Celebrate! Crawford County Bicentennial

“for the love of mud!” Pottery made from Crawford County clay.

Picture this: almost 200 years ago in 1851-1852, you and the town’s people are congregating where this Old Courthouse, the grand old building stands. You walk up a granite staircase to get to the Grand Old Courtroom where the Judge awaits before the trials occur in the Judge’s chambers. There is no electric, no heating and air units, just fireplaces and open windows to let in the natural fresh breeze to control the temperature. You feel warmth from the blazing fireplaces and hear wood crackling all to warm the rooms upstairs. The rooms are lit by natural lighting, as the sun is shining through the oversized blown glass windows by day and kerosene lanterns by night. Carriages, buckboard wagons, and horses are all tied up front with gatherings of people outside awaiting a trial. What a different sight to our times now!

With entry at the ground level, once open was called a shot gun entrance as you could shoot a shotgun straight through and never hit a room. At that time in history, one could ride his horse down hearing bone brick flooring inside the courthouse to each of the rooms. Taxes, death certificates, marriage records, and so on were all taken care of in the rooms at ground level.

With this and much more, the Crawford County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Steering Committee are planning a week-long celebration from December 4th-December 10th with a Birthday Party on Friday, December 9, 2022. A grand week of events celebrating 200 years for Crawford County. Sunday, December 4th, churches will be the focus with the hope they will share and sing some of the old gospels and maybe have lunch together. Monday, December 5th, the Board of Education auditorium will be the stage for the Essay Contest for ages 8 and up. A walk-through art show will also be an attraction while the winners of the Essay Contest are presented. December 6th, 7th, and 8th, a Drama and Music presentation will be the order and will fill the seats in the auditorium. The Birthday Party will begin at 2:00 pm and going through the evening on Friday, December 9th.  The Annual Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 10th and will be the tail end of the celebration starting in Knoxville in the morning and continue into Roberta in the evening with Chamber Christmas festivities, vendors, and lighting of the great tree.

Roberta, now the only incorporated township in Crawford County, is the hub of the county.  In the beginning, small villages were all over the county and many of them are now just names or dust to be remembered by the families who had roots in our County of Crawford.

So much more is in the process of the Bicentennial celebration and update will be shared in many areas!

These are the people who are working to provide this celebration:

 

Richard Hatcher – President

Terry Howard -Vice President

Troy Cook-Financial Director

Barbara Cook-Treasurer

Patti Temple-Secretary

 

Our members who are in the planning include: Jackie McGowen, Frankie McAfee, Jim Bennett, Tisa Horton, Stephanie Harris, Tom Pressley, and Mathew Smith. All are welcome and encouraged to come join us to plan and execute the week-long celebration of what we know of as Crawford County, Georgia.

If you are passionate about history or Crawford County, and better yet, the history of Crawford County, please join our committee!

 

Farms, Camps and places to discover

Places to go and things to see…we have it in Crawford County

Crawford County is on the trails…Explore Highway 341 and Peaches to the Beaches; Agritourism Trail Hwy 41/341; Historic Driving Trail on US 341; Peach Blossom Trail.

Looking for camps or learning centers; We have those too!

Camp Grace, Spirit Quest, Sun Valley Arabians

 

Sun Valley Arabians– offering swimming lessons in summer months and riding lessons all year

Sun Valley
Spirits Quest
We partner with horses to provide a space for our clients to meet their therapy and personal goals in an environment that many find more helpful than traditional talk therapy. The organization that I belong to is involved in peer reviewed research to study the continuing success of this model. We use a team approach, all unmounted, and most importantly, ethics are paramount, as well as confidentiality. It’s both a little complicated to explain at times and incredibly cool.
I am passionate about it as a provider, and I would love to tell you more about it in greater detail and answer all your questions!
All of the horses have been rescued and keep your secrets. Owner Operator, Paige Jobe has created her desire to save and rescue horses and give them a job that they have advantages and well paid in love and respect.
                       To investigate call and talk with Paige                                                                478-960-4977. you will see the advantages of this program for children or adults.
These animals are happy to listen to any problem you have  ….will be gone and never told. All are animals who have a job and now they also are well cared for as rescue animals.
www.spiritsquest

 

 

        
Camp Grace                            
Camp Grace sits on 300 acres in Crawford County.
Camp Grace is a retreat center throughout the year and a summer camp for at-risk youth across the south. We partner with ministries from all over for an overnight experience to escape the real world. Camp Grace creates an environment that grows dreams, changes hearts and inspires life change among all those who visit.

