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City of Warm Springs to Build Pavilion

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on January 26, 2015 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

City of Warm Springs to Build Pavillion At a recent dinner meeting, Warm Springs Mayor, Bob Prater, announced plans to build a pavilion on the city owned property between Broad Street and Main Street on Spring Street in Warm Springs. The pavilion, is to be named the Bulloch-Bussey Memorial Pavilion. Mayor Prater presented a rendering of the front of the pavilion. The pavilion will be named for the city’s founders, Cyprian Bulloch and his brother Benjamin Bulloch and their cousin W.T. Bussey, moved a store from near Durand to what is now Warm Springs by putting it on logs and rolling it. The cousins founded the Bulloch-Bussey and Company in 1891 and the town of Bullochville was given a city charter in 1893. This would be the only memorial to the founders. The pavilion will be built on the concrete slab left on the property when the building housing the Chinese restaurant was torn down. It will have public restrooms and a concession stand in the end facing the building formerly occupied by the Southcrest Bank and a stage on the end toward the Warm Springs Baptist Church. The building will be available for use during the city’s festivals and other city functions and for rent to groups for other activities. There will be a long veranda on the Spring Street side which could be used for pre-activity receptions. Mayor Prater also indicated that benches or rocking chairs might be available for people to rest. Mayor Prater indicated that the pavilion would have to be built without use of the City’s general funds. He said that the funds would be generated from donations from friends of Warm Springs around the world, corporate donations, grants and fundraising. The sidewalk on Spring Street could be renovated with decorative engraved pavers purchased in memory or in honor of a friend or family member. He suggested naming that section of sidewalk the “Walk of the Mayors” and having large pavers in memory or honor of the 14 men and women who have served as mayor. Mayor Prater challenged everyone to “Catch the Vision” of Warm Springs and help build the Bulloch-Bussey Memorial Pavillion and Walk of the Mayors. Tax deductible donations may be made to the Warm Springs Downtown Development Authority, P.O. Box 156, Warm Springs, GA 31830. The Warm Springs DDA will announce the “price” of the pavers, soon.

Warm Springs Mayor "Catch the Vision"

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on January 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

WARM SPRINGS MAYOR SAYS: “CATCH THE VISION” Members of the Warm Springs City Council, Warm Springs Downtown Development Authority, Warm Springs merchant and invited guests at a dinner hosted by Peter Lambert at the Bulloch House, heard Mayor Bob Prater present a “Vision” for the City of Warm Springs. Mayor Prater began by commenting on the development of Warm Springs since 1970 when he first came to work at the Georgia Rehabilitation Center (now the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute). At that time, according to the mayor, Warm Springs was almost a ghost town. In 1983 the city saw the beginning of a successful surge. After the events of 9/11/2001, the city began a decline due to the sudden decrease of tourism. He said, though, the city was, he felt beginning to move forward. In 2014, seven new businesses opened: Davito Dialysis Clinic, Schilke Electrical, Mrs. Friend’s Art World, Iron Horse Leather Shop, Our Town Health Clinic, Deep South Antiques and Collectables and Refreshingly Country. Already, in 2015, Greywolff Portraits and Engraving is opening a shop on Broad Street. Mayor Prater said that the “Vision” for Warm Springs was a culmination of a lot of discussions by primarily the results of three groups—the Tourism Team of the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Directors of Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute, Regent’s Health Services, Roosevelt’s Little White House, FDR State Park and the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce; and the Student Council of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute. Among the major suggestions from the three groups were development of a new hotel, restaurant(s) that served breakfast and dinner and a Dollar General Store or similar retailer. They also recommended cleaning up blighted property, making the downtown area more accessible and market empty or vacant properties. Mayor Prater outlined the “Vision” for Warm Springs to be, in addition to the major developments recommended by the groups—Market empty buildings; Develop vacant property, both commercial and residential; and develop a plan for the downtown streetscape and sidewalks. Mayor Prater quoted from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “Because after all, Warm Springs, to be successful in the future, has got to make some progress every year—all through the years.” He then presented the proposal for the Bulloch-Bussey Pavilion to be built on city owned property on Spring Street between Broad Street and Main Street. Throughout his Power-Point Presentation, Mayor Prater flashed “Catch the Vision” and ended with a challenge to the audience to “Catch the Vision”.

Local Artist Ms. Barbara Smenner Recognized by Georgia Welcome Centers

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on December 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

WEST POINT - Georgia Welcome Center's December Artist of the Month

is Barbara Smenner, a resident of Manchester.

Born in Blue Ridge, Ga., most of her childhood years were spent in

the coal mining camps of West Virginia and later in Chattanooga, Tenn.

She attended Edmondson Business College in Chattanooga.

Smenner says that she had a desire to paint and create from an early


In 1979, she was urged to share her talent with others by opening a

business, where everyone could come together, learn and have fun with art.

Smenner has studied art with a a number of nationally known artists,

including portrait artists Karen Pat- ton and Mary Carole Larson.

Other artists she has studied with are Gary Jenkins, Fred Wetzel,

Buck Paulson, Dorothy Dent, Milton Lenoir, Robert Warren and Dalhart and

Mike Windberg.

"The studio has been very fortunate to host all of the artists

listed above, as their schedules permitted," Smenner said. "Gary Jenkins

chose our studio for his certification for his bronze, silver and gold

certification classes."

Through this association, she has developed her own style of

painting and teaching.

A certified Jenkins Art Teacher, a certified Dorothy Dent instructor

and a Milton Lenoir Master instructor in acrylics, Smenner teaches portrait,

still life, landscapes, drawing and florals at her studio, The Village Art

Studio, which is located in the old Manchester Mill, which she says was

established in Manchester in 1908.

Her exhibit at the welcome center includes a portrait of Santa, an

autumn landscape, still life paintings, floral paintings and a matted and

framed print.

She is the president of the Meriwether County Artist Guild and is a

member of the Columbus Artist Guild.

"Over the past 35 years, The Village Art Studio has grown into a hub

of art activity, attracting students from almost every state in the union,"

Smenner says.

Her husband, John Smenner, joined her in business after serving in

the U.S. Air Force and working for American Telephone & Telegraph Co.

Governor Nathan Deal Visits City of Warm Springs and Meriwether County GA

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on July 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It was a pleasure to be with Governor Nathan Deal at the Hotel Warm Springs Bed & Breakfast Inn for a reception, this morning. The Governor has done a lot for Meriwether County and Warm Springs during his tenure. I had the opportunity to publicly thank him for the work he and the legislature did in saving the hospitals at Roosevelt Warm Springs. — with Gerrie Thompson and Nathan Deal.

Ashton Bell Recognized for Sports by Warm Springs

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on July 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Ashton Bell was recognized by the Warm Springs City Council for being chosen to play on the Georgia 8th Grade Team at the Future Stars Game

Connor Willis Recognized in Sports by Warm Springs

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on July 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Connor Wills was recognized by the Warm Springs City Council for being chosen as a member of the Georgia Team at the 8th Grade Future Stars Game and being chosen to play on the 13/14 Year Old Manchester Recreation All Star Team who played in the State Tournament


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