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Changes to Classic Novel are Misguided, UWG Scholars Say

Changes to Classic Novel are Misguided, UWG Scholars Say

CARROLLTON, GA -- Sanitizing the American classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a disservice to the novel and does nothing to further the discussion of racism, according to University of West Georgia scholars.

An edition of Mark Twain's 19th century novel is set for release by NewSouth Books with the "N" word removed and replaced by the word "slave." The term "Injun" is also excised.

"I don't think there is any way we can deal with the history of racism and the continuing racism in this country without dealing with the ugly language that racism spawns," said Debra MacComb, an associate professor of English at UWG.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the most frequently banned books in the American literary canon.

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy began recovering in 2010 from the deepest recession since the 1930s, but that recovery seemed to go in fits and spurts with no clear trajectory.

As for 2011, expect more growth, but with a continued pattern of uncertainty, said Bill Schaniel, an economist with the University of West Georgia.

"This year will be a year that will be remembered as being both not as good as some hoped -- there was no significant reduction in the unemployment rate -- but not as bad as many feared, as there was no double dip in the recession," said Schaniel. "This year did see the technical end of the recession, but for most people, the recession will end when there is significant job growth."

In 2010, the economy grew at a steady rate in the January-March quarter.

Twirling Snowflakes, Waltzing Flowers and Visions of Sugarplums . . .

Twirling Snowflakes, Waltzing Flowers and Visions of Sugarplums . . .

POWDER SPRINGS, GA -- For the very first time, Ballet North Performance Company will grace the stage with a production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19 at the J. Alton Keith Theater at McEachern High School (2400 New Macland Road, Powder Springs, 30127).

Adults and children of all ages will enjoy this unique premiere of young performing artists and dancers from Paulding County, Douglasville, West Cobb and Metro Atlanta.

The Nutcracker, choreographed by Ballet North Performance Company director Christine Auchincloss Fehr, will go beyond the traditional satin pointe shoes and shimmery tutus.

Berry College Students Beautify Silver Comet Trail

ROME, GA -- A group of Berry College students recently participated in the nationwide "Make a Difference Day" and proved to be great examples to all volunteers.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the students headed to Polk County and spent the morning cleaning up the Silver Comet Trail. Working together, they helped remove 72 tires from the Van Wert Trailhead.

Part of Berry's mission is to "challenge students to devote their learning to community and civic betterment," and the majority of students spend multiple hours per semester serving and investing in their community.

For more information about Berry's volunteer services, contact them either via email or at 706-238-5848.

McClure Middle School Wins National Book Fair Contest

DALLAS, GA -- Sammy McClure Middle School in Dallas earned first place in the Scholastic Book Fairs National Middle School Contest, a competition that encourages schools to run their own exciting book fairs.

As part of their reward, McClure students will meet New York Times bestselling author Heather Brewer during a special school-wide event on Thursday, Nov. 4. Brewer will talk about her popular Vladimir Tod series, answer students' questions and sign copies of her books. The fifth and final book in Brewer's series, Twelfth Grade Kills, was released in Sept. 2010.

The school will also receive a $2,000 shopping voucher from Scholastic.

Last spring, the Sammy McClure Student Crew recreated Roald Dahl's literary masterpiece, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in their own school library.

Pace of Recovery Dismal According to Top Economist

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy is improving, albeit at a disappointingly lethargic pace, according to the chief economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Martin Regalia offered that assessment at the annual University of West Georgia Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

"The good news is we're growing again.

Hiram High School Students Learn About Careers in Construction

Theresa Schroeder of Turner Construction visited Hiram High School as part of Careers in Construction Week, talking with the students about career opportunities in the construction industry.  She also talked with them about the A.C.E. Mentoring initiative, a program that encourages high school students to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.