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Charlton BOE concerned about declining SPLOST revenues

Charlton County Superintendent of Schools John Lairsey says the school system’s monthly Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenues are the lowest they’ve been since 2010. “I’m concerned and keeping an eye on the SPLOST,” he told the BOE at their regular meeting last week. The penny sales tax money has been down four months […]

‘Major fight’ disrupts Clinch vs. Charlton basketball game

Half the CCHS boys’ basketball team will be sitting out two each of the next four football games after “major fight” broke out at the Clinch County basketball game last week. The fight reportedly started when a non-player crossed the court during the game. Players on both teams left the bench and were involved in […]

DOT working bridges in Appling County after sleet

DOT working bridges in Appling County after sleet

Georgia Department of Transportation crews spread gravel on bridges and railroad overpasses on U.S. 341, U.S. 1 and Georgia 121 in Appling County Wednesday morning to provide traction for drivers after ice began forming just before dawn.

Area schools to close due to winter storm

Area schools to close due to winter storm

Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Ware and Wayne school systems will all be closed on Wednesday as a winter storm is expected to bring freezing rain and sleet to Southeast Georgia. “The warning calls for rain changing to freezing rain and sleet that may produce ice accumulations which would result in public safety concerns including dangerous […]

Winter storm warning for Brantley

Winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until 6 P.M. EST This Evening Main Impact…Freezing Rain And Sleet Will Produce Light Ice Accumulations Which Would Result In Dangerous Driving Conditions On Icy Roads And Bridges. The Event May End As A Brief Period Of Light Snow And Sleet Wednesday Afternoon. Other Impacts…Damage To Trees And Power […]

Pierce roads, bridges clear in early morning, but officials caution against travel

Pierce County roads and bridges are reported to be clear as of 7:00 a.m. this morning but law enforcement warns drivers that temperatures are still dropping and conditions could change rapidly. Emergency Management Director Leonard Roberts urges all residents to stay off roads unless travel is absolutely essential. Icy conditions could appear unexpectedly and not […]

Charges dismissed in Blackshear toddler death case

Charges against a Blackshear man in the death of a toddler last August have been dismissed.Pierce County Magistrate Judge Glenda Dowling dismissed the charges against John Henry Guess, 27, Friday afternoon.Dowling issued her ruling saying the state “failed to prove” its allegations in the case. The ruling came the day after a hearing at the […]

Jesup native Tasha Cobbs wins first Grammy

Jesup native Tasha Cobbs wins first Grammy

Tasha Cobbs, a native of Jesup and a pastor of worship at the Dream Center Church in Atlanta, won her first-ever Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Music Performance for “Break Every Chain.”

Ligon wants permanent ban on pumping surface water into Floridan Aquifer

A moratorium on pumping surface water into the Floridan Aquifer that supplies most of the coast would become permanent under legislation filed Thursday. Senate Bill 306 by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, seeks to extend the ban indefinitely before it expires this year.

UW seals the deal with Wayne County duo

UW seals the deal with Wayne County duo

Wayne County head coach Jody Grooms describes the recent recruitment of his two star players – three-star wide receiver Krenwick Sanders and three-star defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson – as riding a roller coaster. Although both committed and confident in their college choice of Wisconsin, both players had been wrestling with a late official visit to […]

Police probing death of Savannah teen

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police say the body of William Elijah Norman was found in front of a house in West Savannah Wednesday morning. SFGate.

Chatham County woman dies of flu

The victim, who was identified only as an adult woman and not elderly, died in Chatham County, the Coastal Health District said.

Waycross physician convicted of 51 counts in operation of Garden City pill mill

A Waycross physician who was named in a lawsuit in which Satilla Health Services paid the federal government an $840,000 settlement has been convicted of 51 felony charges in the operation of an illegal pill mill in Garden City, Ga.

Gulfstream adding 100 jobs in Brunswick expansion

Corporate jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. is expanding its service center in Brunswick, a move that’s expected to bring 100 new jobs to the coastal Georgia city.

J.C. Penney settles Brunswick discrimination suit

J.C. Penney Co. is coughing up $40,000 in order to settle a discrimination lawsuit. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged the Plano, Texas-based retailer (NYSE: JCP) of denying a female job applicant a position in the hair salon at the J.C. Penney store in Brunswick, Ga., after she informed the salon manager she was […]

Almost 20,000 join Darden Restaurants employee lawsuit

Almost 20,000 former and current Darden Restaurants workers have opted to join a federal lawsuit that alleges the company underpaid them. That’s a little less than 10 percent of the 215,000 people who were notified they could become plaintiffs. A Darden spokesman said in an email that is “well below average for these types of […]

Springfield fire chief placed on leave after DUI charge

A southeast Georgia fire chief has been placed on leave after being charged with driving under the influence.

Insurance protest in Georgia draws 9,000 friends for teacher

In 15 days, Ashley Cline has suddenly acquired nearly 9,000 new friends because of one thing they have in common. While none of these new Facebook friends is likely to invite her to lunch or even send her a Christmas card, they do appreciate her for bringing them all together. She founded Teachers Rally Against […]

Georgia men convicted of ricin plot against government

A federal jury has convicted two alleged members of a Georgia militia group with conspiring to produce the deadly toxin ricin to poison government officials, reports Reuters. Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Former Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey will join Tennessee Titans’ staff

Former Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey will join Tennessee Titans’ staff

According to multiple reports, former Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey will be joining the Tennessee Titans’ staff.

Former Georgia bank executives guilty of fraud

BRUNSWICK, GA. — Four former First National Bank executives have pleaded guilty to using manipulated loans to defraud the bank out of millions of dollars.

