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An anonymous tip line has been set up by the Brantley County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone wishing to report a crime or illegal activity in Brantley County may do so and remain anonymous if they choose to. The tip line number is 462-8477 (TIPS).
The Brantley County High School 2013 graduation is set for this Friday at 8 p.m. at the football field. All traffic should enter the BCMS gates with general parking from the middle school entrance to the middle school. Graduating seniors, graduating senior’s parents, faculty and handicapped persons may park around the baseball and softball fields as indicated on the map in this week’s paper The BCHS gates will close at 6 p.m. and remain closed throughout the evening. All traffic will exit through the middle school gates or access gate behind BCMS.
Woodards Auto Sales will hold a ribbon cutting Saturday May 25 at their new location on Main St. and Hwy. 301N. The event is 10:30 a.m. The Brantley Chamber of Commerce urges everyone to attend and support local business.
The Nahunta United Methodist Church invites the community to an Old Fashioned Gospel Sing Saturday May 25 at 7 p.m. “Crosswalk” will be the featured group with “Old Timers” and the “Lyons Family” also performing. Everyone is invited for food, fun and fellowship.
Art in the Shade
Art in the Shade sponsored by the newly formed Brantley Art Association will be Saturday May 25 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. for area residents and the community to meet area artists and crafters. The public is invited to ask questions, see artists at work, meet local talent and learn about a variety of crafts and mediums used. Free balloons for children, refreshments, music and a drawing for a gift will highlight the event to be held at Sweet P’s in Hoboken, located at the caution light on Main Street.
Mobile Food Pantry
The Mobile Food Pantry Delivery is set Tuesday May 28 at Nahunta Elementary Gymnasium from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. The mobile food pantry will serve 500 low income, elderly, disabled, unemployed, or people at risk. For details or qualifications call BCFC at 912-462-5979. Volunteers are needed to help pack and disperse meals prior to the event at 9 a.m. The BCFC and America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia are sponsoring the pantry.
The descendants of the late Leon and Edna Griffin Bell and P.O. and Julia Gibson will hold a reunion Sunday May 26 at Hoboken Elementary School. A basket lunch will be served at 12:45 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish.
The Philadelphia Wesleyan Church in Hortense will hold Homecoming this Sunday May 26 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Bro. R.C. Mathis will be the special speaker. Pastor Ron Stayman invited everyone to attend.
The Brantley County Air Force JROTC in conjunction with Frye Funeral Home will host the 2013 Memorial Day Ceremony Monday May 27 at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be Retired Captain Salvador F. Ceballos. Event highlights will include a 21-gun salute and Taps, a flag folding ceremony, POW/MIA presentations, a dual armed exhibition, placing of a wreath and lowering of the flag. Everyone is invited to the free event. POC is Retired Chief Master Sergeant Danny L. Buskey.
GAP open house
The GAP House located on Hwy. 82 will host an open house at their new facilities located next to Lulaton Baptist Church. The event will be Saturday June 1 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The open house is free and open to the public and will feature bounce houses, free face painting, a puppet show and free prizes. Hot dog and barbecue plates will also be available. For more information call the GAP House at 912-462-HOPE(4673).
Boy Scout fundraiser
A spaghetti dinner fundraiser sponsored by Brantley County Boy Scout Troop 462 will be held Saturday June 8 10:30 a.m. until at the Nahunta United Methodist Church in the church social hall. The dinners will consist of spaghetti, bread and dessert for $7. Pre-orders are being taken and may be made by calling Jean Williams at 912-506-0176. Please leave a message.
The Annual Wake Skating Contest is slated May 31- June 1. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy family fun and prizes. Pro-wake skaters from throughout the U.S. and worldwide will compete on Friday and Saturday. The event location will be off of Hwy. 82, one mile east of Brantley County High School. Cross the railroad tracks. Sponsors include: Nike Extreme Sports, Rock Star Energy Drinks, Romote Wake Skates and many others.
A Boys 2013 Heron Basketball Skills Camp is planned June 3-5 for boys in grades 2-8 in the upcoming 2013-14 school year. Rising second through fourth grade students will have camp at Nahunta Elementary School Gym 9-11:30 a.m. Rising fifth through eighth grade students will hold camp at the BCHS gym from 1-3:30 p.m. The camp will be led by the Heron coaching staff and varsity players. Walk-ins are welcome but interested participants may pre-register. The cost of the camp is $40 and checks should be made payable to the Brantley Tip-off Club and may be sent to P.O. Box 83, Nahunta, Ga. 31553. All campers will receive a t-shirt. Parents should submit the camper’s name, parents home and emergency phone numbers, shirt size, and camper’s upcoming grade. For questions call Coach Tripp Herrin at 912-269-1173.
A revival is set for Ivory Palace Church beginning June 9 at 11 a.m. during the Sunday morning worship service. The revival will continue Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Evangelist Paul A. Hodge from Savannah will be ministering The public is welcome for hearts to be stirred and moved with compassion for the lost.
Summer Reading Program
The Summer Reading Program at the Brantley County Library will begin Thursday June 6 and run through the month of June. The programs are each Thursday at 10 a.m. The program is an incentive for children and teens to read during the summer months. The first program will be with the Georgia Southern Wildlife Center, The June 13 program will feature Ronald McDonald, June 20 will feature Annie Aikens and the June 26 program will have Ron Anglin.
The Brantley County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Citizen of the Year, Farmer of the Year and Business of the Year. The nominations are to honor the listed entities that have been outstanding as a citizen, farmer or business. The winners will be announced at the Annual Chamber Banquet June 13. Forms should be completed by May 31 and may be sent to the Brantley County Chamber of Commerce, Drawer B, Nahunta, Ga. 31553.
The Brantley County Adult Education Program is enrolling new GED students. Orientation and assessment will be June 5 and June 19 from 8:30 a.m. until noon. New GED students interested in enrolling should bring a drivers license or state ID and a withdrawal form from the last school attended (and if under age 18). Parent or guardian must sign to grand permission to enter program if under age 18. Classes are free. For questions call Sheryl Trammell, instructor at 912-462-7923.
A concert fundraiser is planned June 7 at Jamestown Baptist Church in Waycross for Mattie Goble. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Doors will be open at 6 p.m. The concert is free but love offerings will be accepted. Georgia Christian rock bands “Finding Favour,” and “Against the Downpour,” will perform. Mattie was recently diagnosed in an inoperable brain stem tumor. Team Mattie t-shirts will be on sale and a few items will be auctions to help raise funds. Large groups attending are asked to call Dee Meadows at 912-337-1462 in advance.
Ten Brantley County Air Force JROTC Cadets slated to go to the South Carolina Leadership Course (CLC) at The Citadel June 10 -15 are seeking tuition help. The cost of the tuition is $185 per cadet and includes room and board, food and transportation. Cadets are currently doing fundraisers to earn their tuition goal of $2,100 but are asking for financial assistance in helping them meet their goal. The CLC teaches the cadets core values and excellence while teaching citizenship, service, personal responsibility, communication and leadership skills to better themselves and the community. Bronze level donations are $25, silver is $50, gold is $75 and plantinum is $100 or more. Checks may be made payable to BCHS AFJROTC, 10804 Hwy 82, Nahunta, Ga. 31553. Cadets selected to attend the course are Dalton Santiago, Michael Nichols, Cody Green, Kane Smith Adam Hinton, Marvin Mitchell, Taylor Drawdy, John Blair, Nicholas Duggan and Dakota Woodford. For more details call 912-462-6717 or 912-288-1151.
Show and Tell
A Show and Tell Accident Prevention program is set for Thursday May 23 at the Brantley County Library. The program is sponsored by Brantley EMS and is part of promoting safety awareness during National EMS Week.
The Southeast Georgia Cancer Unit (SECU) will hold their annual cancer walk May 31 5:30-10 p.m. in Blackshear at the City Park located near the Chamber of Commerce or old depot. The event is sponsored by the SECU which benefits cancer patients in Brantley, Ware and Pierce Counties. The event was recently rescheduled due to inclement weather canceling the first event planned for May 10. A variety of events are planned including a Duck Dynasty Contest. Everyone is invited to attend.
