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by BRAD EVANS - (478) 508-7096 The first time I ever saw my wife I was standing on the corner of Liberty Street in Savannah, having just left a record store with one of my closest friends, Dan Dixon. I used an inappropriate exclamation, I’m pretty sure, and then I told him that I wanted to marry her. I didn’t see her again for months, until she showed up at the bar I co-owned on Tybee Island. I didn’t talk to her of course, but she kept showing up. Finally I got the nerve to ask her out. We went to see Dr. Strangelove and I showed her how to break into Fort Pulaski National Monument. Since then, there has barely been a day in the last 13 years that we haven’t spent together. We scraped together enough money to buy a computer and start this paper 12 years ago. We drove around in a beat up old ford and sold enough ads to pay for the first printing and have been doing it ever since. We spend 90% of every day not two feet from each other. And no, it’s not hard. Friends talk to me sometimes, about how hard it is to be married, or be in a relationship. I usually tell them I just can’t relate. It’s the easiest thing in the world, for us, and it always has been.

On September 25, nine years ago, Meagan and I tied the knot in a church built by Ms. Edwina Barnes to bless animals in. Donnie McKormick from Eric Quincy Tate, sang his heart out at our rehearsal dinner while beating on a chicken coop with deer antlers. Our wedding reception was at the house that adjoined the church, also built by Ms. Edwina and her late husband. Oliver Wood and his band King Johnson played in a bedroom of the estate, designed after Marie Antionette’s bedroom. Some friends of ours got stuck in the small elevator and nobody noticed for an hour. They almost missed the whole party. It was three in the morning, before we left our reception. Everyone else was gone, except for a few of our best friends. We were sitting outside, Meg still in her wedding dress, when the sprinklers came on. I still remember walking down that long driveway with them all, and knowing that I was heading for a very unusual, very happy life. I was right.




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September 25, 1690 - One of America's earliest newspapers published its first and last edition. The "Publik Occurences Both Foreign and Domestik" was published at the London Coffee House in Boston, MA, by Benjamin Harris. September 28, 1892 - The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary. September 30, 1947 - The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.

Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour Rolls into Macon on October 5th Georgia native and Georgia Southern alum Luke Bryan has been busy, very busy. His August release of his album, “Crash My Party” saw the biggest debut for a country male artist since 2004. In September, he is set to perform on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” finale on the 18th and guest host “The View” on September 19th. On top of promoting, touring and everything else that comes along with being a country superstar, Bryan has still found the time to put together his annual Farm Tour. Scheduled for October, the eight-show tour plays rural areas including five in Georgia. Bryan launched the series of Farm tour concerts as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and lifting up the American farmer and offering a fun escape with the outdoor shows. The appearances raise money for the Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship. Last year, the shows attracted 100,000 fans and provided eight scholarships to students from farming families within the communities of the tour stops.

The One City Art Festival is a city-wide celebration that is a collaboration between six local art organizations: Tubman African American Museum, Macon Arts Alliance, Middle Georgia Art Association, Contemporary Arts Exchange, Museum of Arts and Sciences, and The 567 Center for Renewal. The One City Festival will bring high quality art, as well as entertaining and provocative arts programming to Macon. The One City Art Festival will consist of special exhibits and programming at each of the six partner institutions over the course of the two-day event. In addition, the festival will feature a pop-up gallery. The pop-up gallery will transform a historic downtown property currently not in use into a temporary art space. Most events are free, all are open to the public. Come support Macon’s art organizations and our local artists. Weekend events include; THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 Preview party kick off at a pop-up gallery in the old Karsten and Denson building downtown. This is a special exhibit of work co-curated by the participating organizations. There will be live music by Noel Stephen and The Darlings, refreshments, and regional artists featured. Tickets are $20.

On Saturday, October 5th, the almighty Farm Tour will roll into Macon's Central City Park for what is easily the Park's busiest day of the year. Raised Chevy's and 4-Runner's with Greek life stickers will pack out the parking lot surrounding Historic Luther Williams Field as frat boys and country girls alike take turns at cornhole, shotgunning beers, and shuffling through playlists of radio gold. Pass no judgement here - these folks came for an honest, good time and that's what they'll have. Yes, it's a country show but you'll see all walks of life at a Farm Tour event and that's what makes it so special. Last year, a reported 15,000+ fans turned out to watch Cole Swindell, Chancie Neal, The Peach Pickers, and the man of the hour, Luke Bryan, at Central City Park. I remember walking down Willie Smokey Glover Blvd into the tailgating area and being immediately greeted by the random person offering a


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free beer, watermelon, or to throw a football around. This is the type of environment you can expect at Farm Tour - friendly, fun loving people who only want to celebrate the good things in life. A year later, Luke will return to the Park accompanied by another roster of some of countries finest youngbloods (we're not sure who exactly, but you can count on them being good). Unfortunately, tickets sold-out for this one in a hurry but as many people learned last year, there are always plenty of tickets available for sale in the parking lot or online. Do what you can to make it to Farm Tour - it's a one-of-a-kind experience. Luke Bryan & support play at Central City Park in Macon on Saturday, October 5th. Parking begins at 2:00pm, gates open at 5:00pm, and music begins right around 7:00pm Tickets $35, if you can find them!

- Sean Pritchard

FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL All participating downtown galleries and museums will be free and open to the public. • The Arts Exchange Fall members show • Macon Arts Alliance is showing "Sense of Place" which features paintings by Daly Smith and sculptures by Jim Bodell. • The 567 Center for Renewal is showing "Redefining the Canvas," an exhibit of urban and street art by Georgia-based artists. • The Tubman is offering free admission to their current exhibit "Pack a Pistol." • And the Pop-Up Gallery at Karsten and Denson will be open to the public featuring local and regional artists. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 MGAA will host Paint the Village featuring a special painting session from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. where artists will take turns painting on different canvases. A reception featuring those paintings will be held from 6-8 p.m. at MGAA. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 Museum of Arts and Sciences will offer free admission to three exhibits featuring local and regional artists. Those are "All Creatures Great and Small," "Georgia Artist Corrine Colarusso: “The Sunrise Show”', and "Assemblages by Timothy Hedden."



