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iP orter f 1B December 12, 2018 Around Monroe County Forsyth Juliette High Falls Bolingbroke Culloden Smarr HIIIIHIII, t MONROE COUNTY Dec, 10-14 4-H Shotgun team sign up 4-H Shotgun team sign-up for NEW Shooters, 7th - 12th grade students, will be Monday-Friday, Dec. 10-14. Sign up 8a.m. - 5 pim. at the Monroe County Extension Office, 90 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Cost is $1251 For more information, call 478-994-7014. Dec 13 Mary' Persons Band Concert Mary PerSons Band will present its Holiday Concert at the Fine Arts Ce6ter on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Monroe County Middle School Band Concert Monroe County Middle School will perform its Holiday Band Concert at Monroe County Fine Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. Best B ld'ms Talent Show The Best Buddies Talent Show will be Thursday, Dec. 13 from ,6-7:30 p.m. at Forsyth United Methodist Church, 68 West Johnston StreeL T-shirts with all the performers' names and concessions wilJ be for sate at the show. Tickets: are $5 for non-students and $3 for students. Dec. 15 r 'Munme Coum Boys & Girls Orh,U,g Forsyth'Monr, oe C0unt~/, Boys ~ Girls Clbb~wi[t" ~ host the UPS Road Code'Teen Driving Program on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 500 Highway 83 South, Forsyth (for- mer Hubbard Middle School campus). Lunch will be provided: Pre registration is required. For more information, contact Joel Tolhver at 478-992-5b05 or itOt- V~'-I~ to p~rfom~ at Arts Center Voctave will be in con- cert at Monroe County Fine Arts Center for 'An A Cappella Holiday" on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m: Ou /Basket Community Growth Enterprise (Outreach Ministry) will sponsor its Annual Christmas Basket giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11 o.m.-2 p.m. at Kynette United Methodist Church, 266 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Forsyth. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Rosa Evans at 770- 584"6276. ' !'J / Dec. 17 Combined Munme Elemen- tgry knd Concert All Mon?oe County elementary schoc/I bands will comb/he for a concert at M6nroe County Fine Arts Center on Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m See CALENDAR Page 4C / MONROE ENTERTAINS YOU by Dennis Smith ml Enjoy the sounds of the Holiday Season this week at Mon- roe County Fine Concert follows at 6:30 Arts Center. If you are like most folks your holidays are brightened by the sounds of carols being sung at your church or by some strolling group of well- wishers who stop in front of your Dennis Smith house to offer a seasonal serenade. You likely have some special memories attached to the holiday dassics you hear each year. Christmas music has a way of getting us all in a joyous, happy mood. Excellent holiday music is playing Thursday and Saturday at the Fine Arts Center. Get your listening started with our Middle School Band under the direction of home-grown, MPHS graduate, Miles Benson. This is a great opportunity to say hello to Miles and welcome him home. Then the Mary Persons High School Band Holiday others have played pri7 p.m. Both Bands perform mary roles in Broadway hit Monroe County Fine Arts Center is ready to welcome you on Thursday, December for seasonal performances by students and professional 13th. Tickets are available performers. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) at the door. VOCTAVE takes over the big stage at Monroe County Fine Arts Center on Satur- day, Dec. 15th. Who or what is VOCTAVE? VOCTAVE is an a capella vocal group that is com- prised of 11 professional singers. The amazing part of this group's st,ry is the 11 individual stories of the singers. Each member of VOCTAVE can sing--re- ally well. In delving into the backgrounds of the singers, MEY learned that Jamie Ray is a music professor at Rollins College. Tony De 'Rosa has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for 37 years, and his Barbershop group, "Main Street" was the 2017 Gold Award winner. Several members of the shows. Most have toured with one or more famous entertainers as backup vocalists, performance or on line at Kate Lott sang the National Anthem at an Atlanta Braves game earlier SPECIAL HOLIDAY this year. Tiffany Coburn TREAT Members of the has been a soloist with the Mary Persons High School Boston Pops and per- Chorus will perform dur- formed at both Carnegie ing the VOCTAVE concert. Hall and Lincoln Center If you missed them on as well as represented the Monday, Dec. 10th -ou get USA at the Friendship Fes- one more chance to hear tival in Pyongyang, North our talented local young Korea this past Spring. people sing. Make plans to be at the FAC Saturday to get to ANNE OF GREEN know the other members GABLES OPENS IN of VOCTAVE. All are JANUARY 2019 very talented, and you will With Christmas less understand why they have than two weeks away been chosen to be part of well, January is not that far Walt Disney