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his past week, I witnessed something very disturbing on the streets of Warner Robins: children, probably 10 & 7, selling lemonade on a desolate street corner. I passed by them several times over a two hour span and witnessed cars creeping up, people rolling down their windows to buy a glass, and these kids walking up to the car like it was perfectly fine. What were their parents thinking? Now, I’m not accusing these parents of being purposely negligent. I’m sure they love their kids and have taught them about STRANGER DANGER. So why is it not okay for a kid to take candy from a stranger, but it is okay to sell a stranger lemonade? As parents, we all want to encourage a spirit of capitalism in our children. We want them to learn about earning, saving, and spending money. We want them to feel the satisfaction of making their own way in the world. But there has to be another way to do this other than sitting our kids out on a corner accessible to any morally bankrupt pervert. Is the lesson the kids will learn from the lemonade stand worth the risk? Recently, some of our kids got 15 minutes of fame when someone robbed their lemonade stand…RIGHT HERE IN ONE OF THE BEST TOWNS IN THE NATION TO RAISE KIDS!

The world took note of and sympathized with these altruistic tots, some of them ultimately sending donations to make up for the loss. The kids were fine, the funds were raised and all was right in the world. But how would we as a community be feeling right now if there wasn’t such a happy ending? How would their parents handle the loss of those kids? WAKE UP HOUSTON COUNTY! This is not the 50s. No longer can we send our kids out into the neighborhood unattended, not even for 5 minutes. So you want to teach your kids good work ethic? Take them somewhere to volunteer: animal shelter, nursing home, or grandma’s house. I implore you, parents of Houston County, weigh the benefits against the risks before sending your babies out into the big bad world. That evening, I beat myself up for not taking some type of action to insure the safety of these kids. I saw the mother gather her kids at the end of the day and I should have stopped and talked to her about my concerns. For that, I apologize and implore those of you who are older and wiser, please watch out for the children in our community. If you see a child in danger, call the police. Don’t be afraid to get involved, it just might save someone’s life.

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COLUMNIST ANDREW JONES is a 24-year-old who wants to make a difference. From writing his congressman to volunteering for a local fire department, he has found ways to better his community. A nursing student at Macon State College, Andrew will graduate Spring, 2012. COLUMNIST BILL KNOWLES is a lifelong Conservative who has lived in the Middle GA area for over 20 years. He got his first taste of the political process when at age 9 he proudly handed out buttons for then President Richard Nixon and has been hooked ever since. Bill has held campaign positions for various local, state and national candidates, including

President Ronald Reagan, Steve Forbes, Senator Fred Thompson and most recently Senator John McCain. He is currently a member of the Georgia GOP’s State Committee. He and his wife Bridget have one son, Teddy. 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.

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I saw the Hangover II this past week, and I don’t really know what I expected, but it sucked. I mean walk out of the theater bad. X-Men First Class turned out to be pretty good though. I had no idea that mutants helped avert the Cuban Missle Crisis. A movie I am pretty excited about is Blue Like Jazz. Keith Watson, from New City Church gave me the book a few years back, and I really enjoyed it. Paste magazine called it one of the 20 best books of the decade after all. And now thanks to a Kickstarter Campaign, and musician turned filmmaker Steve Taylor, it’s coming to a theatre probably not near us soon. I was getting pretty excited about the new season of True Blood hitting this month on HBO.

Unfortunately the coolest app I’ve downloaded in some time, HBO GO, ruined it for me. The app allows you to access every HBO program ever on your ipad, and I was able to watch the first six minutes of a not yet released True Blood series premier, which opens in Fairyland. I almost puked on the device and I’m not happy about it. This series makes a habit out of jumping the shark though, so I’m sure it will be well received. Premiers Sunday, June 12.

I’m not a huge Pearl Jam fan, I stopped listening to them almost before flannel got too hot for Georgia that summer, but Eddie Vedder’s new album, Ukulele Songs, is worth a listen. I also got My Morning Jacket’s new piece, Circuital, Middle Brother’s self titled joint, and Black Lips, Arabia Mountain, this week . You should also check out the new video of Mumford and Sons, The Bookshop Sessions, which is just magnificent. If your not a National Geographic subscriber, you might want to pick up the latest edition, which turns their lens on the birth of religion, which they say may have had as great an affect on civilization as agriculture. It’s as interesting a thing as I’ve read in months. MAY 27 - JUNE 10, 2011 3



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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.

Sixth Annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Catfish House Come to the porch at the Catfish House in Warner Robins on Saturday June 11th to support finding a cure for childhood cancer. Last year $3024 was raised for the foundation and this year the goal is $5000. With each donation, you will receive a ticket for a drawing to be held at the end of the evening where the winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to be used on their next visit to the Catfish House! Along with the gift certificate drawing, are raffle tickets for an 8 hour chartered inshore fishing trip for up to four people from Miss Judy Charters out of Savannah along with a one night stay at Mariott Residence Inn Midtown Savannah. Tickets are


$5.00 each and available now. Also up for grabs is a trip on the cruise ship Discovery out of Ft. Lauderdale to the Grand Bahamas where the winner will spend 4 days and 3 nights at the Bell Channel Inn. This fundraiser is being held by Denise Workman who has volunteered for six years to help find cures for all childhood cancer as well as new treatments for all children with cancer. To purchase a ticket, call 478-960-2141.

The listener will have the opportunity to experience a typical Sousa concert as it would have been presented in the early 20th century, complete with period costumes, exciting guest soloists, and, of course, "John Philip Sousa" appearing as conductor. To order tickets, contact the band room at 478-9886365 or see any HC band student. Houston County High is located at 920 Highway 96.

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This special book fair is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Houston County. There will be adoptable pets, tickets for a Nook, and more. 9am 2pm .2620 Watson Blvd.

a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services, is offering Mobile Motorcycle License Testing (MLT) at the Georgia Peach Festival on Oakland Pkwy, in Fort Valley, on June 11. The MLT program gives Georgia motorcycle learner permit holders the opportunity to obtain their Georgia Class M (motorcycle) license. If the rider successfully passes the skill test, they receive a 90-day license test waiver to bring to their nearest DDS Customer Service Center to acquire their motorcycle license.

