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 enjoyed one of my favorite 4-H traditions this week: dinner at the Varsity.
The solitary "crack" of a BB pellet hitting its target breaks the silence of the Walton County Livestock Barn. Then a volley of shots begin to hit their marks, kicking off the district 4-H BB match.
I have an ancient laptop which thinks it is 1986 every time you turn it on. It will only come on, of course, if it is plugged in because the battery died years ago, and a new battery is more than the computer is worth.
Rallying to collect cans: 4-H'ers in Ms. Ethel Hall's club at Oak Hill Elementary collected 111 cans of food for the Community Food Pantry. The food pantry accepts donations at its location at 7125 Turner Lake Circle in Covington and may be reached at (770)784-0037.
As a kid, "military" meant something historical or romantic to me.
In late 1800s, electric lights and the first batteries were combined to make flashlights.
"I have three brothers and sisters, do you think I ever have a chance to talk?" said Michelle Lewis to a crowd of 270 middle-schoolers from across northwest Georgia last Friday night. "That makes me a good listener," she continued.
At 6 a.m. on a below-freezing Saturday morning, I found myself trying to stay warm at the UGA Livestock Barn, realizing why I was never tough enough to show livestock.
No one pays attention to how you eat your bread, how many bites of steak you cut up, or how your shoes look - right? As a high school student, I was convinced those rules were ancient history, something we were being taught in the Youth Leadership Institute and at the 4-H winners' conference as things our agents wished we'd bring back to popularity.
If you're not on Facebook, you're part of an ever shrinking crowd these days.
"It's always good to have a Plan B, but you've got to have a Plan E - for education," Thurbert Baker told the Newton Youth Leadership Institute students.
Do not despair. You haven't made reservations or romantic plans for tomorrow's big holiday? Maybe you're short on cash and need a fun alternative date idea? Better yet, you need a family-friendly option because all the baby sitters are taken. Congratulations: this column grants you free entry to the Newton Classic Livestock Show at 10 a.m. on Valentine's Day. That's right - everyone ...
What do giants, wizards, spaghetti skyscrapers, cows, and lifeboats have to do with leadership?
Have you heard the one about cabin 54 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center? As a fifth grade camper, I heard the story for the first time, but it's been making the rounds of late nights in cabins for decades. Prison labor helped build the camp, and as in any good ghost story, one of the prisoners had a foolproof escape plan. I'm guessing he chose cabin 54 because it was the ...
Watching the inauguration this week, I wondered what it would feel like to speak in front of 40 million people.