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OCT/NOV 2008 VOL 5, NO 6 • $4.00

Steeplechase

COLUMBUS | WEST GEORGIA & EAST ALABAMA

CB&T

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OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2008 | VOL 5, NO 6

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SVM CONTENTS OCT/NOV 2008

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79 MYTHBUSTERS

THE RADIO IS ON

Jennifer Newman, Marketing Manager for Clear Channel Broadcasting offers insight on the area’s most popular radio stations.

Meet TV’s most experimental new duo as Jaime Hyneman and Adam Savage give us an inside look at what it takes to be a MythBuster.

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THE NEW FACES OF STEEPLECHASE

93 GIFT GUIDE

Meet the new Executive Director and Race Director for this year’s Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens and hear about the what’s new for 2008.

Find something for everyone. Featuring ideas from some of Columbus’ premiere shops.

40 FALL’S MOST WANTED

107 CHEF OF THE MONTH

Whether it’s Race Day dress or chic nighttime attire, there is something to fit everyone’s style.

Crystal Wing gives her take on a classic Southern recipe: shrimp and grits.

49 SVM HOMES

119 PRINCESS DIARY

Touring some of the area’s most elegant residences, we see everything from green pastures to English Tudor.

9 FROM THE EDITOR Filling the Circle

Miss Georgia, Chasity Hardman speaks to readers about what pageant life is like.

ALSO IN EACH ISSUE…

10 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Southern Views gives readers a voice

112 SVM SHOTS

The people, places and faces of Southern Views


SVM EDITORIAL

Fromthe

On the Cover Katherine Webb If you could travel back in time, what year would you most like to visit? I would probably like to travel back into Biblical times. Everything during that period is somewhat a mystery. What's the most memorable pickup line you've ever heard? I went on break from work one day and when I came back, there was a cookie cake with the guys name and number written on it in icing. Needless to say it was the best pick-up line I had ever tasted! How many hair styling products do you own? Too many! About 13 to include 3 curling irons, 2 curler sets, 2 hairdryers, 2 flat irons and 4 brushes. What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon when you were a kid? My older brother and I always watched Johnny Quest on Saturdays growing up, but I came home every single day from school and watched Arthur. Who was your first celebrity crush? Paul Walker from the movie Into the Blue was my very first celebrity crush. Name something you've tried that you never want to do again. I went to Las Vegas for a Hawaiian Tropic fashion show earlier this year and walked in heels for about 12 hours a day for 4 days total. My ankles ended up swelling on the plane ride back and I walked like a penguin the next week. I will probably remember to bring flats next time! Who would you like to trade places with for a day? Heidi Klum. She is a Victoria’s Secret model/Spokes model, a TV host, a mom and a loving wife all in one. I would be curious to see how she handles it all everyday! What are you most grateful for? I am most grateful for God being apart of my life. Without him, I am nothing. State your life philosophy in ten words or less. Everything happens for a reason. What you’d change about Columbus? I would change the layout of the city and tear down all the abandoned buildings that are making our city rather unattractive. What would people be surprised to know about you? My favorite hobbies are hunting, fishing, skeet-shooting, etc. Anything outdoors is my passion! CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES Calvin Klein, NY. HAIR STYLING AND MAKE UP Lindsey Rae Howard and Samantha Reeves for Salon NG, 6298 Veterans Pkwy, Suite 2G, Columbus, 706.494.2940. HAIR PRODUCTS Strait Sexy Hair, TIGI, Catwalk, BedHead and Pureology. SPECIAL THANKS Sammie and Pam Caves. COVER PHOTO R. Caligaris. 9

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Editor Filling the Circle olitics is not my forte. I’m just not attracted to it, but I also know politicians and politics have an enormous influence in my life, family, friends, and the country overall.

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In my youth, for six weeks, I attended an equivalent class at my former high school with different types of people, from overachieving high school students who were getting a head start on their college careers to at least a few people who were probably more than double the age of those teenagers.

I went into the class not expecting much. I mean, didn’t I learn about the Constitution back in junior high? By the end of the six weeks, however, I walked away with something more. Something that I really appreciated about the class and the professor was how the information was presented: the professor tried to keep her own personal opinions out of it. When presenting different political ideologies and theories, she didn’t say which was “right” and which was “wrong.” Instead, she left it open for the students to decide on their own. One such set of political theories had to do with perceptions of the American people as decision makers, whether they could be trusted and be capable of making such key, important choices.

That’s why I personally think voting is so important. Whether the excuse is apathy or laziness, voting has become a privilege that far many too Americans take for granted. The next time you neglect to vote, ask yourself how you would feel if you didn’t have a choice—to elect a president, or choose a job, or decide how many children to have. There are many countries where a person does not have a choice, and I’m sure they would gladly change places with you for the fundamental privilege of voting.

I also know I’m not always voting for the “perfect candidate.” But I am willing to settle for a man or woman, black or white or red or yellow or green with orange stripes, who has a firm grasp of what American idealism is. Because I know that a candidate like that can be reasoned with when the actions he or she takes raises red flags; when this causes all of us who still believe in the principles that built America, to take a second look and question them boldly. We need a leader with a firm grasp of the concept of America. We do not need a person who will do a good job as Chief Executive while shirking his or her duty as Commander-in-Chief, or vice versa. When I find the person who will do both job competently I will vote for them. I’m not voting in November to relive those test taking days in college when you just filled in the circles randomly hoping to get some right. I’m voting because it is my right, it is the cornerstone of the democracy I love and appreciate.

Your vote is your power. Voting takes only a small fraction of the day; and it is truly a way to honor those who came before you. Roberto Caliaris Editor-in-Cheif

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SVM LETTERS

This Month’s

SOUTHERN VIEWS MAGAZINE EDITOR IN CHIEF Roberto Caligaris ASSISTANT EDITOR Sundi Rose

Letters Love for the Bear

I read every issue of SVM, but your interview with Bear Grylls (Iron Man, Aug-Sept 08) was brilliant. Last year I was surfing through the stations and came across the Discovery Channel with this man eating bugs, raw snakes, scorpions, water from a dead camels stomach etc., and couldn't take my eyes off of him!

He is totally amazing and brilliant and smart, and he's not bad looking either… well actually he's gorgeous! But darn it he's married. I wish Bear the best of luck with the show! T. ALLEN VIA E-MAIL

I love the article on Bear Grylls (Iron Man, AugSept 08). Bear is showing people tips and ways to survive in the event we get in those types of situations. Naturally he isn’t going to put himself and the crew members in life threatening situations. I personally believe this guy is well prepare and prepare others through Man vs Wild.

This past winter, several kids up north fell thru ice and into a body of water and were able to crawl out safely, only because they watched Bear's demonstration of crawling out of ice himself! Those kids probably wouldn't have survived if they hadn't been Man vs Wild fans! K. KAISER VIA E-MAIL

LAYOUT DESIGN George Adkins Melissa Moore PHOTOGRAPHY Roberto Caligaris Sammie Saxon Mike Culpepper Studios Carleen Frojker

Wonderful Waterfront Living

I recently moved to Tennessee with my love for Columbus still intact. I have enjoyed your magazine for the last four years and your June-July (Homes on the River) issue was packed with what drew me to Southern Views in the first place: Beautiful traditional waterfront homes for real families. The pictures are superb and I always look forward to the delivery of Southern Views. This issue was one of my favorites. M. BLAIR CHATTANOOGA, TN

Beautiful Columbus

While I was in the doctor’s office, I found a August-Sept 2008 issue of your magazine, and I was immediately attracted to your home section. The homes are beautiful, with lots of decorating ideas. Your staff should be commended for putting Columbus in a different scenario than the one in which most people envision it. JENNA R. VIA E-MAIL

Keni’s Influence

I’ve always liked Keni Thomas and thought of him as a great singer, smart and attractive. I couldn’t help but get excited about reading Patriot Act, (Aug-Sept 08). In addition to being the founder and driving creative force behind Cornbread, Thomas possesses a personal story that is unusual and inspiring. A former member of the elite Task Force Ranger unit, Thomas fought in the Somalia battle recounted in the book and motion picture Black Hawk Down. Keni has lead by example. Great job! LAUREN M. COLUMBUS

Hearing from our readers is important to Southern Views Magazine. Send your comments to: The Editor, Southern Views Magazine, 1214 First Avenue, 5th Floor, Columbus, GA 31901 or fax us at 706.507.0491. You can also email us at editor@soviewsmag.com. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, clarity and style. w w w. s o v i e w s m a g . c o m

INTERN Lauren Griggs CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Nicholas Caligaris ADVERTISING DESIGN Sammie Saxon ADVERTISING Becky Buck, 706.326.0043 SOUTHERN VIEWS MAGAZINE 1214 First Avenue, Suite 500 Columbus, Georgia 31901 706.507.0451 tel 706.507.0491 fax www.soviewsmag.com Southern Views Magazine is published Bi-Monthly by Jang Media Group. Reproduction in whole or in part of any text, photographs or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE $22 for 6 issues, $40 for 12 issues POSTMASTER Send change of address to: Southern Views Magazine 1214 First Avenue, Suite 500 Columbus, Georgia 31901 Allow five weeks for change of address. Send both old and new address. SUBMISSIONS Southern Views Magazine accepts no responsibility for the return of submitted manuscripts, artwork, photographs or images of any kind whatsoever, whether solicited or unsolicited. A self-addressed, stamped envelope must accompany any request for the return of submissions. Opinions of Southern Views Magazine guest writers are not necessarily those of the Editor. Member of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Printed in the USA by Craftmasters, Inc.

