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AUGUST 19 - SEPT 2, 2011 VOL 1, ISSUE 11




LEARNING TO LOVE LEARNING Our Houston county schools outperform many in the state, based on CRCT scores, but in light of the recent scandal, many parents are asking, “Are those scores a fair representation of my child’s education?”

Friends on the Hill still rockin’ Robins after 31 years Homeless Hill CD Release Party at The Cavern Robins Little Theatre Presents “I Ought to be in Pictures”



1239-B Russell Pkwy. Warner Robins / 225-9325

Tattoo g n i c s & Pier


2812 Watson Blvd. Centerville / 333-3453







s the November 8th election approaches, candidates are tossing their hats into the political ring vying for 3 council seats. As editor of this publication, it is not my intention to support one candidate over the other; however, on occasion I will be offering my personal observations regarding comments made by the candidates. In a recent article by Macon Telegraph, a City Council candidate made a comment that made me question her agenda. Alexandra Talley, who is running for the Post 2 City Council seat, stated “The focus of our electorate needs to be beyond just the (law enforcement center) and Commercial Circle.” In a Houston Home Journal, Talley stated, “We need to move forward, to be more progressive.” As I see it, the renovation of Commercial Circle and the building of a law enforcement center are indications of moving forward and being progressive. In a nation that is obsessed with “going Green,” Warner Robins officials should be commended, not criticized, for their desire to give Commercial Circle a facelift. Revitalization of this area will benefit the

entire community. #1 – It is a fact that the area between Davis Drive and Robins Air Force Base has become riddled with drugs and crime. Ask any police officer and he will tell you not be come to this area of town after dark. #2 – College students, who come to satellite campuses located downtown, would like to have an area to relax, get a bite to eat, and study. There’s not much to offer them at this time. #3 – RAFB employees and enlisted personnel need shopping, dining, and entertainment located close to the base. By renovating this area, businesses will have a reason to come to the base rather than the base having to travel to the west side of town. #4 – As RAFB’s closest neighbor, Warner Robins is a reflection of the base. Specifically, the downtown area is the “front porch” to the base…and boy, does that front porch need cleaning up! Do tell, Ms. Talley, what area of Warner Robins would you focus on? In your opinion, what part of our city needs attention more than Commercial Circle, Davis Drive and east Watson Blvd?

15 days Not to miss events in the next two weeks





Middle Georgia events just down the road Local Hero creates new music festival to honor our military on 10th anniversary of September 11th




The 11th Hour’s exclusive bar & music schedule




Local dining hotspots, number crunching







The dish on Fatz Cafe

A weekly recap and local community news & views


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CONTRIBUTORS 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.


Should the Sunday Sales Referendum be approved in the Nov. 8th election?


LABOR DAZE AT SHENANIGAN’S PUB Gena DeBoe - “In the interest of building up the city & keeping us out of the red, yes...we should vote yes for Sunday sales. Regardless of your belief, we need to support the city.” Fathma Carlisle - “Yes. Because it will get people to come out on Sunday afternoons and boost our restaurant business.” Benny Brantley - “Yes. We're losing business in town because they're going to other towns.”

Worth the Drive...

Mark your calendar, worthy events in Macon

Fri August 19 Downtown Friday Fest Downtown Macon celebrates Fridays each week with Friday Fest. The streets of downtown Macon are alive with music, art, and great food every Friday of the year. Free concert in Third Street Park featuring Scott Little Band: 6-9 pm. This storytelling four piece band has more than succeeded in their goal of making real music. Pulling from influences such as Haggard and Parsons, they make music the old-fashioned way, they live it…then they play it. Children’s Play Area: water slide, face painting, sand castle building, giveaways and more from 5 until 7 pm on the fountain side of Third Street Park. Free event.

Sat August 20 Bonner Creek Bluegrass in Forsyth 8pm – 10pm. 23 W. Johnston St., Forsyth, GA Join us for a return engagement of the Bonner Creek Band at the Rose Theater Saturday, August 20th, at 8 pm! Bonner Creek performs traditional bluegrass, contemporary bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and traditional country music in the bluegrass style. Tickets are $15.00 for general admission seating. For more information, call 994-0443.

Oh Dorian @ The 567 Stage with Whale Bone Oh Dorian seemingly crept out

of nowhere, moving quickly from tiny dive bars to famed listening rooms like Eddie’s Attic and opening gigs for acts like The Indigo Girls and Modern Skirts. The power of her voice is matched only by her seriousness and dedication as an artist. At first sound, she’s as morose a singer as we’ve ever heard. 533 Cherry Street, all ages show. 8pm. Admission $5.

