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Perry man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill sister

Houston County Sheriff deputies responded to a domestic call with shots fired Thursday around 5:45 p.m. in Perry at 214 Culpepper Road.

According to a news release, 43-year-old James Barton pointed a rifle at deputies while they tried to talk to him, but he told deputies to "go away" while locking himself in the house. Deborah Bennett, Barton's sister according to the release, told deputies earlier that he threatened to kill her and fired one round from a pistol into the floor of the house they share.

Barton surrendered to deputies after a brief standoff. He's at the Houston County Medical Center and is facing charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and reckless conduct.

Anyone with information concerning this case should call the sheriff's office at 478-542-2080 or 478-542-2085.

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Perry city council discusses dollars for new animal shelter

Perry animal shelter workers say there is a dire need for a new building.

After a work session on Monday night, they might be a step closer.

City leaders now have a better idea of how much that might cost, which they say will direct how they move forward.

"It's just not conducive to adoption, and it's hard to get volunteers in an environment like that," says Davis Cosey.

He is the founder of Friends of the Perry Animal Shelter and member of a task force Mayor Jimmy Faircloth assembled last year.

"It's been over a year of meetings to come up with something we could put on paper and present to council," Cosey says, and that is finally what they did.

Liquidation sale to be held at the New Perry Hotel

Next Friday, June 26th, you can buy your own piece of history at The New Perry Hotel.

The hotel, which is over 100 years old, is closed for renovation, but will open up a liquidation sale.

The hotel closed its doors on New Year's Day this year and new owners took over in late January.

According to a news release, the owners plan to renovate and refurnish the hotel and restaurant.

The sale will include, but are not limited to: artwork, mirrors, mini fridges, microwaves, head boards, bed frames, glassware, lamps, tables, chairs, rugs and books.

Owners of the property will be donating proceeds from the sale to two local organizations, Friends of Perry Animal Shelter, and the Perry Area Historical Society.

Perry in need of new animal shelter

The staff at Perry's animal shelter says they are concerned about the well-being of the animals because of conditions that keep getting worse.

A task force goes before city council Monday to pitch a budget estimate to build a new shelter.

Cathy Shaw walks through the kennels, greeting her "babies."

She has been a loyal volunteer at the Perry Animal Shelter for the last two years, but she's one of few.

"Nobody wants to come down here and volunteer," she shrugs, and says it is because of how run-down it is.

Dogs are in outdoor kennels all year.

"We have one fan that's supposed to cool the dogs all summer long," Shaw says. "Whenever it rains, the water comes down the hill out there and floods the kennel."

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Georgia High School Finals Rodeo comes to Perry

High schoolers from across Georgia head to Perry to compete in the Georgia High School Finals Rodeo Competition at the Georgia National Fair Grounds.

The teens will compete in barrel racing, calf roping, and steer riding among other events.

The event is free to the public and runs from Friday to Sunday.

Macon Kennel Club holds dog show in Perry


Trainers came out with their furry friends to the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry for the Macon Kennel Club's dog show.

Dogs are judged and win awards in multiple categories.

Conformation is the evaluation of how close the dog fits to the breed's standards.

Obedience tests the dog's ability to work with its owner and follow commands.

Walter O'Brien is the president of the Macon Kennel Club. He says the top prize is getting to be with your best friend, your dog.

Perry High nutrition manager wins state award

Teachers and coaches help students be successful all year, but so do the people that might not get as much attention-- those who work in the lunch room.

The Perry High School nutrition manager received state recognition for her meals that both taste good and are good for you.

You won't find any mystery meat on the plates of Perry High School students.

"It isn't like when I went to school!" laughs nutrition manager, Regina Williamson, who has worked there for six years. "A lot of thought goes into that product for them."

The Georgia School Nutrition Association awarded her with the Manager of the Year title.

The criteria is based on management, cafeteria environment, involvement, and community outreach.