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GMC Prep and West Point alumna Calli McMullen is making her mark in the world with hopes of becoming a shining example to others working to find their purpose. Find out more in our Where Are They Now? section inside beginning on page 34.

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Established 2007 l Volume 14 No. 2 PUBLISHER Keith Barlow EDITOR Natalie Davis Linder CIRCULATION MANAGER Melissa Miller DESIGN & CONTENT EDITOR Taylor Hembree CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Branyan Towe Gina Towner ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES Amy Budrys Terri Stewart Tiffany Watson DESIGNERS Natalie Davis Linder Leah Bethea COVER SHOT Contributed photo 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) 453-1432.

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Andalusia Flannery O’Connor’s Farm, North

Columbia Street, 478-454-4029, Open to the public Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bartram In 1794, Native Americans inhabForest ited the Bartram Forest. Today,

educational hiking trails allow visitors to see centuries of abundant wildlife, natural wetlands, and an erosion ravine with soil that is a remnant of the ancient shallow seas that covered Georgia 50 to 100 million years ago. Three looping trails cover this natural wonder. 2892 Highway 441 South.

personal effects, the museum’s contents tell the story of the history of mental health treatment in the United States and the unique story of the hospital once renowned as the largest “insane asylum” in the world. Central State Hospital Museum tours are available by appointment only. For information call 4 7 8 - 4 5 3 - 1 8 0 3 .

Flannery Dillard Russell Library, GCSU O’Connor campus, University session. On Room

display are manuscripts from O’Connor’s personal collection of more than 700 books and journals. The room is furnished in the Victorian style of the 1870s. Most of these items were brought from Andalusia, the farm where O’Connor lived and wrote the major portion of her fiction. For information 478445-0988.

GCSU Herty Hall, Room 143, Natural Wilkinson Street 478-445History 0809 for hours; also open by Museum

Brown- 601 West Hancock St. 478-453Stetson 1803. Open by appointment and Sanford on the Historic Trolley Tour. An House

appointment. Visit the Paleozoic, Mesozioc and Cenozoic eras and see fossils from Georgia and across the world. The museum offers an explanation of the history of life through geological time.

architectural gem built by John Marlor in the “Milledgeville Federal” style with its characteristic Georgia War 2617 Carl Vinson Highway, columned double porch. It served Veteran’s (478) 445-3363. Memorial the state capital as the BeecherCemetery Brown Hotel and then the State’s Rights Hotel for the many visiting legislators who came to the area.

Central The Central State Hospital State Museum, located on Broad Hospital Museum Street in an 1891 Victorian

make up the Allied Arts Center. It is a beautiful MilledgevilleFederal/early Greek Revival, built in 1830. Originally a 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. Allied Arts is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 478-452-3950.

train depot, contains memora- John Marlor 201 N. Wayne St., 478-452Art Center bilia that spans the history of 3950, www.milledgevillealCSH. From annual reports to This facility is one medical equipment, to client’s of three historic building that

Lake Lake Sinclair, U.S. Highway Sinclair 441 North, encompasses

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, 478Lockerly 452-2112, www.lockerlArboretum Rose Hill,

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THE EDITOR “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.”


e launched our Women’s Issue of Milledgeville Scene last spring with the goal of celebrating some of the achievements of local women. What we discovered, however, is that there are many more stories to tell. We hope our second issue keeps the momentum going. This year, we’ve added our Where Are They Now? feature highlighting some of the achievements of locals, both men and women, who are living out their purpose all over the globe. Be sure to also check out What I Learned From My Mother, with local women sharing the lessons and insights they’ve learned from mom — just in time for Mother’s Day. Also, read along as women share their definitions of beauty at every age. Then, get ready to ride as a few female motorcyclists put rubber to the road. We hope you enjoy this Women’s Issue and we’d love to hear your thoughts on these and other stories. Keep those story ideas coming and be sure to send us your feedback on Facebook and Instagram or email us. Take care.


Natalie Davis Linder Editor

—From ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ by Sojourner Truth

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SCENE&HEARD a look at the arts & culture of Milledgeville and Baldwin County

BHS wrestler captures state title

Baldwin High wrestler Catherine Mullis capped off her wrestling career recently with a state championship. It was a first for Mullis as she finished her outstanding high school wrestling career on top. This year marked only the third since the GHSA established girls state wrestling championships, and Mullis improved on her standing with every trip to the Macon Centreplex state competition site. She finished fourth as a sophomore before taking runner-up last year, leaving some unfinished business for her senior season. Mullis’ run through the bracket culminated in a last-second pin of her championship opponent, Genevieve An of Kennesaw Mountain High School. “I feel very at peace with how it ended

because I know that if I wouldn’t have gotten first I would have been mad about it for the rest of my life,” Mullis says. “Now I know I won’t have any regrets.” There are no state classifications in GHSA girls wrestling, only weight classes. Mullis was the last girl standing at the end of the 132-pound girls competition. The Baldwin High School senior wrestler made the road to the final look easy, pinning three out of her first four opponents. The fourth likely would have been a pin too, but a dietary snafu had the Baldwin standout at less than 100 percent in that match. Mullis overcame the obstacle to win her quarterfinal bout by decision before pinning her way to the title round where she met Kennesaw Mountain’s An. The challenger took an

early lead via takedown, but a Mullis reversal tied things back up. That sequence repeated in the second period before the Baldwin standout began taking charge. “I basically just wore her down from there and was able to get the pin in the last three seconds of the match,” says Mullis, who was up 9-4. “I would have won either way, but it was nice to end it with a pin.” That brought Mullis’ high school career to the best possible end as she’s the first Baldwin female to win a state championship and join the team’s 100-win club, a milestone she reached back in December. She plans on taking her talents to the next level as she has committed to wrestle at Life University in Marietta. Women’s Issue 2021 l MS l 9

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Four generations of life lessons


At age 94, Helen Danuser is surrounded by love. It is a family culture she has spent her lifetime cultivating, a culture handed down to her by her mother, the late Gussie Ivester Smith. 10 l MS l Women’s Issue 2021 2021 MS MAR/APR issue.indd 10

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Four generations: Front row left to right: Helen Danuser, Vickie Swinger, Back row left to right: Megan Luttrull, Hayley Hanson, Alaynah Luttrull, Carlie Luttrull.

Danuser says of her mother, “[She] taught me to be willing to care for others and to be willing to open my home to those who needed a place to stay.” According the women in Danuser’s family, this lesson stuck. Danuser’s daughter, Vickie Swinger, says her mother has always advised her to, “cook a little more than you need because someone might stop by at dinnertime.” She says she has shared many special memories with Danuser centered on the kitchen. Swinger’s daughters, Megan Luttrull and Hayley Hanson, agree with their mother’s description of Danuser, with Hanson describing her grandmother as “welcoming” and “hospitable,” and Luttrull referencing her grandmother’s lessons in “radical hospitality.” “She makes every person she is with believe they are important and cared for,” says Luttrull. “She has the uncanny

ability to make everyone feel they are her favorite, and I strive to pass that on.” Hanson says her grandmother has passed on other important traits to the women in their family. “I feel like she’s the most patient person in the world,” says Hanson. Luttrull’s 16-year-old daughter, Carlie, adds that her great-grandmother has instilled in her the importance of self-confidence. “The best lesson I have ever learned from my Granny is to never let anyone treat you like you are less than you are,” says Carlie. Swinger says that possibly the most important lesson Danuser has passed on to her and the other women in their family is the importance of unconditional love. “I love how she has loved my children and grandchildren Women’s Issue 2021 l MS l 11

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with the same unconditional love she has for me,” says Swinger. Swinger’s daughters see many of Danuser’s characteristics in their mother as well. Hanson says that Swinger loves her “unconditionally through everything” and considers her mother one of her best friends. Luttrull says that much like Danuser, Swinger teaches the next generations to be strong, confident women. “She taught me to never be afraid to reach for big goals and to be self-aware and always strive to be the best version of myself,” says Luttrull of Swinger. Swinger’s daughters and granddaughters all describe her adventurous spirit and count many memories of her centered around travel. “She is always up for an adventure,” says Luttrull of Swinger. “As an adult, my favorite memory is traveling with her through Europe,” adds Hanson. “It was awesome to see some of the places she’s been and experience her love for traveling through her eyes.” Luttrull’s other daughter, Alaynah, age 21, says her grandmother taught her, “how to have an adventure,” and that, “the process of getting somewhere is often the most fun part of getting there.” She recalls one of those adventures from her high school years. “We went to Madison and stayed in a bed and breakfast built into an old barn and spent two days going to antique stores and exploring the historic district,” says Alaynah. Alaynah’s sister, Carlie, is thankful for Swinger’s loving presence in their lives. “I’m so grateful for my grandmother’s kindness and loving soul,” says Carlie. “She always knows how to comfort anyone who is sad and makes everyone who enters her home feel welcome.” The Luttrull sisters say they can see the lessons of the generations trickle down to their mother as well. “My mother has taught me to stand up for myself, how to be respectful while being assertive, and how to be independent,” says Alaynah of Luttrull, adding that when her entire family moved to Saudi Arabia while she stayed back to attend Georgia College, her mother regularly sent her packages with care items to make her feel loved and connected across the miles. Carlie says Luttrull has taught her and her sister to be kind to others but also shows her playful and competitive side with them when they play games together. She appreciates the support her mother has provided as she continues to grow up. “At this point in my life, I’m happy that I can talk to my mother about almost anything and she understands what I’m going through and supports me,” says Carlie. All of the women in the family feel the powerful connection that has been handed down from generation to generation. As Danuser continues to live independently well into her nineties, the women around her know how special it is to have their matriarch still in their lives. “I’m so grateful to still have my mama and that we have always been close and never had any problems in our relationship,” says Swinger. “I’m most grateful that my granny has been a large part of my life,” says Alaynah. “I’ve had the rare opportunity to have her be a big influence on me and to have a close relationship with my great-grandmother. A lot of people haven’t had that opportunity, so I am grateful that I have gotten to know her and heard her stories.” “She has more life experience than anyone, and learning from her is a blessing,” says Carlie.

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Dear Me, A message to myself

Local women share insight, advice shaped by life experiences By GINA TOWNER

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There is no better curriculum in life than the experiences we live and how we grow and adapt resulting from them. While the law states that a person is a legal adult by the time they hit the age of 20, few would argue that there is a lot to still learn about the world at this age. What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?

