate book. For more information contact Dorothy J. Thomas at Djt1927@aol.com.
eligibility. For more information about protecting your child from preventable injuries, contact Tonya Whitworth at 912-322-2935 or tonyaCPST@ yahoo.com.
The Red Cross needs approximately 1,200 people to donate blood each weekday to meet the needs of approximately 140 hospitals and healthcare facilities. Most people age 17 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can give blood. For more information call 1-800 GIVE LIFE (448-3543).
The Brantley County Pre-Kindergarten Program is accepting applications for enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year. Your child must be four years old on or before September 1, 2010 in order to be eligible for Pre-k. Registration packets may be picked up at the school offices in Hoboken, Nahunta and Waynesville. Enrollment is limited.
Southeast Singles will hold trivia Tuesdays at Applebees at 9 p.m. For more information call Nancy at 281-6026, Beverly at 387-5142 or Marva at 281-0535.
Brantley County Neighbors Helping Neighbors is currently accepting donations for sick children, cancer patients, and families in need. Some of the sick children have requested chihuahua puppies, talking birds, etc. Any donation will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Ronnie Jacobs at 4625214, Pat Tompkins at 462-7443, or Mert Dowling at 462-5455 for more information.
The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation will hold it’s 3rd annual Gritz & Glitz Gala on Saturday, June 5 at the Railway Express Depot in downtown Waycross. A $200 ticket gives the owner two entry passes and a chance to win the $5000 grand prize. For more information contact Cindy Tanner at email@example.com or 912-287-5829.
Gritz & Glitz
The Summer Coed League in Hortense is looking for teams (church and open). For more information contact Frances Sloan at 473-2302 or Rhonda Lee at 579-2340.
Lake Ware will hold a BBQ cookoff on Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16. Brunswick stew competition on Friday night and cookoff on Saturday. For more information, suggestions or questions call 912-283-3865. Vendor forms and fees are available upon request.
The hardback cookbooks published by the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy are now available at the Brantley County library at a cost of $12. For more information, contact Karen Harrell at 462-8483.
Concerted Services Inc., is accepting non-perishable food items, as well as cash donations, for a small food pantry. The food assistance will be persons/ families who have emergency/ crisis needs. Donations will be accepted Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information call 912-462-5163 or 912-462-5263.
Southeast singles will walk every Monday and Wednesday at the YMCA track in Waycross at 6:30 p.m. For more information call Nancy at 281-6026, Beverly at 387-5142 or Marva at 281-0535.
OREMC offers safety and energy efficiency programs and demonstrations to schools and community and civic organizations in our service area. Their energy efficiency experts can offer tips that will help you save electricity and stretch your budget. If you are interested scheduling a program for your group, please contact our office at 912 462-5131 or 800262-5131 and talk with Craig Muchison (ext. 1147), David Smith (ext. 3319) or Linda Harris (ext. 1151).
Brantley and Charlton County Department of Family and Children Services are in need of families who are willing to open their homes and hearts to children who are in need. For more information, please call 1- 877-210-5437 or contact Gwendolyn McClendon or Cheryl Jordan at 912- 462-6171 (Nahunta) or 912-496-2527 (Folkston).
The 30th annual Robert Sapp baseball camp is accepting applications for its summer sessions to be held at Mallory Park on St. Simons and at North Glynn Park in Brunswick on Monday, June 7 - Friday, June 11, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for boys ages 7-14. For more information or brochures call Jimmy Brown at 912-267-6724 or Robert Sapp at 770-287-3309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.robertsappbaseballcamp.com.
Hoboken Elemetary is holding Kindergarten registration. If you have a child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1 of this year he/ she will need to be registered for Kindergarten, unless currently enrolled in their Pre-k. Paperwork is needed in order to be registered. Please call the school office at 458-2135 for more information.
Southeast Singles will hold line dancing classes every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Norman’s Music room. For more information call Betty at 285-5024, Nancy at 281-6026, Faye at 458-2267, Marva at 281-0535 or Olive Griffin at 283-9607.
The Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Farmer of the Year. For forms or more information call Tim Sawyer at 462-5166, Ruby Ann Sawyer at 462-6957 or Linda Harris at 462-5131 ext. 1151.
An account has been set-up at the Heritage Bank in Nahunta for Amy Schultze for donations to help with her medical bills and expenses. Amy had a stroke on December 9 and is recovering at home.
The Satilla Community Mission in Hortense is open every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m., or in case of an emergency call any of the three names listed below, and they will meet you at the mission. The mission does take money, but we would prefer a check made out to Satilla Baptist Church, and on the memo put for Satilla Community Mission. If you have any questions please feel free to call Pastor Daniel Harris at 912-237-1000, Bud Jones at 912462-6397 or John Terwilleger at 912-579-9926.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors has a clothes closet available at 135 Florida Avenue, Nahunta. Please call Rev. Jimmy and Barbara Bryant at 462-6340 for an appointment.
NAMI will hold Family Support Group Meetings every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Brantley County Family Connections Building in the ARK room, 10305 North Main Street, Nahunta. For more information call Ms. Leola Bunkley at 778-6101.
The descendants of Joshua Tillman will hold their 24th family reunion on Saturday, June 12 at 10 a.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church located northeast of Baxley off of Georgia Hwy. 144 on Bethel Church Road (CR 323). Bring a covered dish.
Cedar Lounge will hold a pool tournament every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. For more information call 462-5741.
Brantley County Adult Education’s hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 – 9 p.m. As soon as a new full time instructor is selected, the center will return to a full time schedule. If you have any questions, please call 912-462-7923 or Okefenokee Technical College 912-287-6580.
Adult education schedule
Liberty’s Mercy Mission be open for service every other Thursday, serving a different variety of food at 12 p.m. The clothes closet will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the same day. Liberty Lighthouse Worship Center sponsors the mission located in the social hall of the church, located three miles south of Nahunta off US 301. For more information or donations, please call 462-8488.
SEGA MAMa’s meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 -8:30 p.m. All coping skills and life skills classes are on an 8 week rotation the topics change but they are all faith based. The Monday night classes “Overcomers, A Daily Choice” will meets from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Classes are free. A potluck dinner will be at 6:30 p.m.
The Nahunta Masonic Lodge will hold meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.
Waynesville Baptist is in need of clothes and shoes of all sizes for their clothes closet. The closet is open every Tuesday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Narconon of Georgia offers Out Patient help for Drug and Alcohol addiction. For more information call Narconon of Georgia at 1 877- 413-3073. Narconon offers referrals, assessments, drug education and out patient rehabilitation.
The Atkinson Church of God of Prophecy is starting an Hispanic Church. For more information call Javier Rosales at 912-269-0733, Rowdy Eunice at 912-223-0464, or the church at 778-3226. The church is located in Atkinson Community next to Atkinson Pawn.
The Brantley County Chamber of Commerce will hold their meetings on the third Wednesday at 12 p.m. of every month. For more information call Tim Sawyer at 462-6282 or visit email@example.com.
The Brantley County Touchdown Club is hosting their 3rd Annual Youth Fundamental Camp Monday, June 14, Tuesday, June 15, and Wednesday, June 16 from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. for children entering 1st grade through 8th grade 2010-2011 school year. Lunch will be provided and each participant will receive a spirt pack. We are running a special price for campers the price will be $35
Kidz Kountry Day Care and Learning Center is now accepting enrollment in its 2010-2011 Pre-K Program. If your child will be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2010, you may pick up an enrollment packet Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Kidz Kountry is located on Highway 82 in
Brantley County Head Start is currently accepting applications for the current program year. This is a free comprehensive, federal preschool program for eligible children ages 3-4. For more information call (912) 462-6552 or visit the center at 470 Bryan Street, Suite A, Nahunta.
GeorgiaCares, a local partnership with the Division of Aging Services, is designed to educate and help seniors and disabled persons under age 65 sort through the complexities of Medicare and related health insurance concerns. Their counselors are non-biased and our services are free. For help, call 1-800-669-8387.
The American Cherokee Confederacy of Georgia is accepting members with 1/16 or more of Indian heritage. You don’t have to be just Cherokee, as long as you don’t belong to another tribe or organization. For more information contact the American Cherokee Confederacy Tribal Office 619 Pine Cone Road, Albany, Georgia
The Nahunta Al-Anon Family Group meets every Friday night at 8 p.m., at the Brantley County Serenity Club, located on Hwy. 82 east of Nahunta.
The Hoboken Al-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday night at 8 p.m., at the Crossroads Clubhouse, located at the intersection of Hwy. 82 and 121 rideshare lot.
The Waynesville VFD has been awarded Mini Grant and has available technical assistance and educational materials to reduce the number of fatalities on Georgia’s roads. Materials include child restraints to parents who meet financial
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The descendants of Joshua Tillman will hold their 24th family reunion on Saturday, June 12 at 10 a.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church located northeast of Baxley off of Georgia Hwy 144 on Bethel Church Road (CR 323). Bring a . covered dish.
The Ware County Head Start program performed for the audience dressed in multi-culture costumes.
Pabon wins parent of year award
Special to the Enterprise Parents and community volunteers for the Concerted Services, Inc. Child Development Services - including several from Brantley County - were honored at the annual volunteer luncheon. This year’s theme was, “Volunteers Make a World of Difference.” Held at Second Baptist Church in Waycross, the room was decorated with balloons featuring the “world” on them. Bonnie Gaskins, Child Development Services Director, welcomed guests and thanked all the volunteers for the invaluable service they provide to the children and families served by the program. Rosetta Jackson received the “Against All Odds” Award. The Parent of the Year for the Brantley County Head Start/Early Head Start Center was Aracellis Pabon. Pa-
Historical Society has a new home
Brantley County Historical and Preservation Society vice president Linton Herrin and Plum Creek Timberlands representative Jeff Teal shake hands to close the purchase of a one-acre plot located just behind the Brantley County Public Library which will serve as the society’s new home. The April signing closed several months of negotiations between the society and Plum Creek. Publicity chairperson Dorothy Johns Thomas said members and friends of the society were delighted to know the organization will be be in such an ideal location.
