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Redistricting Hearing Set for Macon on June 13

Macon-area residents can speak out next month on changes in the state's voting districts.

State lawmakers have launched a series of hearings around the state on redistricting.

One is scheduled for Monday, June 13 in Macon. It begins at 5 p.m. in the Mercer University School of Medicine Auditorium at 1550 College St.

State legislators this year will redraw congressional and state legislative district lines, based on new U.S. Census numbers.

Georgia is set to gain a seat in Congress.

Some state officials say redistricting may mean more districts in Metro Atlanta, where the population is growing, and fewer in parts of Central Georgia, where population is stagnant or shrinking.

Gov. Nathan Deal has said he will summon state lawmakers back to the Capitol on Aug. 15 for a special session to tackle redistricting. 

Pulaski Upgrades County Park


Bleckley baseball player to cotninue career in college

Bleckley baseball player to cotninue career in college

Calab Bryant signed to continue his baseball career at Tocoa Falls College Wednesday.  Bryant was a member of the 2009 team that advanced to the elite eight.  This year, he made the Region 3-AA all-region team.  He hit a game-winning home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to give the Royals a win versus Dodge County on senior night this year.  Bryant joins former Royal teammate Tyler Sellars who signed with the Eagles last year.

A special batgirl to end the season

A special batgirl to end the season

Nine-year old Sara-Beth Martin had valve replacement surgery on Good Friday.  She came home from the hospital on April 27.  Since then, she's been slowly getting back into an everyday routine.  That included a visit last week to watch the rec. softball team she was part off, the 10 and under Gators.  Monday, she got to be a part of the action.  Martin served as the Gators bat girl in their final game.  The Gators won the league.  And Sara-Beth?   Mom Becky says Sara-Beth has been "doing great."

Coaches approved at Bleckley Board of Education Meeting.

The Bleckley Board of Education held a called meeting on May 12 to discus personel matters.  At that meeting, Bleckley native Angela Jones was hired as science teacher and will serve as coach of the competition cheerleading squad.  Jones was West Laurens Middle School head cheerleading coach.  WLMS has won two of the last three MGMSAA (Middle Georgia Middle School Athletic Association) region championships.

The board approved the athletic staffing plan for 2011-12.  Included in that was the appointment of Janice Bryan as head softball coach.  Bryan is a former Bleckley Middle School softball coach.   She led the Lady Barons to an MGMSAA region title as well as runner-up finish. 

Fire Guts Dodge County Home

People in Dodge County are trying to help out a man who's helped many in the community.


A fire early Sunday destroyed the home of firefighter Mark Sheffield.

"One side of the house caved in and the roof had fell in.  There was nothing left, everything was burning," said Sheffield.

Capt. Tony Winborn of the Dodge County Sheriff's Department says it happened between 4 and 5 a.m. at Sheffield's home on Gum Swamp Road.

Sheffield says he can't believe his home is gone.  He says he has been to a lot of house fires but never thought something it would happen to him.

Winborn said fire officials think the fire may have been caused by a short-circuit from a fan. No one was injured.

Sheffield says his family was out of the house and with friends and family when the fire occured.

He says the outpouring of love from the community is overwhelming.

Prep Baseball Scores For Thursday, May 12

Hawkinsville knocked off Metter to advance into the GHSA State Baseball Quarterfinals Thursday night.

Tyler Keen tossed a complete game and Vince Fissler hammered a two run triple as the Red Devils eliminated Metter 7-3 in Hawkinsville.

The Red Devils will play Treutlen in the quarterfinals next Tueday at Hawkinsville.

Thursday's Results:

Hawkinsville 7  Metter 3 (Hawkinsville wins series 2-1)

West Laurens 15  Crisp Co. 4 (West Laurens wins series 2-1)