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Ga. state Senator resigns for congressional bid

Ga. state Senator resigns for congressional bid

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state Sen. Barry Loudermilk has announced he's resigning from his position to focus on pursuing a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Loudermilk, of Cassville, made the announcement in a release Tuesday.

He announced plans in April to run for Georgia's 11th District congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Phil Gingrey. Gingrey is leaving his position to try succeeding U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring.

Loudermilk has served in Georgia's Legislature since he was elected to the state House in 2004. He won his current state Senate seat in 2010 and represents parts of Bartow, Cherokee and Cobb counties.

Loudermilk owns a small business and served eight years in the Air Force.

Cass HS valedictorian wins McDonald's scholarship

Cass HS valedictorian wins McDonald's scholarship

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A recent Cass High School graduate has won a $2,500 scholarship from McDonald's.

Veronica Cuevas was nominated for the McDonald's National Employee Scholarship Award by Paula Matla, manager of the Cartersville McDonald's where she works.

"Veronica exemplifies the qualities of a true leader," Matla said in a statement. "She has done an outstanding job both in the restaurant and in school, using lessons from both to reach her goals."

Cuevas was valedictorian of Cass High's Class of 2013 and will begin her freshman year at Stanford University this fall. She has worked for McDonald's since 2010.

"McDonald's continues to provide me with opportunities to learn and grow," Cuevas said. "This restaurant offers flexible hours, which allow me to work my schedule around my academic and other responsibilities. The experience will serve me in my college classes and beyond."

Bullets and Ballads in the Booth Ballroom

Bullets and Ballads in the Booth Ballroom

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Celebrate all things Western with a special event at Booth Western Art Museum later this month.

Bullets and Ballads, a dedication to Hollywood cowboys, will be held Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

Entertainment includes film-style gun tricks from Jim Dunham and a concert of classic Western movie songs from Jim Dorsett. There will also be a dinner of BBQ chicken and pork, potato salad, squash and zucchini medley, garlic bread and strawberry shortcake.

Tickets for Bullets and Ballads are $25 for Booth members and $30 for non-members. Call 770-387-1300 to reserve a spot.

Booth Western Art Museum is located at 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville.

John Anderson to perform at Booth

John Anderson to perform at Booth

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Country music star John Anderson is the featured entertainer for Booth Western Art Museum's Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium.

The Grammy winner will perform Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale for $25 for Booth members this Monday, July 1. They will be on sale for non-members for $30 beginning Aug. 1.

Anderson has recorded 22 albums and had five singles reach No. on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. His Booth performance will be an intimate acoustic concert of some of his biggest hits, including "Seminole Wind" and "Swingin'."

To learn more or buy tickets, call the museum at 770-387-1300.

Booth Western Art Museum is located at 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville.

Hollywood costume designer to speak at Booth

Hollywood costume designer to speak at Booth

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- An award-winning costume designer for TV and film will speak at Booth Western Art Museum later this month.

Cathy Smith has created the authentic costumes for such productions as Dances with Wolves and Geronimo. She won an Emmy Award for Excellence in Costume Design for Son of the Morning Star.

Her talk, "An Evening with Cathy Smith: Artist, Costume Designer and Historian" will be held Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m.

Smith grew up near two Sioux reservations and developed her interest in Native American art and design early in life. She has been a sought-after consultant on Western genre films for more than 20 years.

Tickets to "An Evening with Cathy Smith" are $25 for Booth members and $30 for non-members. The price includes a dinner of pot roast with potatoes and carrots, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, cornbread and rolls, and lemon meringue pie.

Meet an astronaut at Tellus

Meet an astronaut at Tellus

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A real live astronaut will speak at Tellus Science Museum next month.

Shane Kimbrough has walked in space and lived in the International Space Station. He will speak about life in space and his many amazing experiences as an astronaut.

Kimbrough will speak and sign autographs on Monday, Apr. 15 at 12:15 p.m. His talk is free for Tellus members and included in admission price for non-members.

Reserving a spot in advance is strongly recommended. Call 770-606-5700 to claim a spot at Kimbrough's lunch and learn.

Tellus Science Museum is located at 100 Tellus Drive in Cartersville.

Sculptor to attend Booth golf tournament

Sculptor to attend Booth golf tournament

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Famed sculptor Dave McGary will play in this year's Booth Western Art Museum Winter Golf Tournament.

McGary is best known for creating bronze sculptures of Native Americans. His work is on display at locations across the country, including the U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall and the Smithsonian Museum.

The golf tournament, which raises money for the Cartersville museum, will be held Friday, Mar. 8 at Woodland Hills Golf Club. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start scheduled for noon.

Entry into the tournament is $100, which includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, golf cart rental, lunch and soft drinks. Learn more at boothmuseum.org.

Woodland Hills Golf Club is located at 256 Summit Ridge Drive SE in Cartersville.

See some of McGary's work at davemcgary.com.