HCHS Hosts the Northwinds Symphonic Band under the direction of Ronald J. Evans, will present "Stars, Stripes and Sousa!!" on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Houston County High School Theater. Tickets are $10 each.

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Father’s Day Car Show at Summer’s Landing in Warner Robins Spend the afternoon with Dad at this family-friendly event, brought to you by middle Georgia's finest retirement community, Summer’s Landing of Warner Robins. Enjoy music, vintage cars, and loads of fun! Hot dogs, chips and drinks available for purchase. For more information, 478-328-3800.


Five-time Grammy award winner Wynonna Judd will perform during the 29th annual Independence Day Concert July 1,with the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. The free concert at Warner Robins' McConnell-Talbert Stadium starts at 8 p.m. and features a night of music, fireworks and family entertainment. Festivities begin

WYNONNA JUDD WILL PERFORM A FREE CONCERT ON JULY 1! with the National Anthem and an F-15 fighter jet flyover. "Last year was another stadium-packed crowd, and this year we are expecting a much larger attendance for this Independence Day celebration," said Allen Tatman of the Warner Robins Civitan Club. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating on the infield. Food and beverages will be available at concession stands. Bags and containers are subject to search. No pets, no alcoholic beverages or no glass containers are allowed at this family event. The annual Independence Day Concert has been held in the city for more than 25 years and usually draws a crowd of more than 20,000 people.

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Macon Dragon Boat Races. Teams raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, 40 foot canoes adorned with dragon’s head and tail will sail along Lake Tobesofkee. Form a team, participate, donate, plan to come and watch the action! Food and fun for the entire family. For more information visit

Theatre Macon presents ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes at Cox Capitol Theatre Dinner begins 6:00 p.m. / Show at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $38, and includes Dinner.Pump Boys and Dinettes is a mixture of country, rock, gospel, wester-swing and folk music, and has received critical acclaim in theatres across the country. Don’t miss this wonderful show at the Cox Capitol Theatre. June 9-11, 16-18 and 2324. Dinner Menu, served “Buffet Style.” For reservations call 257-6391.


6/17 HALLUVA AUCTION FOR GA SPORTS HALL OF FAME AT TERMINAL STATION Silent and live auctions,$10,000 raffle, live music, food, etc. Tickets free with purchase of raffle ticket or $5 at the door. 478.722.9909. 200 Cherry St.

“The Honky Tonk Angels” at Macon Little Theatre. Revival of popular production. Wednesday – Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $10 - $18. 478.471.PLAY. Thru June 26. 4220 Forsyth Rd.


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. College St. at Magnolia St.Blvd. Bring a picnic, chairs and a cooler and chill out in the park while enjoying free live music in a beautiful park setting. A cash bar is available on site.

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Get up close and personal with bugs with fun demos & activities. Celebrate the Museum’s 55th anniversary with special activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 478.477.3232. 4220 Forsyth Rd.

Crossroads Writers Conference: Margaret Jennings South at Sidney Lanier Cottage. Topic: “The Art of the Story.” Former film producer shares the keys to writing a good story no matter its format. 10 a.m. Tickets $10 $20. 478.227.0690. 935 High St.




Houston County Teachers named Gifted Teachers of the Year

Warner Robins Middle School gifted math teacher, Kimessia Hughes, and Veterans High School gifted English teacher Ike Thompson, were surprised when it was announced that they tied for the honor of “Gifted Teachers of the Year” at the Houston County Association of Gifted Children meeting. Hughes, who has taught math for four years, was awarded the title of Master Teacher in 2010. Her principal, Dr. Donald Warren, stated, “Ms. Hughes is a great teacher who is always prepared and ensures that her students are on task and learning the performance standards of the mathematics curriculum. She continually challenges her students at the highest levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Ms. Hughes has participated in numerous activities while at Warner Robins Middle School such as GPS Curriculum Task Writer, Better Seeking Team, 21st Century ASP teachers and the Spirit of SACS Committees.” Veterans High Principal Lionel Brown stated that Thompson “…is a tireless learner himself, continually seeking out new research and readings and attending conferences and trainings to better himself professionally and to improve the quality of learning for his students.” In February, Thompson was recognized for his work and dedication by being named the Georgia Council of Teachers of English 2010 High School Teacher of the Year. Thompson is training for Advanced Placement English Language this summer to further his reach in the teaching of high-ability students in Houston County. As a published writer, Thompson sees the importance of expanding reading to further build vocabulary acquisition and develop writing skills, and he continually looks for ways to hone his craft.”

Kathleen resident fourth winner of Museum of Aviation Foundation Raffle

Kathleen resident Joe Black is the winner of the fourth Museum of Aviation Foundation Pre-Raffle Bonus Drawing held on June 1. Black won a $250 restaurant gift card and will also be eligible for all future drawings, including the Grand Prize drawing of a new car or $30,000 cash, to be held on July 16. There is still time to purchase raffle tickets to be included in the remaining Pre-Raffle Bonus Drawings. Remaining Pre-Raffle drawings will take place on June 29, the prize is an Apple iPad, and July 13, the prize is a $250 restaurant gift card. The $100 ticket also admits two people to the July 16th auction and raffle featuring over 400 auction items on which to bid, a Taste of Local Cuisine from 30 restaurants and caterers, and entrance into the drawing for Grand Prizes of $30,000 cash or a new car or truck; 2nd prize - $3,000 and 3rd prize - $1000. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Museum of Aviation Foundation at (478) 923-6600.

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PHS AFJROTC Place in Softball Tournament

Perry High School’s AFJROTC (GA-066) traveled to Moody Air Force Base to compete in an annual multi-service regional softball tournament in Valdosta, Ga. The tournament is sponsored by the Lowndes County AFJROTC unite and hosted by the First Sergeant’s Association from Moody AFB. Both GA-066’s teams placed. The “B” team placed 4th. The “A” team went undefeated and won first place, defeating Lowndes County High School (also pictured) in a hard fought 4-1 victory for GA-066. “For the record, GA-066’s A Team has not lost a game in six years,” said Col. Craig Lightfoot, Perry High’s Senior Aerospace Science Instructor and GA066’s coach. He added, “What this year’s team lacked in talent, they made up with sheer determination and teamwork.”



