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PUBLISHER Keith Barlow MANAGING EDITOR Natalie Davis Linder CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Michael Evans ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Erin Andrews CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Felicia Cummings Billy Hobbs Vic Powell ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES Erin Andrews Amy Budrys Taylor Dominy Mandy Mitchem Cindy Witcher DESIGNER Theresa Willis COVER SHOT Vic Powell Milledgeville Scene magazine is published by The Union-Recorder bimonthly at 165 Garrett Way, Milledgeville, GA 31061. For more information on submitting story ideas or advertising in Milledgeville Scene, call (478)453-1430.
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C NTENTS features ‘THE LIGHT BY WHICH WE SEE’ Andalusia Farm hosts art exhibition
SPREADING THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST Young Life is a Christian outreach program designed to work with middle and high school students and beyond.
APPRECIATING THE PAST St. Stephen's Episcopal Church cele brates 175 years
BALDWIN SCHOOLS HOSTING COMMUNITY LITERACY FAIR The Baldwin County Board of Education will host the fourth annual Literacy Fair at Milledgeville Mall
regulars EDITOR’S NOTE
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he hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us and 2016 is in front of us.
A new year brings new opportunities for exploration and growth. Many
of us made resolutions for 2016, and by the time we go to print on this issue, many still may have already broken their newfound commitments. Fortunately for us, every calendar year is comprised of 12 months and not just 30 days. That means we still have time to get back up and start again, this time with more focus and resolve than we did the first time. We certainly hope this issue of Milledgeville Scene puts you back in the right mindset to try again. In this issue, writer Billy Hobbs shares the mission and motivation behind Young Life Ministries. Find out how the nonprofit is reaching youth in Baldwin and surrounding counties. Writer Felicia Cummings shares the history of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and how parishioners are marking the church’s 175th anniversary this year. 2016 will be a milestone year not only for St. Stephen’s but also for Andalusia, the former
“Keep looking up … that’s the secret to life.”
home of writer Flannery O’Connor. Writer Vic Powell shares details on a new exhibit at the historic residence. If you’ve never toured the grounds of Andalusia, perhaps this is the year to do it and check out this great exhibit of artists while you’re there. There’s no time like the present. Be sure to also read up on this year’s literacy fair hosted by Baldwin County Schools and discover other cultural programs and events in our arts and entertainment calendar. If you’ve already faltered on your desired course for this year, know that you’re not alone. Every year presents its own set of unexpected challenges and stumbling blocks, but if we remain hopeful, patient and committed to
staying positive, things will look up soon enough. I know I plan to do just that and I hope you’ll do the same. Email us and give us feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy New Year.
NATALIE DAVIS LINDER, MANAGING EDITOR
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Georgia Military College
PERFORMING ARTS Spring 2016 Series PRESENTS
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
FEB 13 - 7:30 PM General Admission: $5 Students: Free 478-387-4735
Performance by the National Players
The Night of Chamber Music
FEB 17 - 7:00 PM General Admission: $5 Students: Free 478-387-4718
Dr. Martin Gueorguiev Dr. David Johnson Professor Moona Yu Dr. William James McClain
MAR 19 - 7:00 PM
APR 28, 29 and 30 - 7:00 PM
Katie Deal: Today, Tomorrow & Forever
The Addams Family Musical
A Tribute to Patsy Cline
General Admission: $15 Students: $5 Tickets: 478-445-0202 or alumni.gmc.edu
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MAY 18 - 7:00 PM
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Spring Chorus Concert
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Saxophone Expressions featuring Stephen Fischer. Max Noah Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. "Storage Bins Clean-Out Sale.” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Barrows Ferry Road next to Baldwin County Health Department. Annual event to benefit museum and Brown-Stetson-Sanford House.
‘Blindfolded’ theatre performance. Max Noah Recital Hall. 8 p.m.
Justin & Jamie. Performing at Allen’s Market, 201 N. Wayne St. Tickets $10.70 each. 7:30 p.m. Call 478-452-3950, www.milledgevillealliedarts.com
Fourth annual Literacy Fair. Milledgeville Mall. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Carol Goings at 478-4573325 or email@example.com
‘Blindfolded’ theater performance. Max Noah Recital Hall. 2 p.m.
Georgia College Homecoming games and Tent City Tailgating. Centennial Center and Centennial Square. 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Visit w w w. g c s u . e d u / h o m e c o m ing2016. Georgia College French Film Festival. “Ernest & Celestine (PG). Mary Vinson Memorial Library. 10 a.m. Beginning watercolor painting class with Dana Wiggins. Allen’s Market, 201 N. Wayne St. $85 registration fee. Call 4 7 8 - 4 5 2 - 3 9 5 0 , www.milledgevillealliedarts.com
Valentine’s Day Rendezvous. 10th annual choral performance. Magnolia Ballroom. 7:30 p.m.
