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by BRAD EVANS - (478) 508-7096

’ve done a lot of interviews in my life. I’ve had no trouble talking to countless musicians and actors and otherwise noteworthy Americans about everything from the claws of the devil to the influence animal husbandry had on Mississippi John Hurt. Hardly any of these interviews made me nervous. And when we got word that Judge Howard Simms wanted to talk to the 11th Hour first, about his recent incident with the Bibb County Sherriff’s Department and subsequent trip to a treatment facility for alcoholism I really wasn’t too worried about that either. Until a lawyer friend made me realize that I would be expected to ask very tough, very personal and very career threatening questions to a Superior Court Judge. “You never know,” my friend said, “one day he could be asking some very tough questions to you in a courtroom.” Thanks a lot for that, friend, but I typed up the questions I thought I needed to ask and drove over to his house, not really knowing what to expect. Judge Simms was honest, candid and kind in answering my questions. I find it fascinating to talk about life experiences with just about anyone, and hearing Howard’s story was no exception, and my thoughts will be with him and his family as they go through this change. Thanks to him for choosing to talk with us, and for allowing us to come into his home. As many of you already know, my father has Alzheimer’s. Throughout this disease I really haven’t been able to think of a

The 11th Hour will be highlighting Macon’s best bets every Thursday morning at 7:40am on Fox 24. worse way to watch someone go. Having to adjust to someone being there, and being gone, is a very difficult thing to do, and caregivers, like my mother can sometimes suffer more than the patient. When someone invited me to visit the Central Georgia Alzheimer’s Association, for the longest time I didn’t go. But when my mother needed to talk to someone, we ended up there, and I really can’t tell you how much it helped. Affirming that she wasn’t alone in her experience helped justify a lot of the feelings she was having, and since, they’ve been a great resource for our family, as well as many others in the area. A big fundraiser for the organization is happening this weekend in Perry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at 9:00am Saturday, November 3. You can sign up for the event or support this wonderful organization at



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Free outdoor screening of “Goonies” presented by Macon Film Festival at Historic Riverside Cemetary. 6pm. 1301 Riverside Drive. Bring chairs, blankets, picnic, refreshments and enjoy the evening with friends and neighbors.



Before the big game, help support local pets in need at TailGating at TailsSpin for Pet Rescue! TailsSpin Pet Food and Accessories, Macon’s newest pet supplies store in historic downtown Macon, is celebrating its Grand Opening with a special tailgating party on Saturday, November 10th, 2012, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, at 570 Mulberry Street between Second and Third Streets. There’ll be local vendors and artists, music, food, plus lowcost dog washes and nail trimming. And, of course, there will be big in-store sales on Pet Food, Treats and Accessories. Many of the Greater Macon Pet Rescue Agencies are scheduled to participate, with animals available for adoption. TailsSpin will also have plenty of free giveaways. The highlight of TailGating at TailsSpin for Pet Rescue will be a Pet PAWrade Costume Contest, with Macon celebrated Southern Style’s Mark Ballard as Host and local celebrity judges. The PAWrade boasts a line of exciting prizes for first, second and third place winners. Attendance is Free for TailGating at TailsSpin for Pet Rescue. The PAWrade Costume Contest entry fee is only $5.00 per pet. 100% of the money raised from the event will be divided among the participating pet rescue agencies. For contest entry forms and more information please visit, or stop by TailsSpin. TailsSpin Pet Supplies and Accessories was named 2012 Macon Mogul Challenge winner. With three stores in Savannah, Pooler and Macon, Georgia, TailsSpin encourages owners to bring their pets to the store, where inside they’ll find free treats, fresh water, and great customer service.


On Saturday, November 10, Humane Services of Georgia will present Owen Roberts, an Elvis Tribute artist, for a show featuring The King’s greatest hits and holiday favorites. Owen who captures Elvis’ vocal stylings, mannerisms and appearance, has been performing as Elvis for ten years at various shows, festivals and non-profit fundraisers. He received the 12TH Annual CSRA Images of the King People’s Choice Award. The event is a fundraiser for this organization that focuses on funding low-cost spays and neuters and on encouraging animal welfare through education and legislation in the middle Georgia area. It is being held in conjunction with the grand opening of TailsSpin, an animal lover’s dream store on Mulberry Street. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. with the show starting at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased through The Capitol’s box office, at TailsSpin or on the evening of the performance at the door. Mark Ballard will emcee the event which features open seating and a cash bar.


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MIDDLE GEORGIA DERBY DEMONS HOSTS INAUGURAL BOUT AT BIBB SKATE ARENA ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH Roller skating rinks bring back great nostalgia for me, neon pom poms laced up my multi-colored wheeled skates, speeding around the oval track to the hits of the ‘80s, hair blowing recklessly to the beat of battleing guitars. I was eleven, or twelve, and felt grown-up and free. Innocent fun on a Saturday afternoon. Roller Derby is far from an innocent turn around the rink, but damn it sure looks fun. The Middle Georgia Derby Demons formed in April of this year. Since then, this group of ladies has been tirelessly holding fundraisers to be able to get to this point, hosting their first ever Roller Derby match right here in Macon at Bibb Skate Arena. The Derby Demons will be playing the Muscogee Roller Girls out of Columbus, GA on Saturday, November 10. Doors open at 7:00pm, with a starting whistle at 8:00pm. A game consists of two 30-minute periods. Modern Roller Derby was started in 2002, and has since spread like wildfire with over 40,000 participants nationwide. Savannah has a league, Atlanta has a few too. All leagues are amateur, and all skaters volunteer their time and money. There are 14 players on a team with five players on the track at one time. Roller derby is a high-endurance, fast paced full contact sport. All skaters wear full protective gear and skate in formation around a circular track. Every skater has a position and a purpose. Their goal is to skate in a pack; working together to score points for their team while preventing the opposing team from scoring points.

Here are the Rules… Formation: Pivots in the front, blockers in the center of the pack, jammers line up 33 feet from the pack. Jammers: Wears the star on her helmet. These girls are speed freaks. They make their way through the pack and score points by passing their opponents in-bounds, while trying to obtain lead jammer position.

Lead Jammer: The first jammer to break through the pack legally (without penalties and without going out of bounds). Pivots: Wears the stripe on her helmet. They set the pace of the pack and are responsible for calling out plays. They are also the last line of defense for the opposing teams jammers. Pivots can take over as a jammer. This sneak attack maneuver is called “Passing the Star”. Blockers: They are the brains and brawn of the pack. They must play offensively by working together to block the opposing teams jammer and defensively by assisting their own. Once the jammers have lapped the pack once, they can now score points for each opposing blocker they pass in bounds and without getting a penalty on. Passing the blockers hips is considered a full pass. It is not easy though – opposing teams blockers will be impeding their way through the pack while her own teammates will be trying the clear a path for the jammer and assisting her with whips, pushes, and pulls. This event is BYO chair. Please, no strollers, coolers or beverage containers; concessions will be available inside the arena. Tickets are available through Adults are $10, children 12 and under are $5. There are only 200 tickets for this event and it is anticipated to sell out so please purchase your tickets quickly! Join skaters and fans for the after party at The Hummingbird Stage and Taproom in historic Downtown Macon. MGDD is actively seeking new skaters and members 21+. They are also in need of volunteers and referees during the games. Come out and support your local roller derby, with action packed entertainment and family fun. For more information and to meet the MGDD, check out Practice Schedule: Bibb Skate Arena, 5335 Hawkinsville Rd. Macon, GA 31216. Tues 5-6:30pm & Sat. 10am-1pm.





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11.02 FIRST FRIDAY OPENING RECEPTION for "Listen With Your Eyes" Presented by Macon Arts Alliance. An exhibit of paintings and sculpture by Peter Nishanian. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. 5-8PM.

Middle Georgia Art Association: Free and open to the public. Gallery open Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon - 3 p.m. 478.744.9557. 2330 Ingleside.

NEWTOWN PRESENTS “FIRST FRIDAY” The streets of Downtown Macon will be filled with music, art, and culture as the community comes together for another fabulous First Friday! The fun starts at 4 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. This month, Mulberry Street Lane will be hosting “First Friday in the Alley.” The community is invited to stop by to enjoy live music by Danger Zone and other family-friendly activities at November’s First Friday in Downtown Macon.


11.03 MACON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “HANSEL & GRETEL” Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera based on the Grimm brother’s Hansel and Gretel will feature young singers who are part of the Chicago Lyric Opera’s illustrious Ryan Center for Young Artists. Don't miss the "Conductor Chat" with Ward at 6:30pm! Admission Info: $38.50 for adults, $18.50 for students, The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry Street. ANN RANDOLPH’S “WRITE YOUR LIFE” WORKSHOP Presented by Thin Place Creative at Theatre Macon November 3-November 4, Through writing exercises, group discussion, and improvisation we will support one another in creating and speaking our stories. This is a workshop for those interested in personal essay, memoir, solo performance, and self discovery. Ann is considered one of the most gifted and innovative writer/performers in the U.S. Her Ovation Award winning solo show, Squeeze Box, was produced Off Broadway by Mel Brooks. Ann just received "Best Solo Performer 2011" by the LA Times and the SF Weekly and "Best Original Script" by the SF Bay Area Critics Circle for her current show, LOVELAND. Her personal essays have been featured on NPR, BBC, and PBS. She teaches and tours at Esalen, Kripalu and theaters throughout the country. In conjunction with this workshop, Ann will be performing "LOVELAND" at the Theatre Macon on Friday, November 2. $180.00


11.05 MERCER’S MCDUFFIE CENTER FOR STRINGS FREE STUDENT CONCERT 7:30 p.m. in Fickling Hall of the McCorkle Music Building on the University’s Macon campus. The concert will feature solo performances from a variety of McDuffie Center students. This one-hour event is free and open to the public. For more information call (478) 301-5751 or visit “It’s a great opportunity for the community to hear free live music by the up-and-coming musician students of the Center,” said Amy Schwartz Moretti, director for the McDuffie Center for Strings.

