This Week in History: 2017

Published 7:00 am Saturday, May 25, 2024

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This week in 2017, the Greenville Advocate covered a range of local events and updates. Highlights included Sonya’s Dance & Fitness presenting “Finding Neverland” at the Ritz Theatre and Greenville Middle School’s fifth graders showcasing their future career aspirations. Here are some of the top stories from that week:


  • Sonya’s Dance & Fitness Presents: “Finding Neverland”: The Ritz Theatre in Downtown Greenville promoted their upcoming performances on June 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets were available for purchase at McFerrin’s Jewelry and at the Box Office the night of the show.

  • Life Imitates Art at Greenville Middle School: Greenville Middle School’s fifth graders held their annual wax museum event, where students posed as their potential future selves, including NASCAR drivers, lawyers, zookeepers, and professional baseball players. Shari Powell, a teacher at the school, explained that the project aimed to help students start planning for life after high school by researching their chosen careers. “They have to really start thinking out of the box,” Powell said, “and I want them to have a chance to actually research something that they’re interested in becoming.”

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  • Georgiana Faculty Triumphs in Fundraiser Basketball Game: The faculty basketball team at Georgiana School prevailed over the senior-led student team in a fundraiser game. This event marked the revival of a long-dormant fundraiser for the school’s athletic program, with plans to make it an annual affair. “It’s the first one we’ve done since 2011,” Norris, a faculty member, said. “We’ve talked about doing one and making it an annual thing.”


  • Staggered terms for Butler County Commissioners move forward: A bill proposing staggered terms for Butler County commissioners was passed during the 2017 legislative session and sent to Gov. Kay Ivey. Alabama House Bill 597 aimed to prevent a complete turnover of commissioners in any election cycle by staggering their terms. Jesse McWilliams III and Frank Hickman, both commissioners who would be affected by the change, supported the bill. “This means that there would always be some experience on the county commission,” Hickman said, “and it would not leave them in a situation where everybody would be looking at each other and wondering what to do.”