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FLORIDA AND GEORGIA MEN EXECUTED

Posted on 20 June 2014 by Donte

excutedThe men behind two notorious crimes in Florida and Georgia have been executed within hours of each other. TContinue Reading

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US MARSHALS, GBI AND LOCAL COPS TEAM UP TO ARREST FUGITIVE FROM 1993 DETROIT MURDER IN CAMDEN COUNTY

Posted on 09 May 2014 by Donte

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On May 9, Camden County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies and agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) assisted TContinue Reading

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Brunswick Pastor Caught On Camera

Posted on 23 April 2013 by Admin Arthia

By Arthia Nixon Florida/Georgia Star

A Brunswick pastor has come under fire after a YouTube video surfaced of him publicly discussing several current issues while using cuss words and blasting several prominent members of the community. TContinue Reading

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Three Men Sought After Brunswick Shooting

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Admin Arthia

Investigations continue into an armed robbery which left a Hispanic male in hospital and police searching for three black suspects. According to reports, on Monday, March 11th, 2013 at approximately 7:11P.M. officers of the Brunswick Police Department responded to 1708 Norwich Street in reference to a shooting.

Upon arrival a 43 year-old male, TContinue Reading

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Brunswick NAACP Installs New Officers

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Admin Arthia

Brunswick NAACP’s President Dr. John Perry and Vice President Ron Stokely

The  NAACP officially began a new era in it’s Brunswick  branch, as elected officers were publicly sworn into office last week.  The installation ceremony was held on Sunday, March 10th at the Zion Baptist Church where the guest speaker was Rev. Antony Walk.

The installation charge  was give to Officers and Executive Board by the former President C A Lee. The charge was followed up by the

passing the torch of leadership to Dr. John Davis Perry II the newly installed president of the local branch.

Following his comunity greeting, Perry wasted no time declaring:  TContinue Reading

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President Swears In For Second Term Using Bible That Belonged To First Lady’s Grandparents

Posted on 20 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, in two separate, private ceremonies, President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn into office, marking the start of the second term. (The Constitution mandates that the President takes the oath on January 20. Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public inauguration ceremony and festivities will take place tomorrow, January 21) TContinue Reading

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SNEAK PEAK: Georgia Star’s Best of 2012

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Highlights of our Georgia Star 2012 year in review

Who made this year’s list of what was most talked about in Georgia for 2012? Our team highlights some of our more memorable stories.
When our paper hits newstands, you’ll see who broke a traditon at a church that stood for well over 100 years. You’ll also see who went from mom to momprenuer. You’ll recall which official got caught in scandal and what senior citizens did to fight back.
From Oprah to open house at the first female owned tertiary level institution, the NAACP to the RYCA’s, you’ll learn who gave south Georgia something to talk about this weekend in The Star!

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Brunswick Gives Thanks As Churches Step Up To Help Community For Thanksgiving

Posted on 02 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Mark Baker, Pastor of Greater Works Than These Ministry Brunswick, GA stands in the center of volunteers assisting with the food outreach.

By ARTHIA NIXON Photos ANGELA FAVORS-MORRELL (Florida/Georgia Staff)

(BRUNSWICK) In the season and spirit of giving and being their brother’s keepers, Greater Works Than These Ministries did not wait until Thanksgiving to share with the community. This year, hundreds were fed as the result of the generosity extended as early as Sunday, leading up to the first true American holiday.

“There were literally hundreds of people who lined up and churches were there to assist,” said volunteer Fred Wrice. “Thank God they stepped in because based on the amount of people who came out, it is evident that we have to fill a void in the community. It literally brought tears to my eyes to see the amount of people who showed up on behalf of themselves and in some cases, on behalf of others who were physically unable to come and stand in the long lines.” TContinue Reading

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Brunswick Senior Foreclosure “Scandal”

Posted on 18 June 2012 by The Florida Star Online

Written by: Arthia Nixon
Photo by: Angela Favors-Morrell 

Raymond and Mary Harris in front of their dream home prior to it being foreclosed.

(BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA) Gardening, beach walks, dinner plans, health checks and looking forward to spending holidays with the grandkids – these are the things senior years are made of. However, for many area seniors, the security of living out their years surrounded by the things they worked their youth to achieve is becoming more and more farfetched as many are finding themselves using their retirement funds to restart life as their homes are being foreclosed on. Some call it circumstance but others are calling it an ugly scheme to remove black seniors from property rightfully owed to them since post-emancipation days. And still there are others who feel that it is a part of SunTrust Bank’s discrimination case that was exposed earlier this year in which 20,000 African-American and Latinos were allegedly charged more on loans based on their race.

