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)
The fifth ranked Dodge County High School (DCHS) Squaws basketball team took over first place in sub-region A of Region 1-AAA with a four and zero record by defeating Pierce County on Friday, January 2, 2015. The Squaws defeated Pierce 56 to 32 on their home court in Eastman. Scoring for Dodge was Rachel Selph, 17 points; Keyria Gordon, 16 points; Tierra Hamilton, seven points; Kristen Hall, six points; Shardea Jackson, three points; Alexis Northcutt, three points; Tanasha Coley, two points; and Haley Holloway, two points.
The Squaws are now nine and one overall.
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FEDERAL PROJECT NO. 0011901 & 0011902
Sealed proposals for furnishing all labor, material/equipment and other things necessary for the following work will be received by the undersigned at the Department of Transportation, One Georgia Center, 600 West Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30308 until 11:00 a.m., January 16, 2015 and publicly opened.
18.130 MILES OF RESURFACING ON CHESTER HWY BEGINNING AT THE EASTMAN CITY LIMITS AND EXTENDING TO SR 126 AND ON BELL LINE RD BEGINNING AT CHESTER HWY AND EXTENDING TO WILSON WOODARD RD.
Contract time: 12/31/15
Proposal Guaranty: 5%
District Office: Tennille
Price of plans:
Plans and specifications may be inspected at the District Office as indicated. Copies of the standard specifications ($35.00) may be obtained from the State Transportation Office Engineer at One Georgia Center, 600 West Peachtree St., NW, in Atlanta, telephone number (404) 631-1215. Plans are available as indicated. Payment of the correct amount must be made within 30 days of billing; such payments are not refundable.
Payment will be made to the contractor each calendar month based on the estimated work complete in place as prescribed by the standard specifications.
The state reserves the right to reject any or all bids.
KEITH GOLDEN, P.E.,
Department of Transportation
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Raising the millage rate by 1.5 mills increased the proposed 2015 county budget by $339,500 to $8,779,500. Commissioners Brian Watkins, Terry Niblett and commissioner chairman Dan McCranie voted unanimously to accept the proposed budget at a special called meeting on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
The proposed 2015 budget was printed in the December 24, 2014 edition of The Dodge County News.
At the first meeting of 2015, commissioners voted to re-appoint Jr. Howell as vice-chairman, John Harrington as county attorney and Gail Rogers as the county clerk.
Commissioners discussed the 2015 holiday schedule of county employees. The following were the 11 paid holidays approved unanimously by commissioners: New Year’s Day, M.L. King’s Birthday, Good Friday, National Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Commissioner Watkins informed commissioners he had spoken with Representative Jimmy Pruett requesting assistance in funding the re-roofing of the Department of Labor building, which is owned by the Library board. According to Watkins, Rep. Pruett was going to see if he could find state funds to assist in re-roofing the building. Watkins then made a motion, seconded by commissioner Niblett to take bids for a pitch metal roof for the building. The advertisement can be found on page 2B in this edition of The Dodge County News. [Full Story »]