Saturday, July 31, 2010

Good Reading from the Web

Did you know that Georgia is the Saudi Arabia of pine trees?

http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2010/jul/25/georgia-politicians/politicans-claim-georgia-pine-trees-what-saudi-ara/

Have you heard of what happened on Governor Treutlen Drive?

http://savannahnow.com/latest-news/2010-07-30/pooler-car-swap-ends-arrest

Hey Phillipses! Do y'all know about this book?

http://www.amazon.com/Phillips-Montgomery-Treutlen-Counties-1720-1850/dp/B0006QYYG4

Our BOE race was a close one.  Have you heard about this statewide contest?

http://valdostadailytimes.com/election2010/x972391186/Terry-Coleman-waiting-on-Brooks-voter-fraud-inquiry

Now we need to do some writing, photo adjustments, and Marlee will be working on approving.


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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Josh Mosley Quoted in Red & Black



Click the link for a great story: 


Have you tried weather by the hour? 


Imagine what you can find on eBay!


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Country Burger of Soperton

Country Burger Means good food!
We are in Soperton, GA, and our hours are
Tue-Wed 11:00/8:00 and Thur-Sat 11:00/9:00
Call in and walk in orders welcome. 
Come on in and have some good ole country cooking!
912-529-4504





























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Gator-Frenzy Video Creates Buzz About Stephen Foster State Park



It didn't happen in Treutlen County, but you don't need to miss this video from our Georgia swamp.


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Now, you will want to read more:

FARGO, GA, July 27, 2010  --  Gators galore!  A Georgia fisherman’s video of a rare alligator “feeding frenzy” is bringing unexpected attention to the Okefenokee Swamp.  Ray Cason of Homerville had just launched his boat at Stephen C. Foster State Park on July 10 when he documented hundreds of alligators feeding in a narrow canal.  His short video was posted by the Clinch County News and has since been picked up by Southeastern media and viewed by nearly 50,000 people.

Imagining themselves in Cason’s boat, people tend to have one of two reactions: “Get me outta here!” or “Quick, where’s my camera?”  For those eager to see alligators and explore the mysterious swamp, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering advice for a good visit.  Rangers are reminding tourists that such massive gatherings of alligators is extremely rare, prompted by low water levels that force fish into small areas.  Visitors are almost sure to see alligators, but not in a large gathering as shown in the video.  Typically, alligators are solitary animals that slip under the black water when boats approach. 

The footage was shot in the small canal that leads from Stephen C. Foster State Park’s boat basin into the main channel of the Okefenokee Swamp.  Visitors can bring their own boats or rent them from the park when water levels are high.  However, when water levels are as low as they are currently, boat rentals may not be available.  Park staff encourage visitors to call before traveling to determine if canoes, kayaks or motorized jon boats can make it through the narrow canal.  For their own safety, pets are prohibited in all boats.

“People don’t realize that alligators will go after dogs and other pets,” said Park Manager Travis Griffin.  “They aren’t interested in adults in boats, but they have been known to go after fish on rods and poles.  This is why we tell anglers to not put stringers or fish baskets in the water.”

Feeding any wildlife in the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is illegal. Griffin emphasized the danger of feeding alligators because they learn to associate people with food.  He recommends that visitors admire the giant reptiles from a distance and keep their hands and feet inside boats.  Children should not play near the water’s edge.

The famous swamp is in a remote part of southeast Georgia, so visitors usually stay overnight.  Stephen C. Foster State Park, which is the main western entrance, rents nine fully equipped cottages with kitchens, bathrooms, screened porches and grills.  Campers can choose from 64 shaded sites nestled among Spanish moss and saw palmettos.  Because the nearest grocery store is 18 miles away, guests are encouraged to bring all supplies.

Stephen C. Foster State Park also features three miles of nature trails and boardwalks, a small gift shop and museum. Park gates are open 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Spring and fall are the most popular times to visit, so guests are encouraged to make reservations in advance.  Summer is the slowest season, due to heat and biting insects.

The Okefenokee Swamp is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. It is the largest blackwater swamp in North America, and one of the largest in the world.  Visitors come from across the globe to paddle the still, tea-colored water that reflects blue sky and cypress trees.  Birders can look for wood storks, white ibis, great egrets, green-backed heron, marsh wrens and more than 200 other species.  Visitors might also see black bear, white tail deer, raccoon, red fox, bobcat, opossum, fox squirrel and other species.


