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Pub Notes by brad evans - My Mama grew up being a mother. Her daddy left their family, after having six children, when they were all very young. My grandmother went to work at the shirt factory, which left Mama, the oldest of the brood, to take care of her brothers and sisters. Even before she was married, she had a doctorate in raising young ones and she got pretty busy having some of her own. She makes no secret about the fact that she wanted a girl, and she had three stinking, hard-nosed, boys. And if keeping us full of soul food wasn’t enough, she held her middle son’s hand as he fought off cancer, watched as her oldest son pushed off to start a life 3,000 miles away after college, and tried her best to keep me between the ditches during some fairly serious wandering of my own. I imagine that the life and times of her sons have endowed her with great anxiety. Ultimately she wants us to be safe, even before she wants us to be happy, and though this can be aggravating to us sometimes, since I became a parent, it’s more understandable. Though I consider myself fairly accomplished, having started a business 14 years ago that has greatly affected my community, mother would be happier if I took a small salary at Geico and got some decent health insurance. Mom, I have good health insurance, I just have to pay for it. I also am doing what I wanted to do

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since I was a kid. Though I’ve read just about every book worth reading on parenting and ask our pediatrician too many questions, and am constantly on making sure what is happening with my children is what is supposed to be happening, Mother believes that if I open the door in a strong wind I’m giving them a cold, and the other day she told me she was pretty sure my kids had worms because my dog lives inside. Mother, a cold is a virus, and you can’t catch one unless you are exposed to it, cold weather has nothing to do with this. And dogs go to the vet to deal with issues like worms. My dogs don’t have worms, so they can’t give them to my children. Mother buys me the same Banana Republic sweaters that I wore in 1993, because “I dressed better then”, and she wishes I would shave and get my hair cut more often. She does all of these things with my brothers too, and we all politely smile and bear it because this is what she does. She cares. And despite my burly exterior, I’m a softy when it comes to caring too. So when I too, become overbearing and too protective of my daughters, maybe one day in the future when Mama’s not around, I’m going to think of her and I bet I’m going to smile. Love you Mama

IN MY HEAD... Ripped from the journal of a suspected serial killer


n the months before their deaths, relatives say Mildred and Jewel Cleveland had struggled living in the same house with Mildred's grown son, Jason Howard. Jobless and socially withdrawn, Howard was a disturbed man who had been committed to a mental institution for schizophrenia following his arrest for robbing a bank. Police think that after JASON HOWARD Arrested 4/13/2009 killing and burying the Clevelands, 4 Cts Felony Murder Jason Howard continued to live in the house. He paid bills, cared for the family pets, and even took a trip to the family's vacation home. With the aid of cadaver dogs, Liberty County police found the bodies of Jewel and Mildred Cleveland wrapped in tarps and buried in a barn on June 15, 2004. An autopsy later confirmed that both had been shot in the head and that Mildred had been beaten first. In his own words from a November 1994 note, Howard explained: Let it be known that I, Jason M. Howard, can be extremely paranoid, therefore as a fugitive I will not only be carrying firearms but explosives as well...I'm not dangerous until I am crossed or cornered, so stay away. Keep away and don't blame me for a dead tactical team. For the next 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, and a cross country runner, 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.

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Culture Calendar FRIDAY

5.09 MACON LITTLE THEATRE PRESENTS “A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE” Thru May 18th A biographical musical that traces the rise to stardom of one of our most beloved recording artists. From her hometown in Winchester, VA, all the way to the Grand ‘Ol Opry, Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall, you’ll hear all of Patsy’s hits! Adults $18,Students $10. 4220 Forsyth Rd. MACON PARKS & REC PRESENTS SUNDOWN SCREEN SERIES SHOWING “TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE” At Luther Williams Field, Central City Park. All movies are free and begin at sundown. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and relax on historic Luther Williams Field while enjoying a movie on the big screen. Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake was partly filmed on this very same field. What a neat experience, don’t miss it.


5.10 “FOUR BROKE GUYS” AT THE DOUGLASS THEATRE After its rousing, crowd-pleasing debut, Four Broke Guys returns to The Douglass Theatre! Four crazy characters, four different viewpoints, ONE actor. Through the use of film shorts, live theater and comedy, star J. Shawn Durham plays four down-and-out men with D.S. Resch women troubles. The men aim to launch an outrageous civil rights-style movement protesting the buying of women drinks, ladies night promotions and male-bashing in the media.. But are these guys broke – dudes without money – or are they broken – men who need to be "fixed"? The characters are based from JSD's novel "The Broke Brothers' Revolution." Get prepared to laugh, cry and experience the plight of Four Broke Guys! (For more on Durham and the novel, visit Doors open at 7:30 pm; There will be a 10-minute intermission. A post-show talk and book signing with J. Shawn Durham will follow. $15 in advance, $20 day of the show


5.11 BILL COSBY AT THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM Bill Cosby, one of America's most beloved comedians of all time, whose comedy transcends age, gender, and cultural barriers is performing at the Macon City Auditorium on Mother's Day 7PM. Tickets can be purchased at the Macon Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets range between $32.00 and $75.00 (plus applicable fees). SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES Free event, 6-8pm at Washington Park. Featuring Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and presented by the Big House Museum. Bring a blanket, picnic, friends, kids and chairs for an evening of live music under the setting sun. Sponsored by the College Hill Corridor Alliance. Food and alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase on site. “GLORIA” FILM SCREENING Presented by Macon Film Guild at Douglass Theatre. Admission $5. Screenings at 2:00, 4:30 & 7:30 with discussion of the film after the 4:30 screening. Gloria (Chile, comedy/drama, 110 minutes, rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, drug use and language) Gloria is a "woman of a certain age" but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. “’Gloria’ is that rare work, a truly adult film.



FULL MOON EUPHORIA 7-11PM. Presented by Historic Riverside Cemetery. A once-a-year-only opportunity to compose unique and evocative photos by moonlight at historic Riverside Cemetery. Experiment with long and multiple exposures to create awesome special effects. Try “painting” with light using flashlights to illuminate subject matter. Models and props provided. Or bring your own. Novice, amateur and professional photographers alike are welcomed! Professionals will be on hand to instruct and advise you.

Culture Calendar $25; couples pay $40 (revenues benefit cemetery preservation) Repeat participants pay $20, couples $35. 742-5328



to m COOKING CLASS: BEGINNER’S d BASICS - CHICKEN Presented by Robinson Home, $30 per person 6:30-8:30pm. Come learn all of the basics of selecting and preparing fantastic chicken. You will learn foundations of how to transform different cuts of chicken into nearly any dish. Once you have the basics licked, throwing a quick weeknight meal together is a breeze! 470 First St 478-738-0610




MACON PARKS & REC PRESENTS SUNDOWN SCREEN SERIES SHOWING “BATMAN” This film at Sandy Beach on Lake Tobosofkee. Bring blankets & chairs to sit on the green, or take a seat in the stands. E- Outside food and drink is permitted, but the concessions will be available for purchase. All y movies are free and begin at dark. In event of h rain, movies are cancelled.



