Brunswick listed on Best College Towns

CollegeRanker.com has listed Brunswick in “Top 50 Best College Towns”. The editorial described Brunswick as a beautiful coastal city, and the home of the College of Coastal Georgia.
It went on to describe Brunswick as a larger city, but thanks to its coastal location has a very resort-like feel. The city is located just minutes from St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island, both part of the Georgia barrier islands. In Brunswick, there is plenty to do including a great arts alliance and community theater program.
First Fridays, it said, are a tradition in downtown Brunswick where shops and restaurants have open houses with food samples and live entertainment. The city is located halfway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida, about an hour from each. Major employers in the area are the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Southeast Georgia Health System. The College of Coastal Georgia only recently became
a four-year college, having been converted from a two-year community college. Due to the local geography of saltmarshes and pristine beaches,
CCGA offers a fantastic Coastal Ecology baccalaureate program. Other great programs at CCGA include biology, nursing, education, and business.

SELMA 50 YEARS LATER: “MARCH NOT FINISHED YET”

President Barack Obama, center, walks as he holds hands with Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was beaten during “Bloody Sunday,” as they and the first family and others including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga,, left of Obama, walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. for the 50th anniversary of ÒBloody Sunday,” a landmark event of the civil rights movement, Saturday, March 7, 2015. From front left are Marian Robinson, Sasha Obama. first lady Michelle Obama. Obama, Boynton and Adelaide Sanford, also in wheelchair. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
50 years after Amelia Boyton Robinson was iconically photographed being beaten by a state trooper in Bloody Sunday for simply wanting to exercise the right to vote, the woman, who is now over 105 held the hand of the nation’s first Black President, Barack Obama
and crossed the Edmund Pettis Bridge to commemorate the event in her wheelchair.
Our Frank Powell lll was there and captured this image which also included one of the youngest civil rights leaders to accompany Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, now a Georgia congressman.
“There are places and moments in America where this nation’s destiny has been decided,” said the President. “Many are sites of war — Concord and Lexington, Appomattox, Gettysburg. Others are sites that symbolize the daring of America’s character — Independence Hall and Seneca Falls,
Kitty Hawk and Cape Canaveral.”
“Selma is such a place,” he noted. “In one afternoon 50 years ago, so much of our turbulent history — the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war; the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow; the death of four little girls in Birmingham; and the dream of a Baptist preacher — all that history met on this bridge.”
The President said it was not a clash of armies, but a clash of wills; a contest to determine the true meaning of America. And because of men and women like John Lewis, Joseph Lowery, Hosea Williams, Amelia Boynton, Diane Nash, Ralph Abernathy, C.T. Vivian, Andrew Young, Fred Shuttlesworth,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and so many others, the idea of a just America and a fair America, an inclusive America, and a generous America — that idea ultimately triumphed.
“As is true across the landscape of American history, we cannot examine this moment in isolation,” he added. “The march on Selma was part of a broader campaign that spanned generations; the leaders that day part of a long line of heroes.
President Obama said the Americans who crossed the bridge (named for a politician who was also a KKK grand dragon) gave courage to millions. He said they marched as Americans who had endured hundreds of years of brutal violence, countless daily indignities –- but they didn’t seek special
treatment, just the equal treatment promised to them almost a century before.
“What they did here will reverberate through the ages. Not because the change they won was preordained; not because their victory was complete; but because they proved that nonviolent change is possible, that love and hope can conquer hate,” he said.
“As we commemorate their achievement, we are well-served to remember that at the time of the marches, many in power condemned rather than praised them. Back then, they were called Communists, or half-breeds, or outside agitators, sexual and moral degenerates, and worse –- they were
called everything but the name their parents gave them. Their faith was questioned. Their lives were threatened. Their patriotism challenged.”
“And yet, what could be more American than what happened in this place?” he asked. “What could more profoundly vindicate the idea of America than plain and humble people –- unsung, the downtrodden, the dreamers not of high station, not born to wealth or privilege, not of one religious
tradition but many, coming together to shape their country’s course?
Because, he said, Selma shows us that America is not the project of any one person. Because the single-most powerful word in our democracy is the word “We.” “We The People.” “We Shall Overcome.” “Yes We Can.” That word is owned by no one. It belongs to everyone. Oh, what a glorious task we are given, to continually try to improve this great nation of ours.
“Fifty years from Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet finished, but we’re getting closer,” said President Obama. “Two hundred and thirty-nine years after this nation’s founding our union is not yet perfect, but we are getting closer. Our job’s easier because somebody already got us through that first mile. Somebody already got us over that bridge. When it feels the road is too hard, when the torch we’ve been passed feels too heavy, we will remember these early travelers, and draw strength from their example, and hold firmly the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on [the] wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.”

