The first ever Our House Prom Fashion Show took place this past week at the Main Street thrift store, and organizers are hoping young ladies looking for a bargain will take advantage of their large stock and low prices as prom season gets underway.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Despite rain and cold in Tuesday's forecast, revelers are gathering along parade routes as the Carnival season in New Orleans heads to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras.
Coming up on its 49th year, the Atlanta Steeplechase continues to be one of the great Southern traditions on Georgia’s calendar of spring events. This year’s day-at-the-races, scheduled for Saturday April 19, will be the premiere sporting event of the metro Atlanta area.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Filmmakers have shelved production on a movie about the life of Gregg Allman a week after a freight train killed one crew member and injured seven others, a Savannah city official said Thursday.
Filming of the movie "Midnight Rider," starring William Hurt as the Allman Brothers Band singer in his later years, was just getting started when the train crashed into the crew and its equipment Feb. 20 on a trestle crossing the Altamaha River in rural Wayne County. Sheriff's investigators said the film crew had permission to be on private property adjacent to the train tracks, but not on the tracks themselves.
Following the collision, producers requested a permit through the Savannah Film Office to film at a private home in the city next week, said William Hammargren, the film office director working closely with the project. But he said they told him Wednesday night that work on the project was being halted, at least temporarily.
"They did confirm to me that they're shutting down production," Hammargren said. "I don't know for how long."
Hammargren said stopping production typically means that a film's crew is let go and any prior arrangements for shooting on location are scrapped. But he added that "Midnight Rider" producers didn't tell him that specifically.
Nadine Jolson, a publicist for the production company behind "Midnight Rider," did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment Thursday.
Investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office have released few details surrounding the deadly collision about 60 miles southwest of Savannah. Joe Gardner, the lead detective on the case, has said the crew had permission to film next to the train tracks on property owned by Rayonier, the forest products company that has a large paper mill nearby. The tracks belong to CSX Railroad.
"CSX has told me they were aware they were out there, but they did not have permission to be on the train tracks," Gardner told reporters last week.
Sheriff's officials said the crash killed 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a camera assistant from Atlanta. The sheriff's initial incident report said Jones was on the railroad bridge spanning the river when she was struck by a passing freight train. Others were "injured either by the train or by debris from production equipment or by a bed that had been placed on the trestle by the crew," the report said.
The report said the film's director, Randall Miller, and production manager, Jay Sedrish, told deputies "they were here to film a movie scene." But it does not include statements from witnesses about the collision.
Miller's production company had been working with Savannah-based Meddin Studios on the film, which is based on Allman's 2012 memoir, "My Cross to Bear."
No criminal charges have been filed. Gardner said the sheriff's investigation would likely take several weeks.
Cancer Navigators is seeking teams to participate in Cast Off Against Cancer 2014, its annual fundraiser that honors those who have lost their battle with cancer while also supporting the group’s work.
Cartersville - Tellus Science Museum will unveil its new state of the art planetarium projector this Friday night February 28.
Fans of Dr. Seuss will have an opportunity to see how local students will present his work during a performance on Friday of the school’s annual musical.
Be prepared for a triple treat when three up and coming bands perform at Calhoun’s GEM Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.
Atlanta-based indie-alt-folk group, vonGrey, will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the GEM Theatre in Calhoun. The group’s return appearance is sponsored in partnership with the Fox Theatre Institute.
There’s something unmistakably normal about Cole Swindell. Maybe it’s the ball cap — a dark blue, well-worn lid promoting his alma mater, Georgia Southern University. Or maybe it’s his story?
Upper School Director Max Roach's article "Introducing the Japanese Sword" is featured in the February issue of Andon, the Society for Japanese Arts' flagship academic journal.
ROME, Ga. -- Chuck Tomlins from University of Tulsa and Tommy Mew’s art show “Atmospheres” opens Monday (Feb. 17) in the Berry College Moon Gallery with a gallery talk at 7 p.m.
ROME Ga. - Berry College will host the Rev. Becca Stevens at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17 in the Krannert Center.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsure what to get your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Nothing is the wrong answer.
An Associated Press-WE tv survey found only 17 percent of adults in committed relationships say they don't want a gift this Friday or are skipping the holiday.
Flowers and candy top the list of preferred gifts. But there are those who want something pricey like a car, jewelry or a vacation, and others who'd be fine with a teddy bear.
About a third say they'd most like to have intangibles such as time together, health or happiness.
Overall, the survey found that Cupid's arrow hits the target for most Americans.
Two-thirds of paired-off adults feel their relationships are perfect or nearly so. A scant 3 percent think their partnerships have serious problems.
All told, 68 percent of Americans are in committed relationships of some kind, and 11 percent aren't currently coupled but would like to be. Seventeen percent say they aren't seeking a relationship.
In this love-struck society, Valentine's Day holds strong appeal. About 6 in 10 say they're excited about Feb. 14, while a third say they feel more dread about the approaching onslaught of candy, flowers and dimly lit restaurants. Apprehension isn't limited to the lonely: Even 11 percent of those who say they are in a great relationship dread Valentine's Day.
Contrary to stereotypes, men are just as excited as women about Valentine's Day. In a more expected finding, men are more likely than women to say they're hoping for sex as a gift Friday (10 percent among men, 1 percent among women). Women are more apt to wish for flowers (19 percent vs. 1 percent among men). The survey found no significant gender differences on jewelry, chocolate or teddy bears.
