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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.

Hundreds turn out to watch sea turtles return to the sea

Hundreds turn out to watch sea turtles return to the sea

Time was, it was golf and the beach that drew people to this barrier island. Friday morning, it was the prospect of seeing a couple of sea turtles leave the hospital and go back to the sea.  jacksonville.com.

Hundreds turn out to watch sea turtles return to the sea

Hundreds turn out to watch sea turtles return to the sea

Time was, it was golf and the beach that drew people to this barrier island. Friday morning, it was the prospect of seeing a couple of sea turtles leave the hospital and go back to the sea.  jacksonville.com.

Area officials say residents are used to rising rivers flooding roads

BRUNSWICK | Southeast Georgia’s rivers are high and getting higher to the point of flooding roads, but that is a common inconvenience for people living on the river, officials said. jacksonville.com.

Does new evidence implicate parents in Brunswick baby death?

There’s potential new evidence in connection with the murder of a Brunswick baby. Georgia Bureau of Investigation test results show traces of gun residue on both parents of the murdered baby. The Coastal Source.

St. Simons island provides sanctuary for many species

BRUNSWICK, GA. — The 14-acre mesa of dredged sand piled high by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the middle of St. Simons Sound looks like nothing more than that — a pile of grayish sand and pebbles flanked by riprap to keep the grains from washing away. WRAL.com.

Georgia man convicted in murder of drug dealer in Jax

Georgia man convicted in murder of drug dealer in Jax

A Georgia man has been convicted of the second-degree murder of a 26-year-old Jacksonville man during a drug deal in April 2012. jacksonville.com.

Wilmington man arrested in death of man whose body was found in 2002 near Screven

A Wilmington, N.C., man has been arrested in the death of a man whose nude and badly burned body was found near Screven, Ga. 11 years ago, police said. jacksonville.com.

Major manufacturing going on in northern Gwinnett County

“There’s more manufacturing going on in Gwinnett than you might realize, and has been for years. In fact, at one time the major large industry in Gwinnett was the various plants based on leather of the Bona Allen interests. This dominated Gwinnett business from the turn of the century up until the 1960s.” Source: GwinnettForum.com  Be […]

Traffic stop turns into wet manhunt

What started as a routine traffic stop on Hwy. 301 North Thursday quickly turned into a full-on manhunt.

Brantley man robbed, left beside road

The Brantley County Sheriff’s Office investigated a theft last week in which a Nahunta man was robbed of $140 then left on the side of the road just inside the Brantley County line.

New director of VA says changes are underway following audit

Director Leslie Wiggins met with reporters on Thursday to detail steps being taken at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Those steps include assigning VA-licensed social workers to contracted mental health facilities and creating a tracking system for mental health patients referred to outside facilities. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Video: City of Milledgeville fighting childhood obesity Dr. Jim […]

Trees suffering with too much rain in Rome

To match all of last year’s rain total, only an additional 1.12 inches of rain is needed this year; the excessive rainfall has been bad news for Rome trees as waterlogged soil weakens their structure. Source: Rome News-Tribune Heavy rains mean highest water in state parks in years Fire anxiety is low at Okefenokee National Wildlife […]

New nutrition standards to hit schools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released highlights of the new “Smart Snacks in School” standards that are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires to the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all food sold in schools. Source: Rockdale Citizen  UGA alum gets recognition in journalism Eric NeSmith, a 2002 graduate of […]

Henry Daily Herald now on SCB-TV

Henry Herald TODAY airs on SCB-TV Channel 15 several times each day for local cable subscribers. Source: Henry Daily Herald  A look at Georgia’s involvement with the film industry The economic impact of the more than 330 feature films, TV movies and shows, commercials, and music videos filmed from Hiawassee to Savannah in 2012 totaled more […]

Poll shows half of Republicans back Gov. Deal

The survey for Morris News and Fox 5 by InsiderAdvantage also showed that few Republicans think the tea party should devote energy to pushing solar power. Source: Athens Banner-Herald U.S. House passes farm bill with no nutritional value The White House indicated it would veto the bill, citing its lack of nutrition programs, and its failure […]