Sunnyside Mountain Boys. Performing at Allen’s Market, 201 N. Wayne St. Tickets $10.70 each. 7:30 p.m. Call 4 7 8 - 4 5 2 - 3 9 5 0 , www.milledgevillealliedarts.com
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Feb 23 Sweets and Musical Treats. Blackbridge 111 South Clarke St., 478-445Milledgville Music Club’s annuHall Art 4572, www.gcsu.edu/art, 9 al showcase. Goldstein Center Gallery a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through for Performing Arts, Georgia Friday. This art gallery exhibits Military College. 7 p.m. $5 regional, national and internaadmission. tionally recognized contemporary artists. It also presents GCSU senior art major exhibiFeb 24-27 “Chicago.” Russell Auditorium. tions at the end of each semesGeneral Admission $16, senter. iors, GC faculty/staff and nonGC students $12, and GC students $7. 8 p.m. Brown- 601 West Hancock St. 478Stetson 453-1803. Open by appointFeb 25-26 Book binding workshop. Mary Sanford ment and on the Historic Trolley Tour. An architectural gem built Vinson Memorial Library, 151 House by John Marlor in the S. Jefferson St. 3 to 5 p.m. “Milledgeville Federal” style Feb 28 “Chicago.” Russell Auditorium. with its characteristic columned double porch. It served the state General Admission $16, sencapital as the Beecher-Brown iors, GC faculty/staff and nonHotel and then the State’s Rights GC students $12, and GC stuHotel for the many visiting legisdents $7. 2 p.m. lators who came to the area. Feb 29 “An Evening of Guitar Music with Johannes Moller.” Max Central State The Central State Hospital Noah Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Hospital Museum, located on Broad Museum Street in an 1891 Victorian ONGOING train depot, contains memoraBeginning Spanish II (Prior registration bilia that spans the history of Mary Vinson Jan 26 required). CSH. From annual reports to Memorial Library, 151 S. medical equipment, to client’s Jefferson St. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. personal effects, the museum’s contents tell the story of the hisThrough “Fabric, Threads and Friends.” Feb 12 Art by The Wooly Woolie’s at tory of mental health treatment in the United States and the the Marlor House, 201 N. unique story of the hospital Wayne St. Call 478-452-3950, once renowned as the largest www.milledgevillealliedarts.com “insane asylum” in the world. Central State Hospital Museum Andalusia Flannery O’Connor’s Farm, tours are available by appointNorth Columbia Street, 478ment only. For information call 454-4029, www.andalusia478-445-4128. www.centralfarm.org. Open to the public statehospital.org. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and GCSU Herty Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hall, Room 143, Natural Wilkinson Street 478-445Closed Monday, Tuesday and History 0809 for hours; also open by Wednesday. Museum appointment. Visit the Paleozoic, Mesozioc and Bartram In 1794, Native Americans Forest Cenozoic eras and see fossils inhabited the Bartram Forest. from Georgia and across the Today, educational hiking trails world. The museum offers an allow visitors to see centuries of explanation of the history of life abundant wildlife, natural wetthrough geological time. lands, and an erosion ravine Georgia’s 201 East Greene St., Old with soil that is a remnant of the ancient shallow seas that cov- Old Capital Capital Building ground floor, Museum (478) 453-1803,www.oldcapiered Georgia 50 to 100 million talmuseum.org, 10 a.m. to 4 years ago. Three looping trails p.m. Monday through Friday, cover this natural wonder. noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. 2892 Highway 441 South. Experience real Civil War histo-
A&E-MONTH-MONTH ry in the building where Georgia legislators voted to secede from the Union and learn about Native Americans who lived in the area before European settlement. The Old Capital Building was the first public building designed in the Gothic Revival style. Georgia War 2617 Carl Vinson Highway, Veteran’s (478) 445-3363. Memorial Cemetery
John Marlor 201 North Wayne St., 478Art Center 452-3950, www.milledgevil-
lealliedarts.com. This facility is one of three historic buildings that make up the Allied Arts Center. This area was once known as “The Strip,” which was the heart of the AfricanAmerican district until the 1980s. It is a beautiful Milledgeville-Federal/Early Greek Revival. Originally twoover-two clapboard with shed rooms and an open dogtrot porch. It now houses arts offices and the Marlor Art Gallery. The Allen’s Market Building, across from the John Marlor Art Center, is a 1911 building that has been adapted into theatre, meeting and studio space. Visitors are given guided tours of current exhibitions. Allied Arts is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends by appointment. For more information call 478-4523950. Lake Lake Sinclair, U.S. Highway North, encompasses Sinclair 441
15,300 acres for fishing, skiing and fishing tournaments, swimming, boating, camping and has several marinas for the convenience of visitors. Recently declared the “Cleanest Lake in the State,” Lake Sinclair boasts more than 500 miles of shoreline. Campgrounds, picnic areas and unsupervised beaches add to the enjoyment of Lake Sinclair. Rose Hill at 1534 Irwinton Road, 478-452Lockerly 2112, www.lockerlyarboreArboretum tum.org. Rose Hill, a Greek
Revival home circa 1852, is the Milledgeville The CVB offers guided trolley centerpiece of the Lockerly Convention tours Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. & Visitors and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Trolley Arboretum, and presides over Bureau tour admission is $12 for its surroundings with elegance adults, $10 for children ages 6 and grace. The mansion is a to 13 and $10 for senior citisignificant example of the finest zens. Group tickets available plantation architecture of the by request, as well as step-on area as well as the entire cotton guides at the CVB, 200 W. belt of the Old South. Lockerly Hancock St. Office hours: Hall is open for tours on the Monday through Friday 8:30 Monday, Tuesday and a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from Wednesday Trolley Tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed holithrough the Convention & days. For additional informaVisitors Bureau. The Arboretum tion call 478-452-4687 or 1is open, free of charge, 800-653-1804 or visit Monday through Friday from www.milledgevillecvb.com 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 478-452-4687 or 1-800-653- St. Stephen’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Mary Vinson 1804. Episcopal established circa 1843. A Memorial Church Gothic roof now replaces the Library Baldwin County’s first public original flat roof destroyed by the explosion of the nearby library was founded in 1923 arsenal during the Civil War. and at one time occupied the Of special interest is the chanbuilding that now serves as the cel window of Old English Milledgeville Visitors Center. In glass, a gift from Christ Church 1961, the library’s name was in Savannah. Early parishioner changed to the Mary Vinson Capt. John Wilcox created the Memorial Library in honor of hand-carved chancel furniture. Congressman Vinson’s late Located at 220 S. Wayne St. wife. The current 18,900Tours square-foot building on Jefferson Street was completed in 1986. Today, the Mary Milledgeville A drive through the landmark ’s Trolley Historic District includes rotatVinson Memorial Library is Tour ing visits to the Old Governor’s home to an extensive genealogMansion, c. 1838, Old State ical and local history collection. Capitol, c. 1807, Saint Memory Hill Located at 151 South Jefferson Stephen’s Episcopal Church, c. Cemetery St. www.twinlakeslibrarysys1841, Lockerly Hall, c. 1839 tem.org and the Stetson-Sanford House, c. 1825. Tours are available at Originally designated as one of 10 a.m. Monday through the four public squares of twenFriday and 2 p.m. Saturday. ty acres each in the Adults $10; children ages 6 to Milledgeville town plan of 16 $5. Tours begin at 1803, it later came to be Convention & Visitors Bureau, known as Cemetery Square. 200 West Hancock St. 1-800653-1804 or 478-452-4687. Many people associated with Milledgeville and Georgia history, such as L.Q.C. Lamar, E-mail your events to Congressman Carl Vinson, and firstname.lastname@example.org. Flannery O’Connor, as well as Please include time, date, early Georgia governors, legislators, college presidents, location, including address, slaves, and soldiers, are buried cost for the event and here. Liberty and Franklin a contact phone number. streets;www.friendsofcems.org /MemoryHill.
