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Morrow Powell building donated to Safehouse
Owner of building will use insurance money to rebuild, but Safehouse must find volunteers to finish the project
JESSICA W. GREGORY
City Manager Smith granted emergency powers
SHEILA A. MARSHALL
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Moved by the outpouring of community support and grief after the downtown fire on January 31 of this year, the outof-town owner of the historic Morrow Powell building at 109 South Hill Street (who prefers to remain anonymous), told Safehouse Coffee and Tea staff, “I have known what you all have been trying to do in the community down here for these last few
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With the passage of the Emergency Management ordinance, members of the Griffin City Commission have unanimously given City Manager Kenny Smith what some have called sweeping powers in the event a state of emergency is declared. Among the power now vested in Smith is the ability “to suspend or limit the sale, dispensing or transportation of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives and flammable liquids and substances. In addition, Smith also may now “commandeer or utilize public or private property when necessary to cope with the emergency or disaster, or when there is compelling necessity for the protection of lives, health and welfare; and/or the property of citizens.” “As far as I understand, it gave the city more say in the processes that go on during these crises as opposed to the state,” said Commissioner Ryan McLemore. “I don’t have any personal problems with it at all. The governor has to declare and end the emergency period, so it’s not like it can be extended for an indefinite period.” However, McLemore said he does understand that some residents are concerned with the powers now at the city manager’s disposal. “Yes, I would be concerned about it overriding rights, but again, my concern is not great, considering the people who are in
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When an electrical fire struck a downtown staple, Safehouse Coffee & Tea, the public outcry was palpable. A Griffin city official told Amanda Slade, one of the caretakers of Safehouse, that the crowd that gathered during the fire on the evening of January 31 was the largest spontaneous gathering in downtown since the raising of the Confederate Monument that previously stood at the intersection of Hill and Solomon Streets in 1909. As The Grip reported earlier, a Safehouse Benefit account was opened at United Bank in response to the disaster, and volunteers came out in droves to help clear out the building and its destroyed contents.
Senior center making progress
JESSICA W. GREGORY
Local businessman retires after long "colorful" career in sign industry
On Wednesday, July 18, employees of Spalding County Parks and Recreation, the current senior center, and The Grip were escorted by the project manager of the new senior center, Paul Gable, to see how the construction was progressing. Gable reported to the group that the project was on time. "For the most part, we're right on task," he said.
It was 1949 at a fruit stand on the side of Old Highway 41 just south of Spring Creek, Georgia when a 12-year-old boy asked his father if he could paint his produce signs for him. That boy was Robert Presley and now at age 75, with over 62 years in the sign industry, he has decided that it is time to retire. Most of those years were spent serving Griffin and surrounding areas, and he has more than enjoyed what he calls a “very colorful career.”
With the passing of his Grandfather Alexander Presley, with whom young Robert was very close, a valuable trait was instilled. Young Presley sat by his casket until his grandfather was buried. During this time Presley recalls the then Mayor of Cartersville paying his respects. “The mayor reached down and patted me on the head and said ‘There lays old honest Alex,’” and that was never forgotten. Robert decided then and there that he wanted to be remembered this way. “Treat everyone right in what you do, keep your word,” says Presley. “Don’t lie to nobody, your word is your bond.” This became his creed. Sheffield signs recruited
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Demolition at the site began in February 2012, and Spalding County officials hope to complete the project by December of this year.
When Presley began painting the signs for his father’s fruit stand, the local citizens and business owners took notice. He began receiving requests for signs of all kinds and began his lifelong career of creating custom works. COnT, pROGRESS, p. 3»
LOST represents one percent of the Spalding County sales tax, currently set at seven percent. The remainder of the sales tax breakdown includes three percent in state sales tax; one percent in county sales tax; one percent for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax; and one percent for the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
City, county negotiate LOST sales tax funds
The Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) has been in place for more than 35 years. It is not a referendum that must be approved, but rather was first enacted in 1975 by the Georgia legislature to provide counties and qualified municipalities a revenue source that may be utilized to offset property taxes and fund general services. City and county officials are now preparing to renegotiate the distribution of these funds.
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loan. Johnny Paris sold me a Studebaker Truck on credit, and Buckles Hardware sold me the sign supplies on credit.” Within one year business was booming. His first signs in Griffin were for Slade Realty. He has since made signs for the likes of local companies such as FnB, Hammond services, UGA, United Bank and Spalding Gas, just to name a few of the hundreds if not thousands he has created.
Ode to a Sign Kit
by Paul Aschere You sit forlorn on the old shop floor, The time has come I'll need you no more. For thirty years you were at my side, You were my companion, my helper, my pride. I contemplate your battered shape, One corner patched with masking tape, Colorfully splattered and full of dents, I recall what each mark represents. That spot of ochre in fifty four, A boat I lettered by the ocean shore. A hazy smudge of Brilliant Blue, The pickup truck for old man Drew.
New adopt-a-stream program needs volunteers « signs, cont.
Get your feet wet: First workshop will be held July 28, 9:30 - 2 at the Griffin City Park
SHEILA A. MARSHALL
Presley to come and work with their company in the afternoons after school, his first professional working experience. In 1951, the Presley family moved to Griffin. Robert would ride his bicycle from business to business picking up jobs, painting store fronts and signs.
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Going green – for some, this has become nothing more than a trendy phrase associated with fluorescent light bulbs and recycling. However, for Watershed Program Assistant Alexa Robinson, of the Spalding County Extension Service, and officials of the city of Griffin Stormwater Department, it means educating residents in methods of monitoring and improving the quality of local stream. To accomplish this goal, Robinson said she is working in conjunction with James Moore, deputy director of the Stormwater Department, to establish an Adopt-A-Stream program in Spalding County. The first workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28, in City Park, and will provide an introduction to the program. According to Robinson, there are two certified trainers in Griffin who will teach participants how to register their streams on the Adopt-AStream database, as well as provide the necessary equipment.
