The Cox Family’s Journey with Special Needs Adoption

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Allen and Kristi have been married for 19 years and have been blessed with four beautiful daughters: Allena, Leilani (who was still born as a result of multiple birth defects), Alivea, and Alea (who sports that extra special chromosome). Without even knowing it, when they lost Leilani, God was beginning to prepare their hearts for a journey of adoption that wouldn’t come to fruition until much later.

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Christy Sherman, Executive Director of the Richmond Hill CVB

Christy-ShermanA History Buff's Passion for Heritage Tourism

We would like to introduce you to the new Executive Director of Richmond Hill Convention and Visitors Bureau, Christy Sherman. You may recognize Christy from around town and that’s because of her heavy involvement in our community. She is currently the President of the Richmond Hill Historical Society.

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Georgia State Senator, Buddy Carter, Seeks Georgia's First District of US Congress

buddy-carter-richmondhillMeet Buddy Carter

Earlier this year, we introduced you to a few candidates who were running for Jack Kingston’s open congressional seat. As we approach the primarily election date of May 20, 2014, we wanted to introduce you to another candidate, Georgia State Senator Buddy Carter.

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Candidate Interviews for Georgia’s First District of US Congress

Dr-bob-Amy-Tavio-for-CongressAmy Tavio & Dr. Bob Johnson Seek Jack Kingston’s Open Seat

Jack Kingston’s open congressional seat is being sought after by several candidates. One is a Democrat, Amy Tavio, who happens to be the only one from Richmond Hill, GA. Another candidate is Dr. Bob Johnson, a Savannah Surgeon, who is one of six Republicans that will be in the Republican primary this spring.

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Tamela & Alisa, Owners of Made for More Creations

alisa--tamelaTwo Ladies Who Were Called To Do So Much More

Meet Alisa Arms and Tamela Buttrey, just two Jesus girls that have decided at age 46, it’s time to get in the game. They believe that we were created for SO MUCH MORE. “No more “same ole, same ole”…no more sidelines…we’re doing this...jumping in, both feet, cannonball style”, stated Tamela and Alisa.

 

Made for More Creations specializes in small event, drop off catering. They also provide sweet treats and take and bake casseroles. Owners, Alisa and Tamela, are passionate about loving and serving others and they love to cook. So, they decided to combine their desire to make a difference with their talents in the kitchen and open a business!

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Lisa Blaun, Local Dance Teacher

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Lisa Blaun was born in Upstate New York.  This is where she received the start of her dance training.  Lisa trained at Images In dance in Acrobatics, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Tap.  She has performed in numerous competitions such as Onstage New York, NYCDA (New York City Dance Alliance), Star Power, Star Systems, and Jump.  Not only was Lisa dancing and obtaining different techniques of dance, she was also starting her teaching career. Lisa had assisted her teachers in many classes before she was given the opportunity to teach her own classes. At age 15 Lisa began to teach and fall even more in love with dance. Not only was she a dancer and a teacher, she also was involved in her school as a cheerleader. This was all before the age of 18.

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Scott Allison, Director of Planning & Zoning of the City of Richmond Hill

scott-allisonImproving the City of Richmond Hill

 

Scott Allison joins the City of Richmond Hill after serving as the Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Garden City. Prior to that position, Scott spent over 7 years in private sector consulting as a project manager in Metro Atlanta.

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Cheyenne Willis-Kozaily, Founder of Lingüa

cheyenne-linguaBringing Culture to Richmond Hill Families

 

Cheyenne Willis-Kozaily is an entrepreneur, local business owner, artist, and mother. She grew up in Newnan, Georgia where she attended Newnan High School 1995-1998, the Advanced Academy of Georgia at the State University of West Georgia 1998-1999, and received her linguistics and education training at the University of Georgia 1999-2004.

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Robin Lance, Georgia Association of REALTORS President

robin lance richmond hill ga realtorA Local Realtor's Passion and Dedication

 

Robin Lance, a local realtor and co-owner of Prudential Coastal Georgia, was brought up in the “old school” of real estate. As a second generation broker under the guidance of her mother, Roberta Bennett, Robin learned early on how to give back to the organization that gave so much to her family and their business.

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Darcel Miller, Founder & President of Tru Unikue Ryderz Car Club

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Darcel Miller is the proud owner of Miller Cleaning Service established in 2007, she has 20 years’ experience. In 2007, Darcel Miller became a member of the Richmond Hill Women’s Business Alliance of which she still proudly serves as their Chair Events Planner.

