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Dodge County Sheriff : Every Jail Isn't the Same

Dodge County Sheriff : Every Jail Isn't the Same

For more than a decade, some say, there has been tug-of-war competition going on between the governing officials of Dodge County and the sheriff's office.

Some say there hasn't.

A new jail to house the prisoners in Dodge County has been needed for at least 20 or more years, though plans didn't begin to be implemented until two administrations ago leaders say. The old jail, located on the lot of the Dodge County Courthouse directly next to a local daycare center, is feasible, but not for long - with holes in the walls, leaky ceilings and security risks all around.

Royals Miss State Playoffs by One Inning

Royals Miss State Playoffs by One Inning

Things were set up well for Bleckley as they hosted Swainsboro in game three of their 3-AA playoff series.  A win would mean number one seed and hosting the first two rounds of state because of Dublin eliminating 3A-AA top seed Southeast Bulloch in Brooklet Monday.  After three and a half scoreless innings that saw both sides strand runners, a throwing error on a ball hit by Frankie Mullis got Bleckley on the board.

In the sixth, an error on Kyle Brown's sac bunt and Mullis' sac fly made it 3-1.  Bleckley needed just three outs to go to state for the first time since 2009.  However, Swainsboro, aided by two walks and two errors, scored five times.   Three came with two outs.  The Royals were retired in their half of the seventh as they lost 6-3. 

It was similar to last year's playoff loss,  9-8 at Southeast Bulloch.  In that game, the Jackets scored five seventh inning runs with two outs.

Bleckley Splits Playoff Games with Swainsboro

Bleckley Splits Playoff Games with Swainsboro

The Royals opened 3-AA baseball playoffs Saturday at home versus Swainsboro.  A series win would clinch a state playoff berth for the first time since 2009.  In game one, the Tigers tied the score at 2 in the fourth.  It would stay that way until the ninth when an error aided four Tiger runs. 

Bleckley, who had left the bases loaded twice already, loaded them again in the bottom of the ninth.  Caleb Slaughter's RBI double made it 6-4.  Kyle Brown cut the deficit to 6-5.  Frankie Mullis' got a hit with two outs to tie the game.  Bryant Trice then knocked in the game winner in a 7-6 comeback for Bleckley.

Trice finished 2 for 5.  Chastain Coleman went 3 for 4.  Slaughter went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI. 

Lightning Sparks Fire that Destroys Hawkinsville Home

A bolt of lightning hit the roof of a house in Hawkinsville sparking a fire that destroyed the home.

Assistant Fire Chief Tharin Brown says the blaze started around 6:30 Saturday evening at 77 Spring Valley Drive. Brown says initially it was hard to get the fire under control, but he says his guys worked hard and gained control of the blaze around 7:30 p.m.

The owners, Lee and Shelia Gainous made it out of the house with their two daughters and two dogs.

"A total lost. Everything in the house, the roof has completely fell in. Not very much savable, pretty much gone," said Lee Gainous.

Assistant Fire Chief Brown says the Gainous' are staying with family Saturday night. He says he plans to call the American Red Cross on Sunday.









Boys and Girls Club of Dodge County Has New Unit Director

Boys and Girls Club of Dodge County Has New Unit Director

Shala Smith, 26, has only been in her job as unit director for the Boys and Girls Club of Dodge County for a few months, and already, the Dodge County native, seems like a veteran.

Shala, who worked at the club during the summers when she was in college, already knows the kids by name. “We have about 170 enrolled and there are about 125-130 active.” Where most directors might be found closed up in an office, working on reports and more, Shala doesn't do that.

Well, not from the hours of 3 to 7 p.m., that is when the kids are at the club, and that is where Shala can be found – among the kids. “That is what I am here for, that is what the club is here for.”

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Changes at Cochran Police Department

Earlier this year, the City of Cochran Police Department faced some big changes after James Sanders, chief, left his role.

Longtime investigator and Cochran native, Key McGuire, was promoted to the position, and has made tremendous strides in his efforts, with his officers, to ensure the safety of the citizens of Cochran.

At the March meeting of the Cochran City Council, some more changes were made at the police department. Chris Coley was named to the role of assistant chief of police, and Jeff Trawick was named as lieutenant. Travis LeGuin and Billy Hill were named as sergeants.

Hawkinsville Hosts Harness Festival

Horses are the talk around town in Hawkinsville. The annual Harness Festival continues through Saturday afternoon.

This year marks the 39th year for horses to hit the track and race their way to a spot in the big races up north. The training facility has a track record for producing world champions.

"They're just like an athlete," said Dan Ater, manager of Lawrence Bennett Harness Training Center. "I mean you got to condition them, job them. They have to exercise almost every day. Then they gradually work them down to speed, make their speed faster."