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by JENNY MURR

couple years ago, I mentioned to a Maconite that I would love to see a Warner Robins section included in the 11th Hour. “Nothing ever happens in Warner Robins, what would be in the section?” he laughed. As a resident of Houston County for over twenty years, I took offense to his remark and purposed that I would eventually prove him wrong. I began to write for the paper and patiently waited for the right time to make my request. Over the years, I kept track each time someone asked if there would ever be a Houston County edition. I referred the requests to the publishers, Brad and Meg Evans, and they have answered our demands. We asked for it and now we have it—a forum to prove our skeptics wrong: not only is Robins a “happening” city, but Houston County as a whole abounds with culture, characters and strong community.

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PREMIER ISSUE From dining and shopping to faith and education to nightly entertainment and the arts, the 11th Hour, will keep you informed and even provide you the opportunity to voice your opinions. We welcome your input as we strive to reflect the spirit of our unique community. Do you know someone who has overcome adversity, has an unusual interest or is just plain unusual themselves? We want to hear about it. Need to compliment someone or complain about something? Send your story ideas and opinions to editor.11thhourhoco@gmail.com. Is your organization holding a special event? Submit the information for inclusion in our Events Calendar to events.11thhourhoco@gmail.com Thank you for such a warm welcome, we look forward to becoming an active and important member of the Houston County community.

What do you think is the best way to help people in the aftermath of catastrophes like the earthquake in Japan?

Hayley Athen - Donate money and time. Help them clean up. Becky Collins - Comfort them. Be there for them and give them basic things like food that they need right now. It's the little things. Tyler Ford - Send a bunch of volunteers over there. People helping people. Set up a group to go over there and clean up or do whatever needs doing.

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15DAYS WARNER ROBINS LITTLE THEATRE PRESENTS

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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 meg@11thHourOnline.com. Include dates, times, locations cost and a contact number.

Fri April 1 This day in history: (1700) English pranksters

begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools' Day by playing practical jokes.

Quilting Class at FVSU Ticket Pricing: $49 for 6-week class Learn quilting from someone with 30 year's experience! Class is open to new and experienced quilters who would enjoy making quilts to treasure. FVSU, 151 Osigian Blvd, Phone: 478-953-0580.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15 AT HEALY POINT COUNTRY CLUB, MACON February 27 will mark five years since the famed World War II flying ace from Macon Georgia passed away less than two months before his 98th birthday. “Scott’s memory lives on in Middle Georgia,” said Pat Bartness, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation. “This tournament honors Macon’s true hometown hero whose legacy will forever be enshrined at the Museum of Aviation.” Last year, in honor of General Scott, the Museum of Aviation named its newest hangar the Scott Exhibit Hangar. This year’s four person scramble will include a noon lunch at the clubhouse, greens fee, riding cart, range balls, a distinctive commemorative golf shirt and an evening birthday celebration buffet. Golfers have a choice of an 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. tee time. The tournament fee is $150 for players and top-of-the-line golf equipment prizes will go to the winning foursomes. Golfers and a guest are invited to the evening buffet and celebration at the Healy Point Clubhouse starting at 6:00 p.m. Tournament proceeds help fund the growth and development of the Museum of Aviation which last year provided more than 50,000 students with math, science and technology education programs. To register, golfers should call the Museum of Aviation Foundation at 923-6600 or email june.lowe@museumofaviation.org or marylynn.harrison@museumofaviation.org.

Perry Auto Fest and Swap Meet Automotive swap meet featuring antique and collectible parts, tools crafts and more. Also, a car corral with a variety of cars and trucks for sale. Cruisein on the grounds, drive your hot rod to the show and park on the show field to enjoy your day. Admission $5 each day children 12 and under free. Georgia National Fairgrounds: 678-793-2878.

Sat April 2 This day in history: (2005) John Paul II, histo-

ry's most well-traveled pope and the first nonItalian to hold the position since the 16th century, dies at his home in the Vatican.

