Bill Kirby

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Wildgame supper is a good time

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– Lord Byron

A good time was had by all Saturday night at the Eubanks-Blanchard Community Center on the other side of Appling.

The Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual Wildgame Supper, and the FFA took the opportunity to honor two of its more celebrated stalwarts.

Charles Anderson – the longtime agriculture teacher at Evans High now at Harlem High – was surprised with the Conservation Educator of the Year award.

The night’s other surprise went to Jack Hatcher, 91. Jack was in Harlem High’s first FFA class 75 years ago. It seems, however, he never got an FFA jacket.

His friends made up for the oversight Saturday night when they presented him with a dark-blue corduroy FFA coat with his name embroidered on the front and “Harlem” on the back.

It was a wonderful surprise for both men and a nice thing to do.

ELECTION REMINDER: Georgians go to the polls today, and at my house our son will vote for the first time.

“The civics class now comes to life,” his mother told him proudly.

“It’s the most fun you’ll have this side of jury duty!” I added excitedly.

And from now on, both parents agreed, he gets to answer the telephone and listen to the political “robo-calls.”

YOUR MAIL: Regular correspondent Helen Welch, of Thomson, sends a postcard from Myrtle Beach, S.C., where “Evelyn, Herb and Helen had a great week at the beach.”

Old friend Bill Norton was in Arizona, where he “took a side trip to the Grand Canyon.”

Tien Boyd sends a card from Hell and a “wish you were here.” That’s Hell in the Grand Cayman Islands, and she’s on a cruise with her daughter and family visiting Jamaica, Key West and ... Hell.

Finally, Wayne and Carol Gay, of Evans, celebrated their anniversary in the Caribbean and write: “Hoping the next 50 years are as wonderful as the first 50 have been!”

(Me, too, folks. Congratulations.)

TODAY’S JOKE: A young woman wasn’t feeling well, and asked one of her co-workers to recommend a physician.

“I know a great one in the city, but he is very expensive – $500 for the first visit, and $100 for each one after that.”

The woman went to the doctor’s office and, trying to save a little money, cheerily announced.

“I’m back!”

Not fooled for a second, the doctor quickly examined her and said, “Just continue the treatment I prescribed on your last visit.”


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