It’s spring break at the University of Georgia (UGA). Students are hitting the beaches and returning home to relax and take a break from studying and writing papers. This is a highly anticipated time for time for students, especially student athletes.
Georgia Bulldog football player number 84 and Chauncey native, Leonard Floyd, returned home to Eastman, to do the same, but after visiting with family and friends, he decided to do a little something extra. “I knew coming home that I still needed to stay in shape and work out so I called one of my former coaches who I knew would push me and asked him to help me. Coach Fordham works at the Milan YDC and we had an idea that I could come out and talk to the kids about pursuing their dreams in life,” Leonard stated. [Full Story »]
By Frank Erwin
The Dodge County High School (DCHS) Indians tennis teams hosted Washington County on March 11, 2014. The boys won four to one and the girls won five to zero.
Winners for the boys were number one singles, Jacob Danforth, six to zero in the first set and six to zero in the second set; number two singles, Dallas Hardin, six to one in the first set and six to zero in the second set; number one doubles, Vic Mizell and Corvon Parker, six to zero in the first set and six to one in the second set; and number two doubles, CJ Kemp and Brandon Roland, six to zero in the first set and six to two in the second set.
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By Dr. Melinda M. Dennis
The Dodge County School System Teacher of the Year (TOTY) was announced on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Eastman Rotary Club. Dodge County School Superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis announced that the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year for the Dodge County School System was Donna Purvis.
Dr. Susan Long introduced Donna Purvis, the TOTY from Dodge County High School (DCHS). Dr. Long shared that Purvis was an outstanding student at DCHS, and when she applied to come back home to teach in 2008, all were excited.
Prior to returning home, she taught at the Alternative Learning Center in Pulaski County and at Hawkinsville High School. She is married to Stacy Purvis, and they have two kids: Ina, a daughter, who is in third grade, and one son, Will who is attending Central Georgia Technical College.
In her application for the TOTY, Purvis writes: “My mom was an educator for 34 years. By watching her, I learned that every child can learn. Through example, she taught me that the most powerful gift a teacher can give her students is high, realistic expectations tempered with love and acceptance. She taught me that a teacher is a life-changer.” [Full Story »]
By Angie Bland
On Friday March 14 the Dodge County High School (DCHS) soccer teams played Jefferson County, which turned out to be the best defensive games of the year. The girls only allowed Jefferson County to take eight shots during the entire game. DCHS Lady Indians came away with a four to one victory.
Brooke Best had one block at goal and Sydney McRee had six blocks and allowed only one goal. Other stats for the game were Best with three shots, one goal, two corner kicks and one assist; Aja Murray had four shots, one goal and one assist; Caitlyn Smith had one save; Haley Holloway five shots and two goals; Kaitlyn Mullis six shots; Sam Campbell three shots, one assist and three corner kicks; and Kiley Dix one assist.
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The Dodge County Middle School Warriors remained undefeated on their baseball season with four region wins. Dodge recorded a nine to zero home win over Bleckley County and a 15 to three win over Dublin. The Warriors recorded a pair of road wins as well with an eight to three win over Toombs County and a ten to one win over East Laurens. Dodge will begin post-season play this Thursday at home with a 4:00 p.m. game. It is not known who they will play at this time. The championship game is scheduled for this Saturday.
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Australia, Ireland and Cuba all banned the 100 watt incandescent light bulb by the year 2010. Are we now following the lead of Communist Cuba? The incandescent bulb phase-out is an example of government on your back, relentlessly regulating your behavior, as though you cannot think for yourself. You aren’t smart enough to make market choices, but must be cajoled into buying the “proper” product. I say buy the old ones while you still can. I have a bunch of them.
Good book: Inside the FBI by Ronald Kessler.
Bumper sticker of the day: I’m Pro-Choice On Light Bulbs.
“Only fools mistake politicians for messiahs.
The minister used to hold the position a psychiatrist holds today, says Patrick, an Arkansas minister caller to the Mark Levin Show.
The low percentage of citizens who have signed up for Obamacare could become lower, as many of the few have not yet paid the pricey first month’s premium.
Senator Harry Reid and his gang of smear artist D.C. politicians get away with trashing their political enemies, using their immunity on the House and Senate floor under the Speech and Debate Clause in effect. They are careful not to repeat such hideous conduct outside the halls of Congress since the immunity goes away as soon as you leave the floor. Slander laws then take effect. Talk host Mark Levin says Reid and company should repeat their protected smears on the street where the words become actionable. Reid rips the conservative billionaire Koch brothers but has a bunch of wealthy sleazy hangers-on funding his own campaigns. Don’t forget also - Reid gets support from the National Rifle Association. I prefer Gun Owners of America (GunOwners.org) to the NRA. The NRA is crazy to play ball with Harry Reid. GOA would never back a sleazy character like Harry Reid. Reid runs the Senate today but would’ve been out of there entirely in 1998 but the Losertarian Party candidate tipped a close win to Reid - only a 424 vote difference statewide. [Full Story »]
The American soldier, who are they? They are men and women that have been prepared and gone to places they have never been to before without knowing if they will return alive. They stormed the beaches, provided and healed the wounded and fed the hungry while protecting them. They have made it possible for you and I to live in one of the greatest nations that ever existed.
Thousands have given their lives in helping to rebuild other nations. Reminders of what and who kept her a great nation the American soldier has always been ready and prepared to deploy to any part of the globe on a moments notice. For several years, many of our American soldiers have been returning with many kinds of wounds and various conditions. Some have conditions that we can see as well as those that we cannot see. There are still thousands that are willing to lay down their lives for the freedom of this nation as well as others.
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A man and his girlfriend have been charged in the death of a three year old boy.
On Friday, March 14, 2014, a call was placed to the Dodge/Wilcox 911 center about a child that was injured. When emergency medical personnel arrived at a mobile home at 27 Arthur Cooper Road just outside Eastman, they found that three year old Zackory Dean Smith had severe injuries and called for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department. After sheriff’s deputies arrived, they called for assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
Zackory was taken to Dodge County Hospital and efforts to revive the child were made, but to no avail. Dodge County Coroner Joe Smith pronounced the child dead at the hospital. The child was sent to the Georgia Crime Lab to determine the cause of death. [Full Story »]