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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.


Leadership Dodge Focuses on Local Industry

Leadership Dodge Focuses on Local Industry

On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Leadership Dodge attended its session focused on local industry.  Betsy Poleschuk, unit supervisor with the Georgia Department of Labor, detailed roles of the various departments of the Georgia Department of Labor. She discussed the new Labor Commissioner, Mark Butler, and his goals for the department in the future.  Ms. Poleschuk presented the class with current unemployment statistics for Dodge and the neighboring counties.

Cindy Alligood, Project Development Specialist with OneGeorgia Authority, outlined the primary goal of OneGeorgia Authority: to promote and stimulate economic strength in rural Georgia through a variety of grants, loans, training workshops and conferences, and projects.  Ms. Alligood detailed the numerous projects funded through OneGeorgia using initiatives and programs such as Air Georgia, EDGE, and Entrepreneur/Small Business.

Perlis Investments, LLC Joins Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce

Perlis Investments, LLC Joins Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, April 21, 2011, the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce presented a membership plaque to Frank Forth of Perlis Investments, LLC, who operates the Dodge Plaza shopping center.

“We welcome Perlis Investments LLC, and appreciate their continued dedication to and investment in Dodge County,” stated Eastman-Dodge County Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Phil Bearden.

Dodge Plaza is located on College Street, and will become the new home of Resell Therapy.

Pictured: Carla Jessup, Martin Kehayes, Jennifer Greer, Dr. Billy Yarbrough, Dusty Pruett, Butch Kirkley, Phil Bearden, Judy Hemphill Madden, Frank Forth, Johnny McMoy, Joey Marchant, Audrey Hurd, Pat Stuckey, Kelly Bowen, Shelly Berryhill, and Mike Harrell.