December 18th, 2012
The Liberty CVB hosted a fall photo contest in which there were 20 entries. Photos were due by October 31st, and then a “People’s Choice” segment began via voting on Facebook. These winners were determined, and then a panel of judges cast votes for their favorites. The results were announced December 12th at the CVB Holiday Social. Please take a look at our winners:
1st Place- Judged, 2nd Place-Peoples Choice. Photo by Rebecca Collins
1st Place- People's Choice. Photo by Cayla Faulk.
2nd Place, Judged Category. Photo by John Henderson
If you’d like to see all of our entries, please visit our Facebook page.
December 14th, 2012
The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office launched the Camera Ready Communities initiative in 2010 to train and certify Georgia counties to work effectively with production companies and provide local, one-on-one assistance in every aspect of production, according to Georgia.org.
Certified in 2012, Liberty County has been promoted as one of the “camera ready” areas in Georgia. The advantages of this certification include awareness of films/shows/productions who are scouting for certain types of locations, which would mean a chance to highlight the area on a broad spectrum.
However, it is a local effort that will put Liberty County in the limelight at the famed Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Samone Norsworthy and her production company, Wonder Worthy Productions, are filming in the Midway and Riceboro areas next week.
Promise is a short film that’s set in the 1930’s and is the coming of age story of a young boy. The film follows the boys adventure as he drives his father to the doctor, a short time before his death.
Although described as a “heart wrenching,” Norsworthy said that it ends with a message of hope. This is fitting because as a “mission film,” the finished product will be donated to charity in 2013.
This film not only features familiar sites on the Historic Liberty Trail but also familiar faces. The young boy in the film is played by Norsworthy’s real-life son, Tillman.
Tillman is a ten-year-old student at Liberty Elementary School who is a making a name for himself as a child actor. Recognized as a Screen Actors Guild performer, he has appeared in shows/movies such as The Muppets, Lawless and on the Disney Channel.
Actress Madeline Russell, who plays Maddie in Promise, also has ties to the area. Although she lives in Savannah, Russell has family who lives in Hinesville. Out of the five-member cast, all but one has connections to Southeast Georgia.
Norsworthy hopes to leave an impact on Liberty County, not just by using local actors or scenes, but an economic impact as well. She will employ about 25 crewmembers, half of which will be locals.
“I want to use local talent so that when another film comes to town there will already be people trained to help and work on the set,” said Norsworthy.
Wonder Worthy Productions along with partner organization, Reindeer Productions, will produce a feature film in the coastal Georgia area in 2013-2014. Tobacco Monster will use Georgia investor funds and will shoot in Liberty and Chatham counties. The film has a budget of roughly $10 million.
December 7th, 2012
Here’s a recipe brought to you by Mrs. Krystal Britton Hart. She learned how to cook from her Grandmother and is now compiling a recipe book for her daughter, Aydra. Luckily for us, she was willing to share some of these fabulous recipes! Here is a recipe for Bread Pudding, crock pot style.
Crock Pot Bread Pudding
Submitted by Krystal Hart
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
6 cups of French bread cubes
6 oz of white chocolate baking bar, chopped
1 cup fat-free egg product
¾ cup of warm water
1 tsp vanilla flavor
1 can Carnation condensed milk (not the same as evaporated milk)
Spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray. Place bread cubes at bottom and cover with white chocolate. Mix egg product, warm water, vanilla flavoring, and condensed milk then pour over bread. Cook on Low for 3 hours and 30 minutes but no more than 4 hours.
Optional: Serve warm with fresh fruit or whip cream on top.
November 28th, 2012
As always, be sure to check out our Facebook page and community calendar for more information!
1st- Christmas Bazaar and Fish Fry from 9am-2pm. Enjoy arts, crafts and decorations for sale, and even a kids room with a special visitor from the North Pole! Located at the Dorchester Civic Center, 1804 Islands Hwy. in Midway.
1st- Join the City of Walthourville for their 2nd annual Tree Lighting at 6pm. Enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, cookies and Santa! City Hall located at 222 Busbee Rd. in Walthourville.
1st- American Red Cross cleanup begins at 9 am. All supplies needed. Interested people should meet at Clydes Market on E.G. Miles Pkwy.
1st- Free BBQ Lunch to anyone who donates a new, unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots at Elaine Boggs Realty Group, 11:30am-2pm. Located at 116 General Screven Way, Hinesville.
1st- Dunham Farms 3rd Annual Holiday Festival of Lights and Music from 2-8pm. Kid-focused food, crafts, face painting, games and more. Tickets required. www.dunhamfarms.com
1st-Big Hands, Little Hands: Open to kids age 3-6 with an adult. Located at the HAAC Gallery, class is from 10:30-noon. Call Ashley at 315-447-2528 to register. $10
1st- Help stock the Operation Homefront Pantry by dropping off peanut butter and other non-perishable food items at the Wal-Mart parking lot from 10 am-3 pm.
