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Georgia College to Host 23rd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

Georgia College will host its 23rd annual Kwanzaa Celebration to unite people of all heritages in Milledgeville and foster community spirit.

The celebration is for 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in Magnolia Ballroom.

“This festive celebration allows people of all backgrounds a glimpse into the ways other cultures celebrate their heritages,” said Yves-Rose Saintdic, director of Institutional Equity at Georgia College. “We will feature several performances to help educate our campus and local community about Kwanzaa’s weeklong activities.”

Performers will express the seven principles of Kwanzaa known in Swahili as the Nguzo Saba.

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Central Ga. Farmers Eligible for Drought Disaster Loans

Governor Sonny Perdue's office announced that 151 counties in Georgia -- including all in Central Georgia -- have been designated Federal drought disaster areas, making farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

The Governor said he asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to make the designation due to drought and excessive heat from July 1 until now.

According to the Governor's office, the USDA found that at least one farm in each of 151 Georgia counties sustained a 30 percent or greater production loss due to drought conditions.

The disaster designation allows farmers in those counties to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Contact your county's FSA office for information about emergency loans.

George Chamber of Commerce to Sponsor Second Annual Education Reform Conference

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its second annual Education Reform Conference on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Marriott City Center Hotel & Centreplex in Macon. 

This event is held in partnership with Milledgeville’s Georgia College and State University, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Center for an Educated Georgia.

This year’s conference will focus on K-12 accountability and feature nationally acclaimed experts and groundbreaking education research.  Scheduled speakers are:


Midway Elementary to Host Grand Opening for New Program

Midway Elementary School  will have their grand opening of Outdoors While Learning (OWL) on Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m.

The Baldwin Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting and the Mayor will speak. 

The school also displays the Making the Shades Grant which allowed the school to plant 70 new trees to shade the school and save on electricity. 

We will also show off our Outdoor Math Map which the students can use to learn math through movement. 

Refreshments will be provided. The event will take place on the school's playground.

Midway Elementary is located at 101 Carl Vinson Hwy in Milledgeville.  Carol Goings is the principal. 

For more information, call 478-457-2440.

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Voters To Cast Ballots In Tuesday's Runoff

Voters will decide on two state races on Nov. 30.  Some Central Georgians will also decide on runoffs in other races.

State Appeals Court

Antoinette Davis

Chris McFadden

State Supreme Court

Tammy Lynn Adkins

Davis Nahmias (I)

Macon Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge

Jim Barnes

Howard Simms

Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney

David Cooke

Greg Winters 

Houston County District Attorney

Arthur Creque

George Hartwig

Houston County Board of Education Post 6

Milledgeville Turkey Dinner Canceled

This Thanksgiving might be a quiet one for some people in Milledgeville looking forward to Ranch Park Homes' annual Thanksgiving feast.

Over the past 10 years, the business and hundreds of volunteers have fed more than 11,000 people a holiday turkey and all the trimmings.

But just a year after hitting a record high, the company has to cancel the gathering.

"It's much more fun to give thanks and count blessings when everybody is gathered together," says volunteer Roger Austin.

For the first time in four years, Roger Austin won't be behind the wheel of a car full of Thanksgiving trimmings.

When Hugh Burke and his wife started the charity dinner 10 years ago, they didn't imagine the event would grow to feed more than 2,000 people in one sitting.

"You just cook more turkeys every year!" Says Hugh Burke.

But the picnic tables at Walter B. Williams Park will sit empty Thursday.

Wells Fargo Stagecoach to be in Christmas Parade

The Wells Fargo Stagecoach will arrive in downtown Milledgeville on Dec. 5 and will be participating in the Milledgeville Christmas Parade. The public is welcome to come take pictures.

For more than 150 years, the Wells Fargo Stagecoach provided an important link for communication and business by land between eastern and western states.

“The Wells Fargo’s Stagecoach is a unique expression of the company’s rich heritage,” said Bruce Vaughn, First Vice President Branch Manager.  “The stagecoach symbolizes how we continue to come through for our customers and the diverse communities in which we serve.”

For more information about the Wells Fargo Stagecoach coming to Milledgeville, call 478-452-0262.