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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.

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Central State Hospital to Lay Off Nearly 280 People

An estimated 280 people will be put out of work when a state agency closes its developmental disabilities program at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville.

That's according to a news release from the state  Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

The state agency says that will happen in the next month as it moves residents of the program out into community homes.

Six months ago, the agency says, 120 people lived in the program; now there are 16.

By the end of June, the state says, they'll all be moved into new homes with new service providers.

A state law passed in 2011 prohibited admitting patients to state hospitals when their primary diagnosis is a developmental disability.