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Deibert to lead combined colleges

Deibert to lead combined colleges

The state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has approved Commissioner Ron Jackson’s recommendation of Dr. Glenn Deibert to be president of the new consolidated college

Savannah police seek suspect in teens’ murderer

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 21-year-old man they have charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shootings of three teenagers Tuesday night. The Coastal Source.

Study says living in cities is safer than suburbs

Study says living in cities is safer than suburbs

The study published by Annals of Emergency Medicine says that larger cities are actually safer to live in than rural areas. Source: WALB-TV Atlanta Falcons say proposed South stadium site is ‘not feasible’ The south site is currently occupied by two churches along Martin Luther King Drive and had been considered ideal; however, the deadline for […]

Elberton Star files open records request to hospital authority board

At issue is information related to the board’s selection of a new board member last week. Source: Elberton Star Three Georgia hospitals launch veterans health partnership The Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center launched a partnership called the Georgia Federal Healthcare […]

Police chief of Nelson warns of black bears

There are reports of missing cats and kittens around towns. Source: Cherokee Tribune Newborn Zoo Atlanta giant panda babies gaining weight rapidly It’s another encouraging sign for their development. Source: WXIA-TV Former EPD worker says UGA should track pollution and test workers for lead The ground around a nearly 50-year-old UGA steam boiler that burns coal should […]

Hall County and Gainesville school systems keep eye on class sizes

Both Hall County and Gainesville school systems have had increases, though Gainesville has not increased class size since 2010. Source: Gainesville Times  One World Academy in south Forsyth County folds, leaving parents in a bind The eight families are trying to recover tuition paid in advance from a now defunct foreign language immersion school. Source: Forsyth News […]

Maria Saporta: We must invest in all transportation modes to compete

  “At the September 2011 meeting of the Georgia Research Alliance, Gov. Nathan Deal told the prestigious group of business leaders and university presidents that he had just returned from the Southern Governors’ Association annual meeting where the focus was on innovation. At SGA, Deal questioned why Silicon Valley and Boston were attracting research, development, […]

Tom Baxter: Georgia for Dean vets celebrate the dawn of digital politics

“They still remember that brief and glorious moment when everything clicked. The campaign they worked on didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to in the end, but a decade later, they can say they were there at the dawn of a new political era.” Source: SaportaReport.com Charlie Harper: Nunn, the GOP and the middle […]

Lawyer: No gunshot residue on baby murder suspect

Lawyer: No gunshot residue on baby murder suspect

The lawyer for one of the two teens charged in the shooting death of a south Georgia toddler says investigators found no gunshot residue on his client. via News – Home.

Grandmother of teen charged in Brunswick baby’s shooting death says he’s innocent

Grandmother of teen charged in Brunswick baby’s shooting death says he’s innocent

The grandmother of the teenage boy accused of the brutal murder of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago says she just hopes her grandson gets a fair trial.   theGrio.

Radio glitch causes lockdown at Brunswick federal courthouse

JACKSONVILLE — A radio glitch is to blame for a lockdown at the Federal Courthouse in Brunswick after members of the U.S. Marshals Service thought there may be an active shooter there. Action News has learned members of the U.S. Marshals Service in Jacksonville actually responded to an active shooter training in Brunswick. ActionNewsJax.com.

Blackshear mayor won’t run again

Eight years is apparently enough for Blackshear Mayor Tom Davis. The 73-year-old semi-retired physician says he will likely pass on a third term. Voters will choose a successor in November. via The Blackshear Times

Arrest made in Brunswick barber shop attack

Arrest made in Brunswick barber shop attack

Police have arrested one suspect in connection with an attack at a church-run barbershop in southeast Georgia. ActionNewsJax.com.

Crisp Regional Hospital designated a Level 4 trauma hospital

It’s one of only five trauma centers in South Georgia. Source: Cordele Dispatch  Grady Hospital gets top designation for stroke care Source: WABE.org Clinch County woman is state’s first victim of Eastern Equine Encephalitis The woman tested positive for the rare mosquito-borne disease and is recuperating at home, the health district said in a release. Source: Georgia Times-Union

Columbia County: About 5,000 fish die in Betty’s Branch tributary of Savannah River

Low oxygen in the water is to blame.Source: Augusta Chronicle

Cartersville City Schools to begin parent education courses

The program will focus on four categories: Parents as Advocates, Parents as Teachers, Parents as Learners and Parents as Leaders. Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News  UGA’s chemistry department plagued by aberrant practices According to documents obtained by The Red & Black, a question of nepotism and an improper following of UGA policies was revealed within the […]

Hotels add libraries as amenity to keep guests inside

The Indigo Atlanta-Midtown hotel, for example, has a separate space in the lobby it calls the Library, with books, newspapers and coffee. Source: New York Times  Shaw Industries hiring yarn extrusion operators Source: CatWalkChatt.com Georgia Ports Authority sets record for total tonnage The Georgia Ports Authority marked record volumes for fiscal year 2013 in total tonnage, bulk […]

Stuart Rothenberg: Georgia Senate: Maybe, potentially, possibly….but not yet

“The recent entry of Michelle Nunn into the Georgia Senate race is good news for national and state Democrats who hope to swipe a normally Republican Senate seat in the Deep South.” Source: RollCall.com  Hastings Wyman: At-risk Democrats out-raising GOPers “For the second quarter in a row, Southern Democratic US House members elected with 55% or […]

19 arrested by FBI in child sex exploitation probe

11 of the arrested were from the Augusta area. Source: Augusta Chronicle Fort Gordon to expand All U.S. cyberspace training will be focused at a new center of excellence at Fort Gordon. Source: Augusta Chronicle Stockbridge soldier killed in Afghanistan Sgt. Eric Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge was killed by an IED along with Spc. Caryn Nouv. Source: Athens […]

Brasiel charged with five counts of murder in deaths of Bobby Lee Jenks and Amber Whited

Brasiel charged with five counts of murder in deaths of Bobby Lee Jenks and Amber Whited

BRUNSWICK | Raymond Michael Brasiel has been indicted on five counts of murder, five counts of aggravated assault and other crimes in the deaths of Amber Whited July 16 and Bobby Lee Jenks three days later. jacksonville.com.