Macon Arts Gallery The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is always free. For more info call 478.743.6940. 486 First St.

CIRQUE MECHANICS: BIRDHOUSE FACTORY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE This roughly 90-minute, intermissionless show, intended for audiences 4 and older and presented under the direction of its creator, Chris Lashua, as a production of Cirque Mechanics at the Grand Opera House, provides a refreshing reinterpretation of traditional circus. Its highly skilled clowning, mime, acrobatics and contortion draw on the sociology of the factory workplace and the visual history created by Charlie Chaplin in “Modern Times,” the contraptions of Rube Goldberg and the industry murals of Diego Rivera. Intelligently conceived and expertly executed, “Birdhouse Factory” is, in a word, excellent.

Open gallery exhibits at Contemporary Arts Exchange. Resident and guest artist exhibits every First Friday, 7 - 10 p.m. 2nd Floor, 590 Mulberry St.

turn tap upside down in an irreverent industrial revolution of tap. Created by Olivier Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, with a construction site set by designer/director Nigel Triffitt, and a driving score by composer Andrew Wilkie, Tap Dogs is a rough, tough, rocking theatrical entertainment. Tickets are $32 to $49.

"Art Werger: The Graphic Narrative" exhibition Presented by Museum of Arts and Sciences, September 28 -January 13, 2013. Etchings and monotypes from the Museum’s Permanent Collection by acclaimed printmaker Art Werger.


11.07 POET DAVE SMITH AT MACON STATE COLLEGE Dave Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and a former editor of The Southern Review, will read from and discuss his work The first reading is scheduled for 11 a.m. in room 231 of the Education Building on the Macon Campus. Smith’s appearance is part of the Georgia Poetry Circuit. Free and open to the public.


11.08 SEASONS OF THE VINEYARD & BREWERY TASTING AT HAYHOUSE Sample an assortment of wines and beers from some of the region’s best distributors in the Hay House’s splendid Music Room and bid on a variety of unique gift baskets, paintings, celebrity chef dinners, and vacation getaways at this important annual fundraiser for the preservation of one of Macon’s greatest landmarks. $40 per person Phone: 478-742-8155 THE GOONIES IN THE GRAVEYARD Free Outdoor Screening Presented by Macon Film Festival, Inc. at Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy. 6 p.m. 1301 Riverside Drive.




TAP DOGS AT THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE Part theatre, part dance, part rock concert: Tap Dogs features six Australian guys who

OCMULGEE 5K RUN/WALK 9am. Presented by Ocmulgee National Monument. The run/walk will take place on the park road and go from the visitor center to the Funeral Mound and back. Early Registration by November 5 $15, $20 day of. 1207 Emery Hwy


ELVIS IMPERSONATOR AT COX CAPITOL THEATRE A benefit for Humane Services of Central Georgia featuring The King’s greatest hits and holiday favorites. Humane Association of Georgia received permission from Elvis Presley Enterprises to use his image and that of his hound dog in a statewide “Don’t Be Cruel – Love Me Tender” campaign to promote humane treatment of animals. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. with the show starting at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased through The Capitol’s box office, or at TailsSpin.


11.11 CIRQUE MECHANICS: BIRDHOUSE FACTORY AT THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by the acrobatics, feats of balance, mechanical wonders, dance and clowning around in this dynamic, cirque performance. Spectacle Magazine hailed it as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil.” 2:30pm. Tickets are $38 to $54. ‘FAREWELL MY QUEEN’ FILM SCREENING AT THE DOUGLASS THEATRE Presented by Macon Film Guild. $5.00 General Admission, Screenings at 2:00, 4:30 and 7:30 with a discussion after the 4:30 screening. "Farewell, My Queen" brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the final days before the Revolution.


11.15 MUSUEM OF ARTS & SCIENCES FESTIVAL OF TREES The anticipated party of the fall, in its 26th year, the artful annual party to welcome the holiday season has visions of a grand Gala, including a move to the downtown historic Terminal Station, dancing, and an overall fresh energy. Call for ticketing information. Phone: 478-477-3232 x 315

For a complete listing of events, including ongoing exhibits, musuem hours & more visit

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Children's Pottery at Ocmulgee National Monument October 6-October 28, Children learn how to make Native American Pottery and take it home with them.Sat. and Sun. at 3:00pm Phone: (478) 752-8257. 1207 Emery Highway Macon

Art on the Avenue Fine Art Gallery New monthly gallery shows. 2368 Ingleside Ave, 478-743-3720

farmer’s markets

Wesleyan Market every second Saturday 9am - 1pm. Held monthly, this fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods. Music, fun & educational events also offered. Free and open to the public.

Mulberry Market every Wednesday. 4:30-7pm. The Mulberry Street Market is part of the Macon Main Street Program's efforts to bring life and business to Downtown Macon, and is directed by vendors dedicated to the people of Macon. Find a variety of all things fresh and local, from honey to breads, seasonal vegetables to grass-fed beef.

museum hours

Museum of Arts & Sciences. Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. $4 - $8. Free for students & Bibb Co. residents the last Friday of each month, 5 – 8 p.m. 477.3232. 4182 Forsyth Rd. Tubman African American Museum Tuesday-Friday 9am – 5pm Sat – 11-5pm $8general admission $6 for seniors/students/military $4children

Georgia Children’s Museum: Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 -5:30, $4 per person, 2 and under free. Free admission on Tuesdays from 10:30 -1:30 for City of Macon residents and First Fridays from 5:30-8:30. The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon. This houseturned-museum was where members of the Allman Brothers Band, their roadies, friends and families lived between 1970 and 1973.Call for hours. 741.5551. 2321

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame TuesdaySaturday, 9am-5pm (admission $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, college students, & military; $3.50 children).


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Jonathan Dye is the director of communications for Macon Arts Alliance, a non-profit organization comprised of more than 60 arts and cultural organizations throughout central Georgia. For a complete list of community arts and cultural events, visit




e thankful for the theaters and the gallery, the actors and the artists. And most of all, be thankful the zombie apocalypse is still a few years off, so no one will have to chop off your leg in a prison filled with walkers. Before I go any further, there's one event that I can't help but mention. November 6 is Election Day, and if you haven't taken advantage of the weeks of early voting, then get out and vote. It's not only a right many have died to attain, but it's also your duty. If you don't know the issues or who to vote for, talk to your smart political friends. (Emphasis on "smart.") We all have them. We don't hear from them as much because we blocked their posts on Facebook a few months ago, but they are still in your friends list. Try to talk to at least one person from each side of the spectrum, and then make up your mind. You can also visit the campaign websites or read a newspaper or watch the news. Get informed and vote. And be very thankful that you can. That said, there are plenty of things to enjoy before Election Day. On November 2, First Friday returns with a jam-packed evening of downtown delights. Start your evening at The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance from 58 p.m. for "Listen With Your Eyes" an exhibit of paintings and sculpture by Peter Nishanian. He's a prolific local artist with a strong personal style influenced by a career as an automotive designer. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Afterward, head down to The 567 Center for Renewal for "Natural Instincts" an exhibit of nature photography by Darlene Murphy and Kellie Jaros. Enjoy the sights, sounds and fine restaurants in between, and then end your First Friday at the Contemporary Arts Exchange for the "Fall Members Show." The exhibit will be held in conjunction with a memorial exhibit in honor of Sam Zellner, one of the coolest people to ever grace the halls of the exchange, who passed away earlier this year. Saturday, November 3, it's time once again to don your finest vestments and enjoy a night of music and opera at The Grand Opera House when Macon Symphony Orchestra presents "Hansel and Gretel." This performance of Englebert Humperdinck's fairy tale opera features singers from the Chicago Lyric Opera's illustrious Ryan Center for Young Artists. Very illustrious, indeed. If you're interested in learning more, there's a "Conductor Chat" at 6:30 p.m. with Ward Stare, just prior to the 7:30 p.m. curtain. Tickets range from $14–39. If a night at

The Grand whets your appetite for more, stop by Fickling Hall at Mercer University on November 5 for a free night of solo performances by students of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. The weekends are packed, but the weekdays are filling up with things to do too. Corey Smith will be playing at the Macon City Auditorium on Wednesday, November 7. Tickets are available at for $12 each. Thursday, November 8 the Hay House is hosting "Seasons of the Vineyard and Brewery Tasting and Auction" and Macon Film Festival is screening "The Goonies" in Riverside Cemetery. Friday, November 9, The 567 Center for Renewal returns with another installment of "Stories and Songs." Listen to music, and the stories behind the music, featuring Lauren St. Jane, Jeremy Ezzell and Sterling Waite. General admission is $7; students get in for $5. After realizing just how much there is to do in Macon, I hope you are feeling thankful. Show your gratitude by getting some exercise in the Ocmulgee 5K Run/Walk on November 10. Early registration ends November 5 and is $15. Those who register after November 6 will pay $20 so don't procrastinate. Once you've burned off some calories, you'll be prepared for the holiday season to begin.


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t f i g y a d i l o h t c e f r e The p This year, kick off the season with the "Festival of Trees" which will be held in the Terminal Station for the first time ever. This is the Museum of Arts and Sciences 25th anniversary of the November tradition. Expect a grand gala with dancing amongst a bevy of beautifully decorated trees. The only two places where zombies belong are on your television and dancing in Cherry Street Plaza. They don't belong on the couch and you certainly don't want to become one of them. Energize yourself by getting out of the house and attending some of these fantastic events. You'll thank me if you do.

