David Lucas' loss to Miriam Paris ends his 37 year political career. The race to fill State Senate Seat 26 started off close with Lucas ahead, but that lead slipped.
In the end Lucas lost the race by close to 3,000 votes.
In front of family and supporters Lucas watched as the numbers went in his opponent's favor.
He says he believes if he had gotten the chance to debate Miriam Paris the turnout would have been different in this heated race.
"Well if you look at the precinct poll the Republicans voted against David Lucas 6 to 1. It was not about the issues so again I say to you the voters that voted in this election decided who the State Senator would be and I have to abide by that," says Lucas.
Lucas says he plans to spend more time with his grandchildren and continue to stay involved in the community. He also says he is not ruling out another run for political office.
Cochran Mayor Cliff Avant says an investigation is underway for one of the city's police officers.
He tells 41NBC allegations stem from Officer Josh Kester's behavior at a local Huddle House restaurant. The Huddle House manager declined to comment, and Cochran Police Chief Jim Sanderssays the allegations aren't true at all.
Bleckley County Sheriff Harold Lancaster also declined to comment, but we do know he sent the incident report to the mayor who says this investigation is on going.
Tucked away in South Milledgeville in what used to be a school playground sits 3 acres of community gardening space. The Milledgeville Gardening Association works to promote healthy and affordable eating in the community,
Lin McKnight owns 2 plots in the community garden. "It's just the freshest you can get when it's vine ripened it makes a lot of difference," says McKnight.
For the last two years Mcknight has grown he's own vegetables in the Milledgeville community garden He says "We enjoy growing vegetables and feel like it's a neat idea for the community to have a place to come grow your own food, and pick your own, and pull the weeds, and have all the fun of learning how to garden."
Macon Bibb County employees and volunteers continue to work to contain two dangerous diseases.
Community members have been dropping off cleaning supplies to help the infected area. Parvo, which is spread through feces, can be fatal for dogs. Parvo can't spread to humans. The shelter is also contaminated with Giardia, which is a treatable intestinal parasite. Giardia can spread to humans.
Milledgeville is the Antebellum Capital, the last Frontier Capital, the Civil War Capital and at one time the State Capital. The building still stands today as a museum full of state history. We kick off “Middle Georgia Pride Milledgeville” with the cities local notable.
Georgia's old capitol building, now nestled on the quad of Georgia Military College, was one of the first public buildings built in the gothic style, appearing fortress like.
“And this is probably the message that these early fathers wanted to give, of a capital that was here to stay that represented security and stability for the people,” said Amy Wright, Executive Director of Georgia's Old Capitol Museum.
Milledgeville was named the capital of Georgia from 1807-1868. More than 140 years later, a place that once made history now stands full of history waiting for you to come in and explore.
“Because if they come in here, chances are they're probably going to see something about somebody from their family," said Sally Holmes, employee of Georgia’s Old Capitol Museum.
The walls are filled with artifacts from 30,000 B.C. to the 1920's.
“They find their history spread before them and I want to invite them to come and learn more about the history that's theirs,” said Wright.
“They can go upstairs and see the restored legislative chamber so they're going to learn a lot when they come here,” said Holmes.
The historic building is where the decision was made that Georgia would be the fifth state to secede from the union.
After you check out the old capitol building, you can go to the Brown-Stetson-Sandford House. Initially it was a tavern and hotel for members of the Wigg Party, then it became their headquarters eventually turninginto a private residence. Today the home is considered an 1825 architectural gem.
“The legislators that came to Milledgeville had to come by horseback, by boat, by stage coach. It would have been a very arduous trip,” said Wright.
Milledgeville’s rein as the capital came to a close in 1868. The lack of railways in the area was a big factor for the capitals move.
“Our history is right here and we need to get very familiar with it so that we appreciate it and know not only where we're going but from where we have come," said Wright.
The Museum has a rotating gallery. The next exhibit, "Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground,” opens September 1.