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Bryan County 4-H

Bryan County 4-H is offering a "Summer of Fun" with the following programs:

Creative Memories Scrapbooking, July 17-18, Richmond Hill Courthouse Annex, from 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. and July 19-20, Bryan County Extension Office, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.. Deadline to register is June 22. Bring a sack lunch. Cost is $25

Nuts about Nutrition, July 23-25, Bryan County Extension Office from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Bamboo Farms and Coastal Gardens, Hwy. 17, Savannah, July 26-27 and July 30, from 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Deadline to register is July 20. Lunch provided. Cost: $25.

For more information about the programs, please call the Bryan County Extension Service at 653-2231.


Head start

Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, Inc. administers the head Start Program from its main office in Brunswick, Georgia. It operates eleven centers, in nine counties; and is presently funded to serve a total of 917 preschool children. Centers are located in the following counties: Bryan, Evans, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Wayne and two in both Camden and Tattnall.

Presently all centers are accepting applications for the 2007-08 school year. Children for the Head Start program must be at least three years old, and not older than five years old, on or before September 1, 2007.

The Head Start program provides individualized and group child activities helping children fulfill their developmental potential. While at the center, each child is considered a unique person with exploring minds and educational needs. We believe each child has the potential for future growth. This approach is also well suited to help children with special needs. In addition, the program offers two meals and a snack daily, parent involvement activities; health and dental exams; as well as speech and language screenings. There is no cost to parents for this program.

Applications for eligibility may be completed at the center. The following documents will be required: birth certificate, proof of income (2006 W-2 or tax forms, three consecutive pay stubs, Social Security or DFCS letter, letter from employer, etc.), State of GA Pre-School Immunization Record (Form 3231), and a physician’s letter for any child with special needs. For enrollment, the following documents will be requested: social security numbers for each family member, a physical examination, a dental examination, and a current Medicaid, PeachCare or private insurance card if applicable.

For additional information about the program, please contact Donna Brewton and Ann Chance, the family service coordinators at the center at 653-4990.

Note: A Head Start representative will be at Hardees in Richmond Hill from 9 a.m.-noon., Thursday, June 21 and at the Richmond Hill Library from noon-6 p.m. taking applications. If 15 or more children qualify for Head Start then the school may be able to provide a bus to the center in Pembroke for children in Richmond Hill.


Library programs

The libraries in Pembroke and Richmond Hill are continuing their summer programs. Juggler Ron Anglin will appear on June 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Pembroke at Bryan County Elementary School and at 2 p.m. in Richmond Hill at Richmond Hill High School. On June 27, Jeff Rayno will perform his magic and mayhem in Pembroke at 10:30 a.m. and in Richmond Hill at 2 p.m.

If you haven’t signed up for the Vacation Reading Club, there is still time to join in the fun, read and get prizes too. Both libraries will be closed July 4 in honor of Independence Day.


Helping hands

Helping Hands of Bryan Co. will hold a week of service July 9 -13. Youth and adult volunteers will be doing small home repairs and yard work for low-income elderly and/or disabled families in Bryan County. Anyone who would like to volunteer their time and skills should call 756-5333 & or 653-5344. The group also is looking for church or civic groups (or restaurants) willing to provide food for the volunteers at the worksites. Heidi Thomson is coordinating the effort. She can be reached at 604-1515 for further information.


American Legion

The American Legion Post 164 and Ladies Auxiliary meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The post is located on U.S. Highway 280 West of Pembroke. All veterans are welcome.


BCHS reunion

The Bryan County High School classes of 1961, 1962 and 1963 are planning a class reunion for this August. Contact addresses are needed. If you are interested, please contact your classmate: Lavon Nelson (1961), 912-660-9385, Gail Summerford (1962), or Jim Harn (1963).



G.A.R.D. (Georgia Animal Rescue Defence) is holding a dog and cat food drive. Both dry and canned foods are needed. G.A.R.D. houses animals from the area after rescuing them, socializes them and then adopts them out.

