Located along Georgia’s beautiful coastal region, Bryan County has become one of the fastest growing counties in the State. Whether you desire backyard proximity to one of the many tidal creeks and rivers located in our County, or if you are seeking the hometown appeal of our incorporated municipalities of Richmond Hill and Pembroke, Bryan County is sure to make you feel at peace and at home. Formed in 1793, Bryan County has experienced a rich history with Fort McAllister Historic Park, and the former summer estate of automobile titan, Henry Ford, located within its borders.
Just across the banks of Ogeechee River, the County’s eastern border, Historic Downtown Savannah and Savannah International Airport is just merely minutes away. Bryan County’s transportation infrastructure boasts major roadways such as Interstate 95 and Interstate 16, along with other State Highways. The area is filled with the sense of community pride and patriotism, as it is also home to Fort Stewart Military Reservation. Come experience life with us in Bryan County.
The location of Bryan County is unique in that we are the only county in Georgia to be separated by a military base. Fort Stewart intersects with our county to create its northern and southern ends. The closest interstate on the northern end of Bryan County, approximately 11 miles from Pembroke, is I-16. This gives quick, easy access for traveling west to Atlanta or east to Savannah. On the southern end, the closest interstate, located a few miles from Richmond Hill, is I-95. Again, giving quick easy access for traveling south to Jacksonville or north to Hilton Head, with historic downtown Savannah just minutes away.
Bryan County is an ever growing and vibrant community and from 2010 through 2015 was the 27 fastest growing County in the nation with a population increase of over 16 percent. Bryan County also boosts a median household income well above the Georgia and national average.
This can be attributed to the wonderful climate of the area, vibrant economy of Coastal Georgia, and the excellence of our educational opportunities located within the County.
Bryan County’s immediate proximity to Savannah, the region’s economic heart, helps to make our County the perfect place to settle for those looking for opportunity and cultural fulfillment. With no sign of growth slowing down, Bryan County pledges to be prepared for the growth and committed to preserving what makes our County so desirable to current citizens and future residents.
Bryan County Departments
Cooperative Extension Service
Engineering & Inspections
Parks & Recreation
Planning & Zoning
Senior Citizens Services
Water and Sewer Services
The Mediation Center of The Coastal Empire was established thirty years ago and has an unrivalled track record of providing mediation services to keep disputes out of the courts. Our certified mediators act as neutral third parties to help work through disputes in family law, business contracts, workplace conflict, landlord-tenant issues, accidents, juvenile and neighborhood issues.
The mission of Greenbriar Children’s Center is to promote the healthy development of children and the strengthening of families. We provide services that include an emergency shelter, runaway/homeless, residential care, independent living, family preservation, early childhood education & care, and Project Safe Place.
The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is a professional orchestra presenting a full range of concerts each season (September to May), from classics to pops. The Savannah Philharmonic Chorus is a community-based auditioned ensemble that performs regularly with the orchestra in an oratorio and opera setting, as well as performing a wide range of music from a capella, Baroque to rock and pop standards. Both are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.
The SPO’s mission is to provide the highest level of musical performances and educational programs featuring the highest caliber of professional musicians, a volunteer chorus, and internationally acclaimed soloists. The SPO aims to exhilarate, educate, and enrich a large and diverse audience in the greater Savannah community.
For more information visit http://www.savannahphilharmonic.org/
OGEECHEE RIVERKEEPER HOPEFUL AFTER JUDGE DELAYS PIPELINE RULING
SAVANNAH, GA – November 16, 2015 The health and welfare of Georgia’s coastline will be decided next year as Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams considers the appeal by energy giant Kinder Morgan. On Friday November 13 Judge Adams granted orally the intervention motion by the coalition of Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK), Savannah Riverkeeper, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Satilla Riverkeeper and the Center for a Sustainable Coast, represented by GreenLaw and advised that she would make her ruling in 2016.
The legal crux of the matter for Judge Adams to decide is whether Commissioner Russell McMurry from the Georgia Department of Transportation followed procedures and had evidence for his decision which halted their Palmetto Pipeline project on May 18 2015 by denying the company the right of eminent domain.