Valdosta woman catches burglar in home

Valdosta woman catches burglar in home

A homeless man is in jail tonight after he was caught inside a woman’s home. The woman was home at the time, and her quick actions helped put him behind bars. WALB.com  

The last Titans of Tobacco

There was a time when the opening day of tobacco season in Pierce County was carnival-like. Folks who hardly ever left the farm would come to town to see the first of that year’s golden leaf auctioned off, the buyers and the sellers easing down the rows in the hot, dusty warehouses as the auctioneer […]

Okefenokee Swamp enjoying highest water in years

The weeks of heavy rain — with perhaps more on the way — has caused flooding and other troubles through much of the Southeast. jacksonville.com.

Brantley man leads Wayne cops on 30-mile chase, bails at county line

A Brantley man who led officers on a 30-mile police chase from Odum to the Brantley line is still on the loose after he bailed from the car and left two passengers to deal with law enforcement at a Brantley road block. Wayne officials said Jamie Jackson Crews of Nahunta reached speeds upwards of 100 […]

Mary Morgan, 75

Mary Joan White Morgan, 75, of Hortense passed away Thursday at her residence after an extended illness. Born in Woodbine, IL her parents were Walter and Gladys Hoppe White. Visitation will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta. A funeral service will be held Sunday  at 2 p.m. at the […]

Augusta closes parks, cancels events as Savannah River rises

A rapid, two-foot rise in an already rain-swollen Savannah River was forecast Wednesday as the Army Corps of Engineers released more floodwaters from Thurmond Lake and its sister reservoirs upstream. jacksonville.com.

Sales tax holidays set for Aug. 9-10

With the advent of a new school year just weeks away, the Georgia Department of Revenue announces that the “back to school” sales tax holiday will be Aug. 9-10.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center to release two turtles Friday

Two sea turtles will swim to freedom about 10:30 a.m. Friday at Great Dunes Park on Jekyll Island, and the public is invited to watch, the Jekyll Island Authority said. jacksonville.com.

Director documents ghost stories of St. Marys

Ghost stories abound in St. Marys. There’s the headless pirate who roams the waterfront looking for his stolen gold (and his head), and the little girl who is often seen late at night peeking from windows of the upper floor of Orange Hall, a three-story mansion built around 1830. via The Brunswick News

The South is winning the new Civil War

“There’s a new civil war of sorts — a bloodless one — going on. And the South is winning. This time no shots are being fired and free men of all colors are voting with their feet to join a rising economic powerhouse.” Source: Savannah Morning NewsCartoon: Mark Streeter: Timber and trust Source: Savannah Morning News • Mike […]

Columbia County tops Georgia in physical activity

The county ranks highest in life expectancy. Source: Augusta Chronicle Georgia improves infant mortality rates, but maternal mortality rates are up Georgia’s rate dropped from 8.4 infant deaths per 1,000 live births from 2002 to 2006 to 7.3 deaths during the 2007-2011 period. That translates to more than 550 fewer infant deaths during the most recent […]

Corps of Engineers tells Augusta to expect rapidly rising river

More floodwaters from Thurmond Lake and its reservoirs have been released and the Savannah River is expected to rise rapidly by two feet. Source: Augusta Chronicle More rain on the way for Athens area Source: Athens Banner-Herald • Heavy rain expected to bring flash floods in Middle Georgia A slow-moving cold front could bring massive rain up to […]

Savannah-Chatham County superintendent’s contract renewed

Thomas Lockamy received an excellent evaluation as the school board extended his contract through 2016, awarded his $42,000 annuity and increased his pay.

Mongolian stir-fry chain to open restaurant in Augusta

Genghis Grill, a Texas-based chain, will fill a vacant, 4,200-square-foot building at 250 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway that was formerly occupied by Souper Salad. Source: Augusta Chronicle Synovus to consolidate technology operations in Columbus About 200 employees will be moved to the site from other offices in the city later this year after renovations are […]

Bibb County Democratic Party chairman steps down

After party Chairman Fred Swann resigned from the party’s executive committee earlier this week, the party chose Vice Chairwoman Sandy Powell to replace him. Swann had served as chairman since January. Source: Macon Telegraph Political Notebook, Gwinnett: Conservatives disagree on solar power “While one conservative group plans a rally against solar mandates, leaders of another group […]