Flood advisory issued

A flood advisory has been issued for Brantley County until 7:30 p.m. by the National Weather Service.

Robert Wilson, 55

Robert “Bobby” Lynwood Wilson, 55, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness Friday.

Jesup man sentenced to 110 years for creating kiddie porn

Stephen A. Keating, 53, of Jesup was sentenced yesterday by Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 110 years in prison for his sexual exploitation of minors through the production and distribution of numerous images of child pornography.

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Coroners rule bizarre death of Georgia commissioner a suicide, raising more questions

Coroners rule bizarre death of Georgia commissioner a suicide, raising more questions

Tom Sublett, the quiet, well-respected county commissioner in the small Georgia town of St. Simons Island, Ga. who was found dead in December in a local marina with a bullet in his brain and his hands bound, committed suicide, coroners have ruled. Authorities recovered the body of the respected 52-year-old Glynn County commissioner floating in […]

Man found shot beside the road Monday life-flighted for treatment

A man shot several times on a Glynn County road Monday night was life-flighted to another hospital for further treatment, Glynn County Police Capt. Marissa Tindale said.  jacksonville.com.

Passenger charged with multiple offenses after high-speed chase

Passenger charged with multiple offenses after high-speed chase

Charles Riley “Chuck” Thrift, 33, a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested and charged with drug and weapons violations.

Fort Gordon would be center of military cyber efforts

Military officials say they’re moving forward with a plan that will consolidate U.S. cyberspace training into a new center of excellence at Fort Gordon in east Georgia. The Augusta Chronicle reports that the Army’s chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, has approved the plan, which officials describe as one of the most significant reorganizations in […]

Wade Lee, 63

Wade Lee, 63

James Wade Lee, 63, of Hoboken died Sunday morning at Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Waycross after a short illness.

Officers search for bank robbery suspect near Glynn Place Mall

Officers search for bank robbery suspect near Glynn Place Mall

Glynn County police and other officers were searching the area around Glynn Place Mall Monday afternoon for a suspect in the 2:20 p.m. robbery of The Heritage Bank. jacksonville.com.

Threat of strike hurt business at Georgia port last year, officials say

Cargo traffic at Savannah’s busy seaport fell just shy of a milestone 3 million containers for a third straight year, according to performance numbers released Monday by port officials, who blamed the shortfall on a threatened strike by East Coast dockworkers last fall. jacksonville.com.

Clinch County woman first victim of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in state

A 70-year-old Clinch County woman who was hospitalized in June is Georgia’s first and the nation’s third reported victim of Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year, the Southeast Health District reported. jacksonville.com.

Metro Brunswick unemployment rate rises to 10.3 percent in June

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Brunswick’s unemployment rate increased to 10.3 percent in June, up seven-tenths of a percentage point from 9.6 percent in May. The rate was 10.2 percent in June a year ago. The rate increased primarily because of two seasonal factors: large numbers of education workers […]

South Georgia coastline an aerospace supplier hot spot

SAVANNAH, GA. | The south Georgia coastline has become as popular with aircraft manufacturers as sunbathers and retirees. jacksonville.com.

South Georgia jobless rate up to 10.5 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced last week that the unemployment rate in the Southern Georgia region increased to 10.5 percent in June, up nine-tenths of a percentage point, from 9.6 percent in May.

Ronald Day, 55

WAYNESVILLE — Ronald Scott Day, 55, of Waynesville died suddenly Saturday at his residence after a brief illness.

Linda Durden, 50

OFFERMAN — Linda Sue Godfrey Hawkins Durden, 50, of Offerman died Saturday at her sister’s residence after an extended illness.

Fort Stewart commander nominated to assist Hagel

The Army’s top general at Fort Stewart has been nominated for a promotion to senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The Defense Department announced Friday that Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams has been chosen for the Washington position by President Barack Obama. With the promotion, Abrams would rise to the rank of lieutenant general […]

Ludowici terrorist pleads guilty to murder

The leader of the “Forever Enduring, Always Ready” (FEAR) militia group pleaded guilty July 19 in Long County Superior Court to two counts of malice murder in the deaths of Michael Roark, 19, and his girlfriend Tiffany York, 17. Isacc Aguigui also pleaded  guilty to two counts of violation of the street gang terrorism and […]

Wheat production up, and so are exports in Brunswick port

Georgia Ports Authority officials say a strong wheat crop has led to an increase in exports from the Port of Brunswick. Ports officials say the first export vessel of the season departed Thursday and between 90,000 and 100,000 tons of wheat moved through the Colonel’s Island Terminal. Georgia Ports Executive Director Curtis Foltz says increased […]

Valdosta transfers liability on 17 acres of buried garbage

The 17-acre tract was bought to offload management of groundwater and methane from a neighboring 74-acre parcel. Source: Valdosta Daily Times  Carrollton GreenBelt construction underway Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian  Filming concludes in Douglasville for major motion picture “Kill the Messenger,” starring Jeremy Renner, is filming around Atlanta this month and will finish production in August, with an expected […]

