Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

For This Writer, Time Was Right for Island Time

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

For This Writer, Time Was Right for Island Time

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Byline: Terry Dickson

ST. SIMONS ISLAND | Jingle Davis says she's moving home to St. Simons Island.

She's been in Atlanta for so long you'd figure that would be home to her by now. But I'm guessing the timing up there was off.

There's this stuff called island time. The late Elise Permar once said she liked having the tollbooth on the causeway because it slowed people down as they came home and got them back on the island's pace. The tollbooth is down and speeds are up.

"Island Time" is the fitting title of a book, an illustrated history of St. Simons Island, that Davis wrote and the University of Georgia Press published.

She didn't go to UGa with book in hand. They were looking for someone to write the history and she came highly recommended.

"I had to submit a proposal, which is like writing the book," she said.

And Ben Galland, who did the picture illustrations, had to submit photos. Now it's done, 275 pages of prose and pictures - excluding the bibliography and index. There are hand-drawn illustrations, old photos including some from the Hice family album and some great new ones that Galland shot.

OK. Let me explain that it's hard to write Davis and Galland. When Jingle covered the coast for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she and I sat together in a lot of meetings, comparing spellings but mainly making fun of the very important people at the front of the room.

Ben graduated from Glynn Academy with my daughter Jessica. I think he brought his guitar to her sweet 16 party and played piano for her when she sang as a contestant in the Miss Berry College pageant.

The book starts with the prehistoric tribes that occupied St. Simons around 4,500 years ago and left shell rings, tools and shards of pottery.

Archaeologist Fred Cook has excavated and studied a lot of shell rings. That won't be necessary for construction left by the current inhabitants.

Jingle says it's a shame that there are condos on St. Simons' beaches. The only people who think they're a good idea are the people who live in them and the people who built and sold them.

There was a lot to be written between the nomadic Indians and the condos, including the artillery batteries on the island to protect against invaders during the Spanish-American War. …

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