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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.

BCMS coach/teacher wins Parent to Parent Educational Impact Award

BCMS coach/teacher wins Parent to Parent Educational Impact Award

Bleckley Middle School baseball coach and social studies teacher got a surprise visit during lunch Thursday.  Debi Tucker, executive director of Parent to Parent of Georgia, along with Hunter Heath and his Margaret Spielman, as well as members of Hart's family, all came by as Tucker announced that Hart had won the Parent to Parent Educational Impact Award. 

Tucker said over 14,000 people voted online.  She described the results as "pretty much a runaway win" for Hart.

Hart learned of the results during the lunchtime gathering. 

In his remarks, he gave credit to last year's team for their acceptance of Heath as manager. 

Hart recalled how he met with team informing them of Heath joining them after Spielman had met with him to ask about her son participating by doing things such as picking up foul balls and cleaning out the dugout. 

Hart said that two eighth graders (current Royals freshmen Cal Young and C

Severe Threat Tonight through Early Tomorrow

Thunderstorms are in the forecast for overnight tonight through early tomorrow, with the possibility of severe weather, reports 13WMAZ's Chief Meteorologist Ben Jones.

TONIGHT - A line of thunderstorms is expected to move into Central Georgia between 10 p.m. and midnight. The line will continue to move southeast through the area overnight. These storms will have the potential to be severe with large hail, high winds and/or isolated tornadoes.

TOMORROW - Thunderstorms will be possible early in the morning ahead of the cold front. Any of the storms could be strong or severe with large hail, strong winds, or isolated tornadoes. Storms should clear the area no later than 10am. Then it will be sunny and breezy with highs in the upper 70s.