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COMMUNITY T NEWSWEEKLY EN M IN TA R TE EN & TS R A HoCo. 11 • VOL 1, ISSUE 5 MAY 27 - JUNE 10, 20

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MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH

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nlike many Robins’ residents, I don’t come from a military family and, except for an Uncle who was drafted during the Vietnam War, I knew no one who served his or her country. I never gave our service men and women much thought, until the Gulf War. I remember driving home from Tennessee after a blissful 10-day vacation wondering why large flags were draped on many of the overpasses on I-75. As we traveled south, I began to notice numerous cavalcades of tan colored army vehicles headed north. As we approached Atlanta, those flag draped overpasses became populated by civilians holding signs of support and saluting the troops as they passed below. An ominous foreboding came over me as I searched the radio for a news station. And in the months to follow, I watched with the world as television screens brought scud missiles and their devastated targets into our living rooms. I quickly became versed in war jargon and began to realize the great sacrifice of our military and their families. And although I like to think I am no longer ignorant of the many challenges facing our troops, I know that one can never fully understand unless she, or someone she loves, has actually

walked a mile in those combat boots. May is Military Appreciation month and this weekend is Memorial Day Weekend and the 11th Hour Houston County salutes our troops. In honor of those who have served or is part of a military family, this issue is dedicated in honor of all military, active or retired. Base historian William Head gives an account of the beginning of Robins Air Force Base and the affect it had on the community (for those of you who answered the Facebook trivia question, Wellston was the name of our city before it became Warner Robins). Rachel Helie tells the story of an active military family and David Brockway salutes VETS ROCK, whose mission is to provide resources and assistance to veterans of all branches of the United States Military. We encourage you to join us in remembering the many sacrifices made for our freedom. Make a point of thanking our men and women in uniform when your paths cross this weekend. Take part in the US Military Vets Motorcycle Club at Yamaha of Byron for the 11th Annual Memorial Day Ride to Andersonville National Cemetery. Or you can make a tangible show of support by making a donation at www.vetsrock.org.

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- GEORGIA PEACH FESTIVAL - THE WELL REDS AT BARE BULB COFFEE - FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN

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Middle Georgia events just down the road Artist reviving hope from the rubble The 11th Hour’s exclusive bar & music schedule

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CONTRIBUTORS ABOUT THE COVER: Model Coco Esser, 20, is a mass communications major at Georgia College. She is one part sass, one part moxy, and with one of her homemade gourmet cheesecakes she's sure to make any day sweet! Photography Robin Cook Studios, Makeup by Jenny Creel. 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.

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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. RACHEL HELIE is an offbeat wife and mother of two, a bibliophile and an avid walker. She loves reading, writing, the arts, antiques, research, food and researching food. She is currently working on three novels, but as she has the attention span of a gypsy moth, finds it difficult to finish them. Okay, maybe that last bit is an exaggeration. She moved from Atlanta to Warner Robins over five years ago and never looked back! NIGHTLIFE WRITER 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! david11thhourhoco@gmail.

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

I’ve never watched American Idol, but The Voice has me tuning in every week. I think its just because it’s fun to watch Cee-Lo, but I don’t even flip during the commercials these days. Alongside Treme and Nurse Jackie, and with True Blood on deck, I can finally say I watch a lot of TV proudly. If you’re one of those people who boast about not having time, you should look into the DVR. Technology is awesome because it works. Just got back from The Hangout Fest in the cockstrong state of Alabama. I saw My Morning Jacket, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Warren Haynes, The Avett Brothers, Motorhead, and the Flaming Lips, with brief glimpses of Bassnectar. It was really hot and really crowded,

but the tunes rocked, I’m just getting old. Musicwise I’ve bought Death Cab for Cutie’s new album, Codes and Keys and I’ve sampled from

Cults ‘Cults’, as well as Low, and some Marvin Gaye and Wayne Cochran. I’ve been reading In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote, In the Garden of

Beasts by Erik Larson, and Smokin with Myron Mixon, by the BBQ master himself. I want to get Thank You Notes, by Jimmy Fallon. “Thank you , Hankerchiefs, for saying ‘I blow my nose into a tiny pillowcase in my Pocket’. It’s maybe my favorite sketch on TV. The greatest youtube video I’ve seen in ages belongs to the Ottoman Humpers. Look it up and get prepared to be appalled. The greatest headline I’ve seen lately was actually on local news site 13wmaz. It read Thor Hammers Bridesmaids at the Box Office. I didn’t see Bridesmaids, but Thor was fun as hell to watch. Yes, I’m excited about Captain America, The Green Lantern and X-Men First Class, more than I am the Hangover II, what’s it too you? MAY 27 - JUNE 10, 2011 3


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CULTURE CALENDAR Email your event to meg@11thHourOnline.com.

SATURDAY, 5/28

US Military Vets 11th Annual Memorial Day Ride to Andersonville National Cemetery 12:30pm - 3:30pM, Meet at the Yamaha of Byron 300 Ga Highway 49 N. The Ride is FREE to ALL! Follow us back.... Party at USMV/MC CLub House,

201 Wyler Ave, Warner Robins, (Behind Marble Masters on N. Davis Dr.)50 / 50 & Door Prizes, Live Band Starts at 5:00 pm (no charge) For Info Call: Cowboy 478-447-4440.

Stack the Trucks! Houston County High School Bands, Fill the band trucks with non perishables for tornado victims. 10am - 2pm.