Before You Go:
Stephen C. Foster State Park
17515 Hwy. 177
Fargo , GA 31631
(912) 637-5274

Park Hours: 
7 a.m. – 10 p.m. (gate locks at closing; no late entry)

Office Hours: 
Fall/Winter 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Spring/Summer 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fees:
$5 Entrance fee per vehicle.
$25-$28 Campsites
$125 Cottages

Pets:
Visitors are encouraged to leave pets at home because they are not allowed in boats, even privately owned watercraft.  Dogs are allowed in the campground and only in select cottages with advance notice.  Never leave pets unattended in vehicles.


American Alligator Facts

Alligators eat fish, birds, turtles, snakes, amphibians, raccoon, deer and even black bear.

The temperature at which alligator eggs develop determines their sex. Those eggs which are hatched between 90 and 93 degrees Fahrenheit turn out to be male, while those in temperatures from 82 to 86 °F end up being female.

The breeding season begins in the spring. Although alligators have no vocal cords, males bellow loudly to attract mates and warn off other males during this time by sucking air into their lungs and blowing it out in intermittent, deep-toned roars.

Alligator Fact Sheet from Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources:  http://www.georgiawildlife.org/node/270

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

VBS Starts Monday at Trinity



Monday thru Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) there will be songs, crafts, puppets, games and object lessons. 


On Thursday we'll have an inflatable slide for the kids to enjoy. Supper will be provided.

July 26-29. 


Trinity Assembly of God
5226 Ga Highway 29 N
Soperton, GA 30457
(912) 529-6213






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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Band Backers Link Added

Check our left bar and you will find the Treutlen Band Backers link to their website. People have been asking about the new Band Director, so we borrowed this article from the site. Click on their link to read the latest about the band:


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 Hello Treutlen County Bands and Backers! 
     I hope you are as excited as I am about this year and the future of our music program! My goals are not to completely change how things have been in the past, but to continue a standard of excellence that I have set for myself and that Mr. Rayner had set for you. I am sure you are all as anxious as I am about getting things started, as well as getting to know who I am and what I am about.
     I am a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, and I believe that I excelled on my instrument.  I was principal trumpet of the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, played “lead” trumpet for 4 years in the Redcoat Band, and was one of the first two freshmen to be a part of “derbies”, an upperclassmen ensemble. I was a trumpet soloist for the Redcoat Band and was personally called and asked to be in the world-renowned trumpet player, Fred Mill’s studio.  Additionally, I was asked to play with the Georgia Brass at the opening of the Lamar Dodd Art School and to be the single featured soloist at UGA’s “Midfest”.  I believe these opportunities have greatly aided me as an educator.  I have learned much about practicing, performing, and persistence which are three aspects of music that I hope to share with you so that you can embrace and apply these lessons to many different aspects of your lives.
     I believe that music is a means by which some express emotion, relax, have fun, or display creativity, while others use it primarily in order to find a place to belong. For me, music is a means of taking a variety of students with different goals and needs and putting them in an environment where all must work towards the one common goal of harmony. Harmony, a common word in music, is very much applicable to the way that we can help the youth of today. As the director, in order to create musical harmony, I must first take certain frequencies of sound and delegate them to my students hoping that with careful attention and determination they will be able to work as a team with other students in order to create music. As an educator, I aim to achieve the same goals. Through music I believe I can create a team of young men and women who are searching for whatever brings harmony into their lives.  I will accomplish this goal by inspiring them with my love of music, but mostly by giving the students the confidence and opportunities to inspire themselves. 
     I am very excited about being here and I know we are going to do some great things this year. I look forward to meeting and making music with you! 
Eric M. Thompson
Treutlen County Schools
Director of Bands 

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Opiliones - Daddy-Longlegs




These opiliones were hiding in the leaves of the big fig tree in Marlee's back yard, and she thought that you would like to see them. Do they resemble "space aliens"?


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Robbie Byrd Honored at State 4-H Congress




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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Treutlen County Election Returns 07/20/2010


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Fishing for Mullet; Caught a Mussel




Patrick Pace and Drew Mullis were fishing for mullet in the Oconee last week, when Patrick caught a mussel and Drew took the picture. The critter actually opened up and bit the bait!

