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Columbus’ whitewater attraction listed #1 on best man-made whitewater attraction

USA Today listed the urban whitewater course as top man-made whitewater attraction. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Valdosta media instructor wins award for research paper

Dennis Conway, mass media instructor at Valdosta State University, won acclaim for his paper, “Are Incentives from U.S. State Film Offices to Media Productions Worth the Money?” Source: Valdosta Daily Times Retired astronaut speaks to Columbus third-graders Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, spoke to about 400 third graders on Wednesday. Source: Columbus […]

Southwest Airlines named official airline of College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta

Southwest is also to be official airline of the Atlanta Falcons. Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle Cash America buys 34 pawn lending locations in Georgia and North Carolina The deal includes 31 locations in Georgia and three in North Carolina. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Workers at McDonald’s take part in nationwide strike Employees at an