The May display at the Brantley County Library features delicate works of soap carvings. The art carvings were produced by using a paperclip rather than the usual soap carving renditions made with a knife. The interesting display can be viewed throughout the month of May during regular library hours.
The descendants of Emory Arlington and Serena Elizabeth Lee Johns will hold a family reunion June 1 at Nahunta Elementary School Cafeteria in Nahunta located on US 1 South. Friends and relatives are cordially invited. Lunch will be served at 12 noon. Paper goods and ice will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring a favorite dish. For more information contact the Rev. Ion Johns at 912-282-1499 or Dorothy Johns Thomas at 912-265-7599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 Lady Heron Basketball Camp for Girls in grades 2-8 is set. Rising second, third and fourth grade girls will have the opportunity to participate in camp June 6-8 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Nahunta Elementary. Rising fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders will have camp June 3-5 at BCHS from 9-11:30 a.m. Camp fee is $40 and includes a camp t-shirt. All proceeds go to the Brantley Tip-Off Club and checks may be made payable to the club. The event will be led by Brantley County coaching staff and varsity players. To pre-register send camper’s name, parents name, home phone, emergency phone, camper’s grade and shirt size to Coach Dean Horne, 1209 Paloma St. Nahunta Ga. 31553. Walk-ins will be welcome. For more details call 912-288-1994.
Gold bows will be on display at various businesses and the Brantley Courthouse to represent Children’s Cancer Awareness expressing love and support to all braving the battle. The gold bows are on behalf of Silas Edenfield, 4-years-old, who requested this special recognition for his fellow friends and selected the gold ribbon. Silas and Mattie Goble are children with area ties to this community. Both are fighting cancer. The community is asked to support this cause with gold ribbons, bows and gold-painted fingernails and toenails and through prayer.
The Harris’ of Brantley County will gather at Hickox Baptist Church Saturday June 15. Descendants of the family are welcomed and invited to bring a covered dish as lunch will be served about 1:30 p.m. Paper products, utensils, and iced tea will be provided. Mrs.Dorothy Mae Harris Steedley and Mr. Bennie F. Harris will be the honorees at this occasion. For more information contact Thomas Earl Cleland at 904-268-8518 or email email@example.com or Ruby Ann Harris Sawyer at r a firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 Summer Heron Tennis Camps schedule is set and the deadline of Wednesday May 22 is approaching for registration. Camp for first and second graders is June 10, 11, 13, and 14 from 8-9:30 a.m., third and fourth grade camps will be June 10,11,13 and 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. with fifth and sixth grade camp slated for May 27, 28, 30 and 31 from 5-6:30 p.m. All camps will be held at the BCHS tennis courts. For a registration form or for more details email Coach Matt Thrift at email@example.com or Coach Biff Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JROTC camp change
The Brantley County JROTC summer leadership camp dates have changed to July 15-26 at Brantley County High School. Registration will be accepted up to the day of camp however there are only 40 slots available. The camp will accept rising 5th graders through high school aged youth. The cost for the two-week camp is $20 and included two field trips, a physical fitness uniform, daily lunch and activities. Call 912-462-6717 or 912-288-1151 for registration forms or contact the school offices. All checks should be made payable to BCHS-JROTC.
Concerted Service, Inc. in Brantley County will host a Back to School (BTS) Clothing Drive as part of National Community Action Month. Everyone is asked to donate clean and gently-used children’s clothing May 1-31. Clothes may be brought to the Concerted Service office at 789 Burton St. All items will be distributed at BTS events in August at Southside Baptist, Atkinson Church of God and Harvest Community Church.
