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Six Republicans qualify in 10th Congressional District

Six Republicans qualify in 10th Congressional District

Six people, all Republicans, have qualified to run for the 10th Congressional District seat. That distirct includes Baldwin, Hancock, Washington and Johnson counties, and Paul Broun is vacating that seat to run for U.S. Senate.

The candidates in the 10th so far are:

Donna Sheldon, Monroe, business owner;

Garry Gerrard, Athens, attorney;

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- After more than 80 years as the Georgia State Capitol's most prominent statue, the likeness of 19th century white supremacist politician and newspaperman Tom Watson was quietly removed the day after Thanksgiving.

That prompted some civil rights leaders to ask that it be replaced with a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr.

State Representative Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) even introduced a bill to make it happen.

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

The time is near for picking out pumpkins and decorating for autumn!

Where to Go for Pumpkin Patches:

  • Elliott Farms, Lizella: features a pumpkin patch, tractor hay rides, snacks, farm animals. Opens in October. Call 478-935-8180 for more information.
  • Troup Corn, Laurens County: Features corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch and a mini-maze. Call 478-272-8170. Open October 12-November 23
  • Twin Oaks Fun Farm, Monroe County. Features pumpkins and a corn maze. 
  • Our Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm, Hawkinsville. Check their Facebook page for updates.Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Also enjoy cider or cocoa on the porch while the kids climb the hay mountain. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Crooked Pines in Eatonton: Pumpkin Festival October 5, 6

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Fifty years ago this month, Martin Luther King told America about his dream.

In August 1963, he delivered his "I have a dream" speech to a huge crowd in Washington DC.

That became one of the landmark moments of the civil rights movement.

This week and next, thousands of Americans will travel to the nation's capital to commemorate that day including many from Central Georgia.

But it's also a time to remember the way it was, how America changed and why.

When getting a drink at a fountain came down to color and the ease of buying a car was based on what you looked like, that was Central Georgia 50 years ago.

In that time Felton Miller lived according to the rules of black and white.

"You were white and I was black. They didn't care about me than a rabbit out there in the woods," he says.

Miller, now 83 years old, was born and raised in Jones County. The segregated South was what Miller described as hard and unfair.

OFTC Student’s Apprenticeship Leads to Local Award

OFTC Student’s Apprenticeship Leads to Local Award

Sandersville, GA - Oconee Fall Line Technical College student Emmaline Godfrey has been working and going to school since the 9th grade, and her dedication to success has already paid off before she has completed college.

This month Emmaline was voted by locals in the Sandersville Progress newspaper poll as “Simply The Best Nail Tech” in Washington County.

“Thanks to everyone who voted for me; I am honored,” said Emmaline.

Emmaline currently works at The Hair Palace in Sandersville as an apprentice while she completes her Cosmetology diploma at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC).

“I started at OFTC right after high school graduation,” said Emmaline. “I love working in my hometown, and I am thankful for the opportunity to apprentice under Tracey Price while I’m still working to complete my diploma at OFTC.”

Bethany Baptist Church Holds "Painting with Pals"

Bethany Baptist Church Holds "Painting with Pals"

Bethany Baptist Church in Cochran held their third Painting with Pals event Friday night.  Attendees paid $20 and received instruction from Sandersville, GA artist Stephanie Sellars. 

Proceeds from the event went toward purchasing backpacks for children in Appalachia.  With $68 raised Friday, seventeen backpacks will be purchased.  The next Painting with Pals is scheduled for October 18. 

To learn more about what's happening at Bethany Baptist Church, visit their website.

Mercer University Cheerleaders to Host Camp for Kids

Mercer University Cheerleaders to Host Camp for Kids

The Mercer University Cheerleaders will hold a camp for children ages 5-14 July 8-12 and July 15-19.  The camp will be held at the Macon campus.  Times are are noon to 5 pm.  Cost is $120 per session and includes a T-shirt.

Checks, made payable to Mercer University Cheerleading, should be sent to 1400 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31027 (Attn: Mercer Cheerleading) along with waiver/registration form. 

Call 551-427-8968 or email MercerUniversityCheerleading@gmail.com for more information.