Notes from the Senate

Posted by | January 17, 2020 11:30 am

by SEN. JACK HILL, 4th District


Regardless of the financial condition of the state, it is still a worthy exercise to look at needs in the state that deserve new funding. Each budget cycle gives us a chance to evaluate state budget areas where new state funding is needed and worthwhile.


The state provides Read More

Savvy Senior: How to know when an older parent has a gambling problem

Posted by | January 17, 2020 11:00 am

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’m worried that my 76-year-old father has become addicted to gambling. He spends at least two days a week at an Indian casino about a half-hour’s drive from his house playing slot machines. What can I do?

Worried Daughter

Dear Worried,

Problem gambling among older adults is unfortunately on the rise. Studies suggest that more than 4 million Americans, age 65 and older, could have a gambling Read More

Brier Creek Chapter earns streamer

Posted by | January 17, 2020 10:30 am

During the Brier Creek Chapter’s monthly meeting, President Lee Smith talked about his trip to Midway to participate in the Fort Morris “Come and Get It” Commemoration.

President Smith participated in the event as an American Revolution militia soldier and as part of that event, he presented the Brier Creek Chapter’s wreath to honor the soldiers who served and died during that battle. President Smith was given a Come and Read More

GASSAR president-elect installs Brier Creek officers

Posted by | January 17, 2020 10:00 am

The Brier Creek Chapter of the Georgia Society – Sons of the American Revolution held its monthly meeting Thursday, January 2, at R&D’s Restaurant in Sylvania at 6:30 p.m. with President Lee Smith presiding. Thirty-three members and guests attended.

President Lee Smith introduced Georgia Society President-Elect Bill Dobbs from Covington, who installed the chapter’s 2020 officers and said a few words about his goals for the state society the coming Read More

Brier Creek Chapter welcomes five new members

Posted by | January 17, 2020 9:30 am

At the Brier Creek Chapter’s January 2 meeting at R&D’s Restaurant in Sylvania at 6:30 p.m., Georgia Society President-Elect Bill Dobbs installed five new members. He presented each of these people with their SAR membership certificates, approved applications, and a rosette that represents the colors of General George Washington’s Continental uniform he wore during the American Revolution.

Martha Ann Thigpen, 72

Posted by | January 17, 2020 9:00 am

Martha Ann Thigpen, 72 of Alston, died Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in the Community Hospice House in Vidalia after an extended illness.

She was a native of Swainsboro and a 1965 graduate of Swainsboro High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in home economics from Georgia Southern. Thigpen began her teaching career in 1970, teaching sixth through eighth grade Industrial Arts and Home Economics Read More

The financial game

Posted by | January 17, 2020 8:30 am

Recently, I overheard a woman saying her family could never spend all the money they had. Then it dawned on me… What planet did you come from? Wake up and smell the roses, but they also have thorns!

Finances are a touchy subject. People don’t discuss them in public. It is a personal and private situation, but when you hear about celebrities like Mike Tyson going completely broke, who was Read More

Jennifer Meinhardt, 49

Posted by | January 17, 2020 8:00 am

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mrs. Jennifer Meinhardt, 49 of Statesboro, on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Ogeechee Area Hospice.

Memorial services were held Friday, January 10, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors’ Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel with Rev. Kenny Green officiating.

The family received friends at the Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel one hour prior to the service.

Honorary escorts were breast cancer survivors.

Born in Swainsboro on Read More

Gary Pernell, 67

Posted by | January 17, 2020 7:30 am

Funeral services for Gary Pernell, 67 of Kite, were held Friday, January 10, 2020 in the chapel of Chapman Funeral Home with Reverend Allen Meeks officiating. Interment followed at Rehoboth Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020. He passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro following a brief illness. Read More

What is MyPlate?

Posted by | January 17, 2020 7:00 am

by MARNIE DEKLE, Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Candler and Emanuel counties

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition. Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. Start with small changes Read More

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