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CCG names Carlton athletics director
College of Coastal Georgia President Valerie Hepburn announced the hiring of Dr. William Carlton, PhD as the College’s Director of Athletics on Wednesday . Since February, Carlton has served Coastal Georgia as Professor of Systems Engineering and Operations Research in the Department of Business and Public Affairs and as the Senior Advisor for Athletic Planning. Effective June 1, Carlton will replace longtime athletic director Gerald Cox who served as the Collegeπs athletic director for 22 years. Cox, who recently finished his 28th season as head basketball coach for the Mariners, will retain his coaching duties. “Dr. Carlton is a great addition to the college staff because he brings impeccable academic credentials as well as outstanding intercollegiate athletic leadership,” Hepburn said. “He’s the ideal person to lead the athletic department as we expand our athletic offerings.”
bon was also won for the Parent of the Year for the entire program. Anita Young, Parent and Community Involvement Coordinator, presented certificates to the Brantley County honorees that included: Tracie Barnaby, Brantley County National Honor Society, Brantley County Public Library, Brantley Enterprise, Brantley Express, Pauline Broz, Wayne Crawford, Cecilia Dykes, Jessica McGill, Aracelis Pabon, Rachael Prescott, Honorable Jeff Thomas, Sarah Wainright and Dana Williams. In keeping with the theme for the luncheon, children from the Ware County Head Start program performed for the audience dressed in multiculture costumes and were a hit as they sang several songs and even counted to ten in Spanish. The audience was also treated to a video clip of a “Black Eye Peas” perfor-
Aracelis Pabon won parent of the year for Brantley County as well as for the entire program.
mance of, “I’ve Got a Feeling” from an Oprah Winfrey show. The clip showed the impact of one person in a crowd of 25,000 people as they work in unity . Each volunteer received a certificate, pen and special gift in thanks for their service to the program.
Nimmer donates items to OTC’s Glitz & Grits
Tommy Nimmer, Okefenokee Technical College Foundation trustee and Farmers & Merchants Bank president, recently presented Cindy Tanner, OTC Foundation director, with a beautiful walking cane and a uniquely gorgeous flint knife for the silent auction at the Foundation’s Gritz & Glitz Gala. According to Nimmer, Mike Rogers crafts all of his works from natural materials that he finds in the woods, specifically the “Ole Okefenokee” of Fargo. Rogers finds and uses a variety of fallen treasures deer antlers, jaw bones, wood, flint, and stone and a crafting technique used by the Indians, a reminder of a way of life long forgotten, to make Indian art, gun racks, spears, and other pieces. Mike’s Swamp & Indian Crafts is located in Fargo, Georgia. The cane and knife was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Nimmer to help raise funds that will benefit OTC students through academic scholarships, special assistance programs, and program support. The items will be on display at the gala. “The event promises to be a lot of fun,” stated Tanner, “and we sincerely appreciate Mr. Nimmer and all of our supporters who help make this
Tommy Nimmer, left, presents locally handcrafted pieces made by Mike Rogers to Cindy Tanner, OTC Foundation director, for the Gritz & Glitz Gala.
fundraiser a success each year.” The “Southern Affair” will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 5 at the downtown depot in Waycross. In addition to opportunities to bid on auction items, guests will be eligible for cash prizes, including a $5,000 grand prize, and other gifts. Rhythm Oil will provide music for dancing and entertainment. For sponsorship or ticket information, call Cindy Tanner.
GSU sets graduation record
More than 20,000 people packed into Georgia Southern University’s Paulson Stadium on May 8 to honor a record number of graduates at Spring Commencement. Approximately 2,400 graduates participated in the ceremony, including Brantley County school system assistant superintendent Greg Jacobs, who received his doctorate in education administration. New Georgia Southern President Brooks Keel, who took office in January, served as the speaker at the event. ‘This is the largest graduating class we have ever had, and one of the best classes we have ever had. I believe this is a sign of what the future holds for Georgia Southern,” he said. “I don’t know who is more excited, me or the graduates. This is my first graduation and I have been looking forward to this since day one.” Along with the ‘traditional’ graduates, Georgia Southern recognized 153 fully and 63 partially online graduates, the most ever for the University An . GSU’s mascot Freedom the addition to Spring Comeagle soars over graduation mencement this year was ceremonies recognition of the UniverPhoto by Chris Buchanan/Staff sity’s newly commissioned ROTC cadets. Another highlight came at the end of the ceremony as Freedom, the bald eagle that flies at Georgia Southern home football games, made his second flight at graduation. Keel provided graduates with advice saying, ‘Never, ever forget that you are an eagle. Your colors are true blue and white and this will always be your house.” Elmer Miller from Waycross earned a Bachelor of Arts. Whitney Robbins from Waycross earned a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Vietnam veterans donate to help JROTC go to JSLS
Special to the Enterprise Brantley JROTC selected 14 of its top cadets to attend the prestigious Citadel Joint Summer Leadership School (JSLS) in Charleston, South Carolina. The goal of the leadership school is to challenge cadets to do their best as individuals and members of a team. Successful completion of JSLS will result in cadets returning to their units stronger in mind, and spirit, ready to accept the challenges and rewards of leadership. Cadets will be housed in dormitories for a full week and eat in the college dining facilities. The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1010 sponsored several Cadets with much needed monetary donations. On hand to present the Award was Chapter President Eddie Whitted and Vice President David Martin.
The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1010 sponsored several Cadets with much needed monetary donations.
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A license to carry is not a license to commit a crime
By State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh Georgia’s Common Sense Lawful Carry Act protects lawfully carrying citizens from unknowingly becoming criminals by clarifying where they can and cannot carry their weapons. They know all too well that a license to carry is not a license to commit a crime. Restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens does not protect the public from random acts of violence. The Lawful Carry Act works to preserve these rights not restrict them. Recent federal gun restriction proposals by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) would only trap law-abiding citizens into becoming criminals. Neither gentleman has thought through the implications of their proposals nor do they have the power to encroach on Georgia’s right to work for its citizens. We have a representative government in the United States; a government that is elected by the people to work for the people. Many federal officials in Washington have forgotten this and the recent federal proposals against the Lawful Carry Act are the perfect example. In this post 9-11 era, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in charge of security of travel on airplanes. TSA set up the security checkpoints, taking responsibility for security from that point on and leaving the other areas of the airport (nonsterile) up to each state to decide their own restrictions. TSA Administrator Kip Hawley was noted as saying that the TSA does not regulate weapons in the non-sterile areas, that weapons regulation in those areas is up to the states, that many states allow weapons in those areas, and that that is not a concern of TSA’s. Six states other than GA ban carry in large public airports. Three more states ban concealed carry but not open carry The . remaining 40 states do not make it a crime for lawful carry in the non-sterile areas of the airport. There have been no reported incidents of lawfully carrying citizens committing crimes in airports. The attacks on the U.S. were traitorous, but let’s remember that Georgia’s proposed legislation is talking about lawfully carrying gun owners. I can’t remember the last time a criminal, terrorist or somebody willing to commit a crime checked the law books before they did it. Their focus is on causing fear, mass destruction and violence regardless of the law. They don’t look for other people’s weapons. They have their own. Our goal in the Georgia legislature is to remove the “gotcha” situation in our carrying laws so that our lawfully carrying citizens don’t unknowingly commit a crime. For example, it is currently legal to check in any type of firearm as luggage. Avid hunters who travel to other states do this every day In addition, other states recognize . Georgia’s carry permits so that lawfully carrying citizens can continue to exercise their constitutional right to carry a firearm. So, how do you get from your car to the check-in counter at the airport without breaking the law? Many lawfully carrying citizens have their weapon in their vehicles every day If . they get a last minute call to pick somebody up from the airport, they may not have time to run home and leave their firearm there. They will then unknowingly break the law by simply picking up a loved one from the airport. What about travelers who return late at night and walk across the dark parking lots? They have the right to protect themselves and don’t need to unknowingly break the law. How much more federal encroachment do we need? First they want to dictate healthcare and now citizens’ rights to lawfully carry a firearm. The next thing we’ll hear is that the federal government doesn’t want lawfully carrying citizens to have guns in their cars on federal highways. Johnson and Lautenburg have clearly not thought through their proposals. If the federal government expands the federally secured area to the entire airports, security check points will have to move to the outer doors costing states, businesses and the federal government tons of money Check-in . counters will have to move to the outside of airports. Numerous traffic problems and pedestrians unsafely standing in lines outside the airport will result from movement of security check points. Washington cannot continue to push federal regulations on the states and taxpayers that cost more money . Also consider for a moment Johnson’s home county of Dekalb with pretty high crime rates. Is it common sense to restrict the rights lawfully carrying citizens to protect themselves and leave them vulnerable to criminal attacks? Johnson may want to focus on working with his local officials to reduce crime rather than make criminals out of lawfully carrying citizens in airports. Johnson and Lautenburg’s proposals take aim at the wrong people. They will not fight crime and terrorism. Government should work for the people to protect their freedoms and constitutionally given rights. This is just another example of the federal government attempting to flex its muscles that will cost law-abiding citizens their freedoms and taxpayers more money Washing. ton should abide by its own rules and leave the regulation of non-sterile areas of the airports to the states.
KEEPING THE FAITH
BY RONNIE McBRAYER
Is God in control?
“Do you believe that God is in total control of this world?” Someone asked me that question the other day We had been discussing the dif. ficulties of life and the direction in which our planet so dishearteningly seems to be headed. Being asked about God’s control of the universe is a lot like being asked, “Have you stopped beating your wife?” Either answer you give condemns you. So rather than answering “yes” or “no,” I opted to talk about my Aunt Betty’s goulash. Goulash is supposed to be an Eastern European stew of sorts. For my Aunt Betty I think it is more a way of cleaning out the refrigerator. She puts meat in it; noodles, tomatoes, paprika, onions, coffee grounds, peanut butter, and even grass clippings from the last time Uncle Joe emptied the bagger on the lawn mower. Everything. It consists of all these strange, typically unrelated ingredients. But my Aunt Betty is a good cook. Her dish tastes pretty darn good in the end. In the hands of a lesser cook, however, I’m sure goulash would be a culinary disaster. This is my chosen metaphor to explain God’s “control” over the world. God takes all the ingredients of life as they jumble together in the pot: Heartaches, triumphs, failures, and accomplishments; bad decisions, injustices, and hope; our creativity and our stupidity – all these things. We can’t imagine how any of this fits together. How can this be worth anything? Yet, God is able to make something wonderful out of it. He masterfully brews this magnificent gumbo we call life, and it will taste pretty darn good in the end. But don’t dip in your spoon and taste it too early It’s not done yet. It still has a ways . to go. God is still bringing it all to a boil, waiting for a few essential ingredients to be added to the mix before it’s put on the table. This then, is the Christian hope: God is redeeming the world through his Son, Jesus the Christ. We believe God is putting his creation aright and will accomplish this purpose no matter how gloomy life sometimes appears. So, does God control this world? Sure he does, just not in the mechanical, unconscious way we may have always imagined. I don’t think he is pulling levers and punching buttons dictating the minutia of life. He seems to have left a great deal of autonomy for us - his creation In the greatest act of grace short of the Cross itself, God has given us a role to play in the redemption of creation. His good pleasure is, amazingly, to do his will and work through us. That God is all-powerful over his world, masterfully cooking in his kitchen, does not diminish, negate, or marginalize our role and responsibility in the least. God will do what God will do. You and I must do the same. Now, if I were God, and you should thank God I’m not, I would have never entrusted my good creation to beings so irresponsible, so short-sighted, so corrupt and depraved. Yet, this is exactly what God has done. We haven’t earned this glorious responsibility We don’t . deserve it, but it is ours. What will we do with it? Frodo, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic “Lord of the Rings” series is that little hobbit on whom the One Ring falls. He, and only he, must transport this terrible possession to the fires of Mount Doom to save Middle Earth. He protests his assignment, having not asked for this awful burden that has fallen into his hands. He says to his mentor and guide, Gandalf, “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.” And how we wish our world was different, just like young Frodo. But Gandalf wisely responds, “So do all who see such times. But that is not for us to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that we are given.” If given an audience with God we might be so bold as to ask him, “Why don’t you do something about starving children, genocide, the violation of the innocent, and unending war? Why don’t you intervene in your world?” Such queries are dangerous. Not because God can’t handle it; he certainly can. But he just might ask us the same questions.