Spring Home & Garden Show at the Georgia National Fairgrounds A family fun event with gardening demos, educational exhibits, Master Gardener consulting, and a wide variety of exhibitors with plants and products for the home and garden. Butler Brown Gallery, Linda Fraser, and Fine Arts Society will join us for an art exhibit. There is an activity center for children (under 12 admitted free) that introduces them to delightful gardening projects. U.G.A. Coach, Vince Dooley will be on hand on Saturday at 2 PM to sign his "Gardens" book. Ticket Pricing: Donation $5 Children under 12 are free.

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powered transportation such as Roller Skates, Skateboards, Wheel Chairs, Bicycles, Horseback Riders. For more information call Evelyn Edwards, 478-827-0290.

Free Saturday Morning Yoga for ages 11 and up FVSU Warner Robins Center, 151 Osigian Blvd, Phone: 478-953-0580

Thur April 7 This day in history: (2005) Eric Rudolph agrees

to plead guilty to the fatal bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Heart Walk - Houston County Walk in memory or honor of a loved one and in support of the American Heart Association for the fight against heart disease and stroke. Music, kids activities, food, and information related to heart disease and stroke prevention will be provided. Museum of Aviation, 6-8pm. Free event.

Sat April 9 This day in history: (1997) Paul McCartney is

knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

6th Annual Rescue Day Many animal rescue groups will be on hand for pet adoptions, fundraising and information about pet and animal care. Pet vaccination clinic. Children's fun dog show. Dog training and agility demonstraton. Therapy dogs. 9am-2pm, Tractor Supply Co. 6010 Watson Blvd., Byron, Phone: 478-953-3344

Sat April 30 This day in history: (1945) Adolf Hitler commits

suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head.

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 for more information.

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

If you are a Howard Stern fan, make sure to pick up the latest copy of Rolling Stone Magazine for Neil Strauss’ in depth interview with the greatest disc jockey of all time. Not to mention his success at changing radio stations, this guy has to be on for five hours a day, every day, which may make him one of the best comedians of all time. It’s a great read, whether you like him or not. 04 APRIL 1 - 15, 2011

Hooves and Wheels, a Ride Against High Gas Prices in Byron: 1p.m. Any non-gas

The HBO series Big Love has sucked a big one the past two seasons, but the final episode really took the cake. Characters never moved, archetypes were in full glow, and surprise, surprise, guess who got shot. They had a chance at being a great show. They blew it. And no, I’m not really looking forward to their new series Game of Thrones. It wasn’t The Big Lebowski that made me love Jeff Bridges. And I had long known that he was wonderful before he Waylon’d it up in Crazy Heart. And this weekend during a post birthday hangover, The Door in the Floor on cable, reminded me why he’s so damned good at his craft. He just doesn’t show off. The way he condones and despises the affair between his estranged wife (Kim Bassinger)

and his summer assistant (Jon Foster) is so natural it just seems unavoidable. He’s just like that. If you only know him as Bad Blake or The Dude, try the remake of The Vanishing, Simpatico, The Fabulous Baker Boys, or The Fisher King for starters. I had been listening to The Black Diamond Heavies, only to have a video sent to me by my friend Dave Marr, of the Star Room Boys ( a now defunct Athens alt-country band). Dave is known as many things, a barkeep at the Manhattan, a Poet, and on occasion the most affable drunkard you’ve ever met. Since receiving the video of Dave playing The 405, (train song) I haven’t been able to listen to anything else. Though I do admit turning up some Nappy Roots, The Pursuit of Nappyness while in


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MINING CREATIVE INDUSTRY FROM MIDDLE GA’S CLAY FIRED WORKS REGIONAL CERAMICS SALE APRIL 8-17 CENTRAL CITY PARK, MACON

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f you’ve ever taken a dip in the Ocmulgee River and emerged with a rust colored sheen to your skin and clothes, you have been well acquainted with Georgia clay. This natural resource and its lighter-colored cousin kaolin, is found in the ground beneath our feet. It is exported around the world for use in everything from antacids to heat-resistant elements in industrial machinery, and to art studios where it is transformed from mud into works of ceramic art. “Coming to see pottery in Macon is like going to Santa Fe to see pueblo architecture,” remarked Jim Coleman, Executive Director of Macon Arts Alliance. The New Mexico city has turned art and architecture tourism into an incredible industry. Several arts and cultural organizations are now collaborating to mine the same “creative industry” here in Macon. Ceramic exhibits at the Ocmulgee National Monument, Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibit & Sale, and the Museum of Arts & Sciences; and tours of Hay House, a prime example of Georgia bricks at their best, will draw new visitors from throughout the Southeast to Macon in April.