“Speak for those who cannot speak like you” “At 20, I would describe myself as a firecracker. I was full of life, the epitome of a hard worker; I was stubborn, but I was a leader,” says Cynthia Ward-Edwards. “I felt like I knew any and everything and at that time it was my best quality, but as I got older, I realized I knew nothing at all.” Ward-Edwards says that at age 20, she was a vibrant and sassy woman who preferred taking her own path rather than taking advice from others. Fortunately for her, she did heed her mother’s advice. “My mother used to always tell me to keep living, and I never knew what she meant by that,” says Ward-Edwards. “Surprisingly, I took her advice and I kept living. I kept growing.” As she got older, Ward-Edwards realized the value of making mistakes and learning from them. Now, Ward-Edwards tries to use the lessons she has learned in life to be a better servant to her community. She serves as the director for the Salvation Army of Milledgeville and Sandersville and the president of the Baldwin County NAACP, and she is involved in the local Democratic party as well as many civic organizations. If she were to give advice to her 20-year-old self, she would tell her to soak in all of the wisdom she can and use her voice to serve others. “I would tell her to seize the day. I would tell her to take all opportunities life has to give and to never settle for what you think is the best option because God always has something bigger and better,” says Ward-Edwards. “Speak for those who cannot speak like you. Walk for those who cannot walk like you. Love for those who cannot love like you.”

“...actively strive for what you want” Maryllis Wolfgang describes herself at age 20 as a quiet introvert who tended to avoid confrontation. While she feels she was a resourceful person at that time, she had not yet found her self-assurance. “Looking back, I realize I lacked self-confidence and did not recognize my strengths and potential,” says Wolfgang. Now the 69-year-old retiree and self-described “unbridled life enthusiast” says she has a much better grasp on who she is. While she still dislikes negativity, she feels she is comfortable enough with who she is to address it when she encounters it. “I will take action or speak up when appropriate,” says Wolfgang. “I have no trouble walking away from unfavorable environments.” Wolfgang says the struggles of her life, including completing her degrees, going through divorce and surviving cancer, have helped shape who she is and have made her appreciate her 40-plus-year marriage and being the mother of two successful daughters. “It was not always easy getting to this point, but I feel very blessed to be where I am,” says Wolfgang. She says she would tell her 20-year-old self to “believe in her own value and worth” and to “actively strive for what you want.” Women’s Issue 2021 l MS l 15 2021 MS MAR/APR issue.indd 15

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As she continues looking forward in life, Wolfgang offers this piece of wisdom. “Cherish what you have. Be it possessions, friends,

family, health; there are no guarantees,” says Wolfgang. “Acknowledge beauty, love, warmth and positive experiences.”

“Work hard, play hard” When Isabelle Magnin was 20, she jumped into a new world head-first. She left her hometown of Geneva, Switzerland and went to California to be with her boyfriend (now her husband). She became a student at San Diego State University and had to work hard to come up with the international tuition, returning to Switzerland every summer to work as a nurse’s aid. Still, she always made fun and meeting people priorities in her life, too. “I also partied a lot, met amazing people and worked with international students from 80 countries,” says Magnin. “This experience solidified my identity as a citizen of the world and jibed well with growing up in cosmopolitan Geneva. In my 20s, I learned that everyone has a story to tell. I also learned that living in the US can be brutal and that there is no safety net. That taught me not to judge others.” As she aged, Magnin’s career took her all over the world, including to developing countries and countries at war. She learned she was resourceful and could adapt to living most anywhere. She feels like these experiences shaped who she has become, and she has no regrets. “I would do it all over again,” says Magnin. “I would follow my heart, study what interests me, live in another country to study and work in another language, and worry about my career after I graduate. I would continue to be opportunistic, curious, to trust my instincts and get excited for new experiences.” Magnin earned her United States citizenship in 2019. She now works in health care innovation for Atrium Health Navicent and is the mother of two sons. Her advice to 20-year-olds out there is simple. “Work hard, play hard is a great motto in your 20s,” says Magnin.

“Each connection can help you become a better person” At age 20, Jill Sherwood had a full scholarship from New Mexico State University and was determined to make the most of her education. Sherwood describes herself at that time as very driven, and although she admits that at times, she would forego social outings in favor of her schoolwork, she is proud of her accomplishments. In particular, she is grateful that she made community service a priority in her busy college schedule. “College really helped me explore what it meant to be a part of a community,” says Sherwood. Sherwood spent time volunteering at a homeless shelter, working with disabled adults and participating in litter cleanups. She says these activities were as much a part of her education as her classes were. “Each new opportunity helped open my eyes to the larger world around me and taught me to spend less time judging others and more time loving them,” says Sherwood. 16 l MS l Women’s Issue 2021 2021 MS MAR/APR issue.indd 16

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Sherwood is now married and the mother of six children. With motherhood, she was forced to learn how to be more flexible and focused on more than just her individual goals. “I have learned to be at peace during chaotic family times, and I am more able to go with the flow,” says Sherwood. Sherwood says that living in various parts of the country have also helped her to develop a more open mind and to value the beauty of diversity. She has also learned to appreciate the relationships she has at any given moment, as time has taught her that some friends come and go over the course of a lifetime. If she could give advice to her 20-year-old self, she would focus on the importance of being kind to others, of taking care of her body and of surrounding herself with people from all walks of life. “You can learn something from everyone you meet, so ask more questions and show more interest,” says Sherwood. “Each connection can help you become a better person.”

“Be your true and authentic self”

Today, Karen Larkin has her own interior design business, Kreative Kreations by Karenna’s. At age 20, though, she says she was “somewhat reckless” and did not give much thought to her long-term plans in life. “I kind of went with the flow of what other people wanted and expected of me,” says Larkin. Larkin says she struggled with self-esteem in those years, but as she has aged, life’s experiences have shaped her into the person she is now. “I have grown tremendously as a woman,” says Larkin. “I have gained so much wisdom and I take none of it for granted. Looking back over my life, it was all of the experiences, the good, bad and the ugly, that contribute to the woman I am today.” For Larkin, the most important thing is to get to know who you are and to stay true to yourself rather than let someone else dictate your expectations of yourself. “Don’t allow anyone to set goals or expectations for your life,” says Larkin. “Be your true and authentic self.” Larkin advises young women to embrace the struggles in life and learn from them. “Keep in mind that obstacles and challenges are going to come your way, but don’t let it stop you. Take those things as life lessons and learn and grow from them,” says Larkin.

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Designs on

Georgia Ann Vinson with one of her original watercolor prints.

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Local artist shares her love of nature through watercolors By GINA TOWNER STORY | PHOTOS

Ann Quillian Vinson has been infatuated with the natural beauty of Georgia most of her life, but if you ask her to pinpoint a favorite bird, flower or plant, her answer is simple. “I just love them all,” says Vinson with a smile. The Atlanta native has also had a passion for art since childhood. “I’ve always been interested in art, and my parents encouraged me,” says Vinson. “I was able to study art as a young child at the High Museum of Art, which at that point was the High Home.” Vinson progressed to artistic studies in college, graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in commercial art, the field that is now more commonly known as graphic design. After graduation, Vinson worked in the advertising departments of newspapers in Atlanta and Athens. She also did illustrations for anthropology books for children through an outreach program at UGA’s College of Education. When Vinson’s husband, Frank, took a job in the history department at Georgia College in 1969, she was unable to find an available job teaching art at the time. Vinson decided to dedicate her time to volunteer work around Milledgeville, serving as a trolley tour guide for the Convention & Visitors Bureau and becoming the first female president of the Old Capital Historical Society. “I enjoyed that sort of work, and in the meantime, I also did freelance artwork for different organizations,” says Vinson. Vinson continued to take art classes to hone her craft. Through the encouragement of friends and art teachers, she began to find a niche as a botanical watercolor artist, combining two loves dating to her upbringing in Atlanta. A breakthrough presented itself when the State Botanical Garden of Georgia offered Vinson the opportunity to hold an exhibit of her work in the garden’s gallery in 2007. Vinson describes this moment as “the impetus to help me pull it all together.” Vinson created her logo and brand name for her art, and Designs on Georgia was born. As a tie-in to the exhibit, Vinson created her first series of original notecards with her artwork to be sold in the garden’s gift shop. “I worked toward that goal and produced my first series of note cards, which I called ‘Nature Studies,’” says Vinson. “That is an illustration of what’s blooming in Georgia in each month of the year.” ‘Nature Studies’ came about through Vinson’s longstanding love of nature, something she credits to her parents’ influence and her time growing up on their acreage. “We grew up along Peachtree Creek in Atlanta,” says Vinson. “My parents always fed birds, planted gardens; so, I grew up in a home that took interest in nature and wildlife.” Now Vinson and her husband enjoy their own piece of nature at their Lake Sinclair home. With plenty of terrain, a mixture of open space and wooded area, a variety of trees and a spring-fed pond feeding into the lake, Vinson says the property provides ample inspiration Women’s Issue 2021 l MS l 19 2021 MS MAR/APR issue.indd 19

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for her art. Additionally, she has several bird feeders on the property and likes to plant vines that attract hummingbirds looking for nectar. “There’s really something blooming in my yard year-round,” says Vinson. Vinson’s watercolor paintings pay homage to the diverse plant and animal life that calls Georgia home. In particular, Vinson loves to study flowering plants and a variety of birds, including bluebirds, brown thrashers, titmice, chickadees and her favorite, wrens. “As little as they are, they have such an outsized personality,” says Vinson with a laugh. Vinson says she prefers to do her artwork during the day when the light is at its best. She admits to sometimes losing track of time when she is in the middle of a project. “When I do begin painting, I just zone out,” says Vinson. When it comes to her artistic process, Vinson says that perfecting the drawing first is crucial. “I spend more time, actually, on the drawing than on the painting,” says Vinson. Vinson uses transfer paper to work out all of the minute details to get her drawing to come to life. “Watercolor paper is so sensitive that if you do a lot of erasing it, it abrades the surface and it makes it difficult to get a good, quality outcome,” says Vinson. When the drawing is complete, Vinson uses carbon-backed paper to transfer the drawing onto watercolor paper. She then gets to work on the painting part of the process itself. While she has collections of nature and bird books to rely on as needed, Vinson prefers to do as much of her work as possible with the actual subject in front of her. “I want to paint the camellia when it’s blooming right now,” explains Vinson. “I am looking for opportunities to paint whatever’s blooming.” Vinson likes to manipulate the leaves of a plant to compare the coloring on the different sides of the leaves so she can replicate those differences in her work. “In a photograph, you can’t see what’s on the underside of something,” says Vinson. “I want to really look at the product. I really am particular about that.” Vinson also embraces the imperfections found in nature, whether that be a hole poked in a leaf by a pine needle or a leaf that has been nibbled on by an insect. She says she generally tries to include these details, down to the insects themselves, in her original artwork. Since the first notecard series she produced for her 2007 exhibit, Vinson has created six other series. Each pack of notecards contains eight or 12 different cards. Each card is marked on the back to explain exactly what flower, plant, bird or insect is in the picture. Vinson says she tries to keep the prices affordable so that she can share her art with more people and educate them about the flora and

Ann Vinson has created seven series of note cards featuring her original paintings of Georgia’s flora and fauna.

