Valdosta Daily Times

November 20, 2013

Echols County honors state legislators

Matthew Woody
The Valdosta Daily Times

STATENVILLE — The first Legislative Appreciative Lunch began circa 1960, at the courthouse in Echols County, host Leon Worth, Department of Family and Children Services board chairman, said Tuesday.

“It began with about 10 people, and then there was no lunch. Now we have about 75 to 100 people, and we provide lunch,” Worth said.

Karen Stone's Echols County High School culinary arts students cooked and served the lunch for guests which included former Georgia representatives.

Worth introduced and thanked former state Rep. Peg Blitch and state Sen. Loyce

Turner and current state

Sen. Tim Golden and state

Rep. Ellis Black.

All of the representatives spoke at the event and thanked their constituents for their support, and they thanked Worth for bringing all of the representatives together.

Valdosta City Council member Alvin Payton Jr. was present. He thanked the delegates and promoted the education that Wiregrass Georgia Technical College provides to the community.

Payton asked the representatives the effects of the TSPLOST that failed in several regions throughout Georgia.

“Transportation is long occurring. It takes a long time to build a road,” Black replied.

Echols County DFCS and Farm Bureau sponsored the event.