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Cut, Clean, Cure program to beautify Sixth District of Griffin
In an effort to beautify Griffin’s sixth district, city commissioner Shaheer Beyah has initiated a community clean-up project called Cut, Clean, Cure. The project will depend upon volunteers from the community, specifically younger people, and provide lawn and home maintenance, free of charge, for the elderly and sick. “I saw a need of elderly people not able to do their yard work, such as cutting limbs, raking leaves and picking up paper, while younger kids need involvement,” said Beyah. Cut, Clean, Cure had its first interest meeting on Saturday, August 28, where Beyah and other members of the sixth district discussed the program’s goals. “The first Cut, Clean, Cure meeting was a success. There were a lot of committed people who appear to be seriousCONTINUED, CUT, PG 2 »
Hill House of Horror to haunt Old Coke Building in Oct.
When she was 15 years old, Tracy Hill was on restriction during Halloween, preventing her from going trick-or-treating. Instead of pouting, Hill decided that if she couldn’t trick-or-treat with other kids, she would scare them instead. “I was a growling hunchback - I put a Tootsie Roll in my teeth, a Tina Turner wig on backwards, and a pillow on my back under my robe,” said Hill with a laugh. “I never trick-or-treated after that.” Instead, over the next few years, her family got involved with her scare tactics and eventually they were creating “The Haunted Hill House of Horror” in their front yard. The tradition has grown so large that last year, Hill rented out commercial space in McDonough. This year, the Haunted Hill
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City and county make moves to create new airport authority
Griffin Mayor Joanne Todd announced on Tuesday, September 13, that she and County Commissioners Chairman Eddie Freeman, along with the city and county managers, met to discuss the formation of an airport authority and have requested that the city and county attorneys draft an intergovernmental agreement for consideration by both boards. The airport authority will consist of nine members, with two city and two county members serving, as well as five members appointed by the city and county. Reasons for forming the authority include the ability to issue bonds for the airport relocation costs as well as providing a neutral power over the airport, said Todd. “Let’s just take [the commissioners’] personalities out of the daily running of the airport,” she said in a separate interview. The agreement would also allow the city to annex the airport property, providing another tax base for Griffin. “The city needs the tax base; we’ve have got to build our tax base through commercial and industrial properties,” said City Commissioner Doug Hollberg. Hollberg went on to say that the city, like the county, has been investing money in
the airport studies and should be able to reap the benefits of the airport’s tax revenue, which could be a substantial amount of money due to the potential for larger jets to land at the new airport. Though many citizens have expressed concern regarding the “build it and they will come” idea of
building a new airport in hopes of attracting larger jets and industry, Hollberg said, “We have to lay the foundation for the future Griffin-Spalding County, whether it be industrial land, longer runway length, or water and sewage capacity. We have to increase the marketing ability of our community to build jobs.” Ω
Three Rivers seeks to unlock Urban Transit funds
Three Rivers Regional Commission Transportation Planner Anthony Dukes is working to secure funding from both the city of Griffin and Spalding County for funding a study in an effort to obtain grant funding for a locally operated transit system. “I’ll be looking at an urbanized transit component,” Dukes said. “What I’m looking at unlocking is Federal Transit Authority (FTA) 5307 Urbanized Transit funding that we have available.” These federal funds would be administered by Marta, which would be channeled to Spalding County through the Atlanta Regional Commission. Dukes stressed that the transit system under consideration would not constitute Marta beginning operations in GriffinSpalding County, but would be operated entirely under local auspices. “This would be an independent system that has nothing to do with Marta. These are federal funds,” Dukes explained. “Marta has the best capacity to facilitate the funds’ distribution, but we would work directly
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City and county gather to remember Sept. 11, 2001
On Friday, Sept. 9, Spalding County and the city of Griffin commemorated the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Spalding County Commissioners Chairman Eddie Freeman told those gathered in The Park at Sixth, “In the days after September 11, we were left to console the inconsolable. In the weeks after September 11, we tried to explain the unexplainable. In the months after September 11, we tried to make sense out of the senseless. And even today, almost 10 years after September 11, we strive to find hope in the moments of hopelessness that still haunt us.”
