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Southern Exposure


Georgia was named in honor of England’s King George II. Although it’s had many nicknames over the years, Georgia today is most famous for two of them: “The Empire State of the South,” which dates from the mid-19th century and honors Georgia’s strong industrial heritage, and the name that appears on the state’s license plates, “The Peach

The Baxley-Appling County Chamber of Commerce bids you a warm welcome to its central location between Interstates 75 and 95 and the ports of Savannah and Brunswick, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla. The area has a thriving industrial base fortified by an alliance with technical campuses producing top-notch students. Located on the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the area is dotted with wildflowers and the harmony of songbirds that add to the enjoyment of the region’s natural beauty for all residents, who are now being served by a newer and larger public high school as part of public and private school systems. Appling County is a community of 17,500 experiencing life between the Big Satilla and Altamaha rivers. The county seat of Baxley is home to about 4,150 people who, like other county residents, place a strong emphasis on faith and family. If we can be of any assistance to you, please call the Baxley-Appling County Chamber at 912-367-7731.

State.” The peach has been the official state fruit since 1995. DISTANCES TO MAJOR DESTINATIONS (MILES) Brunswick, Ga. ................... 61 Savannah, Ga. .................... 74 Macon, Ga......................... 106 Jacksonville, Fla............... 117 Tallahassee, Fla. ............... 145 Gainesville, Fla. ................ 146 Charleston, S.C. ................ 160 4  Baxley-Appling County, Georgia

Columbia, S.C.................... 172 Atlanta, Ga. ....................... 182 Daytona Beach, Fla. ........ 194 Montgomery, Ala.............. 234 Orlando, Fla. ...................... 237 Birmingham, Ala............... 281 Pensacola, Fla. ................. 305

Mobile, Ala. ....................... 348 Raleigh, N.C. ..................... 350 Nashville, Tenn. ................ 395 Jackson, Miss. ................. 461 New Orleans, La............... 477 Richmond, Va. ................... 484 Memphis, Tenn. ................ 498




The Heart of Southern Hospitality

hether you’re a business or industry with aspirations as high as the Georgia pines or you’re a single adult, couple or family looking to enjoy the mild climate a little more than a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, all roads lead to Baxley-Appling County, Ga.


The town of Baxley is located at a crossroads in Appling County, where Highways 1, 144, 341 and 15 intersect between the Altamaha and Big Satilla rivers, which form a cradle for the county seat, incorporated in 1875 and less than 100 miles from the Atlantic. The closest metropolitan area to Baxley is the coastal gem of Savannah, which is approximately 74 miles to the northeast and is the third-largest city in Georgia, “The Empire State of the South.” The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest national bird refuges in the country and is located due south on the state border with Florida. Appling County, located in southeast Georgia among rich farm and timber lands, is 106 miles south of Macon and 182 miles southeast of Atlanta. With its coastal plains extending to the ocean, the area of Baxley-Appling County should be at the top of your must-see list when it comes to fine places to retire, relocate, or start a business or family. So, come experience Southern hospitality at its best.




Attractive, welcoming neighborhoods offer Baxley-Appling County residents a wonderful place in which to live and raise a family.

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Charming residences with stately architecture may be found in Baxley’s historic areas. New homes in wooded subdivisions beckon those with more modern tastes. Housing costs are competitive, with the average three-bedroom, two-bath priced at $80,000. Planned communities in all price ranges offer attractive neighborhoods. Lakefront residences or country club living with recreational facilities for golf and swimming are also available. Baxley has apartments, duplexes and other rental properties as well, and a small-town lifestyle exists within 10 miles — in Surrency or Graham. A temperate climate fosters an active lifestyle centered on the moss-lined Altamaha River — located just 10 minutes from downtown Baxley. The Nature Conservancy lists the river as “Georgia’s Natural Treasure, One of America’s Last Great Places.” Featured in National Geographic, the Altamaha is the second-largest watershed on the Eastern Seaboard and remains completely undammed. Crossed only five times by roads and twice by rail lines, its natural beauty is largely undisturbed. The Altamaha flows 137 miles from its formation by the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers, north of Baxley, to its delta on the Atlantic coast.


Georgia’s Vann House is the only mansion in America built by a Native American, Chief Joseph Vann. Homeowners benefit from competitive housing costs and a wide variety of available residences.

Canoeists, kayakers and birdwatchers enjoy the sighting of rare birds and endangered plant and animal species along the Altamaha River. The Baxley-Appling County Board of Tourism sponsors the Altamaha River Rat Run canoe and kayak excursion every fall and spring. Families come from many states for reunions, and scouting troops even participate to earn badges. Numerous wildlife management areas and public boat landings are located along the river, with opportunities to enjoy nature by land or boat. Falling Rocks Park, a popular campground, offers hunting, fishing on the premier largemouth bass river in Southeast Georgia, and a multitude of water sports. Lake Mayers, a 170-acre public lake surrounded by homes and farms, is another fun outdoor arena. Appling County is well known for its game hunting and hunting preserves. Dove, turkey and quail are abundant. The Wheaton Break Hunting Club sponsors the Big Buck Contest on the opening day of deer season, with prize money awarded to the winner (biggest male rack) and the following nine places. Special events bring the community together each year, with the most significant being the Baxley Tree Fest in April, which celebrates the forestry industry and outdoor recreation. A street dance for the entire family draws crowds on Friday night during the three-day event. Saturday highlights include a fishing tournament, a bicycle ride across the county and a road race. A health fair, air events, motorcycle show and crosscut saw demonstration are just a few of the 30-plus events held throughout the festival. Surrency Day is always the second Saturday in October, when the town welcomes everyone to its “homecoming” with a parade, arts and crafts, and entertainment. The Piney Bluff Festival, held the weekend


