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t Page 4C iR Orter May 2, 2018 After 15 weeks of re- ing pairs work to raiseand WGX Meteorologistand Figures Report, it is hearsal, 12 local Central money by gaining votes in Jeff Cox. Celebrity judges estimated there are 140,000 Georgia business and the one-night gala dance include Tripp Amos, Mark Georgians living with community leaders, includ- competition. The other 11 Ballard and Michael Dun- Alzheimer's disease with ing Dr. Stan Hickman of celebrity dancers are Lori away. 521,000 family caregiv- Forsyth, will showcase their Mitchell, Linda Brennan, "No one is safe from ers. Alzheimer's deaths in best moves on the dance Dr. Douglas Brewer, Dr. Er- Alzheimer's disease", added Georgia increased by 201 floor, with their dance pro- nest Carlton, Darlyn Davis, star dancer Linda Brennan. percent from 2000-2015. fessional partners, for one Jordon Hale, John Holmes, "My father passed awayWith seven offices state- exciting evening to help Wimberly Treadwell, Chris from Alzheimer's last year Wide, the Georgia Chapter end Alzheimer's. Tsavatewa, Brittany Turner and now my father-in-law provides vital education, The 7th Annual Danc- and Dr. Champa Wood- is battling it. The struggle support and services in all ing Stars of Central Geor- ham. is awful and the demands of Georgia's 159 counties. gia will be Saturday, May 5 Supporters can vote foron families and caregiv- Alzheimer's disease is a at the Macon City Audi- their favorite star and pur- ers are immense. Please, growing epidemic and the tofium. The event raises chase tickets to the event by please consider donating nation's sixth-leading cause money for the Alzheimer's visiting www.dancingstar- to Dancing Stars of Central of death. As baby boomers Association, Georgia For Georgia. They support age, the number of individ- Chapter's care, support and more event information,caregivers and families uals living With Alzheimer's research. Since 2011, the contact Laura West, event living this disease here in disease will rapidly escalate, event has raised more than organizer, at 478-442-9994 Georgia" added Brennan. increasing well beyond to- $1 million, or With the recent release day's more than 5.7 million Mirroring the popular The event will be hosted of the Alzheimer's As-Americans to as many as TV show, the 12 danc- by WDEN'S Laura Starling sociation's 2018 Facts16 million by 2050 ~ i ! !i i! i!!iiii/fi!ii]!i] Pictured top, "Hydrangea Flower" in color pencil by Kai- flirt Hill; bottom left, "It Don't Matter" in acrylic oncanvas by Leah Jenkins; bottom right, "Expressive Self-JPortrait" in pastel, acrylic by Laurel Sparks. Kaitlin Hill of Mary Per- ons received third place In this year's Congressio- laal Art Competition for her color pencil drawing "Hydrangea Flower:' Leah Jenkins and Laurel Sparks of Mary Persons received Honorable Mention for their artworks. Congress- man Austin Scott of Georgia District 8 recog- nized the three artists at a reception on Sunday, April 22 at the Valdosta Mall, in coordination With the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta. Grand prize Winner Ashley Wukasinovich :rom Perry High School is eligible for scholarships and receives airfare to Washington D.C. where her piece will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year. second and third place award recipients will display their artworks in Rep. Scott's Warner Rob- ins and Tifton offices. "The Congressional Art Competition is a great way to showcase the talent of students from across the Eighth District, and this year's submissions were certainly no exception" said Scott. "I would like to personally extend a 'congratulations' to this year's winners, as well as to each and every sub- mission we received, and extend a 'thank you' to the art teachers who inspire the talent, creativity, and confidence of these students. As I pass by these great works, either in our district offices or in the U.S. Capitol, I will be reminded that the work we're doing today is to ensure a brighter future for them:' The second place winner was Aisha Raza of Hous- ton County High School, and the People's Choice winner, whose artwork willbe displayed in the Washington, D.C. office for one year, was Haley Harden of First Presby- terian Day School. The People's Choice winner was chosen by over 350 votes on Scott's Facebook page, In addition to the art- work of Jenkins, Sparks and Harden, three other entries were awarded Honorable Mention, all submitted by Houston County High School students.This year's judges for the competition were local professional artists and gallery owners. iiiiiiiiiii!iiiiii!!i!iiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiill This look at wluit Monroo County residents wers reading In the , ,Repoder 30, 20 and 10 years auo this week is brought to you by Monroe County Memorial Chapel 'We set the standards that others follow' Harley Ray "Spanky" Beck 86 West Main Street Forsyth 478-994-4266 By Diane Glidewell Pep. Allen Peake was the guest speaker at the April 18 meeting of Monroe County Retired Educa- tors. Peake is completing his fourth term in the Georgia House of Repre- sentatives, having decided not to run for another term for District 141 this fall. Several local leaders joined the Retired Educa- tors meeting, including Commission Chair Greg Tapley, Tax Commissioner Lori Andrews, Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson, Police Chief