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MAKING SVM INTERVIEW WAVES

AND NOW… A WORD FROM THE

RACE SPONSORS C By Sundi Rose • Photos by R. Caligaris and S. Saxon

urrently chairing the Aflac Foundation and heading up most of the philanthropic efforts there, Kathelen Amos is one of The Steeplechase at Callaway Garden’s most faithful supporters. Believing “the presence of a first class event that draws thousands together each autumn adds quality of life in our area.” Undeniably, the proceeds garnered from The Steeplechase make a strong impact in the arts community and Kathelen holds that the event is “a great blend of my enjoyment of all things equestrian and [my] strong belief in the mission of Steeplechase.”

[AFLAC] HAS DONE SO MUCH TO SUPPORT SO MANY CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS IN OUR REGION. Kathelen is proud to say that Aflac has been involved with The Steeplechase since its beginning. With such wonderful entertainment, the event “has done so much to support so many cultural organizations in our region” which Aflac contributes to consistently. Sponsoring the US Championship Supreme Hurdle Novice Race, Aflac has helped to build the event into “one that draws the sport’s top horses and trainers,” according to Kathelen.

Thinking back on some of her Steeplechase memories, Kathelen says she enjoys most “the gorgeous setting at Callaway, the pageantry and beauty of the horses, and all of the fun with family and friends throughout the day.” Determined to be hands on with this event, an Aflac representative will present the trophy to the owner of the winning horse and makes sure that it has a number of Aflac team members, their customers and other guests among the spectators. Enjoying art in all mediums, Kathelen is most moved by “paintings and drawings but I also can’t imagine life being nearly as rich without music.” svm

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Kathelen Amos Aflac Columbus, Georgia OCT/NOV 2008

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A WORD FROM THE RACE SPONSORS

I AM OFTEN OVERWHELMED WITH THE NUMBER OF CIVIC-MINDED PEOPLE IN THIS TOWN AND THE NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT GIVE BACK SO MUCH TO OUR COMMUNITY.

ong considered our area’s first community bank, Columbus Bank and Trust is dedicated to serving first its community members. How else better to give back to this community than to sponsor something that touches so many lives: art? Mary Lynn Grubb, Project Manager in Community Development acts as representative for CB&T for this year’s Steeplechase. She says this event is so important to her and the company because, “of the number of arts organizations that it benefits and the wide range of people that experience art through these organizations. As a community bank, we are committed to support of the arts and all things that enrich the quality of life in our area.”

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Mary Lynn Grubb Columbus Bank and Trust Columbus, Georgia

Nominated to serve as link between CB&T and Steeplechase, Mary Lynn has acquired a deep respect for the many people that work so hard to make Columbus a better place to live. She says of this special group, “I am often overwhelmed with the number of civicminded people in this town and the number of organizations that give back so much to our community.” Seeing Steeplechase as more than a function of her role as a sponsor, Mary Lynn enjoys seeing her little boys in awe of the horses and is happy that her organization offers tickets to many team members. As the sponsor for The Collie Jennings Mullin Amateur Hurdle, CB&T entertains in the Guarantor Tent and in a Terrace Tent. A lover of all things art, Mary Lynn most enjoys listening to music and says, “All art moves me; however, music seems to evoke the most emotion. A sweet song can bring me to tears; another can bring back memories that make me laugh, while another can give me the energy job up a hill.”

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A WORD FROM THE RACE SPONSORS

[THE RACE] IS A GREAT YEARLY EVENT WITH A NOBLE CAUSE IN SUPPORT OF THE ARTS IN OUR AREA.

Virginia Holman, TSYS, Columbus, Georgia ong serving as a patron of the arts, Total Systems has a standing reputation for being excellent corporate patrons of the Arts. As spokesperson for TSYS, Virginia Holman is eager to demonstrate her zeal for The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens as well as that of her company.

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When asked what she most enjoys about Race Day, she muses, “there is not a better way to spend an afternoon overlooking the crest of Pine Mountain Ridge, surrounded by the change in fall foliage, watching championship horses in the company of good

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friends.” With authentic sponsorship since 1984, Total Systems encourages its team members to take advantage of the infield passes they provide as a way to give back for their continued involvement with the arts in our community. Virginia, like many other Steeplechase goers, enjoys the scenery and rustic setting and emphasizes it is, “a great yearly event with a noble cause in support of the arts in our area.” A true lover of arts of all types, Virginia says the medium with which she finds the most solace is “the music of the Symphony.”

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A WORD FROM THE RACE SPONSORS

GEORGIA CROWN HAS BEEN A FAITHFUL AND GENEROUS PARTNER OF THE STEEPLECHASE AT CALLAWAY GARDENS FOR 24 YEARS.

aturally a festive event, The Steeplechase is lucky to have Georgia Crown Distributing as one of its major sponsors. With food and spirits flowing, Vic Hubbard has one of the best jobs at the event.

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Seeking to “give back to the community in a meaningful way,” Vic really enjoys the crowds, the annual reunions and most of all, The Galloping Gourmet. Georgia Crown provides beverages for all, as well as being the sponsor along with WJ Deutch Company of The Galloping Gourmet. This is a presentation of signature dishes from local food and dining establishments, paired with the fine wines from Georgia Crown. Exquisite fare and delicious fine wine make this the highlight of the culinary scene on Race Day.

Working with Callaway Gardens since the seventies, Vic was the natural choice to head the Steeplechase efforts for his company. Sponsoring the Crown Royal Stakes Race, the organization presents each race winner with a bottle of sparkling wine with which to celebrate. Georgia Crown has been a faithful and generous partner of The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens for 24 years and sponsors the arts outside of this singular event. Vic says of his organization’s arts related affiliations, “the list goes on and not just in the Columbus area but throughout Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. In other words, wherever Georgia Crown does business, we try to contribute.” Playing such a long term role in the contribution to art of all kinds, Vic is most moved by “art in its entirety and the efforts to impress the youth of today with the importance that art plays in one’s personal life but also in human culture.”

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Vic Hubbard Georgia Crown Distributing McDonough, Georgia

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A WORD FROM THE RACE SPONSORS

THIS EVENT MEANS A LOT TO ME PERSONALLY AND TO THE COMPANY, MAINLY BECAUSE IT PROVIDES A UNITED WAY OF RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

ince 1868, J. Smith Lanier & Co. has remained one of the nation’s leading insurance brokerage, employee benefits and risk management consulting firms. Through a network of offices spanning across six southeastern states, their employee-shareholders provide an unmatched commitment and responsiveness to everyone they serve. Not surprisingly their generous support as a Corporate Sponsor to the Chaser’s Eve, the “kickoff” celebration of the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens is making a difference in the lives of people right here in Columbus.

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Robert Culpepper J Smith Lanier Columbus, Georgia

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Robert Culpepper is the Executive Vice President of J Smith Lanier in Columbus and he considers The Steeplechase a unique event to this area which gives people the opportunity to spend time with friends and watch the races at a beautiful venue. “This event means a lot to me personally and to the company, mainly because it provides a united way of responding to the needs of the community. We are very pleased to know that the proceeds from the Chaser’s Eve and Steeplechase will benefit several local charitable organizations including the Springer Opera House, the Columbus Museum and the Historic Columbus Foundation,” says Robert. The arts in our area is always a priority in the company. They believe that the region’s growing community of small or informal organizations needs long-term financial support to continue they support for the arts. New technology, information and collaborations can help artists and arts organizations create new works, or improve access to resources. Robert Culppeper and J Smith Lanier are glad they can be a part of these improvements. svm

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Smith-Brannan Emily Suzanne Smith and Joseph Case Brannan were united in marriage on June 21, 2008, at Saint Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, Georgia. • The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lee Smith III. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Anthony Brannon, Sr. • Prior to the wedding the couple held a rehearsal dinner at the Green Island Country Club • Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at The Country Club of Columbus. • The couple honeymooned in Sea Island, Georgia. • The couple now resides in Columbus, Georgia. svm

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West-Schreck

When Christy, a pharmaceutical sales rep from Birmingham, Alabama met Michael, a podiatrist at Foot and Ankle of West Georgia, a courtship, engagement and wedding soon followed. • Miss Christina Gayle West and Doctor Michael Andrew Schreck were married at Santa Maria Maddalena Catholic Church in Atrani, Italy on September 18, 2008 with close family and friends in attendance. • A reception was held at I1 Piratta in the town of Praiano with a reception on October 4th, in Columbus, Georgia. Following their honeymoon and tour of Italy, the couple now resides in Columbus, Georgia. svm

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SVM FEATURE

Raising the BAR

By Sundi Rose • Photo by R.Caligaris

s a society we look to our community leaders to shine a light. In times of crises, guides emerge to steer our culture in a positive direction. Little thought of as light bearers, a new generation of lawyers is emerging as the driving force of our morality. The attorneys at Hagler, Hyles, Henderson and Jackson are among this new band of fighters. As defense and trial attorneys, they come into contact with those often in need of the most help. Stephen Hyles, Richard Hagler, Susan Henderson and Stacey Jackson are the attorneys of this new breed of law firm and have strong convictions when it comes to how to serve the client, the system and their community.

