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A Georgia College & State University coed used a panic button in her residence hall roomlateTuesdayafternoon to notify police she was in danger. The coed told police that a man threatened her with a knife in her room. No one was injured. Public Safety officers arrested two students minutes later after a room-to-room search of Parkhurst Residence Hall. Justin David McTiernan, 19, of Roswell was arrested at 5 p.m. about two blocks from the residence hall. He took police to a nearby tennis court where officers recovered a knife. David Preston Jenkins, 18, of Thomson also was arrested about 5:30 p.m. and taken to Milledgeville Police station. Both students have been charged with armed robbery, according to a GCSU release.


Belk in the Milledgeville Mall will be the place to be on Tuesday, May 11 as international makeup artist Ricardo Costales and his team of eight come to the store to do makeovers. Costales is famousforhisappearanceson HSN on television. Costales’ pro team will be doingmakeoversattheLancome cosmetics counter, while Costales provides the critiques and consultations. Usually Costales and crew only visit Lancome merchants in large cities, but according to Lancome counter managerAngelaTrippe,“The account manager came from Atlanta and was amazed at the volume this small store does. She said we could handle a large event.” Trippe is booking makeover appointments for thefirst75peoplewhopaythe $35 reservation fee. The fee is completely redeemable towards the Lancome makeup used during the makeover. Contact Trippe at 452-5572, ext.268forareservation.

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Bostick Prison closing next week By Chris McKearney

More state prisoners were bused out of Hardwick this week, as Bostick State Prison prepares to shut down on May 1.

The closure will equal 131 fewer state jobs here in Baldwin County and 700–something fewer prisoners. “The closing is going on schedule,” said Peggy Chapman, a public information officer with the Georgia Department of Corrections. “A the end of

this week, we should have 33 inmates remaining at Bostick. Sometime towards next week, the final (prisoners will be transferred) and the staff will move fairly quickly after that. The full closure is scheduled for May 1.” Bostick State Prison was built in

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10BulletinYEARS IN BUSINESS! editor recalls long, strange journey to this point, offers a history lesson By Pam Beer

the 1950s by Central State and housed Central State clients for many years. In 1987, the building was transferred to the Department of Corrections and Please see

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Chief Blue defends the Big Ben investigation ble that DNA or other evidence of sexual contact could have been obtained An article in Sunday’s from the bathroom,” acPittsburgh Post–Gazette cording to the Posttook the Milledgeville Gazette article. Chief Blue said that Police Department to task, claiming that the his investigators made MPD made questionable the choice not to secure decisions, missteps and the crime scene after the contradictions during accuser agreed to underthe Ben Roethlisberger go a rape exam at Oconee Regional investigation. Medical Center. The article “With the insuggested that formation we the MPD comhad at the time, mitted several we thought that large errors durthe best eviing the investigadence would tion, while a Unihave been (DNA versity of Pittsfrom the acburgh law proBlue cuser),” he said. fessor was quoted in the article as say- “But, there was no DNA ing that “the investiga- found on any of her tion was muffed at the clothing (at the hospivery beginning by the tal), and only a minute (Milledgeville Police De- amount (of DNA) was found on her (body).” partment).” On Tuesday, Police Chief Woodrow Blue Family distrust? took issue with the artiThe accuser and her cle and defended his de- family grew to distrust partment. the MPD investigators, “I’m proud of the according to the way my guys handled Post–Gazette story. the case. Of course, it “(The accuser's lawyer) was a joint investigation said his client and her between us and the family were leery. They GBI,” Blue said. “We all thought Milledgeville poworked long hours and lice had leaked informahandled many tedious tion about the woman to interviews.” the media... (The lawyer) added that the woman Securing the scene and her family were also The first error, ac- upset that one of the cording to the Milledgeville detectives Post–Gazette, was made gave his private e–mail in the hours following address to the family for the incident outside sending pictures from the small bathroom at Capi- night of the incident. It tal City. The MPD chose was not clear why that not to secure the crime bothered the family,” scene with crime tape. read the story. Blue said that those Several hours later, the bathroom was mopped claims are overblown, and scrubbed down with Pine–Sol by a Capital Please see Big Ben back page City bouncer. “It is possiBy Chris McKearney

Ten years. Sometimes it seems like it was just a few months ago when I was working at the Chamber of Commerce with Trina Couey, but it actually has been 10 years. Trina was good friends with Mitch Brooks (who opened The Brick with Frank Pendergast) and it seemed like every time she came back from hanging out with him that late winter/early spring of 2000, she talked about how she and Mitch didn’t think there was enough local news in the local newspaper. Then one day things changed a little. Trina talked again about the lack of local news, but said Mitch wanted them to start a weekly newspaper with nothing but Baldwin County news! Things seemed to steamroll after that and it seems like it was just a blink of an eye before Trina had given notice at the Chamber and was working to open The Bulletin on N. Wayne Street, across the alley from where Deano’s is today. Along the way she asked me if I would come work for them – doing secretarial and bookkeeping chores. It seemed a chance for adventure so I didn’t think twice, and jumped right in. The original Baldwin Bulletin was a 24–page tabloid that contained only “good news” – we didn’t write about crime, car wrecks, murders, the grand jury, or anything of the like. We gave the newspaper away for free. It was first distributed in a few newspaper boxes around town, and Trina made a deal with the Macon Telegraph for the paper to be included in with their Thursday delivery to their subscribers. And if there was one thing we knew, it was that none of us really knew how to run a newspaper. Our first editor left about five weeks in, as I remember, and Trina and I tried to do it for a few weeks on our own. She hired someone after that, and Please see Cash 3 that was another learning experipage 7 ence. Ultimately the new editor tripped and fell in the office, and left for a visit to the doctor, from which she never returned. She didn’t die; she just never came back to work. Which was for the best. Trust me on this one. As Forrest Gump would say, “And that’s all I’m going to say about that.” Trina told me then that she thought I could Please see

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Community Calendar Thursday, April 22 6 p.m. - Domestic Violence Awareness march, from Central City Park to courthouse. Candlelight vigil follows. 6:30 p.m. - Northside Baptist Church, 1001 N. Jefferson St., holds “Celebrate Recovery” ministry for the disease of addiction. Call 452-6648 for information. 7 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous meets, ORMC's Park Tower. Friday, April 23 6 p.m. - GMC Military Tattoo, Old Capitol Building. Saturday, April 24 10 a.m. - Oconee Regional Health Fair. Sunday, April 25 Revival kicks off at Hardwick Baptist Church. 1 p.m. - Oconee Artists Exhibition opens at Marlor Arts Center, 201 N. Wayne St. Free admission.

Country Club. 4 p.m. - NAMI-Oconee (National Alliance on Mental Illness, meets at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 440 N. Columbia St. For consumers, family and friends of persons with severe mental illness or brain disorder. Call 478-4528600 for information. 7:30 p.m. - City Council meeting, City Hall. Wednesday, April 28 1 p.m. - Falun Gong exercise class in Central City Park (formerly Bonner Park)picnic area at no charge. Suitable for all ages and all physical conditions. Call 478-453-4241 for information.

Noon - Rotary Club of Milledgeville meeting, Milledgeville Country Club.

Monday, April 26 10 a.m. - Flannery O'Connor's home, Andalusia, is open to the public. 478-454-4029 for information. Noon - Harriet’s Closet, a free cancer resource center, is relocated next door to Ga. Cancer Specialists at ORMC and open until 4 p.m.

7 p.m. - Creative Expressions & GCSU Music Therapy present “Night at the Music Museum” at GCSU’s Magnolia Ballroom. Free admission.

5:30 p.m. - Development Authority meeting, Chamber of Commerce building. S. Jefferson St.

7 p.m. - Overeaters Anonymous meets, ORMC's Park Tower.

