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HS juniors night

Richmond Hill High School will hold their junior parent night April 17 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. The event, "Exploring the College Application Process," is being sponsored by the RHHS Guidance Staff.

Representatives from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama will be available to answer college admissions questions.

Handouts will be provided. Please call 459-5165 if you plan to attend.


Free counseling

The Military and Family Life Consultant (MFLC) program at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield is offered through Army Community Service. The program provides free counseling by licensed social workers specializing in marriage and family issues, including counseling for children and youth. Starting in 2008, services were extended to the local communities of Richmond Hill, Pembroke, Glennville, Ludowici and Hinesville.

A MFLC counselor is available on a walk-in basis at the Richmond Hill Library, Mondays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., at the Pembroke Senior Center, Fridays at 1 p.m., the Glennville Welcome Center, Thursdays at 1 p.m., and the Ludowici Senior Center, Fridays at 10 a.m. Counselors are also available by appointment during other hours by calling 230-8425, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Help is provided in the areas of communication and conflict resolution and problem-solving techniques.

There is no charge for the counseling, and discussions are completely confidential, with no records or names documented. The only exception to the confidentiality is when there is abuse or threats to self or others.

For more information or to make an appointment at Fort Stewart, call 492-6367 or 492-6428. At Hunter, call 704-9505 or 704-8982.


Spring debris

The City of Pembroke is having its Annual Spring Debris Pick-up from April 14-18. The pickups are all free of charge, call 653-4413 to schedule a pickup date.


B-ball tourney

The K.N.O.W. Basketball Tournament and Ministers Playoff (East vs. West) will be Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, at the Eastside Gymnasium at Shuman Middle School, 415 Goebel Ave., Savannah.

This is an opportunity for churches, families and communities to come together. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday. The registration fee for teams is $100 and tickets to watch the event are $3 each day and $5 for a two-day ticket.

Please contact Sister Robin Scott or Sister Gwendolyn Sheppard for more information at 355-4620.


Gospel sing

Abundant Life Church of God will have a gospel sing on Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m.

Local groups will be performing. Refreshments will be served afterwards. 119 Wildwood Church Road is three miles from Hwy. 280 from downtown Pembroke and five miles from I-16. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call 653-3697 or 653-3696.


Art show

Arts On the Coast is pleased to present its third annual Members Art Show April 25-26. The show will be at the Wetlands Center in Gregory Park in Richmond Hill from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. The show is open to the general public and there is no charge to attend. Arts On the Coast looks forward to highlighting the creative talent and efforts of local visual artists. Come share their vision to promote arts in our area.


Help the Wall

The Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s tribute in Washington, D.C., is coming to Richmond Hill from June 12-16.

All interested parties are invited to attend a public meeting Tuesday, April 8 at 2 p.m. in the Richmond Hill City Council chambers.

Organizers of the local event are looking for help and contributions from the community. To send a tax-exempt donation make checks out to: The American Legion, P.O. Box 250, Richmond Hill, GA 31324 or call Gregory MacDougal at 884-7273.

Interested volunteers, partners or sponsors are encouraged to contact the Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce at 756-3444 or Jan Bass at 756-6459.


Economic stimulus

Filing a Georgia Individual Income Tax Return is not required in order to receive a Federal Stimulus payment.

In May, economic stimulus payments will be sent to more than 130 million households nationwide.

The IRS said in order to receive the federal stimulus payment, taxpayers must file a 2007 federal individual income tax return.

Retirees, disabled veterans and low-wage earners who are exempt from filing a federal tax return must file in order to receive the stimulus payment. Georgia taxpayers who do not meet the federal criteria for filing and are only filing a federal return in order to receive the stimulus payment are not required to file a Georgia return.

Taxpayers who are uncertain as to whether to file a Georgia return should review the filing requirements on the Department of Revenue’s website at Use the link for forms, individual and review Form IT-511.

The economic stimulus payments will not be taxable on either the 2008 federal or state returns. Recipients must have a valid Social Security number and at least $3,000 of qualifying income to receive a stimulus payment. Eligible taxpayers will receive between $300 to $600 if single or $600 to $1,200 if married filing jointly.

