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March 14, 2018 Page 7C porter ! By Dennis Smith Kate Campbell, singer, songwriter and storyteller, will come to First Baptist Church, Forsyth on Satur- day evening and, thanks to a special sponsor, present a free concert for all who take advantage of the opportu- nity. When a singer and songwriter from the South is compared to the region's renowned Pulitzer Prize- winning William Faulkner, a native of Oxford, Miss she must possess some literary skills. Her storytell- ing has also been compared to Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty. Many music legends have appeared as guest artists on her 18 albums. Among her admirers and collaborators have been Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Maura O'Connell, John Prine, Mac McAnally, Buddy Miller and Spooner Oldham. Campbell, daughter of a Baptist preacher, grew up in the Mississippi Delta during the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's. Her storytelling reaches deep into your heart and soul and often leaves a tear in your eye. Her sing- ing style reminds one of a coffee-house folk singer that you can't get enough of. Campbell will share her crystal-clear voice and pleasing vocal talent that has spanned a three-decade career at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The church is at 95 West Morse Street, near down- town Forsyth. From works included on her first album, "Songs from the Levee;' in 1994 to her award winning "Two Nights in Texas" CD, which received the presti- gious Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award in 2012, you will be treated to a Southerner's introspective view ofpeop|e and life. Glenn Gregg, Music Min- ister at First Baptist, heard Campbell during an almost private concert at a music retreat he attended last Fall. He described the retreat as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and hear some dif- ferent artists from different genres of music perform their material. "I was impressed by both Kate's singing and storytell- ing talents;' commented Kate Campbell , Gregg. "I never thought I would be able to get her to come to Forsyth and enter- tain us" Campbell was born in New Orleans in 1961, and grew up in Sledge, Miss. She earned undergraduate de- grees in music and history f om Samford University and a master's degree from Auburn University. She now lives in Nashville, Tenn. Her record labels include Large River Music, Compass Records, and Eminent Records. You can check out more about her music and career on her website: www.katecampbell. com. Campbell maintains a busy concert schedule throughout the U.S and locals are fortunate that she will be making a stop in Forsyth Saturday thanks to the sponsorship of Pauline O'Hara Stokes. There will also be special music at the 11 a.m. wor- ship service at First,Baptist on Sunday, March 25. MONROE COUNTY CLUB NEWS The Forsyth Exchange Club extended a warm wel- come at its meeting to Joel Tolliver, director for Monroe County Boys & Girls Club of Central Georgia. Tommy Woodward, president of Forsyth Exchange Club, presented a check for $500 to the Boys & Girls Club. The Club strives to enable all young people to reach their full potential as car- ing, productive, responsible citizens. For more informa- tion contact: Joel Tolliver at or 478 -992-5605. Jennifer Mason from the Forsyth- Monroe County Chamber of Commerce visited with the Forsyth Exchange Club during its Feb. 22nd meeting to share information about the upcoming Forsythia Festival. The Exchange Club hosted the Forsythia Golf Tournament again this year on Friday before the Forsythia Festival at the Forsyth Golf Club. The weather was good for golf- ing and the golfers enjoyed the competition and the lunch. Monroe County Recreation Director, Keith Edge, spoke to local Rotarians about his vision to create a recre- ation opportunity for every person in Monroe County. Heading things up since 2011, Edge said that Monroe County Recreation can boast the Georgia Magazine award as the 5th best park in the state. With park user numbers approaching 5,000 in 2017, this year bodes to be an even more successful year with over 500 youth alreadY/registered for spring sports. Monroe County Recreation has many activities unre- lated to sports, including yard sales, car shows, day camps, boot camps, movie nights, and a home school day on Thursdays for some 100 children. There is also the latest fad pickle ball courts: give it a go on Sunday nights. Pictured, left to right, Rotary President Barbara Dean, Edge, sponsoring Rotarian Isabelle Waldrep. Dr. Jim Finch is in his 11th year as the principal at Mary Persons. Finch met with local Rotar- ians and shared the latest on the high school. The goal of Mary Persons is "to provide a quality educational experi- ence". The system is excited about its 2016-17 graduation rate Of 88 percent. Finch, right, is pic- tured with sponsor- ing Rotarian Marcy Sanders. i; ii i i; ! ~il i Caldwell Veterinary Hospital, LLC FULL SERVICE COLLISION REPAIR CENTER Locally Owned and Operated 40 Years Combined Experience Certified Technicians We Work With All Insurance Companies ER EE Estimates! 177 N. Indian Springs Drive Forsyth, GA Phone: 478-974-0680 Fax: 478-974-0640 o Rotary hears the State of Real Estate. Local Rotar- ians heard from Sandy Davis of Middle Georgia Association of Realtors and Chrissy Ham Donovan, Middle Georgia Realty associate broker, about Monroe County's real estate market. They discussed factors that have affected the Monroe County market and will affect it in the future. They said it's a "Sellers" market and the out- look is "Bullish". 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