Thur August 25

DSEL Promotions Present: BASS FACE w/ Heroes x Villains + Mayhem + Yacht Rock Revue at The Hummingbird, Macon The Yacht Rock Revue picked up three awards in the 2010 Creative Loafing Best of Atlanta: The Critics Pick for "Best Excuse To Get Drunk With Your Dad" and the Readers Pick for "Best Local Overall Music Act" and "Best Cover Band". To get an idea of what this band is all about, view their music videos on their facebook page; from Hall & Oates to Donna Summer, these guys will have you singing, dancing and drinking to your favorite classic hits of yesterday. 430 Cherry Street. 741-9130

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Natasha Fox + Pharmer. An All Ages – $5.00 w/ College ID. The Cox Capitol Theatre 342 2nd Street – Macon, Georgia

Sat Sept 17

A full afternoon English Tea to benefit the Historic Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry Street, Macon.A seating for 12 people will be offered at 5:00 p.m. The cost will be $25 per seat and will offer a tour of the 1853 Greek revival home and gardens. For directions and to RSVP 478-745-5982.

Join friends and neighbors for a “covered dish extravaganza” with live music, free with a dish to pass! A guaranteed recipe for fun.


8:00am - 5:00pm, Entry Fee: $20 First HAND, Second Hand: $5 Start Point: Yamaha of Byron; 300 GA Highway 49N Byron. Stops Include: Lane Southern Orchards; Roberta Town Square; Warner Robins Hooters: End at AP's Hidden Hideaway Macon. The festivities will also include a 50/50 Drawing; Door Prizes, Entertainment by DJ Scottie; Live Bands For More Information: David (478)808-9601

Sacred Heart Tattoo Party at Element Nightclub in Macon, the number one dance club in middle Georgia. Super giveaways all night from Audio Zoo, Sacred Heart Tattoo and Monster Energy. DJ Kermit on the 1’s and 2’s. 10pm-3am. Admission $7 for 18-20, $5 over 21.


BUSINESS EXPO & TASTE OF THE CROSSROADS The Perry Chamber of Commerce presents Business Expo and Taste of the Crossroads on Thursday August 25, 2011 from 4pm7pm. This is a Family Fun event with food, fun and great prizes. Admission is $1 per person. 1060 Keith Drive, Perry


2ND ANNUAL RACE FOR EDUCATION 5K/10K/1 MILE FUN RUN 8:00 AM at Middle Georgia Technical College, 80 Cohen Walker Drive. Warner Robins, GA 31088


LABOR DAZE AT SHENANIGAN’S PUB Shenanigan’s Pub is hosting their annual Labor Day Covered Dish Extravaganza! What the heck is that you ask? Well, it works like this. You bring a covered dish, you eat for free or just show up and pay only $5.00 for the giant spread laid out before you. You better believe that the chicken and ribs provided by Terry Bridges are the best in the county. Entertainment is provided by Leroy

Wilson, Rob Walker and many other local greats. It’s a guaranteed recipe for fun. Food service will start at roughly 5:30 – 6:00 and music starts at 7:00. Bring a friend, bring a covered dish and bring your dancing shoes.

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WARNER ROBINS LITTLE THEATRE PRESENTS “I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES” Comedy by Neil Simon. Play-dates: September 2, 3; 8, 9, 10, 11 (Mat); 15, 16, 17. All Showtimes: 8:00 pm evening, 2:30 pm matinée. I Ought to be in Pictures isn’t one of Neil Simon’s better-known plays, but it follows the scientifically proven formula of classics like The Sunshine Boys and The Odd Couple: when apparently incompatible individuals live in close proximity they generate friction, which creates sparks of comedy gold. Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French. Inc. 502 S. Pleasant Hill Road, Warner Robins. 478-929-4579. Tickets: General Admission: $15 Student, Senior Citizens and Military: $12.


THREE RIVERS SYMPHONY A Free Community Concert at the Hawkinsville Opera House, 3 p.m.


INTERNATIONAL CITY FARMERS’ MARKET Corner of Watson Blvd & Davis Dr, Warner Robins 2- 6:00 pm. For more information, call 478-225-7626. We're at the peak season for great tomatoes, watermelons, eggplant and so much more!


‘POLITICALLY INCORRECT’ AT THE BUTLER BROWN GALLERY The Butler Brown Gallery on Watson Blvd in Warner Robins, behind Chick Fil A is having a Politically Incorrect art show that will hang the month of September. Submissions due by Aug 30, there will be a reception on September 23rd 5-8pm that is the last time you can put your vote in for your favorite piece of art. The Gallery hours are 10-5pm Tues through Friday 10-3 on Saturday. Hope to see you there for this interesting art show!



