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 »]
Early voting begins today, Wednesday, November 19 at 9:00 a.m. for the Special Runoff Election for Dodge County Probate Judge to fill the unexpired term of retired probate judge John Kelly.
Early voting will continue until Wednesday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m. at the Dodge County Courthouse. The polls will be closed each day from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch.
Absentee ballots are now available and can be mailed out through Wednesday, November 26. Absentee ballot request forms must be picked up at the Dodge County Registrar’s office in the Dodge County Courthouse.
Candidates vying for the judgeship are William J. “Jody” Batts and Al McCranie.
The winner of the election will take office as soon as the election is certified.
All registered voters in Dodge County are eligible to vote in the runoff election.
On Tuesday, November 11, the Dodge County High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), along with students and faculty of Dodge County High School, recognized local veterans at a ceremony held in the school gymnasium. There were speeches by JROTC cadets on the significance of Veterans Day and music from the Marching Chiefs. Many local veterans were in attendance. (Photo by Tracey Graham)
An Eastman man died as the result of a one vehicle accident on Glyen Hickman Road at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 9.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, Christopher David Coursey (age 28), of 491 Ocmulgee Church Road, was traveling west on Glyen Hickman Road in a Chevrolet pickup truck. The truck ran off the left side of the roadway and Coursey over corrected. The truck then traveled back across the road to the right shoulder.
At the intersection of Bay Springs Church Road, the truck overturned several times ejecting the driver.
Dodge County Coroner Joe Smith pronounced Coursey dead at the scene at approximately 12:30 a.m.
Coursey worked at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. He also served as a volunteer firefighter and first responder on the Plainfield Fire Department.
Coursey was not wearing a seat belt. He was on his way home and was approximately three miles from home when the accident occurred.