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Rhine Police Chief Faces Drug Charges

A Central Georgia police officer faces drug charges for allegedly dealing in prescription drugs.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says Rhine Police Chief Kip Herman Cravey,36, was arrested and booked in the county jail Thursday night. A news release says Cravey faces two charges of illegally distributing pills and trying to buy some.

The release says Cravey furnished more than two dozen "Soma" pills to a person and tried to buy Roxicodone pills, also known as Oxycodone.

Rhine mayor, Carter Clements who's a pharmacist says he was shocked.

"We've always had a lot of confidence in Kip in his police abilities. He's done us a good job," said Clements.

Captain Tony Winborn with the Dodge County Sheriff's Office says Cravey was the only member of the Rhine Police Department. He says Cravey worked for the last Dodge County sheriff, Lawton Douglas in the narcotics unit.

Teams struggle in Fourth Quarter as Bleckley Swept at Wilcox County

Teams struggle in Fourth Quarter as Bleckley Swept at Wilcox County

Both teams were in action Tuesday as Bleckley traveled to Rochelle to take on Wilcox County.  The Lady Royals led 31-30 going into the fourth quarter of their game.  Wilcox tied the score at 40 with 3:37 left.  BCHS went 2 of 7 from the free throw line and scored four points from that point as they lost 50-44.  Brianna Webb, Alexis Woodfaulk, and Cam Tillman scored eight points each.  Ieisha Gainey and Tia Troup scored seven.

Derrick Farrow had just given the Royals a 47-46 lead with 22 seconds left in the third quarter.  Wilcox took the lead on a buzzer-beater three. 

The Patriots opened the fourth on an 18-0 run.  Bleckley did not have a basket until less than three minutes remained in the game in a 71-52 loss. 

Rydealous Taylor had 19 points and seven rebounds.  Mario Beck scored 13.  BCHS begins sub-region play versus Dublin at home Friday.  Varsity tip time is 6 p.m.

How to Help Keep Your Pipes From Freezing Tonight

Winter weather is upon us and that means homeowners beware of the freezing temperatures that can cause great damage to your pipes.

Heath Vickers at Mr., Rooter Plumbing in Macon says they receive a lot of phone calls about burst pipes.

He says taking the proper precautions can help save you a huge repair bill.

Vickers outlines some tips homeowners can take:

- Insulate or wrap towels around your faucets and exposed pipes.

-Open cabinet doors to allow heat to circulate and keep pipes warm.

- Secure windows, crawl spaces and basement doors.

- Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets.

- Keep faucets running at a constant drip or trickle.

Vickers says its good to know where your water shut-off valve is located in your home.  Knowing where your valve is located can help you if your pipes freeze and burst.

To safely thaw your pipes if they burst, homeowners should:

Grant Helps Curb Dropouts at Dodge County High

The new year brings big bucks for Dodge County High School. Tuesday he school receives a $100,000 check from AT&T.

The school uses the money to help kids graduate.

"The thing that makes me the proudest is the fact that it's positively impacted children's lives," said Superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis.

It's called the Success Cadres Program. For the last four years, 20 at-risk teens each year have joined.

"This group of students, most of whom failed two grades before they came to high school, and research indicates at that point that student are on track to drop out," she said.

The goal is to change that, said Dennis, and a $400,000 grant from AT&T helped target those students by focusing on math, reading and study skills.

"It has helped us with faculty and staff," she said. "We've had a teacher and a para-professional who have been specifically able to work with these children."

13 Days of Giving

We spotlighted 13 local causes during our 13 Days of Giving. See their stories here.

9/11 Survivor Wins Hawkinsville Fitness Center

Charlice Noble-Jones was selected from a pool of 2,000 applicants win a Snap Fitness gym she's opening in Hawkinsville.

But this isn't the first time she beat the odds.

She survived the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Ten years ago, she lived in New York City and worked for Deutsche Bank.

"Another guy over my left shoulder said that a plane is about to hit the building and that was all the warning we had," said Noble-Jones.

She says she remembers that day from 10 years ago every day.

"You could hear the bodies as they landed on top of buildings and it was just minutes. It felt like forever, but it was just minutes," said Noble-Jones.

She talked about some scary moments for her and how she pulled through it all at her Snap Fitness Gym in Hawkinsville.

"I was not running to survive. I thought I was running to find a place for my mom to find my body," said Noble-Jones.

Bleckley Falls in Veteran's Tourney Finale

Bleckley Falls in Veteran's Tourney Finale

The Royals led Luella High School 39-37 going into the fourth quarter of Thursday's championship game of the Veteran's High School Holiday Tournament. 

Luella would tie the game and go up by four points.  A Rydealous Taylor three with about 2:57 left made it 50-49 Lions. 

Bleckley though would go scoreless the rest of the game as they lost 56-49.  BC went just 14 of 28 from the free throw line and committed 26 turnovers.

Taylor finished with 20 points and seven rebounds.  He joined Mario Beck on the all-tournament team.  Beck had 10 boards.  Ken Hughes scored 13 with nine rebounds.  Regular season play resumes Tuesday at Wicox County.  Varsity start time is 6 p.m.