Swan crowned Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen

With tears running down her face, as the crown was placed on her head, Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen Annie Swan lifted her finger and pointed it skyward.
“When they called out the first runner up I thought, well I didn’t place,” Swan said. “It never crossed my mind that I had won.”
But as they started saying Miss International City, her preliminary title, she just lost it. 

Carroll shares his walk in faith: Wrens pastor, former Army and hospital chaplain, retires after 60 years of active service

Some people discover their faith late in life, near the end of their journey. Others reach out after a stumble or fall, and find it there, a firm handle to help them get back up. Emmitt “Tip” Carroll’s walk with God began the day he was born.

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ opens in Bartow: Schoolhouse Players production runs June 16-25

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Alfred Uruy’s Driving Miss Daisy first arrived at The Schoolhouse Players’ Mancin Auditorium in Bartow 19 years ago.  The famous play enjoyed an extra measure of special attention largely because of Ann Smith’s stunning performance in the role of Miss Daisy.  Also, the play was presented with full sets, instead of the usual simple black curtains and a few props: a first.  It was a Miss Daisy of significance and deserves a revival.

Charles Lewis has crossed state four times with BRAG

Every June for the last six years Louisville’s Charles Lewis has been touring Georgia’s back roads from a bicycle seat. 
“When you aren’t boxed in with everything whizzing by, you do get a greater appreciation for the landscape and the beauty that we have here,” Lewis said. 
Next week he will be one of around 1,200 Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) participants who will be pedaling about 350 miles from Athens to Brunswick over the course of a week. 

Prom Day

Clients  of Ogeechee Behavioral Health’s Jefferson County Service Center walk the red carpet during the grand march at the second annual Jefferson County Special Needs Prom held recently in Louisville. Tax Commissioner Nancy McGraw and her sisters Peggy Cooper, Brenda Madsen and Patsy Cox organized the first prom in honor of their late brother Larry Williams who spent many years at the center. “It just keeps getting better and better,” McGraw said. “We had more people come out and help.

Family brings unique flavors to Gibson: Brothers work with mother to turn family property into The Heritage House restaurant

If you’re looking for a place to take your parents, a client, friends or even a date, you don’t have to drive far in Glascock County.
The Heritage House, located at 342 Calhoun St. in Gibson, is owned and operated by Ann Lamb and her two sons, Gregory Lamb and Charles Lamb. The trio has renovated a family owned home, turned it into a restaurant with warmth and charm.
It’s not uncommon for one or more of the owners to stop by your table for a polite chat. 

Springfest this weekend

The annual Mitchell Springfest will be held this weekend, April 21 through April 23. It is a longstanding tradition in Mitchell and this year will be coordinated by Amanda Chalker. 
On Friday from 6  p.m. to 8 p.m., local firemen will be serving steak plates (tickets must be purchased in advance) with a 7 p.m. auction for miscellaneous items including luggage, Avon baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants, and a television. After the auction, the festival will hold a neon flash run. Registration is $20. 

Glascock County Historical Society offering presentation on The Twin Scandals of Early Georgia: The Great Yazoo Fraud and The Pine Barrens Speculation

While we often like to think of the early days of the American Republic as those of selfless men and women striving to build a noble democratic society, the truth often presents rude surprises.  At the end of the Revolution, the State of Georgia stretched from the Atlantic to the Mississippi River, vast rich lands to be opened to settlers.  In what was among the new nation’s first major corruption scandals, during the 1780s and 1790s, the corrupt Georgia legislature sold millions of acres of these western lands to speculators, with devastating results for the state.  As if th

Kaylee Greene is Glascock's STAR Student

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Kaylee Greene, a high school senior, has been named the 2017 PAGE STAR student for Glascock County School.  Kaylee, daughter of Crystal Greene, selected Mrs. Dawn Brake, high school math teacher at Glascock County School, as her STAR teacher. 
The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program, in its 59th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education.  

Stamp unveiled

During last month’s meeting of the Jefferson County Historical Society, Jefferson County Commissioner Johnny Davis and Meagan Clark, a sales service associate with the post office, unveiled the Postal Service’s Black History Stamp for 2017.
Louisville Postmaster Joanne Brinson said the USPS began its Black Heritage Stamp collections with Harriet Tubman. This year is the 40th such stamp and is a picture of Dorothy Height who lived from 1912 to 2010. 

Carver Elementary to host Jump Rope for Heart event

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Students at Carver Elementary School are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s number one and number three killers. On Feb. 24, at 8:15 a.m. in the Carver gymnasium, the school will hold its 15th Annual Jump Rope for Heart  event. Students will jump rope to raise funds for the American Heart Association, which funds cardiovascular research and public professional educational programs.

Historical Society to host Heritage Day in March

Patricia Edwards of the Jefferson County Historical Society said last week the society has plans to bring local history to life. 
On Saturday, March 25, the society’s museum at 112 W. Broad Street in Louisville will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with demonstrations of crafts and skills used in the past. Edwards said she and others are working to bring vendors to the downtown area.

Stacks and stacks of sweet treats: Girl Scout cookies arrive

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The Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years of knocking on doors to sell cookies to support the many projects they sponsor in communities just like ours.
Blanche Greene and Sharon Evans, co-lead Jefferson County’s combined Louisville and Wrens girls.
“It’s our 100th year of selling cookies and they have arrived,” Greene said Monday.
The National Guard building in Louisville was nearly filled with 1,100 cases of eight different types of cookies.

WMS Beta team wins at state: Students raising money to offset costs to compete at National Competition

After taking two state titles at the convention in November, Wrens Middle School Beta Club members are working to raise funds to compete at Nationals this summer.
Club sponsor Michelle Stewart said that she is proud of her students who won first place in engineering-based Tower of Power and Robotics competitions and Ka’Niya Lewis who placed fourth in the state in the oratory competition.

Gunn Drug celebrates 60 years of service

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As of this week, Gunn Drug Company has been serving the citizens of Wadley for more than 60 years. 
In 1956, Dudley Gunn came to Wadley from Millen to work at Tarver Drug Company with the intent to buy the business. The purchase was completed on Jan. 7, 1957 with finances provided by a loan from “Geeche” Wasden. 
Those were the days of being open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., big land-owner farmers charging their workers’ purchases and paying once a year after reaping the crops, Rexall “one cent sales” and soda fountains. 

Christmas house lights up Louisville

Some men say they marry women who are good cooks. Some men marry women with money or who are pretty. But one man in Louisville said he married his wife because he wanted a Christmas decoration.
“It’s a big, round candle. It was her grandmother’s. So, I married her so I could have that candle,” said Chris Simpson. 
It must be some candle; they’ve been married 18 years.

Church receives flag and pole

The flag flapped and popped and the steeple reached for heaven. 
Magnolia Baptist Church’s congregation stood between its sanctuary and cemetery saluting the Star -Spangled Banner and honoring the man responsible for their newest addition.
Wanda Davis presented the church with a new flagpole and flag on behalf of Woodmen of the World Insurance Nov. 20 in honor of Allen Gilmer, a member of Magnolia Baptist for more than 50 years before he died in February. 

Wrens native pens seventh novel: Terri Sheppard Dawson will hold a book signing at The Bookworm Dec. 1

As a child, Terri Sheppard Dawson hid among the ferns and splashed in the crystal waters that flowed in the shadows of the former hotel at Omaha Springs near Avera. A native of Wrens, she visited it with her grandparents.
“It might have been an old rundown place in the woods to some people back then, but to a lot of us it was magic,” Dawson said. 


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