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Raiders win region, Baybay sets Super Bowl record

Lady Irish reach GHSA Class AA basketball quarterfinals The Dublin Lady Irish finished the year at 18-10 and made it all the way to the GHSA Class AA basketball quarterfinals before falling to Putnam County in the final seconds 5452. Dublin got a lot of mileage out of a team that had only returning starters LaShayla Pittman and Jasmine Hollis with any extensive varsity experience. "When you look at the season overall and who we had playing related to experience, it was phenomenal," Dublin coach

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The Plaza opens, VA scandal hits home and Roussel to retire The Courier Herald The Dublin City Council and Laurens County Commissioners are always busy throughout the year. When it comes to government agencies in 2014, the Downtown Development Authority/MainStreet had a big year with many dedications and announcements. The following is a look back, month by month, to some of the biggest news in government for 2014.

By JAMES TIDWELL The past 12 months have provided some of the most memorable moments in sports for Laurens County. From Demaryius Thomas making Super Bowl history, to his alma mater advancing deep into the playoffs, not to mention basketball success at Trinity and Dublin, 2014 offered plenty for every fan from every school. Baybay sets Super Bowl record with 13 catches vs. Seattle Demaryius Thomas is in the NFL record book for most pass receptions in a Super Bowl. The Laurens County native no doubt would trade his record 13 catches for the Denver Broncos in Febuary’s Super Bowl XLVIII against Seattle for a victory and the World Championship. Thomas, a fourth-year wide receiver, was the lone bright spot for the Broncos in a forgettable 43-8 loss to the Seahawks. The former West Laurens and Georgia Tech star's 13 catches broke the record of 11 shared by five other players. Previous record-holders were Cincinnati's Dan Ross (1982 against San Francisco), San Francisco's Jerry Rice (1989 against Cincinnati), New England's Deion Branch (2005 against Philadelphia) and New England's Wes Welker (2008 against the New York Giants.) Thomas was seeking to join fellow Laurens Countian Erik Walden as a Super Bowl champion. Walden, a former Dublin High and Middle Tennessee State star, earned a ring with the Green Bay Packers in 2011. The record-breaking catch by Thomas provided Denver with its only touchdown of the game, a 14-yard pass from quarterback Peyton Manning on the first play of the fourth quarter. Thomas finished with 118 yards on the night against the NFL's top defense. Thomas caught seven receptions for 46 yards in the first half. That tied the record for most receptions in a half.

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(Above): The Raiders celebrate a region title. (Below): Baybay scores Denver’s lone touchdown and (bottom) Bozeman scores in Trinity’s Final Four game. the Lady Crusaders were Sydney Bozeman with 17 points and Sarah Horne with 13 points. The Trinity boys’ basketball team made it all the way to the GISA Class AA Elite Eight before falling to Furtah Prep 69-45 in Tifton.

Knight reaches 1,000point mark With a single three-point basket, Anna Claire Knight reached a big career milestone. Knight scored 20 points for Georgia Southern to put her over 1,000 for her career in a loss in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament in March. The junior reached the mark by making a 3-pointer from the wing with 3:32 left in the contest. Clint Lowther said. "They represented Dublin High School, our fans and the community really, really well. I'm happy that the freshmen and sophomores got the opportunity to see this level of competition and now realize what it takes to advance to this level of the state tournament. "Hopefully, they'll be encouraged to got to work, get better and pull together so we can maybe go farther in the future."

Raiders powerlifting team capture state crowns

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Lady Crusaders reach Final Four, Crusaders reach Elite Eight in basketball For the first time since 2010, the Trinity girls’ basketball team had the chance to reach a championship game in the GISA Class AA Final Four. Standing in the Lady Crusader’s way was Briarwood. Taking advantage of a huge opening run, the Briarwood Lady Bucs ended the Lady Crusaders title hopes with a 69-55 win in the GISA Class AA semifinals in Macon at the Mercer University Hawkins Arena. “They had a lot of their shots falling and I think our nerves had a lot to do with the start of the game,” Trinity girls’ head coach Lacey Shepherd said. “We have never played in a place like this before.” Trinity finished the season at 17-11. The leading scorers for

Dublin’s principal Hunter to speak at NAACP Jubilee By JAMIE MORTON New Year’s Day, the NAACP will have its annual Jubilee Program to honor the day President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation took effect. The event will be held at the God's Divine Ministry, Inc. at 600 Telfair Street. All are welcome to attend. This year's theme for the event will be "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality." Mary Howard, President of the Dublin-Laurens NAACP said they picked this theme this year because "We think at this point in time with everything that is going on in the world, we are at the crossroads. [...] One of See JUBILEE page 8a

January DBHDD Commissioner talks about mental health at Rotary Frank W. Berry, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, was the main speaker at the Dublin Rotary Club on Jan. 10, where he told them that he believes Community Service Boards are service delivery extensions of the state. "That's the only place

where we deliver direct care," Berry said. "Everywhere else we rely on high quality providers to get care for the citizens we service here. Those are individuals that either have no insurance, low income or have Medicaid and would otherwise not be able to receive services anywhere else and would be turn away." County Commissioners hear information about naming bypass intersection after Tuskegee Airmen During the first Laurens County Commissioners meeting of 2014, commissioner Buddy Adams informed his fellow commissioners about a proposal to name the intersection of Hwy. 80 and 441 Bypass in honor of the Tuskegee Airman of World War II. The commissioners endorsed it. See YEAR page 7a

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3 arrested in Hometown Supply burglary, other stolen items seized By PAYTON TOWNS III Arrests were made in the burglary from Hometown Supply after information led Investigators from the Dublin Police Department to where men were trying to hot wire a stolen motorcycle. Tyquavis Dequan Knight, 17, of 501 S. Church St. in Dublin, Ariko Moore, 18, of

211 W. Moore St. in Dublin and Demario Strickland, 19, of 111 Carter St. in Dublin, were arrested Monday. Knight was charged with two counts of burglary and felony obstruction. Moore and Strickland were both charged with one count of burglary. See ARRESTS page 8a

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A motorcycle and other ATVs were among the stolen items recovered.

Alleged jewel thief hid in Kmart prior to store closing for heist By PAYTON TOWNS III The Dublin Police Department is investigating a burglary where the suspect is believed to have been inside the store when it closed. According to a police department report, an officer responded to Kmart in reference to an active alarm. The officer saw a broken glass window. A store employee arrived with a key before officers

cleared the inside of the store. While clearing the store, the officers saw a glass jewelry cabinet which was shattered and several open jewelry boxes on the floor near a cabinet. Two employees were the last to leave the store around 12:30 a.m. The alarm went off not long after that. The total number of items missing from the cabinet was

not known. Det. Stacey Sapp said the investigation indicated that a person had hidden in the store, stole the items and broke out, causing the alarm to go off. He said officers were at the scene moments after the alarm went off. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Brawner Ashley at (478) 277-5023.


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Martha Jeanette Scott

Martha Jeanette Scott, age 82 of Dublin, passed away on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan 2, 2015 at First Independent Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Dublin Memorial Gardens. Rev. Paul Brown and Rev. Ronnie Powell will officiate. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Townsend Brothers Funeral Home. Mrs. Scott was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of East Dublin. She retired as a seamstress with Dublin Garment Company. Mrs. Scott was preceded in death by her husband, Paul David Scott, Sr.; father, Willie Albert Burns and mother, Mattie Mae Harrison Burns. Survivors include her children; Paul David Scott, Jr. (Twila) of Dublin, Ricky Scott (Cathy) of Watkinsville, Debra Scott Dean of Calhoun, Jimmy Scott (Patsy) of Vidalia and Anthony “Tony” Scott of East Dublin; 11 grandchildren; 12 greatgrandchildren and sister, Minnie Mae Brantley of East Dublin. Pallbearers will be Kevin Scott, Blake Scott, Dustin Abbott, Heith Scott, Austin Scott,

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Dorothy Outler Motley

Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Outler Motley formally of Dublin will be held on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 11 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church 8801 Ardwick Ardmore Road in Landover, Maryland. Mrs. Motley passed Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. She was a graduate of Oconee High School class of 1959. She is survived by sisters, Cecelia (Herbert) Butts, Dublin, Nona B. Blue, Dublin, Charles (Belinda) Peacock, Chattanooga, Tennessee; sister-in-law, Carrie Peacock, Dublin and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Tyrone Young Funeral Home Landover, Maryland. Condolences can be sent to Shiloh Baptist Church. Obituary Courtesy of Dudley Funeral Home of Dublin

Jacqueline Ray Duffy

Funeral services for Mrs. Jacqueline Ray Duffy, age 85, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at the

Richard N. Stanley Memorial Chapel with interment to follow at Westview Cemetery. Mrs. Duffy was born December 11, 1929 in Bristol, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Jack and Beulah Harmon Ray and her husband, James Thomas Duffy. Mrs. Duffy passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at Oconee Healthcare following an extended illness. She is survived by her daughter, Ann (Prentice) Price of Wrightsville, two sons, Timothy David Duffy of Westchester, Pa. and Thomas Lee Duffy of Conyers, four grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at the funeral home. For those wishing to give, the family asks that contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 1925 Century Boulevard, NE, Suite 10, Atlanta, Ga. 30345-3315 www.alzga.org Stanley Funeral Home and Cremator Wrightsville Chapel has charge of funeral arrangements. To sign the Online Register Book please visit www.stanleyfuneralhome.com or call the 24 Hour Obituary Line at (478) 272-0106 to hear the latest updates.

Willie E. Smith

Mr. Willie E. Smith of 10848 Junior Sims Road, Irwinton, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Services by Dudley Funeral Home of Dublin www.servicesbydudley.com

Weather hobbles jet recovery

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Bad weather hindered efforts to recover victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 on Wednesday and sent wreckage drifting far from the crash site, as grieving relatives prayed for strength to endure their losses. "Help us, God, to move forward, even though we are surrounded by darkness," the Rev. Philip Mantofa, whose church lost about 40 members in the disaster, told families gathered in a waiting room at the Surabaya airport. The massive hunt for 162 people who vanished Sunday aboard the Airbus A320 traveling from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, was severely limited due to heavy rain, wind and thick clouds. Seven bodies, including a flight attendant in her red AirAsia uniform, have been recovered, said Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo. Sonar images also identified what appeared to be large parts of the plane, but strong currents were moving the debris. Conditions prevented divers from entering the choppy Java Sea, and helicopters were largely grounded. But 18 ships continued to scour the narrowed search area, and four of the seven corpses were recovered Wednesday. Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency predicted conditions would worsen, with more intense rains, through Friday. "It seems all the wreckage found has drifted more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) from yesterday's location," said Vice Air Marshal Sunarbowo Sandi, search and rescue coordinator in Pangkalan Bun on Borneo island,

the closest town to the site. "We are expecting those bodies will end up on beaches." The airliner's disappearance halfway through the two-hour flight triggered an international search involving dozens of planes, ships and helicopters from numerous countries. It is still unclear what brought the plane down. Its last communication indicated the pilots were worried about bad weather. They sought permission to climb above threatening clouds but were denied because of heavy air traffic. Four minutes later, the jet disappeared from the radar without issuing a distress signal. The aircraft's cockpit voice and flight data recorders, or black boxes, must be recovered before officials can start determining what caused the crash. Items recovered so far include a life jacket, an emergency exit window, children's shoes, a blue suitcase and backpacks filled with food. Malaysia-based AirAsia's loss comes on top of the still-unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March with 239 people aboard, and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July over Ukraine, which killed all 298 passengers and crew. Simple wooden coffins — numbered 001 and 002 — with purple flowers on top contained the first two bodies, which were sent from Pangkalan Bun to Surabaya for autopsies. The two victims were a woman wearing blue jeans and a boy. The other five bodies — three male and two female — will remain on a warship until the weather clears.

