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  • Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000: Superintendent Hilliard conducts first board of education meeting - The Dodge County News
    By Taelor Rye
    Dodge County School Superintendent Mike Hilliard participated in his first Dodge County Board of Education meeting in his new position on July 14, overseeing the approval of a slew of requests for the schools in the district.
    Because the Dodge Pre-K salary schedule is different than the board’s typical salary schedule for classified employees, former superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis requested a waiver from the state to adopt the Dodge County paraprofessional salary schedule for Dodge Pre-K.
    Susan Adams, assistant commissioner of Georgia’s Pre-K Program and Instructional Supports, returned correspondence granting an approval of Dennis’s request, which the board moved to adopt, streamlining the pre-k’s salary schedule with the K-12 salary schedule across the county.
    The county’s personnel salary schedule is based on the State of Georgia’s salary schedule, which was not by necessity, as the county’s strategic waiver system allows the county to set its own salary schedule. Still, the board moved to adopt the state’s schedule.
    In addition, certified personnel will receive a one-year reimbursement of austerity money taken by the state for about 12 years, according to Hilliard. The board moved to multiply each employee’s supplement, which is three percent of his or her current salary, by 1.5, adding that supplement to employees’ November paychecks.
    Simply, a hypothetical employee who makes $3,000.00 would receive a bonus of $900.00 from the state. Multiplying $900.00 by 1.5 yields $1,350.00, which is the total supplement that the employee would receive.
    Developed with Dr. Melinda Dennis and Wendy Dennis, the supplement is “probably the most generous package that we’ve seen in the RESA area,” Hilliard stated.
    Hilliard proposed allowing Misty Selph to become the new plan manager for benefits and payroll. Upon board member Robert Peacock’s recommendation, Hilliard amended his recommendation to include himself in the event that Selph is unavailable to perform an associated task. The board approved the motion.
    Currently, the board has had multiple renovation and construction projects in place.
    According to Dodge County Schools Maintenance Director Jack Taylor, projects at the elementary schools will not be completely finished by teachers’ August 2 return date, but he stated, “We’ll have the building ready so we can have class.”
    Additionally, Taylor stated that Dodge County Middle School’s (DCMS) softball and baseball field will be ready in time for baseball season in the spring. Work to be done includes putting up the fence, connecting power to the new building and adding sod and sprinklers.
    The board approved bids for seven-foot fences in front of the home and away dugouts for the Dodge County High School (DCHS) baseball and softball fields. The price of the fences for the baseball field is $2,700.00 paid to R and D Designs; Jody Batts Fencing’s competing bid was $3,400.00.
    However, Jody Batts Fencing’s approved bid for the softball field fences, $550.00, was lower than R and D Design’s bid, which was $1,288.00.
    The board also approved a reimbursement request from athletic director Rex Hodges for field leveling services at the price of $3,842.17.
    Concerning floor replacement for the board office’s lobby and kitchen, the board voted to go with Floor Gallery, whose $4,179.00 bid was lower than Daniel Thompson’s bid of $4,660.00.
    Dodge County Board of Education Transportation Director Bodie Gray recommended that the board go through with the sale of two buses that have “been causing trouble ever since they’ve been there.”
    Gray detailed the numerous expenses that the buses have cost the district over the years, stating that the board should sell those two buses to offset the purchase of a 72-passenger bus. The board accepted his recommendations.
    The board voted to renew its subscriptions to SharpSchool, which hosts the district’s websites, and VMWare, which is software that controls the district’s servers, for the upcoming school year.

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  • Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:59:29 +0000: Dodge County Indians prepare passing game - The Dodge County News
    By Cameron Hardin
    The Dodge County High School Football Team hosted a seven on seven passing league tournament at Dodge County’s Memorial Stadium in Eastman on Thursday, July 14, 2016. A passing league tournament is an event held by various high school football teams throughout the summer in preparation of the upcoming football season. This particular event was completed with the athletes in nothing more than helmets, shorts and t-shirts.

