Monday, February 28, 2011

YOU ARE THERE - March 3, 1976

Gov. George Busbee signed the bill to designate I-16 as the "James Gillis, Sr. Memorial Highway".

Bids were opened for construction of I-16 in Candler and Bulloch Counties.

Bill Peterson was Treutlen County Chairman of the Reagan Presidential Campaign.

Windsor's column: FFA Banquet and the great speech by Chapter President/State Vice President Chuck Ellington.

Ricks's column: His attempt to read the weather with his own instruments.

The Junior 4-H Rally was held in Soperton.

Lyons defeated Treutlen and Wheeler to take the Region Crown - the end of the season for the Vikings.

Lots of flu virus was going around.

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Zaidee, Georgia

Google Earth is a free application, unless you want to pay a few hundred dollars for the deluxe version. One of the drawbacks, as you can see, the images fuzz out the closer (bigger) you get to them.  North is at the top, south at the bottom west at left, east at right.  At left is GA 46 leading in from Soperton.

The USDA aerial photos were made last year before the northeast corner of the intersection was cleared. We've pinned the Phillips house, built by the Brantley family, the Pat & Clyde Palmer Store on the southwest corner, the Clyde Phillips on the northeast corner, and the approximate location of the Zaidee Country Store & Restaurant, opened January 2011.

Today we've added a string of Facebook comments to the blog comments on the snow picture:

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Worth Repeating: February 20-26

Some of the stuff posted on my Facebook profile last week:

February 20
February 20, 1902: Photographer Ansel Adams born.
I got the DVD for Christmas. I wonder what he would have thought of Photoshop and digital cameras. I saw some of his prints at the Eastman House when I was in Rochester. Indescribable!

February 21

Who drove #21 1975-2008

Car #21 history:
(In case you've forgotten or too young to know.)
"The team adopted the #21 permanently, and would become as notorious as any number in NASCAR history (along with the Petty #43 and Earnhardt #3)."
"The Wood Brothers invented the modern pit stop."

The public cost of corporate greed keeps growing and growing. Fort Ritchie is in Maryland. Say what you will about Jimmy Carter, but if the country hadn't taken a leftward twist back then, we wouldn't have a national bird today. "Safe" chemicals. Sheesh!

Long Story.
Read it all when you have time.
High speed trains.

You now have your online copy of Million Pines Festival Souvenir Book 5, 1977, about the City of Soperton, photos of former Mayors, important historical tidbits, directory of every street address and family living there, ads from all substantial businesses, and public servants, plus public-spirited citizens, such as Jimmy Lawton and Jack Ellington.
Photos by Bill Ricks, Feb 21, 2011

“War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.”
Jimmy Carter quote

February 22

The same sun that drives up your electric bill in summer could reduce it with solar panels. One company leases them.

iPad sales increasing as laptops decrease.

This is the first time I ever saw this site. Wouldn't it be great if all of the yearbooks were on line. I don't know why the schools haven't already scanned and put them online.

February 23
He's from Soperton!

February 23, 1685: George Frederick Handel in Halle born. Handel became the leading musical figure in England. He lived a few years longer than Bach, which means, like Bach, he lived long enough to see his music fall out of fashion. His oratorio, "The Messiah," was first heard in 1749.

February 24
iPad 2 on March 2

A beautiful obituary for a Soperton (wi) citizen.

NEW: Easy. Sturdy. Reliable. Professional. $1,200 to $2,500. Get what you pay for.

Want to name this waterfall?
Photos by Bill Ricks, Feb 15, 2011
Photos by Bill Ricks, May 13, 2010 - Please refer to blogpost dated May 13, 2010

February 24, 1818: Frederic Chopin made his debut as a pianist. He was seven years old. The little boy was elaborately dressed up, and after the recital someone asked the kid what he thought impressed the audience the most. You know how literal children are. Chopin replied, "My collar."

February 25

In Wisconsin, the story may be presented as Tea Party again bad old union bosses, but the bottom line is about real people working hard to provide for families with little pay.

"This sense of heartbreak and disappointment defines the Blue Water veterans community, which lost hundreds of men to Agent Orange-inflicted diseases in 2010 and watched Congress go home without restoring the VA medical benefits the Bush administration eliminated in 2002."
Agent Orange was carried aboard Navy vessels and the spray from the mainland of Vietnam drifted out many miles to affect sailors.

