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C ONTENT S Did you go on vacation?

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Children’s Le⁺ ers. Read leers from children who write what they like best about school.

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Taste of the Town. Get a taste of what local restaurants serve up with this new monthly feature.

12 Pathfinder of the Month: Laura Byrd 14 – 15 Buerfly Kisses. A children’s bouque with just

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The Importance of Play in Educaon. Why play is essenal in helping children learn.

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds. Read

what Middle Georgia experts have to say about raising happy, healthy children.

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Community News


Birthdays & Celebraons


Back to School with Butterfly Kisses Going back to school begins with the excing shopping adventures of collecng school supplies and clothes. That’s why this month, we are featuring Buerfly Kisses, a local bouque with clothes and supplies for children, but with much more that parents will enjoy too! 2


Places of Worship

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Warner Robins/Perry Clubs

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Elected & Appointed Officials

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School News

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Community Phone Numbers

Community Calendar

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Business Directory NEW!

School Informaon

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David Carpenter

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Dr. Jolie Hardin

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Drs. Murphy & Simmons

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Jennifer Bucholtz (478) 474-1999 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Back to school – what an excing me of the year! The first day of school was a big highlight for me each year. I loved shopping for new school clothes, and I especially loved picking out a new lunch box each year! It’s amazing how much excitement (and pride) a plasc lunch box can bring to a kid! I loved the Lisa Frank lunch boxes! Probably one of my most memorable first days at school would be when I started Kindergarten. All of us kids were standing in line ready to go outside, and I was talking to my friends about my dress. I then lied up my dress to show my friends my panes – I obviously was very proud of my new panes, too! The great thing about growing up in a small town where you go to school with the same kids in high school that you did in Kindergarten, is that they remember EVERYTHING, especially the embarrassing moments! I loved school, and was involved with everything! I started talking about going to college in the 3rd grade! I also was involved with academic and social clubs, the arts, and sports. And, for the three years before graduang from high school, I got to do brain research with neurosciensts – which inspired me to study neuroscience and psychology in college. It’s funny, but it’s that first day back to school that set the stage each year. I guess I can compare it to my game of golf. I started playing golf about 18 months ago. The first thing my husband did was make sure I had a nice set of pink golf clubs. Then, I picked out a pink argyle golf bag, and bought a few sets of (pink) golf shirts and skirts. Did I know how to hit a golf ball (which was pink, too)? No. But, I felt good about trying. And, a⁺ erwards, we would always eat at the clubhouse. Just this past weekend, we went golfing with a friend, and I almost had a hole in one on a par 3! I’m sll learning a lot, but I have a great coach (my husband), a few amazing moments that keep me coming back for more, and a perfect excuse to buy golf clothes. Just like I set the stage to learn to play golf, the first day back to school sets the stage for a year of learning, growing, and making lifelong friends and memories. In this issue of Around Town, you will read short and sweet leers from children who share with us their favorite parts of school. Also, this issue features arcles on the importance of play in educaon, and ps on how to nurture posive development of both the mind and body. We interviewed local experts in our community, along with representaves from our local schools – who all provided helpful informaon included in these features that parents are sure to appreciate. Also, you might be interested in reading some of the arcles we published for the Around Town – North Macon issue. All arcles, and more, from both magazines are published online. If you haven’t visited Around Town’s new website, take a moment and check us out! Visit: Around Town’s website is updated daily with community news informaon. In addion, we have a new featured called “Around Town TODAY.” If you are looking for acvies happening TODAY, you can visit and see what’s happening – events are updated daily and change each day. Also, we have a photo gallery secon, which you definitely will want to check out. You can view photos of restaurants featured in the magazine, community events, and community members who have travelled to other cies and brought their Around Town magazine with them! A new feature we are introducing is a photo gallery for schools in our communies – you can check out photos from sporng events, academic compeons, and special occasions at your school! Stay connected with the community on a more daily basis by vising Around Town’s website: We, along with our adversers, are doing this for you – the community! Thank you for connuing to support Around Town magazines and the businesses that support us. Each month, we publish two magazines – one in Macon and one in Warner Robins & Perry. With a staff of three, and the largest combined print distribuon in Middle Georgia, we keep busy! It goes without queson that we are passionate about what we are doing, and we hope you enjoy reading your Around Town magazine each month. Always feel free to call us at (478) 474-1999. We value your feedback, and look forward to working with you as partners in the community. Jennifer Bucholtz 4

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Around Town Warner Robins / Perry community magazine is a monthly community-based magazine owned and published by Jennifer Williams Bucholtz. It is a public ation of Around Town Warner Robins, Inc., Around Town Middle Georgia Publishing, Inc., and a franchise of Around Town Community Magazines, Inc. The mission of Around Town Warner Robins / Perry community magazine is to build a sense of community and pride by providing residents and businesses with positive stories and timely information that spotlights local residents, organizations, and businesses operating and working together. Around Town Warner Robins / Perry community magazine is free and mailed to local residents and businesses in Warner Robins each month. Additional copies are available for pick-up at local businesses. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or mone y order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists, and submissions are not necessarily those of the Publisher, and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Around Town Warner Robins / Perry is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2009. Around Town Warner Robins / Perry welcomes your comments, stories, and advertisements. The deadline for each issue is the 10th of the preceding month.

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Around Town: Community Update C HAMBER H OSTS R IBBON C UTTING M ARTIN ' S B AR -B-Q


The Warner Robins Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a Ribbon Cung for Marn’s Bar-B-Q. Marn’s Bar-B-Q serves tradional style southern Bar-B-Q such as pulled pork, brisket, pork chops, and chicken. They are open daily Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and are closed on Sunday.

Indian Creek Plantaon, owned by Three Kings, Inc., is a subdivision in an exclusive gated community located outside the city of Perry. They offer lots for new custom homes and can assist buyers in building their new custom home. The land available is scenic and offers home buyers a country life-style, but with the convenience of living near the city. Many lots have ponds. The subdivision is located on Hwy 127 West in Perry (just off Marshallville Rd.). For more informaon, contact Three Kings, Inc. at (478) 987-1299 or visit

Marn’s Bar-B-Q is located at 1801 Watson Blvd. For more informaon, call owner, Richard Marn (478) 952-7878.

T HE W ESTFIELD S CHOOL A NNOUNCES N EW B OARD OF T RUSTEES M EMBERS The Wesield School Board of Trustees welcomes three new members: Larry C. Walker, III; Cal Franklin; and Lee Minor. These new trustees replace members who have completed their terms of service. Walker is a graduate of The Wesield School (’83) and The University of Georgia. He is a Cerfied Insurance Counselor and maintains a Georgia Insurance License. He is President of Walker Insurance Agency in Perry, which he founded in 1996. Franklin is a 1978 graduate of Baker Academy. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he is President of ECP Distributors, a medical supply company for long-term care facilies in Georgia, and a partner in Ace Hardware in Hawkinsville. Minor is an alumnus of Frederica Academy in St. Simons Island, a GISA school, and Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also is a cerfied appraiser with Appraisal Services. Minor has served Wesield as the Boys Soccer coach and has been acvely involved in the Central Georgia Soccer Associaon and the Warner Robins American Lile League.

Pictured: Ribbon cung for Marn’s Bar-B-Q.

R IBBON C UTTING H ELD FOR I NDIAN C REEK P LANTATION The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a Ribbon Cung for Indian Creek Plantaon.

Pictured (le to right): Larry C. Walker, III; Cal Franklin; and Lee Minor. Pictured: Indian Creek Plantaon celebrang their ribbon cung.



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R OBINS F EDERAL C REDIT U NION S PONSORS J UNIOR L EAGUE OF M ACON Robins Federal Credit Union recently made a corporate donaon to the Junior League of Macon in sponsorship of their 2010 Annual Campaign. Robins Federal Credit Union is a notfor-profit cooperave financial service provider with 17 branches throughout Georgia. Robins Federal currently provides financial services to over 130,000 members and assets exceeding $1.1 billion.

who can make customers feel as though they are family, but Gloria accomplishes this with lile effort. Naonal Bank Products is located at 2525 Moody Rd. in Warner Robins. For more informaon and to congratulate Gloria Manville, call (478) 923-3161.


Pictured (le to right): Ma McDonald, Downtown Branch Manager for Robins Federal and Mary Dunn, 2009 – 2010 Resource Development Chair for the Junior League of Macon.

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C HAMBER AWARDS S MALL B USINESS OF THE M ONTH AND O UTSTANDING E MPLOYEE AWARD The Small Business of the Month Commiee of the Warner Robins Area Chamber of Commerce recently presented Naonal Bank Products (NBP) with the Small Business of the Month Award. In addion, NBP receponist, Gloria Manville, was awarded the Outstanding Employee Award. Since 1977, Naonal Bank Products has been a family organizaon that has grown through their consistent commitment and connuous effort toward quality service. They offer a broad range of products in the compliance forms, operaonal products, and promoonal arenas. Gloria Manville is the receponist for Naonal Bank Products. She is the first person NBP customers speak to. Manville’s supervisor says that in the business world it’s not always easy to find someone

The Business Development Commiee of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Perry Hospital was awarded Business of the Month. This also makes them eligible for the Business of the Year Award. The Perry Hospital was founded in 1969 and is a 45-bed acute care facility that offers state-of-the-art technology and a highly skilled staff of medical professionals. The hospital opened a 25,000 square foot addion in the fall of 1996 that includes a new Outpaent Surgery Center, offering the latest in endoscopes and laparoscopy. Hospital services include an Intensive Care Unit, Inpaent and Outpaent Surgery, Emergency Room with 24-hour physician coverage, Rehabilitaon and Transional Care, Respiratory Care and Cardiovascular Services, Laboratory, and Physical Therapy. The Diagnosc Imaging includes CT Scanning, Mammography, Ultrasound, and MRI. The Perry Hospital is located at 1120 Morningside Dr. For more informaon on services offered, call (478) 987-3600 or visit

Pictured: Chuck Shaheen and Shaw Blackmon.

Pictured (le to right): Business Development Commiee, Skip Philips; Chief Execuve Officer of Houston Healthcare, David Campbell; Administrator of Perry Hospital, David Campbell; and Perry Hospital Staff Members. Pictured: Chuck Shaheen and Gloria Manville.

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Happy Birthday!

Ryder Jeffery Hibbitts Celebrated age 1 on May 21 Parents of Sherry and Paul Jr. Hibbitts Sister of Graysen Parrish and brother Benjamin

Owen Payne Cannon

Katrina Ciavattone

Celebrated age 4 on April 22 Parents of Tiffany and Shawn Cannon Brother of Parker

Calvin Alxendo Tolbert Celebrated age 1 on July 28 Parents of Luchina and Alex Tolbert Brother of Cameron K

Celebrated on July 12

Kody Lucas

Celebrated age 17 on July 29

Verbin Weaver

Celebrated age 17 on July 22

Edwin F. Gibbs Celebrating on August 2


Keifer Rich and Cash Rich

Keifer celebrating age 6 on August 8 Cash celebrating age 3 on August 21 Parents of Cheryl and John Rich

Or’mond D. Whitehead

Celebrated age 9 on August 22 Grandson of Penny Harvey

Katrina and Brian Ciavattone

Celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary on June 20

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Pathfinder of the Month: Teaching Students to Give Back to their Community. science fair, because I was the gied teacher for science, so it was great on a professional level,” she says. “Plus I get to teach the advanced placement chemistry and the honors chemistry, which means, I get to teach some phenomenal kids that are very, very talented.” Laura also has two daughters, Kelsey, now 20, and Lauren, who is 23, who aended Houston County High School. Laura says it was a wonderful experience to teach at a school her daughters aended. As a mother, she was able to witness first-hand what their high school experience was like.

