7AM Thursday morning, Gretchen Quarterman will be on the
Scott James, 92.1 FM radio program along with Ray Ewing (President of Lowndes Improvement Association),
to talk about
a South Georgia cultural tradition, and one of only two left in the entire country:
the 66th annual
Ham and Eggs Auction 2016.
You can bid on eggs, on a ham, and if you talk to Gretchen or Ray they can tell you how to get involved in the program and even how to get the whole hog!
The Ham and Eggs Show will be noon Wednesday 17 February 2016
at the Lowndes County Extension Office, 2102 E Hill Ave, Valdosta, GA 31601
Saturday, February 6th, South Georgia Growing Local at Pine Grove Middle School!
As Scott James said on
Talk 92.1FM Tuesday:
“I don’t know if people fully realize… what kind of wave is overtaking us here in south Georgia, and in Georgia in general, what kind of growing local wave!”
Gretchen said it’s also about health: we’ve got people here who can’t walk up stairs to work, and eating better helps people be more healthy.
Scott James and Gretchen discussed oils, Ham and Eggs, and more.
Clay Oliver will have a vendor table, and
Mary Clement will speak about Essential Oils,
plus chickens, goats, herbs, bread, vegetables, fruits, water, solar power, and a buying club!
Here’s the schedule.
South Georgia Growing Local on the air and on the ground at Pine Grove Middle School
Hahira, January 25, 2016 — Tuesday morning 8:30 AM, Gretchen
Quarterman will be on the Scott James radio show,
92.1 FM, talking
about South Georgia Growing Conference, happening again at Pine
Grove Middle School, all day Saturday February 6th.
“This has really turned into a thing!” as Chris Beckham said on his 105.9 FM
radio show when Gretchen was on there last Wednesday, “So many
different topics in six tracks, but all indigenous to south
Update 2015-01-20: Oops; actually Wednesday January 21st on the Chris Beckham show, still 8AM. Listen in tomorrow!
Morning radio is where a lot of people get their local news,
and Gretchen will be talking about
South Georgia Growing Local on both the local talk shows this week,
reminding everybody about the great lineup of speakers about local agriculture for
Saturday January 24th at Pine Grove Middle School.
Since a proposal for nine commissioners was voted down in the 1980s
and the Justice Department required a minority-majority district,
leading to the current three commissioners plus non-voting chair,
there have been various attempts to expand the number of Lowndes County
Thomas County has eight commissioners, as do several other nearby counties
with less population than Lowndes County.
For that matter, the city of Valdosta has I think seven city council
members, for less than half the population of Lowndes County.
The previous commission was divided among itself on this issue,
and the local state representatives
would not bring it up in the legislature without consensus among the commission.
The new commission has been trying to move forward on this.
The last version I heard involved keeping the same commission districts as now,
plus adding two overlapping commissioners for new east and west districts.
Interestingly, there was nothing said about all this at Monday’s work session,
yet we discover
in the newspaper:
Paige Dukes, Lowndes County information officer, said the commission
visited with reapportionment in Atlanta twice during the past few
weeks. As a result of those meetings, the reapportionment office forwarded
several maps to the commission for its review, Dukes said.
Lowndes County Commission Chairman Ashley Paulk said, “The commission
continues to work feverishly on the expansion issue. We are at an 80
percent consensus regarding a plan that will meet local needs and satisfy
requirements determined by the Department of Justice. I am working one
on one with each commissioner in an effort to get a plan to citizens as
soon as possible.”
Paulk was a guest of Scott James on his morning radio on program TALK
92.1 Monday, and in the course of that interview, Paulk said that if
all the commissioners agreed on the plan, the expansion could actually
be voted on by the board at tonight’s meeting.
It’s not clear from that just what they might vote on,
but from context maybe it would be to forward a plan to citizens to vote on.