Will Swenson, Melissa Errico & John Behlmann Play Ball in Bull Durham

first_img Will Swenson What do you get when you take three Broadway vets, hand them baseball bats and send them to Atlanta? Bull Durham, a new musical with music and lyrics by Susan Werner and a book by Ron Shelton. The adaptation of Shelton’s 1988 romantic sports comedy will premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on September 3, starring (from left) Will Swenson, Melissa Errico and John Behlmann. And wait, there’s more good news—the production is reportedly eyeing the Great White Way next spring! Check out this shot of the trio rooting for the home team, then see Bull Durham in Atlanta through October 5! Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Trial gardens

first_imgOver the last three decades, the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia have introduced home gardeners and landscape designers to thousands of new plant varieties. Every year at the Trial Gardens’ open house, visitors have the chance to get an up-close look at a new class of vetted ornamentals ranging from gorgeous flowers and spectacular roses to hardy bulbs. As the gardens’ staff prepares to welcome the public to the 30th annual open house on July 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., hundreds of new plants will be on display, and a special wine and cheese preview event from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 13. “We enjoy sharing the beauty of the garden and highlighting some of the new plants that people can plant in their gardens,” said Allan Armitage, a UGA horticulture professor and the gardens’ founder. “After all, where is it written that research has to be ugly?” Located on the UGA campus in Athens between Snelling Dining Hall and the pharmacy building, the gardens display hundreds of annuals and perennials from plant breeders around the world. The garden is always open to the public free of charge, but the open house gives visitors a chance to learn inside knowledge about this year’s most promising plant varieties. Dozens of new rose varieties that will hit the market next year will be on display. Vegetables designed for the patio and porch will also be highlighted and include squash, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. Armitage, who directs the gardens, will give tours throughout the day. He will also hold a book signing, and his recent titles will be on sale. The open house will include an heirloom tomato tasting, featuring 17 varieties of tomatoes grown in the trial gardens this summer. This year the staff ran trials on heirloom and new patio variety tomatoes, said B.J. Garrett, open house coordinator and garden volunteer. The tomato tasting, she said, is really the best way to let gardeners get to know a tomato variety and decide whether they want to plant it next year. Planters designed by the gardens’ staff will also be available for sale. The open house will be held rain or shine, and a donation of $5 is requested. The preview event, a Summer Evening in the Gardens, will feature wine and cheese, tours of the garden with Armitage, first pick of plants that are available for sale and cooler weather. Admission to this event is $5, and there are a limited number of spaces available. A space can be reserved by emailing or by calling Brooke Pridemore at 770-364-3089.Parking is available in the South Campus parking deck. The Trial Gardens are located at 220 W. Green St., Athens, Ga. 30602. For more information, see or email read more

Would you go 37 years without a paycheck?

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Shazia ManusI was blown away (and that’s an understatement) by the presentation of Clarence Hall Jr.’s story and tribute video shared during the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Dinner in Washington, D.C. I was truly inspired by how one person could make such a profound impact on so many.A passionate champion of the credit union movement, Mr. Hall received the 2015 Herb Wegner Lifetime Achievement Award, the credit union movement’s highest national honor celebrating individuals and programs that put belief into action. I had the distinct honor of meeting Mr. Hall and can say it was one of the highlights of my GAC experience.Mr. Hall is chair of the board and president/CEO of the $1.2 million Issaquena County Federal Credit Union in Mayersville, Miss. He founded the credit union in 1969, following a contentious battle with the State of Mississippi, which had denied African Americans the right to obtain charters and set up not-for-profit organizations. For the first 37 of his 45 years serving the credit union in this capacity, he did so without pay. Clearly, his motivation behind the credit union was to provide a better quality of life for his impoverished community. continue reading »last_img read more