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SCENE&HEARD a look at the arts & culture of Milledgeville and Baldwin County
NEW DOC EXPLORES THE LIFE OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR
MILLEDGEVILLE HABITAT RAISES MORE THAN $22,000
FESTIVITIES FOR GEORGIA COLLEGE’S WEEK-LONG HOMECOMING 2016 CELEBRATION
Milledgeville Baldwin-County Habitat for Humanity teamed up with Georgia College mass communication students to raise 90 percent of the nonprofit's individual gifts during Georgia Gives Day on Nov. 12. Georgia Gives Day is a 24-hour statewide fundraising event for nonprofit organizations. Every penny donated goes to its respective organization. The day features prize money competitions ATLANTA – Beata Productions has announced the first-ever documentary about acclaimed writer Flannery O’Connor. An icon of Southern Gothic literature, O’Connor is best-known for works such as “A Good Man Is Hard To Find,” “Good Country People,” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge.” Directed by Atlantan Bridget Kurt, “Uncommon Grace: The Life of Flannery O’Connor” traces the people and events that helped shape her remarkable career. Born in Savannah in 1925, O’Connor moved to Milledgeville at age 13, attending Peabody High School and later enrolling at what was then known as Georgia State College for Women. After receiving a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and briefly residing on the East coast, she returned to the area several years later. As the film points out, the geography and people of central Georgia played a vital role in her fiction. “A lot of readers get a brief introduction to Flannery O’Connor in short fiction collections or in a literature class somewhere along the way,” Kurt said. “By understanding her key life experiences, I think fans will be able to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for her extraordinary work.” “Uncommon Grace” features commentary from numerous O’Connor experts, including Kennesaw State University professor David King, biographer Brad Gooch and O’Connor friend William A. Sessions. The documentary, which also includes dozens of rare photographs, is now available in DVD format on Amazon.com. -Beata Productions 12 • MS • WINTER ISSUE 2016
including, Power Hours, Golden Tickets and leaderboards. This year's Habitat MBC donations reached an extraordinary $22,100 from more than 100 unique donors. Participation in the Suntrust Financial Well-Being Challenge brought in another $2,500 donated by the Suntrust Foundation, further securing developments in the Neighborhood Revitalization initiative. Students from Dr. English's mass communication course, Strategic Campaigns, jumped into Georgia Gives Day with enthusiasm and passion. The team collaborated on utilizing social media tools and engaging with the local community to raise awareness for Habitat. -Milledgeville-Baldwin Habitat for Humanity
Viva Milly Vegas, kicks off Monday, Feb. 1. The week’s activities for students and alumni include contests, the annual concert and parade, culminating in Saturday’s basketball doubleheader. The parade will be held Saturday, Feb. 6. Lineup will begin at 10 a.m. on Tattnall Street by The Depot, and the parade will begin promptly at 11 a.m. The Bobcats’ homecoming basketball game against Columbus State University will air at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. The entirety of the doubleheader will be carried live on the ESPN3 network, utilizing ESPN equipment and broadcasting talent. SPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For more information on homecoming festivities email email@example.com. -GC Communications
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Ross Sheppard, Visitor Services Manager at Andalusia Farm, sits at a Royal typewriter of the same model that Flannery O Connor used to write many of her stories. Visitors to Andalusia are welcome to try their hand at the old-fashioned typewriter, even using it to write their own stories if they so desire.
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‘The Light by Which We See’ Andalusia Farm hosts art exhibition By VIC POWELL
Andalusia Farm is host to an art exhibit based on the works of Flannery O’Connor called “The Light by Which We See.” The exhibit went on display in November and will stay up until April. “The exhibition is up for six months typically to span seasons and give people a chance to get here,” says Elizabeth Wylie, executive director of Andalusia Farm. “A six-month run is an increasing trend in museums to have shows longer so people can see it.” Wylie says that because Andalusia is a travel destination, it’s all the more reason for the exhibit to stay up, especially as the winter months tend to be a slower time for visitations. The exhibit got its start when Wylie was speaking to Christine Sajecki, an artist who was the chair of O’Connor’s childhood home in Savannah. “She told me she was a painter and interested in art,” Wylie recalls. “She had been part of this group who did a similar show at [Edgar Allan] Poe house.” Wylie expressed her interest in the project, and Sanjecki enlisted the help of Anelecia Brooks, another of the exhibit’s artists and the exhibit’s curator. “Anelecia put the show together,” Wylie says. “It was essentially free of charge for us, and artists paid shipping for their paint-
ings. It is a low-cost and high-impact exhibit for us.” The exhibition has so far gotten positive responses from the community. Wylie says that although visitation to the museum slows during the winter months, many locals have decided to visit Andalusia again, some for the first time in quite a while. “Visitation is the lifeblood of any historic site,” Wylie says. “We’ll have an ongoing rotation of exhibitions going forward when we turn to complete restoration of the main house. Until then, it’s a great strategy to get people to come back.” The exhibition features 11 works of art by renowned artists from nine states, all of which are hanging on the walls in what used to be the bedroom of O’Connor’s uncle, Louis Cline. Each painting reflects a quote from one of O’Connor’s works that has personally inspired the artist. Each work of art is also available for purchase. Although the museum at the historic farm has no part in any of the transactions and receives no proceeds from potential sales, the staff is happy to put a potential customer in touch with the artist directly for discussion of a purchase. “What’s interesting is the connection between literature and visual arts,” Wylie says. “O’Connor was a painter herself. She drew satirical cartoons at the school newspaper and took up
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This painting, ‘The World was Made for the Dead’ by Thony Aiuppy, is one of 11 on display at Andalusia. All of the works in the exhibit were inspired by quotes from Flannery O’Connor. This one was inspired by ‘The World was made for the dead. Think of all the dead there are... There’s a million times more dead than living and the dead are dead a million times longer than the living are alive...’ – The Violent Bear It Away, Flannery O’Connor, 1960.
