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DNR aims to increase quail population

DNR aims to increase quail population

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says they hope a partnership with numerous organizations in the state will boost the quail population.

Earlier this evening several groups signed the Georgia Bobwhite Quail Technical Team Memorandum of Agreement.

It's a mouthful, but what it means is that, DNR will provide free help to farmers or land owners that want to tailor their landscape to make it more quail friendly.

Milledgeville to Host Georgia Literary Festival

Milledgeville to Host Georgia Literary Festival

Milledgeville plays to the 2013 Georgia Literary Festival this November.

Keynote speakers include Milledgeville native Sean Hill, who is an author and a poet and Judson Mitcham, the Poet Laureate of Georgia.

That's this weekend from Nov. 8-10.

Hill currently is a professor in Alaska and Mitcham is Senior Lecturer at Mercer University.

Last year, the weekend-long festival ensued on Jekyll Island.

Read more details on the festival.

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

Greenway Closed Until Further Notice

Greenway Closed Until Further Notice

The Oconee River Greenway is closed until further notice. The organization posted that update Monday evening, citing the rapidly rising river.

That's according to the official Facebook page.

Georgia Trust to Help Fund Barn Restoration at Andalusia

Georgia Trust to Help Fund Barn Restoration at Andalusia

Fiction writer Flannery O'Connnor's former Milledgeville home will be made like new again with help from donors and The Georgia Trust. Historic Preservation Fund.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation gave $2,500 to the Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation, according to a release.

The Foundation plans to restore the cow barn at Andalusia where O'Connor and her mother, Regina, lived, according to a release.

The foundation has been able to complete a few restoration projects since joining the Trust's Places in Peril list in 2006.

Read the full release:

Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Baldwin County's minority population reached 46 percent last year, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research. That is the percentage of the population in the county who is another ethnicity other than white non-hispanic.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)

Website Launches to Assist Local Entrepreneurs

Website Launches to Assist Local Entrepreneurs

The Milledgeville Downtown Development Authority announced a new small business grant program just last week. This week, the website is ready for viewing and will fully inform the community of the ins and outs of the program. Businesses and interested community members alike can learn how BOOST works and how to apply or become an investment member.

The website is easy to maneuver and will be updated regularly to reflect meeting dates, application deadlines and stories from the media. Online visitors will be able to get information on being a BOOST member and/or view the application process and review a list of FAQ’s. The DDA encourages feedback through the ‘Contact’ tab as well.

“The dedication from Digital Bridges to quickly create and update the website has been a tremendous help in getting this program off the ground”, said Downtown Development Authority board and Charter BOOST member Donna Collins.