Contact Courtney Meeks Davis for information and reservations for your time at Camp Grace.
Camp Director Courtney Meeks Davis   

 

(478)951-0766
thecampgrace.com
 Peace and quiet with open space walks…This is a camp for all to enjoy in God’s Love.

 

 

Did you know about this? Take a look at our artists!

Artists among us!

Regarding those in our community who are gifted in the arts like the following four people, we have many more who have talents by pen or pen and pencils with splashes of paint and hues as well. Let us know at the Chamber and we will show you off in Did you know about this?

Victoria Simmons, has produced two books. Vanish Towns Remembered in Crawford and Peach County. A good read for history preservation and to sit back and read the romantics of the past. The towns gone are still remembered in many history books, however, Simmons researched and found old photos of towns in the book. Her research added to the lesson in history of the towns in Crawford and Peach County that have vanished but still are remembered. Here second book is written by hearts following and here ministry…Day at a time with God. Those readers who have purchased the book have turned the book into a read until finsihed… instead of one day at a time.

 

Three Authors-three different audiences

Tony Byram, a retired educator and coach, has written a book entitled Gametime.  In his book, Tony presents a fictional account of what the outcome might be if the ten best teams of his career were to compete against one another. Each team is described in detail and the outcomes are based on real life statistics and individual talents. Twenty-one of his thirty-six years of coaching were spent in Crawford County.  The players come alive and they get their chance to shine once again years after hanging up their cleats.  Many players are named in the book.

Stephen (Steve) Davis, a retired banker, penned a collection of stories, jokes and anecdotes. The stories may be humorous, but all teach “life lessons”.  The expression “Boomer Boys”, refers to the generation that was  born post WWII.  Many of the characters in the book are kin to the author and  many are friends and acquaintances,  so the author’s experiences are related to real people. Steve did not want to lose the stories, so he began writing them down some thirty years ago..  He does a great job of passing the stories on.

David Hunt, a retired educator, writes children’s books about dogs.  The main character is a Maltese-Yorkie named Sweet Willie McDuffie. During trips to the veterinarian, wh

Three Authors-three different audiences

en Wiliie was a puppy, David would  make up songs about Willie,  which resulted in the song “Sweet Willie McDuffie” and that’s when the author decided to write a book. Two Willie McDuffie books have been published: “Willie Takes the High Road” and “The Furry Worrier”. The stories are about bullying and worry.

Norma Jeanne Trammell, an artist in her own right, does a wonderful job of illustrating The Willie McDuffie books.  She once taught the fourth grade and kindergarten in Crawford County.  She presently resides in Monticello, GA.  Visit her website at www.normajeantrammellart.com.

 

There are many others out there who are gifted artists let us see some of your  works!

Seeing with old eyes, can be a new road or place to visit

Need a place to come tour our Museums, Hear the stories personalizing our over 150 year old buildings in Knoxville, Crawford County Georgia: the Old Jail, Pottery Museum, The Georgia Post Building, and majestic and full of stories of Crawford County…”the Old Courthouse.” See the Monument dedicated the Col. Benjamine Hawkins and his grave site located off of GA 128 West on Hawkins Road. 

Built in 1852, likely by Henry Crews, this vernacular courthouse is among the oldest in Georgia. It replaced an earlier structure on the same location which was destroyed by fire in 1829. After extensive renovations and remodels during the 19th and 20th centuries, it was no longer deemed practical and  a new courthouse was opened across the street in 2002. Now it is used as one of Crawford County Museums. One may visit the museum Monday through Friday by calling 478-836 3825. This is just one of the counties museums:

 

historic crawford county courthouse knoxville ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010The Georgia Post Building is the smallest building on the Georgia Preservation Buildings and it business celebrates 100 years business. Crawford County Old Jail was erected in 1824 and was used until the 1970’s. Many stories to tell especially the one escape of a prisoner through the bars on the second story. Brick building is erected in a two story square.   The Pottery Museum, houses the relics of pottery created by the many potters in this county. Each year the third Saturday in May this history of pottery is celebrated as the Georgia Jug Festival and Old Knoxville Days. However you may visit all by appointment and calling 478-836-3825. 