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Bibb County

Superior Court Judge Howard Simms

has been all over the news in recent weeks after his second stop under suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol in a little more than two years. In late September Simms passed through a roadblock as part of a Multi Agency Operation called Operation Thunder. When he was asked to take a breathalyzer, Simms blew The legal limit in Georgia is .08. Officers on the scene decided to follow Simms home instead of arresting him while nine others were cited with DUIs during the same operation. Once leaked to the press, this sparked outrage among some in the area, and Simms entered a treatment facility for alcoholism. Once home from an intensive two-week session, Simms made contact with the 11th Hour and we went to his BY BRAD EVANS home to conduct

his first interview with a print news outlet.


BRAD: Tell me about the night you got pulled over. What had you been doing, that day and what exactly went down? SIMMS: I was at home that day. Dee, my wife had a fundraiser, for Crisis Line. And my son Zack had gone with her. He came home early so I was here with him and the football game was on. Whenever the football game came on, I was drinking. So anyway, Dee, my wife, had a friend coming over, and I thought my daughter Grace was coming home. Whenever she came home I liked to grill steaks. So I went to the Kroger on Zebulon to get things. On my way back, I saw the roadblock. I pulled up to the officer, who wasn’t from Macon. I think he was from Douglass County. I handed him my license and was trying to find the insurance. He asked if I’d been drinking. I told him no. He told me that he could smell something on my breath, and he told me to go park on the side of the road, so I did. I waited over there, and there was a Bibb County Deputy that came up and talked to me. One of the deputies came up and said, “Who are you?” The way I took it, he either recognized me or knew who I was. I said “I’m Howard Simms, Judge Simms.” I just thought he already knew who I was. I may have misinterpreted that but that’s what I thought. He left and then he came back, and Captain Washington came back and they started asking if I’d been drinking. I told them at that point that I had been drinking during the football game. They gave me a breathalyzer. They went back and forth for a while. They showed me the breathalyzer, but I couldn’t really see it. One of them asked if there was someone who could come get me. I didn’t want to call my wife because she’d had some wine, so I told them there wasn’t. At that point, I told them that I only lived a couple of miles from there, and that I felt fine. They asked if I would let them drive me home. I said no. I’d been down that road before. At that point, honestly, I figured I was going to jail. Washington came over, and told me to go ahead home and he would follow me. So that’s what I did, he followed me, I thanked him and he turned around and left. What would you say to others who weren’t so lucky that night? Folks that got a DUI as part of that operation? I understand how they would be upset about this. I don’t know their situations. I don’t know what they blew,

I t h i n k I ’ m s u it e d t o be a j ud ge . M y w h o l e c a r e e r a s a pr o f e s s i o n a l h a s b e e n i n p u b l i c s e r v i c e . I st a r t e d o u t a s a l a w cl er k , w h e n I w a s s ti ll i n sch o ol . I be ca m e a n d A D A , t h e n a DA . I l i k e p u b li c s e r v i c e . D esp it e m y p r obl em s, a nd des pite h ow p u b l i c m y p r o ble m s h ave b ec om e in t he m e di a, I t hi nk I’v e d on e a l ot o f g oo d along the way. - Judge Howard Simms

or what kind of condition they were in. I empathize with them. But I would also say that they didn’t have to spend three weeks on the front page of the newspaper. Their families also didn’t have to spend three weeks on the six o’ clock news.

It’s also worth nothing that had any of us gone through a roadblock and if we were told to drive home, we would have. I would assume that no one would have pulled up to the roadblock and told the police to take them to jail. I was no exception.

Now this wasn’t your first public incident with alcohol. In 2010 you received a ride home from a police officer that smelled alcohol on your breath. This was in the news as well. Why didn’t you seek help then? As a matter of fact, Dee and I had talked about it then. I knew, deep down inside, before 2010, that I had a problem. I didn’t want to admit it to myself, or to anyone else. But right after that, Dee and I talked about me going into rehab and getting sober, after the election that year. Well we went into a runoff, and that went into the middle of November. Then it was Thanksgiving, then it was Christmas, and the election was over, and everyone was happy, and I just didn’t go. The addiction was there, I just didn’t address it. It was a problem that if I looked in the mirror at myself, I knew I had. Once you can be honest with yourself, I think, you are a lot more likely to be honest with everyone else. It just took all this, before I could sit down and be honest with myself. I have, in the past gone to AA. I’ve been sober for stretches of time. I think AA is a wonderful program and I have friends who have used it to get sober. My problem was, looking down the road. AA is a one-day at a time program. And that’s great. But I wanted to be able to see further down the road. I just never could. It was a struggle for me to go one day at a time. Going into an intensive rehab program, like I did, there was a lot of crying. You spend a lot of time talking about things that you don’t want to face. For example, I have, at various parts of my life, just sort of checked out on my family. The people closest to me missed out. I dealt with my problems and my stress, by drinking. Not by talking it out, or dealing with it in any sort of healthy way. A lesson I learned a long time ago is that if you drink enough, you forget. And you can drink to the point that you anesthetize what hurts, or what bothers you. You can numb the fear and the doubt and the worry. I’ve missed a hell of a lot. My daughter is in college, and my son is 15, and I missed a lot of fun, growing up stuff. Like the therapist and I talked about, there is nothing I can do about the things I’ve missed, but I can make up a lot going forward.

And your wife and kids are supportive of this moving forward? Oh yes, they have been very supportive. They actually came up and were part of some of the therapeutic sessions. I really could not do this without them. >>>


Simms interview, cont... Now you say that it has affected your family life, it affected the time you have spent with your children. How did it affect your job as both DA, and as judge? I can say unequivocally that I did not drink at work, and did not drink on the bench. Did I come home and drink ? Yes. I drank on the weekends, a lot. I’m an alcoholic, that’s just what I did. My job as Judge, I think I did it as well as I could do it. And if you ask lawyers who have practiced in front of me, they will tell you I’ve done a good job. So did it affect me as a Judge, no it did not. But as a DA, I can tell you that for me, the stress of being a Judge isn’t as bad as being a DA. It goes back to how I became a DA. I was living in Monroe County. I wasn’t even living in this circuit. I ran for DA, and as a professional I’d grown up in the Bibb County DA’s office. I became afraid that someone was going to come in and basically dismantle the office, so I ran. And I won, and I went from being one of the guys to being the boss, in one day. And over the years, trying to manage my friends became exceedingly difficult. And I handled that aspect of the job very poorly I think. As funny as it sounds, being a career prosecutor, I’m a conflict avoider. I don’t enjoy conflict. So I just sort of ran from it. There again, the stress I had with work, I took care of with a bottle.

I’ve felt that way for years. I’ve said this for a while now, I quit for years, every Sunday. I’d lie down in bed on Sunday Night, every week and think about all the stuff I didn’t do. We live on a lake and my son always wanted to go fishing. Well, every week I’d tell him that we’d string his pole and we’d go fishing. But it always got in the way of my drinking, so I never would. I’d lay down on Sunday, and I’d go through all the things I never did, all the promises I never kept. But on Monday afternoon, the cravings kick in, and I was right back where I started.

What were some of the things you talked about that you didn’t want to talk about. Something that came up during rehab,that surprised you. My second day of rehab, I was talking to the guy who turned out to be my primary therapist. He was asking about my career and everything. And we started talking about how I got started. Willis Sparks was the DA that was elected in 1980, I think. Anyway, he was the guy who hired me to work as a clerk and as an Assistant DA. Over the years he and I got to be great friends. We played chess every Friday afternoon in my office. He was, if you’ve seen that movie To Kill A Mockingbird, he was Gregory Peck. He was that southern lawyer. Anyway, we got to be really close, and on December 28, 1993 he shot himself in our office. There was a group of us in what used to be the break room. The bathroom was adjacent to it. I was 30-years old, and Grace had just been born. We heard the shot. I knew immediately what had happened. I ran in the bathroom, and he was on the floor. He’d shot himself in the head. I told them to go get help. I stayed in there with What sort of feedback are you getting from the bar or him. His eyes weren’t shut, but he wasn’t looking at anythe bench? I have been absolutely humbled by the posi- one. Blood was coming out from around his head and tive response I’ve gotten from so many people. I didn’t there was a piece of bone fragment coming out of his know I had so many friends. And looking at it now, it’s nose. He was breathing but it was really raggedy. I kept probably something I should have thought about a long trying to talk to him. I guess I expected him to answer me. time ago. I’ve got tons of positive feedback from other I waited until the EMT’s got there. There was an officer Judges, from members of the bar. Lots of people saying there, and I told them they needed to look for notes. I took “Nobody’s perfect.” them over to his office, and sure enough, there they all were. They were all in envelopes. Have you had any contact ...”there wer e times, I’m telling all this to the therapist. with the JQC (Judicial And he asked if I ever got any Qualifications Commission)? counseling for that. We’d had one when I would hea r How do you anticipate them small session but nothing else. someone’s stor y, and Shortly after I told him that they put handling this? I contacted them myself, before I left, and told inside I would know a trauma therapist with me to talk them what was going on. I about it. She asked me to write talked to the director and he told down that whole story, in the third th a t I h a d t he s am e me not to worry about it right person. So I did. pr o b l e m s a s t h a t p e r now, to go on to treatment and After she read it, she asked me to call them when I got back. who Willis Sparks was. I answered son. It woul d af fect We’ll be contacting them shortthat he was the DA of Bibb County. ly and I don’t expect any particme not in what I did She asked me again who he was. I ular outcome. I’m just going to told her that he was the guy who with the case, but on hired me. She asked who he was sit down and tell them the truth, just like I’ve been telling you. again and I realized that besides my a personal level.” father, Willis was the man I looked Tell me about treatment, how up to most in my life. I drank in coldid the first two weeks go, and what is your long-term lege for years. I could drink with the best of them. But I plan? It was intense. It was one-on-one therapy with a don’t think it was until this happened that I realized I whole series of therapists, with different specialties. This could use alcohol to numb pain. Telling that story, and was incredibly beneficial to me. I got to address things having her ask those questions was a major breakthrough that I never addressed. Things I didn’t want to talk about, for me. (Howard then pulled out the notes that he found things I never thought I would ever talk about. They had on Spark’s desk and all the newspaper clippings from this me crying like a baby within the first hour and a half that time. He has kept them in his desk all these years.) I was in the room. When those sessions are over though, you realize that those were things you needed to say a I know you plan to seek re-election. Tell me why? Tell long time ago. Those are things I needed to think about me what makes you want to be a judge. You could go for a long time. Things that I’d just been bearing, or off and be a lawyer, and you wouldn’t be held to such numbing. Every answer leads to another question, and it’s a high standard of conduct, you wouldn’t be such a all things that you didn’t want to talk about. It’s very lib- public figure. Why be a judge? erating, and once I realized that I could be honest with I think I’m good at it. I think I’m suited to be a judge. My myself, it became a lot easier to be honest with everyone whole career as a professional has been in public service. else. I will continue this therapy as an outpatient for quite I started out as a law clerk, when I was still in school. I some time. became and ADA, then a DA. I like public service. Despite my problems, and despite how public my probAnd made it easier to do these interviews. lems have become in the media, I think I’ve done a lot of Exactly. I’m not afraid to admit I’m an alcoholic; I’m good along the way. And I like that feeling.

