PorchFest 2022 brought many to the historic downtown neighborhoods of Brunswick on Sunday afternoon.

Brunswick High’s state champion high jumper Riyon Rankin earned The News’ inaugural Coastal Georgia Athlete of the Year award. In addition to his role on the BHS basketball team, Rankin recorded a high jump of 7-1 this past season, which was the highest in the state of Georgia since 2013.

The United States declared itself a country free of subjugation on July 4, 1776. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued Jan. 1, 1863. But it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that more than 250,000 enslaved African Americans were freed by executive decree — a day that came to be known as Juneteenth.

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