Dodge County Probate Judge Al McCranie (r) swore in Robert Peacock (c) as the Dodge County Board of Education District 3 school board member on Monday, December 15, 2014 in the Dodge County Probate office. Pictured with McCranie and Peacock is Peacock’s wife, Dr. Brandy Wynne (l). Dodge County School Superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis and Dodge County Sheriff Lynn Sheffield attended the swearing-in. (Photo by Cindy Eckles)
The first ever Dodge County High School Mr. Chieftain pageant was held on Saturday, December 13. The Dodge County High School soccer team booster club as a fundraiser sponsored the pageant. There were 11 male contestants and female escorts that participated from the high school.
Tad Honeycutt, a senior, was crowned the first Mr. Chieftain. Faith Manning escorted him. Honeycutt performed a comedy routine for his talent portion of the contest and his outfit of choice was Batman.
First runner-up and people’s choice award went to Austin Barrows. He performed an exercise/dance routine and his outfit of choice was Michael Jackson. His escort was Anna Kate Hickman.
Second runner-up and talent award was Brice Blocker. He performed a basketball routine to the Harlem Globetrotters music. His routine consisted of spinning the basketball on all five fingers and his nose. Blocker’s outfit of choice was from the movie Grease. Hailey Wilson was his escort.
The third runner-up, Mr. Congeniality and interview award went to Derrien Carr. He performed a gospel solo “Let go and let God.” Carr was escorted by Alona Bray and their outfits of choice for the night was On The Town. [Full Story »]
Using funds from the 2003 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, the Dodge County Board of Commissioners purchased two new ambulances approximately six months ago.
Emergency Management Service (EMS) Manager Rickie Coleman, brought one of the ambulances to the regular meeting of the commissioners on Monday, December 15, 2014 for them to see. Coleman commented, “They are going to be beneficial in serving the citizens of Dodge County and the surrounding area.”
Coleman added, “Due to mechanical breakdowns of the current fleet of ambulances, we as a department got in a bind and had to resource, and call for mutual aid. Laurens County came to Dodge’s rescue by loaning the Dodge County EMS an ambulance.” [Full Story »]
The Pondtown Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Rhine Volunteer Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, December 13. The parade will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Any reigning queens, local churches, businesses and citizens of Pondtown and Dodge County are invited to enter and attend.
The entry fee for the parade is a new, unopened toy in a box for a boy or girl.
Anyone can bring toys to help with this effort.
Children enjoyed milk and cookies, listening to Christmas stories and visiting with Santa at the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce Hall on Friday, December 5. The successful event benefited the Eastman Firefighters’ Club Toy Drive. (Photo by Araina Reaves)
Al McCranie (l) was sworn in as Dodge County Probate Judge by Dodge Superior Court Judge Freddie Mullis (r) on Friday, December 5 in the Dodge Superior Courtroom. Many family and friends attended the swearing-in. (Photo by Tracey Graham)
Santa Clause arrived in Eastman on Saturday, December 6 during the annual Eastman Lions Club Christmas Parade. The parade is usually the biggest parade in Eastman of the year, and this year was no exception. A huge crowd gathered in downtown Eastman to enjoy all the entries in the parade and welcome Santa. (Photo by Nikki Graham)
The Eastman Lions Club proudly announces the unanimous selection of James R. (Jim) Williams as grand marshal for the 2014 annual Lions Christmas Parade. Williams has been a member of the Lions Club for thirty-seven years and has served as president, treasurer and member of the board of directors.
Following a banking career that spanned forty years, Williams retired from Citizens Bank and Trust Company in 2012 having served as president, chief executive officer (CEO) and director. He served the banking industry at the state and national levels and is past chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association. He has also served on the boards of Mercer University, Brewton-Parker College, Central Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America, Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce, Orphans Cemetery and the Eastman First Baptist Church.