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Stephen Hyles, a candidate for this term’s seat as Municipal Court Judge, says that “practicing law gives me a unique opportunity to help people when your help is important to them in their lives. It is rewarding to me to be of service to those facing difficulties.” Susan Henderson feels similarly when it comes to her clients. Previously working as an assistant district attorney, her experience with clients has been vastly different thus far in her career. She says of the transition from prosecution to defense, “as a defense attorney, it has been an interesting experience to be able to meet, counsel and try to understand defendants. Everything is no longer black and white to me. I see the individual charged as a person too.” w w w. s o v i e w s m a g . c o m

Stacey Jackson, another recent convert from the DA’s office, is adjusting to the shift into defense work with grace and flexibility as well. Joining an already thriving practice, Stacey is struck by his mandate to “serve each and every client to the best of my ability.” Identifying with Frederick Douglass, one of the first great orators, Stacey is moved by “his passionate belief in human rights and the civil liberties of all Americans.” Richard Hagler, as a seasoned trial attorney brings a more philosophical take to the matter, quoting T.S. Eliot, he believes, “Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important…. because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” He believes in a humility that is the cornerstone in this profession and he applies that in every aspect of his career.

“It is rewarding to me to be of

service to those facing

Difficulties” —Stephen Hyles

Striving to provide a strong guidance paradigm, Richard believes in the tenants of good leadership. When questioned about his thoughts of what makes a good leader, he offers his decisive opinion stating that a good leader is one with, “proven experience in past leadership

positions, courage to do the right thing even when it is not popular, someone who is capable of putting the good of society before party politics.” Stephen Hyles agrees wholeheartedly with this theory, but goes a step further and declares that, as a leader, one “must follow the model of servant leadership. At the end of the day, you are public servants and you must work for the community as a whole and the individual you have contact with.”

Perceptions about lawyers as an industry have thusly been that of negativity and maliciousness. Their reputations have taken a beating over the last few decade and Stephen feels that, in order to change this trend of mistrust and suspicion, it is “important that lawyers make themselves known and be involved outside the system as well as serving as volunteers.” Actively involved in our area’s Habitat for Humanity, Stephen is dedicated to his community and wants the public to realize that there is a lot more to an attorney than meets the eye. Richard feels that the adversarial system is often to blame for the misconceptions about the trade. He believes, “we must strive to maintain the adversarial system or we will all succumb to a dictatorship form of justice.” There is a new obligation among the lawyers of this firm; to do what’s right for each and every individual that they represent and to serve their community as best they can. svm

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MayFlower SVM EVENT

Uptown Columbus Executive Director, Richard Bishop and Larry Sanders

DEDICATION Photos by S. Saxon

arry Sanders, Chairman and CEO of Columbus Regional Healthcare System presented the acquisition and dedication of a sculpture that captures the joy and wonder of childhood. May Flower is by New York sculptor Susan Geissler. The 4-foot bronze sculpture desribes a young girl clad in raingear from head to toe and is dedicated to the children of Columbus. The event took place on the intersection of 10th St and Broadway in Uptown Columbus on August 28th, 2008. svm

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Jerry Newman and Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington

Ronald King and Helen Johnson

Kyle and Elizabeth Bair

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Darlene and Caroline Kittrell

FRONT Caroline Kittrell, Elizabeth Bair, Tindall Smith and Bremer Eysel. BACK Reynolds Bickerstaff and Larry Sanders.

Dr. David Flowers and Lance Duke

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THE RADIO

IS ON Interview by R. Caligaris

othing feels more like home than listening to the radio. Whether you prefer a more down-home sound, an urban beat or political analysts discussing current events, Clear Channel Broadcasting brings it home like no other station in our area; or in the nation, for that matter. With heavy hitters like Rooster 106, Rock 103 and Sunny 100, Clear Channel finds music for everyone, whoever you are and whatever you prefer. Helping to hone Clear Channel’s drive to provide the best music and radio service to the area is Jennifer Newman, Marketing Manager for the broadcasting company in Columbus. Clear Channel prides itself in offering the most varied collection of stations ever presented in this market and Jennifer strives to bring quality broadcasting to every listener.

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How did you find yourself in the broadcasting industry? Accidentally. I’d like to say it was a grand plan, but the truth is, I was new to town, just had a baby and Clear Channel had an opening in the Business office. It only took me two months to realize my future was in sales, so I made the move and never looked back.

Look around at major community, sports or charity events, and you’ll find our stations lending support.

How is Clear Channel different from other radio groups? First of all, we are the largest radio group in the world and the largest in this area with eight stations. We have two powerhouse stations with Rooster 106 and Rock 103. In addition, we have everyone’s favorite, Sunny 100 and the popular Magic 101.3 and 98.3, The Beat. We also have the top rated NewsTalk Station, WDAK, which delivers Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to the marketplace. Plus, we have VIVA, the only commercial radio station speaking to the Hispanic/Latino community in their own language. Our Southern Gospel station, WSHE, completes the line-up, thus making us the only radio group in the area that can reach every target customer. Sunny 100 and Rooster 106 are among the five top-listened-to radio stations in this market. How do you connect with your audience? In so many ways. We focus on being live and local and we are constantly out in the market place. Look around at any major community, sports or charity event, and you’ll

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Listeners can find us locally on the air, or world-wide on their computers where we stream 24/7. ABOVE Ed Bostic makes the ride to work fun and sometimes informative, as he and Chuck Leonard, talk it over weekday mornings on Sunny 100. BELOW Alan Quinn, a familiar voice to Columbus listeners, entertains Rooster 106 fans now with his quick wit and smooth voice. find our stations there lending support. Sunny 100 emcees the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Eye Opener Breakfast every month. 98.3, The Beat, has a dynamic Street Team that connects us to the community. WDAK is all over CSU; WSHE is wired into the Christian community.

How has changing technology altered the landscape of radio? Well, we’re not just radio anymore! Changing technology creates multiple platforms for listeners and advertisers to connect. Listeners can find us locally on the air, or worldwide on their computers where we stream 24/7. In addition, our websites have become destinations for listeners to get special deals, grab the latest news story, register to win prizes… even play Trivia. Our on-line video library is larger than MTV’s and VH1’s combined! How is radio performing, on the whole? Radio is performing GREAT and is as effective as ever. Most people continue to have one or two favorite stations and their loyalty is what enables advertisers to really target the customer they want. What station do you listen to while you are in the car? All of them, really. I want to know how our stations and other stations sound. You know I always have to keep my eyes and ears on the competition! svm w w w. s o v i e w s m a g . c o m

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Jimmy, Billy and Sis Blanchard, Rep. Calvin Smyre and Mickey Kiker.

Kaye Flonnory, Lisa Thomas-Cutts, Holli Hinkle, Kimberly Austin, Brady Benton, Annette Gibney and Tiny Washington.

UNITED Scott Ferguson and CSU’s President Dr.Timothy S. Mescon.

WAY FUNDRAISING

Tate Sasser and Miss Georgia 2008 Chasity Hardman.

Photos by S. Saxon

nited way of the Chattahoochee Valley kicked off the 2008 fundraising campaign in early September at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Many community and business leaders turned out for this year’s luncheon and Abbot Turner, this year’s chair, announced this year’s community goal to be $6.9 million. This represents an increase over last year’s goal but United Way volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and preparing for the task at hand. The money raised stays in our local community to support 56 programs in 26 partner agencies.

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Services range from helping children with academic preparation to finding jobs for the jobless to offering a hot meal and place to sleep. United Way Campaigns have touched tens of thousands of Chattahoochee Valley Residents and continues to be compassionate resource for those in need in our area. svm

Denise Guthrie and Lisa Deason

Brad, Abbott and Bill Turner.

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United Way Columbus President and CEO Scott Ferguson, Will Thompson and Chris Shadburn.

Garrett Miles singing Georgia on my Mind.

Elizabeth Ogie, Dorothy Hyatt, Jenna Ussery and Teddie Ussery.

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Annual

Hat Contest e are sending out a call to hat-lovers far and wide to the annual Steeplechase Hat Contest hosted by Southern Views. Judging for Most Whimsical, Most Beautiful, Best Children’s Hat and the

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always surprising, Best Red Hat, this year’s contest is sure to provide tons of hat-related entertainment. Just like always, we will be accepting entries from 10 A.M. to 12:45 P.M. at our spot in the infield. Not only will winners enjoy

the notoriety of winning in their category, but amazing prizes will also be awarded to those with the hats that show the most outstanding potential. Show up early and be ready to strut your stuff as you show off your new hat’s brilliance. svm OCT/NOV 2008

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NEW

Faces OF

Interview by S. Rose. Photos by S. Saxon and R. Caligaris.

