I’m still a little girl where Christmas is concerned

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By Mae Buice, columnist What a beautiful week end, this first of December. Temperature just right to put us in the right spirit to begin the most beautiful time of the year. I’m still a little girl where Christmas is concerned. When I think of the very beginning and the baby Jesus coming into this world and what it all means, my heart fills with happiness and love. Pray, as we begin this holy time of the year each of you will ponder in your hearts and cherish the true …

Christmas tree lighting is Sunday, Dec. 1

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By Betty Moore, Columnist The Belles of Buckhead had their November gathering at Southern Cross. Hostesses were Lady Grannie Annie and Lady Brandy. Husbands were welcome this time. A delicious buffet was enjoyed. There was a nice crowd at the community Thanksgiving service at the Lake Oconee Baptist Chapel on Sunday night. Buckhead, Grace Bible Church and Swords Methodist all joined together with Lake Oconee Baptist. The Christmas tree lighting is Sunday night, December 1, at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Fire Station. All in the community are invited. There …

Shop small and shop local this holiday season

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By Joellen Artz, Columnist Saturday of this coming weekend is Shop Local Day and is a way to promote our local merchants. Did you know that when you shop local that about 50 percent of what you spend stays right in your community in the way of salaries, sales tax and payment for local merchandise that has been sold to you? For the most part, Morgan County and Rutledge, in particular, are great examples of communities full of small homegrown businesses rather than national chains. This is not to say …

Enjoy God’s abundance by sharing a meal with your loved ones

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By Mae Buice, Columnist What a beautiful day, this 18th day of November. James is out blowing leaves. Seems the more he blows the more we have, more like a spring day instead of fall. We are getting ready to go into one of the most celebrated seasons of the year, what we call the holidays beginning with Thanksgiving then the joys of celebrating our Lord’s birth, the Christmas season, many of us already making plans with loving family. Sunday’s message was the last in a series of sermons. Last …

Mark your calendar for the lighting of the community tree Dec. 1

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By Betty Moore, Columnist I send my sympathy to the McAllister family in the death of Bob. I know Grace from her working at Wal-Mart. I’ve known her for a number of years. Jo Marcum went to Dublin and carried several homemade cakes for a sale that her daughter is involved in as a money maker for a club or school. She stayed a few days. Then her daughter Sherri Brown, daughter Abby and son Garrett came for several days here. One day Jo’s brothers John Bumgarner and Bob and …

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By Joellen Artz, Columnist The holidays are fast approaching. You can tell because the Rutledge gazebo is all decked out in festive lights, bows and garland and there’s a spectacular Christmas tree in the corner garden. Our treasured vintage Nativity Scene graces the City Park, shops and restaurants are decorated for the holidays and the North Pole is being spruced up for all the children to be able to visit with Santa and the moms and dads who want their photos. Woo, Chad and Noel have strung garland across the …

Wrap up good and warm for this week

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Marshall White from Canada visited his father, Charles in Hartwell. They came to visit Frieda White one day last week. Teresa Wallace and the youth at Lake Oconee Baptist Chapel have been publishing a nice paper each month. It is placed at different places. You should get one if possible to see what a great job that they do. Teresa does a great job with the youth. Sunday night at 6 p.m. Buckhead Baptist and Grace Bible Church will come to the Lake Oconee Baptist Chapel to observe Thanksgiving. Each …

Rutledge’s Back Door, Best Kept Secret

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Rutledge News Frankie Beers, Columnist Hello again! Last time I wrote about Rutledge’s new face of our community – the front door, with the new diorama at the train depot. Now you need to know about our wonderful back door, one of Georgia’s best kept secrets, “Hard Labor Creek State Park.” We are so fortunate to have the second largest state park (5,804 acres) in our back yard. Hard Labor Creek offers a wide range of recreational opportunities in a beautiful wooded setting. This is one of the places we …

Oh, the beauty of fall and fall leaves

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By Mae Buice, Columnist Sorry,  I missed you last week. I just did not have anything new to tell you. I’ll try to make up for it this beautiful but sad Monday in November. Looking out side I can see a “sea” of leaves already been blown clean several times and here they are still falling…oh, the beauty and wonders of fall and falling leaves and God’s magnificent world. Good attendance for both services on Sunday. Taking his message from John 5: 31-47 Butch spoke to us about “Call to …

Deer hunt is food for the soul

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By Tim Ferguson Autumn, what a great time of year. The air is crisp and clean, humidity and temperatures are down, leaves are beginning to change colors, and it’s football season. Oct. 19, another beautiful morning, was met with the sound of distant gunfire signaling the beginning firearm deer hunting season. The season lasts until sunset on Jan.1. I spent the first 36 years of my life living in the suburbs of Atlanta. In order to do any kind of hunting, we had to drive long distances away from the …