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before Thanksgiving, begins with a Pancake Supper followed by cane grinding and syrup making. The Appling County Country Club — home of the 1995 Georgia State Amateur Champion — features a nine-hole golf course, swimming pool, clubhouse, driving range, practice green and pro shop. Three city parks provide other sporting opportunities — tennis courts, basketball courts, softball fields, batting cages, pools, playgrounds, picnic areas and a gymnasium. The Appling County Recreation Department is housed in the Baxley City Auditorium, which has a newly renovated stage and seating, an updated sound system, and conference rooms. The Appling County Recreation Complex, built in 1998, has five tournament-size softball fields, a press box, concession stand, multi-purpose building, playground, pavilion, trail, picnic shelter and ample parking. The Recreation Department hosts seasonal sports, beginning with youth baseball, softball, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, cheerleading and ceramics. Competitive swim, golf and tennis teams provide more serious pursuits. Dance and twirling classes are also available. For adults, the Recreation Department offers softball, basketball and ceramics. The Appling County Senior/Service Center has a Nutritional Program for the Elderly, which brings together senior citizens for various activities and lunch five days a week. The program offers transportation, housing assistance, telephone reassurance and nutrition education. The Appling County Public Library presents a Summer Reading Program and a year-round “Story Hour” for children. Books and computers (with Internet access) are available for all ages — from students to seniors. Churches, with excellent youth and adult programs, provide the community with further fellowship and social activities. Shoppers will find an array of specialty shops in Baxley. Antique lovers will discover unique floral designs and interiors. International flavors, coastal seafood and barbecue join a popular all-American restaurant and tavern in area dining. Homemade Southern breakfasts and noon buffets may still be found at local diners. Lodging includes popular hotel chains, locally owned motels and scenic campgrounds. With plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from, Appling County offers city amenities close to nature. Homeowners and renters can rely on the 10 volunteer fire departments that help protect personal property throughout Appling County. The district’s name and number of active members is as follows: Altamaha, 12; County Farm, 14; County Line, 24; Fourth District, 10; Graham, 10; Highway 144, 16; Red Oak, 30; Surrency, 10; Ten Mile, 14; and Baxley, 20.

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BUSINESS & INDUSTRY The forestry industry is big business in Baxley.

Rayonier, Inc., a manufacturer of wood products, is one of Baxley’s major employers.


Everything from Bolts to Nuts Georgia is the nation’s number-one producer of the three P’s — peanuts, pecans and peaches.


eorgia has a long history in manufacturing, being known worldwide for producing bolts of fabric and textile. Also, marble harvested from the state was used to build the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the capitol buildings of several states. Don’t let the charming, rural setting of Georgia’s Appling County fool you — local business and industry have forged a tradition of success by operating in the Baxley area. Based on that track record, Rhino Boats has located a manufacturing plant at 1741 Golden Isles East in Baxley, joining 29 other firms on the Baxley-Appling County Industry List maintained by the Chamber of Commerce. The Appling County Development Authority has a tradition of both helping local businesses reach their peak potential and welcoming newcomers with open arms. (912-367-7731)


Bringing quality jobs to our community and protecting and enhancing the industries and jobs we currently have are the two main goals of the Development Authority of Appling County. Largely because of increasing manufacturing opportunities, Appling County has evolved from a strictly agricultural to a diverse economy. Calling Appling County home are several manufacturing plants that produce clothing, utility trailers, boats, waste and scrap balers, wood products, nuclear power, industrial pumps, resins, metal buildings, and poultry house equipment, all of which benefit from a strong workforce.


Community support of a new industry is vital to the relocation or startup process. That’s why Appling County has put together a package of local incentives to assist industry. On the following page is a list of some local and state incentives and other features available to industry. Available incentives are based on investment, job creation and credit-worthiness.

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AREA’S TOP EMPLOYERS Company.................................... # Employed ................................. Function ........Year/Period Opened Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc. ......................................... 800 .............................power plant ....................................1975 Rayonier, Inc...............................................180 ........................ wood products ......................... early 1980s Harris Waste Management ......................... 80 ........................... waste balers ......................... early 1980s Bailey Boys ..................................................70 ................... children’s clothing ....................................1996

• Aggressive land and building offerings • Tax-reduction plans • Reduced-interest loans/ lease-purchase agreements • Altamaha Technical College customized program training • Specialized labor recruitment beyond Department of Labor/One Stop Career Center • 100 percent Freeport tax exemption • Georgia QuickStart program training at no cost • $4,000 per-job tax credit for new and expanding industry • Georgia retaining tax credit • Georgia investment tax credit • Georgia research tax credit • RLF-Low-interest revolving loan fund

Industrial Parks

Although many suitable sites are available in Appling County, the primary industrial areas consist of three industrial parks. Park East is the oldest of the three and originally consisted of 119 acres, with several smaller sites of 10 acres or less remaining. Park East is located on State Route 27/U.S. Highway 341 East (the Golden Isles Parkway), a Georgia development highway connecting Interstates 75 and 95. A 300,000gallon elevated water tank and industrial deep well are in the park. Utilities include 10-inch water lines, 8-inch sewer lines, 4-inch 400 PSI natural gas lines and 3-phase electric power.