The ceramic history of our area begins in 2,500 B.C. when people first settled on the banks of the Ocmulgee, where the Ocmulgee National Monument now sits. They discovered that our strange orange-hued earth hardened when exposed to fire. During the excavation of the site in the early 20th century, archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institute discovered the oldest piece of fired pottery in North America on that same land. Visitors to Ocmulgee may see the piece and other functional hand-crafted pottery at Ocmulgee today. The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is always free. When construction of Hay House began in 1855, the architect and craftsmen turned to Georgia clay to create the bricks to adorn the façade of the 18,000 square foot Italian Renaissance Revival mansion. On the ground floor of the house you can peer through a glass floor at the brick footings that have supported the structure for the past 156 years. This use of brick is one of countless feats of engineering you will discover when you tour Hay House. Tours are offered Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 to $9. On Saturday, April 16, Hay House hosts a free Hay Day with the theme of “Going Green.” From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can learn about going green through exhibits and activities for all ages. The home and

gardens will be open for tours as well. The newest kid on the clay block is the Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibit and Sale. Macon Arts Alliance began this event six years ago as a way to showcase midstate ceramic artists. The ten-day event has grown to be Georgia’s largest exhibit of functional and sculptural ceramics with special events that include Cocktails and Clay, a cocktail party-style clay workshop for adults; free workshops for kids and teens; the Pottery Road Show; Tax Day Party; and the popular Preview Party where you may meet many of the artists. This year the event expands beyond Georgia to include featured artists from throughout the southeastern region. You’ll find everything

from mugs, plates, vases, and jugs, to decorative pieces to adorn your home or office, or a great, original gift for mother’s day, father’s day, graduation, or a wedding. The Preview Party kicks off the event on Friday, April 8. The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, April 9, and continues through April 17. Admission is $5; college students with ID and students 18 & under get in free. For tickets or more info, including a preview of the artists’ work, visit FiredWorksMacon.com. All four events offer a great chance for you to dig a little deeper into the clay culture of Macon. So get out and get a little Macon mud on your hands.

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Mark your calendar, worthy events just down the road

Fri April 1

Thur April 7

My Fair Lady at Theatre Macon

Join the Cox Capitol Theatre and The Mosier Brothers Trio for an evening

To many, this is the finest work the musical theatre has ever produced, with a remarkable blend of eloquence, melody, intelligence and heart that has never been surpassed. Showing April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 8:00 PM. April 3 at 2:30 PM. April 6, 7, & 14 at 7:30 PM. Make reservations by calling 478-746-9485. Tickets $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors, and $15 for students.

Downtown Macon’s Friday Fest The streets of downtown Macon are alive with music, art, and great food every Friday of the year. There are activities for everyone from children and families to students and adults. Downtown merchants keep their doors open later each Friday with art galleries openings, dinner specials, family events and the like. In Third Street Park, an outdoor venue in the heart of downtown, you’ll find live entertainment by Macon’s own Stoopgrass; Third Street Park also offers a variety of entertainment for all ages.

Comedy Hypnotist Gary Conrad at the Cox Capitol Theatre Ever witnessed people being hypnotized? Ever been hypnotized yourself? Here’s your chance to find out! Conrad puts the emphasis on FUN by quickly hypnotizing volunteers on stage right in front of your eyes. PG-rated show for the entire family, 8pm. Tickets $10. RRR-Rated show (no children allowed) at 10:15p.m. General admission $12. 382 Second Street, Downtown Macon.

