Author: Ed Lightsey

Columbia County: Going Hollywood

For a brief joyous moment last October, the little hamlet of Harlem (pop. 1,804) became Colombia County's largest city, thanks to the 1892 birth of a child who would grow into one of the funniest men ever to stumble across the silver screen.

Bryan County: Signs Of The Times

Three years ago when it appeared automaker Daimler-Chrysler was coming to the neighborhood with a new plant and bringing thousands of jobs, real estate developers began poking around in northwest Bryan County looking for building sites.

Bryan County: Staying Above It All

Andy Cayton likes to fly high on the weekends. Cayton, a Pembroke area resident, is one of the world's foremost balloonists. The retired Army helicopter pilot holds three world records in small hot air balloon categories for altitude (18,000 feet), distance and time (1,666 miles in 16.5 hours) and duration (24 hours without stopping).

Georgia's Top Public Servants

Meet the winners of the first Excellence In Public Service Awards, presented by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia in partnership with Georgia Trend. The awards honor five outstanding government professionals at the state and local levels: Dr. Kenneth Breeden, head of Georgia's Department of Technical and Adult Education; Peggy Merriss, Decatur City Manager; Jim Burgess, Social Circle Mayor; Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett County Administrator; and Stephen Gooch, Lumpkin County Commissioner.