“On ce you can be h onest wit h yourself, I think , y ou ar e a lot m o r e likely to be honest with eve r y o n e e l s e . I t j u s t t o o k a l l this, befor e I c o u ld s i t do wn and be honest with myself.”

You sit in judgment of people who have had DUI’s and have had alcohol and drug problems. It’s obvious to you had a job to do, but did you ever feel like it was morally or ethically shaky for you to chastise people who had problems similar to your own? I didn’t feel morally shaky about it. I had sworn to do a job, and I was going to do that job, and I intend to continue to do that job, according to the law and with a sense of fairness. But there were times, when I would hear someone’s story, and inside I would know that I had the same problems as that person. It would affect me not in what I did with the case, but on a personal level. I know that “There before the grace of God go I.” And I think now, having been through what I’ve been through, and having dealt with a lot of my issues that I’d never dealt with, it puts me in a better position to empathize with people. If you are going to be judged by somebody, I’d rather have someone who is flawed and admits that they are flawed, than someone who thinks they are perfect.

Will you say anything different the next time you sentence someone who has had an alcohol or drug issue ruin his or her life? You know, I very well may. I very well may. I’m not afraid now to tell them, hey I know where you have been.

What about people who don’t have the resources to get professional help? I know you aren’t an authority on treatment and addiction, But I suspect that at least some of the people that will be coming before you on the bench will be uninsured, and without funds to go to rehab. I’m fortunate to have resources to get the treatment that I’m getting. But there are places to go if you don’t have anything. Through the drug court program in Bibb County, they offer help. And you can go to AA meetings for nothing. The thing is, people who have this problem, have to want to get help. You can’t make someone get help. They have to realize that they are in a place that they can not stay. It took me a long time to own up to that myself. I know how people like that feel, because

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and the place went I'm a political junkie. bananas! Along No doubt about it. with Romney was But even I don't norFlorida Senator mally do anything Marco Rubio and political while I'm on Senate hopeful vacation. When my Connie Mack, who wife and I scheduled both warmed up the our family's first trip crowd, as if we to Disneyworld, a needed it, with fanpolitical rally was the last thing on our Connie Mack, Romney, Marco Rubio tastic stump speeches. They paled in minds. It's funny comparison to how things work out, Our Florida vacation was supposed to be Romney. I've heard Romney many times on filled with Mickey Mouse, Perry the Platypus television and at the National Convention. and scratching another item off of my person- I've never heard Romney better. His enthusial bucket list: meeting Astronaut Buzz Aldrin asm was contagious throughout the crowd as at Kennedy Space Center (I'm not only a we chanted, "Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!" several times political junkie, but a space geek as well - and "Ten More Days!" when the Governor there....I admitted it). It just so happened that said that President Obama and the Democrat Republican nominee Mitt Romney was mak- message stays the same when they say "Four ing an appearance less than ten miles from More Years!", and that his changes every day, the resort we were scheduled to stay in during with his being "Ten More Days!" today, the our vacation. Using my sales skills on my amount of time left in the election. The place wife, I talked her into letting us go. And I'm went crazy again. Romney went on to make the best so glad that I did. As we drove into Florida from Georgia speech I've heard from him, and one of the on I-75 we started noticing Romney signs, a most enthusiastic I've heard from any candilot of Romney signs. Not only yard signs, but date. Romney told the crowd: "I think of the people all over the country billboards and bumper stickers as well. If I was guessing, I'd say probably ten to one over who are just scraping and saving to make sure any items of President Obama's. So far so they can put a good meal on the table for good I thought, but I also know that Northern their children. I think of the dads and moms Florida is more Conservative than the rest of who are working two jobs right now so their the state, but it was still a great sign. We had kids can have the kinds of clothes other kids left Macon around 9 AM so we had plenty of have at school. I think of the couples this time to get to the event which started at 4. So Christmas who are saying, 'Let's not I thought. As the GPS squawked it's instruc- exchange gifts. We can't afford it; let's make tions from the backseat, it lead us into a mas- sure we have enough for our kids' Christmas.' "It's the nature of America to live for sive traffic jam caused by the Governor's speech. We fought our way through the traf- something bigger than themselves," he said. fic jam and finally got to the end of the line. "They say that heroes are not people who are I thought. What was supposed to be the end larger than life, but people who live for someof the line, ended up being a parking lot thing bigger than themselves. We are a nation behind a CVS drugstore that was a little over of heroes. We need a president who can draw a mile away from the airport. Apparently out the heroism in the American people." Romney's speech was vastly different there were so many people already there that the Kissimmee Police Department closed off than the picture that Democrats have painted all of the roads to avoid a possible problem in of him as an elitist and someone out of touch getting Romney to the event, so we hoofed it with the American people. The speech also ( wife, son, mother-in-law and outlined his five-point economic plan and father-in-law are saints and all good reiterated his promise to repeal Obama-Care. I think the best line of the whole speech came Republican troopers.). As we got closer and closer, I could not when Romney said, "Four years ago, when he believe the amount of cars and people that [Obama] ran for office, he spoke about big were already there. I've been to a lot of polit- things going on. But today his campaign is ical events, but there seemed to be something reduced to small things. He can't speak to the totally different about this one - the atmos- moments of consequence. He's talking about Amen phere was more like a rock concert than a characters on Sesame Street." America needs a political rally. We finally made it to the Jet- Governor Romney. Ranger Hangar where Romney was supposed President with substance...not soundbites. I to speak, and to our disappointment, couldn't recently heard an Obama supporter on a get in as thousands of people were trying to national news channel criticize Romney for cram into this hangar. I hadn't driven all day being "too much like Ward Cleaver". I and walked over a mile to get turned away believe that at this time, America needs a though, so I snatched my son Teddy's hand President who is more like Ward Cleaver than and told him to hang on. We wormed our Eldridge Cleaver. America needs Mitt way through the initial crowd and made it in. Romney and hopefully by the time some of Not being content with only getting in, I you read this America will have elected inched us close to the stage, our final spot someone that can lead our nation back to respect and prosperity instead of shame and being about 20 feet from the stage. The bus pulled up with Romney aboard welfare.





BY RICK HUTTO City-wide Councilman, published author

CONSOLIDATION DETAILS hen the voters of Macon and Bibb County approved the consolidation of our two governments and the demise of Payne City earlier this year, we were asked to leave many of the details to be worked out later. Well, this is later. Our legislative delegation devised the general guidelines to be followed but, as we know, the devil is always in the details. Several at-large members of the transition team were added to those specifically listed in the authorizing legislation. Unfortunately, not one member of that entire body lives or works east of the Ocmulgee nor is there a member from South Macon. In effect, more than onethird of our voters have no representation on the committee that will decide our collective future. At the full committee’s first meeting, a decision was made to move all future ones out of the City Council chamber, where they can be televised live to the public, to the Regional Commission offices on Emery Highway. Five subcommittees were appointed to develop specific tasks: Laws, Facilities, Human Resources, Technology, and Finance. The full transition committee also took a cue from the Republican caucus of the Georgia legislature in decreeing that four members of the transition team – Mayor Robert Reichert, Bibb County Commission Chair Sam Hart,

