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  • Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000: Monroe County deputies awarded national medal of valor - Macon Telegraph: Local & State
    The sacrifices of two Monroe County deputies earned them national recognition this week.
  • Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:41:00 +0000: Gas prices down a nickel a gallon in Macon area - Macon Telegraph: Local & State
    Average retail gasoline prices in Macon have fallen 5.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging about $2.51 per gallon.
  • Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:28:00 +0000: Fourth of July: Calling all readers - Macon Telegraph: Local & State
    With Independence Day approaching, we need help from our readers on a story. Does your neighborhood celebrate the Fourth of July in a special way -- with a cookout, fireworks, decorations or even a small parade? What other traditions does your neighborhood observe? Email your short response to Jeremy Timmerman at using the subject line “July Fourth.” Please include your name and a daytime phone number. The deadline is noon Wednesday.
  • Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:33:00 +0000: Gordon mayor lacked authority to appoint city attorney, court rules - Macon Telegraph: Local & State
    Gordon’s mayor did not have the authority to appoint a new city attorney after a vote to fire the man who’d held the job for more than 35 years, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday.
  • Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:33:00 +0000: Overnight Macon accident leads to power outage near Napier, Hillcrest - Macon Telegraph: Local & State
    A vehicle crashed into a utility pole early Monday, leaving hundreds of Georgia Power customers without electricity.

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  • Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:03:00 +0000: The climate change - The Dodge County News
    The great writer Alan Caruba died unexpectedly on Monday, June 15, at age 77. From his last column, courtesy of, the last paragraph Alan wrote:
    “An entire generation has grown up and graduated from college since the first lies about global warming were unleashed. That’s how long Heartland and others have labored to present the truth. If the media fails to take notice of this week’s conference, you will know that the battle will continue for a long time to come.” He refers to the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change, sponsored by the Heartland Institute. The Heartland Institute does not accept government funding and has a $6 million annual budget, supported by about 8,300 individual donors.
    Don’t bother looking for big media to mention any of this. They ignore events they don’t like in hopes they will give up and go away. That shows you these Heartland folks are good guys and gals. They are not global warming fans – yes, they are climate skeptics and deniers!
    Alan Caruba (1937-2015) Rest In Peace. I’ll bet you have never seen him on television. Neither have I, not even on overrated Fox Network. The medialeft will try to keep the good ones off television, and Fox seems to follow along. They try to “Sobranize” the effective conservative types just as they destroyed the careers of Joe Sobran, Sam Francis and others they didn’t like. Mr. Caruba’s columns are available on several Internet sites.
    The climate change – cooling crowd has resurfaced, now re-pushing the 1970s Impending Ice Age Theory. They’re theorizing that we will be freezing in July, desperately trying to keep warm. One group warns of cooling; another continues to push warming theories.
    Paul Harvey used to call them the “sue-ers,” litigious people who loved to sue for usually ridiculous reasons, hoping for a generous settlement. She was recently forced to quit her NAACP job. Her parents live in Montana and say Rachel is a Caucasian. refers to Rachel Donegal as “a serial litigant.” A few years back she sued Howard University in D.C. for discrimination against whites (herself) then later claimed to be black and became head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington. Someone suggested the goofy Ms. Dolezal should have a reality television show.

