The slow but steady approach to renovating the 1930 Art Deco Markay
has proven to be the right course for Southern Hills Arts Council.
While there is still much to do, Board members
have decreed that we will hold our


Please mark your calendars and join us for this festive day of celebration.

We will hold a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.
From Noon through evening we will enjoy entertainment as our friends
get to be “First” on the new Markay stage.

Admission is FREE but we will ask you to help us
establish the data base critical to a successful Box Office
by giving us your information.

Light refreshments will be served.
No details are available at this time but will be released as soon as possible.




Time for Annual Pre-Order Flower Sale

We’ve turned the calendar to April. Only one more month until we hit the anticipated last frost date. It’s time for the Arts Council’s Annual Pre-Order Sale with proceeds benefitting the Markay Cultural Arts Center.

We’ve consulted with Adam Davis of Marvin’s Gardens and believe we offer an outstanding array of hanging baskets and bags, big round bowls stuffed with impatiens, geraniums, specialty items, and bedding plants. Please help support the Markay while you beautify your landscape, patio, pool, and deck.

The ordering deadline is Friday, April 24. Pick up, at the elegant home of Scott and Kayla Massie, 125 Gay Street, Jackson, will be from Noon to 2 p.m. On Saturday, May 2. IF your order is $75 or more, we will gladly deliver to Jackson County homes. As you can see, the date is just a few days before Mothers Day and a hanging basket will surely light up the lives of all the women you love.

If you have questions, please call the Arts Council at 740-286-6355.

To print an order form from your computer, click HERE.




Picture Perfect Time!

The Jackson County Times-Journal is sponsoring the annual Jackson County Is Picture Perfect amateur photography contest. Grab your camera and start telling us, in pictures, why Jackson County is a great place to live, work, or play.

There is a Youth and an Adult category. The Youth division is for ages 10-17 and Adult division is for ages 18 and older.

Entries can be in color or black and white. You are limited to two entries per person. All photos must be 8x10 and matted, but cannot be framed.

Pictures must have been taken in Jackson County after April 15, 2014.

There is no cost to enter.

Cash prizes will be awarded through third place in both divisions. The following prizes will be awarded: Grand Prize: $75 (Youth and Adult), Second Prize: $50 (Youth and Adult), Third Prize: $25 (Youth and Adult); $50 award to Best Representation of Life in Jackson County Photograph (Youth and Adult); Peoples Choice Prize: $25 (Youth and Adult)

Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. by Monday, April 17, 2015.

The exhibit will be professionally judged. The public will choose the Peoples Choice award via ballots cast from April 24 to May 12 at the Markay.

Photos entered may be used for Economic Development and Tourism purposes.

The Opening Reception is slated for 7 p.m. Friday, April 24. The exhibit runs through May 22. The Jackson County is Picture Perfect Exhibit can be viewed from April 24 to May 22, at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, located on Main Street in Jackson.

Entry forms can be picked up at The Jackson County Times-Journal, 73 E. Huron St., Suite B or obtained by clipping the form out of a Times-Journal edition or by visting or by emailing

You can also print a form at your computer from the Markay Jackson web site by clicking HERE.