3rd, 17th- Adult Art Classes: Designed for beginners and intermediates. Class held at the HAAC Gallery from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $10. Call Ashley at (315) 447-2528 for details.
3rd- Christmas in the Park, downtown Hinesville from 5:30-8:30 pm. This free event features make and take ornaments, cookie decorating, real reindeer and Santa! Call 368-3850 for details.
4th- Mass Choir rehearsal from 7-8pm at the First United Methodist Church in Hinesville. For information on joining, contact Eleanor at (912) 876-7610.
4th- Experience the Cupcake Wars! Located at the Stafford Park Pavilion from 5:30-7 pm, attendees can sample and vote for their favorite teams. For more details, call 368-4445
7th- Enjoy the 16th Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade! The route goes around downtown Hinesville and begins at 6:30 pm.
8th-Join the Hinesville FUMC for a Tour of Homes and High Tea showcasing some of the best homes in Liberty County. Event runs from 10 am to 4pm and lunch is included. For information on tickets, please call 368-2200.
8th-Join the Midway Museum for the 53rd Annual Christmas Tea from 11am-3pm. Event features a full tour of the grounds and English style tea. RSVP to 884-5837.
8th-Illumination Night at Dunham Farms is a holiday celebration for the mature crowd. Beginning at 4:30 pm, enjoy traditions and a holiday feast. Ticket Required. www.dunhamfarms.com
8th- Fort Morris is hosting a Colonial Christmas celebration from 5-8pm. Enjoy a traditional Christmas celebration with dancing, caroling and more for free. Call 884-5999 for details.
8th- Variety Studio Art for Kids: Kids aged 7-11 can explore different artistic methods. Classes are 10:30 a.m. to noon at the HAAC Gallery. Cost is $10 per class. Call Ashley at (315) 447-2528 for details.
15th- The Hinesville Fire Dept. is offering a CPR/First Aid class from 8am-5pm. Certification lasts 2 years, and the cost is $20. Sign up by Dec. 12 at the Fire Department located at 103 Liberty St. by
15th- The Community Choir will preform a Christmas Concert titled “Mary, Did You Know,” beginning at 7 pm at the First United Methodist Church, located at 203 N. Main St in Hinesville. For details, call 368-2200.
15th- Variety Studio Art for Teens: Teens aged 12-16 can explore a variety of different artistic methods. Classes are from 2-3:30 p.m. at the HAAC Gallery. $10 per class. Call Ashley at (315) 447-2528 for details.
21st- Lights on for Life Day signifies support for the Army Substance Abuse Program and their stand against Drunk and Drugged Driving. Residents are asked to drive with their headlights on and to leave house lights on throughout the day.
26th-Jan. 5: Bring one for the Chipper! Recycle your Christmas tree by dropping it off in the Health Department parking lot, located at 1113 E. Oglethorpe Hwy.
November 26th, 2012
Monday marks the 50th anniversary of a visit many may not know about.
I wasn’t aware until my Nana, Carolyn Floyd, cleaned out a closet and turned up photos of former President John F. Kennedy when he visited Fort Stewart 50 years ago.
The early 1960s were a time of fear for many, as this was the time of the Cold War and particularly the Cuban Missile Crisis. During this time, she was a civilian working on Fort Stewart at the Public Information Office as a news writer.
Only 13 days long, from Oct. 16-28, the Cuban Missile Crisis is considered by many to be the closest the Cold War got to turning into a nuclear conflict. Tensions were already high when on, “Oct. 14, 1962, a U.S. spy plane took photographs of Soviet medium-range nuclear missile sites under construction in Cuba,” according to Fort Stewart’s Military Era website. At this point, the U.S. military was put on alert.
Most of the responding forces were Navy or Air Force; however, “the only divisional-sized Army ground combat unity actually deployed … was the First Armored Division, which was ordered from Fort Hood, Texas, to Fort Stewart for the invasion of Cuba,” according to the same website.
Fortunately, before an invasion or nuclear strike could occur, the U.S. and the Soviet Union reached an agreement. The missiles were dismantled and removed from Cuba.
Showing appreciation for their efforts, Kennedy inspected and thanked the responding units. A short speech was given at the Donovan Parade Field. The following is an excerpt from this:
“Many years ago, according to the story, there was found in a sentry box in Gibraltar, a poem which said: ‘God and the soldier, all men adore, in time of danger and not before. When the danger is past and all things righted, God is forgotten and the old soldier slighted.’ This country does not forget God or the soldier. Upon both we now depend.”
Although the times have changed, we should continue to be thankful for service members and their families who sacrifice for our freedom and the freedom of nations that are unable to win the fight for themselves.
I also am thankful for family members who keep mementos and are willing to share their stories. You never know what you’ll learn when you drop by to eat some leftovers on your lunch break.
P.S. My Grandma is the only woman in the picture, she can be seen in the far right of the photo. It is a U.S. Army Photo.
*This was a column printed in the Coastal Courier on Nov. 23, 2012. It was written by Evanne Floyd.*