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Phil Mincey Had Escaped Custody Before

Phil Mincey, a Dodge County man convicted of murder, is still missing from custody. He failed to return Friday night to the Macon Transitional Center, where he was on a work-release program.

Court documents say before Mincey murdered a woman in 1985, he had served time for escaping the Dodge County jail. 

District Attorney Tim Vaughn says Mincey was sentenced to life in August 1985 for felony murder. He was convicted of fatally shooting Mary Ann Harris in March of that year.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says they're following possible leads on Mincey. Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil would not answer questions about the case, including how Mincey was put in a work-release program.

According to court documents, Mincey murdered Harris just weeks after he was released from prison. He had served three years for escaping the Dodge County jail in 1980.

Lady Royals shut out Dublin for softball win

Lady Royals shut out Dublin for softball win

Bleckley took advantage of ten Lady Irish walks to score 11 runs in the first capped by Lana Maddox's sixth home run of the season. 

A pair of runs in the third capped all scoring in a 13-0 win.  Kaylin Jones was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. 

Emmie Meadows was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.  BCHS plays at Dodge County Thursday.  JV begin at 4 pm with varsity to follow.

Bleckley looking for first football win Friday

Bleckley looking for first football win Friday

Region 3-AA football play begins Friday for Bleckley County.  The Royals travel to Southeast Bulloch coming off a 53-17 loss last week at Wilcox County. 

In the game, BC trailed 13-10 in the second.  But the Patriots would score after a drive-stopping holding penalty on fourth down. 

They would convert a fumble and three interceptions into 28 points.  BCHS will be healthier Friday.  Ken Hughes returned this past week.  DB Savon Walters and lineman Cody Pearce were back at practice Monday. 

Defensive lineman Dalton Floyd missed Friday's game due to injuries in an auto accident and will also be back. 

Kickoff in Brooklet is 7:30 p.m.

Police Search for Missing Murderer

The Georgia Department of Corrections is looking for a convicted murderer, who failed to return to the Macon Transitional Center after work on Friday.

That's according to Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil.

Phil Mincey was sentenced to life in prison, after being convicted of murder in Dodge County in 1985.

Capt. Tony Winborn of the Dodge County sheriff's office says Mincey was convicted of killing 39-year-old Mary Ann Peacock Harris in March 1985. She was shot to death with a shotgun outside a home on Old River Road. Winborn had no other details on the case.

If you have any information please call the Dodge County Sheriff's office at 478-374-8131.

Redneck Circus Rolls in to Abbeville

The Redneck Circus rolled into central Georgia, bringing with it contests like the longest mullet, mud wrestling and tractor pulls.

"This is what a circus is," said Durty Dingus, the circus mascot.

It brought people from all over to Abbeville to show off their redneck pride.

"The kids around here we're all rednecks," said Sonya Hicks of Abbeville. "We love to mud bog. We love to ride the big trucks and the ATV's and the four wheelers."

For some, the events were the highlight, but for others it was more about the quality time.

Christy Richey, form Rochelle said, "This is what everybody forgets about. It needs to be like this more often."

"The family can actually get out and spend time together, said Wayne Taylor from Fitzgerald.

Organizers say people packing in throughout the weekend.

Durty Dingus said, "Probably a thousand people, 1,500 people and they're still coming in."

Police Ask for Help in Search for Runaway Teen

Authorities are asking for any information that will help them find a missing Newton County teen.

16-year-old Savonia Coney was last seen in Macon early Wednesday morning at Melody's Magic Mart on Rocky Creek Road.

Coney is a black female, standing 5'5" and weighing around 130 pounds.

According to a BOLO from Macon Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet, authorities believe Savonia has run away from home.

If you know anything about her whereabouts, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-877-CRIME.

Wounded Warrior Comes Home

Hundreds lined the streets in downtown Hawkinsville to honor their hometown hero, Marine Corporal Tony Mullis. In April, Mullis lost both of his legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan.

"Emotions are running high today," says Mullis' mother, Cozetta Quigg.

People waved flags and wore yellow to welcome Corporal Mullis home.

"We're behind him, I may not have talked to him or known him personally but he was one that we sent over," says Laird Van Gorder of Warner Robins.

Mullis' brother, Dustin, says he can't wait to go fishing with Tony. "Glad he is coming home and can't wait to see him," said Mullis.

Four hundred motorcycles led the parade and the streets were guarded by United States Marines.

Several State Representatives showed their support for the guest of honor. Mullis' mother, Cozetta Quigg, who serves in the United States Air Force, says she wanted to show her son how proud she is  by wearing her dress blues.