The holiday schedule for Advanced Disposal Services-Stateline holiday trash schedule is as follows: Thanksgiving Day Christmas and New Year’s the service is closed. Thursday service will be Friday and Friday service will be Saturday. If a resident’s trash day fall on or after the holiday everyone is asked to push their trash service day back one day.
The 36th Annual Christmas Festival is set for Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brantley County Courthouse with the parade to start at 2 p.m. The theme is “A Magical Christmas” Festival vendors, entertainment and parade entry registration forms are available at brantleychamber.org or by calling Tim or Ruby Ann Sawyer at 912-462-6970 or Chris Buchanan at 912-816-2016. Forms may also be obtained at The Brantley Enterprise office.
The Chamber of Commerce Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is slated for Thursday Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Brantley County Courthouse. Area boy scouts will light the tree with caroling to follow.
Main Street Shops
Nahunta Main Street Shops invite everyone to a Christmas Kick-Off Gala before the Chamber Tree Lighting Thursday Dec. 5. Participating shops, Hidden Treasures, My Sister’s Loft, Classy Closet Consignment, CCC Boutique and Pink Cotton will host events for early birds from 5-7 p.m. Some shops will be open after the tree lighting event. Special events will include pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus or family portraits with KathyHH taking photos at My Sister’s Loft, Karen Harrell of Karen’s Creations will also be available to help with jewelry gift selections at My Sister’s Loft and a special Kids Santa Shop will be set up there as well. Sonja’s Bakery will host refreshments and face painting with special elves at Classy Closet Consignment, CCC Boutique invites everyone to come and take their own pictures with Cinerella and Pink Cotton will host Chef Jeffrey from Blue Baker Bakery with special goodies. Hidden Treasures invites everyone in for a drawing to win either a girl or boy’s bike to be raffled Dec. 21. All shops will have Christmas on display and invite everyone to come out and see what they have to offer.
An area forestry meeting is slated Dec. 5 beginning at 8:30 with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Herty Building at 5003 Jacksonville Hwy. in Waycross. The event is sponsored by UGA Extension/Warnell School of Forestry. The meeting will be a day-long event and feature a variety of expert speakers on various topics such as short rotation woody crop options, growth rates and intensive management, flex stand establishment, fertilization, forest herbicides, case studies, herbicide options and lessons learned with an on-site flex stand and fertilization field trip. To register for the event call the Brantley County Extension Office at 912-462-5724 or email email@example.com. Everyone is asked to RSVP by Nov. 27.
The Camden County Board of Commissioners offices will be closed on Nov. 28 and 29(Thursday and Friday) in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The Brantley County Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to Cruise Down Main Street or come by and view classic cars, trucks, rat rods and muscle cars at the Brantley County Christmas Festival Saturday Dec. 7. The car show will be located in the fenced yard behind Dr. Wilson’s dentist office on Main Street. Parking will be open for participants at 9 a.m. with parade line up at Nahunta Elementary School at 1 p.m. A People’s Choice trophy will be awarded from festival attendee votes.
The Nahunta Beautification Committee will be hosting the Christmas Turkey Drop (like cow patty bingo) at Nahunta City Hall during the Christmas Festival. The group will be selling raffle tickets for the event and tickets are $2. The event will be 4 p.m. following the parade and some lucky winner will take home a monetary prize if their ticket is drawn as the lucky square. For more information contact Diane Morgan 462-6834 or Karen Gillis at 462-5606.
Shop with a Deputy
Local Law Enforcement Officers in Brantley County are preparing for the first “Shop with a Deputy” program scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14. Shop with a Deputy is a way for Law Enforcement Officers to give disadvantaged children in Brantley County a wonderful holiday experience. If anyone would like to be a sponsor or make a tax deductible monetary donation please contact Captain Wade Bennett of the Brantley County Sheriff’s Department at 912-462-6141 or mail a check or money order made out to Shop with a Deputy to 95 John Wilson St Nahunta, Ga 31553.
