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Time and Place: Government/Education Public Meetings

County and Roberta Meetings-government-education:

Board of Education CCBOE -Second Tuesday of the Month at 7 pm at the Board Meeting Room For February, December and July please refer to website www.crawfordcounty.schoolandsites.com
Offices located at 190 East Crusselle Street, Roberta, Georgia 3178. Telephone contact: 478-836-3131
Superintendent of Schools: Brent Lowe
CCBOE Board Chair: Raymond Dickey
CCBOE Vice Chair: Tim Johnson
CCBOE Brady Cody
CCBOE Jackson DeFore
CCBOE Lee Sanders
CCBOE Secretary Diane Fastiggi
Website: www.crawfordcounty.schoolinsites.com

Crawford County Commission
Regularly Scheduled Meetings 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the Month held at the County Courthouse, 100 Georgia Hwy. 42 South, in Knoxville, Georgia 31050 in the Coverdell Room; 6 p.m.
County Offices located at, 640 GA Hwy 128, Roberta, Georgia 31078.
Telephone Number 478-836-3782
Hours of Operation 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday-Friday
Commissioners:
Crawford County Board Chair: Paul Chapman 5th District
Crawford County Board Vice-Chair: Bobby Blasingame 2nd Dist.
CCB Commissioner Sterling Braswell 1st District
CCB Commissioner Justin Spillers 3rd District
CCB Commissioner John Thomas 4th District
CCBC: County Manager-Fabian Hollis
Website: www.crawfordcountyga.org/county-commissioners

City of Roberta on Regularly scheduled meeting is 1st. Tuesday of each month at 6 pm at the City Hall, location: 123 East Agency Street in Roberta, Georgia 31078.
Telephone contact: 478-836-3119
City Council
Mayor Jay Andrews
Mayor Pro-tem Joe Mathews
Council members:
Councilman Robert Cody
Councilman Connie Gibson
Councilman Arnita Harris
Councilman Sherry Thompson
All other meetings, are posted and given to The Georgia Post for publication

Crawford County Development Authority

Regularly Scheduled Meeting is held 1st Thursday of each month at the Development Authority building in the conference room, located 1011 N Us Highway 341, Roberta, Georgia 31078
Telephone Contact 478-836-3497
Crawford County Board of Directors
Chairman Charles Westberry
Vice-Chair Brenda Carroll
Board Members
James Marshall
Arthur Bentley
John David Hudson
Hill Bentley
Lesley McNary
Ex-Officials
Commissioners Chair Paul Chapman
Mayor Jay Andrews

Christmas in Roberta Every First Saturday in December

Roberta Christmas Celebration is always well attended and we have a truly great time in our community! This years event is scheduled for the first Saturday in December-December 2, 2017.
Again craft and varied vendors will be invited and encouraged to come offering beautiful one of a kind gifts beginning at noon until 4:30 pm. At 4:30 our traditional Christmas Parade of floats, businesses, and organizations will begin staged and ready to roll providing excitement. Be assured after the parade you and your children will have fun building a snowman…Southern Style. Ribbons and small donated prizes for three places will be awarded by judges outside the chamber.
“Christmas comes but once a year, support your local chamber and bring good cheer! Then put jingle in your pocket by taking a chance at the Fifty/Fifty Raffle Drawing. Winner will be drawn on Dec. 2, during our festivities. Tickets may be purchased by anyone at Chamber Office or contacting our board members for a $5 ticket and 6 for $25…hmmm it could be maybe $1000. What a Christmas!
Our Crawford County Historical Society will have a “Ribbon Cutting” on the steps at the Balcos House donated to CCHS by Dr. Orlando Balcos in memory of his wife. This beautiful old building will become a museum with gift shop! The gift shop will be open that night for those who want to have a keep sake gift of history to give to someone special.
Caroling and Santa are visiting again this year and we are hoping everyone brings the children of all ages. A very loving Nativity extravaganza, presented this year by Roberta Methodist Church group. Following the Nativity, our lighting of the Great Tree and last visit with Santa. Then it is home for all and a wish from the Roberta Chamber of Commerce for a wonderful Christmas and a hope for a wonderful 2018 for all our families, schools, businesses, agriculture businesses and industries and moving forward in a bright future for all Crawford County. Make your wish come true by shaking the first hand you see today and make it a habit to say have a great day with a smile to all.
For all those guys and ladies out there who are DAWG fans…our TV’s will be on in our Chamber Office to see all the game in the Playoff between Georgia and Auburn…GO DAWGS!