6 p.m. - "The Mourning After" grief support group meets, GCSU's Arts and Sciences Bldg. room 1-15. Call 478-4538572 for information. 7:30 p.m. - Oconee River Buskers Square Dance Club, Baldwin County Rec. Center. 478-452-8035 for information. Tuesday. April 27 9 a.m. - MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets at Hardwick Christian Church, 113 Thomas St., Hardwick. Call 478-251-1532 for information. 10 a.m. - The Alzheimer's Association support group meets, First Baptist Church, corner of Liberty and Franklin streets. 478-453-1374 for information.






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7 p.m. - Old Capitol Cloggers, Baldwin County Rec. Center. 478-968-7697 for more information. Friday, April 30 Relay For Life 2010 kicks off at 6 p.m. at South Creek, located on US 441 near the Wilkinson County Line! Saturday, May 1 9 a.m. - Lockerly Arboretum holds annual Plant Sale.

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RE-DIRECT LINE (FEEL FREE TO PLAY ALONG!) Why trust the government? Where’s the southside Wendy’s? Selma Erwin trail rocks! Editor’s Note: Re-Direct Line is a new feature that debuted in last week’s Baldwin Bulletin. Re-direct Line features opinions, ideas and rants from our readers. This is a chance to make your voice heard. To contribute, visit our Facebook page and follow the link. Or, stop by our office on S. Wayne Street with your comment.Be warned, however, that no comments will be anonymous. Everything we print in "Re-Direct Line" will have the name of the person who wrote it alongside it.

LARRY FALKENBERG WONDERS: What happened to the Wendy's they were suppose to put on the south side of town? The Baldwin Bulletin is published weekly in Milledgeville, Georgia by The Herald Publishing Company. The Baldwin Bulletin neither guarantees nor assumes any liability whatsoever for advertising claims or products. The Baldwin Bulletin reserves the right to edit or refuse any advertising based on content. Letters to the editor are welcomed and encouraged and they do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Baldwin Bulletin or its advertisers. All letters must include the writer’s name, address and telephone number for verification purposes only. Anonymous or unsigned letters will not be printed. We reserve the right to edit for libelous content and length. Mail them to The Baldwin Bulletin. 136 S. Wayne Street, Milledgeville, GA 31061 or email to


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9 a.m. - Milledgeville Informal Tennis League meets, GC&SU tennis courts. Informal doubles and singles round robin. All players welcome.

6 p.m. - GreySheeters Anonymous, an offshoot of Overeaters Anonymous, meets at First Baptist Church on S. Liberty St. (second floor in the singles' class room). Meetings are free, donations accepted. Call 478-454-1720 for information.



Thursday, April 29 7 a.m. - Old Capital Kiwanis Club meeting, GC&SU's Herty Hall, room 252.

6:30 p.m. - Northside Baptist Church, 1001 N. Jefferson St., holds “Celebrate Recovery” ministry for the disease of addiction. Call 452-6648 for information.

6 p.m. - GreySheeters Anonymous, an offshoot of Overeaters Anonymous, meets at First Baptist Church on S. Liberty St. (second floor in the singles' class room). Meetings are free, donations accepted. Call 478-454-1720 for information.

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TEMPERANCE Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression.

As I began writing this week’s character trait, I pontificated on what having temperance really means. Do people in the limelight show temperance when it comes to dealing with their problems? There are a number of famous (and not so famous) people who do not show temperance when it comes to their mishaps. How can we as individuals show temperance in our daily lives?

BONNIE SNOW AGREES WITH THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE IN LAST WEEK ABOUT SHOPPING BUGGIES: Able bodied people need to return their buggies to the place designated for them in parking lots. I have a bad back and a heart condition and I would walk in the freezing rain or hot sun to return my buggy so it would not damage someone's car. Some people even leave them where you cannot park your car in a space. The stores should make you pay a deposit on a buggy that you can't get back until it is returned.

recruitment possibilities. SARA SMITH BRANTLEY AGREES WITH TARA: How about let's list things that are making us happy! Milledgeville is blooming all over – dogwoods, redbuds, azaleas, camellias, & wisteria!

SAYS CHRISTY KAR BATES: I wish the local farmers' market would eventually open on Saturdays. I'd like to go, but I'm a busy beaver on Tuesdays

THE BALDWIN BULLETIN TRIES TO CATCH THE SPIRIT, WRITING THAT: The Selma Erwin nature trail is ridiculously beautiful this time of year. It's not quite the Smokey Mountains, but if you squint your eyes slightly you'd swear you were there. Rolling hills, hardwoods and some of the greenest meadows on earth. It's gotta be Baldwin County's best-kept secret.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CEO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO: Please keep it positive, for our

KRISTIN WAKEFIELD MEIER AGREES: I LOVE the Selma Erwin're right, there are parts of the

Synonyms for temperance include self-restraint, frugality, moderation, stoicism, and constraint. Now, I am not sure about you, but I can think of a number of examples in my day when I do not see temperance being shown. How about on the way to work this morning, did you see people showing temperance to other drivers? Alternatively, were they just being hateful and honking the horn at another car when they did not move as soon as the light turned green? I was in Junior High School during the recession of the early ‘80s, so today’s economy is as bad as I have ever seen it. Foreclosures and bankruptcies lead the headlines in the news. Maybe if more Americans had shown temperance in their financial dealings, our country would not be in as bad of shape financially. Many people think temperance has to do with alcohol. That is true, but it has more to do with treating others with respect.

Today when you see someone that does something that bothers you, just take a deep breath or count to ten and then show temperance. When I teach driver’s education, I reiterate to my young drivers that we might not know what kind of day the person in the car next to us is having, so before we get mad at them, we should show some constraint and let the car just drive by. Temperance can make everyone’s day a little better. Quotable Quotes:

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trail you would swear you were in the mountains! JAMES TERRELL GRIMES CHANGES THE FEELGOOD TONE: Tara, y’all better find a whole lot more than flowers for recruitment to Milledgeville ma’am. They are beautiful this year though, for sure. CHRISTY KAR BATES OFFERS HER MUCHAPPRECIATED, HIGHLYANTICIPATED WEEKLY RANT: Please, people, stop making the kissy fish/duck face when you pose for ultracool pics. It's so goofy and it makes me want to slap you on the back so your face will stick. Usually, I just bypass things that don't affect me directly, but suddenly it has. The kissing duckfish face has infected my household and “someone” thinks it's cute. (And funny because it annoys me.)” – Chris McKearney

because my schoolmaster impressed upon me three cardinal virtues; cleanliness in person, cleanliness in mind; temperance. - John Burns

Regardless of what one's attitude towards prohibition may be, temperance is something against which, at a time of war, no reasonable protest can be made. - William Lyon Mackenzie King MAJ Brent Gebel is a teacher at GMC Prep School






