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Peaches In The Pines 2017

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on May 30, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

May 25, 2017 For immediate release: Meriwether Miles bike ride joins expanded Peaches in the Pines festival Events June 10-11 make fun weekend to kick off summer Kick off summer with Meriwether County June 10-11 as the inaugural Meriwether Miles bike ride joins an expanded, two-day Peaches in the Pines arts and crafts festival. The returning 2017 festival is at Lake Meriwether in Woodbury, Ga., where the bike ride begins and ends. On Saturday, June 10 bicycle enthusiasts may choose from 15-, 36- or 62-mile routes. The three courses are easy to challenging, being both fun and attractive through rolling hills and quiet back roads in Meriwether County. One route leads to the Red Oak Covered Bridge, the oldest and longest covered bridge in Georgia. Other routes lead past lovely peach orchards and picturesque farms. Riders may register in advance or from 7 to 10 a.m. on the day of the event. All three routes begin and end at Lake Meriwether in Woodbury where the Peaches in the Pines Festival will be in progress complete with homemade peach ice cream. The address is 728 Lake Meriwether Rd., Woodbury, GA 30293. “Honoring Our Veterans” will receive a portion of the proceeds from the Meriwether Miles bicycle ride. A free T-shirt was available to those who registered by May 20. Registration is $30. Register online at the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce website at this site  or go to Meriwether County Tourism   to download a printable registration form. For more information on the Meriwether Miles ride, contact coordinator Gail Coffee, 770-927-2847. Peaches in the Pines festival at Lake Meriwether has a big lineup for its 2017 edition with a local art showcase, live entertainment, returning Barbecue Competition where attendees get to choose their favorite, a large area of special activities for youngsters, animal exhibit, arts and crafts, tasty food, helicopter rides, Georgia Grown produce and homemade peach ice cream! Major festival sponsor for 2017 is again Fitzgerald Fruit Farms. Peaches in the Pines Festival at Lake Meriwether runs Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with fun and food for the whole family. Admission is free. For more details go to the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce page at Peaches In The Pines or contact Carolyn McKinley by email at [email protected] or Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 9, Warm Springs, GA 31830. Call the chamber at 706-655-2558 or 706-975-0622.


The REAL Woodbury Zombie GeoQuest

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on September 26, 2016 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The REAL Woodbury Zombie GeoQuest… Posted on September 6, 2016 by mrbream Ready for some more geocaching? How about a geocaching event this time around? First a little background… If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you’re probably familiar with Woodbury, the fictitious sanctuary town controlled by The Governor and his followers. You also may know that the Woodbury scenes were actually filmed in the west central Georgia town of Senoia. What you might not know is that there is a real town named Woodbury which is also located here in west central Georgia, and that the real Woodbury has its own ties to The Walking Dead as scenes from several episodes were filmed nearby. So how do you tie the real town of Woodbury, geocaching and The Walking Dead together? With The REAL Woodbury Zombie GeoQuest of courseThe Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, with the help of local geocachers put together a series of twelve caches in and around Woodbury for the quest. The caches were focused on The Walking Dead filming locations, historic sites and other local points of interest. Now for the fun stuff… This is how it went down. The Chamber of Commerce & Tourism kicked off the quest this past Sunday with The REAL Woodbury Zombie GeoQuest Kick-off Event. Over three hundred geocachers and zombiefans/would-be geocachers converged on Lake Meriwether Park in Woodbury for the event. Cachers signed the event log at the check-in pavilion then had some time to buy an event t-shirt, catch up with friends, grab a bite of lunch from one of a couple of local food trucks or even get zombified by a make-up artist from The Walking Dead production before the caches went live on Geocaching.com.   For the full article go to https://getoutga.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/the-real-woodbury-zombie-geoquest/" target="_blank">http://https://getoutga.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/the-real-woodbury-zombie-geoquest/

Proposed Meriwether County Fire District

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on August 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Proposed Meriwether County Fire District focus of Lone Oak meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Community Building -- Meriwether County Commissioner Shirley Hines will host a town hall meeting in Lone Oak, Ga., Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed Meriwether fire district referendum that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. Meriwether citizens will be asked to vote on establishing a fire district to include funding for maintenance, operation and staffing of the Meriwether County Fire Dept. The district is proposed to include the entire area of unincorporated Meriwether County and the cities of Gay, Greenville, Luthersville, Lone Oak, Warm Springs and Woodbury. Funding would be via a levy of a dedicated millage rate on all properties subject to taxation, not to exceed three mills in any given tax year. The town hall meeting will be at the Lone Oak Community Building, the location used as the Lone Oak polling place.

City of Warm SPrings and Meriwether COunty Public Forum tentatively scheduled for September 13, 2016 at the City Community Building, 91 Broad Street at 7pm.

Good News in Warm Springs GA.

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on July 25, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Renovations have begun at the Best Western White House Inn on the crest of the mountain in Warm Springs. The sign in front of the hotel and the roof of the portico have been removed as well as other parts of the building.

 

The hotel was destroyed by a tornado in 2011 and has set deserted and deteriorating ever since. It was recently purchased by Presidential Properties who lost no time in beginning renovations. Mr. Neal Patel, a principal of Presidential Properties, says they would like to reopen the hotel under the Best Western flag by May of 2017. Mr. Patel's brother and wife will be the resident managers.

 

Mr. Patel and his wife, Kathy, own the Best Western Hotel of Braselton, Georgia. They have been in the hotel business for more than 14 years. The Braselton property is an older hotel with doors opening to the parking lot where the property in Warm Springs will have rootms opening to enclosed corridors, as did the original. The Patels say the room configuration will be very much like the White House Inn.

