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and community leader, Brigadier General Eugene Phillips 10 2014 Ida Cox Music Series 14 Memorial Day Weekend Events 16 3 days, 60 miles, 1 great cause Susan G. Komen 3-Day For The Cure

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Brig. Gen. Eugene Phillips has been a Royston icon and foundation of the town for as long as most people can remember. Still military straight and standing just an inch shy of his former six foot five inches, the dignified and gracious Brig. Gen. Phillips is still a commanding presence, and it was with a great deal of respect, friendship and sadness that friends and community members gathered to say goodbye to him at a recent Rotary meeting held to fete the man that has always been a treasure in the community. The Royston City Council also honored Phillips with a new award that will be given to employees who dedicate

their lives to public service. “It is a treasure to have these memories of Gen. Phillips,” Rotary President Vernon Cape said of his friend and fellow Rotary member. “He is a great asset to the community, the state, the county and the world. You are in the presence of greatness!” In addressing the group, Cape said they had set the day aside to “celebrate our relationship with the General.” In paying homage to a man that was obvious they did not just admire and respect, but had a deep affection for as well, Cape gave a brief summary of the World War II General’s long and illustrious life. A native Franklin Countian, the 95-year-old is a member of a family who has lived in Georgia since 1794 and comes

from a long line of military men, Cape told the group. “His great-great-great grandfather was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War and both of his greatgreat grandfathers served in the Confederate States Army,” Cape said. One of the original settlers of the state, Gen. Phillips’ family is also registered with the “First Families of Georgia. He grew up on a farm in Sandy Cross. “You can still see the green roof and white house that is his home place,” Cape said with a nod and a smile at the General. Upon graduating from Royston High School in 1935, the valedictorian of his class, Phillips went on to attend the University of Georgia on a National Beta Club scholarship. Like those before him, it was the military where his heart lay.

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Continued from page 7 Year and has long been a vital member of the Rotary Club where he served as president and sergeant-in-arms.” In addition, Gen. Phillips served as Royston’s first city manager from 1990-92 and also, Cape said, filled roles in the annual Heart Fund, Cancer Society, Boy Scouts, Franklin Historical Society, Sandy Cross Community Center Board, and both the Franklin County and Royston Public Library Board of Directors. In 2009, Phillips’ church, Zidon Baptist, recognized him for 76 years of continuous membership. Cape chuckled as he noted, “When we had fundraisers Gen. Phillips always raised the most money. Nobody said no to Gen. Phillips.” Phillips’ longtime friend Paul Crawford took the podium to say a few words and reminisce about the man

he first met at Rotary, but before he could begin, his wife, Teresa, shared a memory. “There had been a snowstorm and the General’s power had gone out,” Teresa said. “We had told him to come to our house in Royston and spend the night because we

had power. Our grandson did not know the General had spent the night and I told him we had a guest. After spying the General, my grandson came and told me, ‘Nana, you didn’t tell me the president had spent the night. You didn’t tell me Abraham Lincoln had

spent the night.’” Chuckling, Crawford added on to the story. “I opened the door to him that night and the General, smiling, told me ‘Homeless man needs a place to stay.’ I asked him how cold it was at his house and he told me, ‘Just as cold as it was outside.’” Crawford had many memories and stories of the General, a favorite was of Phillips’ school days. “When Gene was going to Royston High School he was a very enterprising young man and came upon a way to make some money. He loved to write and all the kids had to write a short story. Gene wrote a short story for every one of those students and charged all of them 25 cents a piece.” Gen. Phillips, Crawford went on, was also a “big UGA football fan. “We went to every game and would park at the Russell


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Another old friend who could not be at the meeting, but also wanted to laude and say farewell, was Sen. Frank Ginn. Rotarian Barbara Gandy read a note that Sen. Ginn sent to Phillips. “You are a great American,”

Gandy read from the note. “You have made a positive impact on Royston, Franklin County, Georgia the U.S. and the world. You are extraordinary.” Ginn went on to say that Gen. Phillips had changed his thoughts and actions on nu-

merous issues and that “someone who could redirect me, can move heaven and earth.” “You are a great crane,” Ginn said in his note. “You lift all those in your reach.” Phillips reach has been long and has touched many over the years. The loving husband of the late Nadine Barnts of Springfield, Mo., has moved to Fairfield, Va., near to Washington D.C. to live with his son, Thomas, who, like his dad, is also a UGA graduate and having followed in the military footsteps, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel. “Tom called and asked me if I could get his dad to move to Fairfield,” Crawford said. “So I asked the General and he said ‘Yes. A man has to move sometime in his life.’” Gen. Phillips will be missed by all who knew him, and Franklin County will miss a man who made his home a richer place for his presence.