Tues April 5 Monty Python’s Spamalot at The Grand Opera House, Macon

of unforgettable music. Please plan to join us at the historic Cox Capitol Theatre, on Thursday, April 7 at the theatre, 382 Second St. in downtown Macon. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 in Advance and $10 Day of Show and on sale by calling the Box Office at (478) 257-6391.

Sat April 9 The Douglass Theatre Presents: The Metropolitan Opera HD Live "Le Comte Ory"1:00 PM Tickets $24/$20 Seniors & Students Rossini's vocally dazzling comedy can be very funny and very painful. Rossini captures both--with the most beautiful love music he ever wrote.

Tues April 12 Sidney's Salon presents, "Three Greats of Southern Literature" This salon will take place on April 12, at 5:30pm at the Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High Street in Macon. Our featured speaker will be Ms. Cathy Fussell, Director of Columbus State University's Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians. Ms. Fussell will present a discussion of the works of Carson McCullers will an emphasis on McCullers' book The Member of the Wedding.

Sun April 17 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.

Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up Spamalot. 7:30p.m. Tickets $43. Call the Box Office at (478) 301-5470. The Grand Opera House is located at 301 Mulberry Street.

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s I approached Tips’ VIP Lounge on Saturday night, I was surprised to see a rather large group of people being turned away at the door; that is until I realized that they were all under 25 years old. That’s right, Houston County finally has a club offering an elegant evening out for the mature partier. Thanks to the vision of Tip Fears, adults now have an upscale place to eat, drink, dance and socialize. “I’ve been anticipating the opening of Tips’ place because I knew his passion and vision for a place that mature adults could hang out,” said Derek Mack, of Power 107.1fm. “The smoke-free environment is a definite plus.” The dance floor is large enough to accommodate a crowd and if you don’t have any smooth moves, Tip has arranged for a professional dance team to teach you—for a price. On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, the MGM Steppers are on hand to teach Line Dancing from 7 – 9 p.m. Then come back on the following Saturdays and the Urban Style Ballroom Dancers are available from 7 – 9 p.m. to teach contemporary Ballroom dancing. Or you can sit on one of the red sofas, order a cocktail and enjoy the vibe. “We absolutely love it here,” said Samantha Massey of Warner Robins. Friend, Salita Cooper, of Macon agreed, “It’s a nice ambiance. It’s nice to have

somewhere for grown people to go.” To ensure a mellow atmosphere, there is an age limit and a dress code: women over 25 and men over 30. “We came on opening night and got hooked on the first visit,” Robins residents Eric & Natalie Wade said. “And it’s nice to come to a place where everyone is so friendly and there’s no fighting.” The Lounge serves food in the evenings and is open for lunch Mon.—Fri., 11 – 3 p.m. “They have 100% awesome food!” according to the Wades, who were enjoying a sandwich and wings before heading to the dance floor.

The atmosphere and size of the Lounge is perfect for special events. Whether business or social, event planners will find everything they need in one location: good food, variety of drinks, a wireless mic and several large screens to display photos or presentations. “I want this to be the favorite place for businesses to bring their employees for a seminar or just to thank them for a job well done,” said Fears. Tips’ VIP Lounge is located at 4027 Watson Blvd., just minutes off I-75, close to the Party Store. There is a dress code and entrance is limited to women over 25

Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, the renowned Khick’s Contemporary Ballroom Dancers are on hand from 7—9 p.m. to teach various dances.

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he dough is made fresh each day; the sauce lends just the right amount of sweet tomato flavor providing a perfect foundation for the generous toppings that crown the sumptuous stonebaked pizza. The customer favorite, the Everything But…, comes piping hot out of the oven with loads of toppings: cheese, pepperoni, ham, sausage, green peppers, olives-black & green, meatballs, red onion and mushrooms. Don’t like mushrooms? That’s okay, just tell them what to leave off and you can get just what you want; or just order one of their other specialty pizzas. “It’s all about making our customers happy,” said Matt Carow, Manager of Allen’s Stone-Baked Pizzeria. “We strive to make any special request happen.” Vegetarians can rest assured that their pizza won’t come into contact with any meat products, all one has to do is request that a fresh knife be used. The produce is fresh, not canned, but customers who value organic products are encouraged to bring in their own fresh vegetables, if they like. The menu even offers options for alternate tastes: wings, subs, Stromboli, calzones, salads and more. And the food isn’t the only way that Allen’s delights their customers. School children can find their artwork proudly displayed on the restaurant walls while they wait for their turn to play Kinect, Xbox 360’s controller-free game. Kids and adults

