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Chef Nathalie Dupree Visits Wrightsville

October 27, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County | Comments (0)

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(This article appeared in the Macon Telegraph as a prelude to the Better Hometown sponsored Nathalie Dupree/ Louise Dodd Luncheon November 10th.)

 

Even the memories are delicious

by Ed Grisamore, TheMacon Telegraph

WRIGHTSVILLE
— Louise Dodd must have been born with a spatula in one hand and a mixing  bowl in the other.

Recipes calling for allspice were part of her DNA. When she arrived in the world in 1929, the umbilical cord could have been an apron string.

No, he never strayed far from the kitchen. She got that from her mother, Kathleen “Kitty” Futrelle. She passed it on to her daughter, Carol Dodd Porter.

Kitty hailed from the tiny town of Guyton, in Effingham County. She was still baking pies in her  golden years, and she lived to the ripe old age of 102.

“She would tell everybody she was baking for the ‘old’ people,’’ Carol said, laughing. “And they were 20 years younger than she was!”

Louise was a chip off the old cookie. She wrote more than 1,800 food columns over a 31-year period for The Courier-Herald newspaper in Dublin. She also served as food editor of Macon Magazine.

She published a cookbook of her calorie-filled travels, “Eating from the White House to the Jailhouse,’’ now in its second printing. She could always put her finger on recipes for cheese straws or lemon chess pie. After all, she had collected more than 700 cookbooks.

Clara Eschmann, the longtime food editor of The Telegraph, was one of Louise’s culinary running mates. Those gals really got around in cooking circles, nibbling their way across the globe in search of perfect recipes for everything from corn pudding to spoon bread. Over the years, Clara and Louise brushed forks with a number of celebrity chefs. Among them was Nathalie Dupree, the  author of 11 cookbooks and a household name in home cooking. Dupree has hosted more than 300 shows on PBS, The Learning Channel and The Food Network.

She became the first food maven since the legendary Julia Childs to host more than 100 cooking shows on public television.

Louise and Clara became such good friends with Dupree they were invited to her Jamaican beach wedding, with Clara serving as the matron of honor. (That must have been a hoot.)

Four years ago, with help from Betty Ragland and Barbara Cowan, Louise was instrumental in getting Dupree to Macon for a luncheon and cookbook signing at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Louise had lived in Macon since 1985, the city where she had graduated from her beloved Wesleyan  College and where she was crowned Mrs. Macon in 1967. She was married to Billy Dodd, a well-known physician and noted jazz musician.

They lived in Wrightsville for 35 years. Louise taught school, and Billy was a country doctor. (In 1962, he delivered the town’s most famous native son — football star Herschel Walker.)

Mary Ann Norris was a neighbor from across the street when the Dodds resided in Wrightsville. She said that Louise was not only one of the best cooks ever to ever heat up an oven, but she was a “longtime, upbeat mem-ber of the community, a tireless volunteer and champion of Wrightsville events.’’

A few months ago, Mary Ann connected on Facebook with an old high school friend living in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mary Ann noticed on her friend’s “friend list” was Nathalie Dupree, so she sent her a message.

“She (Nathalie) must have been on the Internet at the time, and we chatted back and forth,’’ said Mary Ann. “She didn’t realize Louise had passed away the previous November and was completely devastated. I mentioned that Louise had planned to do a cooking class to benefit Wrightsville’s Better Hometown Program, but it never came to be because of her illness. A few days later, Nathalie messaged me that she would dearly love to do the ‘class’ honoring Louise’s memory and to benefit our community nonprofit.’’

So Dupree is headed to Wrightsville on Thursday, Nov. 10, for a luncheon in the social hall at the First United Methodist  Church. It will start at 11 a.m. with a silent auction, followed by lunch at noon.

The meal will feature several dishes from the cookbooks of Dupree and Louise. (Tickets are $25. For more information, call (478) 864-0048.)

