From the Feb 16, 1961 edition of The Forest-Blade:
Walden is ‘Outstanding Young Farmer’ for 1960
Billy Walden of near Canoochee has been named “Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year” in Emanuel County. His selection was announced last Wednesday night at the annual banquet of the Swainsboro Junior Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Walden and two runners-up, Frank Wimberly of Swainsboro and W.D. Johnson of Twin City, received plaques in recognition of their “outstanding farming operations”.