Newton County 4-H member Flannery Peay (on right) represented Northwest District at State 4-H Congress this week at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. She competed in Performing Arts Instrumental, one of the largest projects in the state, and finished in fourth place. As part of the competition, Peay completed a year's portfolio work including performing arts work, leadership and service, then also arranged her own four-minute old-time fiddle piece. She was accompanied by County Extension Agent Terri Fullerton.
It hardly seems like it's nearly the end of summer already.
Anytime someone heads out for a night at a restaurant, the diner looks for an experience they can't find in their home kitchen.
Splashing through a creek.
What if the SWAT team never practiced?
As twilight faded into a rainy night, we circled the Iwo Jima memorial in a charter bus with Georgia, Florida and New Mexico 4-H members.
In Georgia 4-H, most of us call Rock Eagle our home away from home.
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If you've ever been to the Rock Eagle 4-H Center auditorium, you know the stage is fairly tall. Maybe that's why Dr. Bo Ryles always seemed 10 feet tall to me as he served as state 4-H leader through my middle- and high-school years.
As 4-H kicks into high gear there are opportunities upcoming for 4-H'ers of all ages, so join us for an upcoming event.
"A simpler time, a sweeter place, a lesson, a laugh, a father and a son," reads the plaque below the statue of Andy and Opie in Mount Airy, N.C.
Many 4-H alumni talk about the days of county camps in locations closer to home, such as using Salem Campground.
How about a big, juicy, rib-eye steak for dinner Thursday night?
The Jekyll Island 4-H Center is home to so many of my 4-H memories.
What a magical weekend at Wahsega 4-H Center we've had for Master 4-H Camp.
Ninety-three Newton 4-H'ers, teen leaders and adults spent the week at the time-honored tradition of 4-H summer camp. This year, the Cloverleaf campers joined nearly 800 other campers at Rock Eagle 4-H Center as Shawnees competing for the tribal shield.
Newton 4-H'ers were part of the record 117 participants in the 55th 4-H Citizenship Ceremony at State 4-H Council last month.
Newton 4-H'ers brought home top honors the last week in horse and livestock competitions.
It is so much easier to do it ourselves.
In 1975, Frank W. Fitch added cabins at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, but nothing like the ones you've likely stayed in. He built small wooden huts in the woods for a more traditional camping experience.
Sometimes people mistakenly think we get the summer off.
School's out and 4-H is kicking off a huge summer of fun for all ages. Call us at 770-784-2010 with any questions, or visit us on the second floor of the Newton County Administration Building from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays (closed on Memorial Day).
The bell tower chimes 10 a.m. on a beautiful Saturday morning in Oxford, as hundreds of black-robed graduates march across the courtyard following a bagpiper.