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THURSDAY, MAY 26 - JUNE 9, 2011

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Why one woman participates in the superPG 2 intense, full-contact IT'S TIME TO BOYCOTT REALITY TV: sport of roller derby. PG 4 SATIRE BY DIRT MCGIRT PG 5

Bluebird Greenhouse is looking for summer interns for their Local Foods System Internship Program

Art classes, martial arts courses, football, horseback riding, golf, basketball and more - take your pick of where to send the kids for summer camps. PG 2


This week has been filled with Baccalaureate ceremonies, Honor's Day ceremonies, and graduation practices for area seniors as they prepare to "walk the field" at Memorial Stadium.
Griffin High School's graduation ceremony will take place Friday night at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, and Spalding High seniors will graduate Saturday morning at 9 a.m. To ensure a safe environment for graduates and the families attending the ceremony, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said law enforcement will be on hand. "Streets immediately surrounding the stadium entrance will be closed to traffic, and wand handheld metal detectors will be on site." He continued, "Part of our school system's plan is to maintain a safe environment, and that's exactly what we will do." Unless storms include lightening, ceremonies will be held at Memorial Stadium rain or shine. School officials urge attendees to stay informed about any changes via local radio and the school system website, spalding.k12.

Seniors bid high school goodbye

Following and faith: Inspiration for Exchange Club's 'Man of the Year'

The 2011 graduating class of Spalding High School snaps one last group shot for the history books during graduation practice.

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No easy fix for transportation problems
“We’re looking for a single answer to a complex transportation issue and there isn’t one. We're already 50 years behind. We’ve got to attack the problem in multiple directions, and do it quickly. We don’t have the luxury of talking about it for the next 25 years, because in 25 years we won’t have any quality of life. The toll road has its good points and its bad points. We can't keep widening [interstate] 75. We’ve got to look at the long distance rail, the commuter rail, the freight rail and the highway for answers. And there’s absolutely no way you can do it without offending someone.” - Michelle Cannon, Griffin-Spalding Area Transportation Committee

A roundup of the most interesting activities, camps and classes to take over the summer. » pg. 2

Toll road update postponed until July 20
Paulding County Commissioners Chairman David Austin canceled the presentation regarding the Western Commercial Connector he was scheduled to give to the Griffin-Spalding Transportation Committee on May 18. The update was rescheduled for the next meeting, July 20, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.

“As I sat and thought about [the honor of Man of the Year], I went over my 49 and a half years of existence,” said Chuck Copeland while being recognized as the Griffin Exchange Club's 2010 Man of the Year, “and two common elements came through. Those were following and faith.” “One would assume that a trait of a Man of the Year would be leadership, so you probably think it’s odd that I chose the word like ‘following’ on a day like today, but when I think of following, it’s following examples of those that are above us and before us,” continued Copeland.

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Grow your business with a new networking group - "YPING"
Young professionals in the Spalding area are invited to join a networking group geared specifically for those » pg. 7 40 and younger.

Narrow vote sends SR 155 down N. McDonough Road
After failed motions to both table and deny the rerouting of Highway 155 down North McDonough Highway, County Commissioners Raymond Ray, Gwen Flowers-Taylor and Eddie Freeman carried the motion to approve.

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TOP STORIES Bluebird Greenhouse offers summer internships learning about local foods systems
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Interested in learning about local foods system distribution, organic growing practices, square foot gardening or greenhouse operations? Peak growing and distribution season is here, and Bluebird is offering an experience in operations of a local foods system. In February 2011, the Bluebird Farm to Table Sustainability Initiative opened the Bluebird Local Foods System

Lizzie Marie Likness, 11, is a current intern at Bluebird Greenhouse. She is the founder of Lizzie Marie Cuisine, and has been featured on The Rachel Ray Show, USA Today, and Fox News. Likness is currently developing kid-friendly, fresh and healthy recipes for the new Bluebird Garden Fresh Kidsbox, now available for $15 per week at

Internship Program located at 931 Hamilton Boulevard in Griffin in the GARC Greenhouse facility for hands-on training in the dynamics of local foods. Bluebird is now offering a chance for summer internships at the Griffin greenhouse location. Interns will benefit from a weekly share box of veggies, greenhouse operations experience, organic practices and square foot gardening training.  

“We are honored and delighted to have three outstanding interns currently training with Bluebird CSA,” states Patti Robinson, Director of the Bluebird Sustainability Initiative. “The aim is to learn over the peak summer growing season how to develop a hyper-local foods system to boost local people and the community.” Bluebird interns learn how to grow organic foods successfully from local area farmers in summer Farm Camp, experience training in a greenhouse facility, and participate in packing share boxes for distribution of local farm to table foods.  Interns also have fun tasting delicious, locally grown fruits and veggies in peak season like peaches from English Farms in Pike County; tomatoes from James Family Farm in Spalding County; and strawberries from The Rock Ranch in Upson County.