alike can shoot the rapids while waiting for their dinner or choose from other available games. Thinking about buying a Kinect? Come try it out first at Allen’s. Allen’s is also a great place for a meeting or a party and they even cater. They will try to accommodate all special requests and needs. Lunchtime, 11 – 3 p.m., offers a special 15minute guarantee to have your pizza to your table at a cost of only $4.99 for one topping, extra toppings are only 50 cents each. With a $10 minimum order and a nominal fee, your order can be delivered directly to you and if you become a Facebook fan or a smart phone, you can keep up with unscheduled specials and discounts. Allen’s Stone-Baked Pizzeria is located at 115A Margie Drive, just down from the Goodwill store. Hours of operation are Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.— 10 p.m. and Sun. noon –9 p.m. For more information visit the website at www.allenpizzeria.net or call 478-971-2604.

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The Audacity of HOPE: Needing Change to Stay Alive BY BILL KNOWLES

id I miss the section in the Constitutions of the United States and of Georgia where it states that all citizens are guaranteed the right for the government to provide a college education? Now I’m sure that this column will hack off a great number of students and parents alike who have been getting help from the HOPE scholarship program and are very unhappy with the changes that are being made to it. The fact of the matter is that the program was going broke and something had to be done to fix it before it completely disappeared from existence. I for one think that the changes that are being made are a very good thing for not only the HOPE program itself, but especially for the future Georgia students who will be utilizing it. Why is it so awful for a student to actually have to earn higher grades to qualify for a free education? When did it become an unalienable right of all mankind to be able to get a sheepskin from the University of Georgia for little or no money? In a page right out of his grandfather Jimmy’s playbook, newly elected state senator Jason Carter of Decatur argued on the Senate floor that, “It is a question of fairness,” he said. “There is no doubt that if we cut HOPE ... there will be some students who won’t graduate from college because they can’t afford it.” Boohoo and cry me a river. Not everyone will be able to afford to go to college. I can’t afford to buy the Falcons from Arthur Blank either, so should I ask for some help from the taxpayers or lottery patrons of Georgia to make that happen? Now please don’t get me wrong: I think that an education is the most important thing a person can have, besides their faith in God and love for their family. But why in the world is it someone else’s responsibility to