Although his first sign computer Abigail Savage (community volunteer) and Aaron Trimble (4H-er) fish an was bought Some gold leaf sticking to the paint, old bicycle out of a local stream. Image supplied by Carol Gulliford. in 1987, he An office door or haloed saint. hand painted An errant blotch of Fire Red, signs all the “The first workshop is then be broadly-used That "Coke" sign on a farmers shed. way to 2007, an introduction – we by the Adopt-A-Stream when he went want them to have the program, universities and My eyes now o'er your contents run, For more stories from Robert Presley's career, visit to full time knowledge they’ll need to government research computer I touch each object, one by one. www.the-grip.net. feel that they’re capable of programs.” created signs. My favorite fitch - that old snap-line doing this,” Robinson said. In those years he created The half-filled can of turpentine. In 1953 he was hired by Additional workshops will However, Robinson also signs of all kinds from the Phillip-Brown Sign teach participants what has encourages younger High Rise and billboards Company where he That well worn mahlstick, broken chalk, the potential to negatively participants, saying that to neon lit and campaign worked before joining My dear old friend, if you could talk, impact watersheds and one certified person can signs. His decision to retire Lard oil, pounce bags, charcoal sticks, is bittersweet as he states, streams, and they will go out to monitor a stream the US Air Force in 1954. While enlisted, his talents “It brings tears to my eyes learn to monitor the water with a group of people, All needed for the sign man's tricks. were immediately utilized to think about quitting but for bacteria; chemically, including students and and he was in charge of all it’s time.” including conductivity, pH, scouting troops. Those worn out quills not thown away, paint shops, painting and temperature and dissolved Lie on the bottom in disarray. lettering airplanes. Presley The Presley legacy will oxygen; nitrites; nitrates; Those interested in continued to do work for carry on with his son Zack Like friends from whom one cannot part, phosphate; an abundance participating are asked to the public also. Having Each left a warm spot in my heart. of Signs by Zack also in of fertilizers; temperature; register with Robinson by had sign shops in Alaska Griffin. Zack has been and macroinvertebrates. calling 770-467-4225. There and Tennessee while also painting signs with his Let others choose the factory pall, is no necessary equipment running a sign painting father since he was 6 years Confinement of an office wall. business out of his ’41 “That’s the really fun part – for the July 28 workshop, old and has grown to be Or jobs monotonous and drear, Oldsmobile with a sign kit you get in there, turn over but those planning to a successful professional That never change from year to year. rocks and count crawfish attend are asked to bring a he had done it all, almost. sign maker himself. and fish,” Robinson said. sack lunch. Presley returned to Give me the breeze on a summer's day, Presley concludes his There is no age limit for Griffin in 1963. “When I The smell of turpentine and hay. career with the poem participation, but Robinson “They will not be required came back out of the Air “Ode to sign Kit,” (printed The heady wine of sun and sky, said they are seeking to go in a stream and get Force I had a pregnant right) which he has held Suspended on a scaffold high. individuals interested in their feet wet, but if they wife, two little boys, a onto for 40 years knowing Where birds approach to criticize, obtaining certification, want to, they’ll need to ’53 Roadmaster Buick that one day he would and the minimum age to bring protective shoes,” And see that I dot all the "i's". and $200 in my pocket.” use it and publish upon undertake that process is Robinson added. Ω Remembering gratefully his retiring. “It’s the story 16. those that helped him So misty eyed I close the lid, of my life,” says Presley. He start his business, “‘Old Ne'er regretting what I did also would like to specially Man’ Will Hill newton gave thank the people of Griffin “We ask that they be A life of memories I have made, me the building on credit. certified, so the information and the surrounding areas Having picked the sign man's trade. Commercial Bank lender is quality controlled,” for all their business and C.T. Parker gave me a $600 support. Ω she said. “The data can
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"Seeing the plan and seeing it here isn't the same thing," said Spalding County Parks and Recreation Director Louis Greene. "You can start to see some of the rooms going up." "It makes it easier when you've seen it come up out of the ground," added Gable. Gable and Greene pointed out the billards room, dance hall, and various offices On Wednesday, July 18, employees of Spalding County Parks and and facilities as the group Recreation, the current senior center, and The Grip toured the walked through the site. construction site of the new senior center. Spalding County Public delivered to the site it really will the roof. Works is still working on starts falling into place," much of the land grading, said Gable. Anyone interested in while various other crews watching the construction pull electrical wire, repair "We're seeing the most progress can log onto rusty portions of the ceiling, activity on the site this the 24-hour live webcam and frame in walls. week," noted Greene. feed available at www. spaldingcounty.com. Ω "It takes a while for this stuff to get lined up and ready to next week, the exterior go, but once materials get walls will be finished, as
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years but I had no idea that you had made this kind of impact.” He continued, “I tell you what I’ll do. I’ll rebuild the building as much as the insurance will cover and if you can raise some volunteers to finish it in, I’ll donate the building outright to your non-profit organization.” Many present were moved to tears at this, including the owner and Hunt Slade, president of ICM/ Safehouse. “We moved Safehouse to historic downtown Griffin because we love this town and we believe that its return as the cultural center of our community is imminent. This catastrophe is turning out to be a rally point for so many local citizens that have a vision for downtown. We couldn’t be more grateful for all of the individuals, families, businesses, and churches that have helped so far,” said Slade. Much of the mechanical infrastructure of the Morrow Powell building is being finished during the next week and it is time for the next round of volunteer crews to form
Taken from the Safehousebev.com website: Safehouse is more than a coffee shop and roastery. It is a community center, open to all local groups and clubs. It is a business incubator for local entrepreneurs and has helped launch a dozen locally-owned small businesses over the last two years. Safehouse is also a pro-bono training center for young people wanting to learn the marketable skills of the specialty coffee industry. It hosts multiple faith-based meetings and classes and offers space to municipal government committees and subcommittee meetings whenever called upon. Whether your skills are in construction, finish carpentry, painting, or you are just willing to lend a helping hand in labor, please join us in rebuilding this invaluable resource for our town. To help, you can contact: Hunt Slade by calling 678-9787155 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or Michael Thurston at 770-584-4442 and email@example.com. If you would like to donate financially to the Safehouse rebuilding effort, there is a charitable fund account at United Bank. You can donate in person at any United Bank location.
up and tackle construction projects. To help facilitate this, the creative staff of ICM/ Safehouse produced three short videos whose themes revolve around community involvement, voluntarism, and charitable giving. Jacob Orr, creative director for the organization, said, “Some time has passed since the fire and there were many volunteers that wanted to help in the early stages that we just weren’t able to get in there because of the type of work that was being done. We made these films
to remind people that we are still here working hard towards reopening Safehouse, and we need their help again at this point in the rebuilding.” Orr said that the videos were really made as a thank you to those who have continued to pitch in and as a call for volunteers and donors in local churches and businesses. The videos can be seen on Vimeo.com, YouTube.com, Safehousebev.com, and the Safehouse Coffee & Tea Facebook page. There is also a Safehouse Rebuild Volunteers Group page
on Facebook that is being used as the primary outlet for current information on projects and for those in the area who want to help with the efforts to stay up to date on progress. In a personal plea for help, Hunt Slade said, “I think we have a lot of local churches and clubs with men’s groups that like to find local construction projects that will have a big community return on their labor investment. I hope some of them will contact us. We also lost all of the books from the Safehouse lending library so we have an ongoing book drive active to replace them – books can be dropped off at our temporary location inside the Corner Café at the corner of Hill Street and Solomon Street. We also have some specific materials needs like lumber for the new bookcases, lumber to frame in the windows, and wood flooring for various areas in the shop – the wood flooring doesn’t even have to match; we’ll just place it in different areas.” Slade continued, “We’ve had some people tell us that they don’t think they can be much help because they don’t have construction skills but the truth is, every pair of hands helps more than you would believe.” Ω
Above: a screen shot from one of the volunteerism videos. Just two weeks after the Safehouse fire, another downtown business, 'stache studio, held its opening night. Two days after that, they held a painting fund raiser for Safehouse where participants painted the words "Safehouse is not a building." Stache raised $250 and all participants donated their canvases to Safehouse.
