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Congratulations, grads of 2016! This weekend, Georgia Southern University again will divide its spring commencement into two ceremonies: the first for graduate students on Friday, May 6, and the second for undergraduate students on Saturday, May 7. Georgia Southern University has selected Stephen Harmon, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Learning Technologies Division in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University, and Carol H. Burrell, president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System, as the speakers for the 2016 Spring Commencement ceremonies. Harmon will speak during the commencement ceremony for graduate students on Friday, May 6, at 1 p.m. at Hanner Fieldhouse. Burrell will address undergraduates as they receive their degrees on Saturday, May 7, at 9 a.m. at Paulson Stadium. During Harmon’s experiences teaching fourth-grade English in Upper Egypt and his travels throughout the Middle East and Africa, he recognized the tremendous need, and scarce resources, for education and training in developing countries. His research centers on educational uses of emerging technologies and has for the last few

years focused on eLearning, particularly with respect to synchronous online learning environments. Burrell was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine, largely due to her success in leading the Health System through an era of national recognition. The NGHS has been named one of Metro Atlanta’s “Top Workplaces” for the sixth consecutive year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s “Top 25 Employers” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Under Burrell’s leadership, the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville has been rated Georgia’s #1 Hospital and among the Top 10 in the nation by CareChex (2014-16) and one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades (2013 and 2014). Watch both spring commencement ceremonies live and get more information by visiting www., where the ceremonies will be streaming when they begin. The page also conveys instructions for parking near Hanner Fieldhouse and Paulson Stadium, in addition to other useful items of information.w

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The revelatory properties of Murphy's Law It's graduation time, which their car so I could drive Steve means that you — if you are my to the airport on Sunday. We typical collegiate reader — are were walking out the door when likely being inundated with so the airline called: Thanks to much graduation advice that you weather (which cleared up half feel like you're drowning in it. an hour later), all flights out of The commencement speeches Augusta had been cancelled, are about to take over your news and he would have to leave feed, and well-meaning relatives Monday — when we couldn't are giving you books and cards borrow a car because people with essential life lessons and tips Brittani Howell needed to go to work. We actually started laughing and guidelines and all manner of advice. in complete disbelief that we could have Allow me to distract you with a story. such a consistent run of terrible luck. We My boyfriend and I have been dating bit the bullet and booked a rental car, long-distance for three years, subsisting and he drove to the airport alone. Here's the thing: After I kicked the on Skype calls and once-a-month visits, usually only one weekend at a time. This hell out of my car and accomplished weekend, he flew out to be my date to nothing by throwing a fit (that was, the wedding of two Statesboro friends — admittedly, kind of cathartic), we a.) who, to my great delight, became friends made a bad situation work, and b.) had to both of us despite the fact that they a surprisingly good time doing it. We have only met Steve in person about had a blast riding to the wedding with four times. My boyfriend flew into the my friend, and the wedding itself was Augusta airport, and his flight came in wonderful and full of good company. I late. I picked him up at about midnight. have been here for two years, but I make And as we left the airport, my car did connections slowly; this time last year, I something you don't want your car to could not have leaned on those around do at midnight when you're a long drive me as much as I was able to this past from home: A brake line cut out, and weekend, because I simply didn't people my car stopped responding the way it to lean on. It took a weekend packed needed to for safe stops. with Murphy's Law to see how far my The first thing we did was pull over new friendships have come. Now is the part where I sneak in that and call my folks for advice. When their graduation advice: After college, you will quick fixes did not work, the second likely move to a new place with people thing I did was kick the car several times you don't know. And you likely won't and call it several bad names, while Steve stay there for 10, or even 5, years. It watched quietly without interrupting and only kind of judging. The third thing doesn't matter. Jump in. With both feet. Build relationships without regard to we did was try to get a hotel so we could the roots you will have to tear up. Waste drive to a shop the next morning. No no time identifying people you enjoy dice: Expecting nothing to go wrong, I'd spending time with. Life is so much brought my dog along because he enjoys long car rides, and no one allowed pets. more fun when experienced with those So the fourth thing we did was the you love. Find those new people — make incredibly unsafe option of flicking on those new friends — and love them hard, my flashers and crawling home at even if you don't get to love them for 35 mph. We got in at 3 a.m. long. Repeat in every major life change We managed to limp into a shop on until you die. Saturday morning, but the repair was And if you decide to date anybody going to take a good while and they seriously, make sure they're the kind of couldn't start until Monday. We were up person you can still have a ton of fun the creek without a ride to the wedding with when everything else seems to be until I got in touch with another mutual going wrong. Steve, you're the best. friend, who kindly let us bum a ride to and from Metter with him. Brittani Howell is the editor of Connect Out of the kindness of their hearts, Statesboro. If you'd like to reach out, shoot a my neighbors offered to let me borrow message to!w

Bye bye, Boro Connect intern Matt Sowell is heartlessly abandoning us for graduate school at SCAD, but we figured we'd let him say goodbye Last week, I was in the parking lot It’s getting fresh fruit and vegat Gnat's Landing. I parked a little etables at L&D’s, or eating funnel cake close to the guy next to me. He was at the fair. It’s the time that a stranger sitting in the passenger seat and gave paid for my lunch at Cracker Barrel and never gave me the opportunity to me a look, then opened his door, thank them. bumped my car and mumbled, I realize that almost all “Learn to park.” That’s right, white pick-up of these examples are foodrelated, but you get my point. truck — I remember. It’s times like this that I Statesboro isn’t a bad place to be, especially in the food think, “Man, I’ve got to get department — but also in the out of this place.” It’s when I’m life department. It taught me in Walmart to get milk, but what community meant, and they’re out of milk. It’s when I how the South isn’t all terget tail-gated by police because Matt Sowell rible. college students normally Statesboro, you’ve speed. But that feeling treated me well these ‘Statesboro, you’ve last three years. You changes when I go to opened your arms and Sugar Magnolia on a treated me well let me be a college kid Sunday morning and these last three without judgement. see locals and college years. You opened You helped me transtudents eating together from child to in peace. Or I go to the your arms and let sition adult, dealing with Mainstreet Farmers me be a college me not understanding Market and get to pet a dog or two, sipping on kid without judge- anything at the body shop or pharmacy. You a Cool Beanz cold brew. ment. ... You let me let me grow, work and There are times when transform into the guy I’m in 441 Public Kitchen grow, work and I’ve become. You’ll or Coconut Thai, eating transform into the always be a place that I food that tastes like it should have been made guy I’ve become. can call home. I’m going to miss in New York City; or You’ll always be a everything about this when I'm at the annual place — even the guy Rocky Horror Picture place that I can who bumped my car. Show at the Averitt call home.’ Thanks for the Center, laughing my Matt Sowell, memories. See you at head off and having an 2015–2016 Connect intern Homecoming. amazing time. It’s when I’m writing Love, an article and inter Matt Sowell viewing someone who lives here, Editor's note: Matt Sowell has been hearing stories about how close-knit the Connect Statesboro intern since this community is. When I’m walking summer of 2015 and has been instruthrough The Haunted Forest at The mental in a) getting that aforemenClubhouse; or being here at Connect, tioned podcast started and b) keeping listening to BiRDPERSON jamming editor Brittani Howell sane throughout out while recording audio for the next the year. He's done a bang-up job, and podcast that will probably, hopefully happen, eventually. he will be sorely missed.w




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Applebee’s — Live DJ, 9:30 p.m.–close South City Tavern — RoshambeauX, 10 p.m.