Getting smart about plastics BY MICHAEL ROIZEN, M.D., AND MEHMET OZ, M.D.

Julia Child knew that reducing a sauce "positively deepens flavors!" And reducing stress? That makes everything more positive too, from your heart health to your love life! But did you know that reducing a pregnant woman's exposure to phthalates (used to make plastics pliable) can protect a child from having a significantly lowered IQ? A study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health is the first to report a connection between prenatal exposure to phthalates and school-age kids' IQ. Researchers found that moms exposed to the highest concentrations of phthalates had children with IQs about 7.6

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points lower than the moms who were exposed to the least amount of the chemicals. That, say the scientists, has a direct effect on a child's future academic and occupational abilities. Phthalates are not required to be listed on labels! So if you're contemplating becoming pregnant or are pregnant, dodge anything with an added scent that isn't from a 100 percent essential oil; dryer sheets; and plastics with the recycling numbers 3, 6 and 7; and never microwave anything in plastic. Also, try to avoid buying food packaged in plastics and eating high-fat food, like whole dairy, which

seems to contain an extra dose of phthalates! Instead, enjoy lots of fruits and veggies -they seem related to lower levels of phthalates in your blood. Take action now. You may reduce your blood level of phthalates pretty quickly. And let's campaign to get phthalates on ingredient labels! It's time to get smart about the dangers of dumbing down a whole generation! Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com.

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DEAR ABBY: My 16-yearold daughter, "Sierra," started baby-sitting in the afternoons for a couple when she was 15. Sometimes her dad or I would drop her off; sometimes the husband, "Karl," would before he left for work. My husband and Karl became friends, and when Karl and his wife split up, we let him stay on our couch for a few months. Then we found out Sierra was pregnant and that she and Karl had been sleeping together before he split with his wife. My daughter is upset that we want to involve the police and press charges because she was underage. How can I get Sierra to stop hating me and understand that this relationship isn't healthy? -- "THE ENEMY MOM" IN SOUTH CAROLINA DEAR "ENEMY MOM": Sierra is mad at you because you are injecting an unwelcome note of reality into her fantasy of "love." Karl is a predator who needs to be answerable for what he did. He will also have to support that child until he or she is no longer a minor. Because he has shown himself to be amoral and irresponsible, involve not only the police but also the department of social services to ensure that he lives up to all of his responsibilities. DEAR ABBY: It was brought to my attention that an employee in my workplace was asked by his supervisor if he would be OK with working with a gay male before the person was interviewed. Is this even legal? She basically "outed" the potential employee in the workplace. If the person she asked did have a problem working with someone who's gay, it implies the man wouldn't have been hired, which would be discrimination, wouldn't it? Couldn't that lead to a possible lawsuit? Or am I wrong? -- RIGHT OR WRONG IN WISCONSIN DEAR RIGHT OR WRONG: I discussed your question with an attorney from Lambda Legal, the national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of

LGBT people. Currently, 21 states plus the District of Columbia have laws that protect gay people from employment discrimination. Wisconsin is one of them. The attorney said that "outing" the candidate to the other employee was "not necessarily illegal," but that it was "DEFINITELY a bad business practice."

In the 21 states that offer protection for gay people, a prospective employer cannot base a hiring decision on how comfortable someone is with the candidate's sexual orientation, or the perception that a coworker or customer might be uncomfortable with a gay person. That is discrimination, and it IS illegal. DEAR READERS: The year is almost over -- I can't believe how fast it has gone! Please accept my heartfelt wish for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015. And if you are partying this evening, please be safe! -LOVE, ABBY Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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had his No. 2 retired, the first on the teams in doubles with Continued from 1a time a number has been retired 16. He totaled 16 multiple hit games for the Nighthawks. In March, 10 members of the in school history. West Laurens High School PowDudley Little League hosts Lady Raiders reach Final erlifting Team finished in first first ever Little League Four, Raiders reach Elite place overall at the USAPL Georgia District 5 tourney Eight in tennis Georgia High School State Dudley Little League hosted The West Laurens girls’ tenChampionships in Norcross. Four lifters were crowned nis team marched all the way to its first district tournament USAPL state champions in the Final Four in the GHSA starting in June with the Little their weight classes. Those Class AAAA girls’ state tennis League Georgia District 5 9-10 lifters follow with their weight tournament in May before baseball tournament at Scott classes, and their lifting totals: falling to Columbus 3-2 at Inter- Brown Field. Blake Bracewell, first place, national Park in Clayton CounBayBay holds first ever 275 pounds and up class, squat- ty. camp The Lady Raiders finished ted 478 pounds, benched 347 In July, former West Laurens pounds and dead-lifted 498 the season with a 19-5 record sports star and current NFL pounds for total of 1,323 pounds. overall. The West Laurens senior Denver Broncos wide receiver Paxton Coney, first place, 181198 pound class, squatted 451 quartet of Stevie Rae Brown, Demaryius Baybay Thomas pounds, benched 281 pounds Kate Melvin, Ashley Perry and held his first Demaryius Baybay and dead-lifted 473 pounds for Chandler Reynolds finished Thomas Fundamental Football total of 1,205 pounds. Ramel their high school tennis careers Camp at the Horseshoe. The camp, in conjunction Mason, first place, 148-165 with four region titles and three pound class, squatted 407 consecutive Final Four appear- with USA Football, introduced football FUNdamentals to the pounds, benched 265 pounds ances. The West Laurens boys’ ten- children by teaching basic skills and dead-lifted 440 pounds for total of 1,112 pounds. Marcus nis team reached the Elite Eight in a fun and energetic environWoodard, first place, 165-181 before falling 3-2 to Spaulding. ment. The camp coaches used a The Raiders, who lost to series of drills to show passing, pound class, squatted 435 pounds, benched 295 pounds Spaulding 4-1 the previous year catching and running skills in a and dead-lifted 498 pounds for a in the Elite Eight, finished the non-contact setting. All skills and drills selected are based on season at 13-10 overall. total of 1,228. The following West Laurens See SPORTS page 8a team members won individual Crusaders finish season as state runners-up in baseball state championships: Ramel The Trinity baseball team Mason - 151-160 pound class: 440-pound squat, 275 pound fell to Piedmont in the 2014 bench and 300 pound pow- GISA Class AA state baseball er clean. He also won the pound championship as the Cougars for pound strongest lifter in the swept Trinity 2-0 in the best-ofstate award. Jalen Gordon - three series. The Cougars won Game 1 3141-150 pound class: 385-pound squat, 250-pound bench and 300 0 then completed the sweep pound power clean. Matthew with a 4-2 win in Game 2. “We had a good group that Turner - 161-170 pound class: 380-pound squat, 275-pound had a great season and I am bench and 280 pound power very proud of what we have acclean. Marcus Woodard - 171- complished reaching the state 180 pound class, 435-pound championship,” Trinity head squat, 315-pound bench and coach Gary Sanders said. “Pied275-pound power clean. Paxton mont played two great games Coney - 181-190 pound class, and took advantage of our mis475-pound squat, 275-pound takes. I have to take my hat off bench and 305-pound power to them.” It was a long two days for clean. both teams as the weather played havoc both on Friday Hundreds take part in annual St. Patrick’s Festival and Saturday, causing lengthy delays each day. Leprechaun Road Race “It was just one of those days Hundreds of runners descended on Dublin High School you had to wait it out with the in March for the annual St. weather,” Sanders said. “I am so Patrick’s Festival Leprechaun proud of our guys and the great season they had.” Road race. Finishing first overall in the 5k was Jacob McLeod with a time of 17:21 and Janie Samson was the overall female winner with a time of 21:16. In the one mile, Tyler Fountain was the overall winner with a time of 5:25 and Lindsey Tate was the top female with a time of 6:48 and finished 11th overall. In the 10K, Josh Myers was the overall winner with a time of 35:44 and Mallory Hall was the top female with a time of 39:55 and finished second overall.

Dublin retires Walden’s jersey The induction of the 2014 Dublin Touchdown Club Hall of Fame Class is usually the only highlight of the event but this year also featured a first in the long history of Dublin football. Former Dublin football player and current Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden

Angels draft Spivey University of North Georgia baseball catcher Eason Spivey of Montrose was selected in the 24th round with the 719th pick by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2014 Major League Baseball Player Draft in June to become the eighth UNG player drafted in the MLB draft. The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as a member of the Southeast Region Rawlings/Gold Glove team honored Spivey, who played at West Laurens. He led the Nighthawks with a team-best .328 batting average and started all 49 games behind the plate. The junior catcher boasted a .995 fielding percentage while committing only two errors while working over 430 innings. Spivey threw out 20 of 51 base stealers Offensively, Spivey was the team leader in homeruns with six, runs scored (40) and second

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It’s clear that politicians and political institutions are not very popular with the general public. In recent polls, only 15 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job. President Obama is doing a little better, but not much. As we reach the end of another year, I want to go against the flow and note a few people in public life who deserve thanks for what they’ve done. Sally Bethea has stepped down as the director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper after 20 years with the environmental group that has tried to clean up one of Georgia’s major water sources. She has lobbied tirelessly to protect the state’s waterways. One of the major accomplishments of Bethea and her organization was a lawsuit they filed against Atlanta in 1995 over the wretched condition of the city’s sewer system. City officials eventually agreed to a massive overhaul and have since spent $2 billion on renovating Atlanta’s sewers and storm drains. Bethea can leave Chattahoochee Riverkeeper with the knowledge that she really did make a difference for those who need clean water – which is everybody. State Rep. Allen Peake (RMacon) is a businessman who owns and operates several

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The Leading Source For Political News franchise restaurants in Middle Georgia. He hardly fits the profile of someone you’d expect to take on the crusade of legalizing marijuana. Medical marijuana has become Peake’s cause, however, and he came very close to getting a bill passed last year to allow the limited use of cannabis oil for some medical treatments. Peake’s motivation comes from observing the horrifying effects of uncontrolled seizures on young children, a condition that often forced their parents to move to Colorado where marijuana derivatives can legally be used for treatment. “We need to bring Georgia families home,” Peake said. “That’s why I’ll fight to my last breath for these families.” He will try again to get a medical marijuana bill passed in the upcoming session. State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) is a young lawyer who was the first person in her family to earn a college degree. She understands the value of the financial assistance provided to students by the HOPE scholarship program. In 2011, as part of their

efforts to make the HOPE program more financially stable, legislators approved new rules that raised the required grade-point average for technical college students who had been receiving HOPE grants to help pay tuition costs. More than 11,000 students subsequently lost their HOPE grants and enrollment in the state’s technical colleges plummeted because many could not afford to stay in school. That was a crippling blow to Gov. Nathan Deal’s goal of having a better-educated workforce. Evans sponsored a bill to return to the former gradepoint requirement, and her cause was taken up by Deal and the legislative leadership. A measure was eventually passed that enabled thousands of students to get HOPE assistance and return to the technical colleges. William R. Jacobs is not a politician – he’s an engineer with three Georgia Tech degrees who knows quite a lot about how to build a nuclear power plant. Jacobs was hired by the Public Service Commission several years ago to monitor Georgia Power’s construction

Editorial Roundup... Dec. 23 The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on oil markets: How low can it go? How low can it go? That's the question on the minds of those dependent on oil markets. And that question has particularly profound implications for the state of Louisiana, even going beyond the importance of the state budget's current difficulties with the plunge in oil prices. A rule of thumb is that the state loses $12 million in severance and other taxes for every dollar drop, and a barrel has dropped a lot of dollars. Some alarmists are talking about $35 per barrel, which would be an immense gap between the price as late as June. Since then, oil is down nearly 40 percent. Any lower is a marvel.