TUESDAY, 5/31

CALENDAR TIME OUTS NIGHTLIFE DINING OUT

FRIDAY, 6/3

Economic Impact of Robins Air Force Base is the topic of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce’s June Business Forum; to be held onFriday, June 3, 2011 at 12:00 noon at the Chamber of Commerce.The cost of the event is $12.00 for Chamber members and $25.00 for nonmembers. To RSVP, please email Donna Scott at dscott@warner-robins.com by Tuesday, May 31, 2011 . A lunch will be provided.

Free Group Work Out

SATURDAY, 6/4

This is a free Turbo Fire work out. Held by the Middle Ga fitness club and the War town Warriors. Come on out and Have a great time getting into shape. 6:30pm - 9:30pm Quality Suites, 4080 Watson Blvd in Warner Robins.For more information call (478) 442-8507.

- Opening weekend in Byron 10 a.m. Paul Reehling Memorial Poker Run 5 p.m. Free concert and kids activities North Peach Park, Byron 9:45 p.m.: Fireworks

2011 Georgia Peach Festival

SUNDAY, 6/5

3 p.m. School House Rock, Austin Theater in downtown Fort Valley, presented by Bliss & Feet

TUESDAY, 6/7

Spaghetti & Jazz, Austin Theater in downtown Fort Valley. Tickets $10 per plate, take-outs available. 5:30 - 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, 6/11

Closing day of Georgia Peach Festival 7 a.m.: 5K Road Race and Fun Run, Fort Valley 10 a.m.: Peach Festival Parade starts at Boys and Girls Club in Fort Valley 2 pm: World’s largest peach cobbler is served FREE 7 p.m.: Concert on the main stage in the courthouse parking lot, free

5/28THE WELL REDS PLAY BARE BULB COFFEE DOUG MACMILLAN nce in a while, you find a new pair of jeans that fit like you’ve worn them for years. Occasionally, you walk into a room that feels like it was built just for you. If you’re fortunate, at least once in your life you’ll make eye contact with a stranger who looks back at you like a friend, someone who already knows and loves you for what you are. If you’ve not heard The Well Reds, an Atlanta based rock-pop quartet, you’re in for a similar treat. Just a few beats into Violet, the title track from their freshman EP, and you’ll find yourself humming along, wondering how you somehow know this song you’ve never heard before. By the end, you’ll be craving more and wishing the EP was a full length album. “Soon,” says Jeremy Ezell, the Well Reds front-man. “We’re working really heard these days and we hope to have some new music out this summer.” Formed in 2008, the Well Reds have quickly carved a place for themselves in Atlanta’s challenging and often underestimated rock scene. “I called Sean and Rex and Torin to come record with me on a solo record I was working on,” says Ezell. “And as soon as we started

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rehearsing together it became clear we were a band… it was so fast, we just clicked.” Their chemistry is evident to the listener as well. Though The Well Reds have only two years of part-time gigging under their belts, their live performances sound like they’ve been knocking down nightly tour dates for years. The meaty rhythms of The Well Reds’ songs ripple and strain like muscles under a good t-shirt. In the guitar work of Sean Crawford, you can see the lights of the Atlanta skyline, a sparkling tapestry draped over the structure of their songs. Jeremy Ezell’s soaring tenor melodies speak of hope made wiser by pain. Mix these

elements together and you get strong hooks, memorable harmonies, and great song craft. In short, The Well Reds are the real deal. They are a rock-pop band with the musicianship, technical skill, songwriting, and stage presence to be a compliment to the artists to whom they are often compared: Phil Collins, U2, Coldplay, and Maroon 5. The Well Reds (Nathan Angelo opening) 8:00 PM, Saturday, May 28 Bare Bulb Coffee1117 Highway 96 Tickets $5.00


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Rolling your own tobacco is a science that U Roll Smokes have perfected, saving you from some harmful carcinogens

JENNY MURR Roll Smokes sits inconspicuously on the side of Watson Blvd. beckoning smokers to venture in to try something new—do it yourself smokes. That’s right! For less money, smokers can get a better quality smoke that is cleaner than the usual product. It’s really quite a science, making your own smokes, but don’t be intimidated…there are tobacco technicians on site to guide you through the process. “We strive to please our customers,” said store manager Courtney Jones, who eagerly teaches newcomers the ropes. First, smokers discuss the type of blend they want before the technicians create a personalized concoction and make a single smoke to be sampled. Customers try the stick in a special “smoking room” complete with a leather couch, cigarette stick rug and flat screen TV. Once satisfied, the customer purchases the tubes (with or without a filter) and their own special blend and head to the production room. Technicians are not allowed to produce the smokes for customers, but they are happy to impart their special knowledge to those willing to try. Once loaded with tobacco and tubes, the machine produces between 190 to 200 smokes. Customers are encouraged to weigh a sampling of the finished product to ensure that each smoke weighs between 1.1 – 1.3 grams. News of this inexpensive alternative has spread and the store actually has regular clients who make a weekly trek from Vienna to purchase their smokes. For some customers, price is the draw since a box of smokes is almost half the price of their counterparts. For others, it’s the quality and cleanliness of the smoke. First-time customer, William James of Kathleen, saved $12 per box and even picked up a Father’s Day gift for his dad—a Sherlock Holmes Mershon pipe. “[The smoke is] very bold flavor and a smooth without the taste of chemicals,” he said. “It’s a lot better taste with not near as many carcinogens. And it doesn’t go out every 2 seconds.” Jones attributes the good burn to the lack of carpet glue in their smokes. “In order to reduce bed fires, the industry puts carpet glue into their cigarettes,” she explained. “We don’t use those types of chemicals.”