State’s Medicaid redesigns healthcare for foster children

State officials hope changes they’re initiating will bring wellness and health for 27,000 children in foster care, adoption assistance and select youth in the juvenile justice system in the upcoming New Year. The Department of Community Health has chosen a single, care-management organization for the children’s health care coverage. Source: Southern Political Report HPV vaccination rates […]

State DNR offers boaters free fishing on birthday

Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish free on their birthday – and for two days afterward – as part of their boat registration fee, according to a law change that went into effect July 1. Source: Augusta Chronicle UGA ecologists find connections betwen wetland cover and hemorrhagic disease in deer […]

Adairsville Middle School unveils e-book program

This is the first school in Bartow County to give all students laptops they can take home with them. Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News Former president of Columbus College dies at 84 Francis John Brooke III was president of the school from 1980-87. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Georgia Gwinnett College’s nursing program gets approval Source: Gwinnett Daily Post  

Cabela’s to open store in Augusta

Cabela’s Inc. said Thursday that it will construct a 42,000-square-foot store near Costco at the Village at Riverwatch commercial development. Source: Augusta Chronicle • Cabela’s to open first Georgia stores Two stores are planned — one in Acworth and another in Augusta. Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle  Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Columbus to hire 95 peopleNo […]

Peake firm on decision to switch to nonpartisan elections

State Rep. Allen Peake said Thursday he knew there would be criticism from the community when he and other members of Bibb County’s legislative delegation changed partisan elections to nonpartisan for the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government. Source: Macon Telegraph Alabama senator says Cobb County taking more water than its share from Lake Allatoona Sen. Jeff […]

Ware County commissioners OK $20.9 million budget

The Ware County board of commissioners Monday approved a $20.9 million 2014 general fund budget that reflects a decrease of $316,575 from the 2013 budget. Following a public hearing at 1:30 p.m., the commission convened a called meeting at 3 p.m. and unanimously approved the budget. Ware County’s financial consultant Harrison Tillman analyzed the revenues […]

Blackshear man charged with bilking RR retirement board

A Blackshear man was arrested Tuesday on felony theft by deception charges after it was determined he bilked the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board of more than $20,000 in unemployment benefits more than three years ago. Roderick Lamar Merday, 45, of Pomeroy Street in Blackshear, was taken into custody Tuesday on the charges, and was being held in the Ware County jail. […]

North Korea displays captured U.S. ship on which Waycrossan served

Wayne Anderson, a young seaman from Waycross, was among the crew of the USS Pueblo, a spy ship seized off North Korea’s east coast in the late 1960s, who spent 11 months in captivity as a prisoner of war. Now the ship has been placed on display as North Korea’s greatest cold war prize. Many […]

Deal names property appraiser to replace Brunswick commissioner

Deal names property appraiser to replace Brunswick commissioner

RUNSWICK | Emmitt Nolan will be sworn into the City Commission and begin campaigning for his next term almost simultaneously.

Former Superior Court Judge Brooks E. Blitch III reinstated to bar

The Georgia Supreme Court has vacated its Feb. 28, 2011, decision to disbar former Clinch County Superior Court Judge Brooks E. Blitch III. jacksonville.com.

Sharon Ferguson, 62

Brunswick — Sharon L. Ferguson, 62, of Brunswick passed away today at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick following a sudden illness. Born in Brunswick, her parents were Gordon Keith and Louise Higginbotham Ferguson. Memorialization will be by cremation. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Deal appoints Collins to DA post

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Assistant District Attorney Bradley Collins as the new Waycross Judicial Circuit district attorney, but it may be a while before he can take office. Collins suffered severe burns in a July 2 cooking accident and has already undergone six skin grafts at the Augusta Burn Center and may be released […]

Johnson speaks out in Blackshear visit

Dr. Bob Johnson is forthright about his lack of prior political office. It’s that perspective away from Washington, D.C., however, along with his own experience from 26 years in the Army and his conservative beliefs that he says make him the right choice to confront misguided leadership in the nation’s capital. The Savannah physician and […]

Residents asking for space in aftermath of murder

As area residents continue to try and cope with the slaying of their neighbor less than a week ago, some are saying that the influx of curious onlookers is making it that much more difficult to handle. A resident of the area who asked not to be named said that recent media coverage of the […]

HIV/AIDS patients may forego planned Athens health network

AIDS Athens, which gets about 45 new clients each month, currently offers clients the chance to see a visiting doctor for free once a month. They can also receive free specialty care treatment at the facility, based on referrals from AIDS Athens, if they qualify. Source: Athens Banner-Herald CDC reports on stomach bug affecting six states […]

UGA economic development office director named

Sean McMillan has been named director of economic development for the Atlanta office of UGA. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Clarke County schools opt out of free school lunch program Clarke County administrators are holding off for now because of strings attached to the program through the federal Title I program, said Superintendent Philip Lanoue. Source: Athens Banner-Herald UGA […]

Bass Pro Shops plans new Augusta store

Company officials announced Wednesday that it will build a 50,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outpost on Mason McKnight Jr. Parkway near the intersection of Interstate 20 and Flowing Wells Road. Source: Augusta Chronicle Construction to begin soon on movie studio in Effingham County The Mediant Studios Inc. project is underway. Source: WTOC-TV Georgia is a leader in start-up […]