Eagle Creek Brewing Co. — Tormenta FC season tickets celebration, with open mic night hosted by Chyann Rose, 6–9 p.m.


GSU Hanner Fieldhouse — Georgia Southern University graduate commencement ceremony, 1 p.m.

Mellow Mushroom — Trivia, 8 p.m. Gnat’s Landing — DJ and karaoke, 9 p.m. Wild Wing Café — Trivia, 9 p.m.



Three Tree Coffee Roasters — Live music night, 6–9 p.m. Dingus Magee’s — The Orange Constant, 9 p.m.

Statesboro Regional Public Library — Free Read Book Club, 6:30 p.m.

Gnat’s Landing — Those Cats, 10 p.m.


Eagle Creek Brewing Company — Thinking and Drinking Trivia, 7 p.m.


South City Tavern — Corey Smith, 7 p.m. El Sombrero (Fair Rd.) — Trivia, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Wild Wing Café — Beer pong, 9 p.m.

Eagle Creek Brewing Co. — Georgia Southern University graduation celebration, Bragg & Company, 7–10 p.m.

Downtown Statesboro (Sea Island Bank Parking Lot) — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m. GSU Paulson Stadium

— Georgia Southern University undergraduate commencement ceremony, 9 a.m. Gnat’s Landing — Graduation celebration with Laughlin, 10 p.m.


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Gnat’s Landing — Trivia, 6:30 p.m. Locos — Jam Session open mic night, 9 p.m.




Three Tree Coffee Roasters — Live music night, 6–9 p.m.

Midtown Bar & Grill — Beer pong tourney, 7 p.m.

GSU City Campus (Downtown Statesboro) — BIG Café, 9 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Gnat’s Landing — Amy Taylor, 9 p.m.


Southern Billiards & Burgers — Pool tourney, 8 p.m., $10 entry fee



Eagle Creek Brewing Co. — Chyann Rose, 7– 10 p.m.


Eagle Creek Brewing Co. — Open mic night with Daniel Navarro, 6– 9 p.m.

GSU Foy Building — Guitar ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

Wild Wing Café — Trivia, 9 p.m.

Dingus Magee’s — Trivia, 9 p.m.

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Downtown Statesboro (Sea Island Bank Parking Lot) — Mainstreet Farmers Market, 9 a.m.

Locos — Trivia, 9 p.m. Gnat’s Landing — DJ and karaoke, 9 p.m.



Mellow Mushroom — Trivia, 8 p.m.

Locos — Cornhole tournament, 7 p.m.

El Jalapeño — Live DJ and karaoke, 8–11 p.m.

Statesboro Regional Public Library — DIY day, "Floral Home Decor," 3 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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Statesboro Regional Public Library — Adult coloring class, 6 p.m.

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Wild Wing Café — Beer pong, 9 p.m.

Midtown Bar & Grill — Beer pong tourney, 7 p.m.


Statesboro Regional Public Library — Author talk with Kathy Bradley about her new book, "Wondering Toward Center," 6 p.m. Locos — Cornhole tournament, 7 p.m. El Jalapeño — Live DJ and karaoke, 8–11 p.m. Dingus Magee’s — Trivia, 9 p.m.

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Gnat’s Landing — Trivia, 6:30 p.m. GATA’s — Beer pong tournament, 8 p.m. Locos — Jam Session open mic night, 9 p.m.






What are some questions you ask in order to determine whether a person is abusing drugs or alcohol?

A: Are you currently using alcohol or mind/mood altering drugs? When is the last time you drank or used drugs? How often do you drink or use drugs? How much do you use to get where you need to be? Does or did either of your parents drink or use drugs? Grandparents? Can you describe what the “morning after” feels like to you? How many times have you been arrested for alcohol or drugs? Will you tell me about your social supports? And many, many more.

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Big things happening at Boro's BIG Got an entrepreneurial itch? Looking to network? GSU's Business Innovation Group has you covered this summer

GET INVOLVED ➤ BIG CAFE: The second Wednesday of every month, from 8:30–10 a.m. ➤ LUNCH AND LEARN: The third Thursday of every month, from noon to 1:30 p.m. ➤ ENTREPRENEUR NIGHT: The fourth Tuesday of every month, from 5–7 p.m. with an existing business — stand up in front of a room, talk for six minutes each about their businesses, then ask the group questions on how to further proceed with their business. Afterward, the room of entrepreneurs engages in a Q&A session where they share information and feedback, tackling together whatever problem was presented. “We always ask the presenters to present their story of what got them into this business, why they’re passionate about it” Jill Johns, a business advisor for BIG, said. "It’s not a sales pitch; it’s an information session about what their business is, how they got into it, who they are, and what they provide." “What we always say about entrepreneurs is that most entrepreneurs are poor and lonely. They’re poor because they’re putting all their money in investing into their business, and they’re lonely because an entrepreneur is usually working by themselves," Johns continued. "With BIG Café, what we’re doing is giving people the opportunity

to create a network. Most of the time entrepreneurs feel like they’re competing with people, and we are trying to create a collaborative sharing and networking supporting environment.” For the Lunch and Learn, there’s a higher educational proponent to the event. BIG reaches out to the community and brings in a local business expert to present to the audience. Topics have ranged from securing funding and loans to creating a video presence online and to establishing legal entities. BIG's third monthly program is Entrepreneur Night, which is a pure networking event absent of presentations or agendas. Entrepreneurs simply arrive to meet and connect with one another. In addition to these monthly programs, on June 1, BIG will be opening their Innovation Incubator space, a location that will offer office space and access to business advisors in addition to research tools and other necessities. “When an egg drops, it has to stay in a warm environment in order to hatch," Johns said. "A business incubator is the same thing. When an entrepreneur has an idea, we take that idea with them and we help them grow that idea so it can grow into a viable and successful business. We’ve been building up all of this infrastructure in order to be able to have this incubator space. Once we open the incubator space, we’ll start having another round of new programs we’ll be offering to our incubator members as well with the community in general.” The Innovation Incubator space, the monthly programs and workshops, and the Fabrication Lab — a space in City Campus allowing people to build business prototypes — all exist to help cultivate successful businesses within Statesboro. “We would like to see Statesboro become an entrepreneurial hub," Johns said. "Many other college communities have a very strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, and with us having City Campus here, we’ll have the ability to compete with any of the other major ones as well.”w

