A Locust Grove Home Filled with History

By Aleigha J

Photos by Kayleigh J

“You don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.” — Marianne Morfoot.

 

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The stained glass in this lovely home is what drew Marianne Morfoot and her late husband to purchase the historic structure nestled near the train tracks.  And once the spoon with the pattern name Marianne was found in the backyard after they purchased the home it only proved it was their destiny.

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Marianne and her husband had been looking for an older home for quite some time and when they peered through the windows of the 19th century home they immediately knew it was what they had been looking for.

As a retired teacher from Clayton County and previously heavily involved with Historic Jonesboro, where she spent many hours as a tour guide for the Gone with the Wind Tour, Marianne moved to Locust Grove in the 80’s along with her husband to take on her biggest historical involvement yet.

The stunning structure she took part in restoring, was built around 1893 by cotton farmer, Andrew Combs.  He and his wife, Georgia Brown Combs, and daughter Carrie Lee resided in the home surrounded by many acres of cotton.  Though it wasn’t until the 1900’s when the roof was raised and a second story was added to house students from Locust Grove Institute, which is now known as Locust Grove City Hall.  However, once the Boll Weevil and the Great Depression hit the successful cotton farmer had no choice but to sell part of his land, later leaving his daughter Carrie Lee with only three acres.

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Many years later, after the home had been out of the family and in the possession of a different couple, Marianne and Tom Morfoot purchased the home in November of 1982, later moving in, in February of 1983.  Before they could occupy the home, it was in desperate need of repair.  According to Marianne, when they purchased the home there was a hole in the ceiling upstairs with only a trash can sitting underneath.

Although a roof repair wasn’t the only thing the home needed, as the Morfoots had much work upon them.  To get the home where it is today, they had to have the unvented gas heaters in front of the 10 working fireplaces removed, along with heat and air conditioning added, the cresting missing on the exterior replaced, the woodwork throughout the house stripped of all the paint, the hardwood floors refinished, and more.

Marianne mentioned, they spent hours upon hours stripping paint off the beautiful heart of pine, they even used dental picks to remove paint from the creases.  And as for the hardwood floors, they were painted over as well except for the places where rugs once remained which created quite a challenge.

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But even though the house has been quite the upkeep throughout the years and has required serval repairs and replacements in recent years, such as the spindle and railing replacements brought in from the old Watterson-Morrow House, Marianne couldn’t imagine living someplace else.  After all, where else could one find the view of both the city and farm, as well as a home filled with history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; Let’s Paint Henry Blue!

By Lakell Maxwell, Paint Henry Blue Committee Chair

Spring is a time of beautiful weather in the day time and cool fall weather in the evening Georgia style.  It also marks the beginning of more time spent with family and friends as we gather for concerts, festivals and cookouts.  As we celebrate the happiness that the season brings we can’t forget about what is important to the everyday happiness of children. That every child deserves love and security instead of abuse and neglect.  What a wonderful world it would truly be if this issue no longer existed in the lives of our children. The abuse and neglect must stop.  We are obligated as a community to do our part to stop it.  It starts with us.  It starts with painting the town blue.

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The Paint Henry Blue Campaign is held in the month of April in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Several local agencies join forces to host this event with pinwheels and bows all over the community. We kick off the month with a Pinwheel Virgil in one of the four cities.  This year the host city is Locust Grove.  This is where the discussion begins and continues throughout the month.  This year’s theme is “If you see something say something.”  Why did we chose this theme you ask? Because as much as we need to talk about awareness for the children sometimes we forget the parents of the children need some awareness as well.

During the kickoff event each year we have agencies such as A Friend’s House, Connecting Henry, Prevent Child Abuse Henry County and the District Attorney’s office (just to name a few) set up tables full of information that is free to the public to take with them as well as an opportunity to ask the questions from the community leaders about what they have to offer that supports child abuse awareness.  For 2019’s kick off,  local school groups such as the Henry County High School’s ROTC Color Guard and well as and The Unity Grove singing group joined us for the event. It was a great time for the community to come out and support spreading awareness about child abuse prevention.

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Also, during the kickoff event, we had speakers share different ways on how the community as a whole can take a more active role in paying more attention to the things you may feel in your heart “just aren’t right”.  As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse myself I wish someone saw my behavioral changes and questioned it.  I wish someone would’ve saw the sadness behind my smile and asked me if I was ok.  It’s never too late to gain awareness.