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The GDOT proposal will reroute Highway 155 straight down North McDonough Road to Georgia Highway 16. City commissioners voted in favor of the relocation in 2007 and reaffirmed the vote in April of this year. The city and county will accept maintenance of Jackson Road, Broadway and Hill streets. North McDonough Road will be widened to a 120-foot right of way. "We determined that a roundabout would work really well there," said Nesbitt. Nesbitt reported that the 11 percent of the traffic passing through the intersection is truck traffic, which may cause concerns, but GDOT is working on a revised concept report. The planned roundabout would slow speeds to 25 miles per hour as traffic moved through the single-lane circle. GDOT plans to hold a public information open house soon to solicit comments from the public and to provide education for roundabout support.


Roundabout planned for Highway 16/Hollonville Road intersection
County Commissioners have approved the roundabout to be located at the intersection of Georgia Highway 16 and Hollonville Road, which was proposed by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Kimberly Nesbitt, GDOT project manager, spoke to the GriffinSpalding Area Transportation Committee on Wednesday, May 18 about the project.

Kristen Kaylee Tuggle earned the honor of Griffin High School Valedictorian by maintaining a 4.237 GPA. She has received the Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship, a meritbased, full scholarship from Emory University. During the Honor's Night ceremony on May 24, Spalding High School named their valedictorian and salutatorian. Meg Matthews (right) was named SHS Valedictorian with and received a Presidential Scholarship to attend the University of Vermont.

With a 4.167 GPA, Chaston Matheny claimed the honor of GHS Salutatorian. He received a presidential scholarship for all four years of attendance at Clayton State University and plans to study computer science.

Upon successful completion of the internship program, a Local Foods System Certificate acknowledging training hours completed and a letter of recommendation will be presented. People of all ages may apply, and the program offers flexible hours.  Bluebird has openings still available and encourages anyone interested in local foods to request information by emailing [email protected] com. Certificates and letters of recommendation will be awarded during National Farmers Market Week, August 7-13. Ω

6th Street Bridge construction expected to begin September or October
Sixth Street Bridge project bidding will soon be let out, according to Brant Keller, Griffin Public Works Director. Utilities will be relocated and construction is expected to begin in September or October of this year.

Megan Poole (left) earned the title of SHS Salutatorian and will attend Sewanee: The University of the South in the fall with a university *The announcement of Spalding High's valedictorian and salutatorian occurred so close to press time that GPA scholarship.
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Copeland recalled childhood memories of his parents that inspire his own service to the community. He described his mother’s life as a dedicated school teacher, club advisor and cheer coach. “She took on things not because she had an abundance of free time with a household of four kids, but because if not her, who would do those things?” he said. As Copeland began discussing his father, his voice broke. “My father - the ultimate Renaissance man,” he said. “There was nothing he wouldn’t try to build, fix, or in some cases disassemble beyond disrepair. He passed away in 2002.” Copeland said though his father sometimes worked two or three jobs at a time to put his children through school, he hardly remembers a supper, football or tee-ball game his father missed. “Dad would volunteer, umpire or coach, depending upon the need. Most of those years my mother was there too, stocking and running concessions. Examples of
Chuck Copeland with his three children, mother and wife at the Man of the Year Banquet.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center now closed
FEMA officials have reported that they believe all families affected by the storm have registered. The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) closed Monday, May 23. Those who have not registered with FEMA should call (800) 621 - FEMA (3362) or register on the website (www. The Disaster distribution center (in the old Food Depot building in the Cook's Shopping Center on Memorial Drive) will remain open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. for those who suffered major damages from the storm.

County prioritizes right-of-way cleanup, urges citizens to burn storm debris
Since the April tornado, the county has been clearing storm debris from the right-of-way in the disaster area. Due to the amount of branches, logs and stumps being brought to the road, county crews are clearing the same roads repeatedly, which is causing problems getting to all the areas. Residents are strongly encouraged to burn any debris they possibly can. The Georgia Forestry Commission has extended the burning season in Spalding County until May 31. Permits can be obtained at or by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN. County crews will continue clearing in the disaster area, but advises that if a road has been cleared at least once, it will be put at the bottom of the priority list so the crews can get to other places that have had no debris removed. For questions or additional information, please contact County Manager William Wilson at 770-467-4233.