Monday Pint Night: $2 pints (all draft beers), trivia at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday: $5 house liquor pitchers, $2 Fireballs Wine & Whisky Wednesday: $10 off any bottle of wine, $3 Jim Beam Thirsty Thursday: $5 house liquor pitchers Domestic Friday: $10 domestic buckets Import Saturday: $15 import buckets Sunday Funday: 2 for 1 bombs (Vegas, Jager, Car, O), Golden Tee Challenge Monday night: $1.99 Kids' Night Wednesday: $3.75 Big Beers Thursday: "Water" Pong, 9 p.m. Friday: Live music Saturday: Live music Sunday: $3 Bloody Marys and $3 Mimosas

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Georgia Southern students and local residents with an entrepreneurial spirit will be able to keep themselves busy this summer with workshops and networking programs hosted by Statesboro’s Business Innovation Group (BIG). BIG, an extension of Georgia Southern’s college of business, is located at City Campus on East Main Street in downtown Statesboro. It focuses on building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem within Statesboro by offering various programs, counseling and advising, networking events and workshops to entrepreneurs and small business owners. “Our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assists area businesses with counseling and advising and has several workshops planned through the summer, while the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED), has engaged several students on business and community research projects throughout the state,” Dr. Dominque Halaby, the director of BIG, said in a reply email. “In 2015, we've collectively counseled over 125 business clients, helped clients secure more than $12.7 million in capital access, and worked with over 1,000 students, either helping them to learn entrepreneurial principles or to directly start a business.” BIG will have three monthly standing events they will continue to host over the summer: BIG Café, Learn and Learn, and Entrepreneur Night, all of which are held at City Campus and are free and open for anyone in the community to attend. Each of these events is designed and structured for entrepreneurs, both student and nonstudent, to connect and network, as well as to gain new knowledge and information. BIG Café is cosponsored by Cool Beanz and the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, who provides the coffee and donuts, respectively. Additionally, Entrepreneur Night is cosponsored by Eagle Creek Brewery and Boro Takeout. During Big Café, two local entrepreneurs — either in a start-up phase or

Happy Mondays: Happy Hour all day! Half-off all alcohol and select appetizers Trivia Tuesdays: Trivia at 7 p.m. with cash prizes; $10 buckets of beer, $7.99 shrimp and grits Wicked Wednesdays: Karaoke and live DJ at 9 p.m.; $13 buckets (imports), $8 buckets (domestics), $3 doubles all day Thirsty Thursdays: $10 buckets of beer, $3 doubles, $3 bombs, $3 Newcastle all day Fridays & Saturdays: Live music; $10 buckets of beer Sunday Funday: Happy Hour all day! Karaoke and live DJ at 8 p.m.; 45¢ wings Everyday Lunch Specials: $7 lunches with a drink, 7 days a week!

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Daybreak Game Co. has created 'super' release First of all, I want to stress: DC Comics universe. Players I love superheroes, villains, will find themselves a member comics and all things Marvel of the Justice League or The or DC. So when developer Society, depending on the and publisher Daybreak faction they choose. Like other Game Company decided to MMOs, the game includes bring the free-to-play massive a leveling system, raids, multiplayer online game DC inventory, powers and an Tim Webb Universe Online to Xbox endgame progression. One, I jumped at the The game is very REVIEW opportunity to play it. heavy on content, Although I had long ago 'DC Universe Online' and gamers will find downloaded the game plenty of options when on my PC via Steam, creating their own perI never got around to sonal character to their trying it — until now, on Developer + Publisher: liking. The game also Daybreak Game Company my Xbox One, my prehas many powers to Platforms: Microsoft ferred gaming system. choose from, including Windows, PlayStation 3, Players create an travel powers like flying, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac original hero or villain, acrobatics and super OS X who will interact with speed. Players have the heroes and villains found within the ranged and melee attacks, but the two

Eagles suffer on green, stay steady on diamond Well, the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Championship didn’t quite go as planned for Georgia Southern’s men’s golf team. The Eagles just never could seem to get things going as they finished the first round tied for eighth out of the 11 teams in Alex the field. Southern slipped back to 10th place after Day 2, and eventually fell to last (+37) to close out the tournament — four shots behind 10th-place Appalachian State (+33). Trouble off the tee doomed the Eagles on a tight Raven Golf Club course that makes it hard to recover if you miss a fairway. Georgia State (-4) won the title while Troy (+2) and Arkansas State (+3)

rounded out the top three — just out of reach from making a real push on the final day of the tournament. Georgia Southern men’s golf will return six lettermen next year — four of which were on the five-man lineup for the Eagles at the conference chamBrown pionship. Meanwhile, on the diamond, Georgia Southern baseball had a good week. The Eagles stayed hot in weeknight games with a 4-1 win at Kennesaw State on Tuesday. They followed that up by winning two of three in the weekend conference series at UL-Monroe. Dating back to the doubleheader sweep in the final two games at

used together will create interesting, powerful combos that will compliment the players abilities. Unlike other MMOs, players will not be forced to group up and will have the opportunity to access the level cap by going solo if they so choose. Fighting is very balanced and welcomes both solo gamers and groups. DC Universe Online allows everything from fire to ice powers, and even more traditional weapons like bows and guns. Although the game is very entertaining and pleasing to look at, it does suffer from a few nuisances. The camera angles can be very frustrating, at times. Tight areas or times when the player has to move really quickly in enclosed areas are a bit annoying, but become bearable

with repeated gameplay. Also, since the game is a free-to-play model, some powers and items are locked away until you pay actual money. Probably the most annoying issue I’ve come across is the long queue that players who do not have a premium or upgraded account have to deal with. Once, I had to wait a few hours just to get in without an upgraded account. Even with the few issues found in DC Universe Online, players cannot beat the cost of free and should have no reason to at least try the game out. If you are a fan of comics, this game is a must-play. With a well balanced fighting system and a plethora of powers and abilities, Daybreak Game Company has created a super game.w

UT-Arlington, Southern has won eight of its last 11 games. The Eagles are now 27-18 overall and have evened their conference record at 12-12. Southern remains in sixth place in the standings, but the Eagles are hot on the heels of the fourth-place tie between Troy and Texas State (11-10). South Alabama (33-12, 18-3) continues to lead the pack, but the Jaguars are just 3-3 in their last six conference games. UL-Lafayette (29-16, 14-7) is four games back in second place with Little Rock (21-20, 13-8) one game behind in third. Georgia Southern has no mid-week game this week, but has a tall task ahead this weekend with a trip to South Alabama for a three-game set. The Jaguars are ranked 23rd in the nation and have one of the best pitchers in all of college baseball in Kevin Hill. Hill (8-1) has pitched four complete games this season including a sevenstrikeout, six-hit performance in the Jaguars' 9-3 win over Georgia State last Friday night. Friday night’s matchup between Hill and the Eagles’ Evan Challenger should be a good one. The season is winding down: The Eagles have just six conference games

remaining (South Alabama and Georgia State) and 11 games left on the schedule overall (two against North Florida and three games against Clemson). Now is the time to get hot. Georgia Southern softball hosted the No. 8 team in the country in UL-Lafayette last weekend. The Cajuns (37-7, 18-2) won the first two games of the series, but the Eagles salvaged a win in game three, which was also the home finale and Senior Day. Southern (29-24, 12-9) is in a tie for third place with Texas State (33-18, 12-9) and will close out its regular season with a trip to Atlanta to face Georgia State (28-25, 11-10) this weekend. The Sun Belt Conference Championship will be held in Mobile, Alabama, next week, May 11–14. Finally, a big congratulations is in order for former Georgia Southern linebacker Antwione Williams. Williams was selected in the fifth round of this weekend’s NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He led the Eagles’ defense last season with 107 tackles and is the 12th Georgia Southern player to ever be selected in the NFL Draft. GATA in the NFL, Antwione!w


