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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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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.

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.

Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces Lung Cancer Disease Site Team

To better serve the residents of Central and South Georgia, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has created The Lung Cancer Disease Site Team. This multidisciplinary group of physicians is focused on assessing, planning, monitoring and coordinating the delivery of lung cancer care services to MCCG patients. Each physician involved in the team brings a unique body of knowledge and expertise to the process. The sharing of information and ideas results in a coordinated and comprehensive care plan for patients with input from all specialties. The multidisciplinary team includes lung cancer surgeons, general surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, primary care physicians and other health care providers.

Attorney, Historian Uses Best Tool To Keep Going

You could point out nearly any property in Bleckley County and 68-year-old Lonnie Barlow likely knows who owns it.  

Barlow, a Cochran native, says he's practiced real estate law for 40 years and found his passion in the dealings and history of land ownership.  His office holds about 9,000 real estate transaction records.

"The way land is handled, who owns it, the way it's transferred and how you acquire it," said Barlow.

In the midst of researching wills, probates and transactions, the attorney found himself a hobby.

"The most wonderful thing about Bleckley County is its religious heritage. We have over 40 churches," said Barlow.

Barlow says he could tell you who owns 85 percent of Bleckley County's property and likely how it happened. 

"I like to think that I came to this office not to make money but to help people," he said.

Hawkinsville Receives Loan to Upgrade Water System

The city of Hawkinsville will get more than $86,000 to improve its waste water system.

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority announced that the state would finance improvements for eight projects around the state, including in Hawkinsville.

A news release says the Clean Water State Revolving Fund helps communities grow and develop economically through low-interest loans. It says eligible projects include a wide variety of storm and wastewater collection and treatment projects.

Hawkinsville will get $86,350 to finance wastewater system improvements to increase line capacity. The program says that will help correct overflow problems during heavy rain.

The city of Hawkinsville will pay 3.81 percent interest on the ten-year loan.