service to others and the desire to make life just that much better for other folks started right there for me watching those sacrifices of their time for the benefit of others,” said Copeland. Copeland also listed several former Man of the Year recipients as role models and influences. “As I look back on significant events, forks in the road that were placed in front of me, I can’t help but acknowledge God’s guiding hand in that...It’s not lost on me that some of Griffin’s best leaders... were also men of faith,”

said Copeland. Copeland was chosen by the Griffin Exchange Club as the 2010 Man of the Year because his "depth of involvement in broad areas, including service organizations, professional organizations, education, health and wellness, business development, with his church and with his family, makes a very bold statement of commitment to the Griffin community,” said Bill Thielemann, who presented Copeland’s achievement review at the ceremony. Ω

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Open mic night with Emily Stilwell
Embarking on Buffalo’s Open Mic night opened my ears up to original, live sounds that my life has been lacking (some artists including Jacob Roper, Greg Neel, Matt and Lea Herring, and Tyler Hill). Emily Stilwell, a 19-year-old from Stockbridge, was setting up when I got there. Wide-eyed and hopeful, her incredibly soulful voice was the last thing I expected. Covering some of my personal favorites, I was truly intrigued by her bluesy and folksy remixes. After her set, I was determined to do what I could to make sure everyone had an opportunity to know this revelation in local music. KB: I heard you perform for the first time at Buffalo’s Open Mic Night, headed up by Matthew Floyd (of Sage Hill String Band). Since you are from out of town, how did you get involved with this weekly Griffin event? ES: I used to play weekly at Vendetta’s Pizza Cafe in McDonough. A former manager of mine hooked me up with that gig, and that’s where there I met the lovely Christina Jones. She introduced me to the also lovely Matt Floyd when we started doing open mics. Matt invited me out (to Buffalo’s) and I just loved the crowd so much. I definitely received good vibes from everyone, and it was nice seeing unfamiliar faces, so I’ve become a regular. I play basically anywhere I can: from Pedro’s Taco Shack to Taco Mac. I did some at Arena Tavern and El Agave. I’m trying to get further away from things that I’m comfortable in, though, and will probably be playing a bit in Atlanta and Athens. I am definitely looking forward to a gig up at Eddie’s Attic. KB: I think music is an art form that really translates the history, heartaches and joys, of the musician. What experiences or influences do you draw from to create your own personal sound? ES: As cliché as it may be, I started music as a teenage girl. That being said, during the bulk of my writing years I focused on love. After having been crushed after good relationships, and beaten down a bit in one particularly bad one, I developed my bluesy, soul type of sound and I definitely feel like it’s my own. KB: You cover a lot of great songs in a wondrously unique way. Do you also write your own original tunes?

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ES: Yes. Actually, 90 percent of the time if I’m playing and you don’t recognize the familiar tune it is one of my own. When I play my sets I try to weasel them in there from time to time. The set list kind of goes cover, original, cover, original, etc. I want to keep the familiarity flowing while at the same time throwing in a little something they’ve never heard before, feel me? KB: What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your art? ES: I’d say my ultimate goal as far as my music goes would be to be the best that I’m capable of. I’ve written plenty of music, but that which I feel the most confident and attachment towards are those that I’ve written in my adult years. I want to have that feeling of release when you put pain on paper, but at the same time I want my music to be encouraging. I want to write music that has a very unique but ear-pleasing sound, something of my own. It would be the absolute best thing if I could write the type of music that people just can’t sit still listening to. I believe that above all else, however, I want people to hear my soul in my music; I’ve always felt like that was what makes music poetic, and altogether makes real music real art. Ω Shimano, Sugoi Pearl Izumi & More