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Griffin Power residential customers are charged a lower rate per kilowatt hour, regardless of usage. Griffin Power charges 10.7 per kWh as opposed to the average of 10.9946 for first-tier customers who use less than 500 kWh per billing cycle. Rates for the remaining three consecutive tiers comparing Griffin Power and the state average come in at 9.55 cents versus 9.9087 for 1000 kWh; 9.0 versus 9.4276 for 1,500 kWh; and 8.725 versus 9.1852 for 2,000 kWh. Local rates also come in below those of Georgia Power, which reported prices ranging from 12.288 cents for 500 kWh to 10.1725 cents for 2,000 kWh. Griffin Power Assistant Director Tom Ridgway said rates are based primarily on production costs, which have increased in recent years due to higher prices for coal – a key component in the production process – as well as the implementation of additional federal regulations and more stringent federal Environmental Protection Agency policies. Griffin Power Director “It is my hope that eventually, this project will spread throughout all the districts in Griffin,” said Beyah. New or used equipment, such as yard rakes, gloves, weed eaters, blowers and other necessities will be procured by donation. In a move for a transparent project, Commissioner Beyah invites any who donate money or materials to view the equipment Monday through Friday at its storage location. To become involved with the Cut, Clean, Cure project, contact Commissioner Shaheer Beyah by phone at 678521-3608 or by email at ibeyahcommish@yahoo. com. Ω Bill Bosch said a Purchase Power Cost Adjustment was implemented this year, but stressed the utility’s rates have not increased in many years. “Our last rate increase was back in 1996,” Bosch said. The recent adjustment was necessary to account for increased expenses. “Prior to the adjustment, the price was based on 1996 operational costs and expenses,” he said. “However, this adjustment resulted in only a one to four percent increase in the average residential customer’s bill.” Bosch also stressed the impact of this summer’s extreme heat. “We actually experienced 10 to 13 percent higher usage this summer,” he said. “The main increase that people saw was in terms of usage.” Bosch also addressed another common complaint – the monthly $3.09 customer service fee. “For the most part, that fee is assessed to offset the costs of having a customer service department where you have a live billing center where you’re able to come talk to a live people rather than a phone bank or automated computer call center,” he said. “That fee also offsets the billing and mailing costs. I know some people will complain because they try to call in and can’t get through. What I hope they’ll realize is that we’re also taking calls from 500 other customers. While I know we’re not perfect, we do try to serve our customers well.” Rather than dissatisfaction frequency of use and the number of riders. As Spalding County’s population grows, the community’s needs will be reassessed. As specific thresholds are reached, the capacity of the Urbanized Transit System will be increased. Dukes said the proposed study is the necessary first step to determine Spalding County’s current and projected future transportation needs. “We can’t really make a good guess until we bring in some experts to look at all the factors,” he said. As a comparison, Dukes cited successful independent transit systems in such counties as Cobb and Gwinnett. “The study is going to be looking at a completely independent system that will best meet the needs of this community’s citizens,” Dukes said. In the eventuality the proposed study deems an Urbanized Transit System beneficial to GriffinSpalding County, funding currently exists to assist with start-up costs, and ongoing funding would with any individual city department, Bosch said he believes some customers instead experience “sticker shock” due to the total costs of all services combined, including electricity, water and solid waste collection. Bosch was correct in that assessment, as some residents have, indeed, expressed concern over those portions of their bill, particularly the fact that sewerage charges are routinely higher than those of their water usage, and that wastewater fees are automatically accessed to each customer. Sewerage charges do run approximately 35 percent higher than those of water, said Dr. Brant Keller, director of Griffin’s Public Works Department.
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CITY: On Friday, Sept. 16 the city of Griffin will enact a total outside watering ban that prohibits pools, outdoor lawns and landscape, vehicle washing, ornamental fountains, outside building washing, and noncommercial fundraising car washes. For a complete explanation of the ban, visit cityofgriffin.com. CITY: Effective Sept. 13, the 6th Street Bridge will be closed for approximately 18 to 24 months for the demolition and replacement of the bridge. Slaton Avenue will be closed permanently on both the east and west intersection to 6th Street. CITY: The City of Griffin’s recycling rate dropped to 16 percent last month, while the amount of garbage going to the landfill soared to 84 percent. This is the lowest the recycling rate has been since the inception of the recycling program in 2007. CITY: Through a generous grant from the Georgia Humanities Council, the city of Griffin will soon be opening a new Doc Holliday Exhibit at the Griffin Regional Welcome Center. STATE: Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler on Thursday announced Georgia's August unemployment rate reached 10.2 percent, up .1 percent from July figures. The national unemployment rate is currently 9.1 percent. The August 2011 jobless numbers matched those of August 2010. NATION: According to the Army Corps of Engineers, nationwide flooding in 2011 will necessitate more than $2 billion in repairs to levees, dams and riverbanks. This figure does not include damage caused by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. The Corps currently has approximately $150 million for such repairs. NATION: The House Energy and Commerce Committee is conducting an investigation of Solyndra Inc., a Silicone Valley solar energy company that received $528 million in federal loans under the 2009 stimulus package. Solyndra recently filed bankruptcy, laying off 1,100 employees in the process.
