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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.

Rain Again Plays Havoc with Ballgames

Rain Again Plays Havoc with Ballgames

Invitational all star tournament action was set to begin today at both the Cochran and Hawkinsville Rec. Departments. 

However, rain has forced the cancellation of games at both locations. 

Weather permitting, games will resume Tuesday with girls teams playing in Cochran, boys teams in Hawkinsville. 

Another rainout was the scheduled scrimmage doubleheader baseball games between Bleckley and Veterans High School that were to be played at Veterans. 

Middle Georgia Baseball League is Hosting a Free Game

Team 42 will be playing the Tigers of the Middle Georgia Baseball League, June 9, 2012.

The competition is open to the public and kicks off at 3:00pm at Mount De Sales High School.

The MGBL consist of players who are drafted from different areas of Middle Georgia.

It may not be the big league, but every game is a big game to the men that love baseball.

The president of the league, Chris Dunn, states "This league was created to provide for men, 18 and up, an alternative to softball and allows us to continue to play the game we grew up on."

The teams of the MGBL include the Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Indians, and the Tigers.

"42" Casting Needs Older Extras for Paid Appearances

Filmmakers are looking for older African-Americans and Caucasians to appear as extras in the movie "42." 

Rose Locke, of Catrett Locke Casting, says they still need younger extras too, but that older locals sometimes think they aren't wanted. 

They specifically want extras age 50 and older.

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Extras will be paid $8 an hour for the first eight hours and $12 an hour after that, in addition to receiving breakfast, lunch and snacks.

"And it's a chance to see how a movie is made," Locke says.

The scenes they need to fill slots for will be shot mostly next Tuesday and Wednesday so extras should apply as soon as possible.

They will be fitted for their costumes on Monday.

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Dodge County Ranger Accused of Assaulting Wife

A state Georgia Department of Natural Resources ranger was arrested in Dodge County Monday and charged with assaulting his wife.

Cpl. Johnny Ashe, a former "Officer of the Year" for the state agency, is charged with domestic battery and making terroristic threats, according to the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

His wife allegedly told authorities that Ashe threatened to break her hand if she didn't take her ring off, then threw a gun at her, demanding she use it on him.

According to an incident report, Ashe tried to force the gun into his wife's hand and said the only way she could stop him was "to shoot me or kill me."

The report says Ashe shoved her down on the bed, "buried his elbow in her shoulder and hit her with his fist in the face."