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Special reader discount, get a box of chemical-free, rolled cigarettes for just $19.99, a $24 value! According to Jones, the most requested blend is what they have termed “burkish,” a bold flavored Turkish blend that, once placed into menthol tubes, tastes like Newport’s. A blend mimicking Marlboro Lights is a close second. In addition to smokes, the store offers retail products. The store offers lighters, smokeless ashtrays, and candles to combat the odor of smoke. Also on hand are humidors, pipes and even Hookah tobacco and pipes. Cigars range from $2 - $18. “We take care of our clients,” said Jones. “We offer special promotions and military discounts.” In fact, if you mention the 11th Hour Houston County during your visit, you will receive a $23.99 box of smokes for just $19.99 (good thru June 9th). U Roll Smokes has two locations in Houston County and only accepts cash purchases. Hours of operation for both stores are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Warner Robins store is located at 2520 Watson Blvd.; 478-293-1955. The Perry store is located at 1200 Macon Rd.; 478988-0005.

The streets of downtown Macon are alive with music, art, and great food every Friday of the year. Downtown merchants keep their doors open later each Friday with art galleries openings, dinner specials, family events and the like. They have specials, sales and exhibits to showcase the season’s latest and greatest merchandise and trends. In Third Street Park, an outdoor venue in the heart of downtown, you’ll find live entertainment each week such as drum circles and children’s dance performances, to up-andcoming artists, to Macon’s favorite local celebrities. Third Street Park will have children’s inflatables from 5pm until 7 pm on the first and third Fridays of the month.

5/30 GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS @ THE CAPITOL Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals combines sexy and ass kicking into one hot and powerful rock act. Don’t miss this show taking place on an otherwise uneventful Monday night at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Part of the Bonaroo Buzz Tour, tickets $25. Opening act, the Futurebirds! “…their self-titled album may make a star of Potter, 27, who has already driven festival crowds crazy… Leave it to a dude from Brooklyn and a long-haired band from Vermont to collaborate on the year’s best Southern-rock album.”- Playboy (July 2010) - “Best new bands 2010” - Rolling Stone

5/31 A SHOT AT COMMERCIAL FAME, THE SHOPPES AT RIVER CROSSING IN MACON Local residents will have their shot at fame as the Aha Moment Tour makes its way to Macon. Featuring a one-of-a-kind mobile television studio in a 34’ Airstream trailer, the Aha Moment

Tour is part of Mutual of Omaha’s search for their next commercial spots featuring real people sharing real stories. From the participants along the 25-city tour, several new 30-second ads will be produced to air on national television next spring. 11am - 7pm, (678) 409-8140 www.ahamoment.com

6/2 UNIVERSAL CIRCUS AT MACON CENTREPLEX “We are a circus with a rhythm and beat all our own,” said UniverSoul Circus Founder and CEO Cedric Walker. “We will always produce a show filled with soul and hip hop music, and we will always feature only the most dynamic performers from around the world.” Tickets $18 and up.

6/3 THE LEE BOYS AT THE FAMED GRANT’S LOUNGE The Lee Boys are one of America's finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. The musical genre is rooted in Gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and ideas from other nations. $10 admission includes a fried fish ‘n grits plate. Browse the legendary “Wall of Fame” of Grant’s back during the Capricorn days and Macon’s music hey-day while your there.

6/4 THE BIG HOUSE PRESENTS RANDALL BRAMBLETT The Big House presents Randall Bramblett & Geoff Achison Band at The Douglass Theatre. Featuring Yonrico Scott & Ted Pecchio. 7 p.m. Tickets 478.742.2000. 355 ML King Jr.

6/12 SECOND SUNDAY AT SUNSET: THE GRAPEVINE IN WASHINGTON PARK Free, outdoor concert presented by College Hill Alliance and all-ages art activity presented by Macon Arts Alliance. 7-9 p.m. 478.301.5008. CollegeHillMacon.com. College St. at Magnolia St.Blvd.

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ARTS & CULTURE | arts enthusiast lou warren spotlights a local artist every issue

ROBINS AFB ARTS & CRAFTS CENTER HOSTS ARTS COMPETIONS

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he “Recognition and Awards Ceremony of the Artists Craftsman and Photography Gallery Contest” was held at The Arts and Crafts Center on Robins Air Force Base on May 20. The Air Force-wide program, which was open to individuals who contribute to the Air Force and their families, displayed a diversity of talent and work. Entries and awards were organized by age group, choice of medium, and subject matter; categories represented were Fine Art, Textile Art, and Photography. Within the categories of Fine Art and Photography, an artist would choose to depict or explore specific themes: Military Life, People Studies,Scenic or Nature Studies, Landscapes, Cityscapes, Abstracts,or Still Life. Audrey Shirah won a Blue Ribbon for her entry in the Textile Category. “Blue Bonnets,” an exquisite quilt with a flower design, was inspired by the quilts she saw at Pigeon Forge, Audrey began to make her own. At first she made quilts for her family. Now she meets with other quilters every first Thursday at the Presbyterian Church on Watson Blvd. to make quilts and pillow cases for the Rainbow House, a Safe house for abused women and children. Her next project is a quilted wall hanging of an American eagle surrounded by stars, “United We Stand.”