Georgia House OKs new election dates

The Georgia House of Representatives gave final approval Friday to a new 2014 election schedule resulting from a federal court order. Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Edenfield only finalist for interim Wayne superintendent

Brenda Edenfield seems to have a lock on the Wayne County School Superintendent’s Office. She was the only finalist named for interim superintendent Thursday night. But under state law the Wayne County Board of Education has to wait at least 14 days before officially hiring her. via The Press-Sentinel

Officer who accused former Savannah-Chatham chief of harassment suspended

Officer who accused former Savannah-Chatham chief of harassment suspended

A Savannah-Chatham police officer whose alleged affair with the department’s former chief was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint filed against the chief and a captain in the department was suspended Friday prior to dismissal.

Two Glynn men charged with selling synthetic drugs

Two Glynn men charged with selling synthetic drugs

The Glynn County Police Department has arrested two men for selling synthetic drugs. The  department arrested 21-year-old Jake Ryan Edwards and 34-year-old Jose R. Pereyra on Thursday. Both are accused of selling and using the synthetic drug known as Spice. The Glynn County Police Department said more arrests are pending.

Scathing report reveals Benghazi bungling

Scathing report reveals Benghazi bungling

UP UNTIL now, critics of the Obama administration’s mishandling of the events leading up to the murders of four Americans in Benghazi in 2012 were lambasted by the president’s defenders as right-wing crazies who were trying to derail the president’s re-election effort.

Former inmates sue Cobb sheriff for $15 million over sex scandal

Channel 2 Action News has learned the Cobb County sheriff is facing a multimillion dollar federal lawsuit stemming from a sex scandal inside his jail.

Grand jury re-indicts DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis

Grand jury re-indicts DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis

A DeKalb County grand jury hit suspended CEO Burrell Ellis with a new indictment on Thursday, the same day Ellis posted a video in which he professed his innocence and vilified his prosecutors.

One killed in Army helicopter ‘hard landing’ in Georgia | Online Athens

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A member of an elite Army helicopter unit was killed and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground as they tried to land at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, a military spokesman said Thursday. Online Athens.

Smallern hospitals could get state bailout

ATLANTA — Local charity hospitals in Georgia like St. Mary’s in Athens, Grady in Atlanta and Memorial in Savannah could get a state bailout to replace all or part of federal funds being cut as part of Obamacare, Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aide said Wednesday. Northwest Georgia News

Georgia Power canceling Albany biomass project

Georgia Power canceling Albany biomass project

Georgia Power Co. is abandoning a plan to convert a coal-fired power plant south of Albany, Ga., to biomass, citing several factors including stricter environmental regulations.    Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Georgia Power canceling Albany biomass project

Georgia Power Co. is abandoning a plan to convert a coal-fired power plant south of Albany, Ga., to biomass, citing several factors including stricter environmental regulations. Atlanta Business Chronicle.

World less friendly to those of faith

A new study by the Pew Research Center has some sobering numbers for religious individuals. Social hostilities involving religion reached its highest point in six years in 2012. Albany Herald.

Peanut Farm Show begins Thursday in Tifton

The Georgia Peanut Farm Show kicks off Thursday at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. Nearly 2,000 farmers are expected to attend the event, where more than 95 exhibits in the peanut industry will be in place. Tifton Gazette.

Deal proposes $547 increase in education spending

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal says he will propose a $547 million increase in state education spending, calling it the “largest single year increase in K-12 spending in seven years.” Online Athens.

Governor’s budget leaves out $16 million for Camden technical college

Increased spending for teachers, job training, harbor deepening and crime reduction topped Gov. Nathan Deal’s agenda laid out Wednesday in his election-year edition of the State of the State Address. Locally, the budget includes $2.5 million to equip a new classroom building and truck-driving range at Altamaha Technical College in Brunswick. However, it doesn’t include […]

Wayne school board chair ‘cautiously” optimistic

Wayne school board chair ‘cautiously” optimistic

Wayne County Board of Education chairman was “cautiously” optimistic in a meeting with retired  educators Monday. “We’re in better shape than we have been for the past eight years,” he said. He credited teachers, administrators and the Board-office staff with working to accommodate the cuts of recent years. “They’ve had to do more with less,” […]

Southern Ionics groundwork beginning in Offerman

Groundwork for a new Southern Ionics mineral sand separation plant in Offerman will begin this month, with hiring to potentially begin later this year. Initial development stages will begin next week with clearing and site grading, says David Settles, project manager. The plant will be located at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 84 and […]

Body of Charlton man reported missing found near home

The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office says Terrell Moore,  51, who was reported missing and endangered earlier this week, has been found dead near his home. For more on this case, see next week’s Herald. Moore was last seen about 5 p.m. Jan. 5 at his home. No foul play is suspected, but officials said he […]

Historical Society to meet Friday

The Brantley County Historical Society’s regular meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Nahunta Library. Dues are $15 annually and many are due this month

Streeter cartoon

Streeter cartoon

Merger of St. Marys police with Camden Sheriff’s Office too costly, task force says

A task force on consolidating St. Marys police with the county Sheriff’s Office has concluded the costs would far outweigh the benefits. The St. Marys Police Consolidation Task Force’s job was to review a study by the International City/County Management Association, or ICMA, that was made public in December. The ICMA report clearly stated that […]

32 arrested in two-day Savannah-Chatham police operation

32 arrested in two-day Savannah-Chatham police operation

Robert Douglas Morgan chose the wrong night to try to run from the law. The 29-year-old passenger in a battered, blue-gray Oldsmobile ignored a police officer’s demand he stay in the vehicle Thursday evening, choosing instead to sprint past half-a-dozen cops toward freedom. But for Morgan, who scampered about half a block from the gas […]