Barrow gets support to prevent further furloughs

Barrow gained the support he needed Wednesday to try to keep Fort Gordon’s civilian workforce from facing a furlough during fiscal year 2014 that would cut employee pay by 5 percent starting in October. Source: Augusta Chronicle David Perdue announces run for GOP Senate seat David Perdue is the cousin and business partner of former Gov. […]

Postal service considers change to mail delivery

Curbside delivery, which includes deliveries to mailboxes at the end of driveways, and cluster box delivery would replace front-door boxes. Source: Augusta Chronicle U.S. 27 in Randolph County to be widened It’s the first fully funded Transportation Investment Act project using TSPLOST monies and the four-lane divided highway will be completed by the end of 2016. […]

102-year old woman still active in Quitman

Kay Roberts spends almost every day helping out at the First Baptist Church in Quitman. Source: Valdosta Daily Times  Carrollton to host “Champagne Jam” Saturday The Atlanta Rhythm Section will perform Saturday night at The Amp as part of the free concert series. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian  Douglas County to raise property taxes by 23.74% The millage rate […]

Nurse practitioners fill in healthcare gap

Nurse practitioners fill in healthcare gap Nurse practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice registered nurses who have earned a postgraduate nursing degree that prepares them to practice at a more advanced level than a RN. Source: Athens Banner-Herald CDC says Georgia among states with stomach bug issues The Centers for Disease Control says the cyclospora infection causing […]

Coyotes in Cobb County

The DNR does not provide trapping services, though if the animal wanders onto private property, there is no law against trapping or shooting it if local ordinances allow for the firing of weapons. Source: Marietta Daily Journal  

Mixed reaction to Georgia’s withdrawal from Common Core test

Carroll County Schools Superintendent Scott Cowart said it’s too early to call the state’s withdrawal a benefit or a detriment, but said consistency is the long-term goal. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian New program guides Georgia Regents students to medical school Source: Augusta Chronicle Muscogee County’s Kendrick High School earns national honor for improved academic performance Kendrick is one […]

Rockwood Pigments underway near Augusta airport

The plant will make synthetic pigments used in construction, coatings, concrete and plastics. The facility, which will hire 80 to 100 employees, is the first of its kind built in the country in the past 35 years. Source: Augusta Chronicle TSYS reports $57.7 million second-quarter profit However, earnings per share are down 13 percent. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer […]

Camilla native nominated to be #2 official at USDA

Krysta Harden has gained endorsements from Georgia both Democratic and Republican congressmen. Source: Albany Herald Michelle Nunn now running for seat of retiring Saxby Chambliss Source: Savannah Morning News • Michelle Nunn to focus on education and reducing national debt Nunn wants the federal government to boost education, but to also partner with private business and charities. Source: Athens […]

SGSC names interim VP

South Georgia State College has announced that Dr. Patricia (Pat) Brown of Sylva, N.C., has been named Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. She will temporarily fill the position vacated by Dr. Carl McDonald, who retired at the end of spring semester after 19 years at the former South Georgia College, now South Georgia State […]

SGSC announces new fall fee payment deadline

  Students who have registered for fall semester at South Georgia State College are reminded that the fee payment deadline has been extended to Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. Bills will be sent to students’ Self-Service Banner account and may be made online through Touchnet. The Touchnet link can be accessed at South […]

Wayne hospital auxiliary holds annual banquet

The Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held their Annual Awards Banquet at Unity Church of God. Approximately 100 volunteers, guest and hospital officials were in attendance. Unity hosted the event, providing the meal, servers and décor for hospital volunteers and their guests. After hearing guest speaker Mr. William “Dink” NeSmith, Chairman of the Board of Regents […]

Saturday Night Fever leads GIAHA summer movies

Break out the polyester and polish your disco dance moves! Golden Isles Arts & Humanities presents the dance movie that defined a generation, Saturday Night Fever (1977), for the fourth show of the annual Summer Classic Movies series at the Historic Ritz Theatre in Downtown Brunswick.  The movie screens at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August […]

Brunswick community raising money for Amber Whiteds funeral

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A Georgia community is mourning the loss of a young mother, and theyre banding together to help her family. ActionNewsJax.com.

Bacon preparing for ‘the next big thing’ — pomegranates?

Look out, blueberries! Pomegranates could very well be Bacon County’s next big crop.

1,100 signatures don’t convince Charlton to save hospital

1,100 signatures don’t convince Charlton to save hospital

The Citizens to Save Charlton Memorial will regroup this week after the county commission took no action on their request to give financial assistance to the ailing hospital. via Charlton County Herald  

TRRLS hands over funds to court

In an ongoing dispute between the Three Rivers Regional Library System and two Glynn County libraries that recently quit the organization, the TRRLS has agreed to hand over $546,000 in funds to the court system until a forensic audit of the library funds can be completed. TRRLS claims it should be reimbursed from the funds […]

Jones to Glynn BOE: Go back to drawing board

The Board of Education meeting room held a capacity crowd for the second of the three public hearings scheduled on the 2013-2014 school system millage rate increase. Public speakers were cordial but frank with their opinions and ideas about how to fix the 2013-14 budget, which has been adopted and shows a deficit of $6.8 […]

Brunswick eyes ordinance for filling vacancies

The Brunswick City Commission continues to refine a draft ordinance that outlines a procedure for filling commission vacancies. The new ordinance defines how the commission will select a mayor or commissioner if the office becomes temporarily vacant. The City Charter only addresses a permanent vacancy. The proposed new ordinance states that the unexpired term shall […]