LOCAL HERO CREATES NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL TO HONOR OUR MILITARY ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11TH JENNY MURR “Each day in Katar we would have a fallen warrior ceremony to honor the fallen warriors who had passed away that day,” said Charles DeJournett, a 10-year Air Force Veteran and a current member of the 116th Air National Guard. That memory is the catalyst behind his vision to create an event to honor heroes of every kind. “We want to honor the memory of people who have given all and those who, on a daily basis, who give so much.” The 10th Anniversary of the tragedy of September 11 seemed to be the perfect time for DeJournett to launch the first Heroes Music Festival. “We want to create an annual event that, no matter where it’s held, will impact the local communities by honoring their hometown heroes: firemen, police, rescue, medical teams, etc,” DeJournett said. At this first event, they will work with leaders from the Wounded Warriors Project to bring in and honor wounded warriors from Georgia; when it is held in other areas of the nation they will bring in their local wounded warriors. The Air Force Reserve “Generation Band" will kick off the four day festival on Thursday, September 8; followed by Rodney Atkins, Darryl Worley, Sessions Road, and more. The Friday lineup includes Jonny Lang, Delbert McClinton, Wet Willie, and Leroy Parnell to name a few. Saturday offers performances by Skillet, Drowning contain logistically. The military had been Pool, Saving Abel, Days of the New, Sponge, following the progress of the event on the and Kill Devil Hill. Sunday marks the end of Heroes Music Festival Facebook page and the event with music by Building 429, Ashes contacted Dejournett about holding the Remain, The Letter Black, Rapture Ruckus event in a more secure area. and many more. The event “It was Thanksgiving and a platoon chaplain & his assistant, in offers more Bagdad, went out to distribute flyers to the local community when than just music. a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing them and injuring 20 solOther activities diers. One of the guys who was on the C-cat team was missing both include a fun of his legs and arms, he was also badly burned. The Army flew his zone and the family over to see him. He was just a 22 or 23-year-old kid with a “Big Slide”, Air family of his own. His son was looking at his dad in shock; his wife Force Reserve stared at her wounded husband. I thought ‘here’s a young couple Band, Army whose life was changed forever.’ It’s that kind of sacrifice that we A e r i a l want to honor at the music festival. We want to always keep the Parachuters, spirit there of knowing what freedom has cost us.” Operation Troop Aid and –Charles DeJournett, Heroes Music Festival Founder military disLater that day, the Atlanta Motor plays. On September 10, Robin Meade will Speedway contacted him about bringing event sing the National Anthem and a special presto them. “We met with the speedway and they entation will honor wounded warriors. had everything we needed in a facility. We “We are pleased in the outpour of wanted an outdoor experience, but with hard artists who are not only willing to share their facilities and a police community. There are talents, but understand the importance of over 100,000 people at Nascar races so we the message and significance of Heroes knew that they could handle the people who Music Fest overall,” said DeJournett. “This would show up for our event,” he said. will be a memorable affair for all Americans Heroes Music Festival will be held at and music enthusiasts from every corner of the Atlanta Motor Speedway on September the country.” 8 – 11. Single day passes begin at $65 ($55 riginally, DeJournett planned to for Military/Civil Service). Four-day passes hold the first event locally on prop- begin at $99 ($85 for Military/Civil erty located just off the Interstate Service). For more information, including by the Georgia National Fairgrounds. ticket purchases, full artist lineup visit the Vietnam Veteran Bruce Douglas offered his website at or follow Facebook page at land, several hundred acres, for the event. their But as the event grew, it became too large to

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CRCT, THE THREE R’S, AND LEARNING TO LOVE LEARNING RACHEL HELIE or parents, teachers, and students across the state of Georgia, the news of the CRCT cheating scandal in Atlanta was alarming to say the least. In a matter of a few days, Georgia’s public school system became a national laughingstock. Currently, 179 teachers and administrators are on paid leave in the Atlanta Public School system and we are left to wonder; “How does this affect our children? What does this mean for us?” Our Houston county schools outperform many in the state, based on CRCT scores, but in light of the recent scandal, many parents are asking, “Are those scores a fair representation of my child’s education? Is my kid being cheated?” According to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, all schools in Georgia have been investigated for signs of cheating. Compared to counties like Bibb where 2 schools presented severe concern and twelve others moderate, Houston County has come out of the scandal unscathed. Only three of our county schools have been flagged as presenting mini-


mal concern: Miller Elementary, Peal Stephens Elementary, and David A. Perdue Elementary. Dr. Eric Payne, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for the Houston County school system states that “Houston County has always emphasized integrity in testing.” This is the “Houston County Way”. The CRCT, or Criterion Referenced Competency Test, was implemented in response to No Child Left Behind and the statewide curriculum, GPS (Georgia Performance Standard). Currently, two thirds of the states in the nation use this model. It measures the extent to which schools comply with a standard of what is considered acceptable learning. Each state determines what is acceptable. Non-norm referenced tests, like the Criterion model, cannot be used as a standard to determine whether a child is gifted or may need access to special education. The tests have been heavily criticized by many in the education community as being unfairly biased in favor of more affluent school districts, where resources are more abundant, and

