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Hawkinsville-Based Band Brings Music to Community

Hawkinsville-Based Band Brings Music to Community

It was a little over three years ago when Carson Britt, his wife, Jennifer, Ridge Grinstead and Jimi Bell, along with Jimi's brother, started playing music together in a praise band based out of Hawkinsville, though the Britts are both from Cochran.

The band, called, The Barabbas Project, was formed, according to Carson Britt, “because there was a need to use the talents of those in our churches and a lack of contemporary worship here … the Lord has had His hand helping the band grow from there.”

He plays rhythm guitar and sings. Carson Britt is a music director and youth minister at the First Baptist Church of Hawkinsville, and serves as the band's 'leader.'

Britt said that the band's purpose is to lead others to “worship and spirit and truth.”

State Board of Education Public Hearing

State Board of Education Public Hearing

If you want to learn more about public education in Georgia, or have suggestions for Georgia education, this meeting is for you:

Takes place on Thursday, November 10 on Mary Persons freshman campus in Forsyth. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

You will also have a chance to meet Eighth Congressional District State Board of Education Member Wanda Barrs.

The meeting is at 25-A Brooklyn Ave. in Forsyth.


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Technical College To Have Instant Admission Day

Technical College To Have Instant Admission Day

Instant Admissions Day is Tuesday October 18, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 7p.m.

Admissions and financial aid counselors will walk those interested through the necessary steps.

You will also learn about OFTC’s award-winning faculty, diverse courses and career-oriented academic programs. 

Prospective students should bring their high school and college transcripts. You can complete your Admissions Application and take a placement test if needed on this day.

The $20 application fee will be waived for applicants at all OFTC locations on October 18th only.

See more information.

Hawkinsville Couple Has Pumpkins, Christmas Trees

Hawkinsville Couple Has Pumpkins,  Christmas Trees

Jim Wilson, hot, tired and in the middle of trimming and shaping Christmas trees on he and his wife's  60-acre farm in Hawkinsville, looked at his wife, and said, "You and your cotton-pickin' Christmas trees."

Wilson's wife of 45 years looked at her husband  and said, "Mine? These are your cotton-pickin' Christmas trees too." And hence the name of their residence at 120 Cordele Highway in Hawkinsville - "Our Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch."

A California-native, Linda Wilson and her husband, Jim, a Mississippi-native, are the parents of two boys and grandparents of four. 10 years ago, the couple was living in Connecticut, and nearing retirement, when Linda said, "We decided we wanted to move somewhere warmer and where taxes were lower."

Jim was retired from the Navy, and Linda had been a successful real estate agent with her own agency for more than 20 years. "It was time," she said.

Cochran Woman Plans 'Streakin' For 'Hooters' Event

Cochran Woman Plans 'Streakin' For 'Hooters' Event

Yes, you read it right. There is a group of ladies from Pulaski, Bleckley, Dodge, Houston, Bibb and Twiggs counties who will be going streakin' from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 9, and what a sight that will be.

Streakin' with pink in their hair as they take a stand against breast cancer during breast cancer awareness month.

Crystal Jackson Bambrough, owner and operator of CryStyle's Salon in Cochran, is sponsoring the event for the second year in a row. “We will be putting pink streaks in everyone's hair to celebrate breast cancer awareness month. The streaks cost $10 and the money raised will be donated to a local woman who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, and is in the middle of treatments and surgeries.” There will be light refreshments and other gifts available for purchase, and the first 25 breast cancer survivors will receive a “special little gift.”

Bleckley Co. Couple Takes Love of Coffee To Next Level - Ministry

Bleckley Co. Couple Takes Love of Coffee To Next Level - Ministry

James Holland just celebrated his 78th birthday. And for as long as he can remember, or at least for 50 or more years, he has been a coffee drinker.

His wife, Gerry, 76, doesn't remember the first time she ever drank coffee, but, on National Coffee Day, September 29, 2011, she said, "I remember when it was. I was in my 20s, and it was right after we got married ... we've been married for 58 years ... and someone had given us a percolator for a wedding gift ... and on our first day in our home, when he had to go to work, I got up and made us a cup of coffee."

Gerry Holland smiled, "We didn't drink much then." It was not until the couple moved to Marshall, Texas shortly after they got married to attend East Texas Baptist College (now East Texas Baptist University) that "we really got hooked ... that was when everyone was making pots of coffee to study by and stay awake."