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5.17 ‘FISH TO DISH’ TROUT FISHING TOURNAMENT 10am - 5pm. Come enjoy fishing with the entire family at our fully stocked RainbowTrout pond! Both kids and adults can compete for fabulous prizes and the honor of catching the "big one" in a serene family-oriented environment. Adult Admission is $10 and includes a meal and beverages- beer, wine and un-alcoholic beverages.Kids

Admission is free and eat for free. Fishing Tournament will be held from 10am-2pm. To enter there will be a $30 fee for Adults and Kids can compete for free. LH Harris Ecology Center, 7549 Lower Thomaston Rd. Macon. Award Ceremony will take place at 2:30pm. Prizes include kids fishing poles and gift certificates to Bass Pro Shops. Lunch will be provided from 11am-1pm. Fried fish, hot dogs, slaw, french fries and tasty desserts will be available for adults and kids. Please come and enjoy competing or just to catch and release…either way it will be a ton of fun!! DINNER IN THE ORCHARD Presented by The Georgia Industrial Children's Home. Music, wine and hors d'ouvres reception followed by dinner catered by Chef Dave of Halyard's Restaurant.. James T. Farmer III wil entertain us with stories on being Southern and growing up locally. He is the author of several books on living the good life with flowers, decorative tips, cooking and entertaining with southern graciousness. The food will all be Georgia grown products including 5-hour braised short ribs of beef, grits, mustard greens. Chilled Spring pea soup, baby lettuces with tomatoes, and pecans. Ticket price $125 per person. In the orchard under a tent. Includes reception at 6:30 dinner at 7:30. Catered by Halyards Restaurant from St. Simons Island.



LECTURE ON BRITISH TRADING POST AT OCMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENT Free, 3-4pm. May is Archaeology Month! Ranger Program on the history and archaeology dig of our 1690 British Trading Post. The program will take place at the Trading Post Site near the Great Temple Mound. Learn the fascinating story of Macon's first department store. 1207 Emery Highway

Adult Field Day at Central City Park, May 17th

FORM YOUR TEAM OF SIX AND REGISTER TODAY! Field Day…Ah the memories. Team t-shirts, 50 yard dash, tug of war, over under; all on the hottest day of the school year, of course. But what if you could experience that elementary school fun as an adult? I think you see where this is going… You CAN! Our events are top secret, but you and your team can expect to participate in events such as dizzy bat relays, egg toss, flip cup and an obstacle course. In addition to this day of nostalgia, you will also get to enjoy giveaways, crown competitions, and live music.Registration includes a 2014 Adult Field Day T-shirt, lunch buffet, swag bag, free admission and drink specials (for those 21 & up) to the post-field day celebration at The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom. If you are interested in participating you’ll need to form a team of 6 of your most (or perhaps least) coordinated pals. Registration is $150 per team (that’s only $25 per person)! This event will happen in Luther Williams Stadium and payment is due, along with the registration form, no later than May 9th, 2014. Check in is at 11 a.m. The events will start at 1pm. Presented by PHOTO GARY AMES Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation.






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Columnist Sean Pritchard recommends these upcoming events in the next two weeks It’s good to be back! It’s been at least a month since I last sent Brad a column on “the next two weeks” in Macon and I’m excited about getting back in the swing of things. There’s been plenty going on since I last wrote; Cherry Blossom Festival, Second Sunday, Bearstock, Magnolia Soapbox etc.. A special thanks to everyone that made these events special and worked to showcase our beautiful city to out-of-town visitors. Whether it’s because of school winding down or the number of 80+ degree days we’ve had recently, it’s pretty clear that Summer will be here soon - meaning river floats, Adult Field Day, Mulberry St. Market, Bragg Jam, and much more. Brad and I will soon be working on our annual “Beat the Heat in Middle Georgia” feature, so keep an eye out for that.

In the mean time, study up for finals, plan your beach trips, and enjoy all that Middle Georgia has to offer. The Tubman Museum hosts the opening of “Blood Rhythms, Strange Fruit”, an exhibit from Charlotte Riley-Webb, an Atlanta-based artist whose work has been featured in galleries around the US, UK, South America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. The opening is only $5.00 and features live music and a talk from Ms. RileyWebb on her life and work. The exhibit will run through the 28th of June, so you have plenty of time to see her work if you can’t make it to the opening. The Cox Capitol Theatre has an excellent lineup of bands coming through over the next few months including Ray Wylie

Hubbard (5/24), Leftover Salmon ft. Bill Payne of Little Feat (5/29), Lucinda Williams (5/31), Marty Stuart (6/5) and The Dirty Guv’nahs (6/19) - to name a few. A full schedule of music + tickets are available at I’m quite excited about Charlotte, NCbased folk-pop group Matrimony returning to Macon on Thursday, May 9th. The band, whose debut record comes out on May 6th on Columbia Records, will be playing a FREE show at The Hummingbird with Dalmatian, the band some of you may have come to know as WoolFolk. The show will actually be the very first they’ll play after the release of the album and will mark their 4th or 5th show in Macon since coming here for the first time in 2011. If you’re interested in hearing the album before it’s released, the entire thing is streaming at The Winter Sounds will also be returning to Macon soon! On May 10th, the Nashville-based indie-pop act will be headlining the Hummingbird with support from 100 Watt Horse, a band based in Atlanta that have an excellent Acoustic Alley session on If you haven’t gotten Mom anything for Mother’s Day yet, I’d suggest a pair of tickets to see Bill Cosby at the Macon Centreplex on Sunday the 11th. The legendary comedian is making a long awaited return to town for a very special Mother’s Day performance. If you can’t land tickets to see Cosby, take the cheaper (but still incredibly fun) option and head to Washington Park for Second Sunday. College Hill Alliance & Bragg Jam have booked Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band (Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers Band) for the night, so expect to party! Regardless of what you do for Mother’s Day, make sure you let the lady know how much she means to you - that’s better than any gift you can buy. Lastly, congratulations to all the members of the graduating class of 2014! You did it!

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SUNDAY, MAY 11TH SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES FEATURING JAIMOE’S JASSSZ BAND This is a FREE event! Bring your blankets, picnic baskets and kids! What a great way to celebrate Mother's Day! 68pm. Food and beverages for sale on site in Washington Park.


SATURDAY, MAY 17TH ‘FISH TO DISH’ TROUT FISHING TOURNAMENT AT LH HARRIS ECOLOGY CENTER 10am - 5pm. Come enjoy fishing with the entire family at our fully stocked RainbowTrout pond! Both kids and adults can compete for fabulous prizes and the honor of catching the "big one" in a serene family-oriented environment. Adult Admission is $10 and includes a meal and beverages- beer, wine and un-alcoholic beverages.Kids Admission is free and eat for free. Fishing Tournament will be held from 10am-2pm. To enter there will be a $30 fee for Adults and Kids can compete for free. LH Harris Ecology Center, 7549 Lower Thomaston Rd. Macon. Award Ceremony will take place at 2:30pm. Prizes include kids fishing poles and gift certificates to Bass Pro Shops. Lunch will be provided from 11am-1pm. Fried fish, hot dogs, slaw, french fries and tasty desserts will be available for adults and kids. Please come and enjoy competing or just to catch and release…either way it will be a ton of fun!!


FRIDAY, MAY 23RD DAILEY & VINCENT AT THE CAPITOL One of the top Bluegrass bands today, Dailey & Vincent has been recognized as 3-time IBMA Entertainer of The Year, 2time Grammy nominee, and Dove Award winners. Tickets $25 and up.

50 Shades! The Musical!

The national touring production of 50 Shades! The Musical will come to The Grand Opera House for one performance on Sunday, May 18 at 7 p.m. With sold out audiences in Chicago and New York screaming for more, and a hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a 4-star review, this original musical was inspired by the bestselling book. Tickets are $37 to $47. The Grand is located at 651 Mulberry St. in historic downtown Macon. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has shattered sales records around the globe with more than 32 million copies sold in the United States alone and a 2015 Universal Pictures feature film release is sure to be a cinematic blockbuster. A sexy, hilarious romp, 50 Shades! The Musical is a laugh out loud night of fun that audiences won’t want to miss! 50 Shades! The Musical is surely not for those under the age of 18, but does not cross boundaries that would make general audiences squirm.


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Curtain Call

On Sunday, April 27th, the Georgia music scene lost someone who was very dear to all our hearts. Our friend and fellow musician, Jake Johnson, passed on to play that great gig in the sky. The following words were written in tribute to Jake by some of his closest friends.