restricts further the availability of grants and you throw what amounts to a final exam at elefunding for schools already operating on shoe- mentary school children.” string budgets. To insure integrity in testing, consistent The motivation for cheating is found in training is provided to school level testing the need to make AYP and the potential mon- administrators and the tests are kept in a secure etary awards that are offered when a school location with limited access from only a select achieves the three year few. All testing administraAYP mark. Alfie Kohn, a tors are presented with the Our Houston county leader in the movement for State Code of Ethics. They schools outperform progressive education has attend a discussion on testmany in the state, stated that “the more poor ing integrity. Teachers sign children fill in worksheets based on CRCT scores, the tests in and then sign on command (in an effort but in light of the recent them out immediately after to raise their test score), completion. scandal, many parents the further they fall behind Mortimer Adler, President are asking, “Are those of the Board of affluent kids who are more likely to get lessons that scores a fair represen- Encyclopedia Britannica help them understand stated in an article for the tation of my child’s ideas”. Mr. Kohn writes in New York Times, education? his book, The Dangerous “Immaturity is an insuperaMyth of Grade Inflation, ble obstacle to becoming “It doesn’t matter how motivated students are, educated….The very best thing for our schools to do is to prepare the young for conwhat matters is how students are motivated.” An source, who requested to remain tinued learning in later life by giving them the unnamed, teaching in a North Georgia county skills of learning and the love of it….Our stated that “Morale related to the CRCT scan- schools and colleges are not doing their part dal is so low that I have teachers who don’t because they are trying to do everything else. even want to touch the test, lest they be And adults are not doing their part because accused or implicated in fraud.” Another most are under the illusion that they had comadministrative source stated that because the pleted their education when they had finished test measures the teaching practices of individ- their schooling.” Indeed, Dr. Payne emphaual teachers, “If a kid decides they just don’t sizes that “Knowing what our children are like a teacher, they will fail it, knowing that it learning opens the door for communication will reflect poorly on that teacher and fail about academics….the schools will provide parents with any help or information they can themselves in the process”. In the case of Special Education, the test to support the home learning environment.” Currently, there is no state standard is often administered without modification for its distinct needs. The Georgia school year is CRCT study program, as it is considered a 180 days minus an average of 24 days for holi- review of the academic year. Many schools do days and furloughs. Teachers must fight to offer these services if the funds are available to cover the material in the GPS and then admin- do so. Individual schools, such as Miller ister the test and prove they met AYP Elementary, recent recipient of the School Bell (Adequate Yearly Progress). At that point, Award for its after school tutoring program, says a source, “Much of the material that was offers this service free of charge after school covered throughout the year is ancient history hours. CRCT study guides can be found for to the kids. Out of sight, out of mind. There is grades 1-8 at the Houston County Board of just not enough time to review it all and then Education website

Perry High School Wins National Agricultural Program Award


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

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Crickets Bar & Grill Yesterdaze Bar & Grill Shane’s Rib Shack The Tavern Buffalo’s Hooter’s Shannon’s Cafe Mama Goldbergs MC Salon Color Me Pink Bedford Park Apts. Express Auto Hamby Auto Larry’s Giant Subs Bouchez

Allen’s Pizzeria Georgia Bob’s Shenanigan’s Roberto’s Mexican Wellston’s Diner Larry’s Giant Subs Starship Mellow Mushroom Middle GA Tech. College WR Music Store Chandler Collision Majestic Frames Touch of Magick El Tapatio Cafe Caribe Restaurant

Perry High School has won the Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program award for the Southeastern U.S., under the leadership of Dr. Phil Gentry, Perry High School agriculture teacher. The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) chose only four winners nationwide. Dr. Gentry will be recognized at the 2011 NAAE Convention in St. Louis, Mo., in November.

Sugar Magnolias My Fathers Place Wicked Art Tattoo U Roll Smokes


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


Emilio's Cuban Cafe (Hwy 247) Cavern at Southland Station

Johnny’s Pizza The Cavern Fusion Salon


(coming soon)

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 Hampton Place



ROBIN’S NATIVE REFLECTS HIS LOVE OF HOMETOWN IN ART AND DESIGN the festival. I wanted to make the point that the DDA didn’t need to go ‘out of town’ to get talented people to do this. I designed a series of concept logos around their theme ‘Remembering Yesterday, Celebrating Tomorrow.’ They chose a favorite so I also designed a new flyer to spread the word. Additionally I am donating 2 of my art prints for auction. One is depicting a WWI aerial combat scene called ‘Nieport 17 Victory,’ and a depiction of the B-29 Enola Gay called,‘Enola Gay at Sunrise.’ Each will be personally signed and framed.


