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April 4, 2013 Issue

JCHS art show opens this week
DA not seeking death penalty
Milk a cow, weave cotton, make butter

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JCHS art show opens this week

By Emily Russell

Spring is finally here and in Louisville that means it’s time for the Sixth Annual Advanced Placement Art Exhibition at The Fire House Gallery. This year 11 talented students from Linda Merritt’s AP Art class at Jefferson County High School are showing an array of artwork in different media and styles that are sure to impress.

Participating in this exhibit is a wonderful learning opportunity for the AP Art students. Not many high school artists can say they have shown their work in a professional gallery.


Moreover, these lucky students had a chance to participate in and contribute to the entire exhibit planning process, from contracting for the show to its installation. They even took part in conceiving the publicity and design concept for promoting the show.

Working collaboratively with Gallery Fellow Kristen Vise, Merritt’s students developed the theme for the exhibition’s promotional materials including postcards, posters, T-shirts, and a banner. In addition to their design work, the student artists from JCHS were exposed to the Gallery’s standard documentary video process used for all of the Gallery’s monthly professional exhibitions.

Next up is the opportunity for these students to represent their work to the public in the exhibit’s opening reception in conversations likely to take up their methods, process and inspiration for each of the interesting pieces in the show.

This year’s AP Art exhibit features everything from digital photography to charcoal drawings and oil pastels. One of Emily Stewart’s digital photographs features a colorful autumn landscape, while Jasmine Gause’s black and white charcoal drawing awes viewers with its super reality.

In oil pastel, Bethany Brown explores light and texture in a vegetable and fruit still life. Each student brings something new and unique to the show; and each takes away a memorable experience and what may prove the first of many artistic adventures.

The Advanced Placement Art Exhibition “heART Beat” will be on display at The Fire House Gallery from April 3 through April 13. The opening reception will be held this Friday, April 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This event is free, casual, and open to the public. Come out and support Jefferson County’s fine young artists and get your fill of gourmet springtime treats and lots of great art.

DA not seeking death penalty

By Donna Stillinger

Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dennis Sanders announced Wednesday he will not seek the death penalty in the 2011 case against two people charged with killing a woman and dragging her body behind a vehicle.

Both Ricky Wells and Tina Wells pleaded not guilty Wednesday, March 27, in McDuffie County Superior Court during an arraignment hearing. They are charged in the September 2011 death of Jennifer Kitchens Wells, 36. Authorities have said she was shot outside a McDuffie County convenience store and then dragged for several miles, into Warren County.


A special court session will be scheduled this summer for the Wellses’ trial, court officials said.

Authorities quickly arrested her ex-husband, Ricky Wells, 44, of Dearing, and his girlfriend, Tina Wells, 41, of Bone¬ville. Both are being held in the McDuf¬fie County Law Enforcement Center.

Ricky Wells and Tina Wells were indicted last August by a McDuffie County grand jury. Both are charged, individually and as co-conspirators, with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and aggravating circumstances.

They are being held on $1 million bond each.

Inves¬ti¬gators believe the victim was lured from her home in Glascock County to the isolated McDuffie County convenience store to discuss a child custody situation. After being shot, authorities said, her body was hooked to Ricky Wells’ pickup and dragged into Warren County, possibly to avoid leaving incriminating blood stains in the vehicle, police have said.

Initially it was not apparent whether Wells died from the shooting or the dragging, but autopsy results indicated the gunshot was fatal.

Investigators have not disclosed a motive.

Milk a cow, weave cotton, make butter

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

Stemming from an idea from three individuals, an event was created to inform the community on agricultural safety, as well as what is involved in agriculture locally.

The idea came from a collaboration between Donovan Holdeman, president of the Jefferson County Cattlemen’s Association, Chris Rogers, president of the Farm Bureau, and myself last summer,” Extension Agent Pam Sapp said. “We had an idea of doing some type of field day that was safety related and decided to add on the ag day side of it, too.”


The event has been billed as the Ag Safety Day and will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Louisville Fair Grounds. Admission is free.

There will be an agriculture educational center in the old livestock barn on the premises. There will be booths set up to educate attendees on corn, wheat, cotton, soybeans, dairy, beef, forestry and peanuts.

“There will be hands-on activities for each commodity, and an education board that gives fun facts, nutritional information and how they are grown,” Sapp said, adding that other information would be given.

Other activities will include making flour from wheat and corn mill from corn.

“Kids will be able to make butter,” Sapp said. “They will make a bird feeder with peanut butter and bird seed. There will be some crafts with soybeans and cotton. We plan to have spinners with hand looms to help learn more about fiber products.”

There will also be a petting zoo that will include a dairy calf, a beef calf, rabbits, chickens, a goat, a pig, a sheep and miniature horses and donkeys.

“The mobile dairy unit will be there,” Sapp said. “It is like a milking parlor on wheels. They will give live demos throughout the day.”

Hay rides will be offered for everyone and there will be entertainment, as well as concessions from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“On the safety side, will be boating and ATV safety by the Department of Natural Resources,” Sapp explained. “We will have an educational exhibit by the DNR on animal skins and skulls. We will have ag safety for irrigation units, grain bins, tractors and lawn mowers. Jefferson Energy will have a high voltage demo, where they fry the turkey.”

Also on hand will be antique tractors and equipment from different individuals and modern equipment from Blanchard Equipment. Sapp said they are still looking for entries of antiques.

“It is a family event, geared for all ages,” she said, adding that the Fire Safety House would be there for children especially, but also show how to use a fire extinguisher.

“I want to thank all the many local businesses, farmers and volunteers for providing their time and funds to make this event happen,” Sapp said. “This is our first annual event, we encourage families to come out so we can make this happen again next year.”

Anyone interested in more information about Ag Day, contact Sapp at (478) 625-3046.

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