Laura Byrd is Around Town’s August Pathfinder of the month. She has been teaching for more than 20 years in Houston County and connues to enjoy working with adolescents. “I come from a family of teachers,” says Laura. “And probably the most influenal person in my decision [to become a teacher] was my mother, who was an elementary school principal.” Laura decided to combine two strong passions: science and working with young people. Years before she decided to teach, Laura graduated from Northside High School and completed degrees at the University of Georgia and Columbus State University. She originally wanted to enter pre-med, but says teaching seemed to be what she was born to do. Laura is one of the original faculty members at Houston County High School in Warner Robins. “I was there when there was dirt parking lots at Houston County High,” she says. “And that was in 1992, so I’ve been teaching 21 years.” The experience for Laura has been phenomenal. “…the experience gave me the opportunity to work with the regional, state, and the internaonal 12

Daughter Lauren was able to delve deeply into the science program and is preparing to graduate from the University of Georgia with a degree in molecular biology and biochemistry. She also currently works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevenon. “I think a lot of that has to do with the exposure she had in the upper level classes at Houston County High School,” says Laura. Daughter Kelsey is pursuing a degree in Agricultural communicaons at the University of Georgia. Laura says the field of science has now become a vital part of life and changed the way she teaches within the classroom. “If you don’t have some workable knowledge of science, you can’t make informed decisions,” remarks Laura, who adds that over the years she has witnessed how

using technology is crucial in teaching students. “Technology has changed the way informaon is presented to students,” she says. Besides teaching, Laura volunteers at the Perry Animal Shelter. She fosters one to two liers of puppies at her home and works with the animals unl they are ready to be adopted. On weekends, she brings puppies that are ready to be adopted to PetSmart. “I help to find them a home and it’s very, very rewarding,” says Laura. The Perry Animal Shelter is run by the City of Perry, which relies on volunteers to help foster the animals.

Community service and teaching her students about giving back is important to Laura. She currently is the sponsor of the Naonal Honor Society, which includes students with the highest grade point averages at Houston County High School. Besides a high GPA, students are required to show, “leadership abilies and community service acvies,” explains Laura. “Our Naonal Honor Society, usually, is involved with at least eight community service projects throughout the year.” The group has adopted families at Do you know Christmas; raised money for a broken air condioning unit; someone who is bought gasoline cards for leading the way? families that drive to Atlanta for leukemia treatments and Nominate a person you other medical ailments, along think should be featured! with other notable community projects. Three ways to nominate:

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“In doing that club, we teach how important community service is,” says Laura. “These kids are learning how good it feels to help out in their community.” Around Town is honored to recognize Larua Byrd. Congratulaons! ATWRP

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place to be,” says Kent.

he sign above the store hints at what you’ll find once you step through the door. Bright and colorful, Buerfly Kisses opens a whole new world to customers looking for the latest trends and styles, in fashion and gis, for all ages. Walk in and you’ll be greeted by owner and founder, Emily Kent, and her friendly staff. And there’s no wonder why the shop is doing so well, Kent and her staff take a vested interest in customers, from their likes and dislikes, to what they truly want and need. Kent, a friendly mother of two, says she is happy to provide a local community bouque with many exclusive selecons. combine her love of shopping with her natural business abilies: open a store she would shop at! It took a surprisingly short me for Kent to realize her dream. She opened a small selecon at her mother-inlaw’s store, ‘The Decorator’s Ac,’ at the beginning of 2007. “I had a lile ten by ten space in her store,” explains Kent. “We were so busy, and we did so well in that ny lile store in Byron, with no adversing, that I knew I just had to move it to Warner Robins.”

When Kent had her daughter, Elle, in 2004, she drove all over Georgia to find high-end clothing for her baby. “I went to Macon, Valdosta, even Atlanta,” says Kent.” “There wasn’t a whole lot to offer in Warner Robins and… lots of other moms wanted classic bouque clothing, too.” A bright idea came to Kent overnight, while she pondered how to 14

Buerfly Kisses and Lady Bug Hugs, simply referred to as Buerfly Kisses, moved to a small 400 square feet store front on Russell Parkway. But once again, Kent was faced with many customers in a small space. With Monkey Joes less than one block away, Kent knew she had to move her shop next door to Monkey Joe’s to grow her business and offer more merchandise. In August of 2007, the current and final locaon of Buerfly Kisses was established. “We have a lot of walk-in business here… it’s really a great August 2009

This chic bouque is affordable and caters to moms who want unique, stylish, and funconal items. The store offers girls and boys clothing, shoes, hair bows, monogrammed gi items, bibs, and so many other useful and trendy items. Recently, Kent split the store and now offers a children’s department on one side and gis for all ages on the other. “This is not just a children’s store anymore,” says Kent. “We have great stuff for teenagers, young moms, older women…” Recently car monograms, Tyler candles, fashion handbags, totes, jewelry, monogrammed pendants, coffee tumblers, and many other gi items were added. A range of styles including, tradional, old-fashioned, and hip are part of the lineup for girl’s clothing at Buerfly Kisses. From bathing suits, smocked bishops, day gowns, shorts and capri sets, to fun, colorful accessories, Buerfly Kisses caters to all young girls. Even teens can leave the store fully equipped with

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says Kent. And because children oen return to school when the weather is hot, spring and summer clothing is marked down in July and customers can take advantage of buying new clothes for their children at a low reduced price. “These items will help get kids through the hoer months while in school,” says Kent. Lunch bags, nap mats, and back packs can also be purchased for children returning to school. Buerfly Kisses provides

Not only does Kent take the me to hand select every item featured at Buerfly Kisses, her impeccable taste in the store’s savvy décor, encourages customers to have a great, fun shopping experience. The combinaon of pink, lime green, and black also adds to the trendy, sophiscated feel at Buerfly Kisses. Kent, who works diligently to provide a great atmosphere and high quality products for customers, credits her staff and her husband, Jason, with the success of Buerfly Kisses. “[Jason] has been very supporve from the beginning and without him, Buerfly Kisses wouldn't be possible!” says Kent. So, if you’re sll hunng for that perfect, unique spot with the latest fashion and exceponal accessories that are difficult to find, stop in and see Kent and the staff at Buerfly Kisses. They’ll be thrilled to see you!

Buerfly Kisses is open: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Buerfly Kisses is located at: 4993 Russell Parkway in Warner Robins. For more informaon, call (478) 333-3777 or visit ATWRP

monogrammed koozies, engravable key finders, inial key chains, car license plates, and get their cell phones monogrammed. Now that kids are back in school, Buerfly Kisses is the community bouque to turn to. “For back-to-school styles, browns and pinks are sll in,” says Kent. Many of the clothes for back to school have ruffles, flair legs, and bright colors for girls. Buerfly Kisses provides all the latest styles in fashion wear for comfortable, back to school styles, including appliquéd clothing for boys, and a range of schoolfriendly items. “We do keep the school dress code in mind and try to adhere to it,” says Kent. Many schools, for instance, discourage the use of flip flops and sandals. “So we sell lots of Mary Janes,”

helpful, friendly customer service and takes the me to listen to customers and find out what they need and want. The staff will wrap specialized gis; help pick out clothing and other merchandise; and assist customers while trying clothing on. Kent truly enjoys serving the community. “Having this store, right here in Warner Robins, allows for people in town to have somewhere to shop,” says Kent, who handpicks everything she sells in the store. “Building Stronger Communities”



The Importance of Play in Education by Em Fergusson

The saying, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” is widely known from the story, Araby, wrien by James Joyce, from his short story collecon "Dubliners," which was published in 1914. There is some truth to that saying, according to educaon experts. According to Swiss psychologist and scienst, Jean Piaget, children’s play is largely based on “acons that are an end in themselves and not imposed by others.” Children play because they have an underlying biological need to explore their individual environment and make sense of what is familiar to them. To get to the root of why play is essenal to help children learn, Around Town magazine asked a number of educators how play is integral within the context of learning and social interacon. “Our instrucon that we do, especially in the elementary schools – really help children to develop that play with other students,” says Linda Horne, execuve director for elementary operaons for Houston County School Board. “And we do a lot of modeling: we ask for them to share with each other; and they perform in front of their classmates. So when you think about play, we’re not just talking play on the playground, but we’re talking about play within that classroom where they have that opportunity to work with each other… not just in a ‘sit and get’ kind of mode, but they are actually sharing with each other, talking with each other during that instrucon within the classroom.” Gone are the days where children sit rigidly at their desks, listening to their teachers and staring out the window, waing impaently for recess to stretch their legs and play. Lee Woodyard works as a first grade teacher at Centerville Elementary School and says she is involved with a workshop method of teaching, which involves teaching children how to play. Woodyard says a lot of social interacon is linked to academics and one cannot be taught without the other. “You need to reach the social, the emoonal, and the cognive development,” she says. “And a great way to do that is to involve 16

the kids in talking with each other, interacng, learning how to play with each other… over the years, we’ve noced that a lot of kids are coming to us without that prerequisite for learning. If they don’t have the social part, then [they’re] not going to know how to do the reading and the wring.” Play fosters social and cognive development as a child grows. Children will engage in pretend play, by creang scenarios involving negoang with peers, using props in symbolic ways, and they will adopt mulple roles and themes throughout their play. Early childhood classrooms provide a great seng for children to engage in play that will prepare them, as they advance to higher grades where academics play a larger role. Cindy Flescher, principal at Centerville Elementary School says social interacon with classmates fundamentally fosters language development. “If [kids] are not playing and conversing and… playing pretend, then they’re not having to converse with other people and not building that language,” says Flesher. “So we try to provide opportunies for that, by having them turn and talk with one another, as they’re learning. And now, in order to become good writers, the first thing they need to be able to do is to talk and tell a good story.” Play is so integral within the classroom, educators help to facilitate a more structured play to give children social opportunies. In this digital age, where many children are used to video games, movies, and the internet, some kids lag behind in knowing how to interact socially. Flesher says creang play, where children come up with ideas on their own, largely depends on the kind of family a child comes from. Children who are raised in families that encourage play, are more apt to suggest ideas for playing with their peers. Educators use games to help kids learn math, geography, science, and a number of other subjects. According to a report on play by the American Academy of August 2009

Pediatrics, parents ought to encourage play by: • Emphasizing the benefits of "true toys", such as blocks and dolls, in which children use their imaginaon fully over passive toys that require limited imaginaon. • Supporting an appropriately challenging academic schedule for each child with a balance of extracurricular acvies. This should be based on each child's unique needs and not on compeve community standards or need to gain college admissions. • Helping parents evaluate claims by marketers and advertisers about products or intervenons designed to produce "super-children." • Encouraging parents to understand that each young person does not need to excel in multiple areas to be considered successful or prepared to compete in the real world. • Suggesting families choose childcare and early education programs that meet children's social and emoonal developmental needs as well as academic preparedness. “We tell parents to come and visit the classroom… we don’t have kids sing as desks all day anymore,” says Horne. “There’s conversaons going on; kids sharing with teachers; a lot of modeling going on and teachers modeling thoughts from stories..” ATWRP

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds >> Read what Middle Georgia experts have to say about raising happy, healthy children


mother once told her babysier, “I believe the more happy memories you create for a child, the less he’ll remember the negave ones as he gets older.” At the me, her son was 6 months old. Today, he is a thriving 13-year old, who enjoys playing with his brothers and working on arsc projects.

Nowadays, parents are faced with a multude of informaon on how to parent. In preparaon for school, Around Town magazine’s editorial staff decided to ask Middle Georgia experts what parents can do in helping to develop healthy kids in both mind and body, during the school year. Experts weighed in on sleep, nutrion, physical acvity, extra-curricular acvies, proper dental care, exercise, and spending quality me with mom and dad. Parents want what’s best for their children. Raising healthy and happy children begins with incorporang important aspects of taking care of our minds and bodies. According to a survey conducted by Search Instute, only 30% of young people say their parents and other adults model posive, responsible behavior. Children model their parent’s behavior, including health habits. There are ways the enre family could encourage posive health and well-being.

the emphasis should be on having a balanced diet by making fruits and vegetables appealing to kids. “The more exposed they are [to healthy eang], the more willing they are to eat it,” says Poer. “It should never be a forceful situaon, cause that can turn that child off from ever trying that food, but always having it available, always having it on the table – they’ll become accustomed to seeing it – it’s not new or scary.” Other great ps parents can keep in mind to encourage and sustain healthy eang habits includes having dinner at the table as a family; instead of drinking juice all the me, substute with water or sugar-free juice; and have grab and go snacks available at any me (such as mozzarella scks, a bag of grapes, or raisins). Breakfast is also essenal. “It’s an important meal and a good idea for kids to get a healthy breakfast,” says Dr. Elizabeth Patrenos, a pediatrician at Lifeguard Pediatrics in Warner Robins. Kids who don’t eat a proper breakfast can experience problems later on, especially since their bodies are sll growing. Too busy to make a healthy breakfast? Put ready-to-go breakfast items on the counter overnight.

