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paldingCountyo-cialsarenearingthecompletionoormalFi-nancialPoliciesandProce-dures,whichoneelectedocialsaysislongoverdue.AccordingtoSpaldingCountyCommissionerRaymondRay,thecountyhasneverhadsuchathoroughguidelineastheorthcomingonewillprovetobe,butthatwhathadbeeninplacehadbeensetasideinrecentyears.Thecountyhadestablishedpoliciesandproceduresinplaceorquitesometime,buttheywerebasicallytossedwhen(CountyManager)William(Wilson)wasremovedromocein2010,hesaid.“Itbecameamatterowhateverwaseasiest–nobids,lowbids,noprooobids.We’reputtingallothatbackinplacesothattaxpayerswillknowtheirmoneyisbeingmanagedproperly.”HesaidthatonecommoncomplaintthoseoSpaldingCountyvendorswhoclaimedtheywerebeingexcludedromcountycontracts–isalsobeingaddressed.Localvendorshavecomplainedthattheywerenotbeinggivenachancetobid,anditheywere,out-o-countyvendorsgotthework,evenitheSpaldingCountyvendorshadlowerbids,Raysaid.“I’mnotgoingtosaytherewaspreerentialtreatmentgoingon,butitwasquestionable.”HesaidthatundertheorthcomingFinancialPoliciesandProcedures,localbusinesseswillbemorelikelytowinbids,evenitheydonot
THE GRIP
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 Jessica W. GregoryPublisher jessica@the-grip.net
Sheila A. MathewsEditor & Ad Executivesheila@the-grip.net
Hours:Tuesday-Friday10a.m.to6p.m. TheGripstrivesoraccuracyinallitseditorialcontent.Iyouhaveaquestion,comment,orconcernaboutarticlesorphotospublishedinTheGrip,pleasedonothesitatetocallore-mailus.
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Publisher; jessica@the-grip.net 
OCT 24 - NOV 7, 2013 VOL. 03 NO. 21
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Empowering Griffin’s youngwomen with 'Girls T.A.L.K.'
School systemplans 60thanniversarycelebration
'Tossed aside' county fnancial policies soon to be strengthened
DA on school weapon case: Knieis both a tool and a weapon
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ountycommissionersspentthersthourotheirregularmeetingonMondaylisteningtoparents,coachesandormercoachesoswimandsoccerteamslobbyingortheMay2014specialpurposelocaloptionsalestax(SPLOST)reerendumtoincluderecreationalprojects.Thoughonlysevenspokeduringthepubliccommentssessionothemeeting,therewasstandingroomonlyduetothenumberoparentsandchildrentheretoshowtheirsupportorthespeakers,manywhoheard“throughthegrapevine”thattheSPLOSTwouldincludeonlytransportationandinrastructureprojects.Neartheendothemeeting,CommissionerRaymondRayadmittedthathebelievedtheturnoutwasbecauseoanearlierconversationhehadwithaparentregardingSPLOST.InalaterinterviewwithTheGrip,Raysaid,“ItoldhimIdoubtparksandrecprojects
Parents want recreationprojects on SPLOST list
Our website has a brand-newlook and we have rededicatedourselves to updating qualitycontent more regularly! Checkus out at www.the-grip.net.Above: Children enjoyed acepainting, pumpkin paintingand other un all events atthe Scarecrows in the GardenCelebration on Oct. 20 in theUGA Research and EducationGardens. Event coordinatorBarbara Harris says over 500people showed up to enjoythe day.
Pumpkin painting in the Garden
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SPLOST
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Swim and soccer parents and coaches flled the room at Monday'scounty BOC meeting to address commissioners regarding SPLOST.
JESSICAGREGORY/THEGRIPSUBMITTED/MARYPOND
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awnTyus,alocalcertiedpersonalcoach,beganthequesttolaunchagirlsempowermentprogramaterworkingwithagroupoyoungladieswhowerestrugglingwithunderstandingtheirpositioninlieandeelingunworthytosucceedduringthesummero2012.