Data shows Griffin utility rates are highly competitive
Griffin residents long dissatisfied with their monthly utility bills have taken to social networking sites such as Facebook to voice their opinions and commiserate over what they believe to be unreasonably high rates for necessary services. City officials, however, claim that the rates charged by Griffin Power and the Public Works and Solid Waste departments are commensurate with other municipalities who provide such services to their residents. “Our rates are at least in the median, if not low range, of other municipalities and Georgia Power,” said Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith. Data published by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) supports Smith’s assertion, showing that Griffin Power rates fall below the average cost of 52 municipalities statewide that provide electricity to its residents. Electric providers set rates according to kilowatt hour (kWh) usage, with tiers at 500, 1000, 1,500 and 2,000 kWh. In its most recent rate survey conducted in January, the PSC showed
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with the Atlanta Regional Commission. Marta is only the mechanism for how the money flows. It’s going to be a true Griffin-Spalding County system operating according to how local officials want it run.” The proposed study would be used to determine the key needs of the community, which already has access to transportation assistance through the 5311 Rural Transit System. One distinct difference between the current 5311 System – which requires that rides be scheduled by the passenger – and the proposed urbanized system is that fixed routes and schedules would be established under the proposal. “We’ll be looking at which areas would really support it and which populations would support it,” Dukes said. Factors that will be used in determining these key matters include anticipated
also provide a portion of its operational costs. “The funding is available annually through the Federal Transit Authority, allocated through Congressional balancing. It’s generally between $150,000 and $180,000,” Dukes said. “It’s kind of been banking at the Atlanta Regional Commission, and those are the funds I’m looking at unlocking. The majority of the system’s capital costs could be drawn from those existing “banked funds,” with a 20 percent local funding match required. For future operational costs, the FTA allows a 5050 split of local and federal dollars. “It probably wouldn’t exceed the funding that’s available,” Dukes said. “The study is going to explore as many financial options as possible to determine how much local money would be necessary. We’ll be looking at all potential sources of funding available, such as advertising and corporate sponsorships, to determine the operational costs of the
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minded about the whole idea,” said Beyah. Forty volunteers have already committed to the project, reported Beyah, and of that 40, eight are under the age of 30. At their next meeting on Tuesday, September 20, they plan to form teams of 10 and divvy up various projects and goals for the Cut, Clean, Cure project. The current plan is to meet every other Saturday and perform yard work for a minimum of 10 homes of the sick or elderly. Each meeting will open with a prayer from a different minister and close with a progress report at the end of the day.
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Griffin’s own Lauren-Ashley continues to make a name for herself as she vies for the title of Favorite Female Singer in the 2011 Georgia County Awards. As a singer-songwriter inspired by country stars the like of Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, Lauren-Ashley’s style is a sweet blend of country with the edge of rock and roll. After being approached by Black Cat Studios, which produced her debut sixsong EP, Lauren-Ashley immediately got busy writing her own songs. She said she had always had songs in her head, but never before wrote them down. Now, she said she is surprised at how good her original music sounds. Inspired by her everyday life, Lauren-Ashley’s music represents her feelings and personal experiences, whether falling in love, breaking up or her dreams of the future. Many of those dreams appear to be coming true, as Lauren-Ashley is performing frequently before larger crowds. Lauren-Ashley is enjoying a competitive edge in the race to be named Favorite Female Singer of the Year, and fans can continue to support her by visiting www.georgia-country. com. Voting will wrap up at noon Oct. 9, and the winner will be announced in November at the Georgia Country Awards Show in Milledgeville. Ω House of Horror will be located in the Old Griffin Bottling Company, also known as the Old Coke Building, on Taylor Street in Griffin. Even in the commercial space, the haunted house is still a family affair, with Hill’s mother, father and sister all helping out. Others in the McDonough and Griffin communities have also offered their services including Colby Williams, who will play Leather Face from the Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Tony Gonzalez, props manager and “Pyramid Head” from the Silent Hill video game. (Pictured on page one.) Hill relays the back story of the haunted house: “Mr. Hill was born so utterly deformed that he was shunned by society. So he gathers all freaks, killers and undesirables for one month and ‘pretend’ to be what they really are.” Hill wouldn’t reveal all the secrets of The Haunted Hill House of Horror, but mentioned appearances by Hellraiser, Michael Myers, a man-eating clown, Dr. Satan, Jigsaw, an excorcist, werewolf and chained demon, Freddie, The Ring girl, and Leather Face. “There will also be gatekeepers and other spooks wandering around,” she said. The horror begins on September 30 and lasts until Halloween day, operating from dusk until 11:30. The suggested age appropriateness is 10 and up, and children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www. screaminhorror.com. Ω
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Haunt Tour 2011: Sept. 16,17, 24; Oct. 1,8,14,22,28-29 For more information: www.hauntanalyst.com; 770-567-9864 Age appropriateness: 18+ "Haunt Tour 2011 is unlike any ghost tour experienced in Georgia. No stories, no drive bys of haunted locations. Haunt Tour allows you to take on the role as ghost hunter and puts you at some of the most-haunted locations in Georgia. Haunt Analyst as well as other respected paranormal teams have documented each tour location as being a site with high amounts of paranormal activity. Haunt Tours Range from four to six hours, bring appropriate shoes and clothing." -- hauntanalyst.com The Haunted Theatre on Hill Street: The Asylum Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29 For more information: www.thehauntedtheatre.org Age appropriateness: 13 and under must be accompanied by adult "...and the patients escaped into the tunnels under the city, as the fire burned the hospital to the ground. Through the filth of the underground, they have found their sanctuary here in the basement where they thrive..." -- thehauntedtheatre.org This year's Haunted Theatre will bigger and scarier in the basement of Studio D, located at 111 N. Hill Street, Griffin.
