Monday, December 28, 2009

1979 Masons Induction

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December 26, 1979

Winford Smith (left) was presented the gavel by R. A. Perry.

Others that week: Parties, Jack Leroy, Clarks.

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1974 Midget and Mighty Mite Teams Honored

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December 25, 1974

A banquet was held for the football Midgets and Mighty Mites.

Others that week: TPS students, Sportsmen Club, Sarah Brantley, Soperton Manufacturing Company, basketball, Turpentine Ag classes.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Just Wondering - Sports and Politics

I haven't thought through the subject, and maybe your thoughts would help. Do attitudes about sports carry over to attitudes about politics?

Fans choose sides. Example: UGA fans love their team and consider them to be number one under any circumstance. Actually spending time and money to attend a "don't matter" bowl game. Hate Tech; hate Florida. Would die if the UGA administration tried to hire a winning Spurrier. No criticism here; just characteristics of good solid fans.

Is it the same in politics?  Do voters chose one party and stick with it in thick or thin? If a person votes for Obama, do they think that everything he has done is okay. If a person votes for McCain, do they think that everything Obama has done is wrong?

While we're thinking, what do you think about TV wrestling? Is it real, theater, or art? Is it like politics. Never-changing symbols of good and evil? For or against? What about when heroes become villains and vice versa?

As Larry King would ask "What do you make of that?"

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1979 Treutlen's Big Band Era

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December 19, 1979

As long as Stuart Stanley was working with the local schools, Treutlen High School was known for its outstanding bands. Some people went to the sports events mainly to hear and see the band performances. This picture is of the Christmas Concert in the McArthur Gym.

Others that week: Edmond's church, Santa in church, manger scene in church, pageant, Welcome Center tree, Soperton Manufacturing awards, William Stephens, DFCS, the Braddys, Starr Miller, THS Spanish class, Lions Club, School program, Nursing Home.

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1974 White Oak School Becomes Dwelling

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December 17, 1974

Jack and LaGail Barwick bought the White Oak Schoolhouse in the fall of 1973 from his aunt, Mrs. Elmo Smith, and the older pictures were made then. This view shows one side in its natural state except for new windows. The other side had been covered with vinyl siding. The Barwicks moved to Saint Marys, where they still run a very successful Jack's Bait and Tackle.
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Others that week: Basketball, education survey, TES students, George Holton's turnips.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

1979 Alamo Drivers Meet in Truck-Train Collision

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December 12, 1979
Alamo Drivers Meet in Truck-Train Collision
Two Alamo friends met in Soperton at the GA 46 railroad intersection, one driving the train and the other the truck. There may have been hurt feelings but no injuries. Little damage to train, more to the truck. The bright light above the log car is not the moon, but the Gulf sign at the old gas station (in 2009 site of Flash Foods).

Others that week: Basketball, retiring councilmen, Plant Telephone employees.

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1974 White Oak School Moved

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December 11, 1974
White Oak School Moved
The old White Oak School was one of more than two dozen schools that existed in Treutlen County. After the children were gone the building stood figuratively alone on a high hill overlooking Miller Pond on the road from Soperton. These two photographs were made as the house was being prepared for moving to Lothair. It was turned into a home by Jack Barwick, who is shown with Clayton Stephen at the old white oak for which the school was named. The schoolhouse was on the north side of the road, and the tree was on the south side.

Others that week: Basketball, Christmas parties, 3rd grade, 4-H, B&PW Club, model health care program, Naomi Labon's house burned, THS students, decorations downtown, Soperton Methodist and Baptist churches.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I Believe - Part 2 - The Word of God

In my blog post of November 20, 2009, I quoted words from James: "What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." - James 2:14-17 (KJV)

Now we look at another side. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians wrote "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

My goodness, is the Bible contradicting itself? I was exposed to a Sunday School lesson which set up James and Paul like a debate or a day in court. It was a good lesson. We came to the conclusion that God gave us common sense, and all we have to do is to use it. In secular law we use juries, because we expect 12 people to use common sense in reaching a verdict. A judge might instruct a jury to weigh evidence, but the jury has the last word. Thank the Lord that people can arrive at sensible answers regardless of what the law says.