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Representative Nikki Randall, and Senator Cecil Staton – will serve as VOTING ex-officio members of all committees. When this concept was implemented in Atlanta at the legislature, the ex-officio voting members were called “Hawks” because they could swoop in at any moment and impose their voting will on any committee, thus ensuring the outcome of a vote. I’m not suggesting that these four will do the same in this process but it is certainly within their power. Normally, in this situation we would look to other communities in order to emulate their best consolidation practices. However, there aren’t that many success stories to study. Columbus and Muscogee County consolidated in 1971; Athens and Clarke County in 1990; and Augusta and Richmond County in 1996 (although this last one was a shot-gun wedding necessitated by Augusta’s near-bankruptcy). There were no short-term cost savings reported by any of the three. Just the opposite of consolidation has happened in Fulton County which has established several new cities within its borders – Johns Creek in 2006, Milton in 2006, Chattahoochee Hills in 2007, Dunwoody in 2008, and Brookhaven just this year. I never wavered in my support of consolidation although I certainly had some questions about the mechanics and

the eventual promise of a 20% overall cost savings in five years. Now comes word that we need to hire lots of consultants, and even an extra consultant just to manage the consultants. As State Representative Nikki Randall, co-chair of the committee, recently said, “There’s no doubt about it that we’re going to have to bring in experts, because none of us qualify. So, we want to consult those who have been working in specific areas so that they can guide us on what’s out there and which direction we should go in.” We already have our excellent Middle Georgia Regional Commission managing the process just as they’ve done with the merging of city and county departments this year in the Service Delivery Strategy. Now we’re told that we also should hire the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. They are good at what they do but I’ve not seen any evidence that our Regional Commission, headquartered right here in Macon, can’t do exactly what the Institute would be hired to do. The transition team says the Institute would serve as a “master facilitator” to oversee the soon-tobe-chosen consultants such as the one hired by the technology subcommittee to develop and implement our new and merged software. It sounds as though lots of money will be spent outside our area, all in a stated goal to lower combined government costs in the

long term. Even Lamar Norton, Executive Director of the Georgia Municipal Association, on whose board I served as middle Georgia’s representative, has said of the Macon-Bibb consolidation, “Hopefully they’ll see some reduction in costs.” What about that guarantee of a 20% combined reduction in costs in five years’ time? Wasn’t that the basis on which many voters cast their ballot in favor of consolidation? What if this huge splurge of spending for consultants is actually devised to increase the level of expenditures for both governments in their final year before consolidation takes effect? Then the large “cost savings” quantified when the consultants are no longer under contract in the newly-consolidated government would be evidence of financial success! That may sound a bit convoluted, but I’m guessing that the newly-elected commissioners in the consolidated government might be reluctant to exercise their power to overturn that requirement of a 20% combined cost reduction when it doesn’t appear in five years time. Looking toward their own re-election, they might be hesitant to exercise that right when it directly contravenes the stated reasons for consolidating our two governments. As I’ve already said, the devil is always in the details and we may be looking him in the face eventually.



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Adriana’s Quick & delicious cafeteria-style lunch, serving the most authentic Italian in town, including sandwiches, soup, salads, pasta, pizza. Mon-Thur 11-5, Fri-Sat 11-6pm. L • $ 359 Third Street

Market City Café – Superb sandwiches, homemade soups, loaded salads, pizza and pastas. Unique breakfast menu including gourmet coffees and teas. Dinner now being served Fridays and Saturdays featuring seafood and steak specials. Full bar, excellent wine cellar. Full catering services on or off site. Open Tues-Thur, 7am-6pm; Friday and Saturday 7am-9pm. 502 Cherry St., Macon 257-6612 BLD • BAR • $-$$


Friends Bar & Grill of Byron Daily lunch specials, poker, pool and karaoke. 101 W. E. Green Jr. Parkway Byron

Nu-Way Weiners Open since 1916, this original store with its neon sign is one of America's oldest hot dog stands and they serve secret recipe chili sauce, famous hot dogs, hamburgers, and other sandwiches. BLD • $ 430 Cotton Avenue, 743.1368

Greek Corner Deli Serving delicious lamb gyros, monster greek salads, subs and specialty sandwiches 7 days a week. One of the few restaurants downtown open on Sundays and the only late night eatery on Saturdays 12:30am til 3am! LD • $ 587 Cherry Street, 254.3059. Second location; Greek Corner Pizza also offers calzones, pizzas, greek firies and plenty of ready-made desserts. Forsyth Street. Roasted Cafe & Lounge Serving delicious specialty deli-style sandwiches like the Cali Club,The Greek Heat and Roasted Chicken. Also, delicious salads and grown-up PB&Js.Try their famous Date Shake or specialty coffees. 442 Second Street, downtown Macon.

The Downtown Grill Slightly upscale dining serving specialties like Andouillecrusted rainbow trout, cranberry and goat cheese stuffed filets and desserts to die for. Also features an extensive wine list and it’s own humidor. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 562 Mulberry Street, 742.5999

The Shamrock Dargan and his crew cook up some of the best homemade meals in Macon, including his legendary Shepard’s Pie. Serving traditional Irish favorites, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Plus, he’ll surprise you every week with some interesting seafood selections. D • BAR $-$$ 342 Rose Avenue, Payne City The Tic Toc Room Contemporary setting with a sophisticated menu, great wine selection. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 401Cherry Street, 743.4645


Taki Japanese Steakhouse Serving traditional hibachi with flair and fresh and creative sushi selections. Private bar area,The Blue Diamond Bar, features Happy Hour all week 4:30-6:30pm with specials such as 20% off sushi and $5 sake cocktails including Plum and Saki Sunrise. Thursday and Sundays enjoy $1 sushi specials. LD • BAR • $-$$ 6255 Zebulon Rd

Hidori Japanese Grille - Sushi Love Family-friendly dining experience, serving asian cuisine, teriyaki steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon, some of the best sushi in town, fresh salads and so much more. Also features a full bar and a unique lounge experience. Open late night Friday and Saturday til 1am! 4524 Forsyth Road LD • BAR • $-$$

You don’t have to go downtown to enjoy a great bar scene! Late-night bar open Friday and Saturday until 1am. Great ambience and drink prices. Metropolis Cafe Offering Greek, Mediterranean and Indian Cuisine. Macon - 2460 Riverside Dr. (478) 464-0247; Hours of operation: Mon. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. $-$$

Shogun Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Without a doubt the best sushi chefs in Macon! And the hibachi grill is a dining experience like no other. Fresh and delicious entrees, great customer service and a full bar offering some of the best mixed drinks in town. LD • BAR • $-$$

Ninja Japanese Steakhouse Newly opened in downtown Macon, enjoy their unique and delicious sushi options prepared by owner and 20-year chef, along side freshly prepared Japanese offerings. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar available. Located in Mulberry Street Lane, across from Tokyo Alley. LD • BAR • $-$$


J. Christopher’s Open 7am-2pm daily, and their signature breakfast dishes all day long. Strawberry waffles to eggs benedict, fresh salads to innovative sandwiches. BL • $ 220 Starcadia Cir. Circle, Macon, 476-0220

Eating out with kids doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are local restaurants offering meal deals for kids. Now you can enjoy an affordable night of family-friendly dining without breaking the bank.

EVERYDAY IHOP (Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. 254-7100 or Eisenhower 784-0800 ) – 12 and under eat free; one per adult – 4:00 – 9:00 pm S & S Cafeterias – 10 and under eat for 99¢ – purchase one adult meal and dine in; no limit on number of kid’s meals – all day Sunday Cici’s Pizza – Kids 3 and under eat free from the Cici’s Pizza buffet everyday!

MONDAYS Sticky Fingers - Recieve one free kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal $7.99 or higher. Valid Monday through Wednesday only. McAlister’s Deli (Presidential Parkway 4747783 and Zebulon Road 405-6825) - 12 and under; one per adult – after 5pm (Tuesday also) Barberitos- Kids eat free after 3pm with the purchase of an adult entree. Dine in only. One per adult, twelve and under Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta (477-7400) – 11 and under eat free; one per adult – all day

TUESDAYS Sticky Fingers - Recieve one free kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal $7.99 or higher. Valid Monday through Wednesday only. Moe’s Southwest Grill - One kid 12 and under eats free with the purchase of any adult entree. Locos Grill & Pub- Kids eat free on Tuesdays at Locos Grill & Pub. Purchase of an adult entree is required.

WEDNESDAYS Calientes Burrito Shop (471-8110) – 12 and under eat free; one per adult – after 6:00 pm Georgia Bob’s (257-6710) – 10 and under eat free; one per adult – and after 5pm Saturday

THURSDAYS Barberitos- Kids eat free after 3pm with the purchase of an adult entree. Dine in only. One per adult, twelve and under

SUNDAYS Firehouse Subs – 2 free kid’s meals when you purchase a Medium or Large Sub – Sundays





The process though varies depending on the song or who I'm working with. Often though, I'll have a hook, idea, story or a few lines written down to start the creative process. I find that I often have the words before I do a melody. (Maybe that's due to my background, growing up I wanted to be an author.) I write where-ever I am and when-ever the song or idea hits me. Many times, this is on my iphone recorder in the car. If you play a cover, whose songs do you love to perform? I love for us to take a song and make it our own, although change it up a bit and add our own touch and flair to the song, yet it still be recognizable to the fans. In the past, I've loved the way we cover "Wayfaring Stranger" a combination of Emmylou Harris's version and Jack White with a touch of Tom Waits. Lately though, Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" or "Gold Dust Women", not only is the album Rumors amazing, but I love Stevie Nicks, the strong, creative and powerful example she's been in the music industry. She's been an inspiration to me. Are you all full time musicians, or do you have day jobs? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous? We are for the most part, full time musicians. Although we do have odd-end jobs at times to help make the ends meet during the week that's flexible and conducive to making and keeping our music the number one priority. Many of the guys are music teachers. We usually have set practices and writing sessions, it's helpful to me to have a regular schedule. What have you found to be the hardest part of the music industry? Trust. In an tough industry like the music business, it's really difficult to find people you can trust. People will promise you the moon and stars, even the rope to lasso the moon and then the next day drop you like an bad habit. I've been betrayed and been too dumb/naive in the past too trust those people. I've learned from those experiences though, gotten much smarter and thicker skin. The people I can trust are always my closest friends and family. I'm so fortunate to have a solid grounded family, parents, sister and bro-in-law who have my back and some amazing girlfriends who I've stayed close with since childhood, they know me inside and out and all have been helpful in my career.

