In the same week the Houston County Development Authority was planning to be the county’s lead agency for movie productions, Perry began to consider a policy for filming that would allow staff to juggle road closures quickly.
Angie Gheesling, the development authority’s executive director, figures Perry may take most of the county’s business. Perry has a quaint downtown and the Georgia National Fairgrounds, but it also has the Guardian Centers, a training ground for disaster preparedness and military actions, which includes a subway system, interstate highway and collapsed buildings. As Gheesling wrote in an email to The Telegraph, “Guardian is in essence a standalone movie set with a blank canvas. Perfect!”
Perry City Manager Lee Gilmour told City Council members he didn’t know of any film productions coming to the city.
Replied Mayor Jimmy Faircloth, “If you get a call in 10 minutes, say yes.”
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MAYOR’S NEW NIGHT
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert’s regular public forum, Mayor’s Night In, will take place one day late.
It’s usually held on the second Monday of each month, but this time Mayor’s Night In will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Reichert has a scheduling conflict on Monday, according to Macon-Bibb spokesman Chris Floore.
Reichert has held Mayor’s Night In since his first term as Macon mayor, giving residents five minutes each to meet with him personally.
People can ask questions or talk about their concerns. Mayor’s Night In is held in Reichert’s office at Macon-Bibb County Government Center, 700 Poplar St. Residents who want to speak are asked to call 751-7170 to schedule their appointments.
Just a few years ago during a contentious time in Warner Robins government history, City Attorney Jim Elliott was not reappointed. But he was reinstated within days.
City Council this week cleared the way for Elliott to serve his 30th year with the city. In a rather rare move, people in the audience applauded Elliott’s appointment.
Houston County commissioners this week agreed to buy 388.8 acres of land near the Frito-Lay plant at $1,850 per acre, but it turns out that number may have been based on an old, erroneous deed.
Instead, a more recent survey shows total acreage of 382.92 acres at the site, which is comprised of four parcels. If commissioners pay based on that survey, they’ll save nearly $11,000 on the deal.
CRAWFORD ELECTION DETAILS SET
Crawford County residents will return to the polls March 17 to elect a representative for District 3, which covers the central portion of the county. Commissioner Dean Fripp died in October.
Other details of the election are now set. People may qualify between 8 a.m. Jan. 14 and noon Jan. 16 in Room 14 at the Crawford County elections office, 1011 U.S. 341 N. The qualifying fee is $420. Candidates must be at least 21 years old, have lived in Crawford County for at least 12 months and be registered voters, among other requirements.
DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS SET FOR MACON
The Democratic Party of Georgia has scheduled its State Committee meeting for Jan. 31 at the Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon. The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m., with check-in beginning at 11 a.m. One of the first steps will be electing the party’s leadership, which is now led by DuBose Porter of Dublin, who is among those running for election.
HOUSTON REPUBLICANS TO MEET
Houston County residents who believe in the principles of the Republican Party are urged to attend precinct mass meetings to elect delegates and alternate delegates to the county party’s convention. Registration opens at 9 a.m. Feb. 7 at Centerville City Hall, 300 E. Church St. The county convention begins at 10 a.m. March 14 in the same location. The state convention is scheduled for April 18. For information, email Chairman Eddie Causey at email@example.com.
NEW BUILDINGS HONOR HOUSTON COUNTY LAWMAKERS
Central Georgia Technical College held a ceremony naming two new buildings on the Warner Robins campus after Larry O’Neal and Larry Walker Jr., both of Houston County.
The ceremony was held Monday at Houston Lake Country Club in Perry.
Central Georgia Technical College’s G extension multipurpose building has been named the Lawrence C. “Larry” Walker building.
The building also houses Larry Walker Arena, home of the Titans basketball teams in Warner Robins.
Walker, a former legislator, had a critical hand in the funding for what’s now known as the tech school’s Warner Robins campus on Cohen Walker Drive.
O’Neal, a current legislator, also worked to bring Central Georgia Tech facilities to Warner Robins, including the Roy H. “Sonny” Watson Health Sciences Building on Central Georgia Tech’s campus and the Georgia Military Academic Training Center located near Robins Air Force Base.
Central Georgia Tech is naming the K building the Larry O’Neal Child Development Center. This building houses the Early Childhood Development credit education program as well as the College’s Child Development Center.
Telegraph writers Mike Stucka, Jim Gaines and Oby Brown contributed to this report.