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The true-to-life movie of the play “Driving Miss Daisy” is based on the bittersweet tale of the grandmother of Atlanta playwright Alfred Uhry and stars Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd. The film is very powerful and brings back innumerable memories of growing up in Georgia during the 50s. The author based the story of Daisy and Hoke on his grandmother Lena Fox and her chauffeur Will Coleman. As many will remember, the Academy Awardwinning film used Griffin in many scenes. Some will even remember the crews coming to town to shoot these scenes. It is especially exciting to see how Hollywood captured some remarkable shots of historic downtown Griffin in this film. In fact, there are several exceptional shots of the Sixth Street Bridge, the McLellan’s store, and many other stores that line North Hill Street. There is even a surprising shot of the old Woolworth’s building,
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which today has become the home of the Main Street Players where the staged version of “Driving Miss Daisy” will take place. Griffin native Norma Richardson is playing Daisy Wertham; Byron Turner from Atlanta is Hoke Coburn, Miss Daisy’s chauffeur; and Tommy McDaniel from Newnan is Boolie Wertham, the indulgent businessman/ son of Miss Daisy. The staged version is more stylized than the movie. Miss Daisy’s parlor, the Hudson and Cadillac cars they drove, as well as the office of her son, are reproduced on the stage with suggested props and creative lighting. The Main Street Players, 115 North Hill Street, Griffin, GA, brings “Driving Miss Daisy” to the stage for two weekends, September 22 through October 2: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. For tickets and other information, please call 770-229-9916 or visit www. mainstreetplayers.org.
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Jobs Act is passed. The 411: Georgia Works was implemented in 2003 under then Georgia Labor Commissioner, Michael Thurmond. The program allows unemployed workers, who are receiving unemployed insurance, to train with participating companies for eight weeks. Trainees typically clock in about twenty-four hours a week and receive a stipend of $240. The company can choose to hire the trainee after the eight weeks are completed. Since 2003, over 32,000 workers and 16,000 companies have participated in the Georgia Works program. Pros of the Georgia Works Program: The program allows workers to get onthe-job training while still collecting unemployment insurance and receiving a stipend. This allows the worker to gain skills they may not have otherwise gotten and receiving benefits in order to pay for consumer goods and services. It also allows companies to assess potential employees at no cost. If it does hire the trainee, it will not have to pay to further train the individual. In 2005, the U.S. Labor Department recognized the program as the most effective way to get the unemployed back to work. Cons of the Georgia Works Program: Georgia officials have reported that the program has only had a 24 percent success rate with around Hobbes, are cooking delicious corn dogs at the fair this week to fatten up our women. Then they will be unable to resist the weight loss promises of the Zumba classes in the churches they have infiltrated. Once inside the Zumba classes they will be trained in the art of seductive dance. This newly trained army of strippers will then be sent out lure in young men who will learn of the new strip clubs via powerful subliminal messages broadcast by the 800Mhz tower and from the eyes of the General Griffin statue. Once the young men are lured in, the final step 5,600 employees hired at the end of their training since its inception. 60 percent of trainees find work elsewhere after their eight weeks is completed. Companies also get free training at the taxpayer’s expense, something many see as another subsidy. There are also legal objections to the program. Critics believe that the trainees are “workers” and are entitled to minimum wage under labor laws. What People Are Saying: “You’re essentially earning a salary and getting your foot in the door with the company under [Georgia Works]” -President Obama, town hall address in Atkinson, Illinois “I was able to glean information and learn things I hadn’t learned before, to enhance me as an individual so that I am an asset wherever I go” -Jacque Walker, Georgia Works participant in an interview with National Public Radio “The activities that the workers