Proposed arena: Council must be transparent

Proposed arena: Council must be transparent “Let’s hope the city of Savannah does a better job with an upcoming study of proposed sites for a new arena than it did on the study for a proposed cruise ship terminal. Otherwise, City Council could be asking for trouble.” Source: Savannah Morning News Cartoon: Mark Streeter: -30- Source: Savannah […]

Health care for uninsured in Athens: Innovations to reduce costs

A local coalition of health care providers called the Athens Health Network is seeking relief by looking to a program in Reno, Nevada. Source: Athens Banner-Herald • Steering patients away from needless emergency room visits Source: Athens Banner-Herald Harbin Clinical Cardiology Center gets IAC Echocardiography accreditation Source: Rome News-Tribune Life expectancy rates lower in Southern states Southern states tend to […]

Sharp rise in snakebites in Georgia

The Georgia Poison Center has had over 200 calls about snake bites since January. Source: WSB-TV Red snapper season to open in August The red snapper season has not been open since 2010 due to overfishing; it will be open for recreational fishing from midnight August 23 to August 26. Source: Georgia Times-Union Last-of-its-kind tree frog lives […]

Augusta’s Teleperformance to add 130 jobs to customer service center

Teleperformance is an international customer service contractor. Source: Augusta Chronicle Synovus to sell $130 million in preferred stock The funds raised will repay the U.S. Treasury under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Carmike Cinemas posts $6.7 million in profits The stock market reacted unfavorably, as Wall Street analysts expected earnings of 41 cents […]

Michelle Nunn enters U.S. Senate race

Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia and CEO of one of the nation’s largest volunteer organizations, has announced her intent to run for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Earlier primary planned for Georgia Longer runoffs will also take place — from four weeks to […]

Total of six West Nile cases found In Valdosta area

Total of six West Nile cases found In Valdosta area

VALDOSTA — The recent rain may have led to two new cases of the West Nile virus being reported Monday in the Valdosta area. There have been a total of six positive cases in Lowdes County this year. WCTV

Severe weather alert

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Brantley until 3:30 p.m.

Large mosquito population expected in Georgia

Large mosquito population expected in Georgia

Elmer Gray, an entomologist with the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Service, says the nuisance mosquitoes are expected to be particularly bad in coming weeks. Home.

Corson charged with possession of synthetic marijuana

Corson charged with possession of synthetic marijuana

Justin Evan Corson,18, was arrested and charged July 17 with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs, weaving over the roadway and headlight requirements violation after deputies conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 84 near Satilla Street. The vehicle Corson was driving had one working headlight and he was […]

Tybee sewage: The straight flush

Sometimes, starting from scratch is the best and only option. In the case of Tybee Island’s antiquated sewer lines, city officials rightly agree. Island residents should, too. Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday Cartoon: Mark Streeter: Mo$$ Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday • Mark Streeter — Nuptials Source: Savannah Morning News/Sunday  • Rick McKee: Proud parent of a suicide bomber Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday  • Mike […]

Columbus Regional to delay capital campaign

A lawsuit has been filed against the John B. Amos Cancer Center alleging billing fraud. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Sunday Athens group considers adopting Nevada program to offer health care to uninsured The typical participant in the Nevada program is a working adult who earns too much for Medicaid eligibility. Members pay about $40 monthly for membership in […]

Lightning damages Pickens County airport runway

The lightning damage covered a 12-feet-long area and was near the edge of the runway, so planes were still able to land and takeoff on Thursday. Source: Pickens County Progress Sugar Hill funds mosquito spraying Each year, the city of Sugar Hill sprays environmentally safe, EPA-registered insecticides to control and reduce the mosquito population within the […]

Richmond County schools prep for new accountability measure

Superintendent Frank Roberson’s cabinet has developed a plan to better monitor student achievement data and work with principals on a consistent leadership protocol for their schools. Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday Split between public and private schools in Marion County causes issues  Public and private schools continue to play each other in the regular season. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Saturday Muscogee […]

Free I.T. Athens and Economic Justice Center to lose workspaces

The groups had been leasing property and, when they tried to renew the lease, could not find the landlord and found out later that the property was seized by a bank, which doesn’t want to re-lease it. Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday Athens Chamber of Commerce delivers on 2013 promises A look at goals set by the chamber […]

Augusta Commission members love to travel at taxpayers’ expense

“Augusta Commission members’ love of learning is exceeded only by their love to travel. For the third time in as many months, they’re at a conference. Five of them anyway. Alvin Mason, Corey Johnson, Bill Lockett, Bill Fennoy and Marion Williams are attending the four-day National Association of Counties conference in Fort Worth, Texas.” Source: Augusta […]

Barr leads candidates in race for House seat

Barr leads candidates in race for House seat

MARIETTA — Campaign filings in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey for Georgia’s 11th District show former Congressman Bob Barr in the lead, although Cobb GOP Chairman Joe Dendy said it’s too early to make anything of the numbers. via The Marietta Daily Journal

Venerable peach gives way to brash upstart blueberry

Venerable peach gives way to brash upstart blueberry

In a little-noticed development, the value of blueberry production in Georgia beat the peach crop in 2005 — and the gap has grown even bigger since then, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture surveys. jacksonville.com.

Richmond County treats pools with tiny fish that eat mosquitos

AUGUSTA, Ga. AP — Tiny, mosquito-eating fish could be a big solution for abandoned swimming pools that have turned into breeding grounds for the pesky insects.  ActionNewsJax.com.

