The Goldenheirs had their Christmas luncheon in early December. Lynn Cannon Catering served a delicious lunch, and Carey Knowles, a Christian comedian, entertained the group with his "pig tales" and other stories.
I would stretch out the Christmas season as long as possible if I could. Instead of the "Twelve Days of Christmas," I would opt for the "Twelve Months of Christmas!" I love the lights, the decorations, the music and the wonderful feelings of cheerfulness at Christmas. People are nicer and friendlier during the holidays. I do get a little sad when I have to take the decorations down. But when it is time to do so, it means that it is also time for Bring One for the Chipper!
The weeks leading up to Christmas seemed to be filled with news reports of toys being recalled because they contain parts coated with lead-based paint. I told someone the other day that we never had to worry about that when we were growing up because the pine cones we used for baseballs and the limbs we used for bats were not painted. We used daddy's good plow lines for jumping rope and they also were paint-free.
CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER - Nineteen Liberty County teens graduated Dec. 18 from the National Guard-sponsored Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Stewart during a commencement ceremony at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon.
Boy Scout leaders of Liberty District Coastal Empire Council were honored recently at the council's annual awards banquet at Hinesville United Methodist Church.
The recent 2010 Miss Christmas Holiday Pageant was in the Long County High School cafeteria. KIDZ-ETC sponsored the event.
Several Masons and Shriners from the area joined forces recently to help a little girl who lives in Jesup.
The local Toys for Tots committee raised more than $10,000 in cash and countless toy donations for 2010. More than 200 volunteers, who helped from August until December, delivered toys to more than 2,300 children on Saturday. The committee placed more than 70 donation boxes in local businesses, including Liberty Chrysler, Hinesville Ford, NeSmith Chevrolet, the Coastal Courier, the Hinesville Masonic Lodge and Beall's. Beall's allowed the committee to use its old building, utilities and security system rent-free for two months.
The community has stepped up to aid a family in getting the supplies they need for the holidays after their Hinesville home was damaged by fire Tuesday.
Georgia Power Co. recently made donations to two local charities.
Atlantic Area CASA will begin volunteer training Jan. 14. Training will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the conference room of the Liberty County Health Department on Highway 84 in Hinesville. Sessions will be held on Jan. 14, 21, 28 and Feb. 4.
It is that time of year when we frantically search for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Why not consider a book or item depicting Liberty County's history? To my knowledge, there are several available. And if you go that route, I think you will be pleased with whatever you select.
Wreaths for Warriors Walk organizers donated a wreath to Hinesville last week for display in Victory Park.
Members of local sororities, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Hinesville Alumnae Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Nu Rho Omega Chapter and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority's Chi Pi Zeta Chapter recently presented a check to Dorchester Improvement Association. The donated proceeds are from a western-themed fundraiser held recently as part of Dorchester Academy's "This Place Matters" campaign.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 14th annual Illuminated Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 in downtown Hinesville. The theme for this year's parade was Christmas through the Decades. More than 80 floats, all covered in holiday lights, were entered, each paying tribute to a particular decade. The winners of the float competition are:
Morgan June Strickland was born at 6:43 p.m. July 11 to Danielle and William Strickland of Hinesville.
Retired Lt. Col. Buddy and Mary Thomas will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Aug. 2.
The next Eggs & Issues Breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, in the Hinesville Room at city hall, 115 E. M.L. King Jr. Drive.
Analynn Nicole Halliday was born at 8:20 a.m. July 8 to Ashley Halliday of Hinesville.
Jakayden Ky'aire Joseph was born at 10:02 p.m. July 12 to Lahiesha Joseph of Hinesville.
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Nu Rho Omega Chapter recently attended the 66th international convention of the organization. Over 11,500 members of the international organization participated in the weeklong event July 12-18 at the Charlotte Convention Center. During the event, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was installed as the 2014-18 international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. The 2014-18 International Program will focus on the theme, "Launching New Dimensions of Service," through which the sorority's 265,000 members will address community needs via service programs.
The Hineshouse Project Inc. resident services staff and the Summer Learning Camp participants boarded a chartered bus early in the morning on July 11 at Regency Apartments and headed to Atlanta for a field trip.
The silver lining of a tragic day in Long County two years ago is helping area kids get ready for school.
Hinesville firefighter and musician Marcus Barrett recently hosted a musicians' shed at New Day Community Church. A shed is designed for musicians to practice music, usually with special care to be kept from being disturbed. Musicians from throughout Liberty County gathered to share gifts and music. Drums, keyboards, guitars and a few vocals were performed well into the night. Barrett is working on the next event.
Emmett Xavier Moeller was born at 9:28 a.m. July 10 to Anna Moeller of Wyanet, Illinois, and Walter Moeller VI of Douglasville, Georgia.
Veralyn Clover Magallanes Flores was born at 10:37 a.m. July 9 to Lilia Magallanes Flores and Eric Magallanes Reyna of Lafayette, Indiana. Born at Liberty Regional Medical Center, baby Veralyn weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.
Bistro Night returns to Thunder Run restaurant at Club Stewart Friday.
Six months ago, Brynslet Sellers was like other 2-year-olds, ready to play with her siblings or dress up in princess dresses and tiaras. In February, however, she was diagnosed with heart failure.
The original "Transformers" from 2007 was a pleasant surprise that was loud and preposterous, but extremely entertaining.
The Hinesville Military Affairs Committee will hold the second annual Veterans Salute Day from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Bryant Commons.