The Second Annual Hoboken Christmas Parade and Festival is slated for Dec. 14 and the theme is “The Light of Christmas”. The festival will begin at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall. Booth rentals will be available with or without electricity and the day will be filled with activities before the night of lights parade. Activities include a chili contest, hot dog eating contest, games, gospel and country singing,
line dancers, cloggers, an antique car show and more. The parade will begin at dusk again this year around 5-5:30 p.m. The parade route will be different from last year and parade route flyers will be available at city hall. For more information call 912-458-2171 or 912-288-4318 and ask for Linda, Breanna or Jonathan.
BARC needs sweater donations. The group is out of sweaters to make sweater beds for pets. If anyone has some old cardigans snow flake design or other thick old sweaters they are asked to please take them to Ira Brown Feed Store at 109 Taft Street in Nahunta (or one block from Hwys. 301 and 82 intersection) and put them in the BARC container next to the front counter. Darrel can help you there if you need.
The Brantley Silver AFJROTC Heron Drill Team will host The 6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King All Service Drill Championship Saturday Jan. 18, at the Brantley County High School. The AFJROTC is in need of sponsors for this huge event that brings over 16 high schools from across three states and over 400 cadets competing in 20 events for over 50 Trophies. For more information or to be a sponsor contact Capt. Sal Ceballos or Chief Danny L. Buskey at 912- 462-6717 or cell 912- 288-1151 . Checks or donations may be made payable to BCHS AFJROTC, 10804 Hwy 82, Nahunta,Georgia, 31553.
Max’s Animal Rescue & Humane Society located in Hoboken, has been licensed since 2007, and is helping high kill shelters by taking and placing animals in other rescues, transporting to safety, or placing in loving adoptive homes. Max’s has helped 9,783 animals since they started in 2007. Hoping to make 10,000 by the end of the year and they are in desperate need of donations that include financial support, food, hay, litter, fencing, towels and more. The rescue is not government funded and operates solely on donations. They are a registered charitable organization and are licensed and inspected yearly by The State Deparment of Agriculture. For more information or to donate call 912-816-3776.
Any pet owner needing help with spaying, neutering or vaccinations should call Max’s Animal Rescue at 912-816-3776. The low cost veterinary care service help has been extended until the end of the year. Pitbulls and bulldog mixes for a limited time can be spayed, neutered and vaccinated against Rabies for a cost of under $25. Other low cost options are also available. Max’s Animal Rescue does not judge, their main concern is getting animals spayed and neutered and to help each pet owner or concerned citizen. Call 912-816-3776 and let them help you.
The Altamaha Riverkeeper and Friends of Towns Bluff Park and Heritage Center invites everyone to a book signing and reception Thursday Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. at Towns Bluff Park and Heritage Center in Hazlehurst. Photos by James Holland, the first Altamaha Riverkeeper and prose by Janisse Ray and Dorinda Dallmeyer are in the book entitled “Altamaha-A River and It’s Keeper.” The book is $30 and all proceeds help the Altamaha Riverkeeper and help protect Georgia’s largest watershed.
OHS yard sale
Okefenokee Humane Society (OHS) will host a yard sale Saturday Nov. 30 at the First Presbyterian Church on Ava Street in Waycross. A variety of items including a pet bake sale with a homemade pet treats will be on sale at the event. Proceeds from the yard sale will go to OHS and its 2014 goal to implement a spay/neuter program for any animal adopted at OHS.
A Medicare Part D Enrollment specialist for open enrollment will be available Monday Dec. 7 at Bennett’s Hometown Pharmacy from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 912-462-DRUG (3784) for an appointment.
A $300 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person, or persons, responsible for stealing grave markers, from many cemeteries in Brantley County. Call 912-462-8477 (TIPS).
St. Marys Little Theatre presents Forever Christmas, an original family musical, Dec. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
The presentation will be held at Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, For ticket information call 912-729-1103 or visit www.stmaryslittletheatre.com
Jekyll Island will be the host of several holiday events scheduled around the historic Jekyll Island Club and area residents are invited to take part in the festivities during the month of December. St. Nicolas Day is set for Dec. 7 as a 1920s style Christmas party at the historic Osprey Cottage featuring characters in period dress. A Holiday High Tea is slated for Dec. 10 with traditional tea, sandwiches, soup, scones and sweets set to holiday music form the Jekyll Island Club’s pianist. Santa will visit Crane Cottage Dec. 15, Throughout the month activities include Holidays in History Dec. 7-18 featuring historic tours of the cottages decorated in vintage style. A Christmas Cookie Workshop with Jekyll Island Clubs pastry chef will be Dec. 18-19 and an authentic Scottish bagpiper will herald the season with free entertainment Dec. 19-24. For more information call the Jekyll Island Club or visit the website.
