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The Great Outdoors Show opens in Perry

For an adventure in the great outdoors, hunting and fishing enthusiasts can head inside this weekend at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

13WMAZ got a firsthand glimpse of the outdoor experience Friday.

The three-day long Great Outdoor Show reeled them in at the Georgia National Fairgrounds with more than 100 vendors.

Todd Holbrook with the Georgia Wildlife Federation said it's a good opportunity for the young and old to become outdoorsmen.

"They're going to interact with vendors who are providing equipment to make it very easy for them to take up hunting or fishing or to perfect the arts, and it's going to be an opportunity for people to have fun," Holbrook said.

That includes plenty of fun for even the smallest of nature lovers.

Perry man arrested after leaving scene of werck

A man was arrested in Perry Wednesday evening, after he allegedly caused a multiple-vehicle wreck and drove away from the scene.

According to the Georgia State Patrol post in Perry, the accident happened in Perry at around 3:20 Wednesday afternoon, near the intersection of Houston Lake Road and the North Perry Bypass.

State Patrol Trooper John Hardage says Kenneth Nathan Ellis sideswiped a white pickup truck, then backed into another vehicle, and drove away from the scene.

A Houston County Sheriff's deputy chased after Ellis, but Ellis hid in woods for about an hour and a half.

Deputies and state patrol officers found Ellis hiding in a storage shed on Wren Drive, near Lake Joy Road in Perry, and arrested him around 5:00 Wednesday evening.

UPDATE: Bomb search continues at Perdue Farms in Perry

UPDATE: Workers at the Perdue Farms chicken plant returned to work around 10:30 a.m. today after search teams did not find a bomb there.

The building was cleared for about three hours after a bomb threat.

The Houston County sheriff's office continues to investigate. Anyone with information on the case can call the sheriff's office at (478) 542-2080


Authorities in Houston County are searching the Perdue Farms chicken plant in Perry after a bomb threat was called in Wednesday morning.

According to Lt. David Carrick of the Houston County Sheriff's Office, as of 10:52 Wednesday morning, the bomb-sniffing K-9 and other officers are still searching the buildings at the Perdue Farms chicken plant. Carrick says, so far, "no suspicious packages have been found."

Car crashes into Perry house

A Perry family sat down to watch football Sunday night and got a shock.

And it had nothing to do with the score.

Living right off Highway 341, Kelvin Ross and his family are no strangers to loud traffic. However, they were not prepared for what they heard Sunday night.

"Like a plane had crashed," Ross says. "Like a big boom!"

It was around 7:00 when he heard the "big boom."

"I thought it was an accident out on the main highway," he explains.

It was an accident in their own front yard.

"To see that car in my garage, it was just mind blowing," says Ross.

The car came across the highway and down a small hill before going through the Ross's yard. There are a few feet with no tire tread, where the car appears to have been airborne. The driver took out their water main and a tree before crashing into their garage.

Growing movie industry prompts filming policy in Perry

With the growing number of films in the Perry, city officials are creating filming policies for public spaces.

The goal of the policy is to take advantage of the growing film industry, and make sure the people who live there are safe.

Director of Economic Development, Robert Smith, says this Thursday he will propose the city's first plan.

"Before the film policy, it wasn't really clear who to contact in the event that they wanted to close roads or use public places," said Smith.

He says solidifying rules and simplifying procedures can lure more lenses to the city.

"That was probably one of the number one things we learned from other communities was if you make the process of them filming here in Perry easy, they're more likely to come back," said Smith.

He says Perry's amenities are also appetizing.

'Phenomenal Women' hit the court for New Year's Day

On New Year's Day, one group of ladies decided to hit the basketball court with Perry High's Junior Varsity girls team. The group calls themselves 'The Phenomenal Women.

Homeland Response Force trains at Guardian Center

With artificial wounds and walkers in tow, several guardsmen pretended to be casualties from a collapsed building.

It's training for the National Guard's Homeland Response Force at the Guardian Center in Perry.

"They're an asset that each FEMA region has in case of any disaster or incident," said Lieutenant Colonel Michael Maddox, "It doesn't just have to be a terrorist incident, it can also be a hurricane or a tornado or anything that involves mass casualties."

Maddox says Homeland Response Force, or HRF for short, steps in when first responders need help for large scale disasters.

There are 10 HRFs in the United States.