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Pierce County boosting courthouse security

Residents entering the county courthouse or the courthouse annex on Nichols Street will soon have to pass through a security checkpoint. County commissioners Tuesday night approved implementing the checkpoints and hiring two new certified peace officers as part of Georgia’s recently passed “Safe Carry Protection Act” — better known as the “Guns Everywhere” bill. “We’ve […]

Camden County issues alert for crack cocaine suspect

Camden County issues alert for crack cocaine suspect

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office is looking for one of its most wanted. Joseph Bernard Johnson is wanted for failing to appear in court on possession of crack cocaine charges. His last known address is 791 South Lee Street in Kingsland. Call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS if you know where he is. You could earn […]

Landmark Jesup home lost in Monday morning blaze

Landmark Jesup home lost in Monday morning blaze

A landmark home on Oglethorpe Road was gutted by fire Monday despite the efforts of firefighters from Wayne and Long counties. The home of the late Dr. Woodrow Yeomans was destroyed by a fire that was first reported to 911 at 9:44 a.m. When firefighters from the Madray Springs Volunteer Fire Department arrived first on […]

WJCL gets sneak peek inside new casino cruise line boat

A new casino cruise line is set to sail off the Coastal Empire and WJCL was the first to get a peek inside. The ship features dozens of slot machines, card tables, bars, restaurant and a dance floor. WJCL News.

McIntosh BOE member resigns in wake of child abuse probe

A school board member in a district rocked by a child abuse investigation is stepping down. Sonya Wallace Lumley, a school board member for District 4, submitted her resignation to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “My service on the school board is adversely affecting my family, my church, and my health. Additionally, I feel I am […]

Landmark WIC fraud indictment nets over 40 area residents

A federal indictment, unsealed in Savannah today, has charged 54 defendants for their alleged roles in a massive fraud upon the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Food Stamp programs. The indictment represents one of the largest federal food program frauds ever prosecuted, which fraud allegedly involved the purchase of over $18 million in WIC […]

President signs WRRDA, Savannah port expansion cleared to begin

President signs WRRDA, Savannah port expansion cleared to begin

With the president’s signing today of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) is authorized to begin construction.

Brunswick woman sentenced in multimillion Medicaid scheme

Federal prosecutors say a south Georgia woman has been sentenced in a more than $4 million Medicaid fraud scheme.

Prince Hall Masonic lodge in Savannah evacuated Tuesday

Prince Hall Masonic lodge in Savannah evacuated Tuesday

The Prince Hall Masonic Lodge on Huntingdon St. and E. Broad St. was evacuated Tuesday morning after authorities said power lines fell on the building. Witnesses said they saw smoke and sparks but injuries have not been reported. The fire department has turned this case over to Georgia Power officials. Attendees have been allowed to […]

DNR’s family fishing event draws 100 entrants

Since 1991, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Coastal Resources Division has hosted the Golden Isles Family Fishing Event in support of Georgia’s Free Fishing Days and National Fishing and Boating Week.  This year, the June 7 event attracted more than 100 entrants plus family and friends who enjoyed a morning of fishing and fun at […]

Hazlehurst woodyard fire worst ever, still burning

A fire is still burning in Hazlehurst going on 15 hours now. Officials say the fire caused millions of dollars in damage and several firefighters had to go to the hospital for heat exhaustion. “This is probably the worst fire we had so far in Jeff Davis County,” fire chief Charles Wasdin said. WJCL News.

Two arrested in 2009 murder of Jasmine Moore in Alma

Nearly five years after the murder of 15-year-old Jasmine Moore, the Alma Police Department has arrested two suspects. Tyberious Murchinson, 22 and Deion Smith, 22, both 17 at the time of the murder, and both of Alma, have been charged with the August 9, 2009, murder. via The Alma Times

Kings Bay sailors charged in Fernandina Beach art gallery theft

Two Kings Bay sailors have been arrested in last month’s break-in at a Fernandina Beach art gallery after one was overheard bragging about how the artwork was hanging on his wall. jacksonville.com.

Valdosta State Universty announces spring 2014 graduates

Valdosta State University has announced the names of four Brantley County students who have met all qualifications for graduation spring 2014. More than 1,200 have been recognized for receiving their associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Area students include: Gary Edholm of Nahunta Dylan Sloan and Mary O’Neal of Hoboken, and Kasey Smith of Waynesville.

U.S. Attorney charges 88 in huge Savannah food stamp fraud case

U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver will hold a news conference on Tuesday to announce charges brought against 88 defendants in one of the largest federal food program fraud cases ever prosecuted.  WJCL News.

Brunswick woman gets 16 years for defrauding Medicaid

Schella Logan Hope, 47, of Brunswick, Georgia, who was previously convicted by a federal jury of various health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering offenses for her role in a multi-million-dollar Medicaid fraud conspiracy, was sentenced last month to 16 years in prison. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Lisa Godbey Wood, […]

Johns charged with DUI by Brantley deputies

Johns charged with DUI by Brantley deputies

Michael Johns (53) was arrested and charged with DUI.  Deputies responded to Johns Rd in reference to a dispute.  Complainant stated the offender had left the scene.  Deputies searched the area for the offender and made a traffic stop on Johns vehicle on Billy Harris Rd.  Johns agreed to an Alco-sensor test which tested positive […]