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rganized in 1985 by Mason Lampton, The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens is an annual mainstay to many people across the Southeast. This year’s total purse for the Steeplechase is $215,00, making it the fourth largest purse in the nation. It serves as a significant benefactor to several area arts-related organizations in our community.

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While Steeplechasing is a tradition older than many other sports of our time, you can still find a thrill watching Thoroughbreds make their way around the track, making treacherous jumps and precision turns. With all this on the line, The Steeplechase institution must seek out leaders with outstanding merit and a dedicated commitment to the cause. This year’s new Executive Director Jenn Agnew and the 2008 Race and Director Claudia Garrard are among many that make the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens the success it is every year. With such a short time until Race Day, Jenn and Claudia found time to sit down with Southern Views and offer us an exclusive peek into Steeplechase 2008.

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Members of the Executive Committee: Jackie Thomason, Christy Stapleman, Peyton Farrar, Mase Lampton, Claudia Garrard, Mason Lampton, Jenn Agnew and Kim Jinks.

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The slogan for the Steeplechase is Racing for the Arts. What does the Steeplechase do for the Arts Community? Aside from being a fabulous event, we have a cause beyond the Race and the Party! Each year we continue to strive to raise the bar on our fundraising goal. The proceeds from the 2007 Race were distributed in March 2008. $180,000 was distributed to our five beneficiaries: The Columbus Museum, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Historic Columbus Foundation, The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, and The Springer Opera House. An additional partnership with the Auburn Veterinary College of Medicine is made possible through the proceeds. Since 1985 we have given back over 2.4 million dollars. By supporting the Steeplechase you directly impact the Arts Community!

As the new Executive Director, what are your plans for this year’s Steeplechase? I am thrilled to be the new Executive Director. I feel very blessed to have love and support from my family and friends. We spend a year preparing for one day and Race Day will be very exciting. I will be helping to coordinate the many volunteers who work together to make sure our race is a success. I will be checking in at various stops throughout the day to ensure that our patrons and volunteers are having a great day in the country.

With such excellent sponsors, it’s a given that Race Day will be a memorable experience. How do you keep the event new and exciting from year to year? For me, working for The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens will always be exciting. One of the ways in which we keep the event new is that each year we have a volunteer Race Director that brings a fresh set of eyes to the Race. I have had the pleasure of working with our 2008 Race Director, Claudia Garrard. Claudia is a visionary and she has brought a tremendous passion with her. The Kid’s Corral was her idea and I’m so excited to have an area for 3 -10 year old children to enjoy activities with their families. Claudia was also extremely instrumental in helping us to start our car raffle which is new for this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her and we have made a friendship that I will cherish. What new and exciting events can we expect at this year’s race? There are many new features in 2008. The most exciting is the redesign of the Terrace Area. The improvements were made possible with the help from local landscape architects Jordan, Jones and Goulding and Vance Smith Construction Company. The Terrace has been re-graded and terraced to allow for excellent views of the races from each box. The winners circle has been moved across the track and closer to the terrace boxes. This will allow for patrons to share in the excitement of the winners as they are awarded their trophies. The Infield also has several new features. Also new for 2008 we are having a raffle drawing for an Acura TL 2009 Luxury 4 Door Sedan. There will be a 1 in 1,000 chance to win. Raffle tickets will be pre-sold on the Steeplechase website and will also be available race day before the 3:30 drawing. The winning ticket does not need to be present to win. We are thrilled with these new features and are certain that they will enhance the experience of our patrons.

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You are this year’s new Race Director for The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens. How did you first become involved with the organization? I have Lucy Knight to thank. She asked me to handle the infield entertainment when she was Race Director in 2002. I have had various jobs working on the event since.

This year promises to be truly extraordinary. What events and activities can first-time-race-goers look forward to? This event is for the entire family. We have terrier races, the Antholl Highlanders on the bag pipes, a newly designed terrace area and the all-new Kids Corral. Children’s wrist band may be purchased for $15. This includes entry in the stick pony race, games, arts and crafts and amusements in the Corral and lots of delicious snacks.

Our patrons will be overwhelmed to see the new layout, which offers much better views of the race track. The new layout takes our Steeplechase to a whole new level. The Steeplechase has a substantial investment in the new race facilities. How far along is the project and can we expect it be completed by Race Day? I was at the site yesterday. Bo Smith and his team from Vance Smith Construction have done a spectacular job grading the site- we are now ready to lay sod and we will then be ready for Race Day. Our patrons will be overwhelmed to see the new layout, which offers much better views of the race track. Mason Lampton has such vision for this event. The new layout takes our Steeplechase to a whole new level. Our community should be grateful to him for his significant contributions.

Race Director is a huge job. How do you manage juggling family life with your volunteer responsibilities? The hardest part about being Race Director is putting together your committee. Once I did that, my job became about making sure that each committee chairperson is taking care of their duties and watching the bottom line. My job is now easy thanks to an incredible committee and the Steeplechase staff. My committee is strong. I am overwhelmed by the show of dedication in making this a successful event. The Steeplechase staff keeps me in line, making me aware of what I need to do and where and when I need to do it. The best part of the job is the friendships I have made through my work. svm

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MODELS Katherine Webb, Janna Marth and Juliana Caligaris. CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES Believe Boutique, 4015 Veterans Court, Columbus, Georgia, 706.507.3616. Juliana is wearing a jacket by Calvin Klien, NYC. HAIR STYLING AND MAKE UP Lindsey Rae Howard and Samantha Reeves for Salon NG, 6298 Veterans Parkway, Suite 2G, Columbus, 706.494.2940. HAIR PRODUCTS Strait Sexy Hair, TIGI, Catwalk, BedHead and Pureology. SPECIAL THANKS Sandy and Otis Scarborough, Bruce Jones and Roberto Moreno.

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NICHOLAS GRACEY

New York Exhibition Photos by R. Caligaris

he art work of Nicolas Gracey of Columbus was introduced with an opening reception in New York City on September 5th at the Ico Gallery. The gallery also featured the work of seven different artists from around the world. The theme of the exhibition was Cosmic Consciousness: An adventure for the mind, which ran from September 2-23.

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Born in Lima, Perú, Nicolas has felt art to be an integral part of his life since his early childhood. After studying both art and design he was torn between his two loves. He sought the advice of a very special professor, Adolfo Winternitz and changed his major to art. In 1995 he traveled to Mexico City to study art for a year at the Universidad AutÛnoma de Mexico and in 1999 was awarded a scholarship to study art at Columbus State University where he received his Fine Arts degree in 2001. Nicolas currently lives in Columbus where he works as an artist and graphic artist/designer. His work can be seen in private collections all over the world including Perú, Mexico and the United States. svm

ABOVE Nicolas and one of his pieces titled Awakening Moments. ABOVE LEFT Nicolas Gracey with his mother Cristina Sierralta and brother Sebastian. LEFT A full house admires the work of the exhibit at the Ico Art and Music Gallery in New York City.

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ransforming a former cattle farm from an 18 acre pasture into the handsome and graceful home it is today was a labor of love for Rachel and Will Peek. They purchased the land in 1998, but did not move in until the summer of 2001.

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country French and English cottage, the fourbedroom home is surrounded by acres of lush green grass and pasture, once used to accommodate grazing cattle. As a favorite way to unwind and spend weekend hours, Will enjoys working on the field and grounds. Three years ago they planted eight acres of Bermuda grass, thus creating the Peeks’ very own “Field of Dreams.” Life-long residents of Columbus, Will works for his family

business, Peek Pavement Marking and Rachel has a linen business, Bonne Nuit. With help from some of the area’s premier interior shops, Rachel was able to decorate the home mostly on her own. Each room reflects a particular sense of style that is unique to her and her family. All three Peek children, Guy, Jack and Lillie never stray too far from the family home because spending time as a family is one of the Peeks’ favorite pastimes. svm

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RIGHT The mahogany antique table echoes the sweep of the curving staircase by A&D Metalworks in the entry hall. Rachael uses paintings from her mother Helen Olnick and local artist Gloria Mani and antiques as focal points. She loves to add warmth and texture — like the brick flooring stained in black and the oriental area rug — against a neutral color on the wall. The use of calming backgrounds, accessories, and colorful original art makes for room that are classic, clean-lined and invitingly casual.

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ABOVE The Heritz original rug from Shiraz Gallery adds stately elegance to the dining room and provides a dignified anchor to the EJ Victor table from Manderson’s. With so much to live up to in this room, Rachael felt compelled to design the silk Schumacher drapes herself and asked Frank Martin to sew them. BELOW LEFT Alexander Electric provided just the right amount of light to showcase the kitchen’s many beautiful features. The mix of the faux finish by Sue Boushka on the cabinets with the light appliances from Daniel Appliance and the rich flooring from Tommy Wilkinson make this space a sensory delight. Beautiful granite from Innovative Marble. BELOW RIGHT Giving a new insight to cozy living, this family room is a testament to the perfect marriage of stylish and well-designed interiors. Rachel and Frank Martin teamed again to make the drapes for this room fit ideally with the pecky Cyprus paneling and fun club chairs upholstered by Charles Stewart. Adding character to a room already rife with personality are the antique plates, a gift from her grandmother. Enjoying music from the surround sound from Custom Radio is just another perk in this family favorite.