LAUREN ST. JANE PLAYING THE 567 CENTER’S “STORIES AND SONGWRITERS” ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH In both song and show, Lauren St. Jane and The Dead Westerns are a collective drink that goes down Facebook: Twitter & Instgram: laurenstjane iTunes , Reverbnation, Youtube: LSJDeadwestern

smooth but leaves a beckoning burn for more - a classic country shot with a modern Americana aftertaste. We have a quick chat with the bold and brazen Lauren... so listen up. You recently played the famed Eddie’s Attic Songwriter Series in Atlanta, do you enjoy the “songwriter in the round” format? I always love the songwriters in the round experience. There is often something different when you see a songwriter perform his or her own song verses hearing a performer sing a song that they didn't write. I think there is often heart, power and passion when a singer/ songwriter performs their own songs and its communicated to the audience in a very authentic, real place that many performers who don't write their songs can't convey. Some of my favorite lyrics? It's like asking what's your favorite movie or book and I've got far too many. Personally, I may have songs I'm more attached to than others that I write. I know the songs I personally experience and write about mean much more to me and when I perform them, it's my passion for the audience to feel what I'm talking about. Other songwriters lyrics that I love are the ones that are gut wrenchingly beautiful! I immediately want to scream "why didn't I think of that" or usually I'm in awe saying "I wish I wrote that". Lately it's been Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire". These lyrics are so strong and the "fire" and "cool my desire" are such a sweet line, it gives me chills and I love performing it. "Sometimes it's like someone took a knife baby Edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley


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Through the middle of my soul At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet And a freight train running through the Middle of my head Only you can cool my desire Im on fire" You’ve been described as having “feisty lyrics”. Can you give us an example of one of your favorites? Maybe the "fiesty" has something to do with being a redhead? haha... I think our song "Southern Girl" could be considered feisty in a way. In that song, I talk about a rugged and fearless woman who has sass, but to be warned if you cross her. Truth be told, I was inspired by a family member who's ex was quite nutty! I told it through my eyes, "feisty" and all. "She's got a mean streak from San Diego to Tennessee She's quite the wreck but i's a beautiful sight to see She live out Rock'N Roll, drinks down Whisky gold, She could stare the winter cold, so you best get outta' the way" OK, you’re working on a new album, how does your songwriting process work? Yes, I'm in the middle of working on all new material this Fall. Right now I'm writing like crazy! This usually means a lot of cowrites with other songwriters, meetings and trips to Nashville.



FRIDAY, NOV 2 THROATPUNCH A full on rager at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Sharing the stage for the first time, Purging Normandy, Apache, Dragon Sleeper and ThroatpuncH!!! Admission: $15 advance / $20 day of

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SATURDAY, NOV 17 WAYNE MILLS & BOOTHILL 14 years on the road will put a lot of life’s experience under your belt. During that time, Wayne Mills Band caught the attention of many big names in Country music and Wayne Mills was invited to play with some of his musical heroes (Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt and Charlie Daniels.) Admission: $15


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I’m not real sentimental. Yes, I used to write everything down on yellow notepads with certain pencils, before I ever typed it. It was a routine I lived by and thought I’d never leave. But I used to flip pages to read books too. Anyway, for those of you who miss the good ‘ole days, you should check out the new ipad typewriter. Austin Yang designed this real functioning typewriter that hammers right against the ipads gorilla glass keyboard. It should be reaching Kickstarter in a few weeks. Visit to help fund this idea.


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Cane Syrup Glazed Smoked Wild Boar Loin Chops INGREDIENTS: 1 Large Pork Tenderloin Six Cups of Cane Syrup 1 Cup Italian Dressing Salt & Pepper

I am a meat eater. Besides two years in my twenties, I have always been a meat eater. I like the way it tastes, and I hate the way going without it makes me feel. I’ve been hunting since I was old enough to carry a rifle. My older brother took me with him my whole childhood. I will never forget my first kill. And I can still remember those white packages of deer meat piling up in the freezer. My mother hated cooking it. She said it was too bloody. It wasn’t until college that having venison in the freezer became really handy, and since then my freezer is always packed full with some sort of meat from a hunting or fishing trip. Eating what you kill is a great excuse to hunt, and hunting is a great excuse for enjoying the outdoors in the South.

But it is also an elemental skill you can always get better at, and it’s something I want to teach my children about. There aren’t many things worth understanding more than where your food comes from. Even social networking guru and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a pledge in 2011 to only eat meat that he killed himself. “A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.” He told an interviewer in 2011. While this column will smell of blood sometimes, please know that we’re not doing this because we love killing innocent animals. If it goes down, it get’s eaten. We respect the life that is given to feed us, I’d say much more than your average meat eater. And this week, on the menu is Leesburg Georgia Wild Boar, brought to us by none other than Hogswat.

A recent Scripps Howard News Service story reported that wild pigs account for approximately $800 million in property and crop damage each year, as well as 27,000 auto collisions. They ravage gardens and croplands, they eat fawns and goats, and sheep, and they carry many diseases than can be transmitted to domestic swine and livestock, creating a potentially devastating after affect. Wild pigs have been reported in 137 of Georgia’s 159 counties with an estimated 200,000 to 600,000 in population. This is the most of any state, save Texas and Florida. Hogswat’s job is to combat this problem. Naturally they want to use the best equipment possible when doing this. In Hogswat’s opinion that means AR 15s with 320 by 240 resolution thermal imaging scopes by a NIVISYS mounted on top. These scopes cost about 12 thousand dollars a pop and can spot the heat signature of a mouse in pitch black darkness at over 200 yards. A deer or a hog can be spotted at over a mile. While Hogswat doesn’t charge farmers to help with their hog problem, to help offset the costs, and also to be able to hunt for a living, Hogswat offers guided hunts with their top notch equipment. Experience isn’t necessary and the cost is 500 bucks for an entire night of hunting. There is no limit on the amount of hogs you can kill and there are no trophy fees. Kids under 16 are half price. While Hogswat was kind enough to take us on a hunt in kind for us doing an article, we were soon to find out that had we paid full price, it would be worth every penny and then some. Hal Shouse founded Hogswat in 2008, less then a year after his daughter, Sydney, was born. He’d grown tired of living life in the fast lane, and once he saw Sydneys face, he knew that he wanted to find a simpler life. While he’d hunted most of his life, he’d never seen a wild hog when he started the company. Since then it’s grown exponentially and Hal hunts over 300 days a year. Hal invited us out to his house and we got there just as the Sun was going down. He was


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just sending Sydney to bed, but not before she came outside and expressed her disappointment that she wasn’t going hunting that night. Hal is a single father, and takes great pride in the fact that his daughter loves hunting, and has already hunted more wild hogs with him than most folks will in a lifetime. She’s not big enough for guns yet, but it won’t be long. As soon as Sydney went to bed, it was time to fire some practice rounds. Hal has a range set up in his back yard, and after a thorough safety talk, he went inside and put two bottles of water in the microwave and set them down-range at about 75 yards. My friend and hunting buddy Andrew Collier had come with me and had never killed anything before much less fired an AR-15. After Hal was done with him, he felt like a pro and we turned our scopes on, focused on the water bottle shaped white light at the end of a pitch black range and fired. The explosions looked like fireworks through the scopes and it was as loud and as awesome as you can imagine. Then we saw the van. Hogswat’s van is what B.A. Baracus wishes he had. A ‘97 Dodge b2500 with an 8 inch lift and 360 V8 and a Quigly 4x4 conversion. It looked like something out of a comic book, with Hogswats logo emblazoned on the side, and it sounded like Satan had just woken up madder than hell. I couldn’t wait to open the door and climb inside. We loaded up thousands of rounds of ammo, four AR 15s and we took off down the dirt roads of South Georgia. We’d pull up to the edge of a field and Hal Thermal imaging of hogs in a would climb on top of the field. Andrew Collier and pubvan with his thermal lisher Brad Evans on a Hog Swat hunt. spotting scope. It fed into a flat screen in the van so we could see what he saw. For the first hour and a half, what we saw were lots of deer. Every field was full of them. We probably saw over 150 deer in the first hour and half we were out. It didn’t get old watching them through that thermal scope, but we were getting ready to find some wild hogs when Hal snuck up on the edge of a peanut field about 11:30 PM. The big screen lit up. There were thirty hog shaped heat signatures on the screen. They were about 500 yards out in the middle of a peanut field. Hal explained that just 10 hogs could destroy 100 acres of peanuts in one night, if left to it. We got out of the van quietly, got locked and loaded and started walking out into the field towards the hogs. We couldn’t look through our scopes on the way out; it was just too much trouble to set up for a quick look, so essentially we’re walking in the pitch black. You could barely see two feet in front of you. So once you get close enough to hear these animals, it get’s the heart rate going a little bit. It’s no secret Hogs have tusks that can cut you to the bone, and they are fast as hell and meaner that shit. I tried to be quiet; I tired to tell Andrew to be quiet telepathically. Hal just kept us moving towards the herd of hogs. We got about 60 yards from them and set our guns up on Shooting sticks. Hal told us to turn our scopes on and find a hog. He told me to shoot from center to the right and Andrew from center to the left. He asked if we were ready, and told us to fire on one. He counted down and we fired and all hell broke loose. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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DIRECTIONS: I had a large tenderloin from Andrew’s 250 pounder that I cut into 10 1-inch thick loin chops. I put salt and pepper, a cup of zesty Italian dressing and two cups of home made cane syrup on the chops in a freezer bag and let them sit overnight. I have s smoker from Grillmaster Grills out of Jones County, but any one will do. If you don’t have a

smoker, throw some wet wood chips down on your charcoal grill for a little extra flavor. Pull the chops out of the fridge and brush more cane syrup on the top and sprinkle a little more cumin, salt and pepper. When the smoker reaches about 250 degrees, put the chops on and leave for about 2 and a half hours or until done. Pull off and taste tender goodness Hogswat style!