For additional information concerning the federal economic stimulus payment, log onto the IRS web site at

The federal and state filing deadline is Tuesday, April 15.



Pembroke Assembly of God, 1514 Bacontown Road, invites everyone to their Homecoming Sunday, April 13 at 11 a.m.

The morning service will begin with a presentation in song and interpretation of "Let the Glory of the Lord Rise Among Us" by the childrens' choir. The guest speaker for the morning service will be Rev. Paul Hodge. Dinner will be served immediately following the morning service. There will be no evening service. For more information, call Pastor Steve or Janet Hester at 912-966-2513.


Geechee Kunda

The Gathering at Geechee Kunda, the Gullah Geechee Museum and Cultural Center in Historic Riceboro will be April 19.

Learn about the holy land for African American and Gullah Geechee people at The Gathering. Performances will run from noon-5 p.m. Exhibits, special presentations, and lectures will begin at 10 a.m. Tours will be offered.

Vending opportunities are still available, call 884-4440 to register or to find out more information. Or, email or

Geechee Kunda is located at 622 Ways Temple Rd., Riceboro. Take I-95 to Exit 67, Ways Temple Road is 1/4 of a mile from the third mile marker on Coastal Hwy 17.


Celebrate 137 years

Stanford L. Anderson, I, Pastor, invites everyone to their Church Anniversary Celebration, Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. with Pastor Debbie Neil and The St. Peters AME Church, Midway; Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. with Pastor Hermon Scott and The Baconton MB Church, Allenhurst; Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. with Pastor Pete Broxton and The Bryan Neck MB Church.

The Church Anniversary Services will culminate Sunday, April 20, at 3 p.m. with Pastor Ricky Bready and The Tremont Temple Baptist Church.

Calvary Missionary Baptist Church is located off Hwy. 17 South on Daniel Siding Loop Road.


ASSU courses

The list of Spring 2008 Course Offerings at AASU's Center for Professional and Continuing Education has been released. For more information or to register, call 927-5322 or

Public Speaking & Fearless Presentations, Mondays, April 14 - May 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $89.

Watercolor Painting (Beg/Intermediate), Tuesdays, April 15 -20 7 - 9 p.m., $79.

SAT Review Course, Monday and Wednesdays, April 14- 30, 6 – 8:30 p.m., $110.

Interior Design, Wednesdays, April 16- May 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $95.

Self Publishing a Book on the Web, Wednesdays, April 16 & 30, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., $49.

Basic Drawing, Thursdays, April 17 – May 22, 7-9 p.m., $69.

Investing Basics: Are You Prepared?, Tuesdays, April 22 – May 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $39/$49 per couple.

Creative Writing, Tuesdays, April 22 – May 20, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., $149.

Computer classes: Intermediate PC Repair, Thursdays, April 17- May 1, 6 - 9 p.m., $89. Computer Essentials, Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 15 & 17, 1 - 4 p.m., $89. Word I, Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 22 & 24, 1-4 p.m., $89.


Commodity foods

The Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority will be distributing USDA surplus commodity foods to eligible residents April 16-18.

Any household whose total gross income is less than the State established poverty guidelines for the appropriate household size is eligible. Persons picking up food are requested to bring a bag or box container.

Anyone picking up food for someone else must present a completed and signed authorization form for each household. The forms must be current. Food may be picked up for a maximum of two (2) households, including the household of the person making the pickup.

New authorization forms (dated 5/03) may be picked up from the Community Services Center at 208 North College Street in Pembroke. The forms will not be available at the distribution sites and old authorization forms will not be accepted.

Food will be distributed from the following sites: Wednesday, April 16 ONLY, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Richmond Hill Courthouse; Thursday, April 17, 2-6 p.m., Pembroke City Hall; and Friday, April 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Pembroke City Hall. For additional information, you may contact Carolyn Frasier at 653-4993.



Kindergarten orientation and registration for the fall of 2008 will be held soon at Richmond Hill Primary School. Students currently in a pre-K program and/or who will be 5-years-old on or before Sept. 1 may register. The dates are April 15-18 from 8:30-11 a.m.

