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GSP: Alcohol May Have Caused Fatal Dodge Co. Wreck

An Eastman man died in a possible alcohol-related wreck during a police chase early Saturday, according to Trooper Jeffery Taylor, Georgia State Patrol.

The wreck happened just after midnight on Saturday at the intersection of Sweet Home Church Road and Old Milan Road.

Milan's police chief spotted a 1998 Ford F-150 swerving, Taylor said.  After the chief's cruiser got behind the truck, the truck sped up and lost control. 

The chase lasted a few miles, crossing into Dodge County, he said.

24-year-old Travis Johnson of Eastman died on the scene, Taylor said.  Another man was also in the truck.

Taylor says the other man's name has not been released.  

He says they're not sure who was driving the truck.  No arrests have been made. 

Future Royal Cheerleader Camp Held

Future Royal Cheerleader Camp Held

Possible future cheerleaders got to show what they learned at camp as participants in the Future Royals Cheerleading Camp performed Saturday during the girls basketball game between Howard and Bleckley. 

Campers got to stand in the bleachers and cheer the Lady Royals along with the squad during the first half. 

When the teams went to dressing room at halftime, the campers took the floor and displayed the cheers, chants, and jumps they learned over the past three days.

Bleckley Grits Out Sweep of Howard

Bleckley Grits Out Sweep of Howard

Though unable to hold on to a five-point lead with less than three minutes to play, the Lady Royals avenged last Saturday's loss as they defeated Howard 50-45 in overtime Saturday.  Rickenya Jenkins and Kari Jenkins both had 13 points.

Marcus Mack hit a go-ahead three in the fourth quarter as the Royals got past Howard 48-43.  Vidal Nelson scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Bleckley plays at Wilcox County Tuesday.  JV girls tip at 4:15 pm with varsity to follow.

Miss Sweetheart Crowned During East Laurens-Bleckley Game

Miss Sweetheart Crowned During  East Laurens-Bleckley Game

Senior basketball player Rickenya Jenkins was crowned the 2011 Miss Sweetheart during halftime of the East Laurens-Bleckley basketball boys basketball game Friday night.  She was escorted by Jaquon Gainey.  The Sweetheart Court is made up of students from clubs and sports teams at BCHS.

Bleckley and East Laurens Split Wins

The Bleckley boys continued their uphill struggle to clench a win against East Laurens, but East Laurens took the win with a final score of 63-56. In girls basketball, the Bleckley girls edge out with a three point win over East Laurens.

Dodge Takes down Dublin in GHSA Basketball

It was a triumphant night for Dodge county who won both games against Dublin. The Dodge boys won 71-53. The girls edge out with just a six point win over Dublin at 50-44.

March 1 Hearing Set for Killer's Early Release

A Dodge County woman released a year early, after being convicted of killing an infant, will stay free for at least another six weeks.

That's according to Tim Vaughn, district attorney for the Oconee Judicial District.


In 2009, Amy Rogers Jones was convicted of killing a three-month-old girl that she was babysitting. Investigators called it a shaken-baby case.


But a clerical error by the Dodge sheriff's office, set her free last month, a year ahead of schedule.

Vaughn says he filed a motion this week asking a judge to send Jones back to prison.

On Friday, he said, Judge Sarah Wall set a hearing date on his motion for March 1.

He says the judge's letter said Jones should get at least 30 days notice on the hearing.