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Annual Kaolin Festival begins in Sandersville this weekend


This weekend, folks in Sandersville will celebrate their biggest business, Hollywood style.

It's time for the annual Kaolin Festival.

This year's theme is "Lights, Camera, Kaolin!"

Festival co-chair, Amber Veal, told our Lorra Lynch Jones they chose the theme because of Georgia's growing film industry.

"The entire county got involved with it this year and we're excited. They all wanted to participate and each downtown business and some businesses not located downtown, picked a movie that they wanted to promote and they've all got their shops decorated. They've got characters, all that fun stuff," said Veal.

Of course, Kaolin is the biggest industry in Sandersville.

The chalky substance is mined around Washington County.

Saturday's festivities begin with a parade in downtown Sandersville.

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Let's Dance Off Epilepsy event to be held in Sandersville

Let's Dance Off Epilepsy event to be held in Sandersville

The 2nd annual Let's Dance Off Epilepsy will be held in Sandersville November 14 at 2 p.m. at the T.J. Elder Multipurpose Center on Hall Street.

According to a news release, the event is being held to help citizens understand the effects of epilepsy.

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Shemekia Gaston at 706-399-3629.

Offer vs. Serve Program Begins at Ridge Road Schools

Offer vs. Serve Program Begins at Ridge Road Schools

The Washington County School Nutrition Program will be introducing a new way of serving lunch to our students at Ridge Road Primary and Ridge Road Elementary beginning Monday, September 14.  This new method called Offer vs. Serve allows each student to make choices, following guidelines provided by USDA, as they move through the serving line. Washington County High School and T.J. Elder Middle School cafeterias already use this program.

Each day at lunch, items are prepared from the five food groups:  meat, grain, vegetable, fruit, and milk. Beginning Sept. 14, students must select items from three of the five groups and one of the three choices must be a vegetable or a fruit serving. This is the minimum that a student is required to pick up, but the student may select every item, as is being served to him at this time. If there is an item or two that the student does not like, he will have the opportunity to pass over it. This will help minimize food waste.

Residents protest closing of Kaolin Park in Sandersville


What Sandersville police are calling "illegal activity" shut down a Washington County Park earlier than usual this evening.

"We came in and we were told we had to leave the park at 4 p.m.," Tim McAfee, coach of Washington County's Little League team, said.

That's six hours earlier than Kaolin Park usually closes.

"It got cut short due to them closing the park down for some reason," McAfee said.

That reason, according to Sandersville Police, was illegal activity happening at the park on Sunday evenings.

"This is due to the fact that we have some illegal drinking, there's been some drag racing going on out here," Lieutenant Max Smith said.

Smith says crowds of up to 300 people have been warned to clean up their act.

"The park's been left in a mess with beer bottles, beer cans, littering."

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Golden Hawk Lifters Capture State AAA Championship

Golden Hawk Lifters Capture State AAA Championship

Congratulations to the Washington County High School weight lifting team for capturing the AAA State Championship. Lifters and their accomplishments inlcude: Tyquan Chrisitan, 140 and under State Champion and the pound-for-pound strength to weiht ration Strongest Man Award winner; Anthony Robers, 151-161 lb State runner-up; Kevon Milerson, 151-161 3rd place; Jacob Daniels, 161-171 lb 2nd State runner-up; Logan Hunt, 226-245 lb State Champion; Odell Jones, heavyweight State Champion; Chandler Seales, Heavyweight State Runner-up; Benny Monroe, heavyweight 3rd place. Coaches are Joel Ingram, Robbie Blocker and Brandon Dickson.

Hilson Signs with Point University

Hilson Signs with Point University

Washington County High School defensive back and wide receiver Dylan Hilson signed a Letter of Intent to play football at Point University in West Point, Georgia. WCHS football coch Joel Ingram commented, "Dylan has a long, rangy build and  great deal of athletic ability. He has a high ceiling of potenial for development."

Pictured are sitting L to R: Jauquine Hines, AD Larry Bates, Supt. Dr. Donna Hinton, Antonia Hilon, and Ingram. Standing are Stacie Hines, Dylan Hilson, Anthony Hilson.

 

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