My husband and I loved spending Saturday afternoons listening to 88.5 while working in the garden or running errands. The first Saturday after the changeover was so sad.
I too am from Moultrie, and go back to visit family every few months or so. It is beautiful in many ways, and can smell so good out in the country after a rain sometimes that this humidity-hating girl even rolls the windows down. I have an unfinished cabin on my family's former farm near Moultrie, and I love it for a camping getaway in the cooler months. There are some horses in the field and my dog loves to run with them. It is great to get away from the crazy traffic and endless crime reports, and all the dang people we have up here in Atlanta. But I always get pretty happy on my way back up I-75.
I never really fit in down there growing up, or at least felt I couldn't be myself. I doubt my liberal ways would be much appreciated if I were to make that farm my home, with all my liberal ways. Most of the folks like me do leave, and even though Moultrie is not in too bad a shape economically, and still not the worst of the worst in terms of closed-mindedness, all of my high school friends (we were the brainy alternative crowd) have moved farther away than I ever did. It will become more and more of an echo chamber as time goes on, and everyone with a mind of their own moves to Atlanta or farther afield.
Plus there are no Braves games, no Fox Theater, no great museums, few good restaurants, and barely a hint of the local food culture, even in the midst of all that farmland. And the gnats! Ugh! So for the rest of my life, I'm pretty sure south Georgia will remain a nice place to visit, but nowhere I could stand to live.
If you are going to leave this article up, someone needs to proofread the copy. Gable is referred to as Reese several times throughout the article, at least I guess that's who it is referring to. Unless there is a Reese involved who is never mentioned by their full name, but it sure seems like the Reese is intended to indicate Gable.
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