Archive for the ‘Better Hometown’ Category
Decorating downtown for Fall was accomplished on Saturday, October 27th by the Johnson County 4-H and Better Hometown groups. Corn stalks, scarecrows, hay bales and pumpkins have managed to withstand most of the wind we received from Hurricane Sandy, however some may need adjusting! Many thanks to McAfee Packing and Piggly Wiggly of Wrightsville for their donations of hot dogs and buns for the complimentary lunch. Also thanks go out to Ms. Lena Braswell of The Gourd Farm, Wrens, Georgia, for her donation of gourds for the gourd painting fun and to Hitchcock Farms for their donation of corn stalks. Businesses, churches and all county organizations were urged to participate with prizes being awarded to the school age participants. Winners are: ?1st Place: ($40.00) Love Birds by Carley Stapleton; ?2nd Place ($25.00) Peachy Fisherman by Anna Holland and Acacia Cordy; ?3rd Place ($15.00 )Ms Super Clover by 4-H Shianne Johnson and Charlie Price. Business winners are as follows: ?1st Place:( Blue Ribbon) Lucille by Greenwood Place; ?2nd Place (Red Ribbon) Preacher by Buckeye Christian Church; ?3rd Place (White Ribbon) Ol Time Auction by Kite Auction
Thanks to everyone who participated in this downtown event. Let’s make it bigger and better next year!
Curtis Dixon, Secretary
Ralph Holmes, Treasurer
Mary Ann Norris
Debbie Gaston, Program Manager
Come join us for our three day celebration of our Nation’s founding! Beginning on Sunday, July 1, with a Worship & Veterans Service and ending with old fashioned events on the courthouse square on July 4th.
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Plans are being made for Wrightsville’s annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration and when complete, the entire schedule of events will be posted on this site. Again the Wrightsville Rotary Club will sponsor the Firecracker 10K, 5K and 1 mile run on Wednesday July 4th. The 10K Run begins at 7:00 a.m.; 5K at 8:15 a.m. and 1 Mile Run at 8:30 a.m. All runners will meet at the Courthouse Square in downtown Wrightsville. Click here for the Firecracker Run application. Online registration available here.
An application for Arts & Crafts is available here. Arts & Crafts setup will be Tuesday, July 3rd (after 5:00 p.m.) or Wednesday morning, July 4th.
The Independence Day Parade entries should fill out the application and return per instructions. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on July 4th and all entrants should be lined up and ready to go at 9:30 a.m.
For questions concerning any of the 4th of July Celebration events, please contact Lynn Lamb at the Chamber of Commerce: 478-864-7200. Check back soon for a full schedule of exciting events for the family including street dance, old fashioned events, music, food, Firecracker Run and Arts & Crafts!
Wrightsville native, Loran Smith, who has worked as Assistant Sports Information Director, Business Manager of Athletics, Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club, and the university’s sideline reporter for radio broadcasts for 36 years, will be guest speaker at the local Pilot Club’s annual Cancer Survivors’ Dinner. Smith, a survivor and longtime leukemia patient, has worked tirelessly on behalf of a cancer support center at Athens Regional Medical Center that bears his name.
The Survivors’ Dinner will be held on Monday, April 23 at the First United Methodist Church Reception Hall at 6:00 pm. All survivors are encouraged to attend the dinner and bring a guest to the event which celebrates the fight against cancer and honors those who have battled cancer.
Reservations are preferable but not required. Please call Angela Blizzard at 864-5775 or Jan Martin at 290-0109 for more information or to reserve seats.
Better Hometown held a historical art coloring contest for the Johnson County Elementary School Kindergarten classes. The contest was to draw attention to Wrightsville’s historic buildings and to educate the children about buildings’ importance to our past and to our future. The project was coordinated with Principal Rebecca Thomas, who introduced the contest to the kindergarten students. All of the art work will be displayed in a scrap book inside the courthouse. Everyone is encouraged to come and see what a talented group of kindergarteners JohnsonCounty has.
First Place Winner was Nicholas Jackson, Second Place Winner was Josey Scott, and Third Place Winner was Gracie Foskey. All three students are in Ms. Deborah Durden’s class.
Better Hometown provided great Dairy Queen Prizes for the winners. We would like to thank Principal Rebecca Thomas for her support, the kindergarten teachers, and all the students who colored historic buildings for the contest. We feel like they are all winners!
Sister and brother duo, Rachael and Brett Allen were elected President and Vice President of the 2012-13 Southeast District Senior 4-H Board recently at a Project Achievement Conference at Rock Eagle. Arch Smith, Georgia’s State 4-H leader said, “I believe Johnson County has made 4-H history. Never before in Georgia 4-H history as far as I know, have a brother and sister been elected to the top two spots on a Senior 4-H Board.” Congratulations to these energetic Johnson County High School students for going after and capturing this honor! (Rachael and Brett are the children of Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Allen of Wrightsville.)
Now city and county residents have the opportunity to drop off their aluminum cans into a recycling bin downtown. Better Hometown of Wrightsville has placed a drop-off trailer on the corner of East College and South Marcus Streets (next to Jet #3). Many thanks go to Georgia Power Company, who enthusiastically supported the project with a grant, to Joe Norris for the loan of a trailer, to Ace Hardware for paint donation, to Harold Gaston for rust proof supplies and to the Johnson County 4-Hers, for painting the trailer green. All proceeds from the collection of recycled goods will be earmarked for future downtown projects. Thank you for supporting this effort!
Better Hometown of Wrightsville hosted a very special occasion November 10th: Nathalie Dupree, well-known chef, cookbook author and personality, visited Wrightsville that day to take part in a fundraiser to honor the memory of her friend, Louise Dodd. A luncheon was held at the 1st United Methodist Church Reception Hall in Wrightsville together with a silent auction, remarks by Nathalie Dupree, door prizes and book signings. The menu consistded of recipes from Nathalie’s Shrimp and Grits Cookbook with the dessert recipe being one of Louise Dodd’s….all prepared by Teresa’s Catering of Wrightsville. Many thanks to all who supported this fund raiser including Sponsors, Teresa’s Catering and The Herald Publishing. TV 35, Dublin’s hometown station, filmed Nathalie’s speech and remarks by sponsors and attendees. It may be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh3U6jgm9jw&feature=youtu.be