Citizens Raise Over 1,000 books for Chamber Book Drive

When Stevi Thompson found out there was a need for books in her community, she stepped in. The Ashburn Turner County Chamber Commerce president and her office staff set to work soliciting donations of new or gently used books for an after school program, Turner County Connections. “Our goal was to collect 500 books. Honestly, I assumed we would have to purchase some to get to that goal. To receive over 1,000 is overwhelming and humbling,” said Thompson. Turner County Connections is launching a new initiative for the 2017-2018 school year, Step Up and Read.  The program will focus on strengthening reading and comprehension skills for kids 3-13 years old.  “We borrowed collection boxes and had them at the office and at our banks, Colony Bank and South Georgia Banking Company,” said Thompson. The books will need to be boxed up and moved the Turner County Connection’s offices where they will be sorted according to difficulty. “It’s a blessing and an inspiration, it really is,” said Mrs. Patrica Harris, the program’s Executive Director. ​”We had people donate anywhere from 1 book to 200 books at a time.  The community made this happen and we say ‘Thank you!” said Thompson.  ​Pictured: Patrica Harris (left) and Stevi Thompson (right) sit with the stacks of book donations. ​ ​For more information, contact the Ashburn Turner County Chamber of Commerce​ 229-567-9696 or follow us on Facebook. 

Southern Peanut Farmers Federation launches ‘Peanut Program Works’ website and video

The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation today launched a campaign website,, and video to showcase the benefits of the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program in the 2014 Farm Bill and highlight its importance to farmers, their families and communities. The website, through a series of farmer profiles, an informational video and fact points, demonstrates how so many peanut farmers rely on the stability brought to their market through the PLC program, which is known as the Peanut Program, and why it must be retained in the upcoming Farm Bill. “The Peanut Program works,” said Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission and member of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation. “It creates stability giving farmers the ability to secure loans, contract with shellers, buy from chemical and feed companies, and invest in farm capital equipment.” The Peanut Program has given farmers like Michael Davis, a sixth-generation farmer from Graceville, Florida, the reassurance they need to continue farming. “The Peanut Program serves as an important backstop allowing us to plan for the long term. Without the Peanut Program, I believe that one-third of the farmers I know would go out of business, which would dramatically impact our communities.” Through the website, SPFF aims to educate policymakers, farmers and the agriculture community about why the Peanut Program must be retained in the upcoming Farm Bill. The Peanut Program is a sound, market-based solution that offers farmers a necessary price floor to support continued stability and access to lending, regardless of what is happening in the larger market. The program also helps to meet the ever-increasing demand for peanuts both domestically and internationally. Peanuts have seen continued per capita consumption growth for years, jumping from 6.60 pounds per capita to 7.41 between 2012 and 2016.* Caleb Bristow, executive director of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, said: “In the supply chain for peanuts, what’s good for farmers is good for consumers. Changing the Peanut Program would have detrimental consequences for not only family-run farms like mine and rural communities across the southeast, but it would threaten the availability of a healthy and nutritious energy source for billions of peanut lovers around the world.” Peanut Program Works’ main message directly combats the attempts by the Florida Peanut Federation to drastically lower reference prices and destabilize a program that works for peanut farmers, their families and their surrounding communities. Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission and a member of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, said that the policy advocated by the FPF would benefit only a small number of their members at the expense of peanut farmers throughout the Southeast. “The fact is the Florida Peanut Federation would undermine the market-based Peanut Program that works for peanut farmers, our families and our communities by pushing to dramatically lower the reference price and championing a self-serving effort on behalf of a few farmers who want to arbitrarily declare peanut base – a move that would put farmers in our community out of business and wreak chaos in the marketplace,” Koehler said. “Peanuts aren’t publicly traded on the futures market so the price of peanuts isn’t set until well after the peanuts are planted, and we’ve sunk big money into our crop. In order to meet the growing global demand for peanuts, farmers need a system in place that provides stability over time. And fortunately, we have one,” said Mike Jordan, a Jackson County, Florida farmer. The website, which was launched while the peanut industry was meeting at the 21st Annual USA Peanut Congress, urges and equips users to take initial steps towards understanding the Peanut Program and its sustained benefits, as well as the unreasoned claims made against it. Protect the Peanut Program that helps protect us-visit to learn more.