Georgia pecan industry targets India

Georgia pecan industry targets India

Georgia pecan grower Randy Hudson and his fellow farmers are on a mission to bring the American treat to the world. It’s an effort that’s paid off in places like China, Turkey and Dubai, where pecan exports have flourished. But the next big market targeted by the industry is proving a problem. India “has the […]

Capitol comes back to life with start of new session

Most of the year, the oil paintings and statues in the state Capitol stare at little but shifting shadows in a vast building as quiet as an elementary school in July. Then the second Monday in January, early, people start filtering in. By 10 a.m., a few hundred people, mostly but not overwhelmingly men, stand […]

Camden deputies find cocaine in detergent boxes

A Miami man was arrested Wednesday after sheriff’s deputies found 6.5 pounds of cocaine concealed inside laundry detergent boxes in the car he was driving on Interstate 95, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies stopped a southbound Ford Focus five miles north of the state line after its driver failed to maintain a proper […]

Coffee County woman dies of flu-releated illness, health officials say

A Coffee County woman died this week of the flu, the Georgia Department of Public Health said.The woman, who died while hospitalized, was older, and hers was among 20 flu-related deaths in Georgia, said Roger Naylor, spokesman for the 16-county Southeast Health District.Naylor said he could not identify the victim because of privacy laws.Flu is […]

Old Savannah vaults didn’t house slaves, researchers find

Old Savannah vaults didn’t house slaves, researchers find

The uses of the historic vaults along Factors Walk remains a mystery after the completion of an archaeological study last year. Savannah Research Library and Municipal Archives Director Luciana Spracher presented the Savannah City Council with some findings discovered through the partnership with Georgia Southern University during a workshop Thursday. There was no evidence that […]

Cox arrested on multiple drug related charges

Cox arrested on multiple drug related charges

Christian Seth Cox, 38, has been charged with several drug related crimes after he attempted to run from Brantley County deputies attempting to serve outstanding warrants for aggravated assault and other offenses. Cox was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute schedule II (crystal methamphetamine), possession of a […]

Suicidal teen’s crash kills one, seriously injures another

Suicidal teen’s crash kills one, seriously injures another

Georgia State Patrol said Sunday a teenager contemplating suicide crashed his vehicle into another car causing a chain reaction. That crash killed Renee Dowdy and left her husband, Dwayne Dowdy, clinging to life at UF Health. The driver, 19-year-old Kyle Casimir, now faces vehicular homicide charges. Michelle Russell said her sister Renee Dowdy never made […]

Marshall Strickland, 88

The Rev. Marshall Brugler Strickland, 88, of Nahunta died Tuesday morning  at his residence after an extended illness. Visitation will be held Friday  from 6-8 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church in Nahunta. A funeral service will be held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Southside Baptist Church with the Revs. Christopher Sheffield and Jerry Johns. […]

County decision on legal organ challenged by Vaughan, Express

The Brantley Enterprise has learned that Brantley Express publisher Mittie Vaughan has hired a Blackshear attorney to challenge the county’s selection of the Brantley Enterprise as the county’s legal organ.

Woman killed in Sunday crash in Glynn was considered family by many

The death of a woman killed in a Sunday morning crash has sent shock waves of grief and sadness through many Glynn County residents who counted the woman who lovingly cared for their children as family. Renee Dowdy, 51, was killed instantly when the Buick LeSabre her husband, 50-year-old Darryl Dowdy, was driving was struck […]

State to audit Wayne timberland tax program

The Georgia Department of Revenue plans to audit the Wayne County Tax Assessors Office’s use of a state property-tax program to promote timberland conservation. The announcement accompanied findings in a report, released last week, that found “questionable practices in Wayne County” regarding the Forest Land Protection Act (FLPA). The report was issued by the Georgia […]

Cold closes some area school systems

With overnight temperatures expected in the teens, several Southeast Georgia school systems canceled Tuesday classes and others were considering it. Coffee County and Pierce County will delay resuming classes after the Christmas break by one day and reopen Wednesday while others, Wayne County and Brantley County, already had planned to be out until Wednesday. LeVance […]

Tips for cold weather, fire safety, and pets

With bitter cold weather in the forecast, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens wants to remind Georgians of some important insurance and fire safety tips. – When temperatures drop into the teens or twenties, homeowners should be prepared for frozen pipes. Leaving kitchen cabinet doors open will allow warm air to reach pipes. If […]

Homeowner policies may help in aftermath of major freeze

With historic low temperatures expected for across the state over the next few days, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens wants to remind Georgians that if their homes are damaged by the extreme cold, they may get financial relief through their homeowners policies. “Depending on the source of the property damage, you may or […]

Georgia’s new license plate ranks ninth in nation

Georgia’s new license plate ranks ninth in nation

In a just released survey from,  Georgia’s new license plate was ranked as the ninth favorite in the nation. Wyoming’s license plate, with its emblematic bucking horse and rider silhouetted against a blue Teton Range, was voted the favorite, with nearly a third of the 2,000 respondents ranking it among the top five standard-issue […]

Mrs. Ollie Hickox Crews,90

Folkston — Mrs. Ollie Hickox Crews, 90, of Folkston died Saturday afternoon at her residence after an extended illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Crews will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta, with the Rev. Jody Griffin officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services […]

Carl Richard Harris, 63

Carl Richard Harris, 63, of Nahunta died Friday from injuries received in a house fire at his residence.  A graveside service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in The New Hope Cemetery in Hickox with the Revs. Ion Johns and Jimmy Mathis officiating.