You will have to read to the end for the full meaning of this column. Have always voted, from that election in 1956 to now. I have mentioned before that I have won some, lost some, won some I wish I had lost, and lost some I sure would liked to have won. But my political leanings have never been as severely tried as now. Like that shameful question of Hank Johnson - a man from Georgia; a man from the county bordering on my county and less than eight miles from the house where I grew up. I could not believe him; I could not believe that someone didn’t tell him before he went to Washington if he had nothing to say that made sense, for heaven’s sake, just shut up. Too late for that lesson now. Received an e-mail this week, the Judicial Watch List of the Ten Most Corrupt Politicians in 2009. (What, only ten?) When I pasted it into a different application, there were actually eleven politicians, but since Johnson thinks an island tips over like a boat, I guess it is not so surprising that the number is wrong. I list the top ten here and eliminated the one that seems garden variety, run of the mill sorry. Not like the rest of them. Before you think I am being partisan, read to the end Alphabetically, the ten are: Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) for the second year in a row. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), well, duh. Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner: No. 1 tax dodger who is responsible for our taxes. Attorney General Eric Holder: Geithner can be sure he won’t be hounded by this colleague. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (DIL); Senator Roland Burris (DIL) who had to promise to not seek reelection to keep the seat for two years. President Barack Obama, who promised ethics and transparency but delivered corruption and secrecy, all the while bringing Chicago-style politics to the White House. Before you say anything, I voted for McCain, but only because he was the other one running. Well, then there is Sarah... Nancy Pelosi who stands for entitlement for Congress but no one else, and who ignores corruption in her own party. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) who is the quid pro quo expert. And, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY): the man in charge of writing tax policy for the entire country, who cannot explain his not paying taxes while raking in perks. If you want to read the whole thing, go to this web a d d r e s s : news/2009/dec/judicial-watchannounces-list-washington-sten-most-wanted-corruptpoliticians-2009. I have watched for years while we have been promised one thing and received another. I survived past administrations by turning off the set, and I am doing it again. This is my suggestion: The best thing we can do is vote them all out, even the ones that are not corrupt (both of them), and just start over. Refuse a seat to anyone from Illinois or California. Term limits would help; and our nation’s budget could relax if we quit paying those voted out of office but who still hang around Washington at the same pay. And, wouldn’t it be nice if Congress had to live by the same laws/rules and with the same benefits we do. I am tired of them all. You will notice of the ten nine are Dems, one a Republican. Don’t let that fool you, if the GOP were in charge, it would probably be the reverse. Does anyone know the number of the Tea Party Express?

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Bible reading marathon all set for old courthouse beginning next Thursday By Pam Beer

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Baldwin County’s third annual Bible reading marathon is coming soon, and event organizer Ruth Larson is full of enthusiasm for the marathon which is held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer. The marathon will begin at the old Baldwin County Courthouse on the corner of Hancock and McIntosh streets downtown at 6 p.m. on April 29 and will continue for approximately 90 hours. May 6 is the National Day of Prayer. “Reading the Bible is a privilege,” said Larson, who said that efforts by a judge to stop the National Day of Prayer made this year even more important. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison, Wis., said in an April 15 ruling that the federal law designating the day and requiring a presidential proclamation violates the First Amendment prohibition against laws respecting an establishment of religion. However, she postponed enforcement of the decision until all appeals are exhausted. The U.S. Department of Justice said it was reviewing the ruling

before deciding whether to file an appeal. The day was challenged by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Larson is fervent about the United States, a nation where open expressions of religious beliefs are allowed. Larson is a naturalized American citizen, having been born in El Salvador. “I am passionate about this nation. I remember going to Macon, renouncing my old citizenship and becoming an American. It was such an emotional day for me,” Larson said. Perhaps Americans fail to realize that the religious freedoms they take as a matter of course are not the norm around the globe. “Just having the liberty to meet in the middle of the city and read the Word of God out loud ñ we take that for granted,” Larson said. Mayor Richard Bentley will be on hand April 29 to present a proclamation about the event to Hardwick Baptist Church minister Warren Fox. The reading will begin shortly afterwards, preceded by musical presentations.

Larson said she is still looking for people who would like to take turns reading during the marathon. Religious denomination is unimportant, she said ñ all that is necessary is the desire to read the Bible out loud. People who consider English their second language are invited to read in their native tongue. The readings will begin with the Book of Genesis and will continue in 15-minute segments through the last chapter of the Book of Revelations “This is the opportunity to come together, once a year. I would like for every church to participate,” Larson said. “I invite them to bring banners and posters with the names of their churches.” Anyone interested in participating may contact Ruth Larson at or by calling 453-3791.

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Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dunnam of Milledgeville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Joy Dunnam to Michael William Walter of Macon, son of John Walter of Cumming, Georgia and Jean Walter of Butler, Pennsylvania. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Eubanks of Milledgeville, Mrs. Audrey Staten of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and the late Cecil Dunnam. The wedding is planned for May 22, 2010 at Congregation Beth Yeshua on Price Road in Macon. After a honeymoon to the mountains of Tennessee, the couple will reside in Macon and continue in Christian ministry there together.

SAVE THE DATE FOR A MEETING OF THE “Old Capital Chapter” Georgia State Retirees’ Assn. May 6, 2010 2:30 pm Walter Williams Park Administration Bldg. New Members Welcome For information (478) 946-2508

A local group once again will provide free meals for school children this summer. The Concerned Youth of America is taking part in the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning’s Summer Food Service Program, and meals will be provided to children free of charge. The program begins on May 24 and the following groups and locations are taking part: Flipper Chapel Precious Little Things, Graham Homes, Green

Pasture Baptist, High Achievers, Junior Police Academy, Shiloh Baptist, Vaughn Baptist, Wray Homes and Flagg Chapel Baptist. For more information, call

1-404-656-5957. “We are looking forward to once again taking part, and all meals are absolutely free,” said local program co-organizer Annie Miller.


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Minton to retire from County after 40 years

What’s going on with the shade trees in the projects? By Chris McKearney

Photo by Pam Beer

County Manager Joan Minton announced her retirement at Tuesday’s meeting of the County Commission.

County manager will stay on board until August 2010, however stands what Joan Minton has done for this county,” Hall said. He added that since the county is having financial difficulties, having other County employees take on some of Minton’s duties and not filling the position right away could have a positive impact on the County’s coffers. Hall said the commissioners and staff should “work towards making a decision” about Minton’s replacement by the end of the fiscal year, which is December 2010. Commissioner Bubba Williams said that Minton is a “very valuable resource for the community” and is recognized statewide for her knowledge of county government. Williams said that Minton is an adjunct instructor with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and trains newly elected commissioners. He found her to be “extremely helpful” when he was first elected to the commission.

By Pam Beer

County Manager Joan Minton announced her imminent retirement at the Tuesday meeting of the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners. Minton has worked for Baldwin County for 40 years. Minton said she would stay on in a limited capacity to transition out of the position and to continue to work on some pending projects, such as the new Kroger store coming to the intersection of Hwy 441 and Log Cabin Road. Although she said her retirement would be effective May 1, the commissioners voted to have Minton continue to work on a part time basis until August. Sammy Hall, who made the motion, said in the meantime, other County employees could take on additional roles, especially Assistant County Manager Ralph McMullen. “I don’t think the community appreciates or under-

“She had a sense, developed over the years for new commissioners and what they would be needing the most. She was always there to point me in the right direction,” Williams said. Whenever he would thoroughly research an issue before meeting with Minton, Williams said that at least “25 percent of the time” she would give him even more information for him to consider. “She has a huge wealth of knowledge that will not be easily replaced,” Williams said. Minton said that her service to Baldwin County offered her “wonderful experiences.” She called the current commissioners a good board and her leaving in the middle of their term would give them time to resolve the issue of who will follow in her footsteps before having to face re–election. “I think it’s the right time for me personally (and) a good time for the board,” Minton said.

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A group of green–minded protesters gathered in the West End projects earlier this week, voicing their displeasure over a plan to cut down more than 100 large oak trees around West End and Boddie. The protest was led by four ladies from the First Presbyterian Green Initiative – Alice Tenold, Debbie Harshbarger, Diane Lucette and Audie Wilson. The Milledgeville Housing Authority currently is using $750,000 in Federal stimulus money for landscape and site improvements around West End and Boddie projects. In the end, the Housing Authority will fix sidewalks, curtail erosion problems, place sod in many yards and plant more than 290 trees and bushes. In the process, however, the Housing Authority’s contractor is cutting down more than 100 large oak trees, some of which are more than 40 years old and 40 feet tall. This is where the protesters disagree. Harshbarger said that many of the residents also are upset, claiming that their apartments will be unbearably hot this summer without the shade trees. “It will diminish the quality of life for the residents and it’s a huge waste of stimulus money. Some of the residents don’t have air conditioning, and now the Housing Authority is cutting down the shade trees,” said Harshbarger. “We talked to one resident, in particular, who was very upset. She told us that ‘the Housing Authority is trying to kill us.’” Harshbarger admitted that some of the trees did need to be removed, which is due to erosion problems and rotting. However, Harshbarger added that many of the trees “were being cut down for no good reason,” adding that “all some needed was a good trim.” “They are not replacing the shade trees with other shade trees,” said Harshbarger, adding that the Housing Authority plans on planting new dogwood trees, crepe myrtle and several smaller varieties. “Even if they did, you can’t just replace a shade tree – at least not in our lifetime. A shade tree takes many decades to grow.” Harshbarger also questioned how the Housing Authority planned to maintain all of its neighborhoods’ yards once the stimulus projects are complete. “Right now, they have two (employees) who do yards. Now, they’re planting sod and more than (290 trees and bushes). How will all of these trees and these yards be wa-