There are 11 paintings in ‘The Light By Which We See’ exhibit now on display at Andalusia. The paintings were all inspired by Flannery O’Connor’s work, who as well as being an author, also enjoyed painting and drew many satirical cartoons published in the Colonnade during her time at Georgia College for Women in the 1940s. The paintings here are, from left, ‘Francis Tarwater and the Stranger in Vascular Landscape‘ by Christine Sanjecki; ‘New Shoes’ by Jude Harzer; ‘The Unknown’ by Chris Semtner (top); and ‘The Fall’ by Deidre Riley (bottom).
painting as well. I like the connection between the two.” Wylie says that as an author, O’Connor wanted people to interpret her work in any way they chose, without any education or preparation. “All of the paintings are a different take for different people. They’re all inspired by Flannery’s work, and as an added level of interest, they’re about how we, in our mind’s eye, visualize it,” Wylie says. “Those artists have put it down on paper for us to see their visualization of a scene.” Wylie says she hopes the art encourages people to re-imagine scenes from O’Connor’s stories as well as re-read those works and look at the literature a little differently and on a deeper level.
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“Flannery was at one time a contemporary artist, so in whatever ways Andalusia can support contemporary artists and writers, it’s part of our effort to engage people and encourage people to read her again,” Wylie says. “Some stories take only 30 minutes to read.” The list of artists and the titles of the works include: •Thony Aiuppy — “The World Was Made For The Dead” •Anelecia Hannah Brooks — “Eucharist for Harry Ashfield” •Charles Phillip Brooks — “Every Drop of Air from the Earth” •Brian Busch — “The Train” •Stephen Cefalo — “Cattails” •Jude Harzer — “New Shoes”
Andalusia Farm, the homstead of writer Flannery O’Connor works toward preservation of the farm in the likeness of what O’Connor lived and worked there during the 1950s to 1964. In the same room as some paintings from the exhibit, visitors can try their hand at writing something on a Royal typewriter, the same model that O’Connor used, as well as handle a period phone. The desk pictured was that of her uncle, Louis Cline, who visited the farm most weekends.
•Karen Kaapcke — “Crossroads (Wise Blood)” •Deidre Riley — “The Fall” •Christine Sajecki — “Francis Tarwater and the Stranger in Vascular Landscape” •Chris Semtner — “The Unknown” •Andrienne Stein — “Crows” Andalusia Farm has a very long history in Milledgeville; however, it is decorated and restored to the time period in which O’Connor lived and worked there. During the 19th century, the farm was a cotton plantation. The owner of the plantation lived in Milledgeville, and Wylie says it is believed the main house was the home of the plantation’s overseer. A second home was on the property for the slaves.
The property had various owners through the 1900s until it was bought by Bernard Cline in the early 1930s. Cline was a prominent physician in Atlanta, and he used the property for weekend getaways and for raising horses. In the 1940s, he sent his sister to the farm, which he named Sorrell Farm for the color of the horses he kept. He intended to train his sister, Regina O’Connor — Flannery’s mother — as a bookkeeper. It was also in the 1940s that Flannery met a descendent of the Hawkins family, which originally owned the property. She told her mother that the original name of the property was Andalusia, and when Cline heard it, he liked the name so much that from then on, the property was called Andalusia. Bernard Cline died in 1947 and left the home in duel owner-
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ship of Regina O’Connor and their brother, Louis Cline. Louis and Regina began expanding the farm operation, establishing 200 acres of pasture, hay fields, livestock ponds and keeping the other portion of the property in woodlands for timber use. Management of the farm was left primarily to Regina because Louis worked in Atlanta. Flannery O’Connor lived in New York when, in 1951, she was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, the same disease that had killed her father. She moved back to Milledgeville and lived at Andalusia while it was a working dairy farm. She lived the last 14 years of her life there, though she was only expected to live five years after her diagnosis. Much of O’Connor’s writing was done at Andalusia, which features prominently in many of her stories. In the 1960s, the farm began to experience serious labor problems, so Regina converted the farm from dairy to beef cattle. However, after Flannery died in 1964 at the age of 39, Regina moved back to the Cline mansion on Greene Street and turned over operation of the farm to a series of caretakers. When Louis died in 1973, Regina became the sole owner of the farm, which had by that time shut down production of beef. Regina O’Connor passed away in 1995 at the age of 99. Between the years when the farm’s operations were shut down until 2001, the property became run down. It was a known hangout for teens and also a target of vandalism. Yet, the farm remained a pilgrimage site for fans of O’Connor’s works. In 2001, Flannery’s cousins, who owned the property, established The Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation, and two years later, the site was opened for public access. Restoration projects are still underway at Andalusia. The Hill House, which was originally built as slave quarters behind the main home and later moved to its current location and used as a home for many of the farm’s workers, has been restored. The main house has undergone some renovation, and improvements continue at several other sites on the property. Visitors are always welcome at Andalusia, Wylie says, and they can even try typing on a Royal brand typewriter very similar to the one O’Connor used. “We have lots of events through the year, and we’re just now putting a plan in place to stay open in the evenings on Thursdays seasonally because O’Connor wrote about the light and sunsets at the farm,” Wylie says. “Visitors don’t really get to see that, and we want to make that happen.” People are encouraged to use the property for relaxation, walks and even their own writing and painting projects. While the farm is still about 500 acres, Wylie says visitors are encouraged to stay on the trails because much of the property is not set up for visitors. Free WiFi is also available at Andalusia, though Wylie says she hopes people will put the technology away to enjoy Milledgeville’s own nature preserve. Groups and clubs are also allowed to meet at the property, which is free of charge though a $10 donation per visitor is suggested. “People who are in the community and want to come outdoors, we encourage just coming and hanging out,” Wylie says. “We’re here — take advantage of us.” Andalusia is a nonprofit organization that is operated and maintained solely on donations and grants. It is located on U.S. Highway 441 North. Andalusia is open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and closed Monday through Wednesday. For more information, call 478-454-4029, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://andalusiafarm.org.
