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March 1 Hearing Set for Killer's Early Release

A Dodge County woman released a year early, after being convicted of killing an infant, will stay free for at least another six weeks.

That's according to Tim Vaughn, district attorney for the Oconee Judicial District.


In 2009, Amy Rogers Jones was convicted of killing a three-month-old girl that she was babysitting. Investigators called it a shaken-baby case.


But a clerical error by the Dodge sheriff's office, set her free last month, a year ahead of schedule.

Vaughn says he filed a motion this week asking a judge to send Jones back to prison.

On Friday, he said, Judge Sarah Wall set a hearing date on his motion for March 1.

He says the judge's letter said Jones should get at least 30 days notice on the hearing.

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Bleckley County High School Schedules One Act

Bleckley County One Act play will perform "Broadway's Best."

The performance will be on January 27 at 6 p.m.

Adult admission is $4 and student admission is $2.

Middle Georgia Unemployment Rate

Middle Georgia Unemployment Rate

“The increase in unemployment and job loss in December is continued evidence that Georgia’s job market is fragile,” said Commissioner Mark Butler, in a Department of Labor news release.

“Sustained improvement will come only when employers begin adding jobs and increase hiring. In the coming months, we will work closely with Georgia’s employers, private and public sector economic developers, and the General Assembly to spur existing business expansion and to attract new industry to our state,”  Butler said.

MGTC Titans to Play CGTC Cougars

The Middle Georgia Technical College Titans and Lady Titans will take on the Central Georgia Tech Cougars at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 21 at the Woodward Gymnasium on the Fort Valley State University campus.

There is admission fee.

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Lady Royals Player Signs with East Georgia College

Lady Royals Player Signs with East Georgia College

Wednesday, Mychavia Harris signed to play college softball with East Georgia College. 

Harris, a second baseman for Bleckley County, played all four years for the Lady Royals.  She was named to the second team of the Region 3-AA All-Region team and was a part of this year's team which advanced to the sweet 16.

TLC Casa to Host 2nd Annual Father/Daughter Dance

On February 5, the TLC CASA will host a fun-filled night out on the town with your favorite girl(s).

All proceeds will benefit the Eastman TLC CASA Visitation Program, also known as The Oconee Clubhouse.

Pictures provided by Smith Studios beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Parking and security will be provided.

The event is from 6 until 9 p.m at the Dodge County Boys and Girls Club at 141 11th St.

The cost is $25 per father/daughter couple and $10 for each additional daughter.

Contact Julie German for more information at 478-374-3516.

TLC CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, is a nationwide program that works with abused and neglected children. The nonprofit organization supports children through the entire court process.

TLC CASA also provides visitation for children and their parents while the children are in foster care.

Cochran Masonic Lodge Pancake Breakfast Saturday

Cochran Masonic Lodge #217 F&AM will have a pancake breakfast Saturday morning at the lodge.

The even is from 7-10 a.m. on January 22.  Cost is $5 and covers all you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea and orange juice. 

Uniformed Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Personel eat in for free. 

All proceeds benefit the Joe Lassiter Secret Santa Fund.

The lodge is located at 217 Masonic Dr. in Cochran.