What a glowing report! Looks successful. Wanna invest?

Jimmy Sharpe brought honor to Soperton and all of Georgia, being the only non-Florida entrant in the race. Beat the socks out of them!

Google to attack the spam jungle.

February 26
 February 25, 1873: Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor born.

‎8th District Congressman Austin Scott stated the deal would bring 370 jobs to Georgia and have an economic impact of more than $17 million. Scott’s office told The Telegraph on Friday that Boeing had not released further details about those jobs.... Scott’s office said there was no indication yet whether parts of the aircraft would be built in Macon.

Want to save on gasoline? Something that everybody can do. Something simple. Just drive at 50-55 miles per hour on the highway. Speeding is the biggest gas burner. In town, maintain a constant speed; eliminate stop and go as much as possible.

Got a minute?
Listen to this.
Part of the reality of war.
Jerald Collman, who served in Vietnam, remembers receiving the bodies of fallen soldiers as an Army Graves Registration collection point officer.

February 26, 1852: John Harvey Kellogg was born Tyrone, Michigan. An American physician and health-food pioneer whose development of dry breakfast cereals was largely responsible for the creation of the flaked-cereal industry.
(I was 8 years old when Frosted Flakes came along. The greatest invention! Sugar that stayed with the cereal ...
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Tony Tiger and Tony Jr in this RARE Kelloggs Frosted Flakes spot. For more Tony visit us at

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

New Slide Show - Dublin Mall Science Fair

One of Treutlen's First Place winners.

Treutlen Elementary School students did very well with their Science Fair exhibits which were at Dublin Mall during the week. Many students, parents, and friends have attended, and good compliments are being passed around on Facebook.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

1986 End of Season

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February 26, 1986

Perfect photo to illustrate defeat and the end of basketball season. Bible Baptist trounced Treutlen and later did the same thing to Jenkins County. For the record, Joe Moore was the coach. Nuff said.

Others that week: FFA farm animals, donkey basketball, Teacher Day Proclamation, FBLA, Junior High Basketball Girls, stadium rails installed, new deluge gun for firemen.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

1981 TPS Program

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February 25, 1981

I must have made at least one picture of everybody who passed through the school system during the years I was working with the Soperton News, because each Primary School class had a program each year.  Most of the time we concentrated on the students on stage, but this rare time we shot part of the crowd, and some of the children were more interested in the photographer than what was happening on stage. So a lot of full-grown 35 year old "children" still call me "Picture Man".  I've been rather lazy about identifying each class, simply recording the shots as "TPS program".

Others that week: Basketball, state welcome center personnel at our center, big squash, Charles Zeigler with Mr. Glisson in ag class, top conservationists, Dr. McNair, Nursing Home residents Edward Love, Mae Ella Shurling, Chester Sumner, TES Semester Honor Roll group and individual, Pharis Jenning with Mary Ann Hutcheson, Bill Clontz, Dale Hooks, Danny Shepherd with steer.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

1976 Soperton Garden Club Donates Books

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February 25, 1976

The Soperton Garden Club donated books about poisonous plants to Treutlen Primary School, Mrs. Inez Keen, Principal.  Left to right: Neva Williamson, Mrs. Keen, Dicy Kate Gillis, Lula Wommack, and Rose Hawkins.

Others that week: Eli Branch at age 102, Conservation Awards, Aerial shots of I-16 at US 221 (by Gene Bowers), Basketball, big bass by Jean French and Mrs. Lester Gillis, yellow jacket nest, FFA proclamation, Russell-Fullerton Chevrolet - Cadillac at Vidalia, James Windsor.

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YOU ARE THERE - February 26, 1986

Owen Thomason led his FFA students to provide a farm animal petting zoo for TPS students.

The Soperton Fire Department tried out the new deluge gun.

Windsor's column: It was the 100th anniversary of Progressive Farmer, and the magazine asked Charles Kuralt to write about Southern rural life.

Ricks's column: Giants of Journalism, new inductees to Georgia's Hall of Fame: Joseph Parham, Marvin Griffin, Ron Autry,  and John Eldridge Drewry.

Whatever happened to all the school campus trees that were planted for Arbor Day?