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fauna of Georgia. “I kind of consider it my notecard ministry,” says Vinson. Vinson’s notecards are available from various vendors throughout middle Georgia, including Allied Arts and The Market Collective in Milledgeville and the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences. She says she has seen an uptick in sales during the pandemic as people have gone back to more traditional means of keeping in touch with loved ones. In addition to her notecards, Vinson also creates commissioned prints of her original art. While she is grateful that sales of her work allow her to cover her costs and make some profit, for her, it has always been about the joy of the work itself. She encourages other women who are interested in following creative pursuits to be realistic about their approach and not be afraid to delay to another season of life if it will give them more time to focus on it and make the work more joyful. “You just have to love it and want to do it and then figure out how you can carve out the time or if you just may have to put it off a year or two,” says Vinson. Vinson says she is thankful for the opportunity to do something she loves during this season of her life and to share it with others. “I’ve been so appreciative of people that have supported my work and encouraged me.”

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Local female motorcycle enthusiasts share their passion for the sport By GINA TOWNER

By day, Cynthia Ward-Edwards directs the Salvation Army of Milledgeville and Sandersville. Many people around Milledgeville know her for her involvement in the local NAACP, Democratic party and Kiwanis Club. What some people may not know is that Ward-Edwards has an alter ego as well.

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‘ I don’t like to be a passenger; I love to drive my own bike’ Jennifer McCulley When she gets on her motorcycle, she is known to her me more about myself and my abilities as a rider.” friends in the Iron GEMZ motorcycle club as Queen Suga. For Macy Garland, riding is a family affair. The 29-year-old Ward-Edwards has been riding for about five years and she financial advisor assistant first learned about riding from her is just one of many local women who spend their free time father. She credits her husband, Anthony, with teaching her taking to the open roads by motorcycle. even more and turning the hobby into one of her passions. For many women, riding gives them a sense of freedom “He taught me how to control the bike and has been my and an opportunity for fellowship with other riders. While biggest cheerleader in every accomplishment,” says Garland. Ward-Edwards enjoys riding alone or with her husband, she Garland rides competitively and has even competed in also enjoys the social element riding brings to her life. races alongside her 9-year-old son, Wyatt. After such races, “I get a chance to meet others that ride, developing friendthe two of them compare notes about their performances. ship,” says Ward-Edwards. Garland says riding has become a bonding experience in Ward-Edwards has ridden throughout several states in the their family. Southeast, including a memorable ride to Florida. “We get out of the house, get good exercise and spend time “The best experience that I’ve had riding my bike is when I together instead of glued to a TV or computer screen,” says attended an all-female ride to Florida where over a thousand Garland. females from all over the United States came together for a Garland says the family even has its own motocross track weekend,” says Ward-Edwards. on their property, and she considers it her favorite place to Diane Clayton is another member of the Iron GEMZ who ride. She remembers a time early in her riding career when attended the same ride to Florida as Ward-Edwards. Riding she was riding in front of friends and family. Trying to prove under the name “Cakes,” Clayton, a 48-year-old administra- herself, she went faster than she had before and crashed. tive specialist, also counts the trip as a favorite memory. “They all came running to check on me, but I just gave “I was so inspired listening to the testimonies of female bik- them a thumbs up and they cheered louder than ever ers who have journeyed through all 50 states as solo riders,” before,” says Garland. “Even crashing I felt like I really did says Clayton. something.” Part of the event included a police-escorted ride, something According to Garland, riding is more of a workout than Clayton says she will never forget. some people may realize. “There was a line of over 200 female bikers, miles long,” “You use muscles on a dirt bike that you never knew you says Clayton. “It was a beautiful site.” had,” says Garland. “You will be sore, and you will feel great Clayton has also attended the National Bikers Roundup after.” in Biloxi, Miss. with her husband, a trip she describes as Jennifer McCulley got inspired to ride back in 2004 when challenging due to summer heat and rainstorms. There, she her husband inherited a bike from his father. The couple met riders from as far away as the United Kingdom. She says took a ride together, and McCulley quickly decided she interacting with other riders and hearing their stories is a wanted a bike of her own. source of inspiration for her. “I don’t like to be a passenger; I love to drive my own bike,” “When you meet riders who have traveled long distances says McCulley, 51, who works as a pharmacist. on a regular basis, it inspires you to challenge yourself,” says McCulley enjoys riding in warm weather with her husband Clayton. “Ultimately, I want to make the trip from Georgia or a small group of friends. She and her group enjoy discovto California. It will test my strength, endurance, and teach ering new, out-of-the-way places.

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“When we plan a ride, it always involves a place to stop and eat,” says McCulley. “We have found some great hole-in-the-wall restaurants in small towns.” While McCulley has participated in larger riding events, she prefers the intimacy of small groups or solo riding. She also takes great pride in her bike. “I love to show off my bike because I have it customized to fit my personality. My bike has flames down each side and has lots of UGA items on it,” says McCulley. McCulley loves to explore on her bike, including riding to Athens, Ga. and riding in the mountains. One of McCulley’s most memorable rides has been the Tail of Dragon in North Carolina, a challenging route that includes 318 curves within an 11-mile stretch. “We had such a great ride, that we turned around and did it again,” says McCulley of the experience. Dianne Becker Popp has also ridden the Tail of Dragon in Deals Gap, N.C. She says that riding allows you to see the “biggest of the world around you.” Popp, 69, is a retired teacher and school principal. She rode for 19 years before retiring from the activity. She has many memories riding with her late husband, Bill Becker, and her current husband, Lou Popp, with whom she rode to Octoberfest in Daytona, Fla. several times from 2000 to 2005. Popp says she also enjoyed

rides with friends from her church. Debra Tucker Carlisle, 46, is a stay-at-home mother and substitute teacher. Carlisle spent five years of her late teens and early 20s riding and plans to return to the sport when her son is in college. Like other riders, Carlisle appreciated the fellowship that came with riding. She says she particularly enjoyed participating in group rides to raise money for children’s causes. Like McCulley and Popp, Carlisle counts the mountains among her favorite places to ride. “The views, curves, adrenaline rush and cool air; there is no other feeling like it,” says Carlisle. When asked what they most enjoy about riding, freedom and stress relief are common topics among several riders. “It is a huge stress relief,” says Garland. “You forget all else and just focus on you and nature. “I love everything about riding motorcycles, from the smell of the pipes, to the lean of every curve I take, to the fellowship of other riders,” says Clayton, who considers riding her “wind therapy.” “I love the freedom of being on my bike. It’s a feeling that is hard to describe,” says McCulley. “The wind blowing, all the different smells of the road… the things you get to see from a bike that you would miss in a vehicle … All of it put together puts a huge grin on my face every time I get on my bike and start riding.”


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Insights from mothers and daughters By GINA TOWNER

One of the strongest influences many women have growing up is the relationship they have with their mother. Mothers nurture, guide and teach their daughters, and often that guidance continues well into adulthood. On the following pages, local women share some of the life lessons they have learned, and continue learning, from their mothers.

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Evelina Galova-Iossifov has created many wonderful memories with her mother, Violeta Galova, over the years. Growing up in Bulgaria, Galova-Iossifov remembers family vacations on the Black Sea when she and her mother danced for hours by the beach. She also remembers her mother prioritizing her education. “My mom was adamant about education. She demanded it from me, and I happily obliged,” says Galova-Iossifov. “My mom also insisted I study English as a child. She didn’t speak the language, but she bought books and taught me grammar and spelling. That was a huge help for my later years.” Galova was also her daughter’s first tennis coach growing up. Tennis is one of the things that initially brought Galova-Iossifov to Georgia College, where she now works as the media lab coordinator in the Department of Communication. Today, Galova-Iossifov, 47, says tennis is one of her and her 75-year-old mother’s favorite shared pastimes. Galova-Iossifov describes her mother as adventurous, loving, generous and intelligent. Galova-Iossifov says her mother taught her about essential concepts such as unconditional love, the beauty of exploring Evelina Galova-Iossifov & Violeta Galova different cultures and the importance of dignity. “Lack of dignity and self-respect is simply unacceptable to her, and to me,” says Galova-Iossifov. The two women share a special bond, one that Galova-Iossifov knows not to take for granted. “Being able to talk to my mom about any aspect of life is the best feeling. I can share anything I need to, and we can discuss it,” says Galova-Iossifov. “I trust my mom with my life.”

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Mackenzie Kitchens is 23 years old and works as a paraprofessional for the Baldwin County School District. She describes her mother, Traci White, as, “affectionate, ambitious, compassionate, considerate, gregarious and reliable.” White, 54, is the director of special education for the Baldwin County School District. Kitchens says her mother has always taught her to speak up and seek assistance when she needs it. “Don’t be scared to ask for help; she told me this when I was younger and timid,” says Kitchens. During Kitchens’s teenage years, White spoke of the importance of developing self-confidence, telling her daughter, “to walk in a room like you own the joint.” Kitchens says her mother also taught her not to get caught up in comparing her life with others her same age, telling her, “Do what makes you happy, and everyone goes at a different pace in life.” As she continues into adulthood, Kitchens says she is grateful to have a mother who she knows is there for her every step of the way. She counts White as both her mother and a friend. “I just love when we go places by ourselves and enjoy each other’s company,” says Kitchens. “She is an amazing person to be around.”

Payton Wells has plenty of fond memories of time spent with her mother, Brandi Cunningham, but one thing stands out as a favorite. “My favorite memory I have with my mother is when she was pregnant with my brother. She would pick me up from school and we would go fishing for hours on end,” says Wells. Wells is now 20 years old and a student at Georgia College. She maintains a close relationship with Cunningham. “We have daily phone calls even if it’s just to say hey and check up on each other,” says Wells. Wells describes Cunningham as, “ambitious, brave, thankful and beautiful.” She says her mother has always made sure that she and her brother have everything that they need. According to Wells, Cunningham taught her a lot about being a strong, independent person as well. “The best lessons I have learned from my mother is how to never give up,” says Wells. “She has also taught me to always stand for what I believe and to follow my dreams and to never let anyone tell me different or stand in my way.” Wells is thankful for the support she still receives from her mother. “At this point in my life, I’m most grateful with how involved she still is,” says Wells.