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  • Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:48:43 +0000: Legals July 20, 2016 - The Dodge County News
    All credi­tors of the Es­tate of ISA­BELLE HEN­LEY JOHN­SON are here­by no­ti­fied to render in their de­mands to the un­der­signed in ac­cor­dance with the law, and all per­sons in­debt­ed to said Es­tate are re­quired to make im­me­diate pay­ment to me.
    This the 14th day of July, 2016.
    Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the
    Es­tate of ISA­BELLE HEN­LEY JOHN­SON, De­ceased
    117 Wil­cox Road
    East­man, Geor­gia 31023

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    All debtors and credi­tors of the Es­tate of AN­NIE WIL­LIAMS, de­ceased, late of Dodge Coun­ty, Geor­gia, are here­by no­ti­fied to render in their de­mands to the un­der­signed ac­cord­ing to law and all oth­er per­sons in­debt­ed to said Es­tate are re­quired to make im­me­diate pay­ment to the un­der­signed.
    This the 23rd day of June, 2016.
    P.O. Box 995
    East­man, GA 31023
    5425 An­son Ave­nue
    Post Of­fice Box 130
    East­man, Geor­gia 31023

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  • Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:02:00 +0000: A winning issue - The Dodge County News
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward, D.O., running against pathetic RINO John McPain says, “Tell the RNC to put the wall in the platform.” Amen! Good move, Dr. Ward – too bad the party insiders are too gutless to do so. That is a winning issue. Border control wins – just ask California’s retired U.S. Senator and Governor Pete Wilson. Pete went against the party “experts” and won big. Donald Trump is a savvy politician and knows how to win. Unlike meek Mitt and McCain, Trump will hit back at his attackers. Donald can handle horrible Hillary crooked Clinton – HHCC?
    Horrible Hillary tries to define Donald Trump as inexperienced, radical, dangerous, sounding like Ronald Reagan’s opponents a few years back. Ronnie made fools of those folks and DJT is set to do the same. Trump has Reagan’s political savvy with a different yet effective delivery.
    Washington Examiner writer Paul Bedard says, “Feds spend $20,000 to settle every refugee.” Of course, once in the USA they are immediately eligible for cash welfare, food stamps, housing and medical aid, according to a new report on the “refugee industry.” Do you still think the current president is doing a fine job of opening the USA to all comers? These are pre-Democrat voters pouring into the essentially borderless country.
    D.C. Repubs fight harder against Trump than they do against Obama. They’re willing to work with Obama while they hate Trump. Yes, they’re the Stupid Party. “Trump is a threat to the old order,” says Sean Hannity. The in crowd is content to be in permanent 2nd place.
    Never forget – Omar Mateen, Orlando shooter, age 29, pledged support to ISIS and is a registered Democrat voter in Florida.
    From (highly recommended site): “If you’re not a globalist, you’re a nationalist.”
    Kenn’s Law #56
    From  5-31-16  comment section: “Time and again the GOP political class have tailored their election message to what would be acceptable to the denizens at DC cocktail circuit. A new dawn is here.”

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  • Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:01:00 +0000: Letter to the editor - The Dodge County News
    Dear editor,
    As a retired military police officer, and former city police officer, and deputy, I, like most Americans are sicken by the cold blooded murder like executions of our law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana recently.
    What’s the one common denominator that a featured shared by all these individuals who has blood on their hands for all these senseless acts of violence?
    As long as we have hate fomented by a racist segment of out society, this mayhem will not stop.
    This so called rag tag organization “Black Lives Matter” that is made up of thugs, cowards, punks and criminals spring up based on myths and lies about cops targeting black Americans. Does any rational person really believe that a white cop just wakes up every morning, makes coffee and says “Hey, I think I’ll go out and kill me a black guy today”? Black Lives Matter plays the victim card, ducks responsibility and claims that blacks suffering entitles them to a free pass. Why not call the Black Lives Matter for what it is, it’s a terrorist organization and should be considered as such. It continues to be fueled by this president, the attorney general, democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the media and the leftist political hacks. As long as this fraud President Obama, continues to invite Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and yes, “Black Lives Matter” to the White House and legitimizes these media whores, this will continue.
    The little sleepy town of Eastman that I grew up in even has our own trouble makers John Battle who frequently incites news headlines over a state flag and keeps Dodge County asunder. 
    Eastman, and America in the 1950’s 60’s my generation is gone forever. Welcome to the Godless society of idiots, freeloaders, heathens and morons.
    TSGT Joseph Bryan, U.S.A.F. Ret

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