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By Duane Winn The Toccoa Record Who hasn’t heard of James Brown? The “Godfather of Soul” lit up the 1960s musical scene with hits like “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” “Out of

Sight” and I Got You” and personal statements such as “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud” and “Living in America” that quickly took on the added significance of social anthems. Plenty of Toccoans also know the time Brown spent

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here in the 1950s transformed his life. Sentenced on petty theft to a prison term at a facility in nearby Alto, Brown met Toccoa musician Bobby Byrd. Once he was released, Brown stayed with Byrd and his family. He later joined Byrd’s group, which became widely known as the Famous Flames and attained their own measure of national recognition. City commissioner Terry Carter has lived his entire life in Toccoa. He had heard the James Brown story, but he admits he had never heard of another influential musical entertainer with Toccoa ties, until six or seven years ago. While performing a Google search one day, Carter stumbled onto the name of Ida Cox and discovered her roots in Toccoa. As you may or may not know, Cox was born Ida Prather in Toccoa on Feb. 25, 1896. She left home in her teens to seek her fortune as an entertainer, initially as a vaudeville performer with a touring entertainment troupe. But

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when vaudeville’s popularity began to wane, she turned to another form of music. Cox made her first blues recording in 1923 and it’s there that her legacy lies. She is considered one of the pioneers in blues and jazz music, according to the Ida Cox Music Series website. Although her contributions to blues and jazz are well-documented in books and articles, there wasn’t all that much information available about her life. Carter’s detective work led him to contact Cox’s daughter where he learned more about

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the famous singer, helping him to assemble a folder of information. “When Terry started, it was hard to find information about her,” said Sharon Crosby, Main Street Toccoa events coordinator. “She still has some Prather family members here, but they didn’t know a whole lot about her, either.” Cox, who died in 1967,

is no longer a footnote in local history, thanks to the efforts of Carter and the city’s Downtown Development Association. She is remembered Saturday nights, from June through July each year, with a free music show on Doyle Street between Sage Street and Pond Street. This summer represents the third year the Continued to page 12

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Pruitt Park. But the concept was reworked due to practical considerations. “When we looked at doing a concert one time a year, you’ve got to spend $20,000, $30,000, $40,000 and we’d never be able to pay for it,” Carter said. “So, we switched the idea to let’s do this during the summer months and instead of having one big event, let’s have an

Continued from page 11 festival will be held. Carter said, “I thought, ‘It’s really a shame. She’s from Toccoa and nobody knows it,’ said Carter. “ And then I thought, ‘She really needs to be honored.’ ‘’ The Downtown Development Authority originally envisioned a jazz festival that would be held each year at

event every Saturday night, and get in someone for $500 or $1,000, and keep it going that way.” But you’re not apt to hear Cox’s signature songs, such as “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues” or “Graveyard Dream Blues,” performed during the festival. This year’s roster of entertainment features folk to rock, rhythm and blues to alternative music: • June 7 — “The Heap.” • June 14 — “The Darnell Boys.” • June 21 — Chuck Taylor. • June 28 — David Fry. • July 5 — “Lingo.” • July 12 — “Those Cats”. * July 19 — “Dank Sinatra.” • July 26 — Local Showcase. “The more we talked about it, and couldn’t settle on what that one event would look like, we started thinking we wouldn’t use it (money) on just one night but make it for the

whole summer,” Crosby said. “We have such a rich history of music here and we wanted to help showcase music in Toccoa and Stephens County.” The strategy has paid off in a festival that is growing in popularity with the passing of each year. No attendance records are kept, but Crosby esteems approximately each Saturday, the festival draws approximately 200 persons. More people are on hand when a popular attraction, such as the Athens-based band, The Heap, performs. Local musician, community activist and business owner Chuck Taylor has been successful in attracting popular regional acts that sometimes are on the brink of achieving nationwide fame. BlueBilly Grit, a sextet of vocalists, an acoustic guitar, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle and banjo, performed during

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the festival last summer. The group, in 2012, captured the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Competition award. Other bands which performed last year were the Electric City Big Band, Randy and MacKenzie Chester, Clay Leverette and the Chasers and Eye Candy, Cicada Rhythm, Eddie and the Public Speakers and Velvet Truckstop. The Ida Cox Music Series also provides local musicians and singers with the opportunity to be seen and heard during a “Local Showcase.” The festival has succeeded in drawing more attention to its namesake and her role in popular culture. It also brings people to the downtown area to see what Toccoa has to offer to visitors. “One of the things I like about it is that it’s multi-generational,” said Crosby. “You’ll see kids out there dancing yet you’ll see families bringing

in elderly (members) in their wheelchairs. They’re all there to enjoy the music. To me, that’s what we had envisioned for it.” And the festival is serving an even more important function. “It’s bringing people downtown, but it’s also building community,” said Crosby. “These are the kinds of things that people, when they look back on their childhoods, remember.” For his part, Carter has another admission to make. He’s not a “big music person” so the primary satisfaction he derives from the increasing popularity of the festival is that Ida Cox is no longer mired in obscurity. “I’m thrilled, more than anything, that more people in town know her name, and know she’s from Toccoa,” Carter said. For more information about the event, call Main Street Toccoa at (706) 282-3269.