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tered? Who will maintain them?” she said. “Where will the money come from? It will be a huge responsibility to maintain the grounds? Who will do all of this? These are serious questions.” Carrie Jarrett, the chairperson of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, said that the projects are being completed out of necessity. “No one loves trees more than me. But, every year we undergo an extensive assessment from HUD. Each time, we’ve received a failing grade from the real estate assessment evaluation. We are at the risk of becoming a ‘poor performing authority’ and losing some funding,” said Jarrett. “Some of the trees are rotted out in the center, and some are causing severe erosion. We have also been cited by the City of Milledgeville for roots that get into the foundation of our (apartments).” Jarrett added that the Housing Authority currently is using capital improvement money to re–wire many of the apartments in West End and Boddie. After that, air conditioners will be installed in many of the units. “The wiring is so old in a lot of the units that they can’t be utilized for air conditioners until the wiring is upgraded,” she said. The timing of the stimulus money also put the Housing Authority in a bind, according to Jarrett. “There was a very short turnaround following the passage of the (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). We only had a few days to turn around the application for our ARRA funds,” Jarrett said. “We would’ve like to (have upgraded wiring and installed air conditioners) first. But that takes 60–90 days to get through the legal process. We concluded that site improvements were the only projects that we had that would be considered ‘shovel ready.’”

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Oak trees are being removed by the dozens in the Boddie projects and West End projects, pictured above.

Prison, despite the fact that er that control all of the locks the building was not de- and mechanisms electronically. We don’t have that at Bostick,” signed as a prison. he said. “Also, from an Bostick State Prison operational standpoint, is not closing due to the 2,000 (inmates) is the age or condition of the ideal size to operate a building, which is a prison efficiently, from common misconcepwhat we’ve been told. tion around Baldwin And, Bostick was much County. Instead, the fasmaller than that.” cility is closing because Chapman said that of its configuration and “just about all of the “poor sight lines,” acGrant Bostick employees” cording to Chapman. were able to transfer to “Bostick was built in a traditional dormitory style, other Department of Correcwith poor sight design with blind tions facilities within a 50–mile spots and space issues,” said radius. Budget cuts also played a Chapman,adding that the layout poses numerous safety concerns factor in Bostick’s closure. The for both guards and inmates.“It state will save $5.5 million anlacks the safety features of other nually in personnel costs and prisons and requires more staff an additional $1.2 million in operating costs, according to to support it.” Sen. Johnny Grant said that Chapman. Meanwhile, Mens State he hates to see Bostick go. At the same time, however, Grant Prison is still scheduled to close said that the building was nev- in January 2011, according to Chapman. Baldwin County is er designed to be a prison. “Modern prisons are built losing its state prisons at a stagaround a hub, with perhaps a gering rate. After the closing of pair of guards in a central tow- Bostick and Mens, Baldwin County will have one remaining prison – Baldwin State Prison. As recently as August 2008, there were five state prisons in PRESSURE WASHING Baldwin County.

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OldPowellBuildingemployeesnowfocusingonunemployment 100-something more state employees let go last week By Chris McKearney

Last Thursday was the final day of work for more than 100 Central State Hospital employees. The day was fairly uneventful, although sad. There were tears and hugs and good byes. Many of the employees had been working together for 20-something years. The move followed an announcement in February that the state planned to close the Powell Building, thus eliminating 177 jobs around Central State. The Powell Building previously was home to

Adult Services, which housed shortterm psychiatric clients from around this part of Georgia. Now, the Powell Building sits locked up and mothballed. Many of the employees met at the Department of Labor office earlier this week to discuss unemployment payments. For many employees, however, the unemployment checks will not amount to nearly enough to maintain their current quality of life. “The cap was $330 a week (in unemployment payments), and it was based on your income. Some people will get $183 per week and some will get $154. That’s barely

enough to go the grocery store for of the Powell Building employees your family,” said one former were illegally laid off. At the same Powell Building employee, who time, however, Grant said he was wished to remain anonymous. “As “extremely upset and disappointed” at the Department of far as length of time, some Behavioral Health for its were awarded 14 weeks (of handling of the situation. benefits), some 21 weeks “Behavioral Health may and some 26 weeks.” have done everything in the Nineteen of the employletter of law, but that doesees previously filed a grievn’t mean that they did ance against the things in a respectful fashDepartment of Behavioral ion. If this ever happen Health and its Human Grant again, anywhere in the state Resources Office. Earlier of Georgia, I’d hope that the this month, however, they each received a letter and were employees actually would be treatinformed that their grievance claim ed like human beings and with a little respect,” Grant said. was denied. For many years, there’s been an Sen. Johnny Grant said that none

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assumption around Central State that long-tenured employees under the “old merit plan” would receive preferential treatment during a layoff. According to the assumption, “If you are an employee under the old merit plan and your job is eliminated, the state must find a comparable job within a 50-mile radius.” Apparently, that’s not always entirely true, according to Grant. “That’s only the case during a true reduction in force,” he said. “What happened at the Powell Building was classified as the elimination of an entire department. When the state eliminates an entire department, it does not have to abide by (the 50-mile radius rule).”


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Hardwick Baptist Church, located off near the intersection of Irwinton Road and Hardwick Street, is hosting its annual revival beginning Sunday, April 25 and continuing through Wednesday, April 28. Guest evangelist this Sunday will be Pastor Lee Lacey. Events include a covered dish dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday, music and worship on Monday and Tuesday, as well as a Pizza Blast for the youth at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Pizza Blast will include a performance by the band Cardio Blast, which includes musicians Jared Powell, Caleb Scoggins, Roman Henry and Cameron Burgamy. For more information, cal the church at 452-1612.

Allied Arts won’t lose funding because of General Assembly Local arts group goes through “roller coaster ride” By Pam Beer

Randy Cannon sat in his office Tuesday, recovering from the tumultuous few days that shook the Georgia arts community. Cannon is the executive director for Allied Arts and was watching closely as the state legislature decided what it was going to do with the Georgia Arts Council. Last week the state House of Representatives approved a budget which included plans to axe the GCA – not just cut funding but to do away with the agency all together. Arts supporters demonstrated outside the Capitol on Monday, showing their support for the GCA and taking a stand against its demise. On Tuesday, however, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a budget that included funding for the GCA, albeit at a

much reduced amount. If the GCA had been completely eliminated, Georgia would be the only state in the nation without a state arts agency, and funding from the National Endowment of the Arts would be in peril. “The funding for the Georgia Arts Council was cut to $900,000,” Cannon said. This figure is a heft cut from the $2.52 million the agency received in fiscal year 2010. So what does all of this mean for Baldwin County? What impact has the GCA had on local art endeavors? Cannon said that ten years ago, Allied Arts was receiving roughly $18,000 a year from the GCA in the general support category. By last year this amount had declined to just $3,400. The money from GCA comes as a result of a yearly application Cannon prepares. The application, which Please see

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10 years in business!

The Baldwin Bulletin:

TIMELINE: Through the years with The Baldwin Bulletin NOV. 2000 Mitch passes away after battling cancer.

APRIL 2001 The Baldwin Bulletin is purchased by Quixness Marketing Group, comprised of local businessmen Keith Barlow and Wister Ritchie III.





