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GBI: No Prosecution in Dodge Co. Road Dept. Theft Case

The state Attorney General's office decided that charges against employees at the Dodge County Road Department would not hold up in court.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations was asked to investigate possible misuse of county resources last November.

Special Agent Todd Lowery says it stemmed from county employees selling old equipment, like rusted dumpsters or used metal blades.

The department would then put that money in a special fund, where they would pay for things like fish fries or for flowers if an employee's family member passed away, according to Lowery.

He says an Assistant Attorney General sent a letter saying the case was not prosecutable.

Assistant Attorney General David McLaughlin wrote that the case raised some procedural and policy questions that should be clarified, but "I cannot conclude crimes were committed."

Lowery says based on the findings, the GBI will be close the case.

Weather Forces Postponement of Softball Games

Weather Forces Postponement of Softball Games

The Lady Royals regular season finale at Northeast has been postponed to September 19 at 5 p.m. 

Bleckley County Middle School's home softball finale versus East Laurens has been rescheduled for September 24 at 4:30 p.m. 

Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department Announces Fall Softball and Baseball League

Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department Announces Fall Softball and Baseball League

The Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department announced Tuesday they were accepting registrations for fall softball and baseball leagues now through October 1. 

Cost is $35 and is for all age groups. 

Games will be played on Mondays and Thursdays starting October 8. 

For more information, call 478-934-3225.

Lady Royals Fall at Home to Dodge County

Lady Royals Fall at Home to Dodge County

Though Monday's makeup game versus Dodge County meant nothing in the standings, Bleckley wanted to make a better showing of thesmelves.  On August 27 in Eastman, multiple walks and errors contributed to a 10-run Lady Indian bottom of the third. 

Down 2-0 in the fourth, Taylor Little's RBI hit (the third of the inning and game) made it 2-1.  Katie Selph smacked a three-run home run over the left field fence in the top of the sixth to make it 5-1 Dodge.  That would be the final score as a two on, two out, opportunity for BCHS in the bottom of the seventh produced no runs.

Selph was winning pitcher, giving up one run, six hits, no walks, over seven innings.  No Bleckley player had two hits.  The regular season concludes Tuesday at Northeast.  A Bleckley win combined with Putnam County loss puts BC in as top seed for the upcoming region playoffs.  Game time is 5 p.m.

Gov. Deal Calls for Teen Driving Commission

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is calling on students ages 15-19 to put the brakes on distracted driving.

Students can apply to join the Teen Driving Commission by writing a 500 word essay, submitting a driving record, and a consent form. The application is due by September 20th.

The 15-20 teens chosen will help the Governor's office and public safety agencies brainstorm new ways to teach people about the dangers of texting and driving.

Lady Royals Get Walk Off Win Versus Monticello

Lady Royals Get Walk Off Win Versus Monticello

BCHS, winners of six of their last seven, looked to keep their hopes of a top seed in the upcoming region playoffs alive with a home win Thursday versus Monticello.  Taylor Little's second home run of the game and of the season, a two-run shot, capped a four run bottom of the fifth giving the Lady Royals a 5-1 lead.  Monticello answered with four in the sixth to go up 6-5.

Lindsey Dabbs' second double of the game made it 6-6 going to the seventh.  It would stay that way through seven, meaning a tiebreaker.  The Lady Canes scored once in the top of the eighth.  Emily Lawson's second hit of the game in the home half tied the score.  Nicole Tomlinson followed with her first hit of the game.  Elizabeth Mathis sacrifed both runners into scoring position. 

Georgia Farmers Project Record Peanut Yield, Cheap Peanut Butter

Rodney Dawson says in all his 42 years of farming, he's never gone into harvest season expecting as many peanuts as he is this year.

"I'm hoping I can get 4 to 5 thousand pounds per acre," he said.  

He's Secretary on the Georgia Peanut Commission, and they're projecting 1,413,750 tons of peanuts would come out of Georgia soil this year. That'd be a record, especially compared to last year when Dawson says about 845,000 tons were produced. 

"Overall the state, uh, we have been blessed with a good bit of rain compared to last year."

Last year, farmers planted the fewest acres of peanuts in 25 years.

"Cotton was real high last year, farmers planted a lot of cotton a lot less peanuts," Dawson said.