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Gainesville Symphony Orchestra to shut down

The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra is shutting down after more than 30 years of operation. Vanessa Hyatt, vice president of the symphony, says every effort was made to keep the symphony…

Brunswick commissioner could be removed from office

City Commissioner James Henry Brooks Sr. was freed on bail Friday morning after spending the night in jail on charges of obstructing an officer and interfering with a witness in…

Brunswick commissioner indicted on racketeering charges

Brunswick commissioner indicted on racketeering charges

Brunswick City Commissioner James Henry Brooks Sr. was indicted Thursday on racketeering and other charges in Camden County. The six-count indictment returned by a county grand jury says Brooks induced…

Brunswick Commissioner gets bail on charge of witness tampering in baby’s killing

City Commissioner James Henry Brooks Sr. was granted a $5,000 bail Friday morning after spending the night in jail on a charge of interfering with a witness in the shooting…

Toddler attacked, killed by pit bulls outside Ellabelle home

A toddler who slipped outside through a doggie door was mauled to death by her family’s seven dogs in the backyard while the attack went unnoticed by the child’s mother…

Gingrey to run for U.S. Senate in Georgia

Phil Gingrey of Georgia plans to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The six-term Republican and obstetrician will make the announcement at his alma mater of Georgia…

Police: Brunswick baby murder cover-up was a family affair

Six days and four arrests after the murder of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, Chief Matt Doering says his community still has concerns. He says they want to know, was Sherry West…

South Georgia jobless rate drops nearly 1 percent

The jobless rate in South Georgia declined nearly 1 percent in a month but is still above the state rate of 8.6 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor said. South…

Charlton Memorial: Condition critical

Charlton Memorial Hospital needs an infusion — of cash — and it needs it stat. That’s what hospital CEO H.D. Cannington told the Charlton County commissioners last week when that…

Military looks to expand Townsend bombing range

Military officials are seeking public comments on plans to expand and modernize a Georgia bombing range. Macon.com.…

A hard freeze gonna fall

A hard freeze gonna fall

The National Weather servie has issued a freeze warning for 4 to 9 a.m. Wednesday.…

Mother, aunt of accused baby killer De’Marquise Elkins arrested

Mother, aunt of accused baby killer De’Marquise Elkins arrested

The mother and aunt of accused child killer De’Marquise Kareem Elkins, 17, were arrested Tuesday morning on felony charges of making false statements to police, Glynn County Police Chief Matt…

House approves tougher stance on llegal immigration

Georgia’s House on Monday passed legislation that would expand the state’s 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration. By a vote of 111-58, the House approved Senate Bill 160. Among other things,…

Georgia Senate passes measure to move state line, claim Tennessee water

Georgia’s Senate passed a resolution by a vote of 48-2 Monday that would “correct” a portion of the state’s northern border in order to claim valuable water rights from the…

Commercial mug shot bill clears Georgia Senate

They’ve become popular viewing on the Internet, but pretty soon those online arrest mug shot websites could get some handcuffs of their own from Georgia’s state legislature. Monday evening, the…

Water water everywhere

Water water everywhere

Clinics in Long and Pierce help bottom line at Wayne hospital

The impact of Wayne Memorial Hospital is felt outside the county, and what many here don’t realize is that the reach of the local hospital is boosted by a physical…

Pooler kayaker dies at Daytona Beach

Authorities say a 33-year-old Georgia man has died after apparently suffering a medical emergency while kayaking in Daytona Beach. Ponce Inlet police say an autopsy will be performed Monday to…

Folkston woman killed in Saturday crash

A Folkston woman died and her four young passengers were all injured in the crash of an SUV Saturday night north of the city, the Georgia State Patrol said. Janie…

14-year-old charged in baby boy’s shooting death

A scared looking Dominique Lang, 14, appeared before Glynn County Magistrate Tim Barton Monday morning for an initial appearance on a murder charge in Thursday’s shooting death of a 13-month-old…

Southern Ionics will locate sand plant in Offerman

Southern Ionics Inc., a West Point, Miss.-based chemical producer, announced today its intent to construct and operate a mineral sand plant in Offerman.…