Sara Cook, Cayce Cook, and Mrs. Lillian Flury set out for Cancun, Mexico, a prize from the Tastee Freez Giveaway.

Junior High girls won first in the Adrian basketball tournament.

Mason Mosley died February 23, at the VA Center at age 60.

Frank Radford wrote a letter of appreciation, noting his retirement from the cleaners with wishes to serve full-time as Mayor again.

Under the leadership of Coach Joe Moore, the Vikings ended their basketball season with a loss, 72-58, to Bible Baptist.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

YOU ARE THERE - February 25, 1981

Brantley and W. C. Ricks were the top conservationists.

Donnie Cammack was elected to fill the vacancy in City Council due to resignation of Councilman Bob Sanford who became Mayor.  Johnny B. Johnson lost that time but was elected later and is still a Council member in 2011.

Windsor reprinted a column by Roy Chalker about "making 'rangements," which old-time farmers had to do every year with their bankers.

Ricks wrote about Jimmy Carter, Bert Lance, and Ronald Reagan.

Announcement was made of the upcoming marriage, April 5, of Debbie Carol Joiner and John Koon.

"Coot Riddle" died at the Wrightsville Nursing Home.  Her real name was Mrs. Mary Riddles. Arrangements by Hodges.

Pharis Jennings won the $100 first prize in the 6th annual Cherry Bake with her Cherry Banana Split.

The Vikings made the Region Playoffs.

Two good movies were playing in Vidalia. Both are frequently seen on TV 30 years later: 9 to 5 and Stir Crazy.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Worth Repeating: February 13-19

Some of the stuff posted on my Facebook profile last week:

Sunday, February 13
February 13, 1867": Johann Strauss' magnificent "Blue Danube Waltz" was played for the first time at a public concert in Vienna, Austria.
Johann Strauss II's most famous Waltz, Originally named " On the Beautiful Blue Danube " - An der schönen blauen Donau - is a very popular piece and still played till today, it has been one of the most consistently popular pieces of music in the classical repertoire. 

Monday, Febuary 14

Spanish Moss Festival
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge - Helena
Bring your family to enjoy food and craft vendors. Activities include a kids train ride, reptile show and "walk on the water" pool. There will also be performances by local bands, cloggers and Zumba dancers. $5 parking. (229) 868-7474.
Explore more than 77,500 acres of natural beauty from the Georgia Coast to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We have a new slide show of the TES Science Fair which you can watch on my blog or you may go directly to the web album. 

Isakson, Chambless, Kingston, and Barrow support harbor expansion. Could be good for I-16 and our railroad.
The Maritime Executive :: Article and news about Delegation United in Fight for Savannah Harbor Expansion

Tuesday, February 15
Today, the Lexmark online technician and I got my scanner going. First I scanned a photo of the late Larry Joe Newsome, shaped it up a bit and ready to print, after I buy an ink cartridge. Then I scanned the booklet and saved it in my Picasa web albums, so now the whole world can read it. Also it's listed on Favorite Links on the sidebar of my blog. I hope to scan more as time goes on.
Photos by Bill Ricks, F

Wednesday, February 16
Sounds to me like all Americans have a welfare mentality, but some won't admit it.
As unhappy as Americans claim to be about the government's red ink, surveys show voters want more government than they're willing to pay for.

I like this site for a fast scroll & read.

Jack E Josey Jr - Just watched your salute to Buddy Holly. Linda Ronstadt did a great job on that classic. Buddy would be proud. You have created a fantastic library of good music with fresh visuals. I hadn't realized how tall Buddy was until I saw the shot of him with Ed Sullivan.
Share your videos with friends, family, and the world

Did you know that legal notices are online courtesy of the GPA?
S11-16 NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS GEORGIA, TREUTLEN COUNTY All creditors of the estate of ALICE ELEANOR WILLIAMS, deceased, late of Treutlen County, Georgia, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law...

Thursday, February 17

Higher percentages of employment for blacks and hispanics. Is there a reason? A legal reason?
WASHINGTON — Are companies saying no to jobless applicants when there are job openings? After news accounts about the practice and requests from concerned lawmakers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has jumped in, trying to figure out whether it's widespread and could violate federal job

While most publications are going paperless, these will be printing at the Macon Telegraph basement. Look where the Telegraph is being printed.
A company formed by publishers of four weekly Middle Georgia newspapers have cranked back up the presses in The Telegraph basement.