Come see us and visit our many museums and historic downtown Roberta. 

17th Annual Georgia Jug Festival May 20, 2023

Georgia Jug Festival
                     “for the love of mud”

Check out the Chamber Facebook for updates and Facebook Ads! For the love of mud! Come Festival with us May 20, 2023! at the 17th Georgia Jug Festival. Visit www.GeorgiaJugFestival.org

 

For the love of Mud!

“for the love of mud!”

 

The Old Courthouse as a collection of quilts displayed. These quilts will be made by grandmothers or great aunts for a number of people. They will be old and displayed in a fashionable way showing off the stitching and design

The West Memorial Birdhouse Contest will be on display at the Harris Arena with our CCHS Art Show.

As Always!…It is Free Admission, Free Parking and Free enjoyment for the family unless you choose to purchase from our many pottery and craft vendors we plan to have. Children’s Little Brown Jug area will be filled with old time events, pottery and craft making and so much more!  Come have Fun on May 20, 2023

Crawford County Historical Society, Jug Fest 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

8th Annual GA JugFest 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

May 20, 2023 Knoxville, Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch and Learn  held at Musella Baptist Church, Musella, Georgia 2023. Stay tuned to 

List of Potters, Arts and Crafts available for your shopping needs! 

Pottery –  Potters and Crafters will be listed as they come in some have already let us know they will be coming.

Arts, Crafts and more! Here is the List! Shelby West, Hay’s Clay (Stephen Johnson) and hoping all the potters you are glad to see each year will be set up and ready to sell. Our wood workers and other crafts will be set up for all to visit and buy lovely gifts.

Entertainment on the field

Visit this site again and watch the great day event evolve.

Plan to come Enjoy a beautiful day! Check out the Chamber Facebook for updates and Facebook Ads!

Georgia Jug Festival and Old Knoxville Days  is Co-sponsored by Crawford County Historical Society and the Roberta-Crawford County Chamber of Commerce 

more are as follows:
I will be updating this information very soon! For the love of mud! look at our Sponsors! Support them and THANK YOU SPONSORS!

Sponsor Recognition/Our List Grows by Our Community Involvement 

Bibb Home Improvement – Ken Smith        Heath Holly         Roberta Mayor and Council       

Crawford County Government /Honorable Commissioners             

Flint Energies               Atlanta Sand and Supply         

Georgia Power Champion’s Restaurant         The Council on Alcohol and Drugs       Southern Rivers Energy

Community Ambulance                           Roberta Drug Store               

Public Service Telephone  Crawford Co. Middle School             

Crawford County Farm Bureau    Roberta Hardware 

                                      Special Thanks to Media Friends 

Guide to Georgia -where you want to be anytime of the year!  Visit Guide to Georgia Facebook    

Thank you Sponsors! We Can’t Do it Without YOU!

Are you ready to SHOP! Are you ready to SELL! In 2022 – March 11 and 12 in 2022

March 11-12, 2022; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Longest Yard Sale in Georgia from Barnesville to Brunswick, Georgia on US 341 and oh the fun you will have or the money you can make!

Official yard sites range from multi-organizational group sites to the official individual sites. As you are traveling during this event, look for the The Official Site Banners and Official Vendor Yard Signs which will be located along Hwy 341 for places to stop and shop!

Come join us as a shopper and look at all the places open for your business to find the treasure your are looking to have. Take a minute to link to Peaches to the Beaches viewing the easy to read and follow the link to Peaches to the Beaches mapping system and see for yourself the many places to shop ’till you drop. All your favorite place are there in your home town and county!

Come to 39 Wright Avenue and have your business or off site vendor spot on a map that travels…well it will show all those traveling where you are on the “longest yard sale in Georgia!” Remember price goes up on February 1, 2019 from $30 to $50 and more the six vendor off sites locations $180 to $200. Food only is priced at $40 and late charge is $10