Jake wasn't just a friend, he was part of a family, a family of local musicians that have been close for years. There are two local bass players that I hold above the rest, not just due to talent, but due to who they are inside as a person. Jake was one of the two. I never saw Jake without a smile on his face. If you were feeling down, Jake's presence could instantly bring you back up. He was there to help out anytime you needed him, not because you asked, but because he wanted to. His heart was full of love and respect for everyone who came into his life.. There was no hate in his heart or his mind. We all lost not only a great musician, but a great man. R.I.P Jake, you and Berry be sure to hold that low end down up there in the heavens brotha. -Mason C. Aultman The first thing I noticed about Jake was the reason I knew we were going to be good friends: he loved music with his entire heart. Some of us are blessed with being talented, compassionate or humble, but Jake was truly all three. We first met paying tribute to Duane Allman at the 2011 Skydog Festival in Central City Park. We became close friends before I ever asked him to play music with me, which I believe is what made performing so easy with Jake. It always felt natural having him on my right side carrying the groove and singing harmony with me. One of my favorite memories of Jake is when we played Toadlick Music Festival in Dothan, AL. We didn't play until Saturday morning, and we spent the entire Friday afternoon as a band doing what we love and what brought us together: loving music. I know Jake is somewhere up in the clouds waiting for all of us to get there so we can jam just one more time. -Travis Denning Even though most of the time that I spent with Jake was on stage, Jake was probably one of the best friends I've ever had. I had the great opportunity to get to know Jake through long rides out of town going to an from gigs, hanging in hotel rooms through our many discussions about not just music and more music but also about life, politics, religion, death and everything under the sun and beyond. Jake was so compassionate and caring, respectful, polite, every trait that you wish you had in a friend. My mother passed away just before I met Jake. His patron saint was Saint Cecilia and when Jake found out that my mother's name was Cecilia, he surprised me the following weekend with a gift like no one else has ever given me. He gave me a Saint Cecilia medallion that I wear everyday and will cherish for the rest of my life. Jake opened up to me and showed me a side of him that not many got to see. My heart is heavy and I'll miss my buddy, but all I can do is hope that he is happy and at peace where ever he is now and that someday I'll be reunited with his sweet soul. - Josh Graff Jake and I first met through working together at Georgia Music in Macon. I could have never known at the time that Jake and I would forge such a strong friendship and develop a musical relationship with each other that is rarely truly experienced among musicians. For a while Jake and I were playing a couple shows a week and it was during this time that I got to see what a wonderful, genuine character this man possessed. When I was asked to sing at Jake's funeral, I was overwhelmed with honor and a sense of humbleness that, try as I might, I cannot really describe. I spent hours combing through my music collection to find the perfect song that reflected Jake's amazing outlook on life. Upon listening through "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan for the first time, I was struck by one particular line which summarized Jake's existence..."May you always do for others and let others do for you". Jake would literally give the shirt on his back or the last breath of air in his lungs if he knew someone else could use it more than he. It is in this vain that I will forever remember this beautiful soul. Gone but certainly not forgotten. You will forever live in the many amazing memories you have afforded me and countless others whom you encountered during your stay on this Earth. RIP my brother...RIP. - Jeremy Johnson When I first met jake he was playing at CJs with Jeremy Johnson and Will Robinson, I never in a million years would have guessed he would have such a lasting impact on my life. It's true he was by far one of the kindest people you would hope to meet in your time here but he was also one of the funniest in a super cheesy and clean laffy taffy wrapper kind of way. Jake and I played more gigs together then I can count. Most less then glamorous but one thing was certain, as long as he was there it was going to be a good time. I'm proud to have known him while he was here. - Alex Scarborough

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2014 Endorsements Well here we are again citizens, right in the middle of another election cycle asking ourselves who in the hell do we vote for to try and help Macon/Bibb continue our journey from the bowels of darkness and disarray into the promised land of common sense and prosperity while making sure the people we are voting for are running for office for the right reasons and not personal gain. Cynical, huh?


ell folks, who can blame a Macon/Bibb voter for having lingering doubts about how to cast our votes since we have been raped and pillaged by specters of “The Ghosts of Elections Past”. I hope I can try and help you through the electoral nightmare known as the ballot by making a few suggestions. You all know how I stand on the Board of Education races if you have read any of my past columns, but just in case you haven’t I highly suggest, implore, beg, (insert your own adjective here) that you cast your ballots for Darren Latch and for Daryl Morton, both political newcomers who are running against two old relics from the past Wanda West and James Bumpus, respectively. In the Latch-West race, a vote for Wanda West is akin to going to the refrigerator, taking a big drink of milk, finding that it’s sour, and jugging the rest of it down. West voted in favor of every single thing our former Superintendent, aka “The $51 Million Dollar Man”, Romain Dallemand, ever wanted and is still a Dallemand defender. She quips to reporters that she didn’t drop any ball as it relates to Dallemand, because she didn’t know one was in the air to drop. She’s either a liar or stupid. You pick. I’ll stick with my dear friend Darren Latch. Next we come to the Morton-Bumpus race, which shouldn’t even be a race at all. The requirements to run for Bibb County Board of Education include a one year residency rule in Bibb County. Bumpus was employed with Arkansas Baptist College as late as November, 2013. (I’ve been told he will respond if confronted by saying he never sold his house here so he could maintain residency…But I also heard he had renters in the house long term.) Further, Bumpus had previously been on the Board of Education and if you look at the February 10, 2010 Macon Telegraph, Kenny Burgamy reported that Bumpus, along with Tom Hudson, Susan Middleton, Albert Abrams and Tommy Barnes gave former Superintendent Sharon Patterson a vote of confidence back in 2008. You may also remember that Patterson got her teaching certificate revoked in 2010. As I have preached and harped on previously, a vote for Bumpus is a vote for not only the Cotton Avenue Mafia, but also a vote for rotten judgment. Again, I’ll stick with Daryl Morton who most certainly will do things for our children for the right reasons. Jumping to the two State Senate races between Miriam Paris and David Lucas, and John Kennedy and Spencer Price things are clear cut here as well. Paris has proven that she can work to unite different segments of the community and not be a divider. Her

opponent David Lucas sure as hell can’t. The only thing he wants to unite is his hand into your pockets while he screams that anyone that says he’s a crook and bad for the community has to be a racist. Kennedy has no political experience which is totally fine by me as long as he has common sense and believe me: John Kennedy is eat up with common sense, along with vision, honesty and values. There is no question that Paris and Kennedy get the nod. In State House races, James Beverly tries his luck again against Nikki Randall and political newcomer Brad Moriarty tries to topple incumbent Allen Peake. Randall, like Paris, has shown that she can work side by side with Republicans and has the community’s best interest in mind. I see no reason to change no matter what the Lucas crowd will tell you, as they have continuously tried to turn public sentiment against her. That alone gets Representative Randall my endorsement. My friendship with Allen Peake has been chronicled in The 11th Hour many times, but I will add that Peake showed that he will put politics aside and do the right thing no matter what it may do to him politically, as he did in his authorship of “Haleigh’s Hope” and his efforts to get medicinal cannabis legalized in Georg i a , which is hardly a “Republican” issue. Peake and Randall have already earned your votes and I highly suggest you give them to them. The hotly disputed race for Civil Court Judge pits newcomer Emory Christian against long time Judge William Randall. I’ve written an entire column on this, but I will restate that Judge Randall is the clear choice here. Since I have written the article, there has been several emails sent to me saying that I was in fact correct in linking Christian to the Lucas alliance. One email even contained a nice picture of Christian along with Kimberlyn Carter, who by the way, is now a FORMER employee of the BOE at the Welcome Center as her job was terminated. (Along with Pamela Richardson…you remember…Charles Richardson of The Telegraph’s wife?) Judge Randall is head and shoulders above Christian and should be returned to the bench for another term. The Macon Water Authority contains the only other local race that I’ll make an endorsement on as former Bibb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Sam Hart takes on Stephen Rickman and perennial candidate David Cousino, who is starting to make Harold Stassen look like a one hit wonder. Rickman has been on the authority for many years and I see no reason to change, especially in favor of the ‘walking conflict of interest’ Sam Hart.