Announcing this year’s Platinum, Gold and Silver Members

Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce is announcing our Platinum, Gold and Silver Membership…

Your company can be listed by choosing to commit funding to sponsorship of great events like Peaches to Beaches, Annual Meeting and Business Expo, Papa’s Peach Classic and Crawford; Georgia Jug Festival, Papa’s Peach Classic, Back to School Breakfast and Teacher Appreciation, Christmas in Roberta and Crawford County. Your Chamber will recognize you for your sponsorship for one year on your choice of events. Our Chamber Membership Package begins with Silver Level is $1000 and select two events as well as two seats at the Annual Meeting Banquet; Gold is $1500 and select four events and receive 4 seats at the Annual Meeting Banquet; our Gold Level six events of your choice and a table at the Annual Meeting Banquet and Business Expo. Or if you would like an even higher level we can do that too! Below are the listings for our 2017 Silver through Platinum Level Sponsors and Members. A year’s advertisement and expose is allotted to you on the website.
Platinum Membership

Atlanta Sand and Supply 2018
Atlanta Sand and Supply Company, over a century old, located in Crawford County offer sand as raw material to produce many products for construction, golf courses and athletic fields, or customized products offered to landscape pool sides or other areas by using colored sands. In 2016 this company was honored with Business of the Quarter in recognition of the many contributions made to a number of Organizations and participation in the county.
Construction needs are in; Ready Mix Concrete, Concrete Block, Concrete Pavers, Manufactured Stone and all types of masonry products.  Atlanta Sand & Supply has participated in many Georgia DOT concrete paving projects, FAA Airport projects and other high strength concrete projects and structures so you see it and drive on sand traveling some road ways in Georgia. Although Concrete Sand and Masonry sand are our primary construction products, Atlanta Sand has the ability to meet most any needs of our customers.

How many times do you end up in the sandy bunker when golfing? Atlanta Sand & Supply Company produces a variety of sands suitable for golf course and athletic field projects. “Whether you need a Golf Course Bunker Sand, Top Dressing Sand or a Greens Mix Sand, we can provide a quality, consistent product to meet your needs” Atlanta Sands noted on the website. This company located in Crawford County offers sand for golf courses and athletic fields all over the Southeast. Also according to the website, the company meets, USGA specifications for various types of projects. We specialize in construction sand, industrial sand, and Golf Course Sand, but can also provide customized products. Visit their website: www.atlantasandsupply.com. Putting a name to the face of Atlanta Sand and Supply Company is Jeff Avant who also accepted 2016 1st Business of the Quarter along with him employees locally hired.

This Year’s Sponsor of Chamber Annual Meeting and Business Expo, Back to School Breakfast, Georgia Jug Festival, Peaches to the Beaches, Tastes of Roberta and Crawford, and Crawford Youth Leadership.

 

Gold Membership

Flint Energies 2018. “We turned your lights on in 1937 by offering a something in addition to electricity…you would be the owner instead of a several large companies. We are  called Flint Energies. Flint is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative; a not-for-profit cooperative owned by the user and in parts of 17 central Georgia counties. Flint directly employs 230 employees serving more than 87,600 electric meters-you the customer. We are 100% locally-controlled and democratically governed by 11 members elected from among the membership. “In 1937, Flint Energies was created to bring people together to meet common needs like reliable electric energy, and our mission remains focused on improving the quality of life in Middle Georgia,” quoted from the website; www.flintenergies.com.

Members who are enjoying an elected board give Flint Electric high also enjoy highly rated customer service, noting the customer is important as they are the owner.

Placing a name to Flint Energies is Jennifer Morton who is seated on the Chamber Board and is involved in the community in many other events. This Year’s Sponsor of Chamber Annual Meeting and Business Expo, Back to School Breakfast, Georgia Jug Festival, and Tastes of Roberta Crawford County.

Silver Memberships

Georgia Power – A Southern Company 2016

Georgia Power is an electric utility headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. It was established as the Georgia Railway and Power Company and began operations in 1902 running streetcars in Atlanta as a successor to the Atlanta Consolidated Street Railway Company. A regional utility that supplies electric power and energy services to Georgia businesses and residents. Subsidiary of Southern Company. This company serves Roberta and parts of Crawford County.

