When Chuck Leavell says you rock, it means something. Leavell, a Georgia tree farmer, renowned environmentalist and keyboard player for the likes of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Montgomery Gentry, told a packed house at the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta that: “Georgia agriculture rocks!” The roar from the crowd of more than 1,000 agriculture supporters, legislators and educators signaled agreement. Leavell was on hand March 16 for the 7th annual Georgia Agriculture Day, the traditional kick-off of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week which runs March 15-19. During the event, Leavell and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue recognized the regional winners of the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award given annually to farmers who do an exceptional job protecting their land and promoting environmental practices in agriculture. This year’s state winner was Gully Branch Tree Farm in Bleckley County operated by Earl and Wanda Barrs. Family traditionEarl Barrs’ family first settled the land that became Gully Branch Farm in the 1870s, share-cropping and raising their family there. “In the ‘30s, the family had the chance to buy the land for nine bales of cotton. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the cotton to buy it,” said Ken Morrow, a member of the Governor’s Agriculture Advisory Committee. “The land remained in crop production until it was bought in the ‘50s by a timber company and managed exclusively for timber.”In the mid-80s, Barrs and his wife, Wanda, bought back 400-plus acres of the land. Now 1,500 acres, the farm is managed for trees, wildlife, education and recreation. Barrs, his wife, his parents and children plowed, planted, cleared food plots, sprayed, burned and harvested the land’s bounty, transforming it into the American Forest Foundation’s 2009 National Tree Farm of the Year.“Conservation is of extreme importance at Gully Branch,” Morrow said. “The timber is managed with selective harvesting, paying special attention to soil and water conservation and wildlife habitats. Streamside management zones are left along streams and dedicated wetlands.” Roads, logging trails and firebreaks are designed to follow the land’s contours to prevent soil erosion. Strict adherence to best management practices is the norm.“Gully Branch is a nationally-recognized outdoor education center, too, not just a timber farm,” he said. “More than 7,000 students and adults have been guests on the farm, learning about Georgia’s environment and conservation and sustainable farming practices, something Earl says he wants to build upon and grow.”Regional winnersIn his comments to the crowd, Leavell, who has written several books on the environment, said, “The most important thing we can do is be good stewards of the land and pass that practice forward to our children and grandchildren.”Other regional winners included Clayton McKinnon, Coffee County; Jamie Jordan, Riverbend Farms in Floyd County; Keith Nichols, Oak Valley Farm in Stephens County; and Stanley Corbett, Echols County. Flavor winnersTelevision celebrity chefs Jamie and Bobby Deen presented awards to the winners of the 2010 Flavor of Georgia Contest. The annual program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences helps local entrepreneurs get food products made from Georgia commodities to market. Savannah Bee Company won top honors this year for their Grill Honey, designed specifically to use on grilled foods. Agriculture Awareness Week shines a spotlight on the state’s largest industry, which provides jobs for one in six Georgians and boasts annual sales of more than $92 billion. “This week we celebrate agriculture and our farmers,” Gov. Perdue said. “Not only are they outstanding farmers, but outstanding stewards and protectors of our land.”
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First Lady Frances Wolf Unveils New Art Exhibit at the Governor’s Residence March 03, 2020 First Lady Frances Wolf, Governor’s Residence, Press Release First Lady Frances Wolf has unveiled “Bill Hutson: Selections from the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College,” a new collection of art on display at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg throughout the spring and summer. In the works chosen for this exhibition, Hutson masterfully creates depth and space in a two-dimensional study, preparing to translate his architectural vision to a three-dimensional finished canvas.“I am personally honored to share this historic collection, as Bill was my teacher when I attended Franklin & Marshall College, a place where I was nurtured, encouraged, and inspired,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “We are so proud to share this work, and we are grateful to the Phillips Museum and Franklin & Marshall College for making this exhibit possible.”Born in San Marcos, Texas, in 1936, Hutson has traveled to more than 22 countries throughout his career and spent significant time living abroad in England, France, Italy, Holland, Senegal, and Nigeria. His journeys introduced him to influential abstractionists such as Edward Clark and Sam Middleton and sparked an interest in African culture and philosophy that often translated into his work.Often incorporating symbols, shapes, and numbers, Hutson’s work conveys a sense of magnetism while alluding to sacred space, history, or experience. Many of the works featured in this exhibit reflect the architecture and location where Hutson was working at the time of creation, from the rooftops seen in an Indian neighborhood to the skyline visible from his Paris apartment window.