When it comes to healthy living, nutrion and acvity go hand-in-hand. “Any me someone says healthy, it’s never just about the food they eat,” says Poer. “It’s about the food and the physical acvity.” Poer emphasizes that parents should focus on consistency with nutrious food and encouraging their kids to get at least one hour of acvity per day. One way parents can incorporate physical acvity in a fun way, is to make the acvity a family affair.

“They can walk the dog for 30 to 60 minutes or get on a trampoline, go bike riding, and when it’s hot, walk around the mall,” says Dr. Kevin Niebaum, a pediatrician at Lifeguard Pediatrics. “Parents need to try and supplement physical acvity by pung kids in sports.” Since physical educaon has been drascally reduced in many schools, children are not geng the level of physical acvity required by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Encourage Mind and Body – Boosting Nutrition

Research shows that kids who grow up with good eang habits do well in school. Over the years, the naon’s rate of obesity has doubled with children and tripled with adolescents. One of the most important steps parents can take is to make healthy food accessible. “My advice for parents is when they are purchasing food or preparing food, you want to have maybe two or three different colors of fruits and vegetables on a plate,” says Meredith Poer, a diean who works for the Houston County School Board. “That way, you have a wide range of nutrients that are going to be represented.” Poer says 18

Get Moving!

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do some kind of aerobic acvity without stopping for at least 20 to 30 minutes each me. Encourage the acvity as oen as possible, but don't exercise to the point of pain. When your child is ready to start, remember to tell her to listen to her body. Exercise and physical acvity should not hurt. If this occurs, your child should slow down or try a less vigorous acvity. As with any acvity, it is important not to overdo it. If your child's weight drops below an average, acceptable level, or if exercise starts to interfere with school or other acvies, talk with your pediatrician.” At Lifeguard Pediatrics, Dr. Niebaum and his colleague, Dr. Patrenos started a weight loss program for children. “We work with each child individually,” says Dr. Patrenos. “The program is about helping the enre family change their lifestyle.” The doctors work with the enre family to encourage health habits. Experts say children who see their parents enjoying sports and physical acvity are more opt to do it themselves. So, break out the roller blades and engage the enre family with a fun acvity that won’t seem like exercise at all.

Maintain Proper Dental Care

Oral care is important for a child’s overall health. Forming good habits at a young age will ensure that your child has healthy teeth as they grow into adults. Dr. Anthony DeLoach recently opened Smile! Georgia Dental in Perry, where he now pracces. He maintains that children need to come in every six months as most adults do. “This is because they have a change in dental situaon,” explains Dr. DeLoach. “…they have a primary denon, which is called baby teeth, and then they have permanent teeth... baby teeth are all in a child’s mouth by the me they’re two years old… and then they start geng permanent teeth when they’re six years old.” Dr. DeLoach explains a six year-old child’s jaws and skulls are sll growing and the permanent teeth start coming in behind the baby teeth.

children do the following: • Brush teeth with a fluoride toothpaste • Provide healthy foods and limit sweet snacks and drinks • Provide low-fat milk and dairy products high in calcium • Schedule regular dental check-ups “The biggest thing that hurts kids is having snacks right before going to bed without brushing their teeth,” explains Dr. DeLoach. “The thing about a child… is that when they brush their teeth, then they need to have aenon by the parent, monitoring by the parent, to make sure they brush their teeth properly unl they’re in the second or third grade; they need to be monitored to make sure they’re brushing correctly.” Fluoride is considered a modern-day miracle, according to Dr. DeLoach. The American Dental Associaon (ADA) recommends regular fluoride treatments to prevent tooth decay in young children. “Diet is also important,” says Dr. DeLoach. “It’s not [necessarily] what they eat, but how long the sugar stays in the mouth.” Be sure to check with your child’s denst for the best oral health. Further informaon can be found at

Encourage Healthy Development

The Naonal Instute of Health recommends parents ensure their

How much is too much when it comes to extra-curricular acvies? “This will vary from one child to then next,” says Dr. Niebaum. Other experts agree. “Different kids handle things differently,” explains Linda Horne, execuve director for Elementary Operaons for Houston County School Board. “Some kids can

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mul-task and others can only concentrate on one thing at a me.” Warning signs include difficulty concentrang in school, falling grades, and redness. “We work them very hard at school during the day,” says Horne. “Extra-curricular acvies is somemes a good idea as long as [those] acvies don’t take over everything they do and become the focus.” Healthy development also includes spending quality me with mom and dad. Lee Woodyard is a first-grade teacher at Centerville Elementary school. She says parents need to be a part of their kids' lives in a big way. “[During Middle School Years, for instance,] peer influence is so strong at that age,” says Lee. “Parents need to take advantage of dinner me. Have dinner every night and don’t just let kids eat, engage them in conversaon.” Horne suggests parents read or talk to their children before bedme. “I tell parents all the me: “Don’t buy them anything, give yourself to them – that’s what children really need and want,” she explains. “A lot of mes, it’s hard for them to say that.” Dr. Patrenos says she strongly recommends that parents spend a lot of me talking to their child as they hit Middle School years. “When they get to Middle School, it’s a huge adjustment,” says Dr. Patrenos. “Parents have to stay in touch with teachers and get involved with their child’s school.” Many families have two working parents. Carve out 30 minute sessions with your child. Discuss what acvity the two of you can enjoy and engage your child in conversaon. If you feel overwhelmed by things you have to do, invite your child to parcipate. For instance, if you have house chores to do, or need to run errands, bring your children along. You can turn the acvity into a game. One thing to keep in mind is that children need and want to be exposed to their parents’ lives in a posive way. Life, a⁺ er all, is about creang lasng, happy memories for all of us. ATWRP 19


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“A desire to bring ‘something new, something different’ to Warner Robins inspired the decision to open up a Mellow Mushroom restaurant,” explains Tiffanie Smith, co-manager of Mellow Mushroom. Boasng a whopping 8,000 square feet, Mellow Mushroom – Warner Robins is much more than the largest pizza restaurant in Middle Georgia. “Here,” Tiffanie reveals, “it’s about serving good food with a great atmosphere and a great product.” The unique eatery opened earlier this year and has become the trendy and comfortable neighborhood hangout, where families and friends can enjoy delicious food and energec entertainment. Founded in 1974 by three college students, Mellow Mushroom has expanded rapidly from its Atlanta roots and is currently one of the most sought-a⁺ er restaurant franchises in the southeast. A big part of this success is that each establishment is locally owned and operated. Mellow Mushroom – Warner Robins is connuing the tradion in fine style. “We are very hands-on, very family-oriented,” says Tiffanie. Along with her sister, Brianie, the two manage the store with support from their 22

Located on the corner of Lake Joy Road and Highway 96, Mellow Mushroom – Warner Robins can seat over 260 people and guarantees a highly memorable dining experience. Customers can choose from a large assortment of pizzas, salads, appezers, calzones, hoagies, desserts, using freshlyprepared, top-quality ingredients. The most popular pizza is the House Special, with a variety of toppings including pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, onions, mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes, and extra cheese. Prepared to exacng specificaons, their food does not contain any Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) or dyes; the pizza dough is vitamin E enriched and dairy-free; and Warner Robins. Whether it’s sports, news, music, live bands, Wednesday night karaoke, the 11 big-screen, High-Definion TVs, 130” outdoor projector screen, and mini-amphitheatre ensure that customers’ “Mellow” experience will be truly unforgeable. The facility can also be rented for special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, company luncheons, and other private funcons.

menu items can be amended to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, and meat-lovers.

Mellow Mushroom is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 11a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is located at 710 Lake Joy Road in Warner Robins. For more informaon, visit or call (478) 287-6355. Join Mellow Mushroom – Warner Robins on Facebook, and stay up-to-date on daily specials!

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The Capri (This exquisite salad features layers of juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Served with a side of spring mix and balsamic glaze) Stuffed Portobello (Mushroom cap with garlic buer, archoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, topped with mozzarella cheese on a bed of f ancy leuce) Meatball Appezer (Three meatballs with fresh mozzarella, marinara and basil. Round, juicy, meaty – Eaty!)


Field Green (Play the field with our Field Gr een Salad. This salad features assorted gourmet leuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, and green olives. Served with our balsamic vinaigree dressing) The Brutus (A Cesar salad with everything but the bird! Romaine and parmesan with kalamata olives, grilled Portobello, roasted red peppers, roma tomatoes, and feta cheese) Chef (Iceberg, red cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, kalamata olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, ham, and sprouts. Served with esperanza dressing)


House Special (Pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes, ham, bacon, and extra cheese) Gourmet White (Olive oil and garlic with sun-dried tomatoes, provolone, mozzarella, feta, vine-ripened tomatoes, and onions) Kosmic Karma (Sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta, fresh tomatoes and pesto)


Chicken and Cheese (Grilled or jerk chicken with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and mozzarella cheese) House (Stuffed with spinach, vine-ripened tomatoes, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese) Steak and Cheese (Grilled steak with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and mozzarella cheese)

Deli Hoagies

Capri (Pesto mayo with fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and basil. Topped with spring mix and herb vinaigr ee and sandwiched on fresh bread) Mushroom Club (Piled high with ham, turkey, and bacon. Heated with provolone cheese, caramelized onions, and mushrooms) Avocado (Sprinkled with lemon juice, then placed on hea ted French or wheat bread with melted provolone cheese, onions, and sprouts)

Grilled Hoagies

IRV’s Sausage and Peppers (Sausage links, stuffed with caramelized onions, green peppers, and provolone cheese. Garnished with deli mustard, leuce, and tomatoes) Tofu (French or wheat bread with Teriyaki grilled tofu, covered with provolone cheese and garnished with grilled mushrooms, onions, and green peppers, topped with sprouts. Served with mayo, leuce, and tomatoes) Meatball (Meatballs smothered in tangy marinara and melty mozzarella. Try it with grilled mushrooms and onions)


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by David Carpenter

by Jolie Hardin In the beginning of the y ear, many parents meet with teachers to discuss ways to be involved in the school or classroom. Furthermore, they ask what they can do to help teachers ensure that the school year will be successful for his or her child.

Our vision is that our system will be world-class. Our mission is t o produce high-achieving students.

David Carpenter Houston County Superintendent of Schools (478) 988-6200

In Houston County, we are fortunate to live in a community known for excellent educaon, made possible by our commied educators, supporve parents and cizens, and a dedicated Board of Educaon. Talented teachers, an academic focus, state-of-the-art equipment, and diverse extracurricular acvies help to ensure that our students have the skills needed for success.