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Morningside Elementary Student top 3% in Statewide Fundraiser: Jump Rope for Heart

Student Malachi Anderson was the top fundraiser at Morningside Elementary School for the American Heart Association Jump Rope For Heart event; raising a total of $1,034. He is also the top fundraiser in Houston County and ranked 26th in the State, which is the top 3% for Georgia. Malachi was awarded prizes, including the top prize of a trike (pictured above), as well as a letter of appreciation from the American Heart Association. 5


FAMILY-FRIENDLY | highlighting family activities around HoCo


The money crunch is even crunchier during the summertime, when the kids are out of school and eager for fun (or just distraction) and we all want to create some special time together. Hence, the Staycation solution: a weekend of memorable family fun on a single tank of gas.

RACHEL HELIE ith gas prices soaring and no promise for their decline, our vacation dollars don’t stretch that far. No worries! One needn’t go too many extra miles to have a great family vacation. Central Georgia is host to a great many hidden gems. Our area is rich in scenic natural beauty, gorgeous waterways, and possesses a rich and diverse history. All you need is a sense of adventure! The city of Cordele, a straight shot south on I 75, is the official beginning of the shortline rail. This is an experience that can be tailored to individual passenger needs, whether you desire to shop the historic downtowns for an hour or two, or stay overnight at one of the many hotels and lodgings along the route. Excursions are available each weekend from June through October. There are several trains from which to choose. Each run has a layover town, and the towns along the route are unique and special each in their own way. Cordele, said to be the watermelon capital of the world, ships more watermelon from their State Farmers Market than anywhere else. The oldest festival in Georgia, the 26th Annual Watermelon Festival takes place from June 3 – 26. If you happen to take a car trip to Cordele, do not leave town without a visit to the Salt Lick Sausage Company. Buy some


steaks to take home! Lake Blackshear is within walking distance of Cordele’s historic downtown. Its 8700 acres extend to the Georgia Veterans State Park depot. The grounds and resort offer an experience complete with a golf course, a marina for fishing and water sports and facilities for camping and picnicking. Cottages, managed by the Lake Blackshear resort, are available for rent and each has a cozy patio looking out over the lake’s calm waters. Find peace and quiet here while dozing on a conveniently close swimming beach or at the nearby pool. Next stop is the town of Leslie, which hosts one of most whimsical little museums you can imagine, the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum. It features a variety of obsolete technologies, from switchboards to rotary telephones. It also houses classic cars, art and antiques in a renovated cotton warehouse. Ten miles down the line, you will find Americus, a true Georgia gem. It is home to the Historic Windsor Hotel, a 100-room, fivestory, Victorian structure, complete with tower, turret and its own ghost stories. Guests claim to see the silhouette of Floyd Lowery, the doorman and elevator man of the Windsor, haunting the halls of this magnificent hotel. An on-site pub is his namesake. Amelia’s restaurant is also on site boasting Victorian décor and a diverse menu. Be sure to sample the crab cakes with peach salsa, finish off with

a Praline basket for two. The Windsor has received many awards and has been prominently featured in some of the most prestigious papers in the United States. The grand re-opening, last June, was attended by the former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. With his wife Rosalind by his side, he cut the blue ribbon for the grand re-opening in 2010 commemorating the Windsor’s extensive renovation. Americus is a place close to Jimmy and Rosalind Carter’s hearts, and it isn’t hard to see why. Habitat for Humanity’s international operational headquarters and the Global Village are located in Americus. Habitat is a non-profit organization that the former president and his wife have been very active in supporting since 1984. “To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others”, President Carter once stated and that sentiment is palpable in this small community. The Global Village contains replicas of the many different structures that Habitat for Humanity is responsible for building all over the world. From examples of poverty housing to models of homes in Guatemala, Papua New Guinea and more, the Global Village is not to be missed. Find out how to volunteer while you are there. After the tour, take in a show at the historic Rylander theatre, which is within walking distance of the Windsor. The Rylander was built in 1921 and has been restored to its original grandeur, seating over six hundred guests in modern comfort. It boasts state of the art sound and theatrical equipment to maximize the experience of theatre afficianados. The next show debuts June 26, and features the Missoula childrens’ theatre performing “The Princess and the Pea”. After seeing an early show, take a walk to Café Campesino, a 100 percent fairly traded coffee bar, and feel good knowing the “joe” you sip has exploited no hard working farmers. Try a latte or a chai and purchase some fresh biscotti while you are there. Don’t forget to pick up a roast to take home as a souvenir. Plains is the next stop on the SAM shortline and something special: the birthplace of Jimmy Carter and his current home. Walk over to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site to view the former President’s house and the Carter campaign museum. Then head over to Plain Peanuts to try some of their famous Peanut Butter ice cream. Don’t fill up on sweets and take advantage of the restaurants that Plains has to offer because our next desti-


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nation is a place out of history. Archery is the last stop on the Shortline , and the final depot is literally steps away from President Carter’s old front porch. His boyhood home, you can explore the farm he grew up on in much the same way he did as a child. The SAM Shortline is a definitive Southern treat and not to be missed. From the lessons of history to the exploration of modern concerns, it is at once a trip that is wholly pleasurable and an experience that may change you forever. For more information about SAM Shortline, visit the website at


SAM Shortline Tickets Coach- Seats are not assigned. Adults $27.99* Seniors (62+), Veterans or Military $25.99* Children(2-12) $17.99* Premium Americus Car This premium car has tables and chairs for parties of 2 and 4, ceiling fans and carpet. Tables may be assigned. Adults $35.99* Children $25.99 Adult-Only Hawkins Car Ages 14 and older. Reservations must be made over the phone to make sure we can meet your needs. $35.99 WALK-UP Tickets (when available) Coach Class from Americus Adults, Seniors- $13.50* Children (2-12) $8.50*

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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.

MICHELLE RECOMMENDS Where she works? Johnny’s New York Style Pizza Hometown: Warner Robins

Friends Bar & Grill Serving up your favorite homestyle dishes, along with famous burgers, chicken tenders and other bar food staples.1129 Russell Pkwy,225.1165 LD • BAR • $.

