It feels a little weird to be working on the 2014-2015 calendar already, but it's nearly summer and time will soon be flying as we head off to camps and summer fun.
After speaking to the Lions Club of Oxford this week about 4-H opportunities, I noticed yet again that my old classmates simply aren't present in service clubs.
If you're not on Facebook, you probably haven't heard about the latest polar plunges and make-up-free selfies.
For 4-H members in the seventh through 12th grades, project work begins on Jan. 1 of the previous year.
Nineteen young people, ranging from second to the 12th grade won over $5,000 in cash prizes, buckles and trophies at the Newton County Livestock Show this month.
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"If you have a free Saturday, you don't have to sit around 'vegging' out in front of the TV or computer; you can be part of something special in our community," said Kacie Gartner, a Liberty Middle eighth grader.
We hope you'll join in the festivities as we celebrate 108 years of 4-H in Newton County.
In the lobby of Oak Hill Elementary, the trophy case is packed full of recognition.
In barely more than 10 years since opening, the students, faculty and staff have earned a variety of trophies, but eight bear the 4-H logo.
On my trip to Australia, I traveled with a scrapbook of 4-H'ers favorites.
Newton 4-H is bursting at the seams, literally.
A teacher told me this week, "If only students remembered lessons as well as commercials."
If you compare the photos side by side, you'll spot differences between those first 4-H winners back in 1905 and those of today.
One of my 4-H'ers said that she has attended school with the same people for 12 years.
Who remembers the little stuffed animal mouse tucked into a hole in the wall at the children's library?
I've heard those murals are still painted on some of the walls over at the building near the square where so many of my generation spent the summer checking out towering stacks of books and listening to library programs.
I have a nomination for Georgia Public Radio's "Atlanta Sounds" segment: the sound of new 4-H'ers reciting the 4-H pledge for the first time.
We ended the last 4-H year this week with the project competition of 250 of the top 4-H'ers in the state, including four from Newton County.
While each of the 4-H'ers was nervously focused on the announcement of winners at State 4-H Congress, I have to admit, I wasn't nervous at all.
While Newton 4-H can always use donations and volunteers, there are often in-kind items or specific skills we could use to benefit youth.
I lived for 4-H events as a child.
It's 12:20 a.m. Friday morning. We woke up at 6:20 a.m. here in cabin 55 at Rock Eagle 4-H center.
Watch out Covington - there are some really talented watermelon seed spitters here.