Prepare for temps to fall below 20 degrees Tuesday morning

The Weather Authority says temperatures could dip in the teens by Tuesday morning so before the cold weather sets in, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared. Chris Trad from Trad’s Garden Center said you don’t have to lose your plants to the cold temps. “Cover them somewhat of a teepee shape,” said Trad. “I […]

Enterprise became legal organ Jan. 1

The Brantley Enterprise became the legal organ of Brantley County on Jan. 1, contrary to information published in another local newspaper. According to officials the change must still be published in the former legal organ but the notice of change was sent to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office on Dec. 23 making the Enterprise […]

Names released of four victims in Jesup car shooting

All four occupants of a car riddled with bullets in a Jesup shooting on Christmas Eve were from Jesup, according to the Jesup Police Department. Police Chief Glenn Takaki released the names of the four victims Friday morning. The three men in the car were Lloyd Darnell Stevenson, 34, of 959 S. Palm St.; Patrick […]

Man’s body found near Jacksonville middle school

Man’s body found near Jacksonville middle school

A mans body was found in Mayport Saturday morning, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office.The death is currently being investigated as a homicide, according to JSO.Sometime before 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, a man believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s was found laying close to the woods near Mayport Middle School.JSO says […]

Cougar urine may be the answer to turning back wild hogs at Georgia historic site

The solution to rooting out rooting wild hogs at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site sounds like the name of a strong craft beer. Panther Pee is a home-brewed beer but cougar urine works in keeping wild hogs away. Park Manager Bill Giles admitted he was skeptical when it was suggested he try spreading some cougar […]

Pot plants, pit bulls found at fugitive banker’s home

Pot plants, pit bulls found at fugitive banker’s home

The run-away banker and investor from South Georgia, who was the subject of a federal man hunt, may now face serious drug charges in Ocala, Florida. Aubrey Lee Price is in federal custody in the Savannah area after he was caught in a traffic stop near Brunswick Tuesday. Ocala, Florida Police searched the house he […]

One confirmed flu-related death in South Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed one flu-related death in South Georgia. This is the first confirmed flu-related death in South Georgia this flu season; however, there have been nine flu-related deaths in other parts of Georgia. The local death was an adult.   DPH is reporting increases in flu activity statewide; […]

Wal-Mart recalls card table, chair sets after finger amputations

Wal-Mart recalls card table, chair sets after finger amputations

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is recalling about 73,400 Mainstays five-piece card table and chair sets because the chairs can unexpectedly collapse, posing a fall hazard or potential finger injury. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that Wal-Mart has received 10 reports of injuries, including one finger amputation, three fingertip amputations, sprained or fractured fingers and […]

Louise Locklear Melton, 86

Louise Locklear Melton, 86, of Waycross passed away Wednesday at Sears Manor in Brunswick following an extended illness. Born in Argyle, her parents were George W. and Willie Howell Locklear. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Reamer “Ray” Locklear. Visitation will be held Friday  at 6 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home in […]

Ligon plans to revive legislation

State Sen. William Ligon, R-St. Simons Island, has some unfinished business to take care of during the upcoming session of the state Legislature. In 2013, Ligon set in motion a pair of bills that would block the state from implementing the Common Core Curriculum, a set of national education standards voluntarily adopted by 45 states. […]

Atkinson health department moves back into building it left because of mold and mildew

The Atkinson County Health Department will reopen in January in the facility it left in August because of mold and mildew, officials said. The health department had operated temporarily from its old offices in downtown Pearson and offered some services at the WIC Clinic in Willacoochee while corrections were made to what was then a […]

Stolen hot dog wagon leads to search for repeat auto thief

Lawmen are looking for a man suspected in a series of vehicle thefts in Pierce County and twice eluding capture. Blackshear Police Chief Chris Wright says 38-year-old Steven Plyler is a suspect in or has arrest warrants for at least four thefts since Dec. 21. The incidents appear to have happened late at night or […]

Jesup Police, GBI offer reward in Christmas shootings

The Jesup Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of offenders involved in Christmas Eve events which resulted on one dead and four wounded. Officials have not said if the separate incidents were related but offered the reward for “offender(s) involved […]

State uncovers misuse of funds at Gateway

When the state took over Gateway Behavioral Health Services in July, it showed Glynn County that deep seeded problems of misuse of state funds and conflicts of interest can find roots even in a community service board created more than 30 years ago to help those who do not have the means to help themselves. […]

Health law to put calorie info on vending machines

Health law to put calorie info on vending machines

Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law. Requiring calorie information to be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices, says the Food and Drug Administration, […]

221 sickened in Colorado by synthetic pot linked to Brunswick

221 sickened in Colorado by synthetic pot linked to Brunswick

Synthetic marijuana  believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year may b linked to a strain found in Brunswick, according to a federal report released Thursday. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is based on a joint investigation with state health officials launched after Colorado […]

Red Lobster to be thrown overboard by Darden

Red Lobster to be thrown overboard by Darden

Darden Restaurants is planning to spinoff its Red Lobster unit, making the restaurant chain the latest to bow to the demands of activist shareholders. Darden, the company behind Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille and Bahama Breeze and other chains, has disappointed investors with declining profits for each of the past three years has been […]

Georgia cheeses recalled for potential health risk

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of Flat Creek Farm & Dairy’s Heavenly Blue and Aztec Cheddar cheeses, sold in Georgia and Florida, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Savannah bike share program set to begin in January

Savannah bike share program set to begin in January

No, those bike racks that have suddenly popped up in downtown Savannah aren’t meters for bicycles. Beginning in January, Chatham Area Transit will launch its pilot bike-share program that will allow the short-term rental of bicycles. While the transit agency will continue to specialize in bus mobility, the program represents another sign of CAT’s intention […]