Our system is successful because we have students who strive to succeed, teachers and administrators who give 110 percent every day, and parents who care enough to be involved. We also have outstanding support staff members custodians, secretaries, school nutrion employees, bus drivers, nurses, maintenance workers, and more - who are behind the scenes, contribung in their own way to quality educaon. There are many successes to celebrate! We are proud that this year our system was granted District Accreditaon by the AdvancED Accreditaon Commission, a naonal commission. This means that our system and all 37 schools ar e accredited, and that Houston County is recognized across the naon as a quality school system. All of our schools made Adequa te Yearly Progress (AYP) this past year! AYP measures the improvement a school has made toward meeng state academic standards. The Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and Georgia High School Graduaon Test (GHSGT) scores are used to determine AYP status. Our test scores are among the top in the state. On the 2009 CRCT, our students scored higher than the state average on all 36 tests, in every subject for every grade. On the 2009 GHSGT, our students performed above the state average in every content area. Of our eleventh-graders who tested for the first me, 93 percent or more passed every subject. Our graduaon rate is above the state average. In 2008-09, Houston County graduated 82.9 percent, 7.5 points higher than the state’s 75.4 percent. Our administrators and teachers are excited about welcoming the students back this August and we hope that our families are too. We work hard to meet the needs of the c ommunies we serve, and we are thankful for our parents, businesses, and civic organizaons. Because of the cooperaon and commitment of our community members, Houston County is a great place to learn, live and work. David has been in the Hous ton County School System for his enre career. He was a t eacher, coach and assistant principal at Warner Robins High, principal of Bonaire Elemen tary School and Eagle Springs Elementary School, and Elementary Coordinator for the System. He has been Superintendent of Houston County Schools since July of 2007. He is married to Susan Carpenter and lives in Warner Robins. 24

Dr. Jolie Hardin Principal Matt Arthur Elementary School (478) 988-6200

The Naonal PTA’s Top 10 Things Teachers Wish Parents Would Do, recommends the following: 1. Be involved. Parent involvement helps students learn, improves the school, and helps teachers work to help children succeed.

2. Provide resources at home for learning. Ulize your local library, and have books and magazines available in your home. Read with your children each day. 3. Set a good example. Show your children by your own acons that you believe reading is both enjoyable and useful. Monitor television viewing and the use of videos and game systems. 4. Encourage students to do their best in school. Show your children that you believe educaon is important and that you want them to do their best. 5. Value educaon and seek a balance between schoolwork and outside acvies. Emphasize your children's progress in developing the knowledge and skills they need to be successful both in school and in lif e. 6. Recognize factors that take a toll on students' classroom performance. Consider the possible negave effects of long hours at a⁺ er-school jobs or in extra-curricular acvies. Work with your children to help them maintain a balance between school responsibilies and outside commitments. 7. Support school rules and goals. Take care not to undermine school rules, discipline, or g oals. 8. Use pressure posively. Encourage children to do their best, but don't pressure them by seng goals too high or by scheduling too many acvies. 9. Call teachers early if you think there's a problem. Make a call while there is sll me to solve it. Don't wait for teachers to call you. 10. Accept your responsibility as parents. Don't expect the school and teachers to take over your obligaons as parents. Teach children self-discipline and respect for others at home. Don't rely on teachers and schools to teach these basic behaviors and atudes. Dr. Jolie DeLoreto Hardin is the principal at Ma Arthur Elementary and is entering her 16th year in educ aon.

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by Rachel S. Deems

by Dr. H.E. “Monte” Murphy, OD and Dr. Mike Simmons, OD, F AAO

Dr. Murphy and Dr. Simmons

Primary EyeCare Associates (478) 475-1600

“Stay focused!” As a parent, that is an instrucon you may hear a teacher say to a distracted student in class or a coach may say to his team on the sidelines. Aer many years of eye care pracce, we have countless pediatric paents who have aained that “focus” by correcng their poor vision with correcve eye wear or training them in improving their overall visual skills though vision therapy. It is great to see the parent and the child proud to share their new academic achievement, once the child can use their eyes for maximum performance.

According to the American Optometric Associaon representave, Emily Krone, a comprehensive eye exam for students is one of the mos t important “to do’s,” as children head back to school, and yet, it is oen overlooked. Without an eye exam, many children will suffer from undetected vision problems, and some may even be misdiagnosed as having a learning disorder. There is no guarantee a child may not need vision correcon, based on the fact that both parents do not wear contacts or glasses. We have found that children who do not see well oen do not report this to their parents. The first indicaon of a problem may be failed screening or poor academic performance with no other obvious c ause.

Here are a few things to look for that may give a few clues your child may have eye or vision problems, according to a study in 2008 by the AOA on “Comprehensive Eye Exams and Their Importance for Academic Success.” Your child squints to read or looks far away; has headaches; avoids close work; rubs his or her eyes oen; makes frequent leer reversals while wring; holds reading material closer than normal; and performs consistently below their potenal. Studies from the EYE-Q survey in 2008 by the Americ an Optometric Associaon indicate that 60% of children idenfied as “problem learners” acvely suffer from undetected vision problems. Some students also need vision therapy, which is similar to physical therapy for your eyes. Vision therapy addresses a wide range of visual problems such as poor eye coordinaon, learning related visual skills and difficulty processing informaon. At Primary Eyecare, we perform comprehensive eye exams for the enre family, including children of all ages. We have years of experience working with children and make every effort to make them, along with their par ents, feel comfortable during the exam. According to the American Public Health Associaon, 25% of students in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to impede learning. Stascs like that show the importance of having your child’s eye examined. 26

Rachel S. Deems Head of School of The Westfield School (478) 987-0547

16 years ago, my husband and I aended open house programs at area independent schools seeking the best educaonal opportunity for our daughter, then age 3. In 2008, she entered one of the top fiy major universies in the country, fully prepared following her 14 years at an independent school. From research on independent schools and from personal experience, the following are some important facts for parents to consider when choosing where to educate their children.

Surveys of families who send their children to independent schools show that their priories are academic excellence, quality of teaching and learning, and a safe and nurturing environment. Families are seeking the best quality they can provide for their sons and daughters. In a recent report, the Naonal Center for Educaon Stascs found that students in independent schools are enrolled in more advanced courses than in public, parochial or other private schools. In addion, they do twice as much homew ork as their counterparts, watch only two-thirds as much television, are significantly more likely to parcipate in fine arts, athlecs, and community service and are more likely to agree that discipline is fair and that teaching is good at their schools. When vising an independent school, ask about: • The school’s mission and values • The school’s accreditaon and academic focus • The school’s track record of student success for college acceptance • The school’s track record for economic stability; its ability to aract and retain quality teachers and its commitment to sound fiscal policies. Children today are growing up in an exponenal world, and we as educators are challenged to provide a relevant educaon. In addion, leadership development and a heart for service begin at early ages and in programs developed by independent schools like Wesield. Finally, as an independent school administrator and a former independent school parent, I recognize that it takes a family commitment to educate your children at an independent school. The Wesield School and independent schools across our naon are commied to partnering with families who seek a quality educaon for their children. Rachel S. Deems, Head of School of The W esield School in Perry, joined Wesield in July 2008, bringing 29 years of experience in independent educaon in both Pre-K through 12 and post-secondary educaon.

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by Dr. Owen Bozeman

by LaVera J. Forbes

Dr. Owen Bozeman Lead Pastor Central Bapst Curch (478) 953-9319

At the ending of summer, many parents experience the “empty nest syndrome” for the first me. This is a me when all the children have finally gone. The house - once filled with the voices and acvies of children - echoes with a strange empness. Passing by a darkened bedroom (unnaturally dy) tugs painfully at the heart and gives rise to the occasional tear. The empty nest is a me of grief and adjustment for a parent and for a couples’ marriage. They suddenly begin to ask the queson, “Baby what will we do, when it comes back to me and you?”

I once asked a friend, “How long did it take you to get over all the kids leaving home?” With a twinkle in his eye, he answered, “About ten minutes!” I understood what he meant. The empty nest also brings new opportunies and freedoms. Life is no longer consumed with what our children need or want to be. But if only it were that easy! The fact is, both men and women struggle through the empty nest period. What can they do? Here are some suggesons: 1. Celebrate - This may take more me for some than for others, but celebrate what you have accomplished. You have successfully raised your children to adulthood. Congratulaons are in order! 2. Communicate - Let’s face it, when we are raising kids, much of our conversaon as husband and wife is about the kids. When they are gone, even the strongest of couples may have a communicaon challenge. It is imperave that you make a special effort to talk and to listen to your spouse. (Prayer is one of the great ways to accomplish this.) 3. Contemplate - The empty nest is a great me to contemplate your future. It’s a me to dust off some old and unfinished plans and to dream some new dreams. It’s a me to determine the mission and purpose for the rest of your life. In the end, the empty nest is a me for both challenge and change. Yet, for both spouses and children, God’s word has a great promise: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” - Jeremiah 29:11 When we trust in the Lord, I believe we can all find the answer to “Baby, what will we do, when it comes back to me and you?” And the answer is simply: “The best is yet to come!” Dr. Owen Bozeman has been Pastor of Central Bapst Church for 13 ½ years. His wife Debbie is a praccing pharmacist and they have been married 28 years. They have two grown children. 28

Did you know that most people spend more me deciding what kind of car to buy than they do choosing a career? It is true. When was the last me you asked yourself what you want to be when you grow up? Many people stopped asking a⁺ er high school. They sele into jobs that are not a good match for them and wonder why they are so unhappy. LaVera J. Forbes Director of Corporate University for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA (478) 471-4842

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If you are not in a job that matches your interests, skills, and values, you are doing yourself a disservice. You will not be nearly as producve as someone who loves their work and wants to be there. Follow these steps to find the career success and happiness you’ve been

Assess. Conduct an assessment to find out your interests, skills, and values. Ask yourself, “What am I interested in?” “What skills do I have?” “Which ones do I enjoy using most?” “What am I good at?” “What do I value most?” “What movates me to work?” “What am I most proud of?” Explore. Start researching and exploring different career fields to find out about a parcular job. To find out, you can interview people already in that job; go online to get more informaon; volunteer; ask your supervisor if you can cross train; or find other ways to experience the job first-hand. Decide. Aer your assessments and exploraon, you should have a lot of informaon to help you make the best decision. You’re now ready to start seng your goals and idenfying acon steps. Act. The key is to get started. If you just start moving in the direcon of your goals, even if it’s just a lile bit, it can be enough to keep you going. Evaluate. Career development is a life-long process. Aer you take acon, you should re-assess how your plan is working. Do you need to change your goals a bit? Did you find new informaon that you want to include? Armed with this informaon you will reach your goals before you know it. The mission of Goodwill Corporate University is to provide learning opportunies that promote employee and organizaonal development. Its vision is to awaken and fully develop the God given talents of everyone it serves, both internally and within the community.

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What a great summer we have had! Pete Cimino Farms is starting to come in with produce and we have enjoyed Andi Berger’s great squash, cucumbers and beans. Everything should be strong for through the fall. We’ve had lots of fun this summer hosting clubs and families for lectures and lunch. With summer winding down, everyone is thinking about getting kids back to school, regular routines, and fall’s frenzy of activities. It’s a great time to start you and your family on good quality, whole food vitamins. With weather changes coming and our kids in classrooms again, our immune systems need to be strong to fight all the germs that come at us. We have some fruit and veggie gummies, easy to swallow pills, and other great varieties of children and adult’s vitamins, fish oils, greens, and immune system products. Now is the time to begin our daily regiment so that fall colds and flu will not get us down. At Yvonne’s, we keep our prices low and our quality high. Our hard work, experience, training, and great service will bring you back. We have lots of gluten-free products, as well as smoothies, juices, salads, and sandwiches. We look forward to serving you soon!


