Zoey Thomas is dedicated to encouraging and uplifting people. This was part of her motivation for opening Living Well Nutrition about a year ago in Statesboro. Spreading the gospel is also incredibly important to Thomas and plays a key role in the day to day running of her business.
She takes the time to include handwritten pieces of scripture or Christian quotes on the side of protein shakes and energizing teas heading out the door of her shop.
“We love hearing people’s responses of how they truly needed that energy and that verse or quote,” said Thomas.
Living Well Nutrition also emphasizes the additional health benefits of their beverages, whether that be fat burning coffee or collagen in a tea. However, what people constantly brag about are the delicious flavors!
“Went by this place today and oh my goodness I’m so glad I did. I got the Coconut Dream Tea and it was AMAZING! Will Definitely be back!!” Cheyenne Willis said in a Facebook review.
“I love this place. Very friendly staff and uplifting messages in the cups. The teas are so tasty too. Help support local small businesses. Go check them out asap!” Dianna Sammons-Floyd also said in a Facebook review.
Another product offered by Living Well Nutrition are their dry teas. Handed over as a small container of powder, the staff at Living Well will give you instructions on how to prepare the tea. If you can’t run by the shop everyday or want it on the go, dry tea is the perfect solution for your tea craving!
With future plans to start serving smoothie bowls, Living Well is a growing business. Stop by and see them from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturdays. Living Well Nutrition is located at 23669 US-80, near Fordham’s Farmhouse Restaurant. You can reach them at (912) 403-2686.
Sydney O. Davis
Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau
PO Box 1516
The Georgia Department of Corrections will host two job fairs in Statesboro next month. Stop by the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Statesboro) from 9am – 12pm on November 1st or November 22nd to speak with representatives from Rogers State Prison. They are located at 222 S. Main Street.
The Georgia Department of Corrections protects the public by operating safe and secure facilities through the development of professional staff and effective offender management. Take the first steps into your new career with GDC. Food Service, Counseling, Maintenance, Security, Store, Librarian, Teachers, and Farm Security positions are available.
The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority is partnering with Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee to host their annual Ag Night Out First Friday event on Friday, October 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ag Night Out is a First Friday event sponsored by Agri Supply and Nutrien Ag Solutions that promotes Statesboro’s local agriculture. The purpose of Ag Night Out is to raise awareness and build relationships throughout our community by celebrating our local agriculture. The event will feature a variety of locally grown foods, live music by Matt Waters, educational farm exhibits, tractor displays, vendors and other games and activities fit for the whole family.
The Bulloch County 4-H will hold a “Farm” themed costume contest at the event for children ages 0-8 on the main stage between the Courthouse and Synovus Bank. Check in will start at 6 p.m. and the contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
In conjunction with Ag Night Out, The Zeta Tau Alpha Statesboro Alumnae Chapter will “Pink Out the Fountain” in downtown Statesboro on Friday at 5:30 pm. October signals the beginning of Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Month. The organization is calling on all breast cancer survivors, patients currently undergoing breast cancer, and families who have lost a loved one from breast cancer to come and participate. Each person will receive a small cup of pink dye and be able to pour their cup into the fountain.
The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority would also like to thank their 2021-2022 sponsors: Colony Bank, Cinnaholic, Statesboro Properties, McKeithen’s True Value, CORE Credit Union, Georgia Power, East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, Wells Fargo , Tormenta FC, Coca Cola, Statesboro Oral Surgery, McLendon Enterprise, Southern Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Zaxby’s and Morris Bank.
For more information on Ag Night Out, contact the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority at 912-764-7227 or visit statesborodowntown.com.
SpringHill Suites, located near Georgia Southern University, will be closed until October 16th according to Marriott’s official website. We spoke with the hotel’s general manager who advised that the closure is due to a mechanical issue, and visitors who have reservations booked during the closure are being contacted via phone or email. Visit Statesboro will be notified when the matter is resolved and if an earlier opening date is scheduled.
We are currently assisting guests in finding other accommodations so please reach out to our office if you are still in need of lodging during this period. 912-259-9555
The Athens to Savannah Ride announces support from Astra Group, a heavy civil general contractor, specializing in the construction of public spaces, transportation and wet utility infrastructure. Astra is the 2021 Day 2 Stage Sponsor for the Athens to Savannah Ride. Day 2 traverses 102 miles from Sandersville to Statesboro on bicycle, through Tennille, Wrightsville, Bartow & Twin City.