Savannah-Chatham cop resigns in wake of misconduct claims

Savannah-Chatham cop resigns in wake of misconduct claims

A Savannah-Chatham police sergeant has resigned in the wake of renewed allegations of wrongdoing reported as the result of an independent probe into misconduct in the department. “Due to recent events regarding the probe into my alleged wrongdoing while working for (the Chatham Counter Narcotics Team) I have decided to resign from the (force),” Malik […]

Buzzard protection focus of Savannah River Ecology Lab study

Buzzard protection focus of Savannah River Ecology Lab study

Birds that get their sustenance from eating dead animals are the focus of a local study aimed at keeping them alive. Amanda Holland, a University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources graduate student, helps tag a vulture. Vultures, or scavenging birds that feed on carrion, have been on the decline in recent […]

Season’s first whale calf sighted off Sapelo Island

Season’s first whale calf sighted off Sapelo Island

Talk about a big baby. This one is more than 10 feet long and weighs more than a ton. It’s the first right whale calf of the season, spotted Friday swimming alongside its mother about 20 miles east of Sapelo Island. “We’re very encouraged by that,” said Clay George, wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department […]

GSU coaching search underway

GSU coaching search underway

Within a matter of hours after the United States Military Academy announced that Georgia Southern head football coach Jeff Monken is going to be the next coach at Army, GSU officials held a press conference to address the coaching search on Tuesday afternoon at Paulson Stadium’s Bishop Field House. Athletics director Tom Kleinlein said he […]

Liquor stores prepare to open Sundays in city

Regardless of how they felt about the issue as it neared a vote in November, most liquor store owners in the city are indicating they will be open for business on the first Sunday of 2014. Brunswick voters approved alcohol sales in convenience, grocery and package stores on Sundays in the city in a referendum […]

Stamp price to increase in January

Stamp price to increase in January

The price to mail a first-class letter and most other mail will rise by 3 cents on January 26, the largest rate hike in 11 years, the commission that oversees the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday. The cost for a first-class stamp will increase to 49 cents for two years, giving the financially struggling agency […]

Three arrested in Coffee County home invasion

Three arrested in Coffee County home invasion

Three people have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery/home invasion that occurred on Baker Farm Road on October 30, 2013. Christopher Channing Coleman, 20, Zachary Drew Watson, 21, and Zora Leann McGlashan, 23, were taken into custody by officials from Coffee County and Tift County, where the suspects were staying. Ski masks and […]

Funny money is serious crime this time of year

Funny money is serious crime this time of year

’Tis the season. And if you are not careful, it could also be a time when you get stuck with a counterfeit bill. And don’t expect Uncle Sam to tell you that you are a good citizen for taking in those bogus bills and then exchanging them for the real thing. Uh-uh. The last person […]

Photographer uses eye in the sky to capture Jekyll’s beauty

Photographer uses eye in the sky to capture Jekyll’s beauty

Promotional images that capture sweeping, aerial views of Jekyll Island’s main resort and unspoiled beaches were captured by a photographer and his remote-controlled assistant — a mini-drone carrying a mounted camera.

Augusta veterans hospital bans religious Christmas carols

Augusta’s Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is taking a stricter stance on its policy banning carolers from singing religious Christmas music in public patient areas, reports The Augusta Chronicle. The facility last week stopped a high school group, Augusta’s Alleluia Community School, from singing to its veterans a number of traditional holiday tunes that honor […]

Atlanta civil rights leaders blast Obama’s picks for judgeships

Atlanta civil rights leaders are blasting the Obama administration’s selections for federal district court judgeships in north Georgia. Three of four nominees are white men, and critics say they all have Republican ties, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV. Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Unusual nativity scene

Unusual nativity scene

Wayne superintendent resigns from school system

Wayne superintendent resigns from school system

Wayne County School Superintendent Daryl Fineran resigned Tuesday night. The resignation will not be effective, though, for eight months. The Wayne County Board of Education accepted Fineran’s resignation in a 4-1 vote. Linda Lockley-Kelly, who voted against the motion, said, “I do not believe in changing gears midstream. … I only believe in changing if […]

Waycross Middle School gets $40,000 Dollar General donation

Dollar General came to Waycross Middle School this week bearing a gift. Principal David Hitt simply called it incredible. Hitt knew Dollar General had a “Reading Revolution” program and figured the company was writing a check to support the reading program at Waycross Middle. “I thought we were going to get $1,500, maybe $2,000,’’ Hitt […]

FBI arrests Richmond County coroner

FBI arrests Richmond County coroner

Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten was arrested Thursday in a joint state-federal investigation on a charge of stealing a car from a deceased man or his family. District Attorney Ashley Wright said that an arrest warrant charges Tuten with the theft of a 2004 Nissan Altima about July 30. The vehicle belonged to a dead […]

University Hospital to pursue building a hospital in Evans

Columbia County has also talked with Doctors Hospital about submitting a proposal and officials are “relatively sure” they will. Source: Augusta Chronicle Gwinnett Medical Center gets $1 million donation from Gwinnett couple The $1 million, given by Clyde and Sandra Strickland, is designated for family medicine residency education. Source: Gwinnett Daily Post Gwinnett County Commission votes yes […]

Tybee Island beach renourishment plans move forward

The project is estimated to cost from $15 million to $19.2 million, said Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman. Tybee expects the federal government to cover 60.5 percent of the cost. The remaining 39.5 percent will likely be shared between the state and the city of Tybee Island.Source: Savannah Morning News

Army Cyber Command will be based in Augusta

The Army announced today that its Cyber Command will be headquartered at Fort Gordon in Augusta, bringing 700 new people to the base and a three-star commander. Georgia U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, has worked with the Army for four years to bring the headquarters to Georgia following a […]