So, throughout the month of April we invite you to join us by wearing your blues every Friday as well as continuing the discussion with your family and friends.  Make sure to post your pictures with the hashtag #painthenryblue of Facebook and Instagram to show your support.

Here is your call to action: If you see something say something.

To order T-shirts or Pinwheels contact Robin Jones at robin@preventchildabusehc.org

Lovin’ Oven Pizzeria in Downtown Locust Grove, offering fresh pizza daily (and healthy options too!)

From April Byrd, owner of Lovin’ Oven Pizzeria

Greetings from Lovin’ Oven!  Located directly across from the train depot in historic downtown Locust Grove, GA , we offer New-York Style pizza, calzones, pastas, sandwiches, and salads.  Open since 2015, Lovin’ Oven is a family owned and operated business that strives to serve fresh, quality food and offer exemplary customer service.

In today’s low-carb, no-carb society, selling pizza can become quite the challenge!  We are certainly not ones to shy away from a challenge though, so we began to explore ways to make pizza an option for our customers who are embracing this type of lifestyle.   We began to sell our pizza bowl a couple of years ago and have just recently begun to carry a cauliflower crust pizza.  We also offer a gluten free pizza crust, which is another great option for customers with dietary restrictions.  The cauliflower and gluten free crusts are not made in house, so although they are gluten free items, our kitchen is not gluten free. In addition to these items we have great salads that are made with only the freshest ingredients.

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For our customers who don’t worry about those kinds of things, we have a fantastic selection of items on our menu!  Our pizza dough and marinara sauce are made in-house daily.  If you happen to be walking by, you won’t be able to resist the smell of the fresh bacon, sausage or beef that’s cooking!  At the Lovin’ Oven you get to choose what you want and how you want it!

Hungry?  Choose from one of our 14” or 16” pizzas.  Not so hungry?  Then a slice is what you might be looking for, or you may prefer one of our delicious calzones with its creamy ricotta and oh so gooey cheese filling!   Any of these will be prepared to your liking when you place your order.  We have 17 specialty pizzas, or you may choose to build your own.

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Everyone knows that any good pizza deserves a good cold beer!  We have 14 beers on tap and quite a nice selection in either cans or bottles.  Whether you like a traditional domestic beer or an IPA, you’ll find something that suits your taste buds. Our covered patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon or warm spring evening while watching the trains go by.

Oh wait, did someone say dessert?  You haven’t lived until you’ve tried a slice of our apple pie pizza!  This one’s certainly not for those who are watching calories, but it’s so worth the splurge!  If you’re looking for something different, then a bowl of spumoni ice cream or an old-fashioned root beer float may be more what you’re looking for!

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For those who like trivia, we have that for you too!  Every Wednesday night at 7:00, we pair up with Outspoken Entertainment to bring you a mind-challenging evening of fun.  Each team competes for a spot in a quarterly tournament held by Outspoken Entertainment and a chance to win $6,000.  First, second and third place winners each week receive a gift certificate good for free pizza upon their next visit.

If you’ve been looking for a fun, family-friendly atmosphere with good food, good times, and a good cold beer, then you just might have found your new dining spot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treat your Valentine to something special in Historic Downtown Locust Grove

From French Market and Tavern

Love is in the air, and FMT is getting ready for an evening to remember! We will have an amazing 4 course meal menu and signature drinks too! The cost is $52.95 per person, however we will be running an ‘Early love bird special’, if you make your reservation between the hours of 3:00pm and 4:30pm the cost is $42.95 per person. Please call 770-914-9312 to make your reservation today.

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Paint and Sip is back and it is now on the last Thursday of every month instead of Tuesday. The cost is $40 per person and includes your painting plus 3 glasses of wine. Tickets available for purchase online or in the restaurant.

Our 2019 event calendar is filling up fast! Call 770-403-9567 and speak with our event coordinator, Meghan Montgomery, to secure the date for your special event!

Don’t forget- we’re open at 7:00 AM  Tuesday through Sunday for coffee. Be sure to ask about our daily specials!

 

Locust Grove designated as a R.U.R.A.L (Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas Legislation) Zone!