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Macon-Bibb County Commission, District 2

State Certified Choice In a June 2012 11th Hour City Scene column, I shared the tale of a less fortunate individual among us who came to me seeking my assistance in securing a job - any job - so I called a local employer whom I knew had what I would term menial positions to offer. During our conversation, this employer said to me that he was perfectly willing to consider this person for employment, but that he would require him to submit to a drug test, a credit check, and a criminal background check. “If he fails any one of these,” I was warned, “he’s not going to get the job.” Subsequently, this prospective employee confidently assured me that he would pass his drug, credit, and criminal background checks with flying colors, but as it turned out, he did fail the criminal background check, and just as I was warned, he didn’t get the job. Initially, I was primarily irked at this prospective employee for deceiving me regarding his past criminal behavior. But the more I thought about it, and despite the fact that he had already done his time and paid his debt to society for his transgression, I realized that this individual was just one among the many here in our state who find it difficult - if not impossible - as an exoffender to be hired for even manual labor in menial work. At that time in that same column, I noted that in our state that operates the fifthlargest prison system in the nation, at a cost of $1 billion a year, existing Georgia state law and policy actually created crippling obstacles like this for numerous ex-offenders, and that try as they might to get their lives back on track and in order, these state sanctioned barriers only served to increase the rate of prison recidivism that ultimately results in unreasonable social and economic strains on taxpayers like you and me. According to a national study conducted several years ago by the Legal Action Center in Washington, D.C. Georgia ranked as the third worst state in the country for the

number of legal barriers facing people with criminal records, but Governor Deal's signature last week on Senate bill 365 ought to begin and serve to change all that. Under this newest law, the Georgia Board of Corrections is required to create a program that will state certify ex-offenders as rehabilitated, employable and ready to reenter society. To receive state certification, prisoners are to be required to complete treatment plans and vocational training while they serve out their prison sentences, and adhere to those same plans once they're released or put on probation and parole. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, "The bill also says employers should exercise due care when hiring participants in the prisoner re-entry certificate program, and provides employers a certain level of protection from negligent hiring liability." This new law is also intended to help nonviolent offenders continue to travel to and from their workplaces by allowing judges to avoid the automatic suspension of driver's licenses of those convicted of minor drug offenses if said violation doesn't involve the operation of a vehicle. In a statement, Governor Deal said, "The incentives and re-entry programs included in this legislation are cost-effective strategies that will increase the number of former offenders returning to the workforce and supporting their families." I wholeheartedly agree, because I've long-known that for the many who have served their prison terms and upon release find that they are constantly refused employment, but still have families to support and mouths to feed, recidivism simply by default may be their best and only choice.



A North Macon Liberal

The Boy Next Door I think it’s safe to say that we, as a community, are relieved that Lauren Giddings’s murderer, << Stephen McDaniel, has confessed and that he will live, if you can call it that, the rest of his life in prison. We should be grateful for the team of prosecutors led by District Attorney David Cooke, who resolved this case so efficiently. Unfortunately, even though the punishment has been doled out, there are still questions that continue to haunt me, especially, as a mother of two girls. How can a human being be so completely evil to another human being - a person that they know, whose family and friends they have seen - a beautiful young lady whose void will haunt those same family and friends the rest of their lives? To me, the most disturbing aspect of the murder of Lauren Giddings is that her killer was literally “the boy next door.” How could someone who saw her nearly every day be the one to end her beautiful life? Of course, we know now, that the familiarity Stephen McDaniel had with Lauren’s life was, quite possibly, the very thing that led to her death. I remember in the movie, “The Silence of the Lambs” that Hannibal Lector said, ‘we covet what we see every day.’ In the warped mind of McDaniel, Lauren was everything that he could not be or have. According to all


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who knew her, Lauren had a zeal for life and lived each moment to the fullest. She had wonderful friends, a doting boyfriend, a loving family, and everything good to look forward to in life. She was on the verge of moving out of Barrister’s Hall and, therefore, away from Stephen McDaniel, and on with her promising life and career as an attorney. It must have been more than McDaniel’s sick, tortured mind could bear to imagine: the object of his complete and utter obsession could move away and live her life without his constant surveillance. I have wondered if Lauren ever feared McDaniel or if she just thought of him as a creepy neighbor/classmate. How does anyone discern whether or not someone is merely creepy or actually, genuinely evil like McDaniel? Were there signs that she might have missed that, in retrospect, might have pointed to the fact that McDaniel was more than just a social misfit? These questions bothered me so much that I called upon two experts in the case to help me find some answers. Nancy Scott-Malcor and Dorothy Hull are both top-notch prosecutors with the

Bibb County District Attorney’s office, and worked as prosecutors on the case from the date of McDaniel’s arrest in 2011 until his confession last week. I asked both ScottMalcor and Hull several questions to gain some insight as to whether or not Lauren was ever fearful of McDaniel, based on information that they had obtained from Lauren’s friends and family members. Scott-Malcor and Hull both stated that Lauren was aware that McDaniel had a crush on her and that he had even asked her out on a date more than once (she did not go out with him) during their time in law school. Lauren, by all accounts, was a very friendly, popular young woman. It was not out of character for her to be friendly with anyone, even the law school class social outcast. One of Lauren’s classmates even remembered Lauren making the comment that she went out of her way to be nice to McDaniel because, ‘if he ever comes to the law school with one of his guns to kill a bunch of people, he won’t shoot me.’ Ironically, the very thing (friendliness) that Lauren thought would protect her from McDaniel may have been the catalyst for his obsession. Any woman will tell you (including the two highly-esteemed prosecutors I spoke with for this article) that, in our society, girls are expected to be “nice.” Women, much more so than men, spend a great deal of time trying to gain the approval of others. Women who are outspoken, opinionated and self-righteous are labelled as “bitches.” Men who have the same qualities are labelled as “aggressive,” “go-getters,” or “leaders.” It’s just the way it is. We do not serve our daughters well by teaching them to ignore their intuition about potentially dangerous people. We need to tell our daughters, sisters, and female friends that it is perfectly fine to be rude to someone who makes the hair

on the back of their neck stand up. The root of the word intuition is “tuere” which means to guard or protect. Many crime victims have reported that, looking back before the crime actually occurred, there were signs that they ignored or rationalized away. As Gavin DeBecker, who is one of the foremost experts in the U.S. on the prediction of violence, says in his book, “The Gift of Fear,” humans are the only animals that sense danger and, instead of instantly reacting and fleeing, will attempt to explain away their fear. He also goes on to state that true fear and worry/anxiety are two entirely different things. There is a real difference between the perception of actual danger and paranoia. Many people walk around in their daily lives in a constant state of fear. Many people fear others who fit the stereotypical profile of a criminal. Most people think they know what to look out for, based on news reports, in order to protect themselves. The sad truth is that, over 80% of the time, violence comes from someone we know. Please understand that I do not, in any way, feel that Lauren Giddings was partially to blame for the horrific way that she died. Based on the evidence, more than likely, Lauren was the first of many whom McDaniel would have killed. He lived in his own mind-made world in which he believed that he had some sort of special relationship with Lauren because she had the decency to be kind to him. I believe that, once he realized that his fantasy of their relationship was just that - a fantasy - he felt the only way to have power over her was to end her life. There are truly frightening people in this world. Most people are not. It’s time we stop listening to the news about whom we should fear and start listening to our most primal instincts. More often it’s the boy next door.



