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Thieves targeting Ford, other pickups in Milledgeville


Some vehicles were reported stolen Thursday in the Milledgeville area.

The vehicles being targeted are Ford pickup trucks, according to a Milledgeville police news release. While three have been reported stolen, two have been recovered.

The first truck, a Ford F-150, was taken from the Harris Street area and recovered on Barrows Ferry Road. The second truck was taken from the River Ridge area and recovered on Longino Road. It had an enclosed trailer with various lawn equipment inside. The trailer and equipment were not recovered, according to the news release.

A white Ford F-250 with Georgia tag PD2HUG, was taken from Dunlap Road. It has not been recovered.

Milledgeville dentist accused of defrauding mother


A Milledgeville dentist was arrested Monday charged with felony theft by deception.

The victim is his mother, according to a news release from the Milledgeville Police Department.

Dr. Roy Lehrman was arrested at his home following what authorities said was an investigation of several months.

Lehrman had power of attorney over his mother and her finances, the release states. There were questions about how more than a half million dollars was being handled. Investigators learned Lehrman's mother was in the process of being evicted from the Savannah retirement home where she lived. Investigators said the rent hadn't been paid in months.

"Basic needs" of the victim also were not being cared for, the news release states.

Lehrman's mother was sent to Indiana where she could be cared for by other family members, the news release states.

GMC VP retires from active duty


Character Above All.

They're the three simple words that guide the students of Georgia Military College and how Brigadier General Curt A. Rauhut's colleagues summed up more than three decades of service.

"Curt's character is evidenced in his distinguished career as a soldier. Selfless service defines who he is," Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, Georgia Military College's President, said during a retirement ceremony Friday.

Friday, Georgia Military College's Vice President, who came to the college in July, officially closed that chapter by retiring from active duty.

"I have been extremely blessed having the opportunity to serve soldiers, civilians and family members for 30 years. We retire with great friends, fond memories and the eagerness to serve in a different capacity now."

After 5 months, Dermond case still stalemated


It has been five months and the Putnam County's sheriff admits the investigation into an elderly couple's murder is still stalemated.

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Georgia College launches Call Me MISTER


One university in Central Georgia is trying to increase the numbers of African American male teachers. It's through a program called "Call Me MISTER."

Senior Brandon Crockett is ready to make his mark on the world. The education student plans on teaching math to kids.

"The untapped potential that they have, I want to kind of tap into that potential and give them opportunities to grow academically and personally," said Crockett.

He said it's important that students are exposed to diverse teachers. "They need to know that the world of education is accessible to them. It's not some exclusive club that they can't get into."

That's why he's excited about his soon-to-be alma mater's program, Call Me MISTER.

Central State leaders to hash out redevelopment plan


In the push to bring more jobs back to Milledgeville, leaders of Central State Hospital's Redevelopment Authority are expected to meet in a few weeks to plan out the campus's future.

The 2,000-acre lot used to be home to the state's biggest mental health hospital.

Now, many of those buildings sit unused and empty.

A recent report, drawn up by a group of real estate experts who toured the campus during a week-long visit in June, recommends several ways to revive Central State Hospital.

They include connecting the campus to Bartram State Forest, incorporating government offices and businesses, even building conference and equestrian centers.

The 12-member board plans to meet in October to decide which of those ideas they'll move forward with.

G.M.C. holding retirement ceremony for General Rauhut


Georgia Military College will hold a retirement ceremony for Brigadier General Curt A. Rauhut on Oct.10 at its Milledgeville campus.

After serving in the Army for 30 years, General Rauhut began serving as GMC's Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on July 17th, 2014.

At the retirement ceremony, Rauhut will be awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the President of the United States, honoring his service in protecting our nation.

Rauhut's wife, Julie Rauhut, will also be awarded a Department of the Army Service Certificate of Appreciation, for her support and sacrifices to make her husband's contribution to the nation possible.

Lt. General William B. Caldwell, IV, President of Georgia Military College, will serve as the distinguished speaker at the ceremony.