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Christmas Parade Promises Fun in Downtown Eastman

Eastman's annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.

The Lion's Club Christmas Parade will brighten Eastman's historic Main Street with floats, dance performances, live music and a visit from St. Nicholas.

There is no admission fee, and there will be a Hometown Holiday Celebration after the parade featuring the best in hometown cooking, crafts and entertainment.

If you are interested in participating in the Christmas Parade or Hometown Holiday Celebration, please call 478-374-4723. 

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Leadership Dodge Attends Education Day

On Nov. 9, 2010, the 2010-11 Leadership Dodge session focused on the economic impact of education in Dodge County.

Dr. Darrel May, Superintendent of the Dodge County school system, presented an overall view of the District’s economic impact as Dodge County’s largest employer, as well as the District’s focus on providing an academically competitive education in accordance with state and federally mandated standards.

The motto of the Dodge County School District, Dedicated to Our Desire to Graduate Everyone, serves as a reminder of the importance of the role of each teacher, staff member, administrator, parent and community partner as an integral component of successfully equipping students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the future economic development of Dodge County.

Challenges facing the Dodge County School District include an increased focus on students with disabilities and continuing budget cuts.

Hometown Holiday Celebration

Capture a bit of hometown magic this holiday season in Eastman with our Hometown Holiday Celebration on December 11.  Festivities begin downtown along historic Main Street with the Eastman Lions Club Christmas Parade at 1 p.m.

Dash through Dodge kicks off immediately following the Parade, so strap on those comfy shoes and prepare to finish your holiday shopping. 

Beginning December 2nd, pick up your Holiday Shopping Passport from these participating retail locations: Charlton’s Place, Coleman’s Gifts & Framing, Martha Sheldon Florist, Perfect Hearts Children’s Boutique, and Piddlin’ Peddler, Jonathan’s: A Full Service Salon, Aaron’s, Ray Smith Wireless, Eugene Smith Jewelers, Shorty’s Quik Stop Auto #4, Resell Therapy, Sidetrack Café, Marketplace, Sears: A Hometown Store, and Clay’s Automotive. 

On Dec. 11 from 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. shop each of the participating retailer locations where your Holiday Shopping Passport will be stamped.

The Magnolia Music and Medicine Show

The presentation of the Medicine Show will feature Solstice Sisters, singer-songwriter Marlin Brackett, The Medicine Men, and local talent Erin Smith, along with The Magnolia Players, and regular cast on Dec. 11 from 7-9 p.m.

The performance is an effort put on by the Dodge County Arts Guild six times a year at Magnola Theater on Main Street in Eastman.

For ticket information, call 478-374-4723.

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Ga. Could Get Race to the Top Money By December

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia hopes to start getting federal "Race to the Top" money by mid-December.

State education official Erin Hames told the Georgia school board on Wednesday that the 26 school districts that joined the state's application for the federal funding are working on plans that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education this month. Once those are approved, Hames said roughly $400 million will start flowing to the state.

Georgia was one of 13 states to win money in the federal grant competition this year.

The state has 180 school districts, but the two dozen that signed on to the application represent more than 40 percent of students in the state.

The grants aim to encourage states to take up innovative education reform to help raise student achievement and improve graduation rates.

Four Central Georgia school districts joined the application:  Bibb, Jones, Peach and Pulaski.

Bleckley County Veterans Day Celebration

The Veterans Day Celebration at the Bleckley County Courthouse is scheduled for 11 a.m. on the Courthouse lawn.

The program will include A Soldier's Testimony by Army Sgt. Randy Brown and guest speaker Col. Chris Lauritzen from Robins Air Force Base.

For more information, contact the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce at 478- 934-2965.


Hawkinsville Veterans Day Prayer Service

St. Luke's Episcopal Church will hold a 30-minute prayer service in honor of Veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church is located at 138 South Dooley St. Hawkinsville, Ga. For more information, call 478-892-9373.