Florida DOT to close U.S. Highway 17 bridge for a year

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced that the Florida DOT will closing the St. Mary's River Bridge on U.S. Highway 17 at the Georgia-Florida state line on April…

Georgia Senate adds money for area satellite campuses

Supporters of higher education in southeast Georgia had much to cheer in the version of next year’s budget that the state Senate unanimously passed on Friday. Online Athens.…

Price may be high for beer and a movie in Brunswick

Coming soon to a theater near you, Bud Light. This could be happening right here in Brunswick, where the tallest structure in town is the steeple on First Baptist. Georgia…

Flood advisory updated

A Flood Advisory has been issued for Brantley from 10:18 AM Sunday until 11:15 AM Sunday.…

Soccer players suspended over drinking allegations

Authorities say 18 players on a high school soccer team in east Georgia have been suspended and removed from the team after they were accused of drinking alcohol while on…

Metro Atlanta dominatIon of legislature draws complaints

Legislators from Augusta, Savannah and other parts of Georgia grumbled privately last week that the General Assembly is beginning to feel like the Atlanta City Council because so many of…

Watch upgraded to warning

The National Weather Service has upgraded a severe thunderstorm watch to a warning from noon to 1 p.m. Also, the Weatherbug Total Lightning Lightning Network has issued a issued a…

Krystal moves ahead with headquarters move to Dunwoody

Officials say Krystal, the fast-food company founded in Chattanooga, Tenn., is moving ahead with the process of relocating its headquarters in suburban Atlanta. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/WWTwUf)…

Severe thunderstorm watch issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Brantley County until 5 p.m. today.…

Teens arrested in fatal shooting of Brunswick baby

As police announced the arrest of two young men in Thursday’s shooting death of her 13-month-old son, the mother said Friday she will go home to family in New Jersey…

FAA closes five Georgia airport towers

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced five Georgia airport traffic control towers are slated to close because of automatic spending cuts. Federal officials Friday released a list of 149 contract…

UGA student reports attack by mime

A University of Georgia student told police she was attacked by a woman who appeared dressed as a mime. Police said the attack on West Broad Street Wednesday was stopped…

Dara Bennett named new PCHS principal

Dara Bennett is the new principal at Pierce County High School. Bennett was selected as the new principal during at called meeting of the Pierce County Board of Education early…

Handel Inching closer to Senate run?

Republican Karen Handel, the former Georgia secretary of state, gubernatorial candidate, and vice president for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, is moving closer to running for the Senate next year…

Senate subcommittee votes to move three professions from secretary of Kemp’s oversight

A Senate subcommittee quickly approved legislation Wednesday that would move the licensing of dentists, hygienists and pharmacists from Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office to another state agency without giving…

Baby shot and killed in stroller, mother wounded on Brunswick street

Glynn Academy high school was put on lockdown Thursday morning following a shooting of a baby outside a nearby home. Brunswick police spokesman Todd Rhodes said the shooting occurred on…

Local resident discovers meth making kit

Local resident discovers meth making kit

Deputies and investigators of the Brantley County Sheriff's Office responded to the Waynesville Volunteer Fire Department on Tyson Road Wednesday in reference to a hazardous materials incident after an area…

Kingston moves towards Senate run

Kingston moves towards Senate run

Republican Rep. Jack Kingston is assembling a campaign team, including a pollster, in anticipation of a bid for the Georgia Senate seat that Saxby Chambliss is leaving open. Kingston, now…

Alma gets $6 million for wastewater system

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Executive Director Kevin Clark announced today the approval of a Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan of $6,000,000 to the City of Alma to…

House bill backs guns at colleges

Guns would not be allowed by default in bars and churches, though they could be carried on college campuses under a bill backed by House lawmakers. The legislation approved by…

Three arrested on multiple drug charges

Three arrested on multiple drug charges

The Brantley County Sheriff's Department has arrested three Hickox area residents on multiple drug-related charges after deputies went to 178 Johnson Circle to execute a federal arrest warrant.…