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 • $-$$ Hwy 96 in Kroger Shopping Center. Open Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm. 478.988.0220 Mellow Mushroom In 1974, three college students in Atlanta opened the first of what has now grown to 100 restaurants. Each one locally-owned and operated, with their own distinct, funkified flavor. Gourmet pizza, original sandwiches and a large drink menu. Family friendly! LD • BAR • $-$$ Located just off Bass Road at 5425 Bowman Road, Macon.

The Tavern at Southland Station American dining at its finest. Entrée choices are vast and the portions are plentiful.Whether selecting seafood, chicken or beef, diners are sure to be amazed by the succulent USDA prime-aged steak, fresh fish and unique daily specials prepared by

What she recommends Stromboli with pepperoni, Italian sausage and pineapple

Favorite Restaurant other than where you work? Genji’s, I love the Hibachi Chicken. Executive Chef Mike Vinson. Ask about the crab cake weekend special. LD • BAR • $-$$ 117 Russell Pkwy (near Southland Station), Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight. For more information, call (478) 929-5126 or visit the website at

Allen’s Stone-baked Pizzeria Handmade dough, special requests, and X-box 360’s Kinect make this the perfect place for the family. 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 turkey, pork chops and all the normal fixins for a

good ole southern barbecue can be found at convenient locations. $-$$ 102 South 1st Street (near the base) 478-923-0800 & 866 Ga Highway 96 # D 478-988-0292

Shakey's Pizza Parlor With an all-you-can-eat buffet offered in addition to their special pizzas, Shakey's is a family-friendly place. Offering specials for kids, military and senior citizens, there's something for every taste. Don't forget the fried chicken and cinnamon buns or you'll be sorry! Friday night, enjoy a special catfish and shrimp buffet. LD • $; $$ Hours of operation Sun. - Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 785 N. Houston Rd., 478-923-5381

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, Cuban, & Puerto Rican cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients, choice meats, seafood, and rice & beans. LD $-$$; 713 Watson Blvd., by Nola Brantley Library; 478-922-6700. Hours M-W 10:30 - 3 p.m.;Th-Sat 10:30 - 7 p.m.; Sun. 1 - 5. Rusty's Downtown Grill & Bar Appetizers, Beef, Seafood and Pasta entrees, kids meals, large selection of desserts and full bar. LD - Lunch $; Dinner $ $$ $$$ 807 Carroll Street, Perry, (478-224-7878. Mon Thurs:11:00 am-9:00 pmFri - Sat:11:00 am-10:00 pm Grampa's Catfish House Seafood. LD $ $$, 2907 Watson Blvd (by Target) Hours Sun - Sat noon - 10 p.m.


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DINING OUT | local dining spotlight “Everyone loves the fish,” said waitress Shirley Estes, “and the fried green tomatoes and pickles, too.” (The fried pickles aren’t on the menu, so ask for them) Not a seafood fan? That’s okay, while the others in your party enjoy the fish, you can have a Rib-Eye Steak or a grilled chicken salad along with Fried Okra, squash, grits and more. Be sure to leave room for dessert: fried pies ala mode. There is a special lunch menu with prices as low as $3.99 and Greg promises that you will get your order in 10 minutes or less. Dinner prices are reasonable, there are even dinners for 2 ranging from $17.99 - $23.99. All you can eat dishes range from $13.99 - $16.99. Kids can choose

items from their own special menu and, if they are under 5, they eat free. And if the great food and welcoming atmosphere weren’t enough, Grampa’s Catfish House is making a difference in the community: offering military discounts of 15%, planning a fishing event for the future, and helping non-profits and churches. From dishwasher to boss, the tables have turned for Greg and his family. Now his “Uncle Mike” is washing dishes while he keeps things running smoothly; but the family tradition remains the same: serving up some of the best catfish in Houston County. Grampa’s Catfish House is located at 2907 Watson Blvd. To call in an order, call 478-333-2302.



e comes by it naturally, the fish business—it runs in his family. His aunt Betty Walters owned the Shipwreck, a community favorite for all things “fish” and he started his journey washing dishes in her restaurant. So when he was researching franchises for investment, it seemed a perfect fit for him to choose Grampa’s Catfish House. “It’s not just a restaurant to me,” said owner Greg Wilson, “it’s a YESteraunt.” And he really means it. From the moment you walk through the door, you are welcomed like one of the family. Want something that’s not on the menu? Just ask for it—your wish is their command. “When we first opened, some customers requested sweet potato fries and we got them in.” And he must be doing something right because even Mayor Chuck Shaheen has given his endorcement, “No doubt, the best catfish in town!” There’s a reason Grampa’s Catfish House is fast becoming a community

favorite, the portions are large, the price is small and the food is fantastic. I’m not one who usually orders grilled fish, I like my fish battered and fried. But I took advice from the master and ordered the Grilled Lemon Pepper Catfish over a bed of rice. It was served with a side of cole slaw with just the right amount of tang, two pickle spears, red onions, lemon wedges and the best hush puppies I’ve ever tasted. The menu boasts that only Farm Raised Catfish from Arkansas and Mississippi is served at Grampa’s Catfish House. Why is this such a big deal, you might ask. Because these are the highest catfish producing states, they have more experience in preparing them. Special care is taken to remove the brown film that can usually be found on grilled or filleted fish making these succulent filets taste more like a white fish and less like, well, fish. Not a catfish fan? That’s okay, there are plenty of other dishes to choose. Shrimp, Tilapia, Flounder, and Whiting fish rounds out the seafood fare. 9


