It’s a friendly game of softball, but you can’t tell it by the grit on Jimmy Carter’s face. Swinging the bat, his forearms are flexed and his fingers are tense. His eyes are on fire, his lips curled. It might be the seventh game of the World Series.
Before folding his final hand and retiring from the University System of Georgia, Chancellor Hank Huckaby came to Columbus to accept an award that honors the leadership of retired banker Jim Blanchard.
Twenty-eight seasons have passed since Mike Jones last suited up for a college basketball game and time has turned him into a forgotten footnote. But serious followers of his mercurial career will tell you he should have been a headline.
It all started in 1946, the year after World War II ended. The Exchange Club of Columbus began selling footlong hot dogs at the Chattahoochee Valley Fair. That tradition ended six years ago as the Exchange Club continued to sell its fall classic meal, but did so at the Shriner's Club in Midtown. Now, the Exchange Club footlong is back. But how can that be? Easy, Columbus Civic Center Director Ross Horner set as one of his goals to bring the traditional fair food back alongside the cotton candy and deep fried Oreos. And he did through a unique partnership. The local Exchange Club, now 33 members, did not have the volunteers to staff the booth. Horner proposed they let the Civic Center uses the name, produce the hot dogs with the same products from the same vendors and sell them with a percentage going to the Exchange Club. They worked a deal a couple of months ago. The Exchange Club did its traditional hot dog event last week at the Shriner's Club. This week, with one of two club members in the booth next to the Civic Center, Exchange Club footlongs are being sold at the fair.
Mike HaskeyThe Ledger-Enquirer
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