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Ice Age expert to lecture at UWG

Ice Age expert to lecture at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- An anthropology professor at Texas A&M University will lecture on the Ice Age at the University of West Georgia this week.

Ted Goebel's talk, "Ice Age Peopling of the Americas: Do Stones, Bones, and Genes Tell the Same Story?" will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the humanities building. It is free and open to the public.

"The Department of Anthropology is proud to bring world-renowned scholars such as Dr. Ted Goebel to UWG," Ashley Smallwood, director of UWG's Antonio J. Waring Jr. Archaeological Laboratory, said in a statement. "It's an opportunity to bring the community and campus together to explore important topics in anthropology."

Goebel is associate director of Texas A&M's Center for the Study of the First Americans. He recently co-edited From the Yenisei to the Yukon: Interpreting Lithic Assemblage Variability, a book about some of the first settlers in what is now America.

FDR exhibit opens Monday at UWG

FDR exhibit opens Monday at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A national exhibit honoring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt opens Monday at the University of West Georgia.

The university's Ingram Library will host FDR: His Vision, Our Freedoms, Still Alive through Friday, Mar. 8.

The exhibit, which is free to browse, features objects the former president used while living at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga. Roosevelt stayed at the Little White House while receiving rehabilitation for the childhood polio that left him wheelchair-bound. He died there on Apr. 12, 1945.

Additionally, the exhibit uses photographs, documents, political cartoons and posters to paint a portrait of FDR and his four terms in office during a difficult period in U.S. and world history.

Allan M. Winkler, a professor of history at Miami University in Ohio, will host a talk about FDR at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Ingram Library.

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

ROME, Ga. -- Eight talented musicians at Berry College have been selected for this year's Georgia All College Band.

The band is made up of some of the best college musicians in the state. It will perform at this week's Georgia Music Educators Association conferece in Savannah.

Berry's All College Band members include the school's principal chair clarinet, Jarod Holland of Oxford, Ga., as well as two other clarinet players -- Katie Stuck of Acworth, and Kathy Stuvick of Nolensville, Tenn.

Four Berry trumpeters made the cut -- John Heidbreder (who lives in Atlanta), Everett Reiff (Buford), Matthew Soares (Rossville) and Joe Vidalez (Dalton).

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Berry's final All College Band member is trombone player Ahmad Pruitt of Decatur.

Amy Grant to perform in Bremen

Amy Grant to perform in Bremen

BREMEN, Ga. -- Mill Town Music Hall will kick off its one-year anniversary celebration with a performance from a very special guest.

Amy Grant will give a sold-out show at the Bremen venue at 7 p.m. Jan. 17. She is just the latest in a long line of notable performers who have graced the Mill Town stage in its brief history.

Steven Curtis Chapman, Alabama, Toby Keith and the Oak Ridge Boys have all played at Mill Town. The venue has also hosted performances of two nationally recognized musicals -- Veggie Tales Live! and Smoke on the Mountain.

"I am humbled by the quality of the entertainment we have been able to attract to Mill Town Music Hall, the support we received from the community and the volunteer team we have been able to assemble," Mill Town co-founder Randall Redding said in a statement. "This does not just happen. We know God has a plan for all of this and we can't wait to see what He's planned for us in 2013."

Hank Williams program coming to UWG

Hank Williams program coming to UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A program honoring country music legend Hank Williams is coming to the University of West Georgia.

The Music of Hank Williams will feature songs, commentary and a performance from Carrollton-based country-folk band Americana Express. UWG history professor Dr. Steve Goodson will open the program; Goodson is the author of The Hank Williams Reader, which will soon be published by Oxford University Press.

The program will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the university's Ingram Library. It is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception featuring traditional Southern food. The Music of Hank Williams is sponsored by Ingram Library's Penelope Melson Society and endorsed by the Smithsonian Institution as part of its New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music traveling exhibition tour.

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.

Quilt museum to open in Carrollton

Quilt museum to open in Carrollton

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Carrollton is gearing up to open the first and only quilt museum in the state.

The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum will officially open its doors at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

In addition to local quilters, several officials are expected to attend the opening, including Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner and Carroll County Commission Chairman Bill Chappell. Governor Nathan Deal and his wife Sandra have also been invited.

The temporary museum is located at 306 Bradley Street.