Free classes at PeachMac of Macon You have just purchased the coolest, newest, greatest device Apple has ever created. Learn how to maximize your iPad’s capabilities, learn all about your Mac, and explore iCloud. Free classes thru September. To register call 478.257.6310 or Visit Click on Workshops, scroll down and select the workshop you’d like to attend!



SALON WITH AUTHOR SENA JETER NASLUND (AHAB’S WIFE) The critically acclaimed nationally best-selling author is unparalleled in her ability to write fiction that gives life to history. Free for members, $5 for non-members and $3 for students. 5:30 pm reception, 6:00 pm reading, book sale and signing. High Street Unitarian Universalist Church, 1085 High Street. Presented by the Historic Macon Foundation.

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.


9.26 TOAST & TASTE AT THE HAY HOUSE For more than a decade, Hay House has featured an annual wine tasting and auction to benefit the preservation of the 1855 National Landmark house on Georgia Avenue. This year, mindful of the expanse of new Georgia wineries, breweries and distillers, as well as the ongoing refinement of cuisine from Macon restaurants and caterers, Hay House and its board announce “Toast & Taste at Hay House”. This event will boast tastings from at least 10 Macon restaurants and caterers, 8 different wines including Georgia producers, 3 Georgia breweries, and 4 Georgia producers of spirits such as vodka, rum, whiskey and gin, all set up under tents on the lawn as well as the grand Music Room of the interior. 6:30-9pm. $40 per person. 742-8155 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: OTHELLO The National Theatre presents a major new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy. " Othello," newly married to Desdemona – who is half his age – is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favour of the young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. 7-10pm at the historic Douglass Theatre. $20 General Admission / $15 Students


9.27 CORKS & CANVAS Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or other beverage to sip on, bring a friend, and learn to create an 11 x 14 painting inspired by Van Gogh's "Starry Night". No painting experience required. Artist Kari Waltz will guide you through the steps. $25 includes all materials for the class (except the wine), and the class lasts 2 and 1/2 hours. Space is limited. To register, call (478) 238-6051 or you can pay online at The 567 Center for Renewal, 533 Cherry St. “KEEP ON SMILIN’” A Cancer Benefit for Wet Willie's own Jack Hall, featuring members of Wet Willie, Drippin' Wet, Paul Hornsby Mike Veal Band, Ted Pecchio, Diane Durrett, and other special guests. VIP tickets grant the ticket holder to admission to a special meet-and-greet session with all performers and a signed poster commemorating the event. 8-10:30PM. $25 general admission


9.28 GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL AT COX CAPITOL THEATRE With Special Guests Ledfoot Messiah Presented by Cox Capitol Theatre. The Grammy-nominated rock act Great White reached phenomenal success in the late 1980?s selling millions of albums and performing multiple world tours.Their breakout Platinum selling album “Once Bitten” (June 1987, Capitol) included fan favorites “Rock Me” and “Save

MERCER FOOTBALL GAME DAY - SATURDAY, SEPT 28TH Gameday lots open at 9am for tailgating. This is an afternoon game with the Mercer Bears taking the field at 1pm. Cheer on the undefeated Mercer Bears in their fourth game of the season against Drake. Tickets just $10, or $5 for grassy berm seats. The next home game will be October 12th.

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2013 HISTORIC MACON IDEA HOUSE AT THE DANNENBERG LOFTS The Young Patrons of Historic Macon are proud to present the Idea House. In contrast to the existing HISPANIC HERITAGE DAY AT SMILEY’S Decorators’ Showhouse, the Idea House will focus FLEA MARKET Annually, Americans observe on small-space living, do-it-yourself décor, upNational Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 cycled furniture and budget-friendly furnishings and to Oct. 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures and ideas. The Idea House will feature young, local decorators who will showcase affordable items throughcontributions of American citizens who trace out the home, including re-purposed and up-cycled their ancestors from Mexico, Spain, the items from the Historic Macon Flea Market. The Caribbean, and Central and South America. Preview Party is on October 4, 2013 from 6–8 p.m. Activities will begina at 11:30 am on Sunday, September 29, during the day you will enjoy the and daily tours run October 5, 6 and 9–11. The Preview Party and tours will be located at the sounds, the music, Folk Dance, and a family Dannenberg Lofts. Advance reservations are $25 for atmosphere that has been together by the comHistoric Macon members and $30 for non-members. munity. Enjoy Salsa Music from the Caribbean, $35 for all at the door. also dance from the Republic of Panama, Folkloric dance from Mexico by Danceando and ANIMAL BLESSINGS AT ST. FRANCIS much more. Smiley’s Flea Market is located Please join us for Animal Blessings (without 6717 Hawkinsville Rd Macon. 11:30-3:30pm. Eucharist). 6:30-7:30pm. 432 Forest Hill Road. Macon TUESDAY



MERCER ORCHESTRA, FREE Mercer’s Townsend School of Music presents the Mercer University Orchestra in Concert on Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Fickling Hall at the McCorkle Music Building. Hailed as “one of the hottest young conductors in America” by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, conductor Ward Stare will lead this group of faculty and student artists.


10.03 LUNCH AND LEARN: ARTIST CORRINE COLARUSSO Presented by Museum of Arts and Sciences. Meet this fascinating artist -Corrine Colarusso -- and hear about her work which is featured in public and private collections throughout the Southeast including the High Museum of Art, Nasher Museum (Duke University), Coca Cola, Equifax Corporation, First Union Bank, and the Museum of Arts and Science’s own Permanent Collection. $15 per person includes light lunch and drink; or $5 for the lecture only (reservations are required at least five day in advance for lunch). 478-477-3232 TV JOKERS COMEDY TOUR Presented by Douglass Theatre. Live comedy revue starring John Overton (Living Single, The Hughueys), Luenell Campbell (Kat Williams Tour, The Rickey Smiley Show), Bruh-Man (Martin, The Bernie Mac Show), and others.$19.50 to $39.50. 478-742-2000

CROSSROADS WRITER’S CONFERENCE When you aren't putting pen to paper, to whom do you tu the talks, panels, workshops and forums. But you'll stretch your imagination while you reconnect with old friends, make new ones and hob-nob with the pros. Details on page 11.


