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contents 12 | Roots, Wings and a Place for Dreams Gray and Susanna had big ideas for other places, until they returned home and discovered Vidalia had more to offer than they realized. 22 | Healing Falco With the generous help of a local business, Falco the dog is able to play again. 30 | A Taste of the South Byron Jeffers loves rock ‘n’ roll, barbecue and ice cream, so he combined the three to create a business his whole family can participate in. 38 | Grandma’s Coffee The little things we learn from people shape our lives and teach us how to love. 42 | A Lifelong Love of Learning She’s a hard worker and has battled cancer three times, but one of Bernice Stokes’s best attributes is her thirst for knowledge. 52 | First Father, Then Legend As VHS pays homage to legendary coach Buck Cravey, his family remembers him as a father. 60 | Wearing her Words Holly Toole embraces her creativity and learns to fly gracefully from one season to the next. 72 | The Rise of an Eagle Jesse Stephens is among the few to achieve the coveted Eagle Scout Award. 81 | The Magic of Santa Claus “The city that loves children” hosts a grand celebration to mark 75 years of history. 86 | His Brother’s Keeper This Part I story is a reminder that looking out for others is greater than focusing on ourselves. 100 | When Hurdles Become Berakoth Hosting a major youth camp in Vidalia was not an easy task, but God’s blessings and help from the community made it possible. 110 | Unexpected Dreamer Once a challenge to his teachers, this former VHS student rose to success as model, and now offers some great advice to students. 4 toombs county magazine 120 | Standing Strong Growing up in Vidalia and Lyons taught Greg Parker the importance of giving back to community, which helped shape the vision for his people-centered business. 144 | Last Words Twenty years of experiences can reveal amazing truths and golden lessons. focus on health in every issue 117 | Local Marketplace 108 | Main Street Lyons 94, 96 | Downtown Vidalia Association 128 | Chamber of Commerce 130 | Hometown Happenings 136 | Scenes of Toombs 8 | Transform Your Body Naturally Cool Sculpting is a non-surgical procedure to help reshape your body. About the Cover Music is a form of creative expression that gets woven into our soul. Byron Jeffers is a musician, but he’s also a father, a teacher, a lover of life and a great cook. He started making ice cream in his retirement because he thought “it would be fun.” That led to a fantastic local barbecue joint and catering service that his whole family could be involved in. Busier than ever, Byron is enjoying life to the fullest. This image was taken by Daphne Walker at Byron’s restaurant Lottie’s Pocket in Johnson Corner.


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