185 Inch Buck from Worth County


It was the morning of Nov. 10 when Jeff was hunting on the creek bottom of the new lease that he had just gotten into. In fact, it was so new, he had not even set up any stands or blinds yet, so he had to hunt sitting on the ground. At around 7:30, he saw a doe behind him, and not long after that, a buck came up from the creek bottom behind the doe. This buck immediately piqued Jeff’s interest. “I didn’t want to look at the horns anymore because I didn’t want to get nervous,” said Jeff. Jeff rolled over onto his stomach to get a shot at the buck, spooking the doe a bit, which made him nervous that both deer would run off. Jeff only had a 12- to 15-inch gap to make a shot between the two trees the buck was standing behind. After aiming for the vitals, he pulled the trigger and both deer ran. When he went to check for blood at the spot the buck was at, he realized that he completely missed the buck and hit the pine tree. “That made me feel sick,” Jeff said. That evening, Jeff went hunting with his dad, Michael, and older brother, Justin, to the same property in hopes of seeing the giant buck again. Once they arrived, Justin went to another spot on the property, while Jeff and his dad went back to the area where he had missed the buck that morning. On their way to the spot, they jumped two deer. “Dad said that the hunt was probably over with,” said Jeff. They were both irritated about bumping the two deer but began trying to decide where to set up a ground blind. His dad was looking around trying to find a good spot to hunt when Jeff brought his rifle scope to his eye to check out the area where the deer had run. Once he did, he saw the back end of a deer 100 yards away. He motioned to his dad that he was looking at a deer. Jeff’s dad looked through his binoculars at the deer, but he couldn’t tell what it was. Jeff got onto his stomach, keeping the deer in his scope, and waited for about 10 minutes before it moved to scratch head and began walking. When that happened, Jeff finally got clear view of the antlers and realized how big it was. He put his crosshairs on the shoulder and fired. They waited for about five to 10 minutes before moving to track it. “It seemed like 30 to 45 minutes to me,” said Jeff. They walked to where the deer was shot and found blood. Jeff found some blood and began looking in the direction it ran. He found the deer about 10 to 15 yards away. He only saw the body at first because its head was blocked by a pine tree and some brush, but when he finally saw its antlers, he began cheering and yelling for his dad to, “Get down here and see this thing!” Jeff’s monster buck has 15 scoreable points, with six on the left and nine on the right. His buck has been entered in Week 9 of Truck Buck.

Source: Georgia Outdoor News

~ Dates to Remember ~


20th ~ National Shoebox Collection Week
20th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
20th ~ WCMS School Intervention 8am-11:25m
20th ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
21st ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
21st ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
22nd ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
22nd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
23rd ~ Happy Thanksgiving from The Martin News
23rd ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
24th ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
24th ~ Black Friday – Shop Local
25th ~ Sylvester Downtown Farmer’s Market
27th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
28th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
28th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
28th ~ Lights of Love Tree Lighting 2017
29th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
29th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
30th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS


6th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
7th ~ Sylvester Christmas Parade
9th ~ Poulan Christmas Parade
13th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
18th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
19th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
20th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
25th ~ Merry Christmas from The Martin News
26th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
27th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester

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Janya’s Journey

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Janya is definitely ready! I love when I am able to sit down and enjoy some time with Janya. She stays so busy with church, school, family and the community but I was able to grab her for a few minutes. I asked her for her thoughts on Thanksgiving and her reply was precious. “The feelings of joy, togetherness and happiness are what I think of when I think of Thanksgiving” stated Janya “Thanksgiving is the holiday where we see more family and friends coming together”. Janya is so right. This is the holiday where we see family and friends coming together more often. I wander why that is? Is it because life is so busy that we are not able to do it any other time? Through the eyes of a child is how we should always look at things. Janya loves her family and friends and values the time they spend together. Her mother, Linda, instills the importance of family and true friends to her. Janya thinks it is wonderful for families and communities coming together to feed those that are less fortunate at this time of year also. “Most importantly giving thanks to God for allowing us to come together as one again and giving thanks to God for the many blessings he has bestowed upon us thus far is truly the reason for Thanksgiving” exclaimed Janya. In closing I asked Janya what her wishes were for the community and she stated that she wishes everyone to be able to come together as family and friends and to enjoy each other.

The Great American Smokeout

Get ready to kick the habit, and become victorious over tobacco. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, the American Cancer Society sets aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking. About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes which is another dangerous and addictive form of tobacco. By quitting, even for one day, you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life which can lead to reducing your cancer risk. It’s a race for your health, and it starts today. Today’s the day that quitters win.

