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Portal community forum
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Members of the Portal and Willow Hill community are invited to attend a public forum Saturday evening to discuss needs and wants concerning a community center and museum.
    City officials, businessmen and citizens of the area are encouraged to attend the forum at Portal Middle/High School Saturday,. Nov. 18, at 5 p.m., said Nkenge Jackson, M.D.,  secretary of the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center, the former Willow Hill Elementary School.
    "We are appealing to all citizens of Bulloch County - city leaders, former students of Willow Hill and others, to attend a discussion on the development of a community center and museum at the Willow Hill site," said Dr. Alvin Jackson. "It will be a benefit to all of our community."
    Earlier that day,  the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center board of directors and the Willow Hill reunion committee will meet. A tour of the Willow Hill school will take place from 2:00-3:00 p.m., she said.
    Registration for the community forum at Portal Middle/High School begins at 4:30 p.m., with refreshments. At 5 p.m., the forum begins with Henry W.B. Smith III, M.D., serving as master of ceremonies.
    Rev. Donald Chavers will offer the invocation, followed by a welcome from Patricia Willis and Hazel Allen.
    Nkenge Jackson will give a Power-point presentation, followed by a membership campaign effort by Atiba Jackson, M.D.
    Lummie LaShay Harris, M.S.,  will introduce special guests before a short break.
     Gayle Jackson, Ph.D., will facilitate a round table discussion, offering reports from several discussion groups, and then comments from an expert panel including Eric Brooks, Ph.D. , Deborah Mack, Ph.D. & Keisha Hurst, M.S., will take place before a conclusion given by Alvin Jackson, M.D.
    Mr. Charles Harden will give a closing prayer, then a photographer will take group photos.
    A special performance by  Jelani and Wiloise Jackson will conclude the evening, Nkenge Jackson said.
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