What Leap Will You Take This Year? Annual Meeting of Chamber Members and Awards Evening

Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner – It’s a Leap Year ….WHAT LEAP WILL YOU TAKE THIS YEAR? A celebration held February 29, 2024 was a success.

Proudly Present Awards and Honors

Kathleen Cook –Lifetime Achievement 

Kathleen Cook was awarded the highest honor given by the Chamber of Commerce to recognize her life long service to this community in so many ways. Her devotion to those individuals and families both in our county and traveling to serve in other states and countries. She also worked to provide funding for those in need and counseling. Always working to make better life for those who needed a hand up and still  aware of keep dignity in mind as she served those with out. Chamber of Commerce loyal board member to serving her church- she truly served her family, friends, community and organizations. Thank you, Kathleen. 

Business of the Quarter –  Spring …. Chester Food Bank

Business of Quarter – Summer… Knoxville Store

Business of the Quarter – Fall …. DJ Pump Service

Business of the Quarter – Winter …. Roberta Hardware

All excellent businesses locally serving this

city and county! Congratulations to all of you!

Business of the Year 2023 —- Roberta Hardware with 75 years serving our county and cities in Roberta and Crawford County

2023 Youth of the Year

Presented to 

Katie Moncrief

This young woman works tirelessly to serve the family and her community while carrying a full class load in school. She makes time to serve the community and her school and FFA programs.


2023 Youth Group of the Year
Crawford County High FFA

2023 Youth Group of the Year

Both groups of young adults worked throughout the year serving this community. nothing is to small that they have added to by service and conviction. 


2023 Unsung Hero Award presented to Mark Johnson and his Girls Crawford County Basketball Team taking to the court without neglect to studies, A’s and high B’s and serving their community. This team of youngsters worked to serve our city and schools.  


2023 Group of the Year
Crawford County Kiwanis Club

This group of the year provided students books to keep and have the book go home with the child. Working for the community in many service areas including monthly meals for Senior Center.  


2023 Individual of the Year
Bailey Carreker

Recognizing the young woman’s ability to serve her community work through school as mentor respected young woman . Working through many 



Serving 77 counties across, East Alabama, West Georgia,
Southwest Georgia, Central Georgia, and the C.S.R.A.

Ours guest speaker led us into jolly laughter despite the information of total business! Jason Blankenship is the Vice President of Business Development for the Better Business Bureau Serving the Fall Line Corridor, Inc.
Jason aids in overseeing of 77 counties across East Alabama,
Southwest Georgia, Central Georgia, East Georgia, and Western
South Carolina. He began his BBB Career in May of 2015 as an
educator for the Central Georgia BBB. He quickly moved into the
role of Director of Business Services, and then realizing more fires
needed to be put out, he was blessed with his current role of Vice
President of Development in Mid-2018. But his presentation was side splitting with clear cut fun about the serious business at hand and how Better Business Bureau

Cynde Dickey as Chair also assured an excellent catering and Joanne and Cynde made sure the tables were beautifully dressed. The packed room was well served. 

Greeted by our Jazz Band you can mingle from 6:30 until 7 pm. Dinner begins at 7 pm and the evening will begin.  As well as the Presentation of Colors by our ROTC Award winning Color Guard. We wish everyone a great year in business and join your chamber if you are not a member if you are a member we thank you!  

Lizella Baptist Church

Lizella Baptist Church welcomes all to be in the presence of Jesus by attending our service on Sunday. We have Sunday School for adults, teens and children. Our Wednesday evenings we offer services to strengthen the Words of Wisdom to bring you closer to our Lord and Savior.
Everyone is Welcome to attend Lizella Baptist Church!
Come join us or call us at ….
2950 S Lizella Rd, Lizella, GA, United States, Georgia
(478) 935-8632

Roberta Crawford Co. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2024


Your Chamber of Commerce is working to build your community and recognize our business and industry. This begins with the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. All are people who are Chamber Members are elected by the chamber membership. Sole position, Executive Director, is hired by the Board of Directors.

Roberta Crawford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors serve three-year terms. President is voted by the board and will serve additional two years. President Elect will serve two years and is voted on by the current board and will succeed retiring board President. Membership elects all board members, who will serve a three-year term. One-year terms are appointments by the Chamber President or by yearly election of board members.

Each year, the Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce holds elections to provide a stable governing force. Board members are intent to fill business voids or provide guidance to members if needed. All are electable candidates after serving terms. They do this to serve this community. None will receive compensation.