HLN’s Nancy Grace looks into case of missing BWK woman

HLN’s Nancy Grace looks into case of missing BWK woman

22-year-old mother of two Amber Whited left work at Golden Isles Harley-Davidson in Brunswick, Georgia around 11 a.m. on Tuesday to go to lunch. She never came back.   HLNtv.com.

South Georgia legislator arrested for DUI again

DOUGLAS, GA — According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Representative Chuck Sims (R-Ambrose) has been arrested and charged with DUI for a second time in 2013. via MySouthwestGA.com.

Family: National Guard to join search for missing Brunswick mother

Family: National Guard to join search for missing Brunswick mother

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The National Guard will join the search for a missing mother in Brunswick.

Opinion: Take government out of public education

There is another major reduction Congress can make to the federal budget to spare taxpayers billions of dollars annually. It can do what Republicans set out to do prior to their takeover of Washington in the 1990s. It can get the federal government out of public school education. via The Brunswick News

Heinze polygraph examiner under investigation for untruths

BRUNSWICK | A polygraph examiner who testified on Thursday in Guy Heinze Jr.’s death penalty murder case is himself the subject of a perjury investigation, an official said. jacksonville.com.

Guyton man arrested on child porn charges

A Guyton man has been arrested on child pornography charges. Ronald Mullins, 50, was arrested Thursday afternoon following a search of a residence on Barrister Circle, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor said. savannahnow.com.

Elliott Brack: Think low-tech when battling the mosquito this summer

“All the rain that has poured down on us in the Atlanta area this year may produce something besides greenery. We may see one of the worst mosquito seasons in years.” Source: GwinnettForum.com Keeping racism alive “There is an adage among crusty old journalists to never let the facts get in the way of a good story. […]

‘Golden years’ shorter and sicker in Southern states

The figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate life expectancy for people 65 years old, and what portion will be free of the illnesses and disabilities suffered late in life. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Orthopedic Center opens office in Moultrie VOA Orthopedic and Spine Care provides quality care and specializes in sports […]

Celebration of Literacy held in Dalton

The year-old effort offers reading programs inside local schools, churches, doctors’ offices, the Dalton-Whitfield County Library and the community center, among other places, to make sure local children are getting exposed to words on a daily basis. Source: Dalton Daily Citizen  Hall County, Gainesville opt out of school meal program Both Hall and Gainesville schools already […]

Winn-Dixie begins ‘backpack’ fundraising effort for food banks

Proceeds from the Summer Hunger Relief Backpack Program will help food banks fill backpacks for children with nutritious, fresh foods to give them “healthy foundations for the school weeks ahead,” according to a news release.Source: Georgia Times-Union Employees at Robins AFB, businesses feel effects of furloughs Due to federal budget cuts, employees are getting furloughed one […]

Macon-Bibb County mayoral candidates face off

All six candidates were in attendance at the event hosted by the NAACP. Source: WMAZ-TV Political Insider: Jack Kingston becomes defense industry’s candidate of choice “In nearly every public appearance on the U.S. Senate campaign circuit, Jack Kingston has emphasized one exception to demands to cut federal spending: The maintenance of a strong U.S. military.” Source: Atlanta […]

Search for missing mother continues on daughter’s first birthday

Search for missing mother continues on daughter’s first birthday

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Dozens of volunteers are canvassing Brunswick neighborhoods and businesses in a desperate search for 22-year-old Amber Whited. The search for the mother of two has renewed meaning. It is her youngest daughter’s first birthday. ActionNewsJax.com.

Helen Williams, 76

Hortense — Helen Lavada Loper Williams, 76, of Hortense passed away Tuesday at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick following an extended illness. She was Born on October 2, 1936 in Brantley County, GA, the daughter of the late Major Elwood Loper and Lydia Nancy Sloan. A funeral service will be held Saturday  at 11 […]

Two charged in Valdosta murder

Valdosta detectives arrested and charged two people Wednesday night near Savannah in connection with the death of Robert Pett. Michael Pindling, 22, and Deron Wallace, 21, both face murder charges according to Valdosta Police. The two suspects were found in the Savannah area and arrested by Georgia State Patrol and Port Wentworth Police near the […]

Blackshear’s Hanging Jail closer to reprieve

The Blackshear City Council approved an agreement last Tuesday with Valdosta architectural firm Ellis, Ricket & Associates. Terms include a project cap of $250,000 to limit total costs, including fees, within the amount of a federal Transportation Enhancement program grant the city was awarded in May, 2011. via The Blackshear Times

Fired staffers need steeper consequences

“The Georgia Department of Corrections should not end its investigation of the state’s Youth Detention Center in DeKalb County simply with the dismissal of the juvenile facility’s night staff. Three resigned as soon as the state investigation got underway and four others were terminated during or after the process.”Source: Brunswick News  The opposite of what we […]

Polk Street Beach on Tybee Island under health advisory

A high level of enterococci bacteria was detected in the water, which increase the risk of gastrointestinal illness in swimmers. Source: Savannah Morning News Analysis shows cancer and heart disease shorten lives of blacks Source: Augusta Chronicle State plans managed health care for children on Medicaid Youth advocates and pediatricians say so-called “managed care” of the state’s […]

Official says mosquito population hinges on action

Mosquitoes only need half an inch of water to breed, so removing standing water can help decrease the incidence. Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News Hall County confirms eighth case of rabies Source: Athens Banner-Herald Severe thunderstorms hit North Georgia Source: Athens Banner-Herald Cleveland hit hard by afternoon thunderstorm High wind and pea-sized hail hit the area, with some […]