10.07 LAMAR LECTURES BY DANIEL USNER AT MERCER UNIVERSITY All lectures free and open to the public. Daniel Usner, Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, will deliver the 2013 Lamar Lectures in Southern History and Culture, "Weaving Alliances with Other Women: American Indian Work in the New South." Monday, October 7, 10:00 am. Also "Entirely a Philanthropic Work": by Mary McIlhenny Bradford, at 7:30 pm and "Language of the Wild Things": Medical School Auditorium - Mercer University 1550 College Street


10.08 MIDDLE GA STATE COLLEGE BAND OF KNIGHTS, FREE CONCERT The Middle Georgia State College Band of Knights, featuring Miguel Castro, will present a free concert in Macon. The Macon Campus concert will take place at 7:30 p.m.

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. Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life Presented by Museum of Arts and Sciences thru September 8, - a remarkable exhibition that celebrates every note of every player in the symphony of life — is an interactive exhibit with rich experiences from three immersive environments — underwater, forest’s edge, and a city square. $10 for adults, $5 children 17 and under. 4182 Forsyth Road

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


Rock & Roll Stroll - a 2 1/2 hour guided walk through the Intown Historic residential and business district, this tour includes stories about and stops at some of the crash pads, offices and venues where Macon's music icons lived, worked and played, beginning at Washington Park on Magnolia Street and finishing at the famous H&H Restaurant on Forsyth St, where tour guests can rest and replenish on their own with vittles by everybody's favorite "Mama" Louise Hudson. Every Second Saturday of the Month at 10 am. Cost is $15 per person, or $10/person for six or more in a group. Reservations required at or 478-955-5997.

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. 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. $5 - $10. Free for Bibb Co. residents the first Sunday of each month. 478-477-3232. 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. 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 college students, & military;



BY RICK HUTTO City-wide Councilman, published author

Money Talked Back in July, I forecast my predictions for the September 17th elections. I wrote at the time, “If Reichert and Ellis were running head-to-head that day, Reichert would win with as much as 60% of the vote. But there are several other viable candidates in the race as well as a few who will have no impact. The real wild card in the race is former Bibb Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop. His voters are very loyal to him


and he will draw disaffected white voters and those to the right of the political spectrum.”

hile I was accurate in predicting a mayoral run-off, I greatly overestimated the votes that would be cast for Bishop and for current Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart. Evidently white voters just didn’t think either of them could defeat Jack Ellis. I was greatly dismayed on election night to hear someone proclaim knowingly that Hart was “a plant” by the Reichert campaign placed in the race to pull votes from Jack Ellis. The supposed evidence was Hart’s quick concession on election night as well as his immediate public support for Reichert when it appeared there would be no mayoral run-off. Having gone through four campaigns of my own, I can assure you that no one endures the slings and arrows of a candidacy with an expectation of losing. For a first-time candidate, there is the accepted wisdom that you run initially to get your name known by the public even though your chances of winning are slim. But Sam Hart, a seasoned veteran, is too accomplished and respected to become a straw puppet for another candidate – even one who is a close ally as Reichert has been. Sam Hart is an honorable man and, having lost his candidacy, now is not the time to attribute those kinds of actions to him. The real story of this election is the unprecedented amount of money raised and spent (most of it spent out-of-town, unfortunately, including $80,000 to an Alabama mailing house). Reichert spent almost $300,000 to garner 17,810 votes. When you add in another $90,000 spent by the “independent” committee Macon/Bibb 20/20 (with some individual contributions as high as $7,500), then you’re looking at a cost of about $22 for every vote Reichert garnered. The numbers are even more stark for Rabbi Larry Schlesinger’s quest to become a member of the new commission. He raised more than $65,000 – more than any mayoral candidate except Reichert – to receive 1,234 votes at a cost of $53 each (not including any benefit from Macon/Bibb 20/20). Even with that expenditure, he garnered only 85 votes more than Rev. Henry Ficklin (who raised only $9,000 including $750 from former Republican county commissioner Calder Clay) and the two will face each other again next month in one of five run-off elections. Conventional wisdom would have Schlesinger carrying almost every vote in Shirley Hills. Yet his 2008 vote in favor of


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the massive I-16/I-75 interchange (as Councilman Tom Ellington can confirm), coupled with his twice being found in 2012 to have violated the state’s Open Meetings Act by Georgia’s Attorney General and by Judge Ed Ennis, kept him down to a margin in that precinct of only 439 – 136 over Ficklin. Paul Bronson, who lives in that precinct, received 122. In other words, more than one-half of those residents in an affluent white precinct voted against Schlesinger. There were a few surprises on election night. Council President James Timley lost handily to Al Tillman. When James was doing almost no campaigning, I warned him that his strategy probably wouldn’t work. He replied, “They know me. If they want to vote for me they will.” Evidently, holding the Council presidency is not a harbinger of success in higher office. Anita Ponder lost her bid to become mayor, Miriam Paris lost her attempt to hold on to a State Senate seat, and now James Timley has failed in his bid to join the new commission. The always-angry anti-Elaine Lucas group did even worse this time in trying to defeat her. She substantially increased her win percentage over her last election. Longtime Commissioner Bert Bivins made short shrift of his two opponents without a runoff while two sitting Council members, Charles Jones and Virgil Watkins, will face each other next month, as will Beverly Olson and Mallory Jones, and also 41-year Council veteran Ed Defore and impressive newcomer (and the city’s former finance director), Adah Roberts. One other fact stuck with me on election day. In mid-afternoon, the Telegraph posted on its website a story with interviews of people as they were voting. If the story is to be believed, every single person with whom the reporters conversed was voting for Jack Ellis (yes, rather dubious given the outcome). The Reichert campaign then sent out an email at 4:23 to its massive list with a link to that story. The email was headed, “We Can’t Go Back” (it was one of four we received from the campaign on election day). Just below the link to the story was this statement, “Every voter who is asked said that they have turned out to vote for Jack Ellis. We cannot afford to go back.” There had been talk of low voter turnout in north Macon but the unvarnished scare tactic worked. It will be used again in the run-off and Robert Reichert will defeat Jack Ellis.