Park West is the newest facility and consists of 187 acres. This park is on the Golden Isles Parkway just west of Baxley. It also has a 300,000-gallon elevated water tank with industrial deep well and 8-inch water and sewer lines. The site also features a 4-inch, high-pressure steel main natural gas line, as well as full electrical service. The Appling, Bacon, and Jeff Davis Counties Industrial Park, known locally as the Tri-County Park, is also located on the Golden Isles Parkway about eight miles west of Baxley and about eight miles east of Hazlehurst. This park is a joint venture between the three counties through the jointly formed Southeast Georgia Regional Development Authority. A regional authority can generally attract larger and higher-tech industries than counties acting alone due to the availability of grants and other incentives for regional projects. Water for the Tri-County Park is provided by the City of Graham, with sewage treatment provided by the City of Baxley. The park is served by Norfolk Southern Railway, which provides daily freight service, daily interchange over major lines and daily switching service. Norfolk Southern’s main line runs through the park and connects with the Georgia Port Authority terminals in Brunswick.

Industrial Financing

The Development Authority of Appling County has extensive experience with complex and innovative industrial financing. Several hundred million dollars in industrial

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The ship on the reverse side of the state seal represents Georgia’s exports.

An itinerant stonecutter traveling through the North Georgia hills in 1835 noticed an outcropping of particularly fine marble. The small quarry he founded near the present site of Jasper was the first exploitation of a vein estimated to be large enough to supply the world’s building needs for 3,000 years.

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to 80 when the company begins building cargo trailers in the very near future. Recycling Solutions, located at 711 East Parker Street in Baxley, is also a local-boymakes-good story. Its 10,000-square-foot building in Industrial Park East houses operations used to refurbish the box-baling equipment generally found behind grocery stores. The area’s open arms also extend overseas. Eighty-five new jobs came to Baxley-Appling County when AKZO Nobel Coatings Inc., a Dutch company, located a plant at U.S. Route 341 East. AKZO has recently completed a multi-million-dollar expansion of its facilities. With 800 employees, Southern Nuclear’s Plant Hatch (U.S. Route 1 North) is the area’s largest employer.


Baxley has a traditional commercial and retail downtown, with industry mostly being centered in the three industrial parks. Baxley is currently upgrading its water and wastewater services to further improve its infrastructure, which has already seen many utilities extend to the industrial parks. The city is also expanding services, and the infrastructure is in place at the area’s industrial parks to suit the needs of those industries that call these parks home. BellSouth Telephone Co. provides DSL Service to most parts of the county, and ATC offers high-speed Internet access. Baxley-Appling County is in a prime location to serve the Eastern Seaboard and overseas with its proximity to U.S. Routes 1 and 341 (four-laned in sections), Interstates 75 and 95, and the ports of Savannah and Brunswick, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla.


Now located in a new location with additional space, Down to Earth Trailers has increased its workforce.

revenue bonds (IRBs) have been issued by the Development Authority in recent years. These include IRBs issued on behalf of Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, Rayonier and other industries for plant location and expansion. In addition, the three-county Joint Development Authority led the bond financing for a large milk-processing plant operated by Dean Foods. Both authorities are currently working with projects to further increase employment opportunities in the county and region. The Development Authority of Appling County is a legally constituted development authority under the laws of the State of Georgia. As such, it may own property, receive and administer grants, and issue taxexempt bonds for industries that can support such issues. For more information, contact the Development Authority of Appling County at 912-367-7731.

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Serving the People

The historic Baxley courthouse is located at 69 Tippins Street.


ppling County has three incorporated cities within its borders. In addition to Baxley, Graham is located nine miles to the west of the county seat on U.S. Route 341, and Surrency is located 10 miles east of Baxley on that same highway. Each city falls under the mayor-city council form of government — which is traditional throughout the state — and the operations of the county are overseen by commissioners and a county manager.



City of Baxley P.O. Box 290 Baxley, GA 31515

Appling County Commissioners 69 Tippins St., Suite 201 Baxley, GA 31513

City of Graham 9659 Golden Isles West Graham, GA 31513 City of Surrency P.O. Box 162 Surrency, GA 31563

Baxley police officers help maintain the area’s high quality of life by keeping the area safe and protected.

Baxley is the largest of the county’s three cities and, in addition to a mayor and city council, has a city manager who oversees the daily business of the city. One council member is elected to a four-year term from each of Baxley’s six districts, and the mayor is elected at-large to a four-year term. Because terms are staggered, a municipal election is held every two years.

Appling County has a commissioner-manager form of government with six commissioners and a county manager who carries out the decisions of the commission and oversees daily business. County residents elect a commissioner from each of the five districts and also select a chairman at-large. Commissioners serve four-year terms and are elected on a two-year staggered basis with three commissioners being chosen every two years. The Emergency 911 System is in operation in the county and is available 24 hours a day. Appling County government is strong and responsive, dedicated to serving the needs of area residents.