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THE GOONIES AT RIVERSIDE CEMETARY, HANSEL & GRETEL BY THE MACON SYMPHONY, POMEGRANATES AND SO MUCH MORE! I was definitely not prepared for the cold gusts that Macon has had to deal with the past week, but after seeing footage from the North East, we're fortunate to have only had to put up with them and not walls of water roaring through our downtown. I have a few relatives that live around New York City and thankfully, they're all okay. I hope the same for anyone else that has connections to the areas affected. I remember being in Lake Tahoe when I was maybe six or seven and there was a terrible storm going on. We went outside to see how bad the wind was and my brother and I were knocked down and could hardly get back up. Of course, neither of us weighed more than fifty or sixty pounds. No where near the weight of the things on TV I saw flying through the air. If you have any interesting weather stories, send them to Brad and see if he'll print some of them in the next issue. There's a video going around the web right now of a little girl who's so frustrated with all the talk of politics that she starts crying and shouting for it to be over and that "no one cares". I wouldn't say that I've reached that point yet, but I am ready to talk about something else with my mom when I have dinner at her house. She was incredibly active in getting not only me, but a handful of my friends to register to vote. It was way past due for me and I'm looking forward to voting this coming Tuesday, along with all the things that follow. If you'd like a nice laugh, check out And remember, you look like an upstanding citizen if you're wearing your "I Voted" sticker. First Friday brings the usual batch of gallery openings, live music, and good eats in the downtown. The Tubman Museum will be hosting an African Drum Circle that evening that's open to the public. You don't have to have a previous musical history to take part in drum circles, and usually that turns out to be one of the most fun parts about them. As long as you're not the person living upstairs from one. Jealousy German noise-rockers Mountain Duo will be stopping in Macon for the second time as part of their US tour, bringing their "refined weird" to Roasted alongside Xavii, Trufflelina, and Gnarwhal. Last time through, these guys found create com-



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Mic Harrison & the High Score pany and hospitality in the Macon Noise crowd and from our city, so it's awesome to see a band from thousands of miles away enjoying our city. The MSO hosts yet another of their amazing events on Saturday night with the opera of "Hansel & Gretel", as performed by member of the Chicago Lyric Opera. This is one of only a few MSO events that remains in their current season. Pick up a Grand Tumbler while you're there. It's one of the best purchases you can make if you frequent the theatre. I'm looking forward to writing about my meal at the newly opened farm-to-table venture of the Rookery, Dovetail. I haven't been this excited about eating out since I finally made it to Decatur and visited Brickstore. From the look of the menu that's been floating around online, Maconites are in for a treat. The following week, on Thursday the 8th, the Macon Film Festival will be holding a free screening of cult-classic "The Goonies" at Riverside Cemetery at 6:30pm. This means you need to learn the truffle-shuffle, buy a pint of rocky road ice cream, and bring a blanket. The 567 Center for Renewal will be presenting another portion of their "Stories & Songs" that following Friday. If you're not familiar with the series, each night three songwriters gather together onstage for an open discussion about their music, followed by performances from each of them. On

November 3rd - Cherry Blossom Pageant @ Wesleyan College November 10th - Pomegranates w/ The Hounds Below @ Roasted

the 9th they'll be hosting Lauren St. Jane, Jeremy Ezzell, and Macon's Sterling Waite. St. Jane heads a group out of Atlanta called The Dead Westerns, while Ezzell is part of another Atlanta-based group called The Well Reds, and Waite stands front and center for The Cotton Avenue Hustlers. Tickets are only $5.00 if you're a student, $7.00 if you aren't. Long-awaited indie act (they cancelled their last show here, over a year ago due to their equipment being stolen) Pomegranates will be stopping in at Roasted alongside The Hounds Below, the newest project from the lead singer of renowned group The Von Bondies. Maconite Josh McGinty will be doing a special opening set to start the show, his first in the area in nearly one year. All of this for free! The Macon Film Guild will be featuring their film for the month on Sunday the 11th with a special screening of "Farewell My Queen", which will probably be a beautiful and introspective film, but unless I wasn't paying attention in the commercial, it should be a lot of French Revolution-era ladyloving and sadness. Not a bad thing, just not up my alley. If that sounds appealing to you though, the film will be showing throughout the day at the Douglass Theatre. Until next time, stay warm, happy, and full. The rest should come fairly easy if you're able to do that. And renew your hunting license.

November 14th - Museum of Arts and Sciences annual fundraiser, The Festival of Trees opening gala at Terminal Station, all proceeds benefit the Museum. Early bird tickets on sale now, $60.


josh roberts & the hinges FRI. NOV 9

tIM LeE 3 SAT. NOV 10

B Keith Williams WED. NOV 21 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - 10PM

St. Francis FRI. NOV 23

Michelle Malone SAT. NOV 24

Neal Lucas Band

November 21st - Early Bird Day - St. Francis @ The Hummingbird



FRI 11/2

THUR 11/8

THUR 11/15

Will Stevens Bearfoot Tavern, 9-12 on patio

B Keith Williams Locos Deli & Pub

Pocket Rocket & Mission to Mars The Hummingbird

Rocky Creek Band 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Lance Daniel Band Billy’s Clubhouse Throatpunch! Cox Capitol Theatre Fresh Heat Hud’s on Gray Hwy. Mic Harrison & the High Score The Hummingbird

Jeremy Johnson Mellow Mushroom

Xavii & Jealosy Mountain Duo Roasted Cafe & Lounge From Within Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 11/3

Hott w/Harry Leggs APs Hidden Hideaway

Robert Lee Coleman Billy’s Clubhouse Sugar Virus, Hidden Burial & Demonious Hud’s on Gray Hwy. Josh Roberts & The Hinges The Hummingbird

Megan Jean & KFB Roasted Cafe & Lounge Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe

SUN 11/4

Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway, 3pm Jazz Band - Brunch The Rookery

WED 11/7

Open Mic Night Backporch Lounge John Stanley Backporch Lounge The Werks Asylum

Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm


NOVEMBER 2 - 15, 2012

Dirk Quinn Band Billy’s Clubhouse Contraband Hud’s on Gray Hwy.

Seth Winters Trio The Hummingbird

FRI 11/9

w/B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Stories & Songs 567 Center for Renewal

David Beale Bearfoot Tavern, 9-12 on patio Hott w/Harry Leggs Billy’s Clubhouse Tim Lee 3 The Hummingbird

Freelance Ruckus Mellow Mushroom

Bitch Please Roasted Cafe & Lounge

Travis Bryant Band Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 11/10

The Wall AP’s Hidden Hideaway

Travis Bryant Band Billy’s Clubhouse Elvis Impersonator Cox Capitol Theatre B Keith Williams The Hummingbird

Pomegranates Roasted Cafe & Lounge Moby Dick Wild Wing Cafe

SUN 11/11

Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway, 3-8pm Open Mic Night Backporch Lounge

WED 11/14

John Stanley Backporch Lounge

Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

B Keith Williams Locos Deli & Pub

Dry County Wild Wing Cafe

FRI 11/16

John Stanley 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

David Beale Bearfoot Tavern, 9-12 on patio Scott Little Band Billy’s Clubhouse

Burial & Demonious Hud’s on Gray Hwy.

Yacht Rock Schooner The Hummingbird Wartown Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 11/17

Alter Ego APs Hidden Hideaway Tokyo Spa The Hummingbird

Dwayne Boswell Macon Music, $10

One Horse Parade w/Trendlenberg Roasted Cafe & Lounge Big Daddy & Co. Wild Wing Cafe

WED 11/21

St Francis The Hummingbird

FRI 11/23

Michelle Malone The Hummingbird

Will Stevens Bearfoot Tavern, 9-12 on patio Freelance Ruckus Mellow Mushroom


Happy hour til 9pm, jam & rehearse 7-10pm, 20’s Pub

Everyday 4-7pm: $1 beers and $6 domestic pitchers $2 Beers All day Everyday, Locos $2 Wells & Domestics, .50 Wings BJs Downtown $1 Wells all night, The Bird

$3.25 22oz Bud & Bud Lt Drafts • $13 Bud & Bud Lt Buckets • $2 House Vodkas Wild Wing Cafe

25% off all appetizers, Happy Hour 3-6 and 9-Cl Macon Mellow


Everyday 4-7pm: $1 beers and $6 domestic pitchers $2 Beers All day Everyday, Locos 2-4-1 Tuesdays - Calls & Imports, $1 Nachos BJs Downtown Industry Night at Chasen’s Lounge 3-4-1 Drinks every Tuesday The Hummingbird

2 for Tues- buy 8 wings and get 8 free! $2 domestic drafts 4p-CL Wild Wing Billy’s Bar Bingo 7pm Billy’s Clubhouse


(4pm-Close) $2 domestic Pints, $4 Bombs and $4 Baby Guiness Shots Wild Wing Seniors Day - $1 beers until 7pm. Ladies Night - 50¢ wells & drafts. Hud’s on Gray Hwy. Ladies Night 7pm-CL: $2 House Wine, $5 Martinis Macon Mellow

Everyday 4-7pm: $1 beers and $6 domestic pitchers $2 Beers All day Everyday, Locos 2-4-1 Drinks every Wednesday The Hummingbird

Ladies - 2 for 1 Everything, Free pool and darts BJs Downtown


College - $2 Wells, Domestics & Pizza, BJs Downtown

Ladies Night: Free wells for gals all night, DJ Billys Clubhouse

Hud’s on Gray Hwy - Free pool, Khaos Karaoke, $2 Jose $8 Bottomless Mugs at The Hummingbird

2-4-1 Jagerbombs, $3.50 craft beer Mellow Mushroom 7p-close $1 drafts/ $2 wells 20’s Pub

Taco Rita Nite- $2 tacos, $3 margaritas, $6 Mega-ritas, $4 Irish Bombs Wild Wing

Everyday 4-7pm: $1 beers and $6 domestic pitchers $2 Beers All day Everyday, Locos


Mystery Out Dart Tournament, Trivia with Woody Chasen’s

4x4 Fridays - 1st & 3rd Friday of month, Hud’s on Gray Hwy. $4 select premium liquor Mellow Mushroom

Buy 1/Get 1 wells 8-until, Giveaways! AP’s Hideaway Everyday, Miller Lite buckets just $12! Wild Wing


Everyday 4-7pm: $1 beers and $6 domestic pitchers $2 Beers All day Everyday, Locos $10 Beer Buckets, 20’s Pub $4 select premium liquor Mellow Mushroom

Game Day Specials: 2 for 1 bombs and $1 domesic drafts Billy’s Clubhouse $13 Miller Lt & Coors Lt Buckets Wild Wing Cafe


$10 beer buckets, 20’s Pub

12-3pm:1/2 price Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Mint Julep, Sangria or Mojito Mellow Mushroom

$3.25 22oz Bud & Bud Lt Drafts, $13 Bud & Bud Lt Buckets $3 Bloody Marys Wild Wing Service Industry - $2 Wells & Domestics BJ’s Downtown 12:30-5: Bloody Mary Buffet Locos

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Macon’s newest dance club, Element open Wed-Sat!