Parents of RHPS students must be Bryan County residents and provide proof of residency and physical address. Parents must also provide specific documents to enroll their child in the form of the child’s social security card, copy of their birth certificate, current immunization records and an eye-ear-dental exam form.

Battle anniversary

Fort Pulaski National Monument will host a special two-day event to commemorate the 146th Anniversary of the Siege and Reduction of Fort Pulaski. The April 12-13 event will be the park’s largest of the year. A full schedule of activities will be offered at Fort Pulaski and Battery Park on Tybee Island. For additional information, call the park at 912-786-5787, or visit the official website at for the events schedule.



The American Legion Post 164 of Pembroke, is once again selling Vidalia jumbo onions to support the post activities. A 10-pound bag is $7.50; 25-pound bag is $15. Delivery will be late April or early May. Call BJ Clark at 653-4958 or Billy Marshall at 653-4933 to place an order, or see any member of the post. Tickets will be available until late April in the Pembroke, Ellabell and Richmond Hill area.


Tax help

The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield tax centers are extending their dates of operation until June 1. They provide cost-free tax preparation services to the soldiers returning home from deployment and their family members. The Hunter tax center is in building 1211, and the Stewart tax center is at 1067 Gulick Avenue, building 617. Hours of operation at both locations are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or more information, call 767-2479.


UW fundraiser

The Clothes Line, a partnership of the United Way and the City of Pembroke, located at 53 N. College St., Pembroke, will have a winter sale April 9, 12, 14, and 16. All items that cost $1 or more will be half off; all children’s items that are 50 cents will be half off also. The Clothes Line is open from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Docs and desserts

Coastal Georgia Regional Office will present a "Docs and Desserts" program Thursday May 8, at the JEA, 5111 Abercorn Street. This program is designed to give people with questions regarding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia an open forum to ask those questions of an expert the field. This program will begin at 6:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. to the event by May 2. To receive additional information about this or other programs please call Jenny House at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Regional Office at 912-920-2231 or 1-800-272-3900.


Steak fundraiser

The Pembroke Christian Church, Hwy. 280, Pembroke, will be selling grilled pork steak dinners on Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Each dinner will include a grilled pork steak, green beans, potato salad, bread, and slice of pound cake for $6. Bulk pork sausage by the pound will also be for sale. To purchase a dinner ticket or order bulk sausage, please call the church secretary weekdays, 9 a.m.-noon, at 653-2457; or call Shirley Collins at 653-4431 or Carol Aksdal at 541-5636. All proceeds will go towards the church building fund.


Tour de Cure

The Tour de Cure, an annual bicycling event which raises money for research for a cure for diabetes, will take place in Tyrone this year. Georgian cyclists will join over 33,000 other cyclists and volunteers this spring who are participating at more than 80 sites across the country. Cyclists will enjoy fully-catered rest stops, lunch and plenty of route support during a fun-filled day of riding, food and entertainment.

There are four rides, ranging from an 8-mile fun ride to a 100K. Riders can ride solo or form a team. Registration is now open. The ride will be Sunday May 18, starting at the Sandy Creek High School. For more information, visit or 1-888-DIABETES.


MS bike ride

May is the Georgia Power Savannah Multiple Sclerosis Bike Ride. Event organizers are still looking for teams and volunteers. The event is May 3 and 4 with 40, 60 and 80 mile routes. If anyone is interested in riding but don’t have a team to sign up with, Cindy Milloy can help find you one, call her at 675-5422. There are also several volunteer spots that need to be filled and they are looking for Motorcycle Marshalls to ride the route, making sure everything is moving smoothly, and drivers for the supply vehicles. Find out more information at


Ghost tour

On May 9, a Ghost Tour Walk with Dogs event will be hosted by St. Almo, a Savannah social networking group for dog owners. All proceeds from the ghost tour will go toward the local Bryan Animal Caregivers organization. The funding helps them offer their Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program, which is responsible for aiding in the sterilization of over 1700 domestic and feral animals since 2003. For more information, visit or call 727-2694.


Make a Wish

Restaurants in the Savannah and Statesboro areas will be participating in the second Annual Dining for Wishes on Thursday, April 24, to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Georgia and Alabama.

