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.
One day, Lily, Mae, Samford and Griffin Armitage will be old enough to understand the impact their simultaneous arrivals have had on Sherri and Paul Armitage's lives.
New Year's babies were welcomed Jan. 1 at both Liberty Regional Medical Center and Fort Stewart's Winny Army Community Hospital. Meet them in the photos at left.
The Hinesville Area Arts Council will host an art exhibit this month.
Graphic Designer (Hinesville)
I managed to surprise my husband recently when I casually admitted that I had never seen the movie "A Christmas Story." As is his habit, he immediately set about continuing my cultural makeover - an essential part of my "Americanization," according to him - and equally as important as the blue American passport I was granted two years ago.