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24-hour batting cage opens in Milledgeville

Four baseball and softball dads started an indoor 24-hour batting cage in Milledgeville. They say it's the first of it's kind in the area and want people to be able to practice whenever they can.

A little rain didn't stop the Georgia Force 16 and under softball team from practicing. On Saturday they played indoors for the first time at Milledgeville's "Between the Lines" batting cage that opened in early April.

Coach Walter Greene says he likes that it's open 24 hours a day and is local. "There's never been anything like this really here in Milledgeville. And I know a lot of people they go to McDonough, they go to Marietta, they go to Byron, Warner Robins, Covington," said Greene.

Four baseball and softball dads, who coach, pooled their money together to open it. "We have four cages set up right now 70-footer, two 55s, and a 35 footer," said Spencer Bass, co-owner.

New film festival to launch in Milledgeville

A group of community leaders and business people are bringing 'show time' to Milledgeville.

The city will play host to the first Milledgeville Film Festival, a three-day event kicking off at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Magnolia Ballroom on Hancock Street.

Some of the guests include Stevie Lynn Jones, co-star of the hit TV drama "Crisis," and a director, cinematographer and actor from the new film "Young Americans," according to a news release from festival organizers.

The festival will also feature a red carpet walk, formal dinner, a keynote address by actress Stevie Lynn Jones, and the East Coast premiere of "Young Americans," followed by a Q and A session with the film's creators.

Matthew Withers and Alexandra Bartee, actors in the 2014 film, "Endless Love," will host the gala as well as the Q-and-A session.

Milledgeville man wins state award

A Milledgeville man won the state's Brother of the Year award and is now in the running for the top national honor, which will be announced later this month.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national mentoring organization for young children.

"I am ecstatic," LaVance Hurt said. "I'm very honored, but I am a humble man."

Hurt joined the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia three years ago.

That's when he was paired with his little brother, Rubin "RJ" Pyatt, now 13.

"When I mentor, I don't feel like it's a job or a duty. I feel that it's a calling. It's something that I should do," Hurt said.

Hurt says during his own childhood, he was in and out of juvenile centers.

But with the right guidance, he says he was able to turn his life around and get a nursing degree.

GCSU raises awareness on sexualt assault

Dozens of students gathered at Georgia College and State University to support victims of sexual assault.

The college's Women Center hosted what they call a survivor speakout called "Take Back the Night."

It happened on the school's Old Courthouse Lawn Thursday night.

Survivors shared their stories and how they've recovered.

They also gave advice to their peers.

The speakout ended with a candlelight vigil to celebrate the survivors gaining strength by sharing their struggle.

"You're not gonna get anything more real than a survivor themselves standing up there, see the tears being shed from their eyes," said Kathryn Tapp, a student at the college, "Finding out what happened to them...it brings a certain sense of realness that other seminars aren't going to provide for you."

Baldwin County 3rd-grader cool as ice from midcourt

William Burnett started coaching his son when he was in the crib.

"I used to walk past, and go (executes jump shot form in the air) and he'd respond with [the same] and from there it just took off. And that was in his baby pen," said William.

That was a little less than eight years ago. Christian Burnett, now in third grade at Blandy Hills Elementary in Milledgeville, tackled the basics early.

"Slide your feet and don't reach, because if you reach you're going to get a foul," said Christian.

That didn't keep him from playing tough, while his classmates were still playing with blocks. Eight year-old Christian's response, after being asked what kind of player he was in kindergarten: "Feisty."

The feisty five year-old got better. He also got a nickname from his dad: "Ice," based on late 1970's NBA star, George Gervin.

Jazz Artists Performing In Milledgeville

Jazz artists Maria Howell and The Mose Davis Trio will perform at An Evening of Jazz in Milledgeville on Friday, April 25th. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Allen's Market, located at 101 West McIntosh Street in downtown Milledgeville.

Tickets for the concert are $15.00 per person, and can be purchased at the Marlor House at 201 North Wayne Street, or online at www.milledgevillealliedarts.com. The Marlor House is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

If you like to start your morning off with a cup of coffee, you can get one for free for the next couple of weeks.

McDonald's is offering customers nationwide a free small cup of McCafe coffee for two weeks.

The promotion starts today at participating locations.

Customers can only get the free coffee during regular breakfast hours.
The offer from McDonald's comes as fast food competitor Taco Bell rolled out its first breakfast menu last week.