Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic, April 24

The Butts County Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic will take place at noon April 24 at Hickory Hill Golf Club, 209 Biles Road, Jackson. Registration for a team of four, including lunch, is $400. An individual player can register for $125. Email or call 770-626-1213.

Historical Society, April 25

The Butts County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Daughtry Foundation Building, 221 E. College St., Jackson. Steve Haynes will speak on Confederate history. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 770-775-3313.

Food, wine event, April 25

The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation will present Pairings: A Food and Wine Event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Griffin Campus Event Center. The event will benefit the Southern Crescent Technical College Culinary Arts Advisory Committee scholarship fund. Tickets are $50 per person or $750 for a table for eight. Call 770-229-3417 for email

Home Landscape Series, April 26

The Butts County Extension Service will hold the final program in its Home Landscape workshop series, a program on the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, from 12 to 1 p.m. April 26 at the Extension office, at 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. Call 770-775-8209 to reserve a seat.

Driver’s education course, April 27-May 11

Southern Crescent Technical College will offer a Joshua’s Law driver’s education course at its Butts County Center, 1578 Ga. Highway 16 W., Jackson. The dates of the five-day class are April 27, April 28, May 4, May 5 and May 11. The cost is $350. For more information, call 706-646-6144

Drone course, April 29-May 4

Southern Crescent Technical College will host a 22-hour drone technology course, offered in partnership with CrossFlight Education, April 29 through May 4. Classes Monday through Friday will be at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday sessions will start at 9 a.m. The cost is $1,000 per person. For more information, contact Steve Hendrix, director of economic development, at or call 770-467-6072.

Kindergarten registration, May 8 and 9

The Butts County School System will be hosting kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 9 at the central registration office, in the Ernest Battle Professional Development Center, 218 Woodland Way, Jackson. When registering a student that does not attend a Butts County pre-K program, parents or guardians will need to bring the child on the day of registration, along with several required documents. Children will need to be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten. For more information, call Susan Sarsany at 770-504-2300 or email

Fine Arts Festival, May 11

The Jackson-Butts County Council for the Arts will hold its 23rd annual Fine Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11. The festival will be held at the corner of East Third Street and Dempsey Avenue.

Samuel Johnson birthday celebration, May 18

The community is invited to a birthday celebration for Samuel L. Johnson from noon to 3 p.m. May 18 at the Samuel L. Johnson Soccer Complex at Daughtry Park, 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. For more information, call Velma Johnson at 770-653-3898.

Trail ride, May 18

The Georgia Arabian Horse Association’s Spring Trail Ride will take place beginning at 10 a.m. May 18 at Ashland Farms, 541 Ga. Highway 138, Covington. The GAHA member rider fee is $20 and the non-GAHA member rider fee is $25. Both fees include lunch. Riders should be experienced. A maximum of 25 riders will be allowed. Riders must pre-register by May 13 by emailing

Towaliga CASA golf tournament, May 22

Towaliga Court Appointed Special Advocates will host the Give a Child a Voice golf tournament May 22 at Hickory Hill Golf Club, 209 Biles Road, Jackson. Check in will be at 11 a.m., with lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Call 770-358-5629 or email

Sparkle and Shine Gala, June 1

WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital Volunteer Services will host the Sparkle and Shine Gala from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 in the fellowship hall of Jackson United Methodist Church, at 409 E. Third St. The event will include vendors, a silent auction, two speakers and a luncheon with door prizes. Tickets are $12 each and must be purchased in advance beginning April 16. For tickets, call 470-278-4571 or 678-618-4892 or see any Volunteer Services member.

Cookbooks available

WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital Volunteer Services is selling cookbooks for $13. For more information, call 678-618-4892.

Head Start enrollment

The McIntosh Trail Early Childhood Development Council is accepting applications for Early Head Start, Head Start and pre-K programs for the upcoming 2019-20 school year.

The Early Head Start program is for expectant mothers and children ages 8 weeks to 3 years old. The Head Start program is for children who have or will turn 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1, 2019. Pre-K is for children who will have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2019. Children with disabilities are given priority.

Head Start and Early Head Start are free programs and require families to meet federal guidelines. Pre-kindergarten is a free program with no income guidelines.

Applications may be picked up at the Department of Family and Children Services, Health Department, WIC program office, or at the office in any of McIntosh Trail’s seven counties: Butts, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding and Upson. Pre-K is available only in Henry, Spalding, Newton and Upson counties.

For more information, call 770-775-4293.

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Managing Editor

Michael Davis has been the editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus since 2010. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for the Henry Daily Herald and Clayton News-Daily.

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