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Broadway star joins local girls on stage: Schoolhouse Players production opens Dec. 1

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A veteran Broadway star and 12 of the cutest little Georgia girls you’ll ever see take the stage in The Schoolhouse Players’ production of the musical Madeline’s Christmas opening Dec. 1. 
The show is based on the beloved children’s book of the same name, which has become a Yuletide classic.

Trick or Treat events scheduled

As Halloween approaches, children will be walking and riding in cars on the hunt for candy and some scary fun. Everyone is asked to be careful while out.
Dr. Benjamin D. Hoffman is a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He advises parents to check anything your child receives. 
Ration the candy so there’s no unhealthy binge eating. 

Gift of a flag

Glascock County Sheriff Jeremy Kelley’s 4-year-old daughter, Emma Faith, stands under the flag and flagpole dedication held by Woodmen Life Lodge 982 at the Sheriff’s Office recently. “Woodman strives to promote family, community and country,” Woodmen Life representative Wanda Davis said. “They recently relocated to a new building and they needed a flagpole and a flag and Woodmen wanted to make sure that that happened.” Sheriff Kelley said that his office considered it an honor to receive the pole and flag because of what it represents. “A flag is not a piece of cloth,” he said.

Carol Taylor-survivor:

Carol Taylor was first told a little bit of a suspicious area was found in her mammogram.
“The doctor wanted to do another mammogram in five months,” Taylor said. “The doctor told me the suspicious area was in there; but, he didn’t think it was cancer. So, he wanted to wait five months and do another mammogram. I said, ‘We’ll wait five months; but, if that suspicious area is still there, I want it removed so it won’t turn into cancer.’ So he agreed to that.” 
At Taylor’s next mammogram five months later, there was no change.

GCCS Homecoming queen 2017

Gracie Hutcheson (at right and above center) was crowned Glascock County’s 2017 Homecoming Queen during the half time festivities last Friday. Logan Edwards was the first runnerup. Also chosen to represent their grades were Briley Johnson for 9th grade, Jada Irwin for 10th grade and Amber Kitchens for 11th.

Honoring his son: Local man shares video of his son’s death to save other officers

He still hears the shots that killed his son; hears his son try to take control of a dangerous situation; hears his son say he fears for his life; and, he hears his son scream as he dies.
Kirk Dinkheller is a man on a mission – a mission to keep other young people from making the mistakes his son Kyle made. 
Kyle Dinkheller was a deputy with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and had worked there for three years. He had a wife and a child. There was another child on the way. 

Udderly delicious...

Louisville Middle School students get up close and personal with a Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom milk cow Monday morning. Operated by the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk, the mobile classroom features a working milking parlor and teaches students all over the state how milk gets from the cow to their cereal bowls. The goal of the program is to promote dairy products and the industry that produces them.

Edie Pundt retires from bank

Edie Pundt has been an integral part of Jefferson County all of her life. 
She has been a member of the Wadley City Council, the Wadley Development Authority and the Jefferson County Development Authority. 
After almost 50 years in the banking industry, she retired Wednesday, Aug. 2, from Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co. She had been executive vice president and part of branch administration. She was a member of the board of directors of the holding company for Queensborough and a member of the executive management team.

Don’t let excitement eclipse safety concerns

By Merritt Melancon
Correspondent
On the afternoon of Aug. 21, Georgians will have the opportunity to share in the experience of seeing the summer afternoon sky darken as the moon’s shadow covers the sun, and they are excited.
It’s going to be quite a show, but it’s important that eclipse viewers don’t get so caught up in the hype that they abandon safety, said Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agricultural climatologist.

200 years of faithful service: Ways Baptist prepares to celebrate bicentennial anniversary

For 200 years Ways Baptist Church has stood on a grassy hill above Brushy Creek in northeast Jefferson County and served as a doorway between the hard-worked row crops of rural Stellaville and a glittering heavenly reward. 
Older than the scattered nearby homes and even the trees that shade them, Ways Baptist was organized in 1817 by Revolutionary War veterans and the sons of the men who fought alongside them.

Swan crowned Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen

With tears running down her face, as the crown was placed on her head, Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen Annie Swan lifted her finger and pointed it skyward.
“When they called out the first runner up I thought, well I didn’t place,” Swan said. “It never crossed my mind that I had won.”
But as they started saying Miss International City, her preliminary title, she just lost it. 

Carroll shares his walk in faith: Wrens pastor, former Army and hospital chaplain, retires after 60 years of active service

Some people discover their faith late in life, near the end of their journey. Others reach out after a stumble or fall, and find it there, a firm handle to help them get back up. Emmitt “Tip” Carroll’s walk with God began the day he was born.

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ opens in Bartow: Schoolhouse Players production runs June 16-25

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Alfred Uruy’s Driving Miss Daisy first arrived at The Schoolhouse Players’ Mancin Auditorium in Bartow 19 years ago.  The famous play enjoyed an extra measure of special attention largely because of Ann Smith’s stunning performance in the role of Miss Daisy.  Also, the play was presented with full sets, instead of the usual simple black curtains and a few props: a first.  It was a Miss Daisy of significance and deserves a revival.

Charles Lewis has crossed state four times with BRAG

Every June for the last six years Louisville’s Charles Lewis has been touring Georgia’s back roads from a bicycle seat. 
“When you aren’t boxed in with everything whizzing by, you do get a greater appreciation for the landscape and the beauty that we have here,” Lewis said. 
Next week he will be one of around 1,200 Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) participants who will be pedaling about 350 miles from Athens to Brunswick over the course of a week. 

Prom Day

Clients  of Ogeechee Behavioral Health’s Jefferson County Service Center walk the red carpet during the grand march at the second annual Jefferson County Special Needs Prom held recently in Louisville. Tax Commissioner Nancy McGraw and her sisters Peggy Cooper, Brenda Madsen and Patsy Cox organized the first prom in honor of their late brother Larry Williams who spent many years at the center. “It just keeps getting better and better,” McGraw said. “We had more people come out and help.

Family brings unique flavors to Gibson: Brothers work with mother to turn family property into The Heritage House restaurant

If you’re looking for a place to take your parents, a client, friends or even a date, you don’t have to drive far in Glascock County.
The Heritage House, located at 342 Calhoun St. in Gibson, is owned and operated by Ann Lamb and her two sons, Gregory Lamb and Charles Lamb. The trio has renovated a family owned home, turned it into a restaurant with warmth and charm.
It’s not uncommon for one or more of the owners to stop by your table for a polite chat. 

Springfest this weekend

The annual Mitchell Springfest will be held this weekend, April 21 through April 23. It is a longstanding tradition in Mitchell and this year will be coordinated by Amanda Chalker. 
On Friday from 6  p.m. to 8 p.m., local firemen will be serving steak plates (tickets must be purchased in advance) with a 7 p.m. auction for miscellaneous items including luggage, Avon baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants, and a television. After the auction, the festival will hold a neon flash run. Registration is $20. 

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