Thursday, November 15, 2018

Our Contributors

(Click on their column title to read their stories)

Niles Reddick
Niles Reddick grew up in Hahira, Georgia. He is the author of the Pulitzer nominated novel Drifting too far from the Shore, a collection Road Kill Art and Other Oddities, and a novella Lead Me Home. His work has been featured in over a hundred literary magazines all over the world including Drunk Monkeys, Spelk, The Arkansas Review: a Journal of Delta Studies, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Slice of Life, Transpositions, Faircloth Review, just to name a few. His new collection of stories, The Last Word, is forthcoming in 2018. Currently, he is a professor and vice provost at the University of Memphis, Lambuth. He and his wife Michelle live in Jackson, Tennessee, with their children Audrey and Nicholas. His website is
Seth Megow
Hello, everyone! I’m excited to be contributing author for South Georgia Today! My name is Seth. I’m a single dad of the four funniest kids you would ever meet. My life is pretty unique at times. Juggling work, parenting, and life in general has proven to quite an adventure. I’m looking forward to sharing our stories with you. We also run a family website which I will be pulling a lot of these stories from. Feel free to check it out if you want a laugh
Nan Newberry
One of the funniest ladies on the Internet or anywhere around is Nan Newberry. South Georgia Today is pleased to announce that Nan has agreed to join us as a weekly columnist and share with us her musings, her wit, and life stories. Check in often and let Ms. Newberry add a smile to your day!
Amy was born and raised in Hahira but, fell in love with a handsome military man and is now a Georgia Peach stuck in the Midwest. Amy is so excited to share the highs & lows of balancing her fashion career, motherhood, married life & everything in between. Amy invites you to step into her beautiful mess of a life, she promises there will never be a dull moment as she shares her experiences as a hustle mom with you all. THAT MOM HUSTLE LIFE
Kadence Bennett
Kadence is a young Cook County teenager who loves her smart watch, smart phone, iPad and all other forms of digital media overload. Some of her accomplishments include making the middle and high school cheer teams, the golf team, maintaining Honor Roll status every semester in school, and winning the school's writing fair two years in a row. Kadence will begin Cook County High School in the fall of 2018, and also will attend Georgia Military College as a dual-enrolled student. She enjoys service projects and loves to volunteer in her local community. Helping people has always been her passion. Kadence has set her goal to become a pediatric surgeon, after studying at Harvard Medical School.
Margie Blanton
A career banker in the Human Resource field, Margie Blanton grew up in Hahira, Georgia. She began her banking career in 1976 but fell in love with short story writing when she enrolled in a Creative Writing class as a graduate of Lowndes High School. She has published a collection of poetry in a book called “Mended Fences – Front Porch Reading” and has written many stories that spin tales of her life as a child with her parents, J. B. and Mary Jaye Spearman. She is currently writing a book called “A Baby On The Hip.” Margie lives in a cabin in the woods near the Georgia-Florida line and loves to play her piano, work in her greenhouse, and spend time with her rescue dogs.
Janine Beckner
Dana Janine Beckner is a local girl born in Mississippi but raised in South Georgia. She comes from a military family and believes strongly in her faith and family. A single mom of two sons….one in heaven, Derek Scott, and Joshua Taylor Colon, aged 21 years old. Her children are her life and her heart. She is also mom to six, yes six, furbabies, mostly rescues….the dogs are Gemma, Coco, and Red, the bloodhound. Then there are the kitties….Smokey, Ginger (aka..Sassy), and Milanee, (Mil-lah-nee) which is Hawaiian for “beautiful”) also known as “Spaz”. That’s a story in itself for the future. Currently, she works as a substitute teacher in the Lanier County School System, working with all grade levels, Pre-K through 12th grade. She resides in Lakeland at this time but hopes to come back home to Cook County, where she grew up, in the near future.
Constance Camille
Writer, Poet, and Photographer who craves words, and people who love words, Constance Camille hangs her hat somewhere in Florida with her three Volpino Italiani doggies where she writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and a good poem when she’s in the mood. Her idea of heaven is a picnic and a good book. A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in English-Creative Writing, she recently completed her poetry chapbook "Other Shiny Things" and her story "The Forger" recently appeared in "The Write Stuff Anthology." She also serves as a submissions reader for the Florida based literary journal "Longleaf Review."
Dr. Craig Bishop