Have you heard? Downtown Locust Grove is now eligible for new tax credit incentives through the Rural Zone Program! Locust Grove is one of nine Georgia communities to receive designation beginning in 2019.

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R.U.R.A.L (Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Area Legislation) zones assist with new job creation and private investment within the historic commercial cores of Georgia’s small towns. The program includes three tax credit incentives : Job Creation Tax Credit, Property Investment Credit, and  Rehabilitation Tax Credit (for historic AND non-historic properties!). Each new full-time-equivalent job created within the district will be eligible for a $2000 State income tax credit for 5 years, as well as 25% of the property purchase price and 30% of eligible rehabilitation costs. This designation lasts for five years, but credits can be carried for up to 10 years after project completion

Rural Zone designation was developed in 2017 by the Georgia General Assembly, Department of Community Affairs, and Georgia Department of Economic Development as a new tool for economic development in Georgia’s rural downtowns. Required criteria for designation include a population of less than 15,000, a concentrated core of historic commercial structures, and demonstrated blight and disinvestment downtown. The City of Locust Grove joins eight other Georgia communities: Avondale Estates, Greensboro, Hartwell, Hogansville, Jessup, Monticello, Sylvester, and Waycross in the most recent round of designations.

“It is our sincere hope that designation as a Rural Zone will help support economic development in our historic commercial core and serve as a valuable new tool for transforming our historic downtown into the thriving district envisioned in the City’s 2016 LCI Study” said Locust Grove Mayor Robert Price. “By further incentivizing investment, historic rehabilitation, and job creation in the heart of our small community, we aim to make the City of Locust Grove an even more inviting place to work, live, and visit”.

Tim Young, Locust Grove City Manager stated: “We are happy that we were designated after the hard work our Staff put into the nomination process. The outcome of all of these efforts will be a more vibrant downtown that emphasizes our unique historical and cultural heritage in our already busy developing city.”

With this new tool for Downtown Development, look forward to new businesses and investment in our downtown over the coming 5 years!

For more information about Locust Grove’s Rural Zone, or to check your eligibility for tax credits, please contact Anna Ogg at aogg@locustgrove-ga.gov or call 770-692-2320.

Additional information can also be found on DCA’s website HERE!

 

Holiday French Toast Casserole

By Nicole Silva, owner of Crumbles Bakery

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! There is no better time to start a new family tradition.  One of my families most treasured traditions is having French toast casserole on Christmas Morning.  Of course the bakery owner’s tradition would revolve around food, and I’m sharing it with you in hopes that you will steal it and take it on as a tradition of your own.

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The first time I tried this recipe it was at a Mocha Mom brunch.  One of the moms brought a French Toast Casserole and I thought it was the best breakfast dish I had ever eaten.  An added bonus was that all the kids loved it, and I am always on the search for recipes that all the picky eaters in my family can enjoy.  When she told me she prepared most of it the night before, I was sold. I set out on a mission to make my own thinking it would be perfect when we had family in town, or on special mornings when we all wanted to be together.  Since I love family traditions, the Christmas Morning French Toast Casserole tradition was born.

This recipe is prepared the night before Christmas while Santa is busy putting presents under the tree.  I prepare it, then pop it in the oven on Christmas morning as soon as the kids wake us up to go downstairs to open presents.  By the time they are finished opening presents, breakfast is ready to be served.  We get a perfect homemade breakfast without having to spend much time in the kitchen on Christmas day.

The bacon in the recipe is totally optional. If you aren’t a bacon eater (and I’m not judging, okay maybe I am a little). Then just leave it out.  It is amazing with or without.

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And if you really want to try it, but don’t have time to make it, I just might offer some pre-made casseroles for pickup at the bakery…lol

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Ingredients:
1lb bacon (optional but why not, its bacon)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 loaf of bread (about 20 slices or less if thicker bread is used)
1 1/4 – cup brown sugar
1.5 – tsp cinnamon
1/2 – tsp nutmeg
5 – eggs
3/4 cup milk
½ cup 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional but I recommend it)