Leslie Hoops-Wallace won two Blue Ribbons in the fine Art Category for her acrylic paintings, “Controller’s Nightmare,” which depicts all the aircraft serviced by Robins, and “Caged Freedom”, a political statement. A professional artist and art teacher, Leslie can be found discussing a commission for a pet portrait, painting on her easel, or teaching at the Arts and Craft Center or the Butler Brown Gallery. She has been very active in the Fine Art Society of Middle Georgia and is known for promoting the arts. More of Leslie Hoops Wallace’s work can be viewed at www.unicornsquest.sharemyartwork.com/ There was some amazing photography in the show. Jackie Osborn won two Blue Ribbons in the Adult division for her photographs of a Spartan C27J in the military category, and for “Missing Mildred,” a townscape. Jackie, who works at C2 Technologies, Inc., is a member of Aperture of Warner Robins, a camera club begun by Tracey Moore who challenged club members to enter the contest. In the Youth Division of Photography, Emily Bilcik won four Blue Ribbons for her Caterpillar photo titled “Hanging On,” her shot of a camera lense titled “The Looking Glass,” her picture of Maddingly American Cemetery, and

“Wetland Wonders,” a photo of Water Plants. A rising Senior at Houston County High, and an Honors student, next year she will serve as Yearbook Editor, and continue studying with Altos Godfrey. Emily has two loves, Design and Environmental Sciences. Last summer she had an opportunity to study both at the Governor’s Honors Program in Valdosta. This summer she is attending the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop at ABAC (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College) in Tifton. Contest entries will be forwarded to the AFMC's (Air Force Material Command ) Gallery Program and the AF (Air Force)Services Gallery Program. For a complete list of winners, visit www.robinsservices.com and click on the self enrichment tab.

The Arts and Craft Center serves all military; active duty, retired, reserve, and DOD civilians, contractors, and family members, as well as their guests. It offers instruction in Arts and Crafts, as well as a Wood Shop and Auto Shop. For more information, contact the Director, Joyce Brannon at 478-926-5282. To view more photos from the event, visit our Facebook page at 11th Hour Houston County and while you’re there, “like” us! LOU WARREN

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Do you know someone in the service?

"Yes, I do. Special thanks to Brett Ernst (Air Force) and Christian Mullins (Green Beret) for your sacrifice. I fully support our troops, they are doin' stuff most wouldn't do." - Tico Springer (WR) "My uncle is retired Air Force stationed in Alaska. They move every 6 months or so. Thanks to the family for all you do." - Jenna Brown (Perry) "Thanks to the soldiers, Brandon's dad and Kayla's grandpa for their service. And God Bless You." - Brandon Carlson (WR) and Kayla Wortman 06 MAY 27 - JUNE 10, 2011


highlighting family activities and HoCo’s exemplary education | FAMILY-FRIENDLY

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Ken & Melissa,a couple currently at RAFB have two young children they also have to transition to military life

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RACHEL HELIE n many ways the challenges that face a military family are the same challenges that face all families. The daily issues of raising children and budgeting ones’ household loom large. The difference is in the level of commitment to the mission of being a family. Not only are our military families committed to each other, they are committed to the duties assigned to them by the U.S. government. Children, wives and husbands are involved in the difficult moves and transitions that occur during deployments and adapt in ways that civilian families never have to. For military families, “quitting” is simply not an option, particularly when both parents are military. Ken and Melissa are both staff sergeants in the U.S. military. She flies with a J Stars “canned crew” out of Robins and he is a Guardsman with the Civil Engineers. They have both served for eight years and met while enlisted. Ken was born to serve in the U.S. military. He is descended of generations of decorated military men, and knew from an early age what he wanted to do, “I have, for as long as I can remember, wanted to be a soldier.” Melissa participated in her JROTC program in high school and found an appreciation for the structure and the military culture, “There is definitely a culture in the military, particularly during deployments. Those people are my family and my best friends.”

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Both Ken and Melissa have had to undergo deployments while also navigating the tough terrain of parenting young children. When their eldest child was three years old, they were both deployed. “The first two weeks were the hardest,” said Ken, who served in Baghdad as a security escort during that time. “You just keep thinking of home and how much you want to be there with your wife and kid, but then the routine sets in and that routine becomes your home.” Access to phones in remote locations is difficult when schedules on duty consume entire days. Allowed two fifteen-minute phone calls per week, Ken says that it was luck if he could gain access to a phone during off duty hours at all, demand for them being so high. “I would have to time it just right, or I couldn’t make my call,” he said. Both say that Yahoo messenger and Webcam are a Godsend while away from home. Ken and Melissa say that the transition to life in Warner Robins wasn’t difficult, but they will soon prepare to move abroad. Melissa has received orders of an imminent transfer. They take it in stride. “We’re excited. This will be a whole new experience,” she said. The military offers services through the Family Support Center and Ken and Melissa have many positive things to say about that resource. And the kids adapt to the rhythm of life in the military. “Will, our five year old, already wants to be like Mom and Dad,” Ken says proudly.

or the first time, Houston County Board of Education will live stream graduation ceremonies. “Since this is the first attempt to show the ceremonies live online, this year is a trial run in which glitches will be worked out,” said Beth McLaughlin, Director of Community & Student Affairs. “The system plans to offer this service routinely in the future.” A link to watch the ceremonies online will be posted to the Board’s home page, www.hcbe.net. Approximately 1,670 Houston County students will be part of the HCBOE 2011 graduation ceremonies on May 27 and 28. Five ceremonies will be held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, in the Miller-Murphy-Howard Building. Guests are asked to be prompt as no one will be allowed into the arena after the graduate procession begins. West or north gate entrances are the most convenient. For more information, please contact the individual high schools or Anthony Lunceford, executive director of secondary education, at 478-9886200, ext. 10111.