The obvious local implications of oil prices are in Lafayette, a national center for oilfield services, although service companies are distributed across the state. But it also is a question mark for the two regions of the state that are big consumers of energy: petrochemical manufacturers along the Mississippi and Calcasieu rivers. Lower oil prices may make, at least in the short term, some of the big petrochemical expansions less competitive in markets, because of the low price of natural gas, a competing energy source. Overall, it's quite likely that the oil plunge isn't going so far south that it will endanger industrial development projects that have been announced along both rivers this year. By and large, companies are looking

of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. He and his associates have been trying to warn the PSC that the project is falling farther behind schedule. Vogtle is currently about 21 months late and Jacobs told the PSC last week that completion could be delayed for up to another 12 months. Those delays would be very costly. Each extra day adds an estimated $2 million to the final cost of Vogtle’s construction, so a 12-month delay would total more than $700 million in overruns. Georgia Power will try to pass along those additional costs to its customers in the form of higher rates unless the PSC stands up to the utility giant. Jacobs has done his job by bringing these delays to the PSC’s attention. It will be up to the PSC either to rule for Georgia Power, or for millions of financially pressed customers. I understand why there is such a dislike of Congress, the Legislature and elected officials. There are some people in the political arena, however, who try to do the right things for the right reasons.

Tom Crawford is the editor of The Georgia Report, an Internet news service at gareport.com that covers government and politics in Georgia. He can be reached at tcrawford@gareport.com.

far beyond today's volatile energy market and ahead toward customers they will serve a decade or more from now. For one thing, the decline in oil prices is driven by an oversupply. But it is not purely a matter of the fracking revolution generating oil and gas from America's resurgent oil fields. That contributes to the current oversupply but a large portion of it is attributable to slow growth or even outright recession in some major nations, including Japan and European countries, but also the slower-growing economy of mainland China. Such a dramatic price drop might have some positives at the pump for everyone in Louisiana, but the old saying is that whatever hits the fan is never distributed evenly. So it is for Louisiana and the, unfortunately, falling price of oil.


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Wednesday •AA I Am Responsible Group contact 272-5244 or 2758259, 1515 Rice Ave., 5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Open) •NA We Surrender, Contact 275-9531, 629 Broad Street, East Dublin, noon. •Civitan Club every Wednesday at noon at the Golden Corral.

Thursday •The Evening Branch of the Dublin Lions Club at 6:30 p.m. at the CNH Tractor Plant on Firetower Road. •Stevens/Forstmann Retirees at the Cloverleaf Restaurant in East Dublin. •AA I Am Responsible Group, Contact 272-5244 or 2758259, 1515 Rice Ave., 8 p.m. •AA 24 Hour Group, contact 279-0839, 629 Broad Street, East, Dublin, Ga 8:00 p.m. •NA We Surrender, contact 275-9531, 629 Broad Street, East Dublin, 6:30 p.m. •Nar-Anon - Living Not Existing Group, Olivet Baptist Church, Nursery Provided, 1689 Hwy 19 S., 6:30 contact 9979011 •Celebrate Recovery (a Christian-based Recovery meeting) meet each Friday at 7 p.m. except the last Friday of each month, a supper meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the New Vision Fellowship across from the old Kroger Store. Call 278-0710 or 290-1322 for further information. •Hand in Hand Cancer Support Group strength and solutions for patients and families. Middle Georgia Cancer Center at 5:30 p.m., 207 Fairview Park Dr. For more information call (478)-275-1111. Today is Wednesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2014. To d a y ’s H i g h li g h t i n Hi sto r y : On Dec. 31, 1904, New York’s Times Square saw its first New Year’s Eve celebration, with an estimated 200,000 people in attendance. O n th i s d a te : In 1514, physician Andreas Vesalius, who wrote and illustrated the first comprehensive books on human anatomy, was born in Brussels. In 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed. In 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, New Jersey. In 1909, the Manhattan Bridge, spanning the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, was officially opened to vehicular traffic. In 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II. In 1951, the Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid. In 1969, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was shot to death with his wife and daughter in their Clarksville, Pennsylvania, home by hitmen acting at the orders of UMWA president Tony Boyle.

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In 1972, Major League baseball player Roberto Clemente, 38, was killed when a plane he’d chartered and was traveling on to bring relief supplies to earthquake-devastated Nicaragua crashed shortly after takeoff from Puerto Rico. In 1974, private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years. In 1985, singer Rick Nelson, 45, and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that was taking the group to a New Year’s Eve performance in Dallas. In 1986, 97 people were killed when fire broke out in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty in connection with the blaze.) In 1999, Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced his resignation (he was succeeded by Vladimir Putin). Te n y e a r s a g o : President George W. Bush pledged $350 million to help tsunami victims, and didn’t rule out sending even more U.S. aid to help people recover from what he called an “epic disaster.” Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH’-vich) resigned, admitting he had little hope of reversing the presidential election victory of his Western-leaning rival, Viktor Yushchenko (yoo-SHEN’koh). Taiwan celebrated the official opening of what was then the world’s tallest skyscraper, known as “Taipei 101.” F i v e y e a r s a g o : A lone gunman dressed in black killed five

C al l 27 2-0 375 Let's let a jury of 12 impartial citizens hear the complete story of "Passmore sues LCBOE" and then decide who is telling the truth here. Several paragraphs in a newspaper means absolutely nothing.

The good old days! That's when lawyers and doctors didn't get on TV and scream and holler for your business. Thanks for the scripture about lifting holy hands. We do that. However, also recall the scripture that says, “Thou shall not kill.”

I really want to thank the folks at First Baptist Church who moved my couch on Dec. 17 from the furniture store to my house. They even moved it in. They were very polite and wouldn’t even allow me to pay them. They were true Christians. And if the Good Lord can forgive them for being Georgia fans, then so can I.

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. Merry Christmas, everyone.

I think every lawmen understands what “Hands up, don’t shoot” means. It’s the crooks that don’t understand what don’t charge a police officer and don’t come to the door with a shotgun, that’s where the problem is. More people would be alive today if they had done what they should have. Drugs have cost many a person in this country their life…using them and selling them.

The Falcons need to get a brand new team. Rep. Jack Kingston showed his true identity by voting for the recent for the recent budget bill that funds the affordable care act and illegal immigrants.

Everything I get is government assistance, and I earned it. The Republicans can give it to the rich; the Democrats can give it to me. Spend, spend, spend.

I am disgusted that the LCBOE had the audacity to loan taxpayer dollars to Rev. Carswell, or anyone for that matter. This absolutely needs to be corrected. All the money we pay in taxes, to see them used as a personal banker while at the same time the board is crying out for more schools just ticks me off.

people in Espoo, Finland, four of them at a crowded shopping mall, before returning home and taking his own life. O n e y e a r ag o : Only hours before the law was to take effect, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, acting on a request from an organization of Catholic nuns in Denver, blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama’s health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that included birth control. Character actor James Avery, who’d played the Honorable Philip Banks in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died in Glendale, California, at age 68. Radio host Bob Grant, 84, died in Hillsborough, New Jersey. To d a y ’s B i r t h d a y s : TV producer George Schlatter is 85. Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is 77. Actor Tim Considine (TV: “My Three Sons”) is 74. Actress Sarah Miles is 73. Rock musician Andy Summers is 72. Actor Sir Ben Kingsley is 71. Actress Gong Li is 49. Author Nicholas Sparks is 49. Actor Lance Reddick is 45. Rock musician Mikko Siren (Apocalyptica) is 39. Actor/singer Erich Bergen (Film/stage: “Jersey Boys”) is 29. Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas is 19. Tho ug ht fo r To d a y : “Though the past haunt me as a spirit, I do not ask to forget.” — Felicia Dorothea Browne Hemans, English poet (17931835).

Dublin Police Department A lighted reindeer was stolen from the front yard of a house on Highland Avenue on Dec. 14. A woman noticed the last time they saw the decoration in the yard was on Dec. 13. The decoration cost approximately $40. - Jerome Pittman, 52 of Dublin, was charged with disobeying a police officer, at Eagle’s Mobile Home Park on North Franklin Street on Dec. 14. - Drinks were stolen from the Family Dollar on North Jefferson Street on Dec. 14. - The back door to a house was damaged of Woodrow Street on Dec. 17. Laurens County Sheriff’s Office - A deputy talked with a Laurens County man about a

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phone scam that happened on Dec. 16. - A headstone was damaged at Minter Cemetery on Bush Road in East Dublin between Nov. 27 and Dec. 16. - A flat screen television and a remote to a cable box were stolen from a house on Millville Church Road between Oct. 17 and Dec. 14. - A deputy responded to a house fire on Alf Keen Spur in East Dublin on Dec. 14. - A deputy responded to a call in reference to a 1991 burgundy Ford F-150 that had been damaged by fire on Highway 319 in East Dublin on Dec. 12.

- An East Dublin woman reported that $400 had been taken out of her account between Dec. 10 and 12 by Beach Body Fitness out of California. Editor’s note: This information is public record and was taken from reports of the Dublin Police Department and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. These reports do not reflect on the guilt or innocence. An “arrest” does not always indicate incarceration. Readers are cautioned that people may have similar names. Police Beat does not identify minor children, victims of sexual assault, suicide attempts or medical conditions. Cases dismissed do not appear if the newspaper is notified before deadline.

Italian prosecutors COMMUNITY order ferry back to Italy EVENTS

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — Italian prosecutors on Tuesday ordered a crippled Greek ferry back to Italy for a criminal investigation, saying they feared more bodies will be found given the probable presence of stowaways and huge discrepancies in the names on the manifest and those rescued. The fire-tinged Norman Atlantic was adrift for a third day off the Albanian coast, where two sailors were killed earlier Tuesday when a tow line attempting to secure it to a tugboat apparently snapped, Albanian officials said. The Italian coast guard said another body from the ferry was found Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 11. Three of the victims were Italian truck drivers who worked for the Naples-based Eurofish company and had gone to pick up eel shipments in Greece. The company was closed for the day in mourning. More than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck. Both Italian and Greek authorities have announced criminal investigations into the cause of the blaze. Italian prosecutors secured jurisdiction over the case from Albanian judicial authorities, citing the ship's Italian owner and Italian captain. Bari prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe, who ordered the ferry back to the Italian port of Brindisi, said it was likely that other bodies will be found in the cargo areas of the ferry once searched, given that there was "incontrovertible" evidence that migrants were stowed away onboard. "Our fear is that unfortunately once the wreck is recovered, we'll find other dead people on board," he said. The search for possible missing people continued in the seas off Albania amid ongoing confusion over how many passengers were on board. The ferry company said there were 475 on board, but Volpe said there were at least 18 "overbookings" and an untold number of stowaways. Greek authorities said the ship had a capacity of 499 passengers. Greek coast guard

spokesman Nikos Lagadianos said all information on rescued passengers was coming from Italian authorities, who were in charge of the search and rescue operation. "It's not easy to answer accurately how many people have been saved, and what nationalities. All that will take time," he said. "We fully understand the anxiety of the relatives, but this requires great care." Greek maritime officials, meanwhile, revealed that the first word about the problems on board the ship came from a passenger, not the crew, calling an emergency number. "We are aboard the Norman Atlantic of Anek lines heading for Ancona and it is on fire," the passenger said in the call, a recording of which was played out during a news conference. "My name is Argyris Stavros, the ship is on fire and they don't know what to do. ... I don't know what time it is, what time is it? It's 5:40." Officials said that once the alarm had been raised, there were also language problems in communicating with the ferry's Italian captain. "The Italian captain couldn't give us information. We always had to talk to somebody beside him," said Rear Adm. Nikolaos Patrinos, head of the coast guard's security operations. "In such circumstances, time is money and we didn't have time to spare." As night fell and under snowfall, the Italian navy transport ship San Giorgio docked in Brindisi with about 180-200 survivors aboard. The ship had been the main command center coordinating the search and rescue operation, but it also took aboard nearly half of the passengers and crew members who were rescued. On board, the survivors slept in neat rows on the floor, covered with blue blankets, according to images shown on state-run RAI television. Italian judicial authorities have enlisted the Italian tug company, Barretta, to take charge of bringing the ferry to Brindisi. No timeframe was given, but Barretta said it could arrive within a day. Besides Barretta, the ship owner's insurance company has contracted the Dutch salvage firm Smit to secure the wreck.