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Start by cooking the bacon.  I like to cook my bacon on a cooling rack that is inside a larger pan in the oven for 30 min at 350.  For this recipe I cook it about 20 min until just cooked but not quite crispy.  It can also be cooked on the stove-top.  No matter what method you use to cook the bacon, cook until just done as it will be cooked again the next day.
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While the bacon is cooling, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl (brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg). In another bowl mix the eggs, milk, cream, paste and extract together. Melt the butter in the microwave and pour it in a 9x 13. Cut each piece of bread into strips.  Layer bottom of pan with a third the bread pieces.  Sprinkle 1/3 of the brown sugar mix over the bread. Layer the second third of bread and top with 1/3 of brown sugar mix. Add the last layer of bread and pour the egg mixture over the bread slices. Make sure you cover all the pieces of bread. Chop the bacon and add about ½ cup of chopped cooked bacon (or more if you are a bacon lover) to the top of the bread.  Sprinkle remaining brown sugar on top. Cover the dish and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove from the refrigerator and bake (still covered in foil) in a preheated oven at 350 for 30 minutes. Then uncover and bake 15 more minutes until brown and set. Take out and enjoy with powdered sugar or syrup (my family likes both).

 

Southern Gastroenterology Specialists; Providing compassionate care to South Atlanta since 1984

By Douglas Lowe II, MD

Southern Gastroenterology Specialists (SGS) was established in 1984 with the mission of providing excellent subspecialty care in Gastroenterology and Hepatology for the Atlanta community.  SGS is committed to providing high quality healthcare including general gastroenterology, hepatology, biliary care, and cancer prevention.   Our practice has seven board certified gastroenterologists and one nurse practitioner dedicated to providing evidence based and compassionate healthcare.

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            SGS offers two conveniently located endoscopy centers as well as offices throughout the South Atlanta metropolitan area.  Our endoscopy centers are certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Hearth Care, Inc. (AAAHC).  In our endoscopy centers, our board certified gastroenterologists perform colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).  Capsule endoscopy is performed in the Locust Grove Office and the Riverdale Office.

Our practice reports performance data pertaining to procedures performed in our endoscopy centers to a national repository. The GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC), which benchmarks our data compared with other endoscopy centers throughout the country.  We continuously strive to exceed nationally  established quality benchmarks for endoscopic safety and quality.  For colonoscopy, the quality indicators include the cecal intubation rate, adenoma detection rate, and the cecal withdrawal time.  The most recent cecal intubation rate for endoscopists in our centers was 99.5%.  The adenoma section rate for endoscopists in our centers was 51% for men and 39% for women which exceeds the current national standard of 30% in men and 20% in women.  The cecal withdrawal time by endoscopists in our centers consistently exceeds the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy standard of 6 minutes indicating higher quality;

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            In the hospital, we perform Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG) placement.   Our gastroenterologists maintain active medical staff privileges including providing consultative gastroenterology services and performing procedures at Piedmont Henry Medical Center.   Our objective is to provide high quality and evidence based medical care, foster high patient satisfaction, and ensure access to new technology while identifying opportunities for expense reduction.

We would be delighted and honored to be your gastrointestinal care provider.  Our Locust Grove Office and Locust Grove Endo Center are located at 4865 Bill Gardner Parkway, Locust Grove, GA 30248.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office by phone at  770-692-0100 or email at info.sgs@gastromds.net.   Please visit our practice website for more information at www.sgsgastro.com or www.sgscolon.com.  Please visit our practice on facebook at facebook.com/southerngastroenterologyspecialists.

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THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS OF UNINSURED MOTORIST INSURANCE IN GEORGIA

By Ben F. Windham

The Georgia legislature has codified minimum requirements for motor vehicle liability insurance policies under O.C.G.A. § 33-7-11.  Any automobile liability policy in this state must have not less than $25,000.00 dollars because of bodily injury to or death of one person in any one incident or $50,000.00 dollars because of bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one occurrence.  In current economic times, $25,000.00 dollars is nowhere near enough insurance coverage for someone who is seriously injured in an automobile collision.  Even minor collisions alone result in hospital visits for diagnostic testing and can result in more than $25,000.00 dollars in medical bills.  This is not to mention that many injuries will put people out of work for some time, causing them to have a claim for lost wages.

It is very important due to the minimum required policy limits in this state that people have what is referred to as “uninsured” or sometimes “underinsured” motorist protection on their automobile insurance policy.  While it is true that one should carry uninsured motorist protection, it is these types of policies that are the most unfair to insureds in the State of Georgia.

