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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.

Lady Royals Player Signs with East Georgia College

Lady Royals Player Signs with East Georgia College

Wednesday, Mychavia Harris signed to play college softball with East Georgia College. 

Harris, a second baseman for Bleckley County, played all four years for the Lady Royals.  She was named to the second team of the Region 3-AA All-Region team and was a part of this year's team which advanced to the sweet 16.

Cochran Church Honors Three Of Its Oldest Members

A Cochran church took time out to honor three of their oldest members on Sunday afternoon.

The church celebrated three women who were a century old or more.  The honorees were 100-year-old Bessie McCrimmon, 101-year-old Ionia Glenn and 102-year-old Sallie Cony.  All three women received a sash with their name and age and a plaque. 

It was part of Ward's Baptist Church's 11th annual 'Man of Honor' program.  Church members say the program is designed to honor different people within the community.

"It makes you feel proud... I think that the life you live speaks for you," said Cony.

Organizer Otis Simmons says his favorite part of the program is being able to show his appreciation to people in the community.

Guest speakers at the program included the President of the Bleckely County NAACP, Sean Battle.

Photographer Documents Cochran's Past and Present

When a historic Cochran home was bulldozed in 2008 and replaced with a Walgreen's Pharmacy, James Davidson wanted to make sure the Mullis-Howard house, and others like it, would never be forgotten.

Countless hours of work, 92 pages, and 200 images later, Davidson completed "Vanishing Cochran." It's a book that showcases old photos of Cochran along side modern pictures of the same locations. 

Davidson took many of the photos in the book. These days he works as a photographer, but he says his passion in life only came in to focus about three years ago.

He was working a desk job at Robins Air Force Base when he decided to quit and open a photography studio. 

He says he and his family lived in the Mullis-Howard house for a year during his childhood, so it was especially significant to watch it get torn down.

"When that happened, I realized we kind of have to preserve what we've got," says Davidson.

Dodge Sheriff Sorry for Early-Release Error

The Dodge County sheriff says he's sorry for a clerical error by his staff that let an infant's killer go free a year early.

Tim Vaughn, District Attorney of the Oconee Judicial Circuit said Monday that a woman convicted of killing a Dodge County infant she was babysitting was released from prison one year early due to the clerical error.

In December 2009, Amy Rogers Jones was convicted of killing Jaci Rogers. A GBI investigator called it a classic "shaken baby" case.

Amy Rogers Jones could have faced up to seven years in prison. But Judge Sarah Wall gave her a five-year sentence, with at least two in prison. She was ordered to report to custody on Jan. 4, 2010.

Vaughn says that's where the error happened.

Lady Royals Softball Coach Steps Down

Christie Bergh, who has coached the Lady Royals softball team for the past three seasons, resigned last week. 

Bergh, who is expecting her first child in July, compiled a 59-30 record highlighted by this year's team advancing to the Sweet 16 of the AA state playoffs. 

Reschedule Dates for BCHS Drama Department show, High School Basketball Game

The BCHS Drama Department show "Broadway Best's" originally scheduled for January 10 has been moved to January 27. 

Start time is 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. 

The Bleckley-East Laurens High School basketball game scheduled for January 11 has been moved to Febuary 12 at East Laurens.