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ABOVE The beautiful marble crema marfil countertops and chrome fixtures from E & E Plumbing give the master bath the feel of an airy summer retreat. Built-in storage cabinets with old fashioned glass knobs provide the perfect opportunity to display lovely silver frames with snapshots of family and friends. LEFT Lillie’s bedroom features four poster beds from Rachael’s room when she was a little girl. The linens came from Bonne Nuit, a company that Rachael and cousin Claudia Garrard own. The carpeting is from Floor Studio and includes dots in a yellow background. The fabric on the drapes is by Thibaut designer fabrics and it was purchased at Valley Fabrics. The dragonflies, ladybugs and butterflies on the drapes match the green and white checked dust ruffle. BELOW Sewn by Sherry Meeks, the beige and white silk drapes serve as compliment to the toile on the bed and sofa. To equalize such a pretty pattern, the carpet is a diamond texture from Flooring and More and the matching crystal lamps are from Scott’s in Atlanta. In a nod to fine art, there is a Bruno Zupan print framed over the bed.

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ABOVE Tucked into a rolling hill amid native grasses and towering cedar trees the Peeks’ home is a mix of Country French and English Cottage design. Builder Brooks Yancey gave a sense of welcoming and an unassuming feel to the house, with a real agrarian feel inside and out. The front entrance features a rose trellis, and although vines have not yet enveloped the structure, it still serves as an elegant focal point. BELOW LEFT Designed by landscape architect Pete Page, this epicurean lawn was further designed and maintained by Missy Upchurch and provides vast spaces for the Peeks to enjoy their outdoors all year long. The color and scale complement the surrounding landscape, and adds a distinguished touch of permanence. BELOW RIGHT Previously used as a nursery when the children were smaller, Will reclaimed this study as a place to display his collection of antique maps and his trophy catch from a hunting trip in Alaska. With chairs and ottoman by Arden Cheney and sofa by Balsam Home, this room has a masculine feel that is the perfect treat for any father of three.

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Practical Glamour Columbus’ Green Island provides a 1927 Tudor gem.

here is a comfort in having close family and friends around and most of us find support in being a part of community that is familiar and welcoming. Whitni and Mulford Waldrop found just that in 2006 when they moved into their beautiful Green Island home. One of the first to be built in the subdivision in the 1920’s the Waldrops’ Tudor-style home has a proximity to their family that made the property priceless to them. Whitni says they “loved the location, being so close to so many of our family.”

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ABOVE Making this room extraordinary are the original wood beams and staircase which keep with the Tudor-style architecture of this Green Island gem. The palette was worked to accentuate the natural light, offsetting the dark beams and paneling. The Brunschwig and Fils fabric on the sofa was selected by interior decorator Ashley Holt and is a soft chenille with a Lee Jofa print on the pillows. The delicate crystal floor lamp from That Added Touch adds perfect symmetry to the collection of silver frames housing treasured memories. Streetside views make the living room window view one of the best perches during a party. w w w. s o v i e w s m a g . c o m


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TOP Streamlined style continues into the top-of-the-house master bedroom. Artistically rendered, with every piece fitting perfectly with the next, the room is a picture of considerate design. Exquisite linens on the Balsam Home bed are from Bonne Nuit and Frank Martin carefully constructed the drapes from Thibault fabric from Valley Fabrics. Giving the room the faultless subtlety of softness on the floor is the sea grass rug from Floor Studio. ABOVE A place for baby Ford to dream sweet dreams, the nursery designed by Ashley Holt, is the absolute representation of what a child’s space should be. Crème on white wallpaper from Farrow and Ball offers soothing tones while the Cowan and Tout drapes can be opened wide for sunny days or closed tight against the dark. LEFT A cozy nook to retreat to is every mom’s dream. This little alcove is a sweet nod to Whitni’s past with the vanity from her childhood room, redone by Frank Martin as a Christmas present from her mother. w w w. s o v i e w s m a g . c o m

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Green Acres By Sundi Rose • Photos by R. Caligaris

ooking for a house that suits the interests of everyone in the family, Kris and Sherry Jessee began to formulate the beginnings of their dream home. Lots of space for their daughter, Megan, to ride her horses, a spacious upstairs for son, Cliffe, and a roomy front porch for Kris and Sherry to enjoy peaceful evenings by the lake are among the amenities the Jessees had in mind for themselves. The 22-acre farm is home to the four-bedroom house designed by Kris with the help of designer Stan Bailey. Gill Cargill of Cargill Landscaping helped to design the layout for the 22 acres, helping it to look exquisite for a beautiful ride every time.

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Sherry notes that the porch, coupled with the rolling green space is “a perfect peaceful setting to enjoy nature and wildlife after a long day of work.” Fishing from the dock and tooling around in the family boat are just a few other features the Jessees were careful to include in their plans. Not all Jessee pastimes are as serene as the times they spend on the porch, however. Extreme Georgia Bulldog fans, Kris and Sherry have a special place to watch the games with friends and entertain fellow fans with no holds barred. Coyly called “The Playroom” this room is the family favorite with a pool table, card area and a lot of much needed room to pace when their

Dogs are giving them cause to worry. The Jessees love to surround themselves with family and enjoy entertaining more than anything else.

With little time during his week as Executive Manager for Sledge Automotive, Kris longs for a little nature on his weekends. So, alongside family and friends, the Jessees have amassed quite a few friends of the four-legged variety as well. The house is located near Ellerslie and the family boasts a wide array of animals saying, “We have horses, chickens, two wonderful Siberian Husky dogs and a funny cat. We especially love all the wildlife; in particular the deer, geese, wild turkeys, ducks and birds.” svm

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ABOVE In this open kitchen with wrap around bar with glossy countertops from Innovative Marble, the Jessees have room to work their culinary magic. With blending appliances from Daniel Appliances, the convenience just makes perfect sense. Inspired by the beautiful surrounding nature, Shelly, with the help of G&H Hardwood Flooring, wanted to give the open space an innate sense of the outdoors. BELOW LEFT Exquisite furnishings upholstered by Wayne Meyer offer just enough polish to make this room both elegant and engaging. The highly wrought rug from Flooring & More serves as a graceful anchor to this beautiful room. BELOW RIGHT The family room reveals a classic finish to a fun room. It features large windows, with drapes by Frank Martin using fabric from Valley Fabric, that overlook the front yard and allow natural light to illuminate the wooden cabinets. Offering a doorway from Harvey Lumber directly into the adjacent courtyard, this is the perfect gathering place.

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ABOVE Megan’s room and private bath decorated with fun wall art by Karen Kimbrol from Wall of Art, is a perfect sanctuary from the trappings of a busy teenage existence. Quirky polka dots paired with the custom green band of color make this room a true original. BOTTOM LEFT Mixing traditional style with true Southern antiques, Sherry created a perfect pairing in this master suite. Plush, creamy carpeting from Flooring & More offer the illusion of an expanse of relaxation. BOTTOM RIGHT In love with deep, vibrant colors, Sherry chose this rich wallpaper from Warner Paint and Decorating to add sophistication and complexity to the master bathroom. The deep bathtub from E&E Plumbing and nearby window, with custom drapes from Frank Martin, are the perfect combination for a truly soothing experience. Cool tiling from Sellers Tile only serve to compliment the this room’s calming powers.

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RIGHT AND BELOW RIGHT This comfortable space, affectionately coined “The Playroom” is the favorite spot for the Jessee family. Here, Kris, Sherry, Megan, Cliffe and many other family and friends can enjoy the game, play a little pool, try their luck at cards or just sit and relax. The space is individualized with artwork from award winning artist Charles Willis. BELOW Sparkling waters beckon the Jessee family to take a dip in the most inviting pool ever featured in these pages. With plenty of room to relax, the family has spent many summer days here.

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Bryant Lake There are times in life when everyone desires peace and tranquility. You can obtain your piece of serenity at the new...

By Nicholas Caligaris • Photos by S. Saxon

ryant Lake in LaGrange, developed by PEC Development Group, is a master-planned community surrounded by 400 lush acres of natural beauty in LaGrange, Georgia. one hour south of Atlanta. In addition to fishing along the shores of Bryant Lake, residents will also enjoy the convenience of quick access to downtown LaGrange, exceptional, family-friendly amenities and an active lifestyle remarkable for its harmony.

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Besides fishing, residents will find an array of amenities to choose from at Bryant Lake LaGrange. Overlooking Bryant Lake, Pinewood Pavilion will be perfect for intimate social gatherings and large events. The pavilion will offer a comfortable place to enjoy a book or quiet conversation and amazing views of sparkling Bryant Lake. The amenity area will also include a relaxing outdoor gathering place with an outdoor fireplace. During the warmer months, children and adults alike will spend hours at the aquatic center. Unlike any other in the area, the aquatic center at Bryant Lake LaGrange will include Doozy’s Adventure for the kids, a mushroom water feature and water slide and a large zero entry pool. Homeowners will also enjoy playing tennis at one of the two lighted tennis courts; walking or running on the fitness trails that weave along the banks of Bryant Lake and include "wellness stations" for activities like stretching, pull-ups, etc., or picnicking on one of the many rich green spaces at Acorn Park, Longleaf Park or along the lakeshore.

