Georgia Magazine - March 2018 - 5
FROM THE EDITOR
Co-op works hard for our
Chad Matthews is not your
grandfather's blacksmith. In a profession that has evolved from its
utilitarian roots to become a more
artistic endeavor, young smiths
like Matthews are turning an ancient craft into a hot new trend.
See "Forging ahead" on page 30 to
learn more about how a new generation of metalworkers is keeping
an old tradition alive and proving
that blacksmithing is not just about
Sometimes there's truth in the
old saying "everything old is new
again," and never more so than
with the resurgence of mead. Often referred to as the "nectar of the
gods," mead is an ancient variety
of wine made with honey.
Long relegated to Renaissance
fairs and Middle-earth fantasy novels, this storied beverage is making
its way back into the mainstream,
as evidenced by the meaderies
springing up across the state. Turn
to page 16 to learn how the world's
oldest wine is now the newest
thing in Georgia's wine industry.
New doesn't always mean
better, however, as we find out
when we take a look at Georgia's
independent bookstores. Some of
these local businesses date back to
the 1800s, but in the face of recent
competition from Amazon and other online retailers, a lot of people
thought that printed books and the
stores that sold them were going
the way of the dinosaurs.
And while it's a fact that brickand-mortar bookstores can't compete with online retailers' prices,
the truth is that they don't have to.
Read "Real page-turners," starting
on page 34, to discover how Georgia's independent booksellers are
not only surviving but thriving.
A Carroll Electric Membership
Corp. (EMC) life is a life where you
are depended on. [I am] thankful and
very grateful for each person's hard
work and tremendous efforts in restoring power to [Carroll EMC] members during Winter Storm Benji.
Thank you to all at Carroll EMC
and to all those who joined efforts [to
-Zach Benefield, school resource
officer at Bay Springs Middle School
and deputy at Carroll County
Sheriff's Office, Carrollton
Featured our town
[See "Home(made) for the holidays," November 2017, page 32; bit.ly/hm4gm.]
You had a great article on Cherokee history and the Trail of Tears.
[See "The Trail of Tears: The Cherokee Nation honors its past and looks
ahead to its future," January 2018,
page 20; bit.ly/trtgm.] It was a dark
day in the treatment of Native Americans. A lot of people don't know that
they are called the civilized people
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and they invented their own vocabulary. Kudos to [writer] Pamela A.
-Patricia Sousa, Augusta
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