People can argue about the Word of God, and I believe that all scripture is profitable. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." Paul wrote it in his second letter to Timothy. 2 Timothy 3:16-17. (KJV)

Profitable it says, but it does not say that each piece of scripture is equally profitable. There again, it requires common sense that God gave us. We are taught the Ten Commandments and that's okay. Count hard and you might conclude that there are 12 of them. Is that all? No, not if you are a legalist. A legalist must obey all those many laws to be found in the Book of Leviticus. One of them makes it illegal to eat catfish. Another one against barbecued pork. What southerner wants to give that up? Well everyone has a choice, be an inerrant legalist or live through faith by grace and enjoy the meal unless it causes a  brother to go wrong.

Jesus is the way, the truth, the life, the only way to the Father. Grace is the unmerited favor of God through Jesus and His sacrifice. Salvation is a gift, given by God. It cannot be earned. Paul was in favor of good works, as has been established in his letters and preaching, but he knew that a person could never work his way to heaven. It's a gift.

The Bible is profitable, but it can be very confusing. Bible study can be a good thing. But that book with the black cover and red or gold edge is just a book. It is profitable, but it can never replace God and His Son. In the first chapter of the book of John we can find the real Word of God.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."--John 1:1-5 (KJV)

The Word of God is Jesus Christ. Would the Supreme Intelligent God want to hurt us or to confuse us. Jesus taught that God is love and He loves us. Jesus said "My burden is light and my yoke is easy." Jesus took all those laws and wrapped them into just two, to love the Lord with our entire being and to love our neighbors as ourselves. R. A. Perry used to pray that the Lord would help us to love Him supremely, love each other more, and love those about us.

Back when I was young there were tiny, almost stamp-sized, copies of the Book of John. I never knew why they were distributed ahead of the other three gospels. I know now. It comes first for the benefit of the believer and the prospective believer. It starts with Jesus, not at His earthly birth, but before that when He was with God the Father. I believe that the Book of John should be introduced ahead of any other scripture, because it proclaims Jesus and simply. The gospel is simple.

Some people love academics so much that they become professors, doctors, lawyers, and other book-indoctrinated professionals. Some people are smart in other ways, hard-working, and God-loving. They simply follow Jesus and his way. Some people may be more studious than others, but the Bible scholar is no nearer to salvation than any other follower of Jesus. It's not from works, lest anyone boast.

The gospel, the Good News of Jesus, is spiritual and soul-saving. Jesus came to us and fulfilled the law. Scripture and law are profitable, but they are not soul-saving. Only grace, the free gift from God, is able to save us miserable wretches. No way but Jesus's way.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.

William A. Ricks

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

1979 Sherwin Glass Honored by Chamber

On the 30th anniversary of Farmers Furniture, Founder and CEO Sherwin Glass returned to Soperton. He was presented an award recognizing his first store started in 1949 in Soperton.

Others that week: Garden Club at Welcome Center, Primary kids, basketball, Nursing Home, choir, Honor Roll students.

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1974 Soperton Garden Club Party

Left to right, top: Warnock, Hall, Burke, Williamson, Sessions, Courson, Barwick, Wommack, Peterson. Front: Lawton, Gillis, Mullen, Gillis, Gillis, Kea, Phillips.

Others that week: "Inspirations" gospel group, deer, adult poll, basketball, street decorations.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Map Disappears from Archives Website

My e-mail to the Georgia Archives:

Several years ago I was able to download an old map of Treutlen County. I found it in a list of counties and it was the only one available for Treutlen. I made a visit to the State Archives and received digital scans on CD so I feel sure that they should be available as well.
How do I obtain and download digital information? Is it no longer available to the public or am I too virtually challenged?

The Archives e-mailed back:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding Treutlen County maps. We currently do not have maps for Treutlen County on-line. We do still have these maps available for research however you will need to come to our facility to view them. The Georgia Archives is open for research Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  (Original records are not retrieved after 4 p.m.)  We are closed for all state and most federal holidays.  When the holiday falls on a Friday or a Monday we are also closed on the Saturday following the Friday holiday or immediately preceding the Monday holiday.  For additional information about our location, including driving directions, please see our website at

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Our 501st Post

This is our 501st post since we started in 
November 2006. 
Thank you for your support.

Beginning today, December 1, 2009, the 
Soperton Signs will be a part of TREUTLEN E-NEWS.