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News Briefs for July 26, 2023
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Next Sunday is National Back to Church Sunday. - photo by Stock photo

Eden Missionary Baptist Church marks pastor’s 38th anniversary

The public is invited to celebrate the 38th pastoral anniversary of Pastor Jonah E. German at Eden Missionary Baptist Church. The celebration is set for Sunday, Aug. 6, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Eden Missionary Baptist Church is located at 435 Dogwood Way, Eden. The guest proclaimer will be vice moderator Pastor John McPhatter.

Effingham County NAACP hosts mental health forum


The Effingham County Branch NAACP WIN (Women in the NAACP) is hosting a Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) mental health forum on July 29.

The forum will be held at the United Way Building, 711 Zitterour Dr., Rincon, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The theme is “Culture, Community, and Connection.”

Scheduled event presenters include Dr. Jackie Brown Pinkney, Effingham County School System, school social worker; Dr. Doris A. Strempek, therapist/ counselor; and Dr. Marsha Bascombe, pharmacist.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Effingham County Branch NAACP.

For more information, contact Rachel Lloyd, WIN chairperson, at 908-251-0464; or Gladys Smalls Effingham County Branch NAACP secretary at 912-441-7169.

National Guard Armory ribbon cutting set for Aug. 5

The Georgia National Guard will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 5, beginning at 11 a.m. for the armory in Springfield following extensive renovation. The public is invited to attend.

The renovation is part of a multi-year effort to provide upgraded facilities to Georgia National Guard personnel who train in nearly 70 hometown armories across the state. The $4.28 million Springfield armory renovation is the result of Gov. Brian Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly providing the Georgia National Guard with bond funds that are matched dollar-for-dollar by the U.S. Dept. of Defense.

The armory is located at 1100 N. Ash St, Springfield. Maj. Gen. Thomas Carden, adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard will preside over the ceremony, and members assigned to and representing the armory.

Georgia National Guard history

The Effingham Hussars were formed in 1846 in Springfield and served through the American Civil War. Reconstituted in 1872, the Hussars continued in service through 1910. Reorganized after World War I, the unit mobilized to the European Theater of Operations during World War II as the 30th Military Police Company. For its actions at the Battle of Mortain, France, in August 1944, the unit received the Presidential Unit Citation. The Springfield unit was reorganized in 1948 as the 48th Military Police Company. Since 1955, the Springfield armory has housed a field artillery unit with the current unit designated as Battery A, 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, an element of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

The current armory was dedicated in 1955.