After more than four decades of dedicated service, Master Sgt. Ron Brown is retiring from the 117th Air Control Squadron, a critical element of the Georgia Air National Guard and Georgia's Department of Defense.
Effingham business leaders enjoyed lunch at the Effingham Career Academy for a Lunch and Learn featuring guest speaker online community manager for Paula Deen Enterprises, Lisa Scarbrough. She enlightened them on Paula Deen's rise to fame and some of her business practices, including benefits for all 350 of Deen's employees, even the waiters, and promoting from within.
United Way of the Coastal Empire congratulates James Quarterman III, an employee of Georgia Pacific Savannah River Mill, for winning a Tybee Island getaway vacation package, one of many exciting gifts from the United Way Prize Giveaway.
Nina Dasher attended the annual Arc of Georgia Conference in Macon on Sept. 15-17 at the Anderson Conference Center. David Pitonyak's topics were "Beyond Behaviors" and "The Importance of Belonging." He talked in an amusing way that being connected to the people you love is critical to emotional and physical well-being. He cites that many people experiencing disabilities are sick from loneliness. This workshop was about ideas for moving beyond interventions and coverage to a system that supports enduring, freely chosen relationships. The Arc of Effingham invites people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families to join.
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is proud to announce that it has received a $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 77 grants totaling more than $508,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that aid in providing more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Since the program was developed in 1999 by the late Dana Reeve, over 1,900 grants have been awarded, totaling nearly $14.8 million.
In response to a letter sent by Gov. Nathan Deal, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack determined that, due to the ongoing drought and excessive heat, 150 Georgia counties, including Effingham County, suffered production losses great enough to warrant a secretarial natural disaster designation.
Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, has announced the promotion of William "Billy" Hitchens, III from lieutenant, assistant Troop F commander, to captain, Troop I commander, with an effective date of Sept. 1.