Chyann Rose Hoyle: Little lady, big voice Local country up-and-comer just returned from playing Suwanee River Jam as one of 10 special guest new artists Chyann Rose Hoyle is a sophomore at Southeast Bulloch High School. She is on the golf team, the math team and is a member of the Beta Club. She’s also heavily involved with 4-H and her church, Brooklet United Methodist. Oh, and one more thing: She’s kind of a big deal. Not many 16-year-olds earn the chance to sing at huge music festivals, open for Colt Ford or perform an original song for Jennifer Nettles — and in Nashville, to boot. Chyann Rose Hoyle grew up listening to classic rock and country music. By the time she was in elementary school, she was already performing in church and talent shows. “I started taking voice lessons first,” Hoyle said. Soon, she wanted to play an instrument, too. Her mother plays the piano, but although she tried to teach Chyann Rose early on, it wasn’t the right instrument for her. “Current country music stars play guitars,” explained Hoyle, “so I thought it would be a good fit.” Her first instrument was a toy Hannah Montana guitar, but when her talent and interest outgrew the model, she moved on to an Ibanez, to “see if [she] really did like it.” She did, of course, and these days, she’s playing a Luna. Hoyle has built a career for herself out of the music she loves, performing everything from Tina Turner to Reba McEntire and Bobbie Gentry, from “Me & Bobby McGee” to “The House of the Rising Sun.” She began writing original music about a year ago, too, and already has two songs under her belt: “Chasing That Dream” and “Georgia Girl,” which is “more toward the country side of things,” she said. The song features such pastimes as “drinking sweet tea, watching football

and praying, because I’m big into church,” Hoyle said. “Georgia Girl” is also the song Chyann Rose performed for Jennifer Nettles, another Georgia girl with a mean set of pipes, whom Hoyle admires greatly. Their meeting was a highlight in Chyann Rose’s career as a musician, which continues to flourish. Recently, Chyann Rose secured a coveted spot at the Suwannee River Jam in Orlando, Florida, a gig she went through two auditions to earn. “I’m so excited, not just for my 20 minutes on stage,” said Hoyle before the weekend performance, “but also for the unofficial music circles. I’ve never gotten to do anything like that before, and it will be a new opportunity to meet people.” Headliners at the Suwannee River Jam included Lynyrd Skynyrd, Big & Rich, Kellie Pickler, and John Michael Montgomery, among others. Chyann Rose planned to play Reba’s “Fancy,” Tina Turner’s "Proud Mary" and an original song. A true professional at 16, Hoyle always prepares set lists, and makes sure to visit venues before each show, to “get a feel for the vibe.” She’s also adaptable: on performance days, if she encounters an audience she thinks is “hardcore country or classic rock,” Hoyle will “maybe skip some songs on [her] set list” in order to play to the crowd. To flesh out her sound, Hoyle likes to add at least one other guitar to her acts. Currently, she and her family are working on putting together a full-time band. “I’ve been playing with so many different people,” Hoyle said, “but never one person for any length of time. Sometimes it’s just on-the-spot, and that can be a little difficult.” Juggling school, extracurricular activities, and a performance art career


can also be challenging. There are a lot of late nights involved in the live music scene, too, and Chyann Rose said it can be taxing to stay up late on school nights, when she has to get up so early the next day. “Not to mention homework,” she lamented. “That’s the worst of it, but even that’s not too terrible.” And that’s about as close to complaining as Chyann Rose gets. Where local renown might lead some young artists to grow ostentatious, Hoyle remains amiable and modest. She clearly loves what she is doing, and feels lucky to be doing it. She is also sure to acknowledge where she came from, and those who have helped her along the way. She is most grateful to her parents, who, she said, “have put in a lot of the work.” “They have backed me up and pushed me to pursue this career, and they are a lot of the reason for where I am today.” Hoyle’s mother acts as her booking agent, and her father, who helps her set up before shows, has also taught her some of the tricks of her trade. “At first I let them do everything,” Chyann Rose said, “but then I figured I need to learn to do it for myself.” Her father, who is self-taught, has since shown her how to use her own sound equipment. Unsurprisingly, Chyann Rose has

big plans for her future. She wants to attend UGA, where she intends to pursue a degree in pharmacy. “I’ve always been big into math and science, and this past year, I took chemistry and really liked it,” she said. “Pharmacy is a really good mix of math and chemistry.” She’ll be hanging on to her performance career, too, saying, “Once I graduate, I want to get a job — maybe in Nashville — so I can still play.” It doesn’t hurt that most pharmacy jobs boast three-day workweeks, Chyann Rose added. “That will give me the flexibility to keep playing.” For now, the Suwannee River Jam isn’t Hoyle’s only cause for celebration. She has been nominated for the Georgia Country Awards two years running, and this year, she was nominated for the Georgia Music Awards as well. She is a contender in the Youth Country/Rock category — which is perfect for Hoyle, as she straddles both genres, seeing herself as “a country artist with a lot of soul and blues that fits the classic rock stuff, too.” “It would be really big for me” Hoyle said of the possibility of winning, “because even though I’ve been nominated before, it would be the first thing I’ve won as an artist.” You can vote for Chyann Rose toward victory at Scroll down to click “Vote.”w

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Chyann Rose Hoyle has a lot going on right now: She just returned from playing at the Suwanee River Jam; she's been nomiated for the Georgia Country Awards for the second time; and she has been nominated for the Georgia Music Awards. At only 16 years old, the Statesboro country musician is kind of a big deal.

