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Firefighters keep it cool at chili cookoff
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Ralph Dixon - photo by Photo provided.
City of Hinesville Firefighters Alex Mason, Marta Cuevas, Eric Little and Justin Zieman arrived on the scene at First Baptist Church on May 2, not with fire hoses but with plenty of antacid.  The first responders kept things cool at the church’s Kentucky Chucky’s Great Chili Cookoff, where they judged the contest.
The event, which served to find Liberty County’s “chili champion” and celebrate the reopening of First Baptist’s The Great Day Café, drew several hundred people, according to organizer John Scherer.
Attendees sampled 25 different chili entries and voted for the people’s choice award winner. Winners, chosen by the firefighters, were:
• First place, mild category: Palmer Dasher
• First place, “hot, real hot” category: Ralph Dixon
• First place, father/son category: Brian and Patrick Steele
• People’s choice winner: Chuck and Zack Owens
Chuck Stewart and Ben Lee took second and third places in the mild category; Brian and Patrick Steele and Jeff Staffon took second and third places in the hot category; and Kevin and Josh Zieran, and Chuck and Zack Owens took second and third in the father/son category.
Attendees also toured The Great Day Café, which Scherer said is a safe place where young people can go to meet others who share an interest in everyday activities, school and Christian teaching and guidance.  
The new facility is adult-supervised and offers recreational equipment, a snack café, family oriented and Christian movies, character-building classes designed to enrich teens’ lives through field trips, camps and social events.
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