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COMMUNITY. AROUND TOWN Downtown Byron Farmers’ Market Houston County Old Book Sale Events just down the road: Mike Mills of R.E.M. in concert with violinist Robert McDuffie


When the Sun Goes Down Exclusive Bar & Music Schedule




Visit The Tavern Restaurant & Bar

Obama’s First Pitch SEEING RED: One Middle-GA Republicans views

Wine Tastings and Sale of Georgia Wines & Specialty Gifts - Join our Wine Club! GOURMET COOKING CLASSES

Visit us Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm.

COVER MODEL: Christian Williams PHOTO: Robin Cook HAIR/MAKE-UP: Nichole Mitchell, Signature Salon

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ow. We really had no idea how much response we’d get from this community when we put out the first edition of the HoCo 11th Hour. Letters from all corners came in thanking us for bringing our formula here. Musicians, writers, cooks, entrepreneurs, base employees, and service people have been calling and writing in to thank us for expanding our guide to what’s happening and making it unique for Houston County. We’re also proud to announce that due to our first cover by Robin Gatti Cook turning out so well, we’ve decided to celebrate our first year with you by featuring a different Patriotic Pin-Up on each cover of the 11th Hour for the first 26 issues. That’s 26 covers you’ll

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have to look forward to and it’s our way of saluting the boys in uniform and the workers that support them on base. Hope you continue enjoying the paper as much as we enjoy serving you! And to keep this thing going properly as a true community newspaper, we need your help with story ideas, important people in our community, unique characters, interesting events around town and your views and rants about what’s going right, and wrong in Houston County. What we’re asking you to do is participate in your community by voicing your opinion and getting involved with cultural events and entertainment, we think you’ll find WR offers more than you think. Email me at

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LETTERS The 11th Hour will be good for Houston County and I would love to be a part of it. I have also been talking to the Houston residents who shop with me. I had to laugh when one mature woman said, "Thank God, we need an entertainment to-do list!" She asked me to call one of her friends and tell them where to find the paper, mentioning her friend is the social coordinator for "the group" and from the sound of it has everyone saving the date well in advance of group outings. My customer also said she had cancelled her daily paper subscription because they did not give much meat for the money. When I asked her to clarify, she said there was too much canned writing where any reader could tell the writer did not live in the area. My younger customers are usually already familiar with the 11th Hour and welcome a Houston Co. edition. I would say this is well timed. - Congrats, Lou Warren Glad the 11th Hour has finally expanded into Houston County! Since you’re now in 2FJ country what a great opportunity for a interview with Houston County's #1 Band ..... LoL. All seriousness, congratulations on your success & growth. - Mat Weber

CONTRIBUTORS ABOUT THE COVER MODEL, CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS Christian is from Eastman GA with a passion for fashion. A model with Social Eye Candi Modeling, she is also a nursing major at Middle Georgia College.

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COLUMNIST ANDREW JONES is a 24-year-old who wants to make a difference. From writing his congressman to volunteering for a local fire department, he has found ways to better his community. A nursing student at Macon State College, Andrew will graduate Spring, 2012. COLUMNIST BILL KNOWLES is a lifelong Conservative who has lived in the Middle GA area for over 20 years. He got his first taste of the political process

when at age 9 he proudly handed out buttons for then President Richard Nixon and has been hooked ever since. Bill has held campaign positions for various local, state and national candidates, including President Ronald Reagan, Steve Forbes, Senator Fred Thompson and most recently Senator John McCain. He is currently a member of the Georgia GOP’s State Committee. He and his wife Bridget have one son, Teddy. BISHOP POOLE serves as Senior Pastor of New Hope International located near I-75 on the corner of Russell Pkwy & Sullivan Road. The church began in 1987 with 25 members, and today is running a membership of approximately 1700. To accomplish this vision, Bishop Poole preaches both locally and nationally and he can also be seen at

Ginger Huff of Fusion Salon gives organic alternatives to skincare: A fountain of youth in your kitchen A weekly recap and local community news & views - OBAMA’S FIRST PITCH by Bill Knowles - THE REWIND BUTTON by Andrew Jones





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SING HALLELUJAH! APRIL 15-17, 21-23 AND 28-30

A Gospel Musical Comedy by Bob Payne and Jim Hesselman The birds are shinin’, the sun is singing, it’s a beautifluous morning at Shady Creek Baptist Church! The lights come up on the interior of Shady Creek, a simple, rustic country church . . . the kind we imagine and hope may still exist somewhere in rural North Carolina. Generations have been baptized, and buried here. Victoria Johnson and her sidekick Penelope Pope along with Deacon Spalding have “kept things straight” at Shady Creek until the new pastor, Reverend William Higgins, fresh out of the Louisville Baptist Seminary, finds a way to bring revival to his first flock. Things are going well until the three of them find the new preacher on the “wrong” side of town! A toe - tapping musical comedy that warms the heart and brings spontaneous laughter! All Showtimes: 8:00 pm evening, 2:30 pm matinée. Tickets: 478-929-4579, 502 S. Pleasant Hill Road, Warner Robins Email your event to Include dates, times, locations cost and a contact number.

