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All of us who live in Bryan County realize that we live in a very unique part of Georgia. Our county is unique in many ways and one of those ways is described in Buddy Sullivan’s book on the history of our county entitled “From Beautiful Zion to Red Bird Creek”
Hemakes an interesting observation of our county in the introduction to the book, “for Beautiful Zion to Red Bird Creek are representative of the clearly defined geographical, political, historical and economic identities which make Bryan County truly ‘two counties in one,’” a situation unique in the state of Georgia.
The Fort Stewart Army base splits the county into two parts, and we all know you have to go out of the county to travel from one part to the other. Your county government has sought to bring county services to lower Bryan and Richmond Hill over the past several years. With the SpecialLocal Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the county built a County Administrative Complex at Hwy. 144 and Capt. Matthew Freeman Drive at a cost of $3.7 million. This building consolidates all the services in one location for the citizens of south Bryan.
This building also has a meeting room for the county commissioners to meet on official county business. Thursday, Aug, 19, the Bryan County Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. to conduct it’s first business meeting in South Bryan County.
In order to conduct business in South Bryan (as our school board does), we had to have local legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly this past session. Our state Rep. Ron Stephens and Sen. Buddy Carter were instrumental in introducing the legislation for us. Your county commission will now have two meetings each month, the first Tuesday in Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. and the third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the new Administrative Complex.
Please join us for an open house and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and the commission meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Burnsed is chairman of the Bryan County Board of Commissioners.
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