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Evans County, Georgia
Seal of Evans County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Evans County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Seat Claxton
Largest city Claxton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

187 sq mi (484 km²)
185 sq mi (479 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 1.05%
PopulationEst.
 - (2007)
 - Density

11,505
57/sq mi (22/km²)
Founded 1914
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
EvansCountycourthouse2a.png
Evans County Courthouse in Claxton, Georgia
Website evanscountyga.com

Evans County is a county located in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Georgia in an area known as the Magnolia Midlands within the Historic South region. A bill creating the county was passed in the Georgia General Assembly on August 11, 1914, and later, on November 3, 1914, an amendment was ratified by a vote of the people which formally created the county. The current Evans County Courthouse was created in 1923 and, in 1940, the people of Evans County elected their first female sheriff. Later, in the 1950s and 1960s, new growth came to the county with the building of Evans Memorial Hospital and the Claxton-Evans County Airport. In 2000, the population was 10,495; however, the 2007 Census Estimate showed a population of 11,505.[1] The county seat is Claxton.[2]

Evans County is bordered on the northwest by Candler County; on the northeast by Bulloch County; on the east by Bryan County; on the southeast by Liberty County and on the southwest by Tattnall County. The county sits firmly within Georgia's coastal plain region and has predominantly sedimentary rock and red and yellow clays. The Canoochee River is the major body of water flowing through the county.

With a total area of 187 square miles (484 km2) Evans County is ranked 145th out of 159 counties in Georgia.[3] There are 57 people per square mile in the county.

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Etymology

The county was named in honor of Clement A. Evans. Evans was a state senator from Stewart County, Georgia, a Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army, a Methodist minister, an historian and an author. [4]

Geography

Evans County, showing the county seat, Claxton, and major roads and the major body of water, the Canoochee River

The county seat of Evans County is Claxton. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 187 square miles (484 km²), of which, 185 square miles (479 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) of it (1.05%) is water. The major body of water is the Canoochee River, which flows through Evans County. Other bodies of water are Cypress Pond; Dyess Pond; Beasley Pond; Tippins Lake; Bernard Smith Pond; I.W. DeLoach Ponds; Big Beasley Pond; and DeLoach Pond. Creeks that flow in Evan County are Grice Creek, Billy Fork Creek, Thick Creek, Mill Branch, Barnard Mill, Rocky Branch, Scott Creek, Cedar Creek, and Dry Creek.[5]

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Geology and terrain

Geologically, Evans County lies in the coastal plain region of Georgia, an area consisting mostly of sedimentary rocks. [6] The coastal plain is divided from the Piedmont by the Fall Line, which passes through Georgia from Augusta, Georgia in the east, then southwestward to Macon, Georgia, then to Columbus, Georgia and finally westward to Montgomery, Alabama.[7]

Yet, sedimentary rocks are not the only geological features in Evans County. The county is mostly covered by thin sand and red and yellow clay.[8] As in Tattnall County along the Ohoopee River, the sand in Evans County that lies along the Canoochee River is white quartz of a medium to coarse grain.[8][9] There is exploitable medium-grain sand covering about 50 acres of land along the railroad above Bull Creek. The pure white sand along the Canoochee could be made into bottle glass, but is expensive to recover.[8]

Flora and fauna

Stewartia pseudocamellia

Evans County is home to several protected species of flora and fauna. Among the flora in the county are the Georgia plume, Franklinia, Sarracenia flava, Sarracenia minor, beardtongue, Stewartia, loblolly-bay and sweetbay. Others include the purple honeycomb head, large-stem morning-glory, few-flower gay-feather, pond spice, boykin lobelia, hummingbird flower, and other plants. Protected animals in the area include the red-cockaded woodpecker, the indigo snake, Bachman's Sparrow, the spotted turtle, Say's spiketail and the southern bald eagle, among other animals.[4][10]

Climate

Evans County has a mild climate, averaging 49.8 degrees in January and 82.7 degrees in July. The average annual rainfall is 48 inches and the county has a minimum altitude of 65 feet above sea level and a maximum altitude of 228 feet above seal level.[11] The county is 1.4 times below the U.S. average in historical area-adjusted tornado activity. From 1950 to 2004, only 2 injuries have been caused by tornadoes in the county; this occurred on March 29, 1974 when a category 1 tornado hit the county, causing between $5,000 and $50,000 in damages.[5]

Cities

Adjacent counties

Evans County and surrounding counties

History

On August 11, 1914, the Georgia General Assembly proposed a constitutional amendment to create Evans County from Bulloch and Tattnall counties. Georgia voters ratified the proposed amendment by a vote of 36,689 to 9,789[12] on November 3, 1914, which marks the official date of Evans County's creation.

