South Georgia teen to star in 'The Tempest'

COLQUITT -- Victoria Henley, a 17-year-old actress from Colquitt, will star in the role of Miranda in a series of performances of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" this month in Monticello and Tallahassee, Fla.

Henley, who writes occasional movie reviews for The Albany Herald, will perform with the Capital City Shakespeare group. The play opens at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the historic Monticello Opera House and then moves to the Conradi Theatre on the campus of Florida State University at Tallahassee for 8 p.m. performances Nov. 19-22.

Henley said she was "thrilled" to be playing the role in one of the bard's most whimsical works. The tale follows the sorcerer Prospero, who uses his magic to summon a tumultuous sea storm that knocks passengers off a nearby ship. The magician's daughter, Miranda, falls in love with the King's son, Ferdinand, as a fierce pwer struggle develops among the ship survivors and Prospero's nymph-like servant, Ariel, fights for her freedom.

For information, contact Steve Adams at (850) 386-6476 or e-mail

Stanleys' home chosen as Yard of the Month

ALBANY -- The home of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Stanley, 2312 Golfcourse Drive, was chosen as the October Yard of the Month by the Daffodil Garden Club of Albany.

The club selects a Dougherty County residence each month from suggestions of club members and the public. You can submit a nomination by contacting club President Marideane Maxwell at (229) 436-6888.

The club meets at 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Federated Garden Center on Fifth Avenue in Albany.

Albany student wins Tifton pageant crown

TIFTON -- Lajala Muff, a senior at Dougherty Comprehensive High School in Albany, was crowned Miss Fashionetta at the Fashionetta 2010 pageant conducted Oct. 13 at the Tift Theatre.

The pageant was sponsored by Sigma Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

In addition to Muff, the daughter of Gwen Malone, winning the Miss Fashionetta title, winners in the other categories were Junior Miss Fashionetta, Chelsea Todd, daughter of Rowan Todd and Sheila Tucker, a seventh-grader at Eighth Street Middle School, and Little Miss Fashionetta, Kerrigan Turner, daughter of Greg and Tracie Turner, a second-grader at Len Lastinger Primary School.

Officials with the pageant say the funds generated from the event will be distributed as scholarships and will be used to help support family and children activities in the community.