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A mix of quilting, archaeology, politics
Guests discuss quilt show, Civil War artifacts and lt. gov.s race
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Quilting, Civil War archeology and the lieutenant governor's race were the topics on Monday's "Mornings unPHILtered" show.

Barbara Shiffler, past president of the local quilting group "Staying in Stitches Quilt Guild," discussed the "High Cotton Quilt Show set for Friday and Saturday inside the Honey Bowen Building. The local quilting club was founded five years ago and Shiffler said she has been quilting now for more than 20 years.

Shiffler told host Phil Boyum the quilts will be hung in most parts of the Honey Bowen Building on Fair Road on Friday and Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm. Admission is $5 for both days.

The "High Cotton Quilt Show" will be judged by Jean Anne Wright, editor of "Quilting Quarterly," from Marietta, Ga. The event will help raise funds for the group, and one quilt is being auctioned with the money being donated to Ogeechee Area Hospice.

"This is the very first quilt show, and all of the quilts are made by the chapters 36 members," Shiffler said.
Vendors are coming from as far away as Florida and Alabama.

For more information, call Shiffler at 764-8291 to find out how to join the group or attend meetings. They have a website at

Boyum next welcomed Brent Tharpe and Kevin Chapman to the show. Tharpe is director of the Georgia Southern University Museum and Chapman is the graduate project supervisor for the Camp Lawton archaeological dig.
Tharp and Chapman discussed the new "Camp Lawton Exhibit" that opened Sunday at the museum. The exhibit consists of the many unique items unearthed in Millen at the Civil War prison camp inside Magnolia Springs State Park.

Chapman said Chris Parks of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources had asked them to begin searching for the site in last August. Once they had located the prison wall, they then began digging small sites to see what spots had remains or items.

Chapman said they are still digging, and being very careful to not disturb any possible buried remains of prisoners while they search for more of the camp. He said that said while everyone knows about Andersonville prison camp, virtually nothing was known about Camp Lawton until now.

Tharpe said the Camp Lawton exhibit will be up at the museum until May 2011. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 am until 5 pm. There is a $2 fee for entrance to the museum. Museum members and GSU students are admitted free.

The final guest on the show was Carol Porter, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. Porter is challenging incumbent Casey Cagle, who is running for re-election.

Porter said she will be in Swainsboro Tuesday at noon, for a "Meet and Greet" being sponsored by Luck Gambrell and Linda Talmadge. She said she spoke at the "Stump Speech" in Statesboro on this past Saturday, where she listened to Cagle assert he protected education funding.
Porter said in fact Cagle decided to furlough the state's teachers instead of cracking down on business that haven't been paying their taxes. When he led the the Georgia Legislature in killing the "Point of Sale Bill" they lost the opportunity to collect more than $1.5 billion of unpaid taxes owed by Georgia's businesses.
Porter said the state budget must be prioritized, and that means killing all of the pet projects of the Georgia legislators.

Asked by Boyum about non-disclosure agreements that allow politicians to hide their actions from the public, Porter said that the Georgia Legislature regularly includes similar provisions when passing or killing bills so that the state's citizens won't know what they've done.

Boyum asked how to prevent those newly-elected to office from becoming like those they were elected to replace. Those newcomers elected to replace corrupt politicians, she said, must be put on notice that their every action will be watched.

Porter, who runs several newspapers in central Georgia, is also a minister in her church, and has four Eagle Scouts for sons. She is such an avid hunter that she has started publishing a hunting magazine.

Porter said she is running her campaign on her slogan "Carol cuts corruption" and invited those who can't come by and meet her in Swainsboro to check out her website at

"Mornings unPHILtered" airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on


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