Spin cycle always backfires

“Spin doesn’t work. Spin is less than honest. Spinning in one direction usually causes things to turn in the opposite direction. Spin is what you call it when elected officials, public relations professionals and newsmakers try to control what the public reads.” Source: Henry Daily Herald County uses ‘we’ve always done it this way’ to justify […]

PharmaCentra doubling staff in Americus

PharmaCentra announced the hiring of 40 to 60 part-time and full-time positions in its Quality Assurance Division in the Americus operations center. Source: Americus Times-Recorder Georgia could follow S.C. in freeing up hospital expansion Kevin Bloye with the Georgia Hospital Association said there’s a push underway by some physicians to try to weaken the Certificate of […]

Hartwell’s floodgates opened to release excess water

Hartwell’s releases flow through Lake Russell into Thurmond Lake, which is also releasing larger volumes of water into an already swollen Savannah River. Source: Augusta Chronicle With heavy rains, more West Nile cases possible in Georgia Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of public health, said more mosquitoes are likely because of the weather conditions. “The more rain […]

Lanier Tech’s first director dies

John H. Lloyd Jr. was the first leader of what is now Lanier Technical College. Source: Gainesville Times  Lanier Technical College signs dual enrollment agreement with Lumpkin County Dual enrollment is when a student can take courses at a college while still enrolled in high school, and receive both college and high school credit. Source: Gainesville Times […]

Shop Waldo Local underway in Thomasville

26 downtown businesses are participating in Shop Waldo Local in a project designed to promote small businesses and encourage the community to support local shops, especially during the usually-slow month of July. Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise  Griffin-Spalding Airport Authority adopts operations agreement Source: Griffin Daily News  CEO of NPR re-imagines station as a Pandora of News NPR has […]

Dalton mayor announces plan to run for governor

In the hours since Dalton Mayor David Pennington unveiled plans to run against incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican primary next year, plenty of intriguing questions have emerged. Source: Dalton Daily Citizen U.S. Rep. John Barrow introduces bill to eliminate civilian defense furloughs Barrow introduced legislation Tuesday that would exempt Fort Gordon’s civilian work force […]

Billy Thrift, 78

Billy Othell Thrift, 78, of Folkston passed away Tuesday at the Hospice House in Waycross following an extended illness. Visitation will be held Wednesday  at 6 p.m., at Riverside Chapel Baptist Church. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday  at 11 a.m. at Riverside Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Wainright officiating. Burial will […]

Three Brooks football players killed in wreck

Three high school football players are dead and one person has been air-lifted after a vehicle crashed in Brooks County Tuesday morning around 9:30 a.m. via WALB.com.

Brantley man faces 21 years 
for drug trafficking, insurance fraud

Gerald Roberson, 46, of Nahunta, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States Chief District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 262 months in prison for his roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy and an insurance fraud scheme.

Raindrops keep fallin’ on our heads

Wayne County is wet. The county received 9.72 inches of rain in June, compared with an average of 5.53 inches, according to accuweather.com. via The Press-Sentinel

Charlton sheriff’s office makes meth, coke busts

Charlton sheriff’s office makes meth, coke busts

A Folkston man and Florida couple were arrested in Charlton County last week for possession of drugs and other charges. via Charlton County Herald

Savannah museum woldn’t allow girl’s wheelchair inside, family says

A Charlotte, N.C. couple said their 11-year-old daughter was told she couldn’t use her wheelchair at a Savannah museum because it would get the carpet dirty. jacksonville.com.