DJ Kaos Saturday nights at Chasen’s, outdoor deck! DJ Dance Party every Thursday night, Backporch Lounge


Tuesdays at 9pm, and Wed,Thurs, Sat & Sun, 8p, 20’s Pub

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The Werks have quickly emerged as a national powerhouse. As a result of their eclectic individual influences, The Werks produce a dance party that can be appreciated by a majority of musical tastes. Fusing the psychedelic shredding guitar and screaming organ of jam and classic rock with funk slap bass, synthesizers, and modern dance beats, The Werks create their own style of music entitled "Psychedelic Dance Rock". Their unique style of performing is affected and manipulated by the energy of the audience, guaranteeing that each show will be different and memorable. The success is largely credited to the hard work of their street team as well as to the dedication of the band, their fans and a unique performance.The band regularly tours the US and holds their annual music festival, entitled "The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival", each September. Don’t miss this chance to see them in Macon at a large dance and music venue. Tickets just $7 in advance!

The 567 presents its monthly songwriter series, Stories & Songs. Stories & Songs isn't your typical concert--it feels more like sitting in a living room with your friends and a few of your favorite songwriters. Featured songwriters tell the stories behind the songs they play and talk about the art of music. Artists featured in November are Lauren St. Jane, Jeremy Ezzell, and Sterling Waite. Admission Info: $7 general admission, $5 for students. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8 pm. The 567 Center for Renewal is located at

Monday nights 8pm at Billy’s

Thursdays 10pm, CJ’s Sports Bar Friday & Sunday 9pm-until at AP’s Hidden Hideaway

Come Hear...

Tuesday nights at Roasted Cafe & Lounge with the Captain!

Sundays at Chasen’s Lounge

Every Friday & Saturday, Friends Bar & Grill, Macon Sundays 9pm The Backporch Lounge


Charity Pubingo every Tuesday night, come play with friends, great prizes! 7-9pm 20’s Pub Tuesdays 7pm Billy’s Clubhouse

Wednesdays 7pm Hud’s, Gray Hwy Thursdays, Stone-Baked Bingo 7:30pm Mellow Mushroom


Tuesdays, CJ’s Sports Bar

All-Star Trivia every Monday 7-9pm, 20’s Pub Wednesdays at Roasted Cafe

Tuesday Night Trivia (8pm) with Outspoken Entertainment., Wild Wing Cafe

Mellow Trivia, every Tuesday at 8:30, Mellow Mushroom Wednesday nights, 7:30pm at Billy’s Clubhouse

Trivia with T-Bag at Loco’s every Wednesday, 8:30pm!

Fridays 7pm at Hud’s on Gray Hwy.

Every Wednesday at The Rookery, compete for $5,000 grand prize! 8pm

Every Wednesday at The Bird, 7pm.


Nightly Poker 7:30p, Friends Bar Nightly Poker 9p, BJ Billiards

Sunday 7p, Billy’s Clubhouse

Tues,Wed and Thur:Texas Hold ‘Em 7pm at AP’s Hidden Hideaway

Jealosy Mountain Duo @ Roasted


Throatpunch! @ Cox Capitol Theatre The members of ThroatpuncH

rose from the ashes of various projects around the Atlanta music scene in 2008. Soon after they were turning heads with their powerful sound and energetic stage show. With a new release on the horizon produced by Corey Lowery, ThroatpuncH is poised to dominate and kick your ass. Critics and fans agree that ThroatpuncH's high-energy live show leaves you black and blue and starving for more.

Xavii & Jealosy Mountain Duo @ Roasted Cafe & Lounge

Two-man German band Jealousy Mountain Duo’s self-titled longplayer was released by experimental German label Blunoise, a perfect portmanteau of Jealousy Mountain Duo’s disparate ’60s jazz and noisy, math-rock influences. Jealousy Mountain Duo takes a deconstructivist approach to its experimental blend of post-modern jazz and mathy indie rock, its guitars looping and conflicting melodies, its drums working in and out of rhythms, eschewing any semblance of straightforward timekeeping for an abstract counterbalance to the swirl of notes and tones. The result is tightly controlled chaos, a sonic maelstrom where form doesn’t necessarily follow function. Playing with local favorites Xavii and Truffelina.


Hott w/Harry Leggs @ APs

Robert Lee Coleman @ Billy’s Clubhouse rhythm section, came out of a post modern rock scene during the summer of 2011. Now they are middle GA favorites.

Robert Lee Coleman @ Billy’s

Robert Lee Coleman of Macon, played guitar for Percy Sledge from 1964 to 1969. In 1970, James Brown hired him for his new band, “the JBs.” Robert’s guitar is featured on Brown’s album “Hot Pants”, including the songs “Revolution of the Mind,” recorded live at the Apollo Theater & “Make It Funky” from the “Soul Classics” LP.

Sugar Virus @ Hud’s on Gray Hwy

Formed in 1992 in central Georgia as the "FIENDS", this band became the only underground sound to last throughout the southern rock wasteland. Its a new twist on some old school horror influenced music.

Josh Roberts & the Hinges @ The Bird Formed in early 2005 in Columbia,

Moby Dick @ Wild Wing Cafe with the raunchy guitar work of Josh Roberts. Their powerful sound is raw and uncompromising, creating new rock and roll anthems that leave their dedicated fans speechless…and sometimes exhausted, yet always wanting more

Megan Jean & KFB @ Roasted

Hard-touring, foot-stompin', guitar beatin, upright lickin, washboard scratchin,' banjo pickin' madness with a voice like the devil herself. One of our favorites. Go see this band!


Moby Dick @ Wild Wing Cafe

These guys have come together with a set list that SCREAMS party!No tired standards…..No self indulgent favorites…..No filler! They’ve enjoyed regular schedules at amazing venues like Wild Bills, 37 Main,Peachtree Tavern, East Andrews, Rock N Rodeo, Whiskey River and Macon’s Wild Wing Cafe.

SC and immediately began touring and recording. Embedded in their style of rock and roll are blues, country, punk and soul influences that link elegant harmonies

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A unique rock band with mind shredding guitar riffs and a powerhouse brick wall



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Private Ridge Avenue 1br/1bth apartment hardwood floors tall ceilings walkin closet. Screened porch overlooking pool. $475/mm plus deposit. Call Shelley @ 478256-7328. Beautiful Home for Rent in Downtown Macon, Next to Washington Square Park 1052 Magnolia Street. 3br/2ba house, $1,200/mo, fenced backyard. Macon Historic district. Quiet, comfortable, roomy. Landscape maintenance, major appliances, and most utilities included. Dep. $1,200. Call Chris Howard, (478) 397-5672.

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R i p p e d f r o m a j o u r na l m u r de r e r f o u nd h i di ng

o f s u s p e c t e d o u t i n M a c o n

For several years, Howard would live in the woods in Macon Georgia, in a camp he constructed out of camouflage tarps and tents and everything else he could find. He was featured on America’s Most Wanted during those years, though he would elude arrest until 2009, when Macon Police found him breaking into a rental car. Some months later, a friend of the 11th Hour, came across Howard’s camp in the woods. In it three journals were found. What follows is a page of one of these journals, the first in a series of pages that look inside the head of a suspected killer.

ScoutSouth continued from page 24

Hogs were running everywhere, hogs were falling everywhere. It was almost like a bird hunt, you had to lead these animals to hit them they were running so fast. It seemed like a long-drawn out battle between us and these beasts but it only lasted about 10 seconds, and six hogs lay dead. I was shaking I was so pumped and I looked over at Andrew and all I could see were teeth. He couldn’t stop smiling. His first kill ended up being a 250-pound black and brown spotted sow. We drug her out and Hal made quick work of slaughtering her. About 70 pounds of pork came off of her alone. It was midnight and we had to drive back to Macon, but normally that would have been just the beginning of a night with Hogswat. Typically, hunters stay out all night, and sometimes bag over 20 hogs. We wrapped up our meat, and headed back to the house, thankful for the bounty, and thankful to Hal Shouse, for a fantastic time. If you are looking for a unique hunt, something to get your blood pumping and something to put some meat in your freezer, call Hogswat. They are offering 50% off with an ad in this paper right now. Just

call him and mention it. It will be the best 250 bucks you’ve ever spent, I’m telling you. Now You will hear a lot of people say that Wild Hog isn’t good to eat. Even folks who like eating wild game will say that Wild Boar is too gamey, and too tough. I’ve eaten some of these hogs three times since we shot them and I’ve enjoyed it every time. One recipe stands out more than the other though; it makes me want to go Hog hunting every chance I get, in fact. If you don’t have access to Wild Boar, any pork tenderloin will do.








NOVEMBER 2 - 15, 2012


Every Wednesday!

Backporch Lounge 2400 Riverside Dr • 745-8801 21+ Located Inside the Best Western


$2 PBRs

All day, Everyday!



DJ Dance Party

SUNDAYS: Middle GA’s favorite place for KARAOKE


$2 PBR

All da Everyda

Middle GA’s favorite place Karaoke with Man in the B

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Call LaFaye 254-2460

HOOTERS 112 Riverside Drive Call Carl 471-7675

THE HANGAR 5630 Houston Avenue Call Joe 781-9460






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