Construction will begin soon on railbed trail for Waycross

Construction will begin soon on railbed trail for Waycross

A town built around railroads will soon have a trail where trains once rumbled through town. The Waycross City Commission is perhaps weeks away from giving winning contractor Greene Concrete Construction the notice to proceed on turning an 1,800-foot section of railroad bed into a multi-use trail, city engineer Jessica Deal said. Greene Concrete’s $513,203 […]

Alma police to announce arrests in 2009 murder case

The Alma Police Department will hold a news conference today concerning recent arrests made in the 2009 murder of 15-year-old Jasmine Moore. Moore’s mother came home from work to find her daughter had been murdered in her own home, which was located right across the street from the Bacon County High School, where Jasmine would have […]

Appling County man withdraws plea, requests trial in murder case

Appling County man withdraws plea, requests trial in murder case

An Appling County man wants to withdraw his plea and is asking for a trial after pleading guilty to felony murder charges. Jonathan Courson is charged in the murder of his wife, Mandy, which happened back in January 2013. Courson tried to fake a home invasion claiming that two men broke into their Appling County home […]

Naughty, not nice

Naughty, not nice

  Mike Luckovich.

Trial to begin for prison guards accused of assault

A federal trial is set to begin Monday for six current or former Macon State Prison employees accused in an alleged conspiracy to violate inmates’ civil rights. Then-correctional officers Tyler Griffin, Christopher Hall, Ronald Lach Jr., Delton Rushin and Derrick Wimbush — members of the prison’s Correctional Emergency Response Team — allegedly assaulted inmates to […]

Peach farming far more than planting and picking

A lot of work and planning go into making the Georgia Peach Festival’s peach cobbler, dubbed the world’s largest. Head chef Rich Bennett says the recipe’s pretty similar to what most people make at home. Macon.com.

Kingston donors linked to felon

The top contributors to Rep. Jack Kingston’s Senate campaign come from two companies linked to a felon the U.S. government has been trying to deport for the past six years, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found. www.ajc.com.

Test should raise expectations bar for Georgians

The state of Georgia will be using new standardized tests in its public schools next year, and some students might not make the grade — literally. Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

Georgia fishing fleet hopes for better season this year

Georgia’s commercial fishing fleet is hoping for a better season this year, and they just might get it. Following a year many regard as one of the worst shrimp harvests in recent times, those in the seafood industry say the 2014 catch is already looking promising. Still, some say, Tuesday might be a bit too […]

Liberty County shooting victim dies, suspect to be charged

A man who was shot in Liberty County Thursday night has died. Sheriff Steve Sikes said James Stewart, 30, died just after 2 p.m. Saturday. Stewart was shot once in the head. Stewart was found in a ditch near the intersection of Elam Road and Highway 196. Marquana Jasper of Ludowici made her first court […]

Woman found dead in Wilmington Island home

Woman found dead in Wilmington Island home

Savannah Metro Police are investigating the death of a woman in her mid 30′s. Police responded to a home on Walthour Road where the body was found. WJCL News.

Rehabilitated sea turtles released back into ocean

Spectators gathered on the beach at Great Dunes Park on Jekyll Island Friday created a pathway that led to the ocean’s breaking waves. Children peeked over a mesh fence as parents, grandparents and others leaned around each other to see the celebrities of the day – two sea turtles from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center […]

Latest scam involves phony kidnap claims

Scams these days may be a dime a dozen, but for those caught unsuspecting, a single scam can cost everything. With scammers working the telephones, the Internet and even the U.S. mail, some seem to be ever more threatening in the way they attempt to collect personal information about their victims. In fact, one of […]

Three women arrested in Glynn County prostitution sting

Three women were arrested in a prostitution sting in Glynn County on Thursday after an investigation into an online advertisement. Investigators said they met the women at a motel off Exit 36. The women were identified as Brooke Wilkins, 28, of Kingsland, and Jenny Guerrero, 20, and Jennifer Conner, 21, both of Jacksonville, Fla. Investigators […]

Gum Branch man critical after gunshot to head, suspect charged

Gum Branch man critical after gunshot to head, suspect charged

Marquana Adale Jasper of Ludowici, who was found with the victim when first responders arrived on scene to treat him, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault in connection with the incident.   A Gum Branch man is in critical condition today after he was shot in the head in Liberty County yesterday evening […]

12 arrested in Statesboro prostitution sting

12 arrested in Statesboro prostitution sting

Over the past two days, investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team (CST) conducted a reverse prostitution sting with the cooperation of a local motel. As prostitution is now facilitated in many cases on the internet, investigators used a classified internet advertising website to arrange transactions. WJCL News.

Thousands of bees cluster inside Savannah church walls

The walls of a local church  are swarming with a problem that won’t go away. For years, Jerusalem Baptist Church has tried to poison a colony that fills their walls. WJCL News.

Father and son indicted in Savannah gambling case

Former Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett and three others are charged for their roles in an illegal gambling operation. WJCL News.

The workout

The workout

Bill Ferguson: The worst trade ever

All things considered, I haven’t been especially hard on President Barack Obama during his time in office. It’s not that I’m a fan, I just knew when he was elected that his political views were far to the left of my own and therefore I didn’t expect to care much for the way he governed. […]

Rural clinics increasingly turn to telemedicine

Rural clinics increasingly turn to telemedicine

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the chest. Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

Peanut growers worry about unintended impact of farm bill

Peanut growers worry about unintended impact of farm bill

In the heart of the nation’s peanut zone, farmers are putting substantially more runners into the ground than they did last year. And in the eyes of some industry experts, that boom might spell doom. Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

Rep. John Barrow calls for investigation at Augusta VA radiology department

Rep. John Barrow has called on the acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate potential wrongdoings in Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s radiology department. The Augusta Chronicle.

