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iP orter Aug. 8, 2018 Around Monroe County )) Forsyth Juliette High Falls Bolingbroke Culloden Smarr MONROE COUNTY Calendar items run free of charge as a community service each week as space allows. MONROE ENTERTAINS YOU by Dennis Smith Mall items to: Diane Glidewell at by $ p.m. Friday. Aug. 8 Gordon College f ll begin Gordon State College move-in for resident stu- dents is Saturday, Aug. 4 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fall semester classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 8. Aug.lO shoot will benefit Boys & CAds Clubs Shells & Scales Sporting Clay Shoot to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia will be Friday, Aug. 10 at The Meadows Gun Club & Shooting School, 1064 Rumble Road, For- syth. Registration/check in from 9-10 a.m. Com- petition begins at 10 a.m. Noon-1 p.m. lunch & awards. Register by .~; calling 478-743-4153 or ~-,on-line at, and years later it is still a r vital p,a,of the Backlot '~ r Aug.i~lrls111~llrlcers nla~- Players family and our . communi . ~ NI '~1'1101i~ m11OW at I"r"", The first performance ter. under the new name,of The Paris Dancers, BOOYAwas Grease. It ~,~-~: a ~senior moments" played at the old Board of I% r comedy troupe, will Education Auditorium. entertain at the Indian - 1.1 / All vq~JL~UJLILL~JLJL~ ~UJI.U UbLL. Springs Amphitheater ~r~vA on 'oaruraay; ,~ug. n. , . D~rs Open at 6"30 magang macume for .:'plm show starts at 8 Backlot. i i:!'~ p,m. Tickets are $10 BOOYA also served asa e~]~i Only 500. w~-~ :' '~ /it-leariiing ground for be sold, with alt seating aspiring actors or youth MEET YOUNG JACK Jack Branan was "little Jake" in ' knnie Get Your Gun" It was his first play and he was hooked. ' mnie Get Your Gun" was a Back- lot production long before they moved to The Rose Theater. Jack, and some other youth supported by Backlot, helped produce "Laugh- ing School" and "Laughing School Reunion"--both one-act plays. Jack and Nathan Jackson, now - Youth Minister at New Providence Baptist Church, decided the group needed a name. What was easier than Backlot's Own Original Youth Actors? The BOOYA name stuck ~l~l' m under the covered por- tion of the amphitheater (no tables). Proceeds benefit Butts County Historical Society] Old Flovilla Schoolhouse Dinner Theater project. You can pre-order (by Aug. 8) a picnic meal with ticket purchase for $10 from Yahola Creek Restaurant, which is offi- cially opening in August. Choose from gourmet chicken salad or grilled chicken caesar wrap with chips, pasta, pickle, brownie and soda or water. It will be a night to laugh, dance and have some fun. For more information, call Diane at 478-993- 1104. a I m- I wlNm l n rkm I,egion Home, Inc. Veterans and members of the Ham-Dewberry American Legion Home, fnc. are asked to meet at the Post Home, 876 1 Highway 83 South, For- syth on Saturday,Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. Aug.13 Blue Bridge Soa ty hosts cancklates for She f The Blue Bridge ': Society of Monroe County will host the Sheriff candidates at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 at the Forsyth Presbyterian Church Parish House, 62 N. Jackson Street. The candidates attending will be Lawson Bittick, Michael Bittick, Troy Copelan, Brad Freeman and Stacy Penamon. Ronnie "Jocko" Evans will not attend due to a previous commitment." Everyone is invited to meet these candidates and hear them speak of their qualifications and vision for the Sheriff's Office. There will be refreshments following. See CALENDAR Page 2D interested in the fine arts. The group recommended to the Backlot Board that a scholarship be given using some of the funds gener- ated by the shows since By Diane Glldewell Central Georgia EMC held its 81st Annual Meet- ing on Wednesday, Aug. 1.The meeting, which is required by CGEMC by- laws because its member- customers are owners of the company that sells them electricity, combined some new twists with some long-standing traditions. The biggest 'new' was the location of the meeting at the renovated building on South Mulberry Street in Jackson, next door to long- time CGEMC headquar- ters. CGEMC purchased the approximately 100,000 sq. ft. building in 2002. It was built in the 1960'S and housed several large em- ployers in Jackson over the years, including American Mills. The Annual Meeting was held at the building last year as a trial, and the deci- sion was made to renovate it to use about a third of it for meeting space, includ- ing the Annual Meeting. Renovations were complet- ed just in time, and a rib- bon cutting preceded the the)) had been so success- ful. A scholarship was established. lack was the recipient of the inaugural Diana Van Hoy Scholarship, named in honor of an early Backlot member. That same year, Jack was the re- cipient of a Golden Eagle in Theater from the Macon Telegraph. He was the first Mary Persons student to achieve such recognition. Jack has experienced a DEI IIS sMrrll lot offirsts. In telling you this story it is impor- tant you understand an Artistic Director needs to have been on-stage, to have experienced the struggles of producing a play and to have been instrumental in making an organization respond to new ideas. Jack has done all this and much more. His credits from the past several years include performances in "Things My Mother Taught Me;' "Dearly Departed," "Ru- mors" and even the role of the life after high school of Corey in "Back to the 80'S." Author's note: Marion MacDougall featured in a May 12, 20!5 column re- cently relocated