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Amy Raburn fondly remembers when her mother, Carol Tanner, would read her favorite books to her as a young girl. “I had them all memorized, but there was something so comforting in sitting so closely to her warmth, hearing her soft voice reading those same words time and again,” says Raburn. Raburn, 46, is the connections pastor at Northridge Christian Church. She remembers watching Tanner, now 73 and retired, devote endless hours to preparing lessons for her students while still having time to take care of her and the rest of her family. “My mama was an amazing teacher,” says Raburn. “I watched her with her students so many times, and you could tell she not only cared for their education, but for their souls.” Raburn also credits her mother for instilling her with a love of music. In addition to having records of many musical genres in the house for Raburn and her siblings to sing and dance along to, Tanner played the organ and piano. “Watching her play the organ and piano is like watching an artist paint on a canvas,” says Raburn. “She is the most humble person I know, especially when it comes to her musical abilities, and she has honestly never appreciated how truly talented she is.” Now a mother to four sons, Raburn appreciates her connection to her mother even more. “When I became a mother, I gained a whole new respect for my mama,” says Raburn. “She is now not only my mama, but my best friend. I value her opinions and wisdom.” Raburn says Tanner has always been exceptional at offering support and advice without forcing her beliefs or opinions on her children. “She always let me be myself and gave me the freedom to figure out who I was and who I was not,” says Raburn.

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Just a kid from Milledgeville, Myles Humphus lives his own Hollywood story as an actor and stuntman By Branyan Towe Every person’s story is different in its own way. Myles Humphus arguably has a story so unique that not even Hollywood’s best script writers could craft it. He was a football player for two decades, including his time at Georgia Military College Prep, a boxer and an MMA fighter, and even spent time in corporate America. There were a couple of points in his life where he was homeless, including living in his trusty minivan in Western Canada. Today, he is an actor/writer/stuntman who has traveled the world, and has worked as a stunt double for Dwayne Johnson since 2013. The early foundations of Humphus’ life were his parents and his time at GMC Prep. His father served in Vietnam. His mother was a dance teacher and a clothing designer with her own boutique in Milledgeville. The family struggled to make ends meet but his parents always managed to put food on the table for Myles and his brother, David. “I was forced to grow up much earlier than most. I didn’t have a childhood to speak of,” Humphus says. Along with his brother, Humphus was raised to be a solider, stalking deer, rappelling and running orienteering courses at 5 years old. During his time at GMC, he learned several things that influenced his life and formed lasting relationships. “I learned how a well-trained unit can achieve

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much more than individuals alone. I learned the importance of using my talents to help the team. I learned the importance of facing challenges with quiet stoicism while directing all available effort at conquering the challenge,” Humphus explains. He says he loves reconnecting with his teachers and classmates whenever possible. His career as an actor and stuntman started almost by chance. After returning to the United States from fighting in Canada, he fought in the Main Event in Ring of Combat. A director happened to be there. The next day, the director called him and asked if he was interested in being in a film. This was the beginning of his journey into the film and television industry, and he worked for a year as an extra on several projects to earn his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card. “It was hard work and it didn’t pay well, but I saw the goal and stayed focused,” Humphus says. An athletic 6-feet-3 and 250 pounds, he was noticed by stunt coordinators who gave him a chance. The first union job of his career was on “Saturday Night Live!” “Imagine that. Some ol’ redneck from Milledgeville, Ga. was on Saturday Night Live! I was ecstatic,” Humphus recalls. After that experience, he started learning the business end — how to market himself and compete for roles. A modeling and acting agency happened to be in the same building where he was taking acting classes, and after turning him away a few times, they agreed to freelance with him. Booking more acting gigs on his own eventually earned him a full contract with the agency. And then he sent an email that changed his life. The email was sent to Tanoai Reed, Dwayne Johnson’s cousin and stunt double. Reed said he’d keep his information just in case. He was filming “Tracers” with Taylor Lautner when he got a call from Tanoai asking if he had a passport and if he would like to be

a double. Humphus says he had no idea what a double was, but immediately accepted. He finished filming and flew to Budapest the next day. “The rest is history,” Humphus says. Humphus was in Budapest to double for Dwayne Johnson in “Hercules” and he has doubled for him alongside Tanoai ever since in films in the “Fast & Furious” and “Jumanji” franchises, “Jungle Cruise,” and many more. “Life as DJ’s stunt double is indescribable, but I will try. Let’s be real, The Rock is the most popular human on earth. So yeah, sometimes I have to pinch myself,” Humphus says. “Every single day, I love my job. I love this team (Team Rock) and I love my teammates. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.” At the moment, Myles is filming NBC’s “New Amsterdam,” where he plays the recurring role of Hammond Sims. “This role rewards me every day I’m on set as I feel more and more freedom, as an actor, to bring more relatable subtleties to Hammond, subtleties that remind you of a brother or an uncle or a neighbor,” Humphus says. He also recently joined forces with the Lionheart Foundation (, which seeks out and neutralizes traffickers of children. When he has time off, Myles makes a point to return to Milledgeville. He was a volunteer with GMC’s football team during the summer and tries to find ways to contribute to the community. One of the main reasons he comes back has to do with his childhood. “Nobody came back when I was a kid. People left and they were lost to the ages. I’d hear stories but it was all hearsay. We were forgotten. So, I decided to return and show the kids they were valuable, that they were not forgotten, that someone cared enough to come back and share all the things that the bigger world had to offer. Then they could be prepared for the challenges that I, so many years before, was not.”

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Georgia Bulldogs play-by-play announcer Scott Howard, proud of his long career, hopes to keep it going for many years to come

By Branyan Towe Many people around the state may recognize Scott Howard, or at least his voice, as the broadcaster who has called football and basketball games for the University of Georgia (UGA) for 22 years. He and former Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier officially took over from Bulldog radio legend Larry Munson following Munson’s retirement after the 2008 football season. There are, however, things that you might not know about the play-by-play man behind the microphone. Howard graduated from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism in 1984. He explains that his interest was more in radio than television and film. Even though he wanted to work in radio, it didn’t mean he wanted to work in sports radio. “I wanted to be a disk jockey. That was my initial goal,” Howard says. “I always just kind of grew up fascinated with radio. I loved listening to music and the deejays and how they all wound that stuff together, I was fascinated by that. That’s what I wanted to do.”

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After he finished college, Howard for work in broadcasting and radio, trying to get his foot in the door. He wasn’t able to find really steady work until July 1986, when he began working at WMVG in Milledgeville. During his time at WMVG, he was a jack of all trades. “I was hired there and just kind of thrown into the mix. I did a little bit of everything. I was a deejay, so I was on air about six hours a day, and I was hired as the sports director to cover local sports,” Howard explains. “There was plenty to keep you busy on a local level. So, I learned how to do that and meet people and form relationships, so that we could do stories about them and cover games. I started doing play-byplay at the high school level. It was a great learning experience; I had a good time there.” He built lasting relationships, such as the one he had with George Henry, who at that time worked at The Union-Recorder, and now works for the Associated Press as a sports reporter, during his time in Milledgeville. After three years in Milledgeville, Howard move on to his next challenge, now firmly set on a career in sports broadcasting. He decided that Athens would be the best place to find work covering sports. That led to his current career as a broadcaster with Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network from IMG. His sports broadcasting career has drawn inspiration from the Atlanta Braves legendary radio team of Ernie Johnso Sr., Pete Van Wieren and Skip Carey. “They were the ones that I paid attention to most on the radio. I thought it was cool, what they did, and I thought that would be a good career at some point,” Howard says. Though Howard considers Larry Munson the true

“Voice of The Georgia Bulldogs,” even to this day, he understands what it means to hold the position. “There’s a certain responsibility that goes with it, because the radio network and Georgia fans have certainly had a long connection going back many years,” he says. “So, I want to put my spin on it, I want to cover the Dawgs as best I can. I want to inject some humor into our broadcast. I want to be accurate; I want to be informative; I want to be entertaining, all of that stuff. Those are kind of the things that, to me, that it means to be the voice of the bulldogs.” He says his favorite game that he’s been fortunate enough to call would have to be the instant classic 2018 Rose Bowl, a come from behind UGA victory against the University of Oklahoma in double overtime that clinched the Bulldogs a spot in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. His first play-by-play game with Zeier, a 2007 road win in overtime against Alabama, is also special to him not only because it was the first game they called together, but because of the thrilling ending. Things might have changed in the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Howard still tries to make time for himself to relax, just in different ways. He loves to exercise as much as he can in different forms. Additionally, he makes time to stay in touch with his two oldest daughters, both of whom are married, and raises his youngest daughter and son alongside his wife, who Howard says he makes sure to stay in tune with. He also loves movies, and hopes to get back to the theatre soon. There’s one thing that Howard says he is proudest of in terms of his career — longevity — which affords him the chance to do what he loves. “It’s nice to be able to continue to do this for as long as I’ve done it and hopefully, I can do it for a while longer.”

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After Milledgeville made its mark on her, April Bragg is working to best serve her new community in Warner Robins

By Branyan Towe In her own words, there’s no real starting point to April Bragg’s pathway to becoming President & CEO of the Robins Regional Chamber. The daughter of a small business owner and a schoolteacher, Bragg is originally from Dublin. She was the valedictorian of her high school class, with an eye on going to Georgia College in Milledgeville for two years, and then transferring to Valdosta State University to obtain her degree in speech pathology. But everything changed once April arrived in Milledgeville. “I came to Milledgeville as a bright-eyed 18-year-old, ready to make my mark on the world, but instead, Milledgeville made its mark on me,” she recalls. Through her experiences at Georgia College, Bragg says she fell in love with the city and also met her future husband, a middle school band director, and they decided to make their home in Milledgeville. During college, she majored in theater and additionally earned a degree in marketing. Bragg’s first job was as an advertising sales representative at The Union-Recorder, where she worked for five years. The time she spent working opened her eyes to all sorts of new things. “It gave me an incredible opportunity to be one-on-one with business owners. While I was there to talk to them about marketing strategies and advertising opportunities, what I learned was that I really loved helping people, specifically businesses,” Bragg explains. “Figuring out strategies to grow their footprint and their