If you're old enough and read between the lines, this article hints at the roots of the former Baptists and today's Baptists. Mercer is true to the Baptist heritage of freedom and autonomy. The new thing is the old thing based in racism.
The American dream did not quite live up to reality for Sam Oni when he arrived in Macon in 1963.

Saturday, February 19

Should you spend your money on a home security system? A look inside a burglar's mind might help you decide.

The "infallible Word of God".
John 1:1 talks about the Word of God, and He is Jesus. The living Savior who is infallible in every way and every day. The Word that we know best.
Still cleaning files, and found this juicy gem from an historical Baptist.
Infallible has two meanings; one is "without error" the other that "it fulfills its intended function." A dull knife can be an infallible knife if you use it to cut butter. You will weaken the statement by putting in that word. 

Video shot before Phillip Jennings' crop was full height for the Miscanthus Field Day Harvest. Check this and related YouTubes. Field Day was covered on TREUTLEN E-NEWS (search word: miscanthus).
Many Americans would love not to be dependent on foreign oil energy sources. But most people can only think about energy independence. In this report, the Monitor's Ryan Naquin explains how one Georgia farmer has actually jumped into the bio-fuels arena and he's not looking back.

Scriptural support for a fair minimum wage:
1 Timothy 5:18
18 For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

What's legal or not? You may be surprised.
The place of religion in the nation's public schools continues to general legal rules and policy guidelines for school administrators, teachers, parents and others regarding religion in public schools. It focuses on the constitutional mandate of separation of church and state as it applies to the

The Census figures for Georgia have not been released and may not be released until late March. Law requires that they be released by April 1 in order for work to begin on Congressional Districting. In some of the prior census the data was out by early January.
Data Release Process: 1. Pre-release announcement — A week ahead, we'll announce which states to anticipate the following week. (Subscribe to receive the media advisories. [media | non-media].) 2. Shipment to State Leadership — We'll ship the data to the state leadership (ex. governor, majority and

A big improvement for Veterans in Atlanta. Way to go Secretary Shinseki!
AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has moved an outpatient clinic from Smyrna to nearby Austell to make room for an increase in patients.

YOU ARE THERE - February 25, 1976

Tommy Heath was Man of the Year in Conservation.

Two big bass caught by two fisherwomen: Jean French - 9 lb, 4 oz; Mrs. Lester Gillis - 9 lb, 9 oz.

Soperton Garden Club meeting at Mrs. Jim Peterson's with Mrs. Luther Phillips and Mrs. George Barwick hostesses.

J. E. McLendon called it "the game of the century" when the Vikings upset Metter and 6' 10" Lavon Mercer.

"Meat prices are terrible. Saw my wife chasing a squirrel up a tree with a Shake-n-Bake bag." (Still funny, isn't it?)

Mrs. George (Mary Johnson) Graham died February 18 at age 72.

"The Hindenburg" played at Brice Cinema.

Leon Phillips was elected chairman of the board of the Federal Land Bank Association of Dublin.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

1986 THS Science Fair, 100 Entries!

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February 19, 1986

Lots of great scientists at the high school filled up the gymnasium with exhibits, and these students were the first place winners.  We'd like a little help in naming them.

Others that week STARs, Newby at Lions Club, TPS program, basketball, FFA Week photos, Towanda Phillips.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

1981 Albert J. Hinson & Son at Work

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February 18, 1981

Remember when the Community House restrooms had an outside door? I made the picture and I don't remember it.  Albert J. Hinson and son did a complete renovation of the rooms including new windows. Lapped shingles were no problem, and later they did the ones on the Welcome Center roof, and the Dave Gillis house at Jean Gillis Park. We miss Mr. Hinson.

Others that week: Alan Mazza, Donkey Ball, TES Semester Honor (group & individual), TES visit by Chug, TPS Safe and Clean, nursery school, Kim Carr, Elizabeth Hester, Frank S. Ney, Minnie Anderson, basketball, courthouse planter, white bloom bulbs.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

1976 Beta Club Initiation

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February 18, 1976

Dressed up, left to right, are the THS smart students being initiated into the Beta Club: Glenn Brinson - Ballet Dancer, Tamra O'Neal - Frito Bandito, Shelia Mills - Aunt Jemima, Marquis Jones - Martian, Scotty Palmer - Cheerleader, Gail Shiver - Farm Maid, Patti Brinson - Farmer, Jackie Wiggins - Baby, Rebekah Brantley - Football Player, Mary Jean Thompson - Cupid, and (not pictured) Debra Stewart.