are engaged in are basically employment, which means they should be entitled to the minimum wage and should not be working off their unemployment insurance benefits.” -George Wentworth, a senior staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project “[In 2003], the economy was strong. Today, free training might offer little incentive to businesses that already have many of the Calvinist plan will begin. The true purpose of the Pocket Park will be revealed when the Calvinists erect a fence around the area creating the perfect habitat for their true deity, Hobbes, the tiger from Calvin and Hobbes. The men will be fed to Hobbes each day when the Downtown Clock strikes 11:47p.m. This will appease the mighty tiger and win his good graces. The crafty Calvinsits have even thought about the possibility that the area women will remain strong and not be tempted and fattened by the delicious corn dogs of the fair and thus not lured to the well-qualified applicants and don’t necessarily see the need to add workers.”Lawrence Katz, a labor economist at Harvard University My take: President Obama has recognized that it’s going to take something big to get the country’s economy moving forward and I think that the program is at least a step in the right direction. Since 2008, the national unemployment rate has been stuck above nine percent and has not seen any sign of improving without intervention. However, with Georgia’s unemployment rate ranking second worst in the nation and since the state has failed to add any jobs for 48 consecutive months, the program will need to be tweaked to have any success. Labor economists see the potential in the program, but in order to be implemented on massive scale and to have an effect on the economy, more things will need to be addressed and more incentives for hiring will need to be added. The White House has not finalized any other details regarding this job training program, but something tells me we’ll be hearing more about Georgia Works in the coming weeks as the American Jobs Act is debated in Congress. Ω
Jenna Howard works in development at South Arts in Atlanta and is a political science graduate from Georgia State University.
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On Thursday September 8th, President Obama laid out the American Jobs Act, a piece of legislation that he believes will help lower the unemployment rate in America. The jobs bill includes several proposals including public works projects, relief for local school districts, cuts in payroll taxes for workers, and a jobs training program that may look very familiar to Georgians. While giving his speech in Illinois, President Obama lauded Georgia for its Georgia Works program. He called it a “smart program” at the town hall meeting and one that may be used as a model if the American
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Zumba. They have been training men to dress as women for months to lure in the sacrifices. Why else would we have so many womanless beauty pageants. You may also wonder what will happen when the young men of the area are gone. The Calvinists, never without a Plan B, will then finally complete the Senior Center luring hundreds of unsuspecting Baby Boomers from the surrounding area to the jaws of Hobbes with the promise of bingo, water aerobics and large print menus. Ω
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DR. BOB: My fingers sometimes get really cold, to the point that they hurt, but they are numb at the same time. It’s worse when the weather is cold, when even my nails turn blue. I have to put them in warm water to get relief. What can I do?
You probably have a condition called Raynaud’s syndrome. This is a condition that likes women. It typically starts in young adulthood before the age of 30. People who smoke cigarettes or frequently use other stimulants, such as caffeine, are more likely to have it. Cold climates favor the condition. Other risk factors include family history of the condition, trauma to the extremities, and use of certain medications. The arteries that carry blood from the heart to your peripheral tissues contain muscles that can constrict the arteries. These muscles are under the control of the nervous system. If the nervous system tells these muscles to contract, they squeeze the size of the arteries down, and flow is restricted and pressure rises. To get the hang of this, consider a garden hose: if you put your thumb on the end of the hose, flow is restricted and the pressure rises visibly. Your arteries work much the same way.