The newly formed Nahunta Beautification group is selling raffle tickets to raise funds for monies to be used on community projects to enhance Nahunta and its appearance. The raffle tickets are $2 for a chance at a basket valued at $900. The basket may be viewed at The Brantley Enterprise office (formerly Brantley Loans). Tickets may be purchased at Pink Cotton, My Sister’s Loft, Shear Art, Farmer’s and Builders and The Brantley Enterprise with the drawing to take place Saturday June 15. The drawing date has been changed from the previous date to allow accommodation for more ticket sales. 15 Local merchants and businesses contributed to the basket in a community-wide effort. For more information or for tickets call Diane at 912-462-6834, Lana at 912-462-7272 or Karen at 462-5606.
The Aging Advisory Council will meet May 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Southern Georgia Regional Commission at 1725 S.Ga. Parkway W. in Waycross. The council advocates and assists older individuals, at risk adults, persons with disabilities and their families and caregivers. The meeting is open to the public. For more details call Nikki Christy at 912-287-5888.
Home Safe program
A Home Safe Georgia Program for temporary mortgage payment assistance is available for interested persons who meet program requirements. Applications and eligibility requirements are available and may be obtained by calling program partner JCVision & Associates, Inc. at 1-866-883-4243.
A Golf Tournament to benefit Magnolia House/Waycross Area Shelter for Abused will hold a 2-Man Scramble May 18 at The Blueberry Plantation Golf Course in Alma. Magnolia House serves Brantley County as well as other area counties. Registration is 11:30 a.m. with a shot gun start at 12:30. Cash and prizes will be awarded. The cost is $150 per team and includes lunch, range balls, 18-holes of golf, and a barbecue dinner at the awards ceremony. For more details call Natalie Sellers at 912-632-0854 or 706-466-4339.
The 33rd Annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp is accepting applications for summer sessions to be held at Mallory Park on St. Simons Island and at North Glynn Park in Brunswick. The camps are set for June 3-7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and are for boys ages 7-14. Six-year-olds may attend if they are skilled enough to play with the age-7 boys. Fees are $130 with team rates available with discount for five or more players. Former Middle Georgia College and UGA head baseball coach Robert Sapp will be the camp director. Sapp had directed numerous camps and over 100 of his players have signed professional contracts. Several other outstanding coaches will assist. For more information or to register call Al Otte in Brunswick at 912-230-4178 or Robert Sapp 770-287-3309. Brochures and information is available at the Brantley County Recreation Department in Nahunta.
Waynesville Primary School is currently registering students for kindergarten. Parents are urged to register students early for planning and scheduling classes. Any child that will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, will need to register unless currently enrolled in WPS pre-k. Call 912-778-3068 to make an appointment. Screenings are May 6-8. Birth certificate, social security card and immunization form 3231 and eye, ear and dental forms will be needed.
The Brantley County Head Start/Early Head Start Program is currently taking applications for the 2013-2014 program year. The Brantley County Head Start/Early Head Start program is operated by Concerted Services, Inc., your local community action agency. Children must be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1, to be age eligible. Early Head Start serves infants and toddlers, ages 6 weeks to 36 months of age and expectant families. Families must be income eligible.Head Start is a federally funded free pre-school program and services include: free breakfast, lunch and snack, individualized education, developmental screenings; social services; parent involvement; assistance to parents in accessing health and dental services; and much more. Lots of activities for children and parents are planned throughout the program year. The program does not provide transportation.Priority is given to children with a diagnosed disability (IEP/IFSP), regardless of family income.To schedule an appointment to complete an application please contact the family advocate office at (912) 462-6552 or visit the center at 470 Bryan Street, Nahunta. You will need to bring with you verification of child’s birth and proof of all income for the last 12 months or calendar year.
Plans for the 2013 Miss Firecracker Pageant are underway and participant entry forms are available. The non-glitz pageant is planned for June 29 at the Brantley County High School Cafeteria. Deadline for entry is June 22. Forms may be dropped by Heritage Bank or mailed to Kathy Hendrix at 877 Buffalo Creek Drive, Nahunta, Ga. 31553. The early bird deadline is June 14. Early birds will receive $5 off the beauty fee and $5 off “one” optional choice. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for students. Children three years and under are free. A queen and four runners up will be chosen along with a Peoples Choice winner. A portion of the proceeds assist in the cost of the Fireworks for Brantley Fourth of July Celebration.
