A new head of school is announced for Tattnall Square Academy. Dr. Brenda Shuman-Riley will start next summer. She's replacing interim leader Dr. Michael Drake who stepped in when Headmaster Larry Collins was voted out of the position. Shuman-Riley is currently the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Middle Georgia College in Cochran.
State Representative Allen Peake just dropped a House Bill that could potentially change elections for county officials. If it passes through the House and Senate, the bill will allow counties to petition their local legislative delegation to make county-wide elections non-partisan.
HB 682 is a response to the local leaders request.
"I don't see how being the Solicitor of Bibb County is a partisan issue. That is, can he do his job? Can he enforce the law and prosecute cases that are brought to his office? That is not Republican or Democrat," says D.A. Greg Winters, Bibb County.
Wednesday two firefighters involved in the rookie hazing that happened back in September appealed their punishment. Firefighter Chris Hughes who was terminated, and Private Joshua Brewer who was demoted from Sergeant presented their case. James Radford, the attorney for both men, says after hours of testimony they'll have to wait at least another two weeks before a final decision on the appeal is made.
41NBC will keep you updated as the case moves forward.
The expected travel volume nationwide will be the second highest in the past 10 years. AAA says it expects 91.9 million Americans will travel during the year end holiday travel season. That's a 1.4 percent increase from last year. December 23rd- January 2nd marks the beginning of the year end holiday travel season. More people are expected to travel by car than air. AAA says, they expect more than 139,000 air travelers and 97,000 people traveling by bus or train. 93,000,000 people traveled in 2006.
If you need to get away from the grind of daily routine, and the hustle of non-stop life, Ram Branch Farm in Fort Valley offers a unique escape to slow down.
The philosophy of the farm is simple; get out and enjoy mother nature.
"That's what we focus on," Erin Collins explains. "Having the natural, the quiet place to relax and decompress from the sirens and the hustle and bustle of the T.V. and computer, and cell phone and screaming child."
Collins runs the horse farm, and offers training on how to ride horses. She teaches children from four years old, to anyone who is physically able to saddle up.
The Fort Valley getaway offers scenic tours of their 683 acres of land. There are two ponds to explore, and orchards of pecan trees. All of it is accessible by riding horseback.
"I'm really trying to share my love for the horses, and doing it in a way the kids or adults will have fun," Collins says.
If you're in the mood for a romantic date, you can tour the countryside, then stop by the pond and enjoy a seclusive picnic.
"It's a nice little something different. It's not the typical dinner and a movie. You're actually getting out there doing something most people haven't done before."
Horses aren't the only animals trotting around the farm. Chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, and some cranky roosters and turkeys fill up the grounds.
If you would like to learn how to ride a horse, Collins offers basic care training, as well as how to competitively ride. You can get more information about Ram Branch Farm by clicking here for their website.
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