The Dodge County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to begin the process to have a Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum placed on the November 2013 ballot.
Commissioner Karen Cheek explained that she had met with the county attorney and a referendum did need to be placed on the November 2013 ballot. She stated that they (the board of commissioners) wanted to continue the same projects currently specified in the 2008 SPLOST with a different capital improvement plan to be named at a future time. Cheek stated that all the cities involved (Chauncey, Chester, Eastman, Milan and Rhine) had been contacted and a meeting is scheduled for June 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the county annex board room so that all the communities involved can begin to give them their ‘wish list’ for their projects. Once the cities determine their individual projects, another meeting will have to be scheduled to approve the referendum; then it will be sent to Dodge County Superintendent of Elections John Kelly, according to Cheek.
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The eight and under (8U) Lil Canes won first place in the 2013 Starz Softball Tournament in Alma on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The team went undefeated throughout the tournament securing wins against district rivals Berrien County and Pierce County. Pictured (first row, l-r) are Jayci Yawn, Bryn Yawn, Lauren Slaughter, Kate Jones and Riley Lancaster; (second row, l-r) Skye Meadows, Caitlynn Lancaster, Tannah Cobb, Halle Wise, Brooke Perdue and McKenzie Maddox; and (third row, l-r) coaches Brian Perdue, Ricky Maddox and Terry Cobb.
Two men, Nathaniel Lewis Cummings, age 38, of Eastman and Jeffery Madison, age 20, of Eastman have be named as the persons responsible for the murders of Greg Giddens and Jimmy Gay, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Todd Lowery.
According to SAC Lowery, Cummings is charged with two counts of murder and two counts of armed robbery and is still on the run from law enforcement. He is described as a black male, approximately six feet four inches tall, weighs approximately 180 pounds and may or may not be wearing glasses. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Madison was arrested on Monday, June 3 in Bibb County after fleeing from the Georgia State Patrol in a stolen vehicle. After he was apprehended, he was held on a burglary charge from Laurens County. Madison was charged with two counts of murder and two counts armed robbery on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. He is currently in the Dodge County Jail.
The GBI, Dodge County Sheriff’s Department and Eastman Police Department are working together to apprehend Cummings.
Giddens was found at his residence on Page Street in Eastman on May 11, 2013. Gay was found near a dumpster site on Harry Hargrove Road near Eastman on May 31, 2013.
Anyone with information about Cummings’ whereabouts or the two murder cases are asked to call the GBI at 478-374-6988 or the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department at 478-374-8133.
A local running group was recently sponsored by David Boyd of Rhine to participate in the second annual “Out of Darkness 5K” run held in Eastman. The Dodge Baptist Association sponsors the event to benefit children in Georgia who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The event raises money for Wellspring Living to support their vision to stop sexual exploitation of children. “I can help to stop these crimes against children and support the group of ladies my daughter runs with all at the same time,” Boyd explained. This is the second year that Boyd has sponsored this group of local runners in this event. Pictured (front row) Ina Grace Purvis; (back row, l-r) Anna Kate Hickman, Kathy Bohannon Brown, Amy Mullis, Trisha Connell, David Boyd, Nora Jean Reaves, Jennifer McDaniel, Sheena Orange, Donna Boyd Purvis and Kelly Bryant Burch Not pictured: Dana Niblett.
President Barack Obama has been mocked for learning about untoward conduct in his administration from the press. But he’s on the ball compared with his attorney general, who wouldn’t know about his own poor judgment without reading about it in the papers. Let’s hope he has a Google alert set for “Eric Holder.”
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Dr. Rand Paul isn’t just a political yakker. Like his father Dr. Ron Paul, Rand backs it up with action. It’s sad that more people didn’t go along with Ron. Maybe they will do so with Rand. How about Paul/Cruz or Cruz/Paul 2016?
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Authorities are investigation a murder that occurred on Friday, May 31.
At approximately 8:40 p.m., law enforcement officials and rescue personnel were called to the site where dumpsters are located on Harry Hargrove Road just south of Eastman. A person from the area had gone to the dumpsters and discovered a body and a vehicle and then called for help.
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