Long County hosted its fifth consecutive National Night Out Thursday at the Long County Recreational Center.
There was a large turnout of adults and children.
Many of the community’s churches and businesses were on hand representing their respective organizations. Free food and drinks were provided. There was also live entertainment.
The organizations included Long County Sheriff’s Office, The Heritage Bank, Smiley Elementary School, A New Beginning Church and Jones Creek Baptist Church.
Activities for children included a dunking booth and a look at different vehicles driven and operated by Georgia State Patrol and EMTs.
The Rev. Hermon Scott, chaplain of the Long County Sheriff’s Office, spoke and asked everyone to join him in the singing of the national anthem. A prayer was spoken immediately afterward.
He introduced Sheriff Craig Nobles who thanked everyone for coming out.
"We are here to encourage positive interactions between citizens and law enforcement," he said.
He also encouraged citizens to become better neighbors to longtime residents as well as those who are new to the community.