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Blue Bird now a publicly traded company


Peach County's largest employer, Blue Bird, is now a publicly traded company.

Wednesday was their first day of trading on NASDAQ, starting $9.97 per share.

"After 88 years something new happens, we've become public," said CEO and President, Phil Horlock, who stood in front of Blue Bird's first bus as a reminder of how far they've come. Now they've pushed the company's logo to the New York Stock Exchange.

This comes five months after the company was sold to Texas Investment group, Hennessy Capital, for about $500 million.

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Hawkinsville house fire may be arson


A fire that destroyed a 109-year-old Hawkinsville home may be arson.

Hawkinsville Fire Chief Leslie Sewell said the fire hit the vacant home at 30 Progress Ave. around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday.

He said an officer on patrol noticed smoke from the house and fire was shooting through the roof when crews arrived.

Firefighters were on the scene until about 4:15 a.m., but Sewell said the house was a total loss.

He said the home has not been legally occupied since an elderly woman who lived there died a couple of years ago. He said investigators suspect arson because there was no electricity or utilities hooked up at the home.

No one was injured.

Crawford County High fight caught on camera


A mother of a Crawford County High school student is angry about how the school handled a fight her son was involved in Thursday.

Cellphone video captured the fight between the two students at Crawford County High School.

Crawford County School Superintendent John Douglas says it happened during school hours on Thursday.

"I received a phone call from the school saying there was a fight and Awstin was "not right" were the words they used and that I might want to come and get him," said Kasey Henley.

She said her son, Awstin Anderson was injured.

Henley called police wanting to report the fight.

She said when she met with the officer at the school, the student accused of injuring her son was leaving campus.

Henley said she questioned assistant principal Cynthia Dickey about that.

Roberta woman shares Obamacare success story at White House


A Central Georgia woman who wrote a letter to President Obama got to speak with the commander-in-chief at the White House Tuesday.

Naomi Rosan Davis of Roberta was one of 10 people invited to meet with President Obama, to share how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act health insurance plan.

Davis is an organic farmer, who wrote the President in June 2014 describing her health-care struggles.

She says she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in high school, which she managed with diet and exercise.

Davis later began to experience excruciating pain in her hip and knee, and could barely do her daily tasks, like pulling weeds or standing at her booth at the local farmers market. According to a White House press release, Davis said she visited her doctor, but without health insurance, she couldn't afford the X-Rays or surgery she needed. She could only afford to temporarily treat her pain.

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Protesters rally against Affordable Care Act in Byron


ID=22664839About a dozen protesters were on an I-75 overpass Saturday, waving American flags and signs calling for change.

It happened on the overpass of Exit 149 into Byron.

The group, called Overpasses for America, says they were representing a variety of Conservative issues, including the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the institution of the Fair Tax, and calling for the impeachment of President Obama.

Protest leader Early Shay says the group was expressing its constitutional rights.

FVSU pool grand re-opening makes a big splash


A ribbon-cutting at Fort Valley State University made a big splash on campus Friday. The pool had its grand re-opening after closing in 2010 due to cracks in the floor which kept it from holding water.

Dwayne Crew, who is head of the facilities office, says the cracks may have happened because the 12-foot pool was too close to the water table underneath the building.

The University System of Georgia approved $400,000 to the school to repair it. Total costs came in around $438,000.

Crew says the pool, which is now seven feet deep, will be used for advanced swimming classes and as practice space for local schools.

Jesse Jackson speaks at Fort Valley town hall


Voter access, education, and the importance of unity were all on the table as Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson visited Fort Valley State University Thursday night.

Jesse Jackson was greeted by a packed house of Fort Valley students, Peach County residents and elected leaders from throughout Central Georgia. The message was one of progress in all areas.

"We must learn to live together and choose direction over complexion," he said.

Former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis told us he managed Jackson's presidential campaign in the state of Georgia in 1988.

"He had a message then and he still has that same message today and that is a message of hope, growth and opportunity," Ellis said.