Surya Rugs to add 200 jobs, occupy new 1 million sf building in Bartow County

Surya Rugs to add 200 jobs, occupy new 1 million sf building in Bartow County

A huge industrial real estate project is taking shape in Cartersville that will bring 200 new jobs to the region — the latest sign of stronger economic activity. Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Brantley deputies make drug arrest, get kidnapping complaint

Scott Ammons (36) was arrested and charged with Possession and use of Drug Related Objects/Drugs not in Original Container.   While speaking with a subject who was on probation at the Friendly Express deputies noticed a prescription bottle in the vehicle.  The deputies did a search of the vehicle under the fourth amendment waiver of […]

Waycross extends bar closing times to 2 a.m. Sunday

The City of Waycross made an ordinance change Tuesday to extend the Saturday night sales of alcohol at clubs and restaurants from 11:59 p.m. to Sunday at 2 a.m.

Two-year-old injured in Waycross accident

A 2-year-old boy was seriously injured Tuesday when he ran into the street chasing a ball and was

Former banker accepts plea deal that drops many charges

A former pastor and bank investor who embezzled millions from clients accepted a plea deal Thursday. Aubrey Lee Price, 47 of Lyons, agreed to plead guilty to 3 charges in a federal courtroom in Statesboro. He had faced 20 charges, but the deal drops many of them. WJCL News.

Head Start gets grant for Brantley RIF program

The Head Start Program has been awarded a grant to participate in the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program for the upcoming program year. The program has been selected to receive a private grant for two book distributions.  This grant is fully funded for RIF through Macy’s. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth […]

Savannah mayor responds to former chief’s indictment

Savannah mayor responds to former chief’s indictment

Mayor Edna Jackson has issued the following statement today concerning the indictment of former police chief Willie Lovett by the U.S. Attorney: WJCL News.

A dangerous president

A dangerous president

Reading failure at Glynn middle school calls for investigation

The seven members of the Glynn County Board of Education and the school superintendent should by now be deep into an investigation of why only about one-fourth of the students who will enter Needwood Middle School this August can read at their grade level. They should have some idea, by now, why that’s so. The […]

Former banker Aubrey Lee Price changes fraud plea

Former banker Aubrey Lee Price changes fraud plea

Aubrey Lee Price, the former bank director who faked his suicide and was declared dead, but was captured by police New Year’s Eve after 18 months oin hiding, is scheduled to change his plea from not guilty in federal court in Statesboro this morning.  www.ajc.com.

Georgia students will take new standardized test next year

Students in Georgia will face a new standardized test next year that focuses on college and career readiness, which officials are pegging as more rigorous than past assessments. The Augusta Chronicle.

Statesboro police need help finding a robbery suspect

Statesboro police are looking for a robbery suspect and are asking anyone with any information to help. WJCL News.

Augusta scientists create cancer vaccine from liver cells

Augusta scientists create cancer vaccine from liver cells

Tweaking a protein expressed by most liver cancer cells has enabled Georgia Regents University scientists to make a vaccine that is exceedingly effective at preventing the disease in mice. WJCL News.

Georgia shrimp season opens June 10

Georgia waters will open for commercial and recreational harvest of food shrimp at 8 a.m. June 10, the Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday. savannahnow.com.

Effingham County jail inmates gain access to smart devices

The Effingham County jail recently went under a major makeover. Besides a new building, the facility also received a technology upgrade. Not just for deputies, but also the inmates. The jail recently put eight of these smart tablets in the cell blocks. WJCL News.

700 pounds of shrimp seized off Georgia coast

700 pounds of shrimp seized off Georgia coast

Three commercial fishermen are facing charges of illegally trawling for shrimp off Ossabaw Island after state rangers boarded their vessel and seized 708 pounds of shrimp. WJCL News.

Glynn budget falls short in health care costs

Less than a week after county administrators released Glynn County’s recommended budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, commissioners were faced with a sharp increase in costs for employee health insurance — a change that will affect both this budget year and the next. County administrator Alan Ours told commissioners Tuesday that his office discovered a […]

Elderly woman killed in afternoon Jesup crash

WJCL has been notified that an elderly woman has died in Jesup following an afternoon accident. WJCL News.

Savannah aldermen make amends in public statement

After an explosive meeting last week, aldermen Tom Bordeaux and Mary Osbourne released a public statement this afternoon hoping to bring an end to the groundswell of media attention the meeting received. Read below for statements from each. WJCL News.

Boggs issues written answers to senators’ follow-up questions

Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee weren’t content to interrogate Georgia federal judicial candidate Michael Boggs for nearly two hours at his May 13 confirmation hearing. Seven senators asked the Georgia Court of Appeals judge follow-up questions—as in the hearing, primarily about his conservative stances as a Georgia legislator more than a decade ago—and […]

Satilla River cleanup is Saturday in Brantley County

The Satilla Riverkeeper and volunteers will meet at the U.S. 82 bridge in Brantley County at 9 a.m. Saturday for a river cleanup. The area around the bridge is one of the most heavily used access points on the blackwater river. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is cosponsoring the event, and volunteers will be […]

Johnson resigns from Charlton boards after defeat

Out of the running to keep his seat after the end of the year, current County Commission Chairman and District 4 rep. Wade Johnson has tendered his resignation as a member of two other county boards. via Charlton County Herald

Explore time, space in new Museum of Arts and Sciences exhibition

Maybe you’ve always wondered what’s out there. Maybe you’ve heard of black holes and time warps. Maybe you’re just a sci-fi geek or have kids who love astronomy. The exhibition, “Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists,” at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, may just be perfect for you.  Macon.com.

