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The Book Buffs of Gray have enjoyed meeting for more than a year now, discussing a variety of books with others who share a passion of reading.
“Miss Jane” lives her dream, taking care of her farm at the young age of 93.
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NOVEMBER 4, 2010 PLEAS OCT. 29 â€“ NOV. 5, A State vs. Danny 2010 offense of burglary. Upon nny Ray Kitchens offense off family violence Jr. â€“ 12 months for jail, suspended upon service of 120 day in State vs. Danny Ray Kitchens entry into detention center. battery, batte upon service Jr. four months of Defendant will remain hs in the Jones County Jones County Jail suspended â€“ 150 days in the on Law Enforcement Center, thee remainder upon entry into a OCT. 29 supervision until bed intensive probation state detention center of sentence space sentenc may be served Norman, Allstate Home Equity for 90 on probation. detention center where is available at state on. 11/3/10 â€“ theft by 67, arrested Corporation to by all rules and conditions â€“ 120 days, abiding she will serve from 90 taking, released Keith Weeks, 303 Dale days. until released by center â€“ 120 State vs. Daniel 11/3/10 Avenue, el Patterson â€“ 12 mon director. Upon release months for offense parcel numbers J69-00-12 from of simple battery, Calvin Lee Harvey, 30, attery, sentence may PROBATION MODIFIC defendant is to be returned the detention center, arrested J69-00-125, $130,000 6 and be b served on ATIONS to probation and serve 11/4/10 â€“ probation probation. . State vs. Justin Chapman â€“ up to nine months on State Bank and Trust revoke in full to prison intensive warrant (obstruction violation State vs. Dale Sharpe Company to Annie cases, same resolution (two to all the terms and conditions probation subject of an officer, â€“ 12 months ea ). Mae simple battery) each Williams, of four counts State thereof. Defendant 256 Wheeler of theft by taking will then be returned king misdemeanor. Counts vs. Kathryn Wood â€“ defendant parcel number J31-00-14 Road, Danny Ray Kitchens to regular probation subject Co one â€“ three shall have 40 are to run consecutiv Jr., 30, arrested 3, 3.23 hours to nsecutive original communit e but concurre t with terms and conditions acres, $27,000. y service added to her 10/30/10 â€“ simple . All conditions are count one for a totall of 36 months,concurren case. now special. State vs. Daniel Patterson family violence act battery under senten may be sentence Jr. served on probation. NOV. 1 bation. anger management classes.â€“ defendant shall attend Dean Watson Walker, PLEA OCTOBER 21, Mark Mario Furtado 30, State vs. Samuel Mark 2010 to David Yim, 143 State vs. Robert Cole 11/1/10 â€“ probation arrested Herndon â€“ 10 ye State vs. Wesley Potts Plum Street, parcel â€“ five years of probation years for the violation offense of VGCSA â€“ five years each count number J34A-00warrant, released 11/1/10 is CSA possessio methamph revoked to state penal one (terroristic threats and 105, $1,900. system. He will then return etamine, sentence may be served n of met acts) Maurice Deâ€™Undra Allen, and regular count two to probation supervision on probation. probatio (obstruction of officer as originally ordered. State vs. Destani Kathryn felony) to run concurren 11/4/10 â€“ probation 27, arrested State vs. Thomas Gilbert t for a total of five years. Upon Mann â€“ five years ye for the Johnson â€“ probation warrant (possession violation service of 120 days in is revoked in full to the marijuana and Jones County LEC, suspended state penal system. DUI) upon entry into probation detention center for 180 Terrel Jacinto Soloman, to 270 days. 11/2/10 â€“ probation29, arrested $ violation warrant, released 11/2/10 Crimestoppers is a program designed to Traffic citations as Christopher Daryl Tolen, solve crimes with the help of concerned filed citizens. This effective 11/3/10 â€“ probation 25, arrested the Jones County Probate with program asks that community members fight Court supplying leads and warrant (obstruction, violation information which may crime by Oct. 29 â€“ Nov. bringing criminals face assist in attempting to elude) fleeing or to face with justice. Driving with suspended 4, 2010. license, 5th offense Brandon Gabrielle Hudson, (1) Name: Lawanna Lawa Driving while unlicensed 11/1/10 â€“ probation 29, arrested Kaye Gilmore Gilm violation Name: Willie Lee Following too closely (1) warrant (no insurance Race: B; Sex (1) , improper tag, Sex: Johnson e F Headlight violation (1) Name: Frances failure to stop) Age: 35 Race: B; Sex: M Hunting over bait/deer Simmons Justin Arthur Pittman, (1) 20, Height: 5â€™4â€? Improper parking (1) Age: 48 11/3/10 â€“ probation arrested Race: B; Sex: F No insurance (1) Weight: 150 warrant (possession violation Height: n/a Age: 43 of MDMA) Passing in no-passing Tamekia Renice Morales, Offense: forge zone Weight: n/a forgery g in Height: 5â€™6â€? Safety belts violation/a (6) dults (1) 11/3/10 â€“ probation 32, arrested the first degree deg Offense: theft by Safety belts violation/in Weight: 240 violation fants (1) warrant (VGCSA) shoplifting Speeding (26) Offense: aggravate Willie Curtis Ford, 59, d Tag violation/n arrested ew resident registration cruelty to animals 11/2/10 â€“ probation (2) violation warrant (DUI) Travise Antwan Huley, 29, 10/29/10 â€“ failure arrested to released 11/4/10 appear, Anthony Gerard Harper, tudents, 11/2/10 â€“ probation37, arrested violation alu STOR mn warrant (DUI) 29 iâ€“ and Y AN NOV. 5 all attended OCT. D PH The following OTOS who 11/2/10 the Eric Morgan, 32, arrested Leslie Contractin g information BY C Jonesg Inc.Co $560.00 Schoo HUCK is gleaned from probation violation 11/2/10 â€“ Jones Count 11/3/10 un l HoDillon com THOM unty warrant, released incide y Sheriffâ€™s Depar Homes $235.00 ty Hig PSON igh 11/2/10 h tment and Gray nt reports, which are public were tre meTurner Oct. 28 Police Depar record, from ated to ing 2010 events Mario Quonte Harvey, a fun tment Oct. 28 the par 17, arrested wo Police nd â€“ Nov. ade found. 11/4/10 â€“ possessio Sgt. McColl erf 3, 2010. The woman was , pretty ollum um was n of alcohol by exciting charged dispatched to a person under 21, released girls and ul weather, with failure to Police local com cal storage mainta Sgt. 11/4/10 Giltz e-f in lane, DUI, even an was dispatc business at noon rom-behin Javaras Kenyae Solomon, victor DUI-less safe and hed to the high school concer oncerning a possession of less d footba parking lot at y last week. 11/4/10 â€“ possessio 19, arrested burglary. The manage ning than an 11:30 ounce n of alcohol by a.m. concerning Savann agerr reported ll of marijua person under 21, released finding the lock a ah Culver Marriag The Police officer Zimme na. complainant reporte 11/4/10 namtheft. missing ssing off a e licenses as filed with was edsomeon Kristy Lyn Rentz, 27, CHUCK THOMPSON/ the 2010 d that storage unit. He dispatched to Eatonto rman was arrested broke into her was Pre e Homeco the min called STAFF Jones County led the renter, daughtQue 10/30/10 â€“ DUI alcohol ciou And during Probate erâ€™sen who came and boyfrie g at 3:31 p.m. concern n Highway ndâ€™s vehicle the night cere rews. reported a ladder, In the foot sCourt open container, turning or drugs, monies halftime Oct. 29 â€“ Nov. before while pressure washer rted problem. The complaing a dog they on Frid were attending Greyho4, 2010ball game, the Above: The players, released 10/30/10 movements, and ay the Raven lWat inant reported stored inside were missingd tool box store OCT. 29 unds rallied game kins was night. four a neighborâ€™s dog and stole her purse footbal decked out in their William Chad Ridgway, run for two . The security th-quar had come into andneru Luther first 22, arrested book p bag. camera system Allen Owens, and Car the her yard and killed The purse had 49, to Anelter touchdo championship shirts, 10/30/10 â€“ DUI alcohol to defe showed wed a man in a oline Perr two new puppies beenwas wns at the found Hernande or Woo drugs, blue seco