The push to create Evans County came about for various reasons, most notably the desire to not have to travel so far to the court house; more office jobs; increase in businesses coming to the area, especially in regard to hotels and eating establishments and a belief that there was a minority in Reidsville, Georgia - the county seat in Tattnall County - which controlled the county.[4] However, not everyone was for the creation of a new county. Some of the arguments against the creation of a new county included: the idea that the difficulties with distance to the courthouse were being overcome; also, the tax burden would override any benefits from new jobs.[4] Evans County was approved through the constitutional amendment process because of an earlier amendment from 1904 which limited the number of counties to 145. In order to get around this amendment, a new amendment was passed which allowed for the creation of Evans County.[3]

The current Evans County courthouse was completed in 1923. The courthouse is in Claxton and was designed in the neoclassical revival tradition by architect J.J. Baldwin.[3][4] Prior to the building of the current courthouse, all of the county's business was held in the White Building, a three-story edifice built by Mr. R. King White and later bought by Mrs. Ben Daniel. Mrs. Daniel's husband, Dr. Ben Daniel, used the building as his office.[4]

The first woman sheriff in Evans County was Mrs. Josie Mae Durrence Rogers, who was appointed after the death of the late sheriff, her father Jesse C. Durrence. Later, on June 24, 1940, she was elected sheriff by the people of the county. Not long after, in July of 1940, Camp Stewart - which would eventually become Fort Stewart - was created after the United States government bought up several tracts of land in various counties, including Evans County. In all, it is estimated that approximately 1,500 people were displaced by the creation of the camp.[13]

The late 1950s and the 1960s were a time of growth in Evans County, especially in regards to health care and transportation. Beginning in 1958, Dr. Curtis Gordon Hames began research on the Evans County Heart Study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health; this study would continue until 1995 and resulted in 560 published papers on heart disease, genetics, cancer and other areas.[14] In 1964, the FAA approved a site for the construction of an airport in the county, just three miles northeast of Claxton.[4][15] On December 7, 1967, after two decades of effort, Evans Memorial Hospital was opened.[4]

Demographics

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 10,495 people, 3,778 households, and 2,678 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 4,381 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 61.69% White, 32.98% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.23% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 5.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,778 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.00% were married couples living together, 16.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 10.20% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,447, and the median income for a family was $31,074. Males had a median income of $26,959 versus $17,587 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,758. About 23.10% of families and 27.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.20% of those under age 18 and 23.60% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

Evans County is largely Protestant. The religious affiliation of the people of Evans County are[5]:

Other: 7%

Catholic: 6%

Evans County shares its Protestant heritage with the rest of Georgia and the Southern United States.

The largest denominations by number of adherents in 2002 were the Southern Baptist Convention with 2,043; the United Methodist Church with 1,620; and the Catholic Church with 286.[5]

Economy

Agriculture and industry

Evans County has a diverse economy, with manufacturing; educational, health and social services; retail trade; and construction providing the greatest employment in manufacturing. The Claxton-Evans County Industrial Park provides the strongest source of manufacturing, with the creation of concrete poles and galvanization of metals. Outside of the cities, agriculture is important with corn and cotton being major crops. Other crops planted and harvested in Evans County include soybeans; wheat and vegetables; and land set aside for orchards.[5] The food industry is the most common industry for Evans Countians to work in.[5]

Energy use and production

Evans County's electricity generation and consumption are provided through a variety of means. Natural gas is also available in large quantities. Evans Countians consumes 269,420 gallons of water a day out of a plant capacity of 3,720,000 gallons a day. There is an elevated storage capacity of 700,000 gallons.[17] The energy produced and consumed is available through the Claxton-Evans County Industrial Park.[18]

Local taxes

Evans County has a 7% total sales tax, including 4% state, including 1% local option, 1% special purpose, and 1% educational. [19]. Evans County is ranked 64 out of 71 Tier 1 counties in the state of Georgia. [20] Claxton and Evans County exempt 100% on all classes of certain business inventory from property taxes.[17]

Culture

People

Evans County is populated by many different ethnic groups.[16] Among these groups are Whites; Blacks or African Americans; Native Americans; Asians; Pacific Islanders; and Hispanics or Latinos. Foreign born Evans Countians are predominantly Mexican, followed by Filipinos; Guatemalans; Japanese; Indians; Germans; and Indonesians. The most common ancestries in Evans County include American; English; Irish; German; Scots-Irish; French; and Italian.[5] The combination of these ancestries and ethnicities has forged Evans County's character.