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BY BILLY W. HOBBS
Young Life is a Christian outreach program designed to work with middle and high school students and beyond.
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“The idea of Young Life is to reach out to kids in the community through building lasting friendships where leaders get to walk alongside students, not only while they are in middle school and high school, but also well beyond, and into adulthood,”…
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preading the love of Jesus Christ is the central theme of Young Life, a nonprofit Christian outreach program that is growing in Milledgeville and Baldwin County. “The idea of Young Life is to reach out to kids in the community through building lasting friendships where leaders get to walk alongside students, not only while they are in middle school and high school, but also well beyond, and into adulthood,” says Trey Beavers, area director of Young Life. The organization was founded by Jim Rayburn, a youth pastor in 1941 in Gainesville, Texas, who had been approached by a church pastor who was concerned about the number of children not coming to church at the time. Rayburn immediately became involved and decided right away if children weren’t going to come to church, he was
going to seek them out for Jesus. As it turned out, Rayburn began showing up at the local high school and became friends of children on what Beavers describes as their “turf.” Today, those affiliated with Young Life continue to go where children are gathered, whether it’s during school lunches, football games, band practice, drama performances, etc. The organization has grown by leaps and bounds through the years and now is in every state in the country, as well as 99 foreign countries. The program’s goals and key mission are simple. “It’s all about introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith,” Beavers says. The mission is accomplishment in a variety of ways, locally, Beavers says. As area director of the Young Life program, Beavers has a vast knowledge about the Young Life program. He should because he went through the program while attending high school in the Atlanta area. “My Young Life leader, Matt, was always there for me to answer questions, walk through life and help me understand what it looks like to have a relationship with Jesus,”
Beavers recalls. “It was with the help and support if my own Young Life leader that I began a (personal) relationship with Christ when I was a junior in high school while at a Young Life camp called Sharptop Cove.” Beavers continued as a member of Young Life after he graduated and became a student at Georgia College. He went on to become a volunteer leader at Gatewood High School in Eatonton. After just a year at GC, he transferred to the University of Georgia in Athens where he became a volunteer leader at Morgan County Middle School in Madison. Young Life eventually opened doors for Beavers that he had never dreamed existed. “During my senior year of college at UGA, I went on student staff, which was an internship opportunity to further look into the idea of going on staff full-time for Young Life after my college career,” Beavers says. After he graduated from UGA with an agribusiness degree in 2012, Beavers joined the staff of Young Life fulltime. He was assigned to the Rome area for two years where he launched two new ministries for Young Life. He then was asked to move to Milledgeville and assume a posi-
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tion where he had once served as a volunteer leader. “Young Life has played a huge role in my life, and has been monumental in helping me become the man I am today,” says Beavers, who is now married and has a son. Katie, like her husband, is also active in the Young Life program. She serves as area administrator. Others affiliated with the local group include: Brady Powell, Graham Crawford, Garrett Fricks, Anna McCollum, Nichole Gouge, Amanda Hoysler and Jessica Floyd. A host of other volunteers help do other things in the Milledgeville area and sit on the local committee. They include: Jay and Debbie Cox, Colin and Amy Duke, James and Christy Goforth, Will and Elizabeth Hobbs, Mark and Kristie Meeks, Todd and Cindy Miller, William and Renee Mosley, Thomas and Leah Powell, Garland and Jan Riner, Brian and Fancy Robinson, and Donnie and Kimberly Williams. In the Eatonton area, the committee consists of the following persons: Bill and Douglas Weeks, Candace Burrell, John David and Lindsey Hallman, David and Pamela Harty, and Powell and Beth Griffith. When it comes to participation in the Young Life program, it’s totally wide-open for area high school students and middle school students at both public and private schools throughout
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Baldwin and Putnam counties. “Young Life is the program designed for high school students, while WyldLife is the program designed for middle school students,” Beavers says. “College Life is our training program for local college students training to become Young Life volunteer leaders.” Young Life has weekly meetings at Georgia Military College Prep School, Baldwin High School, John Milledge Academy, Gatewood High School and Georgia College Early College. The WyldLife program, meanwhile, is ongoing at John Milledge Academy, Oak Hill Middle School and Georgia Military College Prep School. The future looks bright for Young Life in this area, Beavers says. “We are hoping to expand Young Life and its influence in order to start club ministries at Putnam County High School and Putnam County Middle School in Eatonton, as well as Gatewood Middle School in Eatonton,” Beavers says. Along the lines of long-term, Beavers says he and others hope that Young Life will expand into other surrounding counties, such as Jones, Wilkinson, Washington and Hancock. For additional information about the Young Life program call Trey Beavers at 478-414-8404.
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DINING Directory 119 Chops 30 W. Main St. Milledgeville AJ’s Hotwings & More 2601 North Columbia St. Ste 4, Milledgeville (478) 804-0101 AJ’s To Gp 400 S. Elbert St. Milledgeville (478) 451-0101 Amici Italian Cafe 101 W Hancock St. Milledgeville (478) 452-5003
The Brick 136 W Hancock St. Milledgeville (478) 452-0089
Country Buffet 1465 SE Jefferson St. Milledgeville (478) 453-0434
Burger King 2478 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-3706
Dairy Queen 1105 S Wayne St. Milledgeville (478) 452-9620
Captain D’s Seafood 2590 N. Columbia St, Milledgeville (478) 452-3542
Domino’s Pizza 1909-B N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-9455
Chick-Fil-A 1730 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 451-4830
Down South Seafood 972 Sparta Hwy Milledgeville (478) 452-2100
Chick-Fil-A W. Hancock St., Milledgeville (478) 452-0585
Dukes Dawghouse 162 Sinclair Marina Rd Milledgeville (478) 453-8440
Chili’s Bar & Grill 2596 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-1900
El Amigo Mexican Restaurant 2465 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-0027
Applebee’s 106 NW Roberson Mill Rd.
