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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.

Perry book sale hopes to bring in $50,000 for library

Book lovers, there is still time to check out the annual book sale at the Perry National Fairgrounds.

Now in its eleventh year, all of the money goes toward supporting Houston County's three libraries, and each year, the selection of books grows, along with the crowds.

The Old Book Sale draws bookworms from all over.

"I brought the suitcase knowing I was going to get quite a few," laughs Rachael McCord, her books spilling over her red rolling bag.

This is her first visit, but she's making up for lost time.

"I walked 10 feet into the door and I haven't moved. That was probably an hour and a half ago," says McCord, as she peruses the shelves in the "Special Collections" section.

"If you see them you've got to snatch them or they're going to be gone," she adds.

Truck fire blocks all Southbound lanes of I-75 in Perry


No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a tractor-trailer on I-75 Southbound in Perry on Sunday.

According to a news release from the Perry Fire Department, a truck carrying dog food caught fire just after 10:30 Sunday morning, near mile marker 138 on I-75 southbound in Perry.

All southbound lanes of I-75 were blocked as crews fought the fire, forcing motorists to detour on the shoulder of the road to go around the accident.

Two fire engines arrived and crews extinguished the fire in about an hour, with help from the Peach County Fire Department who brought extra water to the scene.

Perry Library renovations almost done

Elaine Herbst comes with her children to the library every week.

"We come for storytime and that's usually on Mondays for the toddler laptime," she said, "Then we come during the week to check out books."

But for now, Herbst and other Houston County residents have to use the temporary library, set up in the old Perry Primary school, because the Perry branch is still under construction. The $2.4 million renovation started last summer. It's funded through state bonds and $800,00 from Houston County's special purpose local options sales tax or SPLOST.

"Our children's area has been greatly expanded," said J. Sara Paulk, the director of the Houston county public library system. "We'll be able to have children's programs at the same that we could have a meeting room and have other groups meet here."

Houston Co. gets new fire station from Perdue Farms

Perdue Farms is donating almost five acres to Houston County to use for a new fire station.

This is the first expansion of the department in 30 years. The new location is along the Highway 247 near the Perdue chicken plant in Perry.

Wally Hunter, the director of operations at Perdue, says they had been talking with the county for several years about ways they could help out the community. He says when the Perdue plant had a fire last year, that motivated communication about the fire station.

Jimmy Williams, the Houston County fire chief, says the two closest stations fall outside the five-mile radius recommended by insurance companies.

"It will also benefit a lot of the community," he added.

Williams says that for anyone living within five miles of this new location, their insurance rates could drop by nearly half.