Nancy M. Young: July 3, 2019

Published 11:49 am Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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Fireworks in Ellaville on July 4th
There will be a fireworks show on the night of July 4th on the lawn in front of Thomas Edwin Wall Post 191 American Legion here in Ellaville. This special event will begin at 9 p.m. when it’s dark.

Get your family and friends and come out to see the fireworks show. Bring your chairs and be ready to enjoy this special event. There’s no cost.



Big celebration, special weekend for Justice family


The weekend of June 14-16 was a real busy one for the Justice family.

On Friday. June 14, Wilbur and Vicki Justice celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. On Saturday, Vicki celebrated her birthday and Fathers’ Day was on Sunday.

Wilbur and Vicki went out for lunch on Friday, and on Saturday they were honored with a lovely Anniversary Party, hosted by their children Brian and Jo Justice, Jason and Dawn Justice, and Vicki’s sister Iris Menendez. This special event was held in the Sumter Room of the Windsor Hotel in Americus.

This special occasion was decorated with welcome signs announcing the big occasion, and a video slide presentation highlighting their lives together.

The hallway entering the party room and dining room were decorated with pink, white and gold balloons tied to the large fern baskets.

Each guest table was covered with a white linen table cloth and the centerpieces were colorful arrangements of blue hydrangeas, pink stargazer lilies, and pink roses, with Queen Anne’s lace and baby’s breath. These arrangements were placed in assorted styled cranberry and pink vases collected by Dawn Justice.

The registration table featured a photo of the honorees at the age two and a recent photo of the couple along with a registration album for congratulatory messages.

Guests enjoyed a seated dinner of salad, chicken cordon bleu, green bean, garlic smashed potatoes, dinner rolls and honey cinnamon butter rolls. Dessert was a three-layer wedding cake baked and designed by Elaine Schlekewy, mother of Jo Justice. The bottom two layers celebrated the 50th anniversary and the top layer was decorated for Vicki’s birthday.

Following dinner, Brian Justice made a short announcement honoring his parents, saying that they did not have a reception when they were married, Jason Justice, the other son, helped Brian light the candles on the cake and everyone sang Happy Birthday to Vicki. The honorees cut the cake and Windsor staff served it to everyone.

Music from the ‘50s and ‘60s was played, assisted by Joey Menendez, nephew of the couple. Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Justice opened the entertainment by having the first dance to Anne Murray’s “Can I Have This Dance [for the rest of my life].

There were around 45 family and friends attending.

On Father’s Day, the family gathered at the Home of Wilbur and Vicki for a southern Sunday dinner. The blessing was asked by Keith Sims. Keith and Anna will be having their first child in a few weeks, making Wilbur and Vicki great-grandparents.

Vicki’s Sunday dinner included pot roast with au jus/carrots/onions, Asian pork loin, turkey breast, vegetarian pasta casserole, creamed corn, lima beans, yellow rice, roasted broccoli, and for dessert pecan praline cake, peach cobbler, Key Lime pound cake, and cake from the party the night before, tea, lemonade, limeade and water.


Schley County 4-H’ers place in annual State 4-H Horse Show
Georgia 4-H hosted the annual State 4-H Horse Show on June 11-15 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

Schley County 4-H was well represented in this statewide competition with two participants. Justin Manning placed 4th in the Junior Stock Seat Division, riding Gunny. He also placed 1st in the Working Cow Class, 2nd in Ranch Trail, and 6th in Ground Handling. Harleigh James placed 2nd in Western Riding and 4th in Junior Ranch Reining.

Both riders now advance to compete at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship in Augusta at the Georgia National Fairgrounds, competing with riders and horses from13 states in various events.

For more information on what you can do in 4-H call the Schley County Extension Office at 937-1180 or come by the office in the old courthouse.