Community briefs: Perry chamber makes big pledge

February 12, 2014 

Perry chamber makes big pledge

The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce made a $10,000 pledge to the 21st Century Partnership at its annual meeting.

The money will be dispersed over five years, and the first $2,000 was given at the meeting, held Jan. 30 at the Perry Arts Center, according to a news release.

While recapping the chamber’s 2013 work and accomplishments, a number of awards were given.

• Glenn Anderson, of David Ragan Ford, was named Diplomat of the Year for the second year in a row.

• ComSouth was named Business of the Year.

• Mary Beth Bass, director of economic development for the city of Perry, was named Business Woman of the Year.

• Mike Speight, of State Bank & Trust Co., was named the James E. Worrall Volunteer of the Year.

• Lisa Hays received the Seabie Hickson Award for her work with the Balvaunuca Club and Mistletoe Market. The club raised $47,000 this year that will be donated locally.

The chamber’s outgoing legal counsel, Kellye Moore, of Walker, Hulbert, Gray and Moore; treasurer Grace Kirksey, of Planter’s First Bank; and board member Lindsay Bailey, of Ocmulgee Inc., also were presented awards in honor of their years of service to the chamber, the news release states.

Marc Martin, of Bank of Perry, is taking over as the chamber’s board chairman. He replaces outgoing chairwoman Beth McLaughlin, of Houston County schools.

Qualifying in Houston will begin in March

Qualifying for county nonpartisan offices, a special election for the Board of Education, and independent candidates will begin at 9 a.m. March 3 and end at noon March 7. Qualifying will be held at the Houston County Board of Elections office in the Houston County Government Building, 801 Main St., Room 237, Perry. Partisan candidates will qualify that same week but need to go through their party. The primary election for partisan seats is scheduled for May 20, with a general election Nov. 4. A special election, and non-partisan elections, are also scheduled for May 20.

Partisan seats include the county commission chairman and county commission Post 2 seat, now held by Tommy Stalnaker and Jay Walker, respectively, as well as the State Court clerk’s seat held by Kendra Simons.

The special election is for the Board of Education seat held by Rick Unruh, who was appointed to the unexpired term of Tom Walmer last March. Nonpartisan posts include three Board of Education posts held by Chairwoman Marianne Melnick, Fred Wilson and Jim Maddox, as well as the State Court judge seat held by Jason Ashford.

For information, call the Board of Elections at 478-987-1973.

Hodac to show free screening of ‘Bully’

A free screening of the documentary “Bully” will be held March 1 at the Galleria Mall Stadium Cinemas.

Hodac Inc. and Reality Check Community Awareness Initiative will host the screening at 10:30 a.m. Doors will open at 10 a.m. The first 300 attendees 17 years and younger will receive a gift bag and free snack combo, according to a news release.

“Bully,” rated PG-13, is a 2011 documentary that looks at bullying and its effects on victims and their families.

Mid-South Forestry Pageant preliminaries this weekend

Applications are still being accepted for the Mid-South Forestry Pageant preliminaries this weekend.

Preliminaries for contestants in Houston, Peach and Pulaski counties is Saturday. Preliminaries for contestants in Bibb, Crawford and Twiggs counties is Sunday. Contestants from birth to age 24 may enter.

The preliminaries will be held at Walker Auditorium of Middle Georgia State College in Cochran. For more information, contact Victoria Lovett at 478-284-2350 after 7 p.m. or Pageant information is available at

-- Staff reports

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