Wilcox BOE to provide online option for all students

Should a student choose to complete his course work at any grade level through UMA, he could work at home or wherever he had internet access, still be counted as a full-time student in the Wilcox County school system and go to the school only for standardized testing and any extracurricular activities in which he […]

Employee at Georgia Industries for the Blind nominated for award

Employee at Georgia Industries for the Blind Griffin plant nominated for national award David Iddins has been nominated for the prestigious Peter J. Salmon employee of the year Award by National Industries for the Blind (NIB)/National Association for Employment of People Who are Blind (NAEPB). Source: Griffin Daily News Lilburn Walmart to hire 300 Source: Atlanta Business […]

Carter denounces Supreme Court ruling on political contributions

“It’s accepted fact,” Carter said during a speech in Atlanta. “It’s legal bribery of candidates. And that repayment may be in the form of an ambassadorship to someone who has raised three or four hundred thousand dollars to help a candidate get elected.” Source: Athens Banner-Herald U.S. Senators ready to restore lower college loan rates Senators […]

Foul play suspected in Glynn woman’s disappearance

Foul play suspected in Glynn woman’s disappearance

Police in Glynn County suspect foul play in the disappearance of a 25-year-old mother of two who was last seen at 11 a.m. Tuesday. WAWS   

You would think GOP should be in driver’s seat, but maybe not

“You would think with the Democrats having eight years in the presidency, that by the time the 2016 election came around, the Republicans might be in good shape. After all, the Obama presidency, so far, has not especially distinguished itself. And its effort to reform Medicare with Obamacare has met stiff opposition by many, those […]

Yargo hosts camp for young burn victims

Camp Oo-U-La is held for a week each summer at Fort Yargo. Source: Barrow County News Athens Regional Medical Center ranked 8th best hospital in Georgia The hospital ranks 4th best in the Piedmont region of the state as well, as reported by U.S. News and World Report. Source: Athens Banner-Herald • Emory ranked #1 in Georgia on […]

Carroll County Schools hosts safety summit

Carroll County Schools hosts safety summit

Carroll County Schools hosts safety summit The summit, set fur July 30, will bring together the safety teams from the system’s two-dozen elementary, middle and high schools with first responders from the county and state level for school safety training. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian  Colquitt County BOE won’t privatize custodial services or raise taxes The school board […]

Carrollton postal annex to close next month

Mail volume has shrunk and the extra space is not needed anymore. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian Jason Moss: Manufacturing expo a big success; next is planned for June “Most of the dust has settled and the results are in from Georgia’s first Manufacturing Expo on June 8. Gwinnett County and our amazing citizens played a significant part […]

Dawson County man invited to White House

Charlie Auvermann, executive director of the Development Authority of Dawson County, has been invited to attend the White House Champions of Change. Source: Dawson News Gov. Deal suspends DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis “I agree with the bipartisan panel of elected officials that the allegations against Burrell Ellis directly relate to and adversely affect his ability to […]

Murder charge dropped against St. Marys man in Yulee woman’s death

A felony murder charge has been dismissed against a St. Marys man in the February 2008 death of a Yulee woman for which former Fernandina Beach High football star Amos Southall III is serving a life sentence. jacksonville.com.

Waycross speeding ticket leads to felony drug trafficking arrest

A speeding ticket led to an arrest of a Waycross man for several drug violations as well. Samuel Jackson Evans, 27, of 2016 Ocean Breeze Circle was stopped by the Ware County Sheriff’s Office for driving at 70 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone on Valdosta Highway Monday. Evans was charged […]

West Nile virus detected in Chatham County

Chatham County Mosquito Control has confirmed that a sampling of mosquitoes collected in southwest Chatham County has tested positive for West Nile virus. This indicates the virus is actively circulating in local mosquito populations. Mosquito control personnel are surveying all areas of Chatham County and scheduling control operations as required. savannahnow.com.

Wild Adventures closes after acid spill

Wild Adventures is closed for the day following a spill spill of hydrochloric acid at Splash Island Water Park, according to park spokeswoman Micha Hogan. The chemical is used to control chlorine levels in the water. The acid spilled behind the park and did not enter the water of the pool used by guests, according […]

Body of teenage drowning victim recovered off St. Simons Island

A fisherman in a boat spotted the body of Treyus Coleman floating near Goulds Inlet on the north end of St. Simons Island’s beach, Capt. Jay Wiggins said. The area is about a mile north of where the teenager disappeared about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. jacksonville.com.

Waycross commissioners voice opposition to bypass plans

The Waycross City Commission is split on a Waycross-Blackshear bypass to take high-speed traffic off neighborhood streets along Morningside Drive and City Boulevard but members have plenty of time to reach a consensus, because the project probably won’t be off the drawing board anytime soon. The city, along with Ware County and Pierce County, has […]

Change of command: A tradition of renewal

“Last week, Moody Air Force Base experienced a change of command for the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base.” Source: Valdosta Daily Times Zimmerman verdict: Time for healing “The nationwide protests surrounding Saturday’s acquittal of George Zimmerman prove that this country has a lot of educating to do. Citizens must learn that we live in […]

Columbus’ St. Francis and Safe Kids offer baby-sitting safety course

Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Heavy rains to bring more mosquitoes to state When the rain finally slows, health officials urge the public to take measures that will protect them from mosquito-borne diseases. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Cedartown hospital groundbreaking set for July 23  The new, 25-bed hospital will replace the current Polk Medical Center facility, which was built in […]

Georgia EPD to conduct hearing on UGA’s pollution permit

The renewal application is routine, said Eric Cornwell, program manager for the EPD’s stationary source permitting program. EPD officials will make a presentation about the permit and then take questions. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Giant panda gives birth to twins at Zoo Atlanta Zoo officials were surprised by the birth of the twins, as they had expected […]

