Friday, May 28, 2010


Shelia Phillips has seen many rattlesnakes on her place, and this is the second one she found within 500 feet of her house.
"He had 8 rattles  and was huge. I only had 2 bullets," Shelia said, "and missed on the first shot, but I made him a good snake on the second shot."

She tries to get home before dark because of the snakes in the yard, and warns visitors to come during the day. "As long as you visit in the daytime, you can see them. I always make sure the grass is cut to the ground."

One suggestion to help keep snakes off property is to pour a line of sulfur around the perimeter of the yard.

Thanks to Shelia for sharing this photo and info.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Soperton Native Wins Statewide Ranger-of-the-Year Award

 Pictured are left to right: Region Manager Tommy Turk, State Park Director Becky Kelley, Award Winner Randell Meeks, DNR Commissioner Chris Clark and Chief of Operations Wally Woods.

ATLANTA, May 26, 2010  --  Randell Meeks of Soperton, Ga. was named Ranger of the Year by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  The award was presented during the DNR Board’s May meeting in Atlanta.

During the nomination period, Meeks was assistant manager of Elijah Clark State Park north of Augusta.  Shortly after being hired in 2007, the park lost its manager position and Meeks had to quickly learn how to operate a busy state park with 165 campsites and 20 cottages.  He was nominated for the statewide award for adapting to the job’s challenges, his historical programming initiatives, turning an overgrown area of the park into an attractive picnic spot, and inexpensively re-opening old facilities by using scavenged and reused materials.

Meeks just recently was promoted to manager of Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele, which hosts more than 750,000 visitors each year.

Meeks and his wife, Shelia, now live at Georgia Veterans State Park in Crisp County.  His father, Randell Meeks Sr., lives in Treutlen County and his mother, Gail Coleman Jones, lives in Wheeler County.  Meeks graduated from Treutlen County High School in 1991 and received a BS degree from Troy University in 2006.

Story and photo courtesy of  Kim Hatcher, DNR Public Affairs Coordinator

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Harmony Baptist Church Is Growing

Bob Lovett, a member of Harmony Baptist Church, is supervising the ongoing building expansion of the sanctuary. The existing structure has four windows along each side, and two more are being added, practically increasing space by 50 percent. Lovett says that all of the windows will be replaced with memorial windows as donors have come forth to meet the expensive of the entire project.  The pulpit area is being enlarged, and new pews will be added. The new foyer will be full width of the building.
View the E-NEWS slideshow of the construction for the next few days. The photos will remain as an album in the E-NEWS online Picasa site for downloading and small prints.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Want a nice bobcat?

2003 Bob Cat with 502 hours. It's a S220. Really nice.
912-529-4955 or 478-697-5220.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

TES Third Grade Honors slide show

Monday was Honors Day for Treutlen Elementary School third graders. We present a slide show of the honorees receiving certificates from their Principal and Teachers. Enjoy!

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Crow-Mart Tested Ogeechee River

Kennon bails as Crow and Jack observe.

That's enough for one day.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Photo by Shelia Phillips

A King Snake is a GOOD snake!
For one thing they kill and eat rattlesnakes.

Shelia answered to her Facebook Friends:
Shelia Phillips Haha. Yall are so funny. The thing is, my dogs were about to kill it so I had to save it. I stood there about 5 min thinking "what to do" while trying to keep the dogs back. Well, grandma had just told me that she use to play with king snakes so I grabbed it and after the hard part (fighting my fear) was over, I had to take a picture. I couldn't let my dogs kill it. It is a very good snake to have around. I have actually witnessed one kill and eat a rattlesnake.

Share your most interesting pictures on TREUTLEN E-NEWS.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Family Fotos by Samantha

Some of the best pictures are made in home settings where the subjects are comfortable and the family photographers are trusting and trustworthy.

We looked at some of Samantha Grinstead's interesting pictures on Facebook, and she is willingly sharing a few she shot recently at B&G Farms.

1- A perfect little white goat
2- A curious cow
3- Stephanie's Cousin Zack and their grandpa Bobby Claxton

We are assuming that B&G stands for Bobby and George.

Share your best Treutlen County pictures on the E-NEWS. Encourage your family photographers.

We thought that the environmental portrait was so outstanding that we're awarding it a YouTube song:

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Car Show at THS Gym

You could watch the baseball game and the car show from the gymnasium parking lot.

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Tarrytown's Big Day Saturday

Your TREUTLEN E-NEWS is constantly working to improve service, and we are using the Big Saturday at Tarrytown to try something new.

