The blackberries are blooming everywhere down in here; so watch out for another cool spell. I just hope it is a cool spell and not a COLD spell. I think we all agree that we are all tired of COLD! I also hope we don’t have any terribly, bad stormy weather they are predicting, but it can happen as well here as it can in Arkansas and North Carolina; God will look out for us no matter where we are. We have finally got a paved road here on Baldwin Dairy Road; although it isn’t the smoothest ride you will have, to say the least, but it is better than what we had.
This is nothing against the county workers who worked hard and tirelessly at it for several weeks putting in a lot of overtime. They did the best they could with what they had and by trying to save the county money by doing it all themselves. They did not have a big paver, just a small one they use for driveways or in subdivisions. I have heard a rumor through the grapevine that in a couple of years when the money becomes available to repave, that Pittman or another paving company will come and repave over what we have now.
Our road was not up for repaving, but because of the I-20 fiasco and having to divert traffic this way, our road was wore down to the gravel in spots and it became a priority. Oconee Road just off of Parks Mill Road was first on the list but fixing Baldwin Dairy had to be done. I have also heard through the grapevine that the county saved something like $200,000. by doing it.
If this ever happens again, the law enforcement needs to reroute traffic onto Seven Islands Road and on to Hwy. 441 as these roads can better handle the weight of the tractor-trailers, etc., is mine and a lot of other people’s opinions. Our community wants to extend our sympathy to the family of Wendy Crow who passed away last Monday morning. Wendy had willingly become a patient at the nursing home here in town due to several health problems.
Wendy’s parents and the family moved down here to Morgan County many years ago from Gwinnett County and made their home on Pierce Dairy Road on the Tumlin place where they dairyed and farmed. We extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the family at this time. We also extend our deepest sympathy to Ernestine Jackson and her girls upon the passing of Terrell Jackson on last Wednesday afternoon. He was a wonderful husband and father and loved doing things with all of his family and gardening. He will be missed.
Janice Philippi is so happy to have finished all of her rounds of chemotherapy; she will have scans done later and hopefully everything will be clear and she will get good results. We are also glad that J.J. Wilson was able to have his knee surgery and he says his knee seems to be doing good. His family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, donations, and help with his fundraiser so that he was able to raise enough money in order to have this procedure done. Praise the Lord for all this good news! Continue to pray for Garvin Prickett at The Lake Oconee Assisted Living House as his health continues to decline.
Junior Jordan, John Bumgarner, and Jo Marcrum all visited Garvin this past week and also dropped in on Francis Brewer while there. Harriette Wade had another celebration of her 95th birthday on this past Sunday with all of her family, friends, and neighbors at the home of her daughter, Sally, Tony, and Alicia Stephens, in the house that she grew up in. She looked pretty as picture as she always does and enjoyed seeing and visiting with everyone.
There was a special decorated birthday cake, homemade ice-cream of all flavors, and a table full of goodies. She received many hanging baskets and other flowers that will really dress up her house and porch this spring and summer. She loves flowers and she was born with a green thumb! It was a beautiful day inside and out! The Gatewood Boys Varsity Soccer team won the first round of the state play-offs with a score of 15 – 0. They will play again this coming Wednesday at Gatewood. Ben Porter is on the soccer team. We wish them much luck.
The Gatewood girls and boys track team also won state for the fourth year in a row in the GISA AA spot. Marlee Malcom was the star of the track team as she was the state champion in long jump and the high jump. She also came in third in the triple jump. Congratulations, Marlee!! From the track meet, Marlee and the family then traveled up to Ringold for the Georgia High School Rodeo competition. Marlee won in pole bending and breakaway roping and came in second in barrel racing. She is an all-around athlete! The Morgan County 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl team composed of Will Porter, Jay Moon, Constance Johnson, and Victoria Cagle also came out on top as they were awarded the state champions in Athens over the weekend.
This means all these young people achieved Master status in the 4-H club. They will compete in Louisville, Ky. later this year. A big congratulations go out to them! It was 27 years ago that Chip Porter and the local team did the same thing by winning state! Those genes run deep! Ben Porter went to Lawton, Okla. this past weekend to pick up another batch of show lambs. He traveled with Keith Odom, a fellow shepherd he works for in Watkinsville. They took four lambs out and came back with 10. They are all eager to get busy with the lambs.
Rebecca Clary and Raynor Cathey went to Grayson on Saturday where they watched Jack and Max Leo play in their baseball games. They were so happy they got to see Jack steal home and to see Max score the winning run for the team. Good work boys! Raegan Wilkins competed at the Southeast Level 7 Regional Gymnastic Meet in Concord, North Carolina near Charlotte this past Friday. She did well receiving a medal and a certificate. She is one of the younger ones in her level seven this year, but she has done great. Sarah Nell Craig spent Thursday night and Friday with her daughter’s family, the Kennys, in Acworth.
Esther Curry, Ellen Bruce, and a friend, Pam Whitehead attended a Womens Missionary Union spring gathering this past Friday and Saturday at Callaway Gardens. They had an enjoyable and uplifting time and they even got to meet and visit with Babbie Mason, who is a gospel singer. Esther said the azaleas and other spring flowers are absolutely beautiful there.
Remember the Relay for Life benefit at The Chowder House on this Thursday, May 1, from 11a.m. – 9p.m. Morgan County High School Classes of 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, and 1952 will have their annual combined class reunion on May 17. Arrangements have been made for a buffet meal at Bonner’s Restaurant in Buckhead and is scheduled for 12:30. p.m Please plan to be there early to visit, eat, and enjoy the day! Contact the person in charge of your class by May 10 with your number of reservations.