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Robins Air Force Base Gate Closure to Impact Traffic

Gate 3, the Watson Boulevard gate, will close for two months for the same security improvements done on the Green Street and Russell Parkway gates earlier this year according to the Robins Air Force Base Office of Public Affairs.

Gate 3 will close from Nov. 22 to Jan. 21 for installation of pop-up barriers. During the closure, the Martin Luther King gate will assume the Watson Boulevard gate’s 24/7 hours of operation.

The Visitor’s Center will remain open during the Gate 3 closure. Visitors will have to get back on Highway 247 and enter the base through one of the other gates.

Once the gate reopens, Perry Street access from Watson will permanently close except during peak traffic hours. Bollards, the movable barriers used to block gate lanes at certain times, will close off the street during non-peak hours for security reasons. The Perry Street access from Watson will be open from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Gingerbread Market

On Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a Gingerbread market will take place at the Byron Municipal Complex Conference Center.

Vendors will set up in the Conference Center and will include jewelry, ornaments, baked goods. Complimentary gift wrapping will be available.

A Santa Shop will be set up for children to do their holiday shopping.

If you are interested in being a vendor, call Regina Mansfield at 478-956-2409.

Business After Hours

The Peach County Chamber of Commerce and Cane River Vineyard will host a business after-hours to include socialization, refreshments and wine tasting.

More than 400 Camellia Flowers on Display in Fort Valley

Hundreds of camellia blooms are on display in Fort Valley this weekend. The flowers only bloom in cold weather, and are often called "The Winter's Rose."

The judges have already chosen the top three camellias based on the color, size, and style of the bloom.  Executive Director of the Camellia Society, Celeste Richard, says the perfect bloom has no bugs or spots, and has the same amount of flowers on the top and bottom.

Richard says her favorite part is seeing how many different blooms the flower holds. 

"It's just nice to see that variety," she says. "They all go from miniature, the size of a quarter, to extra large, the size of your hand.  It's nice to see that diversity."

There's no charge to see the camellias. The blooms will be on display Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Energy Assistance Program to Open

Georgia’s regular Energy Assistance Program will open on Dec. 1, 2010 for all eligible households. 

The program provides financial assistance to low-income, elderly and handicapped households to help pay their home heating costs.

Households participating in the program must meet income criteria and be responsible for the cost of heating their homes.  To be eligible, households must have an income equal to or less than 60 percent of the state median income guidelines - $21,940 for a one-person household, $28,691 for two people, $35,442 for three people, $42,193 for four people, $48,944 for five people, $55,695 for six people, $59,961 for seven people, or  $58,226 for eight people.

Payments will be made primarily by checks to home energy suppliers for gas, electricity, wood, coal, or kerosene used in heating a home.

The one-time payments will average about $345 per household.

Barrow, Bishop Oppose Pelosi

Two more Democratic congressmen who represent Central Georgia have joined the groundswell against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

John Barrow and Sanford Bishop both say they won't back Nancy Pelosi's bid for Democratic leader in the U.S. House.

Both supported Pelosi in her two successful runs for House speaker.

Barrow, the 12th District congressman, was prodded about Pelosi by his Republican opponent, Ray McKinney, during the recent campaign.

His spokeswoman, Jane Brodsky, sent the Savannah Morning
News a statement on Thursday, saying Barrow will not support Pelosi for Democratic leader, nor will he vote for her as speaker.

With Republicans in control of the new Congress, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio is expected to succeed Pelosi as speaker.

The Associated Press reports that Brodsky did not respond when asked why Barrow would not support Pelosi.

Fort Valley State University to Host Selection Viewing Party

The Fort Valley State University (FVSU) Football Program invites all supporters of FVSU athletics to join in watching the NCAA Division II Football Playoff Selection Announcements on ESPNEWS on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. in Wildcat Stadium. 

The viewing party will begin at 1 p.m. with music, games and trivia contests. Events will be followed by the live feed of the selections from the four regions at 3 p.m.

The nationwide televised broadcast of the announcement of the 24 team (six teams per region) field will be carried live on the FVSU in-stadium jumbotron.

Currently ranked seventh in the NCAA Super Region 2, the Wildcats could be selected for the playoffs.

According to FVSU Office of Sports Information, although the Wildcats have concluded regular season play, several higher ranked teams in Region 2 still have games this Saturday and any single loss or combination of losses will increase the Wildcats’ chances of being selected for the playoffs.