Ocilla, GA Mayor Matt Seale talks to other small town officials, discussing their stories and the stories of their small towns. Through these   candid conversations, we hear about the joys and struggles of small town living. And of course, we hear about the hilarious things that only happen in a small town.

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Episode 48:
City of Whigham, Georgia

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Whigham, GA to talk with Mayor George Trulock. The 2 discuss how Mayor Trulock got involved in local government for one specific reason and why he continued to serve so many years. They also discuss how changes in the school affect community identity and what Whigham has done to maintain theirs in the face of changes. 

Episode 49:
City of Cairo, Georgia

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Cairo, GA to talk with City Attorney Tom Lehman. The 2 discuss how Tom came to live in Cairo and his unique way of picking it as the place he would call home. They also talk about the role of a city attorney and the ways Cairo has grown and developed over the years. 

Episode 50:
City of Ponchatoula,
Louisiana

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Ponchatoula, LA to talk with Mayor Robert “Bob” Zabbia. The 2 discuss how Mayor Zabbia got involved in his local government in the same place where was born and raised. They also discuss the challenges of Hurricane Katrina hitting early in his first term, and the growth Ponchatoula has experienced after the recovery. For more information, visit http://www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Episode 51:
City of Franklin,
Louisiana

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Franklin, LA to talk with Mayor Eugene Foulcard. The 2 discuss how Mayor Foulcard was driven to be a public servant in his home community at an early age. They also discuss Franklin’s challenges, including weather issues being so close to the Gulf Coast, and his plans for how to better his community moving forward.

Episode 52: 
Rural Healthcare 

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale stays in his own small town of Ocilla, GA to talk with local Dr. Howard McMahan. The 2 discuss how Dr McMahan chose the life of a small town family doctor. They also discuss the challenges of rural healthcare in general, as well as in the face of a global pandemic.

Episode 53: 
Checking-in with
Georgia Small Towns
 

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale stays in his own small town of Ocilla, GA, and holds Zoom conferences with several previously featured small town Mayors and City Officials in Georgia. In this episode, Mayor Matt checks in with Mayor Matt Donaldson of Twin City, Genuine Georgia owner Cynthia Smith of downtown Greensboro, Mayor Mike Young of McRae-Helena, Mayor James Eubanks of Pelham, and Mayor Jason Weaver of Screven, to see how their small towns are fairing during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Episode 54: 
Checking-in with
Louisiana Small Towns
 

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale stays in his own small town of Ocilla, GA, and holds Zoom conferences with several previously featured small town Mayors and Officials in Louisiana. In this episode, Mayor Matt checks in with Mayor Peggy Adkins of Serepta, Mayor John “Sonny” Dumas of Winnsboro, Mayor Adam Holland of Oak Grove, Mayor Eugene Foulcard of Franklin, Former Mayor Tim Kerner of Jean Lafitte, Mayor Mike Kloesel of Kaplan, and Mayor Bob Zabbia of Ponchatoula, to see how their small towns are faring during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Episode 55: 
How are Rural
Communities Doing through COVID-19?
 



Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale stays safely in his own small town of Ocilla, GA, and talks via Zoom with Larry Hanson, the Executive Director of the Georgia Municipal Association, and Deb Brown of SaveYour.Town who sits in her own small town of Webster City, IA, and works with small towns across the country. The conversations focus on how small towns are doing during the pandemic from a local government perspective, and how these unprecedented circumstances might accelerate trends that were already benefitting rural communities. 

Episode 56: 
City of Lyons, Georgia

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Lyons, GA, to talk with Chief of Police, Wesley Walker. The 2 discuss the challenges in law enforcement in rural areas, and the community-based operation he runs in the City of Lyons, GA. In this episode, we also get to hear from Michele Johnson, the Executive Director of Toombs County Development Authority, who shares with us an interesting story on how her former career fueled the passion to bring jobs back to Toombs.

Episode 57: 
City of Dawsonville, Georgia

 

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Dawsonville, GA, to talk with Mayor of Dawsonville, Mike Eason. The 2 discuss how Eason, an Alabama native, made his way to North Georgia, and through a unique turn of events, became Mayor of an intriguing small town that truly has something for everyone! In this episode, we also get to hear from both Christie Moore, the President of Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, and Betsy McGriff, the Director of Economic Development for the Dawson County Chamber, about all that Dawsonville has to offer. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Episode 58: 
City of Young Harris, Georgia

 

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Young Harris, GA, to talk with Mayor Andrea Gibby. The 2 discuss how Mayor Gibby got involved in her local government in the same place where she was born and raised. They also discuss goals she has for her local community. In this episode, we also get to hear from Candace Lee, the President of Towns County Chamber of Commerce, about all that Young Harris has to offer. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Episode 59: 
City of Hiawassee, Georgia

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale travels to Hiawassee, Ga, to talk with Mayor Liz Ordiales. The 2 discuss Mayor Ordiales radically different life story, coming from Cuba to settle in Georgia, getting into local government to make a difference in her community, and all the extensive recreational activities Hiawassee has to offer. We also get to hear from Hiawassee  Economic Developer, Denise McKay about projects in the works for the Towns County Development Authority.

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