War of the Border All Star Game
Saturday January 14th, 2012
2:00 pm Kickoff
Mack Tharpe Stadium Colquitt County High School
Madison Co kids in it are: Tommie Young, Tevin Roundtree, Keldrick Williams, Gavin Stephens and Charles Brown.
Head Coach- Mike Coe
Columbia Youth Football East West Shrine Bowl
Saturday January 14th, 2012
2:00 pm Kickoff
Columbia Co Memorial Stadium
Madison Co kids in it are: Willie Gavin, Rashad Guyton, Trent Robinson, Jay Wallace
Joe Boyles Guest Columnist
Nearly two years ago, the National Park Service (NPS) reassigned my younger brother Fred from Andersonville to the superintendency of Cumberland Island National Seashore (CINS). Cumberland, the barrier island just north of Fernandina Beach and the Florida-Georgia border, has become a fascination to me.
Linda and I had the opportunity to visit Cumberland last November. We caught the 11:45 ferry from the St. Mary’s dock. There is no bridge to Cumberland; more on that later. It takes 45 minutes to arrive at the Dungeness dock at the south end of CINS, a good opportunity to look for porpoises and the birds that populate the salt marsh.
The history of Cumberland Island is both interesting and conflicting. The Timucuan tribe, Spanish missionaries and colonial fortifications did not leave a lasting impression on the 18-mile long island. The plantation period followed for nearly a century, principally built around the live oaks of the maritime forest (important for wooden shipbuilding) and Sea Island cotton.
An important burial took place in 1818 when Revolutionary War hero Light Horse Harry Lee, the father of Robert E. Lee, was buried in the cemetery near Dungeness. There his remains rested for nearly a century until the Commonwealth of Virginia disinterred Lee and buried him next to his famous son at the Washington and Lee Chapel in Lexington, Va. Light Horse Harry’s original tombstone is still at CINS.
In the post-Civil War era when the plantations failed, northern money came south to fill the void of poverty that gripped the defeated South. Thomas and Lucy Carnegie came with their steel fortune from Pittsburg in 1882 and quickly purchased most of the island. They had a big family (9 children) so an aggressive construction program began almost immediately. As many as three hundred workers were employed to support the family.
Thomas died early and Lucy Coleman Carnegie became the matriarch of Cumberland. They lived off the accumulated fortune. None of the six sons had a profession so there was no steady income to support their lavish living style. Lucy died in 1916 and she locked up the estate in a trust until the last of her brood died forty-six years later. During this time, the family continued to spend away their wealth until they could no longer support their immense mansions which gradually deteriorated.
From the nine children, there were five lines of succession and the Carnegie’s ownership of the island was divided accordingly. Cash strapped heirs sold their lands to Savannah developer Charles Fraser who built Hilton Head, South Carolina. He wanted to do the same with Cumberland but the Carnegie descendents resisted. Their solution was to invite the National Park Service. In 1972, Cumberland was designated a national seashore although some families retained rights to live on the island for years afterward.
Lawsuits fly around CINS like confetti at New Years. Environmentalists sue. Former owners sue. Local politicians sue. The state argues with the Feds. They sue about land, driving rights, wilderness, turtles, horses, pigs, etc. Caught in the middle of this legal tug-of-war is the National Park Service. More than one of my brother’s predecessors has been tossed out on his ear. Lawyers in Coastal Georgia are doing a booming business.
No more than 300 visitors can make two ferry trips each day to and from the island. The annual visitor count is about 48 thousand. Tourists see three types of landscape across the 36 thousand acre island. The salt marsh dominates the western or river side. Through the middle of the island is the maritime forest, beautiful old twisted live oaks. The eastern shoreline is simply the widest, most beautiful beach you can witness, devoid of any buildings whatsoever. Nothing but sand dunes, sea oats, and packed sand to the rolling surf of the Atlantic. Across this island roam wild horses and an abundance of other wildlife than have adapted to Wild Cumberland. Hunting has long been part of Cumberland’s attraction and the NPS holds six hunts each year.
