Small town Podcast

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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 25:
City of Auburn, Georgia

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale travels to Auburn, GA for a conversation with Mayor, and current President of the Georgia Municipal Association, Linda Blechinger. The 2 discuss Mayor Blechinger’s life story, coming from New York to settle in Georgia, getting into local government to make a difference, and the power of working together with other local officials through the Georgia Municipal Association.

Episode 26:
City of Ashburn, Georgia

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Ashburn, GA to talk with Mayor, and former Ashburn City Clerk, Sandy Lumpkin. The 2 discuss how Mayor Lumpkin came to be a resident of Ashburn after a life out West and how after a full career in Ashburn City government as an employee, she decided to run for office.

Episode 27:
Small Town Sunshine

The tables are turned on Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale as he is interviewed by Adrienne Andreae of the podcast Small Town Sunshine. In this episode we learn about Mayor Matt and how he came to live in Ocilla, what made him run for Mayor and what made him want to start Small Town Podcast.

Episode 28:
City of Twin City, Georgia

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Twin City, GA to talk with Mayor Pro Tem Matt Donaldson. The 2 discuss how 2 small towns merged to form Twin City in 1921, and the struggles and benefits of that merger. They also discuss recent struggles that Twin City has overcome and why Mayor Pro Tem Donaldson can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Episode 29:
City of McRae-Helena, Georgia

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to McRae-Helena, GA to talk with Mayor Mike Young. The 2 discuss how Mayor Young got into local government, how Mayor Young was a critical part of the 2 small towns of McRae and Helena merging in 2015, and the struggles and benefits of that merger.

Episode 30:
GMA Interviews
Mayor Matt!

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale is the subject of the interview conducted by Amy Henderson of the Georgia Municipal Association. In this episode we learn about what Mayor Matt has learned through his experiences on Season 1 of Small Town Podcast, how things have changed since he set off on this project and what he would like to do moving forward. Mayor Matt also answers the “get to know you” questions he has asked others on previous episodes.

Episode 31:
City of Pelham, Georgia

(Rebroadcast) Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Pelham, GA to talk with Mayor James Eubanks, a young Mayor that started in local government at the age of 25. The two discuss Mayor Eubanks leaving and coming back home to Pelham, small town rivalry with the next town over, having your own small town city school system, and why Pelham is a place you should visit.

Episode 32:
City of Greensboro,
Georgia

(Rebroadcast) Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale sits down with Mayor Glenn Wright of Greensboro. The 2 discuss how Mayor Wright got into local government and why he’s looking for opposition. Also discussed is the shift in representation since Mayor Wright first joined the Greensboro City Council many years ago. We also talk with Cynthia Smith from the Greensboro Business Association about how they have built up their downtown and keep things going strong in a small town.

Episode 33:
City of Fitzgerald, Georgia

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Fitzgerald, GA to talk with Deputy City Administrator Cam Jordan. The 2 discuss how Cam left Fitzgerald and why he returned, how he got into local government, and the privilege of working on the vision of his mentor, long serving former Mayor Gerald Thompson.

Episode 34:
City of Metter, Georgia

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Metter, GA to talk with former Mayor Billy Trapnell. The 2 discuss Mayor Trapnell’s life in Metter and how he got into local government in what was supposed to be his retirement. They also discuss the challenges and successes of Metter in his 24 years in his role as Metter’s Mayor. This episode is part 1 of a 2-episode series on Metter, GA.

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