that Pascacio, 37. .A truck who was y zCou brown pit/lab mix dland-H morning on the as visors and medals, sing maximum limits 59 wearing a green nty 24-2 railroad determi nd runnerup dog approached nryy shirt and shorts 1 and kee enr released 10/30/10 in 35 mph, ned in voti Zimmerman while the alma mater after but the cell phone mem tracks, NOV. 3 cut the he lock and he it contain ng Henry their hop bersed es of mak p alive take the items. winning the Class AAAA Lewis Allen Shipman, 47, of was to the complainant. was speaking missing, as well the sen Carlby Evans, the 25, McColl ing it to llum arrested stattoeJamie as anAng um was able He advised I-pod el Will playRenee to identify the and the ior clas 10/30/10 â€“ DUI alcohol title on Saturday. Depue, book bag and school the neighbor of truck from queen, retu iams, the 200 s. 23. The hom offs. the rom the video (accident), DUI alcohol or drugs s.rned and went to the 9 er Scott ecomin Christoph contacted animal situation and Police Sgt. GiltzCulsupplie or drugs wasDay, home of the owner. to g 27, par respon pres control to held less Catherine ver safe, ade ded . Left: Taylor Dupree driving on roadways with to She reported her Thursda a shoplifting compla Rachel Hastings, Oct. 30 her crow ent laned noon, 22. daught sash for traffic, driving while hter int. at a local er and her going from y after-n and forces a Greenbrier boyfriend had grocery store at Grady Williams Police officer Hunnic used schMiller, or revoked (accident suspended 2:16 p.m.Ston 37, to Mary the high ool into runner out at second in Thee, ), released h utt was on morning. The daughtthee truck that manager reporte Ted Elizabethcou patrol at 12:02 10/31/10 the rece Joyner, 35.use town, past thee dretired placed err reported the rtho a.m. when he was the final inning. ntly boyfriend had Board of some items in a a man and alerted about a Heather Lee Hamby, dropped her off school brown NOV.on possible drunk 22, arrested 4 Rai back to the for an bag Education he appointment and while shopping, chairmpaper an, serv 10/31/10 â€“ DUI alcohol driver leaving a lroad ed as granJustin FranklinVar paid for a few returned around More photos can be DUI Johnson, local ious23, other t. 2 p.m. Both women ned items and then marsha to Victoria Street. l for the sch d alcohol or drugs or drugs, restaurant. Hunnic fast food left with the youth said d he was 24.football ool groups and found on page B5 bag game and Ann Proctor, utt observed the de. He and released 10/31/10 less safe, containing itemspara wearing a green car teams had race shirt nd shorts. he hadnâ€™t paid his wife floats in out of the parking and online at David Kenneth Dozier The man admitteMartha Neighbors reporte and the par lot, make pres for. a quick U-turn Jr., 18, arrested ade. d to d seeing shopliftente d roses Win the to the other side ng the man photos.jcnews.com 10/31/10 â€“ DUI alcohol ing. mem ning The walkin items were returne bers of to the Gre of g down the street West Clinton Street or Kristen Carr Award the hom yhound coming d to the store drugs, DUI alcohol orSenior to another and the man was for the into a side street. and then pull less all four address. A ladder matchiing rt on Frid ebes issuedcou pitched around safe, maximum limits drugs nigh ng the After stopping OCT. trespass form and t. a crimina l ay 29 â€“ NOV. description of the floa 2010 t allthe car he detected possession of alcohol 71 inof55,the games in banned from the the one stolen was the 4,t in olen was the smell of alcohol The store. Jones County by person found in the yard Class of parade othe from the driver, under 21, released Columbus, finishing of that residence. also(673) 2011. It tatives wer r senior represen who 10/31/10 took top Police officers Gray- (47) No one respond she had been drinkinadmitted Todd Owen Greene, the season with a 33-7 Garner e honors ed to best 39, cks on the Hunnicutt and Dalton BroandKahla BraddyMacon g. She failed door. The girlfrien knocks 10/31/10 â€“ disorderlyarrested roadside sobriet , record. She was 60-23 (4) hall decoration for thee two sheriffâ€™oks d called and Tor s deputie conduct, d the man, y tests and was during responded to aCauley. s i River homecoming released 11/1/10 in four years for the who Ladyreported he was arreste call North wee at d. (25) 10:05 At the jail k. Clifton yron with of four men wearin The juni p.m. a friend. A burglar in Byron David Shawn Flowers, â€™Hounds. Ridge Mid grams for alcohol she tested .202 Total Sch or clas masks 40, (749) y warran sitting tativegwas s represen tags ntt was and was charged in a vehicle outside dle ool won 10/31/10 â€“ DUI alcoholarrested obtained for the w with failure to the awa - collection a local Mar Total man. or drugs, store the mos i Hut signal turns, s $58,543. who appearedsophom rd for driving while license 84 Police officer Pennam t original to be waiting ore reprfor to, the D DUI-les suspended or s safe and an open DUI, designe esen revoked, open container on was on customers to was patrol at 3:05 p.m. container Cou d float, and best leave. , released v violatio Byrtne McKthetative n. A passenger and the when he receive 11/1/10 County officers arrived the, fres theytime inne in the car an alert to watch Jon d Nut the car hmahad w also cited was n repr for a possibl Andrew Wallace Dobbs, left.esen y, and ment floa rition depart- es for an open contain Officer Hunnic iblyy impaired driver. tative Savanna utt stopped a vehicle t won the v violatio er n. 11/2/10 â€“ false report19, arrested He spotted h award. matching the descrip d the judg of describ a for Jone Culver was crow esâ€™ crime, ed vehicle on Gray Police officer Garner tion in town. released 11/2/10 s County Only the driver Highway was and observed it High Sch ned the 20 was in the vehicle on patrol at 1:58 Chad William Arnold, weaving. After ool at Frid 2010 Homeco He reported he . a.m. when he 19, ter stopping the driver, min had ayâ€™s foot ob observe 11/2/10 â€“ condition arrested d a vehicle that men off at the store,dropped the ball gam g Queen Sen al discharge for ed appeared SEE MO the smell of alcohol he noticed possession of controlled ior Rav e. to that be they speedin were RE PHOT and called wearing masks g on West Clinton ed for halftime en Watkins was first, DUI drugs (marijuan substance Sgt. McCollum because they were Str Street. O OS PAGE ceremon He clocked it at to bring the alcoa), going to a Hallow maximum limits 76 lcoy at Grey named the first 59 mph sensor. C3 AND een in a 335 zone and made The driver tested in 55, released hound Stad runnerup Sheriffâ€™s deputy party. 11/3/10 positive ONLIN itive during the for alcohol and ium. Little was The driver smelled a traffic stop. E AT PH was dispatc arreste Demario V. Wilmore, hed to Thurm of alcohol and d. There OTOS.JC was also a strong 27, adm admitted he had 11:15 p.m. concern ond Drive at smell of burned NEWS.CO 11/3/10 â€“ theft by arrested been drinking. rned marijuana from taking, released ing He a faile failed drunk M roadside sobriet and 11/3/10 inside the vehicle disorderly person. CHUCK THOMPSON hicle,, y tests and so it was searche was arrested. He Christopher Shelley found stumbling The man was d and a partiall Staff Writer tested Kelley, 28, ally .104 grams y in smoked marijua for aalcohol and arrested 11/4/10 â€“ was arrested and the street. He na cigarette was was charged with battery under charged with spee speedin family violence g, DUI act, obstruction or Now all thatâ€™s left to play and DUI-less safe. :HUHSUHVHQWD hindering for are pride and the hope driving law enforcement officers, U more CRIME WATCH JURXSRIWRSUDQNH while license suspende page C11 G d or for a winning season. revoked
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retirement Jones County High’s principal of 23 years just as active as ever BY CHuCK THOMPSON
hen most people retire, they usually find something to do far removed from their former job.
John Trimnell, seen here at a softball game this fall, still attends most of Jones County High School’s sporting events.