APRIL 2000 The first issue of The Baldwin Bulletin is published by co–founders Mitch Brooks and Trina Couey. The first issue is 24 pages and printed on tab–sized paper.

JULY 2006 The Baldwin Bulletin is purchased by Griffin Lovett and DuBose Porter of the Herald Publishing Company out of Dublin. They remain the owners to this day.

WINTER 2003 Freedom Church’s Tim Thomas and his wife Heidi purchase The Baldwin Bulletin from Barlow and Ritchie.






EARLY 2004 Bulletin editor Pam Beer and her husband Patrick purchase The Baldwin Bulletin from the Thomases.




APRIL 2010 The Baldwin Bulletin celebrates 10 whole years in business! Thank you, Baldwin County!

So, what were the big local stories way back in 2000? In April 2000, The Baldwin Bulletin took flight and printed its first issue. So, what were the big headlines back then, 10 years ago? Well, several large–scale projects were wrapping up. Oconee Regional Medical Center was gearing up to cel-


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do the job, so I did. I was writing some for the paper by this point, anyway. Chris McKearney was just 19 when he walked in off the street even before the first

ebrate the opening of the new Park Tower addition, which continues to shine 10 years later. At Oak Hill Middle School, meanwhile, construction crews were putting the final touches on the school that would replace Boddie Middle and Baldwin Middle. In some regards, history has re-

issue of The Bulletin came out. He sort of hired himself, I guess – he announced that he was going to write sports for The Bulletin and Trina didn’t tell him no. I remember when he handed me his first sports story to read; I was skeptical that this long–haired kid would actu-

peated itself: • Northrop–Grumman was preparing to sell its Milledgeville plant to the Carlyle Group, which eventually purchased the factory and changed its name to Vought. Now, exactly 10 years later,Vought is in the process of being sold again,

ally be able to turn out something usable. I remember reading the first few sentences to myself while Chris looked on – then I said loudly, “Chris, this is good!� His answer? “I know!� Life continued at The Baldwin Bulletin, but our days were never completely

this time to the Triumph Group. • Several downtown bars were under intense scrutiny in April 2000. Four employees of Cameron’s nightclub were arrested for selling cocaine and the Police Chief – Fred Hayes – suggested that Cameron’s liquor license should be revoked. On nearby

sunny. A cloud hovered over all of us. Mitch had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer before the first issue hit the streets, but he wouldn’t quit. His battle with cancer was spirited. It was epic. And when he lost the battle in late 2000, we lost so much. In early 2001 two local


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S.Wayne Street, Statesboro businessman Will Britt was attempting to open Legends nightclub. Several city councilman vigorously fought against Legends, but Britt eventually

businessmen – Wister Ritchie III and Keith Barlow of Quixness Marketing – approached Trina about buying the paper. The sale was finalized in April 2001, about a year after our first issue came out. In just a few weeks our format changed from a tabloid to a broadsheet, like we are today, and it wasn’t long afterwards that we stopped being free. Keith and Wister owned it until early 2003, when Keith decided to do something else and was going to close The Bulletin. I can remember sitting in the Mexican restaurant at the Milledgeville Mall with Keith and Jonathan Jackson (Jonathan and I were Keith’s only two employees at that point), and Keith telling us he was giving us six weeks notice that he was closing the paper. At least he bought us lunch. Jonathan and I started looking for other jobs while we put out the last few issues. We’d actually published our final issue, complete with farewell letter, when our knights on a white horse arrived. Tim and Heidi Thomas, good friends of Jonathan’s, had decided to buy The Bulletin. Tim was the associate pastor at Freedom Church and Heidi had been an accountant for Baldwin County. They had a small boy and Heidi was pregnant with their second child. Tim and Heidi bought The Bulletin in early 2003 and owned it for a relatively short period of time before they decided their true calling lay elsewhere. They are absolutely great people and I’m glad I get to call them friends. For reasons I still can’t really remember, other than he said that he did it for me, my husband Pat Beer said we should buy The Bulletin. So we did, in early 2004. Once we owned the paper, Pat took over the secretarial duties, paid the bills, did the payroll, and strapped on the brass knuckles to collect past–due accounts. Our son Matt gave us a day and a half of free labor every week, helping out in the office on our production day and then putting the papers in the racks and collecting the quarters. We made a great team, I like to think. During this time, Pat and I spent most Sundays growing our circulation. We’d bring

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home 200–300 papers on Friday and his mom Nettie would help us fold and stuff them into small plastic bags, along with a card that said the paper was a free copy and provided information on how to subscribe. Then on Sundays after church Pat and I would go to Sonic, get large strawberry limeades and hit the streets. As he drove, I would lean out of the passenger–side window of the car and hang those bags with the free newspapers on mailboxes. I swear I’ve seen every mailbox in Baldwin County at least three times. Pat kept buying refurbished newspaper racks. We tripled subscriptions and quadrupled rack sales. Fast forward to summer 2006. We were having problems with the company that printed The Bulletin for us, and we needed to find a new place to print. I called up my old friend Jonathan Jackson, who by this time was working for The Courier–Herald in Dublin. I asked him to find out if they could print us, at least on an emergency basis. A couple days later he called back and said, “DuBose said we could print you – but he’d rather buy you.� So DuBose Porter and his partner Griffin Lovett entered the lives of us here at The Baldwin Bulletin. The two men are business partners and at the time owned The Courier–Herald plus seven other weekly papers. Pat and I finalized the sale with them in the summer of 2006. So now you know how we got to where we are today. Chris says he started working for The Bulletin at “Week negative two� but he took a break and worked elsewhere for a while before finally realizing the error of his ways and coming back. I’ve been here all along. Working with us here in the office is Carly Veazey, who sells advertising. We’ve had a fair share of employees, volunteers, stringers and interns with us over the years. Some of you will remember our office cat, Scoop. But one thing has always remained constant, through all the changes - our unwavering dedication to telling Baldwin County’s stories. We like to think we’re still “Good News for Baldwin County.� Thanks for 10 great years!

Thursday, April 22, 2010 • The Best Source for Local News • The Baldwin Bulletin • Page 7

10 years in business!

The Baldwin Bulletin: QUESTION & ANSWERS Editor’s Note:This is a question & answer session for people who may not be completely familiar with The Baldwin Bulletin. If you’re a longtime reader, you probably already know most of these answers. BUT, we’d still like to take this time to tell you that we appreciate your business over these years.We really, really do! QUESTION:What exactly is The Baldwin Bulletin? ANSWER:The Baldwin Bulletin is a weekly newspaper that covers Baldwin County and ONLY Baldwin County.The Baldwin Bulletin has been in business since 2000 and currently is owned and printed by the Herald Publishing Company. QUESTION:Why not just read The Baldwin Bulletin on the internet and save my 50 cents? ANSWER: Do you remember the old expression “Why would you buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” Well, that saying still does not apply to newspapers here in Milledgeville.The Baldwin Bulletin actually posts very little of its content to our website ( Similarly,The Union–Recorder doesn’t put the majority of its stories online. Also, the Macon media outlets (NBC, CBS, FOX, NBC and the Telegraph) may cover two or three stories a week here in Baldwin County. So, if you really want to keep up with local news in Baldwin County, you still have to buy a local newspaper! That’s just the way it is in small towns. QUESTION: Sometimes, I’ll see a Baldwin Bulletin box at the store and I’ll glance at the front page. But, I’m never sure if the newspaper is a few days old.Won’t the stories in The Baldwin Bulletin be “old news” by the time I read them? ANSWER: We admit that the internet has created an environment where people want their news as quickly as humanly possible. However,The Baldwin Bulletin still breaks plenty of big stories. Believe us. If you pick up a copy of The Baldwin Bulletin, you will read stories that matter to Baldwin County and stories that no one else has published yet. For example, we can’t tell you how many Central State employees recently have told us that “We found out more about what’s going on with our jobs in The Baldwin Bulletin than we did from the state.” The Baldwin Bulletin also brings more perspective and more depth to the big stories in Baldwin County.We’ve had the same writing team in place for six years and our reporters seemingly know everybody around town.

