By Bonnie Taylor01/14/04
Calling all bakers! We need 35 desserts baked for a special homecoming dinner on Saturday, Jan. 24. Our C Battery of the First Battalion, 214th Field Artillery of the Georgia Army National Guard is coming home!
The nearly 100 soldiers are the last of the 214th to come home.
Their family lives and regular jobs have been disrupted since March 1 when they were mobilized. They first left Waynesboro headed for Fort Campbell, Ky., on March 20 and were assigned to Homeland Security in Fort Stewart on June 29.
The folks in Waynesboro rallied to give them a big Burke County send-off, complete with ceremony and dinner.
We promised them a welcome home ceremony, and plans are underway by the Waynesboro Family Readiness Support group and others throughout the community.
It takes a great team to pull this off. Several members of the Waynesboro Exchange Club, American Legion Post 120 and American Legion Post 170, and the members of the staff of The True Citizen, along with the Family Readiness Support team will be joining to set up, serve and clean up for Charlie Battery and their family.
Battery C will arrive at 1 p.m. at the Burke County Office Park where they will be welcomed by their families and friends. A ceremony will be held in their honor followed by a dinner catered by Mobleys. A special fund was set up for the send-off and leftover monies remained in the account for the homecoming.
Contributors included Mobley’s Cafeteria, Waynesboro Exchange Club, Waynesboro Rotary Club, The True Citizen, First United Methodist Church, Botsford Baptist Church, Burke Apothecary, American Legion Post 120, William Mizell Ford, First National Bank of Waynesboro, American Legion Post 270, Mickey Stewart, William E. Pellerin, D.M.D., Fred Roberts, Wal-Mart, First Baptist Church, Rob White, Pauline Jenkins Adult Class, Papa’s Pizza, Harveys Supermarkets, Pineland Bakery, DelMac Minute Mart, Everett and Brenda McBride, Burke County Tax Commissioner Cynthia McManus and individuals who provided desserts. If you are willing to bake a cake or some other type of dessert, please contact me during the day at 554-2111 or at home, 554-2320.
We need them delivered to The True Citizen on Friday, Jan. 23, or to the Burke County Office Park by noon on Saturday, Jan. 24.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Welcome home, Battery C!
I don't know if you have noticed the improvements on real estate row, but they are beginning to take shape. Sidney Cox was the first to locate on South Liberty Street. His business is undergoing a facelift and is looking good. A couple of years ago Mary Yelton Realty made her real estate home there, and it’s lovely, too.
Janice Morris just recently renovated a historical home within one block of the other two realtors. Her establishment looks great! Shivers Real Estate is remodeling the old American Sportsman building next to Sonic and will move in early spring.
Thanks guys and gals for your investment in Burke! We had a fun time! Not to be outdone by Harold Rowland or Ben Roberts, dualing columnists, to be with it, you can reach me via e-mail: bonniet@thetruecitizen-.com.
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