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Kicking back with Corey Smith Get to know country singer-songwriting sensation before his show at South City Tavern on May 5 Corey Smith is an American singer-songwriter, a self-made musician and millionaire, and the producer of nine of his 10 albums. He is also a family man—a husband and father — a reader, a writer, a former school teacher and a lifelong learner. Despite his successes, he is down-to-earth and conversational. When Connect Statesboro called him for an interview before his May 5 show at South City Tavern, he was at his home in Jefferson, Georgia, and he was fishing. “I do most of my interviews while I’m fishing,” he said. While he was out on the water, Smith took the time to talk to Connect about his music, where he fits in the country spectrum, valuing art over monetary gain and writing and living in the South. Here are some of the highlights of the interview: ON PRODUCING HIS OWN MUSIC: "I love making music and I think I have a unique sound, and it makes me happy to make all those (producing) decisions. I’ve just been fortunate enough that I’ve had fans all these years and have been able to do it this way for over a decade. There are certainly easier ways to do it, and there are ways to do it where I might have had more success. But at the end of the day, I’d rather fail at doing it the way I want to do it than succeed at doing it somebody else’s way. That may sound bullheaded, but that’s who I am.” ON HIS SOUND, WHICH COULD BE DESCRIBED AS “COUNTRY PLUS”: “I don’t’ know what it (the plus) is

either. At first, I was just going into the studios early on and trying to record the songs the best I could, with what I could afford and the resources I had around me. I never thought this stuff could be on the radio anyway, so it didn’t do any good to make it sound a certain way. I just tried to do it in a way that was within my means and that I thought sounded cool. As I’ve evolved and had more resources at my disposal — more money, more experience in the studio, access to more musicians — it’s allowed me to build the sound out in different ways. I’m from a small town in Georgia — I still live where I grew up. Most of the songs are cut from my real life, so it makes sense that some people consider it country. And I don’t have a problem with that, but the tricky thing is it doesn’t sound like most mainstream country.” ON BEING OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM: "I think, again, it’s not really made for radio, and most country music is, because without country radio, a country artist is not going to get heard. For a major label like mainstream artists, that’s what it’s all about, and we know the kind of songs that typically do well on the radio. That’s not to say that some of my content doesn’t fit into that mold, but if it does, it’s just by accident. I choose to write about stuff that means something to me, or that I feel is therapeutic for me. Every once in a while, I may write something that really resonates with people, and those tend to be more of the party songs for yount people. But I have no problem with that — those songs also give people a chance to listen to some of the deeper tracks that may be a little bit more philosophical in nature. It’s hard to

pigeonhole, because the songs really are all over the place. And that’s a blessing and a curse. MUSICANS HE LOOKS UP TO "As far as the writing aspect, I’ve tended to gravitate toward pure singer-songwriters in the tradition of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson or Alan Jackson. Even though those artists didn’t write every single song they cut, for the most part, they wrote every word of the songs people know them for. I like that. John Mayer is another, more recent example. I don’t like all that John Mayer has to say. I don’t agree with it all. Some of it seems arrogant and egotistic, but I respect it because he’s being himself. To me, that’s what songwriters are supposed to do: We’re supposed to experience the world, internalize it, and turn that experience into something else. I feel like that’s a really important part of living in a free society, where we are free to express ourselves. Historically, art has been a way for society to sort of hold a mirror up to themselves, and see what they value; see what they think’s beautiful, or funny, or sad. In order for that to work correctly, artists have to put art before commerce. They have to put being genuine before being popular or famous. I point to those songwriters because I feel like they

really embody that standard." OTHER INSPIRATION, OUTSIDE OF MUSIC "I love Walt Whitman, and I love Emerson and Thoreau. Robert Frost is probably my favorite poet. I’m an educator, and not to brag, but I was a really good student — I was a sixtime presidential Scholar at Georgia, and I took my education very seriously. I don’t want to write stuff that’s not accessible, that’s too heady or cerebral; I try to write stuff that’s in the vernacular, I guess, and in the language we speak here in Jefferson, Georgia, or in small towns all across the country. But I like to think those lofty ideas are in there, for those that choose to dig them out. … I don’t like to hear someone come across as patronizing. But I do enjoy reading a lot, and I’d like to think it has had an impact on my writing. Truly, it has." Smith will be taking the South City Tavern stage Thursday, May 5, at 9:30 p.m., following an opening performance by Jacob Powell at 8 p.m. As of press time Monday, May 2, the show is completely sold out. For the full, expanded interview with Corey Smith, check out the online article at And to get a taste of Smith's music, take a listen to his Spotify page, where you can find all 10 of his albums.w

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Statesboro just won $100,000 In case you missed it, the "Blue Mile" plan launched Statesboro into the Top 8 of the America's Best Communities Competition like entrepreneurs on the TV show “Shark Tank.” Corporate sponsors Frontier Communications, Dish Network, CoBank and the Weather Channel committed $10 million to the competition to encourage innovative thinking and fund redevelopment projects. When it began two years ago, more than 350 communities nationwide entered. Statesboro advanced as the field narrowed to 50 quarterfinalists, then 15 semifinalists, and now, eight finalists. Burnette expressed gratitude to Jacklyn Cason, Frontier Communications’ Statesboro general manager, for telling the South Main Committee about the competition. “Jaclyn let us know about this competition that could help us advance our revitalization project. …That’s been the blessing,” Burnette said. “We had a plan we had been working on for a couple of years, but this helped us push it forward and share our ideas.” THE PITCH On stage, the team presented the Blue Mile as the latest example of local cooperation linking downtown Statesboro with Georgia Southern University and its 20,000-plus students. After working together for a century “to make Statesboro the educational hub of rural South Georgia,” community and university “have teamed up once again to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing … many rural communities across the country, a struggling downtown core,” Mikell told the judges. Local people soon realized, he said, that simply beautifying South Main Street would not be enough. “We’ve broadened our focus to include the surrounding neighborhoods that face issues of poverty and limited access to services and opportunity,” Mikell said.

Housing in the Blue Mile, the team said, is already being developed and renovated by Habitat for Humanity, by the Homes for Heroes program of the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority and by private developers. The team outlined the plan to “reclaim” the Blue Mile as a place that people want to live, “regain” its economic health and “return,” as Mikell put it, “its identity as the cultural and economic hub of our nine-county, rural South Georgia region.” As a destination, he said, downtown is anchored by the Averitt Center for the Arts, which puts on more than 50 performances a year, attracting 86,000 visitors and serves more than 600 children a week in afterschool programs and art classes.

THE BIG PLAN If fully funded, the plan will create a park with an outdoor stage, plus a sheltered area as a permanent home for the Main Street Farmers Market. Smaller park spaces will be built along the corridor, and brick paver sidewalks installed. Decorative archways will be erected over the redesigned highway. Utility lines along the corridor will be buried, eliminating the need for poles. The Statesboro Stars Walk will be a pedestrian path through the Blue Mile with monuments honoring notable past and present Statesboro residents. But all of this would take more than the $1 million third prize, $2 million second prize, or $3 million first prize that three of the eight finalist communities will receive 11 months from now. The tax allocation district, or TAD, authorized by Statesboro voters and in effect since January 2015 is one source

of additional funding. New property tax revenue resulting from construction, renovations or rising values is set aside for public infrastructure spending within the district. The city and other local organizations are also seeking federal and state grants. THE SHORT TERM But in the next 11 months, the community is expected to make a start on its plan, using the $100,000 now awarded, plus $50,000 awarded in the quarterfinal round along with a $15,000 required local commitment provided by the Averitt Center and the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, or DSDA. Earlier this year, the city of Statesboro took control of the initial $65,000 and contracted with EMC Engineering to begin drawing specific plans. Now, with the latest prize money, local planners hope to hire a branding and recruitment firm to help fill vacant commercial spaces and begin marketing the Blue Mile as a shopping and entertainment destination, Cody said. But the 11-month timeline also includes an announcement concerning the Stars Walk. The first, or gateway, arch on the southern approach to the Blue Mile is a feature planners hope to see realized in the next 11 months. Another is the addition of more wayfinder signs, to Blue Mile destinations, like two already installed on East and West Main Streets. Herald reporter Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458. This article was trimmed for space. To read the full story, please see the online version at