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You don't have to do this alone. Yeah, ultimately it's just you and your words holed-up in a seedy apartment (or plush home office), locked in a deadly game of whoflinches-first. But when you aren't putting pen to paper, to whom do you turn? Who understands your struggles? Other writers do. And if you're writing, you're a writer, which makes you one of us. Coming together is what writers do. Dorothy Parker had the Algonquin Roundtable. Ernest Hemingway wandered with the Lost Generation. Jack Kerouac hit the road with the Beats. We have Crossroads. Creativity thrives in community. That's why Crossroads is back for its fifth year: Because we need each other and another dose the most (legal) fun you can have without a note from your doctor. You'll load up your brain in the talks, panels, workshops and forums. But you'll stretch your imagination while you reconnect with old friends, make new ones and hobnob with the pros. Join us October 4-6, at Mercer University, Where the word nerds are! Admission Info: Storyteller Deluxe $255.00 You want a little more out of your Crossroads weekend, so you get everything that comes with the Pen &

Paper package (full access to the conference talks and panels, lunch and swag bag) plus the new Crossroads Tshirt and that VIP badge for the afterhours mingling and special sessions. And we'll take care of the ticketing fee. These are limited to 50 ticketholders to keep it cozy.

Pen & Paper $145.00 You just want the basics, right? Get to the Wordy South, get your Crossroads on and get back to writing. Well then, this your package. You'll get full access to the conference's talks and panels, a lunch voucher and a swag bag. Most importantly, you'll get to connect (or reconnect) with some of the coolest writers on the planet, including those who think you're one of the coolest writers on the planet. If you have a special code, don't forget to use it! General Day & Time Info: Friday starts at Mercer for speakers from 1-4pm, then downtown for First Friday's Author's Alley on Cotton Avenue. Saturday is the Conference and Sunday is Authors Roundtable for those who purchased the Storytellers Deluxe package. For more information call 478-229-0690. View the full weekend’s events, panels, discussions and guest speakers online at

Adam Torchia Screenwriter, Story Editor, Intergalactic bounty hunter. Adam has been the Assistant Story Editor at Universal Pictures for 16 years, managing Universal's Story Analysts and working on all Universal films from GLADIATOR to FAST 6, to BRIDESMAIDS. AJ Hartley New York Times Bestseller This British-born, worldtraveling New York Times and USA Today best-selling author says, "I write the stories I feel like I have to tell." That's why he writes in many genres Anthony Grooms Writer, two-time Lillian Smith Prize winner and cofounder of the Ga. Writers Assoc. Bernice McFadden National Bestselling Author A Brooklyn native and resident, Bernice McFadden is the author of seven critically acclaimed, award-winning bestselling novels; including the classics "Sugar" and "The Warmest December," which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

David Iserson Screenwriter, David Iserson works as a film and television writer (Fox's New Girl, Saturday Night Live, NBC's Up All Night, and United States of Tara) Erick Erickson Formerly a lawyer, Erick Erickson is the Editor-inChief of, the most widely read right-ofcenter blog on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Lauretta Hannon The Cracker Queen returns she has been a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered Kevin Coval Def Jam Poet, founder of Louder Than a Bomb Judson Mitcham Poet Laureate of Georgia Kelly Whiddon Award-winning poet and Crossroads Co-Founder Kat Zhang Kat is the author of "What's Left of Me" and her next novel, "Once We Were," was released in September 2013.

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Well the dust has settled from a very spirited campaign and we still have a number of races yet to be decided...


Election 2013: Part 1 by columnist bill knowles In the main race, Former Mayor C. Jack Ellis forced a runoff with current Macon Mayor Robert Reichert to become the first countywide Mayor of Bibb....Quite honestly it is a miracle that Reichert almost won this thing outright with the huge field of candidates who tried to knock him off. In four weeks we all have to go out and do it again and make sure that we hopefully find a vaccine to cure 'Malaria' Jack and force him back to exile in Atlanta or Ghana or wherever the heck he chooses to live. For the record, look at his license plates if you happen to see him out and about...The last time I saw his car, the tags were that of a diplomat from Ghana...meaning that he's figured a way to milk the government of Ghana much like he did our local government when he was Mayor. Another thing to keep in mind is what I have hinted at several times during the past and that has completely investigated: Jack's campaign manager Kimberlyn Carter who is also an employee of the Bibb County School District, has been not only working for Jack during your time when she is supposed to be helping our kids, but has been

using your resources at The Welcome Center to insure that Jack gets into this runoff. I also don't want you to forget the picture here to the bottom right....That's our good friend "The Artist/Mayor Formerly Known As Hakim" on the right with his good buddy "The Artist/Cult Leader Formerly Known As Dwight York". You might remember York better as Malachi York who at the time was being wined and dined by Ellis. (This picture was taken up at Eatonton when Ellis visited Tama-re, the Nuwabian compound that the IRS ended up with.) York, now known as inmate number 17911-054, is currently residing in Colorado in the Federal Pen in Florence where he'll be dreaming of his former glory of being a child molester until the year 2119. Well I guess you now know who I'll be voting for in about 29 more days for Mayor, as if there was any doubt when left with a choice between the two. Now before you start calling me a RINO because I dare to support a candidate who is historically a Democrat, let me ask you these questions: 1. When was the last time you heard about Mayor Reichert traveling outside the

country? 2. When was the last time you heard Robert Reichert voicing support of a South American communist dictator like the late Hugo Chavez? 3. When was the last time CNN reported that Robert Reichert changed his name and embraced Islam? 4. When was the last time you saw that Robert Reichert raced down Vineville Avenue with an illegal police light mounted to the roof of his car? 5. When was the last time you heard Robert Reichert stealing a painting from City Hall then claiming it was a mistake when getting caught? If you answered never to all five of these questions the only other thing to ask yourself is how in the hell did Jack Ellis get into another runoff with Robert Reichert and how in the hell can we secure Ellis safe passage back to Atlanta? We can all send him back by voting for Mayor Reichert on October 14. In other races I was extremely happy

to see that my dear friend Al Tillman can now be called County Commisioner-Elect Tillman as he soundly beat back the Cotton Avenue Mafia candidate James Timley, but was equally as sad to see that the Queen of the Mafia, Elaine Lucas, won another narrow victory over former Board of Education member Terry Tripp. One of these days I do indeed hope and pray that someone will investigate the absentee ballots that always miraculously fall Elaine’s way. I also hear that more scrutiny should be placed on the “poll watchers” who are in East Macon in the Lucas precincts, who I am told are and have been Lucas plants. There is a widely held sentiment, even among prominent Democrats that I’ve talked to, that Lucas stole this election, much like she did in the election against 11th Hour writer Chris Horne. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Jimmy Carter doesn’t need to go to Africa or South America to find election fraud and try and correct it. All he has to do is drive the 87 miles northeast from Plains to Macon.