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visibility, I knew there was something there.” While in the middle of an advertising presentation at BB&T, Bragg was interrupted and asked if she had ever considered a career in banking. Two weeks later, she found herself working as the bank branch’s newest mortgage loan officer. Bragg was building on connections she already had with realtors, appraisers and attorneys. Unfortunately, in 2008, the housing bubble burst, and Bragg found herself working nonstop while simultaneously raising an almost 2-year-old and a newborn. “I just knew it was time for a life change,” she says. Her friend, Heather Holder Pendergast, let her know about an opening at the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce. Without any paid nonprofit management experience, but having run a scholarship program in Baldwin County, and having that paired with her business knowledge, she decided to give it a shot. “Lyn Chandler, Keith Barlow, Greg Tyson and Terry Kennedy took a big chance on me in hiring me for the Chamber,” Bragg explains. “But I knew that it was where I was supposed to be. They hired me, and the rest is kind of history.” Bragg says she feels incredibly blessed to have ended up at the Chamber of Commerce, both in Milledgeville and Warner Robins. She also notes in terms of her life, her mother, a teacher for 47 years, has had the biggest impact on her. “Through her, she demonstrated that serving others, both in her profession, as well as in her personal life, was more important than personal gain,” Bragg says. “She taught me to be decisive, but also a team player, and she really showed me just how powerful an impact one person can leave on the lives of others.” Bragg says she has the best job in the world at the Robins Regional Chamber. “I love waking up every day and coming in to do what I’m going to do. It’s one of those jobs where no two days are alike,” she says. She adds that every day, both in Milledgeville and now at Warner Robins, she gets to play a role in shaping the future of her community. “Developments that are happening today, are building toward the community that we want for our children and grandchildren, generations ahead,” she explains “We’re providing the infrastructure and atmosphere to inspire community pride.” Juggling long hours at the Chamber, Bragg doesn’t always get to herself, but when she does, she spends time with her



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family. This includes a recent return to the stage, in a local production of “Shrek The Musical,” which her 14-yearold daughter also took part in. The entire Bragg bunch is musical and they often spend time together in their studio, filling their home with music, laughter and good friends. Though she loves Warner Robins, Bragg still has a fondness for her time in Milledgeville. “Milledgeville holds a special place in my heart; it’s where I met my husband, where I got my first real job, where we had both of our kids. It’s where I found my calling in the Chamber world,” she says. Though she doesn’t get to come back as much as she would like to, Bragg says she would love nothing more than to sit at The Brick and The Local Yolkal Cafe for a meal and catch up with friends. So what keeps her going? One word. “Possibility. I’m one of those people that approaches problems as opportunities to make things possible. So, that excites me, because there will always be things to be fixed or problems in the world and solutions that need to be found,” Bragg explains, “The possibility that its got there just gives me tremendous motivation to keep doing what we’re doing every single day.”

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Even after tragedy, Ashley Moore triumphs By Branyan Towe Ashley Moore has always strived to do more. That’s partly why she’s been, among other things, a cardiac clinical specialist, a sales rep, a nonprofit domestic violence volunteer, an author, and a model. Things didn’t start that way, however. From a very young age, Moore has overcome many obstacles to get to where she is now. She may be living in Las Vegas these days, but much of her story is rooted in Milledgeville. In August 2001, Moore lost her mother, Sheila Easley, to domestic violence. Her mother was an employee of Georgia Military College, where Moore would also one day attend. She has become a domestic violence advocate in the years since her mother’s death, participating in volunteer work with Partnership Against Domestic Violence in Atlanta and going through the required training to become a certified domestic violence advocate in Nevada. She and her siblings were raised by her aunt in Milledgeville after her mother’s passing. She says she has always been inspired by her aunts Maxine and Robin. “Their foundation and their love around me has really inspired me to be my absolute best,” Moore says. Growing up, Moore had a strong desire to become a doctor. “My grandfather was a doctor. When I was little, they would call me Dr. Moore,” she explains. “I’ve always had a love of science and medicine, I really have. My aunt is a cardiac nurse, my grandmother was a nurse as well, so kind of being in that

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environment of health care-driven service members who are part of my family, I took more of it in subconsciously than I even knew.” That changed after college. After she graduated from Georgia State University, Moore went into sales and marketing and did well. Medtronic, one of the world’s medical device companies, reached out to her and offered her a position, which she accepted. Since then, Moore has been promoted three times and she now works as a Cardiac Rhythm Heart Failure (CCRF) sales representative. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been challenged at her job, but she seems more than ready to handle whatever comes her way. “I’m up for it because I really do love helping people. I love my position and I love our technology that is able to extend people’s lives,” Moore says. “Medtronic is super important to me. They gave me an opportunity to get into the biomedical space, so I’m very thankful.” But working in sales is only one facet of Moore’s life and blossoming career. Notably, Moore is also the author of a book, “The Natural Hair Bible,” inspired by her love for natural hair and desire to empower women to wear their natural hair. She also has other projects in the works in the same vein as her first book. She’s also a model, having posed in several magazines and walking the runway during New York Fashion Week in 2019. With everything that Moore has on her plate, it would be easy for one to assume she doesn’t have much time to herself, but that isn’t the case. She finds the time to keep her meditation and prayer life in top form, to rejuvenate and re-energize herself. She is also a bit of a foodie and she loves going to restaurants, and she maintains a blog of her food adventures. While she is constantly striving for more, the thing that Moore is proudest of in her life actually connects with Milledgeville. “I’m still very proud of winning Miss Milledgeville in 2007, representing Georgia Military College. I say that because that’s where I grew up. That’s where tragedy happened; that’s also where triumph started. That’s where my village is, where my love is, my foundational education is,” Moore says. “So winning Miss Milledgeville for me was the beginning. It was the beginning of representing something bigger than me.” Moore says she is humbled by the idea that anyone could look up to her in any way. “You have to keep going and you just cannot give up — on yourself, on your dreams, on your passions, on your education — if that’s what you need to succeed,” Moore says. “Whatever it is in life that is propelling you to help more, do more, be more. You just can’t give up on that.”


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Calli McMullen wants her journey to be a guide for others looking to find their purpose

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By Branyan Towe The track and field career of Calli McMullen started almost by chance. Growing up in Milledgeville, she studied classical ballet as a little girl, which involved quite a bit of jumping. When she got to high school, the track and field coach knew that McMullen was a good jumper because of her ballet days. So, she started off as a jumper until the next year, when she won a mock race at practice, which put her on the path to run. By her senior year, she was a track star and battalion commander at Georgia Military College Prep School, and she was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point with athletic and academic honors. McMullen’s time at GMC Prep impacted her tremendously, creating avenues for leadership opportunities and fostering growth. The lessons that she learned throughout middle and high school, as well as college have sort of in her words come to fruition as she currently is a second lieutenant in the United States Army and a platoon leader, stationed at Fort Bragg, N. Carolina. Several people influenced McMullen throughout her life. Her grandfather was a Vietnam and Korean War veteran who would tell her war stories growing up, and her grandmother was an Army nurse. The two of them, according to McMullen, inspired her career in the military. Her work ethic for non-military-related endeavors comes from her parents. Her father is a practicing attorney in Milledgeville who is currently



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working on his doctorate, while her mother is the Dean of Education at Fort Valley State University. Her first year as a cadet at Army proved difficult as she was away from home for the first time, living in New York. The rigorous schedule made it hard for her to relax and have the chance to visit home. She balanced her summer training schedule for military training, her academic schedule, and her track and field schedule. Eventually, Calli says that balancing everything was very rewarding, though it was hard because it allowed her to pick herself up and find a way to succeed. She didn’t get through it alone though, noting that it took the relationships that she had back home, making sure to check in with her family members and friends to get through it. During her time as a member of the track and field team at Army, McMullen says that she made many memories. However, there is one in particular that sticks out as a highlight. The COVID-19 pandemic hit around spring break at West Point in March 2020. McMullen had just finished what would wind up being her last collegiate race and had gone back to the hotel with her teammates. Once back at the hotel, the team was informed by their coach that this trip would be their last and they’d be returning home. McMullen, then a senior and team captain, recalls taking one last opportunity to speak to her teammates. They sat together, prayed and cried. “Even though it’s kind of sad, I appreciated that moment,” McMullen says, “because that was the last time all of us as a team were together, prior to me graduating, and prior to everything else kicking off.” McMullen says she will always carry that last moment with her in her heart. Though her senior season was cut short due to the pandemic, McMullen was honored as a recipient of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport. She calls the honor phenomenal, although she wasn’t able to meet Krzyzewski,

the legendary Duke Blue Devils basketball coach and namesake of the award, in person due to the pandemic. She did, however, get the chance to speak with him virtually. “I think it also speaks volumes to what I have strived to do with my leadership — to always try to encourage mentorship and encourage leadership from the lowest level of everyone that I’ve been around,” McMullen says of receiving the award. “To win that award, teaching character through sport, that was really awesome.” After she graduated from West Point last May, McMullen went to Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) for approximately six months. From there, she reported to Fort Bragg, where she has been since and is now a platoon leader. In March, she will go on a mission with her unit and after that, her unit will transition to Immediate Reaction Force (IRF), ready to potentially deploy anywhere in the world as needed. The legacy that McMullen wants to leave behind involves her story being a sort of guide to help others find their purpose. “I just want people to look back on my story, on my journey, on my testimony, and be able to utilize that as an example for themselves and a motivator for themselves to go after what it is that they want.”

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From Milledgeville to the Ivy League, DaLoria Boone is constantly evolving as she continues her track and field career at Harvard By Branyan Towe Believe it or not, DaLoria Boone’s track and field career started because she couldn’t sit still. She was attending her brother’s track practice with her father, being a typical kid, when her dad told her to go run to burn off some energy. While running, Boone caught the eye of coach Barry Havior, who was impressed by her speed and saw potential. Fast forward to the present day and Boone is a track and field student-athlete at Harvard University, and a former state champion during her time at John Milledge Academy in Milledgeville. Howard is inspired by individuals with ambition and those that have beaten the odds. Her track and field career has taken inspiration from Olympic gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta. “Long jump has always been my favorite event and I just think her focus and technique is beautiful,” Boone says. She adds that her coaches in Milledgeville have had a tremendous impact as well. “Without summer track and Coach Barry, Coach Shine, Coach Bentley, Coach Holland, I don’t think I would be who or where I am today,” Boone says, before explaining that her time at John Milledge Academy also helped shape who she is today. “Going to JMA definitely exposed me to some really wonderful and supportive individuals that really nurtured and grew my academic as well as social capabilities.” As a young adult, Boone knows that she is still finding herself. Her family and her spiritual relationship

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with God have helped shape her into who she is today. “I despise failures but they do force me to find a way to accomplish where I have fallen short. The lessons learned end up being my best weapons down the road,” Boone explains. What has it been like going from Milledgeville to the Ivy League? Well, Boone’s freshman year at Harvard was rough in particular, as she dealt with a number of issues, including an unhealed injury. “The demands from an Ivy League school on top of being a part of one of the hardest concentrations they have there, combined with working two jobs, and track, really made me grow in all types of ways,” she says. Now a junior, Boone redshirted her freshmen year due to her injury and had her sophomore year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Life at Harvard, located in Cambridge, Mass., has been as Boone puts it, cold and windy, compared to Milledgeville. There is a lot more noise and things to keep her up at Harvard, whereas Milledgeville is quiet and peaceful. The experience has afforded her the opportunity to travel to abroad and share in new experiences. It has also exposed Boone to a lot of diversity and character, she says.