On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to enter the union. On January 19, 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy.


Fire, Ambulance and Police ...................................................... 911 Administration, City of Baxley .........................................367-8300 Animal Control, City of Baxley (non-emergency) .........367-8305 Baxley Municipal Airport..................................................367-6269 Board of Tourism, Baxley-Appling County ....................367-7731 Chamber of Commerce, Baxley-Appling County ..........367-7731 Chief Registrar, Appling County ......................................367-8113 City Hall, Baxley .................................................................367-8300 City Hall, Graham ...............................................................367-2202 City Hall, Surrency .............................................................367-3816 Clerk of Court, Appling County ........................................367-8126 Codes Enforcement, City of Baxley ................................367-8300

Commissioners/Manager, Appling County ....................367-8100 Coroner, Appling County ...................................................367-7071 Development Authority of Appling County ....................367-7731 Fire Department, City of Baxley (non-emergency) ................. 367-8300/705-1008 Police Department, City of Baxley (non-emergency) ..367-8305 Public Works, City of Baxley ............................................367-8314 Sheriff’s Office, Appling County ......................................367-8120 Tax Assessor, Appling County .........................................367-8108 Tax Commissioner, Appling County.................................367-8105

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Appling Nursing Home will soon be combined with Appling Convalescent Center, creating a much more efficient method of patient care.


Best of Both Worlds


t can be said that Appling County indeed has the best of both worlds when it comes to meeting the health care needs of its residents. Combining big-city sophistication with a down-home style, the county is home to Appling HealthCare System, 15 active physicians, two dentists, one orthodontist and two nursing homes, Appling Convalescent Center and Appling Nursing Home. Residents also have access to pharmacy services, an eye-care clinic and three fitness centers.


Appling HealthCare System, accredited by JCAHO ( Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), is an organization with the top standards in the industry that continually tops the charts in surveys of hospitals and nursing homes. Appling HealthCare offers surgery, radiology, laboratory and respiratory therapy services for inpatient and outpatient procedures. The hospital’s care is enhanced by a competent medical staff of primary physicians and specialists, including surgeons, radiologists, obstetricians/gynecologists and gastroenterologists. Via the PACS System and the Meditech Computer System, Appling HealthCare incorporates the latest patient technology to provide information to speed diagnosis and treatment. Community outreach includes health education, a Spanish interpreter and the Healthy Connections Program for new mothers. Education and understanding are the keys to quality communication. By empowering the community on health-related issues such as diabetes, childbirth and smoking cessation, Appling HealthCare helps foster a healthier community. A huge feature in the education process is the Patient Channel, which allows patients to receive education on a particular health topic via the television in their hospital room. 12 î ‡ Baxley-Appling County, Georgia

Appling Hospital provides state-of-the art care.


Area code is 912.

Hospitals Appling HealthCare System ................................................... 367-9841 Medical Services Appling County Emergency Management Agency ............ 367-8111 Appling County Medical Service ........................................... 367-8134 Appling County Health Department ...................................... 367-4601 American Cancer Society 5102 Paulsen Street, Building 4 Savannah, GA 31405 ................................................................ 355-5196 American Heart Association 7130 Hodgson Memorial Drive Savannah, GA 31406 ................................................................ 790-2900 American Red Cross 207 Rose Drive Brunswick, GA Appling HealthCare System Auxiliary Baxley, GA 31513 ...................................................................... 367-9841 Meets second Tuesday of every month Hospice of South Georgia 37 Tippins Street, Suite A Baxley, GA 31513 ...................................................................... 366-1733


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The hospital’s New Life Center has home-like childbirth suites for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care. A rocking chair and bassinet in the room help create a special family atmosphere. An experienced nursing staff is on hand to help with the questions that come with a new member in the family. The Emergency Department — open 24/7 to care for minor and major illnesses — is supported by an Intensive Care Unit with the latest in diagnostic and life-support technology. Those patients whose care needs warrant removal to a tertiary facility can be transported via Appling EMS. Through the efforts of the Hospital Foundation, the Hospital Auxiliary and civic organizations, Appling HealthCare also has a Hospice suite to support and comfort terminally ill patients and their families. Appling HealthCare System currently has two long-term care facilities: Appling Convalescent Center and Appling Nursing Home. Through the support of the community a SPLOST Referendum was passed in June 2005 that will allow many much-needed projects to be completed in Appling County. These projects include a replacement long-term care facility that will allow all 101 long-term beds to be under one roof and all on the main campus of the system. Combining Appling Convalescent Center and Appling Nursing Home will create a much more efficient method of care delivery for our longterm residents.


The Appling County Health Department joins Appling Health Care System in meeting the community’s health needs. Beginning with children and adolescents, the health department has developmental programs, health checks, immunizations, school screenings and teen services. For adults, services include family planning, health screenings, and diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The health department also monitors environmental health, providing inspections as well as disease, pollution and sanitation control. In Appling County, one can find the best of modern technology enhanced by the healing power of the human touch.


