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Man Dies After Fight in Warner Robins

A Hawkinsville man died Wednesday, two days after being allegedly beaten with a piece of wood.

 The Fort Valley man accused of beating him now faces possible homicide charges, according to Warner Robins police.

 They say 45-year-old Robert Lee Gill Jr. is in the Houston County jail, charged with aggravated battery.

 The Houston District Attorney's Office will decide whether to upgrade the charges, says police spokesman Tabitha Pugh.

 She says around 6 p.m. Monday, officers were called to a fight at Cascade International at 104 Industrial Park Blvd.

 They found 41-year-old Terry Lynn Carson unconscious with serious head injuries.

 He was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he died about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

 Police took out a warrant for Gill and he surrendered Tuesday.

Pugh says the two men had an ongoing dispute, but police don't know what they were fighting about.

Dodge County Man Hit with Broken Liquor Bottle

A 21-year-old Eastman is charged with aggravated assault after a fight Monday night.

Tedler Josiah hit Everett Ates over the head with a broken liquor bottle, says Capt. Tony Winborn of the Dodge County sheriff's office.

Winborn says it appears that the fight was over a woman. Ates is in stable condition at a local hospital with serious cuts.

Josiah is in custody.

Road Closure Coming Monday for Pulaski and Wilcox Counties

The Georgia Department of Transportation will close the northbound and southbound lanes of SR 11 between the cities of Hawkinsville and Abbeville beginning at 10 a.m. Monday June 18.

The road will remain closed for three weeks, reopening at 5 p.m. Friday July 6, weather permitting, the department said in a news release.

Department crews will begin "emergency repairs" to the bridge over Bluff Creek to replace 175 feet of concrete handrail that was damaged in an incident earlier this week.

To see the route, click here.

The following information about detours comes from the GDOT news release:

Former Dublin Head Baseball Coach Hired As Bleckley Assistant

Former Dublin Head Baseball Coach Hired As Bleckley Assistant

At Tuesday's regularly scheduled Bleckley Board Of Education meeting, William Barham was hired as an assistant football and baseball coach.  

Barham is the former head baseball coach at Dublin High School. 

The board also approved the resignation of offensive line coach/special teams coordinator Von Lassiter. 

Lassiter has already accepted a job at West Laurens as an assistant football coach

Back to the Ballfield for Bleckley All Star Teams

Back to the Ballfield for Bleckley All Star Teams

The rain passed and the sun shined across Bleckley and Pulaski County as all star invitational tournaments at both the Cochran and Hawkinsville rec. departments began after being postponed yesterday. 

One highlight was the 7-8 girls, who made their season debut Saturday in Eastman, picking up their first win in Cochran versus Telfair County 14-3. 

To read about how the other Bleckley all star teams faired, click here.

Macon State Gets New Acting President

 

A longtime Georgia educator will become Macon State College's new president.

 

He is John Black, who recently retired as president of East Georgia State College.

 

A news release from the University System of Georgia says Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced the appointment today.

He takes over July 1 from Jeffery Allbritten, who was recently hired as district president of Edison State College in Florida.

 

Black will help guide the school during its coming merger with Middle Georgia College in Cochran.

 

His resume:

 

1965-1994, Black taught at Augusta College (now Augusta State University), where he was a member of the biology faculty. He twice served as acting chair of Augusta State's Department of Biology and directed Augusta College's Evening Program from 1966 to 1968.

 

Hodges Camp Hunkers Down in Cochran

Time to get down and dirty at the Annual Mike Hodges lineman camp in Cochran. More than 400 high school big uglies getting it done in the trenches.
 
Forty-five schools across the Peach State were represented on the fields at Middle Georgia College. The goal, to improve lineman play and build on their skill set. The linemen go through 21 stations a day through three practices working on run blocking and pass protection. And for former head coach Mike Hodges who recently was inducted into the GACA hall of fame, every year it gets better and better.
 
And it's a welcome of sorts to Central Georgia for state champion head coach Franklin Stephens. Stephens left Tucker High School this off season after winning his second title to become the new head coach at Lamar County in Barnesville. The former Georgia Southern All American says he is excited to be a part of the Central Georgia region.