It’s Not Over... the Runoffs Begin A North Macon Liberal - Katie Powers If you had any question as to whether or not your vote actually makes a difference, consider the fact that if Robert Reichert had received 151 more votes in the general election on September 17th, he would have won the race to become the first mayor of our new consolidated government. One hundred and fifty one is not a large number, especially considering the fact that there are over 81,000 registered voters in Macon/Bibb. Make no mistake, Mayor Reichert is not a shoe-in to win the run-off election even though, according to most analysts, he has the upper hand. I remember being at the Mayor's election night party in 2011. Everyone in the room was blown away by the fact that, at many points during the night as votes were being counted, Ellis really seemed to have a definite shot at winning the runoff election. The election, of course, was won by Mayor Reichert but only by a little over 500 votes. Can you imagine if Ellis had won that election? I certainly do not believe we would even be having elections this year for a Macon/Bibb consolidated government. In the event that you need a little refresher course about what it means to have Mayor C. Jack Ellis running things, here you go… > the Ellis administration exited office leaving the city $3.5 million in the red

> the Justice Department threatened to sue the city for $1 million after investigating misused funds from a federal Safe Schools grant > we were the laughing stock of the entire country at one point after Ellis sent a "letter of solidarity" to Hugo Chavez, the tyrant dictator of Venezuela > Ellis was constantly AWOL in Africa on the taxpayer's dime doing who knows what? > the city lost the Macon Braves due to Ellis and City Council not agreeing to make improvements to Luther Williams Field > constant scandals in Ellis's personal life - not paying child support, requiring a police officer to drive him around town, using the police light in his car to stop a motorist, his conversion to Islam along with a name change (apparently he has changed his religion again and is now a practicing Christian) > work on the Terminal Station had grinded to a halt by 2007 despite a $6.7 million federal grant to renovate and repurpose it after Reichert assumed office in 2008, work was quickly restarted > The Marriott Convention Center, which Ellis loves to take all the credit for, almost never happened due to intense bickering between he and City Council > the firing of Police Chief Vazquez and

C. Jack Ellis with Nuwabian cult leader Malachi York

the scandal surrounding that decision There are many more bad memories I could dredge up from the Mayor Ellis years. Let's not go there again folks. What we have in Mayor Robert Reichert is a man of principle who left a lucrative and fulfilling law career in order to take up the cause of improving the city he loves. Mayor Reichert has done an excellent job since taking office in 2008. We have gone from a $3.5 million deficit under Ellis to a $6 million surplus under Mayor Reichert. He led the charge to consolidate Macon/Bibb County and was successful in doing so. That alone, in my opinion, makes him a miracle worker. He has been able to bring Macon together. His support network is made up of those in all socioeconomic groups, throughout all parts of town, and among all ages. New businesses are coming because they feel confident that we have competency in local government. Hollywood has even noticed our gem of a town and filmed several movies here in the past couple of years. Reichert is truly putting Macon back on the map. With the expansion of

the Panama Canal, the port in Savannah is going to be a mecca for economic development that we simply can't afford to miss out on. The Mayor is looking to the future with the Second Street Corridor project to presenting Macon as the hub for the massive amount of goods that will need to be moved out of Savannah and across North America. If he is successful with this vision, the sky is truly the limit for Macon. So…on October 15th, do whatever you have to do to vote. If you are going to be out of town, contact the Board of Elections and get an absentee ballot. We cannot afford to lose all of the ground we have gained under Mayor Reichert. It's your choice. Macon can either go back to being the butt of national jokes, or we can move forward. As City Councilwoman, Nancy White put it in a recent interview, "Probably a lightning rod (ELLIS) is not what we need in the first couple of years after a consolidated government (forms)." Your vote will make a difference on October 15th. C. Jack Ellis, aka Hakim Mansour Ellis, could win it all just by one. Now if that doesn't scare you, nothing will!



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Twang Southern Tastes & Sounds Newly opened in the former Shamrock, the space has been revamped with a larger patio dining area and evening live music. Enjoy their mac and cheese bites, fish tacos, fried shrimp, fresh salads, chicken and grits and chicken and waffles. Open for lunch and dinner with happy hour specials 7 days a week. LD • BAR $-$$, Payne City

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. Buffalos Cafe on Zebulon You know this place has great wings, but they also feature a large selection of salads and sandwiches, large screen tvs to watch all your favorite games and a popular trivia night for the whole family. LD • BAR • $ 5990 Zebulon Rd. 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

Fowl Play Downtown Macon’s only wing house specializing in dozens of flavors, bar food staples and some surprising specialties, including Sloppy Joe Nachos, amazing sandwiches (such as the fried shrimp po boy), entrees, salads, and more. Also open late Thur - Sat til 4am. LD • BAR • $ 580 Cherry St

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

Texas Cattle Co. 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. 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


Caliente’s Burrito Shop We’ve all had this style of big burrito by now, but Caliente’s does them the best. If you can handle it, get the MOAB… if not, there’s always the Thrilla From Tha Grilla, which is just right. LD • $ 6255 Zebulon Road

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.


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


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.

LUNCH SPOTS 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

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


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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.

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 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


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 • $-$$ 6255 Zebulon Rd Ginger Stir-Fry Located downtown, it’s Macon’s only build your own stir fry bar with over 500 combinations. Cool experience for the kids, not your average dining experience.You want it spicy, sweet, both? You be the judge, but don’t worry, there are recipe cards as well for the beginner. LD • BAR • $-$$ 496 Second Street.