Prisoner exchange draws ire

Ask the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if President Barack Obama did the right thing in releasing five Taliban from the Guantanamo prison in exchange for their son, and they will tell you, most assuredly and without a moment’s hesitation, he did. via The Brunswick News

Judge temporarily suspends Gordon mayor from office

Judge temporarily suspends Gordon mayor from office

GORDON — A judge suspended Gordon’s mayor from office Monday afternoon, according to a temporary restraining order filed in Wilkinson County Superior Court. Macon.com.

Georgians urged to prepare for severe weather, despite forecasts

Hurricane season began Sunday, but the majority of Georgia residents – 64 percent – do not make advance preparations, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey.  The Augusta Chronicle.

CSX: Train from Waycross to Tampa derails in Alachua County

CSX: Train from Waycross to Tampa derails in Alachua County

Buscher said the train was headed from Waycross, Georgia to Tampa. It carried 59 cars and was about a mile in length and only the conductor and an assistant were on it. Officials with CSX said one of its trains derailed Monday morning while traveling on a private line. According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s […]

Elderly man strikes ‘Captain D’s’ in Hinesville, causes gas leak

Elderly man strikes ‘Captain D’s’ in Hinesville, causes gas leak

An elderly disabled veteran who had just placed his order at the drive through at Captain D’s Seafood restaurant in Hinesville accidentally struck the building this evening closing it temporarily. WJCL News.

Mighty Eighth Museum receives national honor

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum receives some big recognition on the national level. via Mighty Eighth Museum receives big national honor | WJCL News.

Authorities bust heroin traffickers in Statesboro

Authorities bust heroin traffickers in Statesboro

Tips led to a heroin trafficking bust on Saturday when Statesboro officials rounded-up two Atlanta residents attempting to offload a large amount of the drug at a local apartment. On Saturday, investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team conducted a narcotics investigation at Park Place Apartments in the 200 block of Lanier Drive in Statesboro […]

Waynesville farm one of several to be highlighted in ‘EAT GA’ tour

Waynesville farm one of several to be highlighted in ‘EAT GA’ tour

Several organizations will combine efforts in Savannah this month to highlight Georgia farmers and cuisine — including one farm in Waynesville.

Lakeland hosts youth fishing derby Saturday

The 14th Annual youth Fishing Derby, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Valdosta Bassmasters Club, and the City of Lakeland, will be held on Saturday, June 7 from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Children ages 3-15 are invited to join the festivities starting at Flatlanders Lake, located off Highway 221 in downtown Lakeland. Registration is […]

Four arrested for drug violations in Brantley County

Four arrested for drug violations in Brantley County

Warrick L. Sams (22) was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana less than Ounce/Driving While License Suspended/Failure to Maintain Lane.  Deputies observed Sams’ vehicle cross the fog line several times and initiated a traffic stop.  It was discovered that Sams’ license were suspended.  An inventory of the vehicle revealed a plastic bag containing a […]

Three cities get highway improvements from state

Crowded roads in Hinesville and Tifton will be widened and a busy interchange in Griffin rebuilt as components of more than $55 million in new transportation infrastructure improvements announced today by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Approximately $17.8 million will be spent to widen more than three miles of State Route 119 south of Fort […]

Tom Barton: State lawmakers need bug lessons

You work hard. You achieve. You live a better life. These are cherished American values. Except in Georgia. Here, if you’re an undocumented student and trying to get ahead, some state lawmakers act like you’re a bug to be squished — even if the federal government has given you permission to be in this country, […]

Clayton mom says church tossed son’s memorial in dumpster

Clayton mom says church tossed son’s memorial in dumpster

A local mother says her son’s memory was disrespected by a local church when his memorial was removed. ActionNewsJax.com.

Waynesville music fest set for June 7

The Southeast Georgia Music Festival will open to the public at 10am on Saturday, June 7 off Browntown Road in Waynesville for an all-day, family-friendly music festival. Musical genres include country, folk, Americana, blues, and more. There will be arts and crafts vendors, affordable festival food, bounce houses, a rock climb, even a car show […]

WJCL looks into criminal past of man accused of killing Toombs County teacher

Simon Dixon Mitchell was lead into a Toombs County courthouse Thursday, hours after police found teacher Robin Matthews stabbed to death. WJCL’s learned new details about the case Friday. While we don’t know how Mitchell got in Matthews’ car, police say he forced her to a remote location where she was found dead. Prosecutors say in addition […]

Gov Haley: Put an end to Myrtle Beach Bikefest

Gov Haley: Put an end to Myrtle Beach Bikefest

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley has called for an end to a Memorial Day motorcycle rally in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area after the shooting deaths of three people. WJCL News.