Director of the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail and Ride Organizer for the Athens to Savannah Ride, Mary Charles Howard explains the partnership with Astra, “The Georgia Hi-Lo Trail is excited to welcome Astra as a Stage Sponsor of the 2021 Athens to Savannah Ride. Astra approached us (The Georgia Hi-Lo Trail) in spring 2021 and asked how they could support our progress. After discussing our timeline, and how our annual Athens to Savannah Bike Ride raises funds annually to build the Trail, Astra agreed to be a supporter.”
The addition of this sponsor is vital to the success of this year’s ride and future rides. The more funds and awareness raised the quicker the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail can move progress towards its end goal.
The alignment of values between Georgia Hi-Lo Trail and Astra was clear from the start, as both the Hi-Lo and Astra aim to build quality of life for the communities we serve. The partnership is a fitting one.
Astra’s Vice President, Allen Eison, shared his thoughts on the relationship.“When we first read about the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail, Astra was immediately interested in learning more about the history of how the idea of this trail came to fruition and how we could partner with the Hi-Lo Leadership Team. During our discussions, we realized the value of the project and its potential impact on the region. We are long supporters of helping communities build infrastructure that supports neighborhood and regional connectivity, active living, and preserving and providing intentional space for people to be engaged in their communities.
From the Atlanta BeltLine (Atlanta), the Ivy Creek Greenway (Suwanee), and the Bob Callan Trunk Trail (Marietta) to the North Oconee River Greenway (Athens-Clarke County) connecting to our Trail Creek Crossing project, which is part of the Firefly Trail serving as the northernmost connection of the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail, Astra’s history of building trails remains among the best in the business. We also built part of the Truman Trail for Chatham County and are actively working on Emerald Trail’s Model Mile in Jacksonville, FL. In addition, our longstanding partnership with the PATH Foundation, as well as the many other entities listed above with whom we’ve had the pleasure of working, are a testament to how collaborative and dedicated we are to parks and greenspace development and preservation, whether linear, active or passive.
The rigorous Athens to Savannah Ride is a real example of how you can start with a grassroots vision and see just how necessary this trail is and how useful it can be in connecting rural areas of the state through miles of concrete. It’s about making and sustaining connections, and Astra is thrilled at the opportunity to support the Georgia Hi-Lo trail.”
About the Athens to Savannah Ride
The mission of the Athens to Savannah Ride is to channel the enthusiasm and tradition of this event to promote awareness, support and funding for the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail, as well as the Trail’s mission to drive economic development through connectivity and empowerment of Georgia’s rural communities. For more information visit AthenstoSavannah.com.
About the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail
The Georgia Hi-Lo Trail is dedicated to building a 211-mile paved trail that will serve to drive economic development through the connectivity and empowerment of rural Georgia. Upon completion of the 211-mile Georgia Hi-Lo Trail from Union Point to Savannah, the Hi-Lo Trail will connect to the 39-mile Firefly Trail from Union Point to Athens and together form the longest paved trail in America, connecting small Georgia towns, from Athens to Savannah through the paved, road separated path and creating opportunities for growth and economic development. For more information visit GeorgiaHiLo.com.
For media inquiries or more information about participation or sponsorship, contact Mary Charles Howard at 706-338-8054 or [email protected].
The August 21st event kicks off the 2021 high school football season with the Macon County
Bulldogs taking on the Panthers from Clinch County at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Wayne
County Yellow Jackets and the Blue Devils from Statesboro High butting heads at 9:00 p.m.
Both contests will take place at Georgia Southern’s legendary Allen E. Paulson Stadium.
From Montezuma, Georgia, the Bulldogs from Macon County High school compete in
Region 5-A and are coached by Dexter Copeland. Serving as the school’s Athletic Director,
Copeland is a native of Warner Robins (Northside HS) and is a graduate of Georgia
Southern University. He has coached for over 15 years with stints at Twiggs County,
Baldwin County, Hawkinsville and Monticello.
Representing Region 2-A, Clinch County High School is in Homerville, Georgia. A former
Panther football standout himself, Don Tison returned to his alma mater as the head coach
in 2019. He is the son of former head football coach Donald Tison. The Panthers’ football
stadium is named after the late Donald Tison, who was Clinch County’s head football coach
from 1974-1994. The younger Tison was the Offensive Coordinator for Clinch County
overseeing the most prolific offense in Panther history in 2010 and served in the same role
for four of the school’s eight state title teams (2010, 2015, 2017, 2018).