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by Linda Solomon So we have heard much ado about the housing slump. Just about every media outlet is shoung doom and gloom. In reality, however, it all depends on your perspecve. Our response to circumstances is oen determined by our atude and outlook. There are great opportunies in every real estate season. As free market correcon occurs, first me home-buyers especially are finding themselves in Linda Solomon great demand and commanding much REALTOR® respect. The $8000 Federal Tax Credit, Certified REO Specialist along with the Georgia State Tax Credit (478) 973-1762 of up to $1800, are strong incenves that have been encouraging buyers to “get off the fence.” Buyers who wish to move up or downsize will find this is a great me for them as well. It's a sellers market too! Buyers would have nothing to buy if there were no sellers. While sellers may not be able to realize the profit they once could have had, or expected, sellers themselves are buyers in waing, and they, too, have an opportunity to get a great deal on a new purchase. Therefore, rather than insisng on every ounce of equity that may be in a property, sellers that are willing to parcipate in equity sharing with buyers are among the leaders that facilitate a win-win situaon for both pares, and in the final analysis, for the enre housing industry. As opportunies abound for the buyer, there are also wonderful opportunies for sellers. To succeed from either side, it is crical to do an honest evaluaon of your circumstances and financial tolerance. Sellers ought to consider how to make their property stand out from the compeon. In summary, although mortgage rates are sll at an all me low and the supply of inventory is sll relavely high, thus making it aracve to the buyer, the evidence suggests inventory is beginning to decline as we trend toward a balance between supply and demand. In recent weeks, properes have pended within days of being placed on the market, and coupled with the aracve FHA-backed loan product which allows for purchases over $200,000 it's only a maer of me before we're in a full blown sellers market where equity sharing will be a distant memory. If you are sll on the fence, maybe it's me to jump off and get going. Linda Solomon, REALTOR® is licensed with Stuckey Realty, Inc and may be reached at or at (478) 973-1762. 30

Ed Rodriguez President & CEO, Warner Robins Area Chamber (478) 738-0893

There are over 7,800 chambers of commerce in the U.S. Most communies are served by at least one chamber. Also, most states, including Georgia, have a state chamber of commerce. Of the many thousands of chambers in the United States, most of them serve an area that lies within a specific county or city boundary. These are known as local or countywide chambers. Even though most of them have a few members outside their principal area, they sll maintain a primarily local focus.

The Warner Robins Area Chamber is different. We are not a local or countywide chamber, but rather a regional chamber. This is because our members – and the communies we serve – do not all fit into easily defined boundaries. The most obvious example of this is the City of Warner Robins. Although it's the largest city in Houston County, its boundaries actually lie within two counes (Houston and Peach). Plus, we have members in Centerville, Perry, Byron, Fort Valley, Macon, and elsewhere. What are the reasons for a regional chamber? • Many businesses in other counes have come to realize that membership in the Warner Robins Area Chamber is not just an opon – but a necessity if they want to reach the rapidlygrowing consumer and business market here. • Progressive, forward-thinking annexaon by the City of Warner Robins has helped create a great deal of growth in those parts of the city that lie within Peach County. This will only connue as Veteran's Parkway and other areas develop over the next few years. • Rapid populaon growth in Houston County has resulted in rapid growth in the immediate surrounding areas. Conservave esmates hold that Houston will be the largest county in Middle Georgia within the next five years. (Houston's school system size and Houston's total chamber membership size are already the largest in Middle Georgia). As Houston grows, so do all parts of the surrounding regions. • Lastly, let's not forget that Robins Air Force Base is not only the economic engine of Warner Robins, but indeed the economic engine for all of Middle Georgia. We are unique in other ways: We are one of the few chambers in the state that does NOT accept non-dues operang funds from government. This is something we are very proud of. It ensures that we remain member-driven. Also, we are one of the few chambers in the state and the only one in our immediate region that is fully accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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2 year-olds: $80 per month Mon. & Wedn./ Tues. & Thurs. 3 year-olds: $100 per month Mon., Tues., Wedn., Thurs. 4 year-olds: $100 per month Mon., Tues., Wedn., Thurs. Registraon: $50. Supply fee: $25. Music program is part of the curriculum. For more informaon, contact Amber Gamble, Early Childhood Director, at (478) 972-0693 or visit 600 N. Houston Lake Blvd., Centerville.

PUZZLE HOUSE LEARNING CENTER This is a learning center that teaches children at an early age. By the me children enter Kindergarten, they will be experienced socializing with other children, and will be taught their numbers, leers, and some spelling. The center is open to ages 6 week through Pre-K. Tuion: 2 year-olds: $97 per week; 3 year-olds: $95 per week; 4 year-olds: $95 per week; Pre-K (8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.): $50 per week. Yearly registraon: $50. For more informaon, call (478) 956-2424, or visit 111 New Dunbar Rd., Byron.

Attention Local Business Owners! THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO Around Town’s theme for the September issue is, “Supporng Local Businesses and Encouraging Entrepreneurship” If you are a local business owner and entrepreneur, we want to hear from you! This is your chance to have you and your business featured in next’s month’s issue of Around Town magazines, and be pictured on the front cover of the September issue! We will interview you for a brief feature arcle and you will be pictured with a group of local business owners on the front cover of the September issue. In addion,


we will take pictures of you and your business to be published in a photo gallery on Around Town’s website at Your community wants to support you, and we want to help our community get to know you and your business!

To learn more about how to parcipate, call (478) 474-1999 or email Jennifer Bucholtz at


School News: Spotlighting Achievements

The Educaon Commiee of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Katherine Cawthon is the recipient of the Frank and Bey Estes Scholarship. Cawthon is a student at the Wesield School.

John Walker Peake, a 2009 honor graduate of The Wesield School, has received the presgious Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. Peake received numerous academic and athlec awards and parcipated in community service and other co-curricular acvies.

Northside High School’s Junior Opmist Club recently announced that Ma Clower was elected to Lt. Governor for the Middle and South Georgia regions of Junior Opmist Club Internaonal. Congratulaons!

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The student body of Hilltop Elementary recently completed a year long campaign of collecng pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia. The pull tabs help provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children. Hilltop collected more than 33 gallons of pull tabs. Pictured are students who contributed the most throughout the year. Front row: Lucy Googe, and Angel Rood. Middle row: Emily Willis, Logan Dent, Colby Johnson, Cameron Garre, Lewis Goldberg, and Brianna Wacome. Back row: Counselor, Wanda Stafford, Cyara Sorrow, Adriana Borden, Kaleb Kushinka, Abby Banks, Kaylee Alberta, and Joanna Yawn.

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The Northside High School FCCLA recently aended Summer Leadership Camp. With united effort, the Northside cabin team, "LIME TIME," won the team of the week award. The team was presented a plaque. Congratulaons! Pictured: "LIME TIME" team members. 32

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School News: Spotlighting Achievements

Ma Arthur Elementary members of the Boogie Knights Dance Team recently aended the Atlanta Hawks’ Junior Dance Clinic. The Ma Arthur students are shown with the Atlanta Hawks dancers and others who also aended the clinic.

Lindsey Elementary recently announced the Reading Counts winners. Pictured are: (first row) Jakyra Hickey, Jyquaveous Jones, Micah Johnson, Stella Price, and Aaliyah Daniels. Second row: Orlando Baldwin, Enrique Colon, Michael McDaniel, Malik Brown, and Diana Pablo-Aguilar. Third row: Dontavious Jones, Phylicia Hart, Mahew Stewart, and Jacquavius Jones. Fourth row: Zacarius Williams, Mahew Dobson, Jayla Toomer, Antwan Mainor, and Jeremy Hollis.

The Wesield School recently received awards at the GISA AAA Region 3 Literary compeon: Will Walton, Region Champion in Spelling; Cleve Cleveland, 2nd in Personal Essay; Callie Ray, 2nd in Humorous Oral Interpretaon; and Kae Beth Stubbs, Hannah Moredock, and Erin Wille, 2nd in Trio. Wesield students parcipang in the Region Literary also included: Garre Baker, Alex Cartwright, Claire Flowers, Row Jerles, Nick Kinnebrew, John McCord, Rebekah Moredock, and Grace Springer. Alternates included: Marren Brooks, John Stephens Cra, Morgan Davis, Kelly Franklin, Maggie Hammerle, and David James. Houston County Career and Technology Center students recently parcipated in a job shadowing day at Best Buy in Warner Robins. The event, sponsored by Junior Achievement, provided students with a glimpse into the day-today operaons of this fastgrowing consumer electronics and home entertainment business.

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Quail Run Elementary collected poptabs for the Ronald McDonald House, and this year, one of Quail Run student’s (Chandler Conger) brother, Will Asbell, was a paent at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Tennessee. Quail Run collected 30 gallons of poptabs. Pictured (le to right): Cisco Tharpe, Carson Purcell, Danny Salas Carter Durden, Anna Moore, chandler conger, Sidney Kovach, Melody Rowland, Summer Stallings, Rehgan Smith, Cameron Haslem, Mickayla Pecoraro, and Isabella Dollar. Will Asbell is pictured sing in the middle of the group.

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Around Town: Events


CPR Training for Healthcare Provider Time: 9 a.m. Locaon: Warner Robins Conference Center (Davis Hall) 308 N Davis Dr., Warner Robins Cost: $40 for AHA 2 year cerficaon. Pre-registraon required. Contact: (478) 542-0167 or e-mail




Son Riders of Middle Georgia Time: 7 p.m. Locaon: Ole Times Country Buffet, 1208 Russell Pkwy., Warner Robins Contact: Jerry Nelson at 918-0991 or e-mail The Monthly Chapter Meeng of the Son Riders of Middle Georgia, the local chapter of the Chrisan Motorcyclists Associaon, meets the first Thursday night of each month. Come early for food and fellowship.



Kid’s Summer Book Groups Time: 4:15 p.m. Locaon: Barnes and Noble, Macon, The Shoppes at River Crossing Cost: Free Contact: (478) 474-0161 Kids in grades 4 – 6 can earn a free book by reading eight books and turning in a completed journal sheet. Pick up your journal sheet at your Macon Barnes and Noble. The school with the highest parcipaon gets a prize for their media center.



Kid’s Summer Book Groups Time: 4:15 p.m. Locaon: Barnes and Noble, Macon, The Shoppes at River Crossing Cost: Free Contact: (478) 474-0161 Kids in grades 1–3 can earn a free book by reading eight books and turning in a completed journal sheet. Pick up your journal sheet at your Macon Barnes and Noble.


First Friday – Live Jazz with House Budda Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Locaon: Chef Audrey's Bistro, 2728 Watson Blvd., Ste. D, in Warner Robins 36

Cost: $5 (478) 953-7480. The 2nd and 4th Friday will also feature Spoken Word.


Missionary Bapst Church, 809 S Davis Dr., in Warner Robins Cost: Free aendance Contact: (478) 922-5514 The guest revivalist will be Pastor

Free Music Fridays Time: 7 – 9:30 p.m. Locaon: Edgar's Bistro, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy., in Macon Cost: Free Contact: (478) 471-4250 Join us on the pao every Friday night for Free Music Fridays! Local favorites such as Jeremy Johnson, Jimmy Mills, Red Swill, and Oh Dorian will perform live on Edgar's Bistro pao.



Downtown Byron Saturday Market Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Locaon: Located just off Main Street at Jailhouse Park Cost: Free admission Contact: The Byron Welcome Center at (478) 956-2409 Find everything from produce, plants, handcra⁺ ed arts, baked goods, food and fun. Support your local farmers and arsans and enjoy a day at the Park.


Roland Evere⁺ Fall in Concert at the Perry Farmer's Market Time: 8 – 12 p.m. Locaon: 1121 Macon Rd., in Perry Cost: Free Contact: (478) 218-2905 The public is invited to aend this me of joyful fellowship, and to browse the Market’s stands of veggies, cakes, plants, jams, and more!

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Annual Revival Time: 7 p.m. nightly Locaon: Union Grove August 2009

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Kenneth Doe of Bethesda Chrisan Church, St. Helena Island, S.C.


Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Time: 4 – 9 p.m. Locaon: Chick-fil-A in Perry located at 1363 Sam Nunn Blvd. Cost: 10% of all sales will be dona ted to Grace Village on behalf of the Leadership Perry 2009 Class. Contact: (478) 987-1234


Surviving your Adolescents Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Locaon: Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center, 108 Elmwood St., Warner Robins Cost: Free Contact: (478) 923-5923. Join us as we walk through a brief descripon of the developmental stages of children Birth – age 3. We will get an overview of new brain research, which reminds us that 90% of your child’s brain is fully developed by the me they are 3. The early years are crucial for development. A Brown Bag lunch event.