Living Levi’s example
By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson I first met Levi almost 20 years ago. He was about 12. We had just purchased our land from his parents, Jake and Nancy Being . old-order Amish, Jake and Nancy needed a ride to the attorney’s office, so we drove them and new-born Chris, their youngest, to finalize the transaction. Thus began a very special friendship between two families. Every Christmas Eve, our little family of three and Jake and Nancy’s larger family (five children at the beginning, but more recently including four daughters-inlaw, one son-in-law, and 13 grandchildren) gather for Christmas fellowship. Levi is the second of Jake and Nancy’s five children. Friendly, kind, very bright, soft-spoken, strong and gentle, he has always been a gem. I can still picture, during that first year of friendship, Levi sitting next to my daughter on a couch in Jake and Nancy’s house. Karin, who was about 15, was holding a book or magazine. Levi leaned over to get a better look, resting his head on Karin’s shoulder. It was a completely unself-conscious moment for both of them, just two pure and innocent youngsters sharing the joy of a story Nancy remarked, “I . know we don’t have photographs, but I’d love to have a photo of that.” Levi was an avid reader. I shared dozens of the books that I had read as a young teenager with him and his siblings. About ten years ago, we attended the wedding dinner celebrating Levi’s marriage to Katie. We were two of five “English” (that’s the word the Amish use for all of us who aren’t Amish) packed in among 200 or 300 Amish. Katie was a perfect match for Levi, a veritable angel of sweetness and quiet steadiness. A couple of years later, they welcomed Sally into the world. Of all of Jake and Nancy’s 13 grandchildren, it was Sally who bonded most closely with our family The highlight of her . year was to draw pictures to give us at our Christmas Eve gathering and to help my Eileen in the kitchen. Like her Aunt Lizzie before her, she was enthralled by the “miracle” of the “baked Alaska” going into the hot oven and the ice cream not melting. Five years later (about three years ago) little Anna joined the family The four of . them lived their version of the American dream, keeping to the simple Amish life, placing worship of God and love of their families above all else. It was idyllic. Two weeks ago, Jake and Nancy were over for dessert. Eileen told Nancy that she would be going over to visit her buddy, Sally, on the following Monday It wasn’t . to be. On that Saturday, May 8, the unthinkable happened. Levi went fishing with his brother Gideon, one of those simple enjoyments that always remain special to these unspoiled people. It was a miserable day, cold, windy, and rainy At home, Katie . went to light a fire. Somehow the can of kerosene ignited. Katie, Sally, and Anna all quickly succumbed. The next day was visitation. It was at Levi’s next-door neighbor’s house. I have never seen such gloom and grief in my life. Dozens of Amish were quietly and tearfully sitting on rows of benches—men in one group, women in the other, as is their custom. I could barely recognize Levi, so transfigured were his features by sorrow. We shared a quiet, private word. Jake, his father, was sitting next to him. He couldn’t speak. I just stayed by his side for a few minutes, hand gently touching him in wordless sympathy Later a . tearful Nancy softly voiced her deep faith to Eileen and me, bravely affirming, “God is in control.” I went to visit Jake and Nancy two days after the funeral. They reported that Levi was trying to buoy up everyone’s spirits. The next day, I spent a half-hour with Levi, and found that to be the case. Though still trying to come to grips with this inexplicable calamity, he continues to be a loving soul, caring deeply for those around him. He has already learned the secret discovered by Job in the Bible, that the key to recovery and renewal from grievous affliction is to pray for one’s friends. A tragedy of this magnitude puts things in perspective. Why do we waste our scarce and precious time on earth with trivial concerns and petty quarrels? One of my college classmates told me that her dad’s advice on her wedding day was, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Amen. Let us all honor the gift of life by forgiving and forgetting our misunderstandings, small and great, and use our brief time on earth to do a better job of loving each other. Let us follow Levi’s example. — Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct faculty member, economist, and contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.
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Varnedoe takes top art show honors
Special to the Enterprise Karen Varnedoe, a certified coding specialist at Summit Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, took top honors by winning Best in Show with her pen and ink drawing, “Nature Experience,” at the Third Annual Southeast Georgia Health System Team Member Art Show currently on exhibit through the end of May in the Outpatient Care Center Art Gallery, on the Brunswick Campus. President and CEO Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, presented winners with a ribbon. Winners were determined by popular vote in each category . This special show is held each year to coincide with National Hospital Week, which took place May 9-15. In addition to Varnedoe winning Best in Show, the list of winners are as follows: Drawings-Pen and Ink: first place, Karen Varnedoe, Nature Experience; and second place, Jon Watkins, Portrait in Black and White; DrawingsPencil and Chalk: first place, Katie 1, Susan Moore; and second place, Shelby, Karen Varnedoe; Fabric: first place, Vintage Heirloom Dress, Terri Goodbread; and second place, Sea Shells, Evelyn Tatum; Mixed Media: first place, Sky Fantasy, Christy Parker; Painting-Oil/ Acrylics: first place, Life Support, Neil Goodman, M.D.; second place, Sapelo Island, Georgia, Chris Harris; third place, Sapelo Sunrise, Janie Leggett; and Honorable Mention, Amsterdam, Caroline Slaten; Painting–Watercolor: first place, Katie 2, Susan Moore; PhotographyAnimals/Fish/Birds: first place, Hooch, Paul Kunkle; second place, Out of the Shadows, Debbie Curran; third place, Golden, Scott Mills; and Honorable Mention, A Family Portrait, Susan Jaret; Photography-Landscape: first place, After the Rain, Susan Jaret; second place, Rainbow’s End, Rebecca Schriber; third place, The Cross, Susan Willis; and Honorable Mention, Serenity, Janet Douglas; Photography–People: first place, Best Friends, Karen White; second place, Untitled, Susan Jaret; third place, Gondolier, Rebecca Schriber; and Honorable Mention, Tragedy/Comedy, Lynnette Walker; Photography-Still Life: first place, Calla Lilies, Susan Jaret; second
Georgia’s sweet Vidalia Onions, the state’s official vegetable, are currently being harvested and are available for consumers to enjoy. Farmers will harvest through mid-June and, thanks to cold storage, the onions will be sold into September.
Vidalia onions looking good
By April Reese Sorrow After a soggy winter, spring and start to harvest, Georgia’s famous Vidalia Onion crop is hitting markets and looking good, according to a University of Georgia onion expert. Southeast Georgia, the state’s onion belt, weathered almost 20 inches of rain during planting time in November and December. Despite the wet weather, farmers are reaping good prices now at harvest, said Reid Torrance, the UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Tattnall County, where almost half of the crop is planted.
Farmers getting good price
“The crop is coming in better than what we feared and the prices are just a bonus,” he said. Farmers are getting $22 to $24 for a 40-pound box of Vidalia Onions at market this week. When the market opened the third week of April, prices started at $30 a unit. Over the season, prices typically average between $14 and $16 per 40-pound box, but this year that average likely will be in the mid-$20 range, he said. “There is an onion shortage all over the world, now Georgia growers are benefiting,” Torrance said.
May bring in $150 million
Farmers each year plant an estimated 12,000 acres of Vidalia Onions, Georgia’s official vegetable. At current prices, Torrance estimates the 2010 crop will be worth $120 million to $150 million. “We will end up with about as much as last year, maybe a fuzz better, remembering last year 20 percent of the crop stayed in the field due to excessive spring rainfall,” he said. “We couldn’t get onions out of the field with bulldozers pulling the tractors. That’s only the second time I’ve seen that in 30 years.”
place, Orchid, Steve English; third place, Magnolia, Relma Bland; and Honorable Mention, Angel, Rebecca Schriber; and Sculpture/Pottery: first place, Maggie Does Easter, Evelyn Tatum. The Outpatient Care Center Art Gallery opened in April 2006 and continually hosts work by premiere Georgia artists. The upcoming exhibit, which begins June 1, features the works of painter, Trish Rugaber, and will run through July 6. As with all the gallery exhibits, the show is free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information about the gallery shows, contact Lynda Dalton-Gallagher at 912-262-0628 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a calendar of upcoming exhibits and other events and classes offered by the Health System, visit www.sghs.org. Southeast Georgia Health System is a not-for-profit health care system with multiple locations and services. The Health System has served the residents and visitors of the beautiful Golden Isles of Coastal Georgia
and surrounding areas of Southeast Georgia since 1888. Headquartered in the historic port city of Brunswick, the Health System serves the health care needs of residents from eight counties in Southeast Georgia - Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, and Wayne. For more information call 912-466-7000 or visit www.sghs. org.
Harvest began in April, ends in June
Half of the crop has already left the field and harvest should be complete in three weeks. “We’ve been in the fields about a month. By the first week in June it will get so hot, we’ll have to get them out or forget them,” Torrance said. All onion varieties are ready for harvest now, he said. When they are pulled from fields, they are either sold on the market or held in cold storage to maintain quality until they are sold. The onions going into cold storage will earn even more at market and should all be sold by September. There has been relatively little crop loss. What has been lost has been due to localized bacterial disease or to onions producing a seed stalk in fields, or what is called bolting, rendering them unmarketable. “Neither problem has been significant,” Torrance said. “Some of the late crop, the jury is still out on some of those acres. It may be a little early to tell.”
