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Nominate Your Town for "Best of the Road"

Nominate Your Town for "Best of the Road"

'Help put your town on the map!'

USATODAY teams up with Rand McNally in a search for the Best Small Towns in the United States.

You can nominate your town online through May 15.

Two Minute Task Round Up #1

Two Minute Task Round Up #1

If a task will take you two minutes or less, do it now. Here are a few things you can do in two minutes or less!

  • Make your bed. It will keep your sheets cleaner and your room neater.
  • Pay a bill.
  • Empty the dishwasher.
  • Clean out 2 file folders. Shred or toss what you don't need to keep.
  • Shred papers from your shredding pile.
  • Sort your mail.
  • Grab your laundry basket and gather everything that doesn’t belong in the living room. Return it to its proper room.


Because February is the shortest month of the year, we are talking about small things, small projects and small spaces in your home.


Healthy Habits Program Gets Local Footing

Healthy Habits Program Gets Local Footing

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) received a grant from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a nutrition and physical activity program in Central Georgia, a Bright from the Start news release says.

Through the “Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits: Implementing Wellness Policies in Child Care Centers in Georgia,” Bright from the Start will provide 38 early care and education centers in 42 middle Georgia counties with assistance in developing and implementing wellness policies that encourage healthy eating and physical activity for children ages zero to five years.

The selected centers will receive up to $3,000 in the form of sub-grants to support wellness activities.

Chili Fest: Taste and Judge This Weekend

Chili Fest: Taste and Judge This Weekend

The Battle of Byron Chili Fest is here this Saturday!

From 2-9 p.m. at  Jailhouse Park in Downtown Byron, you can pay $5 to taste (and judge) all the chili during the cookoff!

Registration to compete in the cook off has been extended until October 19. 

The cookoff is from 3-4 p.m.

Winners take home cash.

Entertainment includes Southern Nites Band & DJ Tiger Smith.

There will also be a JAIL n BAIL for the FUN of it.

Jail n Bail is where you can have a friend locked up for $2.

You'll find egg roll contests, pumpkin-coloring for kids, three-legged races, sack races, cake walks, banana relays, musical chairs, egg toss, pie in your face, arts & crafts, food vendors, and much more!

$10 registration fee for Battle of Byron IDOL.

Karaoke contest begins at 5 p.m.

The winner takes home $50.

Local Food Sustainability Workshop

Local Food Sustainability Workshop


Roberta GA-Building capacity of local food systems will be among the topics at a free workshop being held in Newton GA on Fri. Oct. 14 from noon to 4:00. The workshop is titled “Outside the Box Farming” and is sponsored by The Natural Resource Conservation Service and Digging Roots Educational Farm, Inc. It will be held at The East Baker Historical Society & 21st Century Community Corporation, Inc. at the former East Baker Elementary School, P.O. Box 738, 139 Roosevelt Ave., Newton, GA. http://eastbaker.net/

 Debby Waugh of Salamander Springs Farm will present the topic of Permaculture.

Located on 50 acres in Milledgeville GA this off the grid homestead implements environmentally complimentary agricultural practices and has hosted over 100 volunteers from around the world through http://www.wwoof.org/.

Autumn: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes Galore

Autumn: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes Galore

Where to Go for Your Pumpkins:

  • Elliott Farms, Lizella: features a pumpkin patch, tractor hay rides, snacks, farm animals. Opens in October Call 478-935-8180 for more information.
  • Best Nursery's Pumpkin Patch, Harris County:  Open Oct 1-Nov 16. Call 706-327-1515 for information. 
  • Troup Corn, Laurens County: Features corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch and a mini-maze. Call 478-272-8170. Opens Saturday, Sept 24.
  • Twin Oaks Fun Farm, Monroe County. Features pumpkins and a corn maze. Open Oct. 1-Oct. 31
  • Our Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm, Hawkinsville. Check their Facebook page for updates.Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Also enjoy cider or cocoa on the porch while the kids climb the hay mountain. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.