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Hey Y’all! Lori Grice gets a behind the scenes preview of The Paula Deen Network which launches September 24th

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Hey Y’all! Lori Grice gets a behind the scenes preview of The Paula Deen Network which launches September 24th

Lori Grice gets a behind the scenes preview of The Paula Deen Network which launches September 24th. Over the past few months, Lori has had the pleasure of visiting with and appearing on a couple upcoming shows with Paula Deen on her new Paula Deen Network.   “I have always been a great fan of Paula’s, especially with the girl power factor she brings. She is so creative and inspiring to me and so many of my clients and friends.  When her staff reached out with an opportunity to visit with her and actually participate in some of the filmings, I was thrilled.” said Lori. The shows are filmed in Paula’s home with a small audience which allows for a lot of interaction.  She was so personable and her staff was so accommodating.  On one of the shows, Bobby and Claudia Deen led the show until Paula got back from a sponsor meeting.  “With this behind the scenes look, I can tell you that “y’all” are in for a real treat.  No matter if you are a fan or not, you will be impressed with this “comeback Girl’s” energy, enthusiasm and the variety of cooking knowledge she shares.” said Lori. Many of Lori’s friends and clients have been able to enjoy this incredible experience and they will agree, the best of Paula is yet to come.  The Paula Deen Network launches tomorrow.  You can sign up for a 14 day free trial, but you might as well subscribe, because your going to be hooked!  Check out the Paula Deen Network now. Keep a close eye out for you might just see Lori and more of your friends appearing with Paula on shows on the network.  {hint, hint:  Game Shows!}   Related articles across the web Paula Deen launches comeback after 40-pound weight loss, diabetes, racism suit Paula Deen documentary tells her side of downfall Paula Deen: “I’m so sorry for the hurt that I caused people’ Paula Deen Returns To ‘Today’: Plugs New Network, Won’t Look At Tape Of Last Year Don’t Call Her Old-Fashioned: Paula Deen’s Comeback Is for the Digital...

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#TrueBlue – Lori Grice Photography – Statesboro, Georgia

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#TrueBlue – Lori Grice Photography – Statesboro, Georgia

#TrueBlue  We remember when we were in college at GSC/U, there was always a tremendous amount of excitement in the community on football weekends.  Several times per year the sororities would “paint the town Blue”.  Over the years we have seemed to move away from this.  This year the DSDA, SCVB and GSU Athletic Marketing have teamed up to bring this great tradition back.  We are excited about the next few days of downtown events leading up to Saturday’s kickoff in the “new” Paulsen stadium. For those of you who have not had a chance to check out our windows “painted Blue”  we wanted to share this with you to help you get into the spirit.  Please join us downtown tonight (Thursday) for the downtown True Blue tailgating on Vine Street.  Tomorrow night (Friday) come downtown and enjoy the Taste of the Boro.  This is one of the most popular First Friday events of the year.  Downtown businesses have teamed up with local restaurants to give you a real “taste” of downtown. Lori wanted to kick it “old school” with our window displays and pay tribute to the man who made this happen Erk.  In our main window there is a collage of memorabilia including SIX jugs of famous Eagle Creek Water – representing each of the national championships. In the corner is Erk’s “chair” complete with a partially smoked cigar, a tall boy, his favorite GSU photograph and a few other surprises.  Throughout the windows we celebrate where we have been and where we are going.  Starting at 40 East and walking west – it will be a fun trip down memory lane for many of you. Upstairs the windows are covered with a little “heavenly” motivation from ERK reminding us to G.A.T.A. from above.  A constant reminder of where we have been and where we can go if we remember the simple things he taught us as a community.  It also reminds us of all of those who have walked before us and paved the way for our success.  Lastly, we know the greats are all looking down from heaven with a huge smile on their faces. The side walks are covered with chalk paint – which is Edie Grace’s contribution.  She has become quite the artist.  Wonder how that happened?  She covered some of her favorite Erkism’s and a few new ones she contributed. The centerpiece, is the reserved parking space for the Truest of True Blue.  It is reserved to celebrate and honor only the TRUEST of TRUE BLUE appropriately with a VIP parking space at in the center of Downtown. Stop by tomorrow night and enjoy some complimentary Ellinaos Coffee and let us give you a “walking” tour of #TRUEBLUE central. Have a GREAT weekend and GO...

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Beautiful outdoor wedding – Sylvania, GA

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Beautiful outdoor wedding – Sylvania, GA

Happy Anniversary, Valarie & Jason!  ...

