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Gallery talk for new exhibit this week

Gallery talk for new exhibit this week

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A gallery talk for "FOCUS," the current exhibition at the University of West Georgia's Bobick Gallery, will be held at 4 p.m. this Thursday, July 21.

The exhibition, which opened in June, runs until Thursday, July 28. It is free to everyone.

"FOCUS" features expressive and gestural mixed media paintings by Rich Gere -- an exploration of order and chaos inspired by the uncertainty of nature's plans and structures.

Gere uses "FOCUS" to investigate humans' connectivity to the planet and desire to explore the unknown.

He describes his process for creating this series of watercolor and ink paintings as actions performed against a backdrop of stillness and contemplation. This serves as a vehicle to explore his own spiritual travels and is a step toward connecting the threads between temporal and ethereal worlds.

An Atlanta resident, Gere has an active studio presence in his city.

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

ATLANTA – Derived from popular genres of music like jazz, blues and gospel, rhythm and blues was born. Rhythm and Blues music, which is widely referred to as R&B, is unique in that it has the ability to take on many musical identities, at once. Some say the genre was first identified in Harlem, during the Harlem Renaissance, which is known as one of the most prominent cultural movements for African Americans during the 1930’s. However, others think the genre originated in the 1940’s when African Americans began moving to northern cities, creating cultural fusion.  

The music evolved from “race music”, which was an offensive term that referred to the music of African Americans, into jump blues which was known for having a swing boogie, big band sound.

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

ATLANTA – It’s the summer time, ‘tis the season for chic fits, light fabrics, mandals, murses and clean faces and we know you want to let it all hang out. However it’s more important for today’s modern fashionmister to have clean and healthy skin. From cleansers to exfoliants, shavers to straight ravors, shaving creams to soaps, moisturizers and sunscreen men have a wide range of product selections to maintain their signature smirk.

Of course, every guy has their own routine; some skip a day to stay smooth others use a hot towel and facial scrub, either way; they all work to achieve the same goal which is smooth skin.

Senate Majority Leader creates policy group

Senate Majority Leader creates policy group

ATLANTA -- Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) has created a special policy group that will help research and craft legislation based on the best ideas from other states and the "Solution Summits" currently being held around Georgia.

"Finding the best ideas for Georgia is a year-long process," Rogers said. "We are committed to working directly with Georgia citizens and our counterparts in other states to identify the most beneficial policy ideas. It is important that we as a Senate take a proactive, not reactive approach to policy."

The group is comprised of Rogers and four other senators:

* Jim Butterworth (R-Cornelia)
* Bill Hamrick (R-Carrollton)
* Josh McKoon (R-Columbus)
* Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg)

Former UWG professor to discuss his latest book

Former UWG professor to discuss his latest book

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A UWG professor emeritus of history will hold a discussion about his latest book next week.

Dr. John Ferling is the first speaker in the League of Women Voters of Carrollton & Carroll County Summer Writers Series. His book, Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free, is about the crisis between the American colonies and the British from the Boston Tea Party in December 1773 to the Declaration of Independence three years later.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at the Neva Lomason Memorial Library (710 Rome Street, Carrollton).

Ferling is a leading expert on the American Revolution. He taught at UWG for 33 years and retired in 2004.

Carrollton police search for missing man

Carrollton police search for missing man

UPDATE: John Snead was found on Thursday, June 23 and has been reunited with his family.

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Carrollton police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing man.

John Michael Snead, 35, was last seen Monday, June 20. Police have reason to believe that he may be in downtown Atlanta.

Snead is about 6'1" tall and 150-160 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing brown shorts, a black shirt, white socks and tennis shoes. He also suffers from paranoia and schizophrenia, and may be a danger to himself.

Anyone who sees Snead or knows his whereabouts is asked to call Det. Anna Edwards at 770-834-4451.