Museum of Aviation RAFB Commons Macon State WR campus Nola Brantley Library WR Little Theatre Medical Associates Moe’s El Cotija Friends’s II Bar & Grill Tips VIP Lounge Fincher’s BBQ Wow Cafe Margarita’s Smokes BBQ

Crickets Bar & Grill Yesterdaze Bar & Grill Shane’s Rib Shack The Tavern Buffalo’s Hooter’s Shannon’s Cafe Mama Goldbergs Express Auto Hamby Auto Larry’s Giant Subs Bouchez Allen’s Pizzeria Georgia Bob’s Shenanigan’s

• Houston County Career Academy, Saturday, May 28, 9:00 a.m., about 44 graduates; • Northside High School, Saturday, May 28, 11:00 a.m., about 375 graduates; • Warner Robins High School, Saturday, May 28, 3:00 p.m., about 427 graduates; and • Houston County High School, Saturday, May 28, 7:00 p.m., about 554

The Bonaire Middle School FFA Horse Team won first-place at state, plus three individual awards, in the Junior Horse Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) at the competition held at the University of Georgia on May 7. Twenty teams and 77 students competed. “I am extremely proud of these girls! They have worked very hard this year and they did an amazing job!,” said Cheralyn Keily, agricultural education teacher and FFA adviser. Members of Bonaire Middle’s state championship team: (pictured from left) Rachel Kelly, sixth grade; Ali Ikner, eighth grade; Skye Ramirez, sixth grade and Gene Marie Shremshock, seventh grade. In addition Ali won 5th high individual, Gene Marie won 13th high individual, and Rachel won 14th high individual.

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• Perry High School, Friday, May 27, 8:00 p.m., about 268 graduates;

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Nu-2-U Jalisco Grill Ramada Inn Green Derby My Sister’s Café Perry Medical Center Shell Food Mart Angelos Italian Bistro Galaxy Spirits Liquors Shipwreck Seafood

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ack in the good ole days, when Kmart marked the end of civilization on Watson Blvd. and the only businesses located on Russell Pkwy were a bowling alley and grocery store, back before the times of the internet and cell phones…there was Shakey’s Pizza Parlor. The food was great, especially the “all you can eat buffet.” It was the place to come after ballgames or just to be seen. The 70s commercial promised, “We serve fun at Shakey’s…also pizza.” And it was fun. It was THE place to be on the weekends. One of three anchors for the weekly cruising scene, the parking lot was the hangout. Teens would drive their cars up and down Watson and Russell before riding once through Shakey’s parking lot before backing into a space, opening the trunk and drinking beer…until the police ran them off. Forty years later, Shakey’s is still a community favorite. Businesses hold meetings, airmen come for lunch, and there’s even been a wedding reception held there. Parents come in to reminisce while their children create their own memories. And owner, Jim Kiefer, has been around for most of it. Initially a dishwasher (1974), Kiefer quickly worked his way up to assistant manager-working with owner Mike Beardon in both the Macon and Warner Robins stores until 1979, when he moved to Florida to work at GM. In 1983, after the untimely death of Shakey’s owner Mike, Kiefer received a call from Wheeler Beardon, Mike’s uncle. He made Kiefer a deal he couldn’t refuse—come run both of Mike’s stores for six months, if he could turn them around, Mike’s uncle would sell Kiefer the stores…and he would finance them. “I went from working for ‘the man’ to becoming ‘the man’, Kiefer said.

He and his wife, Carol, worked side by side for fourteen years at their endeavor. It was a struggle for the first six months, said Kiefer. “We struggled to make it work. We sold the cars, moved into an apartment next to the store, and practically ate pizza three times a day to begin with.” It was a family affair that included the help of his three daughters. Kiefer grins when he tells of how his 9-year-old stood on a box of olives to run the cash register. Although Carol and the girls have moved on to other jobs, Kiefer still enjoys a little help from his family—his nephew. Like his uncle, Joseph Kiefer (Macon State Marketing student) started as a dishwasher and now helps run the place when needed. Kiefer attributes his continuing success to the support of his wife and the foundation built by his predecessor. “I’ve tried to follow in Mike’s footsteps,” Kiefer said. “Mike was loved by everyone. He was a great supporter of the community and I try to do the same.” And the walls of his establishment reveal his dedic a t i o n . Appreciation plaques acknowledge his support for HCBOE schools and sports teams. “I’m most proud to help local schools through yearbook ads and sign boards,” he said. “The kids of our community need the money and support.”

DAILY SPECIALS Giving local bands and musicians a place to perform is another way Kiefer contributes to the community. Warner Robins natives Josh Graff, Mario Martin, and the members of “Doc Holliday” were just a few. But perhaps the most exciting performance of all times was the summer concert given by “Stillwater” in 1987. It was a joke, or so he thought, when Kiefer mentioned to one of his buddies from the band that they should have their summer concert at Shakey’s. And, unbelievably, they took him up on it. So on a balmy summer evening in July, the band played non-stop to a packed house for over four hours. “Besides the memories of working with my wife and kids, this is by far my most favorite memory,” Kiefer said.

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And the memories continue. Building relationships with his repeat customers, Kiefer has witnessed one couple grow up, date, get engaged and celebrate each anniversary in his store—he even provides them a heart-shaped pizza. Kiefer invites you to come make your own memories at Shakey’s—enjoy the buffet (especially the chicken), a drink and request your favorite song from pianist Smokin’ Joe Anderson every other Friday night.