Renewable energy system grants available to farmers, businesses
Special to the Enterprise Farmers and rural small-business owners can now apply for more than $99 million in loan guarantees or grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to install renewable energy systems. Georgia’s allocation is $10 million for loans and almost $2 million for grants. Funds may be used to purchase and install renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. The maximum grant for renewable energy systems is 25 percent of eligible project costs, not to exceed $500,000. Energy efficiency improvement projects are eligible for up to 25 percent of eligible project costs, not to exceed $250,000. Feasibility studies now also qualify for grants. The maximum loan guarantee is 75 percent of eligible project costs, not to exceed $25 million. Combination loan guarantees and grants are also available. Complete program details are available at the website www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill. Applications are due June 30. Those received after the deadline will be considered in 2011. For more information, contact Craig Scroggs at 404-2295720 or email@example.com; Al Burns at 229-220-5067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Severe weather week kicks off hurricane season
Lightning has killed 49 people in Georgia in 31 years
Severe Weather Awareness Week has been observed in Georgia for 31 years. During that time, lightning has killed at least 49 people and injured several dozens in Georgia, says Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) Director Charley English. “Fortunately, no one died as a result of lightning strikes in the state in 2008 but at least 16 people were injured,” English said. Lightning is a deadly “by-product” of thunderstorms which are very common in Georgia, particularly in the spring and summer. Lightning kills an average of 100 people a year throughout the United States. Statistics show that on the average, lightning kills more people in the United States every year than tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes. It occurs mostly during the warmer months of June through September. “Learn the basic safety rules and precautions about thunderstorms and the embedded killer called lightning. Share this knowledge with your family and friends. Don’t be caught off-guard by these storms. When outdoors, be aware of the most current local weather forecasts. Always stay alert for signs of approaching thunderstorms. Lightning is nature’s warning signal that a thunderstorm is in its most violent state and that you should seek shelter immediately,” urges English. To help Georgians prepare for lightning and other types of severe weather, GEMA’s Ready Georgia - a statewide emergency preparedness campaign - offers the necessary tools that residents need to make an emergency supply kit, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats. Ready Georgia’s interactive Web site, www.ready .ga.gov, provides detailed information on Georgia-specific emergency preparedness and allows users to create a personal profile and receive a customized checklist and a family communications plan. Before Lightning Strikes 1. Keep an eye on the sky Look for darkening . skies, flashes of light, or increasing wind. Listen for the sound of thunder. 2. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately 3. . Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for the latest weather forecasts. When a Storm Approaches 1. Find shelter in a building or car. Keep car windows closed and avoid convertibles. 2. Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity Unplug appliances. Avoid . using the telephone or any electrical appliances. (Leaving electric lights on, however, does not increase the chances of your home being struck by lightning.) 3. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any purpose. 4. Turn off the air conditioner. Power surges from lightning can overload the compressor, resulting in a costly repair job. 5. Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind, the shades will help prevent glass from shattering into your home. If Caught Outside 1. If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees. 2. If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately! Protecting Yourself Outside 1. Go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles, or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding. 2. Be a very small target! Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible. 3. Do not lie flat on the ground. This will make you a larger target! After the Storm Passes 1. Stay away from storm-damaged areas. 2. Listen to the radio or television for information and instructions. If Someone is Struck by Lightning 1. People struck by lightning carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely . 2. Call for help. Get someone to dial 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) number. 3. The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned, both where they were struck and where the electricity left their body Check for burns in both . places. Being struck by lightning can also cause nervous system damage, broken bones, and loss of hearing or eyesight. 4. Give first aid. If breathing has stopped, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR. If the person has a pulse and is breathing, look and care for other possible injuries. Learn first aid and CPR by taking an American Red Cross first-aid and CPR course; call your local Red Cross chapter for class schedules and fees. For more information, contact your local emergency management agency or visit these Web sites: www.gema.ga.gov, www.srh.noaa. gov/ffc/ or www.ready .ga.gov.
Create support network for people with disabilities and other special needs
Create a support network to help in an emergency . Tell these people where you keep your emergency supplies. Give one member of your support network a key to your house or apartment. Contact your city or county government’s emergency information management office. Many local offices keep lists of people with disabilities so they can be located quickly in a sudden emergency . Wear medical alert tags or bracelets to help identify your disability If . you are dependent on dialysis or other life sustaining treatment, know the location and availability of more than one facility Show others how to . operate your wheelchair. Know the size and weight of your wheelchair, in addition to whether or not it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported. Additional supplies for people with disabilities: • Prescription medicines, list of medications including dosage, list of any allergies. • Extra eyeglasses and hearing-aid batteries. • Extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen. • Keep a list of the style and serial number of medical devices. • Medical insurance and Medicare cards. • List of doctors, relatives or friends who should be notified if you are hurt.
Develop a family disaster plan
Where will your family be when disaster strikes? How will you find each other? Will you know if your children are safe? Disasters may force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off ? Families should prepare for all hazards affecting their particular geographical area. The first step is to develop a family disaster plan. Gather information about hazards. In addition to your local emergency management agency (EMA), contact the nearest National Weather Service (NWS) office or the American Red Cross. Find out what type of disasters are most likely to occur and how you should respond. Learn your community’s warning signals and evacuation plans. Meet with your family to create a plan. Discuss the information you have gathered. Pick two places to meet: a spot right outside your home for an emergency, such as fire, and a place away from your neighborhood in case you cannot return home. Choose an out-ofstate friend or relative as your “family check-in contact” for everyone to call if the family gets separated. Discuss what you would do if advised to evacuate. Implement your plan. 1. Post emergency contact numbers in a central location. 2. Install safety features in your house, such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. 3. Inspect your home for potential hazards, such as items that can move, fall, break or catch fire, and correct them. 4. Have your family learn basic safety measures, such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher and how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity in your home. 5. Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency medical services number. 6. Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days. 7. Assemble a disaster supplies kit with items you may need in case of an evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers, such as backpacks or duffel bags. Keep important family documents in a waterproof container. In addition, keep a smaller disaster supplies kit in the trunk of your car. A disaster supplies should include at lease a three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that will not spoil; one change of clothing and footwear per person; one blanket or sleeping bag per person; a first aid kit (including prescription medicines); emergency tools (including a battery-powered National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] weather radio and a portable radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries); an extra set of car keys and cash; and special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members. Practice and maintain your plan. Ask questions to make sure your family remembers meeting places, phone numbers and safety rules. Conduct drills. Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Test and recharge your fire extinguishers according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Replace stored water and food every six months. For more information, contact your local EMA, call GEMA toll-free in Georgia at 1-800-TRY-GEMA or visit the nearest American Red Cross chapter.
Create a basic disaster supplies kit
All Georgians should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Following is a list of some basic items that every disaster supplies kit should include. However, it is important that individuals review this list and consider where they live and the unique needs of their family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet these needs. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time. Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Disaster Suppliles Kit: • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both • Flashlight and extra batteries • First aid kit • Whistle to signal for help • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-inplace • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food) • Local maps Additional Items to Consider Adding to a Disaster Supplies Kit: • Prescription medications and glasses • Infant formula and diapers • Pet food and extra water for your pet • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the EFFAK (Emergency Financial First Aid Kit) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information • Cash or traveler’s checks and change • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready .gov • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate. • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate. • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper - When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners. • Fire Extinguisher • Matches in a waterproof container - Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels • Paper and pencil • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Include pets in disaster preparations
Many people consider pets to be part of their family Make sure to include pets in your disaster prepara. tions. If you evacuate, do not leave your pets behind. Pets cannot survive on their own. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. Call ahead to motels and hotels and shelters in safe areas to find out if they will allow you to bring your pets. Fasten an up-to-date identification tag on your pet’s collar, and make sure you have a secure pet carrier and leash to ensure your pet can’t escape. Assemble a portable pet disaster supplies kit. Include • Medications and veterinary records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit. • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost. • Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener. • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets. • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable. NEVER leave your pet chained outside.
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Steps to preparation
Regardless of predictions, each hurricane season brings new uncertainty Help ease your mind . by preparing your family during Hurricane Preparedness Week. More than 35 million Americans live in regions most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes. Hurricane season begins on June 1, but the American Red Cross urges families to prepare now. Steps you can take to be prepared include:
1. Build a disaster supply kit or check the kit you prepared last year. Include a three-day supply of water and ready-to-eat nonperishable foods. Don’t forget a manual can opener, battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries. Your kit should also have a first aid kit, prescription and non-prescription medications, and copies of important documents. 2. Prepare a personal disaster and evacuation plan. Identify two meeting places—one near your home, and one outside your area in case you can’t return home. Make plans for your pets. Select an out-of-area emergency contact person. 3. Be informed. Know what a hurricane WATCH means. If a hurricane WATCH is issued:
◦ Listen to weather updates from your battery-powered or handcranked radio. ◦ Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, hanging plants, bicycles, toys and garden tools. Anchor objects that cannot be brought inside. ◦ Close all windows and doors. ◦ Cover windows with storm shutters or pre-cut plywood. ◦ If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone, elevate furniture or move it to a higher floor to protect it from flooding. ◦ Fill your vehicle’s gas tank. ◦ Check your disaster supply kit to make sure items have not expired. 4. If a hurricane WARNING is issued: ◦ Listen to the advice of local officials, and leave if they tell you to do so. ◦ Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve. If you are not advised to evacuate, stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors. ◦ Do NOT use open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light. ◦ If power is lost, turn off appliances to reduce damage from a power surge when electricity is restored.
T he best way to survive an emergency is to know when it’s coming so you can take appropriate action. A N ational O ce anic and Atmospheric Administration (N O A A) We ather R adio is the optimal way to he ar Watches and Warnings from the N ational We ather S ervice (N W S), even if they are issued in the middle of the night. N O A A We ather R adios are recommended as standard equipment in every home and public gathering place.
How to Buy a NOAA Weather Radio
N O A A We ather R adio receivers come in many siz es and have a variety of different fe atures. A good receiver should be able to operate on batteries when electrical service is interrupted. Look for radios with an A C adapter and battery compartment. Make sure the radio is tunable or adjustable to all seven N O A A We ather R adio frequencies. In addition, we suggest that you select a model with a a N W R S AM E receiver, which will allow you to program the G eorgia counties of your choice. Those who own older we ather radios may also want to consider upgrading to a S AM E model. The 6-digit S AM E code numbers are fe atured in the county table inside this brochure. N O A A We ather R adio receivers range in price from $35 to more than $100, depending on the quality of the receiver and number of fe atures, and can be purchased in any electronics store. F or a listing of additional sources, visit the N W S N O A A We ather R adio Web site at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards In Georgia
What is NOAA Weather Radio?
