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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 (0)

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

Zack Neal Recognized for All Star Baseball in Home Town

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on July 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Zack Neal was recognized by the Warm Springs City Council for his participation in the Manchester Recreation 's 7/8 All Star Baseball team that participated in the State Tournament, last week.

Court Square Cafe Salutes Meriwether County Cities.

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on July 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Court Square Café in downtown Greenville has added photographs of each of our cities in the county. Photos taken by Christy Stephens...go by and look at your community and the beauty of all other communities. While you are there, enjoy some of the delicious menu items.

Warm Springs perfect setting for FDR

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on April 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 12:15 am | Updated: 8:31 am, Mon Apr 14, 2014. Ricky Adams 

Yesterday marked the 69th anniversary of the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt died, April 12, 1945, in his bed inside the Little White House, in Warm Springs, Ga., some 142 miles from "The World Famous Boll Weevil Monument." Despite several visits to Warm Springs during the past 50 years, some of what happened there during the Great Depression and World War II, when the President ate Little White House meals prepared for him by faithful cook Daisy Bonner, seem impossible to believe in the world in which we now live. The simple life in Warm Springs seemed to be a big part of arguably the most complicated life any president ever lived. Always one who relished a good, belly laugh, Roosevelt, when he took the notion, delighted in slipping away from U.S. Marine sentries and Secret Service agents in his security detail, easing down a small, but steep, hill in his wheelchair to the garage, and then, under the rural Georgia stars, roaring over farm-to-market roads in his Ford. Routinely, during daylight hours, even with guards hanging off his car, Roosevelt would drive the Ford convertible throughout the Georgia countryside, stopping to talk to farmers and other residents who welcomed him with open arms. It was not uncommon in that era, when Roosevelt frequently held impromptu press conferences, for members of the media, who followed his every move, to drape themselves across the fenders, hood and trunk of his car, a vehicle customized so FDR could operate it with his hands for his driving escapades. If anyone reading this far doesn't know why FDR needed such a car, well, because of polio, he hadn't taken an unaided step in the 25 years or so leading to the day he died in the tiny hamlet he'd first come to in the early 1920's for the healing qualities of the natural spring waters that gave Warm Springs its name. Supposedly, only one picture showing FDR in his wheelchair was published throughout his lengthy presidency. History notes that millions of voting Americans were unaware their president couldn't take one normal step. Roosevelt's "Fireside Chats" on nationwide radio helped unite the nation and comfort those who were suffering, scared and desperate throughout the Great Depression and World War II. Warm Springs, then and now, has approximately 500 residents, including the fine folks who operate the Bulloch House, a restaurant where chickens' pulley bones are fried separately, which, of course, is why the chicken crossed the road. It is a small town, a village, in every sense of the word, despite the world-altering decisions made there from the Great Depression through WWII. Even if you've never been to Warm Springs, you're likely familiar with a most lasting image of Roosevelt's quiet death, the cover photo Life Magazine photographer Ed Clark took of Chief Petty Officer (USN) Graham Jackson playing "Goin' Home" on his accordion as the train bearing Roosevelt's body was being prepared to leave for Washington. Saw a special about Life photographers on public TV several years ago in which Clark explained how he and every other photo journalist were staring through the windows of Roosevelt's personal railroad car at the presidential casket in the moments before the departure. Clark said he sensed something behind him, turned around, and saw Jackson standing across the street, alone, with tears streaming down his face. Clark took two backward steps, and hoping his clanking camera wouldn't make a big noise alerting other camermen when he clicked the shutter, he wheeled around, snapped one shot, turned and eased back to where he'd been standing. Everybody else got the same picture: the coffin in the president's train car. Any other year, Clark likely would've won the Pulitzer Prize for photography, except that another shot you may have seen, the one Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press took of our Marines planting the American flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi, earned the Pulitzer for 1945. Practically everyone alive that year, and millions of us born in the dozen or so years thereafter, have seen those two pictures for decades and don't need anyone to explain their meanings to us all these decades later. Each time these browns see those two images, though, it's apparent that, despite all today's electronic wizardry equipping us to communicate wirelessly with anyone in the world with a phone, computer, etc., plus the countless devices allowing us to watch live TV broadcasts from around the globe, the moon, and from other planets, today's world ain't all that much smaller than it was in 1945. In fact, in some respects it feels like we're living in a much larger country, one with more differences than similarities among its people. From the outset of WWII through the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, in retrospect, it seems like the people in this nation, the states within it, the counties in those states, and the communities within those counties, were somehow more unified, more appreciative of the little things in life, and more prone to look after each other. You remember the old "Pull for Enterprise or pull out" slogan that characterized our town long before it became the "City of Progress." Sure, there were social problems when Roosevelt was president, many of which carry forward with each passing day even in 2014, including some issues that may never be resolved. Nowadays, in lieu of live radio broadcasts, weekly movie newsreels and dwindling numbers of newspapers and news magazines to read, we have 24-hour TV news channels enabling us to watch wars as they're fought, riots as they happen and society's lowest life forms doing what they do. When TV began slowly spreading throughout the nation, when those black and white sets around here picked up two or three stations, depending on the quality of your antenna and the weather, most everybody watched the same programs. In Enterprise, many of us lucky enough to have TV's, anticipated watching the Academy Awards, Miss America Pageant, World Series, professional boxing and wrestling matches, one college football game on Saturday afternoons, one pro game on Sundays, lots of cowboy and detective shows, and Bob Hope's Christmas specials with family and friends. Our "local" stations, both of them, weren't on the air 24 hours a day early on, but not because they figured most people were asleep between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. There just weren't enough programs to show something different every hour of the day, every day of the week. Baby bloomers, like we were in the mid-1950s, were tickled twisted-legged with whatever came on TV in our youth. Such shows as "The Christophers," "The Big Picture," "The Florida Boys Quartet," "Country Boy Eddie," "Learn to Draw with Jon Gnagy" and even "Pastor's Forum" moderated by Drury Flowers on Sunday afternoons, especially rainy ones, even grabbed and held our attention. Those shows and others of their ilk gave us something to talk about, besides the weather, with friends and even with the occasional stranger we might meet downtown on Mondays. For years now, we've had more TV channels than one normal person can possibly watch, and we seem to encounter more strangers here than ever. Call 'em newcomers, if you please, but for some reason, there doesn't seem to be as much to talk about with folks now. Hey, it's a safe bet we all don't watch "Honey Boo Boo" on cable channels.


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