“The lake was already beautiful, but we needed to prepare the lake for a road and resident activity,” said Jon Gallinaro, Development Manager of PEC Development Group. “We did not want The Bryant Lake LaGrange team: Scot Clark, President; Paul Corley and Todd Hager, Principals. to make changes that would detract from Bryant Lake LaGrange is located in Troup County, Georgia surrounding the the natural beauty and we actually feel that these necessary changes pristine waters of Bryant Lake. The community entrance is located at the have greatly enhanced the beauty of Bryant Lake.” intersection of I-85 and Hamilton Road in LaGrange, Georgia. To learn more about this exceptional place to live, visit www.bryantlake.com. svm 69

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Sam Rawls, Dr. Fred Flandry and Dana Flandry.

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he Chattahoochee Council of the Boy Scouts of America held their 28th annual Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner honoring Sam Rawls on August 28, 2008 at the Columbus Ironworks and Convention Center. The Distinguished Citizen Award brings singular recognition to an individual who has rendered outstanding service to our community, state and nation.

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Michael and Susan Silverstein and Dana Stone.

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he 2008 Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum was held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center on September 8 & 9. The theme of this year’s event was Leadership in a Flat World. Guest lecturers included Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Speaker of the House. Mr. Gingrich spoke about “21st Century leadership: moving from the world that fails, to the world that works.” Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Thomas Friedman was also a speaker, as well as Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (U.S. Army Ret.); Daniel Pink,

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author of the book A Whole New Mind; John C. Maxwell, author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader; and Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, Supreme Court of Georgia.

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n September 7, the Columbus Symphony Volunteer Association (CSVA), began its season with a Fall Tea at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Al Alvarez of Columbus. It is an organization dedicated to promoting the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Volunteer opportunities with the CSVA range from the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens TO noteworthy parties to assisting with CSO mailings. To join the CSVA or for more information about its volunteer opportunities, please leave a message for the CSVA at 706.256.3650 or contact Tammy Zitzelberger, CSO office, at 706.256.3640 svm

CSVA Membership Nancy Carlson, Merlina Salamanca and Jeanne Herring.

CSVA Treasurer Faye Carls and Nancy Kruger

Dr. Al and Mrs. Bridgette Alvarez

Marilyn Wall and CSVA Public Relations Sheila Slavich.

Julie Daughtery, Surrae Roman and Linda Patton. CSO Conductor George Del Gobbo and CSVA President Pat Oehrlein.

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very culture, every age group, ethnic community or societal sect has its own culture of urban myths. Rumors circulate about fires starting from cell phones or a penny dropped from a skyscraper killing a passerby or a tooth filling picking up radio signals. We hear these stories around the water cooler, from a friend, via email and we all wonder what kernel of truth exists in these far-fetched tales of the absurd.

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fashioned curiosity and ingenuity to test both widely known and obscure, potentially lifesaving and seemingly trivial myths. Jamie Hyneman, known almost for his mustache and beret as much for his expertise busting myths, has a varied and multi-sided history of experience and education. Among his credits are wilderness survival expert, boat captain, diver, linguist, animal wrangler, machinist and cook. He earned a degree in Russian languages and spent a few years teaching tourists how to sail and dive in the Caribbean before he made the move to the visualeffects industry.

After working for a model shop for sixteen years building models and orchestrating special-effects, Jamie created the current shop M5 Industries Inc. Here, Jamie has worked on hundreds of commercials for some of America’s most famous and influential brands. He also holds several patents and has won numerous industry awards including holding the heavyweight title for two years in Robot Wars with his creation, Blendo.

Jamie lovingly plays the strait man to Adam’s wackiness and is a diplomatic and level-head; a sharp contrast to the show’s often chaotic pace. When asked about how he copes with the general disorder of filming he jokes, “Production is pretty much like a derailed freight train. It just does what it does and that is that. On occasion I lay down some request or arrangement to keep things workable here, but that usually lasts about a week or so and then we are back to where we started. I am pretty used to it, and just aim for being able to actually move around in the shop to some degree. It surprises me that people can actually not be able to accommodate simple necessities and yet be able to retain things like toilet training, which most of the crew here actually handles fairly well (with one or two exceptions).” OCT/NOV 2008

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Even after five years, I can't believe I'm doing this, and feel like it is some

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The show has become quite a phenomenon, something that Jamie, himself, didn’t expect at first. When first approached with the concept of MythBusters, Jamie says his “reaction was that it would be fun and interesting to try, but that it would surely end after the first couple of episodes. [But] I have a general outlook that anything is possible with careful thought and diligence. That it actually worked out should not be surprising to me. Yet it is. Even after five years, I can't believe I'm doing this, and feel like it is some strange dream that sooner or later I will wake up from.” Also claiming a resume as diverse as Jaime’s, Adam Savage has as spent most of his life acquiring skills that would make him an outstanding myth buster. Taking a look at Adam’s resume would reveal positions as projectionist, animator, graphic designer, carpenter, toy designer, welder and even painter. He has worked with every medium imaginable and has cut his teeth in the special effects industry on movies such as Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest and Terminator 3.

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LEFT MythBusters host Jamie Hyneman and students from MIT try to sink by burning it as part of an experiment of the ancient death ray. BELOW Jamie Hyneman drives his hovercraft with the help of Kari Byron at Ocean Beach, California.

Mythbusters’ shop, Adam teaches advanced model making at the San Francisco Academy of Art.

Adam, with the enthusiasm of the extremely mechanically gifted, often calls himself a geek. He found the inquisitive premise of the show to be a natural fit for him and has his own feelings about every myth they prove or bust. In response to a

question concerning his favorite among the myths they’ve tested, Adam says, “I've always been partial to the Penny Drop myth, i.e. will a penny dropped from the Empire State Building kill you when it hits the ground? To me, that was one of the most elegant and simple applications of science to a question that we've done.” OCT/NOV 2008

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Never failing to express his eagerness for a myth, Adam says of his work, “We're constantly surprised by the results of what we're doing. Every day. There are countless times when we have what we think is a solid idea of what the outcome of one of our experiments will be, and the result is totally the opposite. That's probably one of the best parts of the job: being confounded by one result and coming up with a way to understand it, and to make it understandable within the confines of the show.” No myths can be busted or confirmed without a crack build team. Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and w w w. s o v i e w s m a g . c o m

Grant Imahara risk failure, glory and often bodily harm to execute the myths Adam and Jamie bring to the drawing board. The build team gives new meaning to the word enthusiasm for destruction, often going lengths out of the way to bust or prove a myth via explosion. With backgrounds ranging from sculpture to building models for films to electronic and radio control specialist, the build team at MythBusters rarely meets a challenge they aren’t ready to take on. Airing on the Discovery Channel weekly, MythBusters’, growing popularity probably has to do with the contagious curiosity of its stars,

the mounting need to know how things work and the fundamental science of every myth tested. Wanting to leave no stone unturned and no myth untested, MythBusters encourages its fans to submit myths on the discussion board via website. So reread all those silly emails, listen at the water cooler and ask your friend to repeat that story because you might have the stuff myths are made of. svm Special thanks to Katherine Nelson and Alison Threadgill/Discovery Chanel.

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MODELS Jaime Lemieux and Kami Sawtelle. CLOTHING provided by Vermillion 2511 Airport Thruway E, Columbus, Georgia 706.507.1226. HAIR STYLING by Ryan Brooker for Jaime using Redken, Aveda, Nioxin and Chi products and Kristi Holman for Kami using Moroccan oil, Big Sexy and Soya Want Full Hair products for Williams Salon, 3101 Cross Country on the Hill, Columbus, Georgia, 706.563.5542. MAKE UP by Desiree Phelps for William’s Salon using TIGI products. SPECIAL THANKS Historic Columbus Foundation. w w w. s o v i e w s m a g . c o m

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3 4 5 1 Hand Hel Crystal Mirror, E And E Showroom, Assorted Prices. 2 LadyBug and Bumble Bee Wheely Bug, Main Street Toy Shop, $79.95. 3 Aromatic Candles by Illume, CaraVail’s Day Spa, $22. 4 Chair and Ottoman by C.R. Lane, Custom Interiors, $1792. 5 Jellybath Tub Soak, River Road Pharmacy & Gifts, $10-$24. 6 Exclusive Christmas Gifts, Grammarcy, $15- $30.

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Crystal Wing and Jessica Carroll

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he Columbus Museum Contemporaries held their inaugural Corks and Canvas event on September 16. Guest enjoyed an evening of wine tasting sponsored by Meritage CafĂŠ. Kristen Miller Zohn, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Columbus Museum also provided a Guided Tour of the 2008 Columbus Bienal.

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Daniel Payne, Ashley Woitena and Jennifer Anderson.

Kat Cannella, Bobby Anness and Nicole de Vries.

