Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Judy H. Madden turned in her letter of resignation to the chamber board on June 13, 2014 stating that her last day would be Friday, June 27, 2014.
Mike Harrell, Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Executive Committee stated, “On behalf of the executive committee of the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce, we are very thankful to have had Judy come in and bring us to the point we are at today. We feel she has done an excellent job, and we wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors. We look forward to hearing good things from her in the future.”
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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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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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By Cindy Eckles
Political newcomer Robert E. Peacock defeated incumbent Darla J. “Dee” Yearty for the Dodge County School Board District 3 seat in the General Primary and Nonpartisan General Election on May 20, 2014.
With 577 voting, Peacock claimed 390 votes and Yearty received 187. There are 1680 registered voters in school board district 3 and only 34.35% voted.
For the Georgia State House of Representative Seat 149, incumbent Jimmy Pruett, Jr. won over challenger John D. Clements, 1,273 votes to 429 votes in Dodge County.
House District 149 covers Dodge, Telfair, Jeff Davis, Wheeler and a portion of Laurens Counties. Overall, Pruett won over Clements 2,080 votes to 696 votes.
Gresston Firefighters were called to the residence of Hazel Barton on Warehouse Drive in Gresston at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27.
When firefighters arrived, the house had already burned to the ground (top photo). The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
The home of Anthony Evans was destroyed by fire on Sunday, May 25. Eastman and Crossroads firefighters were called to the residence at 82 Bedsole Road outside Eastman at approximately 4:51 a.m. [Full Story »]
Graduation for Dodge County High School will be held on Friday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium (weather permitting) at the Dodge County Middle School (old high school). If weather does not permit, graduation will be moved to the gymnasium at the new high school.
For everyone planning to attend graduation, please make sure you arrive early. The gates/doors to the stadium or gymnasium will be locked at 8:00 p.m. and no one else will be allowed to enter.
This year, approximately 186 seniors will be graduating with 29 honor graduates. Valedictorian for the 2013/2014 senior class is Crystal White and salutatorian for the class is Sara Grace Peacock. [Full Story »]
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) were called to Jay Bird Springs Road at some time after noon on Tuesday May 27 where the body of a woman had been found.
The body was back in a wooded area past Jay Bird Springs Resort at a place formerly known as “The Hill” or “Budweiser Hill”.
The GBI was on the scene collecting information and trying to find the identity the woman. The body will be sent to the Georgia State Crime lab for analysis.
Because the body was found so late on Tuesday, information was sketchy as to information about the incident.
Investigators were still on the scene at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday at presstime.