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

BAR FOOD / AMERICAN 20’s Pub Boasting freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and dinner specials in a well-lit tavern-like setting. LD • BAR • $ 3076 Riverside Dr. AP’s Hidden Hideaway Making homecooked meals like your mamma used tomake.Menu also features burgers, sandwiches, wings and more. LD • BAR $ 4274 Broadway. Open Tues-Fri 3pm - 2am. Sat and Sunday at noon.Waiter service and outdoor seating available. (478) 781-5656 Bearfoot Tavern Downtown Macon’s only sports tavern with loads of beers on tap, over 50 craft beers (the largest in middle ga!), great food and flat screen tvs at every booth. LD • BAR • $ 401 Cherry Street. Open Monday through Friday at 4:00 p.m and Saturday and Sunday at noon. Billy’s Clubhouse Come try Billy's new menu with our angus burgers, colossal sandwiches, great salads, appetizers and more. Lunch and dinner specials available as well as our late nite menu. "We upped our standards, Now up yours!" LD • $ • BAR 1580 Forest Hill Road, Macon. Mon-Sat 11a2p, Sun 12:30p - 12a. CJ’s Bar & Grill You can’t really call this bar food. Is it fried, yes, but it’s fresh and so, so good! Sloppy nachos, great burgers and chicken wraps. LD • BAR • $ 2910 Riverside Drive, 757-3262 Locos Grill & Pub Casual, kid-friendly, family dining.We’re talking great food, sports on the big screens and a full bar. Fantastic weekly specials and live music on the weekends. Delivery and catering also available. LD BAR • $ 2440 Riverside Drive. 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 The Rookery There isn’t a place downtown that has been serving us longer.Two time winner of Best Burger in Macon in the Readers Choice Awards. Sandwiches, fresh salads and house specialties. LD BAR $$$ 543 Cherry Street, 746-8658 Texas Cattle Company Macon's original premier steak house and Banquet facility. Featuring Hand Cut, Choice Grain, Fed aged beef, Fresh Seafood, In House ground Steak Burgers, Banquet accomadations for groups of 5-50.TCC will buy your dinner on your birthday, simply bring in a valid ID on your birthday after 4:00 and your meal is on us. Open 7 days a week Lunch and Dinner. Accept all major credit cards. Prices from $5.99-$24.99. LD • BAR $-$$ 5797 Houston Road. Wild Wing Cafe Newly opened franchise at the Shoppes at River Crossing, fantastic wings in over 30 flavors, over 20 brews on tap, great salads and one of the few dining options in North Macon that offers live music on the weekends. LD • BAR $-$$, 477.WILD


Margaritas Four locations serving Macon......Presidential Pkwy., Zebulon Rd., Bass Rd and Mercer Village....outdoor dining available at Bass and Mercer. 24 draft beers at Mercer Village location. LD • BAR • $ El Sombrero Witha brand new outside dining patio, this is the place to get some fresh, authentic mexican cuisine in downtown Macon. Mariachi bands on Wednesday and Thursday nights. LD • BAR • $ Located off Spring Street in the Baconsfield Shopping Center.

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 fami ly-friendly dining without breaking the bank.

Shrimp & Grits at Dovetail

SEAFOOD Jim Shaw’s Casual dining with Macon’s best seafood, tuna tidbits, scallops, wild Georgia shrimp. Seperate bar area with smoking. D • BAR $-$$ 3040 Vineville

PIZZA / ITALIAN Ingleside Village Pizza IVP has the best pizza in town and the best beer selection. Keep it classy with the white pizza and a Stella Artois or, keep it real with a slice of the ultimate and a 24-oz. High Life. LD • BAR $ 2396 Ingleside Avenue, & downtown across from Mercer Univ. Mellow Mushroom In 1974, three college students in Atlanta opened the first of what has now grown to 100 restaurants. Each one locally-owned and operated, with their own distinct, funkified flavor. Gourmet pizza, original sandwiches and a large drink menu. Family friendly! LD • BAR • $-$$ 5425 Bowman Road, Macon.


Harpin’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

SPECIALTY 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 St. Dovetail Downtown Macon’s newest restaurant featuring farm to table cuisine and a fully stocked bar of premier bourbons measured by “the finger.” Southern crafted small plates and inspired entrees in a cozy, lodge-like atmosphere. Located above the Rookery, they do accept reservations. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 543 Cherry Street, 238.4693. Hours: 5:30-10 p.m.TuesdaysThursdays; 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays

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. Free valet parking. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 562 Mulberry Street, 742.5999 The Tic Toc Room Contemporary setting with a sophisticated menu, great wine selection. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 401Cherry Street, 743.4645 Brasserie Circa This American brasserie, Circa has spirited classic French and European influences. With its European neighborhood restaurant feel, Circa offers extensive preparations of seafood as well as a raw bar, large fresh salads and signature sandwiches. Our specialty grilled items include a filet, New York strip, and more. In keeping with our brasserie theme, our Sunday Brunch is truly unique. Tues-Sat. 11am-10pm, Sunday Brunch 11:00am-3pm. 4420 Forsyth Road Edgar’s Bistro City-chic and a foodie’s dream! Edgar's Bistro presents a dining experience that nourishes the body and soul. Open for lunch Monday through Friday, Edgar’s serves as a hands-on training facility for the culinary students at Helms College’s Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. Come dine with them on an array of New American selections of tantalizing soups, garden-fresh salads, sandwiches and entrées to please even the most discriminating palate.To take advantage of the freshest seasonal ingredients, Edgar's is pleased to offer a new menu each quarter. To view the current menu, visit LD • BAR • $$-$$$

ETHNIC CUISINE Lemongrass... a thai bistro A modern take on traditional Thai cuisine with Asian Fusion of Macon’s best bars with a great wine selection, craft brews and signature handmade cocktails! Extensive vegan and gluten-free options! Daily Happy Hour with sushi specials! $-$$ • BAR • L-D

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. Bearfoot Tavern Kids meals half-price from 4-7pm Monday - Friday at Bearfoot Tavern. Barberitos- Kids eat free after 3pm with the purchase of an adult entree. Dine in only. One per adult, twelve and under

TUESDAYS Sticky Fingers - Recieve one free kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal $7.99 or higher. Valid Monday through Wednesday only. Bearfoot Tavern Kids meals half-price from 4-7pm Monday - Friday at Bearfoot Tavern. 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 Georgia Bob’s (257-6710) – 10 and under eat free; one per adult – and after 5pm Saturday Bearfoot Tavern Kids meals half-price from 4-7pm Monday - Friday at Bearfoot Tavern.

THURSDAYS Barberitos- Kids eat free after 3pm with the purchase of an adult entree. Dine in only. One per adult, twelve and under Bearfoot Tavern Kids meals half-price from 4-7pm Monday - Friday at Bearfoot Tavern.



Ray Wylie Hubbard

With a keen eye of observation and a wise man’s knowledge, Ray Wylie Hubbard composes and performs songs that couldn’t spring from anywhere else but out of his fertile rock and roll bluesy poet-in-the-blistering-heat southern noggin. Born out of the Texas scene that helped birth to greats like Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt, Hubbard writes songs that are both meaningful and electric. Though most famous for writing the perennial anthem "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” that Jerry Jeff Walker made Famous, Hubbard has volumes of great material. We caught up with Ray fresh off the road at his office in Austin, Texas.

