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County celebrates 150 years

February 25, 2006

Moultrie -- A small South Georgia county celebrated in a big way today. It's Colquitt County's 150th Birthday! Natives of the county took some time to share memories they had growing up.

Colquitt County native Dick Causey is the son of a sharecropper, and he grew up on a farm just outside of Moultrie. He remembers taking trips to town with his family.

"We would come to town on Saturdays. We would walk around that ledge of courthouse square like most kids did. And I have watched Moultrie grow through my years."

The town has had many years to grow. Saturday marked the 150th birthday of Colquitt County's existence, and the locals, like Carolyn Flowers, reminisced of stories to tell.

"We're supposed to have the prettiest courthouse in the state. We'll I think its the prettiest, it's been kept up. It's just a landmark and it's elegant.," Flowers shared. 

An elegance that brings back memories to Jean Herndon of a magical season of her life. "I remember coming here as a small child during the Christmas holidays and they had a platform over there on the courthouse lawn, and Santa Clause was over there."

"A lot of good memories in this town, a lot of fine memories," Causey said.

Memories 150 years in the making, and many more to come.

Luckily the rainy weather didn't keep everyone away from the big birthday party. Moultrie native, Senator Saxby Chambliss spoke at the event, along with members of the state legislature. Activities lasted all day long and included exhibits, storytelling, and ended with some great food.

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