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make that happen? Shouldn’t the best and those industrious individuals there are proba- ratio of Americans to Mexicans if you doubt brightest of our students be the ones who bly three slothenly students aimlessly trying me. We have diluted our economy and our benefit most from the system? THAT’S fair, to get their degree in Ancient Sanskrit at the workforce with a gaggle of indolent dolts who Senator Carter. expense of the HOPE scholarship. have as much need for a college diploma as an Further, I submit to you that the current Let’s face it folks, and I know this will Eskimo needs an air conditioner in his igloo. system under HOPE, although very well bring the ire of many of you, but not every- Am I suggesting that everyone take Timothy meaning, has cheapened Leary’s advice ...Newly elected state senator Jason Carter of Decatur argued on the Senate and ‘turn on, the value of what should floor that, “It is a question of fairness,” he said. “There is no doubt that if we cut tune in and be one of the best investments a person can make HOPE ... there will be some students who won’t graduate from college because drop out’? Hell in themselves, a college they can’t afford it.” Boohoo and cry me a river. Not everyone will be able to no I’m not. I degree. Since its’ incepsaying, afford to go to college. I can’t afford to buy the Falcons from Arthur Blank either, am tion, the HOPE scholarhowever, that so should I ask for some help from the taxpayers or lottery patrons of Georgia ship has helped an averthe HOPE to make that happen? age of well over 150,000 scholarship had Georgia students per year achieve that degree body needs a college degree to make it in life. to be revamped because of the abuses of the while at the same time, unemployment rates To be simplistic as the old saying goes, “the past by a lot of students who didn’t need it. are steadily in double digits, with a great many world needs ditch diggers too.” We Subsequently, Governor Deal and the of those unemployed being the recently gradu- Americans have become too good to work Republicans in both houses of the Georgia ated student. Almost every day I interview “menial” manual labor jobs but at the same Legislature will get the blame for cutting these students, fresh with their diploma, beg- time we fault the Mexicans for coming across HOPE but they should be remembered for ging for a job outside of their field of expertise. the border and doing what we refuse to do. keeping HOPE alive for the students who will Why is that, I wonder? It’s called the simple Go out on any construction site and count the truly deserve it. law of supply and demand. There are just too many people out there with degrees ranging Matthew Arthur Elementary School from Criminal Justice to Turfgrass 12th Annual 2nd Grade Egg Drop Management in an economy such as it is today. The objective: Package an egg in a conFifty years ago things were vastly differtainer no larger than a shoebox so that, ent. Parents saved for their children’s college when dropped from 20 feet, it will not fund hoping that their child would go to a break. Students came up with some good college or university, while their chilinteresting ideas: place the egg in a jar of dren studied harder to keep their grades up in peanut butter, put the egg into a holhopes of qualifying for an academic scholarlowed out a Nerf ball. Whether their eggs ship. Some made it. Some did not. The ones survived or broke when their teachers who made it into college rarely dropped out dropped each student’s egg, one thing and got that degree in four years. Those who was certain—Friday did not, got a job doing whatever they could was an exciting day. find to do. Some of the “did nots” picked up a few classes here and there as they could LEFT: Averi and her afford to do, working during the day and father used spray going to school at night. In short, they foam to protect her worked their butts off to get that degree. egg, It bounced Now I know that there are still literally thouhigher than any sands of examples of that type of work ethic other egg. going on in our country, but for every one of


Community NEWS & VIEWS

GA AVIATION HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT ENSHRINEES AT BANQUET APRIL 9

W FMMS Participate in All-State Band

Two Feagin Mill Middle School students participated in the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Band in Savannah March 3-5. Brandon Fortson, trumpet, (left) and Jim Shaw, percussion, (right) were selected based on auditions held earlier in the year. Only 204 of the 6,400 students who auditioned for the AllState Band were selected to participate.

hen it comes to saluting Georgia’s aviation pioneers, there is no other event as significant as the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame’s annual enshrinement banquet. This year’s banquet at the Museum of Aviation on Saturday, April 9, 2011 will see four Georgia aviation legends inducted before an anticipated audience of 500 family members, friends, and admirers. This includes not only GAHOF board members and former enshrinees, but also government, aerospace and defense industry leaders, media representatives, and aviation enthusiasts from around the state. The evening will include a one-hour reception held in the spacious Century of Flight Hangar at the Georgia Museum of Aviation. Surrounded by historic aircraft as well as the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, guests will then be treated to a gourmet dinner and live presentations to each of the four honorees. The Enshrinees being honored in 2011 are:

Julius J. Alexander, Jr. — A pioneer in aviation education in Atlanta, Julius Alexander, Jr. achieved tremendous success in using aviation classes and flying as a tool for academic improvement and self esteem for inner city students. The first civilian African American flight instructor to train students at Atlanta’s Fulton County Airport (Brown Field), Alexander led a team that designed Aviation Career Education (ACE) which is widely in use today in ACE camps throughout the U.S. Patrick ‘Pat’ Epps –Pat Epps has been involved in flying his entire adult life. He served as a flight test engineer for Boeing and an Air Force pilot before establishing Epps Air Service at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in

Account Established for Sullivent Sisters Donations

As the community reels from the recent loss of Leslie (left) and Bridget (right) Sullivent, many of its members have chosen to make a donation to the family in an effort to defray the costs related to their untimely loss. An account has been opened at CB&T for any who wishes to make a donation. Leslie was a junior at Veterans High School and Bridget was a sixth-grader at Mossy Creek Middle.