Thur April 14 Tips VIP Presents a comedy night Hope Flood and friends 9-11pm

an open mic comedy experience hosted by the one and only Hope Flood. Admission $10.

Fri April 15 FREE Drive-In Movie Night Sat April 16 Happy Hour Service Center's Monthly

Yardsale. 8-1 pm. 716 Young Ave, Warner Robins. Located behind the old N. Davis Post Office. Look for our signs. We have Furniture, Clothing, Toys, Sporting Equipment, Jewelry, Glassware, Prom dresses, Houshold items and much, much more. Donations are taken m-f 9am3pm. Volunteers are always needed. All proceeds go back to our clients at Houston County Association for Exceptional Citizens. Call Michelle Booth at 478-602-5105 for questions.

New Hope International is hosting an Easter Eggstravanganza with fun for the whole family starting at 1pm. There will be food, games, prizes, and easter egg hunts. We're going to blow it out this year with a total of 25,000 eggs being hunted for in five different egg hunts for children of all ages with cash prizes in some of the eggs and even an egg hunt for the adults with a grand prize of a big flat-screen TV! Also that day we will be giving away clothes and will have hair stylists on-site giving away free haircuts. So mark your calendars and invite your friends for this amazing day! New Hope International, 204 Sullivan Rd, Fort Valley, Phone: 478-953-7898.


• Strawberry Festival –April 22, Opening Ceremony & Barbeque Dinner, Reynolds 7 p.m. – Tickets $7 • April 23: Eggstravaganza – Harvest Church, Hwy 41 Location 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. Easter Service Times (egg hunt after service) - Strawberry Festival—Reynolds, Easter Bunny Parade, 10 a.m. • Easter Egg Hunt – Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 336 Carl Vinson Pkwy, 2 p.m.

21st Annual Road Rebels Car Show Open car show 9am - 5pm. 2999 Watson Boulevard, Centerville, Steak n' Shake/Office Depot Parking Lot Phone: (478)321-3030.

Downtown Byron Farmers and Artisans Market. The market is held in downtown Byron at Jailhouse Park and offers Georgia Made Georgia Grown plants, produce and artisan crafts. For more information or to participate call the Byron Better Hometown at 956-5555. Free and open to the public, 9am - 1pm. tail waggin' good time! Held at Jailhouse Park during our Byron Farmers and Artisans Market, there will be a dog beauty pageant, pet supplies/goods vendors, a fundraiser dog wash and fun for all! If you would like to be a part of this fun event, call Regina Mansfield-Byron Better Hometown at 478956-5555. Free!

Tues April 19 Storyteller and guest artist at Macon

State campus in Warner Robins, free and open to the public. J’miah Nabawi, a unique artist and storyteller, will perform at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Oak Hall on the Macon State College

Warner Robins Campus. Nabawi’s performance combines play, drama, music, dance, and interactive storytelling to create aerobic activity. “Using a variety of dramatic and comedic techniques, this ‘Storybook Man’ engages young audiences with tales and folklore from around the world. Known for his impromptu antics and lively programs, J’miah has been captivating audiences with his interactive performances since 1986. The folk tales he tells are hundreds of years old, but they take different twists and turns when J’miah encourages his audiences to make ‘the moral of the story’ their own and help him dramatize the details.” His Macon State appearance, sponsored by the School of Education and part of the annual Health Expo, is free and open to the public. Call 478-7572544 for more information.

Fri April 29 Houston County

Friends of the Library Old Book Sale at Perry Fairgrounds Thursday, April 28th: 10 am8pm: $5 general public admission fee. Houston County Friends of the Library Members enter free. Friday

(9am-8pm) and Saturday, 9am-3pm: free admission to all. MOST ITEMS HALF-PRICED Saturday ONLY! 90,000+ books and more including fiction, large print, craft and hobby books, mysteries, history, cook books, travel, Georgia authors, military, science, music, movies, and children's books priced from 50 cents to $3. ONLY Cash and checks accepted. Georgia Building by the Clock Tower.

Sat April 30 Fort Valley State University's 5th

Annual “Wheels in the Valley,” 8am-4pm is a family-friendly event for participants of all age, to show off their cars, trucks, and motorcycle. Throughout the day competitors and onlookers will enjoy classic old-school and R&B music, sideline games, activities, inflatables and vendor booths. At the end there will be an award ceremony. Registration is $25 for cars, trucks and motorcycles. The entry fee for pre-registered cars, trucks and motorcycles is $20 | additional vehicles, $10. Onsite registration is $25. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Georgia Heartlands and FVSU's scholarship fund. Register call 478-825-6292. Free Saturday Morning Yoga FVSU Warner Robins Center, 151 Osigian Blvd, Warner Robins. Ages 11 and up, 9-11am.

The things making our world just a little bit better | by brad evans

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist J.R. Moehringer's The Tender Bar is worth a read. The book centers around being brought up in a neighborhood bar by a bunch of regulars in his hometown of Manhasset, Long Island. Not only does it signify the importance of a good tavern, but also the men that occupy them. I’ve also been reading 1776 by David McCullough, which is pretty amazing. I had no idea we were such a rag tag bunch when we defeated the British and won our Independence. One of George Washington’s big things was rolling barrels filled with dirt down upon the enemy. We just didn’t have the gunpowder. I also read a GREAT article about the resurgence of Wildlife and Fauna amidst the absence of humans in Chernobyl by Henry Shukman in the March issue of Outside 04 APRIL 1 - 15, 2011

E2 "Easter Egg-stravaganza" with 25,000 eggs to hunt for

Paws at the Park - Byron is a going to be a

8:30PM, Robins Federal Credit Union

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Magazine. Speaking of Outside magazine, we hosted Alex Carver in our home this past weekend. He’s been a travel writer for Outside, The New York Times and now he was in Macon, GA on behalf of Southern Living, doing a piece on local juke joint, Adam’s Lounge, opened in 1947, my favorite bar in the world. We also hit the Midtown Key Club, who’s lights kept going out every sixteen seconds. It got crazy.

When reality television first hit the airwaves I thought it was stupid. And I believe a lot of it still is. I’ve never watched American Idol or Survivor or Dancing with the Stars or The Bachelor. But I can’t get enough of shows like Swamp People, Son’s of Guns, American Pickers, Shark Men, Ax Men and the like. Maybe I’m just eaten up with manly but these shows show a different side to the kind of people I appreciate most of all.





nchanting Secret Gardens and delightful Moonlight Tours await your discovery during Macon Gardens, Mansions & Moonlight. Recently named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, this premier home and garden event, now in its 18th year, will be hosted by Hay House April 29-May 1, 2011 in historic Macon, Georgia. During the event weekend, tickets will be for sale under the large white tent on the grounds of Hay House. All sales are final. Orders placed after April 20 will be available for pick-up at Hay House during the event. Amble at your leisure through blooming private gardens in the Ridge Avenue area during the ever-popular Secret Garden Tour. One of the highlights will be the garden and outdoor living area of Mrs. Tyler Garland, Event Chair for 2011. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Moonlight Tour offers guests romantic garden strolls at twilight and visits to home interiors as well. During the weekend, ticket holders will receive a complimentary tour of Hay House, the Italian Renaissance Revival mansion (1855-59). This National Historic Landmark is renowned for its decorative arts and technological innovations, such as indoor plumbing, a speaker tube system, heating and ventilation systems. You will not want to miss seeing the newly restored Dining Room and Living Room during your visit! FREE Garden Market! Nestled among historic magnolias and camellias, the Garden Market returns to the beautiful lawn of Hay House in the heart of downtown Macon. Browse charming vendor booths for flowering plants and trees, perennials, garden and patio accessories, birdhouses, home accents, and much more! Hours: Friday and Saturday, Moonlight Tour - $15 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm Friday, April 29, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Secret Garden Tour - $15 in advance*/$20 day of Sat, April 30, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Friday, April 29, 10 am – 5 pm Saturday, April 30, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday, May 1, 1 pm – 5 pm

Worth the Drive...

Mark your calendar, worthy events just down the road

Sat April 16 This day in history: (1943) Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman discovers LSD.

Taste of Soul at St. Peter Claver Drexel Center 7:00 pm. A part of the Tubman African American Museum’s 15th Pan-African Festival. The theme for this year’s event is Taste of Soul: “Let the Good Times Roll” and will be a display of gourmet dishes prepared by Downtown Macon business owners, leaders, and public officials--all with a New Orleans flair!

Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills in concert at the Grand Opera House The music world turns its attention to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings as Robert Spano, internationally-acclaimed conductor of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, makes a special guest artist appearance to lead the Center for Strings Orchestra in a performance of Bartók Divertmento for Strings at The Grand Opera House. Special performances by Mike Mills of R.E.M. and violinist Robert McDuffie. A gala reception will follow. Tickets: $50 concert & gala reception. For tickets call (478) 301-5470.

Mike Mills of R.E.M.

be held as free community entertainment with live music, including Gringo Grande, as we welcome the race contestants to the finish line. 1pm Launch at Amerson Water Works Park, 2600 Riverview Road Macon, 2pm-7pm Riverwalk Festival and boat finish line at Moondance Clearing, Spring St. Call Daniel Windham at 478-719-0037 for more info.

Sun April 17 This day in history: (1790) American statesman, printer, scientist, and writer Benjamin Franklin dies in Philadelphia at age 84.

Third Day 'Make Your Move Tour' at Macon Centreplex This will be the tour's only stop in the state and is expected to be one of the most incredible Christian concert experiences ever. In addition to Third Day, Tenth Avenue North and Trevor Morgan will be taking the Macon stage. Adults Advance tickets: VIP $77.50 and $27.50. Call 478-751-9232 for more information.

Sat April 23 Tubman African American Museum will celebrate the 15th Annual Pan African Festival This year’s event is jam packed with activities and entertainment (music, dance, food, film, art, and a Children’s Village) the entire family can enjoy. Tattnall Square Park (Sat 11:00 am-9:00 pm; Sun 1:00 pm-7:00pm) Enjoy a weekend in the park with the whole family! Local artists take to the streets the form of song, music, dance and much more. Performers in every genre of music from gospel to R&B take to the stage. Vendors provide unique items and exquisite culinary treats.

