Monthly Archives: March 2014

Paddle with Gretchen on the Little River next weekend, March 22nd

Come experience one of our biggest local assets with Gretchen: our local rivers and lakes! Last year Gretchen won a prize for Best Swimmer, although they called it Solo Female Kayak Winner. This year you can float leisurely, or you can race to the finish.

9:30AM to 1:00PM Saturday March 22, 2014 at Reed Bingham State Park between Adel and Moultrie on the Little River, it’s the Second annual BIG Little River Paddle Event, a fundraiser for nonprofits Friends of Reed Bingham State Park and WWALS Watershed Coalition. Registration (online or mail in the form, or at the event) is $25 per boat until March 15th, and $30 after that.

This is a scenic three mile flatwater paddle on the Little River from Red Roberts landing (at Rountree Bridge, 31 11 32.05 N 83 31 13.25 W) in the north end of the park, to the boat ramp on the Colquitt Co. side of the park lake (park map).

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We need to conserve our waterways because living waterways are good not only for forests and wildlife, but also for the economy of Lowndes County, the population center of our region. And to prevent excess runoff that contributes to flooding at Valdosta’s Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP): the Little River joins the Withlacoochee River soon above the WWTP. And for Continue reading

Gretchen Quarterman will be a voice for Lowndes County Commission District 5


Hahira, 12 March 2014 — Gretchen Quarterman has qualifed for Lowndes County Commission District 5, for opportunity, stewardship, and transparency.

“Standing up for property rights includes opposing an unnecessary pipeline and being smart about development,” said Quarterman. “No private company should be able to come in here and take people’s land for no local benefit. Our community has a foundation in agriculture and we need farmers and farmland just as we need roads and subdivisions. Stewardship is an important part of economic development.”

Quarterman says local government needs to remember its purpose is to provide services for its people, unlike a business, which is for profit. “I will never suggest charging for a library card,” she said.

That includes services for businesses. “Why should getting a license only be possible during the week? There’s a lot of things that we could use technology for to make our business processes much more streamlined for our business owners.”

And she added, “We won’t attract businesses to locate in our community when the county is in the process of suing a local business.”

Gretchen has been listening to citizens around the county express their frustrations about local government responsiveness Continue reading