We promise that we stay on top of things so you don’t have to. QUESTION:When does a new issue of The Baldwin Bulletin hit the streets? ANSWER:A new Baldwin Bulletin is published each Thursday. Some stores receive their Baldwin Bulletins sooner than others.The southside Piggly Wiggly and the Jefferson Street Jet store, for example, usually have the new issue by 1 p.m.Thursday afternoon.We usually finish delivering to our final stores around 3 p.m. (lakeside and west end). QUESTION: So,Thursday afternoon is the best time to pick up a Baldwin Bulletin.


acceptable level. These days, meanwhile, Plant Branch is facing an uncertain future, which is due primarily to the EPA’s new–found crusade against coal. • Linda Fussell is living proof that persistence pays off. In late April 2000, Fussell qualified to run for the county commission in District 2. Fussell would lose the election later that year to Collins P. Lee. Fussell also had two other failed runs at the county commission last decade. Finally, however, Fussell broke through and gained a seat to the county commission in 2008. She currently is the chairperson of the county commission and a popular figure amongst her fellow commissioners. • Jobs, of course, have dom-

From previous page managed to open the business and later changed its name to Capital City. In April 2010, meanwhile, the downtown bars are drawing a new round of fire following the Ben Roethlisberger incident. The accuser in the case was 20 years old and “everyone agrees that she was extremely intoxicated,” according to District Attorney Fred Bright. • In April 2000, Georgia Power was fined $92,000 following a fish kill near Plant Harlee Branch. The water temperatures reportedly rose as high as 102 degrees the previous summer. Georgia Power has since constructed a cooling tower that dropped the water temperature to an

inated the headlines in the last 18 months. Right when it seems as if it can’t get any worse, it does. Seemingly, it’s been one thing after another around Baldwin County – boom, boom boom! Last week, for example, more than 100 Central State employees were let go. Next week, meanwhile, 130 people will lose their jobs when Bostick Prison closes down. In April 2000, Baldwin County’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent and a mere 781 people were classified as unemployed. Now, the number of unemployed people in Baldwin County has risen nearly 500 percent and currently stands at roughly 3,500. Hard to believe, we know! – Chris McKearney

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ANSWER:Yes, ideally Thursday afternoon would be the best time. But, many people wait until they get off work on Friday to buy a copy. Many of our readers tell us that they like to relax and read The Baldwin Bulletin over the weekend. Some people, for example, may read half of the articles on Friday night and then don’t pick it up again until after church Sunday.The choice is yours:Take your time and relax! That said, any day of the week is a good day to pick up a copy of The Baldwin Bulletin.Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday – it doesn’t matter. QUESTION:Where can I pick up a copy of The Baldwin Bulletin?

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NFL Draft day almost here for Darius Marshall

Lunsford’s long journey lands him at GMC, of all places By Chris McKearney

James Lunsford at GMC? For folks who have followed local basketball for a long time, this news may be hard to believe. After all, Lunsford’s name was synonymous with Baldwin High basketball for almost three decades. Nevertheless, Lunsford on Monday was named as the new head boys basketball coach at Georgia Military College prep. The Bulldogs finished 3-22 last season and have won a total of 13 games in the last three years. GMC has really struggled against region rivals

Wilkinson County and Hancock-Central, losing its last four games to those teams by an average score of 81-29. “Today, a legendary school welcomes a legendary coach,” said GMC Principal John Thornton at Tuesday’s press conference.“We are absolutely thrilled to bring (Lunsford) over to GMC.” Sports fans who are newer to Milledgeville may not be completely familiar with Lunsford. For many years, however, Lunsford’s Baldwin High teams were a fairly big deal around here. Today, Baldwin High basketball doesn’t have much of a pulse around the community. BHS,





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GMC Athletic Director Garry Couch, new basketball coach James Lunsford and Principal John Thornton stop for a picture at the SibleyCone Library on Mobnday.

for better or worse, is more of a football school. In Lunsford’s heyday in the ’80s, however, Baldwin High routinely played in front of sold-out crowds at the old Braves Gym on Irwin Street. The Braves made deep playoff runs while playing in the old GHSA Class AAAA, which at that time was the largest classification in Georgia. Lunsford’s Braves reached the mountain top in 1981, winning the GHSA Class AAAA state title. Lunsford’s teams also advanced to four Final Fours and a pair of Elite Eights over the years. Lunsford stayed at Baldwin until 2001, when he had a falling out with the school’s administration. The divorce left a bitter taste in Lunsford’s mouth, and he still hasn’t been back to a Baldwin High sporting event since his departure.

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After leaving Baldwin, Lunsford retired from the school system with 31 years and began focusing on his camps and civic projects. He has long maintained an association with Nike and still has basketball connections all over the country. In 2006, Lunsford came out of retirement and accepted the head coaching job at Twiggs County High School, which is 25 miles down the

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road in Jeffersonville. The Cobras reached the state playoffs once during Lunsford’s four seasons, losing in the first round in 2008. However, Lunsford was behind the eight-ball at Twiggs, which is one of the poorest school systems in the state. Middle school sports, for example, were eliminated due to budget cuts in Twiggs County several years ago. This off-season, GMC began looking for a new head coach and the search immediately zeroed in on Lunsford. Thornton, GMC’s principal, and Lunsford have known each other for many years. The two men always work together on the Christmas basketball tournament hosted by GMC and sponsored by the 100 Black Men of the Oconee. “To have quality people like the Lunsfords in our GMC family will only enhance what we’re doing,” Thornton said. “We are absolutely thrilled.” Lunsford, meanwhile, sounded equally excited. He technically will be a part-time teacher and will teach two weightlifting classes. “I probably have more to give now than I ever had,” Lunsord said. While coaching at Twiggs, Lunsford and his wife Joann continued living in Milledgeville. Lunsford said that he will not miss the daily commute between here and Jeffersonville. “Driving back home after late games in the middle of winter, those roads become pretty long and dark,” Lunsford said. “I’m just glad to be back coaching in Milledgeville. This is where I belong.”

Darius Marshall has had one eye on the NFL Draft since he was in elementary school. This weekend, the day of reckoning will finally come for Marshall, the former star running back at Baldwin High School. Special to The Baldwin Bulletin Marshall, the son of Dexter and Ingrid Marshall, is three seasons at Marshall ramaining hopeful that his University in West Virginia. name will be called during Prior to an ankle injury in the seven-round draft, November, Marshall was which begins Thursday leading the entire country in evening and continues rushing and total yards. In through Saturday after- January, he announced that noon. ESPN and the NFL he was bypassing his final Network will broadcast the season of college eligibility, Draft in its entirety. thus becoming the first footIf drafted, Marshall ball player from Baldwin would become the fourth County ever to “jump” into Baldwin County man ever the NFL Draft. selected in the NFL Draft – To date, four Baldwin Earnest Byner County men in 1984 (10th have ultimateround), J.T. ly made NFL Wall in 2003 If you want to follow regular-season seventh round) rosters – Darius Marshall’s and Leroy Hill draft day drama, the Byner, Nick in 2005 (third H a r p e r , best time to tune in round). R e g g i e will be this Saturday Marshall, on ESPN or the NFL Rhodes and however, likely Network. The fourth Hill. Marshall through seventh won’t hear his will attempt to name called rounds will be broad- become the until in the casted live beginning fifth. sixth or sev- at 10 a.m. Marshall, if Marshall’s chosen, likely won’t enth round, if draft stock hear his name called he is selected perhaps has until the sixth or sevat all. Of the dropped due enth round. five talent to his times in services that the 40 yard The Baldwin Bulletin found dash, which is a crucial on the internet, only one barometer for NFL scouts. predicted that Marshall Marshall ran closer to a 4.7 would be drafted (cbss- second 40-yard dash at his, nfldraft- pro day, while running,, slightly better at the NFL and side- Draft. The In 2005, Darius Marshall other four websites wrote likely had the most celethat Marshall will be an brated season of any high undrafted free agent, which school player in Baldwin equals far less guaranteed County history. Marshall money. The NFL, by the was unstoppable during a way, is the only major pro- late-season playoff march fessional sports league that and carried the Braves all does not have guaranteed the way to the Georgia contracts. Dome, which was Baldwin Marshall, a 2006 Baldwin High’s best showing in 40High grad, has played the last something years.