Joey Barrett is who we see as representative of Georgia Power and over this area as Chuck White begins to enjoy his retirement. White, and now Barrett are involved in the community as Crawford County. White is seated as Roberta Crawford Chamber President and Barrett is seated on the board as appointed board member. White is also involved in the future of Roberta Crawford attending Development Authority meetings and other meetings directing future progress of the county and city Georgia Power serves. Barrett will be involved in many levels as his career allows.

Georgia Power is sponsor this year through membership the Roberta Crawford County Annual Meeting and Business Expo, Back to School Breakfast with additional sponsorship provided to Georgia Jug Festival, Crawford Youth Leadership and Papa’s Peach Classic 5-K and 1 Mile Fun Run.

Southern Rivers Energy 2018

Southern Rivers Energy was originally chartered as Lamar Electric Membership Corporation in February 1938, after a group of local farmers got together to create a plan of action to bring power to their community through Franklin  Roosevelt’s Rural Electrification Administration. We were the only co-op in the country to be formally dedicated by Roosevelt. Southern Rivers Energy now employs 56 people and provide service to nearly 15,000 members in nine counties: Bibb, Coweta, Crawford, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Pike, Spalding, and Upson. As of the end of February, we currently have 18,733 meters across the 3000 miles of line. Parts of Crawford County are on their electric service lines.

Southern Rivers Energy has been a long time supporter of Crawford County and placing a face to the company is Kathryn Claxton, Communication Specialist or Erin Cook – Director or Marketing and Member Services?both are our Media Contacts.

This company has sponsored Georgia Jug Festival and the Chamber Annual Meeting and Business Expo  additionally adding support to Back to School Breakfast and Papa’s Peach Classic 5-K and 1 Mile Fun Run.

Champion’s Restaurant 2018

Rising from the doom of an old house belonging at one time the Champion Family and story of Mrs. Roberta McCrary-Champion receiving honor from her parents…Roberta, Crawford County Georgia would receive her name as the towns name from New Knoxville. As a Silver Member Kathleen Cook is involved with the community on several levels and the preservation of the Champion home is just one of the contribution given as a member of the Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce….
Champion’s Restaurant, active in the community as a chamber member who supportive of Georgia Jug Festival, Kiwanis membership, Chamber board member, history story boards for the “Old Courthouse” an added element of the Georgia Jug Fest, adoption of a room in Crawford County’s Old Courthouse under preservation plans and works.

Community Ambulance 2018

Community Ambulance, Joe Robinson, has been involved with Roberta Crawford County Chamber for many years as Middle Georgia Ambulance and contributed to many events is now under the new name Community Ambulance Company serving many other counties all over Georgia…
Once known as Middle Georgia Ambulance this company has served the county for decades under it’s old name…MGA and decided it needed changing to exclaim it’s community presence in many counties over the state. Stations located in Roberta, Lizella and other outlying areas provide safety and allow less of the Golden Hour to transport patience to hospitals.

Summary: Would you like to be a Platinum, Gold or Silver Member?

These are six companies who have served the county for decades and they have chose to support the community as have all of our members however in varied years. They believe in the investment of time, talent and treasure as do most all members. Some of our members are already Silver members by investment in the county but choose give during the whole year. Those companies are Superior Indoor Comfort, Dickey Farms, Hudson’s BBQ, Central Georgia Technical College, Crawford County Commission, City Council, Crawford County School System, Champion’s Restaurant and the Knoxville Store particularly during an event like JugFest, Annual Meeting, Back to School Breakfast, Papa’s Peach Father’s Day 5K and One Mile Fun Run, Auction or other times when funds are needed or in-kind favors. Remembering always that our members are valuable to the community and to the working projects of the chamber done by the Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce. Ask your director what it takes to be a Platinum, Gold or Silver member. There are advantages.

Thank you to all our members and thank you to all who are represented as this years Platinum, Gold and Silver Membership noted.

 

 

3nd Annual Papa’s Peach Classic- Salute to Dad’s!

Papa’s Peach Classic will be fun for the whole family June 16, 2017. The race begins at Dickey’s Packing House with the 5K route going to the turn around and back to enjoy some mighty fine Peach Ice Cream. Running may not be what you intended, there is also a 1-Mile Fun Run. Our honored Father has yet to be named but remember this honors all of our Crawford County Dad’s.
This race is the Saturday before Father’s Day, giving dad several ways to celebrate: he can sit on the packing house porch, enjoy ice cream or other sweet treats while he watches the family run or he can run along with them and make all of them stay behind him! Honor your dad with this family event. Dickey Farms is treating all runners with a small cup or cone of delicious peach ice cream.

