A place rich in history in Middle Georgia has gained popularity.People visiting The Ocmulgee National Monument jumped 12% from 2010 to 2011, according to monument superintendent Jim David. 122,722 visitors walked the grounds last year.2011 marked the 75th birthday of The Ocmulgee National Monument.
Eight college campuses across Georgia, including 2 here in Middle Georgia, could merge into four to save money.
A merger list is expected to be presented to the state board of regents next week. The proposal would merge Waycross College with South Georgia College; Augusta State College with the Georgia Health Sciences University; Middle Georgia College with Macon State College; and Gainesville College with North Georgia College and State University.
An official statement on the proposal is expected to be made Friday.
The Houston County Sheriff's office is investigating a train accident that killed a pedestrian this afternoon. Authorities were on the scene for several hours collecting evidence. The accident happened at the 800 block of highway 247 in Bonaire.
Emergency crews were called to the scene just after 12 O'clock. According to police, 41 year old Freddie Meek Jr, was walking southbound on the railroad tracks when he was hit by a train. Police say meek was wearing earphones at the time of the accident. Lt. John Holland of the Houston County Sherriff's Office says, he is not sure why the Meek was walking along the tracks. Investigators spoke with several witnesses on the scene to try to figure out what happened.
"He was distracted walking southbound; The train was traveling southbound and actually tried to alert him but he didn't realize they were coming and he was struck and killed on the scene", said Lt. Holland.
According to witnesses, it did not appear that meek saw or heard the train coming. Lt. Holland is calling this a tragic accident.
The building has been bought, the plans laid out, but the money isn't all there. For almost 2 years, the City of Unadilla has wanted a new city hall and this year they'll get it.
In about a month ground will break on the 8,600 square foot project, but the city will be about $500,000 short finishing it.
Councilman Dexter Whittaker says the new city hall will show taxpayers where their money is going.
The city purchased an old building for $20,000. A new city hall and senior center will be built there.
The building will also include a police department even though the city got rid of the department a few years ago. The Dooly County Sheriff's Office has held a contract with the city to be the law enforcement agency. There is still one year left on the contract.
Mayor Bobby West says building the police department is the right move. “ There is no reason we should not plan for a police department. We don't know what the future holds,” says West.
The same uncertainty lingers over the project itself. Currently, the city had $750,000 for the project, but it is estimated to cost $1.2 million.
City officials are banking the passage of a new SPLOST this spring for the rest of the funds. Councilman Whittaker says he is confident the SPLOST will pass because one did before.
As of right now if the SPLOST fails the city has no plan of where to come up with the extra money to finish the project.
City leaders hope the new city hall will help revitalize the area.