Milledgeville (478) 453-8355 Asian Bistro & Grill 124 W. Hancock St. Milledgeville (478-452-2886 Aubri Lane’s 114 S Wayne St. Milledgeville (478) 454-4181 Barberito’s Restaurant 148 W Hancock St Milledgeville (478) 451-4717 Blackbird Coffee 114 W Hancock St. Milledgeville (478) 454-2473 Bojangles 1858 N. Columbia Street Milledgeville (478) 295-2320
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China Garden 1948 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 454-3449 China Wings 3 1071 S. Wayne St., Milledgeville (478) 453-3655 Church’s Chicken 620 N Jefferson St., Milledgeville (478) 414-1808 Cookout 1893 N Columbia St Milledgeville (478) 454-3257
El Tequila 168 Garrett Way, NW Milledgeville (478) 414-1702 Georgia Bob’s 116 W. Hancock St. Milledgeville (478) 295-0696 Goodie Gallery 812 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-8080
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant 1304 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-5200 Harold’s BBQ 411 Pea Ridge Rd. Eatonton 706-485-5376 Haynes Snack Bar 113 SW Davis Dr. Milledgeville (478) 451-3177 Hibachi Express 2515 North Columbia St Milledgeville (478) 453-3842 Hong Kong Express 2400 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-4155 Huddle House 300 E. Hancock St. Milledgeville (478) 452-2680 206 NW Roberson Mill Rd., Milledgeville (478) 452-3222 IHOP 2598 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-0332 Jackson’s at Sinclair 3065 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-9744 James Fish and Chicken 905 S Wayne St. Milledgeville (478) 453-8696
Judy’s Country Kitchen 1720 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 414.1436
Metropolis Cafe 138 N. Wayne St., Milledgeville 478-452-0247
Ruby Tuesday 2440 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-5050
Subway 650 South Wayne St. Milledgeville (478) 451-0102
Kai Thai 2600 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville 478-454-1237
Ms. Stella’s 960 N. Wilkinson St. Milledgeville 478-453-7211
Shrimp Boat 911 S Elbert St. Milledgeville (478) 452-0559
Super China Buffet 1811 N. Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 451-2888
Kuroshima Japan 140 W. Hancock St., Milledgeville (478) 451-0245
Octagon Cafe 3010 Heritage Rd. Milledgeville (478) 452-0588
Sonic Drive In 1651 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 451-0374
Taco Bell 2495 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-2405
Los Magueyes 3052 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-0271
Old Clinton Barbecue 2645 N. Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 454-0080
Sonny’s Brew’N Cue 120 N. Greene St., Milledgeville (478) 452-0004
Velvet Elvis 118 W Hancock St., Milledgeville (478) 453-8226
Lieu’s Peking Restaurant 2485 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 804-0083
Old Tyme Dogs 451 W. Montgomery St. Milledgeville
Soul Master Barbecue & Lounge 451 N Glynn St. Milledgeville (478) 453-2790
Waffle House-Milledgeville 1683 N Columbia St (478) 452-9507
Little Tokyo Steakhouse 2601 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-8886 Margarita’s Mexican Grill 2400 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 453-9547
Original Crockett’s Family Cafeteria and Catering 1850 N. Columbia St. Ste 10 Milledgeville (478)804-0009 Paradise Country BBQ 111 Old Montgomery Hwy Milledgeville
Soul To Go Mobile Unit (478) 456-5153 Subway 1692 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 453-2604
(corner Hwy 441 N. & Log Cabin Rd)
McDonald’s 2490 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-1312 McDonald’s 611 S Wayne St., Milledgeville (478) 452-9611 McDonald’s Wal-Mart, Milledgeville (478) 453-9499
(478) 452-8008 Papa John’s Pizza 1306 N Columbia Street, Milledgeville (478) 453-8686 Pickle Barrel Cafe & Sports Pub 1892 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-1960
Subway 1829A N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-2604
Waffle House-Milledgeville 3059 N Columbia St., (478) 451-2914 Wendy’s 2341 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 453-9216 Zaxby’s 1700 N Columbia St., Milledgeville (478) 452-1027
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2016 is no ordinary year
for members of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. "This is pretty big. We're going to be celebrating 175 years of St. Stephen’s in the community," says Carol Goings. Goings serves as chairman of the church's 175th anniversary planning committee. The slogan chosen by the committee is “Appreciating Our Past — Committed To Our Future.” "While we celebrate and give thanks for our past, we recognize the need to plan for our future," says Father David C. Probst, church rector. To commemorate the anniversary, the church is working to raise $175,000 for church renovations and various community outreach groups in Baldwin County. "Our goal is to raise $175,000 with 10 percent of that going back to the community. Because the community has been so supportive of St. Stephen’s and its endeavors, we want to show our appreciation," Goings says. In preparing for the future of St. Stephen’s, church offi-
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cials would like to use the money collected through the anniversary fundraiser to refurbish the church building, create a more enhanced learning environment for the day school, renovate the worship space and stained glass windows, add 21st century technology throughout all church buildings, and beautify the grounds and walkways. "The money will go toward projects that will make sure the church goes for another 175 years," Goings says. St. Stephen's is a church rich in local history. "There's a lot of history at St. Stephen’s that's rich in culture." Two priests from Christ Church, Savannah, were the first to serve the Episcopal residents of Milledgeville — the Rev. John W. Bartow, rector, and the Rev. Edward Neufville. They held services in Milledgeville as early as 1832. On April 4, 1841, St. Stephen's was incorporated by the state of Georgia and is the eighth oldest Episcopal church in the state. "We are kicking off our 175th celebration Sunday, Jan. 10 at our annual meeting. Then April 3, we will have our big celebration," Goings says. The church's history is also intertwined with the Civil War. During Gen. William T. Sherman's stop through Milledgeville in November 1864, the bitter cold forced his soldiers from the 107th New York Infantry Regiment to take shelter in St. Stephen’s, as well as in other churches on the square. They burned pews and poured syrup into the pipes of they St. Stephen's organ. "Supposedly his men put their horses in the church and they poured molasses down organ pipes. This little girl named Nylic wrote a letter to New York Life Insurance,
