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O'Neal, Staton Picked for Leadership Posts

Two Central Georgia state legislators picked up leadership posts in the past week.

The Associated Press reports that House Republicans have elected state Rep. Larry O'Neal as their new majority leader.

And the Senate Republican Caucus on Friday elected Cecil Staton of Macon as the Majority Whip for the coming session, according to a release from Staton. The whip counts votes among other Republican senators and encourages them to vote with the party line.


O'Neal, chairman of the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means and Committee, defeated state Rep. James Mills of Gainesville in a secret ballot on Monday. O'Neal, of Bonaire, is a former lawyer for Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Also on Monday, David Ralston was re-elected House speaker on Monday.

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal addressed the House Republicans saying Georgia voters "have placed great confidence" in their conservative agenda to lead the state.

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Vintage Aircraft Flown At Perry-Houston Co. Open House

Travelers in Houston County may have noticed a few extra planes flying-high on Saturday.

Some folks stopped by the Perry-Houston Co. Airport to check out some of the vintage aircraft from World War II.  The open-house fly-in included famous bombers like the Boeing B-17G Fortress, the Consolidated B-24J Liberator, the North American P-51C Mustang and a Georgia State Patrol helicopter.

Adventure-seekers got the chance to ride in some of the airplanes, provided mostly by the Collings foundation. Perry-Houston County Airport Manager Patsy Goff says the open-house highlights the military and their service.

"It's a museum on wings, and it's fabulous, it's a wonderful opportunity, especially since we're in a military community and celebrate the military and all that they have done for us," says Goff.

The event also included cars from David Ragan Ford and planes from Middle Georgia College.

Annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk

Saturday, Nov. 6

At the Georgia National Fairgrounds

9:00 a.m. Kicks off with Purple Pancake Breakfast

Complete with "create your own toppings" buffet, hot coffee and juice.

9:45 a.m. Walk Warm-up with a professional exercise instructor.

10 a.m. Walk Festivities

11:30 a.m. Awards Presentation & Closing Ceremony

Top fundraisers will be recognized.

In addition to the walk, music, refreshments, family fun activities and informational exhibits will be available.

For more information, visit www.alz.org/georgia.


Veterans Day 5K Race

Houston County 4-H is sponsoring a Veteran's Day 4-H 5K Race at The Georgia Agricenter and National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga. on Thursday Nov. 11, 2010.

Entrance will be at the North Gate and registration will be at the clock tower at 2:45 p.m. The race will begin at 4:15 p.m. The race will occur around the perimeter of the grounds on pavement.

The race day registration fee is $20 for 4-H’ers and $25 for other runners. All proceeds will go to support 4-H and Houston County 4-H receives proceeds for every Houston County resident who registers.

T-Shirts will be provided for registered runners on race day while supplies last. For more information, contact the Houston County 4-H office at (478) 987-2028.

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National School Psychology Week

National School Psychology Week takes place from Nov. 8-12. 

School psychologists work with parents and educators to help ensure children have the learning support they need.  They are trained to help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally by addressing issues such as learning problems, behavior and discipline problems, social skills, mental health issues, problem solving, school safety, crisis prevention and intervention. 

Houston County Board of Education (HCBOE) school psychologists are dedicated to promoting academic and personal success for their students. The HCBOE thanks its 11 school psychologists: Stephani Adams, Leslie Allen, Jim Elkins, Ellen Tanner, Chris Wellman, Margaret Humphreys, Jay Jimerson, Amy Brett, Kristen Peaster, Cory Smith, and Amy Smith.

Visitors, Veterans Get Up Close Look At WWII Planes

For the veterans whose lives depended on them, Clyde Mathe says the WWII planes on display in Perry this week were more than just machines.

"They were more like pets," says Mathe.

He was a waist-gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress from 1943 until 1945. And for the first time in more than fifty years, he got to see a plane just like the one he flew.

"It brings back a lot of memories," says Clyde, "sure do."

He says he was only 19 years old when he joined the Air Force and he flew 34 combat missions over Germany in a B-17.

The B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, and P-51 Mustang are on display as part of the "Wings of Freedom Tour" sponsored by the Collings Foundation.

"I just had to come out and see it," says Mathe.

 These days, Jim Harley is one of the men flying the planes, and it's a mission he calls a privilege.

State and Local Races Headed for Nov. 30 Runoff

Voters across the state will head back to the polls Nov. 30 to pick a new judge for the Georgia State Court of Appeals and fill a state Supreme Court seat.


On the same day, several Central Georgia counties will decide runoffs in other races.


In four weeks, Georgia voters will decide between Antoinette Davis and Chris McFadden, the top two finishers in a six-person race for the state appeals court.


And they'll decide whether to replace Supreme Court incumbent David Nahmias with challenger Tammy Lynn Adkins.


These runoff races will also be on the Nov. 30 ballots in various counties:


Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties, Jim Barnes and Howard Simms are competing for a Macon Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge's seat.