Suspect Arrested in Tabor Drive Shooting

Warner Robins resident, Trey Dinkins (18 yearsold) was arrested in Fort Valley in connection with the March 20, homicide of DaJohn Milton, after a tip was made to CrimeStoppers. Milton, 19, of Warner Robins, was shot multiple times throughout his body on the 200block of Tabor Drive. He was transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia where he was later pronounced deceased. Dinkins is being held at the Houston County Jail without bond.

Robins man shot multiple times, suspects still at large

On Friday, March 25, at approximately 9 p.m. Antonio Holmes, age 33, was shot multiple times in his torso. The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the American Deli located at 1130 Watson Blvd. Police are seeking two black male suspects in connection with this incident. Contact Detective Herb at 478.929.6911.

Atlanta. Today, Epps Aviation is among the Top 10 independent fixed base operations (FBOs) in the United States. Albert H. ‘Goldie’ Glenn – During 60 years in the aviation industry, Goldie Glenn introduced many industry-changing concepts to aircraft manufacturing that are taken for granted today. Glenn also served as President and COO of Gulfstream on two different occasions. Under Glenn’s leadership, Gulfstream became one of the world’s premier aerospace companies and has contributed immeasurably to Georgia’s economy. James “Jim” Howard Rhyne — Beginning in a Piper Cub in Lafayette, Georgia, Jim turned his love of flying into a lifelong career spanning over 50 years. He joined the Air Force in 1954-1958 flying F-84s and F-100s. While managing Gardens Aviation in Pine Mountain, he served with the Georgia Air National Guard flying the F-86L and the AC-97. In 1962, Jim joined Air America, Inc. serving in Southeast Asia for 12 years flying survey, escort, relief, instruction, and SAR missions. He would eventually become Manager of Fight Crews. Jim’s skills continued providing critical aviation services as he began his own private charter company which serviced customers worldwide. Seating for the 2011 Annual Enshrinement Banquet is limited and by advance reservation only. Seats are $75 per person of which $35 is tax deductible as provided by law. Attire is black tie (dark suit optional). For further information contact the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame at 478-328-0704.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

WICKED ART & TATTOO GRAND OPENING JENNY MURR

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hen Christina Graham and Karen Bankston sat in their art classes together in High School, little did they know that their mutual love of art would lead to a promising partnership. But now, years after graduation, this duo is introducing a unique art experience to Warner Robins: the only all premiere, all female tattoo and piercing shop in Middle Georgia. And that’s not all, their appreciation for all forms of art inspired them to include an art gallery, too. On April 2, at 2 p.m., the Grand Opening of Wicked Art & Tattoo officially welcomes all art lovers to stop by—grab some refreshments and enjoy a plethora of art on canvases of skin, canvases to hang on the wall, pottery, jewelry and more. In addition to the art viewing, the celebration offers a drawing for a free $200 tattoo and a piercing giveaway; $35 piercings and 20% discounts. Those of you with wicked tatts can show off your best work. Be sure to take in the wall of artwork that leads into the tattoo & piercing studio, you just might get inspired. “We can tattoo anything you can come up with,” said Christina. “We can work up a sketch based on a client’s idea or work off something they bring in. But either way, they will be leaving with an original work of art.” The shop offers piercings, too. Recently joining Christina and Karen is Ravage, a full time piercing artist

who never stops learning. In fact, she’s currently taking an anatomy class at Middle Georgia Technical College. “There’s a lot you need to know to be a great piercer,” she said. “There’s always something new to learn.” Clients must be at least 18-years-old to receive a tattoo or piercing and patrons can rest assured that every precaution is taken to ensure their safety. Single use needles and hospital sterilization ensure a sanitary, sterile experience. Wicked Art & Tattoo is located on Moody Rd., just down from My Father’s Place. Hours of operation are 1 – 10 p.m. during the week and on the weekends the shop is open until 11 p.m. For more information, call 478-293-8519, email wickedarttattoo@yahoo.com--and be sure to become a fan of Facebook to keep up with the specials and events. 11thHourOnline.com 9


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VIRGO (August 23-Sept 22): Virgo is intellectual, critical, fussy, and shy and needs constant reassurance. This is not a very good week to take on added responsibilities. You will have a hard time meeting any of these new obligations. Toward the end of this week something is being removed to leave room for something new. You may find this upsetting at first until you realize that what takes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place is much better. You need to be careful not to promise someone too much.