Tournament continues fight against cancer

“Battling cancer seems a never-ending war. Yet, for anyone who has ever had cancer, for anyone who has a friend or relative who has struggled against cancer, it is a battle worth waging.” Source: Valdosta Daily Times  Jail has unlimited possibilities for use “The committee charged with studying the current Glynn County Detention Center between Newcastle […]

CEO of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center to retire

Keith Peterson has been CEO of the hospital for the past four years; he’s retiring from a 47 year healthcare career. Source: Americus Times-Recorder Tenants with bed bugs may be on their own to treat The Georgia Landlord Tenant Handbook states that pest control is not part of the maintenance responsibilities of the landlord unless a […]

Forsyth County family visits 36 parks in one day

The Kellogg family set out to visit every public park in Forsyth County in one day, taking part in a ropes course, playing on the playground, and more. Source: Forsyth News Man falls in sink hole in Macon The man was pulled from the hole by fire-rescue workers and police before being taken by ambulance to […]

Newton County students can exercise school choice with transfers

The Newton County School System recently announced that seven of its schools may be able to receive students who wish to exercise school choice under House Bill 251. Source: Newton Citizen Muscogee County BOE to vote on hiring superintendent today If the undisclosed candidate’s name is approved, the person will be declared “the finalist” and the […]

GIW Industries of Grovetown to be fined again by EPD

For the second time in eight months, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division is preparing to fine GIW Industries of Grovetown for not submitting paperwork required by its air-emissions permit. Source: Augusta Chronicle • EPD fines Macon’s Aerospace Defense Coatings of Georgia Source: Macon Telegraph  TSYS to add office space in ColumbusThe North Center’s Building 300 will be expanded […]

Dalton Mayor David Pennington files to run for governor

Under state law, Pennington will have to step down as mayor to run, but he says he does not plan to step down before the qualifying date in April 2014. Source: Dalton Daily Citizen U.S. Senate candidate Karen Handel campaigns in Athens Handel made her first campaign appearance in Athens Monday night to talk about running […]

Augusta hospital, oncology center to pay $1 million fine

Doctors Hospital of Augusta, LLC, which is owned and operated by the for-profit hospital chain, HCA Inc., and Radiation Oncology Associates, LLP, of Augusta, Georgia, have agreed to pay the United States a total of $1,020,000 to settle allegations that they submitted or caused the submission of false claims to the Medicare and TRICARE programs […]

Funeral notice: Lettie Lee, 80

Lettie Gertrude “Gertie” Warner Lee, 80, of Winokur passed away Saturday at her daughter’s residence following an extended illness. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening (July 9, 2013) at 6 PM at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta. A funeral service will be held Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with […]

Satilla exceeds flood stage; expected to hit 14.9 feet

Satilla exceeds flood stage; expected to hit 14.9 feet

Waycross murder suspect was known to be felon with gun

A Waycross man arrested Tuesday on a weapons charge was charged Friday with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of two Donalsonville residents, officials said.  jacksonville.com.

Two shot after July 4 party near Brunswick

Two men were shot early Friday in a conference center parking lot after the end of a July 4 party, police said. jacksonville.com.

Funeral notice: Blake Loyd, 57

Blake Austin Loyd, 57, of Nahunta died suddenly Thursday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross. Visitation will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday followed by funeral service at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Frye Funeral Home. Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Waycross man charged with double homicide in Donalsonville

Waycross man charged with double homicide in Donalsonville

47-year old DanTony Swinson of Waycross is charged with double homicide.

Sea Island celebration underway

Sea Island Celebration, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, The Cloister and Beach Club. Includes bike tours, contests, games and nightly movies. Features Stars and Stripes Junior Tennis Extravaganza for children 4-12, 3-4 p.m. Friday, with snacks, $35; Dueling Pianos, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Clubroom, champagne toast at 10 p.m., must be 18 or […]

Man wanted on multiple sex offenses on child in Jacksonville caught in Savannah

Man wanted on multiple sex offenses on child in Jacksonville caught in Savannah

A man wanted by Jacksonville police on multiple sex-offense charges involving a child was arrested Wednesday in Savannah, Ga. jacksonville.com.