Come Up Producons Presents: An "Apollo Night" in Centerville Time: 7 p.m., Car and Bike Filming and at 8:30p.m., a Talent "Showcase" Explosion Locaon: Galleria Mall (formerly Goody's Store), 2950 Watson Blvd., Centerville. Cost: Tickets $15 Contact: www.Comeup One night and 15 talented acts with a $1,000 grand prize (entertainment judges and audience members will vote). Come out and vote for who you think should win! Crunk City D.J. Skillz will M.C. Guest appearances by Macon's own Kadalayck Boy! Mr. Tok "The Show Off."


Youth\College Career\Singles Monthly Acvies Time: 7 p.m. Locaon: First Bapst Church of Kathleen, 101 Bear Branch Rd., Kathleen Cost: Cost varies. Contact: (478) 9873330 or (478) 955-5048 Every month, there is an event going on for Youth, College, and Career Singles.


Georgia Congressional Luncheon Time: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

“Building Stronger Communities”

Locaon: Georgia Naonal Fairgrounds, Miller-Murphy-Howard Building, Perry Cost: Individual ckets are $50 and tables of 8 are available for $400 Contact: A panel discussion with Congressman John Barrow, Sanford Bishop, Nathan Deal and Lynn Westmoreland and a special salute to Georgia’s military.

A UGUST 19 – 21

Oakridge Pentecostal Holiness Church's 54th Church Anniversary Time: 7:30 p.m. Locaon: Oakridge Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1364 Radio Loop Rd., Warner Robins Contact: (478) 329-1728 The public is invited to aend Oakridge Pentecostal Holiness’s 54th Church Anniversary Service. Dinner will be served.


Weekly Telescope Viewing Time: 8:45 p.m. Locaon: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Rd., Macon Contact: (478) 477-3232 See the real night sky through our telescopes! The largest telescope can offer more than 100 mes magnificaon.

A UGUST 25 & 27

BLS for Healthcare Provider: CPR Training Time: 9 – 12 p.m. Locaon: Warner Robins Conference Center, 308 N Davis Dr., Warner Robins Cost: $40 Contact: (478) 542-0167 Cerfied CPR Instructor. Detailed Agenda will follow the American Heart Associaon standard agenda.


Physician Facts: Glaucoma Time: Lunch at 11:30 a.m., Guest Speaker at 12 p.m. Locaon: Houston Health Pavilion, 233 North Houston Rd., Suite 140D, Warner Robins Contact: Call (478) 923-9771 Dr. Ma Dixon, optometrist, will present a program on the newest technology and treatment opons available for glaucoma. Must preregister to aend.


Goodwill Super Sale Time: Doors open at noon Locaon: 2209 Moody Rd., Warner Robins Cost: Free admission Contact: (478) 328-2931 Super Sale will feature drawings, hourly prizes, and much more! Store will be stocked full of items. 37




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David A. Perdue Primary


150 Bear Country Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 218-7500 Principal: Linda Horne

Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 929-6113 Principal: E. Harold Sapp

(478) 929-7816 Principal: Jodi S. Clark PTO President: Sarah Hedrick

Kings Chapel


Eagle Springs Children’s Center 106 Waterland Way Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-5003 Owner: Sandra Doolile Administrator: Serena Webb

Lake Joy

Pearl Stephens


Quail Run

Lake Joy Primary

995 Lake Joy Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-0465

Perry Primary

1500 Sunshine Avenue Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6160


101 Elm Street Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 929-7826 Principal: Dr. Eric Payne PTO President: Hai Vu


450 N. Houston Lake Boulevard Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-0400 Principal: Cindy Flesher PTO President: Angie Lewis

David A. Perdue

115 Sutherlin Street Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 988-6350 Principal: Ed Weeks PTO President: Dawn Melden

Eagle Springs

3591 Highway 41 North Byron, GA 31008 (478) 953-0450 Principal: Andrea McGee


301 Robert Bryson Smith Parkway 38


460 Arena Road Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6273 Principal: Paulee Tompkins PTO President: Kelly Rodgers 985 Lake Joy Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 971-2712 Principal: Dr. Doug Rizer PTO President: Susan Goodwin 81 Tabor Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7818 Principal: Anthony Lunceford PTO President: Michelle Angelos


420 Educaon Way Warner Robins, GA 31098 (478) 929-6360 Principal: Lazunia Thomas PTO President: Sandra Fujimoto

Matthew Arthur

2500 Highway 127 Kathleen, GA 31047 (478) 988-6170 Principal: Dr. Jolie DeLoreto Hardin


101 Pine Valley Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7814 Principal: Gwendolyn PearsonKilgore PTO President: Sharon Schnedker


1206 Morningside Drive Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6261 Principal: Dr. Pat Wi


305 Sullivan Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 August 2009

503 Parkwood Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7822 Principal: Lisa Casilli PTO President: Lisa Roitzsch 215 Sco Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7895 Principal: Dr. Marion Ford PTO President: Edquader Marble 250 Smithville Church Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-0415 Principal: Dr. Cheryl Thomas


101 Patriot Way Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7830 Principal: Keith Lauritsen PTO President: Candy Handley

Shirley Hills

300 Mary Lane Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7824 Principal: Dr. Traci Jackson PTO President: Angie Barnwell


1300 Tucker Road Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6278 Principal: Dr. Kim Halstead


201 North Pleasant Hill Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7820 Principal: Sharon A. Daniel

P UBLIC – M IDDLE Bonaire Middle School 125 Ga. Highway 96 Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 929-6235

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P UBLIC – M IDDLE , CONT’D Principal: Cindy Randall

Feagin Mill Middle School

Huntington Middle School

206 Wellborn Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 542-2240 Principal: Dr. Gwendolyn B. Taylor

Mossy Creek Middle School 200 Danny Carpenter Drive Kathleen, GA 31047 (478) 988-6171 Principal: Paige Busbee

Northside Middle School

500 Johnson Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7845 Principal: Ed Mashburn PTO President: Dawn Dunbar

Perry Middle School

495 Perry Parkway Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6285 Principal: Thomas Moore


Houston County Career and Technology Center 1311 Corder Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 322-3280 Principal: Mike Parker

Houston County Crossroads Center 401 Dover Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7828 Principal: Dr. Ronnie Walker

Warner Robins Middle School 425 Mary Lane Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7832 Principal: Dr. Donald Warren

Houston County High School 920 Highway 96 Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 988-6340 Principal: Sherri Freeman

Director: Terry L. Cooper PTO President: Mary Catherine Liberty

Sacred Heart Catholic School 250 South Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-9668 Principal: Staci Erwin

The Westfield School

926 Green Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7858 Principal: Mr. Mark Sco

Perry High School

Westside Baptist Academy

1307 North Avenue Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6298 Principal: Dr. Darryl Albrion

Warner Robins High School 401 South Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7877 Principal: Steve Monday

P RIVATE Byron Christian Academy

69 Burne Road Byron, GA 31008 (478) 956-3503 Director: Donna Vander Zwaag

Central Fellowship Christian Academy 8460 Hawkinsville Road Macon, GA 31216 (478) 788-6909 Principal: Claudia Paerson

Christ United Methodist School 511 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-2867

“Building Stronger Communities”

1101 Dunbar Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 784-9153 Administrator: James Anderson

Windsor Academy

4150 Jones Road Macon, GA 31216 (478) 781-1621 Headmaster: John Cranford PTA President: Heather Jones

World of Faith Christian Academy 3960 Hartley Bridge Road Macon, GA 31216 (478) 784-6293

Student Safety Tips Walk directly to your designated school bus stop when you leave home in the morning and walk directly to your home in the afternoon when you are dropped off at your school bus stop. Watch for vehicles approaching or making turns before you cross a street. Never cross the street between parked vehicles.




2005 US Highway 41 South Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-0547 Head of School: Rachel S. Deems Principal: Janee J. Anderson

Northside High School

Thomson Middle School 301 Thomson Street Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-0489 Principal: Tammy Dunn



1200 Feagin Mill Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-0430 Principal: Dr. Jesse Davis PAW President: Michelle Hall


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Resources WORSHIP OF


AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL Adams-Smith Tabernacle AME 304 Green Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 329-1885 Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Deborah Franks Watson

ASSEMBLY OF GOD Christ Chapel 2288 Moody Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-1061 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Andy King First Assembly of God 6040 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 953-0320 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor: Mark Merrill


Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Andrew J. Hammack First Bapst Church of Bonaire 142 West Highway 96 Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 922-1924 Sunday Services: 10 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor: Kenny Rodgers First Bapst Church of Garmon Street 210 Garmon Street Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-2279 Sunday Services: 8, 9:45, and 11 a.m. Pastor: Josh B. Kir vin, Sr. Freedom Bapst Church 1221-4 South Houston Lake Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 987-6500 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Pastor: Floyd McKeel Friendship Bapst Church 1322 Feagin Mill Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-9509 Sunday Services: 10:55 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Paul Cowles

Bible Bapst Temple 2601 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-9822 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Charles D. Weber

Grace Bapst Church 204 South Pleasant Hill Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-5489 Sunday Services: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor: Paul Mullen

Calvary Bapst Church 351 GA Highway 96 Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 929-1823 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Jim Lane

Greater Springfield Missionary Bapst Church 1195 Heflund Avenue Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-5721 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m., 5 p.m. Pastor: Daniel W. Jackson, Sr.

Central Bapst Church 1120 Lake Joy Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-9319 Sunday Contemporary: 9 a.m. Sunday Tradional: 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Dr. H. Owen Bozeman Cornerstone Bapst Church 1618 S. Houston Lake Road Kathleen, GA 31047 (478) 987-6344 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Pastor: Art Fowler Fellowship Bible Bapst Church 431 Dunbar Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-0828 Sunday Services: 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Willie L. Reid, Sr. First Bapst Church 108 Church Street Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-3387 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Allen Hughes First Bapst Church 1135 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-8152



Greater Union Bapst Church 1006 Marion Street Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-0054 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: O.L. Evere Green Acres Bapst Church 901 Elberta Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-1995 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor: Johnny Ellison Hebron Fellowship Bapst Church 213 Green Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 397-3045 Sunday Worship Services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Daryl J. Vining, Sr. Hilltop Bapst Church 4140 US Highway 41 N. Byron, GA 31008 (478) 719-8262 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Robin Tedder Houston Lake Bapst Church 2300 Hwy. 127 East Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-0277 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Pastor: Fred McCoy

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BAPTIST, CONT’D Mikado Bapst Church 6751 Houston Road Macon, GA 31216 (478) 781-2324 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Rusty Smith Northside Bapst Church 1013 Carl Vinson Parkway Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 923-9892 Sunday Service: 10:50 a.m. Pastor: Loy Ballard Oakland Bapst Church 1509 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-3533 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Thomas Barnard Second Bapst Church 2504 Moody Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-7101 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Jeff LaBorg Second Memorial Bapst Church 1845 Kings Chapel Road Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-4803 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Tracy Brinson Shirley Hills Bapst Church 615 Corder Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-5571 Sunday Services: 9 and 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor: Andy Cook Southside Bapst Church 1040 South Houston Lake Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-9388 Sunday Services: 9 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Jerry Walls Spring Chapel Missionary Bapst Church 112 Highway 247 South Spur, GA 31005 (478) 218-0736 Sunday Service: 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday Pastor: Rev. James K Baker The River at Houston County 2440 Hwy 127, Kathleen, Georgia 31047 (478) 224-River (7483) Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Steve Wood Trinity Bapst Church 505 N. Houston Lake Blvd. Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-3600 Sunday Services: 10, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Terry Hyman Union Grove Missionary Bapst Church 809 S. Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-5514 Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. Pastor: David A. Clarke Unity Bapst Church 479 Highway 96, Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 922-0063 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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BAPTIST, CONT’D Westside Bapst Church 1101 Dunbar Road, Warner Robins (478) 785-1024 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. G. Wayne Dorse

CATHOLIC Sacred Heart Catholic Church 300 South Davis Drive, Warner Robins (478) 923-0124 Saturday Vigil Mass: 5 p.m. Sunday Masses: 9 and 11:45 a.m. Sunday Spanish Mass: 2:00 p.m. Pastors: Monsignor Fred Nijem and Father John Johnson St. Patrick Catholic Church 2410 Hwy. 127, Kathleen, GA 31047 (478) 987-4213 Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pastor: Father Kirk Mansell

CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY Warner Robins Alliance Church 3006 Green Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-7439 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: John Varland

CHURCH OF GOD River of Light Church of God 1300 Corder Rd. Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-3541 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pastor: Dwayne Evors

All Saints Episcopal Church 1708 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-1791 Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. Pastor: Father Marn J. Bagay

METHODIST 144 Elm Street, P.O. Box 7 Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 923-7317 Sunday Services: 8:15, 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Jay Tucker Centerville First United Methodist Church 600 N. Houston Lake Road Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-3090 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Stephen Grantham Christ United Methodist Church 511 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-0211 Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Jim McIlrath First United Methodist Church 205 North Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-3737 Sunday Services: 8:30, 10:50 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Jimmy R. Asbell, Jr. Harvest Church 3322 Highway 41 North Byron, GA 31008 (478) 923-8822 Sunday Services: 9 and 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 129 South Houston Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-3797 Sunday Contemporary: 11 a.m. Sunday Tradional: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Bill Bagwell Word of Life Worship Center 650 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-5153 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Phil Faraone

“Building Stronger Communities”

End Time Harvest Church 114 Bell Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-7910 Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m. Pastor: Melvin Womack Joy Fellowship Church 210 Sylvia Avenue Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-6090 Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m. Pastor: Volleen Vicknair The Salvaon Army Church Warner Robins Corps 96 Thomas Blvd. Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-7585 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastors: Captains Larry and Brenda Gibson Word In Season Ministries Middle Georgia Technical College 80 Cohen Walker Drive Bldg. A – Auditorium Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 333-2444 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Church of the Nazarene

NAZARENE 300 Lois Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-2108 Sunday Services: 10:55 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Pastor: David Miller Covenant Presbyterian Church

PRESBYTERIAN 1631 Green Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-4770 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Robert L. Jarre United Pentecostal First United Pentecostal Church 603 Wellborn Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-5616 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Mark Fogarty Westminster Presbyterian Church 303 Mary Lane Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-2782 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Glenn A. Gilstrap


Warner Robins Chrisan Methodist Episcopal Church 200 Othal H. Lakey Circle Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-6326 Sunday Services: 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Lindsey P. Napier, Sr.

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church 336 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-1418 Sunday Contemporary: 11 a.m. Sunday Tradional: 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. David Brighton Bonaire United Methodist Church

Evergreen Family Fellowship 80 Tabor Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-5982 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Joe Senter



Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church – ELCA 301 N. Pleasant Hill Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-2239 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Kathleen Yates

Chrisan Fellowship Church 621 Walnut Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 975-0808 Sunday Services: 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Bishop Harvey B. Bee


The Rain Church 257 Gunn Road Warner Robins, GA 31095 (478) 953-7246 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Paula Day and Clyde Johns

Christ Lutheran Church – LCMS 733 Carroll Street Perry, Georgia 31069 (478) 987-6016 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev John Lehenbauer



Sunday School: 9 a.m. Pastor: Lewis Cooper






Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Middle Georgia 748 North Houston Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-1141

6869 Columbus Road, Lizella, GA 31052 (478) 935-2221

Houston County Development Authority 200 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-5470

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia Builds lives, families, and communies one job at a me by helping people discover and develop their God-given gis through work and career development services. 5171 Eisenhower Parkway Macon, GA 31206 (478) 475-9995

Houston County Cooperave Extension Office 801 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-2028

Houston County Habitat for Humanity 515 Myrtle Street Warner Robins, GA 31095 (478) 328-3388

Perry Chamber of Commerce 101 General Courtney Hodges Boulevard, Suite B, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-1234

Houston County Rered Educators Associaon Provides the opportunity for support, service, and fellowship with friends and rered educators in the community. Meets: 2nd Thursday of the month, September through May Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Locaon: China Buffet on Russell Parkway

Warner Robins Area Chamber of Commerce 1228 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-8585

C IVIC & N ON -P ROFIT Airman and Family Readiness Center Robins Air Force Base 78 FSS/FSFR 725 Ninth Street, Suite 100 Warner Robins, 31098 (478) 926-1256 American Red Cross Houston-Middle Georgia Chapter 346 Corder Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-6332 Boys & Girls Clubs of Cen tral Georgia (478) 746-2430 or (478) 808-2247 Contact: Tammi Walker Boys and Girls Club of Georgia Heartlands – Byron Unit Enables young people to reach their full potenal as producve, caring, and responsible cizens. 202 Mosley Road, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 956-1395 Exchange Club of Houston County Ryan’s Steakhouse 1992 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 Meeng: Tuesday at 12 p.m. Contact name: Angela Hayes (478) 952-2879 Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia, Inc. Builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world beer.



Jay's HOPE Foundaon Improves the quality of life of children with cancer and extends hope to families through educaonal, spiritual, emoonal, financial, and social support. 1157B Forsyth Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 238-6360 Kiwanis Club of Warner Robins Ryan’s Steakhouse 1992 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 Meeng: Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Contact: Allen Richardson (478) 918-7887 Made 2B More Organizaon dedicated to teaching young girls and teens leadership skills and to grow up to be phenomenal women. Girls ages 11 – 18. Perry Recreaonal Center (Rozar Park) 1060 Keith Drive, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 731-2664 Meeng: Second Saturday of the month March of Dimes Foundaon Dedicated to improving the health of babies by prevenng birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. 2733 Sheraton Drive, Building F, Suite 130 Macon, GA 31204 (478) 743-9165, Meals On Wheels - Houston County Council on Aging 1137 Kathleen Bynum Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 328-6070 August 2009

CIVIC & N ON-PROFIT, CONT’D Middle Georgia Community Acon Agency, Inc. The mission is to provide, in collaboraon with public and private partners, social services that address the needs of disadvantaged individuals. (478) 922-4464 Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia Provides a place for families to stay when their child is in a hospit al far from home. 1160 Forsyth Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 746-4090, United Way 2-1-1 Phone: 2-1-1 Cell phone: 1-866-680-8924

C LUBS American Camellia Society at Massee Lane Gardens 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley, GA 31030 (478) 967-2358 Anque Automobile Club of America The country’s largest automove historical society is dedicated to the preservaon, restoraon, and maintenance of historical self-propelled vehicles and their history. Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month Time: 6:30 p.m. Locaon: The Ole Country Times Buffet on Russell Parkway Business Networking Internaonal Middle GA Power Networkers Meeng: Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Contact: Terri Minter (478) 919-6719 Central Georgia Amateur Radio Club First Chrisan Church – Fellowship Room 100 North Houston Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 542-1620 Meeng: Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Bill Atkins Central GA Soccer Associaon 1107-B Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 987-2455 Georgia Aircra Modelers Associaon, Inc. P.O. Box 140, Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 328-2689 In STEP With Singles, Inc. An inter-denominaonal single adult ministry whose mission is to minister to the spiritual and emoonal needs of single adults in the Middle Geor gia area. P. O. Box 26245, Macon, GA 31221 Around Town – Warner Robins & Perry

C LUBS , CONT’D (478) 747-6663,

Robin’s Pacers Running Club To promote health and fitness among club members and the local community. Rotary Club of Warner Robins Meets: 12 p.m. Tuesdays Wellston Center 155 Maple St., Warner Robins, GA 31093 Warner Robins Aquanauts To provide professional swim instrucon and fitness; serving beginners, compeve swimmers, and seniors. Memorial Park Pool 800 First Street, Warner Robins, GA 31088 Head Coach: Wes Hamborg (478) 929-8044, Warner Robins Business & Professional Women’s Club 248 Waterford Drive, Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 923-1752 Warner Robins Civitan Club Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q 811 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 Meeng: Tuesday at 12 p.m. Contact: Jan Francis at (478) 922-6740

E CONOMIC D EVELOPMENT 21st Century Partnership 804 Park Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 225-9005 Centerville Development Authority 300 East Church Street Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-4734 Houston County Career Center 96 Cohen Walker Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 988-7130

Middle Georgia Consorum, Inc. 124 Osigian Boulevard, Suite A, Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-4771,

Houston Arts Alliance 801 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 218-5229 Lane Southern Orchards 50 Lane Road P. O. Box 716 Fort Valley, GA 31030 (478) 825-3362 Museum of Aviaon Flight & Technology Center GA Highway 247 & Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 926-6870 Perry Players Theatre 909 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-5354 Warner Robins Lile Theatre 502 South Pleasant Hill Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-4579 Warner Robins Recreaon Department 800 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-1916 YMCA of Houston County 2954 Moody Road, Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 922-2566

S UPPORT O RGANIZATIONS ABUSE AND BATTERY CASA of Houston County, Inc. Houston County Juvenile Jusce Complex, 206 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 542-2141, Extension 336 Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia Provides 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, and support services for domesc violence and rape crisis. 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-9292 “Building Stronger Communities”



COSC Women’s Shelter Women and children’s homeless shelter. 312 Duke Avenue Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-3195 Family Advocacy Clinic 655 7th Street, Building 700 Robins Air Force Base, GA 31098 (478) 327-8398 Prevent Child Abuse Heart of Geor gia 640 Plum Street, Suite 202 Macon, GA 31201 (478) 238-6349 Rainbow House Children's Resource Center Aims to reduce the occurrence of child abuse and assist vicms. 108 Elmwood Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-5923 Salvaon Army Safe House Safe shelter for domesc violence vicms and their children. P.O. Box 2408 Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 923-2348 Support Group for Domesc Violence Vicms Support group for vicms of domesc violence. P.O. Box 2408 Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-2348 ADOPTION / FOSTER CARE DFACS - Houston County 92 Cohen Walker Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 988-7600 Covenant Care of Macon 3950 Ridge Avenue Macon, GA 31210 (478) 475-4990 Georgia Industrial Children's Home 4690 North Mumford Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-8220 Hephzibah Children's Home 6601 Zebulon Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 477-3383 CONTINUED ON PAGE


Houston County Development Authority 200 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-5470

Georgia Naonal Fairground & Agricenter 401 Larry Walker Parkway Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-3247



Mid-Georgia Orchid Society Warner Robins Recreaon Department 800 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 Meeng: 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact Dennis Billings at (229) 268-2619 or


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Methodist Home 304 Pierce Avenue Macon, GA 31203 (478) 751-2800 ALCOHOL/DRUG/EATING TREATMENT CENTERS 12 Step Group Paerned a⁺ er Alcoholics Anonymous. Every Tuesday 6:30 p.m. and every Saturday 10:30 a.m. Christ United Methodist Church 511 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 Alcoholics Anonymous - Warner Robins 1001 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 923-7657 Hodac Women in substance abuse recovery who are homeless, pregnant or with minor children under the age of 12. 2764 Watson Boulevard Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-5675 Houston Medical Center Behavioral Science & Psychiatry 1601 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 542-7788 Narcocs Anonymous - Centerville Centerville United Methodist Church 101 Wilson Drive Centerville, GA 31028 Narcocs Anonymous - Warner Robins First United Methodist Church 205 North Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 Phoenix Center 940A Highway 96 Warner Robins, GA 31099 (800) 715-4225 Unlimited Visions 2503 Moody Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 329-0550 CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT Child Support Enforcement - Warner Robins 92 Cohen Walker Drive Warner Robins, GA 31095 (478) 988-7700 CRISIS HOTLINES Helpline Georgia Crime vicm assistance helpline.





