Oconee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tim Vaughn (l) is pictured above presenting Tony Riddle (r), Dodge County deputy who is attached to the Oconee Drug Task Force, with a recognition plaque for his excellent investigative efforts in the Dr. George “Mack” Bird pill mill case. Riddle was recognized at the traffic safety meeting on Tuesday, November 17.
By Taelor Rye
After an undefeated season, the Dodge County High School Indians football team lost to the Elbert County Comprehensive High School Blue Devils in the third round of state playoffs on Friday, November 20.
In the first quarter of the game, the Blue Devils scored a touchdown with 8:32 left on the clock. The kicker’s attempt at a point after touchdown (PAT) was blocked, however, leaving Elbert County in the lead with a score of 0-6.
With 2:21 left in the first quarter, Elbert scored another touchdown, this time with a successful kick. The score became 0-13 in favor of the Blue Devils.
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The Eastman Police Department made the following arrest for the week of November 9 through November 17, 2015.
Michael McCook, age 53, 27 Author Cooper Road, Lot 4, Eastman, one count operating vehicle without valid tag/decal; one count license driving while licenses suspended/revoked; and one count no insurance.
Charles Bass, age 61, 75 Welcome Friend Church Road, Eastman, one count pedestrian under the influence (PUI).
Marlon Turner, age 40, 6162 Fred Bohannon Road, Eastman, one count public indecency.
Johnatan Lampp, age 22, 2981 Scotland Road, Dublin, one count open container violation; one count driving under the influence (DUI) alcohol 0.10 GM or more, 21 or over; and one count safety belts violation (adults).
Christopher Allen, age 19, 299 Cannon Road, Eastman, one count possession/purchase alcohol under 21; one count open container violation; and one count safety belts violation (adults).
Vick Edwards, age 41, 5240 Smith Avenue, Eastman, one count PUI and one count obstructing law enforcement officers.
Juvenile, age 15, Eastman, one count criminal trespass-business.
Hannah Davis, age 25, 279 Highway 165, Milan, one count shoplifting less than $500.00.
James Bridges, age 34, 1077 China Hill Road, Milan, failure to appear (FTP) bench warrant.
Jacob Lampe, age 20, 947 Highway 295, Danielsville, one count possession of alcohol by a minor.
On this November 26, 2015, as you carve the turkey and look around the table at your loved ones, there are important lessons you can teach both young and old about our American Thanksgiving holiday.
When the Pilgrims traveled to America on the Mayflower, before coming ashore, they wrote a Compact, or an agreement, on how they would govern themselves. That document inspired the Founding Fathers as they drafted our United States Constitution. The Pilgrims are among the few colonists during the Colonial period who practiced self-governance.
The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians wrote a treaty, once they made contact in New England, that allowed them to live together peacefully for 50 years. Plymouth Colony stood out admirably for its consistent attempt to treat Native Americans fairly in the courts, for paying Natives for land, and for allowing the courts to settle differences between the Pilgrims and Indians.
As you enjoy your delicious meal on our national Thanksgiving holiday, you are repeating a celebration the Pilgrims shared with the Native Americans in 1621, one year after they arrived in America. After gathering a bountiful harvest, a three-day Thanksgiving celebration was enjoyed with 90 members of the Wampanoag Tribe including Chief Massasoit. Their shared thanksgiving included food, games and fellowship.
In honor of the 1621 celebration between the Pilgrims and Native Americans, on October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring the last Thursday in November to be a day of “thanksgiving and praise.”
Hopefully, discussing the Pilgrim story will create meaningful conversation around your table on Thanksgiving Day. There are some 10 million people in America who are Mayflower descendants so it is important that we not forget this unique American story. The Pilgrim story is about how we became who we are. The Pilgrim story is America’s story.
Lea Sinclair Filson