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After 93 years, Civil War drum returns to Sandersville

Jan Sparks' great-grandfather was a drummer boy in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

She said that growing up, the drum was displayed in her house.

Now, it's displayed publicly so that others can appreciate it, too.

Jan's great grandfather, Thomas Harris Sparks was only 14 years old at the start of the Civil War.

Since the minimum age to enlist was 16, Sparks became a volunteer for the Confederate Army as a drummer boy.

"He carried the drum and was a drummer boy until the Battle of Cold Harbor," Jan Sparks said, "At Cold Harbor, the fighting was so fierce, he put the drum down and picked up a gun, and that was the last he saw of the drum."

Until 50 years after the war.

That's when Thomas Sparks saw a letter in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Spring Fling Day 22: Pet Supplies

Spring Fling Day 22: Pet Supplies

Today let’s fling Fido and Fluffy’s stuff.  It’s time to fling those too small collars and bowls, treats that the cat just will not eat and the frayed leashes. If you have supplies from a long gone pet, like an aquarium or a hamster habitat, today is the day to let those go.


Now go flinging!  Please come back and tell me how many pet supplies you were able to fling today.


Summer camp signups still open

Summer camp signups still open

Report cards for Georgia schools released

Report cards for Georgia schools released

ATLANTA (AP) - State education officials say Georgia's elementary and middle schools improved overall during the last two years. But high schools on average are struggling to boost their students' performance.

That's according to new data released on Monday. The state is releasing two years of scores for school districts, including an update to previously released 2012 numbers.

The original 2012 numbers were the result of a similar system, rating schools on a scale of 100.

Crop mob helps out Sandersville farm

The Forest Grove Farm in Sandersville received a few extra pairs of hands.

The Crop Mob of Middle Georgia showed up to help with some much needed tasks for the farm.

The Crop Mob Organization is a group of young volunteers that go to different farms and help where it is needed.

Lyle Lansdell, owner of the Forest Grove Farm in Sandersville, has over 600 acres of land to take care of herself.

OFTC GOAL and Rick Perkins Winners speak at Sandersville Rotary

OFTC GOAL and Rick Perkins Winners speak at Sandersville Rotary

Sandersville, GA - Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s 2014 GOAL and Rick Perkins winners spoke to the Sandersville Rotary Club on Thursday, April 3rd about the importance of technical education.

Janet Smith, OFTC’s GOAL and Rick Perkins Coordinator, gave the Rotarians an overview of both programs before introducing the College’s 2014 GOAL winner Miriam Holtzclaw, an accounting student at OFTC's Sandersville campus. Miriam spoke about her choice of technical education and how important a local, affordable education was to her and her family.

Deal proposes overhaul of Ga. ethics commission

Deal proposes overhaul of Ga. ethics commission

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing an overhaul of the state ethics commission after a recent jury verdict in favor of an ex-commission employee who claimed retaliation for investigating the governor.

Deal's spokesman Brian Robinson said Monday that the governor's proposal would expand the commission and allow each branch of government to appoint four members. The current five-person commission would grow to 12.