Like her mother and grandmother, Carol became a devoted cook. One of her recipes, called “Dootsie’s Divinity,’’ was included in Louise’s cookbook. Carol also writes cooking columns and is now working with WDIG, a community television station inDublin.

“My mother was friends with everybody she met,’’ Carol said. “She was the best letter writer in the world, and she lived by that mailbox. Not only did she love to cook, but she loved to entertain and go places. We used to tease her she would go to the grand opening of a Piggly Wiggly.’’

Carol said she was “overwhelmed” at Dupree’s gesture to honor her mama. “I know she is looking down with pride,’’ she said. “And it would mean a lot to her that it is benefiting the hometown she loved so much.’’

Clara died in the spring of 2002. We lost Louise last year, just three days before Thanksgiving, the holiest day of the year for cooks. I’m sure the aroma from heaven’s kitchen is quite heavenly these days.

(Louise’s death also came just three weeks after Carol lost the election as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor against Republican incumbent Casey Cagle)

Reach Gris at 744-4275 or gris@macon.com.


Johnson County’s Historic Courthouse

September 29, 2011 in City of Wrightsville,Historic Notes...,Johnson County | Comments (0)

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1915 Johnson County Courthouse

Johnson County’s historic courthouse, built in 1895, was rehabilitated in 1996 after a large group of citizens vehemently protested the Johnson County Commission’s plans to build a new courthouse outside of the downtown area. Several architectural firms were asked to present plans to rehabilitation plans to the community and the firm of Carter Watkins of Monroe, GA, was chosen.
Attached are scans of the history of the Johnson County Courthouse as presented in 1995 by Carter Watkins & Associates.

Current Johnson County Courthouse


Looking for a Johnson County “spooky house”

August 18, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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Johnson County is a certified Georgia Camera Ready county. An official ceremony will take place in the fall to welcome us into the Camera Ready Program. We are receiving requests for locations being sought by the GA film locations board. One of those just came in. Does Johnson County have a house that looks haunted that would fill the following description: spooky-looking, aged/run down (but habitable) and preferably be out in the country or have lots of land around it.

If you know of such a house (similar to the one pictured), please photograph it and reply to this web site  along with your contact information and the location of the property.

Thank you very much,
Rebecca Lovett
Camera Ready Committee of Johnson County


Camera Ready Photo Contest

August 16, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Local News | Comments (0)

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The Scenes of Johnson County Photo Contest sponsored by Better Hometown of Wrightsville, announces the winning photographs. Sammy Hall’s
two photos of buildings in downtown Wrightsville were chosen as 1st and 2nd place winners over other entries. The contest was held in an
effort to obtain photos for the Georgia Camera Ready Program, which allows production companies to view scenes of Georgia’s authentic landscapes and
downtowns for possible film and TV productions. Most of Sammy’s entries focused on Wrightsville’s historic downtown buildings. Congratulations Sammy!

Rebecca Lovett, Johnson County’s Camera Ready liaison,is shown presenting Sammy Hall with a check for taking first and second places in the Better Hometown sponsored Scenes of Johnson County Photo Contest.


Better Hometown’s Gas Giveaway Winner

July 7, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County | Comments (0)

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Little Stella Claire Boone drew the winning ticket for Better Hometown’s gas giveaway over the festival weekend, with Sharon Ivey being the lucky winner of $100 in gift certificates for gas or merchandise from Jet Food Stores. Thanks to all those who supported the project, which benefits Better Hometown’s ongoing downtown revitalization efforts and thanks to Jet Food Stores of Georgia, who partnered with Better Hometown to make the project possible!


Johnson County Historical Society Membership Drive

April 30, 2011 in City of Wrightsville,Historic Notes...,Johnson County,Johnson County Historical Society | Comments (2)

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 A membership drive is underway for the Johnson County Historical Society. The dues are as follows: Single Membership, $10; Family Membership, $25; Child Membership, $5; Business Membership, $50. The historical society is in the process of remodeling the Grice House to accommodate the Chamber of Commerce offices. This will enable the historical society to house a museum at the Grice House and have someone available to operate it. All membership donations are tax deductible and should be mailed to P.O. Box 87, Wrightsville, GA 31096.


