On the road with John Noel: Savannah’s historic First African Baptist Church

Savannah’s First African Baptist Church is a special place, thriving and historic, so I was excited about my visit on the next-to-last day of April. I was on the road with John Noel, who is running for a seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission, and he had scheduled a visit to the church during a three-day road trip. Due to over-scheduling and whatnot, we arrived late, in the middle of the service on a blue-skied Sunday morning. When we entered, the first thing I saw besides the ushers was a bunch of white folks sitting in back—tourists who slipped in and out, hoping to catch a little—but probably not a lot—of the history and spirit of the oldest black church in…

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Sen. Max Cleland supports John Noel, Georgia’s solar-powered PSC candidate

Above: Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland with Georgia PSC candidate John Noel Big news from a big name in Georgia politics. One of my heroes. I met Max Cleland at a civic-club luncheon when I was the Houston-Peach Bureau chief for the Macon Telegraph in 1981, a few months before I moved to Atlanta with Judy as newlyweds. He was a wonderfully friendly man. I went on to the PSC and saw him maybe a half-dozen times when I worked at the PSC, saw him speak as Secretary of State once or twice. Maybe 25 years later, I saw him at a campaign function and we talked about the 80s, of Billy Lovett and Bobby Pafford and Joe Frank Harris. Good memories. He’s…

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John Noel’s South Georgia road trip: In Vidalia, running for the onions

Running with the onions: The Annual Vidalia Onion Festival is a thing you should see, like John @NoelForPSC did. Maybe next year! Runs the last weekend in April #Vidalia @Vidaliaonions1 Festival website: https://t.co/4JYaMOexxiRoad Trip blog post: https://t.co/p7eswi3Quj pic.twitter.com/wL9GejtVbz — Jonathan Grant (@Brambleman) May 5, 2018 John @NoelforPSC was sporting enough to take a local radio interview seconds after finishing the #VidaliaOnion Run 5K in 22:59. He's running. pic.twitter.com/yhLCF04RGG — Jonathan Grant (@Brambleman) May 5, 2018 John @NoelForPSC consoles a child who was upset he didn't win the #Vidalia Onion Run's 1K race. Read more about John's South Georgia campaign. https://t.co/iiXN7TLYKC pic.twitter.com/5ObKqDQcHx — Jonathan Grant (@Brambleman) May 5, 2018

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Dirt Road Democrats: Tweeting PSC candidate John Noel’s South Georgia trip

MACON LYONS Georgia's solar-powered candidate John @NoelforPSC endorses this truck. Check out his "Sticking It to the Man" video: https://t.co/i6e313OFfF #gapol pic.twitter.com/uHXsVJrnTP — Jonathan Grant (@Brambleman) April 30, 2018 TALES OF THE ALTAMAHA “I Saw the Light” Friday Night: John @NoelForPSC and I watched 14th annual production of #TalesoftheAltahama This year's folklife play was on point: “I Saw the Light” is the story of rural Toombs County electrification in 1937. At Blue Marquee Theater in Lyons. The place was packed @Vidaliaonions1 pic.twitter.com/xCs2ATKWCW — Jonathan Grant (@Brambleman) May 5, 2018 VIDALIA RUN FOR THE ONIONS Running with the onions: The Annual Vidalia Onion Festival is a thing you should see, like John @NoelForPSC did. Maybe next year! Runs the last weekend in April…

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