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Tell me how you got to Texas. Well I moved here when I was a kid. My Dad was up in Southeastern Oklahoma, he was a principal a coach and a teacher at a little high school up there. He got a job teaching in Dallas and we moved here when I was 8-9. It was very “Gomer Pyle comes to the city” I tell ya. What did your dad teach? He taught English and History. There are so many literary references in your songs. “New Years at the Gates of Hell” has a Dante’s motif. Did your dad spur that interest in literature? Yeah pretty much. Back when I was a kid, he would read Tale of Two Cities and Treasure Island to me, and I got into reading myself. So he got me in the ole English Language. I eventually took a lot of literature courses, in College. I don’t know if I thought I would teach myself. I kind of just got sidetracked when I picked up a guitar, and got interested in beer and girls. Everything else took a backseat to that. At what point do you run into Jerry Jeff Walker, and Willie Nelson and those cats? There was just this huge and vibrant scene in Austin. I got lucky I guess, to come along at that time. The Folk scene, with guys like Townes Van Zandt, and Jerry Jeff was a folk singer. But there was this whole scene there. I think Willie’s house in Nashville had burned down and he moved to Austin. The first time I saw Willie it was just him and Paul and Mickey Rapheal. He was doing more coffee houses and rock rooms at the time. There were these floating musicans that played with each other. And everyone was writing great songs at the time. We played a lot together, and influenced each other. After the clubs would close we’d get together at someone’s house and have a guitar pull. Jerry Jeff, Willie, Dan Jenkins, Guy Clark all these great songwriters would be there. It was very inspiring. You had to write to be in that circle. Tell me about seeing Lightning Hopkins at the legendary club you write about in “Mother Blues.” Aw man, I tell you what, talk about mesmerizing. He followed this rock band. They had bass, drums, and everything, really rocking and really loud. And he comes out on stage with an acoustic guitar, with a pickup in it, and he plugged it into an old Fender twin, and he had on his sunglasses, and a black suit and shiny shoes and white socks. He sat down in this chair and just killed the place. Blew everybody away. But Mother Blues is based in truth, my wife hung out around there when she was 16 and used to take Lightning his Gin. We didn’t know each other back then. I feel fortunate to have seen him. But I also feel fourtunate to have seen Ernest Tubb and Johnny Paycheck. I read somewhere today Stevie Ray Vaughn helped you get sober. It was a really hard time in my life, and I was abusing the privledge. I had used up all my drink tickets. Stevie had about 14 months sober at the time. He knew this Dancer I’d been going with and she had gotten sober and arranged for us to meet. He really helped me realize that you could get sober, and not be a square. He still had his edge. He was very instrumental in helping me get clean.

I was thinking to myself today that I couldn’t recall having ever played Macon. And that seemed like something I would remember, with all the history that Macon has.


turned 92 and is still known around town as the best cook in Thomaston. As much as I love food in all its formats (shopping for it, cooking it, and eating it), I realized after college that if I wanted to keep up my love of food, I’d have to learn more about it in an effort to keep myself healthy and happy. Over the past year, I’ve developed a love for running that counteracts the overconsumption that might happen after a totally-worth-it Johnny Jenkins burger at the Rookery or one-too-many slices of the Village Veggie at Ingleside Village Pizza. Due to my calculation of nutrition for many foods I eat, I can likely tell you which foods inside your refrigerator and pantry are high in good things like fiber and protein and low in not-so-good things like saturated fat and carbohydrates. The old-school method of “everything in moderation” is totally key in my lifestyle, though, because I’m never going to give up any particular food—life’s way too short for deprivation! What do you do for a living and why? I’m a high school Social Studies teacher at Veterans High School in Houston County. I teach 11th grade United States History and 9th grade Gifted US and World Affairs. This summer, I’ll return for my fourth year as an instructor at the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) for four weeks where I teach special topics Social Studies courses to gifted and talented high school students. Gifted education is a passion for me, for sure. I love all of my students, but I particularly love the fire in the eyes of a student who craves deeper knowledge of a subject. That curiosity is contagious for me as a lifelong learner, and I become a better teacher every time I challenge a student to go deeper into thought and to become more creative. I attended GHP as a high school student back in 2003 and it changed the way I thought about reading, writing, and analysis. Even though I keep going back to GHP every summer and I leave Alex for a month, he has a unique understanding and appreciation for the program and my zeal for it: he attended the program in 2002.

NATIVE/NEW Eleta Morrison is a Mercer graduate, a social studies teacher, and cofounder of one of our favorite blogs, Bungalow Kitchen. Hardly a week goes by when we don’t try at least one of her dishes at our house so we decided to learn more about this new Maconite and her life here in our beautiful town. Tell me about your path to Macon? I grew up in Thomaston, a former mill town just about an hour west of Macon. My dad grew up there, too, but not in a house; he grew up in a hotel suite of the Hotel Upson, owned by my grandparents. The Hotel Upson hosted many wedding receptions, banquets, sports teams, and even then-governor Jimmy Carter. During my senior year, I applied for and received a full scholarship to Mercer University through the Tift College Alumnae Association. At first, I was apprehensive—Macon? Wasn’t it just an hour away from home? Didn’t I want to spread my wings and fly far away from my small hometown? I would later realize that Macon became my new hometown. At Mercer, I double majored in Political Science and Southern Studies. Yes, Southern Studies, and no, I didn’t take any classes called “Fried Chicken 101” or “The South Will Rise Again.” Southern Studies is an interdisciplinary major utilizing challenging and fascinating courses focused in History, English, Africana Studies, and Christianity. That major shaped who I am as a person, a teacher, and a southerner. I was active on campus, particularly through my sorority Chi Omega and the Student Government Association. I had the life-changing opportunity to study abroad for half of my junior year at the University of Oxford in the UK. This time of my life was filled with European travel—backpacking, trains, and of course, delicious food. Tell us about your blog. I started Bungalow Kitchen in April 2013 as a hobby. Since January 2013, I had been posting my packed lunches for the workweek to Instagram, and several of my friends encouraged me to start a blog. At first I thought they couldn’t be serious, but when some of them asked me for recipes, I realized that a blog would be a more efficient way to share them. As a teacher, I don’t have much time to eat lunch—really only about 25 minutes—so quick, healthy lunches are important to me. The Lunchbox Life section of the blog is a big hit with people who work in busy schools and offices because I promise something quick, healthful, and tasty. Life is too short to eat frozen, microwaveable meals for lunch every day. Aside from Lunchbox Life, Alex and I take turns trying out new dishes for Tasty Tuesday posts and monthly-themed meals for Wild Card Wednesday. Some weeks are more successful than others based on community events during the week, but we try our best to stick to the schedule. We recently joined up with the Dirt Farmer CSA, and I look forward to becoming more inspired with each weekly bounty from the farm. My grandmother, Hilda Andrews, was co-owner of the Hotel Upson in Thomaston from the late 1950s through the early 1990s and ran the kitchen. When she and my grandfather sold the business, everyone in town missed her cooking except for my family. Most Sunday nights, my family would head over to Nana and Papa’s house to have supper with my grandparents and my uncle’s family and we’d feast on all of the proper Southern delicacies: pan-fried chicken, pork tenderloin, black eyed peas, collard and turnip greens, tomato aspic, caramel cake, and the list goes on. My grandmother just