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But not John Trimnell. He retired in 2006 after 23 years as principal of Jones County High School, but you would hardly know it. Trimnell is at the school nearly every day, still doing many of the things he did when he was principal – most of it as a volunteer. He just dresses a bit more casually now – T-shirts, tennis shoes and a ball cap have replaced the dress shirts and ties. He helps mow grass, picks up trash and maintains the athletic fields. He attends most varsity games, whether at home or on the road, and many of the junior varsity games, no matter the sport. When the Jones County Special Olympics softball team competed in the national games this past summer, he and wife Joy, who still works in the high school office, drove to Nebraska to support the athletes and coaches. www.JonesLiving.com
Whenever a coach or administrator needs help with anything, all they have to do is ask Trimnell, and he’ll be there – whether to paint, run to Macon for supplies, edge the base paths, haul dirt or repair a broken toilet. Often they don’t even have to ask – he’s there taking care of whatever needs to be done. He still keeps the concession stands stocked and helps stock the vending machines at the school. And he is a substitute bus driver, often filling in on a route two or three days a week, plus driving groups on various field trips or to competitions. And always, he’s visiting with people – students, coaches, teachers and parents. Many of the parents are former students with children of their own at the school now. Why does he do it? “It’s what I like to do,” Trimnell said. “I enjoy the associations with all the people here. I was in education 38 years. Working around schools and sports is what I’ve always done. I just enjoy staying around the school. There’re always odd jobs that need to be done, and I like doing them. I never was one to sit at home. “Plus the community here has been very good to us, so I feel I should give back to the community, if I can, and this is the way I do it.” And Trimnell says he can’t imagine what life would be like not being involved with the school staff and students. Those he’s worked with feel the same. “I can’t imagine what it would be like around here without Mr. Trimnell,” said Chuck Gibson, who succeeded Trimnell as principal. “He’s been a wonderful mentor to me and so many others here, and it is great that he’s willing to give so much of his time to be here helping and supporting everyone. There’s no way we could pay someone to do all he does, and he does it just because he loves it. He’s an amazing man.” Trimnell’s journey to Gray and career in education are an amazing collection of associations. He grew up on a farm in Hope, Ind., and had never been farther south than Kentucky until going to college at Valdosta State on a basketball scholarship. “I realized pretty early that farming was a tough occupation. We grew corn, soybeans, wheat, cows and hogs, and it was always a lot of work. So I decided I didn’t want to farm,” he said. Being from Indiana, it was a given that he played basketball in high school. “We were like the movie ‘Hoosiers,’ Trimnell said. “I went to Hauser High School, a little Class A school, and we didn’t have a football team. They still don’t play football there. But we had a pretty good basketball team. We won 14 games in a row my senior year.” He also played baseball and other sports and wound up winning 15 of a possible 16 varsity letters in high school. Trimnell was offered a partial basketball scholarship to Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. www.JonesLiving.com
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“They told me when I made the starting five, I’d get a full ride,” he said. But his high school coach, Bob Mitchell, explained he might be the best sixth man anybody ever saw all through college and never get a full scholarship if he took the offer. Instead, he knew a coach at Valdosta State and arranged a tryout for Trimnell. “Gary Colson was the head coach. He later coached at Pepperdine and New Mexico, and he was an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies. But, at Valdosta State, he had an assistant who was from Indiana, and he always recruited a lot of boys from Indiana. My sophomore year down there, we had four starters from Indiana. We went to the national tournament three of the four years I was there,” Trimnell said. Trimnell obtained a degree in math and stayed in Georgia when he graduated, taking a job as a teacher and coach at Camden County High School in St. Mary’s. “I coached girls and boys basketball, baseball and junior high football.” But, after only one year there, he was drafted and spent two years in the Army. “I was drafted in June of 1971, and the draft ended in July. But I was lucky to be able to go back to Camden County after I got out and worked there three more years,” he said. He also met Joy, herself a former basketball player, in St. Mary’s, and they were married in 1975. Trimnell and three other Camden County coaches left together to teach and coach at Cedartown High School in Polk County. While there, Trimnell obtained his master’s in administration and became an assistant principal. “The way they did things up there, once you became an assistant principal, you were in line to become a principal when there was an opening. Well, I was next in line to be promoted when a job at an elementary school came open. I’d always worked at the high school level and liked that, but I knew I was expected to apply for the elementary school job, so I did.” “Well, when I went to interview with the superintendent, he sat me down and said, ‘You don’t really want this job, do you?’ And I said, ‘No sir, not really.’” The superintendent told Trimnell that was fine, he was doing a good job where he was and another opportunity would come along. “I was happy to stay where I was, but I thought I’d probably lost my only chance to be a principal,” Trimnell said. But about a year later, the superintendent called and told Trimnell there was an opening in Jones County for a high school principal and he should apply. So he came down to Gray and interviewed with Linton Jordan, the superintendent in Jones County then, and was offered the job. A bit later Trimnell learned that Jordan and the superintendent in Polk County, Tommy Guillebeau, who later became executive director of the Georgia High School Association, had been college roommates. www.JonesLiving.com
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Trimnell is also a substitute bus driver, routinely filling in on a route or two each week, plus taking groups on field trips. â€œWhen the job came open here, Mr. Jordan called Mr. Guillebeau and asked him if he had anybody ready to be a high school principal, and he recommended me.â€? That was in 1983, when the high school was still downtown. During Trimnellâ€™s 23 years as principal, the new high school was built and opened in 1991, there was great growth in the county and the schoolâ€™s population, Jones County won five state championships (baseball, softball twice, cheerleading and one-act play), and the circle of associations continued to grow. In 1986, when Jones County needed a new girls basketball coach, a friend from north Georgia recommended Chuck Gibson. â€œWhen I first came to Gray, I officiated basketball some on the weekends just because I still loved the game and wanted to be involved,â€? Trimnell said. â€œThatâ€™s when I first met Chuck. He was www.JonesLiving.com
coaching at Monroe Academy in Forsyth, the seventh- and eighthgrade team or something like that, and I officiated some of his games. They werenâ€™t very good, and he would get on me something fierce during the games. I finally pulled him aside one day and said, â€˜Maybe you need to do a better job coaching them and stop blaming me.â€™ â€œAnyway, he moved on to the job up in north Georgia, and when my friend recommended him and we set up the interview, I didnâ€™t recognize his name. And he didnâ€™t realize he knew me until he showed up and walked in my office. He saw who I was and said, â€˜Oh no, I might as well go back home.â€™ â€œBut I told him to come on in and sit down and we could at least talk. And we did, and we hired him. And heâ€™s done a super job.â€? Gibson later coached boys basketball before becoming an assistant principal in 2000 and taking over for Trimnell when he retired at Christmas in 2007. â€œIâ€™m glad to help out however I can, but the job (being principal) has changed a lot over the years, and I sleep a lot better at night now,â€? Trimnell said. â€œHe has a lot more paperwork and other things to keep up with than I did, so any way I can help, Iâ€™m glad to do it. â€œItâ€™s all just a big circle, even here at the school and in the community. I coached the first softball team here in 1985, and some of the women on that team have kids playing on the teams here now. Thatâ€™s why I stay involved, go to the games and help out. Weâ€™re all part of that circle.â€? u
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The Humble Hands Ministry was formed in 2008 and had its beginning when youth groups from local churches got together to assist elderly and disabled people in the community needing ramps to access their homes. As the youths grew older and continued to want to help, the idea of the ministry was born. 14
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The 2006 Carr Project was spearheaded by the Changing Stations Ministry in Gray but brought together a variety of charitable organizations, such as the Mustard Seed Ministries pictured building the rear deck.
Local organizations serve their community while serving God
BY DEBBIE LuRIE-SMITH
ones County is a giving community, and its residents are always ready to reach out a helping hand when another is in need.
In addition to the numerous civic and service organizations in the community, the county has several ministries that are constantly at work to find and fill the needs of children, the elderly, disabled, or indigent. Three of those ministries are Changing Stations, JACOR, and Humble Hands. The ministries are all relatively new, and they www.JonesLiving.com
are each not only improving the quality of life for many in the community, but they are also demonstrating by the actions of their volunteers the blueprint of a Christian life. Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” It is easy to understand the message of these ministries without one word being spoken.
Changing Stations Ministry Founder and President Chris Smarr said the Changing Stations Ministry was originally founded in June of 2004 with a focus on ministering to women, missions, and marketplace ministry. The organization
is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and for the first two years, the focus was on missions to Honduras, Nicaragua, and helping with Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans. In 2006 Smarr said she felt led to keep the mission’s work local, and that year, Gray and Jones County became the ministry’s mission field and has remained its primary focus. “Our largest project to date was the home makeover project we completed as partners with the entire community, lovingly remembered as ‘The Carr Project.’ It started out as a small project with the goal of painting and patching a few holes and ended up being a complete home makeover that united the entire community on every FA L L 2 010
level – churches, businesses, and personal. It was a true blessing to work side-by-side with friends and neighbors with a desire to bless others in our community,” she said. Since then, the ministry has continued to participate in projects that range from helping a family rebuild after a fire to organizing and assisting with room additions, ramps and bathroom projects. The non-profit has worked with the Adult Education Center, many churches, food pantries, the Department of Family and Children Services, the Senior Center, the Exchange Club of Jones County, the Jones County Lions Club, JACOR, Humble Hands Ministry, and many others. “We have performed numerous smaller makeover/addition projects and have continued to assist other ministries as the need arose,” Smarr explained. “We also oversee the safe house in partnership with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department. We keep the house supplied with sheets, towels, dishes and other supplies, provide groceries to occupants as needed, and pay the monthly
utility expenses.” Recently, donations have been made to Angel Food Ministries at the Methodist church, JACOR, The Lions Club to assist with work on the road leading to the Boy Scout center, and scholarships for the Adult Education Center to keep students learning after earning their GED. “Currently, our main focus is on supporting the safe house and feeding Humble Hands workers. These projects are funded primarily with proceeds from bi-monthly bingo games held at the Lions Club and through donations from our community,” Smarr said. Donations can be mailed to The Changing Stations Ministry, c/o Chris Smarr, P.O. Box 1977, Gray, GA 31032.
