Residents living near Fort Stewart probably have noticed a little smoke recently. Bob Tanner, fire operations team leader for Fort Stewart's Forestry Branch, said not to worry. He said the Army deliberately conducts "prescribed burns" in specific areas from March through June and over the Christmas holidays to prevent uncontrolled wildfires. Each area is burned on a three-year cycle, he said.
A simple "thank you" is not enough for some people.
Georgia's state militia is as old as Georgia itself. According to "A Brief History of the Georgia National Guard," colonists who came with Gen. James Oglethorpe were trained by the British "Sergeants of the Guard" prior to founding the colony of Georgia in 1733. Half a century later, the Liberty Independent Troop was organized Sept. 12, 1788 as part of the Georgia Militia, according to retired Georgia National Guardsman Wayne Stewart. They no longer were British subjects; they were American citizen-soldiers.
The men's ministry at Gum Branch Baptist Church on Saturday hosted its eighth annual Wild Game Feed. Scores of men and boys gorged themselves on venison sausage, venison chili, fried quail, fried fish, roasted wild hog and roasted wild turkey, as well as a plethora of country vegetable dishes provided by the women of the church, who also served desserts and drinks.
Unlike the movies, life is not filled with action-packed drama. But there are dramatic moments that sometimes test our faith and resilience.
Despite its hardships on families and personal risks to life and limb, military service often is a family tradition. Nicholas Rorro is the fifth of six generations to serve in the military. His son Curtis Rorro is the sixth generation soldier, but if Nick has any say about it, he'll be the last. Both soldiers are medically retired due to multiple physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Former and current Georgia Army National Guard veterans met for breakfast Feb. 28 at Michael's Deli in Hinesville. Older soldiers shared war stories with younger soldiers, who had plenty of tales of their own, many having recently returned from Afghanistan. Wayne Stewart, a retired "citizen-soldier," said local National Guard members have been meeting for breakfast, cookouts or fish fries at least once a month since 1987.
It doesn't cost anything to treat customers with respect.
Ammunition sales are robust these days - by local consumers and the U.S. government.
Liberty County residents are being urged to sign up for a mass notification system already implemented by the Liberty County Emergency Management Agency.
During the early part of the 19th century, it was easier to move farm and timber products by water than land. Rivers and man-made canals were the highways of early Georgia.
A 100-plus-year-old cannonball that was found at a Liberty County landfill and taken to a home in the Pine Ridge subdivision safely was removed by Fort Stewart's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team Wednesday afternoon, Liberty County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Hodges said.
Soup is one of those simple comfort foods that conjure pleasant childhood memories, like watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on a Sunday evening while eating a bowl of Campbell's tomato soup with a grilled-cheese sandwich.
Officially, spring is three weeks away, but in Coastal Georgia, the sounds of spring are in the air every afternoon and evening. By sunset each day, frogs, toads, crickets and various song birds are warming up their voices and "wing bows" for a spring concert.
Residents living near 1277 Baxter St. in Hinesville's Pine Ridge subdivision were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after discovery of a Mexican War or Civil War-era cannon ball, according to Mike Hodges, director of Liberty County Emergency Management Administration.