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Old Friends Christmas Sing

Immanuel Baptist Church will host a performance featuring Ann Downing, South Georgia Quartet, Ginny Porter, Becky Hataway, Sharron Kay King, Pure Heart, Darryl Wilson, Abbigail Fisher, Mary Cone, Sandra and friends on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.

For more information, call Jonathan at 478-918-7800.


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10th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade

The 10th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and will begin at Ingle's Market in Gray and travel north on W. Clinton, turn right on Railroad St., and end at Gordon St.

The parade them this year is "A Star-Spangled Banner Christmas" to celebrate Pearl Harbor Day along with Christmas.

The parade is sponsored by the Gray Jaycees.

For more information, contact Kay Buchanan at 478-361-3642.

Chamber Hosts 3rd Annual Business Expo and Taste of Jones

The Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce hosted its 3rd Annual Business Expo and Taste of Jones on Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Altman Scouting Center in Jones County.  

The event was in conjunction with the Chamber's normally scheduled Business After Hours and featured 32 businesses showcasing their businesses and 4 restaurants/caterers offering samples from their menus. 

Over 200 people from the community attended the event and featured free food, giveaways and door prizes. 

The Chamber plans to make this an annual event that is free for the community to enjoy and for the businesses to gain exposure.

Photos from the Relax by the Tracks Photography and Art show

Photos by Eddie Booth, a featured photographer at Kema's Hobby.

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HERO CENTRAL: Man Lends Voice at Middle Ga. Nursing Home

It's the highlight of the month for residents here at Lynn Haven Nursing Home.

"I believe that this is part of the purpose in my life, to minister to people who are sometimes forgotten people of this world," said Curtis Scott, who lives in Haddock.

"It makes me feel good. Makes my ticker feel real good. Makes me wanna shout, makes me wanna go preach," said resident San Bonner.

Residents at the Gray nursing home say hearing Scott's music puts them in a great mood.

Once a month they fill the front room at Lynn Haven to listen in. Neva Gattie makes it her mission to gather everyone up.

P.E. Class Brings Kids Together

Kids can find ways to find a person's weak spot when it comes to bullying.  Stopbullying.gov says fifteen to twenty-five percent of kids report getting picked on.  But one class is turning things around in Jones County.

It's called Unified P.E., and because of it, you won't hear too much taunting when it comes to kids with special needs.

The program began in 2007. It matches regular high school students with athletes as their called or the challenged kids.
Once a day they just get together and play ball.

Leah Bodnarchuk teaches the class.

Treutlen Signs On For Race to the Top Funds

Nearly $1.3 million in federal Race to the Top funds that Jones County rejected will go to Treutlen County instead.


That's according to Matt Cardoza, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.


Last month, Jones County's board of education turned down the federal funds, aimed at improving schools. Superintendent Bill Mathews said the funds come with too many strings attached, like teacher merit pay.

Cardoza says when Jones County backed out of the program, Treutlen County asked to take their place.

Their superintendent, Charles Ellington, says the district moved quickly to land the money after hearing that Jones County had backed out.