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Central Ga. Farmers Eligible for Drought Disaster Loans

Governor Sonny Perdue's office announced that 151 counties in Georgia -- including all in Central Georgia -- have been designated Federal drought disaster areas, making farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

The Governor said he asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to make the designation due to drought and excessive heat from July 1 until now.

According to the Governor's office, the USDA found that at least one farm in each of 151 Georgia counties sustained a 30 percent or greater production loss due to drought conditions.

The disaster designation allows farmers in those counties to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Contact your county's FSA office for information about emergency loans.

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Eastman Christmas Parade

The Eastman Christmas Parade will take place on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. and is hosted by the Eastman Lions Club.

Proceeds from the parade will be donated to the Eastman Christian Life Center.

Voters To Cast Ballots In Tuesday's Runoff

Voters will decide on two state races on Nov. 30.  Some Central Georgians will also decide on runoffs in other races.

State Appeals Court

Antoinette Davis

Chris McFadden

State Supreme Court

Tammy Lynn Adkins

Davis Nahmias (I)

Macon Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge

Jim Barnes

Howard Simms

Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney

David Cooke

Greg Winters 

Houston County District Attorney

Arthur Creque

George Hartwig

Houston County Board of Education Post 6

Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Cochran City Auditorium on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m to discuss the pros and cons of having a sole county commissioner versus a board of county commissioners.

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Community Blood Drive to Take Place Monday

There will be a community blood drive in the main room of the county extension office located at 165 Peackcock St. on Nov. 29 from 2-7 p.m.  Those who donate can enter a drawing for a pair of roundtrip Delta Air Lines Tickets.

Bleckley County prepares for 2011 Relay for Life

The Relay for Life wrap-up and kickoff was held in the fellowship hall of Lakeview Baptist Church last week.  It was a time to recognize teams for their accomplishments and start planning for 2011. 

Bleckley County raised $47,465. 

The top earning team was FairyTale Nails who raised $7,243.  Amye's Angels was a close second raising $6,985. 

Linda Warren is this year's chairperson.  She introduced other committee members in attendance.  American Cancer Society senior community manager Heather Gilbert, who works with area RFL events, said that if Bleckley County raised $100,000 this year, she would shave her head.  She had told Houston County that she would do that if they raised $400,000.

This year's Relay for Life will be held on May 6 at the Middle Georgia College soccer field.  For more info or to volunteer, go to www.relayforlife.org/bleckleyga

Dodge County Woman Dies in Single-Car Wreck

A 27-year-old Dodge County woman died in a single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon, according to the Dodge Co. Sheriff's Office.

A news release says the accident happened on Ga. Highway 257 near Exit 5 just before 3 p.m. 

Ashley Grimsley Thigpen was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer that overturned multiple times before leaving the road, the release said.  Thigpen was ejected from the vehicle and died at the hospital.

No one else was in the vehicle.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating.