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Four Arrested for BUI During Holiday Weekend

Four Arrested for BUI During Holiday Weekend

Lake Oconee News
By Billy Hobbs

Four persons arrested for Boating Under the Influence on Lake Oconee were among a total of 39 persons from across the state taken into custody for that particular offense on lakes in Georgia over the Memorial Day weekend, state authorities say.

Those charged locally included two cases in Greene County and one each in Morgan and Putnam counties.

Ga. DNR to Give Away Lifetime Hunting & Fishing License

One lucky winner will win a free lifetime license to hunt and fish.

That's a part of the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation new contest sponsored on Georgia DNR's Facebook page.

Follow the directions on the page on how to enter.

One adult license (for ages 16-64) and one youth license (for ages 15 and younger) will be given away.

The drawing will be on Labor Day, Sept. 2.

Small Piece of Metal Could Sink Your Boat

Small Piece of Metal Could Sink Your Boat

This is National Boating Safety Week.

If you head out this Memorial Day weekend, you will want to make sure you have life jackets, a fire extinguisher, and you need to seriously check your bilge pump.

That is the machine that pumps water out from underneath the deck of your boat.

Bassmaster veteran Tom Hamlin says a lead weight could jam itself in the pump and sink your boat.  He says he has seen it happen before.

Georgia Graduation Rates Rise Slightly

For the second year in a row, barely half of Bibb County's high school students graduated.

Twiggs County had the lowest graduation rate of any system in the state, just over 45 percent, while 6 out of 7 Hancock County students graduated -- 86.5 percent.

Those were some of the results when state education officials announced 2012 statewide graduation rates.

Bibb County's rate was about 52 percent -- just about a point higher than in 2011. For the second year in a row, the county's schools had one of the state's lowest rates.

Rates at individual Bibb high schools ranged from the Hutchings Career Center, 71 percent, to Southwest, 39 percent.

 

Houston's rate rose just over 2 points, to 75.59 percent.

School rates ranged from the career academy, 39 percent, to Veterans High School, 86 percent.

 

Former Royals Coach Kerbo To Lead Putnam County Basketball Program

Former Royals Coach Kerbo To Lead Putnam County Basketball Program

When Cliff Kerbo announced at last month's basketball awards ceremony he wouldn't be returning as Bleckley's head coach. He never said the word, "retirement."  

Kerbo will indeed be roaming the sidlines in 2013-14.  In a story first reported Monday by the Macon Telegraph, it was announced Kerbo had accepted the boys basketball head coaching position at Putnam County High School. 

He leaves Bleckley after leading the boys to an elite eight appearance, a state runnerup this season, and a pair of region runner up finishes. 

To read more, click here.

'Click It Or Ticket' Begins Today

Even more than usual, cops are hunting Georgia's roads today for people who aren't wearing their seat belts. 

That's because today is the kick-off for the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

State officials with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety are reminding you that your local cops, Sheriff's offices, and the Georgia State Patrol will be on an increased lookout for drivers and passengers who aren't wearing their seat belts.

Officials say the campaign is an effort to save lives.

In 2011, the state of Georgia had 421 traffic deaths that involved a victim who wasn't wearing a seat belt.

This year, the state is on track to see more than 400 of those deaths in 2013.

If they catch you without your seat belt, you could get a ticket and face a hefty fine.

Dairy Festival Coming to Eatonton

Join in on the Dairy Festival in downtown Eatonton  featuring barbecue, vendors and a parade.

That's all on Saturday, June 1.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. 
See the full schedule.