“I always joke about how all my friends are from different countries and we act as if we grew up all in the same place and have known each other all our lives,” she says. Her schedule is so hectic that Boone says she is lucky if she has a day off. When she does, it’s usually a Sunday, and she has brunch with friends before heading to the library to study and do homework. Around 5 p.m., it’s time to go grab dinner and return to the library afterward to work until midnight. “It sounds boring but with such a hectic schedule, sitting down in one place all day and only moving to eat and use the restroom is nice,” Boone says. Boone says she feels like her success thus far in life means that those around her did something right. “Every person who has interacted with me did just enough to get me to where I am today. I feel thankful and I am mostly humbled by my success so far,” she says. Her advice to anyone that might look up to her is fitting. “Never settle for being like someone else or just achieving what they have. Always strive to surpass your greatest dreams,” she advises. “Why settle for something that has already been done when you can be something no one has ever seen? It makes you rare and being rare always makes you more valuable.”

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Proud of his body of work, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson enjoys retirement By Branyan Towe Retired Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson has a story that spans decades and arguably could fill an entire book. His family moved to Milledgeville when he was in the second grade. Recalling some of his early life in the area, Thompson says that he bought a bicycle and new tires for about $5 and would ride it every day to City Elementary School from where he lived, which was near Baldwin County High Hospital. He was one of the first students to attend the newly consolidated Baldwin High School in 1956. “Milledgeville was a wonderful place. It was a rare thing to see somebody that you didn’t at least know who they were,” Thompson says. “If you didn’t know them all that well, you at least knew who they were. It was a smaller community and everybody knew a lot about everyone, but it was a very wholesome and invigorating place to grow up.” He attended Mercer University School of Law in Macon, which is where one could say his journey to eventually becoming Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice truly began. Thompson explains that during that time, he was elected by his classmates to be their representative on the honor court, and noted that they never had an honor violation in the year that he served. After Thompson returned to Milledgeville, he associated with trial attorneys Milton Gardner and Jim Peugh, working with them for a few years. During that time, the mayor and city aldermen in 1971 appointed Thompson to serve as judge on the city Recorders’ Court. He was later appointed by then-Gov. Jimmy Carter to the Baldwin County Court bench and would hold both positions

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until 1979 when then-Gov. George Busbee appointed him to the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court. Thompson was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by Gov. Miller in 1994. The appointment wasn’t something that he had envisioned for himself back in law school, but more like a call that he answered. “I was put on the bench by people who apparently realized or saw in me things that I didn’t realize or see in myself,” Thompson says. That type of encouragement from family and friends is something that Thompson says has always been there throughout his life. Mentors like Judge George Carpenter and Judge George Jackson had a tremendous impact on Thompson. Thompson says that there are so many people that he wishes he could thank for helping him throughout his life and career and allowing him to do what he has been able to accomplish. He spent 23 years on the Georgia Supreme Court from 1994 until his retirement in 2017. Reflecting on his time on the court, Thompson calls it a wonderful experience. He notes that the cases were very important to get right because not only were they impacting the present, but setting a precedent for future cases as well. Working with his fellow judges on the Supreme Court was a great feeling because of the important decisions being made. In 2013, Thompson was elected by his peers

on the bench to a four-year term as Chief Justice, which he says was a great honor. Since retiring Thompson has focused on spending time with his wife, his sons, and their families. However, that isn’t all he has been up to. He has also done a good bit of traveling, visiting locations all around the world — Alaska, England, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Portugal and beyond. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put a hold on his traveling, Thompson says that he and his wife are content, noting that they both read and have friends come over to have socially distanced meals outside. “Retirement is not bad. I’m still here, but I’m just trying to stay out of everybody’s way,” Thompson says with a chuckle. Thompson is reflective in retirement. When it comes to his life, he is proudest simply of the fact that he has lived and been willing to listen and learn from others. “Life is not easy for anyone, but I think that I have always been capable and willing to take advice from other people. There are so many people I could mention by their name who have given good advice, sound advice, over the years,” Thompson says. “You have to read the lay of the land, but you have to also pay attention to what other people are advising you and trying to teach you. I’m proud that I’ve turned in a solid body of work. I hope I helped people achieve justice, and I also hope I helped them achieve happiness along the way, too.”

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After playing basketball all over the world, Larry Turner works to be a mentor to young kids in the community By Branyan Towe Larry Turner’s basketball journey started in his backyard and ended up taking him all over the world. Working with his mother, who played the game and watching his idol Michael Jordan dominate the NBA in the 1990s, help grow his love for the sport. Turner was raised on a farm in Early County, Georgia, brought up with good morals by his mother and his grandparents. His mother was a teacher, which he says put him on the path to want to teach and have his training all over the world through his basketball camps. He has done just that, holding camps in 15 countries. Turner starred on the court at Baldwin High School before playing college basketball at Tennessee State University. In 2007, he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent and made it to the last cut before being assigned to the NBA Development League (now known as the NBA G League). Being signed by the Lakers gave him the chance to be coached by legendary coach Phil Jackson and play alongside the late Kobe Bryant. “For a young kid from Milledgeville, Ga. to make it there, that was definitely a blessing and a lot of motivation, a lot of knowledge learned from that experience,” Turner says. After his time in the G League came to a close, he played in countries around the globe, with stops in Greece, the Republic of Cyprus, China, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Japan among them. Basketball allowed him to see the world and make friends while also expanding his knowledge, which is what Turner cherishes most about playing over-

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seas. “Basketball is the same, you have to put the ball in the hole, you have to play defense, but life, culture is different,” Turner says. His playing days ended in 2016 and he transitioned into becoming a coach and a businessman, launching the Larry Turner Basketball Brand. Currently, Turner works at Midway Hills Academy in Milledgeville, is an assistant basketball coach, runs the Larry Tuner Basketball Camp, and also does business in China. He says that coming back to Baldwin High as a coach has been an amazing experience all around. When he isn’t working or coaching, he usually spends his time with his 16-year-old son (who also plays basketball) and 12-year-old daughter. He also enjoys reading a good book, especially business-related books, and checking in with friends overseas. To those back home that might look up to him or are considering pursuing a career in basketball, he has some words of advice. “I’m just a kid from Milledgeville, Ga. with humble upbringings. I had a dream and a vision to do better. I always wanted to make it to the NBA, I had an opportunity to make it, and I made it. I didn’t stay as long as I wanted to, but God blessed me to have a long career as a professional basketball player overseas,” Turner says. “But the other thing that helped me in life was culture and seeing other outlets that I could get into outside of basketball and seeing other people doing what I wanted to do in the future. Having a mentor, to get into

business and learn more. I would tell the young kids to research, get a mentor, find somebody that is doing the activity or job that you want to do that is doing great things at it now. So that you can get the knowledge to catapult you to that place.” As time has gone by, Turner’s success, in and outside of basketball, means a lot more to him. “As a child, I put something in the atmosphere and the universe and I said I’m going to do it, and I made it, I made it to the NBA. I’m one of the 1 percent of people that made it to the NBA,” Turner says. From his experiences, he says that he has learned what to tell not only his own children, but also the kids that he coaches and mentors. “I’ve used my blessings and my downfalls to help them move forward and maybe miss some steps or miss some holes that they don’t have to fall in, that I’ve learned through my journey,” Turner explains. “It means a lot that I’ve done it, I went through that path, and hopefully, through my organization, Larry Turner Sports, I can help other kids go through that same journey and help them get further.” Turner has an idea of what he wants his legacy to be and is already planning to make it a reality. He wants to change the landscape of an athlete; he wants to teach kids to think beyond whatever sport they may want to play. “My legacy would be as a teacher and a servant of giving the information that I’ve acquired through my journey and reaching back and giving it to the kids at a young age.”

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A theatre kid with a drive to achieve her dreams and a hope to change the world for the better By Branyan Towe When Olivia Pelton was nearly 2 years old, her mother, dance teacher Amelia Pelton, began to enroll her in classes. For most of Pelton’s life, she’s been on the stage — from community theatre productions as a kid to performing in shows at her elementary, middle, and high schools and developing her passion for theatre. Now, she’s preparing to graduate from Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. with her bachelor of fine arts degrees in musical theatre and acting. Growing up in Milledgeville, Pelton was a shy child with a passion for music, dance and performing. She played piano, trumpet, sang, danced and even tried her hand at art lessons. In the fifth or sixth grade, Pelton recalls sitting down by her mother, who told her that she would have to choose one avenue for her career. At the time, Pelton thought that was unfair because she wanted to do it all. Eventually, she discovered that musical theatre was the outlet that would allow her to sing, dance, act, and potentially even play instruments for shows. “That was kind of the career path that could encompass everything that I wanted to do and that I loved.

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So that kind of became my focus around like 11 or 12 years old,” Pelton says. “I knew that was what I wanted to do and it hasn’t changed since then.” Her inspiration comes from her mother and late grandmother, who passed away last year. Pelton says that seeing her mother, who is the director of the dance program at Georgia College in Milledgeville, inspire others in the same way that she inspired her growing up was fulfilling. Her grandmother, as Pelton explains, was an opera singer and voice teacher, which inspires her because she witnessed her grandmother spend her life dedicated to her work and helping others through what she loved to do. Additionally, Pelton credits her grandmother with beginning her track into singing at an early age. She took her first voice lesson from her grandmother at age 5 and continued with her grandmother insisting that young Pelton come to the piano and sing with her whenever she came to visit. The absence of musical theatre due to the COVID-19 pandemic has only reaffirmed what Pelton always loved most about it, connecting with other people, sharing stories, inspiring and emphasizing with one another. She says she misses getting on stage and making a difference in other people’s lives, even if it’s in a small way. Almost three years ago, Pelton got to play one of her dream roles when she was cast as Sally Bowles in Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s production of “Cabaret.” “It was the best experience of my life,” Pelton says. She adds that it was very humbling and she hopes to be able to portray the character again someday on a professional level, to see how much she’s grown since then

and what she can bring to Sally. With one dream role already under her belt, Pelton hopes to eventually fulfill a lifelong dream goal of portraying Christine Daaé in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of The Opera.” Pelton has made sacrifices to do what she loves. She rehearses every night if she is in a college show, and if not, she tries to find shows or film work in Atlanta, Georgia to do and is perfectly okay with that. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Pelton planned to audition for opera apprenticeships and internships all over the country and in Europe. She says that it was going well before the pandemic, and she received a few callbacks. The pandemic put a hold on that last March, according to Pelton. Now, she says that she will spend the next few months auditioning virtually for around 110 different companies. While the pandemic has put a stop to many things that Pelton loves, apart from a few virtual shows in the fall, she spent the past semester performing in student films at The University of North Georgia and the University of Georgia trying to build her film resume. She also recently filmed her first professional commercial for a marketing company in Atlanta. There’s a piece of advice Pelton has for young people considering a theatre or film career. “Get up every day and put your mind to it and know that it’s going to be difficult but it’s worth it,” Pelton says. “Even if you aren’t doing the normal college life or adult life things and having a social life, you are ultimately working toward a higher dream and a higher goal, and that’s really cool and really important as well.”

