August 20-- The Lyons City Council drew a crowd at its August meeting which was held in Partin Park's Callaway Community Center. The larger venue was needed as the council honored a lifesaving act, state softball champs and Soap Box Derby winners.
Daisy, faithful companion of Franklin Bradham of Lyons, and Lyons Police Sergeant Kevin Mathis were recognized for finding Mr. Bradham after he wandered out of his home on Belvue Avenue early on the morning of July 23. Mr. Bradham suffers from dementia.
Lyons police mounted an all-out search of the area and were about to give up hope when Sergeant Mathis noticed Daisy who led him to a storm drainage ditch when her Master had fallen.
The council honored Daisy and Sergeant Mathis for their role in the rescue as well as the efforts of the Lyons Fire Department, the Toombs County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia State Patrol and the Appling County Sheriff's Office in the search.
(L-R) Caregivers Mary Berkworth, Rosa Powell and Theresa Jones, Sergeant Mathis and Lyons Police Chief Wesley Walker who presented Sergeant Mathis a special award from the Police Department for his outstanding performance of duty.
The council passed a proclamation honoring the Lyons "8 and Under" girls fast pitch softball team for winning state championship this summer in the Georgia Recreation & Parks Association tournament. The girls beat Wayne County 20-9 to take the title.
Members Members of the "8 and Under" team are Annabelle Coe, Kylah Gay, Jerney Griffin, Elin Haygood, Ella Herndon, Londyn Johnson, Lindy Morris, Bella Otero, Braylin Pittman, Raeann Smith, Mary Frances Stanley, Kanijah Toby and Layla Winge. Their coaches are Becky Pittman, Ivan Herndon and Abigail Lynn.
The council passed proclamations recognizing the 13 representatives of the Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby at this year's First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.
Cash Cash Driggers won the title of First Energy Rally Stock World Champion, Cassidy Martin is the First Energy Local Stock World Champion and placed third in the All-Star Race, Casen Hayes placed first in the All-Star Race and third in the All-American Rally Stock Race and Joey Todd placed fifth in the Super Stock Race.
Other Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby winners who competed in Akron are Jordan Campbell, Levi Dopson, Aidyn Driggers, Cayson Hayes, Thayne Hayes, Alexis Head, Alyssa Head, Shauna Hutcheson and Trenton Jraisat.