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Saving an island and giving back

Cindy Hinton probably has no idea what she's done.

She sent me an e-mail last week detailing the plans to revamp Jekyll Island. (For those of you with memories like mine, that's a sore spot for me. Politics plus prime development land rarely equals a win for Joe Public.)

Anyway, she included the link for the Save Jekyll website - - that has been set up by some of the island's residents and their supporters. Other than providing a great bit of information on the subject, there are also a couple of photo galleries that show just what the folks are trying to preserve.

For me, the pictures provide one more bit of distraction when the office walls close in or the McDuffie County heat isn't being cut by a steady beachside breeze.

So, when I don't get anything done this week, at least I have an excuse: Blame Cindy.

Meanwhile, it was great to spend a few minutes with Jasper and Casper Brinkley in Athens Saturday. The brothers were exhausted after the game, but neither could help but smile. After all, they gave Georgia the option of having the Brinkleys on the same defense as Danny Verdun Wheeler. The Dogs passed, and were probably kicking themselves Saturday night.

But what I enjoyed most was seeing the maturation process of both young men as football players. Even as they celebrated a big win over Georgia, they talked about ways they could improve.

It's that "not satisfied with good enough" attitude that will carry them far - both in football and life.

Although Middle Tennessee didn't beat No. 8 Louisville last week, senior DeMarco McNair - who hails from Thomson - took advantage of his time on national television. He rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown, and had 92 yards and a score receiving for the Blue Raiders.

He's earned the starting running back role for Middle Tennessee, and after his performance last week, it doesn't look like he'll be relinquishing that role anytime soon.

Earler this week, we marked a somber anniversary for our nation. The tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, served as a call to action for many people.

Some joined the military.

Some took a more active role in their community.

And there are still some - even six years later - who wonder what they can do.

How about donate blood?

Shepeard Community Blood Center put out the call earlier this week that their supply was critically low, and they needed all the healthy veins they could get.

Visit one of the Shepeard locations in Augusta, either on Wrightsboro Road, Davis Road or North Belair Road. Or visit their website at

Just give. It doesn't take much time, and it's certainly a way to save a life.

Web posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007

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