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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your balanced approach to life proves to be helpful this week when someone you care for needs your spiritual comfort, while someone else benefits from your tough-love practicality.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Reward yourself for what's sure to be a dynamic week with a getaway to someplace wonderful, hopefully with a wonderful someone. You'll return refreshed and ready for what's ahead.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Taking a more direct approach from the more diplomatic one you've used before could make a difference in finally resolving a too-long-held disagreement. Try it.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Accepting new commitments when you haven't yet finished the batch on hand could be a bit rash. Better to ease up on the new ones until you get further along with your current lot.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Some people might be anxious about your plans. So you need to take time to explain what you expect to do and how you expect do it. And don't forget to ask for suggestions. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Dealing with an unfamiliar problem can be difficult. The wisest course you can take is to ask for advice from those who have been where you are and have come through it. Good luck.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Tackle a frustrating job problem by considering possibilities you might have ignored before. This reassures colleagues you're serious about finding a solution, even if it's not totally yours.



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was all good now.” While interviewing the man, Gundy reportedly “walked out of the apartment with a hand bag and went over to a Red Ford Taurus and put the bag in the car.” An officer followed Gundy and she reportedly gave the officer permission to search her bag, where the officer discovered a nine millimeter chrome pistol. No one else was charged in the incident.

• James Corey Sheffer, 25, of Milledgeville was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana and four counts of theft by receiving. Officers initially responded to the apartments at 240 E. Thomas Street on Friday night after reports of gunshots. Sheffer opened the door and officers immediately spotted a “green leafy substance” and • Catherine Latoshia drug paraphernalia in the kitchen. Officers then Havior, 38, was arrested at searched the apartment and Belk on Friday for shopliftfound four missing road sign, including a LOVERS LANE street sign.

ing after reportedly stuffing two pairs of jeans into a J.C. Penney bag and walking out of the store. • Brenda Gail Henderson, 61, was arrested on shoplifting charges at Wal-Mart.

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Georgia,” Cannon said. “Funding has gone down because of cuts to the Georgia Council. Last year we had NO panel concerns at all with our application but we only received $3,400.” Cannon isn’t sure what impact the GCA’s budget cuts will have on local funding, but he doesn’t think any reductions will be more drastic than he’s already seen. Cannon said he’s aware of “deep cuts” the GCA has already made its own operations and programs the agency has eliminated while keeping intact the general support for different arts agencies around the state. While some might ques-

tion spending money on the arts during a time of financial woes, according to Cannon, arts are good for what ails us. “Participation in our summer camps, our concerts and (Ruby Wertz’s) theater afterschool group – all have gone up,” Cannon said.“People see a value in the arts. The arts are important for a whole lot of different kinds of reasons.” We can build more prisons or we can understand that the arts can take lives in a different direction, Cannon said. “The arts are certainly a strong factor for positive social change,” he said. “I think we need that positive social change right now.”

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• Officers responded to a “shots fired” call early Tuesday morning at the Pine Knoll apartments near the mall. Eventually arrested and charged with disorderly conduct was Jasmine Sherelle Gundy, 21. Officers initially responded to an apartment in the E building and made contact with a man and a woman. The man told officers that four unknown black males had started an altercation at the residence earlier that night, but added that “everything

ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF THE BIBLE? Many people misunderstand the Bible because they do not understand its purpose. Some see it as a history book, some as a book of stories and mythology. But such ideas are not an accurate representation of what the Bible is, or of its purpose. John wrote, “But these things are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:31). John states that there are two reasons for the writing of the Scriptures. First it was so that man would believe in who Jesus was. The Old Testament prophesies of the coming of Christ and shows what God did to pave the way for his coming. The New Testament tells of his life and teachings, proclaiming the new covenant under which we live today. The second reason is that we might have life through his name. The New Testament teaches us how to get to Christ, and how to remain in Christ. This is the purpose of the Bible. ~ Adam Cozort

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IN MEMORIAM Joseph John Austen Joseph John Austen, age 67, passed away Monday, April 19, 2010. He is survived by his daughters Donna Martucci of Long Island, NY, Debra Waters of Orange Park, FL, and Dawn Austen of Milledgeville; and his sister Mary Patricia Faccini of Amityville, NY. Williams Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of the arrangements. Services and burial will be held Monday, April 26, 2010 in New York.

James Emory Davis, Jr. James Emory "Jimmy" Davis, Jr., age 63, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010. He is survived by his children, - Tonya Davis of

Northport, FL, Kenneth Davis of TN, Jim Davis and Kevin Davis; his mother Evelyn Pilcher Davis; and his sister Deborah Bush. Williams Funeral Home & Crematory had charge of the arrangements. Services were held Monday, April 19 at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Hattie Mae Lloyd Hogan Hattie Mae Lloyd Hogan passed away Friday, April 9, 2010. She is survived by her daughter, Doris Hogan Cain of Milledgeville; her brother, Eugene H. Lloyd of Chicago, IL; and her sister, Marie B. Dumas of Milledgeville. Slater’s Funeral Home, Inc. had charge of the

arrangements. Services were held Saturday, April 17 at Flagg Chapel Baptist Church with interment following at Bone Cemetery.

Cada Thomas Kilgore, Jr. Cada Thomas Kilgore, Jr., age 87, passed away Monday, April 19, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Heard Kilgore, daughters Donna Puckett of Milledgeville and Penny Cagle of Chesapeake,VA; and sons Cada Thomas “Tommy” Kilgore III of Atlanta, and James David Kilgore and Jeffrey Lee Kilgore of Milledgeville. Williams Funeral Home & Crematory had charge of the arrangements. Services were held Thursday, April 22 in the

Tabernacle of Praise with interment following at Heritage Memorial Park.

Wanda Wood Smith Wanda Wood Smith, age 52, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2010. She is survived by her sons, Roy Roberson Jr. and Justin Smith; her mother, Jeanette McCoy Wood; and her sisters, Carol Widener and Teresa Hodges. Williams Funeral Home & Crematory had charge of the arrangements. Services were held Saturday, April 17 in Williams Funeral Home Chapel.

William Orville Wright William Orville “Bill” Wright, age 89, passed away

Wednesday, April 14, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Florea Hall Wright of Milledgeville, and three daughters, Georgia Ann Overman of Milledgeville, Nancy K. Hislope of Union, OH, and Martha Goodrich of Martinez. Moores Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. Services were held Saturday, April 17 at First Baptist Church with burial following at Baldwin Memorial Gardens.

Willie Mae Wright Willie Mae Wright passed away Saturday, April 10, 2010. She is survived by her husband, James Wright of Milledgeville; two daughters, Ethel Murray of

Milledgeville and Jean Solomon of Albany; a son, James Wright of Milledgeville; her sisters, Louise Austin of Haddock, Helen Hill of Macon, and Alice Mae Wilson and Ida Mae Robie, both of Milledgeville; and her brothers, George Greene, James Simmons and Arthur Simmons, all of Haddock, and Leroy Simmons and Larry Simmons, both of Milledgeville. Slater’s Funeral Home, Inc. had charge of the arrangements. Services were held Thursday, April 15 at the Chapel of All Faiths with interment following at the Sons of Wisdom and Daughters of Light Society Cemetery.

