By Theron McCranie
With the coming of another end of a school year, memories of a school ending many years ago come to mind. It was the spring of 1989. Many of the faculty members stood in front of the impressive, historical Chauncey School as the last yellow school bus filled with excited young people and pulled away from the school. Of course the teachers were excited for the summer break as well, but then the realization that, as the yellow bus faded from sight, there would be none to return in the fall. The quietness that had fallen upon the halls of the school was there to stay. Although I did not attend school in Chauncey, I did have the privilege to teach there for six years. Also, my alma mater, Rhine School was destined for the same fate. However, in the fall we would all be together in new schools with new friends.
Through the generosity of the Dodge County School System, the city of Chauncey was able to acquire the Chauncey School building. A restoration committee was formed and fundraising began. Over the years, thousands of dollars have been raised and donated. All of the money has been used to restore the historical old building and although much has been done, there is still much work that is needed. Just last year the Georgia Trust for Historical Places named the Chauncey School to its list of Places in Peril, signifying not only how important the building is historically but also the danger it may face if we do not continue our work. [Full Story »]
By Christine Mullis
Another generation takes to the Lake at the 31st Annual Dodge County Kids Fishing Rodeo held at the Dodge County Public Fishing Area.
Saturday, June 07, 2014, started out overcast, but that didn’t dampen the spirit of the 174 registered children who came to out-fish and out-cast their brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors.
This year the rodeo saw some rule changes that included all of the children being able to fish at the same time the entire rodeo duration of 8:30-11:30. Fishing from the piers and shore was also allowed, as well as all types of fish being permitted to be caught, not just catfish.
Another difference this year was our award system. Only the winner of each age group was acknowledged, as opposed to prior years, where we awarded first, second and third of each group. This year, in the 11-15 group, Vincent Mann, 14, received a medal, a rod with reel and a tackle box for bringing in a bass that weighed 685 grams. For the 7-10 group, 8-year old Jakyla Nicely received a medal, fishing rod and a tackle box for the 484 gram catfish she presented at the weigh-in station. Taking home a trophy for the Largest Fish Overall, and a medal for winning his age group, was 5-year old Maddox Mullis. He presented a bass weighing in at a whopping 840 grams. He, too, received a fishing rod and a tackle box for his efforts. Congratulations to the winners!
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Dodge County Interim Manager Bobby Peacock announced the hiring of Rickie Coleman as the new Emergency Medical Service (EMS) director effective June 9, 2014.
Peacock stated, “Rickie Coleman was named the EMS director for Dodge County effective June 9, 2014, replacing Annette Huff who has retired after serving well in the position for a number of years.” He went on to say, “Rickie is well qualified for this position and we believe he will do an outstanding job.”
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Nevada Senator Harry Reid (Demoleft) says of the Taliban five for one deserter prisoner swap: “I’m glad to get rid of these five people.” Unfortunately, they’ll probably be back soon, armed and dangerous, a very bad deal for US.
VDARE.com writer Brenda Walker describes unchecked immigration as causing the USA to become the human dumping ground for the world. “Is this country now the welfare agency and flophouse for the world? No American voted for that.”
One liberal finally makes sense (for a moment): “Iran is nothing but trouble, and always has been.”
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia)
“I don’t believe in quotas, America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.”
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
Rev. Al Sharpton demands the National Basketball Association (NBA) purge the league of “racist” owners. Who decides what constitutes racist? Probably Big Al himself, America’s foremost expert on racism. He can find it where no one else can. [Full Story »]
The eight year old and under (8U) Middle Georgia Hurricanes softball team traveled to Savannah to participate in the USSSA Memorial Day Bash tournament which was a two day softball tournament held on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. The Hurricanes were undefeated both days and were also the first place champions.
The Dodge County Sportsman’s Club and the Department of Natural Resources will hold their annul free fishing rodeo on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Dodge County Public Fishing Area from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on site.
The rodeo is open to all children ages three to 15. The participants will be divided into three age groups, three to six years, seven to 10 years and 11 to 15 years. All fish will be weighed and judged on site and prizes will be awarded.
Fishing will be in designated areas only and include bass, bream, catfish and shell crackers. Kids must bring their own bait and no parents are allowed to fish.
All children must have an adult present to register and must be supervised at all times. The event will be held rain or shine!
The Dodge County Public Fishing Area is located on the McRae Highway in Eastman.
In response to the growing number of phone scam reports, Dodge County Sheriff Lynn Sheffield is notifying the citizens of Dodge County about this growing criminal activity.
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, along with many other law enforcement agencies, has received numerous complaints from citizens advising that they have been the targets of a telephone scam. The caller identifies himself/herself as a member of the warrant division and advises the victim that he/she did not respond to a jury summons and that to avoid arrest, he/she can pay the associated fines using a pre-paid debit card, usually a Green Dot card.
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