Notable Evans Countians

Evans County has had a number of notable citizens. Joseph Kennedy was born in Claxton and went on to become the senator for the area and president pro tempore of the Georgia State Senate. Albert Parker and Ira S. Womble, Sr. both made Claxton and Evans County famous through their respective companies, The Claxton Bakery and The Georgia Fruitcake Company.[21][22] Cartha Deke Deloach, a native Evans Countian, joined the FBI and worked alongside J. Edgar Hoover while Dr. Curtis Gordon Hames did a groundbreaking study on heart disease.[14] Two Evans County natives, Charles Gordon Edwards of Daisy, and William Washington Larsen of Hagan, went on to become United States Representatives.[23][24]

Customs

Evans County has held an annual rattlesnake roundup the second weekend of March since 1968, with the roundup festival growing every year since then and moving from within Claxton to just outside of the city in 2001.[25]. Another, more recent, annual event is the Cruisin' in the Country Bike Ride, began in 1995 as the Yuletide Ride. The event was changed from December to November the next year and expanded to include a 65 mile route. Soon, the route became a complete century race.[26] Other events include the Martin Luther King Day parade, held every January; Christmas in Claxton, an event which occurs on the first Saturday in December and includes arts and crafts, food, and the Parade of Lights; barrel racing at the Richey Arena; and a tractor pull held on the first Saturday of each month at the Longneedle Farm Truck and Tractor Pull.[27]

Cuisine

Skillet-baked cornbread

Evans County's cuisine includes a variety of different foods ranging from seafood, corn on the cob and chicken and dumplings to Brunswick stew, fried chicken and cornbread. Other well known and loved foods in the county include pecans, peaches and peanuts.[28] However, these are not the only foods enjoyed by Evans Countians. Because of the diversity within the county, the people of Evans County also frequent Mexican and Chinese restaurants.

Architecture

The Bellville train depot in Bellville

A number of buildings and homes in Evans County are on the National Register of Historic Places. In Claxton, there is the Dr. James W. Daniel House; the Evans County Courthouse; and the Mitchell J. Green Plantation.[29] In Hagan, there is the George W. DeLoach House.[29] And at Camp Oliver there is the Glissom, Remer, Store (DOE). [29] Other places of interest include the Daisy Post Office and the train depot in Bellville.[30][31]

Health care and education

Health care

Evans County has several medical facilities, including the Evans County Memorial Hospital [32]; the Jack Strickland Rehabilitation Wellness Center [33]; Northspring Assisted Living [34]; The Griffin House; the Camellia Health and Rehabilitation Center; The Evans County Health Department and Health and Well-Being Consultative Services.[35] There are approximately twelve doctors in the county, two dentists and two pharmacies.[35]

Education

Public schools

Public education in Evans County is supervised by the Evans County School District. The current superintendent is Dr. Joy S. Collins.

All schools have been fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Georgia Accrediting Commission.[36] There are currently 1,888 students and 122 teachers, a ratio of 15:1.[37] There are three public schools in Evans County: Claxton Elementary School; Claxton Middle School; and Claxton High School.

Private school

Pinewood Christian Academy is a co-educational private school in Bellville.

Transportation

Ground transportation

Transportation in Evans County is overseen by the Georgia Department of Transportation, a part of the executive branch of the state government. The major U.S. highways that run through Evans County are U.S. Route 25; U.S. Route 280; and U.S. Route 301. State highways running through Evans County are State Route 30; State Route 73; State Route 129; State Route 169; and State Route 292. Georgia Central Railway provides transportation for industrial customers in the county.[11]

Major highways

Air transportation

Air travel in Evans County is provided by the Claxton-Evans County Airport. The site for the airport was approved by the FFA in 1964 and it was activated in 1971; the airport is three miles northeast of Claxton, Georgia.[4][15] It is operated by the city of Claxton.[15] It has a 5,000 foot runway, hangars, pilot control lighting, and a Precision Approach Path Indicator.[17] The Claxton-Evans County Airport has an elevation of 112 ft (34.1 m).[15]

Law and Government

Government

The county government is a constitutional body and is granted powers by the Constitution of Georgia. Evans County has a board of commissioners, sheriff, tax commissioner and clerk of court. The original top positions were held by:

  • H. Leonard Brewton—First County Commissioner (1915–1920)
  • T. Walton Rogers—First County Sheriff (January 1, 1915 – February 24, 1920)
  • T.J. Edwards—First County Tax Commissioner (January 1, 1933 – December 25, 1940)
  • R.R. Tippins, Sr.—First Clerk of Court (January 1, 1915 – December 31, 1920)

Individuals currently holding those offices are:

  • Charles Oglesby—Current County Commissioner Chairman
  • Randall Tippins—Sheriff
  • Wanda Mosley—Tax Commissioner
  • Gail McCooey—Clerk of Court

