By FARAH BOHANNON
Runners of all abilities lined up at the starting line at Crow’s Lake for the third annual Primal Rush race on Saturday, Aug 29, however, things were a bit different this year, due to the lack of obstacles.
Primal Rush was a trail run this year, and the fundraiser for The Tree House, the children’s advocacy center serving Jackson, Barrow and Banks counties, offered participants the opportunity to experience a 5K, 10K or a half marathon. A handful of runners even ran back-to-back races and participated in both the 5K and the 10K.
All three events took runners through the dense woods of Crow’s Lake, yet the course was marked very well to ensure no one became lost. And, of course, with a wooded trail comes the grueling hills and the tree stumps that can cause tripping if runners do not look out for them as they take each step. That just added to the challenge of the run — a challenge that many athletes, including this writer, enjoyed. There were also ample water stations throughout the trails, thanks to hard-working volunteers who braved the early morning to help hydrate the runners.
By FARAH BOHANNON
Joy Wallis was on a hospitality management internship at the Braselton-Stover House and saw it as the perfect venue for a special event.
She is now working an internship at Disney World in Florida and reflecting on the birthday party which celebrated her grandfather’s 91st birthday in July.
Roy Wallis and his wife Evelyn had five children but one died at birth. She was pregnant when her husband was called into service. While in the Philippines, his lip was injured by a sniper’s bullet and sustained a concussion from a near-miss mortar explosion. During his recovery, he contacted malaria and got sent to Daytona Beach, Fla., for treatment. He was discharged on Sept. 28, 1945 and their first child was born five days later but died. He would contract malaria again from a doctor’s contaminated needle but was successfully treated at the VA hospital in Atlanta.
Nashville songwriter Donna Nolan Wilson, who lived in Winder for 12 years, was inspired to write the song, “The Little Boy That Could” when she saw the number of lives which were being touched as they followed the Tripp Halstead story. The youngster, who now lives in Jefferson, captured the hearts of Facebook followers after he was critically injured when a tree fell on him in the yard of his Winder daycare. She feels connected since her granddaughter attended day care in Winder and there is a Hurricane Sandy connection as that storm not only downed that tree but impacted her family and friends with devastation on Long Island. Tripp is also featured in her new book, and she is donating portion of the proceeds from book sales as well as from song downloads to the family.
Watkinsville-based nonprofit Extra Special People has officially joined the Jackson County community. ESP held its first public event at their new camp property in Jefferson on Aug. 8.
The Tug of Love began bright and early as teams began to trickle in, and teams of local businesses, community members and enforcement officers pulled it out against each other with the losers landing in the mud.
Spectators young and old cheered the winning teams on to victory and some even ended up in the mud with them. Younger visitors enjoyed music, face painting and a bounce house and Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum braved the dunk tank finally getting dunked by ESP participant Rod Smith.
The Jefferson Community Theatre presents the comedy/murder dinner theatre “Southern Fried Murder” written by Billy St. John and directed by Christine Dalton and Diane Norton-Bagwell on Sept. 18 and 19 at the Jefferson Civic Center, located at 65 Kissam St., in Jefferson. The shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets were $25 per person or $40 per couple but the show is now sold out. Call 706-367-5714 for more information.