A notable generational divide emerged on the gift front: Americans age 65 or older are more likely to say they'd like a card or note this Valentine's Day (17 percent of seniors want a card; just 1 percent under age 30 say that's their gift of choice). Perhaps there's a lesson for the young: Seniors are also most apt to say their relationships are perfect and to see time spent with their partner as a key benefit of their relationship.
The poll, conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, also explored how Americans find partners and how they prioritize pairing off vs. other life goals.
For the 11 percent of Americans currently trying to find a committed relationship, there are all kinds of tools available to help. But traditional methods — asking out someone you know or having friends set you up on a date — outpace technological ones. Forty-one percent have used an online dating service, while 19 percent have tried an app that connects them to people nearby.
Overall, about half of adults say getting married or finding a romantic partner are important life goals, while more than two-thirds consider saving for retirement, owning a home or success in a career their most important or a very important goal.
For those who've found love and feel their relationship could use a little work, 75 percent are willing to make a great deal of effort or more to fix those problems. Three percent say they're unwilling to work on their issues. Most of those, 72 percent, who see any kind of problem in their relationship attribute it to both partners equally. One in 6 says blame lies mostly with his or her partner. The bigger the problem, the more apt one is to blame a partner. Among those who say their relationships have only minor problems, 9 percent blame their partner, compared with 26 percent who report bigger issues.
One in 8 accepts the blame for any relationship problems. That peaks among married men, 21 percent of whom say their relationship flaws are their own fault, compared with just 5 percent among married women who see trouble in their relationships.
And what vexes Americans' relationships most? More than 4 in 10 of those who say there are problems in their current relationship cite issues with their sex lives, communication, romance or finances. Those in unmarried couples were generally more apt to see problems than married people, except for two areas: sex life and romance.
The poll was conducted in conjunction with WE tv ahead of the launch of the show "Marriage Boot Camp," from Jan. 17-21 using KnowledgePanel, GfK's probability-based online panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. It involved online interviews with 1,060 adults and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points for the full sample.
Respondents were first selected randomly using phone or mail survey methods and were later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn't otherwise have access to the Internet were provided with the ability to access the Internet at no cost to them.
AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The bloodhound drew the loudest cheers. The Portie came with presidential connections. And the Irish water spaniel tried to earn another win for Seattle in the Super Bowl — of dogs, that is.
A little wire fox terrier called Sky stood in their way.
The 5-year-old Sky won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, finishing off a season in which she was ranked the nation's No. 1 dog.
Handler Gabriel Rangel scooped up Sky in one arm after she was picked as America's top dog. He kissed judge Betty Regina Leininger's hand as the title was awarded inside a nearly full Madison Square Garden.
Rangel may've learned that trick from his dog.
"Her personality is she loves to kiss people and she connects with everybody," Rangel said.
This was Sky's 129th best in show ribbon overall — she became a Triple Crown winner in dogdom, having previously taken the National Dog Show and the AKC Eukanuba event.
And it was the 14th time a wire fox terrier has won at Westminster. No other breed has won more than eight.
The winner with the ginger-and-white coat and terrier goatee beat out an impressive lineup in the final ring. Joining Sky were a standard poodle, a Cardigan Welsh corgi and a miniature pinscher, along with the bloodhound, Portuguese water dog and Irish water spaniel.
"She has the 'it' factor. She owned this night," Leininger said.
The standard poodle named Ally was chosen as the runner-up.
Sky sat still backstage alongside the prized silver bowl after the biggest win in her career. By the weekend, the pooch might be pooped.
Sky was scheduled to tour the morning TV news shows Wednesday, eat a steak lunch at famed Manhattan restaurant Sardi's and also go up the Empire State Building.
And on Thursday night, she's set for her Broadway debut with a walk-on part in the Tony Award-winning musical "Kinky Boots."
Neat treats for a dog with the champion's name of Afterall Painting The Sky. A special time for all those around her, too.
"It's like winning an Oscar," said Victor Malzoni Jr., one of the owners who is an economist from Brazil.
There were 2,845 dogs entered in the 138th Westminster Kennel Club show. They were eligible in 190 breeds and varieties.
Nathan the bloodhound was clearly the crowd's choice as all seven dogs circled around in the final ring. The min pin called Classie had won 121 times.
And Matisse the Portie had a great history. He is a cousin of President Barack Obama's newest house pet — the White House, that is.
But once again, a terrier prevailed. Terriers have taken 46 of the 105 best in show ribbons presented at an event that dates to the late 19th century.
Rangel, who lives with Sky in Rialto, Calif., has plenty of experience in winning. He guided Sadie the Scottish terrier to victory at Westminster four years ago.
This time, it was Sky's turn.
"She's a princess," he said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.
Couples young and old have just over a week to find a gift for their favored lover, and local businesses are ready to help shoppers find the right thing for their special someone.
The Cedartown library will soon be able to let the public have access to eight new computers purchased with the help of state funds.
The family of a former Cedartown Standard columnist is hoping Polk County residents will be interested in a new book they have put out of his work.
Rome, Ga. — Julia Knight brings her talent of sculpture and bronze casting to Shorter University’s Arnold Art Gallery beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, and running through Friday, Feb. 28.
ROME, Ga. – The Rome Symphony Orchestra principals and Berry College music faculty will play together at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Ford Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.