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The members of the Emerald Pecan Grove Garden Club invite everyone to join them in ringing in the Christmas season by making floral arrangements and personalized holiday home decorations at its Thursday workshop at the Oconee Regional Library in Dublin at 11 a.m. The workshop is free and open to the public and each participant should bring a small bowl (approximately 10 inches) or other favorite container, scissors and a towel to cover workspace. The club will provide all other materials and door prizes will be given. A Christmas luncheon and gift exchange social will follow the workshop at the Downtown Thigpen Bar BQ Restaurant on Jackson Street beginning at 2 p.m. Each club member, workshop participant or guest who wishes to come to the luncheon and the gift exchange is requested to bring a wrapped gift valued at $10 or more with no name on wrapping to be placed under the Christmas gift tree. Each luncheon attendee will order a la carte from Thigpen' menu. For further information or to add your name to the workshop list, contact, Diana Barkley at either barkleydiana@yahoo.com or 478-595-0640 or Susie O'Neal at either smaeh01954@aol.com or 478-278-0956. The MLK Breakfast will be held on Jan. 19, 2015 at 9 a.m. at Dublin Middle School. Tickets are now on sale. Please contact one of the members of the committee.

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New Year's Quiche

I have been trying to think of something a little different for New Year's Day. Don't get me wrong, I love the traditional meal of greens and peas, but after all of the Christmas meals, I'm just not feeling the big meal this year. The idea of a quiche with turnip greens came to me late Sunday night. I had everything I needed in the refrigerator and pantry to make a basic quiche. I made the dough for the crust before going to bed. The next morning I simply took the dough from the refrigerator, rolled it out, and mixed up my quiche filling. The quiche was fabulous! This would be great for brunch on New Year's Day, after a late night of celebrating. As for the peas, I'll make Texas Caviar for everyone to snack on while watching football games. My greens were a combination of turnip greens, mustard greens, and turnip roots that I had put in the freezer myself. I spooned 10 ounces from my freezer container, leaving as much liquid as possible in the container. I then put the greens in a colander to drain off more liquid before squeezing them dry in a kitchen towel. I would like to thank you for a wonderful year! You have taken the time out of your busy schedule to read NJSD, and for that I am grateful. I look forward to sharing and discovering more delicious recipes with you during 2015. As always, I love hearing from you. You can comment online or send a private message or question to me at notjustsundaydinner@yahoo.com. Have a happy and blessed New Year! New Year's Quiche Ingredients: 1/2 lb. ham, diced 2 tbsp. butter

1/4 c. finely diced onions 6 extra-large eggs 10-oz. frozen turnip greens, thawed 1 1/2 c. half-and-half 2 c. grated Swiss cheese salt and pepper, to taste 1/2 tsp. ground mustard pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F.

Melt the butter in a skillet. When hot, add the ham and cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain. Add onions to the remaining butter and cook, stirring often, until soft. Remove from pan and set aside. Place thawed turnip greens in the middle of a clean dish towel. Roll the dish towel up and twist the ends tightly. Squeeze, over the sink, until the turnip greens are dry, set aside. In a large bowl beat eggs until mixed well. Add halfand-half and whisk to combine. Add ham, onions, turnip greens, Swiss cheese, salt, pepper, ground mustard, and cayenne pepper, mix well. Place the prepared crust on a baking sheet. Pour egg mixture into the prepared crust. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until the center is set. New Crust

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Ingredients: 1 1/2 sticks (12-tbsp.) very cold unsalted butter 3 c. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/3 c. very cold vegetable shortening Instructions: Measure the flour and salt

into the bowl of a food processor, fitted with a steel blade. Pulse a few times to mix. Take the butter and the shortening from the refrigerator and dice the butter. Add to the flour mixture and pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. With the machine running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the

dough begins to form a ball. Dump out on a floured board and form into a ball, cut in half and slightly flatten into a disc. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and place inside a Ziploc bag. Refrigerator for 30 minutes or freeze for later use. If frozen, remove from freezer and allow to thaw on the counter for about

15 minutes. If refrigerated, begin with next step. Roll the dough on a well-floured board into a circle, rolling from the center to the edge, turning and flouring the dough to make sure it doesn't stick on the board. Fold the dough in half, place in a pie pan, and unfold. Gently press the dough against the pan to fit.

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The Courier Herald Continued from 1a City Council approves rezoning for future Dollar General Jason Fritz of Sullivan Wickley, an Atlanta-based, fullservice real estate firm specializing in development, brokerage and management, addressed Dublin City Council on plans to build a Dollar General on the vacant lot across the street from the Dublin Police Department. “Council will be rezoning the entire parcel of property,” Dublin City Manager George Roussel said. Driger receives Certificate of Distinction Dublin Council member Julie Driger received the prestigious Certificate of Distinction from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 26. February Dublin-Laurens County Black Festival Community Committee, Inc. seeks funding reinstatement If it was up to the DublinLaurens County Black Festival Community Committee, Inc., if the City of Dublin doesn’t reinstate its contribution to the organization the city shouldn’t provide funding to the annual St. Patrick’s Festival. Members of the Dublin-Laurens County Black Festival Community Committee, Inc. were on hand Thursday night at the regular Dublin City Council meeting at City Hall to express those wishes and concerns. Hatchett announces re-election plans Georgia House District 150 Representative Matt Hatchett qualified for his seat in late February. Hatchett ran unopposed. Copas honored at the White House In late February, Richard Copas got word that his brother Ardie was going to be posthumously presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. President Barak Obama announced that Ardie Copas, along with 23 other Army veterans will receive the Medal of Honor "for conspicuous gallantry." Richard was given the award in March. March County Commissioners announce they are running for re-election Commissioners Tommy Daniel, Roscoe Brower and Emory Lake announced their intent to run for re-election during the first meeting in March. Brower was unopposed, Daniel won in the primary in May before retaking the seat in November against Emory Bostic and Lake won against Dwayne Edge in November. Bicentennial Park opens with Arts and Crafts Festival Since May of 2013, construction work had been going on at Bicentennial Plaza near Theatre Dublin and the Carnegie Library. In late March, the plaza got its grand opening with the Arts and Crafts Festival being held there.

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A group of people stood in the little shade available at the Bicentennial Plaza when Joshua Kight walked to the podium to speak. Looking around, Kight, the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, made a prediction. Members from the community, government and business leaders attended the event, cheering as they stood behind the Dublin City Council and members from the DDA to cut the green ribbon. The construction, and ground breaking for the Bicentennial Plaza, began almost a year ago. Collins honored by City Council Dorothy and Barnie Collins were presented with a proclamation by the Dublin City Council on May 15, for their tireless efforts to preserve the past decades of history and milestones in Dublin. First Mega Site meeting held Plum Creek and the DublinLaurens County Development Authority took a first big step towards the future in late May with the initial Heart of Georgia Mega Site Stakeholder Meeting at the McGrath Keen Sr. Conference Center in Dublin. The Heart of Georgia Mega Site is a nearly 2,100 acres tract of land located in the eastern part of the county in the Old River Road and J.W. Warren Road area. According to the Plum Creek project map, the Heart of Georgia Mega Site offers several key advantages including a strategic geographical position to Georgia and the Southeastern U.S. market, direct frontage on Interstate 16 and Georgia 199, direct frontage on Georgia Central Railroad with access to Class 1 rail services, proximity to Savannah’s Deep Port Water Port, proximity to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport and a single owner with infrastructure and utilities available. June Barrow takes time to listen to veterans at VA Rep. John Barrow wanted to see how things were at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center and compare it to the problems other VAs are having across the country. He toured the facility before meeting with veterans around 2:30 p.m. where he held a veterans roundtable at the Middle Georgia State College Dublin Campus. Hatchett named to House Study Committee on Medical Education State Representative Matt Hatchett (R-Dublin) was appointed by House Speaker David Ralston to the House Study Committee on Medical Education on June 19. "I'm honored that the speaker has asked me to serve on it," Hatchett said. "During the last two sessions, I've worked on trying to recruit doctors to the rural parts of our state."

City Council members elected to GMA Board of Directors Several leaders in the Dublin community received the honor of being elected to the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Board of Directors. City of Dublin Mayor Phil Best along with Councilwoman Julie Driger and Councilman Gerald April Republican candidates’ Smith were elected to this debate about 12th District Board during the association's annual meeting which was held congressional Five Republicans seeking in Savannah on June 23. their party’s nomination to run for Georgia’ 12th District congressional seat met in town vying for the opportunity to challenge incumbent John Barrow, Georgia’s only remaining white Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In November, Republican challenger Rick Allen beat Barrow.

Year Former Dublin City Manager dies Former Dublin city manager Ken Hammons died July 8. Hammons, who served in the same capacity in that city, had taken a leave of absence following a cancer diagnosis. He was 68. Hammons served as city manager of Panama City for more than 20 years, celebrating that milestone in January. Along with Dublin and Panama City, Hammons served other city governments in Florida during his career. Jason Carter talks about faith during Baptist Convention at Dublin High Senator Jason Carter talked about the importance of faith and its influences on public service during the 52nd annual Congress of the Baptist Convention of Georgia on July 22. Carter, who was the Democratic challenger running against Republican incumbent Nathan Deal, made his remarks in front of the nearly packed Dublin High School Gym. Carnegie Library reopens with 'Inspired Georgia' art The Carnegie Library reopened on July 25, with many from the community turning out to see the renovated building as it hosted "Inspired Georgia," 28 works from Georgia's official Art Collection. The grand re-opening for the Carnegie Library was held Friday evening with a drop-in reception for Friends of the Carnegie. The Georgia Council for the Arts, Mainstreet Dublin/DDA and the Dublin-Laurens Arts Council teamed up to bring the collection to Dublin, said Tara Bradshaw, Mainstreet Dublin Director. August Democratic Convention held in Dublin Democrats from across the state, including party frontrunners Senate candidate Michelle Nunn and Gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter, converged in Dublin on Aug. 9, as they hosted their convention at the DuBose Porter Center. This was the first time Laurens County has played host to a statewide party convention, and one of the few times that the Democratic Party has chosen a site outside of the metroAtlanta area.

