Salvaging history

– The renovation of Central of Georgia Depot encapsulates Madison’s post-war history – Scribbled faintly across an old freight scale in the historic Central of Georgia Depot is the name, Bill Peacock. It’s one of many faded names written across planks and walls inside the freight room of the depot, which was built in 1901….

Derby Day tradition

– Madison’s annual celebration races forward into lasting conservation – Written by Tia Lynn Ivey – Photographed by Josiah Connelly – Hailed as one of the top Derby Day celebrations in the nation, Madison’s annual celebration, which serves as the major fundraiser for the Madison-Morgan Conservancy, is raising the stakes this year. In lieu of…

Capturing the wild

– A profile in art of painter Mary Leslie Hartman – Written by Sarah Wibell – Photographed by Jesse Walker – The horses are beautiful and huge – much larger close up than you might expect from a distance. Their muscles are powerful and refined, and the life in their eyes makes you pause to…

Little Church, Big Heart

– Greene County’s oldest parish marks 150 years – Written by Suzie Hudson and Mimi Vickers – Photographed by Jesse Walker –   At the end of North Main Street, through the quaint downtown district of Greensboro, sits a little red church – unassuming, yet stunning. Small but mighty, its parishioners would say. The stalwart…

Empire Mills

– A Boho Chic affair at Madison’s newest event venue – Photographed by Brandy Angel – Tucked away on Pennington Road lies Madison’s newest special event venue, Empire Mills, a historical cotton oil mill that has been transformed into a wedding destination. Originally built in 1913 by the Empire Mills Cotton Company, the renovated space…

Stellar Brew

– Oconee Brewing Co. goes where no beer has gone before – Photographed by Blake Smith – On a chilly November morning, a small group of pioneers gathered at dawn in an open field near Lake Oconee. They were there to make history. As the sun rose, they released a high-altitude weather balloon that carried…

Northern Gothic

– Atlanta author’s debut novel is born from his childhood home that served as a stop on the Underground Railroad – Written by Rob Peecher – The Hidden Light of Northern Fires may be Daren Wang’s debut novel, but it wouldn’t be right to say that he is a newcomer to the literary world. As…

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…