Perry Artisan Center receives grant for festival; midstate hospitals receive grade

The Georgia Artisan Center of Perry received one of 85 Vibrant Communities Grants from the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts. The $5,000 grant is awarded to support the Center’s Artisan Festival which will be held Dec. 3 at the Perry Welcome Center at 101 General Courtney Hodges Blvd., Perry.

The festival will feature many of the Artisan Center’s participating artists showcasing their work and providing live demonstrations.

The Georgia Artisan Center’s showcases and celebrates Georgia’s artisans, crafts and heritage and a venue where arts, history and education come together.

Midstate hospitals get safety grades

Hospitals in Middle Georgia have received their fall 2016 grades by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.

Coliseum Northside Hospital in Macon, Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin and Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, were three of 844 hospitals across the country to receive an A ranking and be named among the safest hospitals in the United States. Other midstate hospitals and their grades are: Coliseum Medical Centers, C, and Medical Center, Navicent Health, C, both in Macon; and Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville, B.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., according to The Leapfrog Group.

Boutique chosen as Business of the Month in Perry

Ashley Marie’s Boutique was selected as the November Business of the Month by the business development committee of the Perry area Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Ashley Marie's Boutique, visit its Facebook page or call 478-224-2667.

Geico selects two for supervisor preparation program

Sean-Patrick Caldon and Katy Haye have been selected for the Geico Southeastern supervisor preparation program in Macon. Caldon started his career with Geico in 2010 as an accident tow dispatcher and quickly worked his way through all levels of claims.

Caldon graduated from Georgia College & State University with a degree in digital media and currently is taking business classes at Wesleyan College.

Haye started her career as a liability claims representative in the Fredericksburg, Virginia office in 2013. After completing claims and liability training, she transferred to the Macon regional office. She completed all levels in claims before moving to claims training where she has spent the past year and a half.

Paulette Fountain: 478-744-4411,