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THE MOONLIT ROAD NEWSLETTER
It's that time of year again. Actually, I guess you could say every
day is Halloween for the staff of The Moonlit Road. We hope you have
a safe and creepy weekend.
This year, we have a very special story we hope you will enjoy. Dare
we say it's our masterpiece? (cue chest thumping sound effects)
This story takes a bit more concentration and imagination, so it may
not be suitable for the very young ones. But we think you'll find
your listening experience to be very rewarding.
Once again, our stories can be heard this month on public radio
stations throughout Georgia. We are hoping to be picked up by other
stations across the country. When we have a schedule available, we'll
send it to you. If you live within one of the coverage areas, we hope
you will tune us in, and support the stations that support us.
All the Best,
Craig Dominey Producer,
The Moonlit Road
I. What's New on The Moonlit Road
II. The Moonlit Road Storytellers - Live
III. The Moonlit Road - On the Radio
IV. Feature Story
V. A Final Thought
I. WHAT'S NEW ON THE MOONLIT ROAD
- For Halloween, we are proud to present the story that our site was
named after: the classic ghost story by Ambrose Bierce, "The Moonlit
Road." It's an eerie story of murder and haunted souls in Tennessee,
and is one of the most beloved ghost stories in modern literature.
It is rare to hear an audio version of this story, and we've pulled
out all the stops. Along with one of our favorite storytellers, John
Gentile, "The Moonlit Road" also features two actors from the Atlanta
Radio Theatre Company -Thomas Fuller and Trudy Leonard. It also
features an eerie music score by composer Michael Thomas.
"The Moonlit Road" is 27 minutes long, and can be heard in one piece
or chapter by chapter. You can find it now at:
You can now discuss the stories with others on our Message Boards.
We've created these boards to provide you a place to meet and share
your own experiences and stories. You can find the Message Boards for
"The Moonlit Road" at:
- We've recently created an archive of our past newsletters. If
you're ever looking for a story you read in one of our newsletters,
To print the newsletter, follow the instructions for printing stories
found on our FAQs page.
II. THE MOONLIT ROAD STORYTELLERS - LIVE
If you live in the Atlanta area, you can catch Veronica Byrd, Jim
McAmis, and other storytellers from The Moonlit Road spinning creepy
tales of spooks, ghosts and things that go bump in the night.
- Historic Halloween
October 29-30, 1999
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
Oct. 29, 4-8 p.m. $4 for adults and kids 6-17. Free for kids in
costume, kids 5 and under and Atlanta History Center members.
Oct. 30, 2-6:30 p.m. $10 adults, $8 for students 18+ and seniors 65+,
$4 for youths 6-17, $3 for History Center members, free for costumed
children and kids 5 and under. (price includes museum admission)
- Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m.
999 Peachtree St., Atlanta.
For more information on these events, check:
III. THE MOONLIT ROAD - ON THE RADIO
Stories from The Moonlit Road can be heard this month on the following
NOTE: Since this is public radio, programming is subject to change.
88.5 and 93.7-FM, Boulder, Colorado
99.9-FM, Ft. Collins and Northern Colorado
October 25, 8-9pm (Mountain),
(part of Art Aloud program)
You can also listen on the web at:
Peach State Public Radio - Georgia NPR Network
1-2pm October 22, 24, 29, 31
(part of Georgia Gazette program)
Albany: 91.7 FM, WUNV
Athens: 91.7/97.9 FM, WUGA
Augusta: 90.7 FM, WACG
Brunswick: 89.1 FM, WWIO
Carrollton: 90.7 FM, WWGC
Columbus: 88.1 FM, WJSP
Demorest: 88.3 FM, WPPR
Dahlonega: 89.5 FM, WNGU
Fort Gaines: 90.9 FM, WJWV
Macon: 89.7 FM, WDCO
Savannah: 91.1 FM, WSVH
Tifton: 91.1 FM, WABR
Valdosta: 91.7 FM, WWET
Waycross: 90.1 FM, WXVS
WRFG 89.3-FM, Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, October 26, 7-9pm
(part of Buckdancer's Choice program)
IV. FEATURE STORY:
LITTLE RIVER CANYON'S REBIRTH (Part II)
By Craig Dominey
Copyright 1999 All Rights Reserved
As automobile travel became commonplace, tourist traffic began posing
a threat to the canyon. A proposed network of roadways focused on
bringing more people into the canyon and expanding its commercial
possibilities. Private investors drew up plans for housing
subdivisions and resorts near the fragile canyon rim. Sewage disposal
and erosion were but two of the problems looming over the canyon in
the face of such development.
In 1960, an amusement park called Canyonland was constructed near the
canyon mouth, complete with chair lift, carnival rides and a petting
zoo. Although Canyonland shut down in the mid-1980s, its rusty chair
lift towers still scar the landscape.
As traffic increased, trash began accumulating on the canyon floor.
Despite the park's efforts to erect guardrails, visitors and locals
alike still found ways to dump household garbage and old furniture
over the bluffs. "Everything a human being would want to throw away
was down there," recalls Bill Adams, a member of the Fischer Rescue
Little River Canyon became the center of unwanted national attention
in 1982, when the body of 13-year-old Lisa Ann Millican was found on
the canyon floor. Abducted from a Rome shopping mall, Millican had
been tortured, shot in the back, and pushed off one of the canyon's
bluffs. Judith Ann and Alvin Neelley, two out-of-state drifters, were
eventually convicted of her murder. But the gruesome discovery only
contributed to the canyon's sinister reputation in the eyes of some.
"It sort of rubbed people wrong that the canyon should be associated
with it," says Adams. "As if the canyon caused the murder."
The final straw came a few years later, when a rumor circulated that
Georgia's Chattooga County was going to place a landfill at the
headwater of Little River. This threat galvanized a group of local
citizens into forming Friends of Little River, an organization
dedicated to the development of a canyon protection plan.
Friends of Little River found an ally in Congressman Tom Bevill, who
had been searching for possible federal preserve sites in his home
state. In 1989, Bevill introduced a bill that would fund a
preliminary federal study of DeSoto State Park for possible inclusion
in the park system. President Bush signed the bill later that year,
granting $150,000 for the project.
Meanwhile, Friends of Little River organized a small volunteer cleanup
around at the north end of the canyon. Within a few hours,
twenty-five workers removed over four truckloads of garbage. Among
the impressed onlookers was Talmadge Butler, superintendent of DeSoto
State Park. "I think our success gave Talmadge the energy and
excitement to try and tackle the whole canyon," says Disney.
Later that year, Butler formed a separate group called the Little
River Canyon Cleaning Committee. His goal was to organize an annual,
large-scale cleanup combining public interest with professional
know-how. He had little trouble finding volunteers; canoe clubs,
hiking clubs and environmental groups had long been concerned about
the canyon's rapid deterioration. Local fire and rescue squads
immediately volunteered their services. Due to extensive media
coverage, individuals and families from across the South journeyed to
the park to help. By the morning of the first annual "Spring Canyon
Cleaning," over 200 volunteers had arrived at Butler's doorstep.
COMING NEXT ISSUE -
A daring mission...
V. A FINAL THOUGHT
"In 25 years, I've never found a haunted house - just haunted people."
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal