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2017 HART COUNTY, GEORGIA

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such events as the Bowers-

ville Fall Festivals that were

held in the 1980s.

The citizens of Bowersville

can be excited about the fu-

ture of their town as the new

council is constantly working

on ways to improve the qual-

ity of life for its citizens. An

example of this is the recent

purchase of land connected

to the existing town park.

The park currently includes

pavilions, a children’s play

area and walking trails. The

extension will provide the

community with a great

place to enjoy a picnic lunch

or maybe a family activity.

Come, take a leisurely

stroll around the streets of Bowersville and enjoy the many

activities that are planned throughout the year.

If you are interested in learning more about the future plans

of Bowersville, feel free to attend the town council meetings on

the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

In the western part of Hart

County lies a gem of a town

called Bowersville. Approxi-

mately 470 people call Bow-

ersville home.

Bowersville has a rich his-

tory of agriculture, railroad

and commercial businesses.

Because of this history, Bow-

ersville is on the National Reg-

istry of Historic Places.

Bowersville was founded in

1878 by businessman William

F. Bowers, better known as

“Uncle Billy.” The Bowers

name is still quite prevalent as

many of Bowers’ descendants

still reside in the area. Bowers

was quite the businessman,

having business interests in

the railroad and other entities,

including printing the Ameri-

can Union newspaper.

The town of Bowersville be-

came known as the “education

and railroad center” and

began to grow with schools,

churches, railroad facilities

and farms. Unfortunately,

there was a fire in 1888 that

destroyed most of the town.

Bowersville is currently the

home to several churches and

businesses. The local churches

include Bowersville Baptist

Town of Bowersville

The City of Hartwell

HART

Church, Bowersville Church

of God, Calvary Baptist

Church, Destiny Fellowship

and Lifeline Church. The agri-

cultural history abounds with

businesses such as Rose Acres

and Ag Strong.

Bowersville also has a volun-

teer fire department and a

local chapter of the Masonic

Lodge.

Bowersville began a new his-

torical chapter in 2016 when

an entire new slate of officials

was elected. Before 2016, the

town’s mayor, John Bailey, had

seerved an astounding 48

years as mayor.

Jim Jordan was elected

mayor in the November 2015

election to succeed Bailey.

The new town council consists

of Jeff Burney, Cindy Hensley,

Felicia Brown and Kelly Cagle.

The town has organized sev-

eral committees to help en-

hance and improve many

areas of the quaint town. One

such committee is the special

events committee. In 2016,

this committee organized and

executed several events.

These events brought bustling

streets and excitement which

brought back memories of

JIM

JORDAN

Mayor

CINDY

HENSLEY

Council

FELICIA BROWN

Council

JEFFERYBURNEY

Council

KELLY CAGLE

Council

TOWN COUNCIL

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our community involvement.

• Washington Youth Tour

• Hart EMC Scholarships

• Bright Ideas Grants

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