Dining for Wishes is a day-long event where restaurants pledge a percentage of their day’s food and non-alcoholic beverage sales to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

For more information and a complete listing of participating restaurants, go to our website at or contact Jean Doliber at 330.0476 or


Lifeline discount

Low-income consumers may qualify for assistance programs that will reduce the cost of initial telephone installation and basic monthly service, according to a recent announcement from CenturyTel.

The assistance programs, known as Link-Up and Lifeline, helps consumers pay the initial installation costs of getting telephone service. The amount of the discounts varies by state and reduces up to one-half of the initial hook-fee, up to $30, for qualified households. Lifeline provides certain discounts each month on phone bills for qualified subscribers.

Qualifications for participation vary by state. To find out more about the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, log on to the site. Individuals living in a CenturyTel service area should call 800-201-4099 or visit to inquire about eligibility.


Rec board

Richmond Hill Recreation board of directors meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Bottoms. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.


Ride for a cause

The Savannah Ronald McDonald House is hosting the 2008 "Ride for Ronald Poker Run" on May 31 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armstrong Center (formerly Publix) located at 12033 Abercorn Street.

Proceeds will benefit the House and the services it provides for area families. Riders are invited to support the Ronald McDonald House during this day of fun, music, prizes, t-shirts, a new "spin" on poker and Ronald McDonald himself.

As the bikers go through five stops during their ride through Savannah they’ll receive a playing card towards their final poker hand at the finish line. Prizes up to $500 will be presented to players with the best poker hand and the worst poker hand will win a prize, too.

The cost is $15 for a rider and $10 per additional rider, which includes the ride, lunch, prizes and entertainment.

For more information call 356-5520 or visit

Animal fundraiser

GARD is now accepting yard sale items for their 503(c) nonprofit no-kill animal shelter fundraiser. For more information or to drop off donations, call 858-4530.


UW fundraiser

The Clothes Line, a partnership of the United Way and the City of Pembroke, located at 53 N. College St., Pembroke, will have a winter sale April 9, 12, 14, and 16. All items that cost $1 or more will be half off; all children’s items that are 50 cents will be half off also. The Clothes Line is open from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.



The Georgia Department of Labor’s 2008 Summer Internship Program will offer internships for up to 80 students.

Applications are available at any office of the Georgia Department of Labor, on the department’s Web site at, or by writing to Annie Hughley, Georgia Department of Labor, Marketing and Community Relations, Suite 600, 148 Andrew Young International Blvd., N. E., Atlanta, GA 30303-1751. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2008.


Energy Oasis 5K

Energy Oasis will hold its second annual 5K race on April 19 at 9 a.m. They have chosen the International Rett Syndrome Foundation to be the beneficiary of the race, with local Richmond Hill resident Amber Gant, 13, as their inspiration and representative. For more information, call Kathy Ackerman at 756-5865.


Business expo

The Richmond Hill and Bryan County 2008 Business & Consumer Expo is scheduled for April 18 and 19 at the Richmond Hill Recreation Center. The Friday event is slotted as a business to business gathering. The Saturday event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public, free of charge.

Businesses that wish to participate or individuals who would like to help out can get more information by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 756-3444 or Shirley Heagerty at 756-7113.


Spring cleaning

Richmond Hill will kick off Georgia Cities Week with three days of large item trash pickup starting Wednesday, April 16, through Friday, April 18. 

OMI will pick up curbside large items such as appliances, furniture and other bulky items normally not picked up by the regular trash service. All city residents should place their items on the curbside Wednesday morning by 7 a.m. for pickup. 


Diversity Idol

Please join Savannah State University’s Diversity Class and the American Diabetes Association as they present ‘Diversity Idol,’ Tuesday, April 15 in the Savannah Ballroom on the Savannah State University campus. A diverse variety of contestants will be competing for cash prizes, and to help raise money to find a cure for diabetes. Admission is only three dollars, with all proceeds going to the American Diabetes Association Kiss a Pig campaign. Doors open at 6 p.m.. with the show starting at 7 p.m.. Please come to enjoy a great show and to support a great cause.



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