How craft breweries have transformed six cities

As the breweries churned out beer, they drew visitors and eventually new, young residents – and more small businesses. Source: Macon Telegraph  Piggly Wiggly to close in Tifton Source: Tifton Gazette  Once-stalled Conyers hotel to become Courtyard at Marriott The unfinished hotel has had a difficult history. Source: Rockdale Citizen  AT&T launches 4G in Milledgeville Source: Milledgeville Union-Recorder  Savannah […]

The promise of independence

“In retrospect, it is easy to forget that the approval of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, was a revolutionary act. As Americans, we have celebrated the Fourth of July for 237 years, but we often forget that it took a war of eight long years to ensure the United States’ separation from […]

UGA study shows community adversity a big factor in obesity

The study looked at community on a larger scale than just household environments. It takes into account unemployment rates, poverty, the types of restaurants in an area and other aspects of a larger community. Source: Red&Black.com  

Lake McIntosh in Fayette County now officially open

 Lake McIntosh in Fayette County now officially open The 650-acre lake is situated along portions of the west side of Peachtree City and straddles the Fayette-Coweta County line. Source: Fayette Citizen News Raw sewage spills on Tybee Island An estimated 90,677 gallons of raw sewage spilled in the marsh when a force main broke on Tybee […]

Former Richmond County superintendent resigns in Texas

Some board members in Texas blamed Dana Bedden for overspending, low morale, and dissatisfaction with his expansion of the Spanish instruction and overall curriculum. Source: Augusta Chronicle Muscogee County BOE to vote on superintendent on Tuesday Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Skidaway Institute of Oceanography now part of UGA The change essentially means that Jim Sanders, executive director of […]

NAACP wants special Fayette County election

The NAACP wants new elections for the board seats associated with the majority-minority fifth district that it has created on maps proposed to the court. Source: Fayette Citizen News  Tough choices for GOP on Voting Rights Act Source: NPR.org/AP Political Notebook, Gwinnett: Politicians to celebrate Independence Day in Gwinnett “If this Independence Day isn’t a total washout, […]

Heavy rain impacts crops for South Georgia farmers

Heavy rain impacts crops for South Georgia farmers

South Georgia farmers are struggling to maintain their crops after an unusually wet June. ActionNewsJax.com.

July: It’s all about agriculture

“The Times’ weekly It’s All About You feature turns toward agriculture for the month of July. Farming is sometimes referred to as the region’s past, but a short drive proves agriculture is alive and well in South Georgia. Drive a short distance outside of the Valdosta city limits in any direction and the signs of […]

Assisted living center in Commerce raided and 21 workers arrested

Charges filed against the 21 employees include cruelty to people 65 or older and involve accusations of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Source: Athens Banner-Herald • Three month investigation led to arrests of 21 at Alzheimer’s center Source: Gainesville Times • Audio: Raid came a day after Elder Abuse Law took effect Source: WABE.org • Alzheimer’s Care of Commerce raided Source: WSB-TV […]

Downtown LaGrange flooded after heavy downpour

About 4.8 inches of rain fell over two hours in LaGrange. Source: LaGrange Daily News  Excessive rainfall threatens crops in Statesboro Cotton is one crop that is facing peril; as water stands in the fields, plant growth is halted and disease growth begins. Source: Statesboro Herald ZooAtlanta’s giant panda expecting her fourth cub Lun Lun, the 15-year […]

Troy University’s Brunswick site to add management degree programs

Troy University’s Brunswick site to add management degree programs Beginning this fall, students will be able to obtain a bachelor of science degree in the three areas of concentration – hospitality, sports or tourism management. Source: Brunswick News  Longtime Carrollton BOE member won’t seek re-election Joe McGinnis has served on the Board of Education for 28 […]

Cordele watermelon packing house scores 100% on food safety audit

Specializing in packing, repacking and distributing watermelons in the Southeastern United States, Danny’s Melon Shed is among those who uphold the highest standards of food safety in the watermelon market. Source: Cordele Dispatch  Firehouse Subs to open in Tifton on July 8 Source: Tifton Gazette  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has huge impact on area The airport, which […]

Sen. Isakson says Congress will act on immigration and student loans

Sen. Isakson said he expects the House to pass a law that requires that the border with Mexico be secured before any of the immigration reforms take place. Source: Dalton Daily Citizen Rep. John Barrow says gerrymandering is bad for majority Barrow and State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and State House Minority Whip Scott Holcomb […]

Brunswick author’s book released nationwide

Brunswick resident and author Joann Newbern this week celebrates the nationwide release of her new romance novel, “A Place for Me.” The story introduces readers to Lacy Wise, a journalist whose article is supposed to reveal the truth about this neighborhood’s sustenance—a large factory with a generous owner. But so far, she hasn’t uncovered anything […]