Seeingtheneedorimprovingthecondenceandselworthotheseyoungladies,DawnoundedGirlsT.A.L.K.,whichstandsorGirlswhoareTalented,AmbitiousLeaderswhoareKind,becauseoherbelieintheimportanceorpeopletobelieveinthemselvesinordertothriveandliveaholisticlie.Thevisionandmissionoherorganizationistoensureeverygirlrecognizesherworth,anddiscoversthatsheisbeautiulromtheinsideout.SheociallylaunchedTheGirlsT.A.L.KMentoringprogramatherrstevent,TheDREAM,CELEBRATE,andLIVEYOURBESTLIFEEmpowerment
KAY BRUMBELOW :::
Features writer 
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T.A.L.K.
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heGrin-SpaldingCountySchoolSystemwillcelebrate60yearsoeducationalcooperationthisyearandalotoitwillhappentheweekoHalloween,accordingtoJudyParker,DirectoroCommunicationsandPartnershipswiththeGrin-SpaldingCountySchoolSystem.“ItstartsonOct.30at4:30p.m.withaparadethatwillhaveover1,200people.Therewillbeoatsromschoolsanddiferentdepartments.Therewillalsobestudentsandbands,andweplantoinductpeopleintoourEducatorHalloFame,”Parkersaid.ThepublicprovidednominationsortheEducatorHalloFameearlierthisyear.EligiblepersonsneededtohavebeenretiredorhaveresignedatleastveyearsromtheGrin-SpaldingCountySchoolSystembeorebeingnominated.TheEducatorHalloFamewillbehousedontheormerTaylorStreetMiddleSchoolcampusin“D”Building.“ExemplaryeducatorshavebeenassociatedwiththeGrin-SpaldingCountySchoolSystemsinceitsoundingin1953.Sixtyyearslatertheschoolsystemishonoringthosewhohave
CONT,
ceLebrATiOn
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SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::
 
Editor;sheila@the-grip.net 
CONT,
POLicieS
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Governmentbriefs:::highlightsfrom recentcity andcounty meetings
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Griffin ZombieWalk Oct. 26;donate cannedfood items asentry fee, walkto downtownGriffin andpatronize afew businessesdressed as azombie
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riminalcasesagainsttwolocalstudentschargedwitheloniesaterbringingknivestoschoolwillmoveorwardthroughtheJuvenileCourtsystem.GrinJudicialCircuitDistrictAttorneyScottBallardsaidthestudents,a12-year-oldgirlanda10-year-oldboy--willappearbeoreJudgeBenMiller,whowilldeterminetheirateassoonasNov.26.“Yes,theywillcomethroughthecourtsystem,butIdon’tthinkanyonewillbegoingtojuveniledetentionoverit,andit’sbecausethey’resoyoung,”Ballardsaid.“TheageocriminalaccountabilityinGeorgiais13,soiyou’reundertheageo13,youaren’tevenresponsibleoryourcrimes.Hesaidthetwominordeendantswillberequiredtoeitheradmitordenytheallegationstheace.“Itheyadmitthecrime,they’repunished.Itheydenytheactthey’reaccusedo,they’llstandtrial,butit’sjustatrialinrontoajudge,”hesaid.Withthestatutoryageocriminalaccountabilitysetat13,Ballardsaiditisatypicalorchildrenunderthatagetobecriminallycharged.Askedwhythesestudentsareacingdesignatedelonycharges,hesaid,“It’sagoodquestion.Hedidacknowledgehendsitalarmingthatchildrenarebringingweaponstoschool,
SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::
Editor; sheila@the-grip.net 
CONT,
WeAPOnS