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On the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend 2013, Cecil Scarborough sat under a blue tent with his two greatgrandsons in front of New York Pizza, his prized 1928 Model A Ford glistening in the sun. The bright red car may have been away from the main hustle and bustle of the annual Cars and Guitars festival, but for the Elberton man, that car was still special. “I about had a heart attack,” Scarborough said that morning, recalling the day four years ago he received the car at a show in Monroe from his son. “I was told by a lady to move my car, and she pointed to this one. I told her that’s not my car,” he said. “They said no it is yours. I told the lady, I can’t move the car, because I can’t even move.” Scarborough said he carried

Memorial Day weekend in Hartwell. Memorial Day is a time of remembrance for those that have served this country, and given the ultimate sacrifice. Along with remembrance, the weekend is also a time for celebration with friends and family. Nicki Meyer, executive director of Hart County Chamber of Commerce, is hoping this year’s festivities emphasize that Hartwell is a happening place. “This is a great weekend to showcase Hartwell. With the Challenge of the Centuries Bike Ride, the Cars and Guitars Festival downtown, and the Lake Hartwell Music Festival happening over at Gum Branch Park, everyone could be outside and enjoying our city,” Meyer said. The Cars and Guitars Festival is set for May 24 in downtown Hartwell. People bring their classic


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and antique cars, muscle cars and hot rods for all to see. According to the Chamber, more than 2000 people came out to see 123 classic automobiles at last year’s event. “We will have music, we hope to have about 130 antique cars, kid’s activities, and plenty of food,” Meyer said. “It will be a great morning, a lot of fun and plenty of things to do. (The cars) are treated like babies by the guys that own them so stop by and have a chat to learn more about the history of that vehicle.” There was also be a musical segment from Hart County Community Theatre, a DJ all day, a corn hole tournament, craft displays and plenty of good things to eat. With all the activity, some roads will have to be blocked. Franklin Street will be blocked from Carter to Jackson streets, Forest Avenue will be blocked from Jackson to Howell

streets, and Carolina Street will be blocked from Franklin to Howell streets. Parking is available in all areas not blocked, with the parking lots of CVS Pharmacy and the lot across from city hall the most popular spots. “Any of the side streets that are still open are also available,” Meyer said. “It is general parking in the downtown area.” The festival is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no admission fee.. Now, if you prefer a selfpowered form of transportation, Meyer suggests trying the Hartwell Kiwanis Club’s 22nd Challenge of the Centuries Bike Ride May 24-25. Cyclists pedal routes of 35, 65 or 100 miles each day which journey into Upstate South Carolina, north of Hartwell to Toccoa, and across the Hartwell Dam. The ride starts at 8 a.m. at

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By Denise Matthews Franklin County Citizen Leader It took a couple of weeks for Donna Pruitt’s blisters to heal and the soreness to disappear from her 60-mile journey of love through Atlanta. For Pruitt, though, it’s not the pain she remembers, it is the hope and love that inspires the Susan G. Komen three-day walk she takes with her. “This is my seventh year walking,” Pruitt said proudly in a phone interview. The Royston native moved for her job at Wrigley’s in Flowery Branch, but family brings her back often. Sister, Sherri Pulliam and a group of Royston friends, are yearly supporters at the Komen event. “I got started in 2007,” Pruitt said. “I wanted to do the Walk for a good friend of mine who died of breast cancer in Feb16


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ruary of 2000.” Her friend, Pruitt said, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and after going through surgery and treatment was told she had less than a one percent chance of it coming back. Sadly, the cancer did return and Pruitt’s friend, a mother of three and only 38, died within three months.

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“I watched her go through everything,” Pruitt said. It wasn’t until she saw the walkers in the Susan G. Komen in action in Atlanta, though, that she decided to join the Komen crowd herself. “I had always heard of the Susan G. Komen walk,” Pruitt said. “But then a friend, Tracy Wheless, and I were in Atlanta on a Sunday and we saw the walkers. ‘We are going to do that!’, I told her.” Pruitt immediately began researching the event and then she, Wheless and two others joined the pink walkers the next year. “We have been doing it ever since,” Pruitt said simply. Walking 60 miles in three days is anything but simple, however.

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Continued from page 17 ule,” Pruitt said. “The first year, we went strictly by their schedule.” However, Pruitt said what training for the walk really comes down to is “learning your body and what you need to do to prepare for on the walk.” Some walkers, Pruitt said, battle blisters and some foot and knee pain. “I learned the first year to wear knee supports and I’ve also had my shins taped up a couple of years for shin splints! Ouch!” Pruitt said. “Overall, you learn to listen to your body.” Pruitt said she begins training in the

summer, walking about two miles a day during the week and 10 miles on weekends. The three-day, 60-mile trek is no hardship for Pruitt, though, it is something she looks forward to doing. “I really like that the walk in Atlanta is in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I dye my hair pink and wear breast cancer awareness T-shirts for the entire month.” The walk starts on Friday and ends on Sunday. Participants wind their way through Atlanta 20 miles per day. Pruitt said although there is a camp for Walkers, she gets a hotel room so she can have her “date with Epsom salts every night.” After walking her 20 miles, pink hair shining, usually clad in pink with a breast cancer awareness T-shirt and a backpack in which she has the names honoring or memorializing breast cancer victims, getting together with the salts is a pleasure she can’t resist. Sister Sherri and friends get a room at the same hotel on Saturday and are on site to show their support for Pruitt and the other walkers.

