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New Eastman/Dodge County Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce Facility Unveiled

 New Eastman/Dodge County Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce Facility Unveiled

On Thursday, January 20 the Eastman-Dodge County Development Authority officially welcomed city officials, county officials, Chamber members, and community members to the new Eastman-Dodge County Welcome Center & Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Judy Hemphill-Madden, President of the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce, recognized the foresight of the members of the Development Authority in procuring grant funding for the project, and for turning “an old metal building into a beacon for economic development in Dodge County.”

Hawkinsville Family Returns to Central Georgia After December Fire

The Hawkinsville family who lost their home in a fire in early December returns back home in Central Georgia.

That's after two of the children spent more than a month at the Shriner's Hospital in Ohio for severe burns.

17-year-old Doug Howard says he didn't think twice when he jumped into the burning house to save his sister.

"My mom came over to me and said, 'Doug, the house is on fire,'" says the teen.

Doug Howard says it wasn't until he made it out of their Hawkinsville mobile home that he realized his 13-year-old sister was still trapped inside.

"I could still hear Kimberly screaming'," he says.

That's when the family says they came together.

Bleckley and Wilcox Trade Wins

The Lady Royals push to have a big win over the Lady Patriots 47-29. Nick Marshall from Wilcox continues to wow the crowds and recruits with his stunning performances, leading the Patriots to a big win over Bleckley 81-41.

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.