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Nancy M. Young: Jan. 23, 2016

Ellaville-Schley County Chamber of Commerce plans annual dinner
The Ellaville-Schley County Chamber of Commerce has planned its annual dinner and meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in Schley County High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
You may pick up your tickets at the Ellaville Floral Shop. Entertainment will be provided.

Youngs have family to visit
Last Tuesday Bobby and Nancy Young of Ellaville had unexpected family guests from Fitzgerald: Eddie and Evie Mae Goodman, Bobby’s first cousin on his mother’s side of the family. These two men have always been real close even when they were boys.
It’s always a pleasure to have guests to surprise you with a special visit like this one, and to be able to out about other family members

Schley County Family Connection to meet
The Schley County Family Connections meets at noon Jan. 28 at the Thomas Edwin Wall Post 191 American Legion.
A meal will be served. RSVP to John Greene 229-591-2323 so he can let the caterer know how many will be there.

Springtime Ellaville coming soon
This is a special announcement to let everyone know that Springtime Ellaville is coming  before long, so you can start planning on joining us for this big day. This is a special day of the year here and this event is sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce. This special event begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9.
If you are interested in having a booth or putting a float into the parade, booths are $40 for one and $60 for two. When you rent your space, it is non-refundable. Electricity is free but bring all equipment needed for 110 volt hookup. Please be sure to specify if you need electricity.
Spaces  are 12×12 feet. You may start setting up after 6 p.m. on Friday, April 8. All booths must be set up by 7:30 a.m. Please, no leaving until 5 p.m. If you need to leave, see the Information booth for escorts. Streets will be blocked off at 7:30 a.m.
Items prohibited include toy guns and knives resembling weapons, stick bombs, snap & pops, liquid string, colored hair spray, disappearing ink and fireworks. If you do not follow the rules about special items, you can be asked to leave. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in vendors’ area.
There will be live entertainment all day and a big event that night.
For more information for applications and more call Carol Streetman at 229-937-2247 or write P.O. Box 4, Ellaville GA 30806. Deadline for applications to be turned in is March 26. Spaces are on a first come first served basis.

Walmart Express store to close
Ellaville Mayor David Theiss contacted me on Jan. 15 with the news that Walmart is closing  all of their 102  “Express Format” stores, including the one in Ellaville.
The mayor said Walmart increased all local sales tax receipts and really contributed to the SPLOST that benefits all of our citizens.
The local store will close before the end of the month. The mayor said local merchants need to do what they can to prepare for any changes it will bring. He also said if he can be of any assistance to anyone through this change, to let him know.