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Hawkinsville Writer Profiles Pulaski People, History

Central Georgia writer and journalist Sam Crenshaw says for him, writing is all about sharing memories. He puts Pulaski County's stories to paper each week to preserve its history.

Crenshaw, who was born in Hawkinsville in 1938 and raised there, began writing a weekly column for the town's Hawkinsville Dispatch and News nearly ten years ago. He writes about everything from well-known Pulaski people to the muddy Ocmulgee River.

"Not everybody can say that their town grew up literally around the river, our town did," Crenshaw said.

He says one of his favorite assignments is writing about people in his feature column "Pulaski profiles."

"It's almost like taking a history course on our community," Crenshaw said. 

Crenshaw transformed his passion for writing from a hobby into a job after he retired from a career as a salesman.

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Cochran Family Hosts Christmas Light Extravaganza

Hundreds of thousands of bulbs light up the Tripp family's home in Cochran every Christmas season and the display has become a holiday destination for thousands of Georgians.

"One...two...three," says Joey Tripp on Thursday night as he snaps one of the thousands of photographs he'll take this year of children on Santa's knee.

He says when he was growing up, impressive exhibits like the one on display at his childhood home weren't part of the family's tradition.

But things changed when he was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 10. Doctors told Tripp's family he had only months to live.

"During my cancer battle Christmas was coming up," says Tripp. "I asked my Dad, Dad I want to see the Christmas lights. And that Christmas, he made my Christmas wish come true."

Now Joey Tripp is 26 years old and his cancer has been in remission since 2001.

But the legacy of that Christmas about fifteen years ago continues today.

Beatles Tribute Band to Perform in Hawkinsville

Beatles Tribute Band to Perform in Hawkinsville

The Return, a Beatles tribute band will perform at the Hawksinville Opera House on Jan. 22.

According to the band's website, they were selected as the official tour band for Hard Rock Cafe's 30th anniversary in 2001.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20.

For more information, call the Hawkinsville Opera House at 478-783-1884.

Read more about the band here.

Christmas Tree Recycling Event

Trees will be accepted this year between Dec. 28 and Jan. 14, 2011.

This event is made possible through a partnership with the City of Hawkinsville and McGalliard Waste Services.

Starting Tuesday, Dec. 28 used live Christmas trees can be dropped of into the bins marked for tree recycling at two convenient locations; Fred's parking lot and also on the corner of Broad Street and Veteran's Parkway next to Veteran's Park.

Please remove all decorations and stands that could damage the wood chipper.

Trees will also be accepted at the city landfill during the regular business hours of 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. except on the city holiday, Friday, January 31. The city facility is located on Anderson Gift Church Road.

The tree mulch will be available for anyone who would like to request it.

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Top Stories of 2010

Top Stories of 2010

Among the Top Stories of 2010 was Bleckley County's "Same Sex Prom Date."

See and vote for your favorite 2010 top story here.



Georgia Power Customers to See Rate Hike

Georgia Power customers will see their power bills heat up in 2011.

The Georgia Public Service Commission Tuesday approved an agreement to adjust the company's base rates beginning January 1, 2011.

A news release says the average customer will see about an $11 increase in their monthly bill.

Typical residential customers will see a $15 increase on their monthly bills by 2013. The commission also voted to allow Georgia Power to levy additional charges on its customers next year to repay the financing costs of expanding a nuclear power plant in eastern Georgia.

Georgia Power asked in July for one of its largest rate increases in recent history.

The commission held a round of hearings in Atlanta, as well as one in Macon, for public input.

Outgoing Commissioner Robert Baker voted against the rate hike, saying the company's profit margins were too high given the ongoing economic slump.  

Boys Win Bear Brawl Championship, Girls Finish Second

Boys Win Bear Brawl Championship, Girls Finish Second

Brentine Taylor had his second straight double double (28 points, 14 rebounds) and Vidal Nelson, Marcus Mack, and Raykel Anderson all had 12 points as Bleckley won the boys Bear Braw title over Carver 78-66.  Nelson made the all-tournament team.

Down 15 in the fourth, the Lady Royals cut a 15-point deficit to five.  But they could not complete the comeback as Bleckley lost the girls championship game to Warner Robins 60-50.  Nyaisa Anderson had 14 points.  Rickenya Jenkins finished with 13.  Tyresha Williams made the all-tournament team.

The Bleckley girls are off until Jan. 4.  The boys play Dec. 27 in the Jones County Christmas Tournament. 

Their first opponent is Putnam County.  Tip time is 2:30 p.m.