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Perry may remove Gen. Courtney Hodges Blvd. from downtown district


New changes may be coming to Perry.

City officials are thinking about removing General Courtney Hodges Blvd. from the downtown development district.

Currently, businesses off Courtney Hodges must abide to the same rules and regulations as those downtown. 

"I think it's a good thing," said Hoke Morrow from Hoke's Heating and Air.

He says the culture along Courtney Hodges where his business sits is much different from that in the downtown area.

Meanwhile, the same rules apply. If Morrow wants to change the color of his building, he must stick to the district's palette.

"What if we want to do something different and make it a little splashy?" said Morrow.

Perry Animal Shelter to get a new facility


 

 

Houston County kids show off their pigs and cows


Some kids in Houston County are taking to the Georgia National Fairgrounds this weekend to show off their prized porkers and heifers.

It's the 42nd year of the Houston County Young Farmers Livestock Show.

Students raise the animals themselves, then show them off for big prizes.

Some of the kids told us what they love about raising pigs, including one of our Junior Journalists, Ally Watson.

"They look for a square body, a dip in the back, big ham, and their head to be up in market," says Ally.

"You got to get it when it's born, and then you got to get it food, and you got to walk it every day, and then it's got to drink water," says Perry Middle School 6th grader Ben Moore.

"I love having him because I just love him. He's like my baby," says 8th grader Kenzie Young-Claus, also of Perry Middle.

Perry woman wins thousands on 'Wheel of Fortune'


Perry local Jan Morton competed on Wednesday night's episode of Wheel of Fortune.

How did she fare?

"I won the Wheel of Fortune. I can finally say it. I won, I won, I won," says Morton.

Fairgrounds board reviews state investigation findings


The state board that runs the Georgia National Fairgrounds met Wednesday and discussed a state inspector general's report.

Downtown Perry hosts first Friday Mardi Gras


Downtown Perry held its third "First Friday" event Friday night, and it was Mardi Gras themed. 

    Carroll Street was blocked off, and beads, masks, and the smell of beignets filled the air.

    People brought their pets out and participated in "MardiGrowl," dogs were dressed up in purple, green, and yellow to celebrate. 

    Joan Couch says she's lived in Perry her entire life and hopes the event draws people to the city. 

"It is a great town and anything they can do to get people to come downtown is a good thing," says Couch.

Great Outdoors Show comes to Perry fairgrounds


 

"I definitely keep this date marked on my calendar. I know when it's coming up," said Chassey Johnson.

Perry council to review bids for canine housing


The Perry Council will review bids for a new canine housing facility Monday.

The bids range from $544K to $1.2 million dollars. Four firms being considered are:

  • CMS Construction and Management Services, LLC
  • International City Builders
  • Jones Construction
  • Parrish Construction Group

The site is located at 500 Ball Street. Amenities of the facility include a laundry room, exam rooms and elevated kennel floors.


Police say fugitive couple robbed store in Perry


Perry police say a fugitive couple from Missouri robbed a Houston County store late Monday night.

Customers at the Murphy Express gas station here behind me on Sam Nunn Boulevard in Perry, called police Monday night when they walked into the convenient store and noticed there was no clerk, and the cash register was left open.

 

Perry council prioritizing 5-year plan


Monday night, in the Perry City Council work session, they discussed a number of items, including where they would like to see the city in five years. 

As part of their strategic work plan, council members have been working on narrowing down their goals. 

They've divided the priorities into sections including, recreation, revenue, community development, and economic development.

Mayor Jimmy Faircloth says their next step is to pick which projects will be completed in the next 18 months and which are more long term. They will also remove items already completed from the list. 

Some of those at the top of the list right now, Faircloth says, include a new water treatment plant, as well as walking trails to connect their parks.