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extremely rare cases, the loss of blood flow can damage tissues, but that is very rare, indeed. The usual scenario is that the condition is self-limiting and these attacks resolve in a few minutes to a couple of hours. In the meantime, what can be done? One thing you can do is what you have already discovered: plunge your hands into warm water. Don’t use hot water, since your hands are numb, and you may burn yourself without knowing it. The heat from the water will dilate the small arteries in your fingers and relieve the discomfort. Exposure to cold will sometimes trigger an episode. If you need to get something from the freezer at home, use an oven mitt just as you would use it for something hot. This keeps the cold stress off your skin. If you are at a football game, get a hand warmer from the sporting goods store. If you have this condition, avoid heavy doses of stimulants. This needs two explanations. First, “heavy” depends on your personal tolerance. You will know when you hit “heavy” if it triggers the constriction. Second, “stimulants” include nicotine (quit smoking—there is nothing good it does for you!), caffeine (coffee, chocolate,
Control your stress level. Even your own epinephrine, a hormone that increases heart rate and blood pressure in stressful situations, can trigger a Raynaud’s attack. Some things will be harder to avoid. For example, certain migraine medications, chemotherapy agents, over-the-counter cold remedies, and birth control pills can make Raynaud’s attacks more frequent. In my experience, we have had success in treating this condition by adjusting the extremities, especially the wrists. On the day of this writing, a patient with this condition came to the clinic, and her hands warmed within a few minutes of an adjustment that opens the carpal tunnel. It is rare that this condition needs medical intervention. There are some drugs that will prevent the spasm of the arteries. Calcium channel blockers, such as Verapamil, are successful. In short, this condition is not curable, but it can be controlled. Understand the triggers and eliminate them. Stay warm, protect your skin from exposure, control your stress, stop smoking, and switch to decaf. And, of course, if it affects your toes, warm them on your husband just before he drifts off to sleep. That is sure to warm things up. Ω
When Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan, they crossed the Jordan River. God backed up the river all the way to a town called Adam, allowing them to enter into their promised land. After they had all crossed, the Lord spoke to Joshua about the stones in the place where the priests were standing in the middle of the Jordan. God wanted the Israelites to remember where they had been and where He had brought them. Something so significant in this story is the Jordan River had been backed up to a town called Adam. Everything that had happened from Adam until then was cut off. And, God had made everything brand new. I have stones in my own life. They represent what I’ve gone through. They represent that what was meant for harm has turned out for good. They remind me of His faithfulness. I bet you have stones in your own life. I bet you have crossed your own Jordan. You may be crossing one right now. But rest assured. You will make it across. And, God will back up that river all the way to your Adam, and make all things new.
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In Raynaud’s syndrome, the arteries constrict in a spasm for reasons we don’t really know. As blood flow is restricted to the extremities, they One day, when my children ask me how I endured my own get cold and turn blue. Most frequently, this difficult times and crossed my own Jordans, I will show affects fingers, but it can them my stones. And, they will affect toes (in 40 percent), know how great and mighty and even ears, the nose, He is. Ω and nipples. It can get very uncomfortable. In
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Elder Law Attorney The number of persons aged 65 and over is expected to double by the year 2030 and the fastest growing segment of the population consists of people who are 85 and older. Issues of aging, mental disability, and long-term care will reach a critical point as early as this year when the “baby boom” generation first reached the age of retirement. Most people needing long-term care also need help making personal, medical and financial decisions. A proper health care proxy and/or power of attorney will recognize the appointment of alternate decision-makers, and a good elder law attorney will help secure these written authorizations. A good elder law attorney will also help evaluate the financial situation, prepare a realistic and appropriate budget to pay for long-term care needs, and, when appropriate, prepare more long-term planning solutions, such as qualifying for Medicaid benefits. According to the Genworth 2010 Cost of Care survey, a person aged 75 years needing long-term care in Georgia, for example, should anticipate paying, on average, around $40,000 per year in home health care costs, around $29,000 per year for assisted living facility costs, and around $58,000 per year for nursing home costs. Needless to say, this can become very expensive very quickly. To qualify for Medicaid, Medicaid recipients may only keep a small amount of assets and income. A Medicaid recipient living alone, in Georgia, may keep no more than $2,000 in non exempt assets and have no more than $2,022 per month in income. An individual in a nursing home or similar institution is restricted to a personal needs allowance of $50 per month. Income includes Social Security payments, distributions from IRAs and other retirement accounts, interest and dividends, etc. As a general rule, giving assets away to qualify for Medicaid is not permitted. A Medicaid applicant who does so is “penalized” – denied Medicaid benefits – for a period of time following the transfer. However, with the right planning legal strategies can be used which do not result in a penalty for Medicaid eligibility purposes. So what can a person do if he/she needs help? By following certain steps and techniques outlined by a qualified elder law attorney, the person can get the help they need now, or plan for it in the future. Eligibility comes with planning and getting advice from an experienced professional. Elder care/Medicaid planning works for those people who want to preserve the assets they have worked hard to accumulate. The bottom line is that a proper elder care/Medicaid plan enables a person to receive qualified care in their home, the community, in an alternate living facility, or in a nursing home – without having to give up everything to get it. Ω
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September 16-25; Annual photography exhibit with workshops, portfolio reviews, satellite shows, collector’s lecture, and a black-tie Ball, all designed to celebrate the rural South; The historic R.F. Strickland Building , Concord; For more information visit www.slowexposures.org. September 17; Saturday; United Way Boat Race; The annual cardboard boat race launches the 2012 United Way Community Campaign; Dundee Lake; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. September 17-18; Saturday and Sunday; Barnesville Buggy Days Festival; Celebrate Barnesville's heritage as the Buggy Capital of the South during the late 1800s, featuring arts and crafts vendors, food court, parade, concert, and street dance; Downtown Barnesville; Sat. 9 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. September 20; Tuesday; GriffinSpalding Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours; First Baptist Church of Griffin; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. September 22 - October 2; Mainstreet Players presents “Driving Miss Daisy”; 115 N. Hill Street, Griffin; For more information visit www. mainstreetplayers.org. September 24; Saturday; Fall Family Fun Days at the Rock Ranch; Celebrate 50 years of space exploration with the Corn Maze Kickoff with NASA; Upson State Hwy 36, The Rock, Georgia; all day event. September 24; Saturday; Zumbathon; Zumba to raise money for the Cancer Warriors Support Organization of Griffin; First United Methodist Church Gym, Griffin; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. September 24; Saturday; “How to Train Your Dragon,” free movie viewing at the Imperial Theatre Park; Downtown Griffin; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. September 29; Thursday; "The Poulenc Trio," a concert hosted by the Griffin Area Concert Association; Griffin Auditorium.