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor is located at 785 N. Houston Road; hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday thru Saturday. For more information, call 478-923-5381.

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Allen’s Stone-baked Pizzeria Handmade dough, special requests, and X-box 360’s Kinect make this the perfect place for the family to head out for a night of fun & food. Lunchtime, 11 – 3 p.m., offers a special 15-minute guarantee to have your pizza to your table at a cost of only $4.99 for one topping. Delivery, pick-up, or dine in. LD • $$$ 115-A 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. Martin’s BBQ Pulled pork, ribs, sliced beef brisket, sausage, smoked

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Montana’s Bar & Grill at The Landings Specializing in some of this areas finest steaks, ribs, chicken & seafood. With lunch and dinner specials, open seven days a week. Special dinner menu Thursday - Saturday 5pm-closing. 309 Statham’s Way, 478-923-5222

Café Caribe Authentic Dominican cuisine prepared with organic ingredients, choice meats and seafood, fresh rice and beans, served with tortillas baked daily. LD • $-$$ 713 Watson Blvd. (Near Nola Brantley Library) 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily 478-922-6700

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Montana’s Steakhouse, Byron Specializing in some of this areas finest steaks, ribs, chicken & seafood. Located in the Peach Outlet Mall and open Monday - Sunday 11 am - 10 pm! 311 Ga Highway 49 N Byron, (478) 956-0441.

Johnny’s New York-style Pizzeria A New York style pizzeria featuring fresh baked pizza, authentic pasta dishes, calzones, subs and salads. Monday nights, kids dine for 99¢ (one-topping slice and a drink.) This pizzeria offers an amazing and affordable menu also featuring weekly drink specials and some nightly entertainment. Student Special Monday - Friday 2-5pm, enjoy 2 cheese slices and a coke for just $4.99. LD • BAR • $-$$ Hwy 96 in Kroger Shopping Center. Open Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm. 478.988.0220

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Peach State League season will begin mid June after the Major League Baseball first-year draft. Spending warm summer nights at the ballpark has been a tradition for generations. Beginning in 1929, fans and families from Macon and all of Middle Georgia have come to Historic Luther Williams Field to enjoy the best that baseball has had to offer. And this field is what brought two Chicago ball enthusiasts to Macon to create the Peach State League.

Owners of the Peach State League, that consists of four teams playing for Macon, Warner Robins, Milledgeville and Albany proudly say that most of their support for the inaugural year at historic Luther Williams Field in Macon came from Warner Robins. Discounted ticket offers and season ticket packages will be offered in the 11th Hour next issue.

Chris Diserio and Bill Larson (pictured right) have over 30 years of collective experience in minor league baseball and summer collegiate baseball and have been working hard since the 2010 inaugural season to make baseball a success in Middle Georgia. The in-field has been sodded, improvements have been made, and the league is gearing up for its second season!

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ROCKIN’ LIKE A HURRI-CAIN! To say that I am excited about Herman Cain’s candidacy for President of the United States is an understatement BILL KNOWLES Active member of the Republican Party

little over a year ago, I introduced the readers of The 11th Hour to Herman Cain, then a man who in an off the cuff statement hinted at the possibility that he would run for President. Unless you have lived under a rock, you have most likely become very well familiar with the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza over the last month as Herman has vaulted from a virtual unknown outside of the South to a candidate poised to break the top tier of Republicans vying for the nomination of our party and for a chance of going head to head against President Obama. To say that I am excited about Herman’s candidacy is an understatement. Up until a few weeks ago, although I was excited and passionate about Herman’s potential bid, I viewed him as a Don Quixote type of candidate with excellent vision for the future of America, fantastic oratory skills, superb ideas but also not sure if he could vanquish the windmills of other candidates that were more well known to us such as Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee (who has since taken himself out of contention), Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. All of those thoughts came to a screeching halt as I watched the first Presidential debate that was held in Columbia, South Carolina as Herman not only won the debate decisively, but in doing so catapulted himself over all of the other participants as well as the candidates who failed to come to South

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Carolina, such as Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann and Romney. After the debate, political consultant Frank Luntz questioned a focus group that he got together who overwhelmingly said that Cain had won the debate. In their words, Cain was “direct…a breath of fresh air…clear and concise…very impressive…and the Godfather of business sense.” WOW, I thought! Then Lunzt asked of the 29 participants, how many of them walked in with Herman Cain as their first choice to be the GOP nominee. One hand went up. He then asked how many people now felt Cain was their number one choice. In what Luntz called, ‘unprecedented’ sixteen hands went up. Then a statement that will be said many more times throughout this campaign was made by a young lady in the group, “He won us over, I think he can win America over!” I agree. And have agreed for a long time now. The more people who see and hear Herman, the more people will support his candidacy. No doubt. Macon has been the center point of the presidential campaign for the past week as not only Herman, but Newt Gingrich came to our fair city to address the Georgia Republican Convention held last weekend, and I was fortunate enough to be able to hear both of their speeches in person. Now I have heard that comparing the two speeches is not fair to Speaker Gingrich as Gingrich was speaking to a subdued crowd who paid a chunk of money to hear him with a side dish of chicken, while Cain spoke to the entire Convention with supporters lining the top rows of the Coliseum. I say hogwash! I can compare the two speeches and will in a VERY short summary: Gingrich: informative, well