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necessarilyhavethelowestbid.“Wedidn’thaveave-percentsystemorlocalvendors,Raysaid.“Beinglocals,theypaytaxes,sotheywillhavealittleleeway,evenitheydon’thavethelowestbid,uptovepercent.”Inaddition,thedocu-mentwilloutlinethecounty’sbudgetingpro-cedurewhilealsoplacingstricterrestrictionsonalldepartmentheads.“Wewillbudgettooperatethecountyandnothingmore.Thatwasn’tnecessarilytherebeore,Raysaid.It(theormerpolicy)waslooselyinterpreted.Itwasaloosedocumentthatdidn’thavespecics,butwevetightenedthatup.Wherethedepartmentheadshadalotoreedombeore,theydon’tnow.”Thenewmorerestrictivepolicywilllowerspendinglimitsoralldepartmentheadsandwillrequireadditionalapprovalorsomebiddingprocessesiitisunder$5,000,theywillberequiredtosubmitthreebidstoAdministrativeServicesDirectorJinnaGarrison.Forthoseover$5,000,thesameinormationmustbesubmittedorWilsonsapproval.“Thisistoveriythatwehavenotonlythebestprice,butthebestvendor,”Raysaid.“Itmaycostalittlemore,butiyougetbetterservices,that’simportant.We’realsotryingtoinvolvelocalbusinessesonservices.”Asanexampleothecountysefortstostreamlinespending,hecitedcountyvehicleoilchanges,whichuntilrecentlywerebeingdoneby16diferentvendors.“Wewerepayingdiferentratesacrosstheboardandwewerereceivingdiferentservicesacrosstheboard,Raysaid.ThecountyhasnowcontractedwiththecityoGrinorthatserviceonatrialbasistodetermineiitwillprovetobenotonlyacost-savingmeasureorthecounty,butmutuallybenecial.Withregardtorecentnancialmanagementpolicies,Raysaidheisdispleased,butbelievesthenewpolicywillputintoplaceguidelinesorastablenancialuture.Alongwiththatstep,RaysaidaComprehensiveImprovementPlanshouldalsobeimplemented.“Forustobeabletoproperlybudget,weneedtohaveaplanthat’sreviewedeverythreeyearsandupdatedeveryveyears,hesaid.“SpaldingCountyhasneverhadaComprehensiveImprovementPlan,butguesswhat–weneedaplantoprepare.”TheFinancialPoliciesandProcedureshasbeenawork-in-progressorthreeyears,andisexpectedtosoonbecompleted.WeshouldhaveitpublishedbeorethenextbudgetingprocessbeginsinFebruary2014,Raysaid.“ThebottomlineorSpaldingCountyiseciencyisefectiveness,andeciencyplusefectivenessmeansbettereconomics.”Ω
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numberolocalresidentshavepubliclyspokenoutagainsttheone-millpropertytaxincreaseapprovedOct.1bytheSpaldingCountyBoardoCommissioners,allegingthatthehikewouldnotbenecessaryithecollectionounpaidtaxes–includingthosethatremainoutstandingduetoseveralyears’backlogoBoardoEqualizationappeals–wasenorced.SpaldingCountyManagerWilliamWilsonlatersaidthatalthoughsomecriticshavebeenoutspoken,claimingthecounty’sscalwoesareattributabletothenon-collectionopastduetaxes,thatisnotthecase.Hesaidthatocialsroutinelyestimateapercentageopreviousyears’pastduetaxesthatareprojectedtobereceivedandincludethatintheupcomingscalyeargeneralundbudget.AccordingtoWilson,approximately$900,000representingtheuturecollectionopast-duetaxes–wasincludedintheFY2014generalundbudget.Ocialssayaltogether,approximately$4.75millioninpastduetaxesremainsupaid.Ithat$900,000wasntbudgeted,wewouldhavetohavehadanotherthree-quartersmillincrease(oratotalincreaseo1.75mills)ontopotheone-millincreasewehaveapproved,hesaid.TheGripsoughttoobtainhardnumberscorrelatingrecentyears’projectionsopastduetaxcollectionsandactualreceipts,butAdministrativeServicesDirectorJinnaGarrisonwasunavailabletoprovidethosegures.TheGripwillpostthoseonlineaswereceivethem.OcialsacknowledgethatoutstandingpropertytaxesareowedduetolongoutstandingBoardoEqualization(BoE)appeals,butsayprogressismovingorward.Wilsonsaidresidentswhoseektoappealtheirproperty’svalueareafordedtherighttodoso,andarenotrequiredtopaythedisputedtaxbilluntiltheirBoEappealhasbeenheard.“There’saveryormalprocessthatmustbeollowediyouwanttoappealyourvalue,hesaid.