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asking for help." New York Life Insurance responded by providing the church with a new organ. The original letter serves as an artifact at the church. "We're going to contact them because they've been such an important part of our history. They will be invited to be a part of our celebration and support us in our endeavors," Goings says. Another contribution to the church resulting from the Civil War is a stained glass window. When the nearby arsenal was blown up as the troops left on the March to the Sea, the roof was damaged and the windows of the church were blown out. The stained glass window over the altar was a gift from Christ Church, Savannah, in appreciation for the local church’s hospitality during the Civil War. Goings says St. Stephen's provided not only spiritual guidance, but it also gave her and her husband a way to connect with the community through outreach projects. "When Douglas and I moved here 15 years ago, St. Stephen’s was very welcoming to us. It has gotten us involved in the community in many ways. It not only gave us the spiritual support but the social support to become active members of the community." For many years, the church has provided several outreach
services to the public through its variety of ministry programs. All women who are members of St. Stephen's are also members of Episcopal Church Women (ECW). ECW is a national Episcopal women's organization that provides a wide range of opportunities for women to relate to the church through a service programs, gifts and fellowship. ECW at St. Stephen's sponsors the Derby Day party, held each year and coinciding with the Kentucky Derby, and the Daddy-Daughter Dance. Another community outreach project provided by the church is a local food pantry. The Chard Wray Food Pantry provides groceries to families, seniors and others in the community who have access to cooking facilities but who have a difficult time affording food. Volunteers from local community groups and churches staff the pantry. Church services also extend beyond St. Stephen’s. Veteran church services are also held each Monday at the Georgia War Veterans Home in the Woods Building. For more information about the church call St. Stephen's Episcopal Church at 478-452-2710 or visit www.ststephensga.com.
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Worship Directory Antioch Primitive Baptist Church 512 NW Monticello Rd. 478-968-0011
Countyline Baptist Church 1012 Hwy 49W 478-932-8105
Flipper Chapel AME 136 Wolverine St. 478-453-7777
Hopewell United Methodist Church 188 Hopewell Church Rd. 478-453-9047
Alpha & Omega COGIC 512 NW Monticello Rd. 478-968-0011
Countyline Primitive Baptist Church 120 NW Neriah Rd. 478-986-7333
Freedom Church, Inc. 500 Underwood Rd. 478-452-7694
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 2701 Irwinton Rd. 478-452-7854
Baldwin Church of Christ 57 Marshall Rd. 478-452-5440
Covenant Baptist Church 264 Ivey Dr. SW 478-452-0567
Freewill Fellowship Worship Center 115 Cook St. 478-414-2063
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 110 NW O’Conner Dr. 478-452-8887
Bible Rivival Church 101 Deerwood Dr. 478-452-4347
Covenant Presbyterian Church 440 N. Columbia St. 478-453-9628
Friendship Baptist Church 685 E Hwy 24 478-452-0507
Lakeshore Community Church 882 Twin Bridges Rd. 478-986-7331
Black Springs Baptist Church 673 Sparta Hwy NE 478-453-9431
Discipleship Christian Center Church 113 SE Thomas St. 478-452-7755
Friendship Baptist Chapel 635 Twin Bridges Rd. 478-968-7201
Life and Peace Christian Center 116 SW Frank Bone Rd. 478-453-3607
Body of Christ Deliverance Church 140 SW Effingham Rd. 478-453-4459
Elbethel Baptist Church 251 N. Irwin St. 478-452-8003
Grace Baptist Church 112 Alexander Dr. 478-453-9713
Living Word Church of God 151 W. Charlton St. 478-452-7151
Central Church of Christ 359 NE Sparta Hwy 478-451-0322
Emmanuel Baptist Church 384 Gordon Hwy 478-453-4225
Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church 171 Harrisburg Rd. 478-452-9115
Milledgeville Christian Center The Sheep Shed 120 Ivey Dr. 478-453-7710
Church of God 385 Log Cabin Rd. 478-452-2052
Faith Point Church of Nazarene 700 Dunlap Rd. 478-451-5365
Green Pasture Baptist Church 150 N. Warren St. 478-453-8713
Church of Jesus Christ 1700 N Jefferson St. 478-452-9588
First Baptist Church 330 S. Liberty St. 478-452-0502
Gumhill Baptist Church 1125 Hwy 24 478-452-3052
Community Life Baptist Church 1340 Orchard Hill Rd. 478-414-1650
First Presbyterian Church 210 S. Wayne St. 478-452-9394
Heartland Independant Baptist Church 107 Collins Circle Milledgeville, GA
Community Baptist Church 143 NE Log Cabin Rd. 478-453-2380
First United Methodist Church 366 Log Cabin Rd. 478-452-4597
Hardwick Baptist Church 124 Thomas St. 478-452-1612
Cooperville Baptist Church 100 Coopers Church Rd. 478-960-0549
Flagg Chapel Baptist Church 400 W. Franklin St. 478-452-7287
Hope Lutheran Church 214 W Hwy 49 478-452-3696
Miracle Healing Temple 133 Central Ave. 478-452-1369 Missionaries of Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints 141 Frank Bone Rd. 478-452-5775 Montpelier United Methodist Church 449 Sparta Hwy 478-453-0040 Mosleyville Baptist Church 106 SE Oak Dr. 478-452-1723
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Worship Directory Mount Nebo Baptist Church 338 Prosser Rd. 478-452-4288
Northside Baptist Church 1001 N. Jefferson St. 478-452-6648
Second Macedonia Baptist Church 2914 SE Vinson Hwy 478-452-3733
Torrance Chapel Baptist Church 274 Pancras Rd. 478-453-8542
Mount Pleasant Baptist Church 265 SW Mt Pleasant Church Rd. 478-452-7978
Oak Grove Baptist Church No. 1 508 Hwy 49 478-453-3326
Seventh Day Adventist 509 N. Liberty St. 478-453-3839
Trinity Christian Methodist Church 321 N. Wilkinon St. 478-457-0091
Milledgeville Study Group 140 Chase Ct. 478-414-1517
Oak Grove Independent Methodist Church 121 Lingold Dr. 478-453-9564
Seventh Day Adventist Church of Milledgeville 156 Pettigrew Rd. 478-453-8016
Union Baptist Church 720 N. Clark St. 478-452-8626
Old Bethel Holiness Church 866 SE Stembridge Rd. 478-451-2845
Shiloh Baptist Church 204 Harrisburg Rd. 478-453-2157
Pathfinder Christian Church 120 N. Earnest Byner St. 478-453-8730
Sinclair Baptist Church 102 Airport Rd. 478-452-4242
