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  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:35:00 +0000: Technology upgrades taking hold across Bibb County - Macon Telegraph: Local & State
    Anncee Watkins walked around Bernd Elementary School’s computer lab, monitoring her third-graders as they broke in new computers typing out an assignment on former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:01:00 +0000: Dense fog advisory posted for much of Middle Georgia - Macon Telegraph: Local & State
    Visibility is less than a quarter mile due to dense fog blanketing much of Georgia.
  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:26:00 +0000: More than 22,000 gallons of sewage spilled in Macon - Macon Telegraph: Local & State
    A broken sewer main late last week spilled about 22,500 gallons of sewage into a storm drain that leads to the Ocmulgee River, according to a report released Tuesday.
  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:26:00 +0000: State seeks cheating employers - Macon Telegraph: Local & State
    ATLANTA -- An untold number of Georgians are working when and where their bosses say, but instead of getting the benefits of employees, they are classified as contractors.
  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:26:00 +0000: Realtors group to give away trees in Macon Saturday - Macon Telegraph: Local & State
    The Middle Georgia Association of Realtors will be holding its third annual Free Tree Giveaway on Saturday.

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  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:35:10 +0000: Harvey Junior Moore - The Dodge County News
    Age: 87

    Died: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Arrangements: Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman was in charge of arrangements.
  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:10:00 +0000: Jeb Bush: “Demo Lite” - The Dodge County News
    Jeb Bush is the current “Demo Lite” open borders Republican candidate for president. Jeb even bused in supporters to the recent Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) yet finished low in the pack of conservative presidential candidates. This shows you how weak he actually is. The liberal media sense that Jeb, if nominated, will lose to a Democrat in the General Election. The clueless Republican establishment always claims such “moderates” are the key to electoral success in November 2016. They fall for the media hype.
    In years past the Republican in-crowd has pushed Nelson Rockefeller over Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford over Ronald Reagan, then Howard Baker and George Bush I over Reagan. Recent examples of this flawed strategy are John McCain, probably the weakest candidate running in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012, another weak candidate, though far more likable than McCain. In 2016 conservatives need to find one candidate to support and to reject media-hyped candidates.
    Jeb Bush married a Latina with expensive tastes, not a good image for someone trying to attract working class support in a run for the presidency.
    “Columba and Jeb have absolutely no frame of reference with which to understand ordinary Americans. Any advantage Bush may have gained from having a Hispanic wife will be eviscerated by the jeering commentary about her opulent tastes.”
    Thomas Martel on   2-28-15
    I doubt we will see savvy commentator Thomas Martel on Fox News. They generally hire less forceful writers, someone more “moderate.” You have to look around a bit to find the good ones. has them. Fox has too many liberals and watered down inoffensive “conservatives” seeking to sound “mainstream,” reaching out to liberals. Laura Ingraham is a good example of the type of conservative, focused commentator Fox should seek. She does not reach out to the Left. Her radio show is far better than Fox Network’s content. Bill O’Reilly is a type to avoid. I’ll take the Internet any time over watered-down Fox News.
    “Don’t buy the elite media line here or take the bait.”
    Laura Ingraham

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  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:09:00 +0000: Letter to the Editor - The Dodge County News
    Dear editor,
    I’m delighted to be able to share that the Eastman Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been activated. This has been a project that I have championed and my colleagues on the city council have recognized as a necessity for our community. This community win allows Eastman to work towards a future where our city central business district is an economically vibrant and fun destination. Installing the new DDA board was not about the city council passing along the “buck” to another group. The activation of our DDA was about giving Eastman an additional tool in its toolbox to shape the quality of life in our community, intelligently.
    I provide this disclaimer because where we grow from here will be the result of a thoughtful and methodical approach. Our DDA will not be an event management group. Our DDA will not be a financial lender. Our DDA will not be a cosigner to assist in acquiring capital. What our DDA will be is a group of community minded individuals that will work in harmony with Eastman’s city council to focus, in 20/20 clarity, our residents’ vision of what their desired central business district looks like. I will labor on the behalf of Eastman with my colleagues and the DDA to develop a community supported vision plan that will serve as the blueprint for the reconstruction of the heart and soul of this community.
    The one thing that I ask of you is to train your minds to disassociate the narrow view of Main Street as the geographical boundary of our downtown. The downtown core of Eastman is more expansive than our historical main street. As a result of this, in the activating resolution of our DDA, which I sponsored before city council, the jurisdiction for the DDA was outlines in such a way that it captures what was once the business zone of Eastman in the 1980s. The makeup of this zone has not changed much in the last three decades and it seemed fitting to challenge the City of Eastman and the DDA with revitalizing this corridor.