The Brantley County Head Start/Early Head Start is taking applications for the 2013/2014 program. The Head Start program is a federally funded preschool program and is operated by Concerted Services. Applicants must be income eligible. Priority is given to children diagnosed with a disability regardless of family income. To set up an appointment call 912-462-6552 or come by the Nahunta office at 470 Bryan Street.
Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors helping Neighbors is looking for heater donations as the weather is changing. The group is also taking grocery food bank donations and toys for Christmas distribution. Monetary donations are also accepted by mailing checks to Neighbors helping Neighbors, P.O. Box 271, Nahunta, Ga. 31553 or by calling Ronnie Jacobs at 912-409-8185.
Christmas light donations to continue the decorating process for the Brantley County Courthouse are being accepted. Clear net lights are needed for the shrubs to be lit around the courthouse foundation and to finish the Christmas beautification project. Net lights that are 6 ft. x 4 ft size are preferable to go around the plants and would be appreciated. This is a local effort to continue the beautification and decoration process that was begun last year. Lights and wreaths adorned the building and added to the Christmas ambience last season. To donate lights or for more information call Karen Gillis at 912-462-5606.
Effective Nov 1, as mandated by federal law, food stamp recipients in Georgia will see a reduction of their monthly benefits.
The upcoming reduction is due to the end of the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary boost in funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It will impact every household that receives food stamps, beginning with the issuance of November benefits. In Fiscal Year 2013, an average of 1.9 million Georgians received food stamps each month.The impact will vary for each recipient, depending upon household size and income. On average, Georgia families will experience a 5 percent change in their monthly allotment.Affected clients will be notified of the specific change to their benefits via mail.
Concerted Services, Inc. Brantley County’s Community Action Agency will operate the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for elderly (65 and older) and homebound households. All applicants must call 1-800-303-6531 to schedule and appointment. The program began Nov. 12 and will continue until Dec.11. All other income-eligible applicants may call beginning Dec. 12 and will be served if funds are available. The program is operated on a first come, first served basis.
Pastor Clyde Hames invites everyone to The Refinery located at 9014 Central Ave. (Brantley) Waycross between Bennett and Schlatterville Roads for Celebration, Connection and Camaraderie. Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Clyde has begun a 10 step sermon series on Sunday mornings at 10:30 entitled “Building Strong Families”. He has covered Step 1 “The Foundation”, Step 2 “No Substitutions, Please”, Step 3 “What’s in a Name” and this Sunday Step 4 “Workaholics / Playaholics”. Everyone is invited to join in to hear, then put into practice, the biblical principles to having a strong family. Sunday evening services begin at 6 p.m. with Wednesday services at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 912-816-3806 or visit The Refinery on facebook
Christmas on the Bluff
Spartina Garden Club will present Christmas on the Bluff Holiday House in Sutherland Bluff Sunday Dec. 8. The garden club is decorating the house for Christmas in a barefoot down home informal manner with a coastal feel. Sutherland Bluff is in north McIntosh County and the house overlooks Sapelo Sound. The event is 1-5 p.m. and tickets are $10 and are available at the Old Jail Art Center in Darien. For more information call 912-832-5433.
