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New Mt. Zion High School Dedicated

New Mt. Zion High School Dedicated

CARROLLTON, GA -- On Monday, Jan. 3, the Carroll County School System celebrated the opening of the new Mt. Zion High School.

The school is located next to Mt. Zion Elementary School (280 Eureka Church Road, Carrollton, 30117). It is housed in a 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, which includes a 30,000 square foot gym, and can hold 380 students.

A dedication ceremony was held to introduce the new school to the community. Faculty, staff, students, parents, board and community members, and central office administrators were all in attendance.

The day began with music from the Mt. Zion High School band and a Presentation of Colors from the ROTC cadets. Lanette Horton, a retired teacher from the school, was the honorary speaker.

Horton spoke of the past, present and future of Mt. Zion High School.

Changes to Classic Novel are Misguided, UWG Scholars Say

Changes to Classic Novel are Misguided, UWG Scholars Say

CARROLLTON, GA -- Sanitizing the American classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a disservice to the novel and does nothing to further the discussion of racism, according to University of West Georgia scholars.

An edition of Mark Twain's 19th century novel is set for release by NewSouth Books with the "N" word removed and replaced by the word "slave." The term "Injun" is also excised.

"I don't think there is any way we can deal with the history of racism and the continuing racism in this country without dealing with the ugly language that racism spawns," said Debra MacComb, an associate professor of English at UWG.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the most frequently banned books in the American literary canon.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra coming to UWG

Spanish Harlem Orchestra coming to UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia's Townsend Center for the Performing Arts presents the fourth annual Live Art performance starring the Spanish Harlem Orchestra on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

SHO is a multiple Grammy nominee and is considered America's foremost salsa band. The performance will also include salsa dancers.

The hope is to raise money for programs sponsored by the Townsend Center's Professional Series and the P.J. Harvey Live Art Scholarship Fund.

Tickets to see SHO are $38 for adults and $10 for students. Sponsorships are open to the public.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Townsend Center at 678-839-4722.

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy began recovering in 2010 from the deepest recession since the 1930s, but that recovery seemed to go in fits and spurts with no clear trajectory.

As for 2011, expect more growth, but with a continued pattern of uncertainty, said Bill Schaniel, an economist with the University of West Georgia.

"This year will be a year that will be remembered as being both not as good as some hoped -- there was no significant reduction in the unemployment rate -- but not as bad as many feared, as there was no double dip in the recession," said Schaniel. "This year did see the technical end of the recession, but for most people, the recession will end when there is significant job growth."

In 2010, the economy grew at a steady rate in the January-March quarter.

UWG Joins Prestigious Research Cooperative

UWG Joins Prestigious Research Cooperative

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia has been accepted into a prestigious cooperative that provides research, technical assistance and education to environmental and natural resource projects conducted by the government.

Known as the Piedmont-South Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (PSAC-CESU), the cooperative is hosted by the University of Georgia and is made up of federal agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations.

The research work supported by the cooperative includes projects in biological, physical, social and cultural sciences, with topics ranging from anthropology to zoology.

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Comedian Gabriel Iglesias to Perform at UWG

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias to Perform at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, whose high-octane standup act has sold out clubs nationwide and landed him on several TV shows, will perform in the University of West Georgia's Coliseum on Friday, Jan. 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on the Coliseum's Web site.

Iglesias combines impeccable vocal abilities with an uncanny knack for storytelling to keep crowds on the edge of their seats -- that is, when they aren't rolling on the floor laughing.

He has appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and HBO's "Comedy Minutes," among many other programs.

Visit Iglesias' Web site for a sample of his comedy.

Circo Comedia Coming to UWG

Circo Comedia Coming to UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia's Townsend Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the annual Toys for Tots toy drive, proudly presents Montreal's Circo Comedia on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Unpredictable thrills, side-splitting comedy and daredevil stunts are the signature style of Circo Comedia, which stars Jean Saucier and Patrick Côté. Experience an evening of humor, acrobatic tricks, heroic feats and magical jesters that are great entertainment for the entire family.

Attendees are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive.

Tickets for Circo Comedia are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, and $8 for children.