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About people: Sept. 2
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Air Force Airman Derek L. Powell has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
He is the son of Rufus Powell of Hinesville and a 2007 graduate of Liberty County High School.

Sandra Gaither of Hinesville was awarded an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Kaplan University during a commencement ceremony at the Symphony Center on Aug. 4.
The commencement at the Davenport, Iowa, school celebrated the achievements of more than 1,800 graduates.
Dr. Peter Smith, former assistant director general for education, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris, France, served the commencement speaker.

Dora Morris of Ludowici has been elected president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6602 Ladies Auxiliary in Hinesville.
Her mother, Grace Godfrey, was a past department president. Her goals for the auxiliary include increasing membership, assisting community veterans and their families, promoting patriotism in schools and enhancing services for the auxiliary’s hospital and nursing home program. Youth programs were also deemed a priority. Morris recently attended a training session for new officers in Macon. She is one of the eight members of her family who belongs to the ladies auxiliary.
Morris and her husband, Norman, have four children and five grandchildren. She is employed with the Long County School System as a bus driver for special needs children, and she attends Grace Baptist Church.
For more information about membership or programs sponsored by the ladies auxiliary, call (912) 545-2499 or 545-2260.

R. Douglas Rhodes has had his first book published. The book’s title is “Apocalyptic Chronicles Book One: Shield of Murders.”
He first started writing the book when he was 16 while he attended Bradwell Institute. It was there that his passion for writing was fueled.
He said had a lot of support from teachers.
He is currently attending Brewton-Parker College, working toward a degree in literature.
You can find his book at, or

Dwight D. Murfree of Hinesville recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Murfree completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
Murfree is a 2007 graduate of Bradwell Institute.
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