orn in Miami, artist David Collins was raised in Warner Robins. Always creative,David enrolled in the Art Institute of Atlanta in Graphic Design and majored in 3D Animation. Having worked with some of the brightest in the industry, he has returned to Warner Robins where he is a full time illustrator and markets his many different design, marketing and art skills through his own web site. David is the designer of the new logo for the International City Fall Festival. I had the wonderful opportunity to ask David about the upcoming festival as well as his work. How unusual is the 3D? What can you add for the layman? 3D modeling and animation is building virtual objects and scenes in 3Dimensional virtual space. It took off after the movies Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park were released. I utilize that technology for services such as product concept mock-ups, design, animation and artwork. I can use 3D for pre-production concept design, video productions, web graphics, and high resolution art for print. It is my favorite form of production, combining art and design with advanced technology. It’s one form of production that is almost unique to me in the middle Georgia area and I want everyone to know what I can do with it.

I see your own avatar and something called Toon Up on your website. Whats up? Simple…you want to be a unique 2D character? I can make anyone a cartoon with a service I call a ‘Toon Up’ It’s not too unlike a caricature, and it’s meant to add to a client’s marketing and branding presence. It’s Fun! Are planes, cars, and motorcycles a personal interest? Are the images on your website for sale?

Yes and yes. Growing up next to RAFB I came to love military aircraft at an early age, but cars and bikes fascinated me, too. I started working on vehicle illustration as a creative outlet. Some people do landscapes, some do portraits. Give me an aerial battle to accurately and dramatically portray a dogfight and I’m good. Very soon all my art work will be available on my website as high quality prints, in varied sizes, signed and framed. I also plan to sell locally.

How did you become involved in the International City Festival? Facebook. A friend ‘Liked’it so I went to the ‘ICFF’page and the site and knew I wanted to help revitalize downtown Warner Robins. Soon I was collaborating with chairperson Gena DeBoe and her committee.

What do you want to see/do at the festival? I want a clear sky, cool weather and lot’s of people having fun and enjoying downtown Warner Robins.That way it’ll make my job as photographer that day all the easier. David offers a wide range of services on everything from media design, marketing, consultation, production design, to advanced 3D modeling and animation. Visit for contact information.

In what ways are you involved ? I volunteered to help re-brand and market

Any favorite or much admired illustrator/artist or historical period? Leonardo DaVinci is my biggest historic artist inspiration. He was the absolute perfect designer/engineer. I love science-fiction concept design, everything from Ralph McQuarrie to Ryan Church! I love the 1940’s and WWII. Nose Art on fighters and bombers painted by the talents of the day, especially Alberto Vargas, capture the beauty of the All American Woman. The great lines of classic 1940’s cars! And give me a P-51 Mustang Any day’ Of course this period of time is also when classic Warner Brothers cartoon shorts and Walt Disney films began too. Doesn’t get better than that. 7

GOT REIKI? www. soothingradiance www. .com or call 478.951.8988

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DINING OUT | local dining spotlight



ining at a new restaurant can be quite daunting, especially if it has a robust menu. If you are like me, you aren’t a risk taker; instead, you find something that looks familiar and it becomes your signature dish each time you return. What you don’t realize, and what I just learned, is that when we order something “safe” from the menu, we are cheating ourselves of a culinary journey filled with tasty treasures. In the past, when dining at FATZ Café, I would order Calabash Chicken and I was never disappointed. The plump chicken tenders, marinated for 24 hours, are hand-breaded and fried to perfection; paired with a side of ranch dressing, these golden fingers hit the spot. But this week, I allowed the manager, David Shaver, to choose my meal and I had an adventure that has forever quashed my desire to find something “safe” on the menu. Now I don’t like anything that is so spicy that my nose runs, so I would normally balk at the mere mention of anything Cajun and the word Firecracker would definitely keep me from ordering the dish. But the Cajun Firecracker Sticks were not too spicy and this turned out to be the second of two favorites of the day. The “sticks” are a combination of spicy Shrimp, andouille sausage, seared onions and peppers, spinach and melted Jalapeno