Celebrate Spring at The Second Big Bird Bash featuring local musicians from

Hay Day: Gardening and Going Green! from 10 am to 3 pm at 934 Georgia Avenue in Macon. The event is FREE and open to the public. Families of all ages can enjoy special educational activities with the theme of gardening and the environment including flower pot decorating, carriage rides, organic farming, selfguided tours of Hay House and door prizes.

RiverFest and Regatta Paddle Down MacTown on Saturday, April 16th! Join with friends for a fun day on the River! Boats can be homemade or typical kayaks and canoes. Last year, pirate ships and a dragon boat were entered in the second annual Go Green! Regatta! A Riverwalk Festival will

Middle Georgia. Fourteen hours of non-stop music! Come enjoy the best that Macon has to offer. Displays by Local Artists and Craftsmen. Food....Games......Fun.....for the whole family as long as you're 18+. Hummingbird Stage & Tap Room, 430 Cherry St, Macon. Venue Phone: 478-741-9130.

Green Field Day in Central City Park Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and save money in the process at this free Historic Macon event filled with educational booths, speakers and demonstrations, activites for children, art made from recycled materials, local farmers' produce for sale, hybrid cars on display, plant swap, green egg decorating contest, food and more. 10-3pm, downtown Macon. free and open to the public. 5



30¢ Wings (while they last) Monday Night Football on the big screen


Taco Night! Texas Hold ‘Em at 7:30pm



TUES. MAY 3 405 HWY. 96 STE. 900, BONAIRE

24oz Draft & 10 Wings $7.50 Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Tuesday & Thursday Poker Texas Hold ‘Em starts at 7:30p

Wednesdays: Indoor Cornhole FRIDAYS 4/22: CHAPTER 13 5/6: CHAPTER 13


Open Monday - Saturday 3pm - 2am Happy Hour 3pm - 7pm

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lthough the website describes the establishment as a “casual, American restaurant,” first-time patrons of The Tavern have only to step inside the door to realize that this bistro offers more than just a casual, American experience. From the upscale wrought iron chandeliers to the hand painted mural on the back wall, the atmosphere whispers promises of delectable dishes and sumptuous cocktails. The staff works hard to ensure that those promises are kept. To begin their culinary journey, diners can choose appetizers like The Frickle, The Terminator or Cape Fear Shrimp, just to name a few. Next is the salad, but not just any tossed salad (although it is on the menu). In addition to the requisite Caesar or Garden salad, one may choose the Chef X, abounding with fresh vegetables, several cheeses, sliced deli meats, crispy bacon and homemade croutons, or the Frou Frou, a delightful mix of salad greens, fruit, candied pecans and a special apple vinaigrette. Entrée choices are vast and the portions are plentiful. Whether selecting seafood, chicken or beef, diners are sure to be amazed by the succulent USDA prime-aged steak, fresh fish and unique daily specials prepared by Executive Chef Mike Vinson. The homemade bread pudding, with its dried cranberries and warm bourbon sauce, is the house favorite and a perfect end to this savory journey. After dining in the private dining room, guests can wander across the foyer into the bar to enjoy a

Godiva Chocolate Martini or other signature cocktails. If it’s Wednesday night, Eddie Stone and Rob Walker will be performing live. After such a great evening, it’s only natural that diners will want to come back to try out lunch. The menu offers many selections—burgers, melts, sandwiches—all as special as the evening fare and all under $10. Time conscious patrons need not worry, the staff will make sure they enjoy their meal and are back to work before the boss notices! Lest anyone think this restaurant is not kid-friendly, be sure to notice the special TWO FOR TUESDAYS: section of the menu offering $2.00 Premier beers and $2.00 such childhood favorites as Premier Drinks, Two for Tuesday Macaroni & Cheese, Grilled dinner special – 2 pasta dishes Cheese, Chicken Fingers and for the price of one. more. Located at 117 Russell Pkwy (near Southland Station), the restaurant will cater and is also available for banquets and special occasions. Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight. For more information, call (478) 929-5126 or visit the website at

Thank you to the many individuals and groups who volunteer their time to Goodwill

Volunteers experience the mission of Goodwill first hand. The mission of Goodwill is to help people discover and develop their God given gifts through education, work and career development services.