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Interesting additional data associated with the breakdown of unemployment by state can be found in the July 10, 2012 Huckabee Report (www.MikeHuckabee. com). Mr. Huckabee points out that the Washington Examiner said that since January, 2012 in every state that elected a Republican governor in 2010, the unemployment rate declined. In states with Democratic governors, unemployment either matched national trends or rose. In Republican controlled states, unemployment is improving 50 percent faster than the national average. The key point here is that if not for the actions of Republicans at the state level the ObamaBiden jobs report would go from disappointing to disastrous. So, there you go. Pass up a gravy bowl. Blame everything on stalemates. And keep giving to Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney… We want to pass around a Romney gravy bowl for a Thanksgiving celebration. We have already had four years of a turkey; let’s have some ham for Thanksgiving! Ω
Forego the wedding registry, birthday and anniversary presents, asks Obama
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If you are a gal about to be married, forgo the desire to go to register for a set of china for your wedding or a keepsake gravy bowl for this Thanksgiving. Why? Because the Barack Hussein Obama Re-Election Campaign is so worried about having adequate reelection funds, he’s asking engaged couples to make a donation to his election in lieu of personal gifts from family and friends. But don’t stop at your wedding, because the official website says, “Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up? Let your friends know how important this election is to you—register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of gift. It’s a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it’s a gift that we can all appreciate—and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl.” To further his worries about his coffers, his vice
president, from whom I get a daily e-mail (don’t worry; we aren’t friends. I just keep informed of the doings of the liberal left) worried, “The Romney Campaign and the Republicans raised $100 million in the month of June alone. This is a massive sum.” Actually, Mr. Biden, the Republicans and Mr. Romney raised more than that. According to Reuters on July 5, 2012, he raised $106 million. And the Democrats are understandably concerned because Election Day is november 6, 2012 and is poised to be the most expensive election in the history of the United States, as well as quite possibly the most important presidential election. Why did Romney raise so much money in June 2012? Simple: President Barack Hussein Obama gave sanctuary to the DREAMers, the undocumented illegal immigrant youth from ages of birth to 30 years old, in contradiction to the will of Congress and of the American people. Romney’s campaign contributions for May, according to Fox news on June 22, 2012, came in at $76.8 million. And it gets EVEn better: President Barack Hussein Obama, in speaking on June 14 to the students
at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio commented, “What’s holding us back is a stalemate in Washington between two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take. And this election is your chance to break that stalemate.” Stalemate was a great choice of wording for the next round of another issue in America: our unemployment rate, announced from the United States Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis. She announced that the June, 2012 unemployment figure was 8.2 percent, the exact percentage from the last month of May, 2012, with 12.7 million listed as unemployed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics June report, “Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for blacks (14.4 percent) edged up over the month, while the rates for adult men (7.8 percent), adult women (7.4 percent), teenagers (23.7 percent), whites (7.4 percent), and Hispanics (11.0 percent) showed little or no change.” “It’s still tough out there,” the President contends, and uses his favorite word by saying that voters must help him “break a stalemate in Congress” that he says is “preventing his administration from boosting hiring.”
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Every summer, the Main Street Players and Studio D School of Dance collaborate to hold the Summer Youth Program, a two-week, intensive camp in which performers 18 years and younger can showcase their talents, whether it be acting, singing, or dancing. This year, the Summer Youth Program will present Fame! JR, a musical theatre piece set during the last years of new York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), FAME JR. is the bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today. Below is a Q&A session with two Fame! JR performers, Lauren James, 16, and Hayden Flanders, 16, as well as director and choreographer, Lori Flanders. Right: A few of the Fame! Jr. performers warm up before rehearsal on the Main Street Players stage. Q: So what characters to you two play in Fame! JR? Lauren: I play Serena Katz, who is in the acting school, a little shy, but she’s a serious actor. She develops a friendship with nick and would like to see it go a little further. Hayden: My character is Schlomo Metzenbaum. He's a violinist very interested in his music. He gets along with everyone and is interested in a girl named Carmen, which is weird because she has a big ego and is a dancer, not a musician. Q: So what is the Summer Youth Program Process like? Lauren: We got our scripts about a month ago with a CD of songs. We will start working on the script it next week. The first week, we work on making sure we know the music and the harmonies and work on blocking, which is finding where our spots are and knowing where we go with each thing we say. The second week we clean everything up make sure we’re ready to perform. Hayden: It's a camp that you can learn off of, it’s not like you have to be the best of the best. This company can reflect on everybody’s talents and there’s a part for everybody. You don’t have to be at the top just to get in. Q: So what would you say to someone to make them come see the show? Lauren: It’s a really exciting show. It also has a lot of advice to offer; you can get a lot of inspiration from the characters’ lives. Hayden: It's a story you get into and feel each persons’ character. You kinda step into everybody’s life for about an hour or so. Q: As dancers, what are your thoughts on acting? Hayden: Every show that I do or every production that I’m put in is a different experience, but getting to meet everyone and form a relationship with your character and the actual people you work with is a great experience. You learn a lot. It's good to play a different character for each show – you become this different person for a month or two when you do a new show. I do it not so much to gain experience but because it’s something I'm passionate about. Making the audience smile. Lauren: Last year the
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Senioa cafe to host "clean comedy night"
Entertainment agent Suzanne Bartels and Comedian Leslie norris, bigwigs in the comedy industry, are hosting a Clean Laughs night Comedy Challenge at Senoia Coffee & Cafe. "This is a four-day event unlike any event you will experience on the south side of Atlanta," says the press release.
intensive program was a real learning experience for me. It opened my eyes to theatre again because I had gone back to dancing a lot more. It taught me a lot more about acting. We did a show where me and Hayden are fighting... I learned to really have that emotion, show that conviction. Q: Anything you'd like to add? Hayden: Don’t be afraid to try new things. Honestly I remember middle school I used to get made so fun of because I was in dance. So I quit dance because I was so worried about what other people were thinking of me. Q: Other than singing, dancing and acting, what does the Summer Youth Program impart to participants?
