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Central Georgia EMC awards funds to local agencies

School Notebook 10-18-13

Central Georgia EMC board member Warren Holder, from left, Clayton County Development Authority Director Grant Wainscott, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce President Yulonda Beauford and Central Georgia EMC communications specialist Rodney Christopher pose with check donations awarded to the local development authority, chamber of commerce and school board. (Special Photo)

Central Georgia EMC board member Warren Holder, from left, Clayton County Development Authority Director Grant Wainscott, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce President Yulonda Beauford and Central Georgia EMC communications specialist Rodney Christopher pose with check donations awarded to the local development authority, chamber of commerce and school board. (Special Photo)

JONESBORO — Central Georgia EMC board member Warren Holder and communications specialist Rodney Christopher presented the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Development Authority of Clayton County and Clayton County Public Schools Board of Education with checks this week totaling $4,500 to go toward education, community and economic development activities.

The electric membership cooperative, headquartered in Jackson, hand delivered the checks which are funded through unclaimed capital credits that remain with Central Georgia after five years.

Christopher said unclaimed capital credits were once remitted to the state of Georgia Department of Revenue, under Georgia’s Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act. But now unclaimed capital credits remaining after five years can stay in the communities served by Central Georgia for the sole purposes of funding education, economic development and nonprofit organizations in the utility’s service area.

Central Georgia is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to over 50,000 billed meters in 14 counties including Clayton.

Darby named Spivey Hall education manager

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall has announced that Melanie Darby will join its staff as Spivey Hall’s new education manager.

Chosen from a competitive pool of applicants from the Southeast and beyond, Darby received the unanimous recommendation of the selection committee. Elise Marshall will continue in her role as Spivey Hall education assistant.

“It is an honor to join the distinguished and dedicated team of artists and educators at Clayton State University,” said Darby. “Spivey Hall is an acoustical jewel in this region and I am truly excited about this opportunity to work with this group of arts professionals. Their reputation for excellence is unparalleled and their devotion to sharing the arts with the community is genuine.”

Darby begins her duties as Spivey Hall education manager Friday, Nov. 1. She brings to her new job more than 20 years’ experience with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, most recently as director of education programming, where she served from 2008 to 2012.

“We are delighted to welcome Melanie Darby as Spivey Hall’s education manager,” said Samuel Dixon, executive and artistic director of Spivey Hall. “Her extensive knowledge in developing community partnerships and education programs, combined with her energy, her commitment to innovation and excellence, and her collaborative spirit, will enable us to build on the success of Spivey Hall’s education programs as we take them to the next level.”

Darby will work with the Spivey Hall education committee. Jay Wucher is the committee’s founding chair and has helped guide the development of Spivey Hall’s music education programming.

“I have known and admired Melanie’s work for almost 20 years,” said Wucher. “Her ability to bring people together is a trademark that will serve us well in our education programs. She has the maturity, expertise, integrity, and determination to play a significant role in the continuous growth of our education program, and our outreach to learners and music lovers of all ages. The level of excellence Melanie has shown in the past is a perfect match for the expectations of excellence we continue to hold as a hallmark of Spivey Hall.”

Holiday programming at Spivey Hall

Spivey Hall has also announced the details of its 2013 holiday programming.

Violinist Mark O’Connor brings his blend of Americana and chamber music to Spivey Hall with Mark O’Connor and Friends: An Appalachian Christmas, the tour version of his popular 2011 album of the same name. Several Atlanta-based artists will also perform during the holiday season, including Spivey Hall’s own Children’s Choir. Many of the performances are particularly suited for families, with tickets for some concerts priced as low as $2.

“Great music is a gift that brightens the holiday season,” said Dixon. “This year, Spivey Hall’s holiday programming offers a festive variety of artists and genres sure to bring out the holiday spirit without breaking the budget.”

Dixon said the December schedule includes several concerts that provide a budget-friendly, festive option for family outings.

Call the Spivey Hall Box Office at 678-466-4200 for schedules and tickets, or visit www.spiveyhall.org.

There is a 50 percent discount available to students and Georgia educators with ID. Discounted tickets are available only through the box office, which is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.