Though this is her first book, Claire is uniquely qualified to write The High Sheriff of Greene as she grew up in the Wyatt culture of Greene County, GA. “There go Wyatt and Taylor,” she remembers hearing as the sheriff whizzed by in a cloud of dust with his deputy. Claire has written the story of this legendary sheriff from over 30 oral interviews and countless newspaper accounts. She has brought Wyatt alive again to those who knew him and for those who wished they had. In this little gem of a book, Claire Hertzler has preserved a slice of Georgia history sure to captivate and inspire.
Claire also blogs at www.justclairefying.wordpress.com, which deals with current issues, observations about living, and profiles of folks inspiring others.
Her writings include these published articles: “Travel Insurance Tips,” Transitions Abroad Magazine, “Encounter With God,” Church Recreation Magazine, and “Easter at Flat Rock,” Georgia Magazine, also about the history of Greene County, Georgia. She has had two articles accepted for Fruits of the Spirit, an anthology being edited by the East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers.
In addition to writing, Claire enjoys cooking, gardening, fashion, and travel. She holds degrees from Mercer University, Southwestern Seminary, and GA State University. She has professional experience in the fields of public education, Christian education, volunteer services administration, and non-profits. She was one of the first activists fighting human trafficking in Atlanta, an interest she maintains. She is active in the North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
Claire enjoys living in Decatur, GA, with her husband, Eugene. She especially enjoys the mornings they treat themselves to a cappuccino at one of the many coffee shops in Decatur. And she is a regular at the Decatur Book Festival.
The High Sheriff of Greene
During Prohibition, Greene County was the moonshine capital of Georgia. A corrupt sheriff and hundreds of illegal stills made this little area east of Atlanta the source of liquor for hotels in the city and people across the South. Then, in 1925, a twenty-one-year-old named L.L. Wyatt was recruited to break up this thriving industry. Wyatt’s battles with the bootleggers would soon turn him into a figure larger than life. As his fearlessness, agility, honesty, and fairness in enforcing the law were demonstrated again and again, the stories spread throughout the county, sweeping everyone up into the legend of L.L. Wyatt.
Bolstered by a sense that God was protecting him, Wyatt was fearless in his mission. In only five years, he transformed Greene County into one of the most crime-free places in Georgia. He was shot at, spit upon, bitten, and cursed for it, but for five decades, Wyatt was engaged in an ongoing war between the law and those who would oppose it, maintaining law, order, and the respect of all, even criminals. No crime went unsolved during his 36 years as sheriff of Greene County, a feat even Hollywood took note of.
More than just a legend from the past, Wyatt’s story shows that one person can change their community for good. His ideals challenge law enforcement and society alike to uphold a firm respect for the law while also enforcing it in a manner that preserves dignity. Every single citizen mattered to Sheriff L.L. Wyatt. Before there was such a thing, Wyatt was a true community police officer and sheriff.
Paperback | ISBN 978-1-944193-62-1 | 158 Pages
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY/ Law Enforcement
HISTORY/United States/State & Local/ South
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