Working in conjunction with the F ederal C ommunication C ommission’s E mergency Alert System, N O A A We ather R adio is the single source for the most comprehensive we ather and emergency information available to the public. N O A A We ather R adio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous we ather information directly from a ne arby N W S office. N O A A We ather R adios can tune in county-specific alerts so residents he ar only when severe we ather is he aded directly for where they live. In addition, users can block certain alerts that aren’t important to them. F or example, residents living on high ground can block flood warnings. N O A A We ather R adios also can broadcast non-we ather related emergencies, including the “Levi’s C all” missing child alert.
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Florida border to the mountains of extreme north G eorgia. More than 98 percent of the state can now receive N O A A We ather R adio broadcasts.
NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter Sites
The he aring and visually impaired also can receive these warnings by connecting we ather radios with alarm tones to other kinds of attention-getting devices, like strobe lights, pagers, bed-shakers, personal computers and text printers.
What to Listen for
Using the N O A A We ather R adio in conjunction with an up-to-date preparedness plan will help you make the correct decisions when disaster strikes.
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A severe thunderstorm Watch is issued when severe thunderstorms are possible in your are a. A severe thunderstorm Warning is issued when severe thunderstorms are imminent or have be en indicated by Doppler radar or reported by storm spotters.
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It’s Georgia boat safety week
Gov. Sonny Perdue recently signed a proclamation naming May 22-28, 2010 Georgia Safe Boating Week. The Georgia proclamation parallels efforts of National Safe Boating Week activities throughout the United States. In the Georgia Governor’s Proclamation, Governor Perdue underscored the number of people who die each year in boating related accidents, stating that “the vast majority of these accidents are brought about by human error or poor judgment rather than the boat, equipment, or environmental factors....” The Proclamation emphasizes the fact that a “significant number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year would be alive today if they had worn life jackets.” The Governor also proclaimed that “boating safety knowledge and skills are important in reducing human error and improving judgment.” Ed McGill, the Auxiliary’s Georgia State Liaison Officer, expressed sincere appreciation to Governor Perdue in helping promote recreational boating safety by way of establishing Safe Boating Week in Georgia. According to McGill, “Saving lives on the water is a key mission for both the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Department of Natural Resources, and this mission is greatly enhanced through boater education. We are proud to partner with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in serving the boating public. One of the best investments for any boater is to take a safe boating course......and always wear your life jacket.” For more information about National Safe Boating Week, visit www.safeboatingcouncil.org.
River report: Fish biting
As of May 22 the Satilla River at Atkinson measures 6.5 feet and is falling at a rate of 5 inches per day Looking upriver to the . Satilla near Waycross gauge shows it also falling and the Little Satilla at Offerman is on the rise, meaning we should continue to fall overall but the pace may slow. Some needed rainfall may change that so keep an eye on the thunderstorms. We could use them to fill the ditches back up for the crawfish. Good news for Memorial Day weekend. Sources indicate above average fishing
through 30 May with peak times just after sunrise and just before sunset. You may see a few bites in the heat of the day also. Favorite baits are small crawfish for the warmouth; crickets and several spinner baits are hot for bream. The catfish are attacking the crawfish of any size; they are working famously on trot lines. Also, fiddler crabs, shrimp and small strips of squid are drawing lots of action. The catalpa worm is doing well also if you can find a tree that has some on it. Provided by Greg at SHoPPiNG MaN SPORTS of Nahunta, Phone: 462-7676 “We ‘spoil’ bait the ‘good’ way .”
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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and TEAM Georgia, a safe and sober driving and boating coalition, are reminding people to refrain from drinking alcohol while operating a boat or personal watercraft (PWC). Alcohol, mixed with boating activities, creates dangerous conditions that can lead to tragedy Last . year, conservation rangers made 177 boating under the influence arrests on Georgia waterways and responded to 20 alcoholrelated boating incidents. “It is not illegal to have alcohol in an open container on a boat, nor is it illegal for a person operating a boat to drink, provided they are no less safe,” says Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver, DNR assistant chief of Law Enforcement. “However, if a person is over the age of 21 and has a blood alcohol content of .10 or higher, they are presumed to be less safe and may be charged with boating under the influence.” The marine environment, such as waves, engine noise, water, sun and wind, accelerates impairment and fatigue in recreational boaters. This can quickly become a hazardous situation when such fatigue is combined with the effects of alcohol. Alcohol affects a boat operator’s coordination skills, judgment and reaction time. The consumption of alcohol causes inner ear disturbances, affecting the balance and ability of an intoxicated person who falls overboard to determine the correct route to the water’s surface. Alcohol also creates a false sense of warmth in a person and may prevent someone from feeling the effects of hypothermia before it’s too late. People arrested for BUI may lose their privilege to operate a boat. These privileges are not reinstated until the successful completion of an approved Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program. The offender will be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable with up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to 12 months in prison. The BUI law establishes a “zero tolerance” blood alcohol level of .02 for people under age 21 who are operating a boat. Minors who are arrested for BUI will face misdemeanor charges. The law also creates misdemeanor offenses for “endangering a child” if a boat operator transports a child under age 14 while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Furthermore, this law also allows for the revocation of boat operator privileges for people who refuse a sobriety test and/or people who have a blood, breath or urine test that shows the presence of illegal drugs or an alcohol level of .10 or higher.
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“Operating a boat is as complicated as driving a car, and a boating incident is as dangerous as an automobile accident,” says Ron Fennel, chairman of TEAM Georgia. “However, many people who would never drive a car intoxicated think it is okay to operate their boat after drinking. Operating a boat while intoxicated is illegal and hazardous to themselves and others on the water.” To help DNR keep waterways safe, TEAM Georgia’s 2010 Safe Boating Campaign will reward those who register as a designated sober operator with a chance to win prizes. To register on-line, visit www. teamgeorgia.net . Plan ahead to enjoy a great day of boating without alcohol. Take along plenty of food and a variety of drinks, such as water, lemonade, soft drinks or non-alcoholic beer. Plan to limit the time of your trip to avoid becoming fatigued. If it is known in advance that alcohol will be present, designate a driver, both on the boat and back at the ramp, and ensure that all passengers are wearing life jackets. For more information on boating safety, visit www.goboatgeorgia.com . For more information on TEAM Georgia’s 2010 Safe Boating Campaign, call 404.261.6053. TEAM Georgia is a safe and sober driving and boating coalition comprised of business and community leaders, governmental officials and Georgia’s professional athletes. The 2010 Safe Boating Campaign is sponsored by TEAM Georgia and supported by Anheuser-Busch distributors throughout the state.
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The deadline to provide public input on recent DNR Lands Classification and Fee Proposals has been extended. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division are considering changes relating to the operation and management of DNR-managed lands. These changes may include: charging fees at DNR-managed properties and facilities, classification of DNR-managed properties, and diversifying recreational opportunities on DNR-managed properties. Four public meetings are being held to discuss the proposals, and in an effort to encourage public participation and ensure ample opportunity for interested persons to submit input for
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FROM THE FRONT
From page 1 Edge Firebreak. Funding also goes to updating maps, which show new road details and shape files of the mitigation work for use in future fire suppression efforts. The national agency also recognized the Okefenokee Wildfire Resilient Zone Acquisition team for its efforts to secure land for use in the project. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GNDR) partnered with the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to ask if TerraPointe Services, the land sales division of Rayonier Inc., would sell a key section of their lands to TNC so it could be added to the Okefenokee Refuge. The goal was to acquire 500-700 acres of burned-over private lands that are interspersed with refuge lands in the northwest section of the Okefenokee Swamp before they are planted to commercial forests. This would provide a rare opportunity to reestablish longleaf forests at significantly reduced acquisition costs and gain a wide array of conservation and fire suppression benefits for the Okefenokee Ecosystem. When TerraPointe agreed that the sale of their lands adjacent to the Okefenokee Refuge would benefit their forestry program, TNC and GDNR sought $500,000 from the Longleaf Legacy Program, funding provided by Southern Power and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and $500,000 from the Services’ Wildlife Assistance Grant Programs.
From page 1 Tayler Gillis, Annie Jacobs, Ashley Johns, Rebecca Jordan, Erin Lartz, Angelica LeVeque, Michael Miller, Kayla Mixon, Zane Moody, Cameron O’Berry, Hannah Pafford, Leah Peeples, Nathaniel Rehberg, Christina Reynolds, Jesse Ryals, Asha Sanders, Benjamin Sawyer, Emily Smith, Erica Smith, Shawn Spell, Sarah Spires, Breanna Staten, Lindsay Steedley, Kody Stokes, Courtney Teston, Aeriel Tiffany, Seth Wainright, Mark Walker, Hunter WhiteEagle, Kayla Wilson, Stephanie Wilson, and Majorie Zornes. The Business Level focuses on chapter activities, intermediate business skills, and leadership in the community We . had 7 of 62 (11%) in the nation to earn this level. Members earning the Business Level were: Abigail Carlson, Joey DePratter, Michael Miller, Benjamin Sawyer, Lindsay Steedley, Courtney Teston, and Mark Walker. In each of these levels, Brantley County Middle School earned more than any other individual school in the United States. Only three states had a combined total of more than we earned in the Entrepreneur Level, and only two states had a combined total of more than Brantley had in the Business Level. “I am extremely proud of these students,” BCMS FBLA Adviser Ruby Ann Sawyer said. “The skills that they gain by participating in FBLA will serve them well throughout their lives.”
Ping Max Stieve and queen Lyndsay Thomas held court Friday at Brantley County High School’s prom at Jekyll Island Friday. Look for more complete coverage in next’s week’s newspaper.
