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SOWEGA Roundup: Couple making waves as reality T.V. stars

BOSTON, Ga. — A couple from a small Southwest Georgia town are proving to be a resilient fixture on a popular national reality show.

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Rob and Kelley French

The Thomasville Times-Enterprise reports that Rob and Kelley Carrington-French -- a couple from Boston, Ga. have survived four weeks worth of eliminations on the CBS reality show "The Amazing Race."

The two are listed as "married monster truckers" on the show's website and describe themselves as entertaining "three million people each year by winning races and making people smile all over the world."

The two are still in the mix for the show's $1 million prize.

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Early voting brisk in Thomas County

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Close to 3,000 early voting ballots had been cast by noon Monday, Thomas Count Elections officials say.

“We had over 600 on Friday alone,” Phillip Henry, Thomas County elections supervisor, told the Thomasville Times-Enterprise.

Voter traffic is a little ahead of the volume at the same time during the 2008 presidential election, the paper reports.

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Four-year degrees could be coming to Bainbridge

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia will vote at their January meeting on whether to grant "state college" status to Bainbridge College, officials say.

The Bainbridge Post Searchlight reports that Bainbridge College President Dr. Richard Carvajal, said during Tuesday’s annual meeting of the Bainbridge College Foundation that the regents will vote on the change to state college status, a move that would allow the college to offer baccalaureate, or four-year, degrees.

“The question I got the most when I arrived in Bainbridge was ‘Is Bainbridge College going to be a four-year college?’ I didn’t know the answer to that question, but I made the commitment that, during the first year of my administration, we would decide, once and for all, what the answer will be,” Carvajal said.

In an effort to determine the need for additional baccalaureate offerings, the college hired a consulting firm to survey the 11-county Bainbridge College service area. The assessment showed that the percentage of adults in this service area who have bachelor’s degrees is less than half of the statewide average, the paper reports.