From Jesup, Georgia, the Region 1-5A Yellow Jackets of Wayne County High School are
coached by Ken Cribb. Entering his 5th season at the helm, Cribb previously turned the
Bluffton High School (SC) Bobcats into a Palmetto State power going 63-26 in seven
seasons including numerous semi-finals appearances and a state runner up in 2011.
The Yellow Jackets from Wayne County are stepping up to Class 6-A to take on Statesboro
High School in the night cap. The Blue Devils are coached Jeff Kaiser, who took over the
reigns from Steve Pennington in 2018. Previously at Tattnall County High School, Kaiser
was a football and baseball star at Statesboro High and played defensive line for the
University of Georgia Bulldogs .
The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority will kick off their season of F1rst Friday’s with the Downtown Pep Rally on August 6th from 5:30-8 pm at the Bulloch County Courthouse. The event will showcase local marching bands, football teams, and cheerleading squads.
The 2021 Downtown Pep Rally is a public event celebrating local football teams in Bulloch County. Rhan Hutcheson, the Executive Director of the Averitt Center for the Arts, will introduce each of the teams as they take the stage on the Courthouse steps.
Join the community and show some team spirit in celebrating each school. Rhan Hutcheson will interview the coaches and some of the key players to discuss their teams’ upcoming seasons. This year’s pep rally schedule of appearance is as follows: 5:30 p.m. Bulloch Academy, 6:00 p.m. Portal High School, 6:30 Georgia Southern University Athletics, and 7:30 p.m. Statesboro High School.
The proud sponsor of this year’s Downtown Pep Rally event is Statesboro Natural Gas. They will be providing hotdogs and refreshments for the attending teammates. There will also be local vendors on Siebald Street selling food and products to parents and other community members.
The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority would also like to thank their additional sponsors for 2021-2022: CORE Credit Union, Georgia Power, Colony Bank, East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, Coca-Cola, Statesboro Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Southern Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Tormenta FC, Colony Bank, Cinnaholic and McKeithen’s True Value .
“Bill Marinella Casting in Savannah” is currently ready to start casting a 1940’s era project for a major Atlanta-based studio. They are in need of adults of all ethnicities, both men and women, for this project and others! Want to register for these projects? Follow the link below to create a profile.
If minor children are needed, they will need a minor’s work permit before beginning. This information will be posted on the “Bill Marinella Casting in Savannah” FB page when ages of the children and work dates are known.
Once you have registered and created a profile, a direct link will be sent to those who fit each paid extra role. You’ll also receive the dates needed for Covid testing (you will be paid for the test) and costume fittings (also paid), along with work dates. Compensation is $200 for 12 hours!
The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern is excited to bring a bit of movie magic to Statesboro with a series of drive-in movie features this spring.
The PAC will host four drive-in movies in the parking lot in front of the building throughout March, April, and May, with a range of titles to please all tastes: Dreamgirls, on March 6, with showtimes at 7pm and 10pm; Frozen, on March 20, with showtimes at 7:30pm and 10pm; The Notebook, on April 17, with showtimes at 8pm and 10:30pm, and Ghostbusters, on May 1, with showtimes at 8pm and 10:30pm. The price for admission is $10 per car. Spaces will be limited, so be sure to purchase your pass early!
PAC Director Stacie McDaniel says the whole staff is anxious to bring this new programming to their audience, noting, “We are just so pleased to be able to engage with the community and offer some fun activities to get folks out of the house, and to do so in a safe way!”
Please note that face masks or coverings must be worn when using the restrooms inside the PAC and when interacting with on-site staff.
Car passes are $10 and are on sale now at the GSUPAC Box Office. Visit the Box Office in person Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or purchase your pass over the phone at 912-478-7999 or online at www.georgiasouthern.edu/pac.
Parker’s Announces Landmark $20 Million Donation to Support Communities Throughout Georgia and South Carolina
Parker’s – a nationally acclaimed convenience store company and food service leader that was named the 2020 Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year – recently donated a record $20 million to support charitable initiatives throughout the company’s corporate footprint in coastal Georgia and South Carolina.