following September. JACOR is unique in that it is a program set up by Jones Countians to serve Jones Countians. Money raised by the organization will remain in the community to help those who either live in the county or attend one of its participating churches. The vision of JACOR as stated on its Web site is to become the hands and feet of Jesus Christ through a coordinated countywide emergency assistance program to the people of Jones County through counseling, food, clothing, financial aid, and direction to available community resources. In a recent letter to the community, JACOR Board Chairman Jonathan Pitts said the board wants to take the organization to higher heights. “We would like to transform our Haddock JACOR facility into a community center to offer Jeff Terry was the driving force behind the more services. For example, we would like to partner with community churches to offer non-profit organization that began with an after-school programs, Christian events, a invitational meeting in November of 2004. computer lab, health and wellness classes, The corporation was chartered in May of and a cool place to take shelter during the 2005 and received its non-profit status the
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Top: Linda and Nate Carr (far right) were overwhelmed when they saw their renovated home for the first time; above: Chris Smarr (left), the organizer of the 2006 Carr project, speaks with Nate. www.JonesLiving.com
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I heard a wise man say once that we should all “love God and serve others.” You can change that around to, “love others, and serve God.” It works out the same either way, and I’ve found it to be a very good way to make it through the day.” JACOR VOLuNTEER EDMuND GRANT
hot summer and a warm place during the cold winter for seniors. These are just a few initiatives we would like to accomplish with the community center,” he said. In order to accomplish the goal, Pitts said they need financial support to help them remodel their facility. He is estimating it will take approximately $10,000 to remodel the facility. “We are planning to paint, repair plumbing, service the heating and air unit, update the flooring and landscaping. We are asking every business, church and individual to give a tax deductible donation of at least $50 to our Community Center Project. We believe there are at least 200 individuals and/or organizations that are willing to invest in this project,” Pitts said. The organization plans to start the remodeling project in January. JACOR’s accomplishments for 2010 include providing financial assistance to 12 families totaling $3,600 from January to March, holding its first annual meeting and fellowship in February, making a financial donation to the American Red Cross in April, sponsoring a Rising Star middle school student in May and the beginning of a Prayer and Pastries ministry as a time to receive counseling, participation in the Gray Station Better Hometown Daylily Festival in June, and being awarded a $1,000 grant from Tri-County EMC’s Operation Round Up to purchase back-to-school supplies and providing school supplies to 95 students in August. JACOR also received The Jones County News 2010 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Non-Profit Organization. Edmund Grant said he volunteered with JACOR once and was hooked. He said he became involved because of a favor he owed to Billy Mitchell, who was on the board back in 2006. “I ‘owed him one’ as the old saying goes, so when JACOR was having their first fund-raiser at Real Life church, Billy asked me to volunteer for the day doing whatever needed to be done. I’m a pretty big guy myself, but Billy is a wee bit bigger than I am, so I had to say yes,” Grant said. He said he spent the day serving soft drinks, helping out with the food vendors. “I met some really nice people and had a great time, to say the least. I saw that the people who were volunteering with JACOR had a real and passionate desire to help people. I saw in them a picture of www.JonesLiving.com
Clockwise from top: JACOR volunteers met at Ingles to purchase items for Thanksgiving baskets last year; JACOR members assisted in bagging their groceries; Volunteers judge barbecue in the JACOR Flying Pig Cook Off; Youngsters attempt to catch a greased pig. www.JonesLiving.com
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what I believed Jesus Christ was like – loving others unconditionally,” he added. After that day, he decided to give Terry a call to see if there was anything else he could do to help out. Grant was invited to the next board meeting, and he has been volunteering since. “Ministry to me is simply loving people… period. We are commanded to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and I seek to do that every day. Our neighbors are everyone we come in contact with – the gas station attendant, checkout person at the grocery store, postal carrier, etc. “I heard a wise man say once that we should all ‘love God and serve others’. You can change that around to, ‘love others, and serve God’. It works out the same either way, and I’ve found it to be a very good way to make it through the day,” Grant concluded. For more information, visit the Web site at www.jacorfoundation.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations may be mailed to JACOR Foundation, P.O. Box 278, Gray, GA 31032. www.JonesLiving.com
Humble Hands Ministry Humble Hands Ministry is a non-profit Christian organization seeking to enhance the quality of life of those that are physically and/or financially burdened by meeting basic home maintenance and construction needs such as minor home repair, wheelchair ramps, yard work, or something as simple as changing light bulbs. The group had its origin in 2008 as a joint youth mission project with local churches. Volunteer Jane Davis said, as the youths involved in the project grew up, they wanted to continue the mission work in Jones County. The non-profit’s vision statement is: through Humble Hands Ministry, God will provide hope to those in need while growing the ministry in number and spirituality. Funding from a private community foundation provides materials to make the projects possible, and the goal of the organization is to put elderly and disabled people back into their homes by making
them accessible to their everyday needs. For example, Humble Hands volunteers built a wheelchair ramp for a lady in Haddock who had been moved into a nursing home because she could not get in and out of her home in her wheelchair. Davis said the woman’s bathroom was not handicapped-accessible, either, and the volunteers were also able to convert it. “Now she is at home using her wheelchair and a walker,” Davis said. She said the students and adults in the group had a passion for missions and being of service to others. In short, they want to make a difference in people’s lives. A PowerPoint presentation put together by another volunteer, Brandi Heath, expressed the desire of the workers and their focus on local projects. “Many times we have been out of town, state, and even the country to help serve others, but now, more than ever, we want to make a difference in our city. We do this not for ourselves and to make us shine, but to serve others by glorifying God and His FA L L 2 010
Community projects sometimes use several resources. The materials for this project were acquired through donations to the Changing Stations Ministry, and Woodmen of the World volunteers constructed the ramp.
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Livingherdream At just 93 years young, Jane Haddock enjoys tending to her farm every day
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arely do you meet someone truly inspiring, an individual so unique and so driven that you are stirred to stop to reassess your own life—where you’ve come from or where you are going.
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Miss Jane Haddock is one of those people. For nearly a century, this amazing lady has kept her eyes on her dream—her farm and her cows. Her family inherited their farm, according to Miss Jane, “after her great-greatgrandmother, a Barnes, fell in love with and married an ‘overseer’, which was considered much beneath her status.” So as the story
goes, they inherited the poorest part of the land. Nonetheless, Miss Jane’s great-, greatgrandmother ended up giving property for the railroad to come through. It was called Haddock Station. Miss Jane was born in 1917, the same year the United States entered World War I. A year later, she and her family moved into a www.JonesLiving.com
I never got over being homesick. Coming back home and building this farm was a dream. I always wanted to come back to the farm. I was fortunate that I was able to purchase land that adjoined the house. MISS JANE HADDOCK white, wood-framed house on the Haddock property in eastern Jones County where they raised cotton, corn, and watermelons on their farm. They had cows to milk and vegetables to feed the family. By the time she was 12, the country had entered the Great Depression. â€œThere was no money during those days,â€? she said. â€œThe only cash my brother Alonzo and I had came from milking our cows twice a day and making sour cream from the milk. We took it down to the railroad station in Haddock and sent it on the train to be sold in Macon.â€? Cream was separated from the milk by hand; there was no electricity. There was also no running water, no indoor plumbing
or bathrooms, and no refrigeration. â€œWe dropped the fresh milk on a rope into the well to keep it cool. Once food was cooked, it didnâ€™t last long with no way to keep it. And having ice, which we bought in 50-pound blocks and kept in the sawdustfilled icebox, was a luxury. We would make ice cream or sometimes have iced tea.â€? Schoolwork was done after chores each day, and Jane and her brothers Alonzo and John studied by kerosene lamp. â€œOnce we got an Aladdin lamp that was really the high thing because it gave off so much more light.â€? Summertime could be tough on the farm. There were no electric fans, and the home
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didnâ€™t have screens. â€œI remember when company would come, we would have to roll up newspaper and chase the flies out of the house,â€? said Miss Jane. â€œWe would go down to the creek for a place to cool off. We didnâ€™t have bathing suits, but we would put on old clothes and get Momma to go down there with us.â€? Despite the challenges, Miss Jane does not think of those years as bad times. â€œThose who lived in the country were better off than those who lived in the city. We were able to farm and provide for ourselves. We had cows and chickens and could grow food for ourselves. The Depression taught me two thingsâ€” how to work and how to save.â€?