Jesup’s new treatment plant is in testing phase

Jesup’s new treatment plant is in testing phase

The third time is the charm, so the saying goes. And for Stan Efaw, head of the Jesup wastewater department, the third treatment plant in his 30 years of working for the city is about to come on line. The present plant has been operable for more than 20 years, but Efaw expects that before […]

Tempers flare at Savannah City Hall meeting

Fireworks at city council this week when Alderman Tom Bordeaux and Alderman Mary Osborne exchanged heated words.  WJCL News.

Brunswick agency says it has no money for assistance

The Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority of Brunswick says it’s unable to help low-income residents who receive high utility bills. Delvon Butler, community service division director for the authority, says there are no funds available for the cooling assistance portion of the Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program, which provides a maximum of $350 towards […]

Dalton Branch named Compton Scholar by College of Coastal Georgia

Dalton Branch named Compton Scholar by College of Coastal Georgia

Dalton Branch of Brantley County High School has been named one of seven Compton Scholars.

Budget without tax hikes is good news

Property owners in Glynn County are no doubt supportive and appreciative of the county’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year, and for good reason. It uses accrued, unspent revenue to balance projected expenditures, including capital improvements, for the 52 weeks that will follow July 1. via The Brunswick News

Museum funding still roils Macon-Bibb budget

Macon-Bibb County commissioners wrestled with a tight budget for nearly two hours Thursday, but they came to no conclusions about how to restore funding to several local museums and other programs. Macon.com.

Georgia AG: No weapons on campus, in schools

ATLANTA — Georgia gun owners can’t bring their weapons onto the grounds of public schools or public college campuses when two new laws take effect on July 1, Attorney General Sam Olens said Thursday. savannahnow.com.

Fake VA records part of a familiar pattern of abuse

The theme is gross misconduct by people in positions of responsibility, with sometimes devastating human consequences. The variation is that the victims are veterans of the United States Armed Services. (Again, it’s not a new variation.) Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

Traffic stop leads to drug seizure, arrest in Brunswick

Traffic stop leads to drug seizure, arrest in Brunswick

A vehicle was stopped Tuesday on the F.J. Torras Causeway by an officer with the Brunswick Police Department and K-9. During a “free-air” search, the K-9 reacted. A large quantity of marijuana, hashish and a small amount of cocaine were recovered from inside the vehicle. FCN

Brunswick man pleads guilty to manslaughter in April shooting, gets 15 years in prison

Brunswick man pleads guilty to manslaughter in April shooting, gets 15 years in prison

BRUNSWICK, GA. | A man who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a shotgun slaying that happened less than two months ago will spend 15 years in jail, officials said. jacksonville.com.

Port-a-potty damages restaurant drive-through canopy

The Brantley County Sheriff’s Office reported this week that a port-a-potty damaged a Nahunta restaurant drive-through canopy and a stolen ladder was found at a local pawn shop.

Charlton realtor released to mother’s home

Last week was a very good week for Pam Renshaw. The 1980 CCHS grad, real estate agent, and mother of three was released from the hospital after seven months and — on the very same day — welcomed her first grandchild into the world. Renshaw has had her ups and downs since being admitted to […]

Life, liberty, and … phobias?

Cordele — The Global Warming/climate change/climate disruption/I hate the weather fear-mongers need to adopt a better sales pitch if they’re ever going to get me on board their program. Cordele Dispatch

Vandalism cannot blot honor and respect for our fallen troops

We were not so much shocked as saddened by the level of disrespect that vandals showed Memorial Day weekend when they used spray paint to deface the downtown Veterans Park monuments to those who died in war. Albany Herald.

Lowndes County weighs first tax increase in 15 years

Lowndes County Commission weighed the likelihood of raising the millage rate Tuesday — the first such tax increase in 15 years. During the past few years, all of the Lowndes County government departments have slashed their expenditures as razor thin as possible to meet revenues. During the Tuesday morning meeting, county commissioners discussed the Fiscal […]

Woman stabbed, killed in Brunswick home

Woman stabbed, killed in Brunswick home

A 53-year-old woman was stabbed to death inside a Brunswick home Thursday morning. Officers with the Brunswick Police Department responded to a home in the 2400 block of Johnston Street after dispatch received a 911 call with an open line, according to the Brunswick Police Department. Dispatchers advised officers that they could hear a male […]

Suspect named in Lyons teacher death

Suspect named in Lyons teacher death

Vidalia, Ga. (WJCL) – Vidalia Police Chief Frank Waits announced today that his department has taken a man into custody who was on the scene of the incident at the time police arrived to last night’s stabbing homicide in the town. via Suspect named in Lyons teacher death | WJCL News.

America is in short supply of cyber experts

The Target data breach could have been a story pulled from a heist movie, with the thief coming in through the airducts. Reports indicate the multi-billion dollar hack took place after the network credentials of a heating and air conditioning subcontractor paid to remotely monitor the temperature at Target stores was exploited. This is a plausible explanation – and is worrisome even if proved wrong.

The breach was one of the largest U.S. cybercrimes to date. And it should be a wake-up call for consumers, businesses, and government leaders alike — when everything is connected, everything is vulnerable.

