An Eastman woman died after the car she was driving, a 2013 Nissan Rogue, hit a train on Monday, February 1. Magdalene “Maggie” Pruett, age 72, of Eastman, was driving west on Wilson Woodard Road and the train was traveling north on the railroad tracks. Pruett failed to yield the right of way to the train at the crossing. Her vehicle traveled onto the railroad tracks and the train struck Pruett’s car in the driver’s side door. After the impact, the train dragged the vehicle approximately 1,763 feet before coming to a control rest.
The crossing does not have railroad crossing arm bars but there are railroad crossing signs on the westbound and southbound side, approximately 13 feet from the tracks and the signs are clearly visible before the crossing.
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By Chad W. Smith
The Dodge County High School Indians (DCHS) basketball team won all three of their scheduled games this week. The Indians dominated Pierce County, 74 to 18 in a sub-region game on Tuesday, January 26 in Eastman; defeated Southeast Bulloch, 67 to 57 in a region crossover game on Friday, January 29; and defeated Wheeler County, 78 to 59 in a non-region game on the road on Saturday, January 30.
The Indians are now 16 and 5 overall and 7 and 1 in Region 1AAA sub-region A headed into the final week of regular season play. The Indians need to beat Toombs County and Brantley County this week to maintain their number one spot in the sub-region headed in to the region tournament.
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By Chad W. Smith
The Dodge County High School (DCHS) Squaws basketball team took control of the top spot in Region 1AAA Sub-region A with sub-region wins over Tattnall County and Appling County but fell to AAAA rival West Laurens last week. The Squaws are now 13 and four and seven and zero in the sub-region.
The Squaws defeated Tattnall County on the road on Tuesday, January 19, in a crucial sub-region game 40-37. Tattnall had only one loss in the sub-region prior to Tuesday and that was to the Squaws earlier in the season. The win pretty much guarantees control of the top spot in the sub-region headed into the Region 1AAA tournament February 8 through February 13. [Full Story »]
What a dichotomy of political events in seven years when conservatives questioned the current president, Mr. Obama and his factual birth place if he was natural born, and what inauguration day, one year from now January 20, 2017, the U.S. will swear in our 45th president.
That is, unless the inauguration is delayed by a court case, which begins to look inevitable if U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas receives a majority of the electoral vote.
Cruz leap into front-runner role for the Republican nomination has rekindled a 150-year-old debate over whether a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen (one not stationed overseas) in U.S. service is “natural born” and eligible to be president.
There is little question Mr. Cruz is a citizen, unless his mother, Delaware born Eleanor Darragh, somehow lost her citizenship. From my research, for generations, Americans have routinely accepted any citizens as eligible regardless where he, or she was born. But here is the kicker the Constitution sets specific, stricter requirements for president and vice president. The U.S. Supreme Court has never settled whether a foreign-born citizen is “natural” by birth, or born a citizen only by law under an act of Congress.
The sooner this can be adjudicated, the better. Conservative voters seek a president who promotes a conservative interpretation of the founders’ original intent, and they might like to know whether that allows a President Cruz. Parenthetically, it has to be noted why Mr. Obama breezed thru this same hullabaloo seven years without any consequences. [Full Story »]
Recently the Dodge County High School (DCHS) Grappling Indians traveled to Toombs County to compete in the Sweet Onion Memorial Wrestling Tournament. Billed as the toughest tournament in the south with more than 25 teams from Florida and Georgia competing, it certainly proved to be a huge test for the Indians.
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Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies recently made a significant drug bust in Chauncey as the result of a traffic stop. Deputy Robert Bowen stopped the vehicle on Highway 341 near the Jaybird Helena Dirt Road in Chauncey for failing to maintain lane on Sunday, January 24, 2016.
Upon approach of the car Bowen observed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver, Travors Sentell Luke (age 20) and a passenger identified as Javon Quinterius Rogers (age 20) were the only occupants in the car and both had Alabama drivers license. The driver stated he was tired from the long day of driving from Phoenix City, Alabama and was headed to Perry, which was about an hour north of our current location. Luke explained that the vehicle belonged to a friend and was not his. The deputy asked to search the car, a 2002 Chevrolet Sonic, and was given permission by the driver. [Full Story »]