Lori: Of course there are the obvious things such as self confidence, literacy skills, communication. But being able to own up to their mistakes and gaining an enhanced empathy are a very important part of the process here. When you mess up on stage, you have to own it. You learn to say, I made a mistake and I’m going to fix it for next time. Or, you help each other out as a group. If I cant remember my lines, you may be able to come up with a way to help me remember it. The enhanced empathy lesson is so important to me. Ω
Fame! JR debuts Friday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Street Theatre on Hill Street. The Saturday performance will also be at 7:30, while Sunday's performance is at 3 p.m. For tickets ($10) call 770-2299916.
Twelve to 15 up-and-coming stand up comics from around the country will perform their own unique style of comedy at the cafe Wednesday Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 4. The audience will vote for a “people’s choice” Comedian of Funny to be awarded on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Friday’s show will consist of the finalists and winner chosen, while celebrity guest judges will perform Saturday night. The 2011 Comedy Challenge winner, Clayburn Cox, is hosting this year’s Challenge with the assistance of Joby Saad, star of Comedy Central, Bananas and Thou Shalt Laugh. For tickets, visit www. cleanlaughsnight.com or pay by cash or check at Senoia Coffee & Cafe. Ω
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About this time in 1995, I was preparing to open my clinic in the space behind Wynn’s Pharmacy on Eighth Street. The long hot summer was followed by a late hurricane, Opal, that blew through Griffin and toppled some of our beautiful oak trees on Maple Street. Meanwhile, I was painting, spackling, and spiffing the area that was to become the first Iris City Chiropractic Center. I worked all day into the evening and the wee hours of the morning. I did not want to stop for meals, so I went to what was then Bruno’s for groceries so that I could munch as I worked. nothing was simpler than just microwaving hotdogs. (BHA) and the related compound butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are organic compounds that are often added to foods to preserve fats and kill fungi. They are powerful antioxidants, and they keep oxygen from reacting with fat because oxygen will react with the antioxidants first. BHA and BHT are sympathetic, manufactured chemicals that are petroleum based and fat-soluble. This makes them mix well with the fats in our foods. This is why the fats in foods do not go rancid as quickly as they would in nature. BHA and BHT are also used in cosmetics and drugs to preserve them as well. Both of these chemicals have passed tests at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but this should not give you a real sense of security. These compounds have also been linked to allergic reactions, hyperactivity, rashes, asthma, and other health problems. Animal studies with BHT have shown links to reduce body weight, high cholesterol, and birth defects. Americans are consuming huge amounts of these chemicals without knowing it. I went into the kitchen here the clinic to look at a couple of things we have on the shelf and found these chemicals in the list of ingredients. They are in everything from potato chips to cookies, cakes, crackers, carbonated drinks, chewing gum, shortening, lard, vegetable oils, margarine, cheese spreads, ice cream, dry cereals, and virtually anything else you will consume today. On the labels for your foods, look for the phrase “for added freshness,” or “as a preservative.” When you see these marketing phrases, you can look for these chemicals. BHT has been banned in England because it reacts with other things that you eat to make carcinogens. BHA is considered a cancer causing agent in the state of California. The Japanese have found that this substance causes cancerous tumors in the stomachs of rats. Both of you eat anything from the grocery store, use makeup, or take oral medications, you will not be able to avoid BHA and BHT completely. What you can do is structure your diet with as many fresh fruits, meats, and vegetables as you can. Look for food that is not canned or “processed,” that is truly fresh without the addition of chemicals. It will be healthier for you even if it is more trouble to prepare. If you have concerns about what you are eating, your weight, or your general health, come join us in our discussions at our Take Shape for Life meetings that we hold twice each month at Championship Martial Arts on Solomon Street (across Sixth Street from the courthouse). These meetings are free and done as a public service, and you are welcome to attend. Read the labels of what you were eating. If you are what you eat, it may give you something to think about all day. This and other articles can be found at www. IrisCityChiro.com. Ω
DR. BOB HAYDEN DC, PhD, FICC
these chemicals are toxic to your liver and kidneys. The FDA says these additives are safe because it takes large amounts to produce cancers. Unfortunately, as they are added to most everything we eat, we do consume large amounts every day. The question, course, is “How large is large?” We want our foods to be fresh when they arrive in our stores and our kitchens. The companies that produce our foods need to be profitable, and they could not make their products and deliver them to us without preservatives to extend shelf life from the point of production to the point of consumption. Somehow, we need to balance profitability and safety. I personally am not fully comfortable leaving that decision process to a government agency. So, what do we do? First, if
Several months later I was doing some deep cleaning that prompted me to move the microwave oven. Behind it was a plastic bag that contained three hot dog buns from months before. With the exception of being dry, they still looked just fine. I reflected on that since then, wondering what was put into those hot dog buns that rendered them so indestructible – so that even mold would not eat them. Butylated hydroxyanisole
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Remember your first child? You know. The one who could fall asleep anywhere. The one who would calmly sit in his high chair in restaurants and wouldn’t dream of trying to climb out to terrorize the other patrons? The one who crawled up to snuggle with you without you having to lure him with a popsicle? It was at this point you accepted your superior parenting skills. After all, high chairs in restaurants were required just like car seats. At least, this is what I boasted to strangers who would approach us and comment on John Henry’s impeccable behavior out in public. Then, by the time you accept your remarkable parenting skills, kid two springs from the womb yelling “no” when you try to snuggle with her. She thinks a high chair is for the brief consumption of the crackers offered by the restaurant before she jumps down to request the crackers of perfect strangers around her. It’s her pre-school teacher who calls to tell you when asking for words that start with the letter “V”, she offers the word “vuck.” So, we try desperately to convince Anna’s teacher that she doesn’t hear words that rhyme with “vuck” at home. Once child number three makes his debut, you are quite certain that you know nothing about raising children. The tantrum Jett throws when I put him in his car seat can only rival that of trying to force a tiger into his cage. And, for the first time, you wonder, “What am I doing wrong?” But, then he settles down and puts his blue blankie to his face and begins to sing along with Jay Jay the Jet Plane. You turn around, he catches your eye, and he smiles the biggest smile. Your heart melts until you realize the answer is nothing. And, you realize you don’t want to change this fun, stubborn, extraordinary soul.