“There’snothinginstatelawthatsaysyouhavetopayyourtaxestoappealitsvalue.Weprobablyhavepeopleoutthererom2010,2011and2012whohaveappealedtheirtaxes,buthaven’tpaidapennyoit.”FollowingtheBoEappeal,ipropertyownerswishtocontinuetheprocessandhavetheirdisputeheardinSuperiorCourt,theythenhave30daysinwhichtopay85percentotheoriginaltaxbill.However,penaltiesandinterestdoaccruethroughouttheappealsprocess.SpaldingCountyhadallenverymuchbehindintheBoEappealsprocess,butinAugust,theappealsbeganinearnestwithsomecasesdatingbackto2009.SpaldingCountyChieTaxAssessorLarryLilliardonMondayprovidedcountycommissionerswithupdatedguresthataccountedorallBoEappealsheardthroughOct.18,andreportedonthetotalchangesthathavebeenmadeintheappealedpropertiesassessedvalue.Lilliardindicatedthat714appealshadbeencompleted,with259propertyownersseeingachangeinassessedvalueand455seeingnochange.Hesaidin317appeals,thepropertyownerdidnotappearortheirappointment.Theinitialcombinedassessedvalueothose714propertieswas$76,587,668.Therststepintheappealprocess–areviewotheassessmentwithmembersothe TaxAssessor’sOce–resultedinconcessionso5.9percentthatreducedthecumulativevalueothose535propertiesto$72,710,164.TheBoEreviewsthenresultedinadditionalreductionso1.1percent,or$844,313.Othe714BoEappealsthathavebeenheard,thecombinedreductionintheoriginalassessedvaluestotals$4,721,817.WhiletheoutstandingBoEappealshavebeenapproximatelyhalcompleted,thoseledon2013propertyassessmentshavenotyetbegun.In2012,4,904propertyownersledappeals.Thisyear,thatnumbersignicantlydroppedto1,355.ΩGETAGRIPANDGETTHEGOODSTUFFTHEGRIPOCT24-NOV7,2013
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ithnearly$4.75millionowedinunpaidpropertytaxesthrough2012,ocialsaremakingaconcertedeforttomoveorwardwithtaxsalestorecoupmoniesowedindelinquentcasesbyconductingtaxsalesonthecourthousestepsonanearly-monthlybasis.SignicantprogresshasbeenmadesincethebeginningoFiscalYear2014,with$1.4millionhavingbeencollectedsinceJuly1.AccordingtoSpaldingCountyTaxCommissionerSylviaHollums,theprocessisacomplexone,whichsheviewsasapositivethingortaxpayers.“Itshouldnotbeeasyorustotakepeople’sproperty.Itshouldbeadiligentprocess,shesaid.Hollumssaidtheprocesscanbeginsoonaterthetaxesallintodelinquency,butbecauseothemanystepsintheprocess,cannotreallybeginthedayatertaxesaredue.“Firstoall,therearethingswehavetodobeorewesellapropertyonthecourthousesteps.”Hollumsexplainedtheprocessbeginswiththeissuanceoa30-daynoticeointenttoleaa,ortaxlien.Shesaidotentimes,thisisallthatisnecessarytocollecttheoverduetaxes.“Thingshappen,shesaid.“Sometimespeoplejustdon’thavethemoneywhenit’soriginallydue,andalototaxesarepaidbymortgagecompaniesthathaverequiredescrowaccounts.Wemayreceiveonelargepaymentromamortgagecompanythatcoversanumberopropertyowners.”Oncethenoticetoleataxlienhasbeenmailedtothepropertyowner,thecountdownbegins.“Ater30days,it’srecordedintheClerkoCourt’soce,”Hollumssaid.Becausetheymustbeledthedaytheyarereceivedintheclerk’soce,shesaidherocesendsthemoverinmanageablebatches.Onceledbytheclerk,anindependentbusiness–DelinquentTaxServices(DTS)–isutilizedorsomeotheadministrativeaspectsotheprocess.HollumssaidSpaldingCounty,alongwiththevastmajorityocountiesstate-wide,usesuchprivatebusinessestoavoidtheup-rontcostsassociatedwiththetaxlienprocess.“It’snotcheapwhenwegettothispointinataxlien.DelinquentTaxServicespaysallthesecostsuprontandonlyreceivescompensationithetaxbillgetspaid,”shesaid.“Wewouldbepayingthesecostsupront,anditwouldhavetobeincludedinthebudget,whichwouldincreasemybudget.”TheprocessundertakenbyDTSbeginswithatitlesearch,whereinalltheproperty’srightulownersarelocatedandnotiedothetaxlien.Inaddition,anylienholders,suchasmortgagecompanies,arenotiedotheunpaidtaxes.Oncethatstephasbeencompleted,thepropertyownersandanytenantsmustbenotiedothependinglevywithinvedays.“Lienholdersalsohavetobenotied20daysbeoreit’sadvertised,Hollumssaid.“NoticesareadvertisedorourconsecutiveFridaysbeoretherstTuesday(othemonth).”
