Christmas in the country

Eatonton’s Stepback community captures a glimpse of turn-of-the-century life and celebrates tradition during the holiday season Story by Susan Larson | Photography by Virginia C. Linch It started out as a man cave. Roger Pierce was looking for a 20-acre lot where he could build a house. While searching for the perfect place, a 115-acre…

Finest in fresh-cut

With more than 20 years of Christmas memories, Jack’s Creek Farm is still growing strong You know you’re getting close to Jack’s Creek Farm when you start passing cars with Christmas trees, wrapped in red netting, strapped to their roof. At the end of the gravel drive, past rows of perfectly-pruned bright green Leyland Cypress,…

For Love and Country

Local WWII veterans celebrate 73 years of marriage and mark 100th birthday milestone Story and photography by Bryce McCuin It’s a cool, crisp Saturday morning in Greensboro. James and Thelma Leys are up and dressed, resting in their wheelchairs and waiting for guests to arrive. A Savannah Court attendant approaches them with a warm greeting….

Dogs in Business

Meet the furry faces that greet customers and clients each day at local businesses around the lake – For some businesses around Lake Oconee, every day is “Take Your Dog to Work Day.” Like many of us, these business owners understand that life is better with dogs, and so it follows that work would be…

20 Years of Rescue

This year, the Oconee Regional Humane Society (ORHS) commemorates two decades worth of rescue and adoption. They plan to celebrate in style on Sept. 28 with a “Great Catsby and Barking 20s” birthday gala at Highgate Estate and Gardens in Greensboro. And, the group has a lot to celebrate. Over the course of the past…

High Flyers:

Lake Country Flying Club members share their love of the skies with students and the community through the Greene County Regional Airport. All work and no play can make for a very dull pilot. After the arduous hours of training and required testing for flight certification, new pilots are often ready to take to the…

Connecting the Dots:

From London to Boston to Eatonton, the Garrett family connects guests at the Dot 2 Dot Inn to their new community. Karen Henry-Garrett and her husband, Richard, welcome guests to the Dot 2 Dot Inn with an air of Southern hospitality that makes you think they have lived in Georgia their whole life. Not many…

Faces of Farmers Markets

It’s not just the farmers who connect us to the land. It’s their stories, shared with generations, that show us the importance of sustainable farms in our own communities. It’s also the ones who tell their stories and unite producers and consumers, helping them learn about their food and the faces behind it. Farmers Markets…

Who is Oconee Joe?

The bright green shoots of early spring fill the trees around with the promise of sunshine and warmth. Winter, as mild as it has been, is finished. The days are longer, the birds are chirping, and the river is flowing. The current of the Oconee River as it rolls by is inviting. In our piedmont…