The number of physicians in the county was 7.3 per 10,000 persons in 1999, compared to the state average of 19.3, according to figures from the state Division of Public Health, which also reported that the county had 6.1 licensed nursing home beds per 100 persons, compared with the state average of 5.5. Georgia Department of Labor statistics from 2002 show 134 persons were employed in health care and social services by 20 firms in Appling County, while 3,316 were employed in that field by 224 firms in the Appling County Area. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2003 the Baxley-Appling County Hospital Authority was among the 10 largest employers in the Appling area and was among the top five employers in Appling County. In the health technology field in the Appling Area, the state Office of Technical Education reports that in 2002–03 a total of 176 persons graduated with diplomas or degrees in certified nursing assistance, 33 in emergency medical technology, 31 in medical assisting, 28 in medical coding, eight in paramedic technology, 59 in phlebotomy technology, and 39 in practical nursing.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 2000 a total of 9,766 persons worked in educational, health and social services in the Appling County Area; that number was 1,386 for Appling County alone. The latest federal figures for births and deaths in Appling County are from the year 1997, when there were 293 births, 159 deaths and three infant deaths. Those figures compare with 118,221 births, 59,351 deaths and 1,022 infant deaths for the state of Georgia that same year.



Students at Altamaha Technical College can choose from 25 diploma programs and 47 technical certificate of credit programs.

Preparing for a Bright Future


new public high school for Appling County joins five feeder schools and a private school system in preparing area youth for the workforce or for higher education. Appling Christian Academy is a fully accredited, co-educational private school for grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Those CONTACT INFORMATION Area code is 912 unless otherwise noted.

Appling County Board of Education 249 Blackshear Highway Baxley, GA 31513 .............................. 367-8600 Altamaha Elementary ......................... 367-3713 Appling County Comprehensive High ....................... 367-8610 Appling County Elementary ............... 367-8640 Appling County Middle School ......... 367-8630 Appling County Primary School ....... 367-8642 Fourth District .................................... 367-3250 Appling Christian Academy 3297 Hatch Parkway South Baxley, GA 31513 ............................. 367-2045 .......................................................... 367-3004 Altamaha Technical College — Baxley Campus 1334 Golden Isles West Baxley, GA 31513 .............................. 367-1700 ..................................................... 888-755-2832

wanting to continue their education without leaving the area may enroll at Altamaha Technical College, which has a main campus in nearby Jesup and a major-branch campus in Baxley.


The new Appling County High School at 482 Blackshear Highway is set to open its doors in fall 2005. Students can expect updated technology in each classroom and a modern gymnasium with a seating capacity of about 1,700. The new school, estimated to accommodate a maximum enrollment of about 1,200, will have updated computer laboratories and computers in each classroom, where instructors will be using new high-tech “active boards” to help instruct students. The drama, music, band, chorus and art departments will soon be housed in a new fine arts facility, which is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2006. The facility will seat approximately 1,002 and is expected to also be used for community events.

Pupils in the lower grades are served by five public schools: • Appling County Primary School: P-K–Gr. 2, Blackshear Highway • Altamaha Elementary School: P-K–Gr. 5, 344 Altamaha School Road • Fourth District Elementary School: P-K–Gr. 5, Blackshear Highway • Appling County Elementary School: Gr. 3–Gr. 5, Blackshear Highway • Appling County Middle School: Gr. 6–Gr. 8, 2997 Blackshear Highway All six Appling County public schools have exceeded Georgia accountability status and meet the federal government’s No Child Left Behind criteria. Also, staff members at these schools meet both state and federal standards for “highly qualified” status. All schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Area residents and students cheer for the Appling County High School Pirates teams.


A 50-acre site in Baxley is the home of a satellite campus of Altamaha Technical College (ATC). The main ATC campus is based in Jesup. The college also has a satellite campus in Hazlehurst. The Baxley campus at 1334 Golden Isles West currently has two buildings. One houses its general education, business, computer, early childhood education and health education programs. The health education programs prepare students to be practical nurses, emergency medical technicians and certified nursing assistants. The other building houses two full-size simulator labs and a driving range, which are part of the truck driving program; a dieselmechanics lab; and a construction lab for studies in carpentry, brick masonry and plumbing. ATC also houses an Academic Support Center that provides training for those who want to brush up on their academic skills or who may be pursuing a GED. The area’s comprehensive One Stop Career Center is also located at ATC. This center, in partnership with other agencies, offers resources and assistance to the community for job search and referrals. The college also rents the retired Baxley National Guard Armory and will relocate the current diesel program and a new diesel program that has a partnership with Yancey Equipment Co. to the new facility. The new facility will be called ATC Heavy Equipment Training Center. Altamaha Technical College has been in existence for 17 years. There are nine degree programs, 25 diploma programs and 47 technical certificate of credit programs available through the college’s three campuses. According to a study completed by the state of Georgia, approximately 75 percent of the students completing their education at Altamaha Technical College find employment within 50 miles of the school.

The University of Georgia at Athens, chartered in 1784, was the first state-funded institution in the Western Hemisphere.

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The annual three-day Baxley Tree Fest, held each April, includes a parade that is fun for the whole family.


hether your preference is a lakeside picnic under a shady tree or a sundrenched inner-tube ride down a flowing river, you’re sure to find lots of fun in Appling County.