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HIGHLAND GRAMMAR SCHOOL REUNION: September 24 at 1 p.m. at Wyomia Tyus Park Pavilion #1. A reunion is to be held for those who attended Highland Mill’s Grammar School before its closure in late 1961. The classmates and spouses only are invited. Please bring lawn chairs, snacks, sandwiches and drinks (tea, soda, etc. no alcohol). Plates, napkins, ice, etc will be provided.
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ESTATE SALE: 2255 Ethridge Mill Rd, Griffin. Fri. and Sat. Sept. 16 & 17, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. House, shop, and shed full of items for sale. Maple bedroom suit, Electrolux carpet cleaner, Ethan Allen couch, sofa table, recliners, end tables, large desk, lamps, Chrome Craft table and chairs, pedestal table and chairs, brass full size bed, canning/ freezing equipment, washer and dryer, refrigerator, books, albums, hand tools, sewing machine, antique farm equipment, wagon body, gas heaters, cane poles, women's coats, name brand clothes and shoes.
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SCTC Tigers kick off basketball season in November
Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC)'s intercollegiate basketball season begins November 1, 2011 and ends February 2, 2012 with Regional Tournaments immediately following. All home games are played at the Taylor Street Middle School Gymnasium. The SCTC Tigers men’s and women’s basketball teams are Division III members of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA), which is Region XVII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The NJCAA is equivalent to the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) and monitors the eligibility of its athletes and coordinates the league’s competitions and tournaments. There are 22 colleges competing in intercollegiate athletics in Region 17. Gordon College was the first school in the area to have an intercollegiate team. They have become SCTC's main rivalry in seeking the community’s following and loyalty. This game is a must-see and is scheduled to take place November 1 at Gordon College. It begins with the Lady Tigers at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s team at 7:30 p.m. Earlier this year, Johntavious Green of Lamar Comprehensive High School, Ryan Nash of Lovejoy High School and David Key of Eagles Landing High School signed a National
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To both honor his commitment to SRA and its efforts on behalf of children’s charities, as well as express their gratitude for his support over the years, Barnhouse said Stewart will be recognized in a unique and special way during the Tab Run. Registration for the ride will begin at 8 a.m. in the Applebee’s parking lot on North Expressway, and the law enforcement-led ride beginning at 10 a.m. Another part of the Tab Run tradition – breakfast at Applebee’s – will be available for a $5 donation, with all proceeds being donated to SRA’s fund-raising efforts. The 2011 Tab Run will cover approximately 75 miles, concluding in Hamilton, where food and refreshments will be available for purchase and participants will enjoy live music and vendors booths. The Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia, which provides housing for parents of children receiving medical care away from home, utilizes the Tab Run proceeds to pay its annual utilities. both men and women. “Being in the hair industry for the past nine years, the most rewarding thing to hear a client say when you get done with their hair is, ‘I feel like a million bucks,” Avery said. Avery has many clients, friends and family members whose lives have been touched due to cancer and hair loss due to chemotherapy. “Two of the hardest times in my career was to shave my cousin’s hair due to breast cancer treatment, and then cut a friend’s long hair that had been growing since grammar school because of chemotherapy,” said Avery. “I want to give back to these women who are battling cancer, going through chemotherapy and have lost their hair. I want to give them back what they have lost so they can feel confident again. That’s why I decided to hold a fundraiser called ‘Hair for Hope.” From 1 to 5 p.m., Star Salon will run specials on hair, nail and massage services to raise money to purchase wigs for chemotherapy patients. Spalding Regional Hospital will also be present to provide cancer awareness packages, and the American Cancer Society knows to contact us if anyone is in need of a wig. Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes totaling over $1,000 from local businesses. “Hair for Hope” t-shirts will also be for sale. The total funds from these sales will be donated to the medical expenses of Star Salon client Bonnie Jenkins, who is currently battling breast cancer. Ω
Letter of Intent to become students and players at Southern Crescent Technical College, a first for SCTC. A homecoming game, another first for SCTC, complete with court, king and queen who will be crowned at the game, is scheduled for November 4 against East Georgia College. Griffin having its own college basketball team is a win-win for all. An established team with community popularity can increase revenue in city coffers as a result of people’s patronizing the games. Students can also gather around and unite in support of their teams. Not only do the games themselves provide an excellent social event but studies have shown an increase in retention amongst students as well.