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Voices lilting, Statesboro’s team invoked a town and university relationship going back to 1906 and a Blue Mile that will feature a local Stars Walk in the home of the Statesboro Blues. After revealing an America’s Best Communities medallion freshly 3D-printed at the soon-to-open local Innovation Incubator, one of the three team members capped the pitch with an invitation to sweet iced tea. After also seeing the Blue Mile plan in detail, the judges at the America’s Best Communities Summit in Durham, N.C., on chose Statesboro as one of eight finalist communities on Wednesday, April 27. Now $100,000 is coming back to continue with the plan for reinvigorating South Main Street, and Statesboro remains in the running for up to $3 million more. “This is phenomenal, just being up here. I’m so proud to live in Statesboro, Georgia, and our team just did awesome,” Sea Island Bank President Darron Burnette said on the phone. “It’s unmeasurable. We’re driving back this evening and we’re going to feel like we’re flying, you know, just because it’s such a great thing with where this could put us.” Burnette and Keely Fennell of NeSmith Construction together lead the independent South Main Street Revitalization Committee. It was formed after South Main was identified as a top priority at a community planning retreat hosted by the Statesboro Bulloch Chamber of Commerce in 2012. They made the trip to support the pitch team, made up of Chamber of Commerce President Phyllis Thompson, local attorney Bob Mikell, and in her last week in the role, Statesboro Planning and Development Director Mandi Cody. These three took turns at the microphone to make the pitch and answer questions, somewhat


Looking north from the vicinity of Gnat's Landing, this envisioning, by an architect, of the Blue Mile after redevelopment shows a series of archways. The first, lettered "South Main Street" would be an early part of the installation, but the rest could be several years away.

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River Street Seafood Fest will highlight coastal-inspired art from regional artisans that will be displayed along Rousakis Plaza. The 2016 River Street Seafood Festival is hosted by the Savannah Waterfront Association and sponsored by Bud Light, Budweiser, Savannah Coca-Cola, Yancey Power Systems, Yancey Rents, Capital A Productions, Wet Willie’s, WSAV, Creative Approach and Alpha Media. For a detailed schedule of entertainment and more information, visit




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Mical Whitaker closes Youth Theater directing career with 'Charlie Brown' Happiness is the Statesboro Youth Theater’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, which will play at the Emma Kelly Theater May 6–7 at 7 p.m. Based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, the musical delights audiences with memorable tunes such as “Happiness” and “My Blanket and Me." Director Mical Whitaker is espe-

cially sentimental about this production because it is his last show as Statesboro Youth Theater Director. “This production marks a full circle for my career,” said Whitaker. “The first show I directed at the Averitt Center was Charlie Brown, and I could not have chosen a better play to finish this second career that I have been blessed to have.” Although retiring, Whitaker insists he will stay remain active in the theater community. Tickets are $10 per person. To reserve your ticket please call the Averitt Center for the Arts at (912) 212-2787 during box office hours or purchase online.w

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StoryCorps publishes tale of Bulloch sharecropper

The interview

StoryCorps, which began with a booth in New York City’s Grand Central Station in October 2003, gathers oral histories — that is, personal interviews — from everyday people across America. It then synthesizes those interviews into streamlined personal narratives, which it releases as audio recordings and short animated features. The organization sets up booths, both permanent and mobile, in cities across the U.S. to organically gather the stories of anyone interested in contributing their narratives. If the participants are willing, the interviews are archived at the American Folklife Center and the Library of Congress, and select segments air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. Bradley has been a fan of StoryCorps since its inception, and when she

heard that its MobileBooth would be parked in Savannah to collect interviews, she pounced on the opportunity. She scheduled an appointment for a 40-minute session in the van’s sound booth, where she asked her father questions about his childhood, growing up during the Great Depression in a sharecropping family. “I asked him why he decided to leave what had been a very secure coat-and-tie job at the age of 40 to return to the farm,” Bradley said. “I asked him about what it was like growing up in the country, the stories he most remembered about his family, that kind of thing.” When they finished their recording session, neither Kathy nor Johnny expected anything more than the fun of the experience and the guarantee that there would be a record of Johnny Bradley’s story in the Library of Congress. They did not think the story would take off — but it did. Roughly six weeks after their interview in Savannah, a StoryCorps representative called Bradley at her workplace to say that an excerpt of the Bradleys’ interview had been chosen to play on Morning Edition. “I just started screaming, I was so excited,” Bradley said. She wrote about the experience in an entry in her 2012 book, Breathing and Walking Around: Reflections on a Life, published by the Mercer University Press. She heard nothing more about the interview until about eight months ago — just half a year before she would publish her second book — when StoryCorps called again to tell her that an edited, streamlined transcript of her interview with her father had been selected for publication in its fifth compilation, Callings. She and Johnny were invited to attend the book’s launch party in Atlanta with author Dave Isay himself, along with a few other speakers whose stories are also featured in the book. “I was kind of amazed, to be honest,” Johnny Bradley said. “I didn’t know what to expect.”


Kathy Bradley signs the chapter of "Callings" in which her interview with her father appears, while author Dave Isay, right, signs copies of his book.

The book launch Isay is a four-time Peabody Award winner and recipient of the 2015 TED Prize and the 2000 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, among many other accolades. At the book launch event April 25 in the Atlanta History Center, he opened the book tour program with an explanation of StoryCorps and an introduction to this particular book. Isay then welcomed to the stage Karen and Marc Lawson, who spoke about their father, Jerry Lawson, the inventor of the cartridge-based home video game console system; and Carl McNair, whose story about his brother, Challenger astronaut Ronald McNair, was accompanied by a short animation. Kathy and Johnny Bradley took the stage last but not least, where they sat as an excerpt from their NPR broadcast played for the audience before Isay asked them a few questions. After a few more animations and a Q&A session with the audience, Isay and his guests moved into the lobby to sign books and talk to the audience. The Bradleys took their seats right next to Isay, where they greeted excited book-buyers eager to hear more about their story. “(Signing books) is something I certainly did not expect,” Johnny Bradley said, “but I must have signed 80-100 books. And not one person who bought the book did not want to shake my hand and thank me for the story, and elaborate on how they were impressed by it.”