funds will be used to extend Veterans Affairs Dept. sewage service to the area off says it fired Goldman U.S. 80 near First Baptist First retirement. Then reChurch of East Dublin. moval. Now fired. That was the decision handSeptember ed down to former Dublin DAR holds ceremony to VAMC Director John Goldman celebrate the 227th by the Veterans Affairs Departanniversary of the ment, joining three others; a Constitution top purchasing official at the Children rang the Bicenten- Veterans Health Administranial Bell 13 times on Sept. 17, tion, a director of a Pittsburgh symbolizing the original 13 VA and a regional hospital dicolonies when the Constitution rector in Alabama, according to was signed on Sept. 17, 1787. VA reports. The John Laurens Chapter, It caps a 14-day period of NSDAR Bells Across America confusion, frustration and Ceremony was held to honor anger by members of Congress, the 227th anniversary of Con- who quickly jumped on the fact stitution Day. that VA called on Goldman's "removal" only days after an Dublin VA holds town announced retirement. hall meeting for stakeholdBut a Republican congressers man challenged the VA, saying Carl Vinson Medical Center that at least one of the employDirector John S. Goldman ees being fired has already anhosted the first town hall meet- nounced his retirement. ing for veterans, their families, John Goldman, director of the and other stakeholders to get Carl Vinson VA Medical Center feedback on how the medical in Dublin, Georgia, said last center can better meet veter- month he was stepping down. ans’ needs on Sept. 25. Employees at the hospital have Many came to the meeting, admitted to keeping false seeking questions. records to hide long wait times for veterans. Goldman retiring from Carl Vinson VA Medical John Goldman will keep Center his pension John S. Goldman, director According to an USA Today of the Carl Vinson VA Medical report out on Oct. 8, former Center in Dublin, announced Dublin VAMC Director John his retirement on Sept. 22. Goldman will keep his pension. Goldman was appointed med- The report, focused primarily ical center director in June on bonuses given to embattled 2010. VA officials also went on to say that Goldman received a Goldman removed from $16,000 bonus in 2010. position a day before The report said "Goldman retirement announced his retirement a John Goldman, who was day after Gibson recommended slated to retire on Sept. 26 as that he be fired. As a result, VA the Director of the Carl Vinson officials say, his retirement will VA Medical Center, was re- go forward and officials will be moved by the Department of unable to prevent Goldman Veterans Affairs on Sept. 25. from receiving his pension." According to a press release from the CVVAMC, the VA, Rosalynn Carter stops in proposed removal of Goldman Dublin was made after an investigaFormer First Lady and wife tion by the VA Office of Inspec- of the 39th President of the tor General, and a follow-up re- United States, Rosalynn view by the Office of Account- Carter, made three special ability Review, in which allega- stops in Dublin campaigning tions of data manipulation for her grandson, Jason Carter, were substantiated. the democratic candidate for governor on Oct. 10. Her stops October included the Rotary Club meetSerious questions rise ing, the Community Mental about Goldman's dismissal Health Facility and Saxon "Serious questions" and the Heights Elementary School. rise of a "distressing pattern" Though Jason was an imporconcerning last week's retire- tant part of her tour, Rosalynn ment-turned-removal of former also focused on work with imCarl Vinson VA Medical Center munization, mental health, the Director John Goldman were Carter Center and education two of several reasons behind a throughout her stops. letter addressed to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald from Congressman John Barrow's office. In it, Barrow is quick to point out that Goldman had informed the Congressman on July 18 of his plans to retire on September 25, "the exact day I received the first notice of his removal.

Reception held for Brad Lofton, new President of The Dublin-Laurens Development Authority Roughly 100 were on hand to welcome Brad Lofton as the new President of The DublinLaurens Development Authority during a drop-in reception held on Aug. 18. It was the first opportunity for residents to hear from their Acting VA Medical Cennew chief development officer, ter Director named who was hired to succeed Cal Tom Grace was named the Wray at the end of July. acting Medical Center Director in early October. Deal announces Community Development Block Jeff Davis named to Grants for the City of East Georgia Trend's "40 under Dublin 40" Gov. Nathan Deal anLocal small business owner nounced Tuesday the city of Jeff Davis became the latest East Dublin was one of 82 to Laurens Countian named to receive a portion of $39.7 mil- Georgia Trend's "40 under 40" lion in Community Develop- list released in the October isment Block Grants. sue of the statewide business, East Dublin was awarded politics and economic develop$500,000 toward sewer im- ment publication. provements. Dodge County Davis has been a staunch and the city of Cochran also re- supporter of downtown revitalceived $500,000 grants for sew- ization efforts, putting his moner, drainage and street im- ey where his mouth is in 2012 provements. when he renovated the old post According to East Dublin office on Madison Street to Mayor George Gornto, the house his Alterra Networks.

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Governor announces GMC coming to the skyscraper On Georgia Military College's 135th anniversary, it was announced that the college will be making the Dublin Skyscraper in Downtown Dublin its 10th satellite campus on Oct. 14. Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, president of GMC, Spence Mullis, chairman of the Mainstreet Dublin-DDA and Jim Walters, President of Walters Management Company, signed the Declaration of Intention while Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal witnessed it. A week before, the DDA, Walter Management Company and GMC signed a letter of intent. According to that letter there will be free parking necessary to support up to 250 students. The initial term of the lease will be for five years, with two subsequent renewable terms of five years each. A six month notice to leave the property before the end of any current lease by either party would be required. Lt. Gov. says community plays a part in HCCCA Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle made a visit to the Heart of Georgia College & Career Academy on Oct. 21, telling those in attendance that they may be the only College & Career Academy to have him visit so "frequently." Cagle was at the HGCCA to encourage the leaders, local politicians and business leaders who were in attendance. He wanted people to know that the Career Academy is a public institution under the charter model. George Roussel returns to Dublin City Council City Manager George Roussel returned to his first Dublin City Council meeting on Oct. 23 after he had been out with illness the previous six weeks. "I want to thank the council for their support," he said. "You have all been tremendous to me and better than I deserve." November GAE President hopes election will help public education The Georgia Association of Educators President Dr. Sid Champion was hoping election results in early November would go a long ways in helpSee YEAR page 8a

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victory over unbeaten Mary High School Principal. Prior a Master of Science Degree in versity. He is also a graduate Persons to win the GHSA Re- Continued from 1a to entering the secondary ed- Space Studies from the Uni- of the Alabama SuperintenUSA Football's Player Progres- gion 2AAAA championship the main missions of the ucation field, Hunter served versity of North Dakota, a dent's Academy. sion Development Model, ensur- and top seed. NAACP is equality, we as an officer in the United Masters of Education Degree There will be a praise team ing children are learning in an haven't gotten there yet, but States Air Force. He obtained from Alabama State Universi- and a reading of the Emanciage-appropriate manner and Trinity loses second we're at the crossroads." his Education Specialist De- ty, and a Bachelor of Arts De- pation Proclamation during creating an ideal atmosphere football coach in two This year's speaker will be gree from Auburn University gree in Business Administra- the event. for fun. years Mr. Robert E. Hunter, Dublin Montgomery in 2002. He has tion from Louisiana Tech UniTrinity Christian's Matt Raiders reach Elite Eight Hammett became the second in Class AAAA football Laurens County football The 2014 season was his- coach in as many days to retoric in many ways for the sign his post, making his deThe burglaries of Hometown Supply arrest. According to detectives, Tyquavis West Laurens football team. parture official in November Continued from 1a Knight fought Officer Amber Beasley and happened on Dec. 1 and and sometime beNot only did the Raiders after only one season with the Investigators Stacey Sapp, Mark Bell Bell. tween Dec. 27 and 28. capture their second region team. and John Knight decided to check 111 According to the police report on Dec. 1, In all, the police were able to recover championship in 20 years, Following the resignation Carter St. because of past cases. When three stolen motorcycles, a 4-wheeler, two a 2012 Apollo dirt bike, black with white they also hosted a second- of East Laurens coach Gary Sapp and Bell pulled into the driveway, stolen bicycles and numerous bicycle trim, had been stolen from Hometown round playoff game and ad- Morton, Hammett said in a they saw men working to hot wire one of parts. Sapp said one of the motorcycles Supply. vanced all the way to the statement he was "thankful" the stolen motorcycles from Hometown On Dec. 28, an officer responded to was found in a barn. Elite Eight. for the chance to coach at Supply. Hometown Supply in reference to a burA tip from someone in the NeighborWest Laurens Head Foot- Trinity Christian School "One of the gentlemen took off running. hood Watch program led police to recover- glary that had happened over night. Two ball coach Stacey Nobles stat- which he added is "a place of ed, "I am really proud of our high standards and high Another started to run but was appre- ing a red 400 Arctic Cat 4-wheeler which motorcycles were stolen. Sapp said Tyquavis Knight had two players for the way they character where you feel part hended on the spot and the one trying to was covered with leaves and bushes. "We are asking that people check their counts because he was being charged with played this season. It has of a family atmosphere on a hot wire the motorcycle gave up," Sapp said. "We surrounded the residence at 111 4-wheelers in the Glenwood Road area," entering the business on Dec. 1 and on been a blessing to work with daily basis." this senior class and they Hammett went 5-6 in his Carter St. because there were numerous Sapp said. "Somebody has a 4-wheeler Dec. 27. One of the recovered motorcycles has have helped turn this pro- only season with the Cru- people inside. We got backup officers, en- missing and hasn't realized it." Also recovered was an old shotgun and been returned to the owner. gram around with their play saders, helping them to a tered the residence and found the third and leadership. I think they third-place finish in Region 2- person who ran." The investigation is continuing. two air pistols which looked real. have set the bar high for the AAA. The Crusaders lost to While inside, they noticed that Tyqua"People need to talk with their kids Anyone who may have information, or future. From 3-7 last year to Brookwood in the first round vis Knight was wearing some of the same about the dangers of having a realistic air know who the bicycles, or the red Arctic 9-4 and a region champi- of the GISA AAA playoffs. clothing that was captured on video at pistol that looks like a firearm," Sapp Cat 4-wheeler belongs to, is asked to call onship this year is really speHammett was hired to re- Hometown Supply. He was placed under said. the DPD at 478-277-5023. cial and I thank the Lord for place head coach Sam Barrs. everything we have accomplished." Morton steps down at The West Laurens season East Laurens Before his wife could come to other customers, said Aweba the honor for the longest ended in a 31-13 loss to evenEast Laurens Head Foot- Continued from 7a a complete stop, Garrett exit- Group CEO Udo Binder. tenured city manager for one tual state runners-up St. Pius ball coach Gary Morton Roger Folsom, vice-presi- city in the state of Georgia. ed his own vehicle. He immeat George B. Maloof Stadium turned in his resignation in ing public education. He's been going through the diately started CPR and con- dent of the Dublin Economic Before coming to work in in Atlanta as over 1,000 November, which was officialRaider Nation fans journeyed ly accepted by the Laurens state, starting in the south and tinued to provide resuscita- Authority, said this was a Dublin, Roussel worked in working his way up. tion efforts despite other re- honor. to show their support for the County School Board. Lafayette, La. in the oil field "We are just trying to get sponders telling him efforts Region 2AAAA champions. Morton, who was hired in and industrial supply busiWest Laurens reached the 2010 went 12-38-1 during his out and get the message about were futile. ness. He holds a master’s dethe issues of public education," quarterfinals as the Raiders five years at East Laurens. “I’m really humbled by gree public administration scored 30 unanswered points, “We didn’t win enough,” he Champion said. this,” Garrett said. “ It’s the from Georgia College. The GAE has endorsed Jaled by four touchdown passes said during a phone interview grave and mercy of God.” “I’m most proud of keeping from quarterback Garrel after the board meeting. “I son Carter for Governor, Due to his acts of bravery Dublin in a leadership posiQuainton and the West Lau- enjoyed it here. I did have Michelle Nunn for Senate, and heroism, Strickland is tion,” Roussel said. “I think rens defense, as the Raiders some good kids. I thank Valarie Wilson for State School alive today. Superintendent, Greg Hecht rolled to a 30-14 win over everyone for their support. we’re one of the best cities “I’m glad the good Lord put Stephens County in the sec- I’m glad to have had the op- for Attorney General and John our size in the state of Georond round at home in the portunity to be their head Barrow for U.S. Representa- him in our neighborhood,” gia. We’re well run, efficient; Horseshoe. coach here for the last five tive from the 12th Congres- said Mark Strickland. our finances are good and our The Raiders opened up the years. I have a lot to be sional District of Georgia. infrastructure is good; and December playoffs with, a 23-17 victory thankful for.” most importantly we have a Corporal Stan Garrett Aweba Group makes over Bainbridge behind The 2012 season was the great group of employees who Raiders running back Darius only season the Falcons had a honored by City Council Dublin first location in truly serve our citizens. Bradford, who scored a late winning record during his Corporal Stan Garrett was America We’ve had a great team with touchdown in regulation and tenure. That year the Falcons honored by Dublin City CounIt may have been cloudy the mayor and council memanother touchdown in over- went 6-5, going 4-2 in Region cil members on Nov. 20 for overhead, but it didn't take time, and the West Laurens 3-AA, which included beating saving the life of 17-year-old long for the sun to come out City manager, Roussel, bers who’ve given Dublin the defense made two late stands. their rival Dublin 46-17. leadership they’ve needed.” Jake Strickland last May. after the green ribbon was set to retire The prior week in Forsyth Since then, the Falcons Dublin City Manager, City council will begin the Garrett was driving to his cut announcing that the Aweat Mary Persons, the Raiders’ have gone 3-16-1. daughter’s fifth grade gradu- ba Group had found its new George Roussel, is expected process of finding a new city Austin Faulk scored on a re– Jason Halcombe, Payton to retire in early 2015 due to manger at their January 8 turn and had two intercep- Towns III, Rick Nolte, Bali ation ceremony with his wife home in Dublin, Laurens medical reasons. meeting; until then, city attions and Eric Scott also had Smith and Jeremy Payne con- we he happened upon Strick- County. According to Mayor Phil torney, Lance Jones, will act land’s 1995 Ford Ranger that The reason for selecting two interceptions as West tributed to this report. had rolled over seven times. Dublin was the location to its Best, Roussel currently holds as city manger. Laurens held on for a 28-21 Continued from 3a

