Lovelady: City Station a vision of connecting with community


Shannon Lovelady, lead pastor of Southern Hills Christian Church

Southern Hills Christian Church is a growing church with average attendance of 1,100 on Sundays and boasts a vibrant ministry. But there was a problem. During the week, between scheduled activities, the church campus is dark.

Not in a spiritual way, but in use, says Shannon Lovelady, lead pastor. The parking lot is a vast sea of nothingness and buildings are empty except for a few administrative staff members who occupy a tiny percentage of the complex’s real estate. Located on Highway 113 outside the Carrollton city limits, Southern Hills isn’t conducive to providing a broader ministry with its current site. These obstacles, plus the desire to broaden its ministry in general, led to a bold plan of relocation, reuse and repurpose. The concept – and soon reality – of City Station was born.

Lovelady said City Station, currently under construction next to the Maple Street Commons shopping center, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. It will include a full-regulation basketball court that can be converted to a large auditorium for Southern Hills’ three Sunday morning services, a low-cost fitness center opened to the community, a healthy and affordable restaurant called the Mustard Seed Cafe, an extended-day preschool and college student housing.

The student housing – called covenant housing – will be unique in this area, said Lovelady. This means the 60 students who will live there will sign a covenant to live a Christian lifestyle and go through a discipleship process. Southern Hills is partnering with Christian campus outreach at the University of West Georgia, which is strategically located just down the road off the Carrollton Greenbelt on Maple Street.

“Statistics show 70 percent of college students walk away from their faith,” said Lovelady. “What about instead we create an environment where they can grow stronger in their faith while they are in college?”

Lovelady said once City Station is debt free, Southern Hills will generate an anticipated annual income of $300,000 to put back into the community. To learn more about City Station, visit

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Golf phenom Tyler Lipscomb is way above par


Nathan and Tyler Lipscomb shares Tyler’s success on the golf course and hopes for the future as a professional,

He’s just a junior at Bremen High School, but Tyler Lipscomb is on a steady path to become the next great PGA star.

Tyler and his dad, Nathan Lipscomb, visited the Rotary Club of Carrollton Sept. 26 to tell the story of the natural golfer, who is nationally ranked and already has earned Georgia High School Association individual state championships as a freshman and sophomore.

“He’s already played at Pinehurst (the historic golf course in North Carolina) and basically earned his PGA card at age 12,” said Tyler’s dad. He’s in the top 5 in the nation with region wins as a member of the American Junior Golf Association, capturing the attention of numerous colleges and universities.

In fact, interest has been so intense on the recruiting front that Tyler has already committed to play for the University of Alabama – a decision he made as a high school freshman.

As most boys do, Tyler played multiple sports starting out. Through his sophomore year in high school, he played basketball and ran track in addition to playing golf. But his prowess with the club and his true potential as a golfer won out with Tyler specializing in the elite sport to commit all his competitive energy.

Tall and lanky, Tyler has the body of a golfer but typical teen-age growth spurts in recent years affected his swing. He has had to adjust to his new body and is devoted to building on his game, including working out five days and week and taking weekly lessons in Canton.

Tyler said he is best at chipping and putting and concentrates on furthering the effectiveness of  these skills. He said his best round was 65 and his worst 78 – both played at Oak Mountain Championship Golf Course in Carrollton.





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Founder Smith shares Printer’s Ale’s unique story


Printer’s Ale founder and owner Greg Smith gives a tour of the brewery following lunch.

Though the weekly programs presented by the Rotary Club of Carrollton at Sunset Hills Country Club are informative and insightful, sometimes an off-site visit to learn about a new venture is the only way to go. The club did just that Tuesday with a field trip to Carrollton’s first “official” brewery, Printer’s Ale on Columbia Drive.

A catered meal substituted for normal country club fare while Rotarians listened to Greg Smith, the founder and owner, share his personal story that comes full circle after 200 years.

Smith said Printer’s Ale, like many local breweries of note, focuses on providing a unique niche with a unique story. His ancestors were master brewers in Germany and transitioned to the printing industry when his great-great grandfather came to America as a stowaway. His son started Printed Specialties in 1911, still family-operated today and serves as Smith’s safety net as he launches back into the old family business of brewing beer.

Printer’s Ale specializes in IPAs (India Pale Ales), porter and seasonal beers.

“IPAs are the ‘gateway beer’ and are by far the most popular craft beer in today’s market,” said Smith.

Smith said he experiments a lot and is currently creating a pumpkin beer for the fall holiday season. And he confessed his “oddest” beer was a fruitcake beer.

Smith also makes an effort to grow his on hops on site, although this year’s rainy summer season made the process tough – if not impossible.

“Hops don’t like water, so this year failed miserably,” he said. “While we never will be able to grow enough hops for all of our beers, we want the ability to provide an even more local beer option.”

With a recent change in state law, Printer’s Ale will now be able to sell on site. Previously, all the company could do was offer samples in the tasting room and point people to where they could go to purchase the varieties. Right now, sales are limited to kegs, but in the near future he hopes to have a bottle and canning operation under way that will allow him to sell to local stores in the west Georgia area.

Printer’s Ale is located at 940 Columbia Drive. Learn more

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Magnificent predictions provide college football entertainment

carnacThe Rotary Club of Carrollton on Aug. 22,  held what is arguably its most entertaining program of the year, the annual preseason college football panel of prognosticators. Hosted this year by club members Ben Butler, right, and Times-Georgian columnist Joe Garrett, seen here as Carnac the Magnificent, the 20-minute show was full of insight and insults about the South’s favorite fall pastime. Below, the panel of prognosticators were, from left, club members Jill Duncan, Scott Robinson, Steve Davis and John Jackson, and Mitch Gray, sports information director for the University of West Georgia and local radio personality. More photos are on Facebook. The Rotary Club of Carrollton meets Tuesdays at noon at Sunset Hills Country Club.

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Club receives update on new performance arts center


Scott Cowart

Carroll County School Supt. Scott Cowart provided members of the Rotary Club of Carrollton Aug. 15 with a quick update on the state of the school system before turning to the highlight of the meeting, information on the new Carroll County Schools Performing Arts Center.

“We have gone far too long without a dedicated venue for children who are talented in the arts and now we do,” he said. “This is important for our school system.”

Assisting Cowart with the presentation was Charity Aaron, the school district’s director of Partnerships and Communication, who continued to share about the amenities of


Charity Aaron

the building. Aaron is also manager of the new performance center.

“This is the most acoustically calibrated venue in all of the west Georgia area,” said Aaron. “We are so excited to offer such a premier facility for our community. The one word I hear from everyone who visits is ‘WOW.’”

The center, a traditional music hall, offers more than 1,100 seats and two spacious meeting rooms, and serves all schools in the county system, plus supports community rentals. The school district and the University of West Georgia have also developed a partnership that allows for UWG to use the venue for large-scale performances that its own Townsend Center for the Performing Arts can’t support. In exchange, Carroll County Schools will use the Townsend Center for true theatrical performances since the new facility does not support theater.

“This is the largest performing arts center in the area,” said Aaron. “Rather than compete with other theaters, we want to complement instead.”

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Newest member of THE club!

newmember-Dr. Agnieszka ChwialkowskaDr. Agnieszka Chwialkowska, associate professor of marketing at the University of West Georgia, is the newest member of THE Rotary Club of Carrollton. She was sponsored by long-time club member and Dr. Chwialkowska’s colleague, Dr. Beheruz Sethna. Club members look forward to learning more about the native of Poland, pictured here with club President Jay Gill, and how to pronounce her name!

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Rotary ‘Ragtop’ Raffle is underway

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