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Jane Haddock was presented with a comforter by Tri-County EMC at this yearâ€™s annual board meeting in commemoration of her 50-plus years attendance. Unfortunately, the Haddock family lost much of their land, all but the eight acres that included the family home, during the Depression. When asked about the hardest part of life before electricity, Miss Jane said simply, â€œstaying warm.â€? The family heated with a fireplace. â€œIâ€™ve always been cold-natured. At night, we would warm irons or bricks and put them under the quilts to warm the bed. We would back up to the fire, and our skin would turn purple on one side from the heat while the other side froze.â€? Bathing and clothes washing were major chores as well, as water had to be heated in large cast-iron pots. â€œAfter everything was washed, it had to be ironed. There was no polyester. Everything was cotton, and we ironed everything.â€? In 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), part of the New Deal, to bring electricity to rural America. At the time, less than 11 percent of American farms had electric power. Tri-County EMC was chartered in 1938, and in 1942, electricity reached the Haddock farm. While living in Savannah and working at her first job, Miss Jane bought a used refrigerator from a friend for $50 and had it shipped back to Haddock. They also bought an electric cream separator. â€œWe really thought we were something,â€? she said. Electricity also brought entertainment. â€œEvery Saturday night, we went to Uncle Joeyâ€™s house to listen to the Grand Ole Opry. We also got fascinated with boxing during that time. I remember renting a radio so that we could hear a boxing match.â€? Rooseveltâ€™s New Deal also brought the opportunity to attend college, thanks to a scholarship from the National Youth Administration, part of the Work Projects Administration (WPA), the largest New Deal agency. Fortunate to attend college, Miss Jane graduated from Georgia State College for Women, now Georgia www.JonesLiving.com
College & State University in Milledgeville, with a degree in health and physical education. After graduation, she got a job with the WPA, where she worked for over two years. As World War II was starting, she was asked to join the American Red Cross. Miss Jane was one of four veterans interviewed for Jones County’s Veterans Appreciation Day this year and is the only non-military person to have the honor. During the interview, she recalled her time with the Red Cross. She said was asked by a friend if she was interested in working for the Red Cross when the agency created a new position of recreation director at the beginning of WWII. Miss Jane was first assigned to Camp Forest in Tennessee and later to camps in South Carolina and Georgia. In all, she worked in five military hospitals and two veterans administration hospitals while with the Red Cross, and perhaps her most notable experiences were the USO shows that provided entertainment for the soldiers. “Knowing what the USO does is the reason I still contribute to them today,” she said. She also remembered a call she received from Paul Morton of Haddock while they were both at Camp Forest before he went to war. “Unfortunately, he was one that didn’t come back,” she said. Miss Jane commented that she will always appreciate her experiences at the Red Cross and that job prepared her for what she would do later in life.
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Haddock with Tri-County EMC director Marion Nelson. In 1953, she returned to the farm for good. After 11 years with the Red Cross, she began what was to be a 30-year career with Central State Hospital. During her first eight years there, she took case histories from the families of patients as they were admitted. When the hospital implemented a volunteer services department, Miss Jane was awarded the job of coordinator. And, in 1950, she started purchasing back the land around her childhood home. â€œI never got over being homesick. Coming back home and building this farm was a dream. I always wanted to come back to the farm,â€? she commented. â€œI was fortunate that I was able to purchase land that adjoined the house.â€? Since her retirement from Central State Hospital, Miss Jane has fulfilled that dream. She now owns 220 acres and maintains a herd of 66 cows. At the age of 93, she mends fences, drives her tractors, moves bales of hay, and cares for the cows and dog that also call this idyllic farm home. Her farming peers have recognized her work, as well. The local Cattlemanâ€™s Association presented her with the â€œCattle Producer of the Year Awardâ€? in 1996. And in 2006, she was named the â€œFarm Woman of the Yearâ€? by the Jones County Farm Bureau. Since moving back to the farm, she never lost touch with the cooperative that brought electricity to her home. â€œIâ€™ve attended every Tri-County EMC annual meeting since 1953,â€? she commented. â€œI like to know whatâ€™s going on with my cooperative.â€? Tri-County board member Marion Nelson said about Haddock, â€œMiss Jane is an amazing lady. And she recognizes the importance of participation in her cooperative business.â€? Miss Jane should be proud of a lifetime of service and of dreams www.JonesLiving.com
Jane Haddock was interviewed by Dr. Bob Cramer as part of this year’s Veterans Appreciation Day in Jones County. She served in the American Red Cross during World War II and is the only person who has been included in that program that did not serve in the military. reached through hard work, but her proudest accomplishment is the establishment of the Jane M. Haddock Scholarship at Georgia College & State University, her alma mater. “I had to have help when I went to school, and I wanted to give that opportunity back,” said Haddock. “In the 1940s, for most women, there were two professions — school teaching and secretarial work.” There are few people who can say they lived to see America through two world wars, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, two Iraq wars, and Afghanistan, or that saw the first power lines cross rural Georgia, replacing the oil lamp with electric light. Miss Jane saw the coming of the radio, the television, the computer, and the Internet. For the millions of Americans who have never lived in a home without air conditioning, never known a time when there was no television or radio, or known the darkness of the night before electric light, she represents a rare and special set of experiences and knowledge. Who says you can never go home? For most of us, our dreams take us further and further away from what we called home. And so many dreams remain just that, unrealized aspirations that fuel our imagination, but not our effort. For Miss Jane, the lessons and work ethic learned in challenging times were invaluable. Going home was her dream. Driving her John Deere tractor amid these picturesque acres and beloved cows, Miss Jane is living her dream every day. u www.JonesLiving.com
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Jerry Mays often brings home trophies for his beautifully restored 1960 Chevrolet Impala.
Love of cars common thread for those in new Jones County club by CHUCK THOMPSON
ho knew there were so many car enthusiasts around town?
Certainly not the founders of the Jones County Cruisers. They were hoping for a dozen or so members to help put on the Daylily Festival Car Show when they decided to organize back in April. But, by the time the car show debuted in June, they already had close to 40 members, and now, only a little over half a year since forming, they have more than 100 members. www.JonesLiving.com
“I never dreamed so many people in what I guess is still considered a rural county would have cars they’ve restored or collected and want to be a part of this,” said Tim Stewart. “They just keep showing up. Nearly all of them live here, and the few that don’t have ties to the county and to members who live here.” Stewart, Jerry Mays, Danny Curtis and Jimmy Edwards were the four who got the club going. “Me and Tim and Jimmy had been talking about starting a club in Gray for several years, but we’d never done anything about it,” Mays said. They and Curtis and several others from the county often traveled
together to car shows around the state and sometimes helped each other work on their cars. Then Gray Mayor Gus Wilson, who knew of their passion for cars, asked the men to help put together a car show for the Daylily Festival, which is hosted by the Gray Station Better Hometown organization. “We got to talking about what we needed to put together a show and decided it would be a good time to get a local club started,” Mays said. “We anticipated maybe 20 or 25 people would join to help with the show, but we surpassed that the first month,” Stewart said. “We had 70 cars in that first show in FA L L 2 010
The Cruisers brought home several trophies from a show at Hooters in Macon earlier this year.
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Tim Stewart’s yellow Chevrolet pickup is an eye-catcher wherever he goes. June, and 30 of them were our own cars. We should easily surpass 100 cars in next year’s festival.” The club members meet twice a month, a supper meeting on the first Tuesday at a local restaurant to go over business and plan upcoming trips to car shows and swap meets, and a cruise-in at the Gray Sonic on third Tuesday nights. That is more of a social gathering, where they drive their cars to the drive-in restaurant to show them to each other and enjoy visiting with each other. “We also have a group of anywhere between eight and 20 who meet most weekends to go to a car show somewhere together,” Stewart said. “Some of us go every weekend, others just once a month or so. But we try to convoy together and set up as a group wherever we go. It’s pretty neat to see all these restored classic cars in a file going down the road somewhere.” 36
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The club membership is a diverse mix of county residents. Some are retired, some are middle aged, others are barely old enough to drive. There are plenty of couples in the club, as well as entire families. “Anyone with a car or interested in cars is welcome,” Edwards said. And the cars, and motorcycles, they collect and show are just as diverse – everything from the 1923 Model T Ford T-bucket hot rod Stewart began his collection with to brand new tricked out Chevrolet Camaros and Dodge Chargers. “A lot of the older guys are into collecting and restoring the classic cars – the 1950s and 1960s models they grew up driving,” Stewart said. “But we’ve got some of everything.” Stewart, for example, also has a 1954 Chevrolet pickup truck he shows, and he is working on another one that will be a bit more souped up.