The Appling County Recreation Complex serves as the centerpiece of action on the diamond with its five tournament-size ball fields complete with bleachers, dugouts, paved walkways and concession stands. On the south side, Max Deen Memorial Park has a public swimming pool, three softball diamonds and two tennis courts. Westside Park features eight tennis courts, playground and picnic areas, and the City Gym. Ernest J. Parker Park on the north side includes a pavilion, swimming pool, softball field, two lighted tennis courts and four outdoor basketball courts.


• Baxley Tree Fest – April: This annual award-winning festival is a celebration of the forestry industry and outdoor recreation. Among highlights of the three-day festival are a popular street dance, a parade, the Tennis Slam, a softball tournament, a photo contest, a motorcycle show, a petting zoo, and arts and crafts booths and displays. • River Rat Run on the Altamaha – June • Fall Canoe Paddle on the Altamaha River – September • Graham Day – second Saturday in October • Surrency Day – second Saturday in October: The town of Surrency celebrates homecoming with a parade, arts and crafts, continuous entertainment, and many other surprises. • Piney Bluff Festival – November (weekend before Thanksgiving): The Piney Bluff Festival begins on Friday evening with arts and crafts, entertainment, and a pancake supper. The fun continues on Saturday with cane grinding and syrup-making demonstrations. • Baxley’s “Celebration of Light” Christmas Parade – first Saturday in December


The Altamaha River has been dubbed “Georgia’s Natural Treasure, One of America’s Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy. It’s a prime choice for a relaxing day of boating, fishing and picnicking. When it comes to largemouth bass fishing, the Altamaha River is the premier river in southeast Georgia. However, that’s only part of the story. The Altamaha, as the second-largest watershed on the eastern seaboard, has been featured in the pages of National Geographic magazine and remains completely undammed. Along its 137 miles, this scenic waterway is crossed only five times by roads and twice by rail lines. Kayakers, canoeists and birdwatchers join fishermen in sighting rare birds and endangered species. Five boat landings in Appling County allow for access to the river: Deen’s Landing, Eason’s Landing, Morris Landing, Davis Landing and Carter’s Bight Landing. Baxley-Appling County, Georgia  19


Complete with five tournament-size ball fields, the Appling County Recreation Complex is the perfect place for friendly competition.

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Lake Mayers (located nine miles west of Baxley on U.S. Route 341) is a fine spot for a picnic, swim or water skiing and offers fishing for crappie, bream and largemouth bass. The lake is open year-round, daily, from sunrise to sunset. Access is available from the bank or by boat via two concrete ramps at the Public Recreation Area. The nearly 14,000 acres of Bullard Creek Wildlife Management Area, located near Deen’s Landing and Falling Rocks Park, provide turkey, deer and small-game hunting. The Moody Forest Natural Area allows limited hunting on its estimated 4,000 acres and also provides for hiking and bird watching. The preserve boasts one of the nation’s last old-growth forests of Longleaf and Slash Pine and mammoth Tupelo Cypress, all of which are a minimum of 200 years old.


The Appling County Courthouse was built in a neoclassical style in 1907 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It can be found at the crossroads of U.S. Routes 1 and 341 in the heart of Baxley. A portico and pavilions, along with an eight-sided, domed clock tower, are part of the building’s exterior, while the interior features Georgia marble on the first floor. Another step back in time can be taken at the Heritage Center Museum, where special displays include the Black History Room, the War Room and the Genealogy Room. Another display outlines early turpentine production in Appling County, which was at one time known as “The Turpentine Capital of the World.”


The Arts Council of Appling County exists to enhance the artistic personality of our community in a way that celebrates our uniqueness, diversity and unity. Each spring and fall the Arts Council sponsors both an art show and a community theater presentation. For details on these events you may check the community events calendar on under Tourism, or call 912-367-7731. For more information on all there is to see and do in Baxley and Appling County contact the Baxley/Appling County Board of Tourism at 912-367-7731.

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Worshipers in Appling County have approximately 53 churches from which to choose when it comes to fulfilling their spiritual needs. Local churches unite for the greater good in the Appling County Ministerial Alliance. As is the case throughout much of the southeastern United States, many of the churches in this area are of the Baptist faith. There are also a total of six congregations of the Church of God in Baxley and Surrency, and the cities of Baxley and Graham each have one United Methodist Church. Built in 1886 and patterned after the rural chapels of England, the Graham United Methodist Church is among the oldest of the many country churches formed by area families lo those many years ago. The First Baptist Church of Baxley is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2005. The church has Sunday services at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and has Sunday School at 10 a.m. For more information, visit or e-mail

John Wesley journeyed to Georgia on a number of occasions. It was on one of these trips that the founder of the Methodist Church was born again, during a storm at sea.


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Our Invitation to You

Baxley-Appling County is proud of its history, present and future and would like to see you sometime soon. If you stop by for a visit, we are sure you will like what you see and want to stay. Whether it is our quality of life, schools, recreational opportunities, the climate for business — or just the climate in general — we feel that our area is “better than bigger.” And, although we’re small in number, we put forth a big effort to make visitors and newcomers feel welcome, and we do what it takes to get the job done. So, come take your place in BaxleyAppling County.