Report shows elevated arsenic in Thomas County wells

The Brantley Enterprise has received a copy of a letter sent to the director of the Southwest Health District by the director of the Department of Public Health reporting that…

Wayne teacher is Georgia Teacher of Year finalist

Wayne teacher is Georgia Teacher of Year finalist

Wayne County High School teacher Tanya Smith is one of 10 finalists for the Georgia Teacher of the Year, State School Superintendent John Barge announced this week. Smith was first…

Equalization fund: Some schools more equal than others

Gov. Nathan Deal won praise in January when he announced plans to plow an additional $40 million into struggling Georgia school districts that are having trouble raising enough money to…

Macon boy mauled by pit bull, critically injured

Macon boy mauled by pit bull, critically injured

Macon police say a 5-year-old boy has been mauled by a dog and is hospitalized in critical condition. Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says the boy was attacked by a pit…

McIntosh County bison ranch is open for tourists — and chefs

McIntosh County bison ranch is open for tourists — and chefs

By Terry Dickson DARIEN | Troy Bivens and Sherry DiSimone intended to run a ranch. But when your livestock is buffalo, your spread becomes an attraction. They decided to give…

County cancels hearing for airport abolishment

The Brant­ley County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers has cancelled a pub­lic hear­ing set for today at  3:00 p.m. to seek cit­i­zen input in abol­ish­ing the Brant­ley County Air­port Author­ity by local leg­is­la­tion…

5 Hunter soldiers killed in Black Hawk crash in Afghanistan

As a crew chief aboard Black Hawk helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgt. Marc Scialdo made his family so proud back home in Florida that his parents and…

Sheriff’s department makes marijuana arrest

Sheriff’s department makes marijuana arrest

Brantley County Sheriff Jack Whisenant displays three marijuana plants seized at the Waynesville residence of Brittany Candice Taylor and Kevin Coker late Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office searched the residence located…

Herons win Dublin tourney, Lady Herons 3rd

Herons win Dublin tourney, Lady Herons 3rd

The BCHS Herons tennis team recently traveled to Dublin to compete in the Middle Ga. Classic Tennis Invitational. The Herons girls first defeated Putnam County in a 5-0 sweep. The…

Darien blessing of fleet set for April 12-14

As spring starts arriving on the coast of Georgia, the little fishing village of historic Darien readies itself for the annual three-day Blessing of the Fleet Festival on the weekend…

Corrections official charged with smuggling contraband

Commissioner Avery D. Niles of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice announced today that Evans County Sheriff’s Deputies have made the agency’s first arrest of a juvenile corrections cadet under…

Nahunta post office

Nahunta post office

Fans flock to Elmo appearance

Fans flock to Elmo appearance

Fans flock to surround Elmo during a special kids’ event at Wings ‘R’ Us in Nahunta Thursday. Local photographer Kathy Ham Hendrix sponsored the appearance of the much loved Sesame…

Cause of accident remains unknown

Cause of accident remains unknown

A one vehicle accident left an area man with incapacitating injuries last week when his semi left the road east of Hoboken for unknown reasons. Reports from the state patrol…

No major injuries in Bacon ambulance crash

No major injuries in Bacon ambulance crash

Two emergency responders found themselves in need of assistance while in the line of duty last Saturday, March 9. Alma/Bacon County Paramedic Michael Douglas Todd and EMT Lieutenant James Bradley…

Folkston man found dead in Mary Street home

Folkston man found dead in Mary Street home

A Folkston man lost his life last week after bleeding to death from a stab wound. Frank “Dillie” Neely, 56,  of Mary Street, Folkston, was found in his home around…

Police seize gambling machines in Ray City raid

Several gambling machines were seized along with cash and various documents stemming from a reported gambling operation inside of a convenience store in this Berrien County town, according to the…

Senate OKs video poker, HOPE measure

The Georgia Senate doubled down on video poker machines Thursday, approving a measure under which more money could flow to the state’s strained HOPE scholarship program. House Bill 487 would…

