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Oconee Regional appoints new interim CEO

Randall Hoover has been selected as interim CEO of Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville.

That's according to a news release. The release says Hoover's starting date is Monday.

Hoover has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare administration and served as CEO in hospitals in Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.

This comes after the hospital paid former CEO Jean Aycock more than $350,000 to resign, according to a separation agreement. Aycock resigned amid financial problems that recently led to about a dozen layoffs.

Last year, Oconee partnered with Navicent Health, which helps manage the hospital. Recently, the public and some doctors have complained about cuts at the hospital and Navicent's role.

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Gary Thrower wins in Milledgeville mayoral election

UPDATE 10:13 P.M:

It took less than an hour for Baldwin County Board of Elections to count the votes in the race for Milledgeville Mayor.

Gary Thrower beat former Mayor Floyd Griffin, 50.78% to 49.22%. The actual numbers show just how close the vote was 1,134 votes for Thrower to 1,099 votes for Griffin. A difference of just 35 votes.

Thrower was emotional when he heard the results and celebrated with friends and family. He says he's looking forward to taking office and moving Milledgeville into the future. "Try to build trust with the existing council. Hopefully let them know that I'm here to work with them as a teammate. I want them to trust me and I want to be able to trust them," said Thrower.

Thrower says bringing economic development to the city is also on the top of his list.

Several cars burned in Milledgeville fire

Milledgeville police responded to a call in the 1400 block of North Columbia Street on Sunday night. According to a post on the department's Facebook page, several cars were on fire near a vacant building. The building also was damaged.

Milledgeville and Baldwin County fire departments extinguished the blaze.

It's unknown what caused the fire and the investigation was turned over to the fire department, according to the Facebook post.


Pastor warns: Choose contractors carefully

ID=29888321Solid Rock Outreach Ministry Pastor Valina Reeves says their building caught fire on April 1. Fire officials said the cause was lightning. After her insurance settlement came through, Reeves hired a contractor to rebuild.

"Next thing I know is that they took me," Reeves says. "They was trying to get every penny they could out of me, you know, and that hurts me. Being a woman, I didn't know didn't know any better. I thought I could trust them."

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Fire rips through part of Baldwin County home

A fire ripped through part of a home at 105 Sugarberry Drive Baldwin County Friday around 2 p.m.

Keith Meeks, a volunteer fireman with the Baldwin County Fire Department, says the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen. He says the firemen saved about 60 percent of the home.

Allied Arts Summer Camps continue July 13-17

Allied Arts Summer Camps continue July 13-17

Allied Arts is currently accepting registrations for “All Kindz of Art with Ms. Debbie” for July 13 – 17, 2015.

Ms. Debi and All Kindz of Art returns to Milledgeville for an art-filled, week-long camp. Projects will include drawing, painting, and sculpting using a variety of traditional and recycled materials. Each camp is different; returning and repeating campers will find new projects explore and create.

On the last day of camp, parents, family and friends will be invited to an exhibition of the camper’s artwork.

Session I, (9:00 am–12 noon) for 6-8 years of age will make a variety of unique and exciting projects to capture participates interest and imagination. Participants will gain experience and expertise creating a variety of two and three dimensional art pieces using traditional media and incorporating recyclable materials into some, in non-traditional ways.

Baldwin County summer meal program kicks off


The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning kicked off its summer food service program Thursday morning in Baldwin County.

The program provides free meals during the summer.

Deidria Bolden, the assistant commissioner for the Department of Early Care and Learning, says more than 900,000 children qualify during the school year for a free or reduced price meal.

But what about the summer?

Bolden says the federally funded summer food service program gives kids access to meals year round.