3 Great Locations!

131 Margie Drive 112 Russell Pkwy 805 Ga Hwy 96


Jack cheese rolled in flaky, crisp tomatobasil tortillas and served with FATZ Onyum Sauce and spicy ranch dip. By far, the Honey BBQ Chicken Nachos was the winning taste of the day. The tri-colored tortilla chips, topped with Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese, black beans and the World Famous Calabash Chicken tossed in honey BBQ sauce makes a beautiful presentation; and it tastes as good as it looks! But it’s a lot of food, so make sure you have a dining partner or order it as the entrée. If you’re looking for a new seafood dish, try the Parmesan Encrusted Basa fish. A Basa fish is a white, flaky, mild catfish found in Southeast Asia, mainly in Vietnam. Coated with Panko bread crumbs, aged Parmesan Cheese and lightly sautéed, the fish is served over a bed of rice pilaf. It has a buttery taste and is different than any fish I’ve ever tried. FATZ has a huge menu that contains so many choices that even the pickiest eater can find something; and prices range from $4.99 - $16.99. Monday thru Friday, a special lunch menu offers selections priced for any budget and time constriction. Dieting diners can choose entrees from FATZ Lite Side menu; all items are under 550 calories and packed full of taste. On Tuesdays, guests, at least 50 years young, can choose from a special menu

priced between $5.99-7.99; and for $10.99, Sunday diners can choose Turkey & Dressing, Pot Roast, Buttermilk Fried Chicken or Country Fried Steak (only from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.). And if you’re still not convinced to come to FATZ Café for a new adventure, here’s another reason to support this business: they support the community. FATZ understands the importance of community involvement and takes advantage of each opportunity they get to help out. Most


recently, the restaurant became one of the largest sponsors of the International City Festival, donating gift certificates as well as a Goodie basket to be raffled off at the event. Be sure to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win this basket at the drawing on October 1st. FATZ Café is located at 2715 Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins. Hours of operation are Mon-Thu 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; FriSat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. For information, call 478-971-1090.

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DINING OUT | dining hotspots and weekly dining deals

THE DISH dining hotspots BLD: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner BAR: Alcohol Served $: Entrees under $10 $$: $10-$20 $$$: Above $20


A Q&A with those in the restaurant biz

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.

RASHIN RECOMMENDS Where he works? Fatz Cafe 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,

What he recommends The ribs are excellent!

Favorite restaurant other than where you work? I like Cracker Barrel, my usualy order would be either the Ribeye or Meatloaf. fresh fish and unique daily specials prepared by 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.

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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

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There is an ongoing attempt to save money on base by using “scab labor� instead of full-blooded active duty members. Alas, the Catholic priests are next in line to be out of uniform (even though the are men of the cloth.) KAREN JONES RAFB wife, mother and aspiring novelist

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ne of the best things the military life has offered is a sense of camaraderie, but that is being snuffed out little by little. For example, it used to be that when a military member drove up to the base’s entry point that the troop was saluted by another troop. There was an undeniable recognition that both members belonged in the same weave and had the same way of life. But, now, the active duty member is likely to be waved through by Old Man River or some other out-of-shape hired guard who cannot dutifully salute military. (And can this dilapidated hired help actually protect the gate from a terrorist’s attempt to plow them down [eyebrow raised]? Is Rip Van Winkle prepared to sprint in hot pursuit and put a cap in someone’s ass, for real?) This is being contracted out because most of the military’s security forces are constantly in the war zones and the others are left on the base cover “more pressing� issues like, well, law enforcement. Too, there is an ongoing attempt to save money with scab labor instead of full-blooded active duty members in almost all corners of the service in varying degrees. That is easily noticeable from something like the grounds maintenance (talk about no “boots on the grounds�) to all ranges of medical personnel. However, one new contracting measure being put into place this summer specifically tunneled into my craw. Alas, the Catholic priests are the next in line to be out of the uniform (even though they are “men of the cloth�). Unbelievably, the new guidelines to save money, more-so privatize certain aspects of the military, and help keep the

Bishop’s private sector priestly needs met include hiring out the Air Force’s Catholic priests. It has been emphasized that “all efforts� [insert sarcastic ‘eye roll’] will be made to hire retired military priests to fill these slots, but it still reeks. (And, logically, if you “breed out� any incoming priests from joining the military, then one day there won’t be any retired military priests to hire---the well will be dried up.) These priests should be active duty. Real Catholic troops deserve real military priests. Imagine being a Catholic soldier on her death bed after being blown up in a car bomb and the only priest available for the Last Rites is some “Bagram-Come-Lately� who had spent the bulk of his years marrying couples and ministering at old folks’ homes, but not dealing with war issues? Would this really be of comfort to this soldier? She needs someone she can bond with; someone who feels the pain and struggles of being military, an active duty priest. Troops often approach their priests for hope and something to believe in before going off to a war zone. They are afraid of what might happen to them “over there�. A priest who has been in those combat areas and dealt with the all the ugly realities of war are much better prepared to handle these military-specific crises. On Memorial Day, my husband and I just lost a college friend (who was helping to build a new road) in a car bomb in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Mark Stratton. I sincerely hope his family was able to be comforted by a spiritual leader that truly knew and understood how they got to where they are now.




