Dodge County has been selected by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) to receive one of the employee Health Promotion and Wellness Incentive Grants awarded statewide to promote worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of county employees and family members.
Awards are made to members of the ACCG Group Heath Benefits Program (GHBP) underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, based on a county’s commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion. [Full Story »]
Sunday, October 19, 2014 marked the 25th year since The Dodge County News began publishing a newspaper in Dodge County.
After working at the Courier Herald in Dublin for three years, Chuck Eckles decided to start his own newspaper in Eastman. After researching starting a business for a year, he and his new bride, Cindy Mullis Eckles, started the newspaper in the old Mercer AA Drive In location on First Avenue.
Later, they moved to their current location at 226 Main Street. They then incorporated under the name Middle Georgia Publishing, Inc.
In January of 2007, Chuck and Cindy purchased The Times Journal newspaper in Eastman from Rosebud Publishing, Inc. and combined the two newspapers.
Middle Georgia Publishing also purchased the Mid State Shoppers’ Guide in Cochran in September of 2013.
The Fall For Dodge Festival will be held on Saturday, October 25, in downtown Eastman from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce, Middle Georgia State College, Nana’s Place Crafts and Small Gifts, Alcoa, Rescare Homecare, Rhine Discount Drugs, Ron Daniels, Graphic Packing International and Southside Market sponsor this annual event.
There will be lots to do for the entire family. There will be games, characters, bounce houses, a gladiator joust, rock wall, face painting, Carter’s Rock-n-Rides, festival food and more. Beginning at 12:00 p.m. and continuing until 5:00 p.m. will be live music and dancing. A disc jockey will provide music from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and trick or treating will take place form 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Live performances throughout the day will include Georgia Peach Academy, Paid in Full, Alaina Bond, Tyndal Mitchell, Body Blast Fitness and The Drama Scene. [Full Story »]
National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is less than a month away, Nov 17-24. This is when our community rallies together to pack and collect thousands of gift-filled shoe boxes for needy children around the world. Along with the shoe box gift each child receives a colorful little storybook about Jesus called “The Greatest Gift of All” presented in their own language. The children will also be invited to participate in a 12-lesson discipleship program called “The Greatest Journey”, and upon graduation from that program, will receive a New Testament Bible in their own language.
Many have questioned me why we send shoe box gifts overseas when we have so many local needs. That’s true, there are many local needs, but Operation Christmas Child isn’t about sending a gift, it’s about sending a Gospel opportunity and people in this country, in this county, have many Gospel opportunities. They can attend church if they want to, they can get a Bible if they want one, they can tune into Christian radio and TV if they so choose, but it’s just not that way in most overseas countries.
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