The coast-to-coast run by World War II navy veteran Ernie Andrus, a midwesterner who is currently running through Brantley County, is in its home stretch. Running about five or six miles daily (on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays … to finance a memorial for his WWII ship), he intends on finishing up the herculean feat for a man of any age on the beach on St. Simons Island Aug. 20, one day before his 93rd birthday. His trek today was scheduled to begin at the Dairy Queen in Nahunta … then it was on toward Atkinson and Waynesville. Part of Ernie’s weekend entourage were Jennifer Smith (left) and Beverly Latvala. Ernie runs early in the day before the temperature rises into the 90s.