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Fire Destroys Jones County Home

A large fire took over a home on Vail Drive near Haddock in Jones County Friday night.

Deputy Harley Davis with the Sheriff's Department says the family was returning from having dinner in Milledgeville when they arrived to see their house in flames.

Davis said a neighbor reported the fire around 7:30 p.m.

He says fire investigators are still investigating to find out what caused the fire.

Davis says the house is a total loss.

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10th Annual Veterans Day Celebration

On Saturday, Nov. 6, veterans will be celebrated at the W. E. Knox Civic Center at 161 West Clinton Street in downtown Gray.

The event, themed, "Blue Star Veterans Celebration" will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food vendors, children's activities and military displays will be available until 1 p.m.

The event will include family activities such as a choral and band performance by Jones County High School students and Wesley chorus, military displays, food vendors, as well as activities and giveaways for children.

At 12:45 p.m., a Veterans' walk into the W. E. Knox Civic Center will honor local veterans.

For more information, contact the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce at 478-986-1123.


This Friday night Jones County High School will play its final game of the season.

The team's punter will take up the position, but his work in the classroom will continue long into the spring.

Tyler Clifford is our student 'Athlete of the Week.'

"I want to be an athletic trainer. Next year, looking to going to Georgia College or GCSU," Clifford said.

Senior Tyler Clifford is used to using his brain to get him ahead.

His anatomy teacher, Christi Kitchens, says he's the perfect example of a student athlete.

"He is an outstanding student. He is always engaged, paying attention. He helps his fellow students with their work. He does his work. He makes good grades on tests, and always has a smile on his face," Kitchens said.

Clifford claims anatomy is one of his favorite subjects, and he recently proved it.

"He made a 92 on a test I've never had anyone make an A on before," Kitchens said.

Jones Co. Group Hopes to Bring Improvements to Haddock

The Haddock Revitalization Committee says it plans to use money raised from a barbeque sale Saturday to pay for welcome signs and other improvements to the community.

The group, which member and Haddock business owner Trish Jordan started three years ago, works to redevelop the downtown strip along Highway 22 in Jones County.  Jordan was born and raised in the town she calls "unique," and says she hopes the group can help bring new life and attract more visitors.

To do that, the committee held its third barbeque sale Saturday, selling plates of pulled pork and other treats on the side of Jordan's shop, Trish Ann's Antiques and Tea Room.

Jordan says more than 100 people turned out to purchase barbeque. She says they raised $1,300 Saturday, about $400 more than they did at last year's event.

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2nd Annual Central Georgia Regional Health Summit

Community Health Works (CHW) will be holding the 2nd Annual Central Georgia Regional Health Summit on Nov. 9 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds (Miller-Murphy-Howard Building) in Perry, GA. Register at www.cgrhs.org. This is an all-day event, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m.

In October of 2009, CHW convened more than 100 community leaders representing the top minds in health care and health policy, local government, local school districts, faith-based and civic organizations from across 7 counties in central Georgia (Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, and Twiggs). 

The purpose of the summit is to discuss the impact that unhealthy behaviors have on our community with a primary focus on the prevalence of obesity and related chronic diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces Lung Cancer Disease Site Team

To better serve the residents of Central and South Georgia, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has created The Lung Cancer Disease Site Team. This multidisciplinary group of physicians is focused on assessing, planning, monitoring and coordinating the delivery of lung cancer care services to MCCG patients. Each physician involved in the team brings a unique body of knowledge and expertise to the process. The sharing of information and ideas results in a coordinated and comprehensive care plan for patients with input from all specialties. The multidisciplinary team includes lung cancer surgeons, general surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, primary care physicians and other health care providers.

Jones Co. Wins 1st GHSA Fast Pitch State Title

Jones Co. made it to Columbus for the GHSA AAAA State Softball Elite Eight for a third straight year. The Lady Greyhounds went winless their last two visits, but 2010 has been a different story with three lopsided wins allowing Blake Lyons' bunch to play for a state title.

Like usual, Kristin Carr was stellar in the circle, getting out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 3rd with a strikeout to keep it a scoreless game.

Jones Co. struck first in the top of the third, when Morgan Jackson ripped a two-run base hit to left field, to make it a 2-0 game.

The Lady Hounds took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh. With two runners on and two outs a base hit to left scored one, before Jackson gunned down the second runner at home to end the game.

Jones County's 3-1 win sealed the AAAA State Championship, their first fast pitch title in school history. Lyons' team outscored their opponents 30-6 in four games in Columbus.