Eddie Harris, City Manager Janice Hall and Culloden Council member Dr. Margie Bryant. Shirley Henderson introduced Peake, de- scribing his biography as "absolutely fantastic:' Peake attended First Presby- terian Day School and Auburn University, earned a degree in accounting from Mercer University and attended seminary before beginning a career in the restaurant indus- try in 1985. A leveraged buy-out of the restaurant group where he worked led him into the ownership and management of what became the 10th largest restaurant franchise in the U.S with over 130 estab- lishments in three states. In 1989 he passed the CPA exam. Maintaining a business philosophy based on servant leadership, he has continued a successful business career while serv- ing on numerous boards and working with commu- nity charities. Peake and his wife of 29 years, Betsy, whose parents were long time educators, have three children and two grandchildren. His av- ocations include running, golf and scuba diving, which may be why he was interviewed as a contestant for TV'S ' rnazing Race:' Henderson commented that Peake's biography did not mention his work to make medical can- nabis available for those who need it, a cause with which he has been dosely identified over the last three years. Peake said that was because the biogra- phy was not completely up-to-date and that he was about to cover the topic. He said that he lives in Bibb County, almost on the Educators ! 0il laws Monroe County line. His championship of medical marijuana began with an email he received from a Monroe County mother in April 2015 asking him to help save the life of her little girl, Haleigh.Cox. He said that this began his championship of a cause he never imagined taking on. He visited Haleigh, who was having over 100 seizures each day at the time, in the hospital. Asking h!mself what he would do if she were his child, he answered himself that he would crawl over glass to help her. He saw how cannabis oil helped control her seizures. "I am a conservative Republican;' he said. "I have never done drugs in my life:' He sponsored legisla- tion to allow individuals with conditions helped by cannabis oil to register with the state to legally possess small amounts 'of it with low concentrations of THC (less than .5 percent), the active ingredient in marijuana. It has benefited Haleigh to the extent that she is now able to attend kindergarten in Monroe County. Hurdles to access of can- nabis oil continue. Peake and his wife have made it public that they help pro- vide legal 2-ounce bottles of cannabis oil to those who are registered and will continue to do so after he leaves the legislature. He is pleased that in 2017 the legislature granted reciprocity to those from other states with medical marijuana laws and added more conditions that can be registered for use, in- cluding sickle cell anemia, PTSD and intractable pain. Georgia has 3,964 regis- tered patients and 537 pre- scribing physicians. As well as the bottles of oil, there is now a spray to instantly knock out a seizure. Peake said he is opposed to recreational mari- juana but believes Geor- gia should issue limited licenses to grow and pack- age marijuana for medical use in the state. That would eliminate legal problems of crossing state lines with the drug and would let the state regulate and control the process. Peake was part of a state commit- tee charged to study and recommend on cultivation of marijuana in the state. It recommended against allowing cultivation, 11-5. He said that he and all the physicians on the commit- tee gave the 'yes' votes, and he hopes the new governor will re-create the com- mittee. Cultivation is now legal in 30 states. He said that it is time for Congress to act to clear up the legal issues of crossing state lines. "Public support is off the charts, 84 percent for medical marijuana" he said. "It's less than 50 percent for recreational marijuana:' Chief Harris asked how drinking a whole bottle of medical cannabis oil would affect someone. Peake said the person would probably get a bad case of diarrhea from the other oils mixed with the cannabis oil; he would not get high. Peake said cannabis oil is usually administered under the tongue with a syringe and has a bitter taste; it is given intravenously or by a small capsule to some children. "This issue is evolving. It will be a non-issue in 20 years when our kids are running the state," said Peake. Tapley asked why not just set strict regulations rather than limit the number of licenses for cultivation, processing and packaging. Peake said the the Depart- ment of Public Health would issue the licenses, which would be limited to four or five places in the state in order to address law enforcement issues. Henderson asked Peake about his plans since he is not running for office this term. He said he has endorsed Clay Tippins for governor and is helping campaign for him. He feels Tippins will work to fix issues important to him. Asked if he is endorsing anyone in the four-candi- date race to replace him in District 141, Peake said it is an interesting race with four good men, but he is not endorsing anyone. "Thank you for the privi- lege to serve for the last 12 years" said Peake. The next meeting of Monroe County Educators will be Wednesday, May 16 at Forsyth Presbyterian Church Parish House on North Jackson Street. It will recognize the 2017 retirees from the Monroe County School System. X I st