Telfair graduates receive scholarships from Ag Foundation & Telfair Farm BureauMACON, Ga. – Margaret Royal and Hannah Williams, both residents of Milan and recent graduates of Telfair County High School, have been recognized for their academic achievements with separate scholarships presented by the Telfair County Farm Bureau (TCFB) and the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (GFA).Royal, the daughter of Graham and Michelle Royal, is receiving a $500 scholarship from TCFB. Royal plans to attend the University of Georgia this fall where she will pursue a degree in communication sciences and disorders. She plans to return to Telfair County after completing her degree to practice speech pathology.“It’s with great pleasure that Telfair County Farm Bureau presents Margaret Royal with our annual scholarship. Margaret credits being raised on a farm with teaching her the importance of a good work ethic to succeed in life. She also expressed an appreciation for growing up in our community and an intention to return after college to apply her education to help our county,” said TCFB President Neal Stanley. I’d like to congratulate all of the amazing students who applied for our annual scholarship. We had many outstanding applicants, and I commend the parents of this year’s talented group of applicants and graduates.”Williams, the daughter of Doug and Tammy Williams, is one of 10 recipients of the 2021 Georgia Foundation for Agriculture scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Williams is one of three students statewide to receive a $4,000 scholarship. The other seven students are receiving $3,000 scholarships. Williams plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College this fall to pursue a degree in agricultural education. She then plans to pursue a master’s degree in ag education at UGA. Williams would like to return to Telfair County to teach agriculture and return to the family farm to expand the cattle herd she started as her FFA supervised agriculture experience project while in high school.“The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is committed to investing in the future of Georgia agriculture by offering these scholarships to students who want to pursue a career in agriculture. The foundation is happy to offer scholarships this year to students who plan to become ag teachers, welders, veterinarians, ag mechanics, ag engineers, ag business employees and ag lawyers,” said GFA Board Chairman and GFB President Tom McCall. “Georgia Farm Bureau is proud to support the foundation’s efforts.”The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture scholarships recognize and assist deserving and outstanding students pursuing an agriculture or ag-related degree at an eligible technical college (such as welding, diesel mechanics, vet tech) or college in the University System of Georgia, Berry College or Emmanuel College. Instructions for applying for the 2022 GFA scholarships will be announced at www.gafoundationag.org/scholarships in January 2022.Royal was an Honor Roll student and member of the Beta Club throughout high school. She was a member of the TCHS Cross Country Teams which won the 2017 and 2018 state championships and were named area champions from 2017 through 2020. Royal was also a member of the TCHS Band throughout high school. She is a member of Bethel Methodist Church where she helps with the youth Sunday School class.Williams participated in FFA activities throughout high school. She served as the Telfair County FFA chapter vice president for the past two years and competed in FFA vet science, ag sales, meat and livestock judging, floral design, extemporaneous speaking and livestock showing events during her FFA membership. Williams received her FFA Chapter Degree in 2017 and her FFA State Degree in 2021. She served on the TCHS Student Council from her sophomore through senior years. Williams was a member of the TCHS Marching & Concert Bands for which she served as drum major her senior year. Williams was also a member of the TCHS Literary Team for four years, winning awards in singing and drama events. She is a member of McRae First Baptist Church where she is a member of the youth program.TCFB annually offers a scholarship to local graduating high school seniors whose parents or guardians are TCFB members. Contact TCFB Office Manager Kerri Knowles for information about applying for the 2022 scholarship. TCFB is affiliated with Georgia Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization.###CUTLINE TO ACCOMPANY PHOTO: Recent Telfair County High School graduates Margaret Royal, center left, and Hannah Williams, center right, accept congratulations from Telfair County Farm Bureau (TCFB) President Neal Stanley, far right, and Telfair County School Superintendent Lyn Harrelson, far left, for receiving scholarships from the TCFB and Georgia Foundation for Agriculture, respectively.Photo courtesy of Telfair County Farm BureauABOUT GEORGIA FARM BUREAU: As a membership-driven, nongovernment organization, Georgia Farm Bureau serves as the voice of Georgia farmers and rural Georgia by advocating for them on legislative issues that affect rural communities and promoting Georgia crops and farms that sell directly to consumers. Farm Bureau membership is open to the public and offers a wide variety of benefits, including insurance and discounts for health, travel and entertainment services. Enrollment in any of the member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership. Learn more at www.gfb.org .ABOUT GEORGIA FOUNDATION FOR AGRICULTURE: The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preparing Georgia agriculture’s next generation of leaders. The foundation offers scholarships to students pursuing agricultural careers, manages the Georgia Ag Experience mobile classroom, funds leadership development programs and projects that increase students’ and the public’s understanding of agriculture. Visit www.gafoundationag.org to make a tax-deductible donation or learn more about the foundation and its programs.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kevin Shea, President
Georgia Economic Developers Association
Telfair County Receives Award
For Small Community Deal Of The Year
By The Georgia Economic Developers Association
ATLANTA (November 16, 2020) – The Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) recognized the Development Authority of Telfair County and Telfair County Chamber of Commerce for an “outstanding achievement in the location of business in Georgia” at its Annual Awards luncheon on Monday. Telfair County was recognized because of the Guidoni USA project, which announced in November of 2019. Bert Brantley, Deputy Chief of Staff for Governmental Affairs at the Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp, presented the award on behalf of Telfair County to Paula Anderson, President of the Telfair County Chamber of Commerce, Debbie Bullard, Development Authority of Telfair County and Daniel Say, Guidoni USA representative.
The project will create 455 jobs and invest more than $96 million to establish a manufacturing plant Telfair. Guidoni USA is a manufacturer of ornamental rocks that plans to import raw product from Brazil through the Port of Savannah. This project located in an existing building that was vacant for only six months. This international company will have a significant impact on the region and plans to support numerous satellite industries. Community leaders worked together seamlessly to present a dynamic and aggressive incentives package that showcased Telfair County as the top location for Guidoni USA’s new facility.
About the Award
This is now the thirteenth year that GEDA has recognized the major projects from the previous year. In what has become a major portion of the Annual Awards Ceremony – GEDA recognizes recipients in three categories:
SMALL – a county with population under 25,000,
MID-SIZE – a county with population 25,00 – 100,000,
LARGE – a county with population over 100,000,
The Deal of the Year Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the location or expansion of businesses in the state of Georgia that meet community economic development goals and involve significant community program support, such as financial or permitting assistance, workforce development, state financial support, etc.
The Georgia Economic Developers Association is a nonprofit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit www.geda.org.
Photo Left to Right:
Fernanda Kirchner-Project Manager, International Investment, Georgia Department of Economic Development;
Debbie Bullard, Development Authority of Telfair County; Paula Anderson-President, Telfair County Chamber of Commerce; Daniel Say-Project Manager, Guidoni USA; Eric Smith-Local Manager-Georgia Power.
On September 30, 2020 Michelle Delaney, Field Representative for the office of Congressman Austin Scott met with Paula Anderson, President of Telfair County Chamber of Commerce, Neal Stanley, Chair of the Telfair County Board of Commissioners, Johnny Burkett, Mayor of Lumber City, Mike Young, Mayor of McRae-Helena, Melissa Jones, City Manager of McRae-Helena, and Glenn Giles, Police Chief of McRae-Helena.
Following the meeting, Mrs. Delaney was given a tour of the new Telfair County Public Safety Facility in Milan and the Guidoni, USA facility in McRae-Helena followed by a delicious lunch at Southern Star Grill