This week, George Barnhill June Programs Chairman has arranged for one of our own, Jonathan Daniell, Ware County Emergency Management Director to speak to our club about emergency priorities and safety. Next week, June 20th our luncheon speaker will be a U.S. Secret Service representative.
EXCHANGE CLUB NEWS
An Honor Flight is given freely to military veterans to see Memorials of the respective war they fought in Washington, D.C. at not cost to veterans, founded in 2005. Vietnam-era veterans Dean Cook and Merrill Tindall, father of Commissioner Tindall, addressed the Waycross City Commission about their participation on a recent Honor Flight to Washington, Cook was awarded a bronze star as a soldier in the army while Tindall was a Marine who also served the Navy as a medical corpsman. Each man received a flag that had been flown over the Capital along with a certificate for the flag and another for service and participation in the Honor Flight program.
GEORGE BARNHILL GENEALOGICAL EXPERT
George Barnhill June Programs Chairman presented his first monthly program on ways we can research genealogical history if you wish to pursue it. Handout sheets were given to each member showing how to organize and create a family tree of relatives living and past.
George is District Attorney in the Waycross Judicial Circuit which covers Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Coffee, Pierce and Ware Counties. The office prosecutes all felony criminal cases in the six counties. The office also prosecutes misdemeanors in Brantley County as they have no state court. Employees total twenty-two staff.
He is a member of the Huxford Genealogical Society in Homerville which owns Huxford Library Books, some dating 100 years old. You can read about families way back to get information. Search on websites for family trees starting with Google family pages. Several others are available such as Rootsweb, LDS Family Tree Records, Find a Grave, Billions of Graves, US Gen Web Project, My Heritage, Access Genealogy and Statue of Liberty. State and Federal Archive pages are free by indexes (Georgia Archive and Federal Archive).
For our area, begin with www.huxford.com, Volumes 1 to 12 Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, prepared family trees (histories) in the library, newspaper clippings filed in library, and other sources in the library. Call George at 287-4395 for guidance to get started. Thanks George for this basic information which is only a small part of your knowledge and recommendations. Join Huxford Genealogical Society for a $35 annual fee and get 4 bulletins a year and speakers coming often to library. Informative program.
WARE COUNTY JUDICIAL VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
June Programs Chairman, George Barnhill introduced his members of Ware County District Attorney office with Vickie Gillis, Administrative Assistant at District Attorney’s office for Waycross Judicial Circuit, Waycross, Georgia; Marilyn Bennett, Assistant District Attorney, Waycross Judicial Circuit hired September 19, 2018; Elizabeth Rowell, Ware County Victim Advocate for Brantley and Charlton
Counties; and Melanie Brogden, Assistant D. A., Brantley County. Elizabeth Rowell explained that victims of abuse and neglect have to pay for medicine due to injuries and sometimes depending on circumstances of felony for funeral costs! She explained that over the years, the County has established a court system and legal procedures to handle rights of victim and protection from violator. For example, a recent DUI driver killed the son of a family in custody. The Victim Advocate now can treat that family and become like a member of the injured’s family. They can get close to family and inform them of critical dates to appear in court. When violator is bonded they are notified and sent a bill of victim’s rights. They can be kept in a room away from offender during the trial and meetings. Victims’ family receive a chart of how courts system works. Notice of paroled offender sent to family of injured.
Melissa Stapleton listed amounts of a crime that a can pay company for injured family medicine ($15,000) economic support, counseling ($3,000), but no property crime money from the Georgia Crime Victim’s Compensation Program. Types of crimes, etc. are on the website and a brochure. A Ware County Clean Up person is needed to clean up local crime (murder) scenes, etc. County pays for work! Victim Assistance can be reached at (912) 287-4353. Thanks George for info.