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Central Georgians Deliver Books to Nigeria

"The schools often didn't have electricity, but that didn't deter the children," said Pastor Daniel Dawsey of Central Union Missionary Baptist Church.

He is speaking about the children he recently visited in Nigeria. The Fort Valley pastor and fellow friend Isacc Eferighe just returned from there after delivering more than 10,000 books.

"It really speaks to what mission work ought to be about, that we are able to share with others because of the way the Lord has blessed us," said Dawsey.

They say the conditions of schools are very poor and don't have enough books to go around.

Some buildings don't have ceilings, windows, doors, or furniture, but the students are willing to learn," said Eferighe.

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Local Animal Rescue Asks for Nut Donations

Star Bright Animal Rescue is asking pecan tree owners to donate any 2010 excess crop to help raise money.

The shelter will turn the crop into local processors and the money will help pay for the medical care of area homeless animals.

Star Bright Animal Rescue is a non-profit, charitable organization located in Byron and Perry and is also a licensed shelter with the Department of Agricultre.

On average, the shelter has 25-30 animals costing $1000 or more a month, Cathy Compton of Star Bright Animal Rescue says.

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 17.

Drop-off locations:

Star Bright Animal Rescue, 3101 Moseley Rd. in Byron

Southwood Animal Hospital, 2523 Moody Rd. in Warner Robins

Perry Animal Hospital, 633 General Courtney Hodges Blvd.

All proceeds will go to the medical care of the animals.

For larger donations, arrange a donation pick-up by calling Cathy Compton of Star Bright Animal Rescue at 478-213-4907.

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.

Byron Community Blood Drive

The Byron Community Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 2-7 p.m.

The Byron Community Blood Drive is held six times a year, every other month, at the Christian Fellowship Center at the Byron United Methodist Church.

Donors must be 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds.  Before donating, it is important to get a good night's sleep, eat a well-balanced, nutritious meal and drink lots of fluids for the 48 hours before donating.  Donating blood is a safe, quick and easy process and just one donation can save the lives of up to three people.  Your photo ID will be required.

This is a community event and everyone is welcome to participate.  After donating you will visit our canteen where you will receive warm hospitality and enjoy homemade goodies.  Hope to see all of you there.  

 For more information, call Connie Short, Coordinator, at 478-956-2412.  

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Peach County Game Ticket Availability

Tickets for the Friday night State Semi-Final game of Peach County High School versus Sandy Creek  will be available at the Peach County High School office beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Ticket sales will end each day at 5 p.m. and will continue to be on sale throughout the week until Friday at 12:00 noon. 

The Touchdown Club will sell tickets from the Field House Tuesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

SEGAMI to Host Healthcare Seminar

A seminar for uninsured veterans will be on Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. and hosted by Soldiers Empowerment Group Assisting Military Individuals (SEGAMI).

SEGAMI is a non-profit organization that provides healthcare grants to uninsured veterans who meet the requirements for the grant funding.

The seminar will be held at Mt. Olive CME Church, located at 1206 Knoxville St. in Fort Valley.

For more information, visit SEGAMI's website at www.segamihcfund.org

Annual LoveLight Celebration

On Friday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m., the annual Byron Community LoveLight Tree Ceremony will take place in Jailhouse Park.

To have a light on the tree in honor of, or in memory of a loved one, a donation of three dollars to the Byron Lions Club is requested.

The Byron Elementary School Chorus and Andrea Hill are scheduled to sing at the event.

Byron Area Historical Society and Byron Better Hometown will provide hot chocolate and cider.

Jailhouse Park is located just off of Main Street in Downtown Byron.

Mail donations to have a light on the tree to Byron Lions Club, P.O. Box 1123, Byron, Ga. 31008. Include your name and the name of the loved one to be honored. The deadline is Dec. 1.

For more information, call 478-918-3666.