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Camp Roundup - What to do with the kiddos this summer
Iris City ATA Martial Arts will host a summer camp July 11-15. The camp will operate from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. , with early drop off and late pick-up available. The camp costs $85 (family discounts are available), which includes admission to High Falls water park on the last day. Campers will get courses in self defense, bully prevention and basic taekwondo, and there will be time for fun, games and crafts. Iris City ATA Martial Arts is located at 1113 Ethridge Mill Road in Griffin, next to Alvin’s Barbecue. For more information or to register, call Brandy Nickels at 770-228-2030. A “just for girls” basketball day camp directed by Coach Walker Cook and hosted by Griffin Christian High School is scheduled June 6-10 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for beginning and advanced players entering fifth through eighth grades. Girls will receive instruction and material on core fundamentals, offensive and defensive drills, mental aspects of basketball play and game-time experience. Parents will enjoy a review of skills on the final day of camp. The cost is $100 and includes snacks and a camp t-shirt. The Griffin Christian High School gym is located at 2000 W. McIntosh Road in Griffin. For an application or additional information, call David Hammond at 770-467-8198 or email [email protected] The Griffin-Spalding Art Association will host an art camp June 13-17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Christian Enrichment Center located at First United Methodist Church of Griffin. The camp is open to children ages 6-12 and costs $85, which includes all art supplies for the week and a mid-morning snack. Projects include canvas painting, sponge painting, color pencils, graphite pencils, jewelry making, paper sculptures, guard masks and more. For more information contact Kris Harrison at 770-227-3673. Circle R Farms is hosting a summer horseback riding camp from June 6-8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your own horse or use one of the farm’s (limited number of horses will be available at a first-come, first-served basis). Children ages 6 and up will enjoy western horseback riding fun, swimming and other activities. The cost of the camp is $300, with a $100 non-refundable deposit due by June 1. For more information contact Ashley at 678-859-1516. Spalding County Parks and Rec Summer Day Camp will be held June 6-July15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for children ages 5 to 12. Breakfast, lunch, field trips, juggling shows, weekly swimming, crafts and a camp t-shirt are included in the price of $40 per week per child. Pre-register now at www.spaldingcountyparksandrec. com or call 770-467-4750. Spalding County Parks and Rec announces a free junior golf camp sponsored by Unlimited Door Foundation.  Two one-week sessions of free golf instruction for youth will be offered: May 31–June 3 and June 6-9 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the City Park behind the community center. No special equipment is needed – balls and clubs will be provided.  Youth will learn proper grip, putting skills, proper swing, stance and more.  Space is limited for this very popular program. Register online at www.spaldingparksandrec. com, at City Park Community Center or Parks and Recreation main office.  For more information call 770467-4750. Thurston Studios will host several art courses in May and June, with each lasting three to four days. Topics include bird house sculptures, book illustrations, drawing, portraiture, and folk art painting. Students are encouraged to bring sack lunches. Dates and times of the classes vary, with pricing ranging from $125 to $165 which covers the cost of supplies. Classes will be held at Thurston Studios at 1506 Tomochichi Road in Griffin. Contact Teresa Thurston at 770-229-9176 for more details. The Griffin High football program and Spalding County Parks and Rec will present a free Youth Football Camp from 9 a.m. to noon at the City Park Watkins Field on June 7-9. Youth ages 5 – 12 are invited to participate and should come dressed for the sport (t-shirts, shorts and athletic shoes).   No special equipment is needed – everything will be provided. Youth will learn and practice football fundamentals.   Parents can register their child online at www. or onsite the first day of camp. For more information call Spalding County Parks and Rec at 770-467-4750.


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Timber Hines, known in the Atlanta Roller Girls Community as “Bullie Jean King,” grew up in Griffin, graduating from Griffin High School. Hines’ degrees include a master’s degree in exercise science and a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from Georgia State University. Her sport of choice for the last three years has been roller derby - an intense, full-contact roller skating game where the girls give themselves names such as “Bruze Orman, Slamborghini, Emma Wantsome and Rebel Yellow... can score points, while hitting and blocking the opposing team’s jammer so she can not get through our pack and score points.   What’s the deal with the roller derby “alter egos’? My rollergirl name is Bullie Jean King and my number is 40# Love on the Apocalypstix team.  We all have roller derby names and it is like we have alter egos!  A friend of mine came up with the name and it just stuck.  It is a take off of the tennis legend in women’s sports and equality, Billie Jean King.  Why play such a rough sport?  I play because it does keep me active and I have really enjoyed the the Shriners Auditorium on Ponce de Leon in Atlanta.  You can buy tickets online at www.  