One couple caught in the crossfire is Mary and Raymond Harris. Pictured standing in front of what was their dream home on Oak Grove Island, the 70-something year-old heart patients are reduced to living in an apartment. They’ve sought emotional refuge in the Neighbor to Neighbor outreach group which has become an advocate to prevent foreclosures and evictions of people in similar situations. TContinue Reading

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Trial To Triumph: Brunswick’s Baker Brothers

Posted on 09 June 2012 by The Florida Star Online

Written by: Arthia Nixon
Photo by: Luke Engram, MME

“ I could see my God working through him, because before I talked to him, I was outside his office telling my mother, ‘ There is no way we can pay for this. I don’t even know why we came all the way up here just to get denied!” God showed me that if you just put your trust in him he’ll make a way. I was blessed to have received the $80,000 Oprah Winfrey Scholarship. All I have to do is maintain a 3.0 and I’ll keep it. That scholarship will pay a big chunk of my school’s cost and take a big load off my mother’s back. Shout out to Oprah!” – Akeem Baker, left with brother Rafeal.

When you first meet brothers Akeem and Rafeal Baker, there is an instant attraction. Both are young, intelligent, witty and charming black men who are excited about life and eager to put their best foot forward. Despite the fact that they are now legally adults, they end their sentences during their interview with me respectfully with “yes ma’am” or “beg your pardon ma’am?”, evidence that southern hospitality and good old fashioned manners from mom still reigns in some households. However, if you’re lucky to engage in conversation with them, one might wonder how it’s possible that the two 18 year-olds are not twins. TContinue Reading

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Community Loses Saint

Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Sister Beatrice Lawrence Reid

Services will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Evangelist Church of God, 1816 Stonewall Street, Brunswick, GA 31520 Officiating is her Grandson, Pastor Barnett Fulton, Presiding is Rev. George Stewart, President of the American Gospel Quartet Convention, Inc., Singing Angels and The Angels of Praise, South East Georgia, Brunswick’s Queen of Gospel Quartet.

Preceding her in death; husband Bishop James Reid Sr. She leaves a legacy of love. One son: James (Cheryl) Reid Jr., Five daughters: Pauline Barnard, Diane Reid, Pastor Rose Reid-Cameron, Mary Reid, Stone Mountain, Ga., Evangelist Sandra Reid, two Sisters: Daisy Brady, Ruth(Isaiah) Chester, two brothers: Rev. Dr. Robert (Inez) Lawrence and Roosevelt (Earlene) Lawrence.

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Wake Forest Baseball Coach Donates Kidney to Player

Posted on 12 February 2011 by The Florida Star Online

ATLANTA — Outfielder Kevin Jordan focused his research on the opportunity for playing time when he was offered a scholarship at Wake Forest But, his father Keith had another set of priorities: Who is this coach, Tom Walter? Will he look out for my son? Oh, but that answere will come in due time.

Keith Jordan dug back to the coach’s previous tenure at the University of New Orleans. He discovered that, even though Hurricane Katrina had left Walter’s home in 12 feet of water, attention to his team’s needs never wavered.

Walter supervised the players’ temporary relocation to the campus of New Mexico State. And he vowed to assist anyone weighing a transfer to another college. “A lot of coaches wouldn’t have done that,” Jordan said Wednesday.

Far fewer would do what Walter did this week: donate a kidney to a player. Among the many questions Jordan had posed about the coach, one had never occurred to him: Would he part with a vital organ if his son needed it?

“Any player on the team, past or present,” Walter said during a goodnews conference at Emory University Hospital, two days after surgeons transferred one of his kidneys into Kevin Jordan.

“I didn’t ask,” said Jordan, a freshman from Columbus, Ga., who was not a transplant match with family members. “He volunteered. I’m just really thankful.”

Walter enjoyed his college days at Georgetown so much that he said the thought of Jordan sitting in a dorm room tethered at least eight hours daily to a dialysis machine — as Jordan was last semester — was unacceptable.

“It just breaks your heart,” Walter said.

He said that his motivation in donating a kidney was not getting back Jordan as a player, but giving him “just a chance to be a college freshman.”

“I couldn’t believe what he had endured,” Walter said. “It was obvious to me this was the right thing to do from Day 1.”

That day arrived last fall, soon after Jordan, 19 was found to have ANCA vasculitis, a rare kidney disorder resulting from autoimmune swelling. The diagnosis took months to pin down.

In qualifying as a donor match, Walter, a father of a son and a daughter, beat odds of about 7 to 1, according to Dr. Kenneth Newell, who handled the first half of the transplant. Assured that he could resume a normal lifestyle — the original kidney donor in 1954, Newell said Wednesday, lived until last year — and aware that Jordan could languish on a national donor list for up to five years, Walter said he never thought twice about his pledge.

