Training children in the “old-fashioned ways”

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By Mae Buice I love changing of the seasons. We are never bored with the Southern way of doing things. Just think, in a few weeks God’s paintbrush will be working double time, hitting every leaf and most of them different colors. What a wondrous Lord we do serve. And He especially pays attention to all our beautiful and different trees in Georgia. A lot of toes were stepped on with Butch’s sermon on Sunday, but we need that. Some may get offended but I like to be reminded when …

Ladies Spenzalot, Leisure and Sweet Pea host event

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By Betty Moore The Belles of Buckhead enjoyed lunch at the Cracker Barrel recently. The hostesses were Lady Spenzalot, Lady Leisure, and Lady Sweet Pea. Several also had a farewell with Peggy Armour before she moved to Arizona. Gene and Claire Smith celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary recently. God blessed them with four children, 13 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. They are so thanksful! Dennis and Julie Godbee and Dink and Sandra Dominey had a nice camping trip last week. Benny Smith has a birthday on September 20th. Happy birthday …

Newly planted crop doesn’t need rain, only sunshine!

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By Nancy Darby If you take a drive down Hawkins Academy Road, a couple of miles outside of Rutledge, you will find a large field with a brand new crop. A crop never before seen in Georgia. A crop that will continue to produce year after year, all four seasons. The fields used to hold cotton. Then they held pine trees. Now 165 acres are being planted with a whole new long-term cash crop: solar panels. That is right, solar panels. Enough solar panels to promote Georgia from one of …

“Nip” in the air? Maybe we’ll get an early fall

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By Mae Buice Is it possible there’s just a little “nip” in the air, especially at night? Do you think we might have an early fall? Seems the last few years we’ve had nice weather on through October. Sunday was nice and pleasant, and a great day to be in God’s house with a near full attendance. It was so good to see some of our sick back with us. Marion Beacham was able to be with us, also. He’s fighting that devil, the cancer. He said no chemo for him. …

Remembering Billy Graham Crusade singer George Beverly Shea

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By Betty Moore Congratulations to Sue Doorenbos in receiving her associate degree in Business Administration from Georgia Military College. I’m proud of you Sue! Christie and Frieda White went to the Parsons’ reunion at Watkinsville Sunday. Scott, Jennifer and Sara Doran went to Callaway Gardens to see the hot air balloons. Scott rode in one. They are very colorful. Jo Ann Bryant is recovering from eye surgery. I hope that you continue to improve Jo Ann. You have had it tough but God knows all about it. His love for …

“Quiet, country living” in Rutledge

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Music in the Park David Clemens, guitar and vocals. This concert was previously rescheduled due to rain. This is the make-up performance. Friday, Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. By Elizabeth Rockhill When we moved from Atlanta to Rutledge, I had some lifestyle adjustments to make and my friends in Atlanta, while supportive, looked at me like I was crazy to give up the Hotlanta life. Recently I was asked how I was taking to the “quiet country life in a small town?” I just smiled and gave them a taste of what …

Columnist: Where has this year gone?

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New Apostles in Concert Sept. 14 at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, at the corner of Greensboro Highway (278) and Sugar Creek Church Road, 6 p.m. The public is invited. By Mae Buice Wow! Already September 2013. Where has this year gone? Seems only yesterday we were having a Jan. 1st wedding here. Now, only a few more weeks until the Christmas season. And today, Labor Day, I pray each of you will have a safe and happy last summer weekend of 2013. On Sunday we still had a great crowd even …

Unfinished projects? Meet the Stitching Sisters

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By Nancy Darby My grandma quilted. Did yours? Her hands never stayed still. I still remember her sitting through the evening watching “Gunsmoke” and piecing her quilts. I never was interested in her craft until long after she was gone and I was well into my 40s. Now I have to teach myself. The internet tutorials are very helpful, but not like having Grandma there to show me. Embroidery, that lovely colorful dresser scarf or tablecloth you have seen but never started. Oh, how pretty that will be… one day… …

Tragedy shocks beloved Sugar Creek community

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By Mae Buice I am truly having the worst time getting this article started today, been in a stupor for several days, but I will put something together. You might want to call it “shell shock.” Sundays are always beautiful days regardless of what goes on outside. We were lucky and had a bright, sunshine-y day on Sunday. With many visitors in the church house and a good singing service and preaching hour, I’d say it was an exceptional day. Butch brought his message from the great book of Isaiah, …

Columnist dreads early autumn’s falling oak leaves

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By Betty Moore Well it seems that we must be into an early fall. Our oak tree leaves are falling. I dread it when they all fall. There are several trees in the yard with large leaves. That really makes for a huge mess. I usually let the wind do the job of blowing them away. Many blow into the road and across the road. That suits me just fine. John and Gail Wade will go to Athens Thursday to help her sister celebrate her birthday. Dink and Sandra Dorminy …

