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.
Five years ago, an eighth grade 4-H'er came up to me at Relay for Life, excitedly telling me how 4-H should have a team.
Despite strong competition from several schools, Oak Hill Elementary again topped the charts in Newton 4-H this year.
Spring fever has hit, and we're only weeks away from the long days of summer.
I spent Saturday morning sitting on the back of a pickup at the Walton County Agricultural Center, listening as the 4-H'ers and parents sat around in safety orange T-shirts waiting on each shooter's turn.
Forty-five Cloverleaf 4-H'ers in the fourth through sixth grades competed at District Project Achievement this year. Each researched, wrote and presented a 4- to 6-minute illustrated talk on a topic of his or her choice. They presented in club meetings, at County Project Achievement and at District Project Achievement.
It might be a gloomy Saturday morning riding across Atlanta, but for the nearly 50 fourth, fifth and sixth graders who arrived, loaded a bus before 7:30 a.m. in Covington, the excitement level is high.
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I can't believe we now have 24 public schools in Newton County, counting the theme, alternative and charter schools. It makes it tough to figure out how to deliver 4-H to every student, but we're up for the challenge.
Does one monkey stop the show? Since 1966, Dr. Bo Ryles has been a 4-H'er, camp counselor, program assistant, 4-H agent, district agent, specialist and, most recently, our state 4-H leader.
She peers intently through safety glasses at the tiny plastic tube in her gloves and carefully drips a thick, chocolate-looking substance inside until it reaches the brim.
A bluebird, famous for the scrap of sky Borne on his back - an indigo so bright That just a glimpse of his distinctive flight, All swoop and flurry, captivates the eye... - George Bradley, "A Scrap of Sky" The next time you're out at Gaither's Plantation for a wedding or other event, keep ...
There's a quiz on Facebook to determine if you're the "Ultimate Georgia 4-H'er."
At Wahsega 4-H Center, you can gaze across Ward Creek watching the kids and snakes and think time is standing still.
Newton 4-H'ers know how to collect. It doesn't seem to matter what we're collecting, or even if it's a competition; we can collect anything. Over the last eight years we've collected thousands of pounds of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Last year, we collected more than 2,300 books for Leap into Learning. No matter what the item, we have 4-H'ers and community members ready to make us top in the state. Once again, ...
People comment that I work with kids who are exceptions to the rule - the "good" kids.
I'm sitting under a huge live oak with Spanish moss dripping from the limbs, peering through the fog on my laptop screen caused by the humidity.
One week from today, 110 tired 4-H'ers and leaders will be headed home from Tybee Island. You'll be reading about camp and hopefully checking out photos on the community section of paper's Web site.
To all the graduates, whether in fifth grade or college: take all the advice with a grain of salt, including mine.
"I hope you're proud that your parent works for the military. Because I say that's something to be proud of. 4-H cares for you," wrote a 6th grade 4-H'er. At our home school 4-H meeting this week, we talked a little about what it means to have a parent in the military.
If I didn't know better, I'd say President Obama has been taking lessons from the Georgia Master 4-H Club.
On Monday night, we're rolling out the red carpet for this year's star 4-H'ers and volunteer leaders.
Last weekend residents kicked off the Great American Cleanup at 8 a.m., or so they thought. Really, 4-H'ers kicked off the event at 12:01 a.m.