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From the chairman's desk: Plenty to do in Bryan County
Carter Infinger
Carter Infinger is the current chairman of the Bryan County Commission.

Bryan County is a wonderful community for residents and visitors of all ages. Our leaders work hard to ensure that everyone – regardless of age – has access to programs and amenities relevant to their interests and stage in life. Whether you’re 2 or 82, we’ve got plenty for you to enjoy here in Bryan County.

Families with young children have a multitude of choices when it comes to recreational options, after-school care, camps and learning opportunities. Our Recreation Department is second to none, with South Bryan County Recreation recently being named District 2 Class A Agency of the Year. Our Hendrix Park staff in the north end also recently received accolades in the categories of athletic programming and administration. A variety of sports teams keep children of all ages busy and active year-round. Bryan County recreation has over 3,500 program participants annually in sports such as soccer, baseball, and basketball. These countywide services are funded by the Board of Commissioners.

Bryan County Schools’ Community Education Office offers a variety of after-school and evening classes for children and adults of all ages. These classes were created to provide students with a positive outlet to explore their creativity, expand their knowledge, and find new interests and hobbies.

In addition, Community Education offers both before- and after-school programs for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade who are enrolled in the school system. These programs provide a safe, supervised environment staffed with qualified instructors, giving students an opportunity to begin homework, enjoy fun enrichment activities and attend extracurriculars provided by the Community Education Office.

Bryan County Family Connection’s Jacob Grant Community Center and Richmond Hill Teen Center are free and open to the community. The Community Center hosts various community groups, including, Mommy and Me support groups, Girl Scouts and Youth Works. These countywide services are funded by the Board of Commissioners.

Teen programming is geared toward youth ages 11-18, and the center partners with agencies to provide after-school options such as 4-H, the University of Georgia’s Warnell Forestry Center, Cooking Matters by Open Hand Atlanta, and Toastmasters International. Other activities include art club, Lego club, movie nights, Star Wars club, book club, sewing, creative writing, and other skills. These countywide services are funded by the Board of Commissioners.

For those who’ve experienced more life but are still young at heart, Bryan County offers two Senior Citizens Centers – one in the north end and one in the south end. They are open to all seniors, ages 60 and older. These countywide services are funded by the Board of Commissioners.

Transportation services to and from the centers are available, making it easy for anyone to take part in the program.

The centers aim to provide all seniors and family caregivers residing in Bryan County with information and services that promote physical health and mental well-being. These countywide services are funded by the Board of Commissioners.

Hot, nutritious meals are served daily for congregate clients for a small contribution. Activities at both centers include health and wellness screenings, physical fitness, education and programming, nutrition education, collaboration with local agencies and businesses to provide guest speakers, entertainment and resources for clients.

Senior citizens who attend the centers enjoy outings, picnics, and attend special events around the region. They also participate in arts and crafts, bingo, fellowship, bake sales, quilt raffles and local festivals, where they can sell their homemade goods. Computers are available for those senior citizens who are computer savvy and enjoy spending time online.

All these wonderful programs and opportunities exist

because we like to see our community happy, healthy and active - one of the many reasons why county-funded services extend beyond EMS services, courts and road maintenance.

We strive to ensure residents have opportunities to pursue those goals. With so many things to do and groups to explore, no one has an excuse for failing to get involved in our community.

Infinger is chairman of the Bryan County Commission.

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