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Holiday Art Mart

Nov. 26 kicks off the Holiday Art Mart at the Peach Shops in Byron.  Over 20 vendors are offering fine art gift and holiday items.

The Holiday Art mart is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday through Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Santa will visit on Thursday Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 from 5:30-7 p.m as well as surprise visits that will be scheduled at a later time.

The Peach Shops are located next to the Cow and the Calf Art Gallery.

For more information, call 956-2409.

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American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 18, according to the American Cancer Society website.

This year marks American Cancer Society's 35th Great American Smokeout and the organization uses the specified date as a day to make a plan to quit or plan in advance to plan on quitting on the Great American Smokeout day itself.

According to The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout website, the event grew out of a 1971 event in Randolph, MA, when "Arthur P. Mullaney asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund."

The first national Great American Smokeout was held in 1977.

Judge Candidate Fielding Questions About Lawsuit

Jim Barnes and Howard Simms meet in the Nov. 30 runoff for a Superior Court judgeship in the Macon Judicial Circuit.

But during the runoff campaing, Barnes is answering questions about a lawsuit he filed a decade ago against AT&T Universial Card Services.

Barnes filed the suit in State Court of Bibb County after AT&T sued him for non-payment of a credit card bill of $13,562. Barnes alleged in his suit that he'd entered into another contract with the credit card company that made the creditors owe Barnes $16,981,050.

In his suit, Barnes noted the AT&T often changed the terms of his contract with the company by including the change in the envelope that contained his monthly payment statement.

Barnes, an attorney, didn't deny owing the $13,526.

But Barnes put together his own contract. He detailed its provision in four-point type on the back of the check with which he made his monthly payment.

Fort Valley State University Wildcats Bound for Pioneer Bowl XII

In a joint press release issued today by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) it was announced that Fort Valley State University (FVSU) and Saint Augustine’s College have been selected to participate in Pioneer Bowl XII on Dec. 4, 2010 at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ga.  Kick off for the inter-conference game is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Currently ranked 22nd in the American Football Coaches Association Poll, the Wildcats finished the regular season with an 8-2 record overall and a 7-2 mark in SIAC play.  FVSU also ranked 7th in the NCAA Division II Super Regional Two rankings at the conclusion of the season. 

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Beulahland Bible Church to Host Leadership Conference

Beulahland Bible Church will host a leadership conference on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

The event will feature Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant.

There will also be a performance from 2011 Stellar Award Nominee Travis Greene, and praise and worship with Brandon Brown and the Faith Perfecting praise team.

Bryant is a pastor from Baltimore, Maryland, who according to his website "is the leader of a new breed of ministers who embrace the idea of capitalizing on the ever-increasing marketplace of Internet and technological innovations to spread the gospel."

His website also states that more than 7,500 members attend weekly services at Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland.

On his website, Bryant believes that “God is not just in the church; He is also in technology.” His mission is to “empower people spiritually, develop them educationally, expose them culturally, activate them politically and strengthen them economically.”

Joy Tabernacle Learning to Host Revival

On Nov. 22, 23, and 26, beginning at 7 p.m. each night, Joy Tabernacle Learning will host a revival at 919 Hwy 341 S. in Roberta.

For more information, call 478-973-4211.

5th Annual Merritt Pottery Festival

On Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Merritt Pottery Festival will take place at 400 E Agency St. in Roberta.

Vendors will range from folk potters, quilters, basket weavers and folk artists.

Mark and Coni Merritt began this festival after traveling around to other festivals and realized they could start their own in Roberta.

Mark is a sixth generation county potter. He creates traditional and utilitarian items such as jugs and pitchers. Mark learned the craft from his father, who started Lizella Clay Company. 

"Mark is obviously the better potter, but I do all the glazing," Merritt said.

This year the festival has 20 other vendors from all around the Southeast, Merritt says.

Merritt says they do all their traveling to pottery festival in the spring and summer.

"This will probably be our last festival until March," Merritt said.