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Hawkinsville Marine Says He Will Walk Again

A Hawkinsville Marine says he will walk again, despite losing portions of both legs.

CPL Tony Mullis was injured April 6th in Afghanistan and is now recovering at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

His wife, Jeanie and their one-month-old son Cason, came home to Hawkinsville for a short visit.

Thursday, 13WMAZ went to Jeanie's mother's home in Hawkinsville to speak with Jeanie and Tony through skype technology.

From the computer screen, Tony said to his son, "Hey man. Hey buddy."

Cason was born April 5th in Hawkinsville. The next day, the explosion in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan shattered his dad's legs.

As Cason and Jeanie rested in the hospital, Tony and marines form the 2nd Combat Engineering Battalion searched abandoned buildings in Afghanistan.

BCHS Boys Fall in Second Round of Soccer Playoffs

BCHS Boys Fall in Second Round of Soccer Playoffs

The BCHS boys soccer team had not played an overtime game this season.  Wednesday's state second round opponent Toombs County was there on an overtime win versus Putnam County.  For Bleckley, their first OT game would prove to be a frustrating one. 

Toombs took the lead with 25:36 left in the first.  Marty Souza's goal tied things at 38:19 of the second.  That capped all scoring, so the game went to overtime.

With just 33 seconds left in the second five-minute session, the Bulldogs scored.  The goal was not without controversy as a Bleckley player was down on the other end of the field.  Play was allowed to continue.  BC's season ended with a 2-1 loss.  Their final record is 10-6.

Dodge Board Lets Confederate Flag Fly

Dodge County commissioners on Tuesday heard people for and against the Confederate flag that flies near the county courthouse.

They took no action on the matter, and that means the flag will continue to fly.

The flag is flying at a war memorial in front of the courthouse.

Last month, John Battle, head of the Dodge chapter of the NAACP, asked the county commissioners to take it down, but they declined.

Tuesday, the board heard speakers on both side. One of them was Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP, who wants the board to take the flag down.

As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, some see the flag as a part of Southern history, others as a symbol of slavery.

Commissioner Brian Watkins says they also heard from people who say the flag should continue to fly.

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BCMS Holds Spring Fling Festival

BCMS Holds Spring Fling Festival

The new Bleckley Middle School was a busy place Friday night as it hosted a festival entitled "Spring Fling." 

In past years, the festival, which serves as a school fundraiser, had been held in the fall. 

Attendees could chow down on hamburgers, play bingo, take a whack at a car bash, and other fun events. 

Hundreds of people came, walked for cakes, took rides on the giant slide, and generally had a great time.

New Dodge Jail Complete, But Not Open

After final inspections at the Dodge County jail, the building will be officially turned over to the county.

Capt. Tony Winborn with the Sheriff's Office says the contractor should give the keys for the building to the county Friday, but he says the new jail won't open any time soon because the county has not found a way to fund the operations.

Winborn says they need to add 17 more people to run the the jail.  That comes at an operating cost of about $2.6 million per year.

As of right now, Winborn says the Sheriff's Office has a budget of only $1.8 million.

He says it could take months before it opens.

BCHS Boys Soccer Team Advances in Playoffs

Dean Murphy scored the opening goal, and Jacob Waters had a hat trick as BCHS won at home in the first round of the AA state soccer playoffs versus Fitzgerald 4-1.  It marks the first playoff win for Bleckley, whose soccer program is in its third year of existance. 

Round 2 will be May 4 at Toombs County.  Friday afternoon, the Lady Royals, making their first trip to the state playoffs, lost at Thomasville 5-0.