UGA’s graduate psychology programs named one of top three

UGA’s graduate psychology program is broken into three prospective majors — industrial and organizational psychology, clinical psychology, and behavioral and brain sciences. Source: Red&Black.com Muscogee County School District won’t lay off teachers No Reduction in Force (RIF) for teachers is needed for fiscal year 2014. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Muscogee County out-of-school suspensions decrease However, black students are […]

Organizers seek speakers for January TEDx event planned for Augusta

Organizers are still seeking speakers for the event aimed at creative thinkers, innovators and those with ideas worth exploring. Source: Augusta Chronicle Augusta company gets approval on brain test for ADHD Source: Augusta Chronicle • NEBA Health gets FDA approval for brain test to diagnose ADHD Source: New York Times Georgia Chamber CEO urges school and business alliancesChris Clark […]

Gainesville says it will not negotiate with Latino group on voting system

GALEO plans to file a lawsuit by mid-September, the group’s officials announced last week, because they want the city to change its at-large voting system. It asserts the city’s election system violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Source: Gainesville Times U.S. Rep. Kingston raises most cash so far for Senate race Kingston has $2.35 […]

Search is on for armed robber of Alma store clerk

The Alma PD is on the lookout for a suspect in the armed robbery of a store clerk. The incident happened shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday as the clerk was leaving her shift at the Quik Stop, located on S. Pierce Street. via The Alma Times

Wayne man gets life plus 10 years for killing pregnant wife

A Wayne County man was sentenced Monday to two consecutive life sentences plus 10 years after he pleaded guilty to shooting his pregnant wife to death last year, District Attorney Jackie Johnson said.  jacksonville.com.

Albert Sloan, 87

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hortense Church of God of Prophecy with the Revs. Robert Sloan and. Gene Sloan officiating.

Jesup driver dies in crash when another swerves to miss deer

A state patrol Special Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating a Friday accident in Wayne County in which a man died when his car was struck head-on by another whose driver swerved to miss a deer, the Georgia state patrol said. jacksonville.com.

Flood warning issued for Atkinson area

A flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Satilla River at Atkinson until further notice.

Brantley manager to meet with animal rescue group

Brantley County Manager Carl Rowland will meet with the Brantley Animal Rescue Coalition at its regular monthly meeting July 23 to discuss solutions to the county’s stray animal problem.  jacksonville.com.

Tax-free weekend arriving later

The sales tax holiday is returning to Georgia for back-to-school shoppers, but the savings might be a bit too late for some people in Glynn and Brantley counties.

Reconsidering SPLOST

“Reading about officials again discussing SPLOST will anger many people. After all, just last fall, voters rejected renewing the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The voters have spoken, some may think, why is it going to be on the ballot again?” Source: Valdosta Daily Times Len Robbins: What if we put sharks in a tornado? “I […]

Protesters rally in Richmond County over maternal mortality rates

Protesters rally at Richmond County Health Department over maternal mortality rates The Augusta area has a high maternal mortality rate. Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday Whistleblower: Administrator says Columbus’ John B. Amos Cancer Center overbilled government insurers Richard Barker, administrative director of the John B. Amos Cancer Center, alleges in a federal whistle-blower lawsuit that the center and […]

Newnan unveils cigarette litter prevention receptacles

Four ash receptacles for cigarette butts have been added in downtown Newnan as part of the city’s Keep Newnan Beautiful project. Source: Newnan Times-Herald Federal regulators adjust Ogeechee permit following public outcry Citing public outcry as their motivation, federal regulators have suggested changes to a draft pollution permit for King America Finishing. Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday More […]

All Toombs County students will get free meals

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 includes the implementation of CEO to insure that every student in low-income neighborhoods can participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). To qualify, a district or school must have 40 percent or more of its students eligible for free meals based […]

Industrial Developers Association celebrates 50 years of bringing jobs to the state

The organization has grown over the following 50 years, including absorbing 19 other similar trade groups, to become one of the premier job-recruitment outfits in the nation. Source: Southern Political Report Athens’ 5 & 10 moves into historic space While the new location doesn’t offer too many more seats, the interior of the restaurant feels spacious, […]

Former congressman Bob Barr to be featured at Cartersville event

On Tuesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at The Gate Cafe, 952 N. Tennessee St., Cartersville, resident Ricky Thomas will continue his interview series Covenant Conversations with former congressman Bob Barr. Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News Questions surface around payments owed by Athens Tea Party group The Athens-Clarke County Tea Party Patriots owes thousands of dollars […]

Search on for missing 16-year-old boy off St. Simons Island

Search on for missing 16-year-old boy off St. Simons Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND – A search by boat and helicopter was underway Sunday night for a 16-year-old boy who disappeared beneath the ocean near the south end of the island, officials said.   jacksonville.com.

Georgia’s largest private landowner eyes growing pine seedling market

Georgia’s largest private landowner eyes growing pine seedling market

GARDI | If you see pine trees growing in rows in Southeast Georgia and North Florida, there’s a good chance it started as a seedling on a reddish hill in Wayne County. jacksonville.com.

Zimmerman found not guilty.

Zimmerman found not guilty.

George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin at 10 p.m. tonight after deliberating for more than 15 hours over two days. The jury returned the verdict shorty after returning to the jury room from their evening meal. The asked the judge for a definition of manslaughter shortly before they returned […]

Flood advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Brantley County though 4 p.m.