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Georgia Child Identification Program

The Georgia Masons and Centerville Police Department are hosting a free Child Identification Program this Saturday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centerville City Hall. 

From the event, parents take home a CD that contains:

  • several full-color digital photos of the child
  • complete set of digital fingerprints
  • information about the child such as distinguishing features.

This information can be used in the case of an abduction in the Amber Alert program.

The entire process takes about 10 to 15 minutes. 

There is no age limit for participants and anyone may benefit, regardless of address. 

In addition, a magic show will be provided and a fire truck and police care will be on display. 

Centerville City Hall is located at 300 E. Church Street in Centerville. 

Flint Energies Searches for Members Owed Refunds

Flint Energies is searching for 14,000 members that are owed capital credit refunds. 

Capital credits are somewhat similar to the dividends paid to shareholders of investor-owned utilities except the cooperative’s shareholders are also the member-consumers that it serves. 

The “dividends” (capital credits) are distributed to Flint’s member-consumers, a Flint Energies news release says.

In the fall of each year, Flint Energies refunds capital credits.  Current active members due a refund received a credit on their Flint bill.  Members that no longer get their electric service from Flint are mailed a check.  Flint most recently refunded capital credits for the years 1981-1982 and half of 1983.

Due to the transient nature of Flint’s membership base, many former members have moved away from Flint’s service area without leaving a forwarding address. 

Officers Selected for Boy Scouts Council in Central Georgia

The following were elected as officers for the Central Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The Central Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America serves 24 counties and over 5,700 youth.  The Scouting method is used to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through outdoor education.


Eli Morgan

Council President
State Farm Insurance


Dr. Jonathan Griggs

Council Commissioner

General Dentistry


Terry Henderson

V.P. Finance

Mauldin & Jenkins, CPA


Ross Cooper, R.Ph.

V.P. Membership

Central State Hospital


Thomas G. Whatley

V.P. Manpower



Jonathan Martin

V.P Strategic Planning

Constangy, Brooks and Smith, LLC


William Fickling, III

V.P. Program

Silver Beaver Awards to be Announced at Boy Scouts of America Annual Recognition Banquet

The 2011 Annual Recognition Banquet will be held January 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  at Macon State College in Macon, Georgia. 

This year the 2010 Class of Eagle Scouts and Silver Beaver Award Recipients, Council Officers, as well as a volunteer for being elected in the BSA 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership and a great year of Scouting will be recognized.   

 In addition, the keynote speaker for the evening will be Assistant Chief Scout Executive Robert “Alf” Tuggle, National Boy Scouts of America. 

A native of Monticello, GA, Tuggle oversees the Marketing Group, which includes public relations, the 100th Anniversary Celebration and publications including Scouting and Boys’ Life magazines.

Houston County Schools Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration Begins March 7

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – The Houston County School System will register children for Pre-K and Kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year March 7 to 18, 2011.  Registration will be held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the zoned school.  To register, Pre-K students must be four years old on or before September 1; Kindergarten students must be five years old on or before September 1.  Only a parent or legal guardian may register a child. 

Goodwill Extends Holiday Hours

You can get a little money back from Uncle Sam by donating gently used clothing and other unwanted items to Goodwill Industries for an end-of-year tax write-off. Your donation will help people local citizens become self-sufficient, a Goodwill news release says.

Goodwill uses the revenue from donations for its education and career services for people with disabilities and disadvantages such as welfare dependency, homelessness and lack of education or work experience.

84 cents of every dollar earned from the sale of donations funds job training and placement services for individuals with barriers to employment. Goodwill channels all of its revenues directly into local services.

Childhood Cancer Foundation Provides Research Grants

This year, the Joanna McAfee Childhood Cancer Foundation (JMCCF) has once again provided research dollars to help fund their ongoing mission to find a cure for childhood cancer.  For 2010, the Foundation will provide $40,000 in research grants to three childhood cancer research institutions.

Research represents the greatest promise for curing childhood cancer, according to the Foundation President and Founder, Jeff McAfee. 

“Pediatric cancer patients deserve more than treatment options – they deserve a cure and a hope for tomorrow,” said McAfee. 

After the loss of his daughter, Joanna McAfee to Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, it was decided the Foundation’s first grants would fund either sarcoma or Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma research.  Each year, potential grant recipients are re-evaluated annually.