Photo by Kathy Hendrix
From page 1 explain that based on current projections, with no furlough days the milleage rate would need to increase anywhere from 1.5 to 3 mills to balance the budget. With six furlough days for the upcoming year Carter said the budget could be balanced. However, Vice Chair Van Herrin said that the starting out at six furlough days could be detrimental if the state decides to add to that number. “We’re going to have to be very careful, because whatever we may do to make us get through, this staff may have some more on top on the second half,” Herrin said. But many teacher who attended the meeting pleaded with the board to keep furlough days to a minimum. “We’re work as hard as we can to remain successful, but there are a lot of us that we’re the only paycheck in our house or there are some of us with spouses that work for the school system,” said teacher Gretchen Bell. “What we can’t take is a lot more furlough days.” Bell also suggested that furloughs be percentage-based instead of by day . Currently furlough days collectively cost the system’s teachers about $120,000 per day . Board members have already implemented a hiring freeze on several positions that have been vacated in the last year and discussed the possibility of temporarily appointing Nahunta Elementary School Principal Tim Sawyer as principal of Nahunta Primary School as well. The position was recently vacated when Principal Evon Griffin retired. But Superintendent Drew Sauls said that the the system was running out of options with the teacher absorbing strategy having already absorbed the work of nearly 20 teachers in the system by moving teachers around the system to compensate. “We’re about drawing a line as far as what we can do,” said Sauls. While the board is looking at program cuts, Herrin assured the people attending that the athletic program would be left as a last resort. “A senator walked up and I’m not going to say is name and he said, ‘Have y’all cut sports yet?’” Herrin said about a trip he made to the capital. Herrin said that the senator suggested cutting sports to put money back into the education budget for the school system. But Herrin disagreed and said that sports were tied directly to attendance. “You want to have that attitude just watch what your dropout rate goes to,” Herrin said. “Because we have a lot of student athletes who go to school because they want to play ball.” However, Sauls did point out that despite sports being a last resort it could come up if budget cuts continue. Ultimately, both Carter and Sauls reiterated that the current numbers were estimates and that the official budget had not been released. Also present at the board meeting where former BOE Chair David Herrin who voiced his displeasure with the decision not to renew the contract of BCMS teacher Sherri Herrin. “What happened last week with Sherri Herrin is a low of all lows that I’ve seen and I’ve been around here a long time,” he said. At the last BOE meeting the board split on the vote with Chairman Kerry Mathie and Linda Marion in favor of the renewal and Joey Shuman and Dot Hickox opposed. Van, Sherri’s husband, abstained from the vote leaving the decision in the hands of Sauls who voted down the renewal the following week.
From page 1 on the gable ends, started scraping, priming and painting over and under each window, and repairing trim and eves. The balcony’s are also being repaired with new wood and paint to make them more presentable Ham said. D&D will also clean up and paint the clock though the county is seeking out a firm or individual that might be able to repair the it. “I would love to see the clock working,” Ham said. “That would be the perfect finishing touch to the courthouse makeover.” Ultimately, Ham said that the overall goal is to bring back the luster that had surrounded the courthouse years before. “The county should take pride in the courthouse and this step by the commission is in line with what has been a focused effort to reestablish the county seat’s center place in the community,” Ham said. This is just the latest in a list of improvements made to the courthouse including the replacement of the carpet by Spires Carpet and work by Brantley Roofing to replace the aging courthouse roof to put a stop to leaks. The entire courthouse renovation is expected to fall beneath the $50,000 alloted for the project according to Ham. There’s considerably more room inside the courthouse as well, with many of the records and books moved to the new records building nearby . “Getting that hall cleaned out was a big deal for us because we wanted to get the courthouse looking good inside and out,” he said.
McDaniels shows rough draft of business directory
From page 1 had been given] time to think about it and then vote on it,” Haynes said this week. “And then after I got home I thought, ‘Do I really want to get those streets closed?’” In addition to the lack of time to discuss the agenda item, Haynes also disagreed with the closing of one road which she said was a thru-road to 82. “I just don’t feel right about it,” she said. Ham said that he had attempted to work with Haynes but was not able to get in contact with her. With Mayor Ronnie Jacobs absent from the meeting and one council seat left vacant, her vote was enough to halt the plan despite the remaining votes in favor of the project by Richard Johns and Mayor Pro-Tem Marvin Peeples. “I don’t believe in holding up progress,” said Peeples. With the council at a standstill the vote was tabled until the regular June meeting. Ham said that the lack of the two roads would ultimately downsize the parking lot renovation, but that it would still be completed. “We can put 30 to 40 more parking spaces in that parking lot if we’re able to close those two streets,” Ham said. “If we’re not able to do that, then we’ll just build the parking lot that we can build.” The parking lot is just one part of a larger plan to renovate the court house with roof work and re-carpeting already completed and the repainting of exterior window borders already underway . Ultimately Ham said that the county would work with whatever decision that the city makes. “In this business, you learn to be flexible or be broken,” Ham said.
Chamber focuses on business promotion, students of month
By Chris Buchanan New ways to promote local business were among the major topics at last week’s chamber of commerce including a new business directory and a new website. Rough drafts of a new business directory are currently in the works with help from Brantley Office Supplies and Services (BOSS) owner Robin McDaniels. “The idea is that this would be another stretch toward the Buy Local campaign,” said president Tim Sawyer. Sawyer said that the next meeting for the campaign will after graduation though no time is set. The chamber will also be getting a complete redesign of their existing website Chamber president Tim Sawyer with through Brantley students of the month Jared Jordan, Telephone Company’s Emily Dixon, Melissa Medley and Max Easy Website Builder Stieve Software. BTC RepPhoto by Chris Buchanan resentative Robbie Thomas said that the basic package would be sufficient for the new site. In other business the chamber: • Recognized Melissa Medley and Max Stieve as Students of the Month for April. • Recognized Emily Dixon and Jared Jordan as Students of the Month for May •Recognized two businesses holding grand openings in the coming months. GAP House in Atkinson will hold its grand opening on May 29 and BOSS is still planning a date. • Announced that the chamber won’t meet again until August. • Announced the annual chamber banquet to be held at Rosemary Strickland’s house on May 27.
From page 1 to consider all money saving ideas, the superintendent added. “Maybe things will get better.” Sauls said the the system may not fill all teacher vacancies as they occur, allowing attrition to thin the staff, which may make larger classes a necessity The State Board of Education (SBOE) granted the exemption this week of all statutory and regulatory class size maximums for the 2010-2011 school year. Due to the continued economic downturn that has caused declines in state and local revenue, the SBOE recognized the need to give school districts more flexibility . Local school districts will be required to submit a local board resolution to the Georgia Department of Education before class size maximums may exceed the current requirements. The board resolution must be approved at a local board meeting to ensure that all stakeholders are informed about the school district’s decision regarding increases in class size. “School districts have been financially devastated by the economy so the State Board took action to help districts balance their budgets,” said SBOE Chair Wanda Barrs. “Increasing class size is never ideal, but a slight increase will allow systems to significantly conserve resources while managing through these difficult times.” The exemption of class size maximums does not remove the requirement for school districts to continue to meet all federal and state accountability measures as well as health and safety requirements. “Accountability is here to stay, which is a good thing,” said State School Superintendent Kathy Cox. “The requirements under No Child Left Behind and the varying instructional needs of students should still be at the forefront when local districts are making decisions about their class sizes.”
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Our Favorite Recipes
By Donna Howard
Cheddar filled beef loaf
1 1/2 lb. ground beef 1/4 c. dry bread crumbs 2 T. barbecue sauce 1 egg 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. grated cheddar cheese 1/4 c. dry bread crumbs 1/4 c. chopped green peppers 2 T. water
Combine meat, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, barbecue sauce, egg and salt. Mix well. Put meat mixture between two pieces of wax paper and roll into a 14/8 inch rectangle. Combine cheese, 1/4 cup bread crumbs., green pepper and water. Pat cheese mixture over meat. Roll meat jelly roll fashion, beginning at narrow end. Chill several hours or overnight. Pinch ends together and side to bottom to seal and bake in a shallow pan at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before slicing. Can be kept refrigerated up to 2 days before baking.
Recipes taken from the Overdue Cookbook and the A Literary Feast Cookbook, both of which can be purchased at the Brantley County Public Library during regular business hours.
Itsy Bitsy Fruit Pies
ummer is a great time to get kids into the kitchen to make some snacks and desserts. Whether you need something to take to a picnic or just something to do on a rainy day, making easy, nobake goodies like Rice Krispies Treats® can show kids just how fun cooking can be. Even young children can be kitchen helpers, so the whole family can get involved. What can your child do to help prepare a recipe? 2 to 3-year-olds can � Wash and scrub fruits and vegetables � Name and count foods 3 to 4-year-olds can � Shape foods � Mix dry ingredients together � Pour pre-measured liquids into batter 4 to 5-year-olds can � Help measure ingredients � Open packages � Pour cereal � Mash soft fruits and vegetables � Press cookie cutters into dough or soft food 6 years old and up can � Beat recipe ingredients with a whisk � Help locate ingredients in a spice rack or pantry Make some summer magic with these tasty no-bake recipes for Choco P’Nutty Bars, Itsy Bitsy Fruit Pies, and Ice Cream Sandwich Treats. For even more kid-friendly recipes you can make together, visit www.Ricekrispies.com. Note: The following recipes should be made with adult supervision.
Itsy Bitsy Fruit Pies
Prep Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 24 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 cup milk chocolate morsels 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 4 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal 2 cups assorted fresh chopped fruits Frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed Assorted sprinkles In medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in chocolate morsels until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon. Place cereal in large bowl. Carefully pour melted chocolate mixture over cereal. Gently stir until cereal is completely coated with chocolate. Spoon cereal mixture into twenty-four 1 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups coated with cooking spray. Using your finger or thumb, press cereal mixture onto bottoms and up the sides of each cup, forming crusts. Place crusts in freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve. Before serving, fill each crust with fresh fruit. Dollop with whipped topping. Decorate with sprinkles. Serve immediately. Note: Extra unfilled crusts may be frozen in air-tight container for up to a month. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving. Kid-friendly Kitchen Tips: � Children of all ages should have an adult assistant with them at all times when cooking. � Chefs 7 and older can measure the ingredients and help stir the melted chocolate into the cereal. � Little ones, ages 3 to 6, will enjoy pressing the mixture into the muffin cups and decorating with the fruits and whipped cream. � Make sure to have plenty of extra fruits for snacking while making these little pies.
