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Here's the 'Good News' happening across Central Georgia (August 7-13)

A look back on the week that was!

MACON, Ga. — 1. 'Just a little country church': Dublin church celebrates 215 year anniversary

One Central Georgia church is celebrating their history that goes back nearly two centuries. Poplar Springs North Baptist Church in Dublin held its first service back in 1807, 5 years before the city was even founded. The church is celebrating 215 years, which is older than Laurens county itself.

2. Macon student author hopes to help youth overcome adversity with new novel

Fatima Tiozang Sappi started jotting down a story in her notebook when she was 13 years old. She's a sophomore at Howard High School, and she already has her first book published. She said she always loved reading, and she said the Accelerated Readers Program at Bibb County Schools helped her read more.

3. 'Help them to regain their future': Dublin teen court helps more than 700 teens in 25 years

It's a court run by teens, for teens. The city of Dublin started the first teen court in Georgia 25 years ago, and since then, they've helped more than 700 teens get back on the right track. Johniah Boston started in the program five years ago. Now, she serves as a student lawyer for teen court. "We don't punish people, we just help them to regain their future back," Boston said. 

4. The 'Cat Crew' helps Georgia College students move in

Students at Georgia College are getting settled into their dorms, ready to start a new school year. As campus move in happened Thursday morning, students got a helping hand. Georgia College's group of volunteers, the Cat Crew, pitched in a paw or two.

5. 'This job has given me confidence': Macon Reentry Coalition looks for volunteers to help former offenders

The Macon Reentry Coalition needs your help with their mission to give offenders a second chance. The pandemic changed the way people could volunteer impacting the programs resources. The program started back in 2008. Each year, they help about 150 people.

6. 'Unity in the Community': Event held for gun violence prevention in Macon

A Macon group says all of this was to show you can have fun without guns. It's part of their gun violence prevention initiative. Unity-N-Community wants to connect kids, young adults, and parents in the south Macon area to the resources they say are needed. At the event, there were table stations where people could learn how to get their criminal records expunged.

7. Georgia College hosts its annual 'GC Gives' day in Milledgeville

Georgia College first-year students participated in service events around Central Georgia on Saturday. The college says "Gives Day" is the largest community service project in Baldwin county.

8. Georgia high school football players pull woman from smoking car, witness says

Six Rome High School football players displayed their courage on Friday morning after a woman, who a witness believed was in her 50s, was trapped in her car following an accident in the middle of an intersection, according to a viral Facebook post from Luis Goya. 

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