2017-04-19 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

The Jenkins County Agriculture Center was renamed the Jimmie C. Douglas Agricultural Center during a dedication program held last Friday at the Center. A large crowd of local citizens, family and friends gathered to remember and honor Mr. Douglas for his contributions to this community. He was a former County Agent and a former member of the Jenkins County Board of Commissioners. He was well-known throughout the community as a civic and community leader. I first met “Mr. J.C.” upon one of his many visits to the News office when he was employed by the Jenkins County Extension Service. The first thing I recall is that he was “always” smiling and had a kind word for everyone. I also recall that he grew the best turnips and collards around! I later became more acquainted with Mr. J.C. as I covered the meetings of the Jenkins County Commissioners for the newspaper. Mr. Douglas was Chairman at that time and he always conducted the meetings in a professional manner and made me, and other visitors, feel welcome to observe the working of our county government. The Jimmie C. Douglas Agricultural Center stands as a testament of Mr. J.C.’s many years of service and dedication to this community.

Happy birthday this week to: Verdie Banner, Lester Brinson Jr., Hattie Akins, Butch Burke, Jetson Groover, and Byron Scogins.

Celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Goodwin.

Military Active Duty

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Staff Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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