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  • Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:02:00 +0000: Letter to the Editor - The Dodge County News
    Dear editor,
    “Choose your battles well.”These words of wisdom have been around for a long time. But, as is so often the case, when it comes to wisdom, many people don’t get it.
    There are too many battles available to try to fight them all. Some battles are worth fighting and some are not. Choose carefully where you are going to invest your time and energy in engaging in life’s battles.
    We are once again seeing a poorly chosen battle that seems to appear every decade or so. That is the battle of the Confederate flag. In the past, this battle has had two results--more Confederate flags sell than before and racial tensions increase. The only groups who benefit from the battle are those who sell flags and those who make their living by keeping racial tensions alive. For the rest of us, it would have been better if this battle had never started.
    Yes, there are battles raging that are worth our time and energy. Many who are engaged in these more important battles, such as government control vs. individual freedom, are glad to see the flag battle raging. They can divert our attention to the flag battle and use it as a decoy while they continue their devious power grabs unnoticed.
    My heart goes out to those involved in the recent tragedy in Charleston, SC. My heart is warmed by the way that the people of Charleston and around the nation have come together to try to bring healing in the face of such pain. But, my disdain goes to those who have used this event to spout their political agenda on gun control or to once again raise up the battle over a flag. We see on the one hand good people coming together and on the other hand we see radicals trying to divide so as to conquer.
    Jesus once spoke of those who strain at gnats while swallowing camels. These are those who major on the minors of life while missing that which is truly important.
    You only have one life. Make it count for good – for people and causes worthy of your efforts. Select your priorities wisely. In other words, “choose your battles well.”
    Steve Casey
  • Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:01:00 +0000: Letter to the Editor - The Dodge County News
    Dear editor,
    Having recently celebrated Memorial Day, Flag Day and upcoming Fourth of July, I felt that it would be a public service to remind everyone of the dos and don’ts for celebrating the red, white and blue. Celebrate the proper way with these tips for flying the Stars and Stripes.
    Do be sure that the union (the blue field) is at the top if you hang the flag from a staff projecting from a window or building. Do position the union so that it is at the farthest point from the building when suspending a flag over a sidewalk. Do retire frayed or worn flags; they’re no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country.  But don’t throw them in the trash, as most American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars posts host flag-burning ceremonies for this purpose, often on Flag Day. Go to or to find your local post.
    Don’t display a flag at night unless it’s illuminated. If lighting it isn’t possible, make sure to take yours down at sunset. Don’t fly your flag in the rain or other inclement weather unless it’s an all-weather flag. Don’t allow the flag to touch anything beneath it.
    The source of this information came from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    Gail T. Bennett
  • Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000: Clinch district title - The Dodge County News
    The 12 and under (12U) Dodge County All Stars girls softball team traveled to Claxton to compete in the district tournament June 19 through June 24. The girls went undefeated in district play. They began on June 19 with their first win against Hawkinsville 1-0. Dodge went on to play Metter, winning 17-10 and also adding a win over Bleckley 19-3. Dodge advanced to the championship game, defeating Hawkinsville 10-1. The girls advanced to the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association State Playoffs to be held in Adele July 7 through July 10. The first game will be on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:00 p.m. Pictured (first row, l-r) Jessie Trawick, Annie Jones, Logan White, Kyla Howell and Mattie Grace Hutcheson; (second row, l-r) Bailey Harvey, Gracie Lewis, Makiyah Roberson, Sydney Powell, Kaylee Mullis, Linzy Bowen and Jacey Hickman; and (third row, l-r) coaches Al Lewis, Shawn Powell and Derek Hutcheson.
  • Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000: Letter to the Editor - The Dodge County News
    Dear editor,
    Please remember to follow the consumer fireworks safety tips to ensure that you will have a safe holiday. The cardinal rule is to use common sense!
    Some of the primary Phantom Fireworks safety tips include never allowing children to handle fireworks. Only sober adults should handle and ignite the fireworks. A designated shooter, like a designated driver, should be the one in charge of the fireworks. Use in a clear, open space free from debris and combustibles. Shoot on a hard, flat surface. Keep your audience a safe distance from your launch site, fireworks travel paths and fallout zones. Have a ready source of water close by. A connected hose is best, but a bucket of water or fire extinguisher will do. Do not relight duds. Follow all laws. Use a longneck butane lighter, punk or Phantom Pyro torch to light the fireworks. Never put any part of your body over a firework or in its travel path.
    For a complete list of all of the recommended fireworks safety tips, visit the “Fireworks University” section of at
    Please enjoy the Independence Day holiday with your family and celebrate safely.
    William A. Weimer
    Phantom Fireworks vice president

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