World's pre- in the future, either. For mier a capella singers. The those theater-goers who group has received more like watching our younger than 100 million views on -friends perform, mark your their videos, has released calendar for Jan. 19-27 to four albums and had num- see ' ane of Green Gables" ber one songs on iTunes, by Alice Chadwicke and Amazon and Spotify. L.M. Montgomery. Show time is 7:30 p.m. The Backlot Player's Own Tickets are $30-$40 de- Original Youth Actors (BOOYA) will be present- ing the play under the direction of Jack Branan. group have sung as lead en- pending on seat locations tertainers at the Grand Ole andlare available at the Opry in Nashville. Several door on the evening of the The BOOYA production is ,an annual part of the over- all entertainment package presented by the Backlot Players Guild. It typically attracts near capacity audi- ences. Plan now to attend. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 14th at The Rose Theater Box Office, 23 W. Johnston Street, Forsyth. AUDITION CALL for "God's Favorite" by Neil Si- mon. This is another great Simon comedy. It calls for five males and three fe- males and will be directed by Samantha Smith. Audi- tions are Jan. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. at the Rose Theater, 23 West Johnston Street, Forsyth. Dennis Smith writes "Monroe Entertains You," highlighting the enter- tainment fare offered in Monroe County and the people who make it pos- sible. Smith wants Forsyth to realize and support the riches it has in the cultural arts. / Mary PerSons construction students show the three banners and three trophies they have earned in the last three years as region champions in the Work- force Development Skills Challenge. i, ill By Diane Glidewell In November the Mary Persons Construction team took home the Overall Winner's Cup at the An- nual Southern Crescent Workforce Development Skills Challenge for the third consecutive year. It is one of four regional com- petitions held in the state. Sponsors of the competi- tion, the Associated Gener- al Contractors of Georgia, Inc. and its members, took note of the outstanding repeat and came to Mary Persons to recognize the team on Dec. 6. "You have earned brag- ging rights three times in a row. Congratulations on what you are doing--You are preparing yourself for the future" said Michael Dunham, CEO of AGC of Georgia. "We're proud of you, and the industry congratulates you. This opportunity is very special for us" Dunham told the stu- dents that AGC of Georgia represents big builders, and big builders need their help in providing the skilled workers they must have to complete their projects. Currently the industry has only one skilled worker coming in for every four that leave as baby boomers retire. "Name your own price and have a job wherever you want to live on the planet" said Dunham. Also present to con- gratulate the Mary Persons construction students were Christy Kovak of Sheridan Construction, AGC of Georgia Member Development Specialist Bill Chambless, and Ryan Jones who is training to be a proj- ect manager with MEJA Construction. Sheridan Construction is the con- tractor handling renovation of Monroe County Schools central office; MEJA was the contractor in charge of building Monroe County Fine Arts Center. Jones is a 2015 gradu- ate of Mary Persons who completed the construction pathway. He began work- ing for Monroe County Schools through the work- based learning program Construction teacher D.J. Hurm, third from right, shows visiting industry leaders the Mary Persons shop, and stu- dents hear praise for their accomplishments. (Photos/Diane Glidewell). in November 2014 and pentry and Cheyla Tafolla continued working for the and Jorja Conine competed school system in its facili- in masonry. Michael Ne- ties maintenance depart- castro served as the team's ment until April 2017 when captain, coordinating and he accepted a position with supporting the team. MEJA. He is also work- Tafolla and Atkins each ing toward his Bachelor's earned 1st place, Rhodes degree in business as he and Newton each brought prepares to move into the home 2nd place, and position of a project man- Brooks and Melton each ager where he will handle took 3rd place in their skill three to six major projects competitions. Over a hun- at a time for MEJA. dred students competed in The Mary Persons Con-the Skills Challenge, which struction team included 13 was held in Griffin on Nov. juniors and seniors. Mat- 1. thew Marshall and Cody D.J. Hurm is the con- , Hickman competed instruction teacher at Mary welding, Trevor Brooks and Persons and is the instruc- Matt Nash competed intar and advisor for the electrical, Ben Newton and team. He said there was not Gunnar James competed in space for Necastro to cam- plumbing, Brianna Rhodes pete with the team, but he and Zachary Mooney cam- worked just as hard as the Peted in blueprint reading, students who were compet- Will Atkins and Tucker Melton competed in car- See BUILD Page 2C