Out for a spin: Amphicars on Lake Oconee

“Can you really just drive this car into the water?” It’s a common question posed to David Dodson when he takes his bright blue 1965 Amphicar to car shows. “Well, you can drive any car into the water,” he likes to reply, “but, only a few can drive back out.” These few were engineered in…

A tour of Oconee Brewing Company’s new digs in downtown Greensboro

The long-awaited day came this spring when Oconee Brewing Co. opened its doors to more than 2,000 of its closest friends. After years of planning and intense renovation, the 100-year-old former textile warehouse turned bottling plant, located next to the old train depot in downtown Greensboro, came alive again. Oconee Brewing Company’s new home was…

Mothers Against Crime celebrates 25 years

In 1992, two teenagers were killed in Eatonton on the same night. Soon after, a young woman from out of town was hit and killed by stray bullet. The murders were never solved, written off instead as an incident of “black on black crime,” says Georgia Smith, but for the resolute Eatonton woman and other…

Royston: Home of baseball legend, Ty Cobb

“If you build it, they will come.” Or so it was told to Kevin Costner’s character in the 1989 baseball movie Field of Dreams. In the small town of Royston, just a 65-mile drive north from Lake Oconee, they did just that. Home of baseball legend, Ty Cobb, the town of Royston established a museum…

An Insider’s Guide to The Masters

Written and illustrated by Lee Heffernan My father, Henry, was one of the few members of Augusta National Golf Club who had a key to the gate. I have fond memories of learning how to fish the Eisenhower Pond during the summer months when the club was closed, playing the course on many occasions, Thanksgiving…

Historic Washington: Home to a different era

The little town of Washington, Georgia, is a quiet, charming place nestled about halfway between Augusta and Athens. It had an early involvement in Georgia’s history and features a handsome collection of architecture through the centuries, as well as an inviting population of people and businesses who make it an interesting, educational, and fun place…

Saving Grace

Hundred-Year-old church finds a home at Hundred Acre Farm Just east of Madison, nestled on a hillside off Highway 278, is a farm, a hundred-acre farm in fact, with picturesque red barn buildings, chickens roaming by the dozen, and rolling grassy fields. Aptly named Hundred Acre Farm, the land is owned by Dr. Ellis Johnson…

Boys’ home proves it’s “Never Too Late”

George Henry Lewes once wrote, “The only cure for grief is action,” and that is exactly how John and Kelly DeGarmo chose to overcome a personal tragedy. After losing their firstborn baby due to a brain deformity in the mid-1990s, the DeGarmos not only grieved, but dedicated their lives to caring for children in need….

Camp Amped plugs in at Nuci’s Space

The crowd presses forward as four musicians stroll onstage, check wires, and tune guitar strings. The look of band members is effortless rock and roll, but their actions are all business. When the silent signal comes, they look up for the first time. If they recognize faces in the crowd, they don’t let on. There…