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~:I~ (~[inc,~ (~n~ ~e~s Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Page 3 City council to meet May 18th ...... The Homerville City Council meeting will be held Thurs- day, May 18 at 5 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public. Summer Theater Camp starts June I Purlie Productions and the Okefenokee Heritage Center announce a Summer Theater Camp for youth ages 8-15 beginning Thursday, June 1 and continuing through June 30. The Camp will meet weekday mornings and cover all aspects of theatrical production, including acting, set building, costumes, and theater history, cul- minating in a production which will be the pub- lic. All interested parents and children are encouraged to attend an information and registration meeting at OHC on Monday, May 15 5:30 p.m. Please call the Okefenokee Heritage Center at (912) 285-4260 for additional infor- mation. The Panthers compete during practice Thursday at Donald Tison Field. Women's Day set for May 21st City of Refuge Worship Ministries will host Women's Day on Sunday, May 21 at 4 p.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor Shirley Carter, co-pastor of New Birth Ministries in Valdosta. Everyone is invited to attend. Youth camps at Swamp Park Okefenokee Swamp Park will hold two youth camps this summer. The first camp will be held Monday-Fri- day, June 19-23 for ages 8-12 years. The second camp will be held Monday-Friday, July 10-14 for youth ages 5-7 years. Both camps begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon. Chil- dren participate in hands on swamp activities and learn about swamp culture with certified educators. Spaces are limited. For more information, contact kmurray@okresa. org or call (912) 614-3970. FMB sponsoring two trips Farmers and Merchants Bank will be sponsoring two trips this fall-Noah's Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ken- tucky September 10-16, 2017 and Beautiful and Colorful Maine and Vermont October 21-29, 2017. If you are inter- ested, contact Jo Ann Tomlinson (912) 487-2151 or (912) 487-8664 or Patsy Harrell (912) 487-5030. Story & Craft time at library The Clinch County Public Library will host a Story and Craft Time every week at 4 p.m. For more infor- mation on dates and times, contact the library at 487-3200 or go to the website at dar. Sports books requested Clinch County Family Connection and Certified Literate Community Program are asking for donations of sports related books or magazines for the Little Free Libraries located throughout Clinch County. Donations may be made by contacting Jennifer Smith at (912) 487-8060 or dropping the donations off at the Little Free Libraries at the recre- ation park or Pea Ridge Park. Jesus and Jam needs volunteers Jesus and Jam needs volunteers. Jesus and Jam pre- pares and delivers over 600 sack lunches each Saturday. For information or to volunteer call Lajauanta Mattox at 912-337-5342. Notify with address change If you are a subscriber to The Clinch County News or one of our publications and have or will be moving, please let us know your new address. Please include the name on the subscription, new and old mailing address, and a phone number for if we have a question. Also include a date to start using the new address. The News mailing address is PO Box 377 Homerville, GA 31634, phone number 912-487-5337, or email Carolyn at carolyn65@ Free GED classes available Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) is offering free GED, English as a Second Language (ESL), and basic skills classes through the Clinch County Adult Education Center held at 22 East Dame Ave. Anyone interested in taking these classes should stop by or call (912) 487- 5673, or e-mail Patia Tolle at Pre-GED and GED preparation classes are available at no cost in reading, mathematics, science, social studies, writ- ing and grammar. Classes are held Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-noon and Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Sr. Center collecting printer cartridges The Clinch County Senior Citizens Center is collecting used printer cartridges to recycle as a fundraiser. Proceeds will go towards funding activities at the Senior Center. For more information contact Angela Jones at 912-487- 2893. Lions recycling cell phones The Clinch County Lions Club is recycling cell phones, and have boxes around town where cell phones can be dropped off to recycle. Drop-off boxes are located at Farmers & Merchants Bank, Heritage Bank, and Lee Container. Funds from the recycling project will go to Lions Club charities. Submitting Community Calenda info The Community Calendar provides information to the community about upcoming events. When submitting your information please tell us who is holding the event, what the event is, when the event will be held, and where the event will be held. Announcements may be dropped off at The News Office, Faxed to 487-3227, or emailed to lnip- or mail@theclinchcoun- Announcements received in The News Office no later than Monday at 10 a.m. can usually be placed in that weeks paper but please Submit as early in the week as possible. I (9t2)384-8880= By Len Robbins Editor/Publisher Clinch County Panther football fans will get a sneak preview of the 2017 squad during Friday's spring football game against Berrien at Donald Tison Field. Last year, Jim Dickerson's Panthers skipped spring drills in favor of two preseason games. This year, GHSA allows a spring football game against another team, West Mims so the Panthers moved their preseason game against Berrien to the spring. The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m. at Donald Tison Field. "It's been going very County Academy in the Class A semifinals, will be without rising