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Edie Grace’s First Day of School – 8th Grade

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Every day life presents us with incredibly wonderful gifts.  Some are large, others small and many we fail to recognize what a gift they truly are.  The greatest “gift” Lori and I ever received is Edie Grace.  She is definitely a gift that keeps on giving.  She is as unique as both Lori and I could ever be, with the perfect combination of our strengths.  With a mom as a photographer, there are not many moments in our life that we do not capture in a creative way.  First days of school have become an anticipated event for me.  It is a measure of how fast Edie Grace is growing up and how quickly I am growing older, grayer and more rotund.   But more importantly, it is a reminder of what an incredible gift God has given us and the awesome responsibility we have as parents to nurture, support, encourage and prepare her for this crazy world we live in today. Happy First Day of School Edie Grace and thanks for making your mom and I so proud of you every day. Love, Dad A look back at Edie Grace’s first days of school: (Click on the image and it will take you to the blog for that year)      ...

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Prayers from Fiji by Ellen Murkison – Statesboro, Georgia

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Prayers from Fiji by Ellen Murkison – Statesboro, Georgia

Prayers from Fiji: Everyone in Statesboro followed the story a few years ago about the Murkison family.  They went from obscurity to a household name overnight as they experienced the worst nightmare anyone could ever imagine.  Two years ago, on a fun family outing enjoying Christmas lights, their lives changed forever in a horrible car accident.  I remember as word trickled in over the next few days, weeks and months throughout the community about the roller coaster ride of emotions and experiences this family was undergoing.  Our hearts broke for them.  Through it all, however, we were most impressed by their remarkable strength and faith. We all traveled this journey with them, through social media, and each of us had so many questions about the accident and subsequent journey.  We wondered about the details of the accident, how they found the strength to recover physically and mentally while caring for their critically injured son, what sources of information they used to make what turned out to be lifesaving decisions for their sons, often going against the advice of the doctors, to how was their relationship currently with the drivers of the vehicles that night. A short while after the accident, many of us packed the Emma Kelly Theater to listen to Dr. Michael Braz play a benefit concert to honor this family.  As our community has a long tradition of doing, we all gave generously and raised over $10,000.  The entire Murkison family attended along with Brian, also the emergency personal and medical professionals who played a critical role in their survival on that fateful night.  The miracle child, Brian walked onto the stage and assisted Dr. Braz at the piano and then spoke to the crowd.  There was not a dry eye in the house.  It is not often, you get to experience a miracle in such a remarkable and powerful way.Ellen Murkison, in her book “Prayers from Fiji”, allows each of us the opportunity to experience intimately this seemingly continuous nightmare through her personal journal. She answers all of the questions we pondered and so many more in a deeply personal way, from a mother’s perspective. Ellen describes in the book how motivating and inspiring it was to know that strangers from all over the world were praying for her family.  One evening they were explaining this to their son Ben, when he asked if even people in Fiji were praying for them.  She explains how that led to a chain of events in a matter of hours that provided a positive response to Ben’s question.  Hence the title, “Prayer’s from Fiji.” She has done a masterful job through “Prayers from Fiji” in giving us an incredibly personal reminder of how precious the gift of life truly is.  It is also a wonderful display of the strength God can give you to overcome unimaginable odds. No matter if you know the story or have never heard of this family, I encourage you to purchase this book and come out and meet this remarkable family.  The book will remind you how precious life is, how important a family and a community can be and most importantly how insignificant 99.9% of things we think are challenges in our life really are. The Murkison’s have chosen to come back to...

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Statesboro Youth Chorale.

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Statesboro Youth Chorale.

The Averitt Center’s Statesboro Youth Chorale were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in NYC this summer.  The Statesboro Herald featured the SYC today in Sunday’s Lifestyle section of the paper.  If you select each section it will take you to a readable link.  This was an incredible experience for the Statesboro Youth Chorale and a wonderful way to spotlight our community...

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2015 senior portrait promotions extended

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2015 senior portrait promotions extended

We have extended our “FREE Sitting Fee” 2015 senior portrait promotions offer for all LGP client, current or past until Monday, July 7.  This offer is for a free sitting fee credit up to $150 which covers most senior sittings in the studio and around Statesboro.  This offer is good for clients , no matter when you last used Lori.  Email info@lorigrice.com or call 912-764-7274 to take advantage of this offer.  After July 7th Lori will open her schedule for new LGP clients who wish to commission her for their senior portraits. Check out some of Lori’s incredible 2014 Senior portraits...

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Bellville, Georgia: A train ride through memory lane.

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Bellville, Georgia: A train ride through memory lane.