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Baxley-Appling County Chamber of Commerce 305 West Parker Street Baxley, GA 31513 phone (912) 367-7731 fax (912) 367-2073

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DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS APPLIANCES Wholesale Appliance Depot See Ad On Page 28 201 West Parker St. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-9341 fax (912) 367-9349

ARTS COUNCIL Arts Council of Appling Co. See Ad On Page 20 P.O. Box 821 Baxley, GA 31515 (912) 367-7615 fax (912) 367-1476

ATTORNEYS Alex Johnson, Attorney See Ad On Page 26 132 West Parker St. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 366-9000 fax (912) 367-5883

Providing quality legal services to businesses and consumers in the Appling County area since 1978.

Courson’s Paint & Body Shop, Inc. See Ad On Page 9 1284 Hatch Pkwy. N. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-4226 fax (912) 367-7800

4 South Lee Street Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-2500 fax (912) 367-2562

AUTOMOTIVE — DEALERSHIP/REPAIR Ammons 66 Service Center See Ad On Page 10 990 South Main Street Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-2300 fax (912) 367-2354

We do most automotive repairs, full-service gas and history kept on customers. Forty years of experience. ASE Certified. Owned and operated by Earl & Linda Ammons.

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Lighthouse Information Services, LLC See Ad On Page 10

• Paint & Body Repair • 24-Hour Wrecker Service • Free Estimates • Specialize in Insurance Claims • Windshield Replacement and Repair • Ultimate Spray-In Bedliners

Sapp Ford Company See Ad On Page 23 224 North Main Street P.O. Box 388 Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-2466 fax (912) 367-9954

BEAUTY SALON Main Attractions See Ad On Page 10 109 1st Street Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-9863

Main Attractions is a full-service salon that offers the latest styles in haircuts and coloring. We also offer massage therapy, facials, manicures and pedicures. For appointments call (912) 367-9863.

Stephen E. Tillman, Attorney See Ad On Page 9


CABLE ATC See Ad On Page Inside Back Cover 371 W. Parker Street Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 705-5000 fax (912) 632-2588

CELLULAR SALES & SERVICE Julies Specialties, Inc. See Ad On Page 22 65 North East Park Ave. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-7332 fax (912) 367-1469

P.O. Box 242 Baxley, GA 31515 (912) 367-5900 fax (912) 367-1699

We perform the most accurate courthouse retrieval and records searches of any applicant-screening provider in the industry and personally inspect records in nearly every county, state and federal courthouse throughout the United States.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Development Authority of Appling County See Ad On Page Inside Front Cover 305 West Parker St. P.O. Box 720 Baxley, GA 31515 (912) 367-7731 fax (912) 367-2073

EDUCATION Altamaha Technical College See Ad On Page 2 Baxley Campus 1334 Golden Isles W. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-1700 (888) 755-2832 Hazlehurst Campus 677 Douglas Hwy. Hazlehurst, GA 31539 (912) 379-0041 Jesup Campus 1777 W. Cherry St Jesup, GA 31545 (912) 427-5800 (888) 645-8284

ATC is dedicated to helping every student succeed in achieving their career objectives. We offer Associate Degree, Diploma and Certificate programs in areas ranging from Business to Health to Technical.

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DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS Appling County Schools See Ad On Page 17 249 Blackshear Hwy. Baxley, GA 31513 (917) 367-8600 fax (917) 367-1011

FERTILIZER & SEED COMPANY Griffin’s Warehouse — Baxley See Ad On Page 10 792 E. Parker St. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-2266 fax (912) 367-5253

• Crop Management • Seed • Fertilizer • Chemicals • Custom Application

FESTIVAL Baxley Tree Fest, Inc. See Ad On Page 32 305 West Parker Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-7731 fax (912) 367-2073

Park Avenue Bank See Ad On Page 31 198 East Parker Street Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-7791 fax (912) 367-0667

Park Avenue Bank operates 17 branch offices and three loan offices in Georgia and Florida. Information on services offered by Park Avenue Bank is available on the internet at

Peoples State Bank & Trust See Ad On Page 27 72 East Parker Street Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-3658 fax (912) 367-4627

• Checking • Savings • Personal Loans • IRAs • Certificates of Deposit • Mastermoney Debit Card • 24-Hour ATM • Saturday Banking • 24-Hour Telephone Banking • Business Loans • Home Loans • Investment Services

SunTrust Bank See Ad On Page 16

Annual April event that includes a Friday night street dance, fun for the entire family, all-day entertainment on Saturday, as well as children’s games, arts, crafts, and food!

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Community Bank of Georgia See Ad On Page 5 700 West Parker Street Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-1221 fax (912) 367-5113

105 W. Parker St. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-8964

The City of Baxley See Ad On Page Outside Back Cover 282 East Parker Street P.O. Box 290 Baxley, GA 31515 (912) 367-8300 fax (912) 367-8304 Appling County 69 Tippins Street Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-8100 fax (912) 367-8161

City of Surrency See Ad On Page 23 64 Hart Street P.O. Box 162 Surrency, GA 31563 (912) 367-3816 fax (912) 367-3816

Home of the legendary Surrency Ghost and Bright Spot. On the second Saturday in October we celebrate Surrency Day. Come join us for the fun!