Photos take a lot of file space and it's hard to find just the right compromise of service to satisfy the needs of the dial-up internet customer plus the owner of a slow computer compared to the user of high speed internet plus the owner of the latest highest speed computer.

We've added a thumbnail slideshow linked to the Tarrytown Saturday album. Click on a slideshow photo and you will be able to look at the pictures at full size, download them, read the captions, and write your comments. You can forward them to your friends and relatives.

If the slideshow doesn't work for you, the following link should take you to the site.

We chose the picture of Mrs. Eva Coleman with young friend as the "Cover Photo".

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Getting the Business in Soperton

We couldn't understand what George Masters was saying when he hopped into the barber chair, but it sounded like "I want a Country Clipper."

You can see that he was on the way to getting one, as George looks as country as anybody. He is the owner and operator of Soperton Farm Center, and he loves to sell Country Clippers, too, the lawn mower variety.  If you want a good deal with great service be sure to go and talk with...... NOT George; see his son, Jamie, the real power behind the throne.

Officer Anderson has a growing barbershop business for men who desire a gentleman's cut.

It's true about Treutlen County that some people have to leave to make a living. But Masters and Anderson are examples of people who leave their homes in other counties to earn money in Soperton.

Be sure to be in Tarrytown Saturday morning  for the gigantic yard sale and barbecue sandwiches from the firemen!

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day of Prayer in Soperton

As customary for many years local people gather at noon, this time under the downtown gazebo, to observe the National Day of Prayer. It was a time of thanksgiving, supplication, humility, and concern for America's leadership and the hearts of Americans.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Remember to Observe the National Day of Prayer Thursday

Treutlen Countians will gather at noon at the downtown gazebo.

Use the link to learn more and see the countdown clock:

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Never Quiet Long in Soperton

It was a quiet week on the Soperton Main Street, and the gang down at the local Crow Mart had caught and eaten more fish than the law allows. In such quiet moments of reflection and contemplation, thoughts turn to the mysteries of life.
Knowing and caring about the Crow Mart desperation, a loyal friend stopped just before reaching the threshold and put down what he had been carrying.
"What cha got there?" everybody asked. "Looks like a little trash can."
"It is," the gentleman answered.
Another member of the usual crowd came in and asked "What's the big book out there; looked like an old 'Life' magazine.
"It is," the gentleman answered. "It's the 50th anniversary book, and it's a heavy sucker."
"Last night" the gentleman continued, "I was sitting quietly in my living room and heard something rustling in the opposite corner.  I stood up and snuck over to see, and just as soon I was two foot away the biggest boar mouse I've ever seen jumped straight out of the waste basket and run and hid."
"'That's that,'  I said to myself and settled down. You wouldn't believe that stupid thing did the same thing again!  I got ready for him,  eased over and picked up that heavy book, then crawled slow and easy,  then WHAM popped the lid down on him. What a noise!  That sucker, um-umph, I thought he was gonna tear out of there. To just make sure, I topped off the cover with the 70th anniversary of 'Life'.

"Five minutes later the scoundrel was scratching for all he was worth. I closed the living room door and went to bed."
"So you've still got him in the can?"
"I reckon so. Live or dead. No holes in the can or the book."
By then everybody was wondering about the mouse. No sound was coming out. 
"Fellows, we've been kidding each other about it, but today we may be attending the next funeral."
The fearless Byrd Man, known for his prowess in fish,  fowl,  and beast did the honors. "I'll turn him loose, if he's really there!"
Together the tribe walked down to the alley, stopping long enough to bring Officer Anderson with him.
The book was removed.

"I don't see anything," said the Byrd Man.  He slipped out a sales paper and a 2009 calendar from Soperton Pharmacy and looked closer. "I see him!"
Like a bolt from the blue, the dead came alive! Arced high into the air, was still airborne when the E-NEWS photographer shot his one and only picture. He glanced off Wesley's wall and the last anybody saw of him, he was heading toward the majestic Treutlen County Courthouse.

That's it, folks. Another picture story from 'Life.'
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Monday, May 3, 2010

Wall to Wall Yard Sale in Tarrytown

The Tarrytown Lodge of the Woodmen of the World would like to invite you to the First Annual Community-Wide Yard Sale, Saturday, May 8th, 8 am - until in Downtown Tarrytown.

There will be a variety of items. At this time we have over 20 spaces reserved! Those who pre-ordered a Boston Butt from the Tarrytown Fire Department may pick it up at the Firehouse from 9-2.

The Fire Department will also be selling BBQ sandwiches at the Firehouse.
We are trying to outreach to this Community to make it a better place to live in!

For information: 912-529-3392.

The Woodmen of the World and the Tarrytown Fire Department thanks you for your support!
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