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Seventy-three Georgia Counties Named Camera Ready Communities

Seventy-three Georgia Counties Named Camera Ready Communities


Economic impact of the entertainment industry in Georgia was $1.4 billion in 2010

ATLANTA (March 21, 2011)— Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), designated 73 Georgia counties Camera Ready at the Georgia State Capitol today. The state’s Camera Ready Community Program was launched as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to bolster Georgia’s growing film and television industry.

“We have experienced a significant increase in jobs, investment, infrastructure and film induced tourism, making Georgia’s entertainment industries among the state’s fastest growing sectors,” said GDEcD commissioner Chris Cummiskey. “The statewide response has been tremendous from Georgia counties that want to become Camera Ready in order to help bring jobs and investments to their local communities.”

BCHS Boys Quartet Places First at State Literary Championship

BCHS Boys Quartet Places First at State Literary Championship

At the AA State Literary Championship held Saturday at Veteran's High School, the BCHS boys quartet finished first. 

The quartet was John Carr, Spencer Maddox, Phillip Odom, and Matthew White. 

Finishing fourth in state competition Saturday was girls trio (Erin Smith, Amber Burton, Logan Spivey) and Smith in girls dramatic interpretation.

Lady Royals Soccer Team Falls at Screven County

Lady Royals Soccer Team Falls at Screven County

Playing their second straight game without a regular starter, the Lady Royals gave up four first-half goals and were shut out offensively as they lost at Screven County 6-0. 

Both teams return to action Tuesday versus Dodge County.  Game times are 5 and 7 p.m.

Census Data: What You Expected?

Census Data: What You Expected?

The United States Census data from 2010 was released Thursday. Bleckley, Dodge and Pulaski counties grew in population size.

Bleckley County grew 12 percent from 11,666 folks to 13,063.

Dodge County grew 14 percent. In 2000, 19,171 people were counted in the census. In 2010's census, 21,796 people were counted.

Pulaski County grew by 25 percent: from a population of 9,588  in 2000 to 12,010 in 2010.

Are you surprised by the growth in your county? What factors do you think contributed to the growth in population?

View the 2010 U.S. Census Interactive Map.


Four Counties Voting Today

Four Central Georgia counties go to the polls Tuesday to settle special elections.

Baldwin, Laurens, and Putnam County voters will decide whether to approve sales-tax extensions.

And Bleckley County will pick a new single county commissioner. Robert Brockman and Barbara Wright are running for the job, which became vacant when Mike Polsky resigned last year.

Baldwin County officials hope to use SPLOST money for communication equipment for public safety, new equipment in the hospital, the closure of a landfill, fixing dirt roads and more. Their goal is to raise $40 million.

Bleckley Loses Sub-Region Baseball Opener

Bleckley Loses Sub-Region Baseball Opener

After giving up six runs in the top of the first, a Cody Jones two-run home run capped a three-run rally to cut the deficit in half.  BCHS would get no closer as they began Region 3B-AA play with a 13-5 loss.  Jones was 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI.  Bryant Trice was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI. 

The Royals play at East Laurens Thursday.  JV play at 4 pm with varsity to follow.

Special Election Results

Three Central Georgia counties voted to extend a penny sales tax Tuesday, and a fourth elected a new county commissioner.

Putnam County passed a SPLOST extension, with 68 percent of voters in favor and 32 percent opposed.

The Baldwin County Probate Court says voters there also passed the SPLOST extension.  78 percent voted in favor of the SPLOST, and 22 percent were opposed.

Laurens County voters passed the SPLOST extension with 90 percent of voters in favor and 10 percent opposed.

In Bleckley County, voters cast their ballot to decide on a county commissioner.   As of 10 p.m., candidate Barbara Wright said the numbers were 80 percent to 20 percent in favor of her opponent Robert Brockman.

We called Brockman but a spokesman answered and said that he did not want to comment Tuesday night.