This is an introduction of your Chamber Board of Directors:

Introducing our Chambers Executive Board 2024

President Ryan Johnson 2023-2025

President-Elect Loretta McCrainie 2923-2025

Treasurer – Cynde Dickey

Past President- vacant

Board Members: 2024 

Matt McDonald- December 31, 2025

Ricky Cosnahan, December 31, 2025

Robin Dunaway, December 31, 2025

Todd Youngblood, December 31, 2025

Martha McAfee, December 31, 2024
Anthony Aikens BOE Superintendent, December 31, 2024
Jessie Pyles December 31, 2024
Matt McDonald- December 31, 2025
Ricky Cosnahan, December 31, 2025
Robin Dunaway, December 31, 2025
Todd Youngblood, December 31, 2025
John Simms, December 31, 2026
Evelyn Chester, Chester Food Bank – December 31, 2025
Nick Walsh, – Olin Epoxy December 31, 2024
Natalie Bradley – Flint Energy  December 31, 2024
Patti Temple, Chamber’s Executive Director is serving you this year for 14 years. Member of Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) and your chamber is recognized as a Certified Chamber of Commerce.
Lorretta McCranie December 2023-elected to serve as President Elect 2023

Kathleen Cook – December 31, 2023, term end Service to the chamber for over 14 years

Stephanie Harris – December 31, 2023, term end serving family

Joanne Hamlin, December 31, 2023, Service to community continues with Keep Roberta Crawford Co. Beautiful


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.



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   


 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! Some in hand work, artist with the words and even scupting

Quilts are treasured, especially when hand crafted as Diane Dye will tell you.


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 finished… 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, when Wilie 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 gifted artists are let us see some of your works! See our quilters and our other artists at the Georgia Jug Fest where artistry is celebrated. The art of professional horse riding is an old form of horse riding sitting upon a trained horse. 

Many artists are among the many in our city and county who pick up a brush and begin to paint a portrait or outdoor scene. Potters like Shelby West, Stephen Johnson and Pam Perry and more coming up and out of our schools, taught to produce their own artistic offering to the public.  You will see the results at the annual Georgia Jug Festival and Old Knoxville Days, held in May each year. Celebrate the artists we have in our community.

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

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

…19th Annual Georgia Jug Festival In the Books! May 18th 2024—For the love of mud! join us!

Georgia Jug Festival
                     “for the love of mud”

See you May 18, 2024!

Jug Fest crafts and pottery are the best!

For the love of Mud!

The Kiln at Knoxville Bottom will be Saturday May 13 by Stephen Johnson and Shelby West. Shelby will be putting some of his talent in the kiln and selling them at Georgia Jug Festival. Both young men accomplished potters. Many thanks to these local students who have been with the Jug Fest since it was a very young years…Little Brown Jug Fest was Shelby Wests first demonstration and sales. Stephen followed with his students on the field and his own creations. Pottery Lives in Crawford for the love of mud!

Georgia Jug Fest is ready to go in the area of Crawford Co. Historical Society 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. First event of the day! Go on line to apply and you can run to win or just to enjoy the shorter fun run.  Race  Director – Ashley  Gordon  has  information  on the  Macon Track/OrthoGA Race Series  race forms will  be  posted  on  series  by  the  end  of  January 2024. ” For the love  of  mud…put your  track shoes on!

Artists and craft vendors will be on the field on the field as well as many of our businesses and other vendors to be sure many will be there to feed you or will have items from the handcrafted or jewelry or a new leather belt. We will be posting on the website as we prepare for the festival . Come and enjoy the people and the event offering many areas for children to stage performances. and it does not end because at 4:00 pm the Soapbox Derby an added event for ages 5-13 year olds can enter their Soapbox and win prizes and ribbons. Awards will be given to winners on the Roberta Town Square where the party will continue with music, dancing and food and good family fun! Stay tuned for more information.  


All day fun and music coming your way !
Dance and tap your toes to bands and eat until you just can’t eat anymore  tour the old buildings. Enjoy family fun!

Many stories will be told at the Crawford County Jail!

Many stories will be told at the Crawford County Jail!



Look for our Festival Card brochure and come festival with us

For the Love Of Mud

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

8th Annual GA Jug Fest 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

May 18, 2023 Knoxville, Georgia    Many stories will be told at the Crawford County Jail!  come tour our old buildings!

Check out the growing list of Sponsors we also have Crawford Family Medicine  and Knoxville Store and both are Silver supporters. We thank all the many people who assist in some way to make Georgia Jug Fest Fun! 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 

No Admission and Free Parking —save you money to by from our Pottery and Art Vendors …that will be more fun!

