Monday, December 22, 2014

News
Car Slams Into Historic Brundidge Site
By Sarah Cantey


 A car slams into a piece of Brundidge's history

 
Police say 30-year-old Terrell Gray was behind the wheel when he crashed his car into the Johnston Mill. 
 
It's estimated the damage will cost more than $10,000. No definitive word on what caused the car to crash. But police believe Gray may have been distracted and wasn't under the influence. 
 
The mill serves as a museum and is open to the public during the Peanut Butter Festival in October. 
 
Commercial peanut butter was made there dating but to the late 20's. It was a staple of Brundidge's economy and it's believed it may have been the first peanut butter production in the country. 
 
President of Historical Society Lawrence Bowden said, "You know history is important to us because if we don't take a good look at where we've been we don't know where we are going.  Our history can be a source of pride to us. And this was a source of pride to us. It created a lot of jobs during the depression years and so it's just a part of the community and we want to continue that."
 
Gray's been charged with reckless driving and having a suspended license. Both are misdemeanors but police say he will have to pay a fine and restitution for the damage.