Monsignor Dora: “The Dogs of Rutledge”

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By Peter A. Dora Upon reaching age 65 a couple of years ago I decided not to retire but to keep going as long as possible. This resolve was marked with a grand non-retirement party at the Caboose in Rutledge. Some months later it occurred to me that I had better give some attention to my health and fitness if I wanted to stay active. Some steps would have to be taken. After buying a digital pedometer I started exploring the sidewalks of Rutledge on a daily basis. At first …

No rain like this since gathering beans

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By Betty Moore We had quite a weekend with all of the rain. I think that it was about five and one-half inches or more. I know that the ground is thoroughly soggy. I don’t remember a year where there was so much rain except one where I had to gather the butter beans. It kept raining and raining. Our butter beans were hanging ready to gather. The sun began to shine a little one day, but the rain came back. I had put on my knee boots to wear …

The August weather seems to dominate the conversation

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By Mae Buice Seems all the conversations these days are about the weather and “I don’t ever remember an August being like this.” It sure rained in this area, seems the whole weekend. I’ve never known of Lake Oconee getting out of its banks. I pray not. Even so with all the weather we had a great weekend as our three grandsons were here and celebrated their tradition of being together for their birthdays; as they were all born on the same day, it’s only natural that they care so …

Bulls get loose on Shake Rag Road

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By Betty Moore It seems that news has all but dried up. I waited until afternoon to call some people. Then there was a thunderstorm. So I could not call. So here’s what little that I have. The Buckhead Baptist Church is in preparation for their revival and homecoming. Homecoming will be September 8 with revival being September 9, 10 and 11. They anticipate having a great crowd that comes each year to come again. As a reminder why not go ahead and mark those dates on your calendar now. …

Remembering the City of Rutledge, then and now

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By Joellen Artz “Through the eyes of the casual visitor, Rutledge seems to be the small, quiet town described in many a novel. The residential streets are shaded by canopies of massive oaks and elms. The houses appear to have been freshly painted and well-maintained. While the shops and stores are rusty and dusty, they look quaint and their appearance is dismissed as less important. As the visitor strolls along the main street, he is aware of a feeling of warmth and friendliness between townsfolk that is often rare in …

“Time waits for no one”

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By Mae Buice Hey, did I understand the weatherman to say more showers all this week? We need a little and thankful for every drop, but we don’t need any floods. Neighbors throughout Georgia have had terrible floods. Pray we don’t get that much. The summer days have been beautiful and here we are, almost the half of August is gone. Time waits for no one. We thank the visitors that came on Sunday and hope you received a blessing. Church attendance was good, but still so many are seriously …

Rutledge: It’s like taking a step back in time

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Rutledge News By Donna Myers Taking my pen in hand is the direct result of a request from Joellen Artz to write a few words about what it’s like to be a transplant to the state of Georgia. My name is Donna Myers and my husband Dennis and I relocated to Georgia last October after residing in northern Indiana for 65 years. We wanted to escape the northern winters and had a daughter and son-in-law plus two grandchildren located in Greensboro. Our son-in-law is a realtor and suggested we might …

Summer comes to an end for schoolchildren

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Buckhead News By Betty Moore Well it certainly doesn’t seem like it, but summer for the school children is all but over. I hope that it will be a good year for not only the children but for the school teachers and all of those in charge. I pray God’s blessing on all of you. We have no grandchildren to attend school. Monday the last Buckhead Friendship Club was held to honor Peggy Armour who is moving to sun City, Arizona. Peggy, we wish the very best happiness for you. …

Wonderful revival week, great singing, preaching, friends; who could ask for more?

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Sugar Creek News By Mae Buice Big news flash! I got my boot off today  (Monday) and it feels wonderful.  Doctor said it has healed and I will not have to have surgery. Ain’t God Good! Yea, it’s good news for me and yet I think that I am so thankful that I didn’t break a hip, back, yes thank you Lord. We’ve had a wonderful week of revival, packed church about every night,  good singing,  preaching and good friends. Who could ask for more? Ralph Baker preached the Word and had a …

The pursuit of happiness: You “get it” or you don’t

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Rutledge News By Joan Ekstrom Rutledge has a slogan: “Rutledge… Small but Special.” And when you visit Rutledge you either “get it” or you don’t. The folks who “get it” come back again and again. I believe part of the reason is the small and simple things in life bring happiness. Yours truly is a visitor to a small country this summer, and whether it’s Rutledge or Denmark, maybe size really doesn’t matter and sometimes less really is more. Although Denmark is small geographically (about one-third the size of Georgia), …