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Go blue or go home
w090414 TRUE BLUE TAILGATE 10
Georgia Southern student Ethan Castaneda, 18, of Lawrenceville wanders downtown on his bike after classes Thursday in front of 40 East Grill's window display for the True Blue Spirit Business competition during Paint the Town Blue week. - photo by Scott Bryant

    Georgia Southern’s first home game as a member of college football’s highest division Saturday prompted a weeklong celebration that spilled over into downtown Statesboro.
    Businesses decorated their storefronts in Eagle blue. An on-campus event was held Thursday afternoon encouraging students to celebrate responsibly, and Thursday evening saw a block party close off East Vine and Railroad streets downtown.
    It was all part of the first “Paint the Town Blue” celebration. It all led up to the Eagles’ first home game as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision in an expanded Paulson Stadium Saturday night against Savannah State.
    Prizes were awarded to the business with the best decorations at halftime, which also celebrated the men and women serving our country with a military appreciation event.

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