out of state. She served as the Artistic Director with Backlot for MEET ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JACK. "I hope to bring new tal- ent and larger audiences to the Rose by making a few small changes that will have a big impact," shared Jack. "I am bringing in some new directors who will also bring fresh ideas to Backlot. I plan to select shows that will reach a wide audience and draw in a new and diverse group of actors. I want to put the best pos- sible product on stage. We live in a community full of talent and it is my job to help get everyone involved. After all that is what com- munity theatre is for." Jack welcomed questions that give insight into his philosophy as the Back- lot Players NEW Artistic Director. Do you foresee any changes with BOOYA? "Not at all. We have a large group of talented youth who do a fantastic job. The Monroe County Schools have done a great job in the performing arts program which has prepared even more students to be on stage. I have the pleasure of directing the youth show this season, and I can't wait to work with so many talented young people" Are you changing any positions? "No one is being replaced, but I am trying to almost 20 years. Marion get our small, yet powerful did a wonderful job for the community theater to be community theater. This the best of the best. I think column wishes her well. we have a big opportunity to get more of the corn- The Backlot Players new Artistic Director Jack Branan ex- amines playscripts that could come to life on stage at the Rose next season. (Photo/Dennis Smith). munity involved. There is always room at Backlot for new talent and new volunteers:' Are you going to produce different kinds of plays? "My goal is to provide a variety of productions that appeal to as wide of an audience as possible. I will work with a team to select shows that we feel the com- munity would love to see and participate in" How does it feel taking over from someone who was in the position for so long? "Marion was in the role for over 15 years, and she did a great job. During those 15 years I had the opportunity to work with her in a number of differ- ent capacities. She is an amazing actress, director and artistic director. I hope that I can take what I have learned from her and bring some new perspectives to the table while still keeping our customer (the commu- nity) front of mind" Are you still hooked? "Of course! Theatre has made me the person I am toda n I wouldn't be where I am without it. That is why it is important to me to help make sure that everyone in our community gets the same opportunity:' Monroe Entertains You wishes the best to Jack in this current theatrical endeavor. Based on past performances it seems this show will be a hit. I I II meeting by only a few days. Traditionally the meeting, long a social event where politicians and neighbors meet at the end of the sum- mer, was outdoors under a giant tent. In early years it was on the courthouse lawn, for many years it was hosted by Indian Springs State Park, and more recently it was held on the grounds outside CGEMC headquarters. "We're glad to be inside this year" said CGEMC President/CEO George Weaver. tent is either hot or wet." He said that after the successful trial last year, CGEMC immediately went forward with the remodel- ing project, but it was still a tight schedule. The cer- tificate of occupancy was issued on Friday, July 27. Weaver thanked Piedmont Construction for complet- ing the work quickly and professionally, on time and on budget, and he thanked / the City of Jackson and Butts County for work- ing with CGEMC to get inspections done in time for the meeting. While the rest of the building will be used for storage and other CGEMC projects, the event space will be used for training and meetings for CGEMC employees but will also be available to other groups in Lhe future. It includes a serving kitchen that passed out the hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and ice cream sand- wiches that have become expected fare at the Annual Meeting. Weaver said that 1,400 chairs were in place for the meeting and most seemed to be occupied. There were 713 members registired for the meeting, providing the required quorum, and they were accompanied by family members plus other special guests at the meeting. The 2017 annual report provided at the meeting shows CGEMC serves 56,279 accounts in 14 counties, with 7,525 of those in Monroe County. The largest number of accounts are in Henry County (16,965), followed by Spalding (12,196) and then Monroe. Phil Ham of Monroe County represents Dennis Smith writes "Monroe Entertains You" highlighting the entertaim i : ment fare offered in Monroe County and the people who make it possible. Smith wants Forsyth to realize and support the riches it has in * the cultural arts. Pictured at the CGEMC Annual Meeting on Aug. 1 are, left to right, CGEMC President/CEO George Weaver, CGEMC Director representing Monroe and Bibb counties Phil Ham, President/CEO of Georgia EMC Dennis Chastain, Georgia District 129 Rep. Susan Holmes. Monroe and Bibb counties on the CGEMC Board of Directors. James Smith of Boy Scout Troop 51 of Forsyth led the pledge of allegiance to open the meeting, and fifth grader Audrie Anne McKenney of Locust Grove sang the national anthem. Members then heard an overview and a financial report that conveyed the EMC is in good shape. Attorney Bobby Melton of Forsyth read the report from the nominating committee, and members voted Ham, J.O. Colwell and Chair D.T. Hamil back See CGEMC Page 6D