Dial It or Push It

I love to see how the days that are recognized through the year. They have any day you can imagine! I almost got tickled with this day they recognize. It is push button phone day. Did you know that Bell Telephone introduced the first commercial push-button telephone on November 18, 1963? It was installed first in Carnegie and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. The push-button phone replaced the rotary dial phone, which had been in use for decades. Customers had to be convinced to use the new phones. The push-button telephone was only one part of the package that completed the modern telephone system. One other major part was automating the signals sent down the wire after you pushed the buttons. To fill this gap, touch-tone dialing was also introduced on November 18, 1963 to speed the transmission of telephone numbers. Rotary dial phones had used pulse dialing, a much slower method of routing a call to an exchange to connect with another number. Until rotary dial phones were introduced, telephone operators at an exchange grabbed plugs on the end of long cord and pushed them into a jack on a board, connecting someone placing a call with the party they were calling, or with a long-distance operator in another city. “It happened in the ‘60s” website is the great website that I found this information on and there is so much information on there that is so interesting. Reading on push-button phones took me back to when I was a little girl. I can remember both of my grandmothers having the round circular dial phones. It seemed like it took forever to dial the number you needed. Then I can remember them getting the push button phones but it still was a little slow but nothing compared to the phones before them. We thought we were something when our grandparents got the push-button phones. With all the technology we have now, our children were basically introduced to cell phones from the beginning so they have no clue about push-button phones much less the ones we had to spend round and round to dial. It’s amazing to me when I think about the times when I was growing up. None of my grandparents, grandmothers and grandfathers included, even knew what a cell phone was probably. I know my daddy’s parents never had a cell phone and I don’t think my mother’s parents did. Technology has come a long way but to me when I was growing up, those were the good ole days!


I love birthdays and guess whose birthday is in November?? That’s right, you guessed it… Mickey Mouse! Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928. An anthropomorphic mouse who typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves, Mickey has become one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world. Mickey first was seen in a single test screening (Plane Crazy). Mickey officially debuted in the short film Steamboat Willie (1928), one of the first sound cartoons. He went on to appear in over 130 films, including The Band Concert (1935), Brave Little Tailor (1938), and Fantasia (1940). Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Ten of Mickey’s cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character. His self-titled newspaper strip, drawn primarily by Floyd Gottfredson, ran for 45 years. Mickey has also appeared in comic books and in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1996) and others. He also appears in other media such as video games as well as merchandising, and is a meetable character at the Disney parks. Mickey generally appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, his friends Donald Duck, and Goofy, and his nemesis Pete, among others. Originally characterized as a mischievous antihero, Mickey’s increasing popularity led to his being rebranded as an everyman, usually seen as a flawed, but adventurous hero. In 2009, Disney began to re-brand the character again by putting less emphasis on his pleasant, cheerful side and reintroducing the more mischievous and adventurous sides of his personality, beginning with the video game Epic Mickey. This information provided by Disney is very interesting to read. There’s so much that I didn’t even know Mickey had done.

Color Yard Décor

I saw this on Facebook recently and wanted to share it. Is this not the coolest thing ever! All you have to do is get some balloons and feel them with water and add a little food coloring to the balloon and tie the balloon up tight. Put the balloons outside on the lawn when the temperatures with be below freezing all night. The next morning it should be frozen solid inside the balloon. Take some scissors and carefully cut the balloon and peel it off the ice and you will have huge colorful decorations. This sounds so cool to do with our children. It looks absolutely beautiful! Let’s all do this and when we ride around town everyone will have beautiful yard décor.

Relaxing During the Holidays

With the holiday’s coming up, we all seem to stay so busy but try during them to take a little time for yourself and relax! You can learn to relax with some practice and patience. Be sure to get advice by talking with your health care provider about methods that may work best for you. Check with him or her before changing your diet or starting an exercise program. Talk to people experienced in relaxation techniques, too. Set aside time every day. Many relaxation techniques take a bit of practice to achieve results so be sure to plan time in your schedule everyday to accomplish this. Always find a quiet place. You should feel comfortable and safe in whatever setting you choose. Dim the lights and add soothing background music and enjoy the moment! One thing that will help but is very hard to do is be patient. Don’t worry if you don’t notice results right away. Give yourself time to learn the techniques and relaxation will come. Relaxing is very important because it can help relieve or prevent problems related to stress. Health problems that relaxation can help include headaches, trouble sleeping, clenching or grinding of teeth, stomach and digestion problems and high blood pressure. Believe it or not, relaxation can help emotional distress. Through relaxation, you can reduce emotional response to stress, such as irritability, tension, anxiety and depression. So try to follow these to relax and enjoy the holidays!