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o see live music succeed in this town is what we need. Well, we got it with a little place down off of Watson called ‘Friends on the Hill’. Owners Justin and Ryan Crofutt, brothers by birth, partners by choice and friends by the very definition of the word, have created one of the best live music scene in Warner Robins. Best put in their own words, “ We are not giving up on rock”. This is an establishment that has been around for over 31 years and after meeting with them, can tell you I expect to see them around for, well, a long, long time. I was immediately drawn to these dudes because we share a common language: Hospitality. Having backgrounds in all areas of F&B service and administration, they truly get the value of a handshake and a welcome to their establishment. They get how important it is to have an environment where people can have fun, be themselves and feel safe. They believe in great service and all you have to do is go visit Jennifer during Happy Hour Monday through Friday to experience that. Not only do they have great drink prices and fantastic food, they have the best cover charge in town and book the best local music in town. “We are proud of the local music here in town and feel that there will always be a place for musicians and live entertainment here,” Justin said. Bands like Plethra, Blood Country, Sidewinder and Ransom play there frequently and, whenever I talk to these bands, I always hear about how happy they are with this venue and how excited they are whenever they can book there. You can rest assured that Friends on the Hill is going to exceed your expectations when it comes to live entertainment and the overall nightlife experience. But wait, there’s more. They also have something for all you pool, dart and beer pong players. They host a multitude of events from APA 9 Ball & 8 Ball, soft tip and steel tip dart leagues and, as of this week, Beer Pong. There’s Funny Fruit machines, assorted other games and of course, a jukebox. I asked the guys about future plans and Justin told me they just want to “keep the tradition going.” They definitely have a game plan for their venue and it may involve things from an outdoor deck to new and innovative live music ideas; but, for the most part, they are just taking it day by day and enjoying the experience of being establishment owners. If you have not been by Friends on the Hill, go check them out, have a great beverage, try their awesome Hill-Philly Sandwich, listen to some great entertainment and have a good time. Tell them I sent you. Friends on the Hill is located at 104 Westcliff Blvd. and their phone number is (478) 923-2110. You can also friend them up on Facebook if you hunt down Joe Frisch, Justin Cofutt or Ryan Crofutt. Yes, they will respond and answer any questions you may have.

How often do people nowadays say we need more jobs? The reality is there are marginal changes we can make which will create local jobs. Next time you hear someone say we need more jobs, tell them it can be as simple as recycling. Recycling is probably the best form of base income we can create with little to no effort. Metal salvage yards and Happy Hour are two prime examples of local job creators, which turn trash into money. Not only do these entities generate revenue to the local economy, they also cut down costs to maintain our landfill. The faster we fill an area of the landfill, the faster money must be spent to expand. The expansion of a landfill is typically done by a non-locally based company due to low demand over reasonable driving distances. Keeping materials out of our landfill, which do not break down and give off methane gas, helps create a more efficient landfill. We are fortunate to have a landfill that turns methane into electricity with the assistance of Flint Energies. Common sense dictates, the higher the methane output is by volume, the cheaper and more efficient generating electricity would be. This concept applies to recyclable material such as glass, plastic, and metal, all of which are collected by local businesses and sold abroad. Electricity generated here, creates jobs here. The largest local economic impact is from selling recyclables to companies abroad; who then turn them into raw materials for new products. Surely, you have seen people picking up dilapidated grills, broken bicycles, and rusty lawn furniture off the side of the road in order to collect money at scrap yards. They then spend that money in local businesses. At today’s prices, an average pickup truck load will yield $100 to $200. The problem is that most people have small amounts of these materials to dispose of. We can separate scrap metals out of our trash can, into an old box and set it out to the road labeled free scrap metal. Somebody will pick it up. Or we can save up glass, certain plastics, and newspapers then drop them off at Happy Hour when we are travelling that direction. We will post a list of common household scrap metal on our Facebook page. We want to hear what your questions, concerns, and ideas are that impact Houston County. Find us on Facebook as Coalition of Concerned Citizens Houston County, or email us at



NIGHTLIFE | david brockway explores Houston County’s nightlife

I DON’T KNOW MUCH... But I know what I know and I know that a town without music and art is lacking. The quote ‘it takes a village’ comes to mind because it is truly representative of this thought. Warner Robins is a town comprised of many things. We have the Base, we have many business that call Wartown hometown. But what does it all mean if we don’t have culture and art and music. I encourage everyone who reads this to go out and support local music and expressions of art. Be it Rock or Jazz or high school performances or, here’s a great one, go listen to the Air Force Reserve Band play at the U. S. Air Force Museum of Aviation every Tuesday through the month of September. Here’s another one. Go check out the International City Festival to be held at Commercial Circle on October 1st from 9am to 6pm. Great music, fun and activities for the kids. There’s so many ways to support local music and art in our town but it’s going to take you to be a part of it. So I encourage you to make some time to go see that band or that art display or that festival and see what you’ve been missing.