Funeral notice: Jerome Griffin, 67

Racepond — Jerome Dale Griffin, 67, of Racepond, passed away Monday  at his residence after a short illness. A funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home with the Revs. Ion Johns and Jason Marden officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in […]

Brunswick library has rough start after split

Brunswick library has rough start after split

The first day of the Marshes of Glynn Library System in Brunswick didn’t run smoothly, mainly because computers weren’t running at all. With no Internet or library database available, the Brunswick-Glynn County Library at 208 Gloucester St., Brunswick, was closed all day Monday. via TMC.net

River headed to flood stage again

River headed to flood stage again

The Satilla River is headed towards flood stage again. The river currently stands at just under 11 feet, considered the “action stage” by NOAA, and is expected to rise to the 13-foot flood stage by Sunday. Keep up to date with late breaking alerts here at Enterprise Online, your personal daily newspaper.

Severe weather

Severe weather

A significant weather advisory has been issued for southeastern Wayne, eastern Brantley, northwestern Camden and western Glynn counties for strong winds and excessive lightning until 6:15 p.m. At 5:38 p.m. National Weather Service doppler radar indicated thunderstorms centered 6 miles northwest of Waverly moving north at 15 mph. These thunderstorms will also affect areas around […]

Group now has 700+ signatures to save Charlton hospital

Group now has 700+ signatures to save Charlton hospital

Citizens to Save Charlton Memorial organizer Lawanda Jones was thrilled to count over 700 signatures obtained for their petition to ask the county commission to help keep the hospital open. via Charlton County Herald  

Congressman: Gerrymandering bad for majority

“If I had to put my finger on one thing [that’s wrong with Congress today], it would be … gerrymandering,” U.S. Rep. John Barrow said to an audience in Jesup Saturday night. via The Press-Sentinel

Richmond Hill man named PTA national president

One of Richmond Hill’s own has taken the reins of the National Parent Teacher Association and has made history in the process. via Coastal Courier

Brunswick library has rough start since split

The first day of the Marshes of Glynn Library System in Brunswick didn’t run smoothly, mainly because computers weren’t running at all. With no Internet or library database available, the Brunswick-Glynn County Library at 208 Gloucester St., Brunswick, was closed all day Monday. via TMC.net

County libraries need right resources to thrive

As of today, Brunswick and the Golden Isles are no longer part of the now six-county Three Rivers Regional Library System, Glynn County. Its two public libraries, one in the city and the other on St. Simons Island, now are in their own, self-made regional library system that the board of trustees has appropriately named […]

‘Your Carbon Footprint’ event to be held in Cartersville July 11

Ed Bostwick, a retired biology and geology professor at Kennesaw State University, will share his research concerning personal stewardship of the Earth, dwindling fossil fuel reserves, climate change and what individuals can do to reverse current trends. Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News  Lead still a problem for North Georgia children Lead exposure can reduce blood flow […]

‘Superstar’ UGA engineering dean retires

Dale Threadgill has retired after 38 years at UGA. Source: Red&Black.com New provost named at Georgia College Dr. Kelli Brown has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs. Source: Milledgeville Union-Recorder Atlanta Public Schools cheating case to proceed The ruling dismisses defense efforts to get charges against 35 former educators thrown out or reduced. Source: Wall […]

C.M. Tanner Grocery Co. celebrates 120 years in Carrollton

The wholesale company is now run by Tanner’s great-grandson, John Tanner III, whom everyone calls Johnny.

Chambliss, Isakson send letter to HHS secretary Sebelius

The letter repeats an earlier demand for answers on why Kathleen Sebelius has solicited money from regulated health care companies to help the private, non-profit group that is enrolling Americans in Obamacare. Source: Southeast Georgia Today Political Notebook, Macon: GMC salutes the Kidds “Anonymous donor? Just Kidding. State Rep. Rusty Kidd did not intend to get […]

Zornes charged with battery in domestic violence case

Zornes charged with battery in domestic violence case

The Brantley County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 50-year-old Boots Harrison Road man on charges of domestic violence this week. Merriell Zornes was arrested and charged with battery after deputies were called to the residence in the 1500 block of Boots Harrison Road to a domestic dispute. Zornes had been involved in an altercation with his […]

Brunswick gets $6,000 grant for Colonial era burial ground signs

BRUNSWICK, GA. | The Historic Preservation Fund has awarded $6,000 to Brunswick for signs at the Wright Square burial ground on the former Glynn Middle School property, the Georgia Historic Preservation Division said. jacksonville.com.