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lot of people have been upset at President Obama, I being at the top of the list, for a myriad of different things that he has done since he’s taken the presidential oath. From bailing out General Motors to Obamacare to his actions or inactions in the Middle East the President catches hell from all sides. But last week he went too far: He failed to throw out the opening pitch to start the new baseball season. Sacrilege I say! Now in fairness, this isn’t the first Opening Day that the President has missed. In 2009 he was in Baghdad and then flew home to go to the Presidential Easter Egg Roll. (Better photoops I presume. I mean when he did throw the first pitch out in 2010 he threw about as hard and accurate as a three year old hyped up on Pixie Stix.) Vice-President Biden found his way to Camden Yards in Baltimore and did the honors, but it was the first time in many years when neither President nor VicePresident found time in their schedules to welcome the opening of the National Pastime. Now you ask: Why am I being so critical? I mean after all, the United States now is fighting three wars, (Yeah, no matter what anyone tells you, we’re at war with Libya.) the economy is still in the tank, gas prices are over $3.50 per gallon, (I’ll blame Obama and Biden for it if you won’t. Bush and Chaney sure took the heat when prices went up under their watch.) and unemployment is still at double digits. Come on Mr. President, take some relaxing time and throw out the first pitch! It’s not like you’ve got anything else to do for the country. For the entire eight years of the administration of Bush the Younger, all the press did was ride President Bush for taking time to relax at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. I’ve lost count how many vacations the Obamas have taken. And did you know that President Obama has played more than sixty rounds of golf since becoming President? I think he’s getting up there in Eisenhower numbers. The difference is Ike had a full second term. So, what’s my point? My point is if he can take the time to play golf, take vacations like Robin Leach (Google him youngsters) and pick a bracket for the NCAA Finals, he should be able to take an extra hour or so and head to Nationals Park. The guy already has the appearance of Nero fiddling as Washington burns around his feet, all the while having the attitude of Marie Antoinette, who mythically uttered "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", meaning “let them eat cake”, upon finding out that the peasants of France were so poor they couldn’t


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afford bread to eat, so what’s a couple of more hours wasted at the ballpark while Congress figures out how they will approve the budget and keep the government from shutting down? Almost every president since William Howard Taft has made their way to the ballpark to throw out America’s first pitch of a new season of baseball. In all honesty, Taft probably only agreed to do it to get some free hot dogs. I mean the guy weighed in at 335 pounds and a special bathtub had to

be made for him while he was in the White House, but I digress. I said ALMOST every President has kept this tradition going with one notable exception: Georgia’s own Jimmy Carter. Thanks to President Obama, Carter’s presidency is looking better and better everyday. We can only hope that Obama’s failure to throw the first pitch is another parallel drawn to the Carter White House with the ultimate parallel being that of a one-termer. There’s a great quote by former Red Sox and Expos player Bill Lee, nicknamed Spaceman, who by his own admission pitched stoned on many occasions. The quote, which could be paraphrased with President Obama’s name instead of Carter’s was, "I heard Jimmy Carter said he lost control of the U.S. government. That shows you how dumb he is. He thought he had control to begin with." Touché Spaceman.


ouldn't it be nice to go back to a time when you could work at a fast-food joint and pay your way through school? Wouldn't it be nice if the money you put away for retirement actually bought as much as it did when you were growing up? Wouldn't it be nice if gas were to cost the same as it did 10, 20, or 30 years ago? What if it were possible, nowadays, for only one parent to have to work to sustain a household, with the other parent home to spend time with the children, instead of both parents having to work just to get by, and spending less time with the kids? Oh, if we only had a 'rewind' button. Americans have become accustomed to the idea that inflation is simply a natural phenomenon. It seems that no one really questions why this trend occurs. As long as we receive raises to compensate for increased costs of living, we don't think much of it. Inflation, we're told, is not the threat; it is deflation that we should fear. According to this philosophy, I'm just supposed to accept the fact that the quarter-percent interest I earn on a savings account is dwarfed by a 4-5% decline in the dollar's value each year. The alternative, which is essentially an increase in the money's value, is supposed to terrify me. Imagine my horror if I were to withdraw my money from savings even five years from now and still be able to buy as much as I can buy with it today. Even more frightening is the prospect that I could actually buy more with my money if I put it away for a later date. Maybe


I'm being greedy, but I wouldn't mind it if our currency's value were actually kept rather stable, and I could plan for my future without any worries that the Federal Reserve Chairman, Bernanke, is going to be toying with the money supply. I cannot deny that this is an overly-simplistic way of looking at inflation, but I also cannot deny that it seems that the quality of living is declining, perhaps even more exponentially following the bailouts of 2008. I'm only 24-yearsold and I recall how just five years ago, I was able to work a job in the summer and have enough money to spend on essentials throughout a year of college. I can only imagine how the older folks must feel when they reminisce on a time when they could go to the movies for a quarter and get a cheeseburger for $0.15. For this reason, I don't play into the whole 'divide-andconquer' concept that different socioeconomic classes and age groups must necessarily be pitted against one another in our political system. Whether I hear someone talking about cutting benefits for the elderly or benefits for the college students, it seems to me that neither party in Washington, D.C. wants to seriously consider the decline in the dollar's purchasing power as a real cause of our problems. Maybe a 'rewind' button is unrealistic. Maybe it isn't possible to go back to a time when you could actually buy a bigger hamburger for fifteen cents than you can get for a dollar these days. I'd like to at least find a 'pause' button, though. Let me enjoy my $3.65/gallon gas for as long as possible, because I get an almost helpless feeling that these will be the days I'll be reflecting on when I'm telling my future grandchildren, "You know, when I was your age . . . "

Community NEWS & VIEWS



Warner Robins Civitan Club announces Scholarship Application


The Warner Robins Civitan Club created the Ray Burke Scholarship to commemorate Ray for his many years of dedicated service to the Civitan club and to honor his daughter who is a consumer at the Houston County Association for Exceptional Citizens, also known as Happy Hour. Two $500.00 scholarships are awarded each year. Please mail completed applications to : Warner Robins Civitan Club 202 N Davis Dr PMB 104 Warner Robins GA 31093