Georgia State ‘won’t be welcomed back’ to Arabia Mountain High School

Georgia State officials offered a football player a ‘grayshirt offer” on Thursday, less than six weeks from national signing day. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Carroll County Schools survey results released Nearly 15,000 stakeholders took the survey which focused on five standards. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian  Career Academy in Dalton collecting aluminum drink can tabs The school has collected about […]

TSYS says it’s not involved in data breach at Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. has long been a client of TSYS, issuing its store-brand and other credit cards with the red target logo, processing transactions, and completing the billing and statement process. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer • Fury and frustration over data breach at Target Angry Target customers expressed their displeasure in comments on the company’s Facebook page. Some […]

U.S. Rep. Kingston criticized for statement on school lunch

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston is coming under criticism for comments suggesting that poor students who are part of the nation’s school lunch program should sweep cafeteria floors. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Political Insider: Army Cyber Command will be based in Augusta“The Army announced today that its Cyber Command will be headquartered at Fort Gordon in Augusta, bringing […]

Atlanta transit ranked one of the world’s worst systems

The index only includes 84 major cities, which means Atlanta (about 32 points) only ranked higher than Baghdad (which, you’ll remember, is a major city in a country that has been ravaged by conflict for a decade) and Hanoi. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Gov. Deal signs deed transferring Sports Hall of Fame to Bibb County authority In […]

Pecan crop worse than expected

The quality and quantity of Georgia’s 2013 pecan crop is in worse shape than originally feared.Due in large part to pecan scab, a fungal disease that thrives in wet conditions, Georgia’s pecan crop is expected to total between 50 million and 60 million pounds, instead of the normal 90 million. University of Georgia pecan horticulturist […]

Trash rates going up in Homeland

Reluctant to overburden their citizens in a sluggish economy, the Homeland City Council nevertheless agreed to increase their garbage collection fees in 2014. “I don’t think this will hurt them too bad,” said Councilman Gerald Tait of the $25 a year increase approved for residential garbage collection. “They come to the house, pick up the […]

Federal extended unemployment benefits set to end Dec. 28

ATLANTA – Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the nation’s long-term unemployed workers is set to end Saturday, Dec. 28, impacting 39,559 workers in Georgia. EUC is a federally funded benefit for long-term unemployed workers who have exhausted regular state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. The maximum weekly benefit is $330, while the most recent average […]

State jobless down to lowest rate since 2008

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.7 percent in November, its lowest point since November 2008, when it was 7.6 percent. The rate is down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in October and a full percentage point from 8.7 percent in November a […]

Three fatalities identified in Tuesday crash

Three fatalities identified in Tuesday crash

By Michael Hall A seven car pile-up crash on I-95 Tuesday afternoon involving three tractor-trailers, a pickup truck towing a fifth-wheel camper and three other cars claimed the lives of three Florida residents. Rocco Urso, 80, and his wife Heidi Urso, 76, of Bonita Springs, Fla., were killed when a tractor-trailer collided with their Lexus […]

At least 3 dead in pileup of seven vehicles on I-95 near Brunswick

At least three people were killed Tuesday in a seven-vehicle chain reaction crash at 3 p.m. on the Interstate 95 overpass over U.S. 17 as traffic was moving slowly, the Georgia State Patrol said. via

Michael Baxley, 24

Funeral services will be held for Devon Michael Baxley at Hanley-Shelton Funeral Home, 473 Lawrence Street, Marietta, GA on Saturday, December 21st at 1:00 PM.  A reception/wake will follow at a friend’s residence in Marietta, GA.  Devon was born November 30, 1989 in Miami, FL and passed away December 14, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.  He grew […]

American Midstream closes buy of Blackwater Midstream

American Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: AMID) has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Blackwater Midstream Holdings, LLC (“Blackwater”), a developer and operator of terminal storage facilities including one in Glynn County, from an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC. The acquisition was announced on December 10, 2013, and includes Blackwater’s three operating terminal […]

Two charged with arson and murder in Waycross fire

The Waycross Police Dept. has announced two arrests in the arson that claimed the life of Lt. Jeff Little of the Waycross Fire Dept. Investigators received a tip from the Arson Hotline operated by the State Fire Marshall’s Office. Two suspects were interviewed by members of the task force and were then arrested following the […]

Use of force justified for officer who threw St. Simons woman to pavement during DUI arrest

Brunswick police say an officer’s use of force in pushing a 70-year-old woman to the ground during a DUI arrest was justified. Police Chief Matt Doering released report on a Dec. 5 incident involving a St. Simons Island woman authorities say resisted arrest and became combative when ordered her to step out of her vehicle. […]

Georgia ports continue record pace in October

Georgia’s ports moved a record 2.54 million tons of cargo during October — up 22 percent, Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday. The Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick and Savannah’s Ocean Terminal combined to move a record 62,343 units of automobiles and heavy machinery in October — up 19.2 percent. October’s growth pushed […]

Dowdy, three other BCHS students, charged in theft of golf cart

Dowdy, three other BCHS students, charged in theft of golf cart

Ben D. Dowdy, 18, and three  juvenile males were charged with theft by taking and obstruction of law enforcement officers when the four left Brantley County High School and stole a golf cart from a residence in the 1700 block of Ellis Highsmith Road during school hours.