“The first one is restored to be mostly original, but the one I’m working on now, I’m going to modify more. I’ll have a boxed-in frame and better suspension, and I already have a 1984 Corvette engine I’m going to put in it, plus a 1970 R4 transmission. It’ll be more of a street rod.” He doesn’t race his cars or trucks, however. “No, I just have them to show and work on. It’s something to do,” he said. Stewart said he comes by his love of cars naturally. “I retired from the City of Macon after 35 years doing fleet vehicle maintenance,” he said. “And I grew up working on cars. The bunch I grew up with all got old cars we would drive and tear up and then fix back up so we could drive them some more. But I was working on things even before I was old enough to drive. I was always taking things apart. My daddy was excited when I finally www.JonesLiving.com
,&--&)&3$)*3013"$5*$ The Cruisers travel as a group to car shows throughout Georgia and the southeast. got old enough to fix what I was always tearing up.â€? Stewart now works part-time as a bus driver for the Jones County school system. â€œI enjoy it. Get up early and take the kids to school, then go to my shop and fool around with my cars for a while, then go back and take the kids home,â€? he said. Mays and Edwards also said they grew up working on old cars to drive. â€œMy buddies and I were always working on our cars, trying to have something to drive and show off to each other and impress the girls with,â€? said Mays, who owns log trucks and keeps them going. â€œIâ€™ve always fooled around with cars. I used to drag race for about 15 years, but now I just have cars to show.â€? His pride and joy now is a 1960 Chevrolet Impala that he drove all the way to Texas to purchase several years ago. â€œI had been looking for one with as much original equipment as I could find. It took me three years to restore it and get it the way I wanted. But I still update things on it all the time. Weâ€™re always going to swap meets and shows, and youâ€™ll see something you have to have.â€? Now he is working on restoring a 1968 Firebird. Edwards, who is a millwright, said his father owned a body shop so he learned a lot about restoring cars from him. Now he is passing on that training to his son, Kyle, who is 17. www.JonesLiving.com
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Tim Stewart’s T-bucket was his first show car.
“We’ve built the ’69 General Lee Dodge Charger and the ’77 Dodge sheriff’s car from the Dukes of Hazzard,” he said. “I grew up watching that show and I’ve always liked the Mopar muscle cars. We’ve also restored a ’68 Road Runner, a ’68 Dart, a ’73 Charger and an ’88 Mustang. We do all the work except the transmissions and seats. It’s just a lot of fun.” Curtis is the exception to the pattern of growing up working on cars of the other founding members. “I grew up on a farm in Kentucky, and my dad wouldn’t allow us to touch the tractor or any of the equipment. I guess he was afraid we’d tear it up or get hurt. He always sent everything to town to have it worked on,” Curtis said. “But as soon as I got away from home, I started fooling around with old cars. I mostly have lived in the south – North Carolina and South Carolina in the early 1960s when NASCAR was getting going good. I always had an interest in racing, but I never raced myself. Instead, I got interested in working on old street hot rods. Right after I got married, I got a Model A Coupe with an Olds engine that had been rebuilt in a hot-rod style. I was living over in Columbus then, but the car had been built in Macon in a shop out on Houston Road.” Curtis said he’s had that car 47 years and has rebuilt it several times. In 1980, he added a ’34 two-door sedan that had been modified. www.JonesLiving.com
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Members and guests look over the cars and visit at a monthly Sonic gathering. He worked for Georgia Kraft when he moved to Jones County in 1967. Since then, he has also worked for Jasper Engines, Allison Transmissions and Walsh Honda. “I’m supposed to be retired, but I’m back working at Walsh Honda close to five days a week,” he said. “I just enjoy working around car people.” All four of the men say they are thrilled with the response to the new car club they helped form. “Never in my wildest dreams would I
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have thought it would have grown this fast,” Edwards said. “But there are a lot of people around here who enjoy having cars and working on them.” “What I like about the club is we’re family oriented and informal,” Stewart added. “We still don’t have officers or any formal pecking order. We just get together to enjoy our cars. We did finally open a checking account, however.” And Edwards said the group wants to help out in the community in other ways.
In addition to hosting the Daylily Festival car show, it is planning to host other car shows that may be benefits for local groups. “And we’re collecting canned goods now to give to those who need them at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” he said. “It’s a good group of people from all parts of the community who all happen to love cars.” Those interested in joining the Jones County Cruisers may contact Tim Stewart at 475-1065 or firstname.lastname@example.org. u
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localcharacter Calabro finds comfort in Jones County after career of working as an extra in Los Angeles BY DEBBIE LuRIE-SMITH
an acting career and living in Los Angeles for a year and a half, Georgia looked good to An independent filmmaker and actor him. has found a home in Jones County and is Calabro came to Juliette in 2003 for a obviously enjoying the quiet life in this small visit, and he said he was amazed by the Georgia town. atmosphere of the town. He was familiar Neill Calabro has lived here since 2007. He with the 1991 movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, lives outside of Gray in an 80-year-old house and he said he was expecting either a ghost with his three dogs his only companions. town or a town that had gone completely Perhaps living in a small community like commercial. Gray and Jones County is not what Calabro He said a movie set is usually torn down had envisioned for his life, but after pursuing and forgotten once the crew leaves, but 42
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Juliette is the exception to that scenario. â€œI decided to do a documentary about the town and got in touch with a friend of mine in the movie business, Danny Vinson. He lives in Huntsville and has been in several movies. He was the narrator for the documentary,â€? Calabro said. The name of his documentary about Juliette is Fried Green Tomorrows, Juliette GA Lives, with the subtitle, The Most Famous Town Saved By Hollywood. Like many independent filmmakers, Calabro www.JonesLiving.com
Calabro in character on the set of Boogie Nights.
The movie Johnny Gill was another Calabro appearance.
Calabro was an extra in the John Grisham movie, The Client.
wears many hats – running the camera, directing, writing, editing, acting, and even writing the music used in the film. The documentary took two years to finish and was released in 2006. The 45-minute film contains interviews from residents and shopkeepers, the history of the town, and even spoofs of scenes in the original movie. More information about the documentary may be found on its Web site, www.friedgreentomorrows.com. Calabro actually portrayed Frank Bennett, the movie’s villain in the documentary, and the film contains an interesting take on the movie scene hauling Bennett’s old pickup truck out of the river, utilizing a toy truck. While working on the project, the filmmaker became acquainted with Robert Williams, who owns most of Juliette. He rented a home from him in East Juliette before moving to Gray. The filmmaker is 49 and was born in Orlando, Fla. His parents were from New York, and he was raised in Lakeland, Fla. Calabro attended Toccoa Falls College and said he felt at home in Georgia. His parents are now deceased, and he has a sister and brother who still live in Florida. Calabro spent 10 years in Athens playing
in a band named Insanity in the 1980s, and then he decided he wanted to try acting. In 1994 he worked on the television movie Andersonville. He was a photo double and an extra and spent 60 days on a cold, muddy set. “It was a tough initiation into that world,” he said. Calabro later wrote an instruction manual of sorts for aspiring actors, and in that book, chronicled what he referred to as the ‘Grateful Extra Tour’. He said he and another actor were just beginning their careers in 1995 and they began traveling the East Coast, sometimes sleeping in their cars or networking to find sleeping arrangements. By working at other jobs along the way and without an agent manager, they made contacts that enabled them to advance beyond just being extras. The actors worked as stand-ins, photo doubles, and accomplished the requirements to join the Screen Actors Guild within four months. After seven months, they had participated in dozens of movies in nine states, and after 12 months, they moved to Los Angeles with three other friends. The two cars they drove on their journey logged over 350,000 miles.
“I was told L.A. will eat you up, and it sure did,” Calabro said. All told, Calabro has been on more than 500 television and movie sets. His movie credits include Austin Powers, Batman and Robin, The Murder in the China Basin, Santa Claus with Muscles, ATL, Wild Wild West, and The People vs. Larry Flynt. He has been on television in The People vs. Leo Frank, Seinﬁeld, Third Rock from the Sun, Melrose Place, Diagnosis Murder, Andersonville, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Even though he worked on numerous television shows, commercials, training films, and movies, Calabro never got that big break. “I didn’t know how much I loved Georgia until I lived in L.A.,” he said. “You get tired of that traffic helicopter constantly overhead, and it only took one time of walking out my front door to see a chalk outline on my front steps to decide it was time to go.” Calabro said, when he came back from L.A., he was disillusioned and decide to put himself in a movie. He made his first film in 1999. It was a science fiction comedy about the reincarnation of Rod Serling titled Cultvision. The film was about a society that propels actors into the flickering eternal
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Calabro enjoys himself on the set of the Austin Powers movie.
