James Magazine May-June 2020 - Magazine - Page 28
Tybee Island The quick-thinking owner of the Sand
Bar on Tybee Island, forced to close her place due to
the coronavirus, gave her unemployed staff members
a stimulus directly from the walls of their workplace.
The bar had a tradition of customers stapling dollar
bills to the walls and it dawned on Jennifer Knox
that she ought to collect six years’ worth of the cash!
The tedious process took Knox three days, including
carefully removing staples from the currency, but she
collected $3,714. Then customers chipped in additional
money to help pay laid-off employees.
augusta The Masters Tournament, normally scheduled for early April, was postponed due to concerns
over the spread of COVID-19. Now Augusta National
officials have selected a new date— November 9th15th— to hopefully host the world’s most famous golf
tournament. Organizers say the decision is totally incumbent on the counsel of health officials, but hopefully Augusta’s signature event, which brings in thousands
of visitors and millions of eyeballs worldwide, will take
place in 2020.
Smyrna There are still plenty of good stories coming out
during the coronavirus pandemic— and one of them
comes from the city of Smyrna in Cobb County. Smyrna police officers are volunteering to help pick up and
deliver groceries to local residents aged 62 or older, a
part of the “Support Smyrna” initiative that also provides
a secure portal for donations. Smyrna Mayor Derek
Norton said that more than $50,000 had already been
contributed towards the project, which is meant to help
those struggling nancially during the outbreak.
columbus Columbus’ National Infantry Museum is
one of the state’s hidden gems— but it’s starting to
get some serious national recognition. USA Today in
its annual 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards named the
museum as the “Top Free Museum” in the country, as well as the No. 3 “Best History Museum” in
the nation. The museum, which contains more than
100,000 historical artifacts along with interactive exhibits and galleries, is heralded as one of the nation’s
leading military history destinations. So, if you haven’t had a chance to get to Columbus to check out the
National Infantry Museum yet make sure you swing
through to see what all the fuss is about.
valdosta High school football is a big deal in South
Georgia. A really big deal. That’s why thousands of
viewers were watching a recent livestream of a Valdosta City School Board meeting where football, not
coronavirus, was the topic of debate. Onlookers were
tuning in to see the announcement of Rush Propst
as the next coach of Valdosta High School, linking the
legendary, but controversial coach with the equally
legendary football program. The move comes following a dramatic school board vote to oust former coach
Alan Rodemaker. A whole lot of drama and more likely
to come serves to remind us that indeed, football is
king in the Peach State.
Berkeley Lake The 2020 Census has fallen a bit to the
wayside due to more pressing concerns, but don’t be
fooled, it’s still crucially important. A 2015 survey
showed that communities could lose more than $1,000
in funding for every resident not accurately counted. One city that is not falling behind is the affluent
Berkeley Lake, a small Gwinnett County city that
boasts the highest census response rate in the state
so far at just under 75%. It’s not exactly a metropolis,
with just 1,574 residents in 2010, but you can bet it will
be one of the most accurately measured counted cities
in the state in 2020.
Lawrenceville The quality of Georgia’s schools has
soared over the past decade, and now one stands out
above the rest. Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science and Technology was recently named by
the US News and World Report as Georgia’s top high
school— and the 12th best in the entire nation. The
study utilizes a detailed set of criteria, chief among
them being college readiness.
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