fect Lutheran; on thought out, decithis day however, sive, long, bland and she was far from status quo. Cain: reserved. Her first informative, well text to me said, thought out, deci“Wow! He makes sive, exciting, me proud to be an vibrant and not one American again! shred of status quo I’m almost in thought. Oh tears!” and then yeah…BOTH were followed with, delivered with NO “He’s incredible!” notes and NO To paraphrase the teleprompters. young lady in the I am not going focus group in to compare on conHerman Cain will be announcing formally his South Carolina, if trast the speeches Presidential candidacy Saturday, May 21st Herman can bring by breaking them at the Olympic Centennial Park in out those feelings down line by line. Downtown Atlanta. in my wife, he can That’s not what I certainly do it do. I will tell you, however, that I kept getting texts from my nor- across America. (My wife is a Marriage and mally subdued wife as I listened to Herman Family Therapist. She doesn’t look at things backstage. (Thanks to my buddy Maurice emotionally. She analyzes and makes decisions Atkinson.) She had a great seat in the based on the data presented. I call it “therapyzConvention in the third row listening as well. ing”. And she’s damn good at it.) Over the Now my wife was brought up Southern weekend, we watched a replay of Newt’s Baptist, but since we have been married she has speech on CSPAN. Within about five minutes, converted to my faith as a Lutheran. If you she had switched the channel to a Hoarders know anything about Lutherans, we’re all a show. stoic bunch and my wife has become the per-

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...AND THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS? and/or outright mandates, the state and local governments, be they Democrat- or Republican-controlled, are made essentially irrelevant by the whims of those on eorgia's Attorney General, Sam Capitol Hill. A "republic" isn't supposed to Olens is joining the lawsuit work this way. Article 4, Section 4 of the against the act informally known Constitution “guarantees to every State in as "Obamacare,” an appeal by multiple this Union a Republican Form of state attorneys general scheduled to begin Government.” The framers of our on June 8. Constitution were not referring to the name Personally, I oppose "The Patient of a political party, but rather, to the label Protection and Affordable Healthcare given to our system of government. Reform Act", as I do not feel it a proper role Republics are supposed to be of government to compel individuals, via improvements over democracies. Our systhe threat of surtaxes, to purchase health tem is designed to limit the power of the insurance from a private corporation. central government and split such power It removes incentives for insurance equally among the providers to market their ...take 308,745,538 people states. Federal governservices efficiently. If ment is not supposed to and give them one govcustomers didn't like the way insurance compa- ernment to fight over in do anything that is not an expressly granted nies were behaving, they Washington and you could quit doing busi- have the current lunacy power, authorized to the federal government ness with them—though that is the United States through an amendment it was a risky option, it federal government. process which involves was an option nonetheratification by the states. less. Now, either you'll Amending our Constitution is a diffido business with them, or they'll sic the cult process, purposefully designed to be I.R.S. on you. painstaking, to prevent the majority from Much like many issues handled in the running roughshod over the minority, whoU.S. Congress, it started out on the wrong ever they may be at the time. It's little wonfoot. They should have amended the Constitution before even drafting the bill. der we're seeing our freedoms eroding, They skipped a step in the process: involv- when it takes just 51% of voters to deprive ing the states to ratify an amendment giv- the remaining 49% of their rights. As Benjamin Franklin once said, ing the federal government the authority to "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb votconsider the issue. ing on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a It isn't the first time this has happened well-armed lamb contesting the vote." in our nation's history, and it won't be the Sadly, democracy is what we now have, last. You can add this to the long list of 'one and it's what our nation's founders warned size fits all' "solutions" that have come out us to beware. of Washington. Which brings me to the I really don't think my idea of govmuch deeper issue, and even if you disernment's role is the same as a person agree with me on the issue of from Massachusetts. However, if a per"Obamacare," perhaps you'll see some son from Massachusetts wishes to run his logic in this: or her state government a certain way Take a randomized group of 5,000 supporting government-mandated (say, people from the far reaches of the United States and try to get them to agree on health insurance, for example), it should everything. What do you suppose would be be of no concern to me, being way down here in the southeast U.S.A. the result? Likewise, if you put me in a room Now, take five million and waste your with a Californian or a New Yorker, we'll time trying to convince them that we probably argue back and forth over what should all do things a certain way. Again, government should or shouldn't be doing. let me know how that works out. At the end of the day, though, we tend to Lastly, take 308,745,538 people and our own states, and discover that our give them one government to fight over in states' jurisdictions don't overlap—our Washington and you have the current lunalittle argument, as polarized as it probably cy that is the United States federal governwas, turned out to be rather meaningless. ment. With a plethora of issues not specifiAt least, jurisdictions aren't supposed to cally mentioned in the Constitution as a overlap—throw a morbidly obese central delegated power to the Federal government into the mix, and the dynamGovernment being fought over in our nation's Capitol, you might think it a bit ics turn sour. I suggest we should go back to the crazy to expect everyone to come to agreerepublican system of government. It is the ment on, well, everything. only way that liberals and conservatives Unfortunately, there are few issues will ever live side-by-side in peace without that aren't dependent on the actions of our going at each other's throats to claim the centralized democracy on the Potomac. helm of a powerful, centralized democraThrough federal distribution of highway cy—one that was never meant to be. funding, grants with strings attached, ANDREW JONES A 24 year-old that wants to make a difference

