On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014, I was going to drop my son off at the Dodge County Golf Course and go back home to watch football. Instead, I decided to ride in the cart and watch my son and his interaction with other members of the Dodge County Golf Club. I’m glad I did. In the group was 85 year-old, Bob Butler. I had met Butler about a year ago and had talked to him several times. I had never seen him play golf. He bogeyed the first three holes and that is when I heard him say to my son, “We’ve got to tighten up.” I didn’t think anything of it until after he played the next six holes, finishing three strokes under par. That brought us to the 10th hole and the reason I am writing this account of what happened there.
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National Weather Service representative Steve Nelson confirmed the cell path of a tornado with winds reaching 95 mph hit an area at the intersection of Antioch Church Road and Log Cabin Road at approximately 11:57 a.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015 when he was in Eastman on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. High winds took down trees that blocked Antioch Church Road and tore down power lines across Log Cabin Road. Property belonging to a resident received damage of trees uprooted in their yard from the high winds. Dodge Emergency Management Agency Director Stanley Stephens reported the incident to the National Weather Service. According to Stephens and Nelson, the incident on Antioch Church Road and Log Cabin Road was the only area hit in Dodge County. (Photo by Cindy Eckles)
Gresston Volunteer Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 1196 Garrett Oxley Road at 12:29 a.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015. According to State Fire Marshal James Atkins, the mobile home, belonging to Randall Carr, was intentionally set and was a total loss. No one was at the residence when the fire began according to Atkins. Volunteers from Gresston, Roddy Fire Department and the Dodge County tanker responded to the incident. Atkins stated that the incident is still under investigation and anyone having information should contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department at 478-559-1130 or the State Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804. (Photo by Cindy Eckles)