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Inspiring young people to achieve excellence By J. Todd Truelove The Toccoa Record Evan Oglesby was excited. NBA star Dale Davis was going to conduct a basketball camp at Stephens County High School, and Oglesby, who was 12 at the time, was determined to go. His family couldn’t afford the cost of the camp registration fee, but that didn’t deter Oglesby who performed yard work earning the money to attend the star’s camp. But Oglesby said that once there, he was disappointed to find that Davis wasn’t at the basketball camp and that others were leading and teaching it. He said it was a pivotal moment in his life. “I promised myself that (if I made it) I would come back to my community and that these kids would be able to talk to me,” Oglesby said. He would go on to do just that. After graduating from Stephens County High School in 2000, Oglesby played defensive back/cornerback for the University of North Alabama and moved on afterward to the NFL. He was on the Buffalo Bills practice squad and then allocated to play for the Baltimore Ravens on their 2005 active roster. In 2006, Oglesby started the EO Foundation to provide financial scholarships to graduating seniors and for years after, he said he would inquire about using the former Toccoa High School gym as headquarters for the foundation. Oglesby said he had almost given up on gaining access to the facility and was about to locate in Atlanta when he was granted access in 2011 to the use the gym that fronts Pond Street. 20


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Jetzon Maclin (left) is determined to take the football from Zachariah Carty as the two play at the EO Center.

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“There’s a lot of talent here (in Stephens County) that may not have the resources,” he said, adding it had always been a desire to start a program that inspired young people to achieve excellence. Oglesby said that the Foundation’s youth center focus is to provide a “positive environment for social and mind development” and to inspire youths to have dreams and a vision for their life. There are many activities and programs at the center as well as plans

Calvin Maclin trains with ropes at the EO Center while Michelle Hill does pushups on a tire.

to offer more. There are also fitness programs for youths and adults. Teenagers come to the gym in the late afternoons and play basketball and have social events, Oglesby said. There are summer camps and basketball leagues. The Foundation also focuses on academics, Oglesby said, and provides a resource lab to assist students up to the college level. And Oglesby said there are plans to include the performing arts, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse and possibly utilize the new city pool on Doyle Street when it is finished for additional activities. “Really, we try to gravitate to every kid’s desire,” said Oglesby, adding that youths pay more attention if one can find what interests them. Oglesby said that there was one teen who dreamed of being a disc jockey and that he filled that role during the social events. And, by offering a variety of options, Oglesby said that children make better decisions. “We are making an impact on these kids

The EO Foundation carries out basketball tournaments and social events for youth at the center fronting Pond Street. Pictured left to right are Malik Combs, Foundation founder Evan Oglesby, Malik Feaster and Coach E.J. Neal.

lives,” he said. “Either we invest in them now or we pay for them later.” Those who attend the activities at the EO Foundation come from various backgrounds. Oglesby said that he was even starting to see home-schooled students come to the center. “We don’t see color,” said Oglesby. “In

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year, and have tweaked what didn’t. “It means how it sounds. We all just want to come together, hang out and listen to music for a good cause,” festival organizer and HYDRA board member Tray Hicks said. The music festival is the anchor to a jampacked Memorial Day weekend in Hartwell. LHMF will follow the seventh annual Cars and Guitars Festival, which is held in

downtown Hartwell from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and is sponsored by the Hartwell Chamber of Commerce. Hartwell will also host the 24th Challenge of the Centuries Bike Ride May 2425. For the music, the major change this year is the start time. “Last year we started at 1 p.m. We decided to push it back to 4 p.m. this year,” Hicks said. “The only real complaint

we got last year was that it was just so hot in the middle of the day. That is why we did the time change.” Another adjustment will be the absence of the motorcycle competition. “We didn’t have a very large turnout for that last year, so that is why we decided to drop it,” Hicks said. “It will be all about the music and vendors this year.” Hicks said he believes they

rock into a distinct sound that must be experienced live. 3 & Twenty was at last year’s festival, and will bring back its mix of country, hip-hop, R&B and rock. Filling out the card are John Atkinson and the Reservoir Dogs, The Hot Dam Band, Big Durty and Toll Free. Tickets are $10 for anyone

age 15 and older. Children ages 6-14 get in for $5, while age six and under get in free. Hicks said people are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and coolers to the event. No alcohol will be served, but people can bring their own. All proceeds go to fund HYDRA. Hicks said he hopes the

community comes out to support the event like last year. Last year the festival raised $6,500. “We would love to double what we raised last year,” he said. “We have been advertising in the local community, and we are trying to attract people from the Anderson (S.C.) and Athens areas.”


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Water Safety Be responsible, be safe and obey the boating laws Twenty-three-year old Logan Wolfe was fishing with three of his buddies on Lake Hartwell when he accidentally drowned. Wolfe fell into the water near the I-85 bridge, shortly after 1 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon last October. Wolfe wasn’t wearing a life

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tion. Since Lake Hartwell sits on the border between Georgia and South Carolina, Fulghum said there can be confusion regarding the differences in state laws and regulations. For instance, the 100-foot rule in Georgia is only 50 feet in South Carolina. However, the legal limit for BUI is the same, since Georgia dropped it to .08. in 2013. While the South Carolina Handbook of Boating Regulations and Responsibilities doesn’t list a legal limit, a phone call to the South Carolina DNR’s regional office in Clemson confirmed it was .08. Among the other differences, in South Carolina, you can’t ride on the bow of the boat. It states in the South Carolina Boating Laws and Responsibilities Handbook, that passengers are prohibited to “ride on the bow, gunwale, transom, seat backs, seats on

raised decks, or any other place where there may be a chance of falling overboard.” Fulghum said it’s different in Georgia where you can ride on the bow if the boat is equipped with a railing or some other retaining device. Fulghum said the state line is the Savannah River channel. The only way to really know where you are is with a GPS. Fulghum said officers from both states use common sense when dealing with boaters near the border. Knowing where you are is important at all times especially at night. Fulghum said it’s important to be familiar with the lake during the day, because “it’s a very different lake at night.” “It’s a dark lake,” he said. “By that I mean there is not a lot of ambient light (on the shoreline) like Lanier. If you don’t know the lake in the daylight, don’t try it at night.”