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Damage to a barn, shelter and several hay bales occurred Monday, December 1, 2014 at the residence of Sandy Coleman. At 12:10 p.m., the Eastman Fire Department answered a call to Coleman’s residence at 1556 Chester Highway. The Dodge County Fire Association’s tanker and Gresston Volunteer Department tanker were also called for assistance after the fire began to spread to fields. Firemen were able to contain the fire. The cause of the fire was undetermined at presstime. (Photo by Cindy Eckles)
Al McCranie has won the runoff election for Dodge County Probate Judge by besting his opponent Jody Batts. With all precincts reporting, but unofficial results, McCranie received 1,715 votes or 66 percent to Batts’ 884 votes or 34 percent.
McCranie will be sworn in and take office as soon as the state of Georgia certifies the election results.
McCraine will be fulfilling the unexpired term of retired probate judge John Kelly, who’s term ends on December 31, 2016.
Only 23.92 percent of the 10,867 registered voters in Dodge County voted in the election.
At Dodge County High School (DCHS), getting people involved with student life is among the top priorities of the faculty and recently $44,000.00 was granted by AT&T to open doors for more students to do just that.
This money grant, which was written by Dr. Susan Long, DCHS principal and Dr. Melinda Dennis, Dodge County school superintendent, will be invested in several different programs. The Missoula Children’s Theatre program will come to Dodge County schools and serve as a workshop for the county’s future actors. Then, the students will put on a production of their own and there is a possibility that the workshop participants will be treated by going to see a major production. [Full Story »]
April Rudshaugen (center left) was named Miss Chieftain 2015 at the pageant held at the Magnolia Theatre on Saturday, November 22 in Eastman. Other award winner were (l-r) Jade Honeycutt, (4th runner up); Kylie Erwin, (People’s Choice Award and evening gown award); Madelyn Pruitt, (2nd runner up); April Rudshaugen, (Miss Chieftain 2015 and interview award); Jaycie Rollins, (1st runner up and talent award); Anna Kate Hickman, (3rd runner up); Brianna Sparrow, (Mrs. Gina Cook Award and Miss Congeniality); and Faith Hartley, (Miss Photogenic). (Photo by Emory Rogers Photography)
The 37th annual Dodge County High School (DCHS) Miss Chieftain Pageant will be held November 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Magnolia Theater. Tickets will be $12.00 advanced and $15.00 at the door. Seating is limited, so if you want to guarantee yourself a seat, you will need to see any Miss Chieftain Contestant, the yearbook staff or Darci Rogers about your advanced tickets. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
This year there are 16 lovely contestants in Miss Chieftain. The contestants’ day will begin with the interviews at 1:00 p.m. in the DCHS Media Center. The Chieftain Staff will be hosting a reception for the girls also.
Brooke Best, last year’s queen has been busy choreographing the opening number dance. The masters of ceremony will be former Miss Chieftain Queens, Sarah Ashley Winans and Allie Griffis. The night will be full of excellent entertainment, including our reigning Miss Chieftain, Best.
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The Dodge County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to change the Christmas holiday schedule for county employees on Monday, November 17, 2015.
Commissioners set the holiday schedule in January of this year giving county employees Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off. At the recommendation of interim county manager Bobby Peacock, commissioners voted unanimously to give all county employees one half day on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and a full day on the day after Christmas (December 26).
Dodge County Emergency Manager Director Stanley Stephens explained that an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) grant had been applied for $39,575.00. According to commission chairman Dan McCranie funds that would come through the state from the federal government for the grant would be in the amount of $33,638.75 and the local match cash/in-kind money that would come from Dodge County would be $5,936.25.
Stephens requested that the commissioners accept the grant and a letter be composed on county letterhead (signed by the commissioners) stating that they supported the grant.
McCranie stated that the fund would have to be used for upgrades to the Emergency Operations Center. Some of the items on the upgrade list were chairs, tables, TV monitors, desktop and laptop computers, public address system, intercom system, miscellaneous intercom, telephone, computer and TV cables along with other items.
The commissioners voted unanimously to support the grant. [Full Story »]