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Northside raising funds for tornado relief

Drone flies over tornado damage in Upson County

Jared Huckaby, whose family owns the well-known Riverbend Restaurant in Upson County near Thomaston, Georgia, shared his drone video of tornado damage in the county. Trees all around the restaurant were toppled like dominoes when tornadoes hit Mid
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Jared Huckaby, whose family owns the well-known Riverbend Restaurant in Upson County near Thomaston, Georgia, shared his drone video of tornado damage in the county. Trees all around the restaurant were toppled like dominoes when tornadoes hit Mid

Every year for over 20 years, Northside High School has taken their one-act play on the road to Adel, in Cook County.

The Cook County Council for the Arts sponsors the trip every year and raises money to donate to Northside’s thespian troupe.

This year, two performances of Northside’s production of “Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe,” which won both the region and state GHSA competitions were scheduled — one for school children and one for the public — for Friday at Cook County High School.

The play will still go on, even though a tornado hit Adel in January, killing eight people; several more people are still missing.

In fact, according to Joyce Roberson, a member of the Northside thespian troupe’s booster club, hopes are that the play will provide a needed distraction for the Adel community.

“This year, we are going to do more than entertain,” said Roberson. “We are raising money for those directly impacted by the tornado.”

Funds collected will be presented at the evening performance.

“It just makes sense,” said Roberson. “Adel has been so good to us over the years, and they need help.”

“We didn’t know the extent of the damage or how close the tornado had hit to the school,” said Brian Barnett, drama director at Northside High School. “But I talked to Dr. Mary Sue Ward, the arts council president, and she told me that the community was still recovering but it was important to keep things as normal as possible. With what happened, they just want to bring the community together as much as possible.”

There will be no admission fee charged for the evening performance for the community.

The Northside High School thespian booster club is collecting monetary donations for the people of Adel and hope that the people of Warner Robins would like to contribute.

Roberson can be reached at 478-442-0541. Or donors may send checks directly to Cook County Bank for Adel tornado relief. The address is 206 E. 4th St., Adel, GA 31620.

Alline Kent can be contacted at allinekent@cox.net or 396-2467.

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