 

Structural engineers have said that the foundation, outer walls and floors are safe. The roof and interior walls, ceilings, carpet, etc., will have to be replaced.

 

Mayor Bob Prater said, "We are very excited to have Presidential Properties and the Best Western in our community. The area has suffered greatly since the 2011 tornado and this is one more step forward. This endeavor fits into the tourism plan written by the visiting team several years ago. This will benefit our whole area, not just the city of Warm Springs."

 

Mayor Prater continued by saying, "It was my pleasure to spend a night in the Patel's property in Brazelton and I was greatly impressed with the operation there and feel the Patel's will give us the same quality, here."

 

The Patel's have some far reaching goals for the property on top of the mountain which they will be sharing with the community in the future.

Blackbird Cafe' Woodbury GA awarded "100 Plates Locals Love"

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on June 14, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

CONTACT: Emily Murray Communications Specialist Georgia Department of Economic Development 404.962.4078 or 404.640.3195 [email protected] Pimento Cheese Burger at Blackbird Cafe has been named one of Georgia’s “100 Plates Locals Love” ATLANTA, June 07, 2016— Blackbird Cafe has been awarded the 2016/2017 “100 Plates Locals Love” distinction by Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division (GDEcD). Georgia Tourism’s second annual list of “100 Plates Locals Love” is featured in the state’s culinary guide, Georgia Eats. “Georgia’s cities, towns and backroads are filled with authentic restaurants and culinary specialties that visitors love to experience when they travel,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “The list of ‘100 Plates Locals Love’ is our way of providing visitors and locals with suggestions, the same way we would recommend restaurants to our family and friends.” The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division highlights the state’s culinary greatness in the official guide, Georgia Eats. Following the success of the culinary guide in 2015, the Tourism Division decided to recreate this informative and inspiring guide that entices visitors to sample the state’s world-class cuisine. As a part of the “100 Plates Locals Love” designation, each restaurant is featured in the Georgia Eats culinary guide, which is distributed via the 12 Visitor Information Centers statewide; on the state’s consumer tourism website ExploreGeorgia.org; and on Explore Georgia’s social media channels. Add in a quote from your city and more about the restaurants and culinary offerings. Georgia’s culinary initiative focuses on showcasing the state’s authentic experiences that revolve around food. The state launched a new culinary landing page that features our culinary blogger, the Georgia Flavors videos, flavor tours and more. The second-annual Georgia Restaurant Week will take place July 18-24, 2016 at participating restaurants throughout Georgia. The event will showcase Georgia’s restaurants to consumers and attract new visitors by showcasing the state’s many culinary tourism assets. During this week-long event, patrons, both local and from out of state, will be able to explore the numerous dining options throughout Georgia for a special price and sample locally grown products that are available in Georgia’s restaurants. The dishes were selected from nearly 600 nominations that were submitted on ExploreGeorgia.org in November 2015 and evaluated by a panel of judges, who selected the final list of “100 Plates Locals Love.” About GDEcD The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.

HOPE Scholarships Information updates

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This week the House of Representatives passed two important educational bills. HB801 would add GPA weight for HOPE Scholarship recipients to take certain science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. This measure is intended to help bridge the skills gap in Georgia. Also passed was HB 801, modeled after Georgia’s Drug Free workplace program, by offering businesses a discount of up to 5% on their worker’s compensation premiums for participating in workbased learning programs. These programs allow students 16 and older to participate in a structured learning environment at an employer’s job site for a portion of the school day while receiving academic credit.



Head Start Meriwether COunty Georgia

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We also welcome Head Start at Child Care Network. The program is part of the federal Head Start program, which promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local agencies. Services are provided to children from one and a half years to 4 years of age, with a mission of bringing a relentless, collective focus on positive child and family outcomes to close the achievement gap and build a better future for children, families and communities. The program is headquartered in Lagrange at 301 Broome Street, with its Greenville location at 2024 Moreland Street. You are invited to visit them on February 19th from noon until 4:00 p.m. for a Family First Expo with educational activities, face painting and free food. Please RSVP to [email protected] You can find out more about the program by contacting Leona Watts, Family Services Coordinator at 706-817-8403. You can also visit their web site at http://www.cniheadstart.com



Greenville Historical Society Mobil App

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Greenville Historical Society and the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism launch new mobile app!! Congratulations to the many individuals who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. The project has been led by Jack Couch and Sallie Mabon, but it could not have happened without all the work done by the Meriwether Historical Society. Tourists will be able to find a link on the tourism web site soon, but you can go your app store and search for Greenville Ga Driving Tour and download directly. We are currently working on a rack card which will be used to further promote the app and the tour. Not only does it feature many historical sites in Greenville, it also includes audio descriptions of each of the featured locales.



Capital Day In Atlanta for Meriwether County

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Meriwether County had a great representation at a recent Capitol Day in Atlanta. The visit included this photo op with the Governor; presentations from Secretary of State Brian Kemp; Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and opportunities to meet with local congressional delegation. We had four of five members of the Board of Commissioners, four of our city Mayors and members of the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce.



Career Day in Meriwether County Georgia

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Unity Elementary is preparing for its School’s Career Day on April 29th beginning at 9:00 a.m. The goal is to expose the children to as many lines of work as possible and this can only be done with a diversity of speakers. Speakers will be asked to provide a 15-20 minute presentation/ explanation about their job and will speak to four classes. Props and/or uniforms are a great way to illustrate what it is that you do! As educators, it is important that children be aware of many careers....we will not always grow up to be a doctor, actor, or lawyer. Some of you work as ministers, school system personnel, construction workers, waiters or waitresses, retail salespeople, plant operators and convenience store clerks. We want the children exposed to all of these careers! If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please call Erika White at 770-927-6488 or email at [email protected]


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