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Georgia State Patrol begins work on new hangar

A new Georgia State Patrol hangar is coming to the Perry-Houston County airport.

They just started clearing the site on Tuesday.

"We've pretty much outgrown this facility," says Sgt. Hamilton Halford with the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division.

The helicopter hangar at the airport is gearing up for some big changes.

"It's going to be a brand new, modernized facility," Halford explains.

The new hangar will be a "24-hour facility," which means it will include a living area for the pilots and tactical flight officers.

"The Perry hangar going to a 24-hour operation will be readily available at a moment's notice."

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Perry Players make a comeback


One Central Georgia theater group is making a comeback after almost closing the curtain for the final time last year. The Perry Players are bringing theater back to the community by focusing on the community they perform for.

The sounds that fill the Perry Players Theater almost went silent last year.

"We had a distress call that went out from the current board at that time and we were basically out of money out of energy out of passion out of everything," Perry Players board member Carol Tinsley says.

She says they made tough decisions to move the group forward by finding a balance between business and creativity.

Addams Family musical opens at the Perry Players Theater

They're creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky.

That's right, The Addams Family is coming to the Perry Players Theater. The play is a musical adaptation of the 1960s TV show came to Broadway in 2010. The musical opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Perry Players Theater on Main Street in Perry.

The plot is centered around the Addams Family's oldest daughter "Wednesday. She wants to get married to a "normal" boy and asks her father, Gomez, to keep it a secret from the family. Hunter Hufnagel directs the musical and says he knows all the hard work is going to pay off tonight.

"My cast has be preparing for 10 weeks, and I've been telling them every night that nothing can compare to the opening night when the house if full of people and they are all cracking up," he said. "Because this show - it's so rapid fire; it's so fast and the cast gets it."

Perry church says higher fee could force them to move

People who live in Perry and own businesses can expect higher water bills. That's because of a hike in the fire protection fee.

The increase starts next month, leaving one local church fearful for the future. The congregation at Calvary Way Church are concerned they might have to move.

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Youth barrel racing returns to fairgrounds


Giddyup! Barrel racing is back at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

"It's a big family sport," says Mike Dameron, the event coordinator. "And I'm going to tell you something about barrel racing, because barrel racing is growing bigger, bigger, bigger all the time."

Thursday, kids got a chance to compete against the clock to earn a piece of the roughly $175,000 that will be given out this weekend.

"The adrenaline rush and just getting together with your horse," says Charidy Williams of Jackson. "It's a different language."

Peach County man arrested after family dispute

A Peach County man was arrested in woods behind his home after a family dispute.

Sheriff Terry Deese says a deputy tackled Joshua Kargelis, age 20, around noon and took him under arrest.

That happened about 90 minutes after his mother reported that Kargelis had barricaded himself in his room, with a gun, and threatened suicide. Earlier, Deese said, he had been "destroying the house."

Deese said Kargelis struck his mother, causing bruises on her arms. No one else was injured.

When officers arrived, he was actually in the woods nearby. Officers surrounded the area and then tackled him.

Kargelis is charged with battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of methamphetamine.

Deese said he had a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol, but not shots were fired.

Everything is for sale at the New Perry Hotel


Everything must go.

The New Perry Hotel is under new ownership, and the contents of the 19th century restaurant and hotel are being liquidated to make room for renovations.

Hunter Joyce stopped by today to see what kind of discoveries shoppers might find.

"We're selling everything," says Jillinda Falen, co-owner of estate sale company Sweet Southern Home. "You stand still too long, we'll stick a price sticker on you."

Before the new New Perry Hotel can open, its current contents must be sold.