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    The Great City of Ocilla, GA - Part 2
    Small Town Podcast

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    The Great City of Ocilla, GA - Part 1
    Small Town Podcast

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    Introducing Small Town Podcast
    Small Town Podcast

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 faring during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In the episode Mayor Seale and Mayor Nelson discuss how Nelson grew up near Lucedale, and how he made his way back to raise his family and live his life.  He also talks about how and why he got involved in local government and why he thinks Lucedale is such a great small town. He even sings a song he wrote about “Livin in Lucedale,” which is also on the episode.

In the episode, Mayor Seale and Mayor Carouthers discuss how Carouthers was born and raised up in Okolona, and how he has had unique experiences on Main Street as a child. He also talks about how and why he got involved in local government and why he thinks Okolona is such a great small town. Mayor Carouthers also discuss the goals he has for the City of Okolona.

In the episode, Mayor Seale and Mayor Lee discuss how Lee came to live in Carrollton and her unique way of picking it as the place she would call home. They also talk about her role as Mayor and the way Carrollton has grown and developed over the years. This episode, is very special being that this is the smallest small town Mayor Matt has traveled to so far!

Come go with Small Town Podcast to French Camp, Mississippi, a small town that makes a difference. In this episode, Mayor Matt Seale and Mayor Glen Barlow have a great conversation about Mayor Barlow’s interesting journey tothe Mayoral seat, and about French Camp Academy, a smallprivate school that is supported by the entire community.

In this episode, Mayor Matt Seale visits with the current students of South Georgia LEADS: a leadership experience for growing and retaining South Georgia leaders. We get to hear from Jason Dunn, the Executive Director of the Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County Development Authority, Georgia State Senator Tyler Harper, and Georgia State Representative Clay Pirkle, on the importance of this program and what it brings to the Southern Georgia region. We also get to hear from several LEADS class participants and their take on why they wanted to be in the LEADS program and what they hope to learn from it.

In the episode, Mayor Seale and State Representative Bill Yearta discuss how Yearta came to live in Sylvester and his unique way of picking it as the place he would call home. They also talk about how he got involved in local government and worked his way up into state government. In this episode, Yearta makes it clear to the audience how much he loves living in his small town.

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale stays in his own small town of Ocilla, Ga, and talks with former Mayor Lamar Royal and Police Chief Billy Hancock. They discuss the joys of small town living in Ocilla and how they came to serve in their community as they did.

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale stays close to home in his very own small town of Ocilla, Ga, and talks with the current members of the Ocilla, Ga City Council. They discuss the rewards and challenges they face as City Council members and how they came to serve in their community as they did.

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