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

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

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

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For me it all started on Sept 6, 1980. My family and I were in Knoxville, Tennessee for the UGA /Tenn game. Georgia was getting their butts kicked 15-0 . Then in came Herschel Walker and the rest was history. He would run over anyone who got in his way. The Dawgs won 16-15. Herschel was a god and I was hooked. I became a DAWG that day. My sixth year old birthday. From 1980 thru 1992 I never missed a home Georgia game. Most of the time my mom, dad, brother and I would leave Macon early am to get to Athens in time for us to go see the UGA players at their dorm before they would leave to get ready and get autographs. Of course the first room I would go to would be Herschel's. I would just sit there on his floor and be in awe of his greatness. I was only six at the time but I can remember it like it was yesterday. Doug and I would play pick-up football games with other kids from other Dawg tailgates. I have no clue who most of them were but at the time we were all friends, brought together by being a DAWG. I remember being at the first night game in Sanford Stadium. UGA beat Clemson 13-7 in 1982. That game was nuts. It was one of the loudest games I remember. I can remember when Kevin Butler kicked a 60 yard field goal to beat Clemson and my brother, Hank Moore and I going absolutely crazy. Those were some special times. Doug and I would take friends to games. We would show them what it meant to be a DAWG. My family has had the same season tickets for years. We have four on the 15th row and four on the 57th row. A special thing about season ticket holders is most of people around you have been there for years. It may seem crazy but for those six or seven weeks of each fall those people around you are close friends. Then you go 7 months without seeing them but the following year they're back and the friendship is as strong as ever. I believe this is one of those unique things about college football across the south. You are friends because you are Dawgs! During my twenties and early thirties a group of friends would all tailgate together. We would put on a show. I can remember a time waking up in Athens at 5am driving from the hotel to where we tailgate just to get the right place to tailgate. We would have Old Larry Munson and UGA music playing,

the smell of bourbon was everywhere. There were the Trips to the Ga/Fla games. We would leave on Thursday, stay in St. Simons and take a bus to Jacksonville and back. Most of these trips ended in defeat but we had fun anyway. Great times were had by all. The great thing about those tailgates were the friendships made or made stronger. One thing we all had in common was we were Dawgs. Now that I'm pushing 40 I rarely get up to Athens for games. But my passion for the Dawgs is as strong as ever. Those same friends that I tailgated with will call leading up to a big game. Some of us will text each other after each big play. I have made friends with people who I never would have dreamed of because of our love of the Dawgs. When I see a random guy wearing a UGA shirt I'll start up a conversation with them, only because of the common bond we have of all things UGA. I have made great friendships with people from different social and ethnic backgrounds simply because of talking about Georgia football. I truly believe being a DAWG has made me a better person. Being a DAWG has been part of my life since birth. And now I have two daughters who are now DAWG fans. Some of their first words were Go Dawgs. My oldest who is nine will call me on game day just to tell me Go Dawgs. There is something special about that Georgia red and the G .It brings all walks of life together. It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, black or white. We don't care what your politics are. You are a DAWG. During my life I've experienced a lot of ups and downs. The joy of getting married, the unbelievable feeling of becoming a father, the heartache of going through a divorce and being apart from two daughters a lot of the time. Watching my parents be so proud of my brother and I when we had successs in sports or in life, to the sadness I felt when dad passed. But one thing that has stayed the same throughout all of this. It goes back to that September night in Knoxville when I fell in love with the Dawgs. When I became a DAWG. Once a DAWG always a DAWG. As the late great Lewis Grizzard said " I was bulldawg born, bulldawg bred, and when I die I'll be bulldawg dead". As always, stay classy my friends. - Jake Fincher


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h, Hump Day! This particular Wednesday (25th), Macon Arts Alliance will be hosting an artist talk with Joe Adams, Travis Hart, and Carol Dodd Porter at the gallery on First Street. Over the past few years, these three artists have become household names in the area, so it should e exciting to hear them discuss their techniques, tell stories, and best of all - share some of their latest work with guests. I was introduced to Travis' work last year during Cherry Blossom Festival and have since seen pieces from the other two artists and they're all quite talented. The talks begin around 5:00pm and are free to the public. The Hay House is pleased to host "Toast & Taste" on Thursday the 26th. "Toast & Taste" is a revamped rendition of the National Landmark's annual wine tasting and auction and will feature food from multiple local restaurants, as well as beer, wine, and spirits from Georgiabased producers. The event will also play host to one of Macon’s finest silent auctions, with an addition of some live items, and will punctuate the evening and special dinners with great chefs in historic houses, vacation homes, paintings, antiques, and baskets of a variety of items will be offered for competitive bidding. Tickets for the event are $40.00 and proceeds directly benefit keeping this historic home's doors open! Call 478-742-8155 for information on purchasing tickets. Up-and-coming Americana act White Violet will be playing at The Hummingbird on Friday the 27th. The


The 6th Annual Central Georgia Greek Festival takes place at Holy Cross Church on First Street from October 18th - 20th and features traditional food, music, and arts & crafts

band, based in Athens, has toured with Futurebirds, Dead Confederate and many more of the Southeast's finest. They'll be joined by Charleston-based indie-rock band Heyrocco. This will mark White Violet's first time in Macon and Heyrocco's fourth. There's plenty more live music going on the last weekend in September! On Saturday, Great White featuring Jack Russell will be playing a special show at the Cox Capitol Theatre alongside Ledfoot Messiah. You can expect to hear hits like "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", "The Angel Song", and "House of Broken Love". Also that evening, 152 Productions presents 152 Fest, an all-day hardcore/metal festival taking place at The 567 Center for Renewal. You can expect two stages of half-stack amps, over-thetop drum sets, and a sets from nationally touring acts like Oh Sleeper, Gideon, and The Last Ten Seconds of Life (a massive lineup of twenty bands total). If that doesn't sounds appealing to you, you can catch sets from JUNA and special guests at Roasted Cafe & Lounge starting around 10pm. As always, the show at Roasted will be free. And if you really feel like getting out of the downtown, American Aquarium will be playing very special show at Billy's Clubhouse on Forest Hill with Back City Woods. These guys typically pack out the Hummingbird when they play in Macon, but they wanted to try something different this time around and made plans to set up shop in North

October 8th - COLD FRONTS w/ New Madrid @ The Hummingbird October 13th - Second Sunday w/ Percy Sledge @ Washington Park

October 18th - Drive By Truckers w/ T. Hardy Morris @ Cox Capitol Theatre October 18th - 20th Central Georgia Greek Festival @ Holy Cross