Others that week: Warnock-Wood Reunion, Eli Branch birthday, FBLA Pageant, Basketball, TPS kids at monkey bars enjoying 79-degree temperatures, courthouse benchmark, TPS program, 2nd annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, car fire near Kibbee.

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YOU ARE THERE - February 19, 1986

Blake Dennard was STAR Student, and Mrs. Brenda Brown was STAR Teacher.

Barry Norris became an Eagle Scout.

Looking Back, February 14, 1936: The WPA strted work on a new four-room brick building on the school campus, the building that corners with the Dicy Kate Gillis Auditorium.

District Governor Olin Newby visited the Lions Club.

Barry Norris was Chapter President, leading the FFA Week activities.

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Souvenir Books Number 6 and 7

Look down the sidebar on right, near the bottom, to "I like these links" and see that we've added links to a couple of the  Million Pines Souvenir Books. The pages are saved as jpeg photos in my Picasa web albums. Book number 6 contains the best of the Soperton News from 1919 to 1978. Book number 7 is about the many former schools of Treutlen County.

As time goes on we plan to scan more Souvenir Books for your enjoyment, and possibly convert them to text so they will be searchable.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

YOU ARE THERE - February 18, 1981

Windsor wrote about the heroes of young America: 1-Burt Reynolds, 2-Steve Martin, 3-Eric Heiden, 4-Erik Estrada, 5-Alan Alda, 6-Kristy McNichol, 7-Sugar Ray Leonard, 8-Scott Baio, 9a-John Belushi, 9b-Robin Williams, 10-Kurt Thomas, 11a-Terry Bradshaw, 11b-Sylvester Stallone, 12-Julius Erving, 13-Earl Campbell, 14-Bill Cosby, 15-Olivia Newton-John, 16-John Ritter, 17-Sally Field, 18-Charles Schulz, 19-Gilda Radner, 20-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 21-Neil Armstrong, 22-Muhammad Ali, 23-Willy Stargell, 24-Judy Blume, 25-Pete Rose, 26-Alex Haley, 27-Dustin Hoffman, 28-Barbara Streisand, 29-Johnny Carson, and 30-Paul McCarney.

Happy Birthday, Edith Vanlandingham, February 24, "Our Happenings Lady".

Teen of the Week: Sheila Meeks.

GSC President Dale Lick met with almost 40 high school coaches, including Loveard McMichael, to gain support for the school's year-old quest to create a football program.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

YOU ARE THERE - February 18, 1976

The Nursing Home marked its 6th anniversary February 15, 1976. Add 35 years, and it's 41st anniversary is Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.

History remembered: April 14, 1933, Congressman Homer C. Parker of Statesboro, displayed on the house floor a copy of the Soperton News, date March 31, 1933, as the first newspaper ever to be printed on japer produced from pine trees. He spoke of the work of Dr. Herty, Editor Horace M. Flanders, and James Fowler - the world leader in growing slash pine trees.  Since 1926 he had planted 1,500,000 seedlings.
Congressman Keller of Illinois suggested that the displayed copy be preserved for posterity. Although nobody has found any documentation in Washington, the legend is that the paper is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute.  (Maybe in that warehouse with the lost ark.)

Warnocks and Woods had a big reunion at the community house.

The 1974 Plymouth police car was for sale with a minimum set at $1976.

The city promised to pay half if the county paid half to hire a full-time recreation director.

Forestry Commission sold bicentennial tree packets.  They would be big trees now. Do you know anybody who has some? The varieties were : Sawtooth oak, Catalpa, Red Cedar, Yellow Poplar, Virginia Pine, White Pine, and Slash Pine. Also special package of two live oaks.

Mrs. Mullen and Mrs. Lawton returned from a tour of India.  Had photo made riding an elephant.

Every copy of the Soperton News that week carried the reprint of the slash pine edition, sponsored in part by the Herty Foundation and Mrs. James Fowler.

Visit the TREUTLEN E-NEWS today to see a living tree planted by James Fowler.

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