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Baldwin County summer meal program kicks off


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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.

Lake Sinclair pirates pillage for puppies


Avast, mateys!

You may have seen some scurvy dogs making their way through Baldwin County Saturday.

The Lake Sinclair Pirates have been taking to the high seas for the last four summers. This year, the group of friends stepped up their efforts and started a fundraiser for the Friends of Baldwin County Animal Control.

Milledgeville Mayoral race headed to runoff


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UPDATE 6/16/15 11:23pm:

The votes in the race for Milledgeville's mayor is in and two of the candidates are headed for a runoff.

In Tuesday's special election, former Milledgeville Mayor Floyd Griffin and Businessman Gary Thrower received the most votes, but neither received the 50% needed to win.

Griffin received 44%, Thrower got 33%, and in third place, Melba Burrell, who received 22%.

Kids learn to draw cartoons at summer camp


Kids love cartoons, and some students in Milledgeville are learning how to draw them.

They learned about the basics of expression and movement in their drawings during a week-long summer camp at the Allied Arts.

Tim Oliphant of Nashville, who goes by "Mr. Ollie," taught the class.

Oliphant has been a cartoonist for more than 30 years.

He says the techniques he teaches his students are the same ones used by animators and comic book artists.

Oliphant says what he enjoys most about teaching is giving students the freedom to express themselves.

"One thing I stress a lot is them being creative, not just doing what I tell them to do, or what somebody else tells them what to do," he said.

One dead, 3 injured in Milledgeville shooting


Milledgeville police say one person is dead after a shooting early Sunday morning.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. near Soul Masters Diner on North Glynn Street. 21-year-old Dequan Key was pronounced dead at 3 a.m., according to John Gonzales, the Baldwin County coroner.

Authorities say three other people were injured and taken to area hospitals.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Milledgeville Police Department at 478-414-4000.


Shredder explosion causes fire in Milledgeville


It's Jane Sowell's job to tell people about the sites and sounds of Georgia's Antebellum Capital.

"It's funny. We just had a visitor here a little while ago," she said, standing on the steps of Milledgeville Convention and Visitor's Bureau, which looks a little less welcoming after catching on fire.

"One of my employees was shredding some documents and the shredder blew up and very quickly the office caught on fire."

That left the building damaged but not destroyed.

"Heavy damage in one office and the entire office is full of black soot," she said.

The explosion also left an employee shaken.

"We did have one person go to the hospital, just we were worried about smoke inhalation and her hair was kind of singed," she said.

Milledgeville hosts First Friday Beach Bash


The First Friday Beach Blast was back in Milledgeville for the fourth time.

"The first two years we had, we had 60 tons of sand, last year, we went up to 80 tons of sand, and this year, we have 100 tons of sand," said Deana Thornton, the program coordinator for Milledgeville Main Street.

She said the sand was donated by a company in Haddock, Standard Sand.

She said there was live music, snow cone vendors, and food and drinks for sale.

"There will also be some kids activities, face painting, there will be a car show down the street," Thornton said.

Also, for First Friday, a gift shop, Eclectic hosted an art show featuring pieces by artist Ryan Diamonds.

Chambliss Thompson, a Georgia College student, said the event was something fun to do during the summer break.