2762 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (800) 338-6745 Pregnancy Resource Center of Warner Robins A ministry of Sav A Life in Macon offering pregnancy tesng, parenng educaon, STD and HIV educaon, a⁺ er-aboron care and much more. 306 N. Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 225-2241 Salvaon Army Safe House (478) 923-6294 DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES Abilies Discovered, Inc. Assists in the employment, educaon, training, and support of individuals experiencing physical and/or developmental disabilies. 211 Corder Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-7727 Epilepsy Associaon of GA, Inc. 121 Booker Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-8141 Happy Hour Mental Retardaon Service Center 802 Young Avenue Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-6600 Heart of Georgia Developmental Disabilies Ministries 615 Corder Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-2992 Naonal Alliance on Mental Illness Central Georgia, Inc. 209 Elberta Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 328-0508 EATING SUPPORT SERVICES Middle Georgia GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group) Support for persons with celiac disease, dermas herpeformis, gluten intolerance or anyone following a gluten free diet. Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month. Central Bapst Church 1120 Lake Joy Road Warner Robins, GA (478) 397 -5061 August 2009



EMERGENCY RELIEF SERVICES American Red Cross - Houston-Middle GA Chapter 346 Corder Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-6332 Houston County Emergency Management 200 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 542-2026 Salvaon Army - Warner Robins 305 Green Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-2226 HOSPICE SERVICES Heart of Georgia Hospice 103 Westridge Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-5161 PARENTING SERVICES Family Advocacy Clinic 655 7th Street, Building 700 Robins Air Force Base, GA 31098 (478) 327-8398 Child Care Resource and Referral Agency of Central GA 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Suite 104, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 752-7800 Quality Care for Children An all-in-one resource for and about child and school-age care. 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Macon, GA 31201 (478) 752-7800 Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center Mission is to serve all children by strengthening our community’s response to child abuse and neglect through prevenon, intervenon and advocacy efforts. P.O. Box 1239 Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 923-5923 Robins AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center 700 9th Street Suite 1000, Building 794 Robins Air Force Base, GA 31098 (478) 926-1256 Around Town – Warner Robins & Perry

U.S. G OVERNMENT Senators (6-year terms)

Saxby Chambliss (R) (term expires 1/15) U.S. Senate Telephone: (202) 224-3521 Fax: (202) 224-0103 Macon Office: 300 Mulberry Street, Suite 502 Macon, GA 31201 Telephone: (478) 741-1417 Johnny Isakson (R) (term expires 1/11) U.S. Senate Telephone: (202) 224-3643 Fax: (202) 228-0724

Representative (2-year term) Jim Marshall (D) (term expires 1/11) 8th District Telephone: (202) 225-6531 Fax: (202) 225-3013 Macon Office: 682 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201 Telephone: (478) 464-0255 Fax: (478) 464-0277

S TATE G OVERNMENT Georgia Representatives (2-year term) Lynmore James (D) District 135 114 Walnut Street Montezuma, GA 31063 Home: (478) 472-6391 Office: (478) 472-5064 Email: 409-B Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg. Atlanta, GA 30334 Office: (404) 656-0116 Tony Sellier (R) District 136 680 Marshall Mill Road Fort Valley, GA 31030 Home: (478) 825-2888 Email: 601 Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 Office: (404) 656-0254 Governor Sonny Perdue (R) (term expires 1/11) State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Office: (404) 656-1776 Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (R) (term expires 1/11) State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Office: (404) 656-5030

CENTERVILLE OFFICIALS: City Hall 300 East Church St. Centerville, GA 31028 Telephone: (478) 953-4734 Mayor (4-year term) Harold M. Edwards, Jr. (12/09) City Council Members Post 1: Cameron Andrews Post 2: Randall Wright Post 3: Edward R Tucker Post 4: Robert Smith Jr.

WARNER ROBINS OFFICIALS: City Hall 700 Watson Blvd. Warner Robins, GA 31093 Mayor (4-year term) Donald S. Walker (12/09) Telephone: (478) 929-1115 City Council Members Post 1: John Havrilla, (478) 922-0391 Post 2: Tom Simms Jr., (478) 971-0739 Post 3: Terry B. Horton, (478) 922-6044 Post 4: Bob Wilbanks, (478) 397-5224 Post 5: Clifford Holmes, (478) 922-1782 Post 6: John F. Williams, (478) 923-3755

PERRY OFFICIALS: City Hall 1211 Washington Street Perry, GA 31069 Mayor (4-year term) James Worrall (12/09) Telephone: (478) 988-2700 City Council Members Phyllis Bynum-Grace, (478) 235-5874 Willie King, (478) 396-5403 Joe Kusar, (478) 988-3800 Charles Lewis, (478) 988-1268 James Moore, (478) 825-0046


SUPERIOR COURT: George Nunn (N), Chief Judge Telephone: (478) 218-4840 Edward D. Lukemire (N), Judge Telephone: (478) 218-4850 Katherine K. Lumsden (N), Judge Telephone: (478) 218-4860 Kelly R. Burke (R), District Attorney Telephone: (478) 218-4810 Carolyn V. Sullivan (D), Clerk Telephone: (478) 218-4720

STATE COURT: Bob Richardson (N), Judge Telephone: (478) 542-2013 Robert Tawse (R), Solicitor – General Telephone: (478) 542-2100 Gay B. Valasky (A), Clerk Telephone: (478) 542-2105

CIVIL & MAGISTRATE COURT: Telephone: (478) 987-4695 Robert E. Turner, Chief Magistrate Brenda H. Morton, Senior Magistrate John W. Geiger, Magistrate Angela Sammons, Magistrate Virginia Stewart, Clerk

PROBATE COURT: Telephone: (478) 218-4710 Janice D. Spires, Judge Kim Willson, Chief Clerk

PUBLIC DEFENDER: Office of the Public Defender State Court Division 202 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 542-2055 Office of the Public Defender Superior Court Division 201 Perry Parkway Perry, GA 31069 (478) 218-4870

JUVENILE COURT: Telephone: (478) 542-2060 Deborah A. Edwards, Judge Sandra McGowan, Clerk

Houston County Board of Commissioners 200 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 MUNICIPAL COURT OF Telephone: (478) 542-2115 WARNER ROBINS Commissioners: (4-year term expires 12/08) Meet 1st Tuesday at 9 a.m. and 3rd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Ned M. Sanders (R), Chairman – Post 1 H. Jay Walker (R) – Post 2 Gail Robinson (R) – Post 3 Larry Thomson (R) – Post 4 Tom McMichael (R) – Post 5 Other Elected Officials: Daniel Galpin, Coroner, (478) 542-2113

800 Young Avenue Warner Robins, GA 31093 Telephone: (478) 322-0240 Fred Godwin, Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Grube, Judge Larry O'Neal, Judge Martin Martragrano, Judge Kay Dykes, Clerk


Cullen Talton, Sheriff, (478) 542-2125

500 Houston Lake Boulevard Centerville, GA 31028 Telephone: (478) 953-4795

Mark Kushinka, Tax Commissioner Telephone: (478) 218-4940

Michelle Snyder, Clerk Jeffrey L. Grube, Judge

“Building Stronger Communities”


Atlanta Office: Telephone: (770) 661-0999 Fax: (770) 661-0768










H OSPITALS : Lake Joy Med-Stop Houston Medical Center Houston County Volunteer Medical Clinic Houston Heart Institute Houston Lake Med-Stop Medical Center of Central Georgia Pavilion Med-Stop Perry Hospital Veterans Community Outpatient Clinic

(478) 542-2000


Perry Warner Robins

(478) 987-1234 (478) 922-8585

H OUSTON C OUNTY G OVERNMENT : Business Licenses (Warner Robins) Commissioners Court (Juvenile) Court (Magistrate) Court (Probate) Court (State) Court (Superior) Cooperative Extension District Attorney Economic & Community Development Elections Houston Emergency Management Agency Human Resources Inspection & Fee (Permits) Jury Duty Call-In Phone (Superior Court) License Plates/Tags (Perry) License Plates/Tags (Warner Robins) Parks & Recreation (Warner Robins) Planning & Zoning (Warner Robins) Public Works Taxes (Assessor’s Office/Property Taxes)

(478) 929 1148 (478) 542-2115 (478) 542-2060 (478) 987-4695 (478) 218-4710 (478) 542-2105 (478) 218-4720 (478) 987-2028 (478) 218-4810 (478) 923-5470 (478) 987-1973 (478) 542-2026 (478) 542-2005 (478) 542-2018 (478) 218-4724 (478) 218-4940 (478) 542-2135 (478) 929-1916 (478) 918-2991 (478) 987-4280 (478) 218-4750

D RIVER ’ S L ICENSE (T UES . – S AT.)((866) 754-3687 F IRE D EPARTMENT Centerville Houston County Perry (478) Warner Robins

(478) 953-4050 (478) 542-2040 988-2850 (478) 765-1031


(478) 453-4718


(478) 218-2000

(478) 474 -1999

(478) 987-0323 (478) 922-4281 (478) 923-9730 (478) 542-7811 (478) 988-1865 (478) 633-1000 (478) 923-2843 (478) 987-3600 (478) 476-8868

L IBRARIES : Centerville Public Library Nola Brantley Memorial Library Perry Public Library

(478) 953-4500 (478) 923-0128 (478) 987-3050

P ETS : Animal Control (Houston County) (478) 542-2033 Animal Control (Warner Robins) (478) 929-7280 Humane Society of Houston County: (478) 599-0211


(800) 275-8777

See pages 38 & 39 for a Listing of Schools


(478) 542-2125

U TILITIES : AT&T Centerville Utilities Cox Communications Flint Energies Georgia Power Company Landfill Perry Utilities Recycling Warner Robins Utilities Watson Cable Windstream

(888) 757-6500 (478) 953-3222 (478) 784-8000 (478) 988-3500 (888) 660-5890 (478) 987-0089 (478) 988-2743 (478) 929-7258 (478) 929-1144 (478) 922-9440 (800) 501-1754

These numbers are provided courtesy of Around Town Warner Robins / Perry, your community resource, (478) 474-1999. 46

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MidSouth Federal Credit Union............9 1-(800) 736-8407 Robins Federal Credit Union...............13 Impressions of Perry...........................23 Macon Mall...........................................5 Run Fit Sports......................................33 Sa⁺ erfield and Dempsey Jewelers.....11 Yelverton Jewelers..............................27


Middle Georgia Center for Cosmec Denstry – Dr. Curs Hayslip...............................1 Smile Georgia! Dental – Dr. DeLoach......................................17


Childcare Network..............................13 Eagle Springs Children’s Center..........27 Macon State........................................33


Houston Healthcare............................36

Health, Beauty, and Fitness

Mary Kay - Evelyn Hill...........................31 The Wax Strip......................................47 Yvonne’s Natural Market....................29 (478) 254-3670 4123 Forsyth Rd., Macon

Home Improvement & Repair

Southeastern Urology Associates.........3 Urology Specialists of the South...........7 Village Podiatry Centers......................27 Warner Robins OB/GYN......................25

Archadeck..............................Back Cover Discount Tire.........................................9 Mid-Georgia Flooring............................5 Taylor Family Companies....................48 Tradions in Tile and Stone..................5 Wellston Decorang Center................31


Atlanta Custom Candles......................47 Carlton Interiors..................................37 Interior Decorang, Redesign & Staging (478) 747-5426 Robins Bedroom and Maress Outlet........35 (478) 971-1220 3070 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins

Real Estate/Storage

Home Interiors/Services


Steve Schroeder Photography...........IBC

Physicians & Medical Services

Baker Hearing Aids................................7 Cornerstone Medical Associates – Dr. Paul Harney..............................11 Gentle Beginning.................................11 Hearing Associates................................5 Houston Healthcare...Inside Front Cover Middle Georgia Orthopaedic..............25 Primary Eyecare..................................13

Buckarama...........................................47 Mikado Music School..........................29 Monkey Joe’s.......................................11 (478) 333-6336 4993 Russell Pkwy., Warner Robins Paul Tobin Tennis.................................11 Bryson Storage......................................9 Coldwell Banker - Marcia Updike.......29 Real Estate South..................................3 Stuckey Realty - Linda Solomon...........5


Anderson’s Bakery & Catering............21 Chef Audrey’s Bistro & Bakery............23 Edgar’s Bistro.........................................7 Mellow Mushroom.............................23 Sanna’s Italian...................................23


Flint Energies.........................................3

Around Town August 2009 - Warner Robins & Perry  

Monthly community magazine for Middle Georgia residents.

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