Three years ago, Ryan Willet opened a box that changed his life forever.
Since September, United Way of the Coastal Empire's elves have been working hard collecting Christmas gifts for the tots of Liberty County.
Hinesville recently kicked off this year's Operation Christmas Child campaign, a project designed to help children in need around the world. First Presbyterian Christian Academy is serving as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child. Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with gifts.
On Oct. 29, Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers from Liberty, Long, Bryan, McIntosh, Evans and Tattnall counties assembled in Hinesville for training on the Court Process Reporting System, a statewide database. The training, held at The Coastal Bank, was conducted by George Li of the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children.
Fresh-faced ROTC cadets carefully escorted elderly veterans across a red carpet, carrying wreaths to place before the nation's flag Thursday, in observance of Veterans Day at the local VFW post in Hinesville. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6602 hosts the solemn ceremony each November on the 11 day at the 11th hour, the moment that marks armistice, the official end of World War I.
The Walker Middle School FBLA had its third annual Miss and Junior Miss Walker Middle School pageant Nov. 4.
Bradwell Institute's class of 1960 had its 50-year class reunion Oct. 23 at the Dorchester Shooting Preserve in Midway. The celebration began with a social hour as classmates renewed old friendships and made new acquaintances. Mr. and Ms. Lamar Cook of Hinesville and their son Ryan provided the entertainment.
Members of Full Gospel Tabernacle and New Day Outreach Ministry churches gathered for a friendly kickball game Oct. 24 to raise money for Manna House of Liberty County. Manna House is a nonprofit organization that provides food and clothing assistance for more than 50 families each week. The church members were asked to collect food items to help stock the pantry for the holidays, which is usually a busy season. Many people stepped up to the plate and offered donations.
The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Cemetery Council has scheduled the installation's fall cemetery and historical site visit for Wednesday, Nov. 17. The public is invited to come along.
Orlejandro Mark Smalls' friends and relatives convened Wednesday evening in downtown Hinesville's Bradwell Park to memorialize the Walthourville man. He was gunned down last Friday by unknown assailants during a game of cards at a house on South Main Street.
Area bikers are invited to rev their engines this weekend for a good cause.
The steady and rhythmic "heartbeat" of Mother Earth sounded loud and clear as Voice in the Wind dancers demonstrated traditional styles of Native American dance Tuesday at Fort Stewart's Marne Garden. The presentation was made in honor of National American Indian Heritage Month.
Offering a historical look at the Midway Cemetery, Liberty County High School students Adrienne Andrews and Emily Carrier led visitors on unique tours of the site Friday, giving attendees the scoop on some of the cemetery's legendary "residents."
Long County residents are getting into the fall spirit with a cornucopia of autumn-themed activities.
Carnival Tyme, featuring 19 rides, games, food and fun for children and adults, opens a four-day run at Hunter Army Airfield Thursday.
SAVANNAH - The Savannah Sand Gnats will have their fourth annual "Pack the Park" game, benefiting Park Place Outreach - Youth Emergency Shelter, starting at 7:05 p.m. April 29 at Grayson Stadium.
You've seen all three "Iron Man" flicks. You checked out "The Avengers" and the second "Thor" movie. Now, it's time to catch up with "the man out of time" in his solo sequel, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." How does this Marvel Studios movie measure up?
So-called military "brats" learn how to make friends quickly because they never know when they once again might have to say their goodbyes, move to a new town and enroll in a new school. They must carry on with growing up while their active-duty service-member parent or parents are away, focused on protecting the nation's interests. Military children are taught early on to be self-sufficient. During April, the Month of the Military Child, these kids' resiliency and sacrifices are recognized.
ALL THE FANBOYS and gamer girls will come out to play this weekend, when GnomeCon descends upon Savannah like a beneficent dragon.
The large billboard could be seen half-mile away when traveling north on I-95, near the town of Dunn, N.C. The colorful ad depicted a large dinner plate with two eggs over-easy, several slices of bacon and a generous portion of good ol' Southern grits.
Third Infantry Division soldiers and their families braved the rain Sunday to crowd into the Newman Fitness Center gymnasium for a free concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. The event was moved indoors due to rain and was delayed an hour, but that didn't keep attendees from waiting for and enjoying the show.
ON THEIR WAY TO SAVANNAH IN 1864, Gen. William T. Sherman's forces tried to capture the Doctortown train trestle over the Altamaha River in Wayne County, Ga.
THERE'S A GOOD reason the John-Michael Tebelak/Stephen Schwartz musical Godspell has endured and prospered for more than 40 years. Its Christian theme notwithstanding, it's a story about love and family-building.
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill recently welcomed Chaplain Andrew E.V. Krey, executive director of Maritime Bethel at Savannah and pastor at Bible Lutheran Church in Rincon. Krey gave a presentation about the human cost of the economic success of the Port of Savannah.
Two students from Diamond Elementary School on Fort Stewart have been selected as finalists for the National American Miss Georgia Pageant.
Spring weather greeted families Saturday during the second annual Easter Egg Roll at Bryant Commons in Hinesville. The event was organized by the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority and Fort Stewart MWR.
Inductions of new members and a presentation by Coastal Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America highlighted Tuesday's Hinesville Rotary Club luncheon at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Flemington.
Sweetheart Circle will come alive Saturday as nearly 5,000 people gather to celebrate visual and performing art at the 32nd annual ArtsFest.
Young-adult books remain crazy popular these days, but when it comes time to adapt them into major motion pictures, the results can vary. "Divergent," now in theaters, is based upon the best-selling trilogy from author Veronica Roth. Is it the new "Hunger Games?" Could be.