Mother’s Day Vintage Apron Display

March 31, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County | Comments (0)

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Most of us have memories of a mother or grandmother in her old fashioned apron. This year  for  Mother’s Day, Better Hometown is proudly sponsoring an old fashioned apron display in downtown store windows.  You will find the apron displays on Elm Street across from the Square at Nana’s Kitchen, Kreative Kreations, Unique Designs and Sheppard’s Florist (shown at right).


City of Wrightsville Contacts

February 28, 2011 in City of Wrightsville | Comments (0)

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City of Wrightsville
     Phillip Boatright, Mayor
     April Young, City Clerk
     2566 East Elm Street
     Wrightsville, GA 31096
     478-864-3303
     city@wrightsville-johnsoncounty.com

Wrightsville Police Department
     Steve Gresham, Police Chief 
     2566 East Elm Street
     Wrightsville, GA 31096
     478-864-2502
     
wrightsvillepd@bellsouth.net   
Wrightsville Fire Department Emergency Number: 478-864-3311
Wrightsville Fire Department Non Emergency Number: 478-864-9759
Wrightsville Housing Authority     
     Vicki Riner, Director
     100 Fulghum Drive
     Wrightsville, GA 31096
     478-864-2033

Better Hometown of Wrightsville 
     Mary Ann Norris, Program Manager
     P.O. Box 94
     Wrightsville, GA 31096
     478-864-0048
     hometown@wrightsville-johnsoncounty.com
 
Wrightsville Development Authority
    (Downtown Development Authority)
    Contact Better Hometown: 478-864-0048
Wrightsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce
     Lynn Lamb, Executive Secretary
     P.O. Box 94
     Wrightsville, GA 31096
     478-864-7200
     commerce@wrightsville-johnsoncounty.com

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 


Local Students Shine in Denver 4-H Competition

February 16, 2011 in Better Hometown,Chamber of Commerce,City of Wrightsville,City/County Contact Information,Events,Local News | Comments (0)

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Four exceptional students from Johnson County: Emilie Harvey, Kathy Carpenter, Megan Powell and 2010 graduate, Deon Wallace, won national honors after traveling to Denver in January to participate in the Western National Roundup Livestock Consumer Judging Contest. They Placed 1st as a Team and individually they placed 1st (Megan) 2nd (Kathy) and 3rd (Deon) in highest Individual scores! They could not have scored any better! Congratulations to all four…and to our extension agents Brent Allen and Sondra Fortner.


Library Fighting Back!

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Surviving in bleak economic times and facing a reduction in funding from the State of Georgia, the Harlie Fulford Memorial Library is fighting back! The local library board has formed a Friends of the Library non-profit organization whose mission is to promote interest in, use of, and public support for the library. As demands for library services grow and budget cuts increase, the local Friends of the Library group hopes to counteract  budget shortfalls and supplement the library’s needs.
Local support for the library is funded by the Johnson County Commission, the City of Wrightsville, and the Johnson County Board of Education and while these funds remain in place for the coming year it is hoped that The Friends of the Library can make a meaningful contribution to an important local institution.
Friends of the Library board members agree that the success of the library’s non-profit will hinge on community support. Everyone is encouraged to join. Annual dues are: Students: $1.00; Individual: $10.00; Family: $20.00; Donor: $25.00 and Sponsor: $50.00. The Friends of the Library organization is listed as a 501(c)3 meaning  that individual donations qualify as being tax exempt. Checks for dues and donations may be mailed to the Harlie Fulford Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 69, Wrightsville,  31096.
A Book Sale held the first week in April was the group’s fundraising kickoff and proved to be a huge success!