Until 2009, the dirty little secret of the insurance industry was that even if you paid for $25,000.00 dollars in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, you were only entitled to tap into that $25,000.00 dollars if the person that caused the collision in which you were injured had less than $25,000.00 dollars insurance coverage.  In other words, if the person that hit you had $50,000.00 in insurance coverage and you had $25,000.00 in uninsured/underinsured insurance coverage, you would not be allowed to any portion of your $25,000.00 policy.  This would be true even if your damages were in the many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Finally, in 2009 the Georgia General Assembly, over and against the wishes of the powerful insurance lobby, decided to let the cat out of the bag and fix this dirty little secret.  The new statute would read that everyone was entitled to their entire uninsured/underinsured motorist protection limits so long as their damages called for it.  The insurance industry refers to this right to tap into your own insurance coverage as “add on uninsured motorist protection.”  The new statute still allows insurance companies to wiggle out of honoring uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage so long as they have the insured execute an “opt-out” or “rejection” of the right to utilize the entire amount of the uninsured motorist protection limits.

Another dirty little secret of the automobile insurance industry in the State of Georgia is that when you make a claim into your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, your insurance company hires lawyers to represent the person that caused the accident that hurt you and will try to defeat your claim to any of your own insurance.  If your insurance company defends the person that caused your injuries in bad faith and you ultimately recover the entire amount of your uninsured/underinsured insurance limits, the penalties that await your insurance company are merely a slap on the wrist.

The dirty little secret the insurance lobby in Georgia doesn’t want you to know, is if your own insurance company doesn’t act “like a good neighbor” and “do the right thing” and drags you through two years of litigation, then no matter what a jury awards you, you can only potentially recover a bad faith penalty of 25% of the limits of your uninsured/underinsured motorist protection and attorney’s fees.  Oh, but don’t fret, should you get to that point and finally have a jury award you the limits of your uninsured/underinsured motorist protection, your insurance company will not stand up and “do the right thing” and pay the penalty.  They will instead, fight and defend the second lawsuit that you must bring against the insurance company directly in order to prove they were acting in “bad faith.”

Another dirty little secret (there are so many) of uninsured automobile insurance in Georgia is that most folks don’t realize that you cannot say the word insurance or indirectly refer to the concept of insurance in any way at a personal injury trial seeking insurance proceeds.  Instead, the insurance lobby has guaranteed a system through the Georgia legislature that allows insurance defense lawyers to defend their case in part by hoping that people on your jury will assume that you are suing the person that caused your injuries individually, creating guilt that should they award what is just and right they could financially ruin the person that was negligent.

This is also true when you are seeking payment of your uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance limits after you have already settled with the person that caused your injuries.  In other words, your own insurance company that refuses to pay your claim or any portion of your uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance limits, files an answer as the attorneys for the person that hit you and can choose to never reveal their identity and can prevent you from ever revealing to the jury that you are only seeking payment of your insurance that you paid for.

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Ben F. Windham is a trial lawyer that specializes in representing Georgia individuals and families in catastrophic injury claims.

 

BFW LocationThe personal injury attorneys and criminal defense lawyers at Ben F. Windham, P.C. serve clients throughout the greater Atlanta area, including Locust Grove with an array of law services. For more information, visit http://www.windhamlaw.com.

Beneath the Southern Charm- A look back through time in Downtown Locust Grove

By Aleigha Johnson

Current photos by Kayleigh Johnson

Locust Grove, a quaint southern town, filled with small town shops and restaurants.  But, what lies beneath its southern charm and its small-town feel?  What lies beneath the walls of the remaining historic structures?

True history is found by digging deeper, by listening to the stories of the ones who grew up here, by taking the time to truly care about town history and seeking the answers.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kathy Engeman, a resident of Locust Grove, member of Locust Grove Main Street, and founder of The Locust Grove Heritage Foundation to discuss the history of the town.  Engeman stated she established The Locust Grove Heritage Foundation “primarily to preserve the history of families and to preserve the history of things that were done.”

According to Engeman, her family moved to Locust Grove in 1945 when she was only three years old.  After spending the majority of her childhood on her family’s farm, she left in 1960 to attend college.  Though she left Locust Grove serval times, Engeman always found her way back to the charming southern town.  “When you are raised on a farm and you actually work on that farm you always feel a tie to the soil, it’s just something that is ingrained in you from childhood,” Engeman said.  She now owns the house she grew up in and part of the farmland that was originally her grandfather’s.

