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Bless the fleet at Darien’s annual festival

Darien, Ga., the state’s second city, is set to celebrate the annual “Blessing of the Fleet,” a celebration of the city’s shrimping industry. “What makes this festival so great is that we pay tribute to the fishing industry,” McIntosh County Chamber of Commerce President Wally Orrel said, according to the Georgia Times-Union. “There are decades of tradition, and this year, the theme is, ‘Still Shrimping After All of These Years.’” The city of Darien was

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U.S. Embassy: Avoid Roppongi because of ‘drink-spiking incidents’

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is urging Americans to avoid bars in the city’s Roppongi district following an uptick in “drink-spiking incidents.” “The number of reports of U.S. citizens being drugged in bars has increased significantly in recent weeks,” the Embassy said in a statement. “Typically, the victim unknowingly drinks a beverage that has been secretly mixed with a drug that renders the victim unconscious for several hours, during which time large sums of money

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Obama Effort to End Armed Pilots Program an Outrage, Says CCRKBA

PRNewswire-USNewswire BELLEVUE, Wash., March 17 — A revelation by the Washington Times that President Barack Obama is trying to quietly end the armed pilot program, making air travel more vulnerable to terrorist attack, should outrage travelers, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. “The Washington Times nailed it,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, who proposed arming pilots just hours after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and championed the

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Unscrew the cork and try some Georgia wine

The state’s winegrowers association is hosting a “Wine Highway Weekend” in Northeast Georgia next weekend, March 20-21. There is a $20 fee to participate in the weekend. With the fee, participants will receive a souvenir wine glass, which will serve as an entry ticket into the wineries. Georgia’s reputation as a wine-producing state has increased in recent years, officials say. In the last five years, the total number of acres of vineyards in Georgia has

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Travel Leaders Meet with President Obama

PRNewswire-USNewswire WASHINGTON — Travel industry leaders met with President Obama to discuss the unique role that travel can play in strengthening the American economy. The meeting focused on two critical areas: the need to welcome more international visitors and the business community’s concerns about the dramatic nationwide downturn in meetings and events. “We are pleased that President Obama recognizes the power of travel to strengthen America’s economy,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the

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Oakland Cemetery reopens this weekend

ATLANTA – Historic Oakland Cemetery reopens this weekend, a year after the grounds were damaged by a tornado. The Historic Oakland Foundation is holding a rededication ceremony at 11 a.m. today. “The rededication ceremony offers Oakland the opportunity to thank all those who have been instrumental in our progress since the tornado,” Executive Director of Historic Oakland Foundation David Moore said in a news release. “It also allows us to bless these sacred grounds, which

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‘The smallest church in America’

SOUTH NEWPORT, Ga. — “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst,” Jesus said, according to Matthew 18:20. Admittedly, the cinderblock building doesn’t make much of an impression from the road. In fact, it looks more like a storage shed than a church. But, for 60 years, Christ’s Chapel in Memorial Park has served the community well – even if a dozen people at a time.

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Businesses in a bind? Leisure travelers may benefit

The brouhaha over business travel could be a boon for leisure travelers, according to an expert with an online travel Web site. “Leisure travelers who want the most bang for their buck on vacation this year should look to the big cities that traditionally do a lot of business in conventions and corporate events,” Brian Ek of Priceline.com said in a news release. “Cities to check out would include Las Vegas, New York, New Orleans,