Guild's Stories & Song series presents 'in the round' concert

DALTON, Ga. — On Friday at 7 p.m., local singer-songwriters Earl Brackin, Charlsey Etheridge and Ben Honeycutt will share the Creative Arts Guild’s music spotlight for a concert, the next in the Guild’s Stories & Song music series. Each artist will take turns playing their original compositions in a writers “in the round.” The “in the round” format refers to how performers sit together in the center of a stage taking turns playing their songs and telling stories. Brackin, Etheridge and Honeycutt will each bring to the Guild stage their well-established writing and playing styles; these musicians are long-time friends and collaborators, so one can expect that they will quickly create a warm and lively atmosphere together. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for senior citizens; and $5 for Dalton State College and area students (K-12). Children under 5 will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at www.creativeartsguild.org/music/concerts-and-performances/. For more information, contact Etheridge at concerts@creativeartsguild.org.

Georgia Overdose Prevention holds Narcan education meeting

TIFTON, Ga. — Georgia Overdose Prevention will be holding a Narcan Education and Distribution Event at OASIS Recovery Community Organization, located at 902 S. Main St., from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday. Narcan, also known as naloxone, is used to reverse an opioid overdose, and can be administered by anyone. The class on the use and effectiveness of Narcan is free of charge to the public, and free Narcan kits will be distributed at the event.

NFCC awarded $1.1M grant for middle school STEM program 

MADISON, Fla. — North Florida Community College will begin a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach program for area middle schools this fall thanks to a $1.1 million federal grant award by the National Science Foundation. The mission of the program is to enhance STEM awareness, motivation and skills for rural, middle school youth in Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties. Selected middle school students will participate in engineering challenges using remote controlled robotic vehicles. Challenges will be performed on sea (water), air and land (SEAL). Each student will design and build their own robot and, equipped with a microcomputer, learn how to remotely control and move the robot. Students will also learn how to attach actuators and sensors to the robotic vehicle in preparation for a final STEM SEALs competition between participants. School and college faculty will serve as mentors throughout the project. “The NFCC STEM SEALs program provides an exceptional opportunity to teachers and students in our district,” NFCC professor Dr. Guenter Maresch, the grant’s principal investigator, said in a release. “The grant funding allows NFCC to raise the educational experience while providing creative learning incentives that expose middle school students and teachers to practical applications of the science and mathematics curriculum. I applaud NFCC’s faculty for helping secure this federal-level grant and bring this exciting initiative to our community and students.” Teams of middle school students and teachers will form during NFCC’s fall term, late August through December 2019. Selected students will design, construct and optimize their robotic vehicles during the college’s 2020 spring semester, January through May. In the summer of 2020, the first NFCC STEM SEALs Engineering Competition will be held on the NFCC campus in Madison. Applications will be made available to area middles schools this fall. The NSF grant was awarded to NFCC on April 1, 2019, and extends over a three-year period through March 21, 2022. For more information, contact Dr. Guenter Maresch at 850-973-1632 or mareschg@nfcc.edu.