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NFL's Charles Johnson Gives Back to Hawkinsville

Last season, the highest paid NFL player, Charles Johnson was worth 34 million dollars. The Carolina defensive lineman used that fame and wealth to give back to his community this weekend.

Johnson, a Hawkinsville native and Red Devil alumnus, returned to his hometown this weekend to host a camp for kids. The football camp was held at Bobby Gentry Stadium and was the first time that the Charles Johnson foundation hosted the two day camp.

However, Johnson was not the only NFL star that could be seen at the camp. More than ten pros from Jacksonville Jaguar Corey Irvin to Titans Fernando Velasco were present at the camp to support Johnson and his camp.

Johnson says that he plans on hosting the camp again next year.

Old Dodge County Jail Listed on Georgia Register of Historic Places

Old Dodge County Jail Listed on Georgia Register of Historic Places

What began as a desire for historic preservation and restoration has ended in triumph for a Dodge County landmark: the Old Dodge County Jail has been listed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places. Built in 1897, the Italianate brick jailhouse remains remarkably intact, with beautiful architectural details, a hanging gallows with trap door, and original cell furnishings.

Sponsored by the Dodge County Board of Commissioners, who submitted the nomination following the Old Jail’s listing on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 Places in Peril, the application for listing on the Georgia Register of Historic Places was approved in January, 2011.

An application recommending the Old Dodge Jail for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places is in process, and should be submitted by the end of summer, 2012 with possible approval sometime in fall, 2012.

Bleckley School System Calendar Available to Download

Bleckley School System Calendar Available to Download

The 2012-13 Bleckley School Calendar, approved by the Board Of Education on May 15, is available for download by clicking here.

Man Dies After Fight in Warner Robins

A Hawkinsville man died Wednesday, two days after being allegedly beaten with a piece of wood.

 The Fort Valley man accused of beating him now faces possible homicide charges, according to Warner Robins police.

 They say 45-year-old Robert Lee Gill Jr. is in the Houston County jail, charged with aggravated battery.

 The Houston District Attorney's Office will decide whether to upgrade the charges, says police spokesman Tabitha Pugh.

 She says around 6 p.m. Monday, officers were called to a fight at Cascade International at 104 Industrial Park Blvd.

 They found 41-year-old Terry Lynn Carson unconscious with serious head injuries.

 He was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he died about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

 Police took out a warrant for Gill and he surrendered Tuesday.

Pugh says the two men had an ongoing dispute, but police don't know what they were fighting about.

Dodge County Man Hit with Broken Liquor Bottle

A 21-year-old Eastman is charged with aggravated assault after a fight Monday night.

Tedler Josiah hit Everett Ates over the head with a broken liquor bottle, says Capt. Tony Winborn of the Dodge County sheriff's office.

Winborn says it appears that the fight was over a woman. Ates is in stable condition at a local hospital with serious cuts.

Josiah is in custody.

Road Closure Coming Monday for Pulaski and Wilcox Counties

The Georgia Department of Transportation will close the northbound and southbound lanes of SR 11 between the cities of Hawkinsville and Abbeville beginning at 10 a.m. Monday June 18.

The road will remain closed for three weeks, reopening at 5 p.m. Friday July 6, weather permitting, the department said in a news release.

Department crews will begin "emergency repairs" to the bridge over Bluff Creek to replace 175 feet of concrete handrail that was damaged in an incident earlier this week.

To see the route, click here.

The following information about detours comes from the GDOT news release:

Former Dublin Head Baseball Coach Hired As Bleckley Assistant

Former Dublin Head Baseball Coach Hired As Bleckley Assistant

At Tuesday's regularly scheduled Bleckley Board Of Education meeting, William Barham was hired as an assistant football and baseball coach.  

Barham is the former head baseball coach at Dublin High School. 

The board also approved the resignation of offensive line coach/special teams coordinator Von Lassiter. 

Lassiter has already accepted a job at West Laurens as an assistant football coach