Community Life in Northeast Georgia April 2, 2013 by WPPR published on 2013/04/12 10:15:15 +0000 With a mixture of tongue and cheek humor Stephens County author Joe Cobb Crawford recounts his experience as a chicken catcher in his book The Poetry Company. His next book When the Chickens Come Home to Roost unfolds the details of a local murder mystery and the decided attempt of a northern socialite’s desire to fit in with the locals.And in his current work Mountain Shadow Memories family folklore takes over as he describes the life and times of his ancestors and the sometimes comical ways they dealt with life and death situations. Today, he shares the inspiration behind his colorful writing and what life was like for the poor working class of Georgia. In 2012, The Schaefer Center received city approved funds to renovate the lobby, auditorium, dressing rooms, and lighting system. With the help of a grant from the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. The overall changes have made a dramatic and stunning impact. The Fox Theater Institute has awarded the City of Toccoa with a grant to help fund a preservation plan, economic market study, and design plans for the Center. Main Street Director Kembra Landry takes us on a tour and discusses the many improvements to this historical theater. Scarlett’s Secret Tea Room owner Betsy King discusses how her childhood memorabilia collection opened the doors to establishing her famous Gone with the Wind theme tea room. Recently adding to its numerous awards Hillside Orchard Farms gained the recognition as one of the flavor of Georgia finalist for its sugar-free blueberry cider. On a recent visit to the plant, co-owner Patsy Mitcham discussed the selection process and the secret behind their on-going family success in the industry.