November 17, 2011 Issue


Ivery offended by signs in community

Dear Editor:

I don’t usually rant or rave about anything but after seeing the sign posted at the entrances of the Wren’s Quarter’s Community that reads welcome to the Rufus Wren Subdivision, I was deeply moved in a way that caused my mind to wonder, who was it that came up with such a stupid and uncaring idea like that.

Now don’t get me wrong, I respect other people’s idea, but this idea to name the Wren’s Quarter’s Community- the Rufus Wren Subdivision sets the community back to over 40 years.



You see I was raised in Wren’s Quarters when Mr. Rufus Wren started the community back in the early 1960s, Mr. Wren started the community by building and providing affordable housing for black people, the community was a unified black community. Mr. Wren was the black man’s hope for housing, rent and mortgaging was cheap and water was free, most of the houses were built by black people living in the community. One thing for sure Mr. Wren appeared to have a genuine care for black people living on his place as he called it, but I always saw that the community Mr. Wren called his place was governed like a modified plantation and Mr. Wren was the overseer.

Any one living on Mr. Wren’s place who had a problem with the law, needed to borrow money, wanted a job helping to build houses, or even wanted to obtain credit at one of the Wren’s stores downtown Louisville could do so. Yes, Mr. Rufus Wren was the great black hope of Jefferson Co. Georgia, the Wren’s Quarter’s community. I believe there were three fishing ponds in Wren’s Quarters that you could go fishing on certain days of the week, life for the black man in Wren’s Quarters was sweet not only because of Mr. Wren but because the black people living in that community were unified, there was a strong system of bartering, black people sticking together, helping, and loving one another

The Wren’s Quarters Community strived with businesses-Charlie Hines Store, the Darisaw Store, John Davis Gas Station, the Hannah’s Store, Laundry Mat to name a few. There were night clubs- the Ponderosa and the Lakeview. Someone asked me a question has any thing good ever come out of Wren’s Quarters, to that I say with a resounding voice, Yes! One of the greatest if not the greatest principals of Jefferson Co. Ga. Resided in Wren’s Quarters, I’m talking about the great professor Price.

I came out of Wren’s Quarters and so did a whole lot of people who went on to become successful lawyers, health care givers, businessmen, etc.

After Mr. Rufus Wren’s death his sons took over and after many years black people living in Wren’s Quarters were exploited by the political arena and businessmen alike. What I am really trying to say Mr. Editor, is that even though Mr. Rufus Wren managed and oversaw this great community and made a lot of money, this community was built by the black people who lived there, spiritually! Mentally! Physically! And unity!

Mr. Rufus Wren is gone now and most of his assets has been sold to various businessmen, the community will always be known as Wren’s Quarters. I feel deeply that to change the name of this community to Rufus Wren Subdivision does a great discredit to the many black people living there whose families have turned over many times. Wren’s Quarters is no longer Rufus Wren’s Quarters because this community is no longer plantation with an overseer, nor is this community a subdivision, but this community is a black community that has come a long ways from what it use to be.

Take a look back through the eyes of the people living there now and you will see great grandfathers and great grandmothers, you will see great uncles, cousins, you will see people who have come through the storms of life and are still standing. This community is not divided nor a plantation and if anyone seeks to put a name on this community, it should be decided by the people of this community and because it was the black people who built this community through their own blood, sweat, tears, death, and unity should be named after a black person.

This is my rant and this is my rave that the people of Wren’s Quarters not allow any one to come into our community and set us back over 40 years and putting up a sign labeling our community the Rufus Wren Subdivision!

Minister James Ivery
Community Activist

Responding to the Soapbox

Dear Editor:

I had some free time to myself the other night, so I decided to catch up on reading the Soapbox. In the Oct. 20 print, there was someone who had the nerve to call one of your writers a “moron” because of their “snide Tea Party comments.” This person seems to think that the remarks were “degrading” the south and the area.

As they put it, they are a proud Southern conservative, and whoever is writing those remarks, is a proud Yankee, then go home. I smiled and thought to myself, what if they are home. Then this person went on to say: “We don’t want you and certainly don’t need you, and it’s your kind that has this country in the mess that it’s in.” I smiled and thought to myself again and asked, who are “we.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know there are others in the area, and the south that think and feel that way too. Funny, but sad that there are some that really believe that the south will rise again, and they keep passing those feeling on to their children and grand-children. Here’s my answer to him or her. It’s alright to be a southern conservative, but the south lost that war. Get over it and move on with your life.

Now here’s the part that ticked me off. He or she got on The News and Farmer for printing what upset them. Now remember, it’s alright for them to write, insults, and call someone a “moron,” but to chastize the newspaper because it printed something they didn’t like, is like saying “do what I say” or as they put it “If you’re against personal attacks, why would you allow this person to insult the region where you live? What does it take to make it personal to you?”

My question to this person: Is calling someone a “moron” not personal? Here’s what you need to do. Make a glass of tea, or lemonade, and take a chill pill.

Let me answer the Oct. 27 Soapbox remarks about as she puts it, “people being racist, and do not want a black family in the White House, so therefore they’ll believe anything negative they read or hear.” In case she has a memory loss, here is what I said: “As you and your readers know, most people who are not in the know will believe lies. In my 60 plus years, I’ve learned that most Republican-Tea Party Americans, or those that just don’t like the notion of having a black family in the White House will believe anything negative they read or hear about the First Family.” As you can see, I didn’t say anything about you being racist. As for disagreeing with the president, you surely don’t have to be racist to do that. I’ll say this again, he has disappointed me too, giving in to the House Republicans, most of this year, and got nothing for his giving, but no, no, no.

Before I go, let me say this about your favorite candidate Herman Cain, who happens to be black. Do you now favor this man, after all of these women have come out and said he has tried to have his way with them? I think not. At this writing, there have been four, two I might add, are caucasian. Will you now sit down with your family and friends and publicly tell them you still favor Herman Cain? If so, write back. Don’t write back in the Soapbox, write back to Voices and sign our name to it.

Ok, I’ve vented enough. Ya’ll take care now, you hear.

Clyde D’Antignac
Future Wadley Resident

Soccer fan applauds team

Dear Editor:

They say good things come in small packages and if you don’t believe that to be true, you should have seen the Glascock County Recreational Departments U-6 soccer team this fall.

This team of tiny athletes began as players with no idea of what they were doing, but under the leadership of coaches Ronnie Anderson and Tammy Cash they have become a force to be reckoned with.

Led by powerhouse Kaden Jenkins, with a total of 25 goals for the season, they have a record the envy of many…five wins, no losses and one tie.

This group of individuals have come together, each with weaknesses and strengths, and learned to depend on each other as a true team and brought enjoyment to those who were fortunate enough to witness stars in the making.

I would like to say congratulations to each and everyone of the team and say how proud I am of you. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing you play again in the spring.

A soccer fan

Pat Williford,


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