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SCORPIO (October 23-Nov 21): You are very intense, strong willed, determined and secretive. You can be willful and sarcastic, but a deep thinker with a fine mind. Your budget again needs some reorganizing as you will see by this next weekend. Your work hours could also be rearranged by then to make things easier for you. During this period you should not commit anything to paper or make promises you may not be able to keep. This next weekend is going to be very intense for some reason so be prepared and be sure to keep your cool. SAGITARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Sagittarius is warm and friendly. You like to talk a great deal making it difficult for others to get a word in edgewise. You may find that your â&#x20AC;&#x153;Karmaâ&#x20AC;? or destiny is catching up with you this week. This will mean a complete reorganization of your emotional state. You will be taking the easy way out but at the same time you will be shouldering a new responsibility. Your emotions are involved. All of this is leading up to a very intense week in which you will need to keep your wits about you.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): Capricorn is very often politically minded. Capricorn is also patient, reserved, cautious, faithful and shrewd. You are giving up a friendship or secret love this week. You will replace him/her with another person. It is all done in an amiable manner and you will probably feel quite relieved about it. This is a time when you need to be very practical and objective (usually innate qualities for you). Some sort of new responsibilities may be thrust upon you now and you will just have to handle them the best you can.

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How Important are our Children FRANK TRACY

read an article in 2002 that was put out by the United States Bureau of Prison Statistics Department, Washington DC. The article stated that somewhere between 20 and 30 % of the male children born in the year 2001 would spend time in prison. Our government, in this article, assured us that they had everything under control, they were building more prisons. Tears welled up in my eyes as I thought of how the United States of America was so ready to handle the problem by placing our young boys in cesspools called jails. My mind began to race like a rocket. All of the things that I am about to tell you raced through my mind in less than five minutes. I immediately thought of the pharaoh and how he ordered all of the Israelite male babies to be thrown into the Nile River. How could a soldier, a man, pick up an infant child and throw him into the muddy Nile River? Did he stand there and watch to see if the baby just sank or if the crocodiles got him first? Then I remembered King Harrod and how he ordered the male babies in Bethlehem to be killed, thus trying to kill Jesus. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN? Pharaoh did this because he was afraid of the Hebrews, they outnumbered the Egyptians. If they had stood up to him he would have backed down. So where were

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God’s people the parents, the priests, the Rabbis? God would have helped them if they had asked. Then I asked myself—what about our boys? We are not throwing them into the Nile, the Mississippi, or the Ocmulgee…we’re throwing them into warehouses designed to hide them away from society. They won’t bother us there. Do you know what? There’s a better way, His name is Jesus. But again, where are God’s people? We are no different today than the Pharaoh’s soldiers. We stand back and let the government handle everything. We need God’s people to stand up today and volunteer to help reach our children. The United States Supreme court voted on June 11, 2001, to allow CEF into the Public Schools with Good News Clubs. We need God’s people to help by getting together and saying, I don’t want my boys in prison, I will help. Missionary Frank Tracy and his wife, Margaret, are directors of the Greater Macon Chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship, whose mission is to take the message of salvation into the schools. Together, they train and equip volunteers to bring Good News Clubs into our local schools. CEF is ever seeking Christian volunteers willing to donate 4 hours a week to run a club. To learn more about CEF, visit their website at www.cefofgeorgia.com. To volunteer or to make a donation, call Frank Tracy at 478-960-0741 or email him at mft5@juno.com.

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