Rock Springs Church Senior Pastor Benny Tate has written a book titled “Defy The Odds” which is being published by Harvest House Publisher.

NEW YORK  — Denis Villeneuve's “Dune” debuted with $40.1 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend in North America, drawing a large number of moviegoers to see the thundering sci-fi epic on the big screen despite it also being available to stream in homes.

Jeff Williams, of Square Foot Ministry, spoke at the Rotary Club of Griffin’s weekly meeting Thursday. In the last 10 years, Square Foot Ministry has built 17 homes in Griffin, mostly in the Fairmont area. Some of the goals for 2022 include building two to three homes in Griffin, increase th…

Safety standards developed by film studios and labor unions are the primary protection for actors and film crews when a scene calls for using prop guns. The industry-wide guidance is clear: “Blanks can kill. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.”

NEW YORK — Conjurers, cheats, hustlers, hoaxsters, pranksters, jokesters, posturers, pretenders, sideshow showmen, armless calligraphers, mechanical marvels and popular entertainments.

LOS ANGELES — The shooting death of a cinematographer on the set of the set of the Alec Baldwin movie “Rust” is a reminder of the dangers that can exist on film and television sets. As authorities investigate why a crew member handed Baldwin a loaded gun instead of one safe to use, industry …

ATLANTA — Country musician Travis Tritt, who canceled shows at venues that required a COVID-19 vaccine or mask-wearing, was set to sing the national anthem before Game 6 of the NL Championship Series on Saturday night.

SANTA FE, N.M.  — Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set with a gun a crew member had assured the actor was safe, a tragic mistake that came hours after some workers walked off the job to protest conditions and production issues.

State Court Judge Josh Thacker spoke to the Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club about the functions of State Court and also explained the other courts. Thacker began his career as an assistant district attorney with the Griffin Judicial Circuit covering Fayette, Pike, Upson, and Spalding counties. …

Bonnie Wainwright, right, is a new member of the Sun City Civitan Club. She was sponsored by club President Michelle Drugacz, left.

The Georgia Archives’ November virtual Lunch and Learn program on Friday, Nov. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. is “The First World War: Why it Still Matters” presented by retired social studies teacher Gary Gill.

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LOS ANGELES — Peter Scolari, a versatile character actor whose television roles included a yuppie producer on “Newhart” and a closeted dad on “Girls” and who was on Broadway with longtime friend Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy," has died. He was 66.

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Griffin Choral Arts will open its 15th season with a concert entitled “The Sun Also Rises” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Second Baptist Church in Griffin. This marks the return of live performances with in-person audiences for the choral group.

The star of your next spread can be hidden away in the refrigerator for a surprise delight for your guests. It’s topped with chocolate syrup and chopped pecans, and your loved ones just may vote it to be their favorite dish.

Do you know that moment when something sweet hits your taste buds and a smile instantly spreads across your face? It’s almost magic to some. To others it’s just simply bliss. This holiday season, try something that’s simple yet sophisticated for an easy way to ensure smiles all around.

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LOS ANGELES   — The Grammys will stick to its word with the public release of the full inclusion rider to ensure equity and inclusion in hiring on all levels of production for next year’s ceremony.

The sixth annual Book Bolt 5K and Fun Run, hosted by the Friends of the Griffin-Spalding County Library (FROGSLIB), is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, rain or shine.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  — One of the most talked about attractions at the world’s fair under way in Dubai is a towering statue made of marble dust that’s raising eyebrows just as the original did more than 500 years ago.

SEOUL, South Korea  — “Squid Game," a brutal Netflix survival drama about desperate adults competing in deadly children’s games for a chance to escape severe debt, hit a little too close to home for Lee Chang-keun.

Nathalie Stutzmann, the French-born contralto turned conductor, will succeed Robert Spano as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra starting with the 2022-23 season and become the second woman to lead a major American orchestra.

Scarecrows in the Garden will continue through Halloween in the UGA Research and Education Garden, 129 W. Ellis Road, Griffin. Visit the scarecrows weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday (Oct. 17) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Many writers spend a lifetime hoping to get their first book published. Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center student Adrian “Ian” Mays is not one of them.

Due to the response Spalding County government received regarding Halloween, Spalding County issued a new notice Friday morning that trick-or-treating in the county will be on Sunday.

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Sunday’s weather forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60s, the perfect backdrop for Griffin Downtown Council’s Feast on East.

It’s the first time since 2010 that Halloween falls on a Sunday, and many are divided as to whether trick-or-treating should be held this year on Saturday instead.

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LONDON — A work by British street artist Banksy that sensationally self-shredded just after it sold at auction three years ago fetched almost 18.6 million pounds ($25.4 million) on Thursday — a record for the artist, and close to 20 times its pre-shredded price.

The Griffin Police Department sponsored a Youth Appreciation Day Fall Break Cookout Wednesday afternoon at Fairmont Park.

Following his graduation from Griffin High School, Griffin native Quimby Melton III said he was more than ready to leave town and see his hometown in his rear view mirror.

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One of the earliest memories of Griffin native Quimby Melton III was going to the train station in Griffin — now home to the Griffin Regional Welcome Center — with his mother, May Wingfield Melton.

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VAN HORN, Texas  — Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company.

Family traditions and in-person connections are important parts of gatherings of loved ones, and many of those get-togethers are centered on food.

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After over 18 months of pandemic delays, “No Time to Die” opened on target. The final James Bond film of the Daniel Craig era grossed $56 million from 4,407 North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday, to easily take the first-place spot.

NEW YORK  — Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya is working on a book about her triumphs as a runner and her experiences as an intersex woman with naturally high testosterone levels, including her battles to be eligible for competition.

Tiffany Taylor, left, executive director of teaching leadership for the Griffin-Spalding School System, along with English Language Arts Coordinators Melanie Lockett, middle, and Shervette Miller-Payton, right, presented a program to Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club members. K-5 students are bui…

Stephanie Windham, Georgia Rotary District Rotary Leadership Institute chair, presented a program on RLI to members of Griffin Daybreak Rotary. Windham explained the programs are facilitated discussion groups to help Rotarians learn more about the organization to which they belong. The discu…