The West se Contest will be on display at the Harris Arena with our CCHS Art Show; Memorial Birdhouse has been sponsored by the West Family for over 11 years to promote pottery making by youth. Pull the truck race was great for last year

“for the love of mud!”       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 18. 2024. Then in the evening we will finish in Roberta with tug of war, corn hole tournament and even some sort of racing…(more to come on this surprise.)

Events to look forward to:

Lunch and Learn  held at Musella Baptist Church, Musella, Georgia 2024.

Potters, Arts and Crafts available for your shopping needs! Stephen  Johnson, Shelby West, Jon and Constance Brinley, Derrek Bellflower, Kris Robson, and many others have been contacted to show the wonderful potter hand made.  Kiln will be fired on May 13 and many items will be ready to sell including Johnson and West pottery. 

Pottery –  Potters and Crafters have time to sign-up–Dead Line April 20, 2024. 

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 so loist will be updated as they come in: Shelby West; Stephen Johnson; Young CCHS Potters have creations ready to fire. Our wood workers and other crafts will be set up for all to visit and buy lovely gifts. Many have gone the old ways stitching beautiful Quilts, clothing, children’s things, wood working, gardeners choice plants and much more. Business on the Field will be most

Entertainment on the field

My hat potter

Band performances from 10:30 till 9 pm in Roberta. watch forthe update on band

Friday May 17, 2024 – Miss Jug Festival and Little Miss Jug Fest–Please pick up the form from the city of Roberta 

The  Puppy Pageant on  stage  at  the  fair  field.  

Plan to come Enjoy a beautiful day! Check out the Chamber and our Jug Fest 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 

Roberta Drug Store           Atlanta Sand and Supply Crawford County Government /Honorable Commissioners Roberta City Mayor and Council           Flint Energies                       Georgia Power   Champion’s Restaurant         

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs       Southern Rivers Energy      Georgia Community Bank      Community Ambulance                                        


                                      Special Thanks to Media Friends 

Guide to Georgia -where you want to be anytime of the year!  The Georgia Post    and all those who support in our business and industry.

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

Are you ready to SHOP! Are you ready to SELL! In 2024 – March 8 and 9 in 2024

March 8-9 2024; 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! Rain did not curb the crowd to get the shopping at Peaches to the Beaches 2024! Call and reserve your spot!

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 you to sales and fun!…You rent the sign and you will be known on the map! All those traveling will see you and where you are on the “longest yard sale in Georgia!” Remember price goes up on February 1, 2024 from $40 to $50 and more the six vendor off sites locations $240 to $250. Food only is priced at $50 and late charge is $10

1)Become an Official Peaches to the Beaches in 2024
space. After February 1, 2024: $50 per space
2)RENT an Official Yard Sign to be placed at your choice of location. $40 per official yard sign at your house if on Hwy 341;
After February 1, 2024: $50 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 $240 to be an official site (for locations with 6 or more vendors).
$240 per official site banner. Note: After February 10, we cannot guarantee that your site will be included on vendor/site maps, websites, listings, etc.  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days of the event.
Come have fun, shop, or sell!!peaches_to_beaches_yardsale

To become an Official Vendor, contact 
Patti Temple
Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce
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!

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: Anthony Aiknes and Assitant Superintendent. Dr. Chris Ridley

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

CCBOE Secretary Diane Fastiggi and Operations Administrative Debbie Austin
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. We continue to mourn his passing.

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
Crawford County Board Chair: Dale Jump

Crawford County  Jackie McCowen 2nd Dist.

CCB Commissioner Omar Dickey 1st District

CCB Commissioner Justin Spillers 3rd District

CCB Commissioner John Thomas 4th District

District 5th District Dale Jump

CCBC: County Manager-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

Mayor – Jay Andrews

Council –Josh Patterson, Robert Cody, Sherry Thompson, Will Carroll, Brant Bailey


Chief – Ty Matthews

Captain – Mark Donovan

Lieutenant – George Halliburton

Water-Sewer-Streets Supervisor – Jeff Harrison

Water Clerk – Melissa Spillers

Freddie Wilmore, Donald Holder, Duane Howell, Brandon Gibson

City/Court Clerk – Kim Anglin

Municipal Court Judge – Brian Causey

Kim Anglin–City Clerk & Court Clerk

Roberta, Georgia


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
    Economic Development Executive Director: 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- Diane Griffin
Past President- Lewis Walker
President Elect-
Treasurer- Patricia Bassett
Lunch Meetings held every Wednesday at Champions and Frozen Joes
2nd Wednesday Senior Center
For more information contact Ryan Johnson 478-836-3328