Audio recording casts doubt on Boggs’ abortion testimony

Audio recording casts doubt on Boggs’ abortion testimony

An audio recording of a 2001 Georgia house floor debate is casting further doubt on the testimony of Michael Boggs, a controversial anti-choice judicial nominee who faced some highly skeptical questions from U.S. Senators earlier this month on an anti-choice vote he made as a Georgia state legislator. via Audio Recording Casts Doubt on Judicial Nominee […]

Friendly Express updating convenience store network

Friendly Express updating convenience store network

Friendly Express has enlisted global brand agency CBX to update the design and branding of its 42-store network of convenience stores in southeast Georgia. CBX will update the chain’s logo and redesign the interiors and exteriors of the convenience stores, which range in size from 2,000 to 3,500 square feet. Friendly Express c-stores, which also […]

State looks to reopen Charlton hospital as ER

State looks to reopen Charlton hospital as ER

An ambulance races down an empty street in Folkston, population about 5,000. It bypasses Charlton Memorial Hospital, makes a sharp right turn and speeds to an emergency room 40 miles away. Why? Because Charlton Memorial Hospital has been closed since last August. Four of Georgia’s 65 rural hospitals have shut down over the past two […]

Glynn woman pulls off road to ask why police stopped friend, arrested after drug dog sniffs pot

Glynn woman pulls off road to ask why police stopped friend, arrested after drug dog sniffs pot

A woman who pulled off the road to see why a Brunswick police officer had stopped her friend was arrested herself after a drug-sniffing dog alerted on her car, police said. jacksonville.com.

Toombs first-grade teacher stabbed to death

WJCL has confirmed the stabbing death of a local teacher. Toombs County coroner Ronald Hall said that Robin Matthews died Wednesday night. Matthews was a first grade teacher at Lyons Primary School. via WJCL News.

Statesboro man, 17, charged with rape of pregnant 11-year-old

Statesboro man, 17, charged with rape of pregnant 11-year-old

STATESBORO, Ga. (WJCL) – Brandon Lamar Golden, 17, of Statesboro was arrested this week and charged with rape after an 11-year-old girl was reported pregnant at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. WJCL News.

Savannah authorities offering up to $15,000 for info on cold case

Savannah authorities offering up to $15,000 for info on cold case

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WJCL) – Around 4 a.m. on the morning of May 29, 2004, Captain Scott Corwin and his girlfriend were walking home through Monterey Square in downtown Savannah. The couple was approached by an unknown assailant and Captain Corwin was shot and killed during the incident. Corwin was a graduate of West Point and […]

Charlton prisoners to be sent to Brantley jail

Charlton County’s prisoners won’t be passing go and they will be going directly to jail —  in Brantley County. GEO Group, owner operators of D. Ray James Prison and the detention center there, notified the county earlier this month they are terminating their contract to house Charlton County inmates. Since then, Sheriff Dobie Conner has […]

Nature Conversancy adds 1,117 acres along Altamaha near Jesup

The Nature Conservancy said that they will add 1,117 acres to its protection near Jesup. The land is along the Altamaha River, and is known as the Morgan Lake tract. With the addition of the property, The Nature Conservancy and its public and private partners now protect more than 140,000 acres in the Altamaha River […]

Metro police seek public assistance in identifying gunman

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are requesting the public’s help in identifying the gunman who shot a homeless man during a reported robbery attempt May 5. Carl Whipple, 51, has been hospitalized in serious condition since the shooting on West 40th Street near Marten Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the Cuyler-Brownville neighborhood. Central Precinct officers patrolling a block […]

Jesup Train Depot receives statewide award

The Jesup Train Depot has been selected for an award for Excellence in Rehabilitation from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. via The Press-Sentinel

VA scandal hitting home in area

VA scandal hitting home in area

Though feedback requested by the Times-Union about patient experiences at North Florida VA clinics and hospitals has been overwhelmingly positive, the same cannot be said for South Georgia. jacksonville.com.

Concept Cars hit Savannah’s High Museum of Art

The Dream Cars exhibit is on display at the High Museum of Art. Seventeen concept cars are on display for your viewing pleasure until Sept. 7th. via Concept Cars hit High Museum of Art | WJCL News.

Savannah Mile closes streets in city over Memorial Day weekend

Savannah Mile closes streets in city over Memorial Day weekend

Several downtown streets will be closed to traffic at various times on Saturday as some 650 runners in various categories participate in a one-mile run to support first responders. WJCL News.

Primary results portend GOP wins in November

Two of Tuesday’s biggest vote-getters turned out to be two of Tuesday’s biggest losers. Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter won more than 200,000 votes apiece in their primary contests, making official what everyone knew all along: They’ll headline the state’s Democratic ticket this fall. But it was what happened on the Republican side that probably […]

Brunswick man wanted on kidnapping charges

Brunswick man wanted on kidnapping charges

Police in Glynn County are looking for a man who they say kidnapped a victim in March. According to the Glynn County Police Department, 19-year-old Charles Lamont Grant III is wanted on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery. ActionNewsJax.com.

State budget aids VSU, Wiregrass, SGMC

VALDOSTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget on April 28, 2014. This budget allocated funds for several projects for South Georgia’s District 8. Valdosta Daily Times.

Election not over for some candidates Glynn

For several candidates who participated in the general primary election Tuesday, the race for public office is not over. Locally, the county commission’s at-large 1 post is still up in the air. Incumbent Commissioner Clyde Taylor (42.6 percent) ended the primary Tuesday with a 74-vote lead over challenger Mark Stambaugh (41.69 percent). Neither was able […]

VA employee says clinic in Jax understaffed

A woman who works at the Veterans Administration clinic in Jacksonville is blowing the whistle on her employer. Shawn Lee, a patient services assistant, said the clinic off Jefferson Street is understaffed, with no enrollment clerks working to enter in new veterans’ information. Without them, veterans are experiencing delays and complications in their first interactions […]

Family of Nahunta truck driver killed in crash sues other driver

Family of Nahunta truck driver killed in crash sues other driver

A family is taking legal action five months after a horrific crash killed 37-year-old Jamin Middleton, a truck driver from Nahunta.