Macon. The band just returned from a highly successful European tour. This show will be free as well and begins right around 10:00pm. For those of you who are familiar with Sound Tribe Sector Nine (STS9) or Umphrey's McGee, you may have recently seen them play at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Atlanta as part of their US tour. Up Until Now, a livetronica project fronted by Jay Murphy, opened up that entire tour. After playing to thousands and thousands of people this Summer, Up Until Now is heading out for a short run of club dates and will be making a stop in Macon on Thursday, October 3rd for a free show at The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom. Up Until Now has shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Big Gigantic, Bonobo and many more in the electronic-jam scene. Also that night, the One City Art Festival kicks off with a preview party at the old Karsten & Denson building on Third Street. Featuring a performance from Noel Stephens & The Darlings, this pop-up gallery showing will host work from artists involved with our six art organizations. Tickets for the preview party are just $20.00 and can be purchased at the Macon Arts Alliance office on First Street. The One City Art Festival continues on through the entire weekend at various locations around town. For more information, visit

October 18th - 20th Macon Octoberfest @ Various Locations October 19th - Deep Roots Festival @ Milledgeville October 24th - Edwin McCain @ Cox Capitol

dart league Day! MON $1Wellsall 3-4-1 drinks TUES open mic night WED TeamTrivia 7-9pm MIC NIGHT THUR OPEN $8 BOTTOMLESS MUGS


Loners Society FRI. SEPT 27

White Violet w/ Hey Rocco SAT. SAT. SEPT DEC 29 28

Kyle Wilson WED. OCT 2 2-4-1 drinksallnight! free show

AmericanMannequins THUR. OCT 3

Up Until Now SAT. FRI. DEC OCT29 4

Theatre October 26th - Seven Handle Circus @ The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom

Connor Christian & S Gothic SAT. SAT.DEC OCT29 5

Black Cadillacs TUES. SAT. DEC OCT 298

Cold Fronts w/ New Madrid



You Drink. We Drive.

A fully insured Zingo driver arrives on a portable motorbike. Folds it, Bags it, Places it in your trunk, Drives you and your car home safely.

WED 9/25

Radio Cult Wild Wing Cafe

Howle & Mosley Billy’s Clubhouse

SUN 9/29

Open Mic Night Backporch Lounge

Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm Get Right Band The Hummingbird

THURS 9/26 Mama T Caliber Bar & Grill

Cranford & Sons Billy’s Clubhouse

Loner’s Society The Hummingbird - free show Josh Carson Wild Wing Cafe

FRI 9/27

B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Mama T AP’s Hidden Hideaway Big Daddy & Co Billy’s Clubhouse

White Violet w/ Hey Rocco The Hummingbird Jeremy Johnson Mellow Mushroom

Boots & Cats Roasted Cafe & Lounge

Lance Daniel Twang Southern Tastes & Sounds Crista Lynn Band Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 9/28

Yesterdayz Rock AP’s Hidden Hideaway

American Aquarium Billy’s Clubhouse Jack Russell’s Great White Cox Capitol Theatre Kyle Wilson The Hummingbird

JUNA Roasted Cafe & Lounge

Stoopgrass Twang Southern Tastes & Sounds


SEPT 25 - OCT 8, 2013

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

WED 10/2

American Mannequins The Hummingbird - free show Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

John Stanley Band Twang Southern Tastes & Sounds Matt Pippin Band Wild Wing Cafe

SUN 10/6

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

John Stanley Jam Session Backporch Lounge 4-7:30pm Live Music Caliber Bar & Grill, 1pm Open Mic Night Backporch Lounge

WED 10/9 THURS 10/3

Up Until Now The Hummingbird - free show Mama T Caliber Bar & Grill Session Road Wild Wing Cafe

FRI 10/4

Hott w/Harry Leggs 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive The Skeeterz AP’s Hidden Hideaway Josh Daniel Band Billy’s Clubhouse

Connor Christian & Southern Gothic The Hummingbird Freelance Ruckus Mellow Mushroom

First Friday Art Show Roasted Cafe

Amy Taylor Twang Southern Tastes & Sounds Scott Brantley Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 10/5

The Skeeterz AP’s Hidden Hideaway Stoopgrass Billy’s Clubhouse

Black Cadillacs The Hummingbird

Diarrhea Planet w/ So So Glos Roasted Cafe & Lounge

Matt Pippen Wild Wing Cafe, 8:30pm

THURS 10/10

Far From Over The Hummingbird - free show Josh Carson Wild Wing Cafe

FRI 10/11

B Keith Williams 20’s Pub, Riverside Drive Mama T AP’s Hidden Hideaway

Big Mike & Booty Papas Billy’s Clubhouse Gurufish The Hummingbird

Domino Effect Roasted Cafe & Lounge

Crossroads Band Twang Southern Tastes & Sounds Tyler Hammond Band Wild Wing Cafe

SAT 10/12

Yesterdayz Rock AP’s Hidden Hideaway Haley & Alexis Billy’s Clubhouse Radiolucent The Hummingbird

Sunbelt Revolution Twang Southern Tastes & Sounds Amy Taylor Band Wild Wing Cafe

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

Free pool 11a-4p Monday - Wed Hud’s on Gray Hwy.

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


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

Build your own martini night at Dovetail

2-4-1 Tuesdays - Calls & Imports, $1 Nachos BJs Downtown 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 1/2 price whiskey flights every Wednesday at Dovetail Half Price draft beers 10pm 12am at The Rookery 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

Ladie night featuring 1/2 price bottles of wine - Dovetail $8 Bottomless Mugs at The Hummingbird

2-4-1 Jagerbombs, $3.50 craft beer Mellow Mushroom 9p-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


$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 Dance Party every Thursday night, Backporch Lounge

- free show! Comparable to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (if The Heartbreakers had been comprised from members of: Pearl Jam, Rancid, and The Temptations)

Live music and live DJ on the 1s and 2s at Midtown Key Club every Thursday - Saturday night!