‘Operation Summer Storm’ nets seven drug arrests in Alma

Seven people are in jail and three more arrest warrants have been issued in what is considered one of the largest drug sweeps conducted by the Alma Police Department in recent years. via The Alma Times 

St. Simons pier to close at noon July 4 in preparation for fireworks

Glynn County police will block public parking in the pier area of the St. Simons Island commercial village at 2 a.m. Thursday in preparation for the July 4 fireworks display over St. Simons Sound. jacksonville.com.

Western wildfires reminiscent of SE Georgia

Many firefighters and forest rangers here in South Georgia know exactly how dangerous wildfires can be. In the past six years two massive wildfires – the one in Waycross in 2007 and the Honey Prairie blaze of 2011 – have put crews in harm’s way. WALB.com,

Military hearing begins for man accused of killing pregnant wife

FORT STEWART, GA. | A military hearing for a soldier accused of killing his pregnant wife is set to begin at Fort Stewart near Hinesville, Ga.  jacksonville.com.

Funeral notice: Michael Stone, 57

Waynesville — Michael “Mike” Dean Stone, 57, of Waynesville passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at his residence following a brief illness. Born in Waycross his parents are Henry and Loretta Miles Stone of Waynesville. A Visitation will be held Monday evening, July 1, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta. A funeral […]

Gasoline prices fall 7 cents per gallon in Georgia

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.34 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia.

Recent rains increase mosquito population

The recent rains have reinvigorated Georgia’s mosquito population. As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, I have received numerous calls about mosquito control and what can be done to get relief from the biting when outside.

Three Rivers Regional Library leaves Brunswick for Jesup

Three Rivers Regional Library leaves Brunswick for Jesup

Three Rivers Regional Library System loaded its equipment and furniture into a couple of moving vans at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library and left Friday for its new headquarters in Wayne County. jacksonville.com.

New indictment returned against five in Camden marijuana operation

A new indictment has been returned in Camden County against five people charged in 2010 with racketeering in conspiring to manufacture marijuana and trafficking in marijuana.  jacksonville.com.

Railroad crossing to get facelift in Nahunta in July

The Department of Trnsportation has announce that at the request of CSX railroad U.S. Highway 301 will be closed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, north of the intersection with U.S. Highway 82 in the City of Nahunta.

Deputies intervene in baseball bat attack

Brantley County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to intervene in domestic incident in which a juvenile was threatening bodily harm to her parents this week. Reports indicate that deputies responded to the area of U.S. Highway 301 north after the complainants stated their daughter was trying to strike them with a bat. The incident was […]

AG: Jekyll Island right to count marsh as land

State law requires Jekyll Island officials to count marsh as land when calculating how much of the state park is open to development, Georgia’s attorney general said Thursday. savannahnow.com.

Funeral notice: Eliza Sloan

Funeral notice: Eliza Sloan

Hortense — Eliza Rowell Sloan passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Memorial Health United Health Center in Savannah after an extended illness.

Regional library system moving HQ to Wayne

The Three Rivers Regional Library System will soon be based in Jesup. The regional system will be moving into the former school maintenance building on the soon-to-be-vacated Jesup Elementary School campus, according to Jim Coté, who chairs the regional library board. Coté received confirmation of the plans from the regional system’s executive director, Linda Kean, […]

West charged with possession of Valium, paraphernalia

West charged with possession of Valium, paraphernalia

The Brantley County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tristan Thomas West, 27, this week and charged him with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance  and possession and use of a drug related object after deputies, investigators and probations officers conducted a search of a residence in the 500 block of Bob White Loop. West was found […]

Chicago Avenue woman kills dog

A Chicago Avenue woman killed a dog she claims attacked her children this week.