A HISTORY OF THE BASE On June 16, 2011, members of Robins AFB, Georgia and the 21st Century Partnership, along with a myriad of other national, state and local leaders and citizens, will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the base at a party at the Museum of Aviation. Many might ask, why that date? The answer is simple. On that day 70 years earlier, the late Congressman Carl Vinson sent a telegram from Washington to local civic dignitaries, led by Macon Mayor Charles Bowden, announcing that the U.S. War Department had selected a site across the road from the sleepy whistle stop town of Wellston, Georgia, as the location of a new southeastern Army Air maintenance and supply depot. That announcement brought a mood of elation to Middle Georgia! Heavily burdened by the weight

of the Great Depression, Macon area leaders had long been working for the location of a large industrial complex amid the region’s dairy farms and pecan orchards to break the cycle of grinding poverty local citizens had suffered for nearly two decades. What was originally called the Georgia Air Depot was the Godsend that would bring new hope to the region. From the outset, the cooperation between the military and new flying field


was nothing short of amazing. Local business and political leaders could not do enough to help the construction of the new installation. On August 14, 1941, the land on which the depot would be built was opened to construction crews. While there were actually several official ceremonies to commemorate this beginning, the official ground breaking took place on September 1, 1941, with the first depot commander, then Colonel (soon to be General) Charles Thomas presiding. At first, work progressed at a moderate pace, but when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II, things accelerated to a fever pitch. By April of the next year, the flight line and many of the most important buildings had been completed. By May, the first aircraft had begun arriving for depot maintenance. The local communities were excited by the new jobs and proud to contribute to winning the war in such a major way, they insisted that there be a ceremony to dedicate what was, by now, known as the Warner Robins Army Air Depot at Robins Field. While the War Department was reluctant to celebrate anything since the war was still very much in doubt, they finally relented, and plans went forward to dedicate the installation on Easter weekend 1943.

The Dedication of Robins Field


t was the day after Easter Sunday, April 26, 1943. The weather was perfect in Middle Georgia. A light breeze introduced the spring day to the thousands gathered around a temporary stage and podium erected at one end of a newly constructed runway. There were generals and VIPs of every kind, all present to dedicate the new Army Air Force facility. The name of the new air field and depot would honor the memory of Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins – one of the Army Air Corps’ first General Staff Officers and commander of the Fairfield Air Intermediate Depot (FAID), Ohio from 1921 to 1928; Deputy Commander of the Materiel Division, Wright Field, Ohio, from 1931 to 1933; and Commander from 1935 to 1939. War Department located this new air depot in Georgia believing it would be part of a long-range plan to prepare American defenses in case of war. Instead, America’s entry into WWII turned the facility into one of America’s most vital military bases. Located 16 miles south of Macon, Georgia, and bordered by the Ocmulgee River on the east and the sleepy little Southern Railroad station of Wellston, Georgia, on the west, the flat former dairy farm tract soon began to be reshaped into what is today the largest industrial installation in Georgia. Known as the Georgia Air Depot during the early days, the Depot's name has had many incarnations during its history. During World War II, it was re-designated seven times. It was known as: the

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Southeast Air Depot, Wellston Air Depot (WAD), Wellston Army Air Depot, Warner Robins Army Air Depot (WRAAD), Warner Robins Air Depot Control Area Command, Warner Robins Air Service Command (WRASC), and Warner Robins Air Technical Services Command (WRATSC). At the end of World War II, as its function changed and satellite bases were closed, the name changed again, and it became the Warner Robins Air Materiel Area (WRAMA). Its designation changed to its present form in April, 1974, when its new world-wide responsibilities led it to be renamed the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC). Builders completed the new airfield’s industrial and cantonment areas on August 31, 1942. The second and third phases were completed by April 10, 1943. As a rule, parades and military celebrations were held to a minimum during World War II, particularly in the early years when the outcome was still in doubt. Neither the President nor U.S. military leaders deemed it appropriate to hold formal military ceremonies since nothing had been won as of April 1943. In the case of Warner Robins Army Air Depot (WRAAD), the local citizenry were so enthusiastic and so insistent, the depot commander, Col. Charles E. Thomas, agreed to hold the dedication ceremonies. An earlier example of this local fervor had been the willingness of Wellston city fathers to rename their town Warner Robins on September 1, 1942. This action allowed Thomas to name both the Field and the Depot after his mentor and friend, the late Brig. Gen. Augustine (pronounced with a silent e) Warner Robins. On April 26, participants and spectators began gathering at Robins Field about 9:00 a.m. An hour later, troops marched onto the field in mass formation. They were reviewed by Maj. Gen. Walter H. Frank, Commander of the Air Service Command; Maj. Gen. Walter Reed Weaver, Commander of the Technical Training Command; and Col. Thomas. As Master of Ceremonies, Thomas declared, “We have assembled here today to pay honor to a distinguished American soldier, Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins.” He noted that such ceremonies were “a little unusual when the country is at war” but added that “the keen interest and pride...displayed by our local ample justification...for this dedication.” Chaplain Charles E. Lunn gave the invocation and was followed, immediately, by the principal speaker, Maj. Gen. Weaver. In his speech, “General Robins as I Knew Him,” he proclaimed that Gen. Robins was “an outstanding Air Corps officer who, along with others, laid the foundations for all that you see today.” He described him as “human” and “all that you would like to know as a man.” He concluded by charging those present to “take General Robins as your example,” for if they did, “there would be no fears of the success of this installation...”

Original Hangar Building in 1944. Main Gate to Robins Field, Fall 1943.

Macon Mayor Charles L. Bowden followed by officially presenting the deeds for the Depot property to General Frank and the U.S. Army Air Force. In receiving the site in the name of the Commanding General of the AAF, Frank declared that: [This field and station are dedicated today] in memory of my very dear friend, General Warner Robins,... He was unrestrictedly a gentleman. This city and this state should feel proud in the legacy of his name for this station. Not only was he an efficient, outstanding man, a devoted husband and father, but with it all he was a leader of men. I hope this depot, as a monument to him, will be as outstanding as was his stature. Colonel Thomas concluded by recounting the general’s career, and noting: It was my special privilege and pleasure to be closely associated with General Robins for a period of about six years. I came to...admire him profoundly.... I cut my teeth and experienced my growing pains under his fatherly and inspiring influence. It is common knowledge among all of his friends that one of his outstanding qualities was his ability to inspire his men with unquestioned [loyalty and devotion].


homas also asserted that, “I doubt that any single individual has had any more to do with the development of what we now know as the Air Service Command than Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins.” He concluded, “It is most gratifying that such an important project bears the name of one who held supply and maintenance functions so close to his heart, and who inspired so many improvements in the performance of these functions.” At 2:00 p.m. that same afternoon, ceremonies moved to Macon where the AAF Band offered a concert followed by a parade from Central City Park, through downtown, to the Municipal Auditorium. More speeches followed

given by Col. Thomas, Gen. Frank, and Mayor Bowden. These were augmented by comments from City Attorney J. Ellsworth Hall and Chamber of Commerce President Cubbedge Snow. That evening, the officers’ wives held a reception, followed at 7:30 p.m. by the annual Macon Chamber of Commerce Banquet held at the Hotel Dempsey. General Frank was the featured speaker. The honored guests were Mrs. Augustine Warner Robins (Dorothy Gretchen Hyde) and the General’s three daughters, Mrs. Frederic (Dorothy Robins) Gray, Elizabeth “Betty” Warner Robins, and Helen Hyde Robins. The previous morning, they attended memorial services to honor Gen.

