STAR student, SouthWind topic at breakfast

Published 7:52 pm Friday, February 13, 2009

STAR Student Ben Reynolds, the teacher he picked as his STAR teacher, Carl Elliott, and SouthWind Plantation were the highlights of a recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

“He’s is the epitome of a student-athlete,” said Principal Tommie Howell. “He’s a fine individual and fine citizen, and I’m proud to say he’s from Bainbridge High School.”

Elliott said Reynolds, who is on the BHS football and wrestling teams, as well as a straight-A student, said he is typical of today’s youth.

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Reynolds said he picked the coach because of Elliott’s dedication and hard work he exhibits toward helping his students excel, both on and off the field.

Tim Smith, owner of SouthWind, said his hunting and fishing operation attracts people from all over the world.

SouthWind owns approximately 2,000 acres and leases another 1,000. It employs 25 people, from a wedding planner to hunting guides.

When asked if the State of Georgia and Decatur County’s recent acquisition of the Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area affected his operation, he replied no and said he was glad the state purchased it. He cautioned, however, that the resource needs to be properly managed to be successful.