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'Zombies' run for charity in Perry


Just in time for Halloween, a whole slew of zombies made their way to Central Georgia Saturday.

It wasn't quite as bad as The Walking Dead. The Zombie Run was held in Perry Saturday morning at the Guardian Centers.

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You could sign up as a zombie or a runner, and navigate through zombie-infested highways, smoky rooms, and even through water.

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Zombie Run in Perry this Saturday


Streets lined with abandoned, demolished cars and crumbling buildings are just some of the sights you'll see at the Zombie Run this weekend.

It takes place at the Guardian Centers in Perry, a disaster training facility.

Christina Morrow, a coordinator for the event, says it's a lot like flag football.

"The runners will go with their flags on their belt and they have to navigate the entire course," explained Morrow, "As they approach and get in interactions with the zombies, the goal of the zombie is to take that flag."

Runners should try and reach the finish line as a "survivor" with at least one flag.

It may sound simple, but runners have more to worry about than just the zombies.

Proposed Government Regulations Are Challenging to Members' Electric Bills

REYNOLDS/PERRY/WARNER ROBINS/COLUMBUS-Proposed government regulations are expected to be extremely challenging for Flint Energies member bills, according to Chief Executive Officer Bob Ray.

“Since 2008, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has generated at least nine new regulations which attempt to reduce coal-fired generation for power plants,” said Ray. “Just two of those regulations have already cost Flint members $105 million.”

“These regulations essentially prevent construction of future coal generation plants,” he said. “The new ‘Clean Power Plan’ which has been proposed gives Georgia no credit for already reducing emissions since 2005, sets targets for renewable energy and efficiency which will cost more than they save, calls for more natural gas generation but no more gas pipelines to get the gas into Georgia….and effectively destroys affordable energy for our members.”

Flint Energies Engages in Emergency Preparedness in October

REYNOLDS/PERRY/WARNER ROBINS/COLUMBUS-Flint Energies undertakes constant effort in emergency preparedness throughout the year, but several events in October have sharpened the skills of the cooperative’s employees, according to Sr Vice President Jimmy Autry.

“Each year, we plan a tabletop exercise where employees come to a meeting room expecting to see a disaster that needs a response,” said Autry. “It’s part of the inside joke is to call the tabletop event “Hurricane Jimmy” since I invent the challenge for our team.”

This year, employees gathered to respond to the multiplying disaster of tropical force storm winds, flooding rains and a security breach into the Warner Robins Service Center location. As the event unfolds, a disaster team of employees that is assigned leadership on the spot evaluates the needs and calls upon resources to respond.

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This year's Fair second-best attended


After tons of food and fun, the 2014 Georgia National Fair officially ended Sunday night.

This fair was the second-best attended in its 25 years.

"2010 was actually our highest and we were about 10,000 off of that," said Fairgrounds spokeswoman Stacy Campbell,"But, we're very happy to have at least gotten a record fair this year."

Campbell says around 450,000 people came to this year's event.

And while 2010 may have the highest total attendance, last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday marked the largest daily crowd attendance for a Georgia National Fair.

"We couldn't have asked for better leadership from our authority and a better participation from our staff and a better turnout from our fair goers, so we're very happy," Campbell said.

She says it will be at least a week until the fair's total profit is calculated.

Governor candidates spar on education, more


Candidates vying to be Georgia's next governor met Tuesday night in an hour-long debate at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

They are Democrat Jason Carter, Republican incumbent Nathan Deal, and Libertarian Andrew Hunt.

And it didn't matter much which candidate they supported, the crowd at Tuesday night's debate rallied loud.

Faircrackers and best buds for 25 years


They're an important part of what keeps the fair going. Faircrackers volunteer at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and help out wherever they're needed.

Best buds Virginia Gay and Bessie Dukes have been pitching in for 25 years. "We do get called firecrackers, which is OK because we're a hot group," said Gay.

One year, the friends dressed as clowns, said Dukes.

They even started a fair tradition: putting pins on their vests that they got as gifts or bought themselves.

Gay once had to kiss a frog. "I was hoping he'd turn into a prince, but he just stayed a frog. They would line up the frogs and the frogs would jump to the finish line, and my frog won," she said.

But you don't have to be an amphibian to meet the Faircrackers.

"I tell everybody to come to the circus because I'm the trapeze lady," said Gay.