Holiday Beauty and Love

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Out here in Rutledge this year we were on the Chamber Tour of Homes, featuring the Rutledge Methodist Church, the Medford’s log cabin and Whistlin Dixie Farm, home of Jo Ellen and John Ardz. I want to say a big thank you for those folks.Having your home spruced up, cleaned up and decorated to the nines is a big commitment.  Also a thank you needs to go out to all the  to the volunteers who helped to make it happen.. Way to go Rutledge Garden Club.! Everthing looked lovely. Methodist …

May means Country Fair time

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When John and I moved to Rutledge over a decade ago we had a list of expectations about life in Morgan County versus life in the Atlanta area that we really looked forward to. We knew that the ad valorem tax on our cars would be lower and we wouldn’t need annual emission tests, there would be less traffic, we’d be able to see the stars at night and we would own horses on our mini-farm. While the horses never materialized we discovered a whole lot of other rural pleasures, …

Rutledge News: Black History Month

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By Tim Ferguson, Columnist A huge part of Rutledge history is it’s large African American community. This past summer the town was proud to host the filming of the movie “Selma”. The movie depicted the events surrounding the three Selma to Montgomery Marches in 1965 which were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement. The marches led to the Voting Rights Act a landmark federal achievement of the American Civil Rights Movement. February is Black History Month. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and …

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2014 Rutledge Outstanding Person of the Year: Chilton

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The temperature is 56 degrees at 5:40 pm Saturday, January 17th as the left hand turn is taken from Walter Sheppard Road onto Chilton Woods Road in Rutledge. On the west side of this corner the lawn is immaculately kept and lined with young green giants. The sun is setting on the crest of the horizon behind giant oak trees with the beautiful blue sky and fluffy white and gray clouds serving as the backdrop. Turning into this particular driveway the most obvious feature is the variety of large metal …

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Among the fields of cotton

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It’s Friday afternoon, November 21, around 5:45 p.m., as I walk through a field of unpicked cotton in Rutledge. There is not a cloud in the sky as darkness fast approaches. The temperature is falling rapidly as a deer hunter fires his rifle in the distance. The unpicked cotton is a beautiful sight to behold, looking somewhat like the beginning of freshly fallen snow. The plants are dry and brittle. The ground is hard Georgia clay. Tall hardwoods, with gold, purple and orange leaves that are hanging on especially late …

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Trick or Trot and Spooky Fall Fest October 25th

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Tim Ferguson columnist Autumn, the season that comes between summer and winter, also known as fall in the astronomical year, that period between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice, began September 23. Fall is the season in the Northern Temperate Zone in which many trees lose their leaves. Fall is generally regarded as the months of September, October, and November. Fall is the perfect time of year to have outdoor activities in the RTL. Temperatures normally range around the 70’s during the day and in the 40’s at night. …

T G I F in the RTL

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Thank God it’s Friday in Rutledge! The long workweek is over and now it’s time to relax and have a little fun. What better way than to enjoy a FREE summer concert in the downtown Rutledge City Park. Pack a picnic, order from one of the restaurants, bring a lawn chair, and kick your shoes off. The Rutledge Merchants Association along with Terry Reeves of Music Matters Entertainment is hosting a Summer Concert Series in the Park. The series began Memorial Day Weekend with the Mansfield Pickers followed by Justin …

Went to a Garden Party

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The Rutledge Garden Club, nicknamed “The Dirt Girls”, is one of the hardest working organizations in the RTL. The Garden Club is comprised of 25 of the most wonderful ladies you will ever meet. The group is celebrating its ninth year of service to our community. The mission of the Garden Club is to beautify Rutledge and give back to the community. The group has been the driving force behind three murals painted by local artists in downtown Rutledge. The Garden Club also placed planter boxes on the loading dock …

Mommies and Poppies

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On May 10th and 11th, the Sunflower Farm, famous for the annual Sunflower Festival, will be hosting a two-day Mommies and Poppies Festival celebrating Mothers and Nature. The farm is located at 1430 Durden Road, Rutledge GA 30663. The festival will be from 9:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 10th and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Mothers Day, May 11th. What a wonderful way to get everyone outdoors to enjoy the beautiful spring weather we are blessed with in the RTL. You are invited to bring …

Rutledge News: Ahoy Y’all! Bon Voyage Fundraiser

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Ahoy y’all” is the welcoming call for the 4th annual Rutledge Downhome Soiree to benefit Rutledge Beautification. All of this year’s contributions will go toward curbing and landscaping the new park in the City of Rutledge. The Rutledge Beautification committee is comprised of eight local residents who have a passion for making this “Small but Special” town beautiful but the opportunity to be a part of this beautification is open to all who wish to be involved. The Bon Voyage Fun’ Raiser will set sail from the Caboose at 7p.m. …

This and That from the RTL

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Atlanta is by far the largest and most influential city in Georgia. In recent years Atlanta has been frequently referred to as the ATL. The Atlanta Hawks have jerseys that simply have ATL across the chest. This influence has filtered out to our “Small but Special” town as I have heard young people around here referring to Rutledge as the RTL. I like it! The talk of the town has been the cold weather. The coldest winter in many years has produced lots of days with temperatures not getting out …

Rutledge has a new mayor

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By Tim Ferguson, Columnist Rutledge’s a new mayor, James Bratcher, began his tenure as mayor on Jan, 1 2014. I met James about 10 years ago while attending Center Pointe Church in Madison. I had the pleasure of attending church with Mr. Bratcher for 7 years and was honored to serve on the church leadership team with him. Rutledge is very fortunate to have a man of great character and integrity providing leadership over the next 4 years. James is a humble, spiritual man who is very approachable and a …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Silent soldiers: Old chimneys stand guard to history

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By Nancy Darby I see them everywhere, so often it sometimes doesn’t even register that I am seeing our history flash before my eyes. A lone chimney, hiding in the woods or maybe in the middle of field. A lone sentinel of times past. But each one with their own story. Similar to a cemetery, these markers of time hold monument to a house, a home, a family. Many of the lonesome chimneys date back to the Civil War when Sherman burned his way to the sea. I can’t even …

Wanda Sue returns to Rutledge to compete in Scarecrow Contest

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Rutledge Annual Fall Yard Sale Saturday, Oct. 5, in the city park, starting at 8 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. or until you have sold out. Contact The Caboose for a space: 706-557-9021. By Carol Altznauer Wanda Sue, last year’s winner of the October Scarecrow Contest, will be returning to Rutledge soon. She is a creation of the Rutledge Garden Club, AKA “The Dirt Girls.” She was dressed in some of our finest fashions and wore our jewels with pride. She is only in Rutledge the month of October as …