StoryCorps selection When selecting entries for StoryCorps’ books, Ross said, Isay

and others look for narratives that “have kind of a universal quality, an evergreen quality, that can be sort of timeless,” and are “relatable and very personal at the same time.” Johnny, however, does not know why his story seems to fascinate the people who hear it, or why it was chosen for the book out of the thousands of interviews in the StoryCorps archives. “I just told the truth of what it was when I was a boy,” he said. “How my dad sharecropped, how we grew black seed cotton, and what it was to break land with a mule — just history, I guess you would say.” Kathy has no better idea of why the story stood out to the StoryCorps selection committee for Callings. For her, the whole StoryCorps experience was exciting not only because it allowed her to share and preserve her father’s story, but because it emphasized a recurring theme in her own writing: That everything — and everyone — is connected, and that narratives help reveal those connecting threads. “We’re all part of one big story, and it’s important for us to share our part of that big story with each other, so that the big story will be complete,” Bradley said. “And that’s kind of what I felt like we were doing: We were knitting up some of the loose edges, to tie those stories together.” Those interested in reading the Bradleys’ interview can purchase Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work on Amazon for $26. Kathy Bradley’s latest book, Wondering Toward Center, which was published in March, is also available for purchase on Amazon.w

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Local attorney and Statesboro Herald columnist Kathy Bradley is a twice-published author, but the most recent book with her name in it is not one she wrote herself — though it comes hard on the heels of her most recent release. This time around, Bradley is appearing in a chapter of Callings: The Purpose of Passion and Work, the fifth compilation of interviews by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay — and in it, she interviews her father about growing up in the last generation of Southern sharecroppers. Kathy Bradley and her father, Johnny Bradley, gave their story to StoryCorps about seven years ago. What they expected would be a onetime interview became a nationally broadcast radio piece and, now, a chapter in Callings, which relates stories of vocation and passion and how people find meaning in the work they do. The book contains 53 interviews, drawn from the 65,000+ files in the StoryCorps archive. “It’s pretty special that Kathy and Johnny’s story is featured there,” said Colleen Ross, director of marketing and communications at StoryCorps.

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Tired of 'Zootopia' yet? Too bad. Our somewhat belated review of Disney's latest feature, because much like its predecessor, we just can't let it go I’m touch-and-go on talking animals movies, and equally touchand-go on CGI. But I’d heard nothing but good things about Disney’s latest CGI talking animal movie, Zootopia, so I decided to check it out for myself. Zootopia is an entertaining animated feature film, but it is also an exercise in social commentary. Much like WALL-E, it’s a heavy-handed, and sometimes clumsy exercise, but also an important one. Our protagonist, Judy Hopps, is a precocious rabbit from Bunnyburrow, a small town far enough away from Zootopia that she’s never even seen it. When she becomes the very first bunny police officer, despite years of being told it was impossible, she heads to the metropolis to join the force. Zootopia itself is a triumph of CGI, and imagination. We’re introduced to the city as Judy is: hurtling toward the sunset-hued skyline by train, visible through the ceiling's observatory glass. Zootopia’s creators have imagined a city that adapts to its inhabitants’ climate and practical needs. There are train stops at Savanna Central, Sahara Square, Rainforest District and Tundra Town, encased in snow and ice. Once, we follow Officer Judy Hopps into Little Rodentia, where the buildings can be tipped like dominoes, if larger visitors aren’t careful. These neighborhoods are amusing because they remind us of the quartering off of our own cities. From Little Italy to China Town, from Philadelphia’s Little Cambodia to the East and West Villages of New York and the yuppified Mid-town of just about anywhere, we, too, divide ourselves, carving out intentional spaces

‘It wasn’t difficult for me, personally, to make the leap from cartoon social order to present-day prejudice of all stripes, including sexism and racial profiling. It was cringe-worthy, but important to see likeable, well-meaning characters make blunders, as condemning prejudice does not make one immune to it.’ Katherine Fallon, Connect writer and film reviewer

and communities among the broader, more diverse swathe. As is also true of our cities, the streets of Zootopia are teeming with a population so diverse it seems impossible: predators and prey now live side-by-side without conflict; the food chain has been so thoroughly tamed that it is seen as primitive. Giraffes and gerbils and lions ride the same trains, use the same elevators and share the same sidewalks. But while the diversity of Zootopia is magical and fascinating for us and for Judy, it has another thing in common with the human metropolis: these different creatures coexist peacefully, but they hardly interact with one another. When and if they do, they come armed with erroneous preconceived


One of the most powerful revelations of Disney's 'Zootopia' comes with seeing that likeable, well-meaning characters can have damaging prejudices — that to err is only human (or, in this case, animal), but that everyone has the opportunity to learn, improve and participate in a more equal and less prejudiced society. notions that stand in the way of true understanding. In Zootopia, Judy continues to encounter bunny prejudice, despite having graduated at the top of her police academy class. She is assigned parking duty while the other officers — all larger, seasoned animals, and, while it is never mentioned, mostly male — go out in search of a dozen or so missing mammals from all over the city. On her first day of parking duty, Judy follows a fox name Nick Wilde through the city, catching up to him as he stands in line at an elephant ice cream shop. Judy watches as Wilde is gruffly turned away by the elephant shopkeeper, who asks why he can’t patronize a fox establishment. A sign on the counter reads, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” Encountering such blatant prejudice causes Judy, who actually carries fox repellent in her police holster, to reconsider her judgment. If the animal groupthink casts rabbits as dumb and docile, thereby disregarding them, it casts foxes as “savage and shifty,” vilifying them. We soon learn that Wilde is, in fact, a crook, and has been one most of his life. The rest of the film repeatedly questions his virtue and the mettle of his, for lack of a better word, humanity. “If the world is only going to see a fox as savage and

shifty,” he says of his life of crime, “there’s no point in trying to be anything else.” But through a series of curious events, Officer Judy Hopp and Nick Wilde form an unlikely cop-crook crime fighting team. Together, they solve the case of the missing mammals, but not before Judy, herself, doubts her fox friend’s integrity — and the integrity of all natural predators — on camera in front of all of Zootopia, claiming that biology makes them savage. When confronted by Wilde, Judy is confused and assures him that he’s not “like them.” Wilde’s response, “Oh, so there’s a them now?” made my stomach sink. It wasn’t difficult for me, personally, to make the leap from cartoon social order to present-day prejudice of all stripes, including sexism and racial profiling. It was cringe-worthy, but important to see likeable, well-meaning characters make blunders, as condemning prejudice does not make one immune to it. I imagine that children seeing this movie will gain something new each time they watch it, growing into the awareness Zootopia assumes of its audience. I only hope those who most need to absorb its message will be open to receiving it; that they will some day see past the puma, or the otter, to their neighbor.w



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CONTRACTOR WANTED: Live Oak Homes, one of the leading producers of manufactured homes in the SE, is seeking to hire qualified and quality Field Finish Drywall Installers and Service Contractors. Great pay and steady work. Call Dexter Whitley at 912-287-9015 or email

THIS PAPER attempts to DRIVERS, CDL-A: Cashier/ Home EVERY Weekend!! exercise diligence in the Pharmacy Tech Dedicated Southeast! Part-time cashier/pharmacy Walk Away Lease, No Money Down. acceptance of all ads subgiasouthen.eduVisit our website tech. Must be able to work Drivers average $1500/wk mitted as Help Wanted & 855-321-4565 mornings. Retail experience Business Opportunities. required. Fax resume to Because of the volume of McCook’s Pharmacy at: REMEMBER: To check 912-764-2228. ads submitted of this type, Jobs with The Bulloch we suggest that you invesEmployment Wanted CDL DRIVERS NEEDED for tigate thoroughly any Richmond Hill, Savannah, County Animal Shelter, advertisements that solicit Affordable Painting Hinesville and Hardeeville. 301 North. If you have and Exterior. Lowest Good Benefits & Top Pay! Call money prior to responding Interior lost a pet. 764–4529.* rates in town. Call 912-486- Joseph, 912-330-0058 to the ad.* 4767.