Brunswick High Pirates return with treasure of a trophy and bragging rights as Men’s Basketball Champions

The Brunswick High Pirates left their first state championship game as the official champions, winning an impressive 49 to 32 against the Allatoona. The GHSA class AAAAA state championship took place at Fort Valley State University in Macon, Georgia

and the community had a caravan of supporters on board to witness the historic feat for local team.
The young men were thrust into the spotlight with media outlets including ESPN and GPB Sports eager to get them on camera for an interview. Now,Brunwick is buzzing with commemorative championship shirts on sale for just $10 at the school and players are autographing them.

Proceeds benefit the boys basketball program at BHS. Donations for championship rings are being accepted. Total cost for the rings for each player and the coach plus team personnel is $11,000. Make checks payable to Glynn County schools Athletics and mail or deliver to 801 Mansfield St., Brunswick. Or call 912-267-4100 ext. 1302.

Notable Michigan State University Professor and Respected Author Guest Speaker at College Event

Dr. Patricia A. Edwards, Distinguished Professor of Language and Literacy, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University, was at the Brunswick campus of the College of Coastal Georgia on Friday, February 20, as a special guest of the School of Education and Teacher Preparation. Dr. Edwards was the featured speaker at the second Family Literacy Forum, “1, 2, 3 –

Read with Me,” held Saturday, February 21, 1-3 p.m. at the Risley Annex on Albany Street in Brunswick.
Dr. Ronald S. Reigner, who holds the Community-Supported Professorship in Early Childhood Reading and Language Arts in the School of Education and Teacher Preparation at Coastal Georgia, worked with local educators in arranging both events.

Brunswick High Pirates make history and advance to Final Four in basketball

Brunswick, GA – For the first time in school history, the Brunswick High School boys basketball will compete in the Final Four of the GHSA Class AAAAA State Basketball Tournament.

Coach Chris Turner’s team earned a trip to the semifinals at Fort Valley State University with 59-49 win over Jones County on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the BHS gym.

Next up for the Pirates is the winner of the quarterfinal game between M. L. King and Cedar Shoals.
The Pirates will tipoff on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Fort Valley, the game is scheduled for 4:45 p.m.
GO PIRATES !!!

Atlanta Fire Chief Sues City After ‘Anti-Gay’ Book Controversy

Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran and his attorneys have announced that they have filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Atlanta.

This, as Cochran’s story is gaining national attention. Cochran was fired, he says, because of his religious beliefs, something that he says violates his constitutional rights.
Cochran was terminated from his job last month, following an investigation by the city after his self-published book “Who Told You That You Were Naked,” came about. The book, which is considered a Bible study guide of sorts expresses Cochran’s personal beliefs, religious convictions and touches on the topics of homosexuality
and lesbianism. Cochran describes the acts as “sexual perversions” equivalent to “pederasty” and “bestiality.”
He had been suspended since November, after questioning whether the book’s passages on homosexuality violated the city’s non-discrimination policy.

But that is not at all how Cochran and his growing number of supporters see things.
“To actually lose my childhood-dream-come-true profession – where all of my expectations have been greatly exceeded – because of my faith is staggering,” Cochran said