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Southside Riders Tab Run will honor the late Sheriff Stewart
The Southside Riders Association (SRA) will hold the 13th annual Olivia Andrews Tab Run at 10 a.m. Sept. 24. As it has since its inception, the motorcycle ride will benefit The Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia, but for SRA, this year’s ride will have additional meaning, as well – it will honor the memory of the late Spalding County Sheriff Dee Stewart. “Dee always led the ride, ever since the first year,” said SRA President Mark Barnhouse. “He always led it from the beginning of the ride to the end. This will be the first year that he hasn’t been a part of it.”
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In a society where consumers are bombarded with product messages at every turn, businesses have begun looking for innovative ways to set their product and services apart and reach new clients. Usage of internet-based methods such as email marketing and social networking has climbed exponentially in recent years. In the present scenario where people are hooked on texting and sending SMS messages, another innovative marketing strategy, mobile marketing (sending texts to potential and existing clients), is rapidly becoming a new trend. Griffinite Gary Hermsmeier saw this trend approaching several years ago and started a mobile marketing business in Statesboro. Though the business didn’t take off at the time, he has since returned to Griffin and revamped his efforts to get local businesses on board with mobile marketing with his business, TXT COM. Businesses that sign up with TXT COM “can expect a campaign specifically designed for that business to reach customers who have patronized and want to continue to patronize that business,” said Hermsmeier. “Mobile marketing is all about establishing a relationship between the business and the client through their personal devices. It’s more than just selling them something. You’re treating them like your family and friends,” said Hermsmeier. According to the Mobile Marketing Association, marketing via SMS has a higher-than-average return on investment, citing that 97 percent of text messages are opened Keller said water rates themselves are not outof-line with those charged by other municipalities, but are, in fact, lower than many. According to data compiled by the University of North Carolina on behalf of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, consumptionbased water charges in Griffin ranged from $16.68 for 3,000 gallons to $95.74 for 15,000 gallons. The final line-item charge on city utility bills represents solid waste disposal, including Griffin’s mandatory recycling program and yard waste versus 20 percent of direct emails and that businesses usually experience a 15 to 20 percent response rate to text message marketing. “As long as the business has a need to communicate with its customers, which every business does, I can make mobile marketing work for them,” Hermsmeier said. Ω
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“That’s because it takes more money to process sewerage than clean water,” he said. As for monthly wastewater fees, Keller said those are necessary for the city to adhere to federal regulations. “It’s due in large part to the Clean Water Act,” he said. “We now have to clean up runoff water before it goes into creeks, streams and rivers. All that infrastructure has to be repaired, rehabilitated and replaced.”
removal. Central Services Director Phill Francis said that while some residents were initially reticent to recycle, the program has taken a foothold and met with great success. “I think the solid waste rates are well in line and the quality of service is exceptional. We are not taxpayer funded. What fees we collect for the services we provide are accounted for, as in any business,” Francis said. “I’m proud of this city. The results are factual and tangible. We do an outstanding job with regard to waste diversion and nobody can argue
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The Board of Appeals had recommended approval; area residents complained about two buildings erected without permits; Flowers-Taylor left the meeting after the vote citing for the record that she didn't agree with the board's decision; Ray defended the vote, saying he believed in the ordinances.
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Action: The board recommended approval City of Griffin Board of Commissioners to the Spalding County 6 p.m. September 13, One Griffin Center Board of Commissioners the establishment of a Action: Consider a request for a special The property is currently zoned as industrial countywide restraint use permit to allow for utilization of and being used as commercial land and district for dogs, but not an existing structure as a Places of a special use permit must be granted in for cats. Assembly (PAO) for property located order for it to be used as a PAO. New Mercy at 730 Pimento Avenue (New Mercy currently meets at 742 Pimento Avenue Baptist Church). and wants to add 730 Pimento Avenue to "compliment the church's growth. "
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