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As different as all three of my children are, none are flawed. What’s flawed is my attempt to use kid one’s instruction manual on kids two and three. I’ve often heard it said that children do not come with an instruction manual. I disagree. Every child comes with a God ordained manual revealing each one’s divine intent. It is my job to find it. Proverbs 22:6 says, Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Train up a child in the way HE should go. Each way, each divine intent, is different. When we seek God for leading our children, He will allow us to peek inside our child’s manual. He will give us the wisdom to place our child in the right environment, surround her with the right people, and lead her with the right instruction. Then, divine pull will bring out her divine intent. We are each so different. We are each fearfully and wonderfully made by a creative God. Oswald Chambers wrote, “never make a principle out of your experience; let God be as original with other people as He was with you. “ We are all called to love people. This makes our mission in life the same. But, our methods are all different. And, so is our intent. What is amazing is that through raising three very different souls, God is pulling out my own divine intent. Each child reveals the creativity of God. He is always doing something new. And, I am constantly in awe. Ω
Kindermusik program helps young children develop in many areas
Giggles and smiles are abundant among children and their families alike in Kindermusik classes at Griffin School for the Arts. The Kindermusik program uses music, movement, and instruments to help children develop socially, emotionally, physically, musically and enhance their language skills. Children develop a strong musical foundation in the program, which also helps older children transition into private music instruction. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers play a vital role in children’s development
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and enrollment includes materials to reinforce learning at home. Classes are for newborns through seven year olds and meet at First Baptist Church in Griffin. All classes are taught by Karyn Watts, a licensed Kindermusik educator. Karyn has two music education degrees and also teaches private piano through GSA. Griffin School for the Arts also offers private music instruction in many instruments. Visit www. griffinschoolforthearts. org for class schedules and tuition information. Ω Image credit: Cindy Stansberry, Stansberry Photography
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If you were born anywhere from 1982 to 2001, or within a few years of this range, you are considered a “Millennial.” As a member of this group, you share many things —cultural references, familiarity with technology, attitudes toward work and family — with others your age. And if you’re one of the “older” Millennials, you and your peers have something else in common — specifically, you have a good opportunity to launch investment strategies to help you save for the future. Why are you so well positioned to invest for the future? For one thing, it’s because you have so much of the future ahead of you. As an investor, time is your greatest ally, for a couple of reasons. First, the more years you have to invest, the greater the growth potential of your investments. And second, by investing for the
long term, you can help reduce the impact of periods of short-term volatility on your portfolio. Furthermore, since you may be in the early stage of your career, you probably have yet to reach your maximum earnings and may be eligible to put in the full annual amount to a Roth IRA, one of the most effective retirement savings vehicles available. (Eligibility to contribute to a Roth IRA is phased out over a specific income range.) When you invest in a Roth IRA, your earnings have the opportunity to grow tax free, provided you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re at least 59½ and you’ve had your account for at least five years. Even if you do contribute to a Roth IRA, you can still participate in your employersponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) if you work for a company, a 457(b) if you work for a state or local government,
or a 403(b) if you work for a school or other tax-exempt organization. And you should indeed contribute to your employer’s plan, because it offers some key benefits: Your earnings accumulate on a taxdeferred basis, and you typically fund your plan with pre-tax dollars. So the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. (Taxes are due upon withdrawal, and withdrawals prior to age 59½ may be subject to a 10 percent IRS penalty.) The amount you can afford to put into your 401(k) or other employersponsored plan depends on your earnings and other circumstances — but you should at least strive to contribute enough to earn your employer’s match, if one is offered. Otherwise, you’ll be walking away from “free” money. All the money you contribute to your plan is yours, but if you leave
your job before a specified vesting period — which often ranges from three to seven years — you may not be able to keep all your employer’s contributions. Check your plan’s rules to see how this applies to you. Of course, since you, as a Millennial, are in the early stage of your working years, you may well be on the lookout for new job opportunities. But if you are close to being fully vested in your 401(k), you might consider waiting a few extra months — or even a year — to take a new job, so that you can leave with the money your employer has contributed. As a Millennial, you’ve got time on your side as you invest for the future. So make sure you take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way. Ω
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About Gypsy Gourmet (AKA Camille Pask): The Gypsy Gourmet calls Griffin her home, having been a Damn Yankee/transplant for over a year in our little community. She is a chef, a truck driver, a blogger, a freelance writer, and a renegade foodie scouring the country in search of the perfect bite. Pask started her cooking career at her grandparent’s restaurant in southern Minnesota. Embracing her job at The Harborage she decided to further explore her passion for food by attending culinary school at South Central College, in Mankato, Minnesota. For 16 years she was a classically trained chef, and switched gears about six years ago to drive semi truck professionally over the road. Pask is now an owner operator contracted with Swift Transportation LLC. After retro fitting her semi truck with a working kitchen, she now travels the countryside in search of the best fresh produce stands, food co-ops, farmers markets, and iconic eateries along the way to induce culinary nirvana.
On the road and in the kitchen with Gypsy Gourmet
Summer has been a scorcher in South Georgia and all over the country. It’s hard to want to cook, much less eat when the temperatures start to rise. I came up with the solution in Lancaster, TX one Saturday evening when the temperatures hit the high 90s and the dew point seemed like it was going to drown us all! At the end of a long trip it’s nice to reward myself with a tasty dish that’s not only easy to prepare, but delicious. The challenge is to keep it simple and light. With a couple fresh tilapia fillets and the makings of a stellar salad you can do just that.
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GYPSY GOURMET Experiment with what you like, as there is no way you can mess up a salad if it’s got all of YOUR favorite things in it. The best advice I can give for that is to wash your veggies and lettuces well, drain and dry them properly, and refrigerate them until just before you are ready to put them on the plate for optimum refreshment. This Asian style recipe is a simple no fuss, no muss solution to the hot weather blues.