Through its banking subsidiaries, SunTrust provides deposit, credit, trust and investment services to retail and business clients. Other subsidiaries provide mortgages, credit-related insurance, asset management, brokerage and capital market services.

Ace Hardware See Ad On Page 9 1050 East Parker St. P.O. Box 1950 Baxley, GA 31515 (912) 367-6642 fax (912) 367-5754

GIFT SHOP Jada’s See Ad On Page 16

Community Bank of Georgia is Appling County’s Only Locally Owned and Operated Bank. Let Us Show You What “Community Banking” Really Means. We Make Banking Easy!


73 SW Park Avenue Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-2400 fax (912) 367-2401

HEALTH CARE Altamaha Medical Clinic See Ad On Page 14 23 Tippins St. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-5525 fax (912) 367-5516

Cute gift shop specializing in creative, personalized gifts for any occasion. Vera Bradley dealer. Custom embroidery available. Scrapbook headquarters in our area!

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DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS Appling Health Care System See Ad On Page 13 P.O. Box 2070 Baxley, GA 31515 (912) 367-9841 fax (912) 367-1272

Fulghum Discount Drugs See Ad On Page 22 34 Park Avenue NW Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-2488 fax (912) 367-7235

Your locally owned, full-service provider of Home Medical Equipment, Oxygen, Respiratory, Prescription and Compounding Services. Full line of diabetic supplies with a Certified Diabetes Educator on staff.

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HOTELS/MOTELS Budget Host Inn See Ad On Page 9 958 East Parker St. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-2200 1-800-BUD-HOST

Luxury Room VISA • M/C • A/E Discover • Diners Comcheck • In-room coffee • Microwave/fridge • Iron/ironing board • Hairdryers • FAX services • Showtime cable TV • Truck parking • Data port • Non-smoking rooms available • Wireless Internet service • Continental breakfast

Oak Dale Motel See Ad On Page 22

2320 Hatch Parkway South Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-2659 fax (912) 366-9266 Oak Dale Motel is a family-owned & -operated business with very clean rooms, quiet surroundings & beautiful grounds. Our rooms have refrigerators, microwaves, cable, color TVs & telephones with free local calls.

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INVESTMENT Northwestern Mutual - James Hardin See Ad On Page 10 821 South Main St., Suite B Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-2282 fax (912) 367-2282

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network offers insurance, investment products, and advisory services that address client needs for financial protection, capital accumulation and estate preservation. Jimmy Hardin is a Southeast Georgia Area representative.

MANUFACTURING Bax-Steel Buildings, Inc. See Ad On Page 16 327 Jekyll Rd. P.O. Box 345 Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-3641 fax (912) 367-6549

Southeastern Gin & Peanut See Ad On Page 23 1019 Morris Rd. Surrency, GA 31563 (912) 366-0808 fax (912) 366-0040

REAL ESTATE/APPRAISER The Atkins Agency See Ad On Page 27 929 Blackshear Hwy. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-7701 fax (912) 367-4005

You deserve the very best in professional service. Call today to have one of our real estate agents or appraisers assist with your real estate or appraisal needs.

RESTAURANT Traditions Restaurant See Ad On Page 20 69 South Comas Street Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-5855

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• Catering • Takeout • Banquet Room Available • Dance Floor • Staging for Bands

RETAIL Lady Bugs See Ad On Page 9 895 C South Main St. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-2840 (866) 367-2840

• Large selection of Georgia Bulldogs items • Special order diamonds and gold

Southeastern Business Machines See Ad On Page 9 270 Walnut St. P.O. Box 9 Baxley, GA 31515 (912) 367-6876 fax (912) 367-9618

SOCIAL SERVICES Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc. See Ad On Page 14 9420 Blackshear Highway Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-6691 fax (912) 367-2268

Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries is a Christian caring ministry of services designed to promote the spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of children, youth and families.

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U Store U Lock See Ad On Page 26

Alderman Coach Tours See Ad On Page 10

Georgia Power Co - Hatch See Ad On Page 25

• 187 Safe, Secure Units • Convenient In-Town Location • Drive-Thru Access • Sizes 5’x10’ to 30’x35’ • Reasonably Priced • Monthly Rental • Donna or Linda

“No Trip Too Short or Too Long” • Charters • Schools • Church Functions • Corporate Outings • Sporting Events • A/C • Restroom • Stereo, TV, VCR • Fully Insured • Licensed “Coach” Bus

Georgia Power Company is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. The company is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility, serving customers in 57,000 of the state’s 59,000 square miles. Georgia Power’s rates are below the national average and its 2 million customers are in all but six of Georgia’s 159 counties.

80 Speer St. Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-7576 fax (912) 367-7576

539 North Boulevard Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-9477 fax (912) 367-4384

Georgia Power Co. & Edwin I Hatch Nuclear Plant 1480 MLK Jr. Avenue Baxley, GA 31513 1-800-660-5890

TRUCKING TOURISM Baxley-Appling Co. Board of Tourism See Ad On Page 1 305 W. Parker St. Baxley, GA 31513

Mathews Trucking See Ad On Page 26

2747 Crosby Chapel Church Road Baxley, GA 31513 (912) 367-6545 fax (912) 367-0746

P.O. Box 537 Baxley, GA 31515 (912) 367-7731 fax (912) 367-2073


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