A large crowd attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Boys and Girls Center of McRae-Helena last Saturday, Aug. 5. The Boys and Girls Center is located at the Old Central Elementary School location at 17 Collins Street in McRae-Helena. The facility has undergone an expansive renovation in recent months by the owner of the property Frank Cray, Director of the Center Larry Wells and numerous community volunteers eager to get the grounds ready to serve the youth of Telfair County once again. “We were extremely pleased with our ribbon cutting Saturday,” says Boys and Girls Center Director Larry Wells. “We will be taking applications beginning Monday, Aug. 14 for the after-school program at the Boys and Girls Center from 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. We’re asking for volunteers to help out. If you’d like to volunteer please call me at 229-315-2495 or Frank Cray at 404-406-2396. We have a few volunteers helping now but need more people who want to help. We are especially looking for people who can help the kids with their homework.” Get the complete story inside this week’s Telfair Enterprise!

The Trojans hit the road last Friday night for a preseason scrimmage against local rival, the Wheeler County Bulldogs. The final score of the game was 42-7 with the Trojans on top signifying what fans hope is a great outlook for the upcoming 2017 football season for the Trojans. “For only our third day in pads, I was pleased with our performance,” says Telfair County Head Football Coach Matthew Burleson. “As expected this early on, there were a lot of mistakes made, but I absolutely loved our energy level and enthusiasm. Our crowd came out strong last week to support the Trojans. (To the fans) Keep it up! Let’s get loud, loud, loud! Make your way down to Hazlehurst Friday night as we wrap up our preseason.” The Trojans will take on Jeff Davis in Hazlehurst this Friday night, Aug. 11, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

Telfair EMA offers back-to-school tips

Telfair County Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross offer the following steps parents can take to make the trip back to the classroom safer:
• Children going back to school should know their home phone number, address and how to get in touch with parents at work. Children should also know how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1.
• Children should never talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know.
• When riding a bus to school children should make sure they get to their bus stop early and stand away from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive.
• Children should board the bus only after it has
come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has instructed you to get on.
• Children should only board their assigned bus and never an alternate one.
• Children should always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.
• Children should cross the street at the corner, obeying traffic signals and staying in the crosswalk.
• Children should never dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars.
Attn: Drivers
• Drivers should be aware that children are out walking or biking to school and slow down, especially in residential areas and school zones.
• Motorists should know what the yellow and red bus signals mean. Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is getting ready to stop and motorists should slow down and be prepared to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicate the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off. Drivers in both directions must stop their vehicles and wait until the lights go off, the stop sign is back in place and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.
On the way to school
• If children ride in a car to get to school, they should always wear a seat belt. Younger children should use car seats or booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits properly (typically for children ages 8-12 and over 4’9”), and ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
• If a teenager is going to drive to school, parents should mandate that they use seat belts. Drivers should not use cell phones to text or make calls, and should avoid eating or drinking while driving.
• Some students ride bikes to school. They should always wear a helmet and ride on the right, in the same direction as the traffic is going.
• When children are walking to school, they should only cross the street at an intersection, and use a route along which the school has placed crossing guards. Parents should walk young children to school, along with children taking new routes or attending new schools, at least for the first week to ensure they know how to get there safely. Arrange for the kids to walk to school with a friend or classmate.
• For more info on staying safe in the new school year check out the online resource at ready.ga.gov and redcross.org. Plus, the Telfair EMA is available to answer any safety questions at 229-868-5672.