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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.


March 8, 2012 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Johnson County Historical Society | Comments (0)

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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!

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.)



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!

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

— 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)

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