On Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Wilcox County, 97 shotgun competitors attempted to make it to state 4-H Shotgun Competition, which will be held in May at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Surrounding counties including Ben Hill, Bleckley, Crisp, Houston, Irwin, Lee, Peach, Pulaski and Wilcox counties participated in the qualification match held at the recreation field.
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By Taelor Rye
Lee Kirkland of the Rural Fire Department (RFD) approached the Dodge County Board of Commissioners at its May 2nd meeting to request the use of Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds to purchase new equipment for its radio system.
Kirkland stated that the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department (SD), the Eastman Police Department (EPD), and Eastman Fire Department (EFD), Dodge County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the RFD have all been in talks to consider changing companies, having been unsatisfied with the now-defunct provider of radio control equipment.
Based on the findings of a contracted company, Kirkland reported that its analysis reveals a need for an upgrade on the RFD’s paging system.
Specifically, the RFD requests funds for new antennas to replace the current functioning antennas, which are over 20 years old. However, according to Kirkland, the lifespan of antennas ranges from 12 to 14 years on average.
While most of the communication equipment is stationed on the Ocmulgee EMC tower, the paging system is situated on the water tower in the Industrial Park – “not the best in the world,” Kirkland remarked.
The RFD’s proposed plan is to place the new equipment on the water tower on Legion Drive, where EPD’s equipment is already stationed. Together with EPD, EFD and EMS, the RFD could relocate the existing structure in the Industrial Park to house the equipment, provided that EMS also decides to relocate its own equipment. Otherwise, RFD would need to pay for new housing of the equipment.
Therefore, RFD requested up to $15,000.00 to pay for the new communication equipment and the possibility of the new housing structure; the bid for the new equipment is roughly $12,000.00, and the approximate price of a potential new structure would be $3,000.00.
County attorney John Harrington asked about the need for new antennas, pointing out that all calls stem from E911 anyway. Kirkland responded that different governmental bodies communicate on different frequencies and that different departments within each body (for example, the different branches of the Dodge County Fire Department) communicate on different tones as well. [Full Story »]
The 1975 Dodge County Indian Boys Basketball team was recently honored with a plaque, which was placed in the lobby of the L D Bowen Memorial Gym to commemorate their amazing game against Jones County the night of January 25, 1975.
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The Central Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District held its 54th Annual Conservationist-of-the-Year program on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Cochran, Georgia. This annual program is sponsored by the local banks of the Central GA District, which is comprised of Bleckley, Dodge, Laurens, Twiggs, Johnson, Washington and Wilkinson counties.
Seaborn “Clint” Williams, of C Williams Family Investments, LLC, was selected as the 2016 conservationist of the year for Dodge County.
Clint developed a deep appreciation and love for land, agriculture and forestry. C Williams Tree Farm consists of 1,500 acres of timberland currently, which is owned by Clint Williams and his brother Chip Williams. Their operation started out in 2005 with 600 acres of land inherited from their grandfather, S.C. Cadwell. Since 2006, they have added 900 acres to their land base. Clint and Chip have done it all from selling the timber, spraying the cutover sites and burning the tracts, to replanting the seedlings with all their own equipment. The land consists of Loblolly pines, Long Leaf pines, and Slash pines.
Clint has participated in many different programs through NRCS and the Georgia Forestry Commission. He is also in the process of enrolling in the Tree Farm Program. He has specifically been a part of the CSP program for the last seven years, which has allowed him to do many activities on his property.
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