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t’s official. I live in Warner Robins now. My mortgage payments are automatically withdrawn from my checking account, I have received a property tax bill for the year, and those unsolicited, complimentary return address labels one gets from the charities have found me. Also, without a doubt, my social support rug from our last military assignment is definitely no longer beneath my feet—those phone calls and emails are now few and far between. I have lived here for six months and I am still a social Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles, look it up). No longer can I blame my loneliness on the haze and chaos of settling in to a new place. I can’t say that I “just moved in” anymore for I have surpassed the self-imposed, six-month benchmark. I have had to cull through all these negative feelings all too often in my adult life. I have moved seven times in fifteen years of marriage to a military man. My perspective, which I base on childhood experiences, differs drastically from my husband’s. Swaddled in a blanket and in my mother’s arms, I came home from the hospital after my birth and left that same house as an ornery teenager eighteen years later. In contrast, my husband was born in New Orleans while his father was serving in Vietnam, then spent his “Air Force Brat” childhood moving from California to Michigan to New Hampshire to Ohio and finally to Nebraska. Moreover, he has to diligently work at relating to my need to grow roots in a town and nurture (in person) established friendships since it doesn’t come to him naturally. He has had to deal with a wife asking for him to separate from his dear Air Force on a weekly basis the first ten years of his military service and with same said wife ask-

ing for a retirement date ever since then. (If a person serves ten years or more in the military, then logically, that person should finish out the twenty years required for the life-long retirement benefits.) From base to base, my military sponsor has had to drag me by my hair because I just want to go back to Texas and live out my life in my real home. My husband likes to joke with his dimpled smile and suspiciously tight arm around my neck, “My wife supports me, but not my career.” Please spare me some of the most commonly heard “comfort statements” like, “Home is where the Air Force sends you,” which is often seen as wall art in military homes and “You knew what you were getting in to,” which is really a toldyou-so remark and not an affirmation of incredible insight. Personally, I think I should launch my wall art business with that second phrase since it applies to any consenting marital arrangement. The Song of Ruth is another good one: Wherever you go There you will find me Wherever you lodge That is my home Wherever you die There I'll be buried Your people are mine Your God is my God One time, when I was considering using a nom de plume, I came across a formula that uses your first pet’s name and then the name of the street you grew up on. In my case that would be Poppy Shepherd. I am currently raising two Air Force Brats of my own, so I applied the formula to my eldest. Her name would be “Mary Park Nellis Munstead Ashcreek Keesler Southfield”—and she is in fourth grade. This path is not for the wimps. Problem is that I am more exhausted and more worn with every transition. This has led to my stagnating in Eleanor Rigby status and making Facebook my best friend here. Out comes my bullhorn: “Houston County, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed” (albeit six months ago). 11thHourOnline.com 13


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WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN... THE LOW DOWN Greetings music lovers! Looking for some live entertainment? Here are my recommendations for the next couple of weeks. Chapter 13 will be playing their last gig of the season at the US Military Vets Motorcycle Club. It is their Annual Memorial Day Andersonville Ride and Party at their Clubhouse located at 201 Wyler Ave, WR, and yes, it is open to the public. Show starts at 5pm. Old school style country duo, The Quantum Penetrators, are playing Friday, 27th at Friends on the Hill. Yesterdaze is hosting Josh Byrd and the Neon Jug Band on May 28th. Also playing the 27th, is The John Stanley Project at Shenanigan’s. If you’re looking for a multi-band line-up with some great original music, check out Farewell Disaster at The Cavern on May 28th. Chris Neal will throw down at Bouchez, May 29th with Blood Country and Southern Psykology at the same on June 3rd. Also on June 3, Jason & Darin are at Rusty's Grand Opening in Perry. Ransom is playing at Friends II on June 17th. 2 Finger Jester is at The Cavern on

June 18th and 11th Hour will be there to show their support and give away prizes. (If you would like to have your music event listed here, please email info to d a v i d . 11 t h h o u r h o c o @ g m a i l . c o m ) Thanks. Now go rock out!

There is an organization out there that deserves our support and our interest. This non-profit is called VETS ROCK and is geared towards helping homeless and hungry military veterans via fundraising concerts all across our nation. You might recognize some of the names involved such as Joan Jett, Blues Traveler, Chuck Leavell, Death & Taxes among many others. VETS ROCK was founded in 2009 by local vet, Scott Ceratti who is one of the most passionate people I have ever met when it comes to getting involved with the needs of our vets. In Scott’s words, “At VETS ROCK, we challenge each and every American to SHOW their support of our nations true heroes - the brave men and women who put themselves in harms way

for every one of us every single day. It's great for people to say they support the troops and our vets....but at VETS ROCK, we're about ACTION. We believe that the time to DO something is now. Won't you join us in our effort to provide food and shelter to the men and women who have given and sacrificed everything....for YOU? Donate or Volunteer TODAY!” Find out more about this awesome organization at www.vetsrock.org

The United States Air Force Reserve Band will play Memorial Day and every Tuesday in September at the Museum of Aviation.

BEST BET What better way to celebrate music on Memorial Day than to recognize one the best bands you will ever see, The Band of the USAF Reserve. If you were like me, you associated this name with the common military marching band, however, I can tell you after talking with band member and organizer Frances Kness, this is just the tip of the iceberg. These guys play just

about every format of music imaginable from modern pop to jazz to woodwind quartets and everything in between. Haven’t heard them yet? Then make plans to attend the Independence Day Celebration at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in Warner Robins at 6:30pm with guest star, Wynonna. They will also be playing every Tuesday in September at the Museum of Aviation. You can find more information at http://www.usafreserveband.af.mil

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