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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.

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Wes Taylor Selected as 2011 National Secondary Principal of the Year

Dodge County native, William Wesley "Wes" Taylor, was recently named the 2011 Metlife/National Association of Secondary School School Principals National High School Principal of the year.

Taylor, who serves as principal of Lowndes High School in Valdosta, is the son of Bill and Sue Taylor of Eastman.

Georgia Governor Perdue congratulated Taylorand said,  "(Taylor's) dedication to enhancing the learning experience at Lowndes High School shows not only in their increasing graduation rates or AP participation, but in the strong relationship building and individual focus that truly helps students thrive."

The City of Eastman proclaimed Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, William Wesley Taylor Day in the City of Eastman, and a reception honoring Taylor will be held at the First Baptist Church social hall on Sunday, November 21, 2010 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Dodge Arts Guild

Magnolia Theater's ribbon cutting ceremony took place last week as recent improvements to the Theater were revealed.

The Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Dodge Arts Guild as a new member with a plaque presentation.

Established to promote the arts in Dodge County, the Dodge Arts Guild is an active sponsor of cultural events, a venue provider and an educational extension of the Dodge County school system.

The Dodge Arts Guild invites the community to attend the next Magnolia Music and Medicine Show on Dec. 11 from 7-9 p.m.

Tickets are $10, and are available from any Arts Guild member, the Chamber of Commerce, and prior to show time.

For more information, please call 478-374-4723 or visit www.magnoliamusicandmedicineshow.com.

Southside Market opens Nov. 20th in Eastman

Southside Market Flea & Antique Mall in Eastman opens Nov. 20. Located in the historic Stuckey Candy Complex, the Southside Market offers over five acres of shopping. From jewelry and furniture to tools and clothing.

Now offering:

  • Gourmet food
  • Tools
  • Crafts
  • Appliances
  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Gifts
  • Home Accents
  • Pet Supplies
  • Locally grown produce
  • and much more!

Visa and Mastercard are accepted, and layaway is available. Southside Market is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  at 100 Candy Court in Eastman.

Vendor space and yard sale space is available. For more information, contact Sue Braden at 478-231-7564 or 478-231-7832.