The Friends of the Library are seeking pet pictures for the 2014 birthday calender. Pictures featuring different seasons and holidays are wanted. Twelve pictures will be chosen for each month of the year for the calender. Pictures should be turned in by July 31. For more information call 912-462-5454.
Applications for the Friends of the Library Scholarship are now available and can be picked up at the library at Brantley County High School by contacting Lori Speed or the office. For more information call 912-462-5454.
Feed the Kids
The Refinery will offer a free meal for youth attending the after-school “Hang-out” on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The “Hang-out” is located at the church on Central Ave. (Brantley County) between Bennett Road and Schatterville Road and offers an adult-supervised atmosphere for kids to get-together in a Christian environment and play kickball, basketball, foosball, pool, ping pong, board games or do homework while listening to Christian music. The “Hangout” is open from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Hoboken Elementary School is currently registering children for 2013-14 kindergarten classes. Parents with children that will be 5-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, will need to register for kindergarten unless enrolled in the HES pre-k program. State law requires a certified birth certificate, social security card, up-to-date immunization (form 3231) from the health department and eye, ear and dental (EED) from the health department in order to attend school. Parents should be prepared to bring the required documents at the time of the screening in order to register the child. For more information please call HES at 912-458-2135.
The Symrna Cemetary Association has a new cemetery maintenance committee and the committee is asking for donations and volunteers for those in the community with family members interred there. All existing funds are designated strictly for the routine upkeep of the cemetery in its current state. Money raised going forward will be used to relocate and add fencing, add signage and trash receptacles. For more information call C.R. Lynn at 912-281-1044. or send checks to Barbara Norris at 601 Buck Lake Rd., Nahunta, Ga., 31553 or The Heritage Bank at 13792 Cleveland St. E. Nahunta, Ga. 31553.
Churches and church volunteers are needed for a new Christian ministry at the Brantley County Jail. The new Christian ministry will support the existing ministry but the new ministry will be a more extensive continuation of interaction between a program participant at the jail and the church volunteer after incarceration ends. Churches and church volunteers are needed. Volunteers might be asked to visit the program participant in and out of incarceration, offer bible study, pray with and for the participant,offer transportation to and from church, help the participant find work and a variety of things to help the participant stay on the Christian path after incarceration.
The Oak Grove Cemetery Fund is in need of donations to help pay for maintenance and upkeep. Those with plots or loved ones buried in the cemetery located in the Raybon Community are reminded to give to the fund regularly. Periodic donations are needed to replenish funds. Donations should be made payable to “Oak Grove Cemetery Fund” and mailed c/o Southeastern Bank, P.O. Box 455, Nahunta, Ga. 31553.
The Atkinson Elementary School (AES) Backpack program continues and is in need of donations. The program provides backpacks and nutritious food for children to take home for the weekend while school is out. The local program operates from donations and through local volunteers.Non-perishable food items are needed and may be dropped off at AES. Monetary donations are also accepted. For more information contact Tammy Boyett at 912-778-6098.
Tour de Cure
Amber Green from Atkinson Elementary will be participating in the upcoming American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure slated in May. The 100-mile bicycle ride is Green’s effort to take a stand against the disease and to create awareness in Brantley County. Green has had diabetes since she was a small child. Money raised for the event will benefit the American Diabetes Association. Donations may be made to http://main.diabetes.org/goto/amber.green.
Pastor Clyde Hames of The Refinery invites everyone to Sunday morning worship services which begins at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Sunday morning’s message is in honor of mother’s day and is entitled “The Gospel for Women.” Evening worship begins at 6 p.m. The Refinery is located at 9014 Central Ave. (Brantley County.) Waycross Ga. between Bennett and Schlatterville Roads. The Refinery is also open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. for youth ages 10-18 to hang out in a Christian atmosphere under adult supervision. The church also has 6:30 p.m. Wednesday services. Everyone is invited.