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Friday, March 17, 2023

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Georgia to Host March 23 Workshop on Resources for New and Beginning Farmers - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Georgia State Executive Director, Arthur Tripp, invites agricultural producers to attend a workshop which will discuss federal resources available to new and beginning farmers. Tripp and USDA staff will provide an overview of current USDA programs and funding opportunities and will walk through steps for agricultural producers to get started working with the Department. The meeting is free and open to the public. It can be attended virtually or in person at the University of Georgia E.L. Rhodes Center for Animal and Dairy Science, 425 River Road, Athens, GA 30602, Room 136 on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 1 p.m. To attend this event, please email On site workshop space is limited and will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.


“For the agricultural industry to remain the top economic driver in our state, it is imperative that we equip our new and beginning agricultural producers with the federal resources they may need to help their operations thrive,” said Tripp. “Through this workshop, we will provide farmers with the information and tools they need to successfully navigate FSA commodity, disaster, conservation, and credit assistance options.”


FSA provides producers with a safety net through farm commodity, conservation, and disaster assistance programs, in addition to providing loans for producers to start, expand, enhance, or maintain a farming operation. To get started with FSA, the first step is contacting your local USDA Service Center. In Georgia, FSA has 67 offices and 340 employees across the state who support agricultural producers through the delivery of FSA programs.


During the initial visit with FSA, producers should bring documents including proof of identity, proof of ownership, leases, and entity identification status. Local FSA staff will visit one-on-one with producers to review documents and register their farm with the agency. Next, FSA staff will consult with producers on which programs and loans are best suited to meet their operational goals.


After determining FSA programs and loan eligibility, producers will be walked through the application process. As an FSA-registered farm, producers will receive monthly newsletters, have access to various informational resources, and be eligible to vote in FSA County Committee Elections. Additionally, agricultural producers who participate in FSA programs may be nominated for candidacy for County Committee Elections. FSA County Committees are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA and allow grassroots input and location administration of federal farm programs. 355 E Hancock Avenue STOP 100 Athens, GA 30301 Contact: Jay Ivey 706-510-5318 Farm Service Agency Producers can explore all FSA programs by visiting or by contacting their local USDA Service Center.


USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit


Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Dianne Westmoreland at (706) 546-2269, or email

Jesus at the Elbert Theatre and Devils on the Diamond 

By Mark Berryman


The Elbert Theatre will be showing Jesus Revolution at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $7.50 and doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.


The movie chronicles the story of Greg Laurie as he and a sea of young people descend on sunny Southern California to redefine truth through all means of liberation. Inadvertently, Laurie meets a charismatic street preacher and a pastor who open the doors to a church to a stream of wandering youth. What unfolds is a counterculture movement that becomes the greatest spiritual awakening in American history.


The Elbert County Diamond Devils will host Rabun County today at 5 p.m. at Diamond Devil Field.


The boys and girls varsity soccer teams will travel to Winder to face Barrow A&S at 5:30/7:30 p.m. today.


The Blue Devil boys golf team will play in the Athens Open at the UGA Course this weekend and the Lady Devils will head to Carrollton to play in the Cougar Invitational at Mirror Lake on Saturday. The girls will then play in the Lady Trojan Invitational at Sunset Hills on Monday.

Jesus at the Elbert Theatre and Devils on the Diamond 

By Mark Berryman

And to wrap up the week, a fun story from the internet.


You may think you’re a big fan of Cadbury Cream Eggs but it’s doubtful you’re as big a fan as Joby Pool.


According to a story by NPR and AP, 32-year-old Pool was arrested by British police in England after allegedly stealing a semi-truck that contained 200,000 Cadbury Creme Eggs.


Pool was stopped on the highway in Telford, a town in central England, shortly after the theft. Pool allegedly used a metal grinder to break through a gate and into the truck.


A West Mercia police tweet said the eggs-travagent theft took place on Saturday, Feb. 11 and claims it is the work of organized crime. Along with the crème eggs, a number of other chocolate varieties were also stolen.


The seized chocolates are thought to be worth 40,000 British pounds, or slightly more than $48,000.


Pool entered guilty pleas to theft of a trailer, theft of its contents and damage to a chain lock. He is expected to be sentenced to two years in prison on March 28.

Today's Community Calendar

Friday, March 17

  • Blue Devils baseball vs Rabun County, 5 p.m./7 p.m., Diamond Devil Field
  • Jesus Revolution movie, 7 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50

Saturday, March 18

  • Blue Devils golf (boys) @ UGA Tournament, Athens
  • Blue Devils golf (girls) @ Couger Invitational, Villa Rica (Mirror Walk)
  • Jesus Revolution movie, 7 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50

Sunday, March 19

  • Jesus Revolution movie, 2 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50

Monday, March 20

  • Blue Devils tennis vs Washington/Wilkes, 4 p.m., Home
  • EC Board of Education, 5:30 p.m., District Office board room
  • EC Board of Elections, 5:30 p.m., Registrar's Office
  • Free indoor pickleball session, 6-8 p.m., McWilliams Park Gym. No equipment necessary.
  • Blue Devils golf, Lady Trojan Inv., Sunset Hills, Carrollton

Tuesday, March 21

  • Blue Devils golf vs Hart/Rabun, Arrowhead Pointe
  • Blue Devils track Tri-Meet @ Commerce
  • Blue Devils soccer vs Commerce, 5:30 p.m./7:30 p.m., Granite Bowl

Wednesday, March 22

  • Open Reading: While the Lights Were Out script, 5:45 p.m., Elberton Arts Center
  • Lady Devils softball @ Johnson, 5 p.m./6 p.m., Gainesville

Thursday, March 23

  • Blue Devils tennis @ Morgan County, 4:15 p.m., Madison

Friday, March 24

  • Jesus Revolution movie, 7 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50
  • Blue Devils golf (boys) @ NAJG-Currahee, Currahee Club

Saturday, March 25

  • Blue Devils track, Owens/Dye Relays, ECCHS, 9 a.m.
  • Theatre Camp registration, 10 a.m., City Hall
  • Blue Devils golf (boys) @ NAJG-Currahee, Currahee Club
  • Lady Devils golf Gwinnett Open, Chateau Elan
  • Jesus Revolution movie, 7 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50
  • JROTC State Drill Meet @ Griffin

Sunday, March 26

  • Jesus Revolution movie, 2 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50

Send Community Calendar event notices to or call 706-283-1400

Today's Obituaries

 Imogene Segars Brown, 87, of Calhoun Falls, S.C., died Monday, March 13, 2023. Graveside services will be held at noon on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Forest Lawns Memorial Garden in Abbeville, S.C. Full obituary

Cleia Ferreira DeSouza, 82 of Belo Horizonte, Brazil died Monday, March 13, 2023. Servies will be announced at a later time. Full obituary

Charles Eugene Johnson, 64, of Elberton, died Tuesday, March 14, 2023. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2023 in the Memorial Chapel at Berry Funeral Home. Full obituary

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