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Fort Valley Ceremony Honors Veterans

Some folks got together to honor about a dozen veterans in a Fort Valley ceremony Sunday.

Fort Valley Police Sgt. Roy Thompson spoke to the group at Everett Square Park.  He explained how he adjusted to life after his time at war and shared his experiences during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As part of the event, a local boy scout troop along with some of the veterans, retired about 40 American flags.

Organizer James Earnhardit says they burn the flags when they become old and torn. 

Thompson says Sunday's ceremony is just one way to honor those who protect our country.

"Remember our veterans.  It's very important that we honor those that have gone before us.  Not just the folks that were killed in action, but also those that are still missing, and remember those that have served and thank them for their service," says Thompson.

American Legion Post 76 sponsored the annual event.

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Lewis Won't Request Recount, Concedes Bibb DA's Race

After saying Friday she planned to request a recount, Sharell Lewis says she changed her mind and Saturday conceded the race to opponents Greg Winters and David Cooke.

Certified results from three counties show Lewis 40 votes away from a spot in a runoff in the Macon Circuit district attorney's race. State law allows Lewis to request a recount, since the margin is less than 1 percent.

She says, even before the results were final, she posted a note on her campaign web site saying she'd request a recount whether she was ahead or behind, because "A prosecutor's job is not to win at all cost, it's to seek the truth."

Lewis says she changed her mind and decided not to request a recount late Friday night, saying "With technology the way it is, I don't think the numbers are going to change."

Jailhouse Alley Artists Show Off Paintings In Fort Valley

A Fort Valley art group kicked off its 45th show on Saturday.

The Jailhouse Alley Arts Center is made up of a group of artists who come together once a week to paint.

On Saturday, the community got a chance to buy their paintings. The paintings were mostly watercolors, acrylics, and oils.

The group says they first met at a small building behind the jailhouse. The name of the group, Jailhouse Alley, stuck.

Margaret Mathews is the group's president.  She says all the artists have a love of art that is reflected back in their paintings.

"I think art is always important to a community," Mathews says. "It just gives it a different flavor and quality that every community needs.  Whether it's graphic art, or music, or drama."

Some of the proceeds from paintings sold go to a scholarship fund, Mathews said.  The other proceeds go back to the artists.

Annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk

Saturday, Nov. 6

At the Georgia National Fairgrounds

9:00 a.m. Kicks off with Purple Pancake Breakfast

Complete with "create your own toppings" buffet, hot coffee and juice.

9:45 a.m. Walk Warm-up with a professional exercise instructor.

10 a.m. Walk Festivities

11:30 a.m. Awards Presentation & Closing Ceremony

Top fundraisers will be recognized.

In addition to the walk, music, refreshments, family fun activities and informational exhibits will be available.

For more information, visit www.alz.org/georgia.


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Veterans Day 5K Race

Houston County 4-H is sponsoring a Veteran's Day 4-H 5K Race at The Georgia Agricenter and National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga. on Thursday Nov. 11, 2010.

Entrance will be at the North Gate and registration will be at the clock tower at 2:45 p.m. The race will begin at 4:15 p.m. The race will occur around the perimeter of the grounds on pavement.

The race day registration fee is $20 for 4-H’ers and $25 for other runners. All proceeds will go to support 4-H and Houston County 4-H receives proceeds for every Houston County resident who registers.

T-Shirts will be provided for registered runners on race day while supplies last. For more information, contact the Houston County 4-H office at (478) 987-2028.

Bishop Credits His Record on Jobs for Re-election

ATLANTA (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop says his record of delivering jobs to constituents in southwest Georgia sealed his re-election in what was otherwise a grim year for fellow House Democrats.

Bishop of Columbus defeated Republican Mike Keown to win a 10th term in Georgia's 2nd District, a seat the GOP fought hard to win Tuesday as Republican took control of the House.

Bishop said Wednesday voters were less concerned about his party affiliation than his success at bringing jobs and construction projects to Fort Benning in Columbus and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.

Bishop, who sits on the budget subcommittee that oversees military appropriations, says he's not concerned about losing influence in a Republican-controlled House. He notes that he's served under presidents and House speakers of both parties.


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Holiday Bazaar to Benefit Crawford Counseling Center

Where: David Bailey Park on the square in Roberta

When: Saturday, Nov. 20 starting at 2 p.m.

Live entertainment from 2-5 p.m.

Chuck Wagon will have hot dogs, hamburgers, chili and rib plates for sale. Ribs and Bost butts will be on sale from 2-6 p.m.

Attendees will also be able to visit the Sugar Plum Bake Shoppe, Kris Kringle's Casseroles, Gifts and Decorations at Mrs. Santa's Gifts & Goodies Shoppe.

Supper and photo with Santa, Rudolph's Hayride and Santa's Express Train ride will be available for children.

Tree Lighting to include Christmas caroling and a reading of  "A Christmas Story", sponsored by Robert Crawford County Chamber of Commerce begins at 6 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the Crawford Counseling Center.