“The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College is delighted to share selections from Bill Hutson’s important collection,” said Director of the Phillips Museum Amy Moorefield. “As a Pennsylvania-based artist, Hutson’s work connects us with his love of Lancaster as well as his inspiration and deep experiences from around the globe. The Phillips is both honored to share Hutson’s work with the Governor’s Residence and excited for our friends in Harrisburg to see such excellent examples while emphasizing our mission of sharing the collection with various communities.”Today, Hutson lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 2010, the Phillips Museum of Art received a large collection of his life’s work, while his archives are housed in the Franklin & Marshall College Library.The Governor’s Residence, located at 2035 North Front Street, offers tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the tour line at 717-772-9130 or by submitting a request form here.For more information and to view photos of the exhibit, visit the Governor’s Residence website here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Comments CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tyler Roberson did all he could to clean up Syracuse’s messes. He stood under the basket as Malachi Richardson heaved up a 3 in the opening minute of the second half, with North Carolina’s lead boosted up to seven.The shot clanked off the iron and rested into his Roberson’s hands. He quickly dished it out to Michael Gbinije, also trying to predicate Syracuse’s hopeful comeback on long-ball attempts. Gbinije’s prayer wasn’t answered from behind the arc, and Roberson couldn’t get between Dajuan Coleman and his third personal foul.The 6-foot-8 forward could only get between the Tar Heels and 11 missed shots, and his team-leading effort still wasn’t enough to get in the way of a third loss in four games.“I thought (Roberson) was good,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “This was a perfect game for him, they don’t block out so he’ll go and get some rebounds and he did that tonight.”Nine days after Roberson’s head coach said he wouldn’t play a minute if Boeheim had “anyone else,” and two days after playing a season-low 14 minutes, Roberson stayed on the court for 34. As the Orange (19-11, 9-8 Atlantic Coast) repeatedly missed from deep in a 75-70 loss to No. 7 North Carolina (24-6, 13-4) on Monday night, Roberson reemerged as a presence under the basket.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe corralled a game-high 11 rebounds, his most in six games when he posted 15 rebounds against Virginia Tech on Feb. 2. Roberson wasn’t inspired, and publicly said he wasn’t swayed by Boeheim’s stern words. But after missing the first shot of the game for Syracuse, he smothered a Trevor Cooney missed 3 and laid in his own shot.He rebounded in every sense of the word, and turned his season back around after Boeheim provided a dead end.“It’s all mental,” Roberson said. “You’ve got to keep playing hard and tell yourself you got to like take it to another level. I think if you do that you’ll be fine, and that’s what I tried to do.”The Orange only shot 5-of-20 from behind the arc, and started the game as cold as it ended, missing three open looks in the opening two and a half minutes. Roberson grabbed the missed Cooney 3, but couldn’t beat UNC’s Justin Jackson on the subsequent rebound attempt off a Tyler Lydon miss.But he recovered to corral Brice Johnson’s miss on the other end, contributing to his positive sequence opening the game and seven total rebounds through just over the opening eight minutes. It equaled his total combined from the past two games.As Syracuse continued to hang with the Tar Heels in the early going, Roberson nabbed another Lydon shot that clanked off the iron. Instead of looking outside the perimeter to dish the ball, he lifted the ball high above his head and reached for the basket.Kennedy Meeks bodied up against Roberson as he rose toward the basket, and fouled the SU forward as the ball sunk through the net to give SU its first lead of the game.“He just battled tonight,” Michael Gbinije said. “He gave us an inside presence at times … and it’s nice to just have some interior scoring.”Against the Tar Heels’ dynamic offense, Syracuse tried compensating for its inability to slow down UNC in the second half by shooting quicker and more frequently.He fed Richardson for a corner 3 midway through the second half, and immediately took off across the baseline to reach the basket. His hands met Richardson’s miss almost simultaneously, but he ended up turning the ball over.Roberson caught up to Richardson’s miss, but even with a game-high six offensive rebounds, couldn’t keep up with the frequency of misses. He single-handedly couldn’t chase down the lead. But what he could do was rebound. And he rebounded to keep SU within reach, and once again grab ahold of his season.“That’s what he’s been doing all year for us,” Richardson said of Roberson’s performance. “I think he got away from it these past few games. I think it was a wake-up call, and we need him to do that.“We need him to do that every game for us.” Published on February 29, 2016 at 11:33 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— The Alpena County Sheriff’s Department together with local fire and police agencies responded to a two vehicle car crash that resulted in four people being transported to MidMichigan Medical Center in Alpena. The crash happened at Hamilton Road and U-S 23 North just after 2pm Monday when a GMC Sierra pickup driving westbound failed to yield the right away to a Chevrolet Captiva heading northbound.This lead to the Captiva colliding with the pickup. Traffic was shutdown along U-S 23 for almost two hours and the crash still remains under investigation. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local healthcare facility will soon reopenNext Daily COVID-19 update May 12, 2020