Become an Official Peaches to the Beaches
Vendor Today!
March 11 & 12 Vendors can officially participate three ways:
1)RENT Official Space from the Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce’s Official Site located at the official site in the David Bailey Memorial Park. $30 per 15’x15’ space. After February 1, 2020: $40 per space
2)RENT an Official Yard Sign to be placed at your choice of location. $30 per official yard sign;
After February 1, 2020: $40 per official yard sign. Note: After February 1, we cannot guarantee that your listing will be included on vendor/site maps, website, listings, etc. Official Yard Signs available while supplies last.
3)RENT an Official Site Banner to be an official site (for locations with 6 or more vendors).
$180 per official site banner. Note: After February 10, we cannot guarantee that your site will be included on vendor/site maps, websites, listings, etc. Official sites also have the option to be an Official Contest Stamp Location. Official Contest Stamp Locations agree to have someone available to stamp forms from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days of the event. Official Site Banners available while supplies last.
Again this year Roberta Crawford County has THREE STAMP LOCATIONS – The Shop at Musella , Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce and A & W Mechanical. Stop at all three and collect those stamps to be in the drawing for trips and cash cards!!! Look for the ORANGE and YELLOW WELCOME signs and get your entry forms stamped! See you soon

Come have fun, shop, or sell!!

To become an Official Vendor, contact the
Patti Temple
Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce
478-836-3825
Mail: P.O. Box 417
Roberta Georgia 31078

Shopping fever is hard to quench and clean cupboard, carports, closets and outbuilding a treasure to have not to mention the money you can raise! peaches_to_beaches_yardsale

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.crawfordsschools.org
Offices located at 190 East Crusselle Street, Roberta, Georgia 3178. Telephone contact: 478-836-3131
Superintendent of Schools: Interim Dr. Chris Ridley

Mr. Raymond Dickey   Chairman
Mr. Tim Johnson   Vice-Chairman
Mr. Jackson DeFore   Board Member
Mr. Aldine Hatcher   Board Member
Mr. Joe Sutton   Board Member
Dr. Chris Ridley   Interim Superintendent

CCBOE Secretary Diane Fastiggi
Website: www.crawfordcounty.schoolinsites.com

Mr. Lee Sanders passed away in December 2020–He is remembered for his many contributions to the Board of Education and care for students, teachers and staff in the Crawford County School System.

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:

Vacant until March 2021 5th District
Crawford County  Jackie McCowen 2nd Dist.
CCB Commissioner Omar Dickey 1st District
CCB Commissioner Justin Spillers 3rd District
CCB Commissioner John Thomas 4th District
CCBC: County Manager-Fabian Hollis/Deputy Sharon Sanders

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 Josh Patterson
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

Kim Anglin City Clerk/ Assistant City Clerk Melissa Spillers

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
    Developer:  Interim – Tisa Horton
  • Chair: Hill Charles Bentley
    Vice-Chair: Richard Murphy
  • Martha McAfee Secretary
    Board Members
    Arthur Bentley
  • Josh Lewis
  • Ex-Officials
    Commissioner Jackie McCowen
    Roberta Mayor Jay Andrews

Crawford County Volunteer Fire Department
Meetings Scheduled yearly and held on held Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays to convene with meetings schedule twice monthly. Recruitment and questions about joining contact Randall Pate at 478-957-9006

Crawford County Kiwanis Club – Civic Group
President- Sheriff Lewis Walker
Past President- Ryan Johnson
President Elect-
Secretary- Larry Carpenter
Treasurer- Patricia Bassett
Lunch Meetings held every Wednesday at Hudson’s BBQ
2nd Wednesday Senior Center
For more information contact Ryan Johnson 478-836-3328

Announcing 2022 Platinum, Gold and Silver Members

Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce is announcing our Platinum, Gold and Silver Membership 2021 … What powers you in 2022?

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 2020 Silver through Platinum Level Sponsors and Members. A year’s advertisement and expose is allotted to you on the website.

 

Platinum Membership

Platinum – Atlanta Sand and Supply Company 2022
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, Papa’s Peach Classic, and Crawford Youth Leadership.

 

Roberta Pharmacy Platinum 2022

Roberta Drugs is a hometown pharmacy nestled on the corner of the downtown square in a location that has served as an independent pharmacy for over 120 years. The locally hired staff treats each person with kindness, respect, and the personalized service they deserve. Vaccination services, comprehensive medication review, and free county-wide delivery are just a few reasons to trust them with your wellness needs. Owners Josh Patterson and Tyler Young became close friends in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Georgia and ventured into business together in 2019. Josh, the primary pharmacist on duty, is a resident of Roberta, an avid outdoorsman, and a former wildlife biologist. They both have a strong passion for keeping independent pharmacy alive and thriving in the communities they serve. Go see the crew at Roberta Drugs and let them prove that you’re not just another patient, your family!