Fulghum said to make sure you have the proper lighting on your boat. When the boat is moving, it must have one 20point red and green sidelight visible for a distance of at least one mile plus one 32-point white stern light visible for at least two miles. You can also have a combination of one 20-point red and green sidelight on the bow visible from a mile away along with a 12-point white sternlight that can be seen from two miles. In addition you will need a 20-point white masthead light that can be seen for three miles and is mounted 3.3 feet higher than the sidelights. “The lights are not for you to see,” said Fulghum. “It’s so others can see you.” Fulghum also suggested wearing a life jacket at all times at night. He said if you were to fall out at night, there is a greater possibility of losing

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A memorial originally meant to honor Georgia’s greatest baseball player in the state’s capital went home to Atlanta, if only for a weekend. A bronze plaque lauding the career of baseball Hall of Famer and Royston native Ty Cobb was taken to Atlanta as part of the 11th annual Southern Association Baseball Conference. The plaque had been on display at Royston City Hall for 50 years but was loaned to Ty Cobb Historian Wesley Fricks for the conference. “I wanted to properly thank the City of Royston for loaning out the Ty Cobb bronze plaque that has hung on the wall at City Hall for so many years for my presentation on March 1,” Fricks wrote in a Facebook post to the city. “It was my great pleasure to share with the attendees of the Eleventh Annual Southern Association Baseball Conference this beautiful piece of Royston’s rich history.” Fricks serves as the historian for Royston’s Ty Cobb Museum. A native of Royston who grew up looking out his bedroom window at Cobb’s mausoleum in Rose Hill Cemetery, Fricks now lives

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than 50,000 pounds of TNT was discharged in one terrific blast. “The earth quivered when the blast was set off and more than 200,000 tons of rock tumbled down to the side of the Tugaloo River. One minute before the blast was set off, five whistles were blown to warn persons in the vicinity that all was ready to to seek cover. The cost of the blast was estimated at $50,000. Enough rock was blown from the mountain to complete the dam. “Numbers and numbers of Toccoans motored to the dam to witness the dynamiting.” When the first generator at Tugalo went on line in November of 1923, The Record re-printed a story from the Atlanta Constitution praising the engineering feat. “War conditions and a public sentiment that hindered financing of the water power project resulted in the tem-

The Tugalo Dam was built just south of the confluence of the Tallulah and Chattooga rivers. Construction was started in 1917 but suspended due to World War I. Work re-started in 1922.

porary abandonment of the development,” the story read. “Work finally was resumed early in 1922 and for two years something like a thousand men have been busy speeding the task…The dam is of the gravity type built of cyclopean masonry, 140 feet high from bedrock to spillway crest, 130 feet thick at the bottom, 11 feet thick at the top and ap-

proximately 1,000 feet long at the crest.” The Record reported in its Nov. 15, 1923 edition that a second hydroelectric unit went on line a few weeks later. Some things never change, it seems, one being local politicians maneuvering to obtain a new road for their community. In its Nov. 22, 1923 edition, the newspaper reported that

an entourage of Toccoa officials was working to get a new road built from that city to the new plant. “A body of prominent citizens of Toccoa visited the officials of the Georgia Railway and Power Company at Tugalo yesterday for the purpose of locating and securing a good, all-weather road. “The delegation was met by engineers D.W. Sinclair and F.S. Pomeroy who very kindly escorted the Toccoans over the power reservation and through the gigantic plant where the operations were explained in detail. “A number of the visitors who were determined to get a view of the large reservoir, climbed the concrete stairway from the base of the spillway and after considerable puffing and pulling in an endeavor to overcome the steep steps which are said to number 145, Continued to page 32

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Continued from page 31 found that their perseverance had been worthwhile as the view at the elevation atop the spillway is certainly wonderful. “The confluence of the Tallulah and Chattooga rivers offers a sight which will in time attract visitors from all part of the country. “Commissioner W.P. Furr acted as spokesman for the Toccoa delegation and Sinclair and Pomeroy, in speaking for the corporation they represent,

assured Mr. Furr and his party that the Georgia Railway and Power Company would cooperate with Stephens County in the construction of the road insofar as it would be possible for them to. “The power company, of course, at this time would not secure any advantage from a new road owing to the fact they they have spent over onehalf million dollars in railroad equipment and construction and this is the company chief