Ingredients: 1-2 fresh or thawed tilapia fillets Enough Tony Chacherie’s Cajun seasoning to lightly coat each side of each fillet 2 tsp fresh minced garlic 1 tsp grated ginger or ginger paste 2 Tbsp tamari or low sodium soy sauce 1 tsp toasted sesame oil 2 Tbsp olive oil Mixed salad greens, favorite summer veggies, and mandarin oranges Dressing of choice (I really like toasted sesame vinaigrette)
Asian Style Seared Tilapia
Prepare salad greens according to instructions above. After washing, drying, slicing and dicing, plate your salad/s they way you like and return to the refrigerator. Season tilapia filets and set aside. Using an electric skillet, get it good and hot, meaning between medium and medium high or about 275-300 degrees. This fish will cook fast, but you want the temperature high enough to make that beautiful caramelized brown you see above. Add oils, quickly adding the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and set tilapia fillets in skillet presentation side down. This is going to give the prettiest result when finished. Let it cook for approximately 2-3 minutes flipping fish only once. When you’ve flipped the fish let it cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Press your index finger gently on the top of your fillet to make sure it’s done all the way through. Fish will be firm to the touch and lightly spring back. Remove salad/s from the refrigerator and gently place fish fillet on top. Serve immediately with an ice cold beverage and your favorite dressing. Don’t forget to enjoy a bit of this summer, even when it’s hot. Until next time folks, eat well, laugh often, be free, and be you! Gypsy Gourmet
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July 19 - August 2, 2012
Griffin Area Concert Association Announces 2012-13 Season
The Griffin Area Concert Association (GACA) is proud to announce the performers who will comprise its 2012-13 concert season. “We are extremely excited about our upcoming season,” stated GACA Chairwoman Carolyn Harr. “Our lineup features four dynamic, exciting and diverse performers,” continued Harr. Gold Medal Winners of the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Prima Trio’s repertoire ranges from beloved chamber standards to exciting and exotic pieces by many contemporary composers. Rounding out the season on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 will be the dynamic and energetic family group “The Redhead Express & the Walker Family.” This extraordinary production features tight family harmonies, hard driving instruments and is filled with a variety of musical styles covering country, bluegrass, Irish, gospel, and 50s & 60s all done acoustic style. This energetic show will have the audience on their feet and clapping for more. The GACA is pleased to announce that ticket prices will remain the same as for the 2011-12 season. Individual concert tickets will be $20 with all children under the age of 18 admitted free when accompanying a paid adult. Season tickets for the whole four-concert series are just $60 per adult, a savings of $20 off the price of individual concerts. A special group rate of $15 is available for groups purchasing 10 or more tickets. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available for Patrons at $70, Sponsors at $250, Silver Underwriters at $500, Gold Underwriters at $1,000 and Platinum Underwriters at $1,500 or more. For additional information on the 2012-13 concert season visit the GACA website at www.griffinconcerts.org or call 770228-3229. A ticket and sponsorship order form is available on the website. Tickets and sponsorships may also be ordered by sending a check payable to Griffin Area Concert Association, 1131 Skyline Drive, Griffin, GA 30224 or by calling 770-2283229. Ω
Headlining the season will be the internationally acclaimed a cappella quintet “42Five” on Friday, October 19, 2012. From the trumpet to the drums, you’ll hear it all from their voices without a glimpse of shiny brass or drumsticks scattered on the floor. This award-winning a cappella quintet creates every sound you hear with just their voices. Singing Friday, July 20; Flicks at Sixth; songs from the 60s to the tunes of today, Cars 2 will be showing at Ryan, Earl, Geoff, Danny and Layne will the Park at Sixth in Griffin; free admission, popcorn and have the audience on its feet with its family oriented and dynamic show. soda; movie begins at dark. “This is a ‘must see,’” stated Judy Brewer, membership chairman for the GACA. Saturday, July 21; Barnesville Summer Sizzle; 6 p.m.; $10 The second concert will feature classical admission; featuring bands pianist Yana Reznik in a Sunday afternoon Ladycreech and GIRLZ performance on november 18, 2012. GIRLZ GIRLZ; Concessions Born in Russia, Yana is a captivating artist by Arve's; bring the family of immense and zestful talent. With for fun, games and a great charm, elegance, and an inspirational summer night; bring your lawn chairs and blankets; for message, Yana Reznik has performed more information visit www. in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Moscow barnesville.org. Conservatory. More than a musical force, Yana Reznik is a vigorous musician with Monday, July 23; Safehouse the strength to leave lasting memories in Rebuild Vounteer Work Day; the minds of all who see her perform. Yana 109 S. Hill Street; 10 a.m. to will also conduct a personal workshop 10 p.m. (you do not have following her concert for young music to work the entire time); students from throughout Griffin. bring work gloves and protective goggles/glasses The third concert will be held on Monday, if you have them. Long March 11, 2013 featuring the award pants, long sleeves, and winning “Prima Trio.” The Grand Prize and boots or sturdy footwear is strongly recommended - nO SAnDALS OR FLIP FLOPS; for other work days, visit the facebook group "Safehouse Julie Beasley and Taylor Leary were each Rebuild Volunteers." awarded the Dan Boyd Scholarship
Saturday; July 28; Design your own pair of shoes; Sole Plus fundraiser at 'stachestudio; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $50 per pair of Chuck Taylor shoes (for you to paint & keep) and all proceeds donated to Sole Plus, a registered nonprofit; register at www. stachestudio.net. Tuesday, July 31; Breakfast with Fran; small business networking event; 7:308:30 a.m.; free, hosted by Legal Sheild; reservations required 678.200.3646; via live video webcast, Fran Tarkenton and Kevin Reid will discuss the journey from entrepreneurial spirit to business owner, and the value of learning along the way. Friday Aug. 3-Sunday Aug. 5; Main Street Players Summer Youth Program presents Fame Jr.; Fri. and Sat at 7:30; Sunday at 3 p.m.; box office 770-229-9916.
for $1,000. The internal scholarship is awarded annualy to family members of Exchange Club members. Beasley lives in Savannah and plans to attend Valdosta State Univserity for a leadership certification that will allow her to excel in administrative position with the school system. Leary is finishing his last year at Gwinnet Technical College for computer programming and plans to enter the software develeopment feild. Beasley and Leary both say their families surprised them by nominating them for the scholarship.
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Know your farmer; Know your food SCTC Red Carpet
A local farmer's market is held every Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds on Zebulon Road in Griffin. The market is sponsored by the Kiwanis of Griffin, Agriculture and Conservation Committee with oversight assistance provided by UGA Cooperative Extension, Spalding County. Hutchinson says the items sold at the market are limited to locally grown foods at this time, or valueadded products from what they grew (jellies, jams, canned items), but those value added must meet certain requirements, some of which are GA Dept. of Agriculture rules. no craft type items are allowed at this time but discussions are ongoing and craft type will likely be allowed in the future. Hutchinson reports that last week four growers were present with eight or more varieties of tomatoes, some corn (lack of rain is diminishing local corn supplies) squash, cucumbers, okra, peppers, and blueberries, and says that butterbeans and peas have begun to arrive. Ω
Gala fund raiser
Southern Crescent Technical College will host its seventh annual Red Carpet Gala fund raiser on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. "The college cannot expend state funds for student scholarships," said Barbara Jo Cook, vice president of institutional advancement. "Many of our students need assistance to buy books, pay for fees and other items, and it's our job to knock down the barriers and provide opportunities for students," she continued. All proceeds from the night will benefit students of Southern Crescent Technical College in a number of ways — through campus expansion, scholarships and up-to-date technology and equipment. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased at the campus. Ω
Saturday, Aug. 4; Southern authors book signing; "This market started due Griffin-Spalding County Library; 2 p.m.; 800 Memorial to the Downtown Council electing not to offer the Drive, Griffin. market downtown this year. It is specifically for Wednesday, Aug. 8; Business local farmers, growers of Education and Expo; Griffin- fresh produce to have an Spalding County Chamber opportunity to market of Commerce; 11:30 a.m. local grown food and for to 3 p.m.; Griffin Welcome our citizens to have an Center; free networking, opportunity to purchase table displays available for $30; call chamber to register local grown foods.. Know Your Farmer, Know Your 770-228-8200. Food," said UGA Extension Agent Wade Hutchinson.