Tuesdays at 9pm,Wed/Thursdays 8pm, Saturdays 8p, Sundays 6pm 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! Wednesday nights at Roasted Cafe & Lounge with the Captain! Wednesdays at 6pm, Fridays at 8pm Caliber Bar & Grill Thursdays 8pm, Sundays 8:30pm The Backporch Lounge


Every Tuesday night, come play with friends, great prizes! 7-9pm 20’s Pub Thursdays, Stone-Baked Bingo 7:30pm Mellow Mushroom


Tuesdays, Grant’s Lounge

Trivia every Thursday 7pm (compete for $200 cash!) Sticky Fingers Every Wednesday at 7:30 with Jason Hawk at Margaritas Mercer Village location All-Star Trivia every Monday 7-9pm, 20’s Pub Wednesdays at Roasted Cafe

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


JOSH CARSON @ WILD WING One half of former Macon powerhouse Acoustic Workshop performs some Acoustic Covers you’ll love sitting back and listening too. A great picker with a great voice and an awesome style.


An Acoustic set of Covers from some of your favorite decadent decades.


Jeremy has been playing for St. Francis for quite some time and is a great player and songwriter in his own right. One of our favorites to listen to in Macon.


Livetronica project from the heartbeat of Georgia. A blend of heavy bass, rock-guitar leads, and high octane synthesizers that blurs the lines between genres. Pulling influences from House, Drum and Bass, Lounge, and Hip Hop, to Classic Rock, Jazz, Punk and Metal, Boots and Cats creates fresh, organic livetronica that will keep your feet moving.


Stylistically speaking, Crista Lynn’s voice is a distinctive, rare combination of understated tone and edgy texture that is reminiscent of female country artists like Patsy

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

Monday nights at Sticky Fingers! 7pm - No buy in! Cash prizes. Tues,Wed & Thurs 7pm - until at AP’s Hidden Hideaway


With the upcoming release of their latest studio album, Burn.Flicker.Die. American Aquarium is proving that they have graduated to that class of professional musicians that have made an undeniable commitment to their music and their fans.


A real look back at the Eightie’s if you were “Once Bitten and Twice Shy” you might want to get your spandex on and get down to this show. This is not a tribute band. This is THE Great White, and you don’t want to miss it.


Born and raised in Alexander City, AL, and representing Country and Southern Rock Music at it’s best, Kyle has been touring the country spreading his life story through the music he makes. He shares the stage and writes music with good friends such as Wayne Mills, Rexton Lee, Adam Hood, Drake White, and Neal Lucas.



- free show! "American Mannequins" is a rock band from Athens, Georgia. While the bands' current lineup formed recently in early 2013, the entire project spawned from late night basement jam sessions in 2008 between guitarist Taylor Combs and



Spyro Gyra is a jazz juggernaut, slated to release their 30th album this year (2013). Theirs is an unlikely story of a group with humble beginnings in Buffalo, NY who has continued to reach an international audience over nearly 40 years, resulting in sales of over 10 million albums and having played over 5,000 shows on five continents. Next year will mark 40 years since their start in a Buffalo club, where they were first known as "Tuesday Night - Jazz Jam." Tickets $37 at the Douglass Theatre.


A unique rock band with mind shredding guitar riffs and a powerhouse brick wall rhythm section, came out of a post modern rock scene during the summer of 2011.


“CCSG” as their fans affectionately know them – its members, who come from places as far and wide as Los Angeles to Russia – its music, an amalgamation of roots-rock, country and Americana.


JOHN STANLEY BAND @ TWANG Everybody knows Stan the

drummer man from around town. You know Tony Tyler's dad. You know that guy that played with The Bobby Whitlock Band, The Brooks Brothers, Soulshine.... If you haven’t witnessed his feats of singing, playing the drums, and entertaining the audience, get out tonight for a listen.

Injured in an auto accident?

Every Wednesday at The Bird, 7pm.

Sunday 7p, Billy’s Clubhouse


then-drummer (now Synth/guitarist) Thomas Barton. Their music has been described as "thoughtful, melodic, dance-able rock n' roll."


Trivia with Tyler at Loco’s every Wednesday, 8:30pm!

Nightly Poker 9p, BJ Billiards

Cline, Reba McIntyre and Miranda Lambert. From the interpretative standpoint, Crista Lynn wrings every ounce of lyrical emotion out of a song, whether a delicate love-ballad or fun up-tempo romp with fiddle and guitars blazing.



Mellow Trivia, every Tuesday at 8:30, Mellow Mushroom



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IN MY HEAD... wripped 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 followJASON HOWARD ing his arrest for robbing a Arrested 4/13/2009 bank. Police think that after 4 Cts Felony Murder killing and burying the Clevelands, 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. Only yourselves to blame. 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.


SEPT 25 - OCT 8, 2013


Notice is hereby given that the Bibb County Board of Commissioners will receive sealed bids in the Purchasing Department, Room 405 Courthouse, 601 Mulberry Street, Macon, Georgia, until 12:00 o’clock NOON at the time legally prevailing in Macon, Georgia on Thursday, October 24, 2013, for Gymnasium Floor Replacement. Bids will be publicly opened in the Bibb County Board of Commissioners Administrative Conference Room, on Thursday, October 24, 2013, starting at 2:00 o’clock p.m.

Bid documents may be viewed and downloaded from either the Bibb County website at, the Georgia Procurement Registry website at PRSapp/PR_custom_index.jsp?agency=61100, or may be obtained at the Bibb County Purchasing Department, Room 405 Courthouse, 601 Mulberry Street, Macon, Georgia 31201, (478) 621-6333. A MANDATORY Pre-bid conference is scheduled for 10:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the North Macon Park, 815 North Macon Park Drive Macon, GA 31210. Bid envelopes should be sealed and identified on the outside as “14-109-ND -GYMNASIUM FLOOR REPLACEMENT” and delivered by hand or mailed to: Bibb County Purchasing Department Room 405, Bibb County Courthouse 601 Mulberry Street Macon, Georgia 31201 Bibb County reserves full freedom (in addition to the right to reject any and all bids) in awarding bids to consider all available factors including, but not limited to, price, reputation, financial responsibility, and experience. In addition, the bidder recognizes the right of the Owner to reject a bid if the bidder fails to furnish any required submittals on the date required by the bidding documents, or if the bid is in any way incomplete or irregular. Hence, the County may award bids to other than the lowest bidder if in the judgment of the Board of Commissioners the interest of the County will be best served by award to another. Minority, Women Owned and other Disadvantaged Business Enterprises are encouraged to participate in the solicitation process. Additionally, respondents are encouraged to use M/W/DBE subcontractors where possible.

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Thursday: Free wells for the gals til midnight!

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