Educational Calendar

• April 21 – 4 – 6 p.m. Barbecue Plate Fundraiser – Perry High School FFA Accepting orders now - $7 Contact Philip Gentry at 478-988-6312 e • April 25 – 7 p.m. Warner Robins e Middle School Chorus, Free and open to the public; Cafeteria • April 26 – 7 p.m. Huntington Middle t School Spring Chorus Concert & Awards - Free and open to the public; gymnasium a • May 12 – 13 – 6:30 p.m. Warner Robins Middle School presents “Oliver” Tickets - $5; Cafeteria e a

Museum of Aviation Fundraising Event JENNY MURR he Museum of Aviation Foundation raises the stakes for its 26th Annual Auction and Raffle, offering larger cash prizes and more chances to win. A $100 ticket for the event admits two people into the auction,Taste of Local Cuisine and gives the holder a chance to rack up in 10 separate drawings. “We’re upping the ante for the raffle this year,” said Pat Barness, President and Chief Operating Officer, Museum of Aviation Foundation. “And with the price of gas and everything going up, people should buy their tickets early to get in on the pre-raffle bonus drawings.” Those who purchase raffle tickets early will have seven opportunities to win pre-raffle drawing bonuses for $250 gasoline and restaurant gift card packages and an Apple i-Pad. The pre-raffle drawings will be held on April 27, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29 and July 13. Winners will be announced on the Museum website and on the Facebook pages of the Museum’s and the 11th Hour Houston County. In addition to the early bird drawing, ticket holders also qualify for the big cash prizes awarded on July 16. The grand prize winner can choose between $30,000 cash or one of eight vehicles donated by local car dealers. Second prize will be $3,000 and third prize is $1,000. Artwork, furniture, tools, sporting memorabilia, appliances, household items and gift certificates, totaling over 500 donated items, will be offered in both a silent and live auction. Bidding on silent auction items begins when the doors to the Century Flight Hangar open at 6 p.m. and concludes



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at 8:30 p.m. Over thirty restaurants and caterers add to the soiree offering up free samples of their signature dishes from 7 – 8 p.m., when a professional auction caller begins the live auction. Nichols Cauley and Associates assures the winning bids are posted immediately at A $100 raffle ticket enters you the end of the evening in the drawing to win one of and winners can take eight cars to choose from, home their items right including a Mustang away. Convertible or 2011 Camaro! Tickets can be purchased at the Museum of Aviation, from local merchants or online at For more information, call (478) 923-6600. WHAT: 26th Annual Auction and Raffle WHERE: Century of Flight Hangar, Museum of Aviation WHEN: July 16, 2011 • Silent Auction 6 – 8:30 p.m. • Taste of Local Cuisine 7 – 8 p.m. • Live Auction 8 p.m. EARLY BIRD DRAWINGS: • April 27 - $250 gasoline gift card • May 4 - $250 in restaurant gift cards • May 18 - $250 gasoline gift card • June 1 - $250 in restaurant gift cards • June 15 - $250 gasoline gift card • June 29 - Apple i-Pad

The St. Bernard eagerly watched the busy parking lot at the Tractor Trailer Supply store, hoping to visit the other animals that were milling around. Several animal shelters brought dogs, cats and even a horse for adoption on the spot. Discounted vaccinations and other services were offered by Peach Veterinary Care of Ft. Valley.


Visitors to downtown Perry were treated to a variety of activities at the 23rd Annual Dogwood Festival this weekend. Live entertainment, kids rides, Arts & Crafts and, of course, food abounded along with the unusual competitions of Motorcycle Poker Run, Dogwood Softball Tournament and Perry Idol. PHOTOS COURTESY DIANNA HALL 9


A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IN YOUR KITCHEN GINGER HUFF - FUSION SALON eauty products, like fashion, change in a blink of an eye and, amidst a shaky economy; many of us struggle to keep up. Sure, we all want to splurge on those expensive beauty products, but there are plenty of ways to get amazing skin at an unbelievable, affordable price. It's as cheap as buying a gallon of milk.


The simplest products have the capability of unveiling our underlying healthy skin and, they sit in our own kitchens! Antioxidants from fruits, vegetables, egg whites, oatmeal and honey heal and treat the skin better than their retail counterparts. Many brand name beauty products tend to be full of difficult to pronounce ingredients that are absorbed into our body. By choosing natural and organic

Road GEORGIA BULLDOG Tour Come meet head football

Coach Mark Richt And head Men’s Basketball

Coach Mark Fox

THUR. APRIL 28 6pm Social and BBQ Dinner 7pm Program begins

Cost: $20 per Adult (18 and under admitted free) Contact: Don Handberry 478-714-5866 NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FINCHER’S BBQ & BEER

