Bill Whitten has owned his farm in Monticello, Ga since 1970. He has a background in mechanics and engineering. During his time in the Air Force he worked on C-130s and B-16s. Bill was also a flight engineer in multiple states, he has a knack for engines. Bill and his late wife Julia Whitten had three children. Bill Whitten has served on the Upper Ocmulgee board of supervisors for many years and cares deeply about this land. He wanted to give a piece of advice to end his profile, “Enjoy your life and don’t start fights with anyone”.
Charlie Lane, Jasper County
Charlie Lane and his wife Janice Lane live in Monticello, Ga. The Lane’s purchased their farm on Avant Road back in 1974. Charlie Lane then became a dairy farmer, he has Holstein and Jersey cows. Charlie is one of the few dairy farmers left in Jasper county. Having been a farmer for decades, Charlie deeply cares about the future of farming and the stewardship of Georgia’s lands.
David Hays, Newton County
David Hays was born in Mansfield, Ga in the 1950s. He went to Newton County High School and graduated from the University of Georgia. His family farms cotton, soy, wheat, and cattle. He has worked in Newton County in real estate since 1985. He has been the district supervisor of the Upper Ocmulgee district for 37 years. Before David Hays served as the district supervisor, his grandfather A. E. Hays Sr. was a supervisor for 40 years.
Preston Wynens, Jasper County
Preston Wynens has dairy cows, chicken houses, goats, vegetables, a greenhouse full of beautiful flowers, and about 45 acres of pine trees on his family farm in Monticello GA. Preston has been married to Sheila Wynens for over 40 years. They have a son, a daughter, and two grandkids who live nearby (pictured is his youngest grandson Will). Preston enriches Jasper in numerous ways through his farming and love of the Monticello community.
Phil Standard, Newton County
Phil Standard was born on the same road in Newton County that he lives on today. Phil married his wife Carol Standard in 1985. He has been a dairy farmer for 35 years; he farms Holstein and Jersey dairy cows. Phil spent his life inspecting houses, then farming, and now he cares for his six grandchildren. Phil Standard has been the Upper Ocmulgee district supervisor for approximately 45 years. He was asked to join the commission by his grandfather.
Tim Anderson, Newton County
Tim Anderson and his wife Clara live in Covington, Ga. They have been married for 31 years and have four children. Tim was born and raised in Newton County. He has been a general contractor in Covington since 1999. His building expertise makes him knowledgeable about soil and water erosion in a quickly growing city.
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