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“We will budget tooperate the county andnothing more. Thatwasn’t necessarily therebefore,” Ray said. “It (theformer policy) was loosely interpreted. It was a loosedocument that didn’thave specifics, but we’vetightened that up. Wherethe department headshad a lot of freedombefore, they don’t now.”
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vycreepsaroundautilitymeteronacementwall.Sunlightisglancingofthemeter'sdisplay.Suddenlytheresaclickingnoiseandthesoundoashuttersnapping.AmemberotheSouthsidePhotographicSociety(SPS)(namely,CatherineJarret)hascapturedyetanotherphotographortheclub’scollection.Theclubwascreatedtwoyearsago,whenapreviously-establishedphotographyclubdissolved,accordingtoCatherineJarret,SPS'scurrentvicepresident.TheSouthsidePhotographicSocietyisagroupolocalphotographers,ranginginlevelsromjust-got-their-rst-cameratoullpros.Ourgoalis,andalwayshasbeen,toprovideariendlyandwelcomingenvironmenttoallphotographerswhoarelookingtonetwork,learn,geteedbackor justhangoutwithotherphotographers,”Jarrettsaid.Thoseinterestedin joiningdonotneedtohaveabackgroundinphotographytobecomeamemberotheclub–justaninterestinphotographyandanabilitytocarryacamera.“Allthat’sneededtojointheSPSisawillingnesstolearnandparticipateinariendlyconsequencereeenvironment,clubpresidentSteveKnightstatedinarecentinterviewwithTheGrip.Theclubgenerallyholdsmonthlymeetingsstartingat6:45p.m.onthethird Tuesdayoeachmonth(thelocationvaries),althoughKnightencouragesthoseinterestedinjoiningorndingoutmoreabouteventsromtheclubtojointheSouthsidePhotographicSociety’sFacebookpagebysearchingouttheclub’snameonFacebook.BeginninginJanuary2014,theclubwillstartcollectingduesandaprivate,members-onlypagewillreplacethecurrentpage. Thecurrentgroupwillbecomeaplaceoradminstopostnewsandevents.InOctoberoeachyear,SPSparticipatesinScottKelby'sAnnualWorldWidePhotoWalk(worldwidephotowalk.com)."WespendthreetovehourstraipsingaroundGrin,shootingandgettingtoknowourcommunityalittlemoreintimately,"saidJarret.Forthisyear'swalk,thegroupobtainedpermissiontoenterGrin'sormercityhallbuildingonthecorneroSixthandSolomonstreets.Attheclub’scoreistheeducationandbenetsophotography,whilehelpingtopavethewayoruturephotographersandorthepreservationoimagesandeventsthatmaynotnecessarilyhavebeenvisuallydocumented.“We’vehadaprettywiderangeotopicscoveredoverthelastewyears,butnowwehaveourscheduleprettymuchlaidoutoratleastthenextsixmonthsorso.Wehadasportsphotographypresentation,colortheory,lightingtechniques,cameratips&tricks.Someoourupcomingeventsare juriedshows,ood/productphotography,portraitphotographyandsomephotographybusinesstopics.Youdon’tneedtoknowanythingaboutphotographytojointhegroup...we’reopentothenewestonewbies.Wealleelthatweallstillhavemuchtolearn,’Jarretsaid.ArecenteventortheSouthsidePhotographicSocietybroughtthediscussionotheuseodigitalcamerasversuslmphotography,amediumslowlyallingoutouseasdigitalequipmentbecomesmorepopular.NealCarpenter,aweddingphotographerromMaconwhoexclusivelyuseslm,spoketotheclubtointroducethemtothebenetsoshootingonlmversusdigital.“Beingadigitalgirlmysel,itwasrereshingtoreignitethatsparkthatbeginnershave--somewherealongthewaythatotengetslost,”clubmemberBlairToombsstated.ForToombs,joiningtheclubmeantlearningmoreaboutacameraandhowtouseittodiscovertheinnerphotographerwithinhersel."Wereallytrytobridgethegapbetweenphotographerswhoare juststartingoutandphotographerswhohavebeeninthegameordecades.MypersonalreasonorjoiningintherstplacewastoteachandsharewhatI’velearnedoverthepastouryearsorsooshooting,butIndmyseldoingmorelearningthanteaching.WhatIloveaboutSPSisthatthereisnojudgmentwhatsoever;thereisntthisairosuperiorityorineriority.Everyonejustshowsupandshoots.”Toombssaid.“Wevemanagedtoassembleagreatgroupophotographersthatwilldotheirbesttourthertheabilitiesoanyonewillingtoask.TheleadersotheSPSkeeptheenvironmentriendlytoensurethatnobodyisputdownorchastisedoraskingquestionsorneedinghelp.Wehaveanamazinggroupthatwelcomesquestionsromall,”saidKnight.Ω
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A photo captured by Catherine Jarret,SPS vice president, during last year'sWorld Wide Photo Walk.
