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Left: Former Army Sgt. Cody Queen (right) and his wife Brianna accept the keys to their new home last week from Bank of American Senior Vice President Patrick O’Neil. Right: Going in the front door for the very first time. Islander Staff Photos - Shierling
Military Warriors Support Foundation, Bank of America team up to donate home
By Pamela Permar-Shierling

When former Army Sgt. Cody Queen and his wife Brianna drove up to their new Brunswick home on Thursday, the sidewalk was lined with American flags held by Patriot Honor Guard Riders and veterans from the American Legion.
Sgt. Queen and his family are the recipients of a three-bedroom, two-bath home free and clear donated by Bank of America through the Military Warriors Support Foundation.
Also welcoming Cody and Brianna were Bank of America Senior Vice President Patrick O’Neil, David Rice, Senior Resident Director Merrill Lynch, St. Simons Island, and Sandra Ignaszewski, National Family and Financial Mentor, Military Warriors Support Foundation.
Since 2012 Bank of America has donated more than 1,900 homes to military non-profits that help veterans and military families with housing needs.
The Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) was established in 2007 and is led by Retired 3-Star General Leroy Sisco and Ken Eakes, Executive Director.

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Ad hoc Tree Board reviews tree ordinance proposals
By Matthew J. Permar

Technically Glynn County has two tree boards.
One is the ‘regular’ Tree Advisory Board, a seven member board appointed in the same manner as the two planning commissions; one member per commission district. This group works with the existing tree ordinance that deals with trees on public / county property.
The other is the more recently created ad hoc tree committee that is working with county experts to create a new, more restrictive tree ordinance for St. Simons Island only, that will impose regulations on private property.
After a number of meetings they put together a proposal for a new tree ordinance in non-legal, working document format that was presented at two town hall meetings to gather public input.

Former public defender walks back criticisms
By Pamela Permar-Shierling

Since he was terminated April 21 by Bryan Tyson, Executive Director, Georgia Public Defender Council,  former Brunswick Public Defender Kevin Gough has maintained a campaign of criticism against Glynn County Superior Court Judge Roger Lane, Brunswick Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson, as well as Tyson his former boss.
Gough aligned himself with the local NAACP in calling for the resignation of Judge Lane as well as saying he would file an official complaint against Judge Lane.
At a press conference on Jekyll Island last Friday called by the NAACP, Gough, the only one who spoke to the press, tempered his previous remarks.

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