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Belvin A.M.E Church to Celebrate 145th Anniversary

Belvin A.M.E. Church will celebrate its 145th church anniversary on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.

Special guest Pastor Allen L. Waters Jr. and the church family of New Hope Baptist Church from Montezuma, Ga. will celebrate with Belvin A.M.E Church.

For more information, call 478-988-4056.

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Houston Schools Hiring Cafeteria Subs

The Houston County School Nutrition Program needs substitute cafeteria workers to cook and serve food. The jobs pay $7.25 an hour.

These temporary positions typically offer four to six hours a day during the work week and can lead to steady employment, the school district said in a news release.

The following schools have the most-pressing needs:

Eagle Springs Elementary
Hilltop Elementary
Lake Joy Elementary
Lindsey Elementary
Parkwood Elementary
David Perdue Primary
Quail Run Elementary
Russell Elementary
Shirley Hills Elementary
Bonaire Middle
Mossy Creek Middle
Perry Middle
Thomson Middle
Warner Robins Middle
Houston County High
Northside High, Tabor.


To apply, visit the Houston County Board of Education Web site, www.hcbe.net and click on "Employment." A background check is required of all employees. For more information, call 478-322-3308.

Perry Hosts Mistletoe Market this Weekend

Mistletoe Market will take place at the McGill Marketplace Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter from Nov. 19-21 beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Mistletoe Market is a holiday shopping extravaganza featuring items from more than 80 shoppes and vendors presented by the Balvaunuca Club of Perry, Ga.

Tickets are $4 in advance, $5 at the door. Call 478-952-1610.

Founded in 1980, the Balvaunuca Club is a women’s service league dedicated to serving the Perry community. All proceeds from Mistletoe Market benefit local charities.

A schedule of events can be found at www.mistletoemarketperry.com.

Perry High School Presents Final Encore

Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., Perry High School (PHS) will present its final performance of Gallows End at PHS Theater. Admission is $5.

PHS was named 2010-2011 Region 2AAA GHSA One-Act Play Champions.


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Houston Considers Prison Labor to Clean-Up Abandoned Property

Prison inmates could become the clean-up crew for abandoned properties in Houston County neighborhoods.

County leaders say they need an inexpensive way to maintain yards, especially on foreclosed properties.

They say prison labor may be the most cost-effective solution, but it's just one option to help solve the problem.

Captain Alan Everidge with the Houston Sheriff's Office says he fields constant calls from neighbors about neglected properties, mostly foreclosures.

Mammogram Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

A Macon woman accused of mishandling more than 1,200 mammograms pleaded not guilty in a Houston County court today.

Rachael Rapraeger faces 10 counts of reckless conduct and 10 counts of computer fraud, because she handled test results for 10 women who actually have breast cancer.

She's accused of notifying more than 1,200 women that their mammograms came back clean, even though a doctor never reviewed them.

After her not-guilty plea in Houston Superior Court today, Judge Katherine Lumsden set an April 4 court date for the former Perry Hospital technician.

Her lawyer, Floyd Buford, would not comment on the plea except to say Rapraeger maintains her innocence and looks forward to her day in court.

"She's saddened that she has to go through this process," Buford says. "But it is the way our system works, and she just wants for the truth to come out."

Students Honored for High Achievement on AP Exams

During the October Board of Education meeting, 42 juniors and seniors were recognized for earning the highest score possible on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. 

AP is an international program of college-level courses and exams for secondary students.  Students who score high enough on AP exams may earn college credit while still in high school.


Class of 2010 members who passed AP exams with a qualifying score saved their parents an estimated $1,788,696 in college tuition.  Houston County gave more than 1,500 Advanced Placement exams in May 2010 while these students were sophomores and juniors. 

Sponsored by the College Board, AP Exams are reported on a 5-point scale:  5, extremely well done; 4, well qualified; 3, qualified; 2, possibly qualified; and 1, no recommendation.