Anytime you see something unusual in the game and fish department, take a picture and share it on the TREUTLEN E-NEWS.

More about Georgia's river mussels:


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Is Range Fuels a Boondoggle?



Robert Rapier looked at the EPA report and wrote a time-line article called:
Broken Promises from Range Fuels
"Well, it is 2010, and we still aren’t seeing any ethanol from the facility. Welcome to the real world." - Robert Rapier, 02/23/10
Read the entire article, and you may be surprised:


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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Running in Our Neck of the Woods

U.S. CONGRESS



U.S. Representative, District 1 

Jack Kingston  (Incumbent) 
P.O. Box 2133 
Savannah, GA  31402
Party: Republican  
Age: 55 
Occupation: United States Congressman 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010


Oscar L. Harris, II 
185 Kville Rd 
Screven, GA  31560-8712 
Party: Democratic  
Age: 53 
Occupation: Retired Farmer 
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010



U.S. Representative, District 8 

Ken DeLoach 
P.O. 8858 
Warner Robins, GA  31095 
Party: Republican  
Age: 51 
Occupation: Teacher/Ministry 
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Austin Scott 
P.O. Box 988 
Tifton, GA  31793 
Party: Republican  
Age: 40 
Occupation: Insurance Agent 
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010


Diane Vann 
547 Commanche Dr 
Macon, GA  31210-4204 
Party: Republican  
Age: 57 
Occupation: RN 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010


Jim Marshall  (Incumbent) 
P. O Box 125 
Macon, GA  31202 
Party: Democratic  
Age: 62 
Occupation: Attorney 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010


U.S. Representative, District 12 

Michael Horner 
209 E Park Ave 
Savannah, GA  31401-6510 
Party: Republican  
Age: 68 
Occupation: Retired Lt. Colonel and Banker 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010


Raymond Mckinney 
4243 Oak Park Highway 
Lyons, GA  30436-3409
Party: Republican  
Age: 48 
Occupation: Project Manager 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010


Jeanne Seaver 
P.O. Box 14115 
Savannah, GA  31416 
Party: Republican  
Age: 53 
Occupation: Aviation Executive 
Date Qualified: Thursday, April 29, 2010


Carl Smith 
3210 Gilreath Dr 
Thunderbolt, GA  31404-5013 
Party: Republican  
Age: 40 
Occupation: Fire Chief 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010


John Barrow  (Incumbent) 
PO. Box 8166 
Savannah, GA  31412 
Party: Democratic  
Age: 54 
Occupation: Attorney 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010


Regina D. Thomas 
P.O. 14173 
Savannah, GA  31416 
Party: Democratic  
Age: 58 
Occupation: Not Employed 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010


STATE SENATOR


State Senator, District 4 

Jack Hill  (Incumbent) 
P.O. Box 486 
Reidsville, GA  30453-0486 
Party: Republican  
Age: 66 
Occupation: Retired Grocer 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010


State Senator, District 19 

Tommie Williams  (Incumbent) 
148 Williams Ave. 
Lyons, GA  30436 
Party: Republican  
Age: 55 
Occupation: Businessman- Tree Farmer 
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010


STATE REPRESENTATIVE

State Representative, District 143 

Matt Hatchett 
100 Canterbury Rd 
Dublin, GA  31021-2976 
Party: Republican  
Age: 44 
Occupation: Business Owner 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010


Claudia Graham 
P.O. Box 13763 
East Dublin, GA  31027 
Party: Democratic  
Age: 55 
Occupation: Consultant 
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Dan King 
PO Box 4329 
Dublin, GA  31040 

Party: Democratic  
Age: 42 
Occupation: restaurant operator & attorney 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Pablo Santamaria 
PO Box 231 
Dublin, GA  31040 
Party: Democratic  
Age: 45 
Occupation: Physician 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Mitch Warnock 
1104 Bellevue Avenue 
Dublin, GA  31021
Party: Democratic  
Age: 41 
Occupation: Attorney 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

State Representative, District 155 


Greg Morris  (Incumbent) 
PO 1749 
Vidalia, GA  30475 
Party: Republican  
Age: 46 
Occupation: Businessman 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010


State Representative, District 156 

Butch Parrish  (Incumbent) 
224 West Main Street 
Swainsboro, GA  30401
Party: Republican  
Age: 68 
Occupation: Pharmacist 
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010


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