light of television reruns. It was an official selection at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in 2002, and Calabro laughs when he calls that his claim to fame. The filmmaker currently supports himself with an online business that deals in antiques, and he continues to pick up acting jobs in Atlanta. Most recently he worked on a television movie, The Lost Valentine, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, and he is tapped to play an accordion in a zydeco band for another television movie, Always and Forever. Calabro said Georgia is a big state in the movie-making world, with about $1.3 billion spent in the state by the industry. He said the reason for the interest by the industry is a tax rebate pushed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to attract movie companies, and Atlanta is a good place to find movie jobs. “The best way to find out what is available is on Facebook and the Internet. All you need is a picture for an audition and maybe a resume. To start with, you need nothing at all, just a Polaroid of your face,” he said. Working as an extra in a movie is not an easy job. Calabro said even extras work 12- to 16-hour days, and it is not unusual to have to report to the set at 4:30 a.m. He has been an independent filmmaker for more than 10 years, and he said he is now more aware of the craft. “I’m a good editor. I think that’s my major talent,” he commented. Calabro is passionate about his present film project, which is a
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Calabro (second left) with the cast and crew of his Juliette documentary, Fried Green Tomorrows. fictional story titled Dark Pines, Alabama. The story takes place in a town south of Montgomery in 1961 when freedom riders came to town. â€œA man is lynched, but he survives. The movie has many subplots going on as the victimâ€™s release is sought. He sees things he doesnâ€™t understand, but God has a hand in everything big and small. Itâ€™s all connected,â€? Calabro said. He has worked on the screenplay for two years and it has been constantly rewritten. The movie will be filmed in Flovilla, and Calabro already has permission from city officials, including Mayor Harvey Norris. The production company, DonnaJean Entertainment, is interested in the film, and the next step is finding investors. He said he needs about $35,000 to get started. â€œThis producer hated my documentary, but when he read my script for Dark Pines, Alabama, he loved it,â€? he said. Calabro is not putting all his hope on Dark Pines, however, and already has a Plan B ready in the event the production is not funded. â€œThis is a big production. I have written a second script so we can be sure we can shoot something in Flovilla beginning in the spring,â€? he said. The second script is a comedy with a much smaller budget, and Calabro said he will make an announcement about it on the website, www.darkpinesalabama.com, as well as the movieâ€™s Facebook page. The filmmaker said creating a movie is telling a story, and that is one of the oldest forms of communication. He said he feels a movie is the grandest way to communicate a story. â€œYou have the visual and sound, you can edit it so the viewer sees only what you want them to see, and you have music to set the mood,â€? he explained. Calabro said he would have jumped in to moviemaking before he did, but he thought it was too hard. â€œBut itâ€™s not. You just need to do it,â€? he said. u www.JonesLiving.com
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Pilot Club cooks for a cause BY DEBBIE LuRIE-SMITH
battery-operated transmitters to persons The cookbook contains recipes, ranging who are at risk of wandering due to brainfrom appetizers and beverages, soups and related disorders. The club also makes The members of the Pilot Club of Jones salads, vegetables and side, main dishes, County have reputations for being very busy donations to the Jones County Boys and Girls breads and muffins, and, of course, desserts. ladies and perhaps some of the best cooks on Club, Jones County Senior Center, JACOR, Instructions include illustrations of different and the Jones County Department of Family types and shapes of baking dishes, their the planet. and Children Services Foster Children The organization is present at most volumes and equivalents, and candy-making Program. Each year, the club awards a $1,000 tips. of the events in the county selling their scholarship to a high school senior. delicious baked goods, and putting together Perhaps an unexpected addition is a In addition to bake sales and cookbooks, cookbooks to raise even more money for section with suggestions on lowering fat the club’s fund-raising activities include yard content, an explanation for deciphering food their important volunteer projects would sales, silent auctions, Christmas gift basket appear to be a natural progression, utilizing labels, low sodium seasoning tips, and basic sales, and barbecues. In order to support their talents while doing something they guidelines for losing weight, all unexpected Pilot projects, members have given countless in a cookbook. obviously enjoy. hours and raised thousands of dollars to help Pilot Club International was chartered Pilot members Sally Brown and Vickie make life better for others in Jones County Oct. 18, 1921, and is a volunteer organization Ethridge are co-chairpersons of the with special emphasis on helping those with cookbook committee and prepared three of executive, business, and professional brain-related disorders. recipes out of the From Our Plate to Yours leaders working together to improve the The club currently has 52 members on its cookbook to be included in this magazine quality of life in communities throughout membership roster. (see next page). The recipes selected by the world by serving those with brainThe first Pilot Club cookbook was related disorders and disabilities. The name Brown and Ethridge demonstrate the variety published in 1974 followed by the second in ‘Pilot’ was inspired by the riverboat pilots contained in the cookbook, from simple to 1981 and a third and fourth in 1996 and 2003. more challenging. of that day who represented leadership and In the fifth and most recent cookbook, From guidance and represents a steady course. Brown said the club has about 200 of the Our Plate to Yours, Pilot members have The history of the Pilot Club of Jones books left, and the cookbooks would be a County as found in the club’s latest cookbook tried to combine the practical and unusual perfect Christmas present for any aspiring in order to provide the public with a truly or seasoned cook. For more information titled From Our Plate to Yours states that outstanding collection of recipes. about purchasing the cookbooks, call Brown the local chapter was chartered May 5, 1973, and Miriam Ethridge was the first president. at 986-1765 or Ethridge at 986-1660. u Program and business meetings were set for the fourth Tuesday night of each month, and the meetings have remained basically the Pilot members same for the past 37 years. Sally Brown Jones County Pilots have been (left) and involved in many projects throughout Vicki Ethridge the years. Among those projects with the club’s are the restoration of the Joneseco most recent cookbook. Clubhouse, annual fingerprinting of local kindergarten students, participation in Pilot International’s signature project – Brainminders, Protecting your Brain for Life, a puppet show designed to educate young children on the importance of brain safety – as well as Project Lifesaver, which, in cooperation with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, provides www.JonesLiving.com
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Watermelon, Feta, and Olive Salad
Peaches ‘n Cream Pavlova
BY RONALD GARRETT
BY SALLY WICKER BROWN
Ingredients: 3 c. loosely packed arugula 1 c. loosely packed flat-leaf parsley leaves 1 c. loosely torn mint leaves 1 (2 lb.) piece seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into 1 inch cubes 20 Kalamata olives, smashed, pitted, and halved 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and julienned ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced and soaked in ice water for 30 minutes 4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled (about ¼ c.) 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 limes, halved Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Instructions: In a large bowl, toss together the arugula, parsley, and mint. Divide greens between 4 serving bowls or plates. In a medium bowl, toss together watermelon, olives, jalapeno, and onion. Spoon the watermelon mixture with its juice evenly over the greens. Sprinkle each salad with some of the Feta and drizzle with olive oil. Squeeze 1 lime over the top of each salad and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Ingredients: For pavlova: 4 extra-large egg whites 1 c. superfine sugar 3 tsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. white vinegar For whipped cream: 1 c. heavy cream 2 Tbsp. superfine sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract For Peaches: 3 peaches, peeled and sliced ¼ c. sugar 1 bunch mint for garnish Instructions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on high speed for one minute. With the mixer still on, slowly add sugar. Continue to beat on high until glossy and stiff peaks form, about 4 more minutes. Turn off mixer and use a spatula to gently fold in the cornstarch and vinegar. Scoop the meringue into the middle of a prepared pan and spread into a nine inch circle. Transfer to oven and reduce heat to 250 degrees. Bake on hour. Turn off oven, do not open door, and let meringue cook
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Mock Crab Cakes BY MARTHA WICKER NEWBERRY Ingredients: 2 c. peeled and grated zucchini 1 c. seasoned bread crumbs 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning 1 egg 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise Butter Oil Instructions: Mix. Form into patties and fry in butter and oil.
completely, about one hour. For the whipped cream: using an electric mixer, whip cream and sugar until soft peaks form. Do not overbeat. Stir in vanilla. For peaches: in a medium bowl, combine peaches and sugar. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight. Assembly: Place meringue disk on a serving plate and spread with whipped cream. Spoon peaches into the center of the meringue, leaving a border around the edge. Garnish with mint. Serve immediately. www.JonesLiving.com
Book Buffs share their passion for reading
Book Buffs members meet at Tri-County EMC’s community room on the first Saturday of each month.
BY GLENDA THOMPSON
he Book Buffs Book Club of Gray was organized in April of 2009 and held the first book discussion the following May.