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ingredients, you will immediately eliminate fragrances, preservatives and color compounds that could prove harmful. Allow me to share with you a few of my affordable, proven remedies: Acne Skin - Acne is a frustrating condition that emotionally affects adult and adolescent, alike. The majority of soaps and lotions on the market today lure us in by promising acne and oil free skin. However, many of those beauty products are misused and too abrasive for sensitive skin, resulting in more breakouts and a redder complexion. After many failed product searches for my very own acne sensitive skin, I discovered the healing power of oatmeal; so forget about all those expensive creams and cleansers. Oatmeal contains two substances, avenanthramides and beta glucan, that work together to relieve irritated skin while keeping it hydrated. Dry Dull Skin - The most natural substance found, Raw Honey, helps to revive aged, dull looking skin. Raw (unprocessed full of nutrition and no additives) honey tends to have a milky appearance due to the honeycomb bits and it is known to be an anti-aging miracle. It increases the production of collagen improving elasticity, which, in turn, results in glowing skin. Combine this honey with a few ingredients and you have an anti-aging cocktail. Oily Skin - Oily skin can cause several problems including blackheads, whiteheads, creased makeup, and, of course, acne. Presence of oil makes the skin’s surface perfect for debris to settle onto; our pores become clogged with increased oil secretion. Therefore, it is most important to exfoliate your skin periodically to remove buildup of dead skin cells. The type of skin determines which ingredients will be most effective. Remember, natural masks and toners are made with fresh ingredients and, therefore, have a short shelf life. Since no preservatives are added, leftover mixtures should be stored in the refrigerator and should be discarded after three days or if it has a foul smell. These simple remedies will surely make a clear difference in your skin and your wallet.

PICK US UP AT OVER 100 LOCATIONS throughout Houston County WARNER ROBINS: Museum of Aviation RAFB Commons Nola Brantley Library Katherine’s Bakery WR Little Theatre Moe’s El Cotija Friends’s II Bar & Grill Tips VIP Lounge Fincher’s BBQ Kipper’s Margarita’s Smokes BBQ Crickets Bar & Grill

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Yesterdaze Bar & Grill Buffalo’s Hooter’s Bouchez Brewskeez The Cavern Allen’s Pizzeria Georgia Bob’s Shenanigan’s Roberto’s Mexican Starship Drip Drop Café Original Italian Pie Mellow Mushroom Middle GA Tech. College

Robins Music Brokers Touch of Magik Ali Baba’s Palace Metropolis Santinas Italian Johnny Carino’s Coffees of the World When Pigs Fly BBQ El Tapatio Sugar Magnolias My Fathers Place Wicked Art Tattoo

Oily Skin Ginger’s Acne Oatmeal Mask 2 tablespoon Finely ground oatmeal (grinded in a coffee grinder) 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon Extra virgin olive oil or almond oil 1 tablespoon Plain Yogurt 2 slices Mashed Banana Mix together, creating a paste-like consistency. Apply to your face for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Always follow cleansing with a toner to balance pH. Facial toners are important part of a skin routine as they remove residue from your cleanser and restores pH to your skin. Toner - Measure 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar into your bowl; add 1/2 cup of cool purified water, and 3 drops of Tea tree essential oil. This toner helps battle oil and acne, and the bacteria that can cause pimples. Optional: add Vitamin E oil (3 drops) or break open 1 Vitamin E oil capsule and stir into the mix (Vitamin E will add nourishment to the toner and help preserve it). If your skin has a tendency to dry out and be acne prone, you may wish to add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to help attract moisture to the skin. Pour into a labeled bottle.

Dull Skin Honey Mask

1 Tablespoon Raw Honey 3 Tablespoon Oatmeal (finely ground) 1 Egg White Mix the liquids first then gradually mix in the oatmeal until it reaches the consistency of paste. Apply to face and neck, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Green Tea Toner Follow up with a Green Tea toner: boil one cup of water and steep the green tea bag for 5 minutes. Store in a container with a tight lid, refrigerate. and use when needed by dabbing it onto a cotton ball. The caffeine from green tea will help with puffiness as well.

Dry Skin Exfoliant

1 teaspoon Ground coffee 1 teaspoon Raw Honey 1/2 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil Exfoliate for 2 minutes, sloughing the skin free of debris. Follow up with clay mask.


Peach Mall Music Masters Georgia Bob’s Byron Cane Vineyards Montana’s Lane Packing


Emilio's Cuban Cafe (Hwy 247) The Tavern Johnny’s Pizza Fusion Salon


The Tavery Holiday Inn My Sister’s Café Perry Medical Center Shell Food Mart Angelos Italian Bistro Galaxy Spirits Liquors Shipwreck Seafood


Super Bowl Sunday: Easter for the Church - the Christian he kingdom of God is the Super Bowl of Sunday’s because it is biggest day of the year for what that day represents for this world— a day of hope—as Paul put it in 1Cor.15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most miserable.â€? Meaning we have Hope that springs eternal! Beyond the grave, Jesus defeated the devil at the cross. But put him in his place when, on the third day, Jesus got up from the grave and lives for ever! It is a day that is celebrated at the time of the year where everything is coming to life: flowers are blooming, trees are green again, grass needs to be cut, pollen is in the wind. It’s just a great time to be alive! Jesus said in John 14:19 â€œâ€Śbecause I live, you will live also.â€? Let your dreams come to life again, your future in Christ is looking better than your past because He has forgiven you of all your sin! And your life can take on a new meaning because you know you’re on the winning team! Easter also is a time when the family is getting together for dinners, egg hunts and picnics. Let this be a time when your family rises up again to be in unity, growing together and supporting one another‌to be the best you can be with the power of God in your life to make a difference in this world with all your passions and dreams. Jesus is now at the right hand of the Father praying for us. It’s time to go for it. Live your life in victory and let somebody know what God has done for you at this great time of the year! Have a great Easter Season! Bishop Jeff Poole


