The year 2013 in review:
In January we reported:
At their first meeting in 2013, the Dodge County Board of Commissioners amended the 2013 budget approved on December 28, 2012. Amendments were made to the Dodge County Probate Court, Dodge County Tax Commissioner and E-911 budgets. Interim county manager Bobby Peacock recommended that the probate court budget be reduced by $10,000.00, the tax commissioner budget be reduced by $7000.00 and E-911 be increased by the $17,000.00. Peacock told commissioners that the increase in the E-911 budget would be used to “bulk up” the medical insurance budget.
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The following arrests were reported by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office for the week of December 17, 2013 through December 29, 2013.
John Tedders, December 17, 2013, burglary (three counts), interference with government property (two counts), theft by taking (one count) and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (two counts). [Full Story »]
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal gave the keynote address at the Governor’s Public Safety Awards (GPSA) ceremony held on Thursday, December 12 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth. Twenty-three outstanding public safety professionals, including Mike Patterson of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, were recognized for acts of heroism and seven were commended for contributions to their profession. The recipients were given medallions and their names were added to the GPSA monument located inside the GPSTC. [Full Story »]
The Eastman Police Department made the following arrest the week of December 17, 2013 through December 23, 2013.
Martes Robinson, age 29, 707 Abbeville Highway Eastman, was charged with obstructing law enforcement officers (one count).
Ambus Pitts, age 32, 111 Bethel Street Apartment A Eastman, firearms discharge near highway/street (one count), aggravated assault (one count) and possession of firearm by convicted felon (one count). [Full Story »]
The Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce was pleased to award the City of Chauncey with a Local Tourism Enhancement Grant for the Chauncey School. The grant will be used toward restoration efforts by the city for the school. Pictured (l-r) are Araina Reaves, chamber president Judy Hemphill Madden, Theron McCranie, Chauncey Mayor Carrie Carr with Kamyia Smith and Tina Nobles.
The Eastman Police Department made the following arrest in connection with the gang related shooting on November 27, 2013.
Lemmiele Fullwood, age 33; Charles Fullwood, age 31; and Ronnie White, age 32 were charged with aggravated assault, battery, gang related activity and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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The annual Eastman Lions Club Parade was held in downtown Eastman on Saturday, December 14. Children and adults alike came to see St. Nicholas arrive in Eastman. Float winners for the 2014 Eastman Lions Club Christmas Parade are: third Place: The Club; second Place: the Bus Shop; and first place belongs to the Girl Scouts. Representatives from these organizations will be invited to attend an upcoming Lions Club Meeting to receive their respective plaques. Thanks to all who participated despite the threat of rain. (Photo by Cindy Eckles)
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Dodge County offices in the main courthouse closed November 11, 2013 (recognizing Veterans Day), which has been deemed inappropriate under Georgia law.
Dodge County Tax Commissioner Kay Graham and Dodge County Magistrate Judge Lonnie Parkerson went before the Dodge County Board of Commissioners on Monday, November 4, 2013 requesting that they reconsider and give county employees Veterans Day as a paid holiday. [Full Story »]
The Chief of Police in Rhine has asked the Eastman office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to investigate an allegation of a theft from the Rhine City Hall recently.
The GBI is currently in the process of having an audit of records completed before they determine what steps to take next in the case. No further information was available at presstime.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal appointed a new Superior Court judge to the Oconee Judicial Circuit on Monday, December 9. C. Michael Johnson, an Eastman attorney, was named to the newly created position, which will give the six-county circuit a third Superior Court judgeship. The Oconee circuit includes Bleckley, Dodge, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair and Wheeler counties. The circuit has had two judges since the 1970s.
Brooke Best (c) was named Miss Chieftain at the pageant held at the Magnolia Theatre on Saturday, December 7 in Eastman. Other award winners were (l-r) Carla Lawson (4th runner up, Miss Congeniality, and Interview Award); Jamira Orange (People’s Choice Award); Macy Coleman (2nd runner up); Brooke Best (Miss Chieftain and Talent Award); Jazmine Barden (1st runner up and evening gown award); Anna Kate Hickman (3rd runner up and Miss Gina Cook Award); Samantha Campbell (Miss Photogenic). (Photo by Emory Rogers Photography)