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Perry Housing team to host Neighborhood Clean-Up Day

Perry Housing team to host Neighborhood Clean-Up Day

Everybody will do their share for Neighborhood Clean-Up Day in September in Perry.

According to a news release, the Perry Housing team is setting up shop to clean-up the Five Points neighborhood as part of participation in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing program (GICH). The cleanup is from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 12.

The release states volunteers are needed and asked to report at 8 a.m. on Walcott Street (behind Taco Bell) in Perry for assignments.

For additional information, please contact the Department of Community Development at 478-988-2720.

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Perry promoting Dixie Highway for tourism

On the other side of the Mississippi, it was Route 66, but once upon a time, Macon and Perry had the Dixie Highway.

It's still there of course, winding through Macon and Perry, and a historian wants travelers to know the significance of the road beneath their wheels.

In 1914, The Dixie Highway Association was founded to bring tourists south.

When the interstate system was created in the 1950s, many of those roads were forgotten.

A sign along Highway 41 shows the distance to Perry and other towns along the Dixie Highway.

The Mossy Oaks Lodge was one of the stops along the route.

The remains of the old road running parallel to 41 are still there along with an old bridge near Flat Creek.

Sandi Smeltzer with Discover Perry says the Dixie Highway Promotion will help bring people through town.

GOP candidate Mike Huckabee delivers speech in Perry

ID=31339309Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spoke at the 2015 Fish Fry for Georgia Republicans in Perry Saturday afternoon

The event brought around 150 people throughout the state together to discuss the state of the Republican party.

Agility trial held at National Fairgrounds for Atlanta Golden Retriever Club

Handlers and their furry friends spent Friday running obstacles at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

It's all part of the Atlanta Golden Retriever Club's agility trial. But it wasn't just for goldens, dogs big and small got in on the action. Handlers lead their four-legged partners through jumps, weave poles and a tunnel.

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Perry council hears proposal to new business tax

Perry Economic Development presented City Council with the idea of making General Courtney Hodges Boulevard a community improvement district.

That means businesses along the road would pay an additional property tax in order to fund projects in that district.

To be approved, 51 percent of the 122 businesses have to agree to be part of it. Also, they have to make up 75 percent of the taxable value of the property.

In that area, there is a total taxable value of over $12,000.

The community improvement district (CID) would form their own board to decide what projects to fund.

This board would also decide what the additional tax will be, which will be in the form of mills.

The city has no control over how those funds are spent.

The improvements may be sidewalks, street lights, or even security personnel.

Community Improvement District proposed in Perry

Perry officials are looking to boost business.

A proposal that goes before City Council Monday suggests an additional tax to commercial properties along General Courtney Hodges Boulevard to fund community projects.

Economic Development Director, Robert Smith, says to enhance economic growth and improve the look of the city, one option would be to make the area a "Community Improvement District."

"The commercial property owners come together to fund projects in the district," explains Smith.

If approved, it would give an additional property tax to businesses along that street.

The money then goes to improvements in that area, which would decided by the people that work there, not the city.

"It's separate from the city. The city isn't going to be dictating what projects have to be done," he says.

Perry robbery may be connected to Macon hold up

Circle K, 1505 Sam Nunn Blvd., Perry, was robbed by a lone gunman at about 9:28 a.m. Monday.

The robber, who was wearing a hat and bandanna over his face, may be connected to a robbery in Macon, according to a news release from Perry police.

"The subject may be the same suspect from the Bibb County, Georgia robbery at Flash Foods on Vineville Avenue in Macon ... " the news release states.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Perry police at (478) 988-2826.