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Milledgeville Could Sue Baldwin County Over $1 Million

The City of Milledgeville could seek legal action against Baldwin County over unpaid SPLOST funds.

A June 14 letter from Mayor Richard Bentley to county officials says the county owes the city $1,037,486 million dollars from the 2005 SPLOST.

Bentley sent a letter to county commissioners explaining that if the funds were not paid by July 1, the city's attorney could move forward with a lawsuit to reclaim "SPLOST money rightfully due to the city and its citizens."

He wrote, in part, "It would appear to me that the county has decided to lay claim and convert the city's portion of the SPLOST funds for its own actions and purposes. This would appear to me to be an unprecedented and illegal action."

National HIV Testing Day is Today

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS.  Of that number, 1 in 5 don't know they have it. 

A recent report by USA Today shows that when it comes to new HIV cases, the South is leading the way. Nearly 50 percent of all new cases are happening in Arkansas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee,

In Georgia, more than 2,500 people were  living with AIDS in 2010.  That's according to numbers released by the Oconee Center.  Wednesday, the center will offer free HIV testing as part of National HIV Testing Day.

Man Battling Flesh-Eating Bacteria Could Go Home Soon

Good news for the Central Georgia man battling flesh eating bacteria. He could be out of the hospital as soon as next week.

Paul Bales was moved out of ICU last week, according to his son Mike.

"He has been told that the infection has stopped. We've saved his, his amputation is below the knee," said Mike by phone Thursday

He contracted the bacteria over a month ago when he cut his leg on the dock at his Lake Sinclair home.

His son says the first couple of week's were scary, but they're ecstatic that he's made it through the worst part.

"They expect him to walk again with a prosthetic. He's been sitting up for a couple of hours each day in a chair, and we've actually got him a walker so he's scheduled to start walking around the hospital hopefully pretty soon," said Mike

He says his dad is ready to get back to his home and spend time with his family.

Georgia College Names College of Business Interim Dean

Georgia College Names College of Business Interim Dean


MILLEDGEVILLE, GA— Dr. Dale Young has been appointed interim dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College.

Young will serve as interim dean while the dean, Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth, serves as interim provost during a national search to replace resigning Provost Sandra Jordan.

"Dr. Young is highly qualified to serve as dean while I am on assignment in the provost's office,” Liao-Troth said. “His prior service as interim dean and his expertise in business school leadership will serve our students, alumni and faculty very well."

Young previously served two years as interim dean prior to Liao-Troth’s arrival July 2010.

“We have a dedicated team of faculty and staff members in the College of Business,” Young said. “This next year is a great opportunity for all of us. We will continue our focus on student professional development as we execute our strategic plan.”

Middle Georgia Baseball League is Hosting a Free Game

Team 42 will be playing the Tigers of the Middle Georgia Baseball League, June 9, 2012.

The competition is open to the public and kicks off at 3:00pm at Mount De Sales High School.

The MGBL consist of players who are drafted from different areas of Middle Georgia.

It may not be the big league, but every game is a big game to the men that love baseball.

The president of the league, Chris Dunn, states "This league was created to provide for men, 18 and up, an alternative to softball and allows us to continue to play the game we grew up on."

The teams of the MGBL include the Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Indians, and the Tigers.

"42" Casting Needs Older Extras for Paid Appearances

Filmmakers are looking for older African-Americans and Caucasians to appear as extras in the movie "42." 

Rose Locke, of Catrett Locke Casting, says they still need younger extras too, but that older locals sometimes think they aren't wanted. 

They specifically want extras age 50 and older.


Extras will be paid $8 an hour for the first eight hours and $12 an hour after that, in addition to receiving breakfast, lunch and snacks.

"And it's a chance to see how a movie is made," Locke says.

The scenes they need to fill slots for will be shot mostly next Tuesday and Wednesday so extras should apply as soon as possible.

They will be fitted for their costumes on Monday.

Bibb Sheriffs Arrest Seven in Burglary Investigation

Seven Macon people have been arrested for a series of burglaries in Bibb and surrounding counties.

Bibb Chief Deputy David Davis led the effort, working with the Macon Police Department, Jones County Sheriff's Office, the Houston County Sheriff's Office and the Bibb County District Attorney's Office.

The tipping point came when Macon Police investigators recovered stolen items working a theft case in the city. The MPD notified the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, who verified the items were stolen from a south Bibb residence. 

They charged Phillip Edward Harrell, Jr., with Burglary, and Aubrey Elaine April with felony Theft by Deception, felony Theft by Receiving and Burglary.