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How Bleckley Teen Became America's Homecoming Queen

How Bleckley Teen Became America's Homecoming Queen

BCHS Homecoming Queen Jessi Young was crowned America's Homecoming Queen on July 23 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anahiem, California. 

Young, who had originally finished as runner up in the state pagent was crowned queen when the winner couldn't attend.  She would learn of this honor the day before returning home from a senior trip to Europe.

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Ga. Primary Voting Under Way

Central Georgians are heading to the polls today to vote on local and state races, ballot questions and regional transportation SPLOSTS.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. today and remain open until 7 p.m.

In Bibb County, the big question is whether voters agree to merge the governments of city of Macon and the county. Opponents and proponents both continued campaigning vigorously Monday and Tuesday.

Bibb voters will also choose candidates for sheriff, county commission and water authority.

People in Houston County will vote on a three-way race for a countywide school board seat.

And there are seven primary races for state House or Senate seats.

Central Georgians to Vote on T-SPLOST


People across Georgia will vote on whether to approve T-SPLOSTs in 12 local districts.

That's a regional transportation penny-sales tax that would fund transportation projects in those 12 districts.

The T-SPLOST won't take effect in a local district unless a majority of voters in the district approve.

If approved by a district's voters, money generated by the tax would be spent on projects in that region. Regions that do not pass the referendum get nothing.

If passed in all 12 regions, backers estimate the tax would generate more than $18 billion to pay for projects over the next decade.

Proponents argue that the T-SPLOSTs will create jobs by funding road, bridge and other transportation projects.

Opponents say it's just another tax and have concerns about where and how the money will be spent.

People in Central Georgia will vote in four different T-SPLOST districts:

ELECTION DAY | Last Minute Voter Information

ELECTION DAY | Last Minute Voter Information

Tuesday marks Election Day.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

When you go to vote, be sure to take your Georgia license, passport or military photo ID. You'll need to show that before voting.

If you need to doublecheck your polling location, enter your information and the database will show you where you're registered.

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New Warden Named at Dodge State Prison

New Warden Named at Dodge State Prison

There's a new warden in town.

Douglas Williams was appointed Warden of Dodge State Prison, according to a Monday Georgia Department of Corrections news release.

Williams begins at the prison on August 1. He joined the Department of Corrections in 1990 at Rogers State Prison as a correctional officer and currently holds the Warden of Security position at Rogers.

At Dodge State Prison, Williams will be in charge of 225 staff members and 1246 medium security male inmates in Chester, the news release says.


Hawkinsville Man Wins Georgia Farmer of the Year

After 1,000 pounds of cotton, three tons of peanuts, and 40 years of hard work, a local farmer has won Georgia Farmer of the Year.

Barry Martin of Hawkinsville says he was surprised when he got the call, saying he was a "small fish in a big pond."  Judges called him "a conservation tillage perfectionist."

Martin enjoys using environmentally friendly techniques that maximize his land use and also save time and money, which he says allows him to manage his 600 acre farm almost all on his own.

It's not the first time Martin has won awards for his farming.  Last year, he flew to New York to accept an award from the Planters Peanut Company.  Earlier in his career, he and his brother won a local "Outstanding Young Farmer Award."

He says in a small town like Hawkinsville in Pulaski County, everyone knows one another and that he has been getting a lot of congratulations around town for his achievement.

One Dead, One Injured in Hawkinsville Crash

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a car accident that killed one man, and injured another.

According to Pulaski County Coroner Charles Young, 82-year-old Walker P. Dominy died when his white pickup truck collided with a black pickup truck on Highway 26 west of Hawkinsville.

Young couldn't remember the name of the other driver, but said he was injured, but the injuries were not life threatening.

Young says it happened around 2 p.m.