Buddy Carter, Bob Johnson in runoff for District 1 House seat

State Sen. E.L. “Buddy” Carter and retired Chatham County physician Robert E. “Bob” Johnson will meet July 22 in a runoff of Tuesday’s Republican Primary for the District 1 Congressional seat. After running out front much of the night, Carter finished with 36 percent of the votes while Johnson collected 21 percent. St. Simons Island […]

Murder suspect charged in 2007 Brunswick kidnapping

Murder suspect charged in 2007 Brunswick kidnapping

Vickers is currently incarcerated on an unrelated murder charge that occurred in February in Wayne County. A Midway man is facing multiple charges related to kidnapping and making terroristic threats. Robert Ray Vickers, 32, was arrested May 6 for an incident that took place in a Winn-Dixie parking lot in August 2007, according to a […]

Parents of woman killed on Wayne film set sue Allman, producers

Jeffrey Harris and Stephen Lowry of Harris Penn Lowry filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit Wednesday afternoon in Chatham County State Court on behalf of the parents of the camera assistant killed when a train crashed into a movie set in rural South Georgia. Richard and Elizabeth Jones, parents of Sarah Elizabeth Jones, sued […]

Bennett beats Bowen for Pierce chairman, all incumbents ousted

Election day was not kind to Pierce County  incumbents. Former county commissioner Neal Bennett defeated incumbent county chairman Mitch Bowen, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night. Bennett garnered 1,675 votes to Bowen’s 1,037, or roughly 62 percent of the vote. Former commissioner Mike Streat captured about 54.3 percent of the vote and will return to […]

Firefighters run across Georgia to benefit House of Heroes

Savannah Firefighters from IAFF Local 574 are part of a 260 mile Run Across Georgia relay to benefit the House of Heroes Charity. House for Heroes benefits retired first responders and it’s not too late for you to donate. WJCL News.

Baby murderer’s sister pleads guilty to throwing gun in pond

Baby murderer’s sister pleads guilty to throwing gun in pond

The sister of De’Marquise Elkins, who is serving 105 years in prison for killing a 13-month-old boy and other charges, pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping their mother throw the murder weapon in a pond. Sabrina Elkins, 20, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence before Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley. Kelley sentenced her mother, Karimah Elkins […]

Blackshear publisher lambasts two commissioners seeking re-election

With only a couple of days left, it appears about half as many residents will show up to cast ballots during early voting as did back in November, 2012 when the red-hot sheriff’s race led the local ticket. And that is sad. Few races stir the electorate like deciding who will wear our community’s top […]

Augusta mayoral candidate had multiple eviction notices

Even more financial baggage surfaced Wednesday on Augusta mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams. Richmond County Marshal’s Office records show that between June 2007 and January 2013 Blocker-Adams was served with eviction or dispossessory notices more than 40 times at two Augusta apartment complexes. The pro-business candidate, for whom former presidential candidate Herman Cain headlined a February […]

A panel of local industry professionals who met this week agreed patients can expect to find fewer physicians in their networks, pay higher deductibles and see greater demands on health care providers to cut costs as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Teacher injured during fight between students at Conyers Middle School

Food truck restaurant in Augusta to open brick-and-mortar location The Brown Bag food truck will open a business at the corner of 10th and Ellis streets in Augusta within the next two weeks. Source: Augusta Chronicle Rome business to be included in mill merger The new Grain Craft will include Milner Milling of Rome, which merged […]

Gubernatorial race: John Barge, David Pennington debate without Gov. Deal Gubernatorial candidates John Barge and David Pennington debated each other about education spending and Republican credentials Wednesday night. Source: Athens Banner-Herald U.S. Senate candidate chastised over tax comment Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue’s comments about boosting federal revenues drew fire Wednesday morning from Karen Handel, […]

A tragic price

A 19-year-old walks into a Waffle House at 1 a.m., draws a gun and commands patrons to the floor while his 29-year-old accomplice stands by menacingly. A 23-year-old diner sitting at the counter refuses to comply. He draws a legally concealed pistol and shoots the teen, killing him almost instantly while the accomplice flees. If […]

Four arrested for drug crimes in Brantley

Four arrested for drug crimes in Brantley

Gary Sumner (34), Graham Nolan(20) and Danna Brasiel (22) were arrested and charged with Possessio n of Schedule II Controlled Substance. Roxanna Little (19) was arrested and charged with 2 counts Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance and No Proof of Insurance. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle and discovered there was […]

Senator raises ethics issues over Boggs’ 2012 donation

Senator raises ethics issues over Boggs’ 2012 donation

Facing the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs said the Georgia law prevented him from discussing his views on abortion. But one senator suggested Boggs, seeking confirmation to a seat on the U.S. District Court, may have violated the state code of judicial conduct 10 years ago as a […]

Talent showcase coming to Waycross

Lions of Georgia Follow Your Dream Talent Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Waycross Middle School, 700 Central Avenue, Waycross. If you know some talented singers in solo, duet or band formation even, get the word to them to sign up. But the showcase is not just for musicians…dancers, magicians […]