The club was organized by Glenda Thompson, retired English teacher and local poet, and June Thomas Cook, local author with several published novels, including Coleman Hill and Porter Plantation. Glenda, June, and Kema Clark partnered to establish a book club locally. At the April www.JonesLiving.com
get-acquainted social held at Kema’s Hobby Bookstore, several interested persons came to learn about the plans for a book discussion club. The three charter members are Jean Bloodworth, Yvonne Bonds, and Darcy Shores. Currently, 16 members constitute the membership, made up of residents of Gray, Milledgeville, Warner Robins, and Albany, and visitors have been from other nearby communities. A former member, Jane Green, continues to correspond with Book Buffs and shares titles of books being read by her reading group in Idaho. Initially, a highly successful and wellattended book signing at Kema’s Hobby in the spring of 2008 set the initiative to begin a
book discussion club. Glenda and June were introduced in a most appropriate setting at the bookstore surrounded by hundreds of books. Kema emphatically stated to Glenda that a book club was a “great idea.” Debbie Lurie-Smith of The Jones County News was supportive and enthusiastic as well and suggested that an article in the newspaper could generate enthusiasm for this project. In December of 2008, Thompson and Cook began plans to establish guidelines for a book discussion club and to publicize this venture. Cook stated she was excited and enthusiastic over the opportunity to learn more about books, authors, and literature in general. FA L L 2 010
“My reading had been devoted exclusively to nonfiction books during my research for my own novels,” she said. “I had missed so much by not keeping up with the latest bestselling authors and their works. I knew very little about recent best sellers.” Online research provided suggestions for starting a book discussion group, some helpful guidelines, sample reading lists, and study guide questions. Thompson also had previously participated in discussion groups in North Carolina and more recently in Macon to observe the best methods for conducting discussions. These experiences proved invaluable for this exciting yet challenging endeavor. The plans to begin a book club were publicized at Clark’s bookstore, at the Jones County Public Library, in The Jones County News, and at other highly visible locations throughout the city of Gray. Large posters were displayed throughout the city. Clark discussed the book club and distributed packets of information to interested persons who visited the bookstore, and additional packets with details were available at the public library. The first event was the get-acquainted social to meet interested readers, select a club name, and share the title of the first book for discussion, which was 8 Sandpiper Way by Debbie Macomber, and Thompson agreed to lead the discussion for the May meeting. Cook selected My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult to lead the June meeting. The members decided to meet the first Saturday of each month except for holidays, when the meeting would be scheduled for an alternate
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The Book Buffs began meeting at Kema’s Hobby Bookstore and have gone on field trips in addition to their monthly discussions. Saturday of that month. The discussions were planned to last one hour, and the format would be open forum, with the leader presenting topics and questions, guiding the discussion, and giving every member a voice in the analysis as well as bringing the discussion to closure. The basic purposes of a book discussion group are to network with others who love to read, to meet new friends and have fellowship, to be introduced to new authors and genres (such as fiction, nonfiction, classics, best sellers, biography, and historical fiction) through the selections. Additional benefits include analyzing the elements of the book, style, plot, theme, characterization, and setting as well as the social impact on society. Members volunteer to select a book and to assume leadership of the discussion on a rotating basis. This basic premise has been a success. Members do not pay club dues, and the only expense is the purchase of the selection each month. Sometimes books can be circulated among the members if they wish. Fortunately, meetings have been held at locations that are free of charge: Kema’s Hobby, Wesley Music and Fine Arts Academy, and Tri-County EMC. All of these store owners and community representatives have been gracious and supportive in providing a meeting place for the group. The Book Buffs logo (three stacked books with the wording “Book Buffs, Gray, Georgia, Book Club”) was designed by
Cook’s husband Neal, a graphic artist. The logo is used on club name tags and business cards as well as club shirts and as the masthead for the monthly newsletter that Thompson produces. The newsletter serves to inform the members about monthly meetings and selections as well as reviews of books, information about activities and plans for the club. Cook states some of the benefits and intrinsic rewards of the book club. “Not only have I been exposed to a wealth of knowledge about American literature, both past and present, but I have been blessed with some priceless kinship with my fellow book club members,” she said. “Thus, as the co-leader of Gray’s first book club, open to the public, I have been rewarded both intellectually as well as socially.” The selections have been diverse, from classics to the latest number one best sellers. Some of the titles include The Blind Side (which Cook admits taught her everything she ever wanted to know about the NFL); The Secret Garden, a children’s classic written shortly after the turn of the century; My Sister’s Keeper, which was devoted to the subject of stem cell research and was made into a motion picture; Sarah’s Key and Winter Garden, both depicting the horrors of the Holocaust and World War II. A few additional selections include The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, a New York Times Best Seller, and Paris Trout by Peter Dexter, a fictional account of an actual murder that occurred in Milledgeville in www.JonesLiving.com
the 1940s. Some other choices have been No Graves as Yet by Anne Perry, Colony by Anne Rivers Siddons, Wish You Well by David Baldacci, Coleman Hill by June Cook, and Garden Spells by Sarah Allen. Club members have made visits to the Sidney Lanier Cottage in Macon as an extension of National Poetry Month and to Olive Forge Herb Farm in Haddock as the perfect setting to discuss the September 2010 selection The Secret Garden by Hobson. Club member Mandy Handley made reservations for the visit to Haddock. On several occasions, members have lunched at Treasures by the Tracks and Trish Ann’s to enjoy networking and continue lively discussions about books. A much anticipated highlight of 2011 will be author Bettie Rose Addleton as a special guest when the group discusses her book, The Day the Chicken Cackled. A visit to Flannery O’Connor’s farm Adalusia in Milledgeville is planned for 2011. Many of these special events are photographed, recorded, and showcased in a club scrapbook.
Members have voluntarily participated in several community projects. In 2009 the group sponsored two families for DFCS with the Adopt-a-Family at Christmas, and they also donated school supplies in 2009 and 2010 for the Board of Education, a project sponsored by the Jones County Chamber of Commerce. Some club members also participate in the Rolling Readers Program at Gray Elementary. Information about Book Buffs is included in The Jones County News community calendar prior to monthly meetings with contact numbers for anyone interested in more details about the membership.
experience. This is my first time as a book club member, although I have been a reader all my life. We really have a diverse group – we have single women, young, married, middle-aged, and retired women. I have really enjoyed getting to know these new friends and realize that, in the normal pattern of things, I might not have met them. The book selections have been interesting. I probably would never have chosen some of them, but then that is the point of a book club. I do feel bound to read each one, even if it is not what I would have picked. There have been a few real surprises in the choices. We have read books about WWII that were revealing. I learned things I never knew Comments from club members about the war years. If I had to pick the “I love getting together with other readers one book that really made an impression, I suppose it would be The Chosen One. It to discuss books that we have read. I listen was, as they say, a real page-turner, and to the other members’ impressions and it it gave me a glimpse into a culture and makes me see the book in a new way. Also, lifestyle about which I knew nothing. It has the book club has made me read books I been an educational experience, as well as would normally not even pick up.” – Stacey Dever Moxley a fun one. We have been so blessed with places to meet, thanks to the generosity of “Book Buffs has been a fun, enjoyable
evolved into a large group of friends who had to move to a larger space to accommodate the new members! I love the participation and conversation that goes on within the group. Members range from the 20s to the 80s, but everyone feels comfortable expressing their opinion and listening to others. It was a great idea to ask each member to pick a month as their own to choose the book. I think that opens all the members to authors they might never have Yvonne Bonds (l-r), Darcy Shores, read, but find they enjoy. The newsletter and Jean Bloodworth are charter Glenda publishes is fantastic and the annual members of the Book Buffs. project for gathering school supplies is very Kema Clark, Jana Harrell, and the folks at different countries. The Guernsey Literary helpful.” Tri-County EMC. I look forward to more and Potato Peel Pie Society told many funny – Kema Clark interesting reading.” occurrences but also had a depth to the “With the Book Buffs, a wish became – Yvonne Bonds story. The discussions have been fun, and I a reality. The discussions are lively “I have certainly enjoyed reading books have enjoyed hearing other people’s opinions and enlightening, and the participants by different authors. We have a diverse and views of situations in the books. The enthusiastic and inspiring. The book choices age group, and the younger club members club members’ choosing the books has have run the gamut from disturbing to have chosen books to read that I would not helped me get to know the members better.” delightful to thought provoking. I am truly have considered reading, but did very much – Judy Norris fortunate to be a part of this dedicated group enjoy. The three selections about WWII “The book club started as a small group of readers and friends.” were enlightening as to how things were in of strangers meeting at the bookstore. It’s – Glenda Thompson
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Many thanks to all the readers of The Jones County News who submitted photos for consideration as the cover of JonesLiving magazine. This photo of winter in Clinton was submitted by Robert Williams and was the ďŹ rst runner-up after the photo submitted by Greg Mullis (this issueâ€™s cover) of a fall scene at Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge. If you are interested in submitting a cover photo entry for the summer issue, please e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 6, 2011. Two more of the entries for this edition are on the next page. FA L L 2 010 | 5 3
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Photo Credits Cover ....................................... Greg Mullis Page 8 .............................Chuck Thompson Page 10 ...........................Chuck Thompson Page 12 ...........................Chuck Thompson Page 14 .................................... Josh Collins Page 15 ........................ Debbie Lurie-Smith Page 17, all ................... Debbie Lurie-Smith Page 19, all ................... Debbie Lurie-Smith Page 21 .................................... Josh Collins Page 22, top ................. Debbie Lurie-Smith Page 22, bottom ...................... Josh Collins Page 24 .................................... Greg Mullis
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Page 42 ........................ Debbie Lurie-Smith Page 43, all ........... courtesy of Neill Calabro Page 44 ................ courtesy of Neill Calabro Page 45 ................ courtesy of Neill Calabro Page 46 ........................ Debbie Lurie-Smith Page 47 ..................... courtesy of Pilot Club Page 48, all ................... Debbie Lurie-Smith Page 49 ........................ Debbie Lurie-Smith Page 50 ....... courtesy of Glenda Thompson Page 52 ....... courtesy of Glenda Thompson Page 53 .............................. Robert Williams
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