Ogeechee Riverkeeper Emily Markesteyn said “Commissioner McMurry was right when he refused to let Kinder Morgan expose some of our state’s most beautiful, prized natural resources to pollution and Kinder Morgan’s response to the DOT’s denial of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity has been disappointing but not surprising”. She continued “the fact that the company is spending so freely on trying to purchase land and making generous grants to the communities which will be affected by the Palmetto Pipeline does not make their proposed desecration of a wide swathe of the state’s beloved natural resources the right thing to do. The Palmetto Pipeline would endanger the coast by risking the safety of citizens and wildlife, as well as the health of the ecosystem now and for future generations.”
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GEORGIA WATER COALITION ENJOYS COASTAL OFFERINGS
DURING RICHMOND HILL MEETING
RICHMOND HILL, GA – November 16, 2015 – The hours of planning logged by Ogeechee Riverkeeper ahead of November’s Georgia Water Coalition Partner Meeting paid off in dividends. The fall event, held this year in Richmond Hill and co-hosted by ORK, served as a prime opportunity for hundreds of coalition members from around the state to enjoy coastal Georgia’s natural resources and appreciate the region’s offerings.
Attendees were encouraged to take advantage of their two days in the scenic Coastal Empire by exploring the area’s sites and attractions. The overnight guests even had the option of reserving a cabin or campsite at historic Fort McAllister, a 1,725-acre state park located on the south bank of the Ogeechee River.
Guests arrived just after lunch on Thursday, Nov. 12. The group enjoyed a variety of activities and networking opportunities that allowed them to take in the beautiful waterways, diverse wildlife and breathtaking sights the region is known for. They could choose from several excursions including a paddle trip sponsored by Ogeechee Riverkeeper, a birding expedition at Harris Neck, a wetlands walk with renowned naturalist Cathy Sakas or a private tour of Fort McAllister. After a fun-filled afternoon soaking up the South Georgia sunshine, attendees socialized over a freshly prepared seafood dinner courtesy of Love’s Seafood.
On Friday, Nov. 13, guests gathered for a daylong Georgia Water Coalition meeting at the Richmond Hill City Center in J.F. Gregory Park, a 335-acre multi-use recreational area that once encompassed a thriving rice plantation and was subsequently acquired by Henry Ford. The meeting included a catered lunch.
During the gathering, staffers and members of more than 200 organizations representing over a quarter of a million Georgians discussed statewide water management and associated issues.
“We thoroughly enjoyed having the Georgia Water Coalition partners in Richmond Hill for the annual meeting,” Ogeechee Riverkeeper Emily Markesteyn said. “We worked efficiently and addressed several important matters, but business proceedings were balanced with a few social outings and visits to local attractions. I think the attendees were impressed by all that Coastal Georgia has to offer. The planned activities left the representatives feeling reinvigorated so they could focus on ensuring Georgia’s surface and ground waters continue to be well-managed public resources.”
For more information on the Georgia Water Coalition, please visit www.garivers.org, call Gina Rogers at 770-787-7887 or email GINA@gwf.org. For more information on the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, please visit ogeecheeriverkeeper.org.
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SD GUNNER FUND RAISES OVER $1,300 AT INAUGURAL VETERAN’S DAY FUNDRAISER
RICHMOND HILL, GA – November 16, 2015 Members of the community gathered on Veterans Day at the Richmond Hill City Center for the Inaugural SD Gunner Fund Veteran’s Day Fundraiser. Robert Mock, President of the Richmond Hill Exchange Club was the emcee and guests were able to hear directly from founder, Britnee Kinard, as she shared her personal family experiences of dealing with her husband’s PTSD and son’s autism.
The S.D. Gunner Fund is a non-profit organization created by the Kinard family to assist veterans and disabled children with the financial expense of owning much needed service animals. At this Veteran’s Day event, over 60 attendees were clearly moved by the heart felt presentation and powerful videos which clearly demonstrated the invaluable benefits of service animals to handicapped veterans and children with special needs.
Kinard was delighted with the over $1,300 raised for the S.D. Gunner Fund and said, “If it wasn’t for faithful supporters we wouldn’t exist. Thank you to everyone who attended or supported today for helping us make a difference in the lives of our Veterans, our children and their families who struggle with physical and mental disabilities right here in our own community. A special thank you to our sponsors; Early Autism Project, Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy, and NeSmith Chevrolet.”
