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Fireworks return to Perry

Fireworks return to Perry

Perry Chamber of Commerce brings fireworks back to the city hosting Independence & Freedom Parade Fireworks - 6 p.m., June 29, on Main Street.

Oh My Georgia Showcase

The acronym O.M.G. took on another meaning in Perry.

The first Oh My Georgia event was held at the Ga. National Fairgrounds.

The showcase included vendors from all over Georgia with products that were Georgia "grown".

From canned goods to handmade crafts there was something for everyone to enjoy, even dogs.

Event Director, Christine Price, says the purpose of the event is to create jobs and keep the money flowing throughout Georgia.

Perry student opposes new HCBOE finals policy

A Perry High School rising senior didn't have to take any final exams last semester or the two before that.




That's because a Houston County Board of Education policy allowed students who meet certain grade, discipline, and attendance requirements to skip the finals.


Task force to make DFCS head report to governor

Task force to make DFCS head report to governor

(WXIA) -- Gov. Nathan Deal's office is preparing an announcement on changes to organizational structure at the Division of Family and Children Services, sources tell 11Alive's Rebecca Lindstrom.

According to the sources, DFCS will be separate from DHS and the head of DFCS will report directly to the governor instead of the commissioner.

4-H horse show comes to Perry

Hope Nelson is 15 years old and has been coming to the Georgia 4-H Horse Show since 1st grade.

The Georgia 4-H State Horse Show started Wednesday, and will continue until Saturday

"I've showed horses all my life, and it's a lot of fun. It challenges me to do better at each show. I like competing and making new friends," Nelson said.

She and her horse, Silkie, won a division last year, despite Silkie missing one eye.

"We won the junior ranch horse division last year and this year we moved up to the senior division, so maybe we'll move up to regionals," Nelson said.

Nine-year-old Hannah Duncan is competing in the state show for the third time.

"I usually compete about 5 times a year," she said.

Duncan came all the way from Newnan and is the only child in her age group from Coweta County that made it to the show.

New fire protection fee for Perry residents

Residents in Perry will notice an additional fee on their utility bills next month called a Fire Protection fee.

City council members agreed to add the fee to help fund additional staff for the city's fire department.

Chief Joel Gray says funding from the new fee will allow the department to go from six firefighters on duty 24 hours a day to twelve.

Adding additional staff could also lower the ISO rating, which could reduce the amount residents pay in home owner's insurance.

Gray says the new fee will apply to everyone unlike an increase in the millage rate, which would allow for tax exemptions.

"Everyone within our city limits who has property that could require fire protection services will be helping pay the fee." says Gray.

Houston man dies in house fire after threatening to shoot deputies

Houston man dies in house fire after threatening to shoot deputies

A Houston County man died when his house burned late Saturday night, but not because the fire department didn't get there in time.

A release from the sheriff's department says deputies and fire personnel responded to a fire call at 642 East Hwy 26 in Elko around 11 p.m.

Onlookers told them someone was still in the house, but when they tried to enter the house, 51-year-old William Kezar told them to leave or he would shoot them, all while the house continued to burn.

The firefighters and officers backed off and shortly after heard what they thought were gunshots. Kezar never came out of the house.