junior quarterback/linebacker Trezman Marshall during the spring game. Marshall well,D spring drills, which started May .8. "We only have 10 days, so we've been focusing on offense a lot, trying to get them ready to execute well enough to play another Dickerson said of recently underwent shoulder surgery, and won't be available until July, Dickerson said. Meanwhile, the Panthers have 55 players out for spring drills. this spring game, we want to have more points than the other team, but the real goal is get guys reps, see how they react in a game-like situation. We want it to be as much like the Friday Night Lights as possible)' " Dickerson said the format will be four quarters, with the junior varsity playing one quarter. He team." "The big thing is - we said everything will be live The Panthers, who have a lot of enthusiasm except for kickoffs, were 11-2 last season and and competition for playing A ssion for the spring eliminated by McIntosh time," said Dickerson. "In game:will be $5. : ( (Continued from Page 1) Weather and Fire Behavior: Hot, dry weather is expected for the next several days as high pressure builds over the fire area. The temperature is expected to be in the low 90s and the relative humidity in the low 20s. Light northeast winds will likely shift to the east and gust up to 12 mph this afternoon. Vegetation will dry quicklytodaywiththehotter, drier conditions. Sunday's creeping, smoldering fire activity could increase today, and the main fire could potentially spread as the dried-out vegetation is cace again able to carry fire Fire starts from recent lightning strikes are likely to emerge from their dormant state and become visible to firefighters and field observers; crews are prepared for an increase in initial attack activity. Current Evacuations and Road Closures: All evacuation orders have been rescinded. All roads have been reopened; however, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge remains closed. Status of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Entrances: Main Entrance (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, Folkston): CLOSED Secondary East Entrance (Kingfisher Landing, between Folkston and Waycross): OPEN - day use only Note: Wilderness Canoe overnight stops are closed. West Entrance (Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo): CLOSED Secondary West Entrance (Suwannee River Sill, Fargo): CLOSED North Entrance (Okefenokee Swamp Park, Waycross): OPEN Driving restrictions and safety precautions: Motorists will encounter firefighters, firefighting equipment, logging trucks, and smoke along roads around the refuge and fire areas. Reconsider driving on roads near fire activity even if the roads are open. Burn Bans are in place for the following areas: Burnbans remain in effect for NassaU arid Baker County, Florida; There is a burn ban in effect for all of Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, Glynn and Ware Counties in Georgia. The Southern Area Red Type 1 Incident Management Team is managing the fire with Georgia Forestry Commission, Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners (GOAL), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and USDA Forest Service. Updated fire information can be found online at: inciweb.nwcg.gove/ incidenff5153, or the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page. The Clinch County News will also be posting dailyupdates on its Facebook and Twitter pages. To receive the updates by text: WESTMIMS to 22828. We've got fresh seofoOd! Best steaks in town! Aft of our 'speciolties'- hogshead cheese, BBQ sauces, baked potato topper, pimento cheese No need tO cook- we hove it alreadyprepared doily Call us about catering your event! MEATS& SEAFOOD 14 PLANT AVENUE. HOMERVILLE 487-5822 (Continued from Page 1) Dickerson said of Ballance, who is the son of Chuck and Laina Ballance. "I would love to coach a team full of Bryce Ballances. A team full of kids who are very smart and don't feel entitled." Harris and Brown praised Patrawala, the daughter of Ash and Rita Patrawala, during their comments. "She's a dedicated student, and very motivated in everything she does," said Harris. "She's a special child who will excel in anything she tries." The Clinch County Lions Club has sponsored the RobbinsAwards since 1971. CLINCH COUNTY BURN BAN IN EFFECT Effective immediately, and until further notice, due to the prolonged drought and a breakout of area wildfires, Clinch County is under a county-wide burn ban, in the unincorporated areas of the county, that includes no outdoor fires until further notice. No outdoor fires of any kind are permitted except charcoal grills and other outdoor cooking in a closed container. The Homerville Fire Department has assisted the Georgia Forestry Commission and other agencies in battling the fires in and around the Okefenokee Swamp wilderness area over the past few weeks. Fire suppression resources are stretched thin, and any wildfire could affect the safety and property of the citizens of Clinch County. This county wide burn ban is in addition to the temporary suspension of the issuance of burn permits by the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC). Due to the extreme fire danger and drought situation, Chief Ranger Ken Wells made decision to temporarily suspend the issuance of burn permits by the GFC in Clinch County and other affected surrounding counties. For information on the GFC suspension, call Chief R.anger Wells at 487-5358. Outdoor burning will only resume when conditions are within an acceptable range and the suspension has been lifted by the GFC. Thank you for your support and patience of this measure and complying with this burn ban. ~e~:~'~ (41%) ~,~ t~:~ ~:~ !:'~Y~>i iiii!iiii ?'% 0':)i 20% 40% 80% 80'!4 100% \