Bishop Poole serves as Senior Pastor of New Hope International located near I-75 on the corner of Russell Pkwy & Sullivan Road. The vision of this ministry and his life is founded on Luke 4:1819, "Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and to set the captives free." To accomplish this vision, Bishop Poole preaches both locally and nationally and he can also be seen locally on cable television, internationally at and heard internationally on short wave radio.

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WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN... DAVID BROCKWAY “Check this thing on?” Why do we (by we, I mean all of us music peeps who get a microphone) insist on saying the same thing over and over into the mic during sound check? Don't get me wrong. I'm guilty as sin. I have even tried to quote the Gettysburg address in an effort to break the cycle but, eventually, “check one, check two”—and it's thousands of variants—always finds its way back, passing from your lips to the wire screen orb. Anyway, it’s an honor to be the dude that gets to bring you the ‘what’s what’ of music in our community. It is my intent to use this amazing opportunity to promote you who are our entertainers, passionate talented people who love the gift of music as I do. I want to have your ear, listen to your comments, discuss things that matter and, ultimately, promote OUR town musically.So keep your eye on Warner Robins edition of 11th Hour and I promise to try and bring you the best of the best of what’s happening (musically speaking) every two weeks. Now here’s what I was able to get into over the last two weeks, after the sun went down. Florida-based rock band The Supercats, were back in town the first weekend in

April, where they had electrifying shows at popular nightclubs, Yesterdaze and Bouchez. Their unique song list, along with lead singer Simone Starr's energetic and captivating vocals, made them an overnight success in Warner Robins. "...It's a wonderfully receptive crowd and that's what we love to play to," said drummer Solomon Randleman. The Supercats will be back in town May 6 and 7 at Yesterdaze. Whether you are looking to get your dance on, or just hang out and enjoy great live music with a cool, friendly band, you will certainly enjoy The Supercats. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 9:30p.m. For more information, join their fan page at A fundraiser was held at Montana's Steak House in the Landings Golf Club for Albert ‘Big’ Raffield on April 8. An overwhelming amount of supporters showed up for the 18-hole golf tournament followed by a tasty spread of BBQ Chicken, pulled pork, coleslaw and all the trimmings. Honored to be one of the three volunteer acts, I was joined by Anny Stanley and Josh and Jennifer Graff. Anny melted the room with her charismatic songs and her beautiful Martin guitar; then Josh and Jen brought it home with their awesome vocals and Josh’s' impeccably rich slide guitar work. As for me, hey, when in doubt, play


the Beatles. Thanks to all the volunteers involved in the success of this event. Your hard work is a tribute to this community. Failtrain just knows how to throw down, musically speaking. Fat, full and absolutely dynamic instrumentation mixed with a hammered-down groove is what Failtrain is about. They rocked out at The Cavern April 9th with a great blend of hits from the 80s and 90s; and, if you were there, you were infected with their enthusiasm and energy. Failtrain’s gig schedule at David Brockway fell in love with guitar and voice in his teens and, 30 years later, has played everything from Buffalo Springfield to Lady Gaga to a 65 piece orchestra. He’s learned chords galore, scales out the wazoo, and toured from Miami to Austin to Acapulco. His mission for this section? To promote OUR town, musically. Got a gig coming up? Let him know. Got a music theory question? Whatever it is, he wants to hear it!



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117 Russell Pkwy. Tel: 929.5126


Russell Pkwy

MELLOW MUSHROOM 710 Lake Joy Rd Tel: 287.6355








Daily Happy Hour 5-8pm

DJ PHI 8:30-2AM

Gals free all night! 4/15: Finesse Band 4/22: DJ Phi


Ballroom Dancing Classes


DJ Drive Spinning til 2am

Live acoustic music!

DJ Kidd Star til 2a!

$10 buckets $6 draft pitchers


10% Discount

10% Discount

Shot Specials $6 Draft Pitchers

Karaoke til 2am


2-4-1 drafts all night

Martini Mondays:

$2 Tuesdays: $2 premier beers and top shelf drinks

SPECIAL: 24oz draft and 10 wings $7.50 (also wed & thur)

A slice and a drink


with Jim Cable

$1.99 drafts

for military all day, every day!

Eddie Stone & Rob Walker 6:30-9:30

$6 Pitchers all day

Specials on food and drink


INDOOR CORNHOLE 7:30PM $5 to register KARAOKE 9pm


KARAOKE 4/22: Chapter 13


with Party Man Productions 7pm - midnight






for military all day, every day!

KARAOKE with DJ Dale

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