A country music fan has to be of a certain age to remember Roy Clark’s “Thank God and Greyhound You’re Gone.” It’s a classic — check it out on YouTube when you get the chance.
Meanwhile in Moultrie, though, it’s “Thank God and Greyhound You’re Back!”
In the song, Clark sings, “That big silver bus/is a beautiful sight …” And on Monday, it was — although, for the record, the bus that arrived at the Intermodal Transportation Facility was only half silver. The company has added blue to its color scheme since the song came out in 1970.
But the bus was still a beautiful sight to the city officials gathered to welcome the return of bus service after a hiatus of about 15 years.
The Rev. Rufus Jolly made a point to be there. Jolly speaks frequently during the Moultrie City Council’s meetings, which include a segment where citizens can speak their minds to council on any subject, and about once of every three times he speaks, he comments on the lack of transportation between here and Albany.
Many of Jolly’s parishioners and friends don’t have transportation to reach Albany, where they could take a bus or airplane to wherever they need to go. Jolly himself is legally blind, so he can’t help them.
Monday was a victory for Jolly’s perseverance, and it’s a victory for the large number of Moultrians who don’t have reliable transportation. For less than $20 (one-way), a rider can get to Albany or to Thomasville for shopping, medical appointments or visits with family. And Greyhound has routes all across the country — even to Mexico and Canada — so if they don’t mind us repeating their slogan: “You don’t have to go far to go far.”
Welcome back to Moultrie, Greyhound, and we offer congratulations to Jolly and to the city officials who worked hard to draw the bus company back here.