Herons compete in tennis tourney

Herons compete in tennis tourney

The BCHS Herons tennis team recently traveled to Dublin to compete in the Middle GA Classic Tennis Invitational.  The Herons girls first defeated Putnam County in a 5-0 sweep.  The Lady…

County sets public hearing on Airport Authority abolishment

PUBLIC NOTICE The Brantley County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 18, 2013, 3:00 PM, in the County Commission Office. The purpose of this hearing…

Search on for new PCHS principal

Who will be the new principal at Pierce County High School? So far, only one local administrator has expressed an interest in the job. Current assistant principal Dara Bennett confirmed…

New Airport Authority member brings experience

New Airport Authority member brings experience

The Brantley County Airport Authority’s newest member is no stranger to the airport business, board members discovered when the regular attendee volunteered to fill an unexpired term at the group’s…

Smith named superintendent

Smith named superintendent

After months of deliberation, the Brantley County Board of Education made its final decision on a superintendent at Monday’s regular meeting – but the board was anything but unified on…

Ninth grader dies in bicycle accident

Ninth grader dies in bicycle accident

High school principal Bert Smith said Monday night that counselors would be available to students this week following the death of a ninth grade student early Monday morning.…

Arsenic concerns draw investigation

The Southeast Health District responded to fears of high arsenic levels in area water this month and said that the state health department should release results of water tests within…

Nahunta back alley

Nahunta back alley

New queens

New queens

Last years winner Tori Thornton Willis crowns the new Miss Brantley County High School Taylor Mertz at last week's pageant. Mertz also won the prettiest dress competition. Kaitlyn Shivar was…

Classic rock 38 Special band re-opens Wild Adventures this weekend

Classic rock 38 Special band re-opens Wild Adventures this weekend

The last time 38 Special played Valdosta, guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes said, “This band has actually outlasted a lot of our marriages. We have found tolerance.” As the classic rock band…

Georgia Senate plans to reduce or cut out income tax

Senate leaders say they have the mechanics for reducing the state income tax and possibly eliminate it completely. Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer, R-Duluth, is sponsoring two constitutional amendments…

House unveils amended Georgia budget plan

House lawmakers have unveiled an amended budget plan that would restore some proposed budget cuts. Lawmakers did not publicly release all the financialdocuments accompanying their budget proposal. The chairman of…

Area teen killed in Monday morning accident

A Monday morning accident took the life of an area teen earlier this morning after he was accidentally struck by a vehicle while on an east side Brantley highway. …

Waycross man gets prison for crash that killed friend

A Waycross man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a jury convicted him of drunken-driving and vehicular homicide in a 2010 crash that killed his friend. The…

Valdosta received help from EPD to keep EPA away

In October 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA Region 4 requested a long list of documents from the City of Valdosta regarding the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant and the…

Our new location

Our new location

Proposal to ignore national curriculum standards fails to see vote

When the gavel in the House of Representatives fell at 9 p.m. Thursday, it ended the prospects of hundreds of proposals as stand-alone bills that failed to make the General…

Pit bull dogs attack man, 70, in wheelchair

Police say two pit bull dogs attacked a 70-year-old man in a wheelchair in Macon, severely injuring him. Authorities say the attack happened shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, as the…

BCMS tennis sweeps Jeff Davis

BCMS tennis sweeps Jeff Davis

The Brantley County Middle School Tennis Team was in action again Tuesday as they took on Jeff Davis. For the Herons, Kyle Chapman set the tone with an 8-1 win…

Two charged in Moultrie murder

Two people are now charged in a Sunday night shooting in Moultrie that left a man dead and injured three others. 23-year-old Derek Rushing and 24-year-old Antonio Williams are charged…

Smith to be named superintendent

Smith to be named superintendent

Anthony Smith, long-time principal at Pierce County High School, has tendered his resignation. Smith is expected to be named superintendent of Brantley County Schools Monday. The school board accepted his…

Ware County man on trial for vehicular homicide and leaving accident scene

A Ware County man went on trial Thursday for vehicular homicide, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident where his friend lay dead. Matthew Taylor Roberson, 19, of Waycross,…