New Zealand is introducing visitor fees

first_imgThe move is sure to attract many fraudulent websites that will charge large fees, as was the case with similar online permits to visit the United States, Canada and Turkey. “You need to make sure you are using the official website or mobile app”, Passengers are warned. In addition to fees, travelers who do not need a visa for New Zealand from October will face an additional hurdle. The government is introducing a travel permit that will cost £ 5 if purchased via the app or £ 6 via the website. The New Zealand government says the permit will affect 1,5 million passengers a year. Tourism contributes one tenth of New Zealand’s GDP and employs over 230 people. “Investing in supporting infrastructure and protecting our natural attractions is not keeping pace with the increase in visitorsSaid Kelvin Davies, New Zealand’s tourism minister. Source / photo: Independent; Pixabay The International Visitor Protection and Tourism Fee (IVL) came into force on July 1 last year. The tax applies to most foreign visitors. But citizens of Australia and some smaller Pacific states have been released, as have transit passengers. Crews on ships and aircraft will also avoid taxes. The fee is expected to generate £ 43 million in the first year. “IVL will be divided into conservation and tourism, with three areas of focus – conservation, infrastructure and systems”, Said the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. But it has not yet been decided what the money will be spent on. New Zealand has started charging “tickets” in the amount of 19 pounds for foreign visitors, reports Independent.last_img read more

Moscow orders partial lockdown as coronavirus cases in the capital pass 1,000

first_imgMuscovites will only be allowed to go out to buy food or medicines at their nearest shop, get urgent medical treatment, walk the dog, or take out the bins, he said.Those needing to go to work would also be allowed to leave their homes, he said, adding that authorities would introduce a system of access passes allowing people to move around the city in the coming days.”An extremely negative turn of events that we see in the largest cities in Europe and the United States causes great concern for the life and health of our citizens,” Sobyanin said.Skepticism about official data Authorities in the Russian capital announced a partial lockdown, ordering residents to stay at home from Monday in their toughest move yet to slow the spread of coronavirus after the number of official cases in Moscow passed the 1,000 mark.The order came days after Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, urged Muscovites to avoid public places, non-essential travel and walks – a recommendation many ignored amid a spell of unusually warm weather over the weekend.”It is obvious that not everyone heard us,” Sobyanin wrote on his website as he announced the tighter quarantine measures, warning the authorities would steadily tighten control over compliance with the new rules. Topics :center_img Russia has so far got off more lightly than many European countries with nine deaths and 1,534 cases, more than 1,000 of which are in Moscow. Russia recorded 270 new coronavirus infections in the past day.But some doctors have voiced skepticism about the accuracy of the figures given what they say has been the patchy nature and quality of testing, allegations that the authorities deny.According to a survey by the Levada Center, only 16% of Russians fully trust official information about the coronavirus, while 24% said they did not trust it at all.Russia has halted international flights, closed its borders, announced a non-working week from this weekend, and shuttered shops and entertainment venues in Moscow and some other regions.The head of Russia’s Orthodox Church on Sunday exhorted believers to pray at home, urging people to adhere strictly to authorities’ instructions “before someone dies in our families”.”Refrain from visiting churches,” Patriarch Kirill said, even though Orthodox services went ahead, including one led by him. Mosques in Muslim majority Chechnya cancelled Friday prayers, Russian news agencies reported.About 60% of Russia’s 144 million people consider themselves Orthodox Christians. But fewer than usual went to church on Sunday and some were wearing masks, according to media reports. last_img read more

Cibitung-Cilincing toll road construction structure collapses, 8 injured

first_img“The company has also cleared the site of all workers,” he added.According to Ales, WSBP, a subsidiary of state-owned general contractor Waskita Karya, has set up an internal investigation team to determine the cause of the incident.”WSBP has set up an internal team so similar events don’t happen in the future,” he said.The incident caused no disturbances to the flow of traffic in the Marunda area.WSBP started the construction of the Cibitung-Cilincing toll road in 2017. The 34.8 kilometer toll road, which connects Cibitung in Bekasi regency, West Java and Cilincing, is a part of the Jakarta Outer Ring Road (JORR) II network and is expected to open in 2021. (nal)Topics : Eight workers were injured after a construction structure on the Cibitung-Cilincing toll road in Cilincing district, North Jakarta collapsed Sunday afternoon.Construction firm Waskita Beton Precast (WSBP), which is handling the project, said the eight workers had been evacuated from the site and were taken to Citra Harapan Indah Hospital in Bekasi, West Java.”They sustained mild injuries. They have been discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment,” acting WSBP corporate secretary Ales Okta Pratama said on Monday as reported by read more