There are several important lessons in this story. Cumberland is largely preserved because there has never been a bridge to the island. The 1972 legislation stipulates that there will never be a bridge which I suspect will prove true. The Carnegies lived even beyond their means and eventually the money ran out. Wealth is a marvelous thing, but income pays the bills. The mansions they built were not from indigenous materials and eventually, fire, storms and termites took their toll. But the 200 year old Tabby House at Dungeness looks like it will survive another century or more.
Cumberland Island is a marvelous day trip from Madison. For a $20 ferry ride, you will see a site to remember for many years. There are no concessions, so bring things in your own backpack and prepare to walk. The island beckons.
If you’ve caught Spring fever, it’s likely you’re looking for just the thing to spruce up your garden, your home or yourself. You can find it all at the Calico Arts and Crafts Show in Moultrie, Ga., March 19 and 20. Make your backyard a main attraction with an ornate, decorative birdhouse or birdfeeder or concrete planter from Green Oaks Center, a local United Way agency. You can compliment it with a seasonal wreath or floral arrangement from April Sellars of Moultrie, GA who will have a variety of vivid colored wreaths in store for you. Bring nature indoors with an original songbird lamp, wall hanging, or table piece, handcrafted on the beautiful coast of Maine by Bill and Beth Fewell.
The Fewells are avid bird watchers. For the past 18 years their business has been built around Bill’s carving and Beth’s painting of the shorebirds and songbirds, native to coastal Maine. Each design is original and realistic.
Twelve years ago, because of popular demand, they started Songbird Collectibles, reproducing their favorite birds from a wood by-product. A reproduced carving is like a print to an artist. Each reproduction is hand painted and individually mounted on driftwood.
Ladies can add a twist to their wardrobe with any of the hand crochet, intricate knot necklaces available from Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. crafter Shirley Baker. The Carolina native designs and creates fiber necklaces from hand cut silks, organza, ribbon and fibers.
Each piece is woven and tied to silk cords. The Hydrangea flower is her signature design using silk for the petals and a pearl or vintage bead for the center.
From ornamental iron home and garden décor, to painted glass and antiques, to whimsical painted children’s furniture and accessories…it’s all together in one location.
Don’t forget all the wonderfully delicious gourmet delights to savor and so much more. These items are lovingly made by local artisans and crafts people so you’ll feel really good supporting the local economy while acquiring unique gifts for your friends and family. Clogging teams from around the South will entertain the crowds on both days.
Come and delight in the 2011 Calico Spring Arts and Crafts Show, March 19 and 20. Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Adult admission is $5.00. There is free parking for all and free admission for children 12 and under. For more information, please visit www.calico crafts.com.
About two weeks ago, Dr. Robert Stark joined the staff of Smith Northview Hospital as its newest OB/GYN in Valdosta, Ga..
He joins his wife, Dr. Maria Castellano, a gastroenterolgist who has been working at the Valdosta hospital since September of last year. In fact, Stark now shares an office with his wife. They have been married for sixteen years and have three school-age children, the main reason they relocated to Valdosta…more educational and other opportunities for their children. Stark has practiced in the South Georgia area for the last six years, coming to Valdosta from Waycross, and says he has found the people of Valdosta to be very friendly and welcoming to him and his family, and he looks forward to building up his practice.
Chuck Roberts, Assistant Administrator of Support Services, and Director of Business Development and Community Relations, is also in charge of recruiting doctors for the hospital. However, in Stark’s case, “We’re very fortunate that they found us,” since they were already interested in relocating to the area. They had been looking at schools for their children and took a tour of the hospital as well, and “we started talking.”
The hospital has a new $2.5 million, 6000-square-foot addition to its labor and delivery division, meaning they now have three more labor and delivery suites and two more post-partum rooms, bringing the total now to five labor and delivery rooms and fourteen post-partum rooms. With Stark now on staff, they also have a total of four full time OB/GYN’s. In 2010, the hospital delivered over 650 babies, and now with Starke on board, they hope to bump that total up to over 700 for 2011.
Stark will be building up his practice and accepting new patients in the next few months. For an appointment, contact: 229-588-4419. For a tour of the hospital or other information, contact Chuck Roberts at 229-671-2007.