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West Laurens ends Twiggs tourney with sweep By JAMES TIDWELL Sports Editor On Tuesday night, the Twiggs County Cobra Classic basketball tournament came to a close and the West Laurens boys and girls teams made the most of it. Both the squads finished the tournament in winning fashion as the Raiders pulled away for a 52-40 victory over host Twiggs County and the Lady Raiders blew past Johnson County 55-36. In the boys win, West Laurens came out of the gate struggling offensively as the Raiders managed only 15 first half points, including only six points in the first quarter. West Laurens trailed the Cobras by five points at the

half. “We just weren’t able to get the ball in the hole,” West Laurens Boys Head Coach O.J. Hall said. “I don’t know if its rust from being off during the break but we have came out struggling on offense in both of the Cobra Classic games.” Things didn’t get much better in the third quarter for the Raiders as they were only able to cut the lead to four after scoring only 11 points. “Our defense really came through for us,” Hall said. “I said after the Mary Persons’ game we need to step up on defense and we have. Our offense has just dropped off at the same time.”

But the West Laurens offense finally came to life in the fourth quarter as the Raiders exploded with a 26-8 run, highlighted by all seven of Justin Smith’s points, to pull away for the win. “Justin had two monBoys ster dunks and blocks that West Laurens 52, really got our energy up Twiggs County 40 and us going,” Hall said. “I Girls told the guys we can’t rely West Laurens 55, on getting our energy from Johnson County 36 dunks and blocks. We have to play all four quarters and 32 minutes.” Garrel Quainton finished with 15 points to

lead West Laurens followed by 13 points from DeAngelo Wilcher. In the girls’ game, the Lady Raiders jumped out to a 15-8 first quarter lead and never looked back. DiAsia Herring led West Laurens with 17 points followed by Dianh Jackson with 12 points. Both the Raiders and Lady Raiders will also be in action later in the week as they face both cross county rivals. On Friday, West Laurens will host East Laurens followed Saturday by hosting Dublin with the girls’ game tipping off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 7:30 p.m. on both nights.

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The West Laurens wrestling team poses with their plaque after recently winning the Woodward Academy War Eagle Classic in College Park on Dec. 24. (Special photos)

Raiders victors at Woodward Aca., Treulten wrestling meets By JAMES TIDWELL Sports Editor The West Laurens wrestling team recently came home with a pair of championship trophies after capturing the team crown in two meets. On Dec. 19-20, the Raiders traveled to Soperton to compete in the Viking Invitational hosted by Treutlen. In the team competition, West Laurens took home top honors with 320.5 points followed by Jeff Davis with 240.5 points, Toombs County with 225 points, Vidalia with 220 points, Appling County with 176 points, Treulten with 172 points, Burke County with 165.5 points, Dodge County with 161.5 points, Glynn County with 146 points, Lakeside with 144 points, East Laurens with 119 points, Metter with 79, Montgomery County with 78 points, Telfair County with 59 points, Swainsboro with 58 points and Irwin County with 42 points. “We did pretty good together and better than we had all year,” West Laurens Head Coach Ed Blanding

said. In individual Raider results, Dawson Perry finished in second place at 106-pounds, Blake Beasley finished in first place at 113-pounds, Ben Deal finished in first place at 126pounds, Akili Brown finished in third place at 132-pounds, Will Johnson finished in second place at 138-pounds, Cameron Butler finished in third place at 152-pounds, Jackson Cochran finished in second place at 166pounds, Jathaniel Allen finished in fourth place at 182-pounds and Joseph Horne finished in second place at 285-pounds. On Dec. 23-24, West Laurens traveled to College Park to compete in the Woodward Academy War Eagle Classic. The Raiders captured first place in the team competition with 305 points followed by Marietta with 283 points, Morgan County with 256.5 points and Loganville with 254 points to round out the top-four. “This is the first time we have ever won the War Eagle Classic and it’s the toughest meet we have every year on

our schedule,” Blanding said. In individual Raider results, Perry finished in third place at 106-pounds, Beasley finished in first place at 113pounds, Rilunte Demmons finished in fourth place at 126-pounds, Deal finished in first place at 132-pounds, Johnson finished in fourth place at 138-pounds, Will Stone finished in sixth place at 145-pounds, Cochran finished in second place at 152pounds, Butler finished in fourth place at 160-pounds, Ty Kight finished in second place at 170-pounds, Kameron Jackson finished in first

place at 195-pounds and Chandler Mullis finished in fifth place at 220pounds. In individual Raider junior varsity results, Skyar Groove finished in third place at 106-pounds, Keyondra Reed finished in fourth place at 113pounds, Lucas Smith finished in fourth place at 126-pounds, Brown finished in first place at 132-pounds, John David Turvepille finished in second place at 138-pounds, Allen finished in first place at 182-pounds and LeDerring Willians finished in fourth place at 220-pounds.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When quarterback Hutson Mason went down with an injury in the second quarter, Georgia coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs turned to plan B. "Just give it to Nick," Richt said with a wide smile. Freshman Nick Chubb took over from there, running for a career-high 266 yards and two touchdowns as No. 13 Georgia defeated 20th-ranked Louisville 37-14 in the Belk Bowl on Tuesday night. Chubb's rushing total was second highest in school history, behind only Herschel Walker's 283 yards rushing against Vanderbilt in 1980. "That's a blessing being in the same sentence with him," Chubb said. "He's a great running back. But I had an awesome line up front making everything possible for me. I'm thankful for everyone around me and it's been a great season." With Chubb and four starting offensive linemen returning next season, the Georgia running game appears to be in good hands — even with Todd Gurley headed to the NFL. Chubb finished his first season at Georgia by running for 1,323 yards and 12 touchdowns in last eight games after taking over as the primary ball carrier after the NCAA suspended Gurley for four games for taking $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years. Gurley later sustained a season-ending knee injury in his first game back from the suspension. Chubb averaged 8 yards per carry against Louisville and the Bulldogs (10-3) piled up 301 yards rushing against the nation's second-best run defense. "He showed everybody in the country that he's a pretty talented kid, a tough kid," Richt said. Mason threw for 149 yards and a touchdown before leaving with blurred vision in the second quarter with the Bulldogs ahead 20-7. He was replaced by Brice Ramsey, whose primary duty was to hand the ball off to Chubb and watch him run. Mason said after the game he didn't have a concussion, but couldn't see straight. "Right now, I can look straight ahead and tell that, hey you have a blue scarf on," Mason said to a reporter. "But beforehand, I couldn't even tell you were right there. It was just super, super blurry. That's dangerous when you're out there and need your peripheral vision. The last thing I needed to do was go out there and take another shot, because my awareness wasn't up to par." Georgia's defense certainly contributed to the win. They came up with three interceptions, two of those by Dominick Sanders. Redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Bolin made his first career start for Louisville (9-4) and finished 20 of 40 for 300 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown. Backup Reggie Bonnafon threw one interception in limited playing time. Brandon Radcliff ran for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs leaned heavily on the 5-foot-10, 228-pound Chubb after Mason left the game and Ramsey was intercepted on his first play from scrimmage. Richt said Ramsey, who could be Georgia's starting quarterback next season, made a few mistakes during the game but "overall he secured the ball well." Chubb set a new Belk  Bowl rushing record, eclipsing the 174-yard effort set by Boston College's Andrew Callender in 2004.


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Friday Basketball Boys East Laurens at West Laurens, 7:30 p.m. Girls East Laurens at West Laurens, 6 p.m. Saturday Basketball Boys Dublin at West Laurens, 7:30 p.m. Girls Dublin at West Laurens, 6 p.m. ESPN2 — USF at SMU FSN — George Mason at Oklahoma FS1 — Marquette at DePaul 6 p.m. ESPNU — Cornell at Syracuse 7:30 p.m. FS1 — Creighton at

10 p.m. FS1 — Georgetown at Xavier THURSDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon ESPN2 — Outback Bowl, Auburn vs. Wisconsin, at Tampa, Fla. 12:45 p.m. ESPN — Cotton Bowl Classic, Michigan St. vs. Baylor, at Arlington, Texas 1 p.m. ABC — Citrus Bowl, Missouri vs. Minnesota, at Orlando, Fla. 5:10 p.m. ESPN — Rose Bowl, playoff semifinal, Oregon vs. Florida St., at Pasadena, Calif. 8:50 p.m. ESPN — Sugar Bowl, playoff semifinal, Alabama vs. Ohio St. at New Orleans NHL HOCKEY 1 p.m. NBC — Winter Classic, Chicago vs. Washington, at Nationals Park PREP FOOTBALL 10 p.m. ESPN2 — Skills Challenge, at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (same-day tape) SOCCER 7:40 a.m. NBCSN — Premier League, Manchester United at Stoke City 12:25 p.m. NBCSN — Premier League, Chelsea at Tottenham

Millsap powers Hawks past Cavs ATLANTA (AP) — No LeBron James. No Al Horford. Late decisions by Cleveland and Atlanta to hold out the two stars could have led to a letdown, but Paul Millsap made sure the Hawks were tough down the stretch. Millsap scored 26 points and took over for Atlanta in the fourth quarter to help hold off a Cleveland comeback and the Hawks beat the short-handed Cavaliers 109101 on Tuesday night. James, celebrating his 30th birthday, was held out with a sore left knee. Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion was held out with a left ankle sprain. Horford left the court with an upset stomach only minutes before tipoff. Hearing the news that James won't be in uniform can be disappointing — even for the opposing team. "Different guys aren't playing, guys on our team aren't playing, guys for them aren't playing," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. "It's just human nature, as much as you want to fight it, it can be hard. We don't want to lower our expectations ... but it wasn't a pretty game." The Hawks led by 17 points early in the second half but had to hold off a comeback by Cleveland,

which had 35 points and nine assists from Kyrie Irving. "I had to be aggressive; we had some guys down," Irving said. "I just kept shooting. ... We gave ourselves a chance to win. We just couldn't get over the hump." Irving made 13 of 27 shots from the field. "I just thought Kyrie played his heart out," said Cavaliers coach David Blatt. "I can't say enough about that kid. I just think the world of that kid." After a jam by Tristan Thompson cut the Atlanta lead to 93-90, Millsap scored Atlanta's next eight points. Millsap had 10 points in the fourth quarter. "That's what we expect out of him," said Atlanta guard Jeff Teague of Millsap. Teague had 23 points and 11 assists, and Kyle Korver sank five 3-pointers while scoring 19 points. Thompson had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland. The Cavaliers have lost three of four. Before the game, Blatt addressed speculation of unrest on the team. "I didn't feel a necessity to talk to the guys about that because that's simply not the case," Blatt said. "And just because things are reported or said, it doesn't mean that they're true. "We have a very good group.