July 19 - August 2, 2012
Spalding ACCAB to research animal shelter air-conditioning options Airport director believes the Animal Shelter most the state come out and do housed at the shelter. She newly-formed Airport Authority SHEILA A. MARSHALL recently remained open an inspection, but the day said she understands the Staff Writer: email@example.com for extended hours for they came out, they said it county does not have the will continue forward motion pet adoptions – was was all right; it was only 83 funds available to purchase oppressive. degrees and the animals and install air conditioning Spalding County Animal towards new facility weren’t panting. The fans units, but said that need Care and Control Advisory
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The newly-formed GriffinSpalding County Airport Authority conducted its first meeting Monday, with those in attendance learning that land for the proposed new airport will not be purchased until at least 2013. According to Airport Director Robert Mohl, advocates for the new airport are awaiting the results of the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) referendum. “We’re waiting on TSPLOST because all Georgia Department of Transportation projects are kind of wrapped up in it,” he said. “If it passes, the Airport Authority will be able to go out for bonds that will be paid off by those (TSPLOST) funds later, and it will also allow us to build a new terminal at the end of the project.” In addition to the unknowns surrounding the TSPLOST referendum, Mohl said the process of going through the Federal Relocation Act can be a tedious process. “It takes some time to deal with all the property owners,” he said. “It may take six months or it could take a year.” Although Mohl, as the airport director, is not a member of the Airport Authority, he said he “may be an employee of the board at some point in the near future.” He is hopeful for a day when the necessary funds are in place and plans for a new Griffin-Spalding County Airport can move forward. The airport has suffered for a number of years, operating at a loss, in fact, but Mohl said he and airport personnel continue to strive to provide highquality service to the community, while also working in as fiscally-
responsible manner as possible. “This year, we came really close to breaking even. In fact, we were within $100,000 of doing so,” he said. “We’re running the airport as efficiently as possible.” Despite circumstances that Mohl said stymie economic development at the current airport, a recently-completed GDOT Economic Impact Study ranked the current airport at number 10 out of 95 in the state. “We have a $7 million payroll, and have a $21 million impact on the community, so with the new airport, we would be making money very quickly,” he said. With such potential growth on the horizon, Mohl said he is pleased with the new Airport Authority – a ninemember board comprised of a diverse cross section of the local community. It includes two sitting city commissioners; two sitting county commissioners; and five “general citizens,” he said. Of those five, two are currently appointed by the city, and the remainder by the county. However, the appointee for the fifth position rotates between the two governing bodies every six years. “The majority of the members were taken from the former Airport Advisory Board,” he said. “I was happy to see a good mixture of airport people and business people on the new Airport Authority. It does keep the continuity – some of the historical mileage – and it keeps us moving forward to the new airport project. Really, I don’t think switching from the Airport Advisory Board to the Airport Authority will cause us to break stride. I think we’re going to keep on moving forward very smoothly.” Ω
Board Chairman Vickie Hennesey is working with county officials and Animal Control Director Brent Foster to determine if it may be feasible in the future to install air conditioning units in the Spalding County Animal Shelter.
“At 5:15, it was 98 degrees back in the kennel,” she said. “The fans were going and the one door in the back was open, but the cats were panting, and I mean panting.”
were going and the doors and windows were all open, but my point is that it’s not like that on the weekends.”
could be met by donations. Wilson said even if the units are donated, that does not address the increased expense associated with operating them throughout the summer months.
“It’s been going on for several years now – discussion about the air conditioning,” Hennesey said, but added that the issue recently came to the forefront. According to Hennesey, the building’s temperature on July 12 – the date
The Georgia Department of Agriculture, which oversees the state’s animal shelters, requires the facilities to be ventilated and 85 degrees or cooler, unless the animals are acclimated to the heat. “The difference is that it’s a concrete building with a metal roof, and all it’s doing is circulating 116 degree air,” Hennesey said. “We had
However, Spalding County Manager William Wilson said that during that time period, when recordhigh temperatures were recorded across the state, he did have Animal Shelter staff go in numerous times to check the welfare of the animals, a measure Hennesey said was “greatly appreciated.” She remains concerned, though, about the ongoing health of the animals
Although the funding for air conditioning is not available for Fiscal Year 2012-2013, Hennesey said she has received permission to research the matter, including the costs to other counties with air conditioned animal shelters and potential funding options. Ω
City, county officials negotiating LOST funds distribution
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notification no later than July 1. “You have a 60-day window after the notification to reach a conclusion. If you don't, the laws says you have another 60-day window to reach a conclusion through mediation,” Smith said. “If that fails, you then go to baseball arbitration – a senior Superior Court judge is assigned, and he has to pick one side or the other. Hopefully we'll be able to reach a conclusion before than point.” Among the criteria used to determine the LOST division are service delivery responsibility and population. County officials say the city provides only 18.92 percent of general fund services, as compared to 81.08 percent provided by the county. For the past ten years, local LOST moneys have been divided 60/40, favoring the
Spalding County and city of Griffin officials have begun the process of Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) negotiations, a process that by state law takes place every ten years following the census. “It's a penny sales tax that's divided up among the city of Griffin and Spalding County. It's used to roll back property taxes,” said Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith. “The census was done in 2010, we got the numbers in 2011 and we're processing the percentages in 2012.” He explained that the process begins when county officials notify qualified municipalities within its jurisdiction that the mandated initial 60day negotiation period is beginning. Counties are require to send this
county. However, county officials now intend to propose a distribution rate of 71.65 percent to 28.35 percent, in favor of the county. While he did not directly comment on the county's negotiating position, Smith said, “If we could come to a mutual agreement, that would be ideal, but it's too early to know if that will happen.” Spalding County Manager William Wilson said the renegotiation process has begun, with additional meetings planned. “We had our initial meeting with the city last week, and our next meeting is scheduled for two o'clock July 25 at City Hall,” he said. “And the meeting is open to the public.” Wilson said city and county
staff have selected their top three choices for mediator, which the Griffin Board of Commissioners has approved. The Spalding County Board of Commissioners will consider the list at its next meeting, as well. Wilson, at a previous BOC meeting, requested authorization to select a mediator prior to the onset of renegotiation, due to the fact that the process has the potential to become quite contentious. LOST represents one percent of the Spalding County sales tax, currently set at seven percent. The remainder of the sales tax breakdown includes three percent in state sales tax; one percent in county sales tax; one percent for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax; and one percent for the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Ω
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place and the checks and balances of having the city manager answer to the Board,” said Commissioner Ryan McLemore, with regard to concerns that the ordinance may infringe upon personal liberty. “On the surface, I think that would catch anyone’s eye, but with the nature of what would have to happen, I’m not too concerned about it. Again, it has to be taken in context with why someone might have to enforce that.”