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What did you think of Macon when you first got here in 2005? As an 18 year old hailing from Thomaston, Macon was the big city. I was just thrilled that we not only had a Starbucks, but also a delightful local coffee shop in Joshua Cup. My first couple of years at Mercer were pretty insular; since I lived on campus, I was mostly in the Mercer “bubble” attending class, Greek events, and basketball games. It wasn’t until the birth of the College Hill Corridor in 2007 that I really began to take a look downtown. Sure, I had been to a few of the bars downtown for mixers and took my parents to the Tic Toc Room for a fancy dinner, but I didn’t immerse myself into the downtown culture until my junior and senior years. How about now? What makes you most excited when you think about where Macon is headed? There is such a strong pulse in our community right now. Between the Downtown Master Plan, the success of Mercer basketball and football, new businesses opening every month, great musical acts performing at Capitol Theatre and the Grand, festivals, and various parties and galas that benefit local organizations, my calendar is always full of 1. I’m obsessed with the Pure Barre workthings to do. My friends and I someout—just ask my friends. I’ve hassled times lament the good problem of several of them to try it out on Free Friend having too many events we want to Friday! go to during one weekend, and that’s 2. Alex and I have two cats, Malia and a major change from where Macon Sasha. was when I first got here in 2005. 3. I shamelessly watch all of the Real With our strong community full of the Housewives shows on Bravo. creative class who delve into film, 4. I love dark TV shows like The Walking music, food, design, and restoration, Dead and Breaking Bad, but I also live for we will be the next Asheville, Austin, Downton Abbey. Greenville, or Charlottesville—just 5. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and wait and see. What do you enjoy doing here in Macon? One of the unsung pastimes in Macon is porch-sitting. I love to sit on our porch (or a friend’s porch) with a gin and tonic and enjoy conversation about where our community has been and where it’s going. If I’m out and about downtown, you can find me sipping a Proprietor at the Dovetail bar, shopping for a new kitchen tool at Robinson Home, or ordering off the specials menu at Downtown Grill. If I’m venturing outside of downtown, I’m probably running the hills of my Historic Vineville Neighborhood, treating myself to some decadent breadsticks at IVP, or slurping up pho at Pho Saigon on Riverside. Although I don’t do it enough, one of the biggest thrills a Maconite can have is ascending the Great Temple Mound at the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds to see the most gorgeous view of our fair city.

we have an annual “Friendsgiving” party at our house in November that we playfully call “Turkey Party.” 6. I ran my first half-marathon this past January. 7. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been is the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion at sunset, right outside of Athens, Greece. A close second would be Cinque Terre in Italy. 8. I went to law school for one year before changing paths and entering graduate school to pursue my Master of Arts in Teaching. While it was a big leap of faith, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 9. I’m a textbook extrovert--being around people gives me energy. 10. Entertaining people for dinner, drinks, or wedding and baby showers is one of my favorite things to do. I know that most people dread having company over, but I get a big thrill from facilitating a good time with friends.

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FRI 5/9 B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive The Skeeterz AP’s Hidden Hideaway Copious Jones Billy’s Clubhouse Mother’s Finest Cox Capitol Theatre A m anda Daughtry Crazy Bull

The Re g u l ars Band Hummingbird Big Daddy & Co. Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 5/17 Midlife Chrysler AP’s Hidden Hideaway Session Road Billy’s Clubhouse

Big Daddy & Co. The Hummingbird

Adult Field Day After Party w/ Reverend The Hummingbird

Scott Brantley Wild Wing Cafe

Boothill Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 5/10

SUN 5/18

Mama T AP’s Hidden Hideaway Re h ab Crazy Bull The Winter Sounds w/ Triathalon The Hummingbird Trea Landon Wild Wing Cafe

SUN 5/11 Big Mike & Booty Pap a s APs Hidden Hideaway, 3-8pm John Stanley Jam Session Backporch Lounge 4-7:30pm

THURS 5/15 Man on Earth The Hummingbird Jerry Garcia Cover Ban d Cox Capitol Theatre B Keith Williams Locos Deli & Pub Matt Rogers Wild Wing Cafe

FRI 5/16

Ray Wylie Hubbard & Dale Watson Cox Capitol Theatre


2-4-1 Drinks every Wednesday The Hummingbird


Larry Frick Crazy Bull

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

Ladies - 2 for 1 Everything, Gentlemen:Tie-One-On 2 for 1 when wearing a tie! Free pool and d a rts BJs Downtown

Great White Lion Snake The Hummingbird

$1 Wells, D a rty Tourney 7-9pm Billy’s Clubhouse

Sunset Love Affair Wild Wing Cafe

Everyday 4-7pm: $1.50 beers and $6 domestic, Locos

SUN 5/25

$1 Wells all night, The Bird

Ladies Night: 25¢ drinks and open Poker Billys Clubhouse Margarita Thursdays! $8 Bottomless Mugs at The Hummingbird

Big Mike & Booty Papas APs Hidden Hideaway, 3-8pm

Happy Hour 4p-7p Beer of the month: $2 PBR & Miller Highlfe Bottles Wild Wing Caf e

John Stanley Jam Session Backporch Lounge 4-7:30pm

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

THURS 5/29


John Stanley Jam Session Backporch Lounge 4-7:30pm

Leftover Salmon ft. Bill Payne of Little Feat Cox Capitol Theatre

Service Industry Night at The Rookery. $1 PBRs, $2 Wells, Half Price Drafts. For all - Half Price draft beers 10pm - 12am

THURS 5/22

B Keith Williams Locos Deli & Pub

Taco & Rita Night- $2 tacos/$3 margaritas/$6 MEGAritas 5p-close $4 bombs/ $4 Baby Guinness shots, Happy Hour 4p-7p Wild Wing

Josh Thompson The Crazy Bull

Scott Little Wild Wing Cafe

TUES/WED/THUR:All you can eat wings and chicken fingers $9.99, CJ’s Sports Bar

Everyday 4-7pm: $1.50 beers and $6 domestic, Locos

Treehouse The Hummingbird

FRI 5/30

Matt Moncrief Wild Wing Cafe

B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive

COLLEGE NIGHT: 3-4-1 Drinks every Tuesday, Mai Tai Specials! The Hummingbird

B Keith Williams Locos Deli & Pub

Ronnie Pittman The Crazy Bull

Everyday 4-7pm: $1.50 beers and $6 domestic, Locos

Tba Hummingbird Matt Rogers Ban d Wild Wing Cafe

2fer Wing Night 5p-10p Buy 10 wings get 10 fre e. Happy Hour 4p7p Beer of the month: $2 PBR & Highlfe Bottles Wild Wing

SAT 5/31

3-4-1 Wells, Pool League Billy’s Clubhouse

Holland Marie The Crazy Bull


Daily & Vincent Cox Capitol Theatre

Lucinda Wi l l aims w/ the Kenneth Brian Ban d Cox Capitol Theatre

$4 bombs/ $4 Baby Guinness shots, Happy Hour 4p-7p Wild Wing

John King Band Crazy Bull

Cranford Hollow The Hummingbird

1/2 price whiskey flights every Wednesday at Dovetail

Melodime The Hummingbird

Radio Cult Wild Wing Cafe

$1 wells, $2 domestics all night for the ladies The Crazy Bull

FRI 5/23 Joey Recker 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive The Skeeterz AP’s Hidden Hideaway Boothill Band Billy’s Clubhouse

Build your own martini night at Dovetail

WarTown Wild Wing Cafe

Half Price draft beers 10pm 12am at The Rookery

Boothill AP’s Hidden Hideaway

SAT 5/24

Ladies Night 7pm-CL: $2 House W i n e, $5 Martinis Macon Mellow

Jared Ashley The Crazy Bull

Tres Hombre AP’s Hidden Hideaway

Matt Pippin Duo Billy’s Clubhouse

Matt Rogers Band Billy’s Clubhouse

Mama T 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive


Everyday 4-7pm: $1.50 beers and $6 domestic, Locos

College Night - $5 Jager bombs, DJ The Crazy Bull Ladie night featuring 1/2 price bottles of wine - Dovetail


Happy Hour 4p-7p Beer of the month: $2 PBR & Miller Highlfe Bottles Wild Wing Caf e $4 select premium liquor Mellow Mushroom Buy 1/Get 1 wells 8-until, Giveaways! AP’s Hideaway

