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Ocmulgee Heritage Trail reopens

The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail reopened on Thursday, December 26, 2013. The Department of Public Works will be cleaning the Trail the next few days. 

Flint Energies awards $20,000 in Bright Ideas grants to teachers

Flint Energies awards $20,000 in Bright Ideas grants to teachers

Flint Energies and its philanthropic arm, the Flint Energies Foundation awarded a total of $20,000 to teachers for creative and innovative lesson plans in the eighth year of the co-op’s Bright Ideas program.

Winning teachers were surprised in their classrooms by the Bright Ideas Prize Brigade representatives from Flint Energies with flowers, balloons, gift bags and “big” checks on November 5 and 12 and December 11.  The Bright Ideas program distributes grants of up to $1,000 for teachers to implement creative, innovative projects or lessons with students.  The grants are not available for professional development or SmartBoard or iPad requests.

This year $20,000 in Bright Ideas grants were given to 23 winning teachers and their team members at schools in Houston, Crawford, Marion, Schley, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, and Upson counties.

DNR aims to increase quail population

DNR aims to increase quail population

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says they hope a partnership with numerous organizations in the state will boost the quail population.

Earlier this evening several groups signed the Georgia Bobwhite Quail Technical Team Memorandum of Agreement.

It's a mouthful, but what it means is that, DNR will provide free help to farmers or land owners that want to tailor their landscape to make it more quail friendly.

DNR aims to increase quail population

DNR aims to increase quail population

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says they hope a partnership with numerous organizations in the state will boost the quail population.

Earlier this evening several groups signed the Georgia Bobwhite Quail Technical Team Memorandum of Agreement.

It's a mouthful, but what it means is that, DNR will provide free help to farmers or land owners that want to tailor their landscape to make it more quail friendly.

Thieves steal hunting stands from wounded vets

Thieves steal hunting stands from wounded vets

The Americans Helping Wounded Veterans Hunting Club of Lizella is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of thieves who stole five deer stands.

The stands, valued at about $2,400 total, were custom-made to allow wounded veterans to climb and hunt.

Veteran Bob Paschal, a member of the group, told 13WMAZ Thursday morning that the stands were taken Friday from the group's Columbus Road property. He said the area is fenced in, padlocked and has barbed wire. Paschal said he believes it took more than one person to steal the stands because of their weight.

Crash leads to deer poaching investigation

Crash leads to deer poaching investigation
By Kristen Swilley

The discovery of two severed deer heads inside a vehicle after an early morning crash has police wondering about poaching.