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Robins Air Force Base Gate Closure to Impact Traffic

Gate 3, the Watson Boulevard gate, will close for two months for the same security improvements done on the Green Street and Russell Parkway gates earlier this year according to the Robins Air Force Base Office of Public Affairs.

Gate 3 will close from Nov. 22 to Jan. 21 for installation of pop-up barriers. During the closure, the Martin Luther King gate will assume the Watson Boulevard gate’s 24/7 hours of operation.

The Visitor’s Center will remain open during the Gate 3 closure. Visitors will have to get back on Highway 247 and enter the base through one of the other gates.

Once the gate reopens, Perry Street access from Watson will permanently close except during peak traffic hours. Bollards, the movable barriers used to block gate lanes at certain times, will close off the street during non-peak hours for security reasons. The Perry Street access from Watson will be open from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Monday, Nov. 15 Morning over Perry submitted by Pam Hampel.

Perdue Coming Home to Houston County

Sonny Perdue left his Houston County hometown more than eight years ago, headed for the gold dome and the Governor's Mansion.

Now with his two terms almost complete, Perdue says he and his wife Mary are coming back to Bonaire.

VIEW: Sonny Perdue Retrospective Page

Many people in the town just outside Warner Robins, knew Perdue before he became Georgia's top official.

Linda Robinson was living in Bonaire in the late 1970s, but she's one of the few, with no connections or memories to Sonny Perdue.

She now works at a peanut stand on the corner of Highway 96 and Bonaire's busiest intersection. Robinson said, "I've always wondered if had anything to do with the chicken. Does he? No, not Perdue Chicken?

The family cannot pinpoint a connection in their genealogy, but most people in Bonaire know that.

Students Win Award at Georgia National Fair

Perry Middle School students Ashley Long and Courtney Palmer won first place for their Chapter Booth Display at the Georgia National Fair last month.

The chapter received a cash prize, plaque and ribbon for their work. 

Adviser Alisha Hall said, “This is the second year Perry Middle FCCLA has taken first place in this competition.” 

Long and Palmer were also recognized for creating a brochure about their fundraising project for the Children’s Miracle Network. 

“Party For A Cause” raised funds for the children’s hospital while celebrating with FCCLA members from other schools.  The Children’s Miracle Network is the National Outreach Project for FCCLA. 

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Dozens Attend Perry "Let's Move Campaign" Against Obesity

Some Middle Georgians are making a move towards healthier lifestyles.

Dozens came to Perry's "Let's Move Campaign" against obesity. They got tips on healthy living and talked to local healthcare providers.  People also got body massages, blood pressure tests and joined in on some yoga and zumba fitness classes.

Program coordinator Notasha Chester says this is the first year for the event and says getting people active improves more than just the individual.

"It not only affects your family and your community but it also affects tax payer dollars, the more healthier we become the more our healthcare will actually go down," says Chester.

Chester says the event was inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's child obesity campaign.

Energy Assistance Program to Open

Georgia’s regular Energy Assistance Program will open on Dec. 1, 2010 for all eligible households. 

The program provides financial assistance to low-income, elderly and handicapped households to help pay their home heating costs.

Households participating in the program must meet income criteria and be responsible for the cost of heating their homes.  To be eligible, households must have an income equal to or less than 60 percent of the state median income guidelines - $21,940 for a one-person household, $28,691 for two people, $35,442 for three people, $42,193 for four people, $48,944 for five people, $55,695 for six people, $59,961 for seven people, or  $58,226 for eight people.

Payments will be made primarily by checks to home energy suppliers for gas, electricity, wood, coal, or kerosene used in heating a home.

The one-time payments will average about $345 per household.

A Day to Honor Veterans

Today, Central Georgians pause to honor America's veterans.

Veterans Day events are scheduled all around the area -- many at 11 a.m., the time when World War I ended in 1918

Here is a look at some of the local events.

   In Macon, a memorial will be dedicated in honor of all former and current members of the Macon Volunteers, which include the fallen Soldiers of the 48th Infantry Brigade, during ceremonies at the Macon Memorial Park Cemetery, 3969 Mercer University Drive at 11 a.m.

   Fort Hawkins' event begins at 4 p.m. It includes an official U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony with 15 patriotic and veteran's groups, including the Northeast High School JROTC honor guard and cadets.

The annual Linwood Cemetery Veterans Day service begin at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Sabrina E. Norwood of Tampa, Fla.