The Brantley County Air Force Junior ROTC sponsored a 5K Run to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday Oct. 18, at Satilla Fields Recreational Facility. The event raised over $1000 and the JROTC are still selling T-Shirts and accepting donations to meet their project goal of $3000. Everyone is asked to please help the JROTC meet their goal by purchasing a 5K T-shirt for $10. Make all checks payable to BCHS AFJROTC, 10804 Hwy 82, Nahunta,Georgia, 31553. Contact Chief Buskey or Capt Ceballos at (912) 462-6717 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
New classes at the GAP House Community Center began Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a parenting class based on the book “Having a New Kid by Friday.” Certificates will be awarded upon completion of the course and classes are free unless a drug test is required. There is a fee for drug testing. Case management for mandated classes is also provided. Also, on Monday beginning at 6:30 p.m. is the “Overcomers” a faith-based alternative to AA. Wednesday classes are “Boundaries” a class on knowing where I end, and you begin is set for 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Thursday classes are 6:30-7:30 p.m. and are job-skill related and are entitled “Bringing Home the Bacon,” with a 7:30 p.m class to follow on anger management called “Whose Pushin’ those Buttons.” A light meal will be provided at each Monday and Thursday meeting at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at noon. Anyone interested in signing up for a class should contact Director Regina Hunter or Assistant Director Deborah Altman at 912-462-HOPE (4673).
The Santa Express is set to kick-off the holiday season Saturday Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 in St. Marys. Entertainment begins at the train station (Theatre by the Trax) and continues with a scenic ride through the woodlands and marshlands with the midway point being transformed into a Christmas Village with Santa boarding the train with a gift for each boy and girl participating. The event is 80% sold out so anyone interesting in purchasing a ticket should visit www.stmaryrailroad.com at 912-200-5235. The train tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours with trains departing at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Brantley County Middle/High School FFA Chapter members or Brantley County 4-H students that will be 9 years old by Jan. 1 have the opportunity to show livestock in the winter show season. Deadlines are approaching to secure dairy heifers and market hogs. Jackpot shows for market hogs are available throughout January and February. The State Dairy Heifer and Market Hog Shows will be held in Perry Feb. 19 – 22. The Brantley County Market Hog Show and Sale will be held on Feb. 24 at the BCHS FFA Show Barn. Mr. Gill, Mr. Crews and Mr. Lovett can assist students finding quality show animals for students to exhibit. Contact one of these individuals for questions and/or concerns. Students grades 7-12 should call Chad Crews or Richard Gill at Brantley County High School at 912-462-5121 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Students grades 5-6 should call William Lovett at Brantley County Extension Office at 912-462-5724 or email: email@example.com
The Georgia Farm Bureau will award 10 scholarships to high school seniors pursuing a college degree in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, or a related field. Brantley County Farm Bureau President Bobby Rowell encourages Brantley seniors to apply. To obtain an application or for more information and qualifications call 912-462-5552 or visit www.gfb.org/progamrs/aic. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 21, 2014.
BARC is requesting a large or medium crate for a pet in foster care that is expecting. BARC is still looking for volunteers to help with their program in sheltering homeless pets. Food is being offered to anyone interested in hosting or fostering. Medical care for spaying and neutering is also being offered to those housing homeless animals with this need. For more information contact Lois Vassilion at firstname.lastname@example.org or brantleyanimalrescuecoalition.weebly.com
Dogfood donations are needed for an onslaught of new homeless pets. Many foster homes are loaded and members have been affected by the government shutdown. Dogfood donations are needed and may be delivered to Ira Brown’s Feed Store in Nahunta where a BARC donation can has been set up. BARC accepts all brands of dogfood except Old Roy which has adverse effects on the tummies of young dogs and puppies. Monetary donations are also accepted and may be made via paypal by going to brantleyanimalrescuecoalition.weebly.com.
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). This number is for tips only. It is not for emergency calls. If you need a deputy call 911.
Max’s Animal Rescue
Max’s Animal Rescue and Humane Society in Hoboken, licensed since 2007, helping high kill shelter by taking and placing animals in other rescues, transporting to safety and placing animals for adoption is offering a limited time program for low cost vet care for spaying and neutering. The offer is good until Nov. 2 and offers several low cost options. Max’s is a non-profit organizaton and all donations of monies, food, volunteers, fencing etc. are accepted and appreciated. To make an appointment or for more information on the new program call 912-816-3776.
The Southern Georgia Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to review Medicare plan options. The annual open enrollment period started Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. Changes made during this period will be effective Jan. 1. 2014. Also if already on medicare beneficiaries may qualify for Low Income Subsidy, Medicare Savings Programs and patient assistance programs. For more information call 1-866-552-4464 or visit www.sgrc.us/AAA
GAP House Ministries, Inc. in Waynesville is offering a new class on “Parenting.” This class has begun and is a 12 week certificate program. The class will be held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The class will is being offered for parents trying to understand children and children’s problems to facilitate making the best parental choices. For more details call 912-462-4673 (HOPE).