Papa’s Peach Classic– honoring a special “Dad” each year. This event is a salute to all Fathers who contribute so much to young lives and families. Run for your own Father or with your Father because every “dad” is special. As mentioned our special Father has not been named.

Through June 9, 2017, 5-K cost for 19 years and older is $22.00 and the Fun Run is $14.00. For 18 years and under the cost of running the 5K is $16.00 and Fun Run $14.00. The price goes up on June 10, 2017; for the 5-K 19 and up is $25.00 and 18 and under will go to $18.00 so enter early! Another way to save — $1 off for teams of four or more who sign up together…Dad and his family and of course Grandpa and his tribe will really enjoy this family outing. You will be able to sign up and pay at Macon Tracks or download a registration form.

IMG_3611Please see the links below. Note this is a Pay-Pal event so you can enter on line. Or you may bring your registration form to the Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce at 39 Wright Avenue, Roberta, Georgia or mail your registration to Robert-Crawford Chamber at P.O. Box 417, Roberta, Georgia 31078. Remember sign up together and save money!

Call Larry Carpenter, (309) 673–6459 or the chamber office at (478) 836–3825 for additional information. Runners are sure to receive a Papa’s Peach Classic T-Shirt if you sign up by June 10th. Beginning June 11th you may miss out on the t-shirt.

A Huge “Thank You” to our 2017 Sponsors listed below. Hope you become one of our valued Sponsors in 2018. Sponsors allow for many project completions and we, your chamber, appreciate all of them!
Let your chamber know if you would like to see your name on the 2018
T-Shirt– Papa’s Peach Classic…GREAT fun for families!

Mercer University to Build Observatory in Crawford County

A telescope similar to this one pictured will be used at an observatory in Crawford County operated by Mercer University.

A telescope similar to this one pictured will be used at an observatory in Crawford County operated by Mercer University.

Mercer University will soon have an astronomical observatory in Crawford County.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) has agreed to lease 125 acres of property it owns in Crawford County to Mercer University for a period of 10 years, with two additional five-year options.

“This is an ideal location for an observatory that will work out well for us,” says Dr. Matt Marone, Mercer University Associate Professor in the Physics Department of the College of Liberal Arts who is leading the initiative to establish this local observatory. “This partnership will be good for the citizens of Middle Georgia.”

MWA Chairman Sam Hart agrees. Having worked for Mercer University in addition to serving currently as Authority Chairman, he has a unique perspective on this relationship and the role the Authority can play in liberal arts education.

“This partnership with Mercer University will greatly enhance our community and allow us to provide things educationally we weren’t able to previously,” says Chairman Hart. “I think as an Authority, we’ve been interested in facilitating stronger relationships with our schools; this partnership with Mercer – and the outstanding facility that will come to fruition as a result – reflects that desire to grow and expand all kinds of educational programs for kids, especially related to science, technology and engineering.”

(This article was excerpted from http://www.maconwater.org/news/MWA-helps-Mercer-reach-for-the-stars)

New Members

 
Bringin’ it Back is new and ready to serve as one our newest businesses located in Historic Downtown Roberta. Up-cycled items and repurposed the company is bringing back being thrifty…come see what we have to offer on Thursday’s at 4-8pm and Friday and Saturday’s 10am – 4pm. Prices on furniture, clothing, shoes, decorating items, jewelry and much more.

Wellspring Church, non-profit is partnering with Camp Grace to bring the Gospel to many. Chuck Lewis and his wife Leigh invite you to join them at Camp Grace in Crawford County 2559 Walkers Chapel Road, Roberta, Georgia 31078.

Crawford Farmer Featured in Film

FarmlandFarmland- The Evolution Of A Tradition is a documentary by Academy award-winning director James Moll. The film offers viewers an intimate and firsthand glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers across the U.S. chronicling their high-risk/high-reward jobs, and their passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve.

One of the featured farmers is Leighton Cooley of Cooley Farms, a three-generation farm family.  The film will be shown on May 2 and 3 at the Douglas Theater in Macon and then will be released to the public this Spring. You can view the trailer and read more www.farmlandfilm.com.