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and most necessary means of transportation.” The company built a narrow gauge spur, a so-called dinky line, from the Southern Railroad at Toccoa to service the construction projects at Tugalo and Yonah. Upon completion of the two plants, the railroad was abandoned and dismantled. A road was eventually built from Toccoa to the dam at Yonah, but to reach the Tugalo dam by vehicle, motorists have to travel to Tallulah Falls and descend from there to the dam via a narrow road. A story in Jan. 3, 1924 issue of The Record outlined the company’s name for the new dam just starting construction three miles south of the Tugalo project. “The new dam and powerhouse now being built below Tugalo will be given the Indian name of Yonah, the same as borne by the highest mountain peak in the vicinity. This will

be completed in 1925.” In Cherokee, “Yonah” reportedly means “big black bear.” As outlined, the Yonah plant and powerhouse was completed and placed in operation in 1925. According to an article published in the “Electrical World,” the first Yonah unit went into service in late October, 1925. The other two units were supposed to be in service by the end of th year. Its powerhouse, located on the river’s west bank, the Georgia side, houses three generators each with a capacity of 7,500 kilowatts. The dam is 90 feet high and 980 feet long. The gravity structure impounds Lake Yonah, a reservoir with 325 acres of water surface and nine miles of shoreline. The east side of the dam is the South Carolina side of the Tugaloo River. In April of 1924, The


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two blocks away. “Residents, both white and colored and a large number of the Georgia Railway & Power Company’s men temporarily stationed here, were instrumental in saving a portion of the contents and every effort possible was made to arrest the blaze, but to no avail.” (The hotel, which had been built 51 years earlier, was re-built in its present fashion located at the corner of


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By Lauren Peeples The Hartwell Sun It an effort to nurture the smallest receipients in need, Tiny Stitches is serving nearly a dozen Northeast Georgia counties by creating handmade clothes and blankets for newborns in need. “I find this work to be extremely gratifying and cannot even imagine my life without Tiny Stitches,” said Hartwell workshop founder Sue Carroll McReynolds. Tiny Stitches is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization that was established in 1999 to assist north Georgia’s smallest, neediest new residents stay warm and dry. The organization, based in Gwinnett County, distributes clothing and bedding to families of disadvantaged newborns in 10 northeast Georgia counties. McReynolds joined Tiny Stitches in 2003 after reading an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “At that time, I was retired and anxious to find something worthwhile to keep me busy,” recalls McReynolds, who is a past vice-president and has served as a work34


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shop coordinator since 2006. She also served as the coordinator for the Snellville workshop for six years. After moving to Hartwell in 2011, she continued making the 200- plus mile round trip for another year until deciding it was time for a change. “I just could not imagine my life without Tiny Stitches. When it seemed I could no longer keep up that pace, I decided it would be a great idea to form a Hartwell workshop,” said McReynolds. In January of 2013, McReynolds began working to make her idea a reality. She said her most significant obstacle was locating a place to meet that would provide enough room to store the group’s supplies. “The Hart County Library came to my rescue and has been very cooperative and helpful,” said McReynolds. The Hartwell workshop is the newest workshop in the Tiny Stitches organization and it marks its one year anniversary in April. In the past 10 months, the local workshop has produced 787 items that include clothing and blankets. The group began with eight participants who responded to newspaper articles. This past

February, the group welcomed 13 participants to its monthly meeting. “I am very proud of our workshop and its volunteers involved. We are always looking for volunteers who share our concern for the babies and are looking for

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Continued from page 35 meetings and showed up. The best part of Tiny Stitches is that I am passing on the tradition of knitting something special for someone who might otherwise not have anything hand made,” said Spenger. “I am inspired by my grandmother who crocheted my first afghan and 45 years later, I still have it. Tiny Stitches is an organization I plan to continue with because of its leader. Sue is so organized and helpful. She lets us know what is needed, provides materials and patterns and has great

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ideas that makes my knitting projects fun and interesting. I especially feel the burial blankets are a big part of what is overlooked. I couldn’t make a difference by myself, but with Tiny Stitches as a group we can add something special to someone’s else life.” Hartwell resident Sherri Barber became a member in

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Tiny Stitches is open to anyone who can sew, machinequilt, serge, knit or crochet, or who would like to learn. The organization provides all materials, including instructions, fabric, batting, yarn and snaps, to made available for pick-up by members. It is open to all ages. Members range in age from 12 to 97. The membership, comprised of volunteers, is currently serving Ty Cobb Medical Center in Lavonia and Stephens County Hospital in Toccoa. Tiny Stitches meets the third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hart County Library, located on Benson Street. Donations of funds, sewing machines, sergers, yarn and fabric are welcomed. To participate, call McReynolds at 904-400-0453 or email For more information, visit www.

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Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service. Savannah River Chapter president Jimmy Miller has been a member of Trout Unlimited for 21 years and is the only lifemember currently in the chapter. “What I enjoy most is the close-knit group and fellowship. We have a great group that really cares about the cause and

each other,” said Miller. The Savannah River Chapter is one of 12 chapters in Georgia with approximately 60 members. There are approximately 4,000 members in Georgia. Chapter 592 was founded by Terrell Fleming. With activities and projects that involve the entire family, all fishermen, women and children are welcome to join. The chapter currently has six to eight women involved. Each year, Trout Unlimited sponsors two children between 12 and 15 years of

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May 17 • Royston Car Show - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Event open to classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors. Held at Royston Wellness and Community Park. Trophies awarded, music and food. For information contact Royston Main Street at 706-2457577. May 24 • NEGAS Doggie Pageant at Tugaloo State Park - 1:30 p.m. Dress up your pooch and join us for a “Doggie Pageant” to benefit the Northeast Georgia Animal