Robins. Betty, representing the family, presented Chaplain Lunn with a family altar cloth sewn by Mrs. Robins’ mother, Louise Gretchen Hyde. Known as a Fair Linen cloth, it was presented to the chapel as a Robins family gift to honor the General. Among Mrs. Robins’ most vivid memories was the “sweet and cordial” way she was treated by Generals Frank and Weaver as well as the spectacle of low flying B-26s, B-24s, and P40s. She recalled that “Steve’s (Col. Thomas’) speech was splendid...he is the ideal choice as first commanding officer of Robins Field.” The next day, as Gen. Robins’ family departed, Mrs. Robins recalled that, “I couldn’t describe adequately how completely delightful everything was. It couldn’t have been better. This model, modern field is a wonderful glorious memorial to our Warner.” 11

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LIBERAL vs CONSERVATIVE What is the criteria for being one or the other?


TINA WHITTLE Middle Georgia resident, fiction writer & liberal

hat if the government put something in the water that made everyone politically conservative? Imagine — a substance like fluoride, only instead of preventing cavities, it would prevent liberalism? Two or three drops in the water treatment plant, and within a week or so, a 100% Right Wing Statesboro would emerge. What would this place look like? What would its citizens eat? What would they wear? And how long before Dick Cheney purchased it for his very own? My thoughts are running this way because I just finished listening to John Moe's Conservatize Me: How I Tried To Become A Rightie with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith and Beef Jerky. Moe is an NPR commentator who lives in Seattle — that right there is as fine a left-leaning resume as one could ask for, and it's no surprise that Moe puts himself in that category. Yes, he says, he's a liberal. But then he ponders how much of his left-leaning orientation is a product of his liberal upbringing and current ultra-crunchy environment? What if he'd been raised by Ronald Reagan and Ann Coulter in some Republican wonderland like Rexburg, Idaho, whose constituency voted for George W. Bush at a rate of 94%? But then Moe asks an even more provocative question — what if he tried to deliberately change his liberalism, like one might eat oatmeal to reduce a high cholesterol count? What if by putting himself on a steady diet of conservative media, conservative music, conservative food, even conservative dress, he could become conservative? Of course, this begs the question —

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what exactly are conservative tastes? Moe defines such as patriotic t-shirts from WalMart, cowboy boots, Cadillac Escalades, Rush Limbaugh, country music, and red meat, preferably beef jerky. And religion, lots of hyperbolic, sin-obsessed, Biblethumping, church-going religion. None of this spiritual stuff. Looking at this criteria, I could qualify as somewhat conservative. I mean, I got married to the guy I went to the high school prom with. I changed my last name to match his. We had one child, dutifully post-nuptial. I attend church regularly. I own guns. There's a big honking SUV in my backyard and a freezer full of cow parts in the garage (said SUV being so massive as to not fit into the garage). I also think that beef jerky is the bomb. Of course my i-Pod carries much more Green Day than Lee Greenwood. Those cow parts are 100% grass-fed organic. And there's a really good, environmentally sound reason for that SUV, I promise. But do these things make me liberal? I don't know. Sometimes it feels like the one thing that separates me from conservatives is that I don't believe in inflicting my morality on others. But the reality is there's LOTS of morality I want to inflict on people — no badness to helpless animals, no littering, no full-frontal nudity at the Bi-Lo. Moe says that the liberal vs. conservative divide goes like this — liberal answers are complicated, conservative ones are simple. I'm not too sure about that either. My conservative friends and acquaintances are some of the smartest, most well-reasoned people on the planet. They think about complex stuff. They make tough decisions sometimes. In the end, neither liberals nor conservatives have the monopoly on common sense.

Neither side has the higher moral ground. Neither side has all the answers. And what if this is how it's supposed to be? What if, amidst all the debate and pointby-point comparison, there isn't a right way to be found? What if the Great Experiment that is American democracy relies not on one great truth, but on the push-pull tension between different perspectives? Think about it. Liberalism is about revolution, pushing the boundaries, and social change. It rejects the solutions of the past in favor of bold exploration of the future. It is transformative, inventive, and chaotic. Conservatism on the other hand, is about foundation. It favors the steadfast and the firm, the four-square principles and procedures that got us this far and can surely carry us even further.

A totally liberal society would spin apart at the seams. A totally conservative one would collapse under its own weight. Like gravity, which is exactly the right balance to keep our universe chugging along, democracy requires a dynamic alliance between these two opposing forces. America needs both liberals and conservatives to be America — that's my radical conclusion. So I think I'm going to plaster my SUV with "Save the Whales" bumper stickers. Just to make sure I'm doing my part to keep America strong.


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Savannah Hill (and dad) - Warner Robins, 1st Grade, "I'm having fun at daycare!" - photo taken at Stevi B's Pizza Kaylin Porter, Warner Robins, Kindergarten, "Swimmin'!" photo taken at Stevi B's Pizza Ian Bailey & son, Bonaire, "Working and training for a new job."