Ice Cream Sandwich Treats
Choco P’Nutty Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Servings: 18 1 12-ounce package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate morsels 2/3 cup peanut butter 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal 3 cups miniature marshmallows 18 wooden or plastic sticks In large saucepan, melt chocolate morsels and peanut butter over low heat; stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and marshmallows. Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly into 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Chill in refrigerator about 45 minutes. Cut into 18 bars. Serve by inserting plastic or wooden stick into each bar. Microwave Directions: In large microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate morsels and peanut butter at medium power for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Add remaining ingredients, stirring until well coated. Continue with recipe directions. Choco P’Nutty Bars
Ice Cream Sandwich Treats
Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 3 hours Servings: 10 to 12 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 10 ounce-package (about 40) marshmallows, or 4 cups miniature marshmallows 2 teaspoons vanilla 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal 1/2 cup assorted sprinkles 2 pints desired flavor ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet or gelato In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Add cereal. Stir until well coated. Using buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press mixture to 1/4-inch thickness on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Decorate with sprinkles. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator. Using 2-inch cookie cutters coated with cooking spray, cut into desired shapes. Place small scoop of ice cream on undecorated side of one cut-out. Top with another cut-out, decorated side up. Gently press together. Return to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cut-outs and remaining ice cream. Freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer to airtight container. Freeze for 2 hours to 1 week. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
FOR RENT: 2 bedroom mobile home, central heat & air. call 778-5247. Two Rental Houses, 122 Main Sreet, suitable for doctors and 103 Reed Street, suitable for office space. Call Gene at 282-3363 or Lydia at 462-5377 or 282-2576. FOR RENT: In Nahunta - 3 bedroom - 2 bath duplex - appliances furnished. 912462-7600. FOR RENT: Mobile Homes and Nice private mobile home lots with septic tank and well. Please call 912-266-7254. VACATION RENTAL in The Smokey Mountains of Franklin, North Carolina. 3,4, or 7 days. Call for more information and a brochure. 912 473-2172. HOME FOR SALE: Waynesville, 3 BDR/2BA ranch built in 1997. Must Sell. Appraised at $95,000. Sell for $62,000. Call 770-483-9924, Howard Realty. FOR SALE: 3.27 acres high and dry, well septic tank and power pole with a 2000 28X48 Oakwood, 3BR/2BA, mobile home and 8X10 shed. $50,000 or best reasonable offer. Call 912-473-2014 for more information or to view. Johns Realty Hwy 301 (912 462-6633). johnsrealty.com for complete listings. *East Brantley, One Acre beautifully wooded, $8,500. *Jesse Trail/Waynesville - 15 acres, high oak ridge and wooded bottom land, $46,000. *Hortense 4.8 Acre just $16,400. *Waynesville/Whisper Ridge, 1456 SQF, 3 BD, 2 BA, mobile home with lot, just $37,500! * Heritage Plantation – Hwy. 110 West, Hortense, 1 acre lots, on paved road, $10,000 per acre, for site built homes. Seller holds a real estate license. *Fendig Place – Hwy. 110, Hortense, 3 BD, 2 BA, 1769 SQF, site built home, $129,900. Call Johns Realty at (912) 462-6633. Mobile Homes For Rent in Atkinson. $250 deposit, $275 & up rent. Call 6173552 or 778-6053. FOR SALE: Long Lake Subdivision. Lots available. $6,500-$8,500. Owner financing and improvements available. 912-270-4554. FOR SALE: 1.9 acre lot, Buster Walker Road, no restrictions, $7,500. Call 2707897. FOR SALE: 1.4 acre lot with well and septic tank, Long Lake Subdivision, $12,500. Owner financing available. Call 270-4554. Mobile Home lots available. Buster walker Road, from $8,500. Call 912270-7897. Mobile Homes For Sale or Rent to Own on your land. 2-3 bedroom mobile homes available. Call 912-264-4277. House For Rent: 2 bedroom, $425 a month with $350 deposit. 106 James Street, Nahunta. Call 912-269-7171. FOR RENT: 2 BDR mobile home with new carpet with fridge, stove and air. All convenient to downtown Nahunta. NO PETS. Call 462-5571. FOR SALE: 80 acres on US 1 in Charlton County. 10 acres in Folkston with city water and sewer, with (3) 1,200 sq. ft. buildings. Call 912-816-8984. FOR SALE: 2004 Fleetwood Doubewide on 1.2 acres. 2040 SF. FHA Inspection approved. 4BDR/2BA, liv rm, den w/fp, master w/sit rm, garden tub, sep shower. Appliances incl wash/dry and dishwasher. Lg screen porch, shed and carport. Lot at end of cul-de-sac and backs up to woods for privacy. 2 mi. from Satilla Grocery. Appraised $92,000, asking $75,000. Call 912-222-2775. Tired of Renting? Rent to own! Nancy’s Place Comm. 2 Bedroom mobile homes sit on 1/2 acre lot. Private, Quiet, Clean. Rules and regulations strictly enforced. No pets w/out pet fee, No pittbulls! Lot #859, 2BR, 2 BA, 14x70, Lot #858, 2BR, 1 BA, 14x52, $1,500 down payment, $457.80 a month which includes water, taxes, insurance, and lot rent. For more information call 912-778-3000. Located in Atkinson Comm. off Hwy 110 West, 2.4 miles on left, Drury Lane, look for angel signs.
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MULTITASK CLEANING SERVICE: Commercial & Residential floor & cleaning services. Specializing in cleaning carpets & tile floors. Free Estimates. Christian owned and operated. Call 778-4270. Electric Motor Repair: Waterpumps, swimming pool pumps, air compressors, fans, power tools, etc. All work reasonable and guaranteed. Call 282-0520, leave message.
HELP WANTED: Experienced HVAC service technicians and installers. Call 286-0041. CNA’s WANTED: CNA - Part-time position needed for a local home health care service in the Nahunta/St. Mary’s/ Brunswick areas. Fore more information, please call Pam Mimbs at 1-800-6624207.
FOR SALE: Young laying hens (large brown eggs) also 4 kinds of pullets ready to lay, $10 each. Call 462-7821. Daschund Chihuahua mixed puppies. $150. 1 male and 2 females. Call 778-4408. FOR SALE: German Shepard puppies, 6 weeks, $50. Call 778-4656. FOR SALE: 3 American Eskimo Miniature puppies. Purebred, solid white, $200 each. Call 843-812-7879. FOR SALE: 2009 Colt, $150. call 462-6506.
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IN THE PROBATE COURT OF BRANTLEY COUNTY, GEORGIA NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS IN RE: ESTATE OF RALPH H. THRIFT, JR., DECEASED All creditors of the Estate of Ralph H. Thrift, Jr., Deceased, late of Brantley County, Georgia, are hereby notified to render their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said Estate are required to make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 24 day of May, 2010 GEORGE L. THRIFT, Executor Estate of RALPH H. THRIFT, JR. 3955 Huckleberry Road Waycross, Georgia 31503 (912) 285-8874 WILLIAM S. PARKS ATTORNEY FOR EXECUTOR GEORGIA BAR NO. 564350 200 N. NICHOLLS STREET P.O. BOX 1344 WAYCROSS, GEORGIA 31502-1344 (912) 285-4400
Looking for a small wicker table to buy. Please call 473-2421. Need help with your mobility? We are Medical Mobility Solutions. An authorized Medicare, Medicaid, VA and insurance provider of medical equipment. We offer free consultation, will tell you up front about any co-pay requirements, and will file all necessary paperwork on your behalf. Call us in Waycross at 912-2858595 and let us help. FOR SALE: 1996 Geo for parts, good motor, $320. ALSO: 48 inch Husqvarna deck. $50. Call 462-6124. FOR SALE: 1933 Allis Chalmers tractor, Model B, good motor and gears, restorable, $500. 1 Dorm refrigerator, excellent condition.$50. Call 778-9387. Another location to shop Karen’s Creations handcrafted jewelry! Visit Michelle at The Painted Planet in the Waycross mall or call her at 614-7466. Last minute graduation gifts? Great selections at Finders Keepers, The English Lantern and Sweet P’s. Remember you can shop anytime on my website www.karens-creations.com. Body by Vi, meal replacement. Lose weight. Make money. call Ken at 904707-3643 or Button at 904-699-1619. NEW SHOP- This & That - We have a little of everything, couches, love seats, chairs, beds of all sizes, what knots, toys, purses, dressers, shoe tables, etc. Come check us out on Hughes Street. Located one paved road by BTC in block house. It’s like a yard sale everyday. Monday Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4. If we don’t have it we try to get it for you. Very low prices. FOR SALE: Electric Hospital bed. hardly used. Call 614-5133 or 462-5469. FOR SALE: French doors; Awesome Auger yard tool- brand new; 2 ceiling fans; 30-40 gallon water tank; Grass trimmer. Call 458-3307. Call Steve for your next Barber appointment at Rowell’s Hair Care. Also, quality built cypress furniture and lumber. 912-462-6303.
FOR SALE: Small countertop lean mean fat grill machine, $10. 2 Hughes Direct TV boxes with card and remote, $40. Call 462-6770 or 912-227-8806. FOR SALE: 1998 Dodge Ram, 3500, 15 passenger van, 5.9 liter engine, $1,500. ALSO: Vincent Bach Stradivarius Trumpet model #37 with case. $1,200 Firm. Call 282-3082.
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Waynesville Volunteer Fire Dept. will be accepting donations year round for our semi-annual yard sales (no clothes please). We also help burnout victims throughout the year, and what we don’t use, we sell. We are also accepting donations of Gaterade, Powerade, and water for the volunteers during incidents. Contact Lucy Cathcart at 912-778-4551 or Jack Cathcart 912-266-7172 to make arrangements to deliver or we will also pick up.
Weekly Yard/Field Sale at The Barn, Friday’s and Saturday’s from 8 a.m. -until. 749 Auction Road. Call 912-282-6648. Brunswick Auction: Friday, May 28 at 7:15 p.m., 749 Auction Road. Antiques, collectables. Barn is full!! brunswickauctions.com. 912-282-6468. BP applies. Kitchen open. GAL 3540.
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Coca-Cola 600, 5:45 p.m., Sunday
Tech-Net Auto Service 300, 2 p.m., Saturday
WinStar World Casino 400, 8:30 p.m., June 4
� The Sprint All-Star Race is having its thunder stolen by … every other race. Many of the rule changes ﬁrst implemented for this race have been adapted to the ofﬁcial ones. � At the same track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Sprint Cup Series moves from the shortest race (150 miles) to the longest (Coca-Cola 600). � Isn’t it great to hear “Charlotte Motor Speedway” again after all these years? � Thank goodness, we can now dispense with all this “new Kyle Busch” nonsense. Some like him; some don’t. But he’s not a fake, and he’s unafraid to be himself. � Joey Logano took full blame for touching off a huge crash late in the All-Star Race. He could afford to be magnanimous. After all, Logano he wound up ﬁnishing third. � Two of the past three Coke 600s have been decided by fuel strategy and/or weather: Casey Mears’ victory in 2007 and David Reutimann’s last year. � Two of the past four have been won by Kasey Kahne, by the way. � Every downturn in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s fortunes is Kahne accompanied by an upturn in rumors about his future. � After running in the back of the ﬁeld for most of the night, Tony Stewart managed to pull off a ﬁfth-place ﬁnish in the race he won a year earlier. � All right, the grand opening’s over. Toasts have been raised. Praises have been sung. Now, for gosh sakes, let’s get David Pearson in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Race: Coca-Cola 600 Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C. (1.5 mi.), 400 laps/600 miles. When: Sunday, May 30. Last year’s winner: David Reutimann, Toyota. Qualifying record: Elliott Sadler, Ford, 193.216 mph, Oct. 13, 2005. Race record: Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 151.952 mph, May 28, 1995. Last week: Kurt Busch, in a Dodge, seized the advantage while others crashed and faltered, winning the Sprint All-Star Race over Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano, both in Toyotas.