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Chick-Fil-A ChinaN. Garden 1730 Columbia St. 1948 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) (478) 451-4830 454-3449 China Wings 3 Chick-Fil-A 1071 S. Wayne W. Hancock St.St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) 453-3655 (478) 452-0585

114 W. Hancock St. Milledgeville BiBa’s Italian Restaurant (478) 454-2473

Cookout 1893 Bar N. Columbia Chili’s & Grill St. Milledgeville 2596 N. Columbia St. (478) 454-3257

Milledgeville (478) 295-2320

1465 SE Jefferson St. Milledgeville China Garden (478) 453-0434

2803 N. Columbia St. Bojangles Milledgeville 1858 N. Columbia St. (478) 414-1773 BirdCat BBQ The Brick 3021 N. Columbia St. 136 W. Hancock St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) 387-2757 (478) 452-0089 Buffalo Wild Wings Blackbird Coffee 2472 N. Columbia 114 W. HancockSt. St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) 454-2473 Buffington’s 120 W. Hancock St. Milledgeville Bojangles 478-414-1975

Milledgeville Country Buffet (478) 452-1900

1948 N. Columbia St. Dairy Queen Milledgeville 1105 S. Wayne St. (478) 454-3449 Milledgeville (478) 452-9620

China Wings 3 Domino’s Pizza 1071 S. Wayne St. 1909-B N. Columbia St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) (478) 453-3655 453-9455 Down South Seafood Church’s Chicken 972 Sparta Hwy 620 N. Jefferson St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) 452-2100

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Dukes Dawghouse Country Buffet 162 Sinclair Marina Rd. 1465 SE Jefferson St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) 453-8440 (478) 453-0434

IHOP Snack Bar Haynes 2598 N. Columbia St. 113Milledgeville SW Davis Dr. Milledgeville (478) 452-0332 (478) 453-4155

(478) 452-9620

Milledgeville Kai 453-3842 Thai (478)

Milledgeville Firehouse Subs (478) 453-9455

2400 N. Columbia St. KFC Milledgeville 2337 N. Columbia St. (478) 451-3177

972 Sparta Hwy Georgia Bob’s Milledgeville 116 W. Hancock St. (478) 452-2100 Milledgeville

Huddle House Jerk Chicken 300Kirk’s E. Hancock St. 128 N. Wayne St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) 452-2680 478-454-0094

El Amigo Mexican Restaurant Dairy Queen 2465 N. Columbia St. 1105 S. Wayne St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) 453-0027

El Tequila 168 Garrett Way, NW Domino’s Pizza Milledgeville 1909-B N. Columbia St. (478) 414-1702 1909 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville Down Seafood (478)South 452-3473

(478) 295-0696

Dukes Dawghouse Goodie Gallery 162 Sinclair Marina Rd. 812 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) (478)453-8440 452-8080 El Great AmigoWall Mexican 1304 N. Columbia St. Restaurant Milledgeville

2465 N. Columbia St. Haynes Snack Bar Milledgeville 113 SW Davis Dr. (478) 453-0027 Milledgeville (478) 453-4155

El Tequila Hibachi Express 168 Garrett Way, NW 2515 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) 414-1702 (478) 453-3842 Hong Kong Firehouse SubsExpress 2400 N. Columbia St. 1909 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 451-3177 Milledgeville

(478) 452-3473

Huddle House 300 E. Hancock St. Georgia Bob’s Milledgeville (478) 116 W.452-2680 Hancock St.

Milledgeville Huddle House (478) 295-0696 206 NW Roberson Mill Rd., Milledgeville

Goodie Gallery 812 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-8080

James Fish and Chicken 905 S. Wayne St. Hibachi Express Milledgeville 2515 N.453-8696 Columbia St. (478) 2600 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville Hong Kong Express 478-454-1237

Milledgeville 478-453-2456

Kuroshima Huddle HouseJapan 140 W. 206 NW Hancock RobersonSt.Mill Milledgeville Rd.,(478) Milledgeville 451-0245 Lieu’s Peking Restaurant IHOP 2485 Columbia St. 2598 N.N.Columbia St. Milledgeville Milledgeville (478) 804-0083 (478) 452-0332 Little Caesars Pizza 1905 N. Jackson’s atColumbia Sinclair St. Milledgeville 3065 N.295-2212 Columbia St. (478)

Milledgeville Little Tokyo Steakhouse (478) 453-9744 2601 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville James Fish and Chicken (478) 452-8886

905 S. Wayne St. Local Yolkal Cafe Milledgeville 117453-8696 W. Hancock St. (478) Milledgeville (478) 295-0098

Judy’s Country Kitchen 1720 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 414.1436 LongHorn Steakhouse 2470 N. Columbia St.

KaiMilledgeville Thai (478) 2600 N.414-7700 Columbia St. Milledgeville 478-454-1237 KFC 4/28/21 2337 N. Columbia St.

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Los Magueyes 3052 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-0271 Marco’s Pizza 2910 Heritage Pl. Milledgeville (478) 295-3570

Original Crockett’s Family Cafeteria and Catering 1850 N. Columbia St., Ste 10 Milledgeville (478)804-0009 Papa John’s Pizza 1306 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-8686

The Market Basket, LLC 370 Allen Memorial Dr. Milledgeville (478) 452-5914

Panda Express 2407 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 295-2116

McAlister’s Deli 114 Roberson Mill Rd. Milledgeville (706) 623-8700

Pickle Barrel Cafe & Sports Pub 1892 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-1960

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 Metropolis Cafe 138 N. Wayne St. Milledgeville 478-452-0247 Ms. Stella’s 960 N. Wilkinson St. Milledgeville 478-453-7311 Octagon Cafe 2400 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-0588 Old Clinton Barbecue 2645 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 454--0080 Old Tyme Dogs 451 W. Montgomery St. Milledgeville

Popeye’s 2401 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 387-2630 Puebla’s Mexican Restaurant 2400 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-9547 Real Deal Grill & More 185 W. Andrews St. Milledgeville (478) 804-0144 Ruby Tuesday 2440 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-5050 Shark’s Fish & Chicken 196 Roberson Mill Rd. Milledgeville (478) 295-3306 Shrimp Boat 911 S Elbert St. Milledgeville (478) 452-0559

Milledgeville (478) 451-0374 Soul Master’s Barbecue 451 N Glynn St. Milledgeville (478) 453-2790 Soul To Go (478) 456-5153

(478) 451-2914 Wendy’s 2341 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-9216 Zaxby’s 1700 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-1027

Stacked Sandwiches & More 1827 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 414-4348 Subway 1692 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-2604 Subway 1829A N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 453-2604 Subway 650 South Wayne St. Milledgeville (478) 451-0102 Super China Buffet 1811 N. Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 451-2888 Surcheros Fresh Mex 108 Roberson Mill Rd. Milledgeville (478) 215- 4542 Taco Bell 2495 N Columbia St. Milledgeville (478) 452-2405 Velvet Elvis 118 W Hancock St. Milledgeville (478) 453-8226

Smoothie King 119 N Wayne St. Milledgeville (478) 295-1234

Waffle House-Milledgeville 1683 N Columbia St. (478) 452-9507

Sonic Drive In 1651 N Columbia St.

Waffle House-Milledgeville 3059 N Columbia St.

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BECKHAM’S Countyline Baptist Church USEDHwy CARS 1012 49W 800 N. Jefferson St. 478-932-8105 452-1909 • 452-8208

Antioch Primitive Baptist Church 512 NW Monticello Rd. 478-968-0011

Flipper Chapel AME 136 Wolverine St. 478-453-7777

Hope Lutheran Church 214 W Hwy 49 478-452-3696

2353 River Ridge Road

Alpha & Omega COGIC 512 NW Monticello Rd. 478-968-0011 Antioch Primitive Baptist Church Baldwin Church of Christ 512 NW Monticello Rd. 57 Marshall Rd. 478-968-0011 478-452-5440 Alpha & Omega COGIC Bible Rivival Church 512 NW Monticello Rd. 101 Deerwood Dr. 478-968-0011 478-452-4347 Baldwin Church of Christ Black Springs Baptist Church 57 Marshall Rd. 673 Sparta Hwy NE 478-452-5440 478-453-9431 BibleofRivival Body ChristChurch Deliverance 101 Deerwood Dr. Church 478-452-4347 140 SW Effingham Rd. 478-453-4459 Black Springs Baptist Church 673 Sparta Hwy Central Church ofNE Christ 478-453-9431 359 NE Sparta Hwy 478-451-0322 Body of Christ Deliverance Churchof God Church 140Log SWCabin Effingham 385 Rd. Rd. 478-453-4459 478-452-2052 Church Jesus Christ CentralofChurch of Christ 1700 Jefferson St. 359NNE Sparta Hwy 478-452-9588 478-451-0322 Community Life Baptist Church Church of God 1340 Orchard HillRd. Rd. 385 Log Cabin 478-414-1650 478-452-2052 Community Baptist Church 143 NE Log CabinChrist Rd. Church of Jesus 478-453-2380 1700 N Jefferson St. 478-452-9588 Cooperville Baptist Church 100 Coopers Church Rd. Church Community Life Baptist 478-447-0729 1340 Orchard Hill Rd. 478-414-1650

