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Planned roadway maintenance in Hancock County

Planned roadway maintenance in Hancock County

Drivers are asked to watch for mowers and roadway maintenance as they take designated routes this week.

According to a GDOT release, these are the area with scheduled work:

Litter patrol along State Route 15, mile market 0-22.95
Litter patrol along SR 16, mile markers 0-24.32
Litter patrol on SR 22, mile marker 0-26.7

DNR aims to increase quail population

DNR aims to increase quail population

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says they hope a partnership with numerous organizations in the state will boost the quail population.

Earlier this evening several groups signed the Georgia Bobwhite Quail Technical Team Memorandum of Agreement.

It's a mouthful, but what it means is that, DNR will provide free help to farmers or land owners that want to tailor their landscape to make it more quail friendly.

Crash leads to deer poaching investigation

Crash leads to deer poaching investigation
By Kristen Swilley

The discovery of two severed deer heads inside a vehicle after an early morning crash has police wondering about poaching.

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

The time is near for picking out pumpkins and decorating for autumn!

Where to Go for Pumpkin Patches:

  • Elliott Farms, Lizella: features a pumpkin patch, tractor hay rides, snacks, farm animals. Opens in October. Call 478-935-8180 for more information.
  • Troup Corn, Laurens County: Features corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch and a mini-maze. Call 478-272-8170. Open October 12-November 23
  • Twin Oaks Fun Farm, Monroe County. Features pumpkins and a corn maze. 
  • Our Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm, Hawkinsville. Check their Facebook page for updates.Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Also enjoy cider or cocoa on the porch while the kids climb the hay mountain. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Crooked Pines in Eatonton: Pumpkin Festival October 5, 6

Historic Churches of Hancock County

Historic Churches of Hancock County

Do you know your Hancock County history?

Check out this list of rural, historic churches of Hancock County and the history behind Hancock County itself.

Powelton Baptist Church, featured on the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, was where Mercer University's namesake, Jesse Mercer, later preached. His father, Silas, was the first Reverend there in 1786.

Originally known as Powell Creek Church, it's where the General Committee of the Georgia Baptists first organized in 1803, according to the Georgia Historical Society.

See more of the historical Hancock County churches.

School Budget Includes Tax Hike

School Budget Includes Tax Hike

The Eatonton Messenger reports that the Putnam BOE will make up for a loss by including an increase in the millage rate in this year's budget.

After months of searching for ways to make up for loss of revenue, Putnam County Board of Education members have a budget they say they can live with.

Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Putnam County's minority population reached 34.7 percent last year, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research. Hancock County's reached 76.3 percent and Greene County's reached 44.2 percent. That is the percentage of the population in the county who is another ethnicity other than white non-hispanic.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)