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May 10 • Tugaloo Bird Walk at Tugaloo State Park - 9 - 11 a.m. Clark Jones, president of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, will lead a bird walk that is open to birders of all skill levels. We will be walking a park trail so bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. Don will be bring his awesome snake collection to show us as he discusses snake identification, habitant, habits, and more. $5 parking. 706-356-4362. June 14 • Summer Music Series at Tugaloo State Park - 8 - 9:30 p.m. “The Cane Creek Band,” a five piece bluegrass band, will be at the park’s Beach Pavilion. This family friendly event is free, but the band will pass a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362. June 18-20 • Junior Ranger Day Camp at Tugaloo State Park. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Children ages 10 to 12 are invited to join in on the fun! Participates will earn a Jr. Ranger badge through hands-on activities. Must pre-register by calling the park. $30 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362. June 20-22, 27-29 • Land of Spirit’s “Franklin Feudin’.” Franklin County’s Famous Folk Life Play. Friday and Saturday, evening performance at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday Matinee at 2:30. Adults - $12, Children under 12 - $6. Auditions

for Franklin Feudin’ - April 21 - 22 at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center. June 21 • Celebrate the First Day of Summer - Canoe Races at Tugaloo State Park - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. We will have multiple races for ages 12 and up. Racers will be divided into age groups and we will end with a family canoe race. Prizes will be given for the winner of each group. Arrive by 9:30 a.m. to sign up for your race. All equipment is provided. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-356-4362. June 28 • Summer Music Series at Tugaloo State Park - 8 -9:30 p.m. Nelson Thomas, will be at the Park’s Beach Pavilion playing flatpick & fingerpick style guitar, old time and bluegrass banjo, harmonica, washboard, and occasionally a little mandolin and/ or fiddle. Event is free, but Nelson will be passing a hat for donations. $5 parking. 706-356-4362. July 4 • Old Fashioned Fourth of July at Tugaloo State Park 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Join us for a host of family fun events. Decorate your bike and join in on the Bicycle Pa-

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Continued from page 43 Hartwell Farmers Market The Hartwell Farmers Market begins Saturday April 12, 2014. We will be located in the lot next to McDonald’s, across from City Hall. The corner of Howell & Carter St. Our hours are every Saturday 7am-Noon and on Tuesdays 2 p.m.-6 p.m. New vendors welcome! Contact Ray for more details 706-376-5474, May 3 • Hartwell Dam Run. One of Georgia’s most scenic 5k run / 10k run and a 1 mile fun run at 8:30 a.m. The race packet pick-up and sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on race day at Big Oaks recreation area behind the Corp of Engineer’s office on US 29. Hosted by the Hartwell Running Club. For more information and an entry form contact Judd Bailey at 864314-4369. Registration forms are also available at the Hart County Chamber of Commerce, 706-3768590.

May 3 & 10 • Photography Workshop, “How to Improve Your Everyday Photography” at the Art Center - 10 - 1 p.m. Bring your camera! $50.00 registration/$40.00 Art Center Members. Registration pays for both sessions. Contact rbrister24@

arts) Bring what ever art medium you enjoy and work on it while enjoying other artist’s company.

May (TBD) • Cateechee Ladies Golf Association’s Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament at Cateechee Golf Club. A morning event. Registration is $20 for CLGA members. Non-members must also pay Cateechee golf club fees. Tee box sponsorships will also be available for those who want to support the event; the price is $50. Sign up in the Cateechee Pro Shop. The event is a 9-hole scramble. Proceeds of the event go to breast cancer research and a portion is donated to the Hartwell Service League for its Nancy Hart Fund for cancer support. Contact Tia Athens at 706-371-5482 or tiaathens@

May 22 • Writers’ Group at the Art Center - 11 a.m. For more info

May 9 • Open Studio at the Art Center - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (visual

May 22 • Juried Art Show Opening Reception at the Art Center 6-8 p.m. For prospectus information contact carryart@comcast. net.

merce and features street rods, classic and custom cars. Food and craft vendors are also welcome. This is a fun family event! Owners come from all over to showcase their beautiful vehicles. For information, a car entry form or a vendor form Contact the Hart County Chamber at 706-376-8590 or via email

May 23 • HCHS Senior Student Flute Recital at the Art Center. More info TBA.

May 24 • (Memorial Day weekend) “Cars and Guitars Festival” on the square in downtown Hartwell, - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This classic car event is sponsored by the Hart County Chamber of Com-

First Saturday on the Lake Hartwell Marina 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Hosted by Hartwell Main Street. Boats and cars come from miles around for this free live music event. Pack up your family, bring your coolers and picnics for a fun evening. Food vendors will also be available. • May 3 “Watkinsonduo” • June 7.. “The Evolutionaries” from Hart County Community Theater • July 5.......... “Audio Chamber” • August 2... “Silvercreek Band” Contact the Hartwell Downtown Development Authority at 706-376-0188 or or

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May 24-25 • The Challenge of the Centuries Bike Ride, presented by Kiwanis Club of Hartwell. This 35/65/100 mile is an official BRAG Training ride. You can ride one or both days. Mark your calendars. Please visit www. to sign-up to ride or volunteer.

son team, 18-hole modified best ball golf tournament. Prizes are awarded for the top 3 teams and each guest golfer receives a door prize. Lunch is also included after the golf. Contact Gena Cauthen at 706-376-8742 or gcauthen@ for more information or an entry form.

