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Dodge County Leaders Graduate from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development

Dodge County Leaders Graduate from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development

May 31, 2011

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces graduates from the 2011 Region 9 Multi-Day Training Program.  Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from fourteen counties in the Heart of Georgia/Altamaha area.  The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.

Local Officials Welcome Tag Design Contest

If you're tired of the design on your Georgia license plate and you're creative juices inspire you to produce something better, now's your chance.

Georgia Department of Revenue officials plan to produce a new vehicle license plate in 2012, and they're having a contest to find it.

They're asking people and businesses around the state to come up with the new design. Entries must promote Georgia as the peach state, but beyond that, most anything goes.

Penny Reitz serves as deputy commissioner for tags in the Bibb County tax commissioner's office. Reitz and her boss, tax commissioner Tommy Tedders, like the idea of having a contest to determine the new tax design.

Reitz blends her sense of humor and love of the University of Georgia Bulldogs when suggesting her design.

Pastor Walks Across Bleckley County


Relay for Life of Dodge County Raises Over $32K

Relay for Life of Dodge County Raises Over $32K

EASTMAN, GA (May 18, 2011) – Nearly 600 Dodge County residents, including at least 75 cancer survivors, converged at the Dodge County High School Track on April 15 and 16 to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. To date, they have raised more than $32,000, greatly exceeding the goal of $20,000. And funds are still coming in.

Last year, Dodge County did not have an official Relay event but raised $16,000 in a softball tournament. This year, residents wanted to restart Relay For Life in their county.

“This year’s Relay For Life is exceeding all goals, thanks to everyone in Dodge County who participated in Relay this year and helped to make the event such a success,” said Relay Chair Zandra Smith. “Everyone in Dodge County has been touched in some way by cancer, so this is a fight that the entire community can get behind. Relayers are literally taking steps to fight this disease that takes so many of our loved ones every year.”

BCHS senior receives awards.

BCHS senior receives awards.

At last week's Royal Kingsmen Band banquet, senior Paisley Taylor won the John Phillip Souza award which is given to the top student in high school band.  Monday, Taylor learned she had won the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award.  She and fellow senior Cody Jones had been nominated by teachers for the honor.

Warner Robins Man Dies in Hawkinsville Wreck

The Pulaski County Fire Department has identified the man killed in a single-car accident Saturday.

Authorities say Russell Groves, 49, of Warner Robins, died when he lost control of his 2004 Toyota and crashed near Limestone Creek on Highway 341. He says that's about 3 miles outside of Hawkinsville.

Sewell says Groves was in the car when it burst into flames. That's when bystanders tried helped him out of the burning vehicle.

The accident is still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol and Pulaski County sheriff's Office.