Visiting with local heroes

Top right, State Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, chats with soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade during a May 8 visit to Camp Shelby, Miss., where the troops are undergoing their final days of training before deploying to Afghanistan. Bottom right, National Guard soldiers pause to pose for a shot by the local media attending Media Day at Camp Shelby. They are, from left, Spec. Michael Goines of Conyers, Pvt. Chris Stephens of Milledgeville, Spec. Charles Jeffries of Barnesville and Spec. Seth Callaway of McDonough. Jeffries and Callaway are based at the armory in Covington, while Goines is based in Lawrenceville. For more images taken at Camp Shelby, see Sunday's Citizen.