Enforcement difficult against designer drug creators

Synthetic marijuana can lead to paranoia or hallucinations and even suicide; Since 2010, the Georgia Legislature has passed bills that are aimed at combating the drugs and ‘bath salts,’ but it’s difficult to find the creators of the drugs. Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday Macon doctor heads to White House with new strategy on combatting substance abuse The […]

IKEA sponsors turtle at Tybee Marine Science Center

IKEA sponsors turtle at Tybee Island Marine Science Center Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday Zoo Atlanta’s pandas are not boys, but girls Genetic testing shows the three young pandas are actually girls. This isn’t the first case of mistaken gender for a panda born at Zoo Atlanta. Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday/AP Annual bear hunt: Kills appear to be fewer […]

Wilcox County Schools: Staff wants to continue 4-day work week

According to a survey of teachers in the Wilcox County School System, 80% of the respondents said they prefer the four-day school week for the 2014-2015 year. Source: Cordele Dispatch   Dalton schools were already preparing when Newtown shootings took place Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said the police department’s policies and practices haven’t been significantly beefed […]

Officials say Sabal Trail gas pipeline is ‘quite a way off’

In Colquitt County about 90 percent of those whose land could lie in the path of the massive pipeline have either given permission or allowed workers onto their land without objection. For neighboring Mitchell County the figure is about 77 percent. Source: Moultrie Observer Winter crops in Thomas County area off to slow start Wheat is […]

U.S. Sen. Isakson condemns VA center deaths

Isakson, a member of Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, said his staff has begun coordinating efforts with Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., to have a congressional hearing at the Charlie Norwood VA and hold accountable the personnel responsible for the clinic’s missteps. Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday Athens-area legislators hear from education advocates on Friday Three of the delegates, […]

U.S. Sen. Isakson condemns VA center deaths

U.S. Sen. Isakson condemns VA center deaths Isakson, a member of Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, said his staff has begun coordinating efforts with Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., to have a congressional hearing at the Charlie Norwood VA and hold accountable the personnel responsible for the clinic’s missteps. Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday Athens-area legislators hear from education […]

New leaders named for Augusta Warrior Project

New leaders named for Augusta Warrior Project The veterans group is making changes to its board of directors and executive leadership; W. Thomas Matthews, the former co-chairman of the Medal of Honor Foundation, replaces former president Jim Hull, who will continue on the board as treasurer. Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday Atlanta Braves: Planned move highlights race, class […]

Waycross arson becomes murder of fireman

Waycross arson becomes murder of fireman

A City of Waycross Fire Department response turned into a Line of Duty Death Sunday, and that became a murder when the fire was ruled an arson which resulted in the death of Lt. David Jeff Little, 50. The fire Department responded to a structure fire around 12:20 a.m. on Sunday on the 1000 block of […]

Settlement in Douglas paving company lawsuits reaches $120,000

The Georgia Department of Transportation has reached a settlement in lawsuits filed by a south Georgia paving company. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday  that a $120,000 settlement was recently reached with Douglas Asphalt, which had claimed the department used faulty tests to discredit his work, cancel his paving contract and put the company out of […]

Land use committee recommends closing St. Marys Airport

The ongoing conflict between the U.S. Navy and the city of St Marys on the status  of the barely used St. Marys Airport may be drawing to a close.When the Camden County and Kings Bay Joint Land Use Study panel made its findings public Thursday night, it clearly called for shutting down the airport.The posters […]

Rockdale County Commissioners vote down extra holiday for employees

Rockdale County employees won’t have an additional holiday during Christmas week this year, following a vote by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning. Source: Rockdale Citizen  Gwinnett County officials propose local-state partnership on juvenile detention facility Source: Gwinnett Daily Post Firing of Augusta City Manager may lead to firing of others Monday’s firing of City Administrator Fred […]

Wellness initiative in Savannah shows mixed results

The city of Savannah recently celebrated the efforts of more than 140 employees who participated in Healthy Savannah’s 10-week LEAN Challenge. Source: Savannah Morning News Athens medical professor learns power of an apology A 2010 study from researchers at the University of Michigan and Brigham and Women’s Hospital showed when doctors apologize for mistakes, it can […]

Bottlenose dolphin disease found in Georgia

A disease that has killed more than 800 bottlenose dolphins along mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. coasts since July 1 has been confirmed in Georgia.Source: Savannah Morning News

3D printers arrive at three Clarke County schools’ media centers

The 3D printer draws a string of polymer off a spool into a small chamber attached to a nozzle. The polymer is heated and melts, and the melted polymer squirts out of a tiny nozzle. As the polymer comes out, the nozzle moves quickly back and forth over a small, flat table, continuously depositing a […]

Georgia tax revenues up in November

 Net tax revenues were 3.6% higher in November compared with last November. Source: Albany Herald  Albany restaurant and bar owners say alcohol license fee increase is too steep Liquor-by-the-drink fees are set to go up by 64%. Source: Albany Herald  Camden County officials approve micro-distillery Business owner Ron Lewis said his Christmas Island Distillery will attract connoisseurs, […]

Another candidate announces

Ester Fleming, a life-long Covington resident and former Newton County Board of Commissioners member, is the second Republican candidate for the seat that Rep. Doug Holt will vacate. Source: Newton Citizen Gov. Deal speaks to Georgia farmers Gov. Nathan Deal praised farmers at the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation meeting Tuesday for producing products that help the […]

Opinion: New, pricey training facility unnecessary

How will Americans know if Congress and the administration of President Obama are sincere about reducing the nation’s soaring debt? By telling the U.S. State Department, in no uncertain terms, that it will not get $1 billion in tax-dollars for its own personal training facility. It can send its people to the Federal Law Enforcement […]

Casino boat investigation uncovers $1 million in illegal gambling

Casino boat investigation uncovers $1 million in illegal gambling

A joint-investigation of a Savannah River casino boat uncovered more than $1 million in illegal proceeds, authorities reported. The investigation, which involved federal and local law enforcement agencies, targeted gambling aboard the Diamond Casino Cruise. Three men were indicted by a federal grand jury and reportedly pleaded guilty to prohibition of illegal gambling businesses.   […]

Hoboken accident

Hoboken accident

An Appling County vehicle was involved in an accident with a log truck early today but no injures were reported. Details were not available.