Pet food can be dropped off at the following locations: Richmond Hill Animal Hospital, the Pembroke Library, Cross Screen Printing Company in Hinesville and Shaggy Chic in Pooler. Donations of flea medications and other supplies also are needed. Call 653-2480 or 727-2647 for more information.


Insurance help

Georgia residents with insurance problems or questions can receive assistance directly from Commissioner of Insurance John Oxendine's Office by contacting his insurance investigator, who is scheduled to be in Pembroke from 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 21 at the Bryan County Commissioner’s office. Please call 653-3837 to confirm the investigator’s schedule.

In addition to receiving assistance with insurance problems or questions, Commissioner Oxendine’s Office offers complimentary homeowner, automobile and life insurance policy reviews. If you cannot meet with the investigator during these hours there are other ways you can receive assistance. Investigators are available to assist you by phone from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. The toll free number is 1-800-656-2298. You can also contact the office by e-mail. The web address is Or you can write a letter explaining the details of your problem and mail it to the following address:

John Oxendine

Commissioner of Insurance

State of Georgia

2 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive

Atlanta, GA 30334

Attention: Consumer Services Division

If you are an individual with a disability and wish to acquire this publication in an alternative format, please contact the ADA Coordinator, Office of Commissioner of Insurance, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30334. (404) 656-2056/TDD (404) 656-4031


Jenkins reunion

The HV Jenkins Class of 1962's 45th reunion is July 20-21. Invitations have already been sent to graduates. For more information or to come, please contact: Patty Bridges Parker at 663-2342, Mary or Cle Lynes , 826-0670, or Woody Bagley at 748-6225. You also can email Parker at


Highest Praise

Coastal Community Christian Church will host Highest Praise, a high school musical group presented by Ozark Christian College, in concert on Sunday, June 24, at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Highest Praise is made up of 49 high school singers and musicians who perform top contemporary Christian hits and original dramatic skits. The students are selected from applicants around the country to participate in the 11-day, multi-city tour. They rehearse at the college, located in Joplin, Mo., for about a week before they hit the road. The concert at Coastal Community Christian Church is free and a love offering for the group will be collected. The church is located at 10770 Ford Ave. (Hwy. 144 144), about one mile east of Hwy. 17. For more information, call the church at 756-3455.


Polio survivors

The Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association will meet Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. in Savannah at the Candler Heart and Lung Building, second floor, Room 2 at 5353 Reynolds St. Polio survivors and guests are invited. For information call 355-1221 or go to


Statewide job fair

The Georgia Department of Labor’s 13th annual televised job fair will be carried statewide on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Sunday, June 24, from 2-4 p.m.

The live broadcast, entitled Job Fair 2007, will originate from Atlanta and Albany, and be simulcast over WALB-TV10.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said, "Job Fair 2007 will give viewers an excellent opportunity to better understand the services available through the Georgia Department of Labor, its workforce partners, and Georgia’s statewide employment security system.

Viewers will also learn about the department’s listings of hundreds of job openings available throughout the state."

Scheduled to appear on Job Fair 2007 are economist Kenneth Heaghney, research professor of economics at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Public Policy; Willie Adams, M.D., mayor of Albany; State Rep. Winfred Dukes, Albany; and Greg Schmieg, executive director of RWSIR.

Career experts will be available to answer questions from viewers across the state who wish to call during the job fair. Viewers may also ask questions and receive immediate answers over the Internet.

Job Fair 2007 will be webcast, which will allow people to watch via the Internet.

To participate in the Web cast, or ask questions, visit the labor department’s Web site at

Job Fair 2007 will be re-broadcast Monday, June 25, from 1-3 a.m. on GPB’s nine-station network viewable in every county in Georgia, and to significant portions of surrounding states. GPB’s stations include Savannah’s WVAN/9.


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