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One Act Season Brings Both Change, Success

By Kayla Conley

After a third place win at region competition, One-Act members reflect back on their musical performance as this year was one of exciting change for the cast and crew.

For the first time in more than six years, the performance was a musical, and Dodge County’s One-Act hosted the region competition.

Performing “How to Make a Musical,” the cast placed third out of six other high school teams on Nov. 2, at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, Ga.

The play was directed by Quint Bush, Trey Stephens and Brande Vaughn.

When Vaughn was asked what she likes most about participating with One-Act she replied, “I enjoy working with the kids and seeing how much they enjoy doing it.”

Cast member Jordie Davies said that the students enjoy the preparation and seeing the characters brought to life for their peers.

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North Dodge Elementary School - 2012 Teacher of the Year

NDES Teacher of the Year
Coach Jayme Fordham

Coach Fordham is a Physical Education and Health instructor at North Dodge Elementary.

Local Church to Present Christmas Musicals

Mount Calvary Baptist Church will present its children's and adult Christmas musicals on consecutive Sundays in December. 

On Dec. 12, the children's musical "Go Tell It" will be held at 11 a.m.  The adult musical "When Love Came Down" will be on Dec. 19 at 11 a.m.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church is located at 134 Abney Road.

Eastman Authority Agrees to Fix Alleged Housing Bias


The Eastman Housing Authority has agreed to take steps to prevent alleged racial discrimination in its housing projects.

That's according to a consent decree filed last month in the U.S. District Court in Dublin.

In that agreement, the Eastman Housing Authority denies practicing any racial bias and states that it follows federal anti-discrimination policies.

But federal prosecutors claimed that the authority violated the federal Fair Housing Act by:

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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.

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

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