“GET A GRIP”: POLL OF THE WEEK Griffinite dusts off skates to join roller derby league
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Can you tell us a little bit about how you came to participate in such a contact » Change jobs (closer commute) sport? CODE: GETAGRIP4 I feel very lucky to have grown up going to school and playing » Move (closer commute) in sports since I was 6 years CODE: GETAGRIP5 old with Griffin Parks and Recreation and Griffin public schools.  I have always loved TEXT THE CODE BELOW YOUR running and remember my first road race when I was 6 was ANSWER TO 55985 the WKEU Griffin Radio Road (Voting is free if you have text services) Race.  Since then I have just always enjoyed being active, or visit THE-GRIP.NET and so far have ran in 15 half Letters on this subject are encouraged and marathons and tons of 5k and should be emailed to [email protected] or 10k races. 11 total votes posted to PO Box 2251, Griffin, GA 30224.   I started watching the Atlanta Rollergirls about six years ago because I had a friend that started playing.  I just loved how Pit Bull/Lab Mix athletic the women were and MEDIUM | BABY | MALE the strategy of the game.  I really enjoyed skating when I was This little fellow is about younger - I  learned how to skate seven weeks old. His at Spencer’s Skating Rink and the mother was a small pit Griffin Skate Inn.  You could find mix, and it is assumed me and my brothers, Kirk and that the father was Gabe there a lot of Friday nights.  I finally got the courage up to probably a lab. He is the tryout three and a half years ago typical playful, healthy, and have been playing ever since.  eats-a-lot puppy. He had We practice three to four times a rough start, but now a week for two hours so it is a he is very happy and great work out regime and a big looking for a permanent commitment.  home. He is current   on shots and has been What do we need to know wormed. Ω about the game itself? The rules of roller derby and our Adoption fee: $125; Contact Teresa at t[email protected] or call information about our league is 678-733-3801 for more information, or to apply to adopt. located at www.atlantarollergirls. com. Basic game play is that you have a pack of blockers and one jammer for each team. Jammers are held back as the blockers round the first corner. Jammers ING RV have to work their way through W SE OD: NO the pack to become the “lead O jammer” and score points. SEAF u ppies, es,   ushP r ab Ca k H C What position do you play? egs, Grou per My position is a blocker. The ro g L m p & F role of a blocker is to get my Sh r i jammer through the pack so she



Hines is pictured in the top to the far right, and on the far left in the bottom picture. experience and friends that I have made.  Nothing is staged.  We really hit and we really fall hard.   Our team is full of strong, smart, athletic women.  We have all kinds of women who are in the league, mothers, PhDs, lawyers, teachers that are just playing to have fun.  Where are the games held? Our bouts sell out quick and always sell out! The bouts are family friendly.  The venue holds about 1000 people at Can people find your team on that website as well? When you go to  the website, click on “Teams” and then on “The Apocalypstix.”  On the website you can find ticket sales, information about the sport, team info and even how to get involved! Timber Hines currently works as the Associate Director of the Student Activity and Academic Center at Emory University.


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Long-term NSAID use can carry great risk
DEAR DR. BOB: I have had frequent headaches and arthritic pain for years. I take ibuprofen or aspirin pretty much daily. Is there any danger in these drugs? If they are sold without prescription, aren’t they safe? Got a question for Dr. Bob? Email it to [email protected] Not long ago, one of our patients came to see me for a regular visit. She had a friend with her, Tonya, a young lady in her early twenties with a small child. My patient asked me if I would take a look at Tonya. She “didn’t look right.” I turned to help Tonya to her feet (she was sitting on the floor), and she went unconscious, falling into my arms. I put her on the treatment table and raised her legs. Her pulse was weak and thready. Her blood pressure was about 90/40. She was very pale, even inside her eyelids. We called 911 and stayed with her. As she regained consciousness, I asked her some quick questions and found that (1) she had severe, unrelenting headaches, for which she had never sought treatment, because (2) she had no insurance. So, to kill the pain, she was (3) taking up to eight BC powders daily. BC powders contain aspirin, which keeps blood from clotting. Tonya was hemorrhaging internally to a point near death. Additionally, she admitted loud ringing in her ears, a sign of aspirin toxicity. Aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen are all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They are sold under a variety of names without prescription, including Advil®, Motrin®, Aleve®, and Orudis®, and they may be mixed with anti-histamines or decongestants, such as Advil Cold and Sinus®, Dimetapp Sinus®, Motrin IB Sinus® and Aleve Cold and Sinus®. Arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, responds well to joint adjustment and the soft tissue treatments chiropractors provide. Additionally, consider alternatives for control of your inflammation that are safe and natural. For example:

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• Studies show that consumption of 2 gm of Omega 3 fatty acids provided sufficient anti-inflammatory effect to reduce joint pain and the need for NSAIDs in 59% of patients with neck and back pain. Omega-3 acids are contained in green leafy vegetables, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, canola oil, oily fish, seafood, seaweed, and fish oils. • Boswellia affects several different enzyme systems and is very effective for arthritis and muscle pain. Look for it at your chiropractor’s clinic or health food store. • Willow bark has also been shown to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation. When you take it, your body converts it to an aspirin-like substance that is much safer than aspirin itself. • Ginger, in addition to reducing inflammation, is good for those with poor circulation or nausea. • Reduce inflammatory components in your diet by increasing your intake of lowcalorie, nutrient-dense foods, such as lean meat, fish, skinless chicken, vegetables, fruit, and nuts. • If you are heavy, lose weight. Obesity is associated with chronic inflammation, and it also intensifies the stress on your joints. I hope this helps. There is much you can do to take control of your situation and feel better.

