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Two killed in Bacon County small plane crash

Bacon County Coroner Vic Peacock says a man and woman from the metro Atlanta area have been killed in a small plane crash. ActionNewsJax.com.

Waycross woman flooded out of house waits for officials to determine who’s at fault

Waycross woman flooded out of house waits for officials to determine who’s at fault

City and county officials have visited the house but neither have claimed responsibility and no one has let her know if she’ll get any help via MORE  

Police release IDs of seven arrested in Savannah sting last week

Police release IDs of seven arrested in Savannah sting last week

Police on Monday released the identities of seven people charged in a sting Friday in Savannah that resulted in the seizure of drugs and weapons. savannahnow.com.

Missing Springfield woman found

Missing Springfield woman found

SPRINGFIELD, GA – The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office has found a woman reported missing earlier.  

Long County OKs home burial for soldier

The Long County Commission on Wednesday made a special allowance so Sgt. Stefan M. Smith could be buried at his home in Long County. via Coastal Courier

Suspended and indicted Brunswick commissioner will seek re-election

Suspended and indicted Brunswick commissioner will seek re-election

Suspended City Commissioner James Brooks must clear a pair of daunting hurdles if he’s to return to office in 2014. First, he has to convince a Camden County jury that he’s not guilty of the charges contained in a racketeering indictment that says Brooks peddled his influence for cash. Second, he has to convince Brunswick […]

Woodbine businessman Stan Smith pleads guilty to drug charge

Woodbine businessman Phillip Stanley “Stan” Smith will serve five years in jail and five more on probation after he pleaded guilty Monday to possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it. jacksonville.com.

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Victims of fraud case get $27 million back

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver announced today the payment of over $27 million in restitution to the victims of the largest fraud case ever prosecuted in the Southern District of Georgia, United States v. Martin J. Bradley III, et al.

Georgia gasoline prices up 1 cent

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.49/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1 cent per gallon in the last week to $3.63/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. […]

Tips lead to Port Wentworth auto thief’s arrest

Tips lead to Port Wentworth auto thief’s arrest

According to the Port Wentworth Police, the suspected auto thief who eluded police at Wal-Mart in Pooler Monday morning is now in custody.   The Coastal Source.

Opinion: GOP consulting class not in touch anymore

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan criticized Republican consultants and their inability to connect with the conservative base on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” on CBS, while Dan Balz of The Washington Post previewed his new book, “Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.” The Daily Caller.

Editorial: Official Washington vs. The People

President Obama and Harry Reid have worked out a deal to exempt Congressional employees  including members of Congress from being treated like everyone else, and having to help pay the cost of premiums under Obamacare. NetRight Daily.

Gilmer County calls for cleaning supply donations

Donated goods will be received at the Gilmer County Emergency Operations Center (formerly the Goodwill) at 1123 Progress Road, Elijay, Ga. Please call 706-635-3424 to arrange a delivery.

College withdrawal leaves Glynn science fair in peril

The opportunity for Glynn County students to participate in regional, state, and national science and engineering fairs is in peril. The situation is that since the pullout of the College of Coastal Georgia, no sponsor has been found to continue the Coastal Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair affiliated with the Georgia Science and Engineering […]

Richard ‘Fat’ Boatwright, 81

Richard James “Fat” Boatwright, 81, of Hortense passed away Saturday at his residence following an extended illness. Visitation will be Sunday starting at 6 p.m. at The Hortense Church of God of Prophecy. Funeral Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m.. at the Hortense Church of God of Prophecy with the Revs. Rob Hutto, […]

Atlanta to host ‘The Great Bull Run’ in October

The Great Bull Run is a new event planned for several U.S. cities that will unleash bulls through fenced-in courses and chase people; The Atlanta event is planned for the Conyers horse park. Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams talks about new role at Pentagon Abrams led the 3rd ID; he’ll now serve as the […]

Back to school, a change in mornings

“In a couple of days, it will be time to wake up early. It will be time to wait on the arrival of school buses. It will be time for the morning traffic to increase.” Source: Valdosta Daily Times Good horse sense: Sink the stink “Life in Savannah hasn’t gotten to the point where problems like […]

Illegal buttocks injections kill and maim

Deaths from black market buttocks injections have been reported in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New York. Source: Wall Street Journal/AP CEO of clinics accused of fraud speaks out Ed Cota, CEO of the clinics accused of helping hospitals recruit pregnant patients to bring in hundreds of millions in tax dollars, is speaking out, denying […]

Hard Labor Creek State Park to offer kayak tours for meteor shower viewing

The park is holding its first annual Paddle Under the Perseids program in which visitors travel in two-person kayaks out to the center of the lake for a good vantage point of the heavens. Source: Rockdale Citizen  Hall County air quality improves with cool, rainy weather Source: Gainesville Times  Audio: First West Nile mosquitoes identified in DeKalb […]