SATURDAYS College students get 15% entire bill! Spirit Day at Locos $10 Beer Buckets, 20’s Pub Game Day Specials: 2 for 1 bombs and $1 domesic drafts Billy’s Clubhouse

SUNDAYS $10 beer buckets, 20’s Pub 12-3pm:1/2 price Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Mint Julep, Sangria or Mojito Mellow Mushroom 412 Bottomless Mimosas 12:304pm, Happy Hour 4p-7p: $2 PBR & Highlfe Bottles Wild Wing S e rvice Industry - $2 Wells & Domestics BJ’s Downtown 12:30-5: Bloody Mary Buffet Locos



MAY 9 - 23, 2014


FRIDAY, 5/23 DAILEY & VINCENT @ THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE Some of the sweetest, most traditional-sounding bluegrass of the decade. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are both truegrass veterans - Darrin is Rhonda Vincent's brother, and was in her old band The Rage and also worked with John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs; Jamie Dailey sang with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver in the late 1990s, and has been collaborating with Vincent for a several years. Their voices and musical strengths blend beautifully, recalling the harmony vocal tradition of the Stanley Brothers at its finest. About half this album is gospel material, and is as heartfelt and moving as anything you'll hear in the genre. The repertoire includes some excellent modern songs, including gems from the late Randall Hylton as well as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. This is old-school melodic bluegrass at its very best: it really doesn't get any sweeter than this. Highly recommended!

FRIDAY, 5/9 MOTHER’S FINEST @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE Mother's Finest is a pioneering American funk rock band founded in Atlanta, Georgia by the vocal duo of Joyce "Baby Jean" Kennedy and Glenn "Doc" Murdock in 1970 when the pair met up with guitarist Gary "Moses Mo" Moore and bassist Jerry "Wyzard" Seay. Their music is a blend of funky rhythms, heavy rock guitars and expressive soul/R&B-style vocals.

SATURDAY, 5/10 REHAB @ CRAZY BULL Around a decade ago, Georgia boy Danny Alexander (AKA Danny Boone) and a few others formed the group Rehab. Anchored by their influence of all things hip-hop, from Run DMC and NWA, to a Tribe Called Quest and more, they set out on their own musical journey that would garner them millions of hardcore fans, selling over 550,000 albums and over 2 million singles and averaging over 200 shows a year. Rehab has toured with names like Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Linkin Park, just to name a few and 2012 is gearing up to be their busiest years to date. Their current album is their first release on their new record label AVJ Records.

THE WINTER SOUNDS @ THE HUMMINGBIRD 500 shows over the last 5 years. That is the true definition of a band hard at work. That band is Nashville’s The Winter Sounds. Fun. Energetic. Anthemic. All words to describe The Winter Sounds and their catchy-as-hell sonic gems. Started in Athens, GA by sole-TWS constant, Patrick Keenan, the band has morphed into a juggernaut touring machine with pop chops that turn heads and get feet tapping. Now calling New Orleans, LA

home, Keenan and crew teamed up with veteran producer Scott Solter (Spoon, St. Vincent, Okkervil River) and are primed and ready to go. Runner, their latest full length, abounds with the frenetic live energy that the band is known for, mixing elements of danceable post-punk and contemporary electro-pop with an ‘80’s flair.

THURSDAY, 5/15 JERRY GARCIA COVER BAND @ CAPITOL THEATRE For lovers of the Grateful Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band has brought as much pleasure to fans for over 20 years. Even some folks who have never understood the Dead phenomena are able to enjoy Garcia’s “side project”. While incorporating Garcia’s own original songs (some straight from the Grateful Dead catalog and others perf o rmed exclusively with Jerry Band), the heavy bulk of the JGB catalog was indeed covers. Van Morrison, J.J. Cale, The Beatles, The Band, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Cliff, Smokey Robinson… the list goes on and on, recalling the names of rock, soul, and folk royalty. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Show 8pm.

FRIDAY, 5/16 JARED ASHLEY @ CRAZY BULL In 2006, Jared placed fifth on Season Four of “Nashville Star.” Proving to be another important stepping stone in his career, Jared used the “Nashville Star” exposure to further his ability to tour and build a fan base as a live artist. Jared soon signed with Blaster E n t e rtainment for management and when the company’s Blaster Records division launched a full Nashville operation behind the release of albums by Hank Williams, Jr. and Aaron Lewis in 2012, the decision for Jared to sign on with the record company was an easy one. Ashley is currently on a nationwide tour

visiting country radio stations to promote his first single, “Last Train To Memphis.”

BOOT HILL @ AP’S HIDDEN HIDEAWAY Richard King and Boothill live shows are full of energy and they play country and southern rock favorites all night long. While still making time to host a bi-weekly open mic in Macon GA, and playing drums for Abby Owens,and Stoopgrass, Richard is the operations manager for a local corporation.In addition to his musical attributes Richard has taken his business sense, and begun to manage Matt Moncrief and StoopGrass.

SATURDAY, 5/17 SESSION ROAD @ BILLY’S CLUBHOUSE Lee and Chad are the two men who make up the vocal powerhouse of Session Road based out of Fort Valley. They have sung and recorded together for years now and are introducing themselves back into country music as the powerful male duo they have come to be known as.

THE REVEREND @ THE HUMMINGBIRD Adult Field Day after p a rty! Ambient Americana - Steeped in the heritage of strong guitar leads, powe rful vocals and a pocket rhythm section the boys of Reverend DeBruhl are a rock q u a rtet that produces an ambient southern sound.

SATURDAY, 5/24 SUNSET LOVE AFFAIR @ WILD WING CAFE An offshoot of the alternative-rock band, The Red Tide Saga, Sunset Love Affair out of Atlanta, GA has been playing the hits for years and entertain crowds all over the southeast. Pop rock and alt-rock veterans, these guys will keep you on your toes.



Macon’s newest dance club, Element open Wed-Sat! DJ Legal Deal every Saturday night, CJ’s Sports Bar Live music and live DJ on the 1s and 2s at Midtown Key Club every Thursday Saturday night! DJ Dance Party eve ry Thursday night, Backporch Lounge


Tuesdays at 9pm,Wed/Thursdays 8pm, Saturdays 8p, 20’s Pub Every Friday and Sunday 9pm - until at AP’s Hidden Hideaway Monday nights 8pm at Billy’s Wednesday nights from 10pm - 1am at Sticky Fingers Enjoy $2 dom. pints and house shots, $1 jello shots and Happy Hour prices all night! Fridays and Sundays at CJ’s Sports Bar Saturday nights at Roasted Cafe & Lounge with the Captain! Thursdays 8pm, Sundays 8:30pm The Backporch Lounge


Every Tuesday night, come play with friends, great prizes! 7-9pm 20’s Pub


Team Trivia Thursdays, CJ’s Sports Bar Trivia every Thursday 7pm (compete for $200 cash!) Sticky Fingers Every Wednesday at 7:30 with Jason Hawk at M argaritas Mercer Vi l l age location All-Star Trivia eve ry 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 Trivia with Tyler at Loco’s every Wednesday, 8:30pm! Every Wednesday at The Rookery, compete for $5,000 grand prize! 8pm Every Wednesday at The Bird, 7pm.


Nightly Poker 9p, BJ Billiards Sunday 7p, Billy’s Clubhouse Monday nights at Sticky Fingers! 7pm No buy in! Cash prizes. Texas Hold ‘Em Tues & Wed 7:30pm, CJ’s Sports Bar Tues,Wed & Thurs 7pm - until at AP’s Hidden Hideaway


MAY 9 - 23, 2014


Macon's Entertainment Newsweekly, Macon, GA


Macon's Entertainment Newsweekly, Macon, GA