SATIRE: Reality TV aims high
A semi-regular column devoted to addressing issues, tackling problems and giving all-around good advice to the leaders and citizenry of the greater Griffin-Spalding County area. DIRT MCGIRT
Television has always served as a cheap form of entertainment; a distraction from the worries of real life. In addition to the entertainment value, news broadcasts and channels devoted to education, science and history, have also served to provide at least some important information and education to viewers. Many of the actors and sports figures on broadcasts also provided role models for people to emulate. Recently however, a new genre of television programming has served the opposite effect. Instead of providing entertainment and distractions from real life, reality shows have actually given people a distorted view of real life all while making people dumber and encouraging generally shameful behavior. Reality shows started off innocently enough by either dropping a dozen or so people on a tropical island to see who could survive off driftwood and coconut leaves the longest or by putting 10 strangers in a house filled with liquor and videotaping their daily lives. The next generation of reality shows upped the shock factor by paying contestants to eat pickled raccoon placenta or lay in a pool full of jellyfish and bleach. Next came glorified talent shows with heavily medicated pop singers and conceited British judges critiquing singers and dancers of various talent levels. Had it stopped there, reality television would have fell in line with sitcoms, news programs and sports broadcasts as an accepted form of entertainment. Unfortunately, that was not the case and we now face an epidemic of stupidity spreading from channel to channel. Instead of content with shows requiring contestants to possess some type of skill, exhibit at least average endurance or have the ability to suppress their gag reflex, producers now look to the bottom rung of society to fill their casts. These shows pit high school drop outs with extensive criminal records against each other for the chance to date a washed up former rock star or rapper. The losers are invited back to reunion shows to compete with the losers of similar shows for prizes valued at hundreds of dollars. Those who exhibit the most irrational and bipolar behavior

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along with their teammates to accomplish drill routines. The competition was close and teams were as equally matched as they had been in recent past. When the judging was complete Spalding County 4-H rode to a Reserve Champion in the Freestyle 4-H class placing second to Coweta County 4-H Varsity Southern Stars. The team also stood as Reserve Champion in the Freestyle Open division placing second to Flame Kissed Force from Bulloch County. Spalding County 4-H congratulates both the Southern Stars and Flame Kissed Force in their wins and looks forward to the next opportunity to ride in competition against the new Georgia 4-H and Georgia Open Champions. Ω

What to do May 26 - June 18
May 27-30; Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall; Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park, 1301 Cowan Road, Griffin; The faux-granite wall is 240 feet long and 8 feet high and visits only about six to eight venues per year. It is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. May 31-June 2; Bird house and feeder sculpture art class; 2 to 6 p.m.; held at Thurston Studios at 1506 Tomochichi Road in Griffin; cost is $130, which includes supplies; for more information call 770-229-9176. June 2; Young Professionals in Griffin (Yping); 6 p.m.; Safehouse Coffee and Tea in Griffin; All 40 and under professionals are welcome to network and grow your business; for more information contact Matthew at 770-862-6230. June 2; The Lee Boys will play at The Cavern; 312 E. Solomon Street; 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.; $10-$13 cover. June 4; Flicks at Sixth; Park at Sixth (corner of Solomon and Sixth Street); 7 to 10 p.m.; Showing the Karate Kid; bring blankets and chairs. June 4; Griffin Bicycle Club; 8:30 a.m.; 40-mile group ride leaves from FUMC, Griffin. June 4; Griffin Farmer's Market; Park at Sixth; 8 a.m. to noon; opening day. June 6-9; Folk art painting course; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; held at Thurston Studios at 1506 Tomochichi Road in Griffin; cost is $125, which includes supplies; for more information call 770229-9176. June 6-9; Sunny Side Baptist Day Camp; First Baptist Church of Sunny Side; $25 per child, $50 family max; for more information contact Rev. Joel Stewart. June 9; Eating Disorder Awareness Meeting; 7 p.m.; Safehouse Coffee and Tea in Griffin; Open to anyone currently or previously affected by an eating disorder or body image issues; for more information contact Samantha at 678-8601667. June 11; Loving Day Event; Griffin City Park; noon to 4
important problems such as whether to spend the weekend at their beach house or in Paris. The inevitable spinoffs follow an ex-wife or trust fund child as they move to a new city and attempt to get by with only two maids, a personal shopper, a trainer, a life coach, three therapists and a manager. Spoiled, talentless and unable to locate more than three foreign countries on a map, these people are thrust into the public eye and influence the public’s shopping habits and political ideology with their tweets. As bad as the situation has become, an even more sinister line of programming is emerging.