A recipient, Kirk said, “receives an extra 10 years of life” over a dialysis patient. “Kevin should live a life that is normal in activity and normal in length,” he said.

Their story has resonated across the country, nowhere more movingly than in Dallas. In 2007, in an action that received widespread publicity, the retired Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls donated a kidney to ex-teammate Ron Springs.

Walls said he was especially impressed that, unlike he and Springs, Walter and Jordan were members of different age and racial groups.

The transplant raised the inevitable question of whether Wake Forest violated an N.C.A.A. rule by providing an “extra benefit” to an athlete, defined as a special arrangement not made available to other university students. Wake Forest’s Wellman acknowledged that an extra benefit was indeed conferred.

“No doubt about that,” he said. “I dare anyone to challenge this benefit.”

Erik Christianson, director of public and media relations for the N.C.A.A., said: “We wish Coach Walter and Kevin Jordan all the best. This wonderful act of compassion and generosity is truly extraordinary, beyond the scope of any rule.”

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Mercedes Enters Family Dollar in Brunswick

Posted on 02 February 2011 by The Florida Star Online

On Friday, shoppers and employees at Family Dollar, located at 2014 Norwich Street, scattered as a Mercedes crashed into the store, injuring three employees while smashing and scattering products and shelves.

The 75-year-old driver of the Mercedes Benz said that she was attempting to park and shop. She is convinced that she mashed down on the brakes but instead of the car stopping, it went straight into the store.

One of the employees said she suffered leg injuries and the other two did sustain cuts.

The police was called to the scene and the vehicle was removed from the building.

According to the report, the brakes on the car were functional.

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Murder Charges Dropped

Posted on 27 November 2010 by The Florida Star Online

Cederic Cutter has spent the last 26 months at the  Duval County jail. He was arrested in 2007 after  being identified as the triggerman who committed a  double murder in Arlington. 

Cutter was identified by an inmate in the county jail  as he was seen walking past another inmate. He was  arrested by the U. S. Marshals Service in  Statesborough, Georgia about seven months after  being pointed out. 

The murder was done by two individuals. Killed  were David Holmes, 41, and Surapol Martin, 17 in a  house on Lone Star Road. The man who was supposed  to have been with him at the time of the murders,  Anthony Vaughan, was convicted of two counts of  murder in the deaths of the two men and sentenced to  life in prison. 

A private investigator, Allan Wainwright, worked on the case from the very beginning and  stated that he could not find any connection between Cutter and Anthony Vaughn. In addition,  a witness described the other person with Vaughn as being six inches taller than  Cutter. 

After gathering much evidence, the prosecutors agreed to drop the charges. Cutter has  been released and will have his 30th birthday at home next week.

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Calvary Lions Club 38th Annual Mule Day Festival

Posted on 14 November 2010 by The Florida Star Online

Correspondent: Frank M. Powell III
Photographer: Frank M. Powell III

Only about 200 people call Calvary home, but on  the first Saturday of November, every year, Calvary’s  population grows to 60,000 to 90,000 (not counting  mules). The reason for this is the Calvary Lions Club  Annual Mule Day Festival. Proceeds of which go to  Lions International Sight programs and local charities. 

Enjoy a big parade with mules, horses and antique tractors;  contests, and all day entertainment. Over 450 arts  & crafts exhibitions, concessions, cane grinding, and  syrup making make Mule Day a time to remember. It’s  358 days left until the 39th Annual Festival first  Saturday of November returns.

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Killed Intruder was like a Godchild

Posted on 14 November 2010 by The Florida Star Online

Ezekiel Wiley is a well known, greatly loved  Brunswick business man, considered a philanthropist  that was always willing to help neighbors and church  members in need. 

On Wednesday, someone broke into his home. He quietly  reached for his gun and fired six shots at the intruder.  He could not see the person’s face but could see that  he was holding a knife. The intruder, William Bernard  Stafford, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene and that  is when Wiley realized that he has known the intruder  who had broken into his home for more than 25 years.  He was a man, he considered as his ‘godson.’ The  intruder’s mother lived a few houses down from Wiley  and is actually considered his ‘spiritual mother.’ The  intruder’s mother, Rev. Carlee Wiley too is very loved by  the community. Wiley was close to both mother and son. 

Even though she is grieving for her son, who police  says had been arrested eight times between 1994 and  2009 for such crimes as forgery, burglary, assault, battery  and shoplifting, she still had a mother’s love but also  understand Wiley’s action. Wiley had been in the hospital  and perhaps William thought he was not at home. 

Wiley is sorry for his death but felt he had no other  choice but to protect himself. No charges were filed.

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