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Storm brings county together where North Bryan goes to play

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Black Creek Golf Course is the only public golf course in Bryan County and Hendrix Park is the heartbeat of recreational activity in North Bryan. Both were heavily damaged or destroyed by the deadly storm which swept through the area Tuesday evening.

While the loss of one life or one home is one too many several people contacted reported either no damage to their homes or injuries for which they were most grateful.

And all expressed gratitude for the outpouring of assistance being offered up to those impacted by the treacherous weather.

It’s often said Bryan County is a county of two—there’s North Bryan and there’s South Bryan—but George Joyner dispelled that Wednesday when he said the storm brought everyone together.

“In this situation there’s no North or South,” said Joyner who resides in the hard hit Ellabell area. “Today we’re one Bryan. People of the South (Richmond Hill) have reached out and are helping. They’re bringing resources we need.

“This is a tight community and everyone is pitching in to help,” Joyner said. “I was fortunate in that I had no damage to my home.”

Joyner is the father of Bryan County High School all-state pitcher Hayden Joyner and he was one of those checking on team members Wednesday morning and he was relieved there were no injuries among those he contacted.

“We had one student who lost her home and others who suffered damage to their homes,” Joyner said. “Our utilities were out to mid-morning. We’re very blessed and fortunate.

“The clubhouse and cart barns at Black Creek Golf Course were destroyed and Hendrix Park was damaged heavily which is a major loss for the community. I think every student at Bryan County High School has played a sport there. We’re going to need a lot of help to get that rebuilt but we’ve got to do it.”

Tiwauna Dixon, who is an English teacher and track coach at BCHS, was another of those who escaped damage to her Ellabell home as did most members of the track team. “I checked on all of my kids and they’re pretty much all okay,” Dixon said. “We were out of town when the storm hit. I know Hendrix Park was hit hard. The gym was destroyed.” Dixon’s son is former Redskins standout running back Terron Dixon, Jr., and she said Terron was out early Wednesday morning doing what he could to help those who had suffered damage.

“He was up at Black Creek helping out,” Dixon said of Terron who will graduate from Georgia Southern where he plays football in December.

Redskins softball coach Jason Roundtree lives in Bulloch County and he escaped any damage at his home but that did not mean he was immune to the after effects of the storm.

“I made contact with my last girl around 9:30 last night (Tuesday),” Roundtree said.

“The cell towers were down in some areas which made it a little harder to reach some of them. I know Megan Beck’s family had their house knocked down but as far as I know everyone else is basically okay.

“The thing I’ve seen is how the community has come together to help everyone out including people from Richmond Hill. Coach (Chris) Jenkins reached out to me and told me to tell Coach (Justin) Covington he was welcome to make use of Richmond Hill’s facilities.”

Covington, the son of 1st District Commissioner Noah Covington, is the Redskins baseball coach. His team played its home games at Hendrix Park. Bryan County schools are on spring break this week and the high school gym is being used as a community center for those who are not able to stay in their homes.

Roundtree said he, head football coach Cherard Freeman and assistant football coach Tim Adams, would be cooking breakfast at the gym on Thursday morning.

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