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QUIT VOTING FOR WEINERS quately represent them. Even the President, to an extent, is a "representative," and not a "leader", in the sense that even the President will be viewed by suppose by now you've heard the story many others as the "face" of the of Representative Anthony Weiner and American people. When the President his internet . . . stuff. Maybe though, speaks, people usually listen, so it is kind you have not, due to the fact that you no of important to have some assurance that longer care, or are no longer surprised he'll say good things, on our behalf. Part of the when stories like this solution to the "represurface. It's just another sentation deficit" politician making a huge comes from being blunder and lies about it, completely honest with who probably won't be ourselves about the voted out of office. ideals we believe in Apathy is underwhen we go to the standable, given what polls. We're not going politics has devolved to see any changes if into. So, rather than to people continue to go torch Anthony Weiner— to the polls on Election because there are plenty Day with no preparaof news outlets doing tion and no regard for that at the moment--and their moral fabric. to talk of him specificalSadly, many of these ly would be a redundant decisions are based waste of space here, I solely on which party a turn the focus instead to ...rather than to torch candidate belongs to or the voters. We ultimately who’s campaign ran Anthony Weiner—because hold the power to choose who will "represent" us there are plenty of news the most TV ads, instead of certain charas Americans. outlets doing that at the acteristics that might Joyce Meyer once make for a good "repsaid, “Don’t let your talmoment--and to talk of resentative." ents take you where your him specifically would be a There is no character can’t keep depth beyond that, no redundant waste of space you.” This is good informed and watchful advice for us personally here, I turn the focus voter, ready to make as well as corporately. instead to the voters. the politicians feel the We put these talented wrath of accountability men and women in by power of a vote. Furthermore, it should office to be the face of America, to be our be evident that politicians of both parties leaders, but oft times their character leads do not always remain faithful to their us down to the depths of moral depravity. party's platform, so the partisan strategy is We once fought a war with one of the becoming increasingly ineffective. So let’s most powerful monarchies in the world at the time, for a very simple and justified try something new, let’s demand more of demand for "representation." The question ourselves and take the time to do the homewe should ask ourselves is, "Do we need work to choose people who will represent leaders as badly as we need people who us with honor—whose character can keep them where we put them. adequately represent us?" A few traits I'd find admirable in a I'm not suggesting that representatives politician: Honesty, Consistency, Fidelity, cannot be leaders, but rather, that leaders and some sense of a moral compass. I tend do not always make effective representato even award "brownie points" to polititives. Americans give much credence to the cians who I might not necessarily agree ideas of 'self-government', so it's entirely with, but at least I can walk away from possible that we're capable of leading ourthem knowing exactly where they stand. In selves (such is a characteristic of a free a field of hypocrites, even that assurance society). We've got the leadership part covered, in that sense, but the representation alone can provide some peace of mind. Such a politician might not earn my vote, if issue needs improvement. Please consider this: When you go to I cannot find agreement with him or her, the polls every two years to vote (those but at least, perhaps, that person will get who do vote), you make a decision that you my respect. So I implore you, my fellow will likely live with for another two years, up to us to demand that Americans—it’s at least, depending on the term lengths of our leaders represent us in a positive fashthe office. To put it bluntly—out of a nation ion and that they hold each other accountof over 300 million people, the American just throw your hands up in able. Don’t voters must narrow their selections down futility, you do have the power to do someto just 435 people in a House of thing about the decline of America’s repuRepresentatives, 100 people in a Senate, tation…when you vote. For all our sakes, and a President/Vice-President combo. They'll make a decision as to what let’s stop putting “Weiners” in office. candidate in the running would most adeANDREW JONES A 24 year-old that wants to make a difference



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noticed his struggle to utter a word, but wanted to address contributing factors and treatments anyway. She dug out an informational speech therapy pamphlet from her paper mound of a desk, handed it to me, and prepared to discuss likely triggers as she clumsily settled herself into a child-sized chair. While searching

typical day in our home starts off the same: at 0600 the calm darkness is uniformly shot by the sharp shrill of the Colonel’s (my husband) nickel-plated whistle, the kids and I (the troops) have I report to the galley to serve food to thirty minutes to leave our the unit, but only after the Colonel slaps warm beds, pull the sheets so me on the ass, gives me a lecherous tight as to pass a coin’s bounce look, and says something about test, and prepare our bodies for “women‘s work.” Believe it or not, the day. After the Colonel’s many people think that’s all true... final whistle pitch, the troops stand flush against the hallway wall. for a way to begin, she lobbed out, “Since All of the troops, plus the two dogs, your son is being raised by a military offiare now accounted for, standing stiffly at cer, he may be afraid to—” attention, and in perfect formation in the I stopped her there, finishing her family room. After approving the state of thought with “[my son] fears speaking our quarters, the Colonel meticulously out in such a repressive environment”. checks our grooming and makes sure we She slightly lowered her chin, spread her are properly pressed and tightly tucked. lips into a straight line, and looked (We are not allowed to report to the wall upwards at me with understanding eyes. I with zoo breath.) He then commands the took my hand and reassuringly patted her remote to blare “Reveille” on the speak- forearm and pled, “Despite him living in ers while an image of the American flag an officer’s home, he is not being any proudly waves on the TV screen. more contained than any other child Next we march to chow while chant- being reared by a responsible adult.” The ing the original 1908 Caisson Song, teacher seemed a little embarrassed, yet “Over hill, over dale, we have hit the relieved to find that her student was not dusty trail as our caissons go rolling living out his childhood underneath an along…” I report to the galley to serve iron thumb. food to the unit, but only after the Colonel Truthfully, there are times when slaps me on the ass, gives me a lecherous some military pillars, like the rules of look, and says something about engagement or the chain of command, do “women‘s work.” trickle into our home. So the stereotyping Believe it or not, many people think can be applied here and there. Like when that’s all true. For example, when my son the kids choose to ignore my husband’s was in pre-school he had a slight stutter. I call of “Time to go!” that he wishes he was distressed and wanted to nip it in the were Captain Von Trapp from “The bud with quick intervention. I decided to Sound of Music”, who could simply blow confer with my son’s teacher because she a cadence in his whistle and immediately was many years my senior and had so his family (the troops) fell into lock-step. much more experience in early education However, as a reality check I offer this: and children than I did. Captain Von Trapp would also burst into At the conference I presented my song at mere signs of joy or contention observation of my son’s impediment. The without ever being tagged to visit the teacher remarked that she hadn’t much mental health clinic. 13