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  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:07:00 +0000: Letter to the Editor - The Dodge County News
    Dear editor:
    Please allow me to address an issue that is near and dear to me because my family has been so devastated by cancer.  I am certain your family has also been touched, so therefore you will understand my plea.  When diagnosed with cancer, one’s world seems to fall apart. After a while, you find the strength to start making decisions.  We in Georgia are lucky to have options.  Most of us have hospitals near us.  So is that the obvious choice?  Or do we go to Atlanta where several more hospitals are located?  That’s usually the choice when it’s really “bad.”  
    But whatever the situation, you make a decision based on research or referral.  So you’ve chosen a doctor or hospital, only to learn that you cannot have the services you wish, because the Georgia Legislature has limited the number of Georgians that can be treated in a Georgia facility.
    I come to you today to beg your support of any bill which is presented that will change the limits currently imposed on Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA).  Let Georgians with cancer be free to have options at any and all facilities in Georgia. 
    I am an avid supporter of CTCA. My husband was a patient in the Chicago facility before the Newnan facility was built and my nephew, who is a Medicare recipient, is a current patient at CTCA in Newnan.  His cancer diagnosis was termed extremely rare at a “local” hospital.  CTCA was able to treat him successfully and he is currently cancer free.
    Alecia (Lisa) D. McKinley
  • Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000: New trailer business to open in Milan - The Dodge County News
    Covey Resources, LLC, will be opening a new business in Milan soon, according to Milan Mayor Jimmy Kirkland. Covey Resources, LLC, will manufacture and market quality competitively priced cargo trailers that can be used for business or personal use.

    County attorney John Harrington went before the Dodge County Board of Commissioner requesting approval of $100,000.00 for Covey Resources, LLC, from the Dodge County Revolving Loan Fund to help with the start up cost of beginning the company. According to Harrington, the revolving loan fund committee met and approved the request. Commissioner Jr. Howell made the motion, which was seconded by commissioner Terry Niblett, to loan Covey Resources, LLC, the $100,000.00 from the Dodge County Revolving Loan Fund.

    Revolving loan fund committee members are Dodge County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dan McCranie, Jim Green, Reggie Sheffield from Citizens Bank and Trust, Jon Butler from Colony Bank and John Jessup from Bank of Eastman. Ex-officio member of the committee is Charles Williams, representing the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce.

    Harrington then told commissioners that Reggie Sheffield and John Jessup requested to be replaced. Sheffield recommended Butch Kirkley and Jessup recommend Alan Long. Commissioners approved the recommendations of Harrington.

    Currently the balance in the revolving loan fund is $165,836.34.

    Interim Dodge County Manager Bobby Peacock presented county commissioners with a proposal from the Dodge County Firefighters Association referencing their allocation of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) allocation.

    According to the proposal, the firefighters association should receive $390,000.00 from SPLOST. The proposal stated that the county would fund projects for the rural fire departments up to 75% of the estimated amount and that this would insure that the county would receive the funds to cover the costs of the projects presented by the departments.

    The proposal then stated that if the amount collected from SPLOST exceeded 75%, then the departments would receive the remaining 25% or 3% of the amount collected.
    Commissioners approved the proposal.

    Discussion was held on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) building located on Foster Street. Peacock told commissioners that the building was paid for but some cosmetic work needed to be done and the lawn care was an issue that needed to be discussed. Interim chamber president Charles Williams went before the commissioners recommending that the commissioners continue to let the Eastman-Dodge Development Authority handle the FSA building and any negotiations for rent or maintenance that needed to be done on the building. Commissioner Watkins made the motion, seconded by Niblett, to let the development authority take control of the FSA building. The motion passed.
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