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Bush to visit the Boro
President supports Congressional candidate Max Burns
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President George W. Bush is coming to Statesboro.
    Six weeks ago Bush visited Pooler to campaign for Max Burns, former Congressman and Republican candidate for Georgia’s new 12th  District who challenges Democrat incumbent John Barrow. He will appear in Statesboro Monday, Oct. 30, to show support for Burns once again, said Tim Baker, Burns campaign manager.
    The time and location for his visit has yet to be disclosed, he said.
    This is the President's second visit to Georgia to campaign for Max Burns.  On September 7, he visited the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler. 
    Baker said the location and time of Bush's visit will be announced " as soon as the President's people tell us."
    Burns' campaign office staff is excited about the President coming to Statesboro.
    "We'd be pleased to have the president come and campaign for Max," he said. "It would be a great day for Bulloch County and Statesboro to have the President, and we will be very excited ..."
    Burns is fighting a tough battle to regain the key congressional seat, which he held before Barrow toppled him. A win, which Republicans feel hopeful will happen, will help the party retain control of Congress.
    Bush's visit will be the first time in history a reigning president has visited Statesboro.
    According to information from "Life in Old Bulloch," a book on Bulloch County's history by Dorothy Brannen, the United States' 25th President William McKinley visited the Statesboro area, but it was around 1895, when he was Ohio's governor and campaigning for presidency. McKinley served as president from 1897 to 1901.
    Brannen's book listed only "oral reports, no official record" of McKinley's visit, said local historian Smith Banks. Reading from the book, he described McKinley's visit as a trip to the Excelsior community in Candler County where he enjoyed a picnic.
    According to Banks, McKinley stayed the night at the home of W.W. Olliff, which later became the home of the late C. D. Sheley, known also as "Uncle Piney," a pen name under which Sheley wrote a column for the Statesboro Herald called "Ogeechee River Rambler."
    Former president Jimmy Carter also visited Statesboro, but not while he was President.
    Burns, who  represented the previous 12th District from Jan. 2003 to Jan. 2005, isn't new to Statesboro.  He served over 20 years as a professor of information systems at Georgia Southern University, and has a farming background. He also served as a former chairman and commissioner for the Screven County Commission.
    Further details regarding Bush's Oct. 30 visit will be published upon release by the White House.
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