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The Spalding County 4-H Mounted Drill Team, was in their first competition with a newly formed team May 14-15 in Unadilla, GA. The Georgia Horse Council sponsored two shows June 11; June Jam Marketplace over two days. There were 11 divisions contested each day and Dancing in the Moonlight; and the Saturday competition 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to determined the Georgia Open 11 p.m.; festive street market and the Georgia 4-H Champions and rocking concerts. and Sunday determined the USEDA, US Equestrian Drill June 11; Col Bruce Hampton will Association, Region 7 Champion. perform at The Cavern; 312 E. Solomon Street, Griffin; 9 p.m. to It was a great day and 3 p.m.; Cover charge $10-$13. weekend for equestrian drill at Southeastern Arena. Spirit and enthusiasm was abundant as June 14; Pike Community teams from Spalding C0unty, Resource Network; Pike County Alternative Program Professional Coweta, Bulloch and Birmingham, Alabama gathered to compete Learning Center next to Ruth's in equestrian drill partnering Restaurant on Hwy 19; 9 to 10 human and equestrian athletes a.m. which must work together

June 17; Delta Moon performs at The Cavern, 312 E. Solomon Street; doors open at 8:30 p.m. June 18; Free Kid's Fishing Event; Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; ages 5-12 are welcome - bring bait, fishing pole, bucket and other supplies; registration is limited, call 770-467-4750.

Pictured below: 2011 Members, Spalding County 4-H Mounted Drill Team, US Equestrian Drill Association Region 7 Champions

are rewarded with their own shows and incredibly lucrative contracts and endorsement deals. It is Darwinism in reverse as the dumbest and most horrible people are thriving and becoming wealthy. Producers also look to the upper tax brackets for cast members on shows. These shows often follow the wives and ex-wives of wealthy CEOs or sports stars as they struggle to survive in the harsh world of brunch and botox. Other shows simply follow rich families and see how they solve

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Shows portraying the cut-throat world of cat shows and toddler beauty pageants are growing in popularity. The time has come to take a stand and stop the spread of this disease. By refusing to watch drunken, spray tanned meat heads with bad accents make out with each other in a hot tub or an NBA player’s exwife fight a record label CEO’s mistress over a cob salad, we can isolate the virus and let it burn itself out. Ignore their tweets and leave the products they endorse on the shelves. Our future generations will thank us for preserving common sense and the ability to read on at least a tenth grade level. Ω

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This past Wednesday, several of my classmates and I volunteered to teach fourth graders about marine life at Atkinson Elementary School. We had, previously, gone on a eld trip to the Georgia Aquarium and wanted to share our new found knowledge and experience with them. By engaging them in fun activities and games, we hoped to excite them and further encourage them to learn. Not only did the students have a great time interacting with each other, but they learned the importance of teamwork and patience as well. This reminded my classmates and me of the need for a sense of pride in our community. We are all striving individuals, but as a team we accomplish more. Hopefully this will inspire the citizens who I am surrounded by, as much as it inspires me, to want to better our community.

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CITY: A pavilion will be built before the end of this year at the Park at Sixth in downtown Griffin. The sale and distribution of alcohol at the Park was approved at the last count meeting. COUNTY: A revised lease agreement for the parking lot on Sixth Street was denied. Businesses on Sixth Street are concerned the lack of parking may affect business. COUNTY: A contract was approved with Wolverton and Associates for a traffic study to be performed at the site of the new senior citizens center. City Commissioner Doug Hollberg requested that the study be extended to include the portion of Hwy 16 from the Health Department to the Flint River Library. William Wilson is looking into additional costs this would require. STATE: The Georgia Supreme Court, by a 4-3 vote, ruled that only local school boards can create charter schools. This struck down previous legislation that created the Georgia Charter Schools Commission and may force over 15000 students to find other schools to attend. STATE: Newt Gingrich, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate, named former Republican Governor Sonny Perdue and former Democratic Governor Zell Miller to serve as National Co-Chairs for his campaign. STATE: The Georgia Music Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday that is will close its doors on June 12, 2012 due to lack of state funding and visitors. NATION: President Obama granted 9 pardons ranging from conspiracy to the sale of alligator hide. NATION: A new Gallup poll shows that, for the first time, the majority of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage. NATION: The first US vote to ban male circumcision in San Francisco is scheduled to appear on the November ballot. NATION: Chrysler repaid the US government $7.6 billion that it borrowed after filing for bankruptcy in 2009. WORLD: President Obama gave a speech calling for Israel-Palestine to return to its pre-1967 borders. WORLD: Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will stand trial for the deadly shooting of protesters during the uprising that ousted him. If you drive a car, you’ve been feeling the woes at the gas pump. The price of petroleum hit over $100/barrel and a gallon of gas at the pump is still over $4. Americans are panicking and they’re fed up with the unpredictability of petrol prices. The non-partisan group Congressional Research Service sent a memo to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The memo provided data showing how eliminating tax breaks would not cause the price of petroleum to decrease.

