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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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.
Join us for an afternoon of FREE good ol' fashioned fun on the Covington square this Friday from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Among this year's high school graduates are several 4-H'ers, including two who earned top 4-H honors: Ken Galloway and Morgan Worley.
Students have been out of school four days - are they bored yet? 4-H has activities for children age nine through high school.
We had the opportunity to travel thousands of miles in the largest Rotary district in the world, while our Group Study Exchange counterparts toured north Georgia, including Covington.
I met hundreds of people along the way, and experienced Australia in a way few people have the opportunity.
I've met people who surely would have been 4-H'ers if only it existed in Australia.