New Beginning Church of Christ 325 Hwy 49 478-454-5489 New Beginning Worship Center 200 Southside SE 478-696-9104 New Covenant Community Outreach Ministries 321 E. Hancock St. 478-453-3709 New Hope Baptist Church 345 E. Camden St. 478-452-0431 New Life Fellowship Church 123 Ennis Rd. 478-414-7654 New Life Foursquare Church 112 Jacqueline Terrace 478-452-1721 New Life Ministries 1835 Vinson HWY SE New Vision Church of God in Christ 941 NE Dunlap Rd. 478-414-1123 Northridge Christian Church 321 Log Cabin Rd. 478-452-1125
Union Missionary Baptist Church 135 Prosser Rd. 478-453-3517 Vaughn Chapel Baptist Church 1980 N. Jefferson St. 478-452-9140
Spring Hill Baptist Church 396 Lake Laurel Rd. 478-453-7090
Pine Ridge Baptist Church 657 Old Monticello Rd. 478-986-5055 Rock of Ages Baptist Church 601 W. Montgomery St 478-453-8693
Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church 994 Sparta Hwy 478-451-5429
Rock Mill Baptist Church 2770 N. Columbia St. 478-451-5084
Saint Mary Baptist Church Hwy 212 478-986-5228
Sacred Heart Catholic Church 110 N. Jefferson St. 478-452-2421
Saint Paul Baptist Church 485 Meriweather Rd. 478-986-5855
Salvation Army Corps Community Center 478-452-6940
Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 220 S. Wayne St. 478-452-2710
Salem Baptist Church 125 Salem Church Road 478-456-4285
Tabernacle of Praise 304 Hwy 49 W. 478-451-0906
Victory Baptist Church 640 Meriweather Road 478-452-2285 Wesley Chapel AME Church 1462 SE Elbert St 478-452-5083 Wesley Chapel Foundation House 211 S Clark St. 478-452-9112 Westview Baptist Church 273 W Hwy 49 478-452-9140 Zion Church of God in Christ 271 E. Camden 478-453-7144
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Baldwin schools hosting community
literacy fair The Baldwin County Board of Education will host the fourth annual Literacy Fair at Milledgeville Mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 30. The event is
FREE & OPEN to the public.
The Literacy Fair is an initiative of the Baldwin County Board of Education. It is designed to showcase literacy initiatives and family development opportunities in the community. Local schools, nonprofit organizations, and businesses will participate with performances and family activities. This year’s event will feature a “Make It, Take It”
option for parents to learn about common core standards to better assist with their children’s education at home. The fair is designed to benefit area youth and families by providing information about literacy programs that are available within Baldwin County. The fair provides parents with strategies and activities
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they can utilize with their children. It is designed to benefit parents of every grade level. The event is free to the public and will provide information on different types of literacy, including reading, financial, math and computer literacy. The fair helps demonstrate the value of all types of literacy and learning, and is not limited to reading. A collection of booths will offer a variation of activities, resources and materials for the entire family including puppet shows, games, free books and school performances. The fair offers an opportunity for members of the community to see all the types of resources that are available to
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them and how they can access them. Participating groups this year include: Early Learning Center, St. Stephen’s Day School, Learning Safari, Little Caterpillars, Blandy Hills Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Eagle Ridge Elementary, Midway Elementary, Oak Hill Middle, Baldwin High, Georgia College Early College, Communities in Schools, John H. Lounsbury College of Education Pre Education, GMC, Twin Lakes Library System, and Exchange Bank. For more information about the Literacy Fair, call Carol Goings at 478-457-3325 or email email@example.com.
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GEORGIA COLLEGE’S BALDWIN CO. SCHOOLS DAY
Students from Eagle Ridge, Midway, Blandy Hills, Creekside and Oak Hill got an opportunity to share in the Bobcat experience during Georgia College's basketball doubleheader against USC Aiken. More than 2,600 students from the elementary and middle schools got the chance to sit and watch the men’s and women’s games at the Centennial Center as part of the first-ever Baldwin County Schools Day. The event was an effort to offer students a glimpse into the college life experience and build relations between the college and the local public school system.
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PHOTOS BY FELICIA CUMMINGS
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DIALOGUE WITH A DEPUTY
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office hosted its first-ever Dialogue with a Deputy in early January at the southside McDonald’s. The goal of the event was to provide an opportunity for local residents to engage with local law enforcement officials in a community setting. Residents had the chance to ask questions of officials, including Sheriff Bill Massee, and talk to them one-on-one. While this was the first time the event has been held, officials hope to see it continue.
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PHOTOS BY FELICIA CUMMINGS
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EXCHANGE CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE PHOTOS BY BILLY HOBBS
An estimated crowd of 7,500 people turned out downtown for the annual Milledgeville Exchange Club Christmas Parade. For the first time in 20 years, the parade was held at night. The prize for Best All-Around Float went to Master’s Touch Ministry. The Best Commercial Float award went to Flagg Chapel Baptist Church and the Best Theme Float award went to Unique Hair Designs. The Best Homemade Float award went to Oconee Regional Medical Center. This year’s parade, believed to be one of the biggest in recent years, brought out hundreds of participants from area schools, including Baldwin High School and its prep marching band, Georgia Military College Prep band and John Milledge Academy.
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EXCHANGE CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE PHOTOS BY BILLY HOBBS
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EXCHANGE CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE PHOTOS BY BILLY HOBBS
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Bi-monthly magazine featuring Milledgeville and Baldwin County.