Close knit. Guys are engaged, guys are listening. We went through a couple of tough games. A few short games ago we were 18-10 and looking good." James' status is day to day. "Obviously, we want to get him right," Blatt said after James was pulled from the starting lineup about 90 minutes before the game. James also was held out of Cleveland's Dec. 11 game at Oklahoma City with soreness in the knee. TIP-INS Cavaliers: G Matthew Dellavedova had six points in his fourth start of the season. ... Irving had eight turnovers. Irving's 27 shots from the field set a season high. ... The Cavaliers shot only 34.1 percent from the field in the first half and made only 6 of 21 shots (28.6) in the second quarter. Hawks: C Pero Antic had five points in his first start of the season. ... Millsap blocked three shots. ... Shelvin Mack, who set a career high with 24 points in Atlanta's 127-98 win at Cleveland on Dec. 17, did not play. ... Two players were assigned to NBA Development League teams — guard John Jenkins to Idaho Stampede and center Adreian Payne to Austin.

Georges-Hunt leads GT past 49ers ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Georges-Hunt knew that Charlotte would make a run at Georgia Tech. The question in GeorgesHunt's mind was how well the Yellow Jackets would respond. "That's where the toughness comes in," he said. "Mentally, you have to be strong and be able to attack them and play aggressive and play defense and keep your head." Georges-Hunt scored a career-high 25 points, Charles Mitchell and Quinton Stephens each added nine points and Georgia  Tech edged Charlotte 67-66 on Tuesday night. Travis Jorgenson drove the ball past Mike Thorne Jr. on the Yellow Jackets' final possession and bounce-passed to Georges-Hunt on the left side. Rather than pull up for a mid-range jumper, GeorgesHunt went straight to the basket and scored over Thorne for the game's last

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"You've got to give credit to Georgia Tech's defense in the first half," Henry said. "They had us a little discombobulated." Chris Bolden hit a 3 to give Georgia Tech its first doubledigit lead at 23-12, and the Jackets were up by as much as 12 late in the first half. But Charlotte, which hadn't led since the game's first minute, went up 42-41 on Dorn's layup with 11:13 remaining. Charlotte took its biggest lead at five, going ahead 4742 after Henry hit a pair of free throws and a layup on a four-point possession that included a technical foul on Stephens. "We came back in the second half and really set the tone," Major said. "We got ourselves back to scoring in the paint." Georges-Hunt's previous career high was 23 points against Wake Forest last Feb. 1. the Fall 2014 semester. Space is limited and parental consent is required. For more information on the Charles Johnson Foundation and its community and educational initiatives, please visit www.CharlesJohnsonFoundation.or g or contact Meredith Geisler at 703740-5015 or mgeisler@tandemse.com or Katherine O’Toole at kotoole@tandemse.com.

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GT, Mississippi St clash in Orange Bowl MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Georgia Tech is all about the run. Mississippi State is all about stopping the run. That's the matchup that will likely decide who wins the Orange Bowl on Wednesday night, when the Yellow Jackets (10-3) take on the Bulldogs (10-2) in an absolute clash of styles. No. 10 Georgia Tech has the nation's second-ranked rushing offense. No. 8 Mississippi State has held seven of its 12 opponents under 125 yards on the ground. "We're going to do what we do and they're going to do what they do," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. "It's going to be a big challenge for both teams, I think. And it'll probably end up somewhere in the middle." There are some similarities between the teams as well, including that both are trying to put aside some late disappointment. Georgia Tech had Florida State in trouble at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, before losing by two points in yet another one that the Seminoles found a way to win this season. Mississippi State reached No. 1 in the country this year, with the Bulldogs looking like a team that could win the Southeastern Conference, and was on course to head to the

NFL NFL Playoff Glance Wild-card Playoffs Saturday Arizona at Carolina, 4:35 p.m. (ESPN) Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. (NBC) Sunday Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 1:05 (CBS) Detroit at Dallas, 4:40 p.m. (FOX)

NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 24 8 .750 — Brooklyn 15 16 .484 8½ Boston 10 18 .357 12 New York 5 28 .152 19½ Philadelphia 4 26 .133 19 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 23 8 .742 — Washington 22 9 .710 1 Miami 14 18 .438 9½ Orlando 13 22 .371 12 Charlotte 10 22 .313 13½ Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 22 10 .688 — Cleveland 18 13 .581 3½ Milwaukee 16 16 .500 6 Indiana 11 21 .344 11 Detroit 8 23 .258 13½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Memphis 23 8 .742 — Houston 21 9 .700 1½ Dallas 23 10 .697 1 San Antonio 19 14 .576 5 New Orleans 16 15 .516 7 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 26 7 .788 — Oklahoma City15 17 .469 10½ Denver 13 19 .406 12½ Utah 11 21 .344 14½ Minnesota 5 25 .167 19½ Pacific Division W L Pct GB Golden State 25 5 .833 — L.A. Clippers 21 11 .656 5 Phoenix 18 15 .545 8½ Sacramento 13 18 .419 12½ L.A. Lakers 10 22 .313 16 Tuesday Detroit 109, Orlando 86 Atlanta 109, Cleveland 101 New Orleans 110, Phoenix 106 Brooklyn 96, Chicago 82 Memphis 95, San Antonio 87 Dallas 114, Washington 87 L.A. Lakers 111, Denver 103 Utah 100, Minnesota 94 Portland 102, Toronto 97, OT Golden State 126, Philadelphia 86 Today Sacramento at Boston, 1 p.m. Miami at Indiana, 3 p.m. New York at L.A. Clippers, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Houston, 7 p.m. New Orleans at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Thursday Denver at Chicago, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L OT Pts GF GA Montreal 24 11 2 50 100 86 Tampa Bay 23 11 4 50 122 99 Detroit 19 9 9 47 105 94 Toronto 20 14 3 43 124 111 Florida 16 9 9 41 80 88 Boston 19 15 3 41 98 99 Ottawa 15 14 7 37 97 99 Buffalo 14 20 3 31 75 123 Metropolitan Division W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 22 9 5 49 109 86 N.Y. Islanders24 11 1 49 112 101 Washington 18 11 7 43 105 94 N.Y. Rangers 19 11 4 42 102 87 Philadelphia 14 16 6 34 100 109 Columbus 15 16 3 33 86 109 New Jersey 13 18 7 33 82 108 Carolina 10 22 4 24 72 98 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago 25 10 2 52 117 78 Nashville 24 9 3 51 106 78 St. Louis 22 12 3 47 108 93 Winnipeg 19 11 7 45 94 87 Minnesota 17 13 4 38 99 95 Dallas 16 14 5 37 102 118 Colorado 13 15 8 34 92 109 Pacific Division W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 24 8 6 54 107 101 Vancouver 21 11 3 45 103 94 Los Angeles 18 12 8 44 103 94 San Jose 19 13 5 43 101 96 Calgary 20 15 3 43 110 100 Arizona 14 18 4 32 86 115 Edmonton 8 22 7 23 79 127 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Tuesday Montreal 2, Florida 1, SO Edmonton 3, Los Angeles 2, SO Nashville 3, St. Louis 2 Vancouver 3, San Jose 1 Today N.Y. Islanders at Winnipeg, 5 p.m. Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 6 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 6 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m.

inaugural College Football Playoff. But in the end, there was no conference title for either. For someone, winning the Orange Bowl will just have to do. "We've just got to come out and start off fast," Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott said. "Every game of the season we've started off fast we've done really well, set the tempo and made the other team play our style, and just have to do the same with Georgia Tech, get up on them and make them play from behind." There's a very big bonus for Mississippi State to chase — a win would make this team the first in school history with 11 wins. "We're here as a reward for such a great season," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "But we're also here to win a football game." Here's what to watch in the Orange Bowl: START FAST: It's critical that Georgia Tech not find itself in a big hole early, one that would force the Yellow Jackets to abandon their game plan. Mississippi State has started fast all season, outscoring teams 106-35 in the opening quarter. If that form holds and Georgia Tech has to throw more than it wants, that's a big edge for the Bulldogs. DAK ATTACK: Some

teams take their foot off the gas pedal on third downs. Not Mississippi State. Prescott has 17 third-down touchdowns this season with his arm and legs and will be going up against a Georgia Tech defense that allowed eight TDs on third downs all season. AT LEAST 25: Georgia Tech has scored at least 25 points in every game so far this season, meaning its defense has a cushion to play with. The Yellow Jackets' defense doesn't have to be perfect — the team is 9-0 this season when allowing 28 or fewer points. But shootouts aren't their forte: They're 1-3 when giving up more than 28. INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The knock on Mississippi State's defense is that it struggles against the pass. And yes, the Bulldogs have allowed 3,422 yards through the air this season, ranking 113th in the country. But look inside that number: Opponents had the 25th-worst quarterback rating against the Bulldogs, and teams threw a ton against them because hardly anyone had success in the ground game. DEJA VU: It's the second straight time that Georgia Tech's season will end against a team from the Magnolia State. The Yellow Jackets were beaten 25-17 by Mississippi in last season's Music City Bowl.

Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Columbus, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Arizona at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Colorado, 9 p.m. Edmonton at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Thursday Chicago vs. Washington at Washington, DC, 1 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Arkansas St. 63, South Alabama 60, OT Cincinnati 76, NC State 60 Clemson 64, Robert Morris 57 Concordia (Calif.) 70, Xavier (NO) 65 Concordia-Selma 79, Alcorn St. 70 E. Kentucky 66, Coppin St. 63 FAU 68, Jacksonville 50 Florida St. 65, Florida 63 Furman 72, St. Andrews 35 Georgia St. 65, Louisiana-Monroe 45 Georgia Tech 67, Charlotte 66 Louisville 63, Long Beach St. 48 Loyola NO 67, Dillard 46 Martin Methodist 68, Marian, Ind. 65, OT McNeese St. 66, Mississippi St. 47 Md.-Eastern Shore 63, UT-Martin 60 Miami 67, Coll. of Charleston 40 Murray St. 76, Alabama A&M 39 New Orleans 90, Central Baptist 60 Nicholls St. 71, Spring Hill 64 North Carolina 86, William & Mary 64 SC-Upstate 101, Montreat 55 Samford 94, Auburn-Montgomery 60 South Carolina 91, NC A&T 54 Stetson 77, Florida Tech 61 Texas St. 57, Troy 46 The Citadel 51, Bethune-Cookman 47 Virginia 83, Davidson 72 W. Carolina 86, St. Catherine U. 70 MIDWEST Akron 70, Marshall 63 Cal Poly 71, IPFW 57 Dayton 78, Mississippi 74 Ill.-Chicago 79, Judson 38 Indiana-East 93, Northwestern Ohio 86 Iowa 71, Ohio St. 65 Kansas 78, Kent St. 62 Maryland 68, Michigan St. 66, 2OT Michigan 73, Illinois 65, OT Notre Dame 87, Hartford 60 Ohio 72, UNC Wilmington 53 Oklahoma St. 74, Missouri 72, OT Oral Roberts 77, Detroit 73, OT St. Cloud St. 86, Iowa Wesleyan 47 Taylor 63, Siena Heights 52 W. Illinois 74, Anderson (Ind.) 62 W. Michigan 70, New Hampshire 56 SOUTHWEST Baylor 92, Norfolk St. 51 Houston Baptist 98, Ecclesia 47 Lamar 85, Huston-Tillotson 59 Louisiana-Lafayette 83, UALR 79, OT Texas A&M 65, Mercer 50 Texas A&M-CC 87, Jarvis Christian 55 Texas-Arlington 62, Georgia Southern 61 UTSA 79, Cameron 68 FAR WEST Cal St.-Fullerton 77, Cal St.-Hayward 45 Harvard 72, Grand Canyon 59 New Mexico St. 54, Texas Southern 52 Oregon St. 76, UC Santa Barbara 64 Seattle 76, UC Davis 67 Southern Cal 64, Vermont 56 UC Riverside 68, Morgan St. 63 Utah 85, Carroll (Mont.) 49 TOURNAMENT Nicholet National Bank Tournament Championship John Carroll 80, St. Norbert 70 Third Place Wis.-Stout 59, St. Scholastica 54

College Football FBS Bowl Schedule Tuesday, Dec. 30 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Notre Dame 31, LSU 28 Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Georgia 37, Louisville 14 Fosters Farm Bowl At Santa Clara, Calif. Stanford 45, Maryland 21 Wednesday, Dec. 31 Peach Bowl At Atlanta Mississippi (9-3) vs. TCU (11-1), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Boise State (11-2) vs. Arizona (10-3), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Orange Bowl At Miami Mississippi State (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 1 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Wisconsin (10-3) vs. Auburn (8-4), Noon (ESPN2) Cotton Bowl Classic At Arlington, Texas Michigan State (10-2) vs. Baylor (11-1), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Citrus Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Minnesota (8-4) vs. Missouri (10-3), 1 p.m. (ABC) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Playoff semifinal: Oregon (12-1) vs. Florida State (13-0), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Playoff semifinal: Alabama (12-1) vs. Ohio State (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 2 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Houston (7-5), Noon (ESPN) TaxSlayer Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Iowa (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio UCLA (9-3) vs. Kansas State (9-3), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Cactus Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma State (6-6) vs. Washington (85), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 3 Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl Florida (6-5) vs. East Carolina (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN2) GoDaddy Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Toledo (8-4) vs. Arkansas State (7-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 10 Medal of Honor Bowl At Charleston, S.C. American vs. National, 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12 College Football Championship At Arlington, Texas Sugar Bowl winner vs. Rose Bowl winner, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 17 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) NFLPA Collegiate Bowl At Carson, Calif. National vs. American, 4 p.m. (ESPN2) Saturday, Jan. 24 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFLN)

College Basketball Men’s Scores EAST Buffalo 76, Binghamton 50 CCNY 81, Shenandoah 76 Canisius 67, UMKC 55 Catholic 79, Guilford 47 Delaware 82, St. Bonaventure 77 Duquesne 78, Texas-Pan American 72 Edinboro 60, Thiel 56 George Washington 80, VMI 60 La Salle 84, Penn 67 Lehman 80, Maine Maritime 54 NJIT 77, St. Francis (Pa.) 65 NYU 84, Becker 61 Niagara 65, Albany (NY) 47 Northwestern 51, Rutgers 47 Pittsburgh 71, Florida Gulf Coast 54 Randolph-Macon 80, Baruch 65 St. Francis (NY) 72, Columbia 64 Susquehanna 85, Lycoming 75 UMass 87, Iona 82 Utica 85, Old Westbury 64 West Chester 84, Chestnut Hill 81 West Virginia 82, Virginia Tech 51 Yale 70, Sacred Heart 64 SOUTH Alabama St. 76, Fort Valley St. 65

Women’s Scores EAST EAST Cornell 90, Vermont 87, 2OT Dartmouth 54, Rhode Island 44 La Salle 65, UMBC 62 Mass.-Lowell 64, St. Francis (NY) 62 Pittsburgh 93, Delaware St. 58 Seton Hall 70, Butler 65 St. John's 68, Providence 52 Syracuse 74, CCSU 43 Temple 77, SMU 64 Villanova 74, NC State 65 Wagner 97, Columbia 86 SOUTH Coll. of Charleston 61, SC-Upstate 60 High Point 79, Coastal Carolina 64 Liberty 67, UNC Asheville 55 Md.-Eastern Shore 86, Monmouth (NJ) 73 N. Kentucky 57, IUPUI 43 New Orleans 58, Kent St. 55 North Carolina 71, Albany (NY) 56 Radford 76, Gardner-Webb 60 Richmond 71, UAB 65, OT S. Illinois 75, Morehead St. 66 Tulane 70, Houston 40 Virginia Tech 60, Hofstra 43 Winthrop 81, Longwood 48 MIDWEST Creighton 76, Georgetown 61 E. Michigan 75, Detroit 71, OT Ill.-Chicago 63, Loyola of Chicago 28 Kansas St. 60, Samford 41 Missouri St. 57, Missouri 52 N. Illinois 67, Bradley 54 Valparaiso 109, Purdue-Calumet 81 W. Illinois 79, Milwaukee 59 Xavier 74, Marquette 71 SOUTHWEST Cent. Arkansas 63, Austin Peay 54 Oklahoma 71, Yale 54 TCU 78, UC Irvine 56 Texas 77, Rice 54 Texas Tech 60, Houston Baptist 59 FAR WEST CS Bakersfield 84, LIU Brooklyn 53 Long Beach St. 62, Colorado 56 UCLA 59, Southern Cal 52 TOURNAMENT FIU Sun & Fun Classic Championship Hampton 44, Auburn 42 Third Place FIU 68, Bowling Green 55 Fordham Holiday Classic Championship Princeton 67, Fordham 53 Third Place Hartford 59, Savannah St. 55 Georgia Tech Holiday Tournament Championship Georgia Tech 96, Louisiana Tech 81 Third Place Harvard 84, Lipscomb 63


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2010 Double Wide for sale on 6 acres. 3BR 2 full Baths, Master bath has walk in tub and shower, has back porch/w top deck, including hot tub, also has fireplace. Has additonal building w/electricity, also has 2 septic tanks and wells: Call: 703-9656452. 32x52 Fleetwood. 4BR. New AC. Refrigerator & stove. New carpet. Set up. 275-0867 or 278-4461 32x52 Fleetwood. 4BR. New AC. Refrigerator & stove. New carpet. Set up. 275-0867 or 278-4461 Fleetwood 28x80 4BR. AC. New carpet. Den & fireplace. Set up & delivered. 278-0867 or 278-4461 Fleetwood 28x80 4BR. AC. New carpet. Den & fireplace. Set up & delivered. 278-0867 or 278-4461 FINDERS. KEEPERS. SELLERS. REAPERS. GET IT ALL IN THE CLASSIFIEDS.

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3BR & 2BR, 2BA apartments for rent. Water included. 478-278-1027

BROOKINGTON APARTMENTS Spacious 1 & 2 bedroom apartments with fully furnished kitchen. Lake, pool and clubhouse. Full maintenance with on site manager. 2726788.

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Mini warehouses, 2 locations, see us for the cleanest in town. Garner’s U Store, 478-272-3724.

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HOMES FOR RENT

2BR. $350/mth. New flooring. 606 N. Washington St. 275-1592 or 2786308

3BR 902 Grnwood. $698, 3 BR 806 Gracewood $648.Info@Party Pizzaz, 121 E. Madison. 274-8860

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FOR RENT 2BR - 2Bath Mobile Home, call: 275-3084.

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110 Honda ATC 3 wheeler, $300 obo. Text or call 478-595-1774.

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FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

BY LYNN JOHNSTON

GARFIELD

The Courier Herald

Wednesday, December 31, 2014/Dublin, Ga/Page 4b

BY JIM DAVIS

OVERBOARD

BY CHIP DUNHAM

ZITS

BY JERRY SCOTT AND JIM BORGMAN

Z I G G Y DEFLOCKED

P L U G G E R S

BY JEFF CORRIVEAU

CROSSWORD PUZZLER

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Gabrielle Douglas, 19; Psy, 37; Joey McIntyre, 42; Anthony Hopkins, 77. Happy Birthday: Good fortune can be yours if you head into this year with determination and dedication. Don’t allow pressure from others to cause you to make a hasty decision. Base everything you do on facts and practicality and you will come out ahead eventually. A steady pace and controlled emotions will counter financial temptations. Stability should overrule excessiveness. Your numbers are 9, 13, 20, 22, 28, 37, 49. ARIES (March 21-Apluril 19): Don’t make waves with your peers. Celebrate with family, a lover or good friends who will look out for you. Initiate plans, but let everyone contribute in their own way. Keeping the peace will ensure a happy start to the year. 3 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take control of your life. Check out your options and follow through by researching the interests, places and people you want to pursue in the upcoming months. Emotions and indulgence must not lead to a costly mishap. Romance is highlighted. 3 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t put limits on what you can accomplish. Instead of going out and risking getting into trouble, celebrate New Year’s at home with friends and loved ones. Don’t reveal personal secrets. 3 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Call up people you want to connect with before the year comes to a close. Checking in with someone you have worked with in the past will spark an idea or proposal that can benefit you in the new year. Avoid unpredictable situations. 4 stars LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Have fun and create an atmosphere that will allow others to enjoy your entertaining personality. Unfamiliar places will spark enthusiasm and add to your excitement in the new year. Get ready to initiate your resolution immediately. 2 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Put the past behind you, lighten up and have fun. Love is on the rise, and sharing your feelings is an excellent way to end one year and begin another. Set your goals high and you will improve your standard of living. 5 stars LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Avoid any sort of debate or controversial topic that can ruin your plans or your evening. Focus on lively entertainment and sticking close to the people you know have your back. Live, love, laugh and be happy. 3 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Remember and re-evaluate the year gone by. Plan the alterations you want to put into play and discuss your decisions with anyone affected by the choices you make. Taking a unique approach to life,

love and prosperity will pay off. 3 stars SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21): You’ll be eager to take off on a new adventure. Whether it’s a night out on the town or a new place to hang your hat, you will entertain others with generosity and goodwill for the new year. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19): Let go of the past as you move into the future. Hold on tightly to what is near and dear to you, and dispense with anything that is holding you back or weighing you down. Work on easing your stress and toast to new beginnings. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Keep tabs on your intake. Moderation will be necessary if you

want to avoid an emotional situation that can hinder your future. Plan to put your resolution into effect prior to ringing in the new year. 2 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Mingle with people who can help you get ahead or offer you insight or favors. Good fortune can be yours if you are ready to minimize your overhead and maximize your skills, experience and knowledge. 4 stars Birthday Baby: You are open, determined and forthright. You have discipline and drive. Eugenia’s Web Sites - eugenialast.com for confidential consultations, eugenialast.com/blog/ for Eugenia’s blog and join Eugenia on twitter/facebook/linkedin

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FOR THEATRE BOOKING AND INFORMATION, CALL MAIN STREET DUBLIN AT 478-277-5074 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.THEATREDUBLINGA.COM

December 31, 2014  

The Courier Herald December 31, 2014

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