Franklin County Story Pitch, By Damien Salas


I have decided to pick up this story as my first choice:

Phil Bryant, proprietor of Hot Rod Garage, assists a customer with an over-heating issue in his antique vehicle on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Lavonia, Ga. Bryant has run business on the same plot of land that was granted to his family by the state of Georgia in 1835. (Photo/ Damien Salas,

This one is up for grabs:

Owner of Antler Creations Taxidermy, Hugh Bryant, works on a buck at his shop on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Royston, Ga. Bryant serves many customers in the Franklin County area, and is a competitive hunter. (Photo/Damien Salas,

Franklin County Stories: 

A few weekends ago, Deagen and I decided to get lost in Franklin County. With no goal in mind, we began our journey in Canon, Ga.

While driving around we spotted a green sign with an airplane on it, and decided to check it out. A quick turn left lead us to the Franklin/Hart Airport, a local hub where aviation enthusiasts go hangout and store their planes. As fate would have it, we met Richard McSpadden.

A true gentleman, McSpadden embodies a jazz standard by Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald. He makes me smile with my heart.

As you all are aware, The Shanda Crowe has already laid claim on this story, so I am only posting this because I believe everyone should meet this man. Luckily, the airport is filled with interesting characters, so I will be spending some time there just getting to know them.


I do wonder though, does Ms. Crowe know the origin of the license plate on Mcpadden’s ’56 Chevy Bel Air?

Suzanne Sullivan

On our second trip to Franklin, Deagen and I found this little gem in Carnesville, Ga.

Sullivan’s Drug is a family owned operation. Depicted above is Suzanne Sullivan, daughter of Dennis Sullivan, the owner of the pharmacy.

I can’t recall the specifics, but Sullivan has several siblings, all of which have been to pharmacy school.

With her infectious personality and radiant smile, Suzanne makes you feel like part of the county. She spent close to 20 minutes dishing with us about all of the Franklin County gossip, and noted which bars to visit during our stay.


About Damien Salas
Journalism/Publication Management major at the University of Georgia

8 Responses to Franklin County Story Pitch, By Damien Salas

  1. Mark E. Johnson says:

    The pharmacy store may be the stronger one, though there will be some technical challenges (all can be overcome) with lighting. It will come down to the relationships between her and her customers and how much of that you can show.

    Airports always have characters, but having a specific one in place before the weekend would be needed.

  2. Patty says:

    Pharmacy. Obv.

  3. Erin Smith says:

    The pharmacy option sounds neat.

  4. Heather Pitts says:

    I don’t know what to say…are both of yours already taken…fight!

  5. jabanes says:

    I think the pharmacy story is neat. My brother is a pharmacist so it has a certain appeal for me. It would be cool to see how they differ from standard corporate pharmacies and why/how they got started with their own.

  6. Lexi Deagen says:

    The pharmacy one is the best! Suzanne is a great character, and believe it or not, the pharmacy has GREAT light inside. Also, it seemed that she had some kind of relationship with every costumer that walked in while we were there, or at least she made it feel that way! Especially with her having such a tie to UGA, this would be awesome!

  7. I like the pharmacy idea as well

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