Watch This Swedish Reporter Expose Gender Ideology

first_imgWatch the way this Swedish reporter sets up college students to defend transgenderism, while slowly destroying their argument piece by piece…last_img

Road Conditions Blamed For Fatal Franklin County Accident

first_imgAn 88-year-old woman died Sunday morning following a two-vehicle crash that is believed to be related to icy conditions in Franklin County.The crash occurred on Bath Road, approximately ¼ mile west of Harmony Road around 8:40 a.m.Marion Ponder, of Bath, was traveling west when authorities say she lose control of her 2000 Dodge Intrepid on the icy roadway.She went off the south side of the roadway, overcorrected and caused her vehicle to spin on the ice into the path of an oncoming vehicle, police said.The driver of the second vehicle, 43-year-old Jeffrey Coffey, of West College Corner told police he observed the out of control vehicle and attempted to stop his 2000 GMC Sierrra, however was unable to due to road conditions. His vehicle made direct impact on the driver’s side of Ponder’s car.Ponder was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin County Coroner.Coffey was transported to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital for his injuries by Franklin County E.M.S.The crash remains under investigation.last_img read more

Girls Cross Country

first_imgThe two local girls cross country programs will start this season with totally different scenarios.  The Batesville Bulldogs return all of their key runners with the exception of Grace Yeaton.  Added to this they have some young talent from the Middle School that should help the Lady Bulldogs attain a very successful season.  They will be led by senior Kelsey Gausman.The Oldenburg Academy Twisters will enter their cross country season minus the Billingsley sisters along with other key graduation losses.  However, with the record that the Twisters have had in the past, I am willing to bet that they will still be very successful.Both of these squads finished very high in most of the meets they competed in last fall.  Coach Gausman and Coach Hines are both veteran coaches who have had many competitive teams in the past.  If you enjoy running, come out and see both of these squads perform this fall.last_img read more

William D. “Bill” Cochran, 92, Brookville

first_imgWilliam Dale “Bill” Cochran, age 92, lifelong resident of Fayette & Franklin Counties, died Saturday, June 16, 2018 from complications of dementia at Robin Run Health in Indianapolis where he had been a resident and under the devoted care of his daughter Donita K. Keidel.Born May 13, 1926 in Connersville, Indiana to Fred B. & Jessie (Ashba) Cochran, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Virginia, Erma, Joanne and Robert.He married Geraldine Mae Agnew in 1952, and helped raise & provide for children, Terry, Dennis, Donita, Fred and Robin.He married again in 1976 to the former Nadine Canada, the mother of daughters Lois, Debbie, and Donna, and was blessed in this marriage until her death on November 7, 2010.A veteran of the Korean War, he enlisted in the US Army in 1950 and served as a truck driver in the 45TH Infantry Division where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he was past Commander.Raised & schooled in Connersville, Indiana he began his work as a paper boy in youth, and after opting out of school after 10TH grade, he worked in local factories and as a milk truck driver. After returning home from Korea he settled in the Casket industry first with Connersville Casket Company as a welder until its closing, then later at Brookville Franklin Casket Company, where he was supervisor and plant manager until his retirement. Throughout his life he enjoyed many hobbies and pastimes, including Indian & Harley Davidson Motorcycles, but his real passion was engineering and tinkering with mechanical innovations.Survivors include his daughter Donita (Jim) Keidel of Indianapolis, Indiana, three sons, Dennis (Connie) Cochran of Laurel, Indiana, Fred (David Scott) Cochran of Melbourne, Florida, and Terry (Pam) Cochran of Richmond, Indiana; step-children, Donna (Ted) Ertel, Debbie (John) McGuire, Lois (Glen) Hollowell, and Robin (Vickie) Beaty; grandchildren, Darrek (Amber) Cochran, Stephanie Lewis, Vince (Valerie) Cochran, Molly Cochran, Chris (Katrina) Keidel, Chris (Angel) Taylor, Ryan (Sabrina), Lisa (Will) Hudler, Kevin McGuire, Darren McGuire, Brent Ertel, Brandon Ertel, Katelyn Ertel, Aaron Beaty, Audra McGuire and several great-grandchildren.Family & friends may visit from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Pastor Perry Booso of the Brookville Church of Christ will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in Dale Cemetery in Connersville, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion Firing Squad. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cochran family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more