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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.

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.

Warm Springs Georgia Taking bids for services

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on March 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

COMMUNITY UPDATE: OPEN FOR BID Cleaning contract for City of Warm springs Public Restrooms: Job includes: Daily Cleaning of men's & women's restrooms, replacing paper goods, advising City Hall of repairs needed to restrooms, invoicing of services and paper goods on a monthly basis. Bids are due to Warm Springs City Hall by 4:00pm March 10, 2014 located at 3636 Whitehouse Parkway, Warm Springs GA, or email to [email protected] Bids will be voted on during the Warm Springs City Council meeting at 6:30pm on March 10, 2014. Cleaning Services to begin March 11, 2014. Please include all contact information. Thank you City Hall Warm Springs

Prater Takes Oath of Office as Mayor of Warm Springs

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on January 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

G. Robert Prater was installed as Mayor of Warm Springs at a ceremony at the Warm Springs City Hall on Friday evening, January 3, 2014, before a crowded audience of family, friends and citizens. City Clerk Lisa Thompson welcomed the assembled guests and introduced Rev. Eugene Wiseman, pastor of the Harmony Church of the Nazarene, who gave the Invocation. After the Invocation, Judge John Gilson administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Prater. Following taking the Oath of Office, Mayor Prater presented to the City of Warm Springs, on behalf of himself and his wife, a framed copy of a map of the Pine Mountain Scenic Parkway (now State 190) that Cason J. Callaway had sent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937. He also presented a framed copy of the letter from Mr. Callaway to the president which accompanied the map and a brief history of the Parkway. After the presentation, Mayor Prater addressed the audience. Mr. Prater thanked them for their support and recognized the City Council Members present and two former mayors—Mrs. Hazel Ramsey and Mr. Red Roberson. Mayor Prater’s remarks to the group included: “Nearly 44 years ago, as a young college senior at Auburn University, I made my first visit to Warm Springs on a class field trip. After touring the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation and the Georgia Rehabilitation Center (now the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute), I turned to my major professor and said, ‘This is where I want to work.’ Much as Franklin Delano Roosevelt did nearly 90 years ago, I caught the Warm Springs Spirit and moved to Warm Springs in June 1970. As I have looked at the needs of our city and reviewed my educational, vocational and life experiences, I have asked myself as Mordicai asked Queen Esther of the Old Testament, ‘and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’ This has helped me in those times when I might have doubts about taking this position.” I look forward to working with the great city council with their years of experience in moving our city farther. I look forward to working with Ms. Sabra McCullers, Director of Tourism for Meriwether County; Mr. Bill Bulloch of Roosevelt Warm Springs; Mr. Robin Glass of the Little White House; and Mr. Desmond Timmons in planning for a celebration of the 90th anniversary of Mr. Roosevelt’s first visit to Warm Springs in October. In closing, on my desk, you will find two books, a Bible and the Code of Warm Springs. The Bible leads my personal life and the Code will guide me in leading the City of Warm Springs.” Dr. Bob Patterson, pastor of the Warm Springs Baptist Church pronounced the benediction.


Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on January 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)


The members of the Warm Springs City Council took the oath of office at their first meeting of the year on January 13, 2014. Mayor Robert Prater, who had taken the oath of office on January 3, 2014, called the meeting to order and asked Pastor Aaron Williams, Pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, to give the Invocation. The oath of office was administered to the council members by Attorney Byran Forsyth, substituting for the City Attorney. The members of the council are (left to right) Sabra McCullar, Margaret Long, Mayor Robert Prater (seated), Fred Woolfolk, Gerri Thompson, and Vicki Lucas.



Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on January 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)


At the first City Council of Warm Springs meeting of the new year, Mayor Robert Prater asked Mayor Pro-Tem Fred Woolfolk to escort Former Mayor Sheila Conley to the diaz and presented her with a plaque. In making the presentation, Mayor Prater said, “This plaque is presented to you in appreciation for your service as Mayor of Warm Springs for the past four years and your service to our city as a member of the City Council before that.” Pictured above is (left to right) Mayor Pro-Tem Fred Woolfolk, Former Mayor Sheila Conley and current Mayor Robert Prater.

Joey's Journey - Kindness Starts in our own backyard

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on July 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Come and Join Joye's Journey Fund raiser for his upcoming Heart transplant.

Sledge Closes Doors in Manchester GA

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on June 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

First Time in 50 Years We Have No New Car Dealer - by John Kuykendall.

Sledge Automotive in Manchester is closed, according to sources close to the dealership.   The Manchester Star Mercury contacted Ernest Sledge, one of the owners of dealership.   He verified the dealership had been closed but stated other than that he "had no other comment."

to read more on the closing, pick-up the Manchester Star Mercury - Wednesday, June 5, 2013 edition.

2012 Nurse Executive of the Year Award.

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce posted: Congratutions to Karen Daniel, RN, Executive Director of Warm Springs Medical Center as the recipient of the 2012 Nurse Executive of the Year award. THe announcement was made at the Home Town Health's Annual Fall Conference. Karen was selected as the recipient of the award for providing "exceptional clnical and exeucitive leadership by adopting best practices for rural hospital improvement and making a commitment to staff education and eadership development while emphasizing technological advances and superior patient care." Home Town Health is an organization of more than 55 rural and small hospitals located throughout the southeast. Congratulations Karen!

Stuart Woods, Manchester Native Author's NEW Book - Collateral Damage

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce announces:  Manchester Native, Stuart Woods, has published another new book : Collateral Damage. Call Taylor Foster Gifts and Jewelry to reserve your copy for a signing by Mr. Woods in April. Mr. Woods is the author of forty-four novels with the last twenty-eight having been on the best-seller list for the New York Times. Call Taylor Foster at 706-846-8298 to reserve your copy today.

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