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Perry business owners discuss improvements to district


Some property owners in Perry sat down to discuss improvements to General Courtney Hodges Boulevard on Monday evening.

City officials proposed a plan last month where property owners would pay more taxes to see a better strip. It's called a community improvement district (CID)

"I'm probably leaning more for it than many are, but I haven't had all of my questions answered either," said William Davis of Crossroads Medical Management.

He would like to see the roads enhanced and the area beautified.

There are 12 projects on the proposed list ranging from enhancing landscaping to enhanced patrol.

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Kemp bringing first "Peanut Poll" to Ga National Fair in Perry


 

People flock to the Georgia National Fair at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry for food and rides, but to cast a vote?

That's the idea this October 8th through the 18th.


Secretary of State Brian Kemp 
plans to organize the first-ever "Peanut Poll".

Sandler AG to bring 140 jobs to Houston County in 2016


A German textile supplier will build a manufacturing plant in Houston County, which will bring about $30 million and 140 new jobs to the county's economy.

Perry Music Festival unites community


There was plenty of music, good food and lots of dancing at the 6th Annual Perry Music Festival Saturday.

The theme of this year's festival was "We Know Music" and they certainly delivered on that promise, with 10 artists ranging from jazz and rock and roll, to gospel and R&B.

Jane Thomas helped organize this year's festival. She said the event helps bring the community together.

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NYC Fire Dept. to train for earthquake disaster in Perry


The New York City Fire Department is coming to Guardian Centers in Perry at the end of September for a multi-agency disaster response training event.

According to a news release, the training is from September 30 to October 2. The 48-hour training, the release states, will challenge more than 400 first responders to handle a major earthquake at the local, state and federal level.

"It's extremely beneficial to have access to a state-of-the-art facility like Guardian Centers to rest and validate our response to a disaster before lives are on the line," the battalion chief of the FDNY, Joe Downey, said in a statement. "To be able to bring together responders from the local, state and federal levels in one place to work together and coordinate our efforts will undoubtedly hone our abilities to respond quickly when called upon."


Three men accused of attempted burglaries in Perry


Three men were arrested Tuesday for allegedly attempting to rob a gas station and several homes in Perry.

According to a news release from the Perry Police Department, 17-year-old Donnell Robert Stinson, of Perry, 17-year-old Trevion Jamal Richardson, of Perry, and 21-year-old Willie Bernard Collier, Jr., of Byron, are all charged with robbery, criminal attempt to commit burglary, theft by taking and armed robbery.

The release states the suspects were spotted near a location where a home burglary had just happened. When officers tried talking to them, they fled on foot. They were chased into the Creekwood Park area where they were later arrested.

Richardson and Stinson were also identified, the release says, as being involved in an armed robbery at a Circle 9 convenience store at 423 General Courtney Hodges Boulevard back in July.

$45,000 of property was recovered.


'Buckarama' hunting expo kicks off in Perry


For the hunting enthusiasts, the annual expo "Buckarama" is back.

For more than three decades now, it has brought hunters together to track the latest trends.

Hundreds drop in to find the most bang for their buck.

This year, about 150 vendors showcased their products.

Tommy Holcombe with Wilborn Outdoors references one of their new deer stands.

"We've got a double stand for you and your girlfriend or you and your wife," he says. "Which you might not want, because then she'll want to come!"

He has come to the show for about 20 years.

"Every year we seem to add another booth and another booth."

He says even regulars like him can expect to see something new, and it does not cost a lot of dough.