The Parker’s Community Fund, which will be administered by the Savannah Community Foundation, will support a range of charitable causes across the region. A new Community Impact Committee is being formed to make decisions about how to allocate the funds strategically in order to make the biggest impact.
“At Parker’s we have a profound commitment to giving back to the communities that have supported us over the years,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker, who was recently inducted into the Convenience Store Hall of Fame. “This initial gift of $20 million is the beginning of a fund that we intend to grow. The new Parker’s Community Fund will allow us to make an even bigger impact in the future, supporting important causes that matter most to our customers.”
Known for its longstanding commitment to charitable giving, Parker’s is one of the most generous companies in the convenience store industry and in the Southeast. In recent years, Parker’s endowed the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga., and made a record $5 million donation to the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University, supporting the next generation of business leaders in Georgia.
In addition, the company’s acclaimed Fueling the Community charitable giving initiative gives back to every community where Parker’s does business. A percentage of the gas sold at all Parker’s locations on the first Wednesday of the month is donated to the Fueling the Community program.
“The Parker’s Community Fund stands apart as the largest single donation to the Savannah Community Foundation in our 65-year history,” said Savannah Community Foundation President Russ Simpson. “We’re incredibly honored that Parker’s selected the Savannah Community Foundation to manage this donor-advised fund. It will be exciting to see how this fund will support so many organizations in Georgia and South Carolina in the future.”
Since its founding in 1976, Parker’s has grown from a one-store operation in Midway, Ga. to an award-winning, 68-store company with state-of-the-art convenience stores located throughout Georgia and South Carolina, serving delicious, award-winning Southern-inspired Parker’s Kitchen food that’s made from scratch on-site. Parker’s was recently named the 2020 Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year, which is the convenience store industry’s highest honor, and was voted one of America’s top 10 gas station brands by USA TODAY readers. The company also earned a 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, which is presented to the top 10% of restaurants across the United States.
Currently celebrating its 45th anniversary, Parker’s has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for five years and has been honored by Food and Wine as one of America’s Best Convenience Stores, by The Shelby Report as the Southeast Retailer of the Year and by Convenience Store News as the Foodservice Leader of the Year. The Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, which includes more than 210,000 members, has saved customers more than $15 million to date.
Parker’s stands apart as one of America’s most respected convenience store brands and is known for having the cleanest stores in the industry. The company serves award-winning Southern-inspired food, offers an acclaimed Parker’s Rewards program and gives back to every community where it does business through the Fueling the Community charitable giving program. Parker’s employs more than 1,200 individuals throughout the region and completes more than 125,000 transactions daily.
Honored as the 2020 Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year, Parker’s is strategically redefining the nation’s convenience store industry, offering customers high-quality products, freshly prepared food and superior customer service at retail stores throughout southeast Georgia and South Carolina. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Parker’s has a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the nation’s leading convenience store and foodservice companies. Parker’s Kitchen, the popular food-centric brand under the Parker’s umbrella, serves world-famous hand-breaded Southern Fried Chicken Tenders as well as made-from-scratch mac ‘n’ cheese, a breakfast bar and daily specials. The company’s popular Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, which includes more than 210,000 members, has saved Parker’s customers more than $15 million to date. Learn more: www.parkerskitchen.com.
RECENT AWARDS AND ACCOLADES:
● Hall of Fame Inductee – Convenience Store News
● 2020 Best Gas Station Brand Top 10 – USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards
● 2020 Convenience Store Chain of the Year – Convenience Store Decisions
● 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award
● Legacy Leader – Georgia Trend
● America’s Best Convenience Stores – Food and Wine
● 2019 Southeast Retailer of the Year – The Shelby Report
● 2019 Fastest Growing Companies in America – Inc. 5000
● 2018 Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year – Convenience Store News
● Top 10 U.S. Gas Station Brands – Gas Buddy
● 50 Most Influential People in Convenience Store History – Convenience Store News
● Best Convenience Store – Savannah Morning News Readers’ Choice Awards
● Best Convenience Store – Savannah Magazine Best of Savannah Awards
● Best Convenience Store – Statesboro Herald “Best in the ‘Boro” Awards
● Best Convenience Store – Bryan County Now “Best of Bryan” Awards
● Regional Economic Impact Award – Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
● Best Convenience Store – Island Packet
● Most Fab Convenience Store – Effingham Herald
● Most Fabulous Gas Station – Effingham Living
● Wayne County’s Favorite Convenience Store – Jesup Press-Sentinel