It was a beautiful day, in April of 1971.  Thirty or so, excited kindergarten students from First Methodist and First Baptist of Claxton preschool boarded a bus to Dover. We had been invited to ride on one of the last voyages of the Nancy Hanks.  Even though I was five at the time, I remember it vividly.  It was the first time many of us had ridden a bus, let alone a train. This Saturday, many of those memories came flooding back as we boarded the SAM Short Line Excursion Train in Bellville, Georgia.  That last time anyone boarded a train in Bellville was May, 1951.  The train was making a special visit today, as part of Evans Counties Centennial Celebration.  I boarded the train with my Grandmother, Betty Grice who rode with me on the Nancy Hanks 43 years ago, and my daughter Edie Grace now a teenager. As the train, pulled from the station my childhood friend, Judge Darin McCoy shared historical facts with us about Evans County.  He talked about the buildings, movements and families who have impacted our community and our lives in incredibly special ways.  As the narration, blended in the background I could tell this trip was personal for everyone aboard.  So many stories, so much life lived aboard this train.  Here is how this short journey opened so many wonderful memories for me. First we passed Pinewood, as we were leaving the station and the flood of wonderful memories filled my heart.  The presence of that school, its founders and leaders have had an indelible mark on me and so many others.  I could see Tab’s (Mr. Smith) face peeking through the narrow window of the class room, checking in randomly, as he loved to do to make sure everything and everyone was on track.  I remember Emmett Daniel, Jr. telling me one day that Mr. Smith had to be a direct descendant of Jesus, because he seemed to know what everyone was doing at all times good or bad.  There wasn’t much bad back then, because Mr. Smith could transform attitudes promptly and attentively in a way that made you wish he would just send you home to mamma. We chugged along through the industrial park and into Hagan where I could hear the Christmas music playing and remembered the beautiful Christmas display we all made our parents drive us to so we could sit and watch.  I had never seen anything like that.  It had to be the most Christmas lights and decorations in the entire world.  What a labor of love by Eunice Shuman and incredible gift to our community and our childhood that was. Then there was Nesmith Chevrolet.  One of the highlights of our school days was during the week of Martin’s grand opening of his Hagan dealership, he invited our entire bus from Pinewood to come and get a free hot dog, bag of chips and a coke.  Generosity, like that was hard to explain to me back then. Past the Veterans center, which was the centerpiece of activity as it continues to be.  I remembered a packed house one night when Mayor DeLoach was sharing the importance of voting in our first 1% sales tax.  As he preached to the faithful followers, the public address system...

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Tuesday’s with Earlene

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For over twenty years, my favorite day was Tuesday.  Not simply because it was the day after Monday.  It wasn’t because this was the day that my house would be cleaned spotlessly, my laundry was done and my shirts were ironed with precision and a stiffness that only a drill sergeant could appreciate.  It was the day that the second most important woman in my life would come, like clockwork, and handle all the mentioned tasks with a happiness that I could barely understand.  It was Earlene’s day.  For the past two decades, she had become an important member of our family.   Earlene was unique, smart, driven, punctual and proud.  She challenged me to be a better person.  To understand the struggles of the least of these.  She encouraged me to keep my eyes open and never accept things for how they are but how they should and could be.  She loved life, loved her Lord, loved to sing and loved her family.  She loved traveling, especially for family reunions.  I remember her first cruise like it was yesterday.  She had tons of questions, would bring me forms weekly to review just to make sure that no one was taking advantage of her and her family.   She was like a second mom in many ways.  It is funny how we would work like crazy to “pre-clean” our house before she arrived so I would not get a lecture or worse yet a note of correction from “Miss Earlene.”   She would be here at 1 on the dot.  Not a minute more or less.  She expected a chilled Diet Coke ready for her in the fridge and her check on the counter.  If one of these two things were missing, then there would be hell to pay from Earlene.   I enjoyed her stories about her family and the pride she had in each one of them.  Through the years, she became so much more than just a housekeeper.  She was my sounding board.  My connection to a population that I barely understood.  She was well read and could hang with most any conversation.  She would instruct me on issues in our community, state and nation and her expectations of correction, as if I was directly connected to the source of power in each situation.   Through the years, as my circle of friends increased, I found myself in a position of advisement to leaders throughout the region and state and ironically became that source she knew I would be.   I would often quote Earlene in meetings with these leaders.  I will never forget one night in debate prep for a gubernatorial client of mine, he was straying off the path with an idea regarding the Hope scholarship.  I proceeded to lecture him like he was a grade-schooler the reasons this was thought process was disconnected and off base, citing Earlene as my source.  He went with Earlene’s advice and it paid great dividends for him and our state.  Every year, she received a birthday call or note from this former Governor, a few congressman, several Secretary of States, an Attorney General or two and the list continues, that were grateful for her advice.   Earlene was more than a housekeeper.  She was the voice of her...

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Congratulations Tyler – Charter Conservatory Class of 2014

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Congratulations, Tyler! Charter Conservatory – Class of 2014 Tyler, we are so proud of all the things you’ve achieved. We feel pretty lucky to get to call you family. We can’t wait to see what the next chapter of your life holds....

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