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hat is more cherished than a hand-written thank you note or an invitation in a calligrapher’s ornate script? No one knows better the power of paper like Bonnie Stahl and Lindsey Whitten of Columbus’ only exclusive correspondence shop, Grammarcy. Situated in the Landings in North Columbus,off Sidney Simons Boulevard, this event boutique is a one-stop shop... the event boutique, Grammarcy is a one-stop-shop for all things paper. Specializing in customizing everything from save-the-dates to holiday cards, this shop is one of a kind. Outside of offering the latest in engraving, thermography and off-set letter press, Grammarcy has in-house graphic designers and contracts with some of the most talented and elite calligraphers in the nation. Here you can find everything you can think of to revive the lost art of correspondence, from wax seals to embossers and personalized stamps to the much sought after and coveted LePen.

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Born out of laborious research and market analysis, cousins Bonnie and Lindsey have a handle on the latest in the paper industry. They strive to bring unique and stylish products to Columbus that can range from the most formal of a wedding invitation to the most whimsical and quirky Christmas card. They offer eclectic and traditional gifts for all occasions including hostess and wedding party gifts. They are relentless in examining the industry and customizing every order down to the feel of the paper. They maintain a goal of ultimate customer satisfaction, product knowledge and quality. "We are privileged to serve in an industry that focuses on helping customers during some of life's greatest celebrations. Therefore, we want to create an environment built around service and customer care”, says Bonnie. Both have experience in event-planning and bring that wisdom to the Columbus market. Also offering wedding directing from concept to execution, Bonnie and Lindsey can help make any special event unfold seamlessly by offering gifts and accessories for every possible circumstance. "Having recently been brides ourselves, we understand the desire for brides to express their unique personality in every detail of their wedding. Therefore we offer in-house invitations and printing and custom design work to meet any paper need”, says Lindsey. Recently opened in September, Grammarcy is offering a ten percent concession on all holiday cards through the end of October and only through the experience garnered from living in other, bigger cities can they offer the most well-rounded advice. svm.

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rystal Wing is a busy lady. Besides being the Assistant Film Buyer for Carmike Cinemas of Columbus, she is also working hard on this year’s Chaser’s Eve event for the Steeplechase, making sure the silent auction is one for the record books. Above all, however, she loves cooking for family and friends, especially if they enjoy it and even more so if they tell her they love it. She believes that it is so rewarding to see people enjoy something you made for them. Crystal enjoys dinner

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parties but she would rather entertain in a more casual setting, where people can feel at ease and dress as they want. For this issue Crystal shares with Southern Views some of her favorites dishes as well some of her favorite places to eat.

How would you describe your culinary style? I don’t really have one particular culinary style and I’m not really pressured by current culinary trends—I just cook what I know and hope people will appreciate it.

What is your favorite type of meal to prepare? Again, I don’t really have just one. I tend to pick a protein that goes well with the occasion and then build a meal around it. I am honestly pretty simple though, so if I had to choose one off the top of my head, it would probably be: a grilled New York Strip served with a horseradish sauce, fresh asparagus broiled with olive oil and minced garlic, new potatoes with basil cream sauce and rolls. What do you like least? It sounds silly I know, but I always get a little nervous when making homemade spaghetti. It seems like such a simple dish to prepare, but since there are so many variances on spaghetti and everyone has grown up with THEIR favorite version of the recipe, I always feel like it’s a hit or miss type of meal when I make it. When you’re out of the kitchen, what’s your favorite comfort food? I don’t think that it’s a big secret to those who know me that I’m a bit of a cheese fanatic. I always try to keep an assortment of cheeses like gruyere, goat, sharp cheddar, pepper jack, to name a few. I love to make a quick snack out of goat cheese, London Port roast beef, and fire roasted tomato Triscuits.

What is the most unusual food you have ever tried? Once, I visited a friend in Lafayette LA, and I was taken to a Cajun restaurant. We sampled an assortment of the local foods which ranged from alligator and frog legs, to shark and shrimp stuffed shrimp. What’s the one thing you should always keep in your kitchen? Well this depends. As for ingredients, I always try to keep minced garlic and olive oil on hand. When it comes to the one thing I need to cook with, I would definitely say good cutlery. I usually keep a ten inch chef knife, ten inch bread knife and a three inch paring knife. I use those three the most.

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What are some of your favorite places to eat in the U.S? What do you order when you’re there? There are so many places I have thoroughly enjoyed that offered incredible cuisine with an extraordinary atmosphere that it is really difficult to choose. One of my favorites is Majic Fingers Sushi Bar in Atlanta. I usually order a kamikaze roll, hot with sriracha sauce, sunomono pickles, wakame salad, or sashimi and nigiri. Others I enjoy are the Atlanta Fish Market, Houston's, Mertage Café, Rivermill Café and Chili Thai.

You’re having a dinner party, what are your top five songs to play to help with atmosphere? I have always heard a dinner party’s play list should include songs that flow well into one another to enhance the dinner and not distract from it. This is why I recommend using movie soundtracks or “The best of” compilations. Some of my favorites I’ve heard or used are Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting, The Very Best of Frank Sinatra, The Very Best of Louis Armstrong, The Best of Van Morrison Most fine meals are accompanied with a good wine.

Do you prefer a particular wine? My preference is typically based on the type of dinner being prepared. For instance with seafood I usually prefer Chenin Blanc, Chardonay, or Sauvignon Blanc. With chicken or quail I like Pinot Noir and with steak its always cabernet sauvignon. svm Wine Suggestion: 2005 St. Francis Chardonnay. The blend of this Chardonnay draws on outstanding sections of eight vineyards in diverse parts of Sonoma County, including the St. Francis Estate in Sonoma Valley. About one-third is from the Yamakawa Vineyard in the wind-chilled Carneros-Sonoma region. This is a pretty nice wine, well-crafted and rich, sort of a junior version of bigger, more expensive Chards. Fruity flavors range through ripe peaches to tropical fruits, and there’s a thick overlay of smoky oak. The texture is creamy and smooth.

It has plenty of mouth-filling texture, appealing lemon meringue pie citrusy flavors, and an exceptionally juicy finish ideal with barbeque shrimp, sautéed calamari steaks or Dungeness crab. This wine is a good value, especially from a top winery. $14-$19 Special thanks to Vic Hubbard, Georgia Crown Distributing Co. and Columbus Cooks, 6401 Whitesville Rd, 706.653.4700.

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6 cups water salted to taste 1 1/2 cups quick cooking or old-fashioned grits (not instant!) 2 cups milk 1 cup heavy cream 8 tablespoons butter Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a large, heavy sauce pan bring the water to a boil. Add a generous teaspoon of salt and the grits and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. When grits thicken, add milk, cream and butter and return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover sauce pan and cook for 45 minutes to one hour, until grits are tender, smooth and creamy. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Keep covered and warm until ready to serve. Yield 4 to 6 servings. While grits cook, prepare the shrimp...

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2 pounds medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined Essence and/or Creole Seasoning 1 pound Andouille sausage cut in half inch intervals 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 chopped yellow onion 1 full garlic (Chopped) 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 1/4 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions 2 tablespoons minced parsley

Season the shrimp with Essence and/or Creole seasoing. Heat a large, heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add a little oil to the pan. When hot, add about half the sausage to the pan stirring occasionally. After 3 minutes, remove the Andouille sausage to a plate leaving the grease, add second half of Andouille and repeat. After all the sausage has been cooked, add the shrimp to the pan, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan, and heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons Essence and/or Creole seasoning to the pan, stirring well. Add the chicken broth to the pan and cook until reduced slightly, 5 minutes. Stir the cream, green onions and parsley into the sauce and return the Andouille and shrimp to the pan. Return sauce to a simmer and continue to cook until reduced slightly. Stir well and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over grits.

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SE products combine the beauty of old world craftsmanship with today’s technology, so you can rest assured that your lighting will be trouble free and outstanding for years to come. Although beauty and durability are important features, SE provides unparalleled security with strategically placed low voltage lights that minimize the dark shadows that high voltage lights notoriously leave behind. With the cost of energy rising, minimize your lighting costs with low voltage lighting that consumes about a third of the electricity compared to high voltage and is less expensive to install. w w w. s o v i e w s m a g . c o m

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Ken Coolik, John Fortenberry and Mike McMillen.

Bob Stranger, President & CEO, Columbus Community Bank, Scott Ferguson, President & CEO, United Way, Mayor Jim Wetherington, and Russ Carreker, Chairman of the Board, Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

M. Linda Pierce, Roger Hewitt and Elaine Claridy.

Emily Goins and Will Forsythe

Bob and Emily Stranger

Cheryl and Roger Hewitt with Kike Seda.

Jana and Mike Tarleton

M. Linda Pierce, Dennis Calhoun, Executive VP, Sara and D.L. Jordan, Director.

Alonzo E. Jones, Kathy Jones and David Drake.

he grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Columbus Community Bank took place on August 11, 2008. The bank is located at 5560

TWhittlesey Boulevard. Columbus Community Bank will offer traditional banking services, yet cater to the specific needs of the 21st century

community. Bob Stranger has assembled an executive management team with collectively over 100 years of banking experience. The team consists of Dennis Calhoun, Executive VP and Senior Loan Officer, Gary Ledbetter, Senior VP and CFO, Mike Tarleton, Senior VP Commercial Lending and Robert Stranger, President & CEO. s. svm Photos by S. Saxon

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Sharon Douglas, Chasity Hartman, Betsy Leebern and Evelyn Pugh.