Old houses, hospital concerns top county commission meeting By Pam Beer

Baldwin County Environmental Control Officer Marion Nelson spoke at Tuesday evening’s County Commission meeting about the challenges the County continues to face with some “unique housing-related issues.” These issues center on dilapidated properties owned by senior citizens with limited assets, who are unable physically and financially to complete the needed repairs. Nelson said that commissioner Emily Davis helped facilitate a partnership between such a couple in the Harrisburg area and members of the Masons

Baldwin Lodge 159. Members of the Lodge secured the dilapidated property and cleaned it up, Nelson said. Commission chair Linda Fussell read a proclamation honoring the men for their service. It was especially meaningful to her, Fussell said, because her late father was a member of Baldwin Lodge 159, and Tuesday’s proclamation was the first one she has read since being elected commission chair. Oconee Regional Medical Center CEO Jean Aycock took to the podium next, updating the commissioners about “trends of concern” at the hospital. Operating income has

dropped about six percent for the first six months of fiscal year 2010 compared to the same period last year, Aycock said. She attributed this in large part to an $840,000 increase in indigent and charity assistance over the same period as last year. “We continue to be very focused on efficiency (and) expenses have dropped by one percent,” Aycock said. The hospital has instituted a “furlough-like” project that sends employees home if there are not patients to treat, but no hospital employee has been laid off. The small amount of operating income is disturbing because it leaves little cushion for increases in employee

costs and reinvestment in technology, Aycock said. Admissions are down while visits to the Emergency Department have risen, she said, and attributed this to people no longer having health insurance and being unable to visit a doctor for regular visits. Aycock said that in 2008, the hospital wrote off $3.2 million. In 2009 that number rose to $6.6 million, and 2010 is on track to reach roughly $6.7 million. This figure includes the cost of services rendered to inmates at the Baldwin County jail, she said. “The state has not been our friend this year,” Aycock said, referring to an estimated $500,000 the hospital will have to pay on a newly-

implemented hospital tax. The closure of Central State Hospital has impacted ORMC as well, with an average of almost two psychiatric patients in crisis coming to the hospital each day, she said. “This current level (of finances) is not going to be sustainable,” Aycock said. “It’s not a crisis yet but we don’t have a trend that’s improving.” In other business, the Board of Commissioners voted to accept a grant from

the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the amount of $86,470. The grant requires a local match of $8,647. Baldwin County Fire Chief Tommy Smith said that the award was unexpected but he was glad to have it. The money will be used to purchase 58 narrow band radios required by the FCC to be implemented by 2013. The funds will also buy 11 full sets of protective clothing, which costs approximately $2,000 per set.

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Mayor Bentley blasted on the internet By Chris McKearney

Don’t expect Mayor Richard Bentley to return any more of TMZ’s phone calls any time soon. TMZ, which touts itself as a “celebrity gossip website,” interviewed Bentley over the phone last Monday and then ran an article the following Saturday on its website. The article was titled “Mayor: Big

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adding that the MPD is “on good terms” with the accuser and her family. “The Milledgeville Police Department and the family are fine. We just spoke to one of the family members last week,” Blue said. “When the case first broke, the family was inundated with calls and information was leaked about (the accuser) and the family. The family thought that the information would have had to have come from us. But, there were only a few of our investigators that were privy to the details and I believe (my investigators) when they say that (they didn’t leak any information).”


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were downright meanspirited while a few were vulgar. On other sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, people also bashed the mayor and bashed Milledgeville. Judging by his reaction this week, Bentley clearly did not approve of the TMZ article, saying that TMZ misquoted him during part of the interview, while taking his other quotes out of context. On Monday, Bentley somehow

how it is and these kind of people deal with this type of thing all the time, but they still have to follow procedures.” Mr. Zarrabi told investigators that he saw Mr. Blash approach Trooper Joyner and tell him: “I know, I know, it’s [BS]. I don’t believe a word this girl was saying. She could barely stand up

Family distrust?

If anyone was portrayed poorly in the Post–Gazette article, it was Jerry Blash, the former MPD sergeant who resigned last week. Blash was the subject of an internal investigation by the MPD at the time of his resignation last Thursday. “(Sergeant Blash) resigned,” Blue told The Baldwin Bulletin. “The (internal investigation) ended when he did so.” According to the Post–Gazette article: The woman’s friends said she was shook up upon leaving Capital City. According to one, Nicole Biancofiore, the alleged victim “did not want to report the incident to a random police officer,” the case file shows. Ms. Biancofiore called a friend, Baldwin County Sheriff’s (Office) Deputy Shawn Tapley, to ask for advice. He told her to report to an officer downtown. “Biancofiore also stated that (the woman) did not want to report it because she did not want people to know about the incident and was embarrassed by what had happened.” So the women approached Sgt. Willie Goddard. He, in turn, passed things along to the shift supervisor, Jerry Blash. It was a fateful step. Mr. Blash, who had been a police sergeant, resigned last week amid a furor over his conduct during the investigation. It was Mr. Blash who had escorted Mr. Roethlisberger and his bar–hopping group of friends to Capital City. It was Mr. Blash who posed for a photograph with the quarterback early in the evening. And it was Mr. Blash who investigators say admitted in interviews that while in Capital City he said something like, “This (expletive) is drunk off her (expletive) and accusing Ben of assaulting her.” When he was first approached by the women, Mr. Blash told investigators, the alleged victim was “swaying and smelling of alcohol” and “talked ‘all over the place.’ “ He also said she seemed “nonchalant.” “Blash stated that he asked (the woman) if Roethlisberger had raped her and she stated, ‘No, I did not know what was going on,’ because she was intoxicated so much. (The woman) told Blash that Roethlisberger did not force her but kept asking her.” Ten days later during a second interview, he told investigators that the woman said “Well, I’m not sure” when he asked if she and Mr. Roethlisberger had sex. Those interviews are the only places where Mr. Blash’s description of that conversation – and the woman’s denial of being raped – is memorialized, according to Agent Davis. “He did not put that in his original report, only in his interview. His original report was very brief,” Agent Davis said. All other accounts – the accuser’s two written statements and her friends’ interviews with investigators – consistently state that the woman claimed Mr. Roethlisberger forced sex on her. Mr. Roethlisberger, through his attorneys, denies any illegal conduct. At one point, the woman and Mr. Blash argued on the street with voices raised about whether he would take a report, according to her friends. She felt she was being told not to file one; Mr. Blash countered that he was not trying to dissuade her. “Blash indicated that he did tell the victim that what she was saying to Blash was not making sense and told the victim that Roethlisberger’s attorneys or any attorney would ‘tear your story up’ and ‘you got to be more clear with me and fill in these blanks.’ “ In his interview, Mr. Blash acknowledged his vexation. “Blash was frustrated because the victim could barely stand, and that pissed Blash off,” wrote GBI Special Agent Ryan Carmichael. “The victim’s friends got on Blash’s nerves because he kept asking them were they back there with her, and they said no. The victim’s friends were trying to tell what was going on more than the victim was, and the victim could not answer Blash’s questions.” Mr. Blash sent the woman to the city police department. He met with fellow officers, including Jason Lopez. Officer Lopez recalled that as the bars were emptying, Mr. Blash asked him to get Capital City’s manager to call. About 10 minutes later, Officer Lopez said, Mr. Blash came up to him and said, “We’ve got a big problem. We’ve got a big problem. We’ve got a big problem.” Police headed into the nightclub. When they arrived, people in the Steeler’s entourage were on the phone with lawyers, one officer reported. Most refused to give their names to police. Mr. Roethlisberger was there along with several friends: off–duty Coraopolis police Officer Anthony J. Barravecchio, off–duty Pennsylvania State Trooper Edward J. Joyner, and Nima Zarrabi, marketing director for the California firm of the quarterback’s agent, Ryan Tollner. “Not this ... again,” Officer Barravecchio said upon learning of the allegation, according to the GBI report. “When Blash was talking with them, one of them said that he gets sick of this kind of ‘BS,’ and Blash said that he knows

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