FROGSLIB(FRiendsOtheGrinSpaldingLIBrary)issponsoringaSpooktacularprizebasketgiveaway.OneluckywinnerwillwinanewboxedsetotheStephanieMeyer’sTwilightSeries.Anypatronwhocompletesaticketormiseligibleorasingleentry.However,thosewhojoinFROGLSLIBwillreceive10entrieswhentheirmembershipormanddueshavebeenreceived.EntriesmustbereceivedbyOct.31at5p.m.ThebasketandentryormsaresetupattheGrin-SpaldingCountyLibraryonthetablebetweencirculationandtheinormationdesk.Ω
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heGrinAreaConcertAssociationpresentstheinternationallyacclaimedduoRichterUzurinconcertattheGrinAuditoriumat7:30p.m.onThursday,Nov.14,2013.TheRichterUzurDuoplaysawhimsicalmashed-upblendoclassical,world,androckmusic.ViktorUzurandBradRichterareeachmastermusiciansothehighestcaliberwithglobalsolocareers,majorinternationalawardsandintensivetrainingromtwootheworld’smostlaudedmusicalinstitutions(TheMoscowConservatoryandTheRoyalCollegeoMusicrespectively).Whiledevelopingintoclassicalvirtuosiasstudents,BradandViktorcuttheirteethinrockbands–ViktorasanelectricguitaristandBradasaguitaristandsinger.Theyalsodelvedintoolkandworldmusic,eventuallysettingthoseinterestsasidetopursuetheirclassicalconcertcareers.Sincethe“RichterUzurDuo”wasoundedin2005theyhavediscoveredawaytoblendallothemusicalstylestheyloveandaudienceshaveasmuchunlisteningtotheresultsasBradandViktorhaveplaying.TheRichterUzurDuohasplayedhundredsoconcertsinNorthAmerica,SouthAmerica,EuropeandAsiaandhasarapidlywideningcircleocommunitiesaroundtheglobethatinvitethembackagainandagain.IntheU.S.theDuoisperhapsbestknownthroughitsregularappearancesonNPR’sPerormanceToday–NorthAmerica’smostlistenedtoclassicalmusicprogram.TogetherViktorandBradhavecomposedandarrangedthemostexpansivecollectionomusicorcelloandguitarduoinexistence,includingtheirDuoConcertoorCelloandGuitar,commissionedbytheJacksonSymphonyinMichiganandpremieredinMay2012.Singleticketsorthisperormanceare$20,withallchildrenadmittedreewhenaccompanyingapaidadult.Aspecialgrouprateo$15perticketisavailableorgroupso10ormore.Seasonticketsortheremainingourconcertsinthe2013-14seasonmaystillbepurchasedor$60.Formoreinormationvisitwww.grinconcerts.orgorcall770-228-3229.Ticketsmaybepurchasedatthedoorbeginningat7p.m.orinGrinatSunCityPeachtreeamenitiescenter,Grin-SpaldingCountyChamberoCommerce,FNBmainbranchandZebulonbranch,ANovelExperienceBookstoreinZebulon,onlineatbrownpapertickets.com,orbycheckpayabletoGACA,1131SkylineDrive,Grin,GA30224.Ω
RichterUzur duo blend classical, world & rock music for Nov. 14 concert

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