Chasity with Leslie Pinckard

DJ Jones, Chasity and Dale Williams.

reception for the newly crowned Miss Georgia, Chasity Hartman, was held at the residence of Mrs. Betsy Leebern August 17, 2008. Numerous friends and members of the community came together as an opportunity to wish Chasity good luck in the upcoming Miss America competition. The Miss America Pageant will take place in the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Chasity went to Shaw High School in Columbus and currently attends Georgia State University pursuing a doctorate in Music Education.

A Kia Chambers, Chasity and Travis Chambers.

ustom Interiors-Furniture and Design is proud to announce the relocation of their second store to Columbus on September 25, located on 6575 Whittlesey Blvd, next to the new Flooring America. Daphine McKenzie, President and her team of Interior decorators will help you find the unique accessories, rugs, and furniture without leaving Columbus. Custom Interiors offers products so diverse that you’ll find an eclectic blend of traditional to transitional accents for your home or office.

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Daphine McKenzie, Amber Carpenter, Kim Norman and Elena Allen.

Elena and Greg Allen, Kim and Matthew Norman.

Ann Campbell, Arthur and Amy Bickerstaff, Tammy McLean and Jeffrey Serff. Steve and Nancy Gunby

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he Historic Columbus River Raffle took place at the Eagle and Phenix Mill Complex. The River raffle is Historic Columbus’ major fundraising effort for 2008.

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t. Francis' proudly hosted the 3rd Bunco for Breast Care event at St. Luke United Methodist Ministry Center on October 2, 2008. Bunco For Breast Care is a chance to have fun with friends, roll some dice and raise money to benefit breast health programs at the Elena Diaz-Verson Center for Breast Health. The grand prize included a two night stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Fla. This year’s sponsor of this great event were: CB&T, Aflac, Synovus and Columbus Power.

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Stella Starks, Katie Pierce, Jean Jones, Diane Wright, Peggy Shine, Nancy Buntin and Kathy Martin.

Flo Lipham and Melissa Cason

Mara Kelly, Melissa Cason, Molly Flournoy and Jessica Hart.

Ruthie Hubbard, Sara Marchum, Mary Margaret Stone, Cordy Arnold, Ann Land and Julie Gillespie.

Jan Ussery, Gloria Beck, Lois Osborn, Becky Bross, Becky Buck, Sue Ellen Lanier, Flo Lipham and Peggy Shine.

Susan Scarborough, Loretta Flowers, Lloyd Pease, Gail McClure, Margie Richardson, and Mary Harcourt.

Marlece Green, Carrie Sigman, Michelle Human, Leigh Powell, Jennifer Mordic, Haley Arnold and Heather Edmunds.

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Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Malone held their quadruplets first birthday party at the Green Island Country Club on August 23 for William Alexander, Sean Maddox, Chase Alexander, and Dylan Patrick Frazier.

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he Historic Columbus Foundation (HCF) held their River Raffle on September 25, 2008 to celebrate “What Progress Has Preserved� at the Eagle and Phenix Mill Complex. The Eagle and Phenix has been a vibrant part of the history of Columbus. With the end of the textile industry in the southern United States, plans are to revive this beautiful property as a mixed-use residential and commercial community that will once again be the pride of Columbus.

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The money raised from the raffle will help the Historic Foundation continue its various projects throughout the community. Marjorie Newman and Leah Braxton co-chaired the event while Jack Jenkins was the Master of Ceremonies. The Chattahoochee Pine Beatles provided the entertainment while the $10,000 prize capped off an evening of excitement. Everyone had a memorable evening while at the same time benefitting the community.svm

Doug Jeffcoat, Leah Braxton and Chris Woodruff.

Paige Flournoy, Nora Garrard and Sydney Flournoy.

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Chris and Virginia Peebles, Frannie and Paul Kilpatrick.

Kim Haywood, Kelly Smith, Shannon Quick and Sissy Doll. FRONT Sue Marie and Bill Turner. BACK Martha Bouchard, Thacker Cargill, Leah Braxton and Kathy Martin Krieg.

Dee Dee Anthony, Gardiner Church, Dee Dee Tebeau and Sara Dismuke.

Bill Huff, Linda Patton, Maudie Huff and John Avant.

Jane Worthington and Clinton Gilmore

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David and Jamie Lemieux, and Rick Caldwell.

Kevin Hyneman and Jan Pease, Joe and Marie Arnold, Joe and Angela Wagenti, Kevin Hyneman, Victoria French and Sam Andras.

Rob and Meg Poydasheff, Ed Hudson.

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Merett Alexander and Lynsey Mitchell

Sheila Slavich, Vicki Molnar and Kate McGrory.

Alayne Simmons and Jason Gamache, John and Jenn Agnew.

John and Margaret Page, Katherine and Wright Wadell.

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River Raffle George Adams, Jerry Newman and Kelly Smith.

Colleen and Rusty Rustin, Tami and Greg Whitehead, Laura and Chris Jones.

Ridley Stallins, Elizabeth Barker and Kathy Tanner.

Rachel and Mac Plummer

Helen Johnson, Bonnie Claridy, Ashley Valentini and Haley Carpenter.

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For me [the pageant] was a personal journey of challenging myself in every area. he only Miss Georgia to hail from our very own town, Chasity Hardman is the epitome of hometown-girl-made-good. Focusing her efforts on charity, scholarship and leadership, she is one of the most dedicated and compassionate Miss Georgias to date. She is committed to using her reign to serve through community service and humble leadership. On her way to compete for the Miss America title in Las Vegas next year, Chasity is resolute in her drive to make every moment of her reign count for something extraordinary.

menting DREAM Through Music in several community outreach organizations. Describe yourself in 3 words: Ambitious, passionate and persistent

Pageant competition can be a scary and intimidating experience. How did you cope with that during this year’s competition? I really focused on competing against myself. I knew what I brought to the stage last year and I felt confident that I could be better than before. For me it was a personal journey of challenging myself in every area. As the reigning Miss Georgia, there are a lot of young women that look up to you? Do you have any words of inspiration for the aspiring pageant competitors? I would tell them to use every opportunity, in and out of pageant season,

as a chance to better themselves. In doing so, they will know more about who they truly are which will in turn help them in competition and in every day life. What is your favorite part of being Miss Georgia? Being able to travel and meet new people with every appearance is my favorite part of the title. More than anything else the job of Miss Georgia and Miss America is to reach out to people and create positive changes within society.

What’s coming up for you next? I am flying out to California to film Miss America Reality Check. It will air a few weeks prior to Miss America which is January 20-24th. I have never been in a reality show but it should be fun and I am looking forward to it. svm

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As Executive Director of the organization closest to her heart, DREAM through Music, Chasity combines her love for service with her passion for music. She has made several appearances in and around the Columbus area and Southern Views was thrilled to have a chance to learn about one of our own. When and where did you first say to yourself, “I want to be a part of the Miss Georgia Pageant?” It was actually after a preliminary night at Miss Georgia 2004. I saw how talented and articulate the young women were and my mom leaned over to me and said, “Chasity, you could do this.” I thought, ‘What a great program to have produced such women!’

What has been your proudest moment as Miss Georgia? My proudest moment was when I presented my program, Dream-A-Long with Miss Georgia, to a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. It was so rewarding to see how happily the children responded to the activities and entertainment. In that moment I looked around the room and thought, ‘This is what it’s all about!’

What is the biggest challenge you face as Miss Georgia? So many things to do, so little time! I have planned several events across the state, like a tour of the Georgia Boys and Girls Clubs and CMN hospitals, entertaining at charitable functions, speaking at schools, and implew w w. s o v i e w s m a g . c o m

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SVM EVENT Becky Bassett, Jack Bassett and Stephen Hyles.

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Suzy Edge, Betsy Ramsay and Helen Johnson.

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estville presented its 2008 Legacy Awards honorees with a gala at the Country Club of Columbus September 13th. Ryland Duke Miller, Sue McLendon Moye and Teresa Pike Tomlinson were awarded this prestigious honor for their outstanding contributions to historic preservation and living history. Each is leaving a substantial legacy to benefit future generations—as well as that of their community’s—that will be felt

Legacy Award Honoree 2008 Sue McLendon Moy and Laura Moye.

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throughout our region. Along with the Legacy Award guests-of-honor, the night was about the magic of history. Entertainment was provided by the Columbus State University Theater Department presenting an excerpt from Westville: Collected Lives in History. With such a rich history to celebrate attendees and honorees alike had a grand time from the silent auction to the delicious food to the moving ceremony and video. svm

Jaquie Rawls, Jim Thompson, Pat Thompson, Sam Rawls and Debbie Lane.

Elizabeth Barker and Jane Etheridge

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Westville's Executive Director Leo Goodsell and Susan Goodsell.

Legacy Award Honoree 2008 Teresa Pike Tomlinson and Tripp Tomlinson.

Legacy Award Honoree 2008 Ryland Duke Miller and Jeremy Jeffery.

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