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Baldwin Co. Fire Rescue Stays Busy with Dry Conditions

Baldwin County Fire Rescue responded to 18 incidents this past weekend.

That's according to a Baldwin County Fire Rescue (BCFR) news release.

Some of those incidents included: one motor vehicle accident, three structure fires, five EMS calls, and seven grass fires. 

One structure fire occurred on Saturday afternoon in the 900 block of Hwy 49 and was started by a grass fire that got out of control. 

Firefighters responded to another structure fire on Sunday morning on Merry Dr. and currently its cause is under investigation. 

BCFR also provided backup to the Milledgeville Fire Department Sunday afternoon at a structure fire on Caraker Ave.

Public Safety Officer Brandon Barth says that with current dry conditions, it is important that the public remains diligent while conducting controlled burns. 

Animal Rescue Holds Auction

Animal Rescue Foundation's (ARF) 2011 Annual Auction will be held Saturday, March 5.

The event will be held at the Milledgeville Country Club starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Silent & Live Auctions will include heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Tickets are $35 at the door.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit
ARF, Animal Hospital of Milledgeville, Lakeside Veterinary Clinic, J.C. Grant's Jewelers or The Union Recorder.

For more information, call 478-454-1273.

Downtown Annnounces March First Friday Theme

The theme for this First Friday event is “I’rish I was Downtown”, playing off of St. Patrick’s Day.

That is according to a Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority news release.

Participating merchants will be competing in a window decorating contest based on the theme and will be judged for creativity, originality, impact and integration of the Irish theme.

Several restaurants will be offering green drink specials and Fields Photography and Framing will have St. Patrick’s Day props for the photo booth.

For more information, contact Carlee Schulte at 478-414-4014.

Buzz from the Gold Dome: By Sen. Grant

Written by Senator Johnny Grant, submitted by the Senate Press Office

Each year, the legislature is visited by the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court who delivers an update on Georgia’s judiciary. Chief Justice Carol Hunstein comments on the accomplishments, challenges, and plans for the future of the Judiciary.

It’s an enlightening speech about our courts and correction efforts.

Chief Justice Hunstein explained that Georgia leaders must seriously examine how criminal offenders are sentenced. We are operating at 106 percent of prison capacity. Many inmates are not as great a threat to society as they are to themselves. She said that instead of incarcerating drug addicts and mentally ill offenders, we must keep prison space reserved for the most dangerous and violent criminals and those who commit crimes against children.

Congressman Barrow Takes Questions

Congressman John Barrow will take questions from citizens at Digital Bridges on Saturday, February 19 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

This event is part of “Congress on the Corner” and is an opportunity to visit one-on-one with Congressman Barrow and discuss issues.

For more information, call Congressman Barrow’s offices at this toll-free number: 1-866-890-6236.

OHMS PTO Sponsors Black History Program

A Black History Program will highlight local as well as internationally recognized leaders and musical icons from opera to funk.

Special tributes through African, hip-hop and liturgical dance.

The event will take place on February 25 6:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Middle School (OHMS) J.C. Hogan Theater.

Tickets are $5, all children under two years old will have free admission.

The event is sponsored by OHMS PTO.

The theater is located at 356 Blandy Rd. in Milledgeville.



Upper Oconee Planning Meetings Scheduled

The Upper Oconee Regional Water Planning Council plans to hold a series of meetings.

These meetings will focus on the preliminary draft Water Conservation and Development Plan with local government and utilities.

The purpose of the meetings is to gain initial input and feedback from groups that will have primary responsibility for implementing the recommendations in the preliminary draft of the regional water plan.

The three meetings are scheduled for:

February 8 from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Bobby M. Snipes Resources Center, located at 780 Barber St. in Athens.

February 10 from 9 until 11 a.m. in the Legislative Chambers at Georgia Military College, located at 201 Greene St. in Milledgeville.

February 10 from 3 until 5 p.m. in the McGrath Keen Sr Community Center, located at 1200 Bellevue Ave. in Dublin.

For more information, e-mail Kevin.Farrell@dnr.state.ga.us

RSVP by e-mailing Tina Bennett at Tina.Bennett@ch2m.com