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Chamber Lite-a-Lite Tree

November 9, 2012 in Chamber of Commerce,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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The Chamber of Commerce is now taking orders for their annual Lite-a-Lite Tree on the Courthouse Square.
Lites may be purchased  in honor of or in memory of  that special person.

Lights-$1.00 each
Court House Window lights – $10.00 ea. 
Names will appear in local newspapers & announced at the tree lighting on Thur. Dec. 6th on the Courthouse Square directly following the Relay For Life Parade.
Businesses purchase lights in honor of your employees for a great way to show how much you appreciate them.  A LITE-A-LITE form is attached along with a Christmas flyer showing all the fun events of the night.  If you would like to sign up for the parade and or chili cook off please contact us: Chamber of Commerce, 478-864-7200.

Better Hometown & Johnson County 4-H sponsor Downtown Scarecrow Event

November 5, 2012 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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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!

Chamber Fall Barbecue

August 8, 2012 in Chamber of Commerce,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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The Wrightsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce will have a Fall Barbecue Fundraiser on Thursday, September 13 at the Wrightsville Depot between the hours of 11:00 and 1:30. Plates will be $7 each and will consist of  BBQ pork with extra BBQ sauce,  homemade potato salad,  green beans, bread, and a homemade dessert. Call ahead to pick up or let us deliver to your home or business – delivery will be free for three or more plates! Plates may be purchased by calling the Chamber Office at 864-7200 or by notifying a chamber board member by Thursday, September 6th. Support your local Chamber of Commerce!


4th of July T-Shirts Now Available

June 10, 2012 in Chamber of Commerce,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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The Johnson County 4th of July T Shirts are now available at the Chamber of Commerce office.  The commemorative shirts are available in youth and adult sizes for $12.00 each. Please  stop by the depot to purchase yours.




Loran Smith to be Guest Speaker at April 23rd Cancer Survivors’ Dinner

April 13, 2012 in Better Hometown,Chamber of Commerce,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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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.

Allen Siblings Take Top District 4-H Offices

February 17, 2012 in Better Hometown,Chamber of Commerce,City of Wrightsville,Directions,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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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.)



Chamber Annual Banquet

January 4, 2012 in Chamber of Commerce,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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The Chamber will host their annual Banquet on Thursday, February 9th at 7:00pm at the First United Methodist Church Reception Hall.  Entertainment will be provided by Derrick Tennant, Comedian. Derrick Tennant is quickly becoming the nation’s #1 requested CLEAN Comedian.  

In addition to a night of fun entertainment, the Chamber will serve a delicious ribeye steak dinner provided by Teresa’s Catering.  Tickets are $20.00 each and may be purchased at the Chamber office at the Depot.  Tables may be reserved for churches, organizations, businesses, etc.   Tickets must be purchased in advance, tickets will not be sold at the door.  The Chamber is planning for a big crowd and space is limited.  Visit to learn more about Derrick.

Better Hometown Initiates Aluminum Recycling Program

December 29, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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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!

Nathalie Dupree Comes to Wrightsville!

November 23, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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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:

Johnson County Receives Camera Ready Designation

September 20, 2011 in Better Hometown,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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During the September 14th Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office designated 23 Georgia additional counties as Camera Ready Communities. The program now includes 112 counties across the state. Shown receiving the designation for Johnson County from Craig Dominy is Debbie Gaston, Mary Ann Norris and Rebecca Lovett, Johnson County’s Camera Ready Liaison.

Georgia is the only state that has developed a program like this.