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LaDonna Cook, Inspirational Author

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LIVE had the pleasure of interviewing LaDonna Cook, a hard working mother of two that has taken her passion to the next level. As Program Coordinator of the Mission Services for Goodwill's Richmond Hill Job Connection, she inspires others on a daily basis. However, her encouraging words do not end there, she loves creating an atmosphere for learning and growth.

 

LaDonna’s childhood dream was to become an author, she found her love for words at an early age and started writing poetry as a pre-teen. Reaching her dream, LaDonna self- published her first book, Expressions of the Mind, Body, & Soul. Her book signing was held, October of 2011 in Fayette, Mississippi at the Jefferson County Library. The book consists of collective poetry about love, relationships, spirituality, and encouragement. LaDonna’s motto is, “poetry is an outlet for the heart”. She hopes by reading this book it will enrich your soul.

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Angus McLeod, Local City Leader

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A Citizen Dedicates Over 25 Years to the Community

 

LIVE interviewed Angus McLeod, a local city leader in Richmond Hill, about his involvement in the community. We got to enjoy the early morning on the beautiful Ogeechee River where Angus resides. He has been involved in the community for over 25 years and has an extensive knowledge of the area. It was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to interview him and get to know more about what he is involved in. As you can see on the video below, he has his "hands" in a large variety of events that go on in Richmond Hill.

 

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Bill Henderson, Head Basketball Coach at RHHS

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Richmond Hill High School Graduate Comes Home to Coach

 

LIVE interviewed Bill Henderson, a native of Richmond Hill, who grew up playing sports in Richmond Hill schools and graduated from Richmond Hill High School. He is now the head basketball coach at Richmond Hill High School.

 

Coach Henderson teaches 9th and 10th grade World History and 12th grade American Government. He teaches around 90 students during the day. Along with being the head basketball coach, he is also an assistant coach for the Richmond Hill High School baseball team.

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Lauren Scholar, Owner of Scholar Rehab

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A Caring Individual In Our Business Community

 

Lauren Scholar, Richmond Hill resident and owner of Scholar Rehab defines rehabilitation as the processes of helping an individual achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life possible - physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

 

Since opening her business in 2004, Lauren says her business has grown through word of mouth. Basic to her success is her desire for people to get health and healing and feel better about themselves.

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Lisa Freeman, Mother of Captain Matthew Freeman

1Matt and Mom in Memorial HallRichmond Hill's American Hero, Captain Matthew Freeman

 

Marine Corps Captain Matthew Freeman was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 7, 2009. He was an Annapolis graduate and a fighter pilot who had volunteered for ground duty in Afghanistan. He was 29 years old and newly wed to Theresa, his high school sweetheart. Matt was a Richmond Hill native son, and truly, our American hero! Standing before a display honoring Matthew’s life at the Bryan County Administrative Annex, his mother, Mrs. Lisa Freeman, spoke with Richmond Hill GA LIVE about the support her family received from our community following Matthew’s death and how the community has rallied to honor his memory and his sacrifice in the three years that have passed since his death.

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Brittnee Harris, Richmond Hill Pre-K Teacher

brittneeharris1Brittnee Harris Finds Her Way Back Home as a Pre-K Teacher

 

Over 300 seniors graduate from high school every year and the number is continuing to grow every year. Most of the seniors go off to college, pursuing their dreams, but only a hand full of those find their way back to Richmond Hill to start their careers. Brittnee Harris is one of those few that always wanted to call Richmond Hill her home.

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Jon Seagraves, Coastal Conservation Association

jonsccaJon Seagraves, President of the CCA in Richmond Hill

 

Coastal Conservation Association of Richmond Hill is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation, promotion and enhancement of local marine resources.

 

LIVE interviewed a long time resident of Richmond Hill, Jon Seagraves; the president of the Coastal Conservation Association of Richmond Hill. Jon’s personal goal for his role as president is to continue building the Richmond Hill chapter in active membership and fundraising, as well as continue with local projects that have a positive impact on our local estuaries.

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Christy Balbo Shares Her Experiences in the Women Business Alliance

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This week LIVE interviewed Christy Balbo, the owner of a civil practice law firm, Christy Carroll Balbo, Attorney at Law, P.C., who is also the president of the Women’s Business Alliance Richmond Hill. The Women Business Alliance of Richmond Hill is dedicated to help entrepreneur women in city and the surrounding areas.

