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News Briefs for Feb. 21, 2024
Landing Day
Curator Patsy Zeigler greets a visitor at the Georgia Salzburger Museum during Landing Day 2019. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

Annual Black History celebration Feb. 24

Special to the Herald


The Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Association youth department is hosting its annual Black History celebration Feb.24 beginning at 9 a.m. The theme is “Remembering Our Ancestors.”

The church is located at 801 Central Blvd., Guyton.


Landing Day celebration set for March 9

Special to the Herald

The Georgia Salzburger Society will celebrate the annual Landing Day in Ebenezer on March 9. This year marks the 290th anniversary of the arrival of 300 Protestant refugees from present-day Austria being welcomed by England’s King George II to settle in the colony of Georgia.

Landing Day events will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the campus of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 2980 Ebenezer Rd., Rincon.

A traditional lunch of “good rice soup” will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jerusalem Lutheran Church social hall. An alternate lunch of hot dogs, chips, and dessert will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the sale of lunches will benefit the Georgia Salzburger Society general operating fund.

For more information about the event, call (912)754-7001.


Local artists sought for 'Art in the Park'

HINESVILLE – The Liberty Melting Pot of Art announces it is hosting “Art in the Park – Spring” at Bradwell Park Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Downtown Hinesville.

Featuring local artists, entertainment, and food. Vendor applications may be completed by clicking on:, or in-person at Old Liberty County Jail. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 1. As in past years, there are a limited number of booth spaces available. Vendor fees are $20 for members of the Liberty Melting Pot of Art and $40 for non-members. Selected artists will be contacted after April 1 to discuss logistics and payment.

For information on becoming a Liberty Melting Pot of Art member, email or visit the Old Liberty County Jail during operating hours. The Old Liberty County Jail at 302 S. Main St., in Downtown Hinesville is open Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment.


Local students named to Kennesaw State's Fall 2023 President's List

KENNESAW -- Kennesaw State University named nearly 5,900 students to the President's List in recognition of their academic excellence for the Fall 2023 semester.

To achieve this honor, each undergraduate student must have completed at least nine semester hours with a term grade point average of 4.0.

Students from Effingham County earning President's List honors for Fall 2023 are: Leila Weeks of Guyton, majoring in elementary education; Liana Ortiz of Guyton, majoring in marketing-interest; Taylor Douberly of Springfield, majoring in electrical engineering; Taylor Clyde of Springfield, majoring in nursing-interest; Owen Growe of Rincon, majoring in digital animation; and Brooke Gray of Rincon, majoring in Political Science.


Springfield resident inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE -- Andrew Hendrix of Springfield was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Hendrix was initiated at Berry College.

Hendrix is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."


Drive to Thrive hosts free oil change

Effingham County Action Pact held its first Drive to Thrive oil change on Saturday Feb. 10. Lakeshia Alston was the first participant. Drive to Thrive is a program organized by Action Pact that aims to empower its partner Ready2CONNECT, Inc.  participants, who are either employed or actively seeking employment. The program provides free oil changes to help the participants continue to drive toward success.

Drive to Thrive
The oil changes are made possible through partnerships with Rincon Chevrolet and Amerigroup.

Pictured, from left, is Tony Littles, service manager for Rincon Chevrolet; Jo-Lee Burton, Action Pact Effingham County Coordinator; Lakeshia Alston and Destiny Bradshaw, founder and executive director of Ready 2 Connect. (Submitted photo.)