PLANT Countyline Primitive Baptist Freedom HopewellMILLEDGEVILLE United Methodist Milledgeville, Ga 31061 Church, Inc. 149 Garrett Way 478-452-3535 Church 500 Underwood Rd. Church (478) 452-6474 120 NW Neriah Rd. 478-452-7694 (478) 452-0514 188 Hopewell Church Rd. 478-986-7333 478-453-9047 Community Baptist Church First Baptist Church Greater Mount Zion Baptist Freewill Fellowship Worship 143 NE Log Cabin Rd. 330 S. Liberty St. Church Covenant Baptist Church Center Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s 478-453-2380 478-452-0502 171 Harrisburg Rd. 264 Ivey Dr. SW 115 Cook St. Witnesses 478-452-9115 478-452-0567 478-414-2063 2701 Irwinton Rd. Cooperville Baptist Church First Presbyterian Church 478-452-7854 100 Coopers Church Rd. 210 S. Wayne St. Church Green Pasture Baptist Church Covenant Presbyterian Church Friendship Baptist 478-960-0549 478-452-9394 150 N. Warren 440 N. Columbia St. 685 E Hwy 24 Kingdom HallSt. of Jehovah’s 478-453-8713 478-453-9628 478-452-0507 Witnesses Countyline Baptist Church First United Methodist Church 110 NW O’Conner Dr. 1012 Hwy 49W 366 Log Cabin Rd. Chapel Gumhill Baptist Church Discipleship Christian Center Friendship Baptist 478-452-8887 478-932-8105 478-452-4597 1125 Hwy 24 Church 635 Twin Bridges Rd. 478-452-3052 113 SE Thomas St. 478-968-7201 Lakeshore Community Church Countyline Primitive Baptist Flagg Chapel Baptist Church 478-452-7755 882 Twin Bridges Rd. Church 400 W.Baptist Franklin St. Grace Church 478-986-7331 Heartland Independant Baptist 120 NWBaptist NeriahChurch Rd. 478-452-7287 Elbethel 112 Alexander Dr. Church 478-986-7333 251 N. Irwin St. 478-453-9713 Lee’s Chapel C.M.E. Church 107 Collins Circle 478-452-8003 940 West Thomas Flipper Chapel AME Milledgeville, GA St. Covenant Baptist Church Greater Mount Zion Baptist 478-452-4217 136 Wolverine St. 264 Ivey Dr. SW Church Emmanuel Baptist Church 478-453-7777 Hardwick Baptist Church 478-452-0567 384 Gordon Hwy 171 Harrisburg Rd. Life and Peace Christian Center 124 Thomas St. 478-453-4225 478-452-9115 116 SW Frank Bone Rd. Freedom Church, Inc. 478-452-1612 478-453-3607 Covenant Presbyterian Church 500 Underwood Rd. Faith Point Church of Nazarene Green Pasture Baptist Church 440 N. Columbia St. 478-452-7694 Hope Lutheran Churchof God 700 Dunlap Rd. 150 N. Warren St. Living Word Church 478-453-9628 214 W Hwy 49 478-451-5365 478-453-8713 151 W. Charlton St. Freewill Fellowship Worship 478-452-3696 478-452-7151 Discipleship Christian Center Center First Baptist Church Gumhill Baptist Church Church 115 Hopewell United Methodist 330 St. St. 1125Cook HwySt. 24 Milledgeville Christian Center 113S.SELiberty Thomas 478-414-2063 Church 478-452-0502 478-452-3052 The Sheep Shed 478-452-7755 188 120Hopewell Ivey Dr. Church Rd. Friendship Baptist Church 478-453-9047 First Presbyterian Church Heartland Independant Baptist 478-453-7710 Elbethel Baptist Church 685 E Hwy 24 210 Church 251S.N.Wayne Irwin St. St. 478-452-0507 478-452-9394 107 Collins Circle Miracle Healing Temple Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s 478-452-8003 Milledgeville, GA 133 Central Ave. Witnesses First UnitedBaptist Methodist Church 478-452-1369 Friendship Baptist Chapel 2701 Irwinton Rd. Emmanuel Church 366 Log Cabin Rd. Hardwick Baptist Church 635 Twin Bridges Rd. 478-452-7854 384 Gordon Hwy 478-452-4597 124 Thomas St. Missionaries of Church 478-968-7201 478-453-4225 478-452-1612 of ChristHall of Latter Day Saints Kingdom of Jehovah’s Flagg Chapel Baptist Church 141 Frank Bone Rd. Faith Point Church of Nazarene Grace Baptist Church Witnesses 400 Franklin 478-452-5775 700W. Dunlap Rd.St. 112 Alexander Dr. 110 NW O’Conner Dr. 478-452-7287 478-451-5365 478-453-9713 478-452-8887

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800 N. Jefferson St.

New Vision Church of God in 452-1909 • 452-8208 Christ 941 NE Dunlap Rd. 478-414-1123

Mosleyville Baptist Church 106 SE Oak Dr. 478-452-1723 Antioch Primitive Baptist Church Mount Nebo Baptist Church 512 NW Monticello Rd. 338 Prosser Rd. 478-968-0011 478-452-4288 Alpha & Omega COGIC Mount Pleasant Baptist Church 512 NW Monticello Rd. 265 SW Mt Pleasant Church Rd. 478-968-0011 478-452-7978 Baldwin Church of Christ Milledgeville Study Group 57 Marshall Rd. 140 Chase Ct. 478-452-5440 478-414-1517 Rivival Church Church of Christ NewBible Beginning Deerwood Dr. 325101 Hwy 49 478-452-4347 New Beginning Worship Center Springs 200Black Southside SE Baptist Church 673 Sparta Hwy NE 478-696-9104 478-453-9431 New City Church at the Mill of Christ 224Body E. Walton St. Deliverance Church Milledgeville 140 SW Effingham Rd. New478-453-4459 Covenant Community Outreach Ministries 321Central E. Hancock St. of Christ Church 478-453-3709 359 NE Sparta Hwy 478-451-0322 New Hope Baptist Church 345Church E. Camden St. of God 478-452-0431 385 Log Cabin Rd. 478-452-2052 New Life Fellowship Church 123Church Ennis Rd. of Jesus Christ 478-414-7654 1700 N Jefferson St.

Community Center 478-452-6940

304 Hwy 49 W. 478-451-0906

Salem Baptist Church

Torrance Chapel Baptist Church MILLEDGEVILLE PLANT 274 Pancras Rd. 478-452-3535 478-453-8542

2353 River Ridge Road Salem Church Road Milledgeville,125 Ga 31061 149 Garrett Way

47456-4285 (478) 452-6474

(478) 452-0514

Northridge Christian Community BaptistChurch Church 321 Log Cabin Rd. 143 NE Log Cabin Rd. 478-452-1125 478-453-2380

Second Macedonia Baptist Church First Baptist Church 2914 SE Vinson Hwy 330 S. Liberty St. 478-452-3733 478-452-0502

Northside Baptist Church Cooperville Baptist Church 1001 N. Jefferson St. 100 Coopers Church Rd. 478-452-6648 478-960-0549

Seventh Day Adventist First Presbyterian Church 509 N. Liberty St. 210 S. Wayne St. 478-453-3839 478-452-9394

Oak Grove Baptist Church No. 1 508Countyline Hwy 49 Baptist Church 1012 Hwy 49W 478-453-3326 478-932-8105

Seventh Day Adventist First United Methodist Church Church of Milledgeville 366Pettigrew Log Cabin 156 Rd.Rd. 478-452-4597 478-453-8016

Oak Grove Independent Countyline Primitive Baptist Methodist Church 121Church Lingold Dr. 120 NW Neriah Rd. 478-453-9564 478-986-7333 Old Bethel Holiness Church BaptistRd. Church 866Covenant SE Stembridge 264 Ivey Dr. SW 478-451-2845 478-452-0567 Pathfinder Christian Church Covenant Presbyterian Church 120440 N. N. Earnest BynerSt. St. Columbia 478-387-0047 478-453-9628 Pine Ridge Baptist Church Discipleship Christian Center 657Church Old Monticello Rd. 478-986-5055 113 SE Thomas St. 478-452-7755 Rock of Ages Baptist Church 601Elbethel W. Montgomery St Baptist Church 478-453-8693 251 N. Irwin St.

Flagg Baptist Chapel Church Baptist Church Shiloh 400Harrisburg W. Franklin 204 Rd.St. 478-452-7287 478-453-2157 Sinclair FlipperBaptist ChapelChurch AME 102 Airport Rd. 136 Wolverine St. 478-452-4242 478-453-7777 Spring HillChurch, Baptist Church Freedom Inc. 396 Lake Laurel 500 UnderwoodRd. Rd. 478-453-7090 478-452-7694 Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Freewill Fellowship Worship Church Center 994 Sparta Hwy 115 Cook St. 478-451-5429 478-414-2063

Saint Mary Baptist Church Friendship Hwy 212 Baptist Church 685 E Hwy 24 478-986-5228 478-452-0507 478-452-8003 Rock Mill Baptist Church Saint Paul Baptist Church 2770 N. Columbia St.Church 485 Meriweather Rd.Chapel Friendship Baptist Emmanuel Baptist 478-451-5084 478-986-5855 635 Twin Bridges Rd. 384 Gordon Hwy 478-968-7201 478-452-9588 478-453-4225 New Life Foursquare Church Sacred Heart Catholic Church Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 112Community Jacqueline Terrace NW Church 110Faith N. Jefferson St. of Nazarene 220 S. Wayne Point Church Life Baptist Grace BaptistSt.Church 478-452-1721 478-452-2421 478-452-2710 700 Dunlap Rd. 1340 Orchard Hill Rd. 112 Alexander Dr. New478-414-1650 Life Ministries Salvation Army Corps Tabernacle of Praise 478-451-5365 478-453-9713

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Trinity Methodist GreaterChristian Mount Zion Baptist Church Church 321 N. Wilkinon St. 171 Harrisburg Rd. 478-457-0091 478-452-9115 Union Baptist Church Green 720 N. Pasture Clark St.Baptist Church 150 N. Warren St. 478-452-8626 478-453-8713 Union Missionary Baptist Gumhill Baptist Church Church 1125 Hwy 24 135 Prosser Rd. 478-453-3517 478-452-3052 Vaughn Chapel BaptistBaptist Church Heartland Independant 1980 N. Jefferson St. Church 478-452-9140 107 Collins Circle Milledgeville, GA Victory Baptist Church 640 Meriweather Road Hardwick Baptist Church 478-452-2285 124 Thomas St. 478-452-1612 Wesley Chapel AME Church 1462 SE Elbert St Hope Lutheran Church 478-452-5083 214 W Hwy 49 478-452-3696 Wesley Chapel Foundation House Hopewell 211 S ClarkUnited St. Methodist Church 478-452-9112 188 Hopewell Church Rd. Westview Baptist Church 478-453-9047 273 W Hwy 49 478-452-9140 Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 2701 Irwinton Rd. Zion Church of God in Christ 478-452-7854 271 E. Camden 478-453-7144 Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 110 NW O’Conner Dr. 478-452-8887

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