Many cases were heard and disposed of in Dodge Superior court recently. The following are the results of those cases.
Erich Raybon was charged with one count felony burglary and under the First Offenders Act (FOA) was sentenced to eight years probation and ordered to pay a $1,250.00 fine.
David Cole was charged with one count felony theft by taking, which was reduced to misdemeanor theft by taking and was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to pay a $750.00 fine.
Casey Yawn was charged with one count felony theft by taking and under the FOA was sentenced to seven years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine.
Robert Albert Jackson was charged with one count felony possession/manufacture/distribution/etc of marijuana and under FOA was sentenced to eight years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine. [Full Story »]
The Dodge County Grappling Indians recently traveled to Morgan County to compete in the 1-AAA Area Traditional Championships. The Grappling Indians took nine wrestlers to the tournament and four placed in the top four earning a slot at the Eastern Sectional Tournament.
At 145 pounds, Jacob Danforth ran through his preliminary bouts with ease pinning every opponent. In the championship finals, Danforth faced off with a very tough competitor and scored a close decision on points to earn first place honors. Danforth became our second wrestler to win an Area Championship since 2007.
Also earning a place on the podium were Jerald Gay, 220 pounds, placing third. Tyler
Gruben, 195 pounds, placed fourth and Freshman Clayton Scarborough, 106 pounds, placed fourth. Also competing for the Grappling Indians were Paul Herman, 120 pounds; Tyler McDonald, 132 pounds; JT Shields, 138 pounds; John Burrows, 170 pounds; and Aaron Spires, 285 pounds.
While the high school team was battling it out at the area tournament, the youth club and middle school team competed at the Fitzgerald Hurricane Classic. In the morning Noah Haight brought home a first and second place medal and the Outstanding Wrestler Award. Kaden White had a great day and took second.
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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law the elections bill, moving primary elections for state offices from July to May 20. House Bill 310 aligns state office primaries with the date of the primary for federal offices, which was set by a federal judge. [Full Story »]
This past weekend was a great weekend of wrestling for Dodge County. Our largest group of wrestlers headed to West Laurens for the Michael Gay Memorial.
Two first year wrestlers, Noah Haight and Cole Cranford, were impressive with their continued improvement. Haight battled in two brackets bringing home a first and third place medal. Cranford fell short of medaling but battled some very tough and experienced opponents winning his shared of matches on the day. Others that placed in this tough tournament were Kaden White, fourth; Jake Rogers, third; Josh Rogers, second and third; Jason Lann, fourth; Joah Gay, second; Jared Cannon, second; and Noah Atkinson, second.
Going up north to Marietta to battle in the Walton Raider Classic, one of Teams Georgia’s “Mega” tournaments of the year was Christian Grauberger. He battled some of the best wrestlers in Georgia and surrounding states, coming home with two-second place medals.
Finally, two of our Grapplers headed out of state to North Carolina for the Rhino Extreme wrestling tournament. This is annually one of the toughest in the South Eastern United States, bringing in wrestlers from all over the nation. McCay Turner battled in one of the largest brackets of the tournament falling short of placing but representing Dodge well. Porter Faulk also wrestled in the Rhino Extreme pulling out an extremely hard fought second place finish. Turner and Faulk then represented Dodge on the Mid State duals team at the Rhino Extreme Duals on Sunday. Mid State finished the day in second place in the duals tournament, another awesome accomplishment!!
With inclement weather headed toward Georgia, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, in coordination with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, signed an executive order prohibiting price gouging for propane.
Georgia’s continued period of cold weather has increased the demand for propane, causing a substantial price increase in recent days. [Full Story »]
Liberal Obama states also had the highest gaps in income. Oregon, California, New York and Illinois were among states with the biggest income gaps. Obama carried all four easily. Talk host Dennis Prager asks could it be left-wing Obama policies causing income inequality?
“Joe Biden has destroyed the myth of white supremacy once and for all.”
comedian Argus Hamilton
“If you have a good heart and a good mind, you can’t be on the left.”
Name of the week: Younghoe Koo placekicker for the Georgia Southern Eagles, pronounced “Young Way Coo”.
The press will attempt to portray liberal Democrat Michelle Nunn as a “moderate” U.S. Senate candidate but she has been endorsed by Jane Fonda, who also donated money to her campaign. Now she has two former Hillary Clinton campaign aides working on her campaign. Guaranteed: Anyone who works for Hillary Clinton is a true left-winger. Michelle Nunn is not a moderate. I still remember Sam Nunn voting for the Panama Canal giveaway and against the Robert Bork Supreme Court nomination. He was always there whenever the liberals needed him. Another donor to the Nunn Senate campaign is RINO former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, who kicked in $5,000. Good riddance to him. Political “experts” claimed a few years ago that Lugar was unbeatable, but he lost the Republican Primary last year. Lugar would’ve fit in as a Democrat. [Full Story »]
I am writing to express my disappointment with the decision to move the rest of the recreation soccer season indoors. Outdoor play requires learning ball control, dribbling skills and learning to pass into space. The best soccer showcases player speed, creativity and stamina.
The current indoor game is a hybrid fast game where I am seeing little development of these skills in our eight to ten year old children. The ball is just too bouncy, quick and unpredictable on the gym floor. The field is short and narrow, even by small-sides soccer standards.
Dodge County deserves and should want its soccer players to be competitive and skilled, ultimately preparing to play at the high school level. Surrounding counties are preparing their young children through their recreation departments. I feel Dodge County should do no less. [Full Story »]
There are 80 registered sex offenders in Dodge County. Out of those 80, 65 involved offenses against minors. This, in my opinion, is a major problem that is going unnoticed or overlooked by the majority of citizens.
I am not a numbers man, but the ratio of Dodge County citizens per sex offender is 170 to one and Eastman’s ratio is 69 to one. That means there is one sex offender for every 170 Dodge County citizens and one sex offender for every 69 Eastman citizens. According to the numbers, if you are in Wal-Mart and there are 140 people in there, two of them are sex offenders. If there are 300 people at the recreation department or a high school football game, that number doubles and there are more children exposed. What is the problem here? What is the solution?
“The serial killer has the same personality characteristics as the sex offender against children,” says Dr. Mace Knapp, a Nevada State Prison Psychologist. [Full Story »]