Source: USDA Peanut Stocks and Processing report; excludes peanut oil

Make A Visit to Carroll’s

Armed with a dream and an old family sausage recipe, Thomas and Ann Carroll founded Carroll’s Sausage in Ashburn, GA in 1988. Their idea was simple: please customers with the finest, best tasting sausages around. Before long, the business was a hit. Every customer that passed through Thomas and Ann’s doors was impressed by a sausage recipe that had been passed down and refined for generations. In 2001, Hugh Hardy, Jr. purchased the business (and it’s world-famous sausage recipe) from the Carroll family. A longtime Carroll’s Sausage employee himself, Hugh had a deep passion for the business and a powerful vision to expand it. Over time, Carroll’s Sausage grew to include more meats, hundreds of grocery items, dozens of home grown Southern condiments, and a hot foods counter that serves breakfast and lunch. What began as a small butcher shop became a full-fledged country store. Now known as Carroll’s Sausage & Country Store, Hugh’s business continues to satisfy thousands of customers every year. The store still makes its home in Ashburn, GA, but with a new location right off I-75. Situated on this busy interstate, Carroll’s is an oasis for weary travelers moving through Georgia and Florida. The business has also settled in Albany, GA, Sylvester, GA and Thomaston, GA. Carroll’s Sausage & Country Store was founded on the belief that hard work, quality products, and superior service would build success. While the business may have grown, these core values remain the same. Carroll’s still provides the best food and still puts a smile on the face of every customer. Carroll’s now makes over forty varieties of sausage using the old family recipe. We also make our own snack sticks and beef jerky available in over seven different flavors. We are an old fashioned butcher shop where we custom cut your meat to order. We carry beef and pork as well as specialty meats such as frog legs, quail, and rabbit. We also have chicken available in our Ashburn store. We have a large variety of sauces and seasoning as well as honey, syrup, jams, jellies and preserves, many of which were made right here in Georgia. Some of our Georgia Grown products include Lauri Jo’s famous preserves, honey from Weeks Honey Farm, award winning Wisham’s pepper jellies, and pork skins from Nether’s Skins. We also have a wide variety of frozen vegetables available seasoned with our own bacon ends. Carroll’s Sausage and Country Store in Ashburn invites you to join them on Saturday’s for their Wine tasting. The event takes place from 11am-5pm each Saturday. Recently in the month of June, they have had 5 Points Berries Winery, Gin Creek Winery and Still Pond Winery. Many of these wines are Award Winning Wines. Learning how to taste wines is a straightforward adventure that will deepen your appreciation for both wines and winemakers. Look, smell, taste – starting with your basic senses and expanding from there you will learn how to taste wines like the pros in no time! Keep in mind that you can smell thousands of unique scents, but your taste perception is limited to salty, sweet, sour and bitter. It is the combination of smell and taste that allows you to discern flavor. Please stop by or give us a call to place an order to be picked up or shipped right to your door. We hope to hear from you soon!

Book Drive Still Accepting Book Donations

The Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce is still collecting books through the end of the month. Just this past week, more books were donated. The Mayor of Ashburn dropped off some books along with Karen McCurdy and Turner County Farm Bureau. Each and every book donated is quickly adding up to the books that will be donated to Turner County Family Connection for their new literacy program in the Turner County School System. If you have any new or gently used books that you would like to donate, please drop them by the Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce .

Personal Budgeting 101 Class Offered

The Chamber of Commerce will be giving a Budgeting 101 Class at the Village Green Apartments next week for anyone interested in attending please call Village Green Apartments, 567-3189. The personal budgeting 101 class will teach what a budget is and why you need one. You will also learn how to achieve your financial goals, seven keys to effective budgeting, estimate our income and you will learn to budget for actual and unexpected expenses. The class is scheduled for June 22nd from 1-2pm. This class is provided free of charge by your local Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce.

Children’s Books Needed

The Ashburn community needs children’s books to help inspire an interest and passion for reading and learning. Would you consider donating new or gently used children’s books for our book drive?

Source: Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce

Farm Tour Stops at Calhoun Produce

Georgia Farm Bureau Farm Tour recently made a visit in Turner County to Calhoun Produce. It was a beautiful day for a visit and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. Calhoun Produce stated they were honored to have the Georgia Farm Bureau Farm Tour visit their farm. The group had lunch, a wagon ride to see their Agri-Tourism operation and their butterbean and pea packing operation.

Source: Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce

Donation Made to Book Drive

Mr. Danny Gay is the Communities in Schools site coordinator for Ben Hill and Turner County Schools. He recently donated over 250 books to the Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce book drive!

Source: Ashburn – Turner County Chamber of Commerce