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Community Review by Pat Homer
School days bring change
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    I know you have all been busy getting ready to send children back to school and off to college. I took my son dorm shopping last week, and we were able to get most everything he needs. Just a reminder, school starts on Wednesday for public schools. Please allow a little more time to get where you’re going. We want to keep everyone safe as they go to and from work and school.
    I am very happy to introduce a new Community contributor this week. Anna Thibeault is a flutist and teaches music at East Georgia College and Georgia Southern University. Originally from Pomona, Calif., she has lived in various European countries, including England where she was a Guild Hall School of Music Examiner in London. Anna has performed with various symphonies, including the Atlanta and Augusta Symphonies, and now performs with the Atlanta Pops and the Augusta Opera. Anna will keep us up-to-date on the classical music scene.
    Also, I get the pleasure of introducing our Brooklet Correspondents, Angie and Charles Howell. Angie and Charles live in Brooklet with their three children, Sara, Jimmy and Billy. They own Rosewoods Monuments in Brooklet, and Charles is the chair of the Brooklet Zoning Committee. He also is retired from the Air Force and now works at Fort Stewart. Angie and Charles are going to keep us up-to-date on the happenings in Brooklet.
    Most of you know that I am very committed to getting more Community news in our newspaper. As you can see from looking at this page, I am running out of room here. What you see on this page is just a smidgen of the information that is available on the Web site. If you would like to see more and more community news in print, please let me know. You can post a blog, send me an e-mail or give me a call. I want to hear about what you want to see in the paper.  

    Remember what I said last week about a treat in store for football fans? Well, the teams are on the field and on our Web site. Our online contest is up and ready to go. To get in on the fun, just click on Pigskin Pickem on the far right side of the light blue bar at the top of the homepage or any promo ad you see on the Web site. Click on “Sign me up” and get started. The weekly winner will receive a prize and a grand prize will be awarded to the overall winner at the end of the contest — and the prizes are really good. The season starts the last week of August, so get signed up and pick your teams today!
Dining Guide
    We have another restaurant on the dining guide this week. Loco’s Grill and Pub joined our online family with pictures and information about their offerings. You can catch the game while enjoying anything from Grilled Salmon Salad to Redneck Deluxe Burgers. Whatever you like to eat, Loco’s Grill and Pub has something to calm your hunger pains in a totally fun atmosphere for everyone.
Kidsville News
    To celebrate back-to-school time, we’re giving our elementary school teachers a chance to have some fun. Just tell us in 250 words or less how you use Kidsville News in your classroom, and you could win a Truman party for your class. This contest is open to any Bulloch County public or private school elementary teacher. Don’t delay — entries must be received by Aug. 15, 2007. You can bring your entry on your school’s letterhead by the office at #1 Proctor Street or mail it to Pat Homer, Statesboro Herald, #1 Proctor Street, Statesboro, Ga., 30458.

    Community News Editor Pat Homer can be reached by e-mail at
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