Dr. Craig Bishop is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician. He is originally from West Virginia, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, from Shepherd University. Dr. Bishop earned his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Magnum Cum Ladue. He completed his residency at Northside Heart Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Bishop joined Valdosta Family Medicine in 1998. He is an Assistant Medical Professor at the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bishop is a member of the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association and the Academy of Family Physicians. His interest in medicine includes plant based nutrition, emotional well-being, adolescent medicine and preventative medicine. Dr. Bishop is married to Jennifer and they have one daughter, Karly, who followed her father’s footsteps in successfully pursuing a Family Medicine Osteopathic physician degree. He and Jennifer enjoy spending time together, learning how to use nutrition as medicine, exercising, traveling and attending music festivals and concerts.
Maria Wells
Maria Wells has over 40 years experience in the fitness industry in the south Georgia area. She currently serves as a staff member and judge for the Georgia National Physique Committee. Maria also is the host of FITTALK RADIO 105.9 WVGA a division of Black Crow Media out of Valdosta , Georgia. Additionally Maria is the personal training director at Factor X Fitness in Thomasville Georgia. Maria and her husband Jim are the proud parents of six children and four grandchildren.
Donald Newham
Donald Newham, a.k.a. Doc, is an outdoor enthusiast born and raised in Lowndes Co. Georgia. Doc graduated from Lowndes High School in 1981, and was a member of its first state championship football team. He became a certified law enforcement officer in 1983 and worked under Sheriff G. Robert Carter. In 1987 he became a Teamster working for Roadway Express until 2012. Doc then returned to the Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Chris Prine where he was chosen Deputy of The Year in 2013. In 2017, he became a reserve for the Lake Park Police Department where he assisted in organizing the Lake Park Underwater Search and Rescue Team. Doc enjoys spending time with his family, scuba diving, and spear fishing as he searches for his next adventure.
Ann Harris
Mrs. Ann Harris has written a book entitled “Mostly Musing” as well as writing articles in the past for the Valdosta Daily Times and the now defunct, Hahira Goldleaf. We are pleased Mrs. Harris has agreed to write for us, and share her loveable stories. Mrs. Harris lives in Hahira with her husband Bob, and they can be seen riding their golf cart around Hahira or dining with friends in local restaurants.
Thomas Simpson
Thomas Simpson is a native of Valdosta, a member of the “Troupeville” Simpson family. Thomas has been published in the Gospel Advocate and is a casual writer of random thoughts. Thomas enjoys keeping up with the latest trends in sports, entertainment and social media.
Warren Robinson
Warren Robinson is a lifelong resident of Lenox, Georgia. He graduated Valdosta State College in 1967 with a B. S degree in Business Administration/Finance at the top of his class. Warren taught 8th grade math briefly in 1967, volunteered for military service in 1968, knowing he would do a tour of duty in Vietnam where he served with the 1st Infantry Division and was awarded two Bronze Star Medals and an Army Commendation Medal. He returned home from military service in 1970 when he started work at the Robinson family business, Bank of Lenox. Soon after starting work, Warren’s dad died unexpectedly and he was plunged into heading up a bank at the age of 25 years old and remained at the helm for the next 41 years, retiring in 2011. Warren began writing about his military experiences in 2015 with his first book, “ Remembering Vietnam-A Veteran’s Story” published in 2016 and was soon followed by his second book, “Death Waits at the Depot” in 2018. Warren lives outside Lenox with his wife of 44 years, Margaret and their companion, a German Shepard named Trump. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Warren is active in community organizations including the Rotary Club and The Gideons.
C.E Hightower, Jr.
Mr. Hightower’s family/ancestors purchased their first land in Lowndes County, Georgia in 1827. He grew up just outside Valdosta, attended Lowndes High School and holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Valdosta State University. After leaving VSU he went to work for a European firm based out of Hamburg, Germany. He then traveled for 33 years, at times based inside and outside the United States, with a variety of International companies. Genealogy and history have always been two of his favorite areas of interest. Since retiring and moving back to Valdosta he has published one book pertaining to the historical records of Lowndes County, Georgia and currently has another on similar subject matter pending publication. He has formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Huxford Genealogical Society and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lowndes County Historical Society.
Robert Spearman
Hometown boy, author, and world traveler is back with stories of growing up in Hahira and living abroad. Check in each week as he posts some of the stories from his “Tales Around a Short-Boy Coke” as well as new stories. He will also be updating the Hahira Today folks about his upcoming novels with excerpts from time to time.