Donations are tax deductible. For more information on SD Gunner fund visit www.sdgunnerfund.com
200 Club of the Coastal Empire is a 501(c) (3) organization that provides assistance to the family members of fallen and injured first responders in 18 Georgia and 2 South Carolina counties. The organization, now in its 15th year, strives to lessen the devastating effects of tragedies by providing immediate and significant financial assistance to surviving family members of those first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. To date, the group has given over $1.2 million to beneficiaries in Brantley, Beaufort, S.C.; Bryan; Bulloch; Camden; Candler; Chatham; Effingham; Evans; Glynn; Jasper, S.C.; Jenkins; Liberty; Long; McIntosh; Pierce; Screven; Tattnall; Toombs; and Wayne counties.
SAVANNAH, GA – JUNE 16, 2015 – Three area businesses are going above and beyond to ensure Georgia River Network’s 2015 Paddle Georgia journey ends in spirited style on Friday, June 26. Thanks to generous sponsorship support from Coastal Electric Cooperative, Love’s Seafood and Coastal Empire Beer Co., the wrap-up soiree on the banks of the Ogeechee River will leave the triumphant paddlers wanting for nothing.
This year, Ogeechee Riverkeeper is hosting Paddle Georgia 2015, which gives participants in canoes and kayaks the chance to spend a week exploring the Ogeechee, one of Coastal Georgia’s most prized natural resources. After starting on June 20 and logging 95 miles through Bulloch, Screven, Effingham, Chatham and Bryan counties – navigating swampy bottomlands, tidal marches, deadfalls and narrow, braided channels – paddlers will complete their adventure just outside Richmond Hill thanks to the generous support of Love’s Seafood.
Fresh from the Ogeechee, River’s End Celebration guests will disembark at King’s Ferry and arrive between 2-5 p.m. at Love’s, where they’ll enjoy the eatery’s legendary Low country boil at 6 p.m., plus beer sold by Coastal Empire Beer. The company will donate all proceeds from beer sales to Ogeechee Riverkeeper, whose mission includes preservation work, advocacy efforts and outreach. Coastal Electric Cooperative’s sponsorship will see to it that no detail is overlooked as attendees kick back in leisurely relaxation.
“We’re so grateful to Coastal Electric Cooperative, Love’s Seafood and Coastal Empire Beer Co. for their kindness, generosity and steadfast support of Ogeechee Riverkeeper and Paddle Georgia,” said Ogeechee Riverkeeper Emily Markesteyn. “Thanks to these amazing sponsors, we’ll be able to give our exhausted paddlers one last jubilant hurrah before they head home to their families and pursue our mission of protecting our region’s waterways now and for future generations .”
The public is also welcome to attend the River’s End Celebration, and organizers suggest arrival between 2-5 p.m. June 26 to enjoy music and fellowship. Love’s Seafood will be providing a low country boil dinner for $15 a person and community members are invited to join this and to participate in the bake and buy fundraiser. All attendees are welcome to bring sweet baked goods (individually wrapped) for sale (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to contribute to the bake sale) or consider purchasing to help Ogeechee Riverkeeper continue its essential work. For information about tickets, please visit www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org
Paddle Georgia, now in its 11th year, brings together more than 400 outdoor enthusiasts each summer for seven days of exploring one of the state’s chosen waterways. The journey is designed to encourage better river protection, promote recreational use of the natural resources and raise funds.
To learn more about Ogeechee Riverkeeper, please visit www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org or call 866-942-6222.
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Asbury Memorial Methodist church was founded in the early 20th century at the corner of Waters and Henry Street in Savannah. Reverend Billy Hester and his wife Cheri joined the church in 1993 and they have significantly grown the church since this time by focusing on inclusiveness, the fine arts and the good news of Jesus Christ. It has a theatre company offering a regular program of quality productions.
The American Traditions Competition was established as a world renowned arts institution located in Savannah, Georgia. It was established to provide a forum for showcasing tomorrow’s vocal talents and superstars; and to celebrate the diverse repertoire of standard, classic American music.
In 1992 Savannah Onstage was born out of the love for music. Savannah Onstage was the forerunner of the Savannah Music Festival, a vibrant event showcasing competition winners and many genres of music from around the world and is now an established five day competition during the last week of February.
The annual Savannah VOICE Festival, launched in August 2013, is a non-profit arts organization that brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre and popular song. Working with its sister organization, VOICExperience, it serves over 100 artists, 5,000 audience members and provides over 45 events, outreaches
and community enrichments programs.