Brantley County Head Start will participate in the Campbell’s Labels for Education Program. By collecting UPCs from beverage, sauce caps and other participating products Brantley Countians can help Head Start earn free computers, audio/visual equipment, physical education equipment, reference books , musical instruments and more. Go to www.labelsforeducation.com for a list of eligible products or call Carole Clarke at 912-338-5239 for more information.
Family Life Church
The Family Life Church (FLC) located at 25755 Hwy. 82 in Waynesville next to Kidz Kountry Daycare Sunday services begin at 11:15 a.m. weekly. The services are for people from all walks of life that are being transformed by Jesus Christ. Lead pastor Chris Foster and campus pastors Kevin Johns and Lee Hodge invite everyone to attend. Vibrant children services and uplifting live worship music are part of each Sunday’s events. For more information call 912-554-0045 or visit www.famiylife.ws
It’s monkey time at Atkinson Elementary School (AES). Parents will receive fundraiser packets that will be going home with students this week. Students will be able to earn collectible monkeys as a result of their fundraising efforts. All AES “Monkey Time” fundraiser proceeds will go to support the Science Fair and other related academic projects.
FCA needs you
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes(FCA) needs you! The FCA, faith-financed organization, is looking for local support through donations with a “Home Team” strategy to recruit teammates to partner with FCA on a monthly basis by credit card or e-check to help fund the growing upcoming programs and events and to help with budget planning. Contributions are made easy by visiting www.okefca.org and look for the donation button. Donations may be tracked by creating a personal account and downloading year-end tax receipts. Contribution examples of monthly monies include: $10 a month buys student Bibles for a year, $25 a month buys coaches Bibles for a year and $30 a month gives a scholarship for a student to attend summer camp. Volunteers to serve with the FCA ministry are also needed and any and all contributions are welcome. For more information contact Okefenokee Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes Director Toby Crews at 912-281-9510.
The Bridge Tournament schedule at Southern Forest World is set for Jan. 23, March 26 and May 21. Registration and table assignments begin at 9 a.m. with play following at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $20 and tax deductible. Participants may register as single partners or as a table. For more information call 912-285-4056 or 912-614-6012 or email tax deductible donation to Southern Forest World Environmental Center, 1440 N. Augusta Ave. Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Brantley County 2014 seniors that are planning to apply for the Friends of the Library scholarship will need to get a library card as soon as possible. The library has new rules for the 2014 scholarship and applicants have to have been a member of the library for at least six months to be eligible for the scholarship.
The flu vaccine is available at the Brantley County Health Department now. Any person 6 months old or older is urged to get vaccinated. Children 6 months to 9 years receiving the vaccine this year and not last year will need a followup booster. Everyone is urged to get the vaccine as soon as possible as it can take up to two weeks for immunity. The cost is $25.
The Refinery located at 9014 Central Ave. (Brantley) Waycross between Bennett and Schlatterville Roads will host new hours and age groups at The Hangout. Monday afternoon 4-6 p.m is for youth ages 13-18. Tuesday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. is for children ages 6-12. Wednesday is for all youth ages 6-18 years of age. The Hangout is an after-school time for area youth to play games such as foosball, wii, pool, do homework, play board games and more in a Christian environment. The church is ministering to the community needs with emphasis on youth. All youth receive a meal daily.
The Brantley County Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. has placed their Pictorial History Book on sale. The book has 477 pages on good quality paper. The photos are black and white, with captions. The price was previously $65 plus $5 shipping and handling, and is now reduced to $45 plus $5 shipping and handling.
The books may be purchased at the Brantley County Library in Nahunta or at the library at the Confederate Soldiers Park in Waynesville, or send check or money order to Brantley County Historical and Preservation Society, Inc.,
P. O. Box 1096, Nahunta, GA 31553. For more information call Dorothy J. Thomas, publicity chairperson, or email her at email@example.com, 912-265-7599.
The Symrna Cemetery 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.