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WHERE IS EVERYBODY? Well, I am glad you asked. In no specific or preferential order, Failtrain’s stoppin’ at The Cavern on June 11th. Ransom is back in full force, playing at Friends II on June 17th. From Within will be at Shenanigan’s on June 10th and at Applebee’s in Perry on June 18th. Homeless Hill is gonna groove at Kippers Sports Grill on June 17th followed by Steve & Mike on June 23rd. Southern Psykology will be at Friends on the Hill, June 17th as DrunkFunk AcoustiCrunk…Electrified. Also at Friends on the Hill, we have Corruption with Deepest Gray on June 24th. Chris Neal is jamming out at Bouchez on June 19th and El Cotija Mexican Restaurant on June 25th. The Cavern presents 2 Finger Jester on June 18th, hosted by The 11th Hour. Florida Rock Band, Simone and the Supercats, will double your pleasure with two shows at Yesterdaze, Friday 24th & Saturday 25th. Eddie Stone is in Europe with Doc Holliday, yes it’s a drive, but oh so worth it. Still, you can catch Rob Walker with Phil and Machelle Palma at The Tavern at Southland Station on Russell Pkwy, Wednesdays starting at 6:30pm. To all of you mentioned and those

I missed, have a great gig, wherever you may be. If I missed you, email me at And, well, there you go.

OPEN MIC MIGHTS Yes I said mights. Within one week of moving to Warner Robins from Florida, I had started an open mic night at Shenanigan’s, which I thought ‘might’ work. It only lasted five months but they were five great months. It’s true I didn’t get many people at once, but was able to meet many fun players from novice to awesome. With Cody on drums and Wynn on Bass, we could always wing any number of songs. So, I’m here to promote open mic nights and encourage you who wish to be better at your instrument or voice to try one or two out. Go sit in with Live G8rz at Shenanigan’s Mondays from 6-9 then head North to Kippers and chill with Jason Taylor Hobbs and Darin Curtis. How about Wednesday night at The Hangar? Joseph and Dawn are servin’ up heapins of great jams complete with drum set and Bose speakers. I guess all I can say is that nothing will challenge you more as a musician than sitting with people more experienced than you as well as people who need a little direction. You just never know when you’re going to get a uniquely memorable experience like a good open mic night. I’d love to hear your

thoughts on this so email me at and I’ll post your quotes in the next issue.

HEROES MUSIC FEST Hearken unto my voice all ye bands and band-related people! An awesome opportunity has recently come on the scene. HMF is looking for a band to fill a slot at the music fest and is hosting a Battle of the Bands to find it. Here’s the skinny, bands should go to to sign up. Bands must perform 2 originals and 1 cover. They will be judged by a celebrity artist, a producer from Nashville and Jason Hawk of Q106. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place including cash, recording time and a chance to play onstage, September 10th at the HEROES MUSIC FEST, held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

BASS YOURSELVES I think it appropriate to wish our fellow musician, Mark Fobus, a fine bass player and person, a solid farewell as he sets out overseas. We’ll miss you and look forward to your safe return. You can catch Mark’s last show with Failtrain at the Cavern this Saturday, 11th.


I decided to take a little cruise around town last week and see what was going on. I began my evening at Kippers enjoying a great Reuben and some of Bruce Brookshire’s all request hour along with the other patrons. Bruce is a gifted entertainer and an encyclopedia of songs. I would have spoken with him but he never stopped playing… Cool. Then I snuck up to Shenanigan’s and caught the first half of The Wayne Minor Band with guest drummer Leroy Wilson. Yeah, I’ll have the funky originals, heavy on the keys please. Nice job guys. From there I popped into The Cavern for a few minutes to say hi to DJ Kidd Star and check out the scene. As expected, the scene was groovy with a mix of dancers, pool players, ‘conversators’ and drink makers. Finally, I made it to Yesterdaze where I listened to the amazing voice and remarkable instrumentation of Big Daddy and the AllStarz. If you think Warner Robins doesn’t have a merited, marketable musical scene, think again. It’s only going to get better. My compliments to all you cats.

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Corruption Specials FRIENDSon ON THE HILL food and drink Simone & the Supercats YESTERDAZE KARAOKE KARAOKE SAT 6/25 with DJ Dale 5/20: Sidewinder Joey Stuckey TIPS VIP LOUNGE LIVE MUSIC 5/28: Neon Jug Band

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Friday, June 17

Southern Psykology @ Friends on the Hill

Saturday, June 18

2 Finger Jester @ The Cavern

Friday, June 10

From Within @ Shenanigan’s Pub

One of Warner Robins favorite duos playing acoustic country and alternative covers. Steve ("Steve & Mike") & Creamer ("SLICE") have joined up to jam on some tunes that neither of their respective bands play. ... Or that they don't play that much. Or that they play all the time, & they still want to play them for you. The story behind their new name is that they are 2 guys who were pulled "from within" to two other bands to jam together. So it should be interesting to see what FROM WITHIN pulls out of their new songlist!!! Come have some fun with us! Oh, and expect SOME COMEDY... cuz they just can't help it!!

Started by Pat and Lance as a studio-only hip hop group, They put "Girl Why Don'cha? (Chicken Biscuits)" and "Drop Dat Booty, Baby" on cd's and on the net in the spring of 2008. The cd's kept getting scooped up and requested, and show offers kept coming, so in early 2009 they collaborated with Mark Holland and did shows for the next year(ish) as a hip hop trio, with Lance playing guitar live. During that time The also continued to write and selfreleased the "Beer and Loathing in Warner Vegas" EP, which grew into an entire album before the year was out. Their live shows include metal, hip hop, funk/rap freestyle, and covers that range from White Zombie to Jerry Reed to the Beastie Boys.Stay tuned for the rest of the zombie apocalypse, plus even more hip hop, plus covers that you ain't never heard

Voted the #1 Cover Band in Middle Georgia for two years running by 11th Hour readers in our annual Readers’ Choice Awards, 2fJ is a great band playing the hits from the 80’s that you loved to rock out to in your tight faded jeans. Led by Warner Vegas native Mat Weber, this is a rocking show that you don’t want to miss. Hard working musicians, great stage presence and a massive repetoire to please every age in just about every genre. The 11th Hour will be there giving away koozies, the Cavern will host awesome drink specials and 2FJ will rock your face off. This show is our first 11th Hour Presents... make us proud WarTown. 15


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FRIDAYS: Pool Tourney 8:30p




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TUES. JUNE 14 Member Appreciation Night 6-8pm

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