Engeman’s family’s legacy in Locust Grove has carried on throughout generations.  Her grandfather was the town doctor, up until 1945 when he became ill.  He owned a quaint practice in Locust Grove and assisted the townspeople in their medical needs, whether they came into his practice or he made a house call.

Throughout Engeman’s adolescence, there were only a few businesses in the town, she mentioned two grocery stores, a drug store, and a bank.  However, Engeman stated, “the economy of this area was agriculture and most of it was cotton.”  One of Engeman’s favorite shops resided on her family’s farm, the blacksmith shop.  Engeman was always intrigued by the process the metal would undergo.

As I talked with Engeman about her early town memories she spoke about how she attended elementary school in the building that is currently known as city hall.  Interesting enough, the building was originally Locust Grove Institute, which was where Engeman’s father continued his education.  According to Engeman, “The depression came along and money wasn’t available and students couldn’t go and it folded.”  Therefore, the institute later became Locust Grove Elementary.

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Because the building was not intended to be an elementary school, Engeman remembers students being sent to the stairs when they were in trouble.  However, attending elementary in the old Institute building did have its conveniences as it allowed the school to dismiss and head over to the Baptist church next door when there was an event going on.

Being that the school was right across from the railroad tracks, Engeman and her classmates were filled with fascination when the train passed through town.  She recalls all the students racing to the ball field in excitement to wave at the man riding the caboose.  Imagine seeing children lining the front lawn of city hall to wave at the passing train.

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In addition to the train excitement, upper elementary and junior high found excitement in heading to “Shoebootie’s” a couple nights a week.  According to Engeman, the man who repaired shoes allowed the children to play pool, bowl, listen to the jukebox, and rent books.  “Shoebootie” charged about ten cents to bowl or rent books.  However, when a child returned a book he gave them ten cents back.

Throughout the course of her life, Engeman has seen the town undergo many changes.  She mentioned how Locust Grove’s stores no longer smell like they did many years ago and their appearance has changed as well.  Though the storefronts have changed, Engeman still recognizes what once remained when she ventures behind the shops.  According to Engeman, to get a true feel for what the town was like years ago, one must walk down Cleveland Street.

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Though the town has seen many changes since Engeman was a child, she finds positivity in the changes as it has increased the growth of the town’s businesses.  As Engeman said, “You can’t go back; you have to go forward.”

While historic structures undergo many changes and may not last forever, the stories of what once remained can carry on throughout generations if we are simply willing to listen.

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What gives your life meaning?

By Michael Powell

It’s that time of year again. Social media is filled with “1st day of school” pictures, your vacation tan is fading, and thoughts of Christmas are beckoning your credit score. Life is fast. And I don’t just mean today or this week. The whole thing is slipping away- we see it in the mirror, in our growing kids, and maybe even aging parents. Instead of running to the next moment, I would like you to think for a second about what gives your life meaning. Maybe it’s your family, job, stunning good looks, awards, friends, retirement, or something else. While all those things are great, they are also speeding out of sight, slipping through your fingertips as you grasp with more and more energy to keep them close. This constant search for identity and purpose leaves you feeling hopeless, filling that hopelessness with temporary happiness.

 

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The Good News is this: that is not how we have been designed to live! Imagine for a moment that every waking minute of your life could be meaningful, with lasting impact, bringing endless joy. This is what the gospel provides! Through the finished work of Christ, we can reflect His glory and live out our true identity with peace in an everlasting hope that brings meaning to today.

 

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Southpoint has called Locust Grove home for the last 12 years, and we love this city! It’s not the access to Atlanta or train platform or growing selection of restaurants. We love this city because of the people. We want you and your family to experience true joy in Christ. We want to show our neighbors the love of Jesus. We want others to find hope for this life and the next.

 

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As your family is gearing up for a new school year or season of life, please consider joining us on a Sunday as we grow as a community of God’s grace and glory. This Sunday, at 10:30am, we are starting a series called Identity. It will look at the purpose for our lives as individuals and a community, leading to the September launch of a new Southpoint location in McDonough. As we grow, learn, and serve, YOU are invited to help us love this city!

 

We are located right behind the French Market at 170 Cleveland Street. For more information, please visit southpointfellowship.org.

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