LABOR DAZE Looking for something fun to do for Labor Day? Look no further. Shenanigan’s Pub is

hosting their annual Labor Day Covered Dish Extravaganza! What the heck is that you ask? Well, it works like this. You bring a covered dish, you eat for free or just show up and pay only $5.00 for the giant spread laid out before you. You better believe that the chicken and ribs provided by Terry Bridges are the best in the county. Entertainment is provided by Leroy Wilson, Rob Walker and many other local greats. It’s a guaranteed recipe for fun. Food service will start at roughly 5:30 – 6:00 and music starts at 7:00. Bring a friend, bring a covered dish and bring your dancing shoes.

YOU’LL LAUGH, YOU’LL CRY What’s better than Supercats? Yes it’s that time again when my favorite band from Florida is back in town at Yesterdaze to scratch, meow and purr they’re way through musical mayhem as they play the greats from Beatles to Lady Gaga and a few fantastic originals. This extraordinary band has played everywhere from Austin, Tx, to St. Simons, Ga., and it is really cool to see them pop in to our town every so often for a show. Recently, Simone & the Supercats won the revered BMA Award for Original Band of the Year and it is my honor to give them a shout out here in the 11th Hour. I had the opportunity to talk to the very talented Simone about our town, “Warner Robins is full of people who

Simone & the Supercats play Yesterdaze, August 19 and 20th.

have shown us love and support through these last few months and we appreciate all they do. We thank those who voted for us in the BMA process, we could not have done it without your love. Also thanks to David and Charlie and the gang for just being our friends and especially to Donnie, Cinnamon, Sandy Lee and all you guys for believing in us. Oh and Happy Birthday Donnie!” Bryan Dawson-Haley also mentions “It’s not the size of the town that matters, it’s the fun factor we have wherever

we go that determines where we book regularly. Tell Wartown we’re excited about this weekend and have a few surprises for you guys.” The other two members of this band are Andrew Cartmell, lead guitar and Solomon Michael Randelman, drums. Simone & the Supercats will be playing at Yesterdaze Friday 19th and Saturday 20th and then making a special appearance at Bouchez on Sunday 21st. If you have not caught these guys act yet…well, you know what to do.


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Phil & Michelle Palma DARIN CURTIS THE TAVERN, 6:30pm JOHNNY’S PIZZERIA LIVE MUSIC $1.99 drafts 2-4-1 drafts TRIVIA with Jim Cable EAT FOR 99¢ JOHNNY’S PIZZERIA 778 Hwy 96, Bonaire $5.99 Pitchers Simone & the SupercatsAKIDS all night Cash money pool tournament 8pm slice and a drink $1.99 drafts Tel: 988.0220 YESTERDAZE FRIENDS ON THE HILL $6 Pitchers all day SAT 8/20 THE TAVERN Special: 24oz draft and 10 wings $7.50 LIVE MUSIC Homeless THE TAVERNHill CD II Tuesdays: Martini @ FRIENDS $2 Eddie Stone $6 Pitchers $2 premier beers Release Party, Travis Denning Hold ‘Em 7:30pm 117 Russell Pkwy. Mondays: & Rob Texas Walker all day and top shelf drinks THE CAVERN Pool Tourney 8:30pm WEDNESDAYS 6:30-9:30 Tel: 929.5126 FRIENDS II DJ Drive til 2am DJ Drive THE CAVERN TEXAS HOLD ‘EM SPECIAL: INDOOR CORNHOLE TEXAS HOLD ‘EM FRIENDS II GRILL KIPPER’S SPORTS THUR 8/25 7:30PM 24oz draft and 7:30PM 7:30PM Trivia, $5.99 Pitchers Russell Pkwy From Within 10 wings $7.50 $5 to register POOL TOURNEY Karaoke @ JOHNNY’S PIZZERIA KIPPER’S (also wed & thur) KARAOKE 9pm SPORTS GRILL 8:30PM SHENANIGAN’S PUB Karaoke with Jason, 9:30pm Jeff Hilyer Simone & the Supercats KIPPER’S SPORTS GRILL YESTERDAZE THE CAVERN YESTERDAZE 710 Lake Joy Rd Indoor Cornhole 7:30pm, FRI 8/26 Tel: 287.6355 Karaoke 9pm @ FRIENDS II MONDAYS DJ Dance Party Family Guy Trivia, Spot Specials, THE CAVERN Eddie Stone & Rob Walker $5 Pitchers @ THE CAVERN TO GET YOUR BAR & MUSIC SCHEDULE LISTED, PLEASE EMAIL: 6:30-9:30 @ THE TAVERN Jacob & the Good People APA 8-ball Tournament 8pm FRIENDS ON THE HILL Steel tip dart tournament 8pm FRIENDS ON THE HILL FRIENDS ON THE HILL 14 AUGUST 19 - SEPT 2, 2011



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