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Peach Blossom Festival rings in spring


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Besides cherry blossoms, there's another thing to celebrate in central Georgia: peaches!

The Peach Blossom Festival celebrates the coming of spring and peach-growing season.

It happened on Saturday at Lane Southern Orchards, which was filled with vendors, live music, and southern-style food.

The Museum of Aviation brought a cockpit simulator for kids to try out being a pilot.

2 die in fatal car crash in Crawford County


UPDATE: According to Sheriff Lewis Walker with the Crawford County Sheriff's Department, Michael Malone, who was a passenger in the white Acura, died Sunday just before 3 p.m. at a local hospital.

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UPDATE: Anna Reed, 37, is the woman who died in a fatal car crash on Friday, according to Sheriff Lewis Walker. Sheriff Walker said Reed is from Doraville, GA. At last check, the accident is still under investigation.

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A woman died after a fatal two vehicle crash on Highway 42 South in Crawford County Friday night.

Sheriff Lewis Walker with the Crawford County Sheriff's Department said it happened just before 8 p.m.

Walker said a White Ford Focus and a White Acura crashed into each other.

Stolen dog reunited with family in Fort Valley


In January, we told you about the Hoogstad Family from Fort Valley whose house was burglarized, two of their dogs were beaten, and a third was stolen.

Fort Valley man dies in crash


A Fort Valley man died after his car ran into a ditch and struck a tree head on.

Senior trooper John Hardage says the accident happened just after 7:00 Wednesday morning on Georgia Highway 7, just one mile north of Perry.

Hardage says the black Dodge Avenger driven by 46-year-old Darrell Cliett struck a tree head on with his front bumper.

Cliett died at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.


Peach school board wants SPLOST for new high school


Peach County's superintendent says the district needs a new high school.

The current school was built in the early 1970s and is made up of seven small buildings. Daryl Fineran, the superintendent, says having so many entrances and exits can be a safety hazard.

"Our bus loading areas are right there where the student parking is, which is right there where kids are walking across to go home," he said. "Infrastructure is not up to code in terms of handicap accessibility."

To build the new school, the board is hoping to raise $32 million through an education special purpose local options sales tax, or SPLOST.

"It's not a new tax, it's a continuation of the current one cent tax and we've been doing it for years," Fineran explained.

Man denied bond for Crawford County burglary


Michael Quincy Godwin, 35, appeared before a Magistrate judge on Friday and was denied bond.

Godwin is charged with multiple counts, including burglary in the 1st degree and three counts of theft by taking automobile.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office said Godwin allegedly tried to enter a home by saying he was law enforcement on February 26. Godwin reportedly fled the house and stole a white Chevrolet pickup truck that later wrecked.

Deputies arrested him after responding to a call of a burglary in progress later that night.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Crawford County Sheriff's Office are still investigating.


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.