May 24 • Lake Hartwell Music Festival - 4 -10 p.m. out at Gum Branch Park. Bring your chairs and come on out and listen to some great bands right by the water. Vendors, kids activities, food will all be on hand. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend Hartwell style! Information and tickets can be purchased at

June 6 - 8, 13 - 15 • Savannah River Productions - “Always... Patsy Cline.” Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. at The Rock Gym, 45 Forest Ave., Elberton. – Back by popular Demand! Jennifer Clements returns to the stage as Patsy Cline along with Joan Hughes as Louise Segers. Show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline. This play includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and Walking after Midnight… 27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love Always... Patsy Cline”. For more information call 706-376-7397.

June 12 • Cateechee Ladies Golf Association’s Red, White & Blue Golf Tournament (ladies only) at Cateechee Golf Club - 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for CLGA members and $60 for non-Cateechee members. Event is scheduled to celebrate Flag Day each year. Golfers are encouraged to wear their best red, white and blue golf attire. The event is a 4-per-


June 27 & 28 • Hartwell PreFourth Weekend June 27 - “Dancin’ on Depot” featuring “Still Cruzin’ ” - 7-11 p.m. is sponsored by Downtown Development Authority. This is one of Downtown Hartwell’s biggest nights. This event features a big street dance, children’s activities and food vendors. You can buy tickets at the gates. June 28 - Arts and Crafts Festival on the Hartwell’s Square all day, featuring craft vendors, food vendors, activities for the kids and fun for the whole family Sponsored by the Hartwell Service League! June 28 - Fireworks Festival at Big Oaks Recreation Saturday night on Hwy. 29 at the Dam, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the fireworks starting 9-9:15 p.m. Food,

kids activities, and the Community Band will do a patriotic segment. Event is free so come early to get a good seat. Sponsored by the Hart County Chamber.

TOCCOA April 19 • Basket Weaving Techniques Demonstration with Nancy Basket - 1pm. Tugaloo Bend, For more information call 706-779-0404. April 24 • Taste of Toccoa - 5–8 p.m. Historic Downtown Toccoa. For more information call Sharon Crosby 706-282-3309. April 26-27 • Currahee Vineyards and Winery Concert Event - 2-6 p.m. both days. 706768-5383 Continued to page 46

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Continued from page 45 Sage and Farmers Market May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11 • - (Second Sat. of each month) 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stephens County Market Building. For more information call Sharon Crosby 706282-3309. April 26 • Martin Spring Festival - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 706-779-2372. May 3 • Currahee Artist Guild Spring Arts and Crafts Show. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Historic Downtown. For more information call Gail Watson 706-886-6138. May 4 • Wildflower Photography Program - 1 p.m. Tugaloo Bend Pavilion, For more information call 704-779-0404. May 4 • Tour of Historic Home 2-7 p.m. Downtown Martin. Sponsored by the Martin Women’s

Club in Celebration of their 100th anniversary. Estate / Vintage Jewelry offered by Cole’s Collectibles. Tickets $12 at the Martin Community Center. For more information call 706-356-3573.

May 10 • National Train Day. Historic Depot. For more information call Sharon Crosby 706-282-3309. May 10 • Power House for Kids 1K/5K/10K. 8 a.m. Georgia Baptist Conference Center. 706-8862290. May 16 • Stephens County Toccoa Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament. 11 a.m., Currahee Club T-SC Chamber, 706-8862132.

May 4 • The Toccoa Symphony Orchestra presents it’s Spring Concert - “The Golden Age of Broadway.” - 4 p.m. at the Garrison Auditorium - Georgia Baptist Conference Center. Mezzo soprano and Seneca SC native, Elspeth Davis, will be joining the Orchestra singing all of your favorite Broadway hits. Children and students are FREE. Adult advance tickets are $7 and available at the Toccoa Stephens County Chamber of Commerce and online at Adult Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 3pm.

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May 18 • ACS Relay for Life. 7 p.m. - 5 a.m. Stephens County High School. For more information call Tracey Long, 706-4910877. May 24 • Tugaloo Bend River History Tour - Walker Creek Bat Access. For more information call Kelly Vickers, 706-886-6831. May 31 • 70th Anniversary DDay at Currahee - 8 a.m. 10K, Memorial Walk & Jake and Jack Track. Currahee Mountain Historical Society - 706-282-5055.

June 16-20 • Summer Drama Camp. The Schaefer Center. For more information call Sharon Crosby 706-282-3309. Ida Cox Music Festival Downtown Toccoa 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. This year’s roster of entertainment features folk to rock, rhythm and blues to alternative music: • June 7......................“The Heap” • June 14..... “The Darnell Boys” • June 21................ Chuck Taylor www.reverbnation.comchucktaylormusc. • June 28...................... David Fry Jazz • July 5............................... “Lingo” • July 12.................. “Those Cats” • July 19.............. “Dank Sinatra” • July 26........... Local Showcase Toccoa Talent For more information call Sharon Crosby, 706-282-3309

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