This week, Statesboro Magazine editor Jenny Starling Foss and contributing photographer Frank Fortune presented a video entitled, “Looking Back at Statesboro Magazine,” as part of the Bulloch County Historical Society ‘s monthly meeting.

The luncheon was held in the fellowship hall of Pittman Park United Methodist Church and catered by Annette McCray and her team from Touch of Class Catering. Historical Society Immediate Past President Brent Tharp welcomed guests and recognized new corporate sponsors from local businesses and organizations:

  • Carolyn Ethridge, Renasant Bank
  • Ashley Hines Ellis, BBWH Insurors
  • Laura Hendley and Jenny Lee Rushing, Hendley Properties
  • Kevin Harrison and Mandy Fortune, Citizens Bank
  • Bede Mitchell, Kiwanis Club of Statesboro
  • Linda Newton, Ogeechee Peaches

Executive Director Virginia Ann Franklin Waters described Foss as “smart, elegant, and energetic.” Foss, the magazine’s third editor, has held the position since 2008. She also serves as editor of the Historical Society’s monthly newsletter, “Rambling Through Bulloch,” and serves on the board of directors for both the Main Street Farmers Market and the Creek on the Blue Mile Project. 

Following a brief narrative from the publication’s founder, Andrea Powell, Statesboro Magazine’s first editor, Ric Mandes, said the publication captures the “uniqueness of Statesboro.” Mandes served for nearly 30 years as the Director of Public Relations at Georgia Southern University and remains a regular contributor to the publication.

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Morris Multimedia Regional Vice President and BCHS President Joe McGlamery said he was “very excited” to learn of an opportunity to acquire the publication in the mid-2000’s. His company’s vision was to carry on the tradition of publishing both a then-daily newspaper and a city magazine that compliment one another. “It’s very encouraging for me to think,” he said, “that… years from now, Statesboro Magazine will still be published… and will still be fulfilling a need to tell the good news of Statesboro and Bulloch County.”

Jenny Starling Foss, center, is the current editor of Statesboro Magazine. She is seen here with BCHS Executive Director Virginia Ann Franklin Waters, left, and Dr. Jane Redding-Marrero. Credit: Grice Connect

The video went on to highlight several of the publication’s milestones and featured dozens of unique cover photos and stories from the past two decades. When asked to choose his favorite, Fortune reminisced on the edition immediately following the events of September 11, 2001. “It featured my son as a one-year-old [at the] memorial out on the courthouse steps,” he said. “That cover is still so special to me.”

Frank Fortune, right, has been a contributing photographer for Statesboro Magazine since its founding in 2000. Credit: Grice Connect

After the presentation, Waters invited guests to return for the March meeting, where BCHS Treasurer Matt Hube will deliver a presentation on the “true history” of the Bulloch County courthouse. Regular monthly meetings take place on the fourth Monday of each month.

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Bobby NeSmith

Bobby NeSmith is a Bulloch County native who enjoys connecting with our community. He first discovered his love for media at Portal High School and is known for his thoughtful and engaging contributions...