Ronnie Milsap: A chance meeting led to music stardom

How a chance meeting with Charley Pride led to Ronnie Milsap’s star rising. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian Douglas County still ranks 8th in the state for foreclosures Source: Douglas County Sentinel Moultrie civic leader Doris George, 84, dies Doris Strong George, former owner of Strong Funeral Home and first president of the Colquitt County Chapter of the NAACP, […]

Columbia County to seek hospital again

While the state’s Certificate of Need law has prevented the county from getting a hospital or even a free-standing Emergency Department in the past, County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said there are a couple of exceptions written into the law that might be exploited. Source: Augusta Chronicle Big debate over e-cigarette benefits, risks As e-cigs grow […]

New Sustainabililty Center in Columbus officially opens

The new recycling center opened Wednesday to a crowd of over 100; Columbus recycles only about 5 percent of its solid waste, Public Works Director Pat Biegler said. If that can be raised to 40 percent, that would expend the life of the Pine Grove Landfill from its current 28 years to 60 years. Source: Columbus […]

Graduation rate at Savannah-Chatham Public Schools is up

Graduation rate at Savannah-Chatham Public Schools is up The Savannah-Chatham Public Schools’ 2013 graduation rate is 69.8 percent and appears to be bouncing back from 2011 when the state started using the more precise cohort method for calculating graduation rates. Source: Savannah Morning News   • Graduation rate in Newton County drops The Newton County School System […]

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit to sell its fudge for the holidays

The Monastery’s gift shop in Conyers is the place to find four varieties of fudge. Source: Rockdale Citizen WOW! adding 120 jobs to Augusta call center The regional cable provider is hiring 120 employees in residential and business sales, customer service and support, dispatch and supervisory roles at the Wheeler Road center. Source: Augusta Chronicle Georgia Artisan […]

Latest enrollment figures for Obamacare in Georgia, Alabama

In Georgia, about 61,000 applications for insurance were received through the federal exchange,, from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30; 6,800 people enrolled in a plan; and 10,925 were deemed eligible for Medicaid. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer • Number of Georgia Affordable Care Act exchange enrollment is up Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle  Subpoenas issued related to Gov. Deal’s ethics […]

Savannah man convicted of child pornography

Steve Lavon Biggins, 33, of Savannah, Georgia, was convicted Tuesday by a federal jury after a 2-day trial before U. S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield for Transporting a Minor with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct, Production of Child Pornography, and Transportation of Child Pornography. United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “This […]

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $400 million

Georgia Lottery officials say the Mega Millions jackpot has reached an estimated $400 million — which is the second largest jackpot in the game’s history. Officials say one player who purchased a $1 ticket in Gainesville won $10,000. Two winning tickets sold in Norcross Dec. 10 were worth $5,000 each, and another two sold in […]

New system to be used to calculate teacher pay

Next year the new Teacher Keys evaluation system for public school teachers will base teacher pay on classroom observations and student outcomes on tests and other progress goals. But Savannah-Chatham Superintendent Thomas Lockamy warns of “troubled waters ahead” because of major flaws in the evaluation process.

AG opens probe into complaint of illegal closed sessions in Bacon

The Attorney General’s office has responded to a recent formal complaint of illegal closed-door meetings in Bacon County by opening an investigation. The complaint, filed Dec. 4, was prompted after the Bacon County Fire Board met in closed session to discuss fire department pay policies Nov. 27. via The Alma Times

Deadly Bacon jail escape plan foiled by staff

Bacon County Jail staff intercepted plans for what was intended to be a fatal attack and escape plan by inmates here last Friday, December 6. According to Bacon County Sheriff Richard Foskey, at least three inmates planned to harm jail and E-911 staff and “walk out the front door.” via The Alma Times

One dead, two injured in crash near Irwinville Tuesday

Ben Hill County Sheriff Bobby McLemore says one person has been killed and two others injured in a crash on Hwy. 125 a little after 1 p.m. Tuesday about 3 miles north of Irwinville. Witnesses at the scene said a minivan driven by 53 year old Brent Jacobs crossed the center line of the highway and […]

Flu kills two in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health announced late Wednesday it has lab confirmation of two flu-related deaths in the state. These are the first confirmed flu-related deaths in Georgia this flu season. Both of the deceased were adults. While the flu level is still considered minimal in Georgia, DPH is reporting increases in flu activity statewide, […]

Parents of Valdosta teen found dead in mat want inquiry

Parents of Valdosta teen found dead in mat want inquiry

Lawyers for the parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead at school inside a rolled-up gym mat are calling on the governor to order a coroner’s inquest. The body of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found Jan. 11, and sheriff’s investigators concluded that he died in a freak accident. Johnson’s parents insist someone must have […]

Police seek two in Richmond Hill death

The Richmond Hill Police Department has secured warrants for the arrest of two individuals resulting from their investigation of the discovery of the body of Evans Patrick Fruitticher in the parking lot of a local restaurant Dec. 4.

Pierce finally admits paying $100,000 to end lawsuit

Pierce County has agreed to pay former Emergency Medical Service Director Ken Justice $100,000 to settle his lawsuit. The settlement, dated Sept. 15, was finally released by the county last Friday. According to documents filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, the parties involved filed a joint dismissal resolving […]

Superior Court: Allow Boatright to run for REMC board of Directors

A Tuesday, December 3, Superior State Court ruling demands Satilla Rural Electric Membership Cooperative issue a ballot for the Board of Directors to include Jerry E. Boatright as a candidate for Bacon County within 60 days. via The Alma Times

Mandela ceremony interpreter called a ‘fake’

Mandela ceremony interpreter called a ‘fake’ –