Chambliss, Isakson send letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius

Chambliss, Isakson send letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius The letter repeats an earlier demand for answers on why Kathleen Sebelius has solicited money from regulated health care companies to help the private, non-profit group that is enrolling Americans in Obamacare. Source: Southeast Georgia Today Political Notebook, Macon: GMC salutes the Kidds “Anonymous donor? Just Kidding. State […]

Lawyers: Brunswick murder suspect passed polygraph

Lawyers: Brunswick murder suspect passed polygraph

Defense attorneys say a coastal Georgia man charged with murder passed a polygraph test in which he denied killing his father and seven others. Guy Heinze Jr. is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 23 for the 2009 slayings. His lawyers filed a court motion Tuesday asking a judge to let jurors hear results of Heinze’s […]

Fort Stewart among US bases losing Army brigade

Fort Stewart among US bases losing Army brigade

Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia stands to lose 6.6 percent of its soldiers under the Army’s plan to reduce its forces by 2017. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, named Fort Stewart on Tuesday among 10 Army posts that will shrink under a restructuring plan to cut a total of 80,000 soldiers. Army […]

Funeral notice: David Head, 65

HORTENSE — David Elias Head, 65, of Hortense passed away Monday, June 24, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2013, starting at 6 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta. A funeral service will be held Thursday morning, June 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the […]

Coastal Regional Commission opens Darien office

The Coastal Regional Commission held a ribbon cutting June 12 at its new facility in Darien. The building was dedicated to the Coastal Georgia cities and counties served by the CRC, which moved from its office in Brunswick. The Coastal Regional Commission is a multi-county planning and development agency serving the 10 counties and 35 […]

Police take pants ordinance seriously

Call it the pants patrol, if you will, but Brunswick police have issued three citations since the city this past November began enforcing an ordinance to prevent pants from sagging too far below the waist. Commissioner James Brooks, who has since been suspended following an influence peddling indictment, originally brought a request to the commission […]

Body found Friday in Brunswick was that of a 42-year-old homeless man

The body of a man found Friday at a former paint factory has been identified as that of Nathan Havens, 42, deputy Glynn County Coroner Mary Jane Hurd said. Hurd waited to release the victim’s name until he was positively identified Tuesday through the use of dental records.  jacksonville.com.

Several report being hit with shotgun pellets at ball field

Several people reported being struck with pellets fired from a shotgun through the woods at the baseball field on Ball Field Road Saturday.

Baxley blueberry farmer talks immigration with Obama

A Georgia blueberry farmer got President Barack Obama’s ear Monday. Jason Berry, owner of Blueberry Farms of Georgia in Baxley, Ga., was among nine business owners who met with the president at the White House to talk about the immigration reform legislation now before Congress. Atlanta Business Chronicle.

New provost named at Georgia College

New provost named at Georgia College

Dr. Kelli Brown has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs. Source: Milledgeville Union-Recorder  Atlanta Public Schools cheating case to proceed The ruling dismisses defense efforts to get charges against 35 former educators thrown out or reduced. Source: Wall Street Journal Lawsuit over GRU name settled The Georgia Board of Regents reached a settlement in […]

Georgia Power wants rate increase

Georgia Power asked the Public Service Commission late Friday for a $482 million rate increase, or about $7.84 per month for the average residential customer. Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday Atlanta Gas Light wants $275 million from customers for pipe replacement 3,320 miles of plastic pipeline would be replaced. Source: AccessNorthGa.com/AP Plum Creek Timber Co. buys more land in […]

County libraries need right resources to thrive

County libraries need right resources to thrive

Too soon to tell “The term “pipeline” is generally met with some emotion. Images of the massive Alaskan oil pipeline and the recently discussed Keystone pipeline through the country’s midwest area have demonstrated the good and the bad of having a pipeline through your immediate area.” Source: Valdosta Daily Times  Special Olympics message one we can […]

More than $1 million raised for Savannah Children’s Hospital

For the first time in the 21-year partnership between The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, businesses and people from the Savannah area have raised more than $1 million for the local facility. Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday DaVita Healthcare to expand its dialysis operations in Columbus area DaVita HeathCare Partners, […]