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Five fun finds at Mistletoe Market


Perry's Mistletoe Market at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter opened Friday morning, inside the Miller-Murphy-Howard Building.

Organizer, Lisa Hayes, says they have 221 vendor spaces, offering crafts, clothing, toys and much more.

Last year, more than 10,000 people came for the three-day show.

It costs $5 to get in the door. Once you buy a ticket, it's good for return trips.

Hayes says the money from admission fees goes to local charities including Jay's Hope, Abba House in Perry, and Grace Village in Perry. She said last year, they donated $47,000 to charity.

Watch the video to see some of the most interesting finds at this year's show.

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Perdue: 'No Regrets' for Go Fish


It's been four years- a full gubernatorial term- since the Go Fish Education Center opened in Perry.

Former governor Sonny Perdue championed the $17 million aquarium as part of an effort to lure more fisherman, and their dollars, to Georgia.

On a recent morning, Hope Grumilla took a field trip with her Houston County class to Go Fish. They came eye-to-eye with creatures, that some of the students, only thought existed on computers.

Grumilla said, "I saw it on an iPad before, but not real."

The Go Fish Education Center offered that hands one experience to about 5,000 students last year.

That's precisely why Program Manager for Go Fish, Jeremy Wixson, says it exists.

Tax credit for affordable housing in Houston County


A federal housing tax credit is helping some affordable housing projects in Houston County.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs awarded the County about $1.7 million in tax credits.

Potemkin Village, a complex for seniors, received $692,668 in tax credits. It will add 52 extra units.

Oliver place, which hasn't been built yet in Perry, received $981,733 thousand in tax credits. Developers plan on putting up 100 single family units.

Director of Community Development Mike Beecham says the Oliver Place project will help the city.

"Some of our other lower income apartments, subsidized housing I believe there's a waiting list for those so this will be a benefit," said Beecham.

The project will have standard apartment complex amenities: a laundry facility, playground area, and a fitness center.

Mistletoe Market coming to Perry


Organized in 1980, the Balvaunuca Club has been an active civic club for women in the Perry are. This will be the eighth year the group has hosted Mistletoe Market in Perry. All proceeds from the market benefit local charities.

In 2012, the show hosted over 8,000 shoppers within the 3 days.

They offer everything from clothing to jewelry, home furnishings, decorative items, holiday items, children's clothing, and even a variety of monogrammed items.

Tickets are $5 at the door, and that ticket is good for all three days.

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Houston Co. launches statewide release of courthouse book


Past and present state senators, former governor Roy Barnes and a laundry list of Houston County leaders converged on Perry Thursday.

They came to the courthouse not to talk about policy, but to celebrate a book.

"Courthouses of Georgia" is a 330-page hardback book, featuring all 159 county courthouses in the state of Georgia.

Former Georgia House Majority leader from Perry, Larry Walker, wrote the introduction.

It features color photography by photographer, Greg Newington, and a history of each courthouse.

The event at the Houston County Courthouse marked the statewide release of the book put together by the Association of County Commissioners Georgia (ACCG), UGA Press, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Georgia Humanities Council.

Perry Remembers Deceased War Veterans


The Perry chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a small, intimate ceremony remembering local, deceased veterans.

The ceremony was held at the Evergreen Cemetery, where a wreath was laid on the grave of Martha Cooper, and a proclamation was read by Mayor Faircloth in her honor.

Cooper was a Perry native that served on the national DAR council.

Ellie Loudermilk, president of the Perry Historical Society, says celebrating the women who served is just as important and celebrating the men.

"There are lots of women who have served and women who are buried out here besides Mrs. Martha that have served faithfully in the armed forces, and we need to remember them as well."

The Evergreen Cemetery is home to 8 WWI veterans and 46 WWII veterans.

'Zombies' run for charity in Perry


Just in time for Halloween, a whole slew of zombies made their way to Central Georgia Saturday.

It wasn't quite as bad as The Walking Dead. The Zombie Run was held in Perry Saturday morning at the Guardian Centers.

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You could sign up as a zombie or a runner, and navigate through zombie-infested highways, smoky rooms, and even through water.

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