Crime Victims Rights Week event, April 11

The inaugural Crime Victims Rights Week Community Awareness Event and Memorial Service hosted by the Towaliga Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 11 at The Branch at Rock Springs Church, 219 Rock Springs Rd., Milner. The memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. RSVP by email to or call 770-504-2407, ext. 214.

Home Landscape Series, April 12, 26

The Butts County Extension Service will hold the next workshop in its Home Landscape Series from 12 to 1 p.m. April 12 at the Extension office, 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. Participants are invited to bring and enjoy their own lunch. The topic will be on vegetable gardens.

The final program of the series, on the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. April 26 at the Extension office.

Call 770-775-8209 to reserve a seat to each program.

Worthville spring barbecue, April 13

The Ancient York Lodge No. 127 will hold its spring barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. April 13 at the lodge, located at 320 Keys Ferry Road in the Worthville community. Adult plates are $10 and children’s plates are $4. Take-out will be available.

Community health fair, April 18

WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital will host a community health fair from 8 a.m. to noon April 18 at the Butts County Department of Leisure Services, at 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. Free screenings will be offered to those over 18. For more information, call 678-408-3158.

William McIntosh DAR, April 18

The William McIntosh chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. April 18 at the chapter House located at 222 S. Mulberry St., Jackson. The program will consist of a presentation by Rebecca West on “Root Hog or Die.” All members, associates, prospective members and guests are invited. The NSDAR is open to any woman 18 years old or older who can prove descent from ancestors who fought or provided service during the American Revolution.

Bluebirds and

Bluegrass Festival, April 20

Dauset Trails Nature Center, at 360 Mt. Vernon Church Road, Jackson, will host its 19th annual Bluebirds and Bluegrass Festival April 20. The main gate opens at 9 a.m. The free festival features live bands starting at 11 a.m., including the Edgar Loudermilk Band with Jeff Autry, Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles of Bluegrass, and The Traveling Pilgrims. The event will also include vendors from outdoor recreation clubs, activities, demonstrations and information on other nature centers. Food, drink and native plants will be sold. Visit

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.

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

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

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.