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News Briefs for Sept. 27, 2023
Happy 100th birthday to Florrie Bell White
Flossie Bell White
Florrie Bell White (center) celebrated her 100th birthday Sept. 22. At their regular meeting on Sept. 19, the Effingham County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation in honor of Ms. White’s milestone birthday. Pictured with White (center) are members of her family along with Lucy Powell; and the Board of Commissioners in the back row. (Photo by Barbara Augsdorfer/Effingham Herald.)


“More Than Pink” walk set for Oct. 21


ATLANTA – Susan G. Komen® will hold an in-person “More than Pink” walk to raise critical funds that support health equity programs and breast cancer patient care services, including Susan G. Komen’s Stand for H.E.R— a Health Equity Revolution — a focused initiative to decrease breast cancer disparities in the Black community.


The walk will be held on Oct. 21 at Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta. Gates open at 7 a.m. The walk will begin at 9 a.m.

For more information or to register online, click on


Plan Fall Break escapes with “Leaf Watch” trips


The cooler temperatures, the smell of pumpkin-spiced lattes, and waves of red and gold leaves spark the start of fall.

The kids will be on Fall Break in a couple of weeks, so here are some suggestions for day trips to consider that should keep them entertained – and learning.

Although Mother Nature is in charge of when peak leaf season will hit, Georgia State Parks has launched “Leaf Watch 2023” to help leaf lookers track fall color as it moves across the Peach State. Found at, the travel planner is filled with top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites, fall events and safe hiking tips.

Vogel State Park
Photo courtesy Georgia State Parks
Park rangers are often asked when the leaf color will peak. Though there is no set date, Georgia’s most vibrant hues usually come toward the end of October or early November. Shutterbugs are encouraged to share their favorite shots on Instagram, tagging #GaLeafWatch and @GaStateParks for a chance to have their photos featured on Leaf Watch.

With kid-friendly nature trails, challenging mountain hikes, cozy campsites and warm cabins, Georgia’s State Parks make for the perfect fall-themed escape. After a day on the trails, park visitors can kick back by a fire and enjoy gooey s’mores. Since state parks can be especially busy during fall weekends, rangers encourage guests to visit on weekdays or explore lesser-known destinations like Victoria Bryant or Don Carter state parks.

For more information, call 800-864-7275 or click on