The kitchen is the heart of the home. This is as true today as it was 100 years ago. Back then, the kitchen was a separate little building that usually was built before the main house. It was connected by a small porch or walkway that we called the dogtrot. I guess we called it that because that is where the old hound dog trotted between the house and the kitchen, waiting for us to throw him a cold biscuit.
Last week, hundreds of local residents and young people took the pledge to recycle. Nov. 15 was the annual America Recycles Day and we planned a number of community activities and school events to encourage more people to begin recycling or to expand their recycling efforts.
Ann Parker and James Blank pose with a copy of the Coastal Courier on May 17 outside the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. One week earlier, Parker had donated a kidney to Blank. They are good friends, and both attend Bethesda Church in Hinesville. Parker's donation marked the 1,000th kidney donation at the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic. She celebrated and enjoyed cake with the clinic staff. After some ups and downs with post-transplant procedures, Blank now is doing well. Parker said the transplant also marked the third time someone from Bethesda Church has donated a kidney to another.
Thanksgiving holds different meanings to different people. Some feel it is a day for being generous or giving thanks through unselfish deeds. Others feel it is a time to sit around with family sharing stories of the year. Still many others simply look forward to the day for football. No matter how you view Thanksgiving, one thing is sure: Filling up on turkey is an integral part of the holiday.
Riceboro native Dawn Baker, a local television anchor and reporter, can add another achievement to her resume: She's now an author. Baker's recently released book, "Dawn's Daughter: Everything A Woman Needs To Know," a 142-page, soft-cover publication, is now on local shelves.
Their claim to the land predates the American Revolution, and yet their parents and grandparents gave up their plots - some willingly, some not so willingly - for the sake of the nation when then-Camp Stewart was established in 1940, just in time to help prepare the Army for World War II.
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill honored Veterans Day at its weekly meeting Thursday in the Richmond Hill City Center by hosting guest speaker and veteran Keith Stansell.
Georgia is a beautiful state with lots of history, much of which was preserved for us by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources through its 60-plus state parks and historic sites. Fort King George Historic Site in Darien was established by the British in 1621, a dozen years before Gen. James Oglethorpe founded Great Britain's 13th colony in the New World.
With just days remaining in the 2011-12 "Live United" fundraising campaign, the United Way has raised $177,700 of this year's goal of $181,000. The campaign ends Friday.
Community volunteers distributed 20,000 pounds of food Tuesday to Liberty County families in need at Hinesville's Shuman Center.
A record-breaking crowd inundated Riceboro on Saturday to celebrate the city's fifth annual Ricefest.
Tiffany Hopkins, 22, of Ludowici will compete for the title of Miss Georgia USA on Nov. 17-19 at the Woodland Performing Arts Theatre in Cartersville.
The Hinesville Rotary Club on Tuesday honored Joel Galarza as the soldier of the week.
The 2012 Relay for Life team captains recently had their first meeting at Button Gwinnett Elementary School, where event Chairwoman Tory Baker works. Other captains' meetings are scheduled for Jan. 10, Feb. 6, March 5 and April 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Button Gwinnett. The community kickoff will be Jan. 7, and a survivors' brunch is planned for April 14. This year's relay will be April 20-21 at the recreation center football field on Highway 84.
Liberty Coastal Lions Club President Lil Shurtleff recently delivered 10 muslin dolls to Chief Kelly Morningstar of the Midway Police Department. The dolls were made by St. Philip's Episcopal Church Women of Hinesville. The dolls do not have any features, allowing children to create their own doll. These dolls will be placed in the Midway Police Department vehicles and used when children are involved in an accident or any incident.
The Hinesville Area Board of Realtors on May 15 showed its support for Relay for Life by being "Super Realtors" fighting against cancer. The board raised more than $6,000 in donations for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. The board thanks everyone who bought a raffle ticket to help raise funds.
The Roadway to Recovery Car and Bike Show, benefiting the family of Georgia Ports Authority Cpl. William Solomon, was held at Bryant Commons Park this past Saturday.
Brandi R. Sollosi earned Local Finance Officer Certification in the first quarter of 2015 through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government's financial-management training program.
"The Children of Pride" is a huge book filled with letters written by the Dr. Charles C. Jones family from 1854-68. Robert Mansen Myers is the author of this book, which was published in 1972.
The Long County Schools Summer Feeding Program will run from June 1-18.
Every year, people gather from across Liberty County to participate in the annual Jackie Gilliard-Henderson Memorial Scholarship Walk-a-thon.
Richmond Hill's Tara Jennings has one of those jobs that's hard to define.
Long County's Law Day observance this year paid tribute to a true law-enforcement legend: the late Sheriff Cecil Nobles.
Six ministers led scores of Hinesville residents in prayer on the old courthouse steps Thursday morning in observance of the National Day of Prayer.
Gateway Behavioral Health Services will celebrate National Children's Mental Health Awareness by hosting an event with music, food, activities, games, prizes, educational exhibits and information about mental health and how to connect with appropriate services.
The 2015 Long County Relay for Life, held Friday at the Long County Recreation Complex, had a new location because the high-school soccer team needed Veterans Field for a playoff game. However, the new venue appeared to have a positive impact, as a large crowd came out to celebrate the event's 10th year of the event.
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