 

Gold Membership

Gold – Flint Energies 2022

Flint Energies –“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. Flint Energies is a sponsor and partner with Crawford Youth Leadership program and have since 2012! The company offers scholarship applications annually to Youth Leadership. Trip to the Nations Capital Washington D.C. have scholarships made available to students. Visit their website for all the information.

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.

Sponsorship and placing a name to Flint Energies, is Jennie Lacey as a temporary contact but very much 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 Talent Show.

Gold – Georgia Power – A Southern Company 2022

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, representative of Georgia Power and is seated on the Chamber Board of Directors. Barrett involved in the future of Roberta Crawford attending other board meeetings, like Development Authority 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, Georgia Jug Festival, Crawford Youth Leadership and Papa’s Peach Classic 5-K and 1 Mile Fun Run.

Gold -Champion’s Restaurant 2022

Champion’s –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. Chamber Board Members; Chris McIntyre, 3 years and Kathleen Cook over 6 years service. Designated a “Destination Restaurant”, with buses and events held on premises. Catering services used many times by both Chamber and many other companies.
Sponsoring Back to School Breakfast, Peaches to the Beaches, Papa’s Peach Classic and Crawford Youth Leadership.

Gold- The Council on Alcohol & Drugs 2022

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs is a 50 year-old nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, substance abuse and suicide prevention and education agency that develops programs and materials based on the most current research on drug use, death by suicide and impact on the community. New to our membership, Tara Combs is involved in the community and Family Connections. Along with, Shannon Lawson, will be very visible in the community. Government supported non-profit visible and ready to serve our county.

The non-profit supports the community by sponsorship of these events: Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation,  Georgia Jug Festival and Old Knoxville Days, Back to School Breakfast, Youth Leadership and Papa’s Peach.

Silver–Southern Rivers Energy 2022

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. Many scholarships and grants have found results in Crawford County by the SRE Foundation board.

This company is sponsoring the Chamber Annual Meeting and Business Expo  additionally and Back to School Breakfast offering opportunities to our Schools and Teachers.

Community Ambulance Silver 2022

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 minutes in the Golden Hour to transport patience to hospitals. They are sponsoring as a Non-Profit business; The Georgia Jug Festival, Annual Meeting and Awards Evening and Back to School Breakfast.

 

Fort Valley Utilities’ Commission Silver  2022

The Fort Valley Utility Commission provides water, wastewater, electricity, natural gas, fiber optic, and wireless telecommunications to its customer service area. The water system includes six wells and three water treatment plants with five licensed operators serving Fort Valley, Georgia and parts of Peach and Macon counties. Electricity and natural gas serve Fort Valley and parts of Peach and Crawford counties.

All of our special membership holders have honored the chamber and the community with sponsorship to our events through out the year: Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner; Peaches to the Beaches; Georgia Jug Festival and Old Knoxville Days; Papa’s Peach Classic 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run; Back to School Breakfast; Talent Show; and Christmas in Roberta.  Special Membership has option to choose which event to sponsor.

Public Service Telephone Company  Silver 2021

Public Service Telephone Company has been a utility serving a telephone system for over 100 years. Based in Reynolds, This company is now visible in many other communities and counties. Their services have expanded to include internet services, telephone answering service, wireless offerings, cable television Flint River Communications, This was the sole communications company to service the rural area of Crawford and Taylor in the very early times of telephone communications services.

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

These are seven companies who have served the county for decades and they have chose to support the community, as have all of our members, multiple 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, Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce. Ask your director what it takes to be a Platinum, Gold or Silver member. There are advantages. More a business supports the community aids in recognition of the community.

Thank you to all our members, and thank you to all who are represented as this years, 2021, Platinum, Gold and Silver Membership as recognized on our website.

 

 

New Members to our Chamber 2021

Welcome all our new businesses in 2020–2021

Musella Market

Air EVAC LifeTeam

Fort Valley Utilities

Crawford’s Comfort Zone

Ms.C’s Delicacies

Summit Moving and Storage

Mission Health Communities

VALLIHI Apartments-Senior Living

ShepherdCare Hospice

 

 

 

Thank you for choosing our Chamber Organization and investing in our City and County.

 

 

 

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.