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WGTC librarian authors book exploring fantasy heroine

Matthew Sunrich spends his entire working life surrounded by books. Now he’s written one.


A librarian at West Georgia Technical College’s Thomas B. Murphy Campus in Waco, Sunrich has written a character study on a long-running Marvel Comics character, Red Sonja.


Sunrich said he’s long been fascinated by the character of Red Sonja, a sword-and-sorcery heroine, having read and researched nearly 300 comic books for his newly published book, “Drawn Swords: An Unauthorized Exploration of Red Sonja and the Artists Who Brought Her to Life.”


Sunrich has been a comic book, fantasy and horror fan for as long as he can remember. After years of attempting to become a fiction writer, he directed his writing toward pop-culture analysis.


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John Michael Montgomery to headline 'Black Tie & Boots'

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation has announced that John Michael Montgomery will headline its 16th anniversary Black Tie & Boots concert at the WGTC Murphy Campus in Waco on Satuday, July 29.

Montgomery joins the long and star-studded list of country music performers who have graced the Murphy Campus stage, including Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Wynonna & the Big Noise and last year’s performer Kellie Pickler.

Singer of popular love songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me” and “I Can Love You Like That,” Montgomery was born in Danville, Ky., to parents who imparted a lifelong love of music.

“Where most people have chairs and sofas in their living rooms, we had amplifiers and drum kits,” Montgomery said. “The family band played on weekends throughout the area, and my brother Eddie and I eagerly soaked up everything about it.”

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Skip the “Wild Life” and enjoy the wildlife with spring break at Georgia State Parks

This Spring Break, break away from the “wild life” of crowded attractions and destinations and migrate toward the wildlife at a Georgia State Parks. From learning to become a Junior Ranger and hiking through canyons, to geocaching and golfing, Georgia State Parks offer family-friendly activities and affordable accommodations for any type of traveler.

Learn Outdoor Skills: Become a Junior Ranger

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BE OUR GUEST! A sneak peek behind the scenes of the CCAC’s Beauty and the Beast

by Sunny Kirby

Rehearsals, costume creation, and set design have been in full swing since early January. It’s finally almost show time for the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center’s rendition of Beauty and the Beast! Disney magic can be felt in every step of the process, as the cast of more than fifty actors, singers, and dancers prepare to thrill the audience with this very special performance.

Quotes from cast and crew reflect the excitement that is currently buzzing through the CCAC:

“It is a dream come true to be directing this magical fairy tale! I could not have wished for a better cast and crew. This is one not to miss. From show stopping dances by your favorite villains, to everyone's favorite love story of a beauty and her beast; this tale as old as time will be enchanting for the entire family.” Ginna Blair, Director

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Kiwanis Art and Music Showcase a huge success!

Thanks to a grant from the Carroll EMC Roundup, and other generous sponsors, a total of $ 3,000 in scholarships was awarded at the Carrollton Kiwanis Art and Music Showcase on Sunday, February 12, 2017. The showcase was held at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center.

In the music competition, Carrollton High School Junior Blair Lipham was awarded first place and presented a scholarship check for $ 500.00. She sang "Quando me'n vo" from Puccini's "La Boheme", and was accompanied by Brenda Sue Holcombe. Miss Lipham will represent the Carrollton Kiwanis Club when she competes in the Georgia state music finals in Albany, Georgia in April.

Albert Shin, Bremen High School Junior, was awarded second place and presented a scholarship check for $ 400. He played Paganini's "Caprice No. 16" on violin.

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Valentines Ballroom Dance at Active Life Wellness Center

Please join us in LaGrange on Friday, February 10th , for our monthly dance at The Active Life Wellness Center located at 140 Ragland Street (off LaFayette Parkway, near the mall) from 8:00p – 10:15p.

The Mike Skipper Band will be playing for us. Attire: dressy. Admission is $20 per couple. Pot luck nibbles are welcome – not mandatory.

Come enjoy swing, slow dancing, waltz, cha-cha, samba, mambo, tango, quick step, polka and much more! Great music! Great fellowship! Great fun!

For more information call 706-881-2734.

This dance is open to Adults of all Ages.

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3 simple ways to save time and money during the holidays

(StatePoint) The holiday season is hectic. Between shopping for gifts, preparing for guests and decorating the home, it can sometimes feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day or money in the bank to get it all done.

Here are some great ways to stress less and save more time and money during the most wonderful -- but busiest -- time of year:

• Rethink Décor: Swap more costly flowers and wreaths for fresh fruit to create a festive feel without breaking the bank. Place lemons and limes in a clear bowl for a colorful centerpiece. Add cheer to doors by hanging a pomegranate from a ribbon. Use any of the extra citrus to garnish drinks. Add warmth to table settings by surrounding candles with pears and cranberries.

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City of Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department wins awards

from press release

The City of Carrollton is pleased to announce that the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department recently won numerous awards from the Georgia Recreation and Park Association for the 2015-2016 year at the annual banquet.

The Department won the Agency of the Year Award, the Project Award for the Renovation of Lakeshore Center, and the Outstanding Program Award for the Flippie Hippie Gymnastics Meet. “Our parks and recreation department is a reflection of the quality of life in our Carrollton community. We have an outstanding staff, recreation commission, volunteers, and a city that understands and supports the positive impact they make on our town.

Congratulations, on behalf of the Mayor and Council, for the outstanding job you do on a daily basis, and the awards that you continue to win that set you above other departments around the state”, stated Mayor, Walt Hollingsworth.

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Family Day on September 17th to feature Jobs Fair, School Expo and Movie Under the Stars

Family Day of the 14th annual September Saturdays Festival is Saturday, September 17th, and will feature a School Expo and Jobs Fair on the grounds of the Douglas County Courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive. Every Douglas County Public School has been invited to host a tent to show off their school and its program, and maybe raise funds for a special school project. The Jobs Fair features area industries which have openings. The day will end with a Movie Under the Stars - “E.T.”

The September Saturdays Festival features the Community Marketplace with over 130 vendors and exhibitors - the largest number in the festival’s history - a Food Court, free train ride, free carnival ride, free children’s play area with inflatable games, free concerts and programs every 30 minutes on the Courthouse steps, free computerized child ID program, free confidential and painless HIV testing, free rock climbing wall, free rock ‘n roller, and lots more!

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Carroll County Community Theatre and Carrollton Cultural Arts Center present 'Arthur Miller's The Crucible'

This fall, Carroll County Community Theatre presents Arthur
Miller’s dramatic and partially fictional account of the Salem witch tria ls, The Crucible.
This Tony Award winning play has new relevance after the critical acclaim of the newly
released adaptation that has been wowing and terrifying broadway! The CCCT’s
production will be the classic story with a unique perspective brought through the mind
of our incredibly talented director, Cindi Winstead.
Quote from Director Cindi Winstead:


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