Commissioner Cynthia Reid-Ward also expressed continuing support for the ordinance. “We’ve not really had any emergencies in the city of Griffin, but this is just a precaution in case something happens,” she said. “We felt like these were things we needed to have some control over.” Reid-Ward also responded to concerns over private property rights, and explained why she deemed that a necessary aspect to address.
“For instance, if we needed a medical facility – if there was a church or school that was the best location – we could use it. If it came down to that point, that is something we could do,” she said. “We didn’t think this would be a big deal. I don’t think the city manager would have to go out and take it; I think they would be likely to turn it over to us.” Like McLemore, Reid-Ward also pointed to the checks and balances in place within city government. “He (Smith) is actually the
only person we employ as the city commission. He does report to us,” she said. Despite these reassurances, Spalding County GOP Chairman Kathy noble is not satisfied with the Emergency Management ordinance. “This is an unacceptable infringement on our personal liberties, and I hope people will take the time to become educated and have their voices heard,” she countered. Ω
July 19 - August 2, 2012
Adult literacy and education students facing financial hardship along road to success
SHEILA A. MARSHALL
Staff Writer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terri Huddleston, director of the Griffin-Spalding Literacy Commission, is deeply concerned that the recent cost increase for adults who seek to obtain their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) may result in the inability of some to further their educations. The price for taking the full battery of tests currently stands at $95, but on July 1, climbed to $160. “The price increase will definitely affect our students, because some of them have trouble paying for it now when it costs $95. If they can’t afford that, they certainly won’t be able to afford to pay so much more,” she said. “For many of our students, their choice is do I pay my electric bill, my rent or take the GED. It will definitely be a deterrent.” Huddleston said the crucial need for adult education in the Griffin-Spalding County community is evidenced by
the numbers of students served. When the program first began locally, she said approximately 50 students graduated with their GED. Last year, that number had skyrocketed to more than 700. In addition, the program has grown to include six sites where classes are offered to prepare adults to succeed on the examination. “We had such a long waiting list, rather than keeping people who needed the classes waiting, we needed to offer additional locations,” Huddleston said. However, those locations are all completely funded by donations, which she said indicates the necessity of support for the program that she said benefits not only the individuals directly served, but the community as a whole. She pointed to statistics that indicate 75 percent of unemployed adults have reading or writing
Caterpillar Foundation grant will expand schools' STEM program
SHEILA A. MARSHALL
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Students of the GriffinSpalding County School System will soon derive great benefit from a $20,000 grant donated by the Caterpillar Foundation. The donation was made in response to a grant application, and will be utilized to begin a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at Jackson Road and Cowan Road elementary schools. “We got a grant from Caterpillar last year and it allowed us to begin our STEM program at the Enrichment Center,” said Assistant Superintendent Denise Burrell. “This year, because Caterpillar extended that grant, not only were we able to extend that program, but we were able to expand it to two of our elementary schools.” The donated funds will provide LEGO Mindstorm robotics kits, a K’nex simple machine, roller coaster and bridge building sets, as well as crime scene investigation lab kits, which will engage students with real-world applications by integrating engineering and technology into physical, earth and life sciences and mathematics instruction. The Enrichment Center will also receive math manipulatives and LEGO and K’nex resources to further the district-wide robotics program. She said the STEM program
has been a great asset to students, as it allows them to expand the applications of multiple concepts. “It really is problem solving at its best. It takes engineering design and blends it with science, technology and mathematics to solve whatever the problem is,” she explained. “The things the students are doing is amazing. When you look at the activities they do, it is complex problem solving on a group level, and that’s what the real world is all about.” The program is also in place at the middle and high school levels, and now that it is being expanded throughout the elementary level, it provides students an earlier beginning and continuity in their learning experiences. “now it will feed into the higher levels,” Burrell said. “What we’re going to see are better math and science students. We’re working to hopefully fill a need in our society for engineers, particularly mechanical engineers.” She expressed much gratitude to the Caterpillar Foundation for its donation that is making the STEM program possible for Griffin-Spalding County students. “We’re glad to have this second year of this grant. It’s always wonderful when local businesses – local institutions – support the initiatives we have in the schools, because our goal is to continue to educate and graduate students who can come back and make a life here in Griffin.” Ω
difficulties and 75 percent of all food stamp recipients perform in the two lowest levels of literacy. In addition, there is a direct correlation between literacy and the crime rate, with 85 percent of juvenile offenders and seven of ten prisoners performing in the two lowest literacy levels, she said. However, adult education has proven to have a positive affect throughout the community. Because children’s literacy levels are so strongly associated with those of their parents, particularly mothers, adult education may well prevent ongoing generational poverty. “I honestly think it’s a great equalizer. I truly believe that honesty, integrity and eduction are great equalizers in society,” Huddleston said. To continue to provide local residents with this equalizer, the GriffinSpalding Literacy Commission is dedicated to providing not only the educational foundation for success, but financial assistance, as well, by fundraising for scholarships to pay for GED testing. The annual Bulldawg Hunt for Adult Education, to be held Aug. 23, will once again serve to raise the valuable funds needed to continue providing
Spalding County residents with the assistance they need to obtain their GED. Working in conjunction with Bill Taylor, owner of The Rock, 88.9 FM, Huddleston said that all donors will be recognized on-air during the event, but every individual, business or organization that makes a cash donation of $150 or more, or donates a prize of that value, will receive a radio marketing package that includes 18 30-second announcements and 20 promotional announcements that will be aired within 90 days of the event, along with a 30-second announcement during the event. For additional information on donating to the Bulldawg Hunt, contact Cindy Jones or Bonnie Pfrogner at 770-228-8200; Huddleston at 770-2280729; or Taylor at 770-2285507. Huddleston said the adults who benefit from the GED scholarships funded in large part by the Bulldawg Hunt continue to benefit the community, with a return of approximately $33 for each dollar invested. Huddleston also praised the tremendous efforts exhibited by these nontraditional students, saying that 98 percent of scholarship recipients succeed in their goal to obtain a GED. Ω
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