UGA’s Morehead speaks to graduates at his first ceremony

“Be of good service,” Morehead said, pointing out to the graduates that they are now ambassadors for the university. Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday Warner Robins police donate patrol cars to Central Georgia Tech Source: Macon Telegraph/Saturday CSU’s Oxbow Environmental Learning Center gets new director Mike Dentzau comes from Florida State’s Department of Biological Sciences Sea-to-See Program. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Sunday […]

Buffalo Creek Technology Park is close to its first tenant

The $8 million, 115 acre park opened May 11, 2012. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian Pooler officials visit Jacksonville for ideas on new outlet mall Three council members and five other officials rented a van on July 26 and drove more than 130 miles to St. Johns Town Center, an upscale outdoor mall southeast of downtown in the […]

Rep. Murphy of Augusta dies after battle with cancer

Murphy, a state representative for 11 years, was 60. Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday Rep. Paul Broun to host town hall meeting in Crawford on August 12 Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday • Rep. Westmoreland to hold town hall meetings during August Source: Thomaston Times  U.S. Rep. Doug Collins to tour agricultural sites in 9th district“Our agricultural community is the economic heartbeat of […]

I-95 crash kills 24-year-old Savannah woman

A Savannah woman was killed early Sunday when she lost control of her car on Interstate 95 in Jacksonville and struck a median concrete barrier, the Florida Highway Patrol said.  jacksonville.com.

WaPo’s Klein discovers Obama economy stinks

The Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein has made a startling discovery courtesy of the far left Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the actual employment rate, has stunk since Obama took office. NetRight Daily.

Savannah aims to keep horse-friendly streets clean

Savannah aims to keep horse-friendly streets clean

Companies that provide horse-drawn carriage tours of Savannah say they’re working together to flag messes caused by the animals and keep the downtown area clean.   ActionNewsJax.com.

Judge: Incriminating statement by baby murder suspect may be used in trial

Judge: Incriminating statement by baby murder suspect may be used in trial

A judge ruled Friday that profane and possibly incriminating statements De’Marquise Elkins made to police can be used when he is tried for murder in the March death of a 13-month-old boy.  jacksonville.com.

Controversial inscription removed from MLK memorial in Washington

Plans call for sculptor Lei Yixin to carve grooves over the former words to match existing horizontal “striation” marks in the memorial. Lei said he is working to deepen all the memorial’s grooves so that they will match. Source: WSB-TV • Chinese sculptor removes inscription from King memorial Source: New York Times  Political Insider: Chattanooga editor fired for […]

Piedmont Newnan Hospital president and CEO to retire August 31

The news of G. Michael Bass’ abrupt retirement shocked the community. Source: Newnan Times-Herald Hospitals work to keep out pests Two Augusta exterminators work at the Georgia Regents Medical Center to look for items that regularly harbor insects and search for ways to protect the hospital from the medical records, plants and packages that are popular […]

UGA marine scientist on site after natural gas well blows up in Gulf

Joye organized the first rapid response research cruise four days following the Hercules natural gas well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, which took place July 22.  Source: Athens Banner-Herald Heavy rains flood roads in Gilmer and Pickens counties Some roads washed out, stranding residents; about 4.4 inches of rain hit Thursday. Source: WSB-TV • Gilmer County bridge […]

Retaining wall cracking at new Muscogee County’s Carver High

The retaining wall is no small deal — it’s five stories high and about two football fields long — keeping the Delmar Apartments 30 feet away safe from an avalanche. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Columbus Northern’s only girl baseball player to play in Little League Southeastern Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Columbus State University to use unmanned aerial vehicle to […]

Augusta-area DISH customers blocked from Fox channel

Augusta is one of 36 markets where broadcast channels owned by Raycom Media have been blocked on DISH until the company agrees to pay a “massive price increase,” according to a statement released by DISH. Source: Augusta Chronicle • WTOC-TV blocks Savannah-area DISH customers Source: Southeast Georgia Today  Aflac, Synovus, and TSYS stock shares rise higherSource: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer USPS […]

Georgia included in national ground beef recall

Supermarket chains Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo are two of the stores recalling the ground beef. Source: WJCL-TV GWCC Authority officially breaks negotiations with church over new Falcons stadium The state offered Mt. Vernon Baptist Church $6.2 million to buy the property, but the church rejected the offer. Source: WSB-TV • Many urge GWCCA and churches to try again on […]

Former Pennsylvania senator Mellow moved to Jesup prison

Former Pennsylvania senator Mellow moved to Jesup prison

Former state Sen. Robert J. Mellow has been transferred to a federal prison in Georgia.

Mellow, 70, of Archbald, was serving his 16-month prison sentence at a minimum security camp at Federal Correctional Institution-Williamsburg in South Carolina, near Charleston, after his guilty plea last year to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and filing a false tax return.

GBI says Brantley skeleton was young woman

A skeleton found in Brantley County Tuesday afternoon is thought to be the remains of a white female between 14 and 26 years old, officials said.  jacksonville.com.

Mary Johnson, 76

Mary Cloette Johnson, age 76, of Hortense died at the Southeast Georgia Medical Center in Brunswick Wednesday after an extended illness

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 […]