Congratulations to newlyweds Cody and Kandice

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By Mae Buice, Columnist Where did October go? Can’t believe how the time passes as you get older. It seems only yesterday it was beginning of summer. Now fall is here and it will be November the next time I write. Weather is not too much to brag about today, but we are here to enjoy whatever the Lord decides for us in our daily walk with Him. How much can you say about a few verses in Psalm 13? Butch brought a good message on Sunday. “How long? How …

Prince Avenue Baptist celebrates forty years with Pastor Ricketts

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  By Betty Moore, Columnist I learned that Earl Smith is in a nursing home at Franklin. He seems to enjoy it and has made good friends with another man. They are thinking about putting him in the same room. Billy and Donna Hinesley who lived at the Smith’s house have moved in temporarily with some of his family until an apartment comes available down here. They are hoping that it won’t be long. Buckhead Baptist had their Fall Festival on October 30. Dot Saffold has done a wonderful job …

Sympathy to the family of Connie Bryant

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By Betty Moore I send my sympathy to the family of Connie Bryant. My girls went to Rutledge Academy with Connie. She was a cute young girl. Linda rode to ballgames with Connie and her mother Joy. After high school she studied to become a nurse. She worked for St. Mary’s Home Health Care. She married Chuck Gulley and had one son C. J. Gulley. I was told that Connie had a beautiful voice and used to sing in the choir at the Buckhead Baptist Church. At times she sang …

Rutledge Hardware is one of Rutledge’s “best-kept secrets”

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By Joan Ekstrom Tucked away inside a hardware store from a by-gone era is one of the town of Rutledge’s best kept secrets. Built in 1891, Rutledge Hardware stands as a testament to time. A time that perhaps moved a little slower, a time when handmade items were the standard and a thing well-made could last generations. Approaching on Fairplay Street, as you cross the railroad tracks, look to your right and you may see Paul Jones, owner of ye olde hardware store. Herbs, vegetables and flowers rotate by season …

On Hebrews’ “faith chapter”

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By Mae Buice Here I am after 3 p.m. on news day and this pea brain of mine is not concentrating. I guess I have so much running through my mind, but will try to “git ‘er done.” Seems we may be on our way to colder days. I love all seasons, but as I get older I seem to not favor the winter months so much. Beautiful weekend in and around the area, services were good on Sunday as Butch brought a great message from Hebrews 11:6. Called the …

Bam! Anna Gronholm bags her first deer Sunday afternoon at the Moores’

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By Betty Moore Here it is harvest time. Many festivals have been set. Already many Christmas decorations are out in many places. It’s hard to believe and to top it all; our government is about to shut down. What in the world is going to happen? So many people go about their merry way as if all is all right with the world. I believe that we need to stop and think and seek God no matter what the financial state of the country. I was happy to learn that …

Celebrating the church’s leader

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Fall Festival Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Saturday, Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m. 1000 Sugar Creek Church Road, Madison. Too many activities to name them all: cake walks for adults and children, face painting, popcorn, hair “fixin’,” funnel cakes, hay rides, music, games, just to name a few. By Mae Buice Pretty squash, punkins’, changing leaves, cool breezes, oh, and the falling leaves, just a few things to remind us that fall is here. Don’t you just love to rake leaves? Sunday was a great day for our congregation. It being Pastor Appreciation Day and …

Sugar Creek Fall Festival set for Oct. 19

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Fall Festival at Sugar Creek Baptist Church Oct. 19, 1000 Sugar Creek Church Road, Madison, 5-8 p.m. Too many activities to name them all: cake walks for adults and children, face painting, popcorn, hair “fixin,” funnel cakes, hay rides, music, games By Mae Buice Did everyone get wonderful, refreshing showers on Sunday night? Just completed a perfect weekend. All services were good with a few out for one reason or another, but the church house was warm with spiritual preaching from Isaiah 53, with the message of how much God loves …

The Creek: Golf course is the crown jewel of Rutledge

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By Tim Ferguson Whenever I venture outside Morgan County and tell people I’m from Rutledge, the most common response I get is: “Oh, that’s where Hard Labor Creek State Park is. I’ve played the beautiful golf course there.” That beautiful golf course is The Creek at Hard Labor Creek State Park, a tremendous asset to Rutledge. Thousands of people come to play the course year-round, many coming from metro Atlanta and throughout the southeast. Their busiest time of the year is Masters week, when golfers come from all over the …

Dean Strange coming home!

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By Betty Moore Praise God! Dean Strange is coming home on Tuesday of this week! God has brought him a long way and he has yet a long way to go. But he has progressed enough to stand up and take one step or two with the walker! All of this is a miracle after he was so extremely sick! Thanks to all of you that prayed and were so sweet to the family. Please continue to pray for them. Dean is married to the former Cathy Lawrence. She happens …