Southeast Health District - Public Health Position located at the Bulloch County Health Dept. Competitive Salary - Great Benefit Package No Weekends – No Nights – Holidays Off See our website at www. EOE

Gateway Mgt is looking for a part-time Property Manager for a brand new 42 unit senior community in Statesboro. Previous Property Management with LIHTC experience preferred. Send resume to propertymgtgajobs@ to apply. EOE

Insurance Biller/ Front Desk Person

Must have experience in accounting. Full time position. Send resume to: G:622 c/o Statesboro Herald P.O. Box 888 Statesboro, GA 30459


3-4 years experience. Personal injury experience a plus. Send resume and cover letter to P.O. Box 1130, Statesboro, GA 30459. 


Seeking Marketing Manager


Local business is looking for an experienced person to process high volume A/P and other accounting duties. Competency in Excel. Attention to detail and ability to multi-task. Send Resume to: G:621 c/o Statesboro Herald P.O. Box 888 Statesboro, GA 30459 Drug Free Workplace and EOE Workplace.


Church Pianist needed for 2 Sunday morning services and one Sunday evening. Send resume to: G:619 c/o Statesboro Herald P.O Box 888 Statesboro, Ga 30459

Responsible for marketing efforts to support Shuman Produce and the RealSweet sweet onion brand. Submit resumes to

SOUTHEAST COLLISION CENTER is Now Hiring Full-time Receptionist, Estimator and Body Tech. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm. Please apply at 8784 Ford Ave. Richmond Hill Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm or email resume to linda@

Office Manager/ Bookkeeper

Part time Maintenance

Needed in Mobile home park in Statesboro. Must have electrical and pluming experience. Email resume to eaglevillagemhc@hotmail. com. or fax to 912-587-4514.

Physical Therapist

Optim Healthcare is seeking a full time Physical Therapist for our Statesboro location. For more details and to apply, please visit

needed for long term work in the Statesboro area. We offer Stability, Chance to Grow, Top Pay, Paid Holidays, Paid Vacation, Health Insurance and 401(K) with Company Match. Must be dependable with good work ethic & have transportation. Email resume to: Fax Resume to 912-681-2193

Substance Abuse Counselor

Should be proficient in Quickbooks and payroll. Excellent benefits. Salary based on experience. Located in Statesboro GA . Fax resume to 912-8266219 or email to tammy@shreveac-

Commercial Plumbing Superintendents, Plumbers, Apprentices and Helpers

Public Works Department

Refuse Collector

$10.90/hr + Competitive Benefits.  Must apply online @ Equal Opportunity Employer

Savannah Technical College is recruiting for the following positions: Physics/Mathematics Instructor Speech Instructor Part-Time Tutors Educational Technology Specialist For more information please visit – employment. 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31405 E.O.I.

Part-Time, 30 hour work week. Hours are flexible, 5am until 12pm. Salary negotiable. Counselor experience preferred. Send resume to PO Box 932 Statesboro, GA 30459 The Lodge at Bethany is seeking a full-time Activities Coordinator to plan/implement events for residents. Send resume to jobs@vanderbeck. net or learn more at www.

Truck Drivers Needed

Deliveries in & around Screven County. Must have CDL license, Class B, X-Tanker & Hazmat. Send resumes to: Bobby PO Box 822 Dublin, GA 31040

Savannah Technical College Real Estate is recruiting for the following positions: Land/Lots For Sale Registrar Office Assistant Technology Support Specialist For more information please visit – 10 minutes from Statesboro, employment.   5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, water/septic available. GA 31405 E.O.I. Owner financing $1000

3 Acre Lots


You can place your Misc. Real Estate ad in the Statesboro Herald on line at our website or by calling 912.489.9431.

down + closing. 912-7649955.

HELP WANTED Orchard Health & Rehabilitation is currently taking applications to fill vacant positions: *Certified Nursing Assistants: ALL SHIFTS *Licensed Practical Nurses Apply in person at 1321 Pulaski School Rd Pulaski GA 30451 912-685-5072 Drug Free Workplace, EEOC, Criminal Background Check Required

For Rent 2BR/2BA Duplex move in ready with brand new carpet. Appliances included. Utilities separate. $550 per month with a $500 deposit. Close to town and campus. University Place. Call (770) 330-1497 for more details. 62 & OLDER AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS RENTS are 30% of adjusted gross income. One Bedroom Apartments Total Electric, Central HVAC. Water, Garbage, Sewer, Pest Control Included. McFadden Place Apartments, Pembroke, GA. 912-653-3113

Home for Rent

4 bedroom, 2 bath, den, eat in kitchen 2 car carport . Countryside Subdivision, Statesboro. $950per month + deposit 912-839-5415

Houses for Rents

431 and 417 6 bedroom house for rent. All appliances furnished. 912-682-7468

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Boats & Accessories Boats for Sale

NEW !! Spacious Duplex Statesboro leasing now and for Fall Cypress Crossing. 3 bedroom, 2 & 3 bath. 912-536-3870 .

Quiet Living

1 bedroom unfurnished or Studio Furnished Conveniently located near Statesboro Mall . Visit or call Mill Run 912-489-8402

Wise Choice Realty 2 bed/1 bath starting at $695 3 bed/2 bath starting at $850 912- 681-9473 Statesboro, GA

Automotive Cars/Trucks/Vans

Cars For Sale

2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, 4 door, automatic, 1998 Chevy Blazer, automatic, 1991 Toyota Camry, 4 door. All with cold air, all power. 912-531-2967

2004 24’ Bayliner

250 HP Mercury I/O 5.7 Chev. Dual prop. JC GPS, Aluminum dual axle trailer. $19,800. 912-655-7632 912653-2690.


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TAURUS (April 20– May 20) — Mingle, interact with others and gather information. While socializing or networking, you will discover valuable information that will prompt personal change. Love is on its way. GEMINI (May 21– June 20) — Stick to the truth. Exaggeration and excess will be your downfall. Work hard to nurture important partnerships. Don't be fooled by someone's bravado. CANCER (June 21– July 22) — Reconnect with people you have worked with in the past. Melding the old with the new will help you define your strategy. Don't be afraid of being different. Love is encouraged. LEO (July 23–Aug. 22) — Consider how well you get along with colleagues and how you can improve your position. Personal change will make a difference, but don't try to coerce others into changing with you. VIRGO (Aug. 23– Sept. 22) — A persuasive, enticing depiction of what you are up to will draw interest. Educate those you encounter with a presentation that offers a unique chance to get involved in something special. LIBRA (Sept. 23–Oct. 23) — Do something different. Plan a vacation or participate in an activity that challenges you physically. If you join forces with someone you enjoy being with, positive change will result.

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