Board of Commissioners: The board of commissioners in Evans County is made up of six members elected by the people and led by a chairman elected by the board.[11] The board of commissioners acts as both the legislative and executive branches of government for the county and is charged with financing county programs and paying the salaries of constitutional officers.[38]

The current members of the Board of Commissioners are[39]:

  • Shela Holland—District 1
  • Phillip Richey (Vice Chairman)—District 2
  • Del Beasley—District 3
  • Jack Pinckard—District 4
  • Neal Hammack—District 5
  • Charles Oglesby (Chairman)—District 6

Tax Commissioner: The tax commissioner receives tax returns, maintains tax records for the county, and collects and pays tax funds to the state and local government.[38]

Clerk of Court: The responsibility of the clerk of the court is to maintain court records and supervise registration of property transactions.[38]

Law enforcement and emergency services

Sheriff: The sheriff maintains the peace in the county through enforcement of the law.[38] In Evans County, the sheriff is assisted by eight officers, four deputies and four dispatchers.[11]

Fire department and EMS: The Evans County fire department is located in Claxton and has a fire chief, four dispatchers, and 21 volunteers.[11] Ambulance services are provided by Evans County EMS. EMS has seven full time employees and four part time employees.[40]

Evans County is represented in the Georgia General Assembly by State Senator Jack Hill in Georgia Senatorial District 4 and State Representative Terry Barnard. The county is represented in Congress by John Barrow of Georgia's 12th congressional district.[11]

Media

Newspaper

The Claxton Enterprise is a weekly newspaper located in Claxton, Georgia, USA. It primarily serves Evans County, Georgia. The Enterprise was established in 1912 with its first issue being published on December 4, 1912. The current executive editor is Al Hackle, and its publisher is Mitchell Peace.[4]

Radio

Two radio stations serve the Evans County area. WCLA (1470 AM) is an AM station which plays Gospel music and Oldies, as well as providing local news and weather.[41][42] WCMD (107.3 FM) is an FM station which plays adult contemporary music.[43]

Sports and recreation

Sports in Evans County include the Claxton High School athletic program and the Pinewood Christian Academy athletic program. Both schools programs include football; baseball; basketball; track and field; softball; and tennis. Claxton High School also has a golf program. Claxton's boy's track and field were Georgia High School Association champions in 1983 and the boy's basketball team were champions in 1988.[44][45]

The county is home to a handful of public areas which are set aside for recreation. The Evans County Public Fishing Area, located in Claxton, is one such area and contains three lakes of 8, 30 and 84 acres and primitive campsites. Families can also picnic at the lake and an outdoor classroom is available for use. [46] Parks include Bacon Ford Park and the Senior Citizens Park in Claxton.[47] Two parks in Hagan are the Maggie Mae Lewis Children's Park and the Bradley Memorial Park.[48]

Another outdoor recreational area is the Evan's Heights Golf Club. The course was designed by Don Cottle, Jr. in 1970 and has Bermuda Grass. In total, the course is 6,514 yards.[49][50]

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Evans County, Georgia
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Location in the state of Georgia
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Founded 1914
Seat Claxton
Largest City Claxton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
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 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 1.05%
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Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Website: evanscountyga.com

Evans County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population is 10,495. The 2005 Census Estimate shows a population of 11,443 [1]. The county seat is Claxton6.

Contents

History

On August 11, 1914, the Georgia General Assembly proposed a constitutional amendment to create Evans County from Bulloch and Tattnall counties. Georgia voters ratified the proposed amendment on November 3, 1914, which marks the official date of Evans County's creation. The county was named in honor of Civil War Brigadier General Clement A. Evans.

Law and Government

Evans County has a board of commissioners, sheriff, tax commissioner and clerk of court. The original top positions were held by:

Individuals currently holding those offices are:

  • Charles Oglesby -- Current County Commissioner Chairman
  • Eddie Bradley -- Sheriff
  • Wanda Mosley -- Tax Commissioner
  • Gail McCooey -- Clerk of Court

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 484 km² (187 sq mi). 479 km² (185 sq mi) of it is land and 5 km² (2 sq mi) of it (1.05%) is water.

Cities

Major Highways

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 10,495 people, 3,778 households, and 2,678 families residing in the county. The population density was 22/km² (57/sq mi). There were 4,381 housing units at an average density of 9/km² (24/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 61.69% White, 32.98% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.23% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 5.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,778 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.00% were married couples living together, 16.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 10.20% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,447, and the median income for a family was $31,074. Males had a median income of $26,959 versus $17,587 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,758. About 23.10% of families and 27.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.20% of those under age 18 and 23.60% of those age 65 or over.

References

  • Evans County Historical Society. A History of Evans County, Georgia.

Claxton, GA: Evans County Historical Society. 1999.

External link

Coordinates: 32°10′N 81°53′W / 32.16, -81.89

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