Race: Tech-Net Auto Service 300 Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C. (1.5 mi.), 200 laps/300 miles. When: Saturday, May 29. Last year’s winner: Mike Bliss, Chevrolet. Qualifying record: Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 187.735 mph, Oct 14, 2005. Race record: Mark Martin, Ford, 155.799 mph, May 25, 1996. Last race: Kyle Busch dominated the Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway. The Toyota driver won for the fourth time this year and 34th in his career. Ryan Newman finished second.
Race: WinStar World Casino 400 Where: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth (1.5 mi.), 167 laps/250.5 miles. When: Friday, June 4. Last year’s winner: Todd Bodine, Toyota. Qualifying record: Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 184.464 mph, Nov. 2, 2006. Race record: Todd Bodine, Toyota, 153.133 mph, June 5, 2009. Last week: Kyle Busch dominated the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was the Toyota driver’s second victory of the season, third at Charlotte and 18th of his career.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK
FINISH START PIT ROAD
Banking in straights
Distance:....................1.5 mile oval Length of frontstretch:.....1,980 ft. Length of backstretch:.....1,500 ft. Miles/Laps:.....600 mi. = 400 laps
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NASCAR HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2010
V E R S U S
Busch was furious with his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, who, in Busch’s view, forced him into the back-straight wall during the Sprint All-Star Race. Busch, in fact, felt Hamlin cost him a victory by not leaving enough room for Busch to sail past. Coach Gibbs, son J.D., Hamlin and Busch met behind closed doors later, and when they emerged, all was sweetness and light. In appearance, anyway. NASCAR This Week’s Monte Dutton gives his take: “These two guys have combined to win four of the past five official (i.e., not including the All-Star Race) races. A feud between them is serious business.”
KYLE BUSCH VS. DENNY HAMLIN
Junior plot & Martin was 6
This Week welcomes letters to the editor, but please be aware that we have room for only a few each week. We’ll do our best to select the best, but individual replies are impossible due to the bulk of mail received. Please do not send stamped and self-addressed envelopes with your letters, which should be addressed to: NASCAR This Week, The Gaston Gazette, P.O. Box 1538, Gastonia, N.C. 28053. Dear NASCAR This Week, I am a fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. as are a lot of people here in Jacksonville. My question is: What is wrong with Junior’s cars? Today at Darlington, he was only on the track a short time when he hit the wall. No other Hendrick car hit the wall. This has been going on too long. Every time he is on the track, (there is) car trouble. (It) doesn’t make sense. Why doesn’t Mr. Hendrick come out and let the public know what is going on? Even the crew chief, when he goes into pit row, they don’t get his car out as fast as the other Hendrick cars. We think there is a snake somewhere in the garage or among the crew chiefs. Someone doesn’t want Junior to win. C. Chatman Jacksonville, N.C. Earnhardt Jr.’s difficulties are a mystery. Most of your questions can’t really be answered. Any time one car, with equal resources, is consistently outperformed by another, fans invariably want simple answers to complex questions. Dear NASCAR This Week, I bought a “50th anniversary of NASCAR” coin. I know it was 1998. My question is: Who was driving car No. 6 in 1998? The face on the coin looks very familiar, but I can’t remember who it was. Eric Shaw Evansville, Ind. The driver of No. 6 in 1998 was Mark Martin. Earlier in NASCAR history, the number was most often associated with Cotton Owens, first as a driver and then as a mechanic.
Photos by John Clark/NASCAR This Week
Living legends Richard Petty, left, and Junior Johnson were inducted into the first NASCAR Hall of Fame, along with William H.G. France, William C. France and Dale Earnhardt. The class consisted of two men, father and son, who “grew” NASCAR, in addition to the driver with the most wins, the two with the most championships and one whose fame stretched from driving cars to building and owning them.
Sprint Cup 1. Kevin Harvick 2. Kyle Busch 3. Matt Kenseth 4. Jimmie Johnson 5. Denny Hamlin 6. Jeff Gordon 7. Greg Biffle 8. Jeff Burton 9. Kurt Busch 10. Carl Edwards 11. Mark Martin 12. Martin Truex Jr. Nationwide Series 1. Brad Keselowski 2. Kyle Busch 3. Kevin Harvick 4. Carl Edwards 5. Justin Allgaier 6. Paul Menard 7. Greg Biffle 8. Joey Logano 9. Jason Leffler 10. Brian Scott
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Five honored with induction into first NASCAR Hall class
By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In future years, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will choose five inductees a year, guaranteeing that its shrine will always be exclusive. There is, however, only one inaugural class … and only one inaugural induction. “You get to focus on five people every year, and they get their due,” said Executive Director Winston Kelley. “It could’ve been four, and it could’ve been six. Some people said, ‘You need a bunch of people in there,’ but I didn’t like that concept and gave my feedback to NASCAR.” The first induction class consisted of two men, father and son, instrumental in the organization and growth of NASCAR. It included the driver with the most wins, the two with the most championships and one whose fame stretches from driving race cars to building and owning them. Richard Petty won 200 races at NASCAR’s top level, now known as Sprint Cup. He and Dale Earnhardt each won a record seven championships. Junior Johnson may be the most legendary figure of them all. William H.G. (Big Bill) France founded NASCAR, and his son, William C. (Bill Jr.) France, took stock-car racing into the American sporting mainstream. Only Petty and Johnson lived to see the induction, which occurred on May 23. Even at the dawn of NASCAR — an organizational meeting on Dec. 14, 1947, in a Daytona Beach, Fla., hotel — no one but Big Bill France saw stock-car racing’s possibilities. Bill France Jr. was underestimated when he took over NASCAR from his father, but how could he have avoided it? He had a father who was larger than life. Though he lacked his father’s vision, he inherited toughness and ambition. A record 200 victories do not account completely for Richard Petty’s legacy. His personality is central to the sport. One other man equaled The King’s record seven championships, but no one is going to eclipse the 200 victories, or, for that matter, the 27 races he won in a single season (1967). No race driver was ever tougher than Dale Earnhardt. No one was ever better at closing a deal or doing what it took to win. The presence of Earnhardt’s No. 3 was enough to make most drivers make mistakes, hence the apt nickname “The Intimidator.” Like Petty, he won seven titles. Junior Johnson is a living, breathing embodiment of NASCAR’s history. He migrated from the highways, where he “ran moonshine,” to the dirt tracks and then the superspeedways. He was among the greatest as driver, mechanic and owner.
Honoring The Greats
Wheaties cover posthumously
Dale Earnhardt is the only NASCAR driver to be twice featured on a front of a box of Wheaties, though the latest box, unveiled May 21 and scheduled to be in stores this summer, comes more than nine years after the seven-time champion’s tragic death. Earnhardt was first featured on a Wheaties box in 1997, when he drove a Wheaties-themed Chevrolet in what was then The Winston. Son Kerry and daughter Taylor were on hand at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the unveiling of the cereal box … and a new Wheaties car to be piloted by Clint Bowyer later this season.
Camping World Truck Series 1. Todd Bodine 1,068 2. Aric Almirola -2 3. Timothy Peters - 86 4. Ron Hornaday - 103 5. Matt Crafton - 166 6. Johnny Sauter - 180 7. Ricky Carmichael - 182 8. Mike Skinner - 184 9. Jason White - 193 David Starr - 193
� Who’s hot: Kurt Busch gave Dodge its second All-Star victory in three years. … A runner-up ﬁnish for Martin Truex Jr. was a needed lift. � Who’s not: Kurt Busch Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s struggles continued, though unofﬁcially. … Juan Pablo Montoya’s hopes of making the All-Star ﬁeld ended with a crash in the leadEarnhardt Jr. in race, the Sprint Showdown.
By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week
Honestly, says Jeff Gordon, all is well for the sport
that are affecting sponsors in making their decisions to come in to the sport, or stay in the sport, or what they are willing to do to be with certain teams. “That is what is making it really tough. If you are judging where the sport is based on that, then yes, we’re in a tough position right now. I think, from a fan loyalty and a demographic and what we are putting out there, I just don’t think it gets any better for sponsors than what we have right now.” � Out for the season — Because he is taking blood thinners for blood clots, Brian Vickers, on the advice of doctors, is sitting out the remainder of the NASCAR season. Clots in both lungs left Vickers, 26, hospitalized on the weekend of the Dover, Del., race, when Casey Mears first substituted. Few, however, expected that Vickers would announce that he would race no more this year. Vickers joked that he could race; he just couldn’t wreck. � Surprise, surprise — Richard Childress announced a multiyear extension for Kevin Harvick to continue driving the No. 29 Chevrolet he has wheeled for Childress since Dale Earnhardt’s death in 2001. The announcement came a day after Harvick told the media he had “nothing to report.”
CONCORD, N.C. — Amid declining attendance and flat ratings, Jeff Gordon said he thinks all in NASCAR is still relatively well. “I think the health of NASCAR is actually good,” he said. “The racing has been fantastic. What we have to offer sponsors is still fantastic. The problem is the costs have gotten extremely high for the teams to operate, as well as what we are asking out of the sponsors. It has gotten very expensive, and with the economy the way the economy is, those two things, cost and economy, are the two things
As is the wearisome NASCAR habit, no terms were announced. It is the “multiyear extension.” Sponsorship for 2011 must also be finalized. � Conspiracy theories — It wasn’t enough that Charlotte’s rain-delayed Truck race didn’t get under way until 10:30 p.m. or so. In the aftermath, suggestions of sabotage surfaced. A crash by Austin Dillon was apparently caused by loose lug nuts, and Kyle Busch said someone had loosened 11 lug nuts, on three of the four tires, before the race. The crew noticed wheels wobbling when the Toyota was rolled out to the starting grid. Busch went on to win the race.