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Mckenzie Pickett, A Local Swim Instructor

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Richmond Hill GA LIVE interviewed Mckenzie Pickett, a 26 year-old swim instructor for Richmond Hill Swim Club. Mckenzie grew up in Pembroke and attended Bryan County High. After graduating high school in 2004, she attended Armstrong Atlantic State University where she earned a degree in Health and PE. Currently, Mckenzie lives in Richmond Hill and works as an instructor of Health and PE at Armstrong.

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Russ Carpenter, A Life-long Resident of Richmond Hill, GA

RussCarpenterRuss Carpenter, Government Teacher and Richmond Hill City Council Member

 

Russ Carpenter is a home-grown, hometown guy. He was born and raised in Richmond Hill; went to college at Armstrong Atlantic State University and kept Richmond Hill his home as an adult. As the Government teacher at Richmond Hill High School, Russ provides many students with their first real look at local, state and federal government. But this popular teacher doesn’t just talk-the-talk about government and politics; he teaches by example by serving his community as a member of Richmond Hill’s City Council. Russ will be telling us his story about what it was like growing up in Richmond Hill, his teaching career, and how he got involved in politics.

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Dana Lewis, Founder of Pay it Forward Foundation

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It's easy to resolve to be a kinder person, but translating intention into reality is another matter entirely. The Richmond Hill community is very fortunate to have an individual that does exactly that! Dana Lewis, the founder of Pay It Forward Foundation of Bryan County is known in the community to have the biggest heart and most generous helping hands for those in need, “It’s just the way I was built,” says Lewis.

 

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Sergeant First Class Lucas Gratz

lukegratzSergeant First Class Lucas Gratz 

 

My name is Lucas Lee Gratz. I am a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army with the Military Police Corps. I am married to my beautiful wife, Anne Gratz, of thirteen years and have three wonderful children (Luke Jr. 12, Peyton 7, Jackson 2). We have lived in Richmond Hill, GA since August of 2009 and are co-owners of Snapolgy, an educational learning with Legos® program. I was born on 04 May 1971 in Wheeling, WVA but grew up in the small town of Houston in Pennsylvania just south of Pittsburgh. I attended Chartiers Houston High School in Houston, PA and Graduated in June of 1989.

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Brianne Yontz, Executive Director of RHBC Chamber of Commerce

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Richmond Hill GA Live is in the business of promoting and supporting local businesses. The other day, we had the privilege of interviewing a kindred spirit, Brianne Yontz, the Executive Director of the Richmond Hill and Bryan County Chamber of Commerce. Brianne has been a wonderful leader and has helped tremendously with the success and growth of our local business community.

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Bill Eberlein, Megateeth Hunter

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LIVE interviewed Bill Eberlein, a teacher at Savannah Technical College and the president of Richmond Hill’s Rotary Club. As some of you know, Bill has a very interesting hobby; he dives off the Richmond Hill Coast for 2 million year old fossils. Bill usually dives for Megalodon teeth. Megalodons are extinct prehistoric sharks from the Miocene epoch, 15 to 20 million years ago, and the Florida Museum of Natural History puts adults at 60 feet long and 77 tons. Watch the video below to learn more about Bill’s diving experiences and these amazing creatures that lived millions of years ago.

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Boy Scouts Troop 400

Boy ScoutsInterview with the Boy Scouts Leaders from Troop 400

After the Court of Honor ceremony on May 3, 2012 (click here to read that story), Richmond Hill GA LIVE interviewed five boy scouts as local leaders in the community; Sawyer Duckworth, Matthew Parker, Andrew Martinez, Nathan Martinez and Phillip Martinez. We learned more about their lives and that they all love being outdoors as well as working with children.

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Local Interview with Teresa Merritt, Owner of Life Moves Dance Studio

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Teresa Merrit - Live Moves Dance Studio

 

LIVE interviewed Teresa Merritt and learned about her love for dance and teaching young children. She has inspired so many lives in the community with her passion for dancing.

 

Teresa Merritt has been teaching dance since she was 14-years-old. Her family moved to Richmond Hill, where she began teaching dance at several different places around town. She finally opened her first studio in September of 1999, which is Life Moves Dance Studio, right here in our community.

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Carey Daughtry, “Daughtry ATA Martial Arts School, Interview

Richmond Hill GA Live Interview of Carey DaughtryCarey Daughtry, Owner and Instructor of “Daughtry ATA Martial Arts School”, is Dedicated to Helping the Richmond Hill Community

 

LIVE interviewed Carey Daughtry and quickly learned of her passion about making a difference in our community. Her enthusiasm for her work and eloquence about giving back to the community through her work is inspiring. It makes us feel great to know we have leaders like Carey contributing her talents to the Richmond Hill community.

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