The Emancipation Proclamation was issued and signed by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, granting freedom to slaves in the Confederacy.
Liberty County welcomed its first babies of 2011 into the world this past weekend.
The Long County Library recently raffled off a hand-made quilt to raise money for books. Danny Deese won the quilt. He wasn't able to pick it up, but his nephew, Bradley Brock, accepted the quilt on Deese's behalf, and, according to Brock, Deese is very happy with is prize.
A group gathers Wednesday evening at Jungle Jake's Comics and Games to play Dungeons & Dragons, a role-playing game. The store recently moved to a larger space to accommodate more strategy and role-playing games. Owner Jason Lee said the idea is great for parents looking to move their kids away from video games and into strategic games. He compared the critical thinking level to the game of chess.
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.
When it comes to recycling, did you realize that more actually means less?
The Hinesville Area Arts Council is accepting applications for barbecue contestants for the 11th annual Blues & BBQ Festival, set for 4-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.
DVD's expected in stores an online next week include:
Amber Nolan is hitchhiking across the country - by air. Not commercial air, but general aviation.