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Why? Because the price of oil operates within the With the 2012 global market. Eliminatelection campaigns ing those tax breaks isn’t coming up, politigoing to change the price cians see this as the of oil because those JENNA HOWARD perfect opportunity same companies export to start the political Political Columnist oil worldwide. Additionbattle of the parties. ally, oil companies have Both Republicans made record-breaking and Democrats have proposed profits this year, with Exxon Mobil measures that they claim will making over $50 billion. Elimilower gas prices, but none of nating the tax breaks also won’t these proposals will work. Yet, affect the global market price America is still trying to control because they can afford to pay the price of petroleum when we their share and still make tens of simply cannot do it. billions in profit. Republicans have proposed the classic “drill, baby, drill” argument. They want more drilling in America where there are resources. They argue this will lower gas prices, provide jobs, and allow America to stop relying on imports from the Middle East. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a series of bills which would accelerate new lease sales and the process to apply for drilling permits. While it is true that Obama put a moratorium on Gulf Coast drilling after the BP oil spill and that leases have been selling at a much slower pace, drilling is a useless tactic to ease the petroleum woes. America currently produces 8 million barrels of oil, but uses over 18 million. If we did start drilling in other locations, we would see an effect of just $0.05 less and the effect won’t take place until 2030. That’s because the price of oil is a price in the global market. We would never be able to produce enough oil to even halfway affect the world market for oil. Plus, by the time we saw any effect (in 2030), we could be using alternative forms of energy that are sustainable and friendly to our planet. This would not only create just as many jobs, but also save our economy money. That accomplishes two tasks that both parties have been trying for 3 years. The Democrat’s proposal is just as useless. They propose slashing the various tax breaks that our government gives to Big Oil. Although this would save the federal government about $12 billion in a decade, (anything to cut the deficit, right?) it wouldn’t do anything to lower the price of oil. The big issue of “gas prices” isn’t going away any time soon. The political rhetoric is amped to its fullest in the political arena. The “oil” reality is that there isn’t going to an immediate relief. The best thing that politicians can do, as suggested by the think-tank Bipartisan Policy Centre, is to raise the fuel-efficiency standard for American vehicles. This signals to the global market that demand for oil is falling, thus lowering the prices. This actually works better than drilling because taking an initiative to drill signals to the world market that demand is actually rising which would raise the price. Yet, this still won’t provide an immediate relief and Americans are going to have to think of other alternative and sustainable ways to produce energy if they want to stop worrying about how much it’s going to cost to fill up their tanks. We have to understand that we are only a fragment of the world’s population and its consumption of oil. Although we always try, our actions can’t always change the world. Jenna Howard is a political science graduate from Georgia State University and provides a bi-weekly editorial column for The Grip.

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The second meeting for a newlyformed networking group will be held on June 2 at 6 p.m. at Safehouse Coffee in Tea in downtown Griffin. The group, Young Professionals in Griffin, (YPinG - pronounced Y-ping for short) is specifically geared for young professionals and entrepreneurs. GRIP Publisher and founder of YPinG Jessica Gregory says she started the group as a way to "bring young people together to see if and how we can help each other in our business ventures and careers. I don't feel that any other group fills the need for young people to have a space to meet and brainstorm innovative business development ideas." Though the group will primarily target professionals 40 and younger, YPinG Vice President Middleton says he doesn't see that as a hard and fast rule. "'Young' can also apply to a new business. If you're trying to grow a new business, YPinG is a great place for you. We're creating a real face-to-face business community," he said. "YPinG is a collaboration of all different types of industry, entrepreneurs, and businesses within the Spalding County community leaning on one another to accomplish their goals," continued Middleton. As of right now, YPinG is meeting every first Thursday of the month, but the group is considering a biweekly meeting schedule. The June meeting will be an informal meet-and-greet on the mezzanine level of Safehouse. Coffee will be available for purchase at a discounted YPinG price. Aly Cakes will be providing a sampler platter of sweets free of charge. "We've challenged the 12 or so first-meeting attendees to bring a new face to the next meeting, so I'm expecting a great turnout and opportunity to meet new people in the Griffin area. Even if you're looking for a job or good business contacts, I urge all young people in the community to come out," said Gregory. Ω

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