Lake Lindsey Grace bass size limits meeting set for Jesup

Local anglers and other interested parties are invited to attend an upcoming public meeting hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division to discuss proposed changes to…

BCMS tennis teams sweep Appling

BCMS tennis teams sweep Appling

The Brantley County Middle School Lady Herons tennis team was at it again when it defeated the Lady Rams of Appling 5-0 last week. Leading the way was Brantley’s Caitlyn…

Bill easing HOPE grant standard clears Georgia House

The Georgia House of Representatives essentially admitted Thursday that cost-cutting reforms to the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarships program two years ago went too far. The House overwhelmingly approved legislation restoring the…

Coming soon: Jobs in Charlton

For  quite a while now, things have been kind of sleepy at the Okefenokee Industrial Park — but  that’s about to change. The City of Folkston and Charlton County Development…

Swamptown Getdown opens Friday in Waycross

Uncle Dave Griffin, songwriter and piney woods impressario, is bringing what he describes as an eclectic mix of bands to his third annual Swamptown Getdown in Waycross, Ga. Country, bluegrass,…

Talking with the angels

Talking with the angels

Former Brantley County resident John Jones thanked about 64 people who attended for allowing him to come home again for a little while to dedicate a painting by his daughter…

Nahunta will apply for CDBG grant for roads

Nahunta will apply for CDBG grant for roads

The city of Nahunta came one step closer to its road paving goals…

BOE presents bus camera plan to county

Residents in Brantley may soon need to keep an even more careful eye out for stopped school busses since a proposed inter-governmental agreement could allow the buses to keep a…

County auctions mobile homes for back taxes

County auctions mobile homes for back taxes

Brantley County Tax Commissioner Pat Tompkins and Chief Tax Appraiser Corey Lamb auction off 27 mobile homes on the courthouse steps Tuesday for non-payment of taxes…

Residents report snow flurries; nothing sticks

It didn't stick on the ground this weekend, but a brief mid-day snow did manage to stick in the minds of several Brantley County residents…

Vapors

Vapors

17 spent cold nights in Okefenokee

March 1 is typically when business heats up in the Okefenokee Swamp as the National Refuge goes to its summer hours. But the first weekend of March was anything but…

Firefighters group banned from St. Pat’s Day parade

Organizers of Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade say they’ve banned a firefighters’ group from participating. Parade Committee General Chairman Brendan Sheehan says the group – Our Nation’s Firefighters – was…

Satilla to crest today at 18 feet

Satilla to crest today at 18 feet

The Satilla River continued to rise over the weekend to about 17 feet — 4 feet over flood stage — Monday morning but was expected to crest at 18.1 Monday…

Pembroke man sentenced to 20 years for kidnappings

Gary Lenion McDonald, 36, of Pembroke was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield for his role in two separate kidnappings…

Vietnamese man pleads guilty to Hazlehurst firebombing

Leon Buu Dam, 48, a naturalized American citizen from South Vietnam, pleaded guilty before Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood on last week to two charges relating to the firebombing…

Broxton man gets 15 years for assault rifle possession

Alex M. Bennett, 32, of Broxton was sentenced last week by Chief United States District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 15 years in prison for possessing an assault rifle as…

Support builds for Ligon’s bill to reject national education standards

Support builds for Ligon’s bill to reject national education standards

A coalition of state and national conservative groups is backing legislation that would withdraw Georgia from national school standards adopted last year, arguing they are too costly and not rigorous…

Some books at Brunswick library sale bring a big price

The auditorium is loaded with boxes of used books at bargain prices, but Troup Nightingale painstakingly put some in a premium room where the prices go from $2 to $1,500.…

Freeze warning issued for Brantley

A freeze warning has been issued for Brantley County for 3 to 8 a.m. Sunday by the National Weather Service. A freeze warning also is in effect from late Sunday…

Six horses test positive for EHV-1

Since this original report, five additional horses that are linked to the HITS Show in Ocala and one horse that has not been linked have tested positive for the EHV-1…