Hear ye, hear ye:
The Johnson County 4-H and Better Hometown groups are reviving the Downtown Scarecrow Event to be held on October 10th. Clubs, school organizations, Church groups, merchants and families are urged to enter this family friendly contest. Scarecrow Entry Forms are available at the 4-H office, City Hall, and Sumner’s Drugs and must be filled out prior to the event. All scarecrows should be brought downtown and attached to assigned lampposts and trees before noon on Saturday, October 10th. The BIG news is: a $100 cash prize will be awarded to the winning scarecrow in each category: Business & Adult Groups and Children & Family! So get a plan to build the best scarecrow ever and help decorate our downtown for Fall. Call 864-3373 or 864-219 for information.
For many years Wrightsville and Johnson County have commemorated our nation’s founding with a much anticipated, yearly Old Fashioned Fourth of July Festival. The celebration began with the county’s participation in the Bi-Centennial Celebration in 1976 and has continued yearly with the exception of one year. Come join our celebration of this great nation’s founding! All events this year will take place on Saturday, July 4th with old fashioned events on the courthouse square, a parade, food, games, arts & crafts, 5K/10K Firecracker Road Races, a one mile Fun Run, a street dance and more. A worship and veterans’ service will be held on Wednesday, July 7th at Mt. Olive Church of the Nazarene: 7:00 pm with guest speaker the Rev. Chris Mitchell. The theme of the worship service is God and Country. If you are looking for small town fun with an emphasis on family – visit the City of Wrightsville, Johnson County, Georgia, on July 4th and participate in our community’s annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.
2015 Schedule of Events
2015 Parade Entry Form
2015 Arts and Crafts Application
2015 Firecracker 10K, 5K & Fun Run
(You may register online)
The Wrightsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting on February 12th at the First United Methodist Church Social Hall with a full crowd of attendees. Speaker for the event was hometown boy, Loran Smith, Executive Secretary of UGA’s Bulldog Club.
Georgia Bulldogs Athletic News says the following about Loran: “There may be no more versatile staff member at the University of Georgia Athletic Association than Loran Smith.
“The former long time executive secretary of the Georgia Bulldog Club and 1959 Bulldog track MVP and 1960 captain has been an important building block of what has become one of the nation’s top athletic programs.
“Smith has spent most of his professional life at UGA after graduation and during that time has held positions as Assistant Sports Information Director, Business Manager, and Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club, and member of the Athletic Association Development Office.
“He’s also served as executive producer of the football coach’s television show, packager of the game radio broadcasts, host of the Mark Richt post-game locker room show, and sideline reporter during the games. He still serves as co-host of the pre-game Tailgate Show.
“A native of Wrightsville, Ga., Smith is a past chairman of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997. Smith is a former publicity director of the Coaches All-America game and former Secretary of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association and Executive Director of the Georgia High School All-Star games. He is married to the former Myrna Warren of Covington, Ga., and they have two children, Camille and Kent, both graduates of the University of Georgia. They have four grandchildren.”
In addition to a tasty meal served by Teresa’s Catering the Chamber voted two new members to their board: Michael Harrison and Penny Foskey. During the business meeting, George Milligan presented Donnie Sweat of Sweats and Associates with the distinctive honor of Chamber Member of the Year.
Thanks to everyone for making the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Lite-a-Lite with Santa a great success! There were over 300 youngsters, of all ages, who enjoyed a visit with Santa. Every child got to sit on Santa’s knee and even J.D. the dog got to give Santa his list. Thanks to the community for coming together and making this happen. Great entertainment was provided by the Dance Explosion and the Johnson County High School Band. Hot chocolate was provided by Marty Thompson and his staff at State Farm Insurance. The Chamber would lie to thank everyone who contributed in making the event a great success. The Lite-a-Lite Tree with Santa will take place on December 5th, 2014. Please look out for more information.
Come join friends and business associates at the Chamber Business After Hours gathering! The Bank of Wrightsville will host the event on Thursday, December 11, 2013 from 5 – 7 p.m. Everyone is invited!
Johnson County Administrator, Guy Singletary, has asked Better Hometown to help gather railroad memorabilia for the upcoming rehabilitation of the Wrightsville Depot. Old photos, documents, tickets are welcome. The material will be housed in the museum section of the depot. Bids go out for construction this month. Anyone having any material relating to the old Wrightsville Depot that they wish to donate, please contact Better Hometown by calling 478-864-2219 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org/
Nine years ago Johnson County was contacted to be a part of the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trail s, trails that travel across state borders on historic driving routes throughout Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Each trail follows the historic route of one of the American Civil War’s major military campaigns or other important events. After a decision by the local commissioners that they were unable to back Johnson County’s proposed inclusion in the trail at a cost of $2500.00, the local Better Hometown and Chamber of Commerce organizations obtained donations from local businesses and citizens in order to make it happen.
After much red tape and unexpected delays, it is expected that the Jefferson Davis leg of the trail, which includes Wrightsville, will soon have its interpretive marker on the square. At the September Johnson County Commission meeting the commissioners gave their approval to continue with the project locally.
Better Hometown and the Chamber of Commerce wish to thank the following donors, who made Johnson County’s inclusion in the Civil War Heritage Trail possible:
Hilton Holton, Jeanette Caneega, Robinson Rentals, M.W. Hoover, Mary Jo Stephens, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Norris, Ishaque Tekrawala, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Holmes, Charlene Milligan, Wrightsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, City of Wrightsville, Better Hometown of Wrightsville, Donald Smith, Johnson Grays, Carl Sumner, Jimmy Cook, Lattie Price, and Helen Jackson.
The Civil War Heritage Trail web page may be accessed at www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/
The Wrightsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet took place on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 PM. The banquet was held at the First United Methodist Church Reception Hall at 208 West Elm Street in Wrightsville. A large crowd enjoyed a steak dinner, catered by Teresa Lamb Catering, and entertainment by the Front Porch Blues Band! See flyer.