Savvanah home invasion suspect is now in custody

A home invasion suspect is in custody. The Sheriffs Office says 19-year-old Antonial Kirkland of Guyton is facing multiple charges. He’s one of two armed and masked men accused of breaking into a home on Mockingbird Drive and stealing Money. It happened April 24, the family of three was home at the time of the […]

Metro family defends actions in Savannah melée

Metro family defends actions in Savannah melée

New developments have surfaced in the case of a metro Atlanta family who said they were attacked in Savannah. Police have released surveillance video that shows some of the chaos that took place Mother’s Day weekend. When Channel 2 Action News first published the story, it went viral and left some people questioning the Forsyth […]

Three sentenced in Rincon firearms burglary

James Seyfried, 55, from Palm Coast; Florida, Finlandia Pineda, 56, from Palm Coast, Florida; and Elaine Taylor, 61, from Alma, Georgia were sentenced yesterday to lengthy prison terms by Senior U. S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield in a case that involved the burglary of a Rincon, Georgia residence of numerous firearms and other […]

Georgia Workforce to offer veteran training in Savannah

Georgia Workforce Development, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today announced four new veteran training programs in Coastal Georgia, launched by Coastal Workforce Services. “With more than 80,000 Georgia veterans expected to return home from combat over the next four years, it is now our duty to make their transition as […]

Changes coming but the name remains Harveys

Harveys it was. Harveys it is, and Harveys it will be. It was Harveys before it closed for renovations this week. It is Harveys now that it’s closed for those changes. And it will be Harveys when it reopens Friday at 7 a.m. The name will stay the same, and those familiar green shirts with […]

Just peachy!

Just peachy!

This outfit is just right for spring and just the right price for the fashionista on a budget. The quilted lightweight deconstructed crop blazer is by Ongue Casuals and features a peach, beige and gold lame print on white. (XL) The matching George long-sleeved button up blouse is a classic (XL). The Napier good brooch […]

Teen drowns in Long days before graduation

Teen drowns in Long days before graduation

A 17-year-old Long County High School senior drowned Tuesday in a borrow pit on Louvanda Lane, off Joe Kennedy Road in Long County, according to Long County Emergency Management Agency Director Bob Hesley. Joserath Barahona Perez had been swimming with a friend just before 3 p.m. when he began to struggle. The friend tried to […]

Morehouse student killed in Homerville night club shooting

Clayton Rolland Cross, 22, was shot and killed inside a nightclub where he was the DJ, Saturday night. The GBI says he was not apparently targeted, and another man, Dominique Ellis, 23, was hit by a bullet fragment. He was not seriously hurt. Cross is from Homerville but was attending college in Atlanta, and was home […]

AUDIBLE BOOKS: The Kraken Project

AUDIBLE BOOKS: The Kraken Project

NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa […]

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55-year-old charged with DUI

55-year-old charged with DUI

Sandy L Dance (55) was arrested and charged with DUI/Failure to Maintain Lane. Deputies observed Dance’s vehicle swerve out of its lane of travel several times and initiated a traffic stop.  Upon speaking with Dance it was discovered that she had been drinking.  A breath test was administered and confirmed intoxication. Dance was transported to […]

Former soldier pleads in 2011 death of comrade in Camden

A former Fort Stewart soldier pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a fellow soldier 2 1/2 years ago on a Camden County road. Until he entered his plea, Jeffrey Cole Eicher, 25, had been indicted with Aaron James Paxton, 38, and Timothy Dale Pennington, 41, of Kingsland on charges of […]

School guard accused of sex with girl pleads guilty

School guard accused of sex with girl pleads guilty

Former Duval County school security guard Douglas Tilley pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges of child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Douglas Tilley, 25, was arrested and fired after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. According to the original arrest affidavit, Tilley developed a relationship with a […]

Family brutally attacked Mother’s Day weekend in Savannah

Family brutally attacked Mother’s Day weekend in Savannah

A metro Atlanta family was just enjoying their Mother’s Day weekend in Savannah when it was abruptly interrupted. Rob Gray and his brother-in-law said they were walking down River Street enjoying the sites with their families when they were confronted by a man. Then, a mob attacked them. “I took a punch to my eye […]

No endorsement —for now — in U.S. House race

No endorsement — for now — in U.S. House race “Southeast Georgia hasn’t had a new congressman in more than 20 years. The last time area residents picked a new U.S. House member for the 1st District was 1992, when Republican state lawmaker Jack Kingston defeated Democratic educator Barbara Christmas.” Source: Savannah Morning News Jimmy Carter: […]

Pinnacle Foods to be bought by Hillshire Brands

Hillshire Brands is pushing further outside the deli case with a deal to buy the maker of Birds Eye frozen vegetables, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry-Man frozen dinners.  Source: Augusta Chronicle Heavy Machines Inc. chooses Covington The company will locate its Atlanta headquarters at the old warehouse at 10110 Roberts Way in Covington. The company, […]

Johnson accuses Carter of mixing campaign funds to pay worker

Congressional hopeful Bob Johnson’s camp charged Monday that rival Buddy Carter used improper funds to pay Dave Simons for work on the federal campaign, an allegation Carter’s team denies. Source: Savannah Morning News Peter Grier: Does new poll show Democrats might keep control of Senate? “Might Democrats keep control of the Senate following this fall’s midterm […]