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All God’s critters big and small

As a city-bred person, I always thought that life in the country would be idyllic: scenic, slow paced, clean air, healthy living, strong sense of community and more. Well, much of this is true; however, what I didn't know anything about was critters! We have critters here that are like an unending plague. We can control them - but rarely, if ever, get rid of them.

April 04, 2013 | Madeline Burgess | Columnists


Burgess: Social Circle’s beauty

In every community there's a choir of folks who loudly sing their songs of complaint about anything and everything going on in town. These are usually the people who contribute very little to help make things better. Fortunately, in Social Circle we have many other groups whose members give generously of their time and talents to help make our city a great place to live, work and play. One group in particular inspires all of us in its efforts to appreciate and enhance the beauty of our community. All my conversations about local beautification projects invariably lead to Crenan ...

February 23, 2013 | Madeline Burgess | News Columnists


Better home town is the spirit of social circle

In January, 2013, our Better Hometown Program will celebrate its 15th year anniversary. The Better Hometown Program, launched by former Governor Zell Miller, is a downtown revitalization effort for smaller cities sponsored by the Georgia State Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in partnership with Georgia Power, the Georgia Municipal Association and the State Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism. The first five pilot BHT cities in Georgia received a small "welcome-to-the-program" monetary grant. After that, state assistance to BHT designated communities has been in the form of technical assistance, manager/board training and coordinated networking opportunities. The program relies on ...

December 29, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | Social Circle


Why seniors love Social Circle

Liola Thornton is a retired high school teacher living in Town Park, an active adult community in Social Circle. She moved into the community from the Conyers area about three years ago.

November 25, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | LOCAL


Burgess: Social Circle is painting the town

From my Internet search, I learned that one possible origin of the idiom "Paint the Town Red" was from the practice of Romans soldiers back in their Empire days of painting the walls of their newly-conquered towns with the blood of the vanquished. I don't know whether this is true or not.

October 27, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | Social Circle


Burgess: Social Circle’s kissing camel

When I first learned that someone in our community had a pet camel, I was skeptical. After all, Social Circle is not a desert - and we don't have any sand except at the Social Circle Ace Home Center where we can purchase a load or two for our gardens. But, it turned out to be true.

Cheryl and Jim Waters, who have 10 acres of mostly pasture surrounding their home in Social Circle, do indeed have a pet camel. His name is Gobi - a 7-foot, 1,200-pound enormous bundle of mischief and love.

September 29, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | News Columnists


Burgess: Social Circle Theater - our cultural icon

Yesterday, my husband and I attended a performance at the Social Circle Dinner Theater of "Quilters," a musical with lyrics and music by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek. The play is based on the book "The Quilters: Woman and Domestic Art" by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley and had a brief run on Broadway in 1984. The play portrays the important role of quilting in the lives of pioneer women as they confronted and endured the harsh realities of the frontier. The quality of the talent and professionalism in this production was absolutely incredible, rivaling Broadway productions my husband and ...

August 25, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | Social Circle


Burgess: Volunteerism knows no limits in Social Circle

There as so many great things going on in Social Circle fueled by volunteers. The other day, my husband ran into Social Circle resident Larry Knox who had just returned from delivering lunches to children under the FISH 4 Kids summer lunch program. I actually knew a little about this program, but not much about the strength of commitment by many citizens to help feed hungry kids. Four Social Circle churches, First Baptist Church of Social Circle, Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, Social Circle United Methodist Church and Mars Hill Baptist Church, serve as key organizers of volunteers who deliver the ...

July 28, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | News Columnists


Cultural happenings benefit our city

Social Circle has a friend indeed. One definition of "friend" listed in the Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary is "one that favors or promotes something (as charity)," also, "one attached to another by affection or esteem." Both of these definitions clearly fit the profile of the Social Circle Friends of the Library, an impressive organization that has become increasingly vocal and visible as a cheerleader in support of our library, the W.H. Stanton Memorial Library. As a tangible example of this support, money raised by SCFOL is being used to fund all of the reading and crafts programs for kids this ...

June 23, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | Social Circle


Social Circle school superintendent Bettye Ray leaves lasting legacy

Social Circle is losing our highly respected Superintendent of Social Circle City Schools who plans to retire at the end of the current school year. Actually, Dr. Bettye Ray is not really leaving the city and she is not really retiring. She has other plans for the future which I was privileged to learn about from her. I have served with Dr. Ray on various volunteer projects over the years and have been extremely impressed with her knowledge, leadership and, most of all, her professional manner.

May 26, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | Social Circle


Social Circle’s rich spiritual heritage

I love a chapter from "The Prophet" where Prophet Kahlil Gibran speaks of religion: "Who can separate his faith from his actions, or his belief from his occupations? Who can spread his hours before him saying, 'This for God and this for myself; this is for my soul, and this other for my body?'" For me, this suggests that the way we live expresses our deepest faith. I thought about that in recognizing how important our churches have been in supporting our community. For example, at our recent city-wide cleanup, almost all of our churches showed up to help.

April 28, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | Social Circle


Burgess: Social Circle grows into a quintessential small town

Our Social Circle Better Hometown Program Manager, Mike Miller, recently advised the BHTP Board of Directors that Zumafilmz, a film production company in Abilene, Texas, had selected our city as one of six small towns to be included in a film which portrays small town life in America.

February 25, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | Social Circle


The legacy of Martin Luther King lives on in Social Circle

On the MLK national holiday, my husband and I attended the annual birthday celebration at the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church here in Social Circle. You would need to have been there to witness the enthusiasm and energy expressed in this event. There was dancing, singing, skits and testimonials to honor the life and works of a truly remarkable man. And members of the congregation and guests felt free to express their praise and joy by singing and clapping or lifting their hands in worship of God. I'm sure that if Dr. King were looking down from the heavens, he ...

January 29, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | Social Circle


The helping hands of Social Circle

There are many things about my community that I either didn't know about, or maybe I didn't pay enough attention to. One of these things is the work that the Social Circle United Methodist Church has been doing to assist those in need. It came to my attention the other day as I listened to a "Calling Post" message from our Quilting Belles president, Marion Burnette, reminding us to bring two cans of food for the food pantry to our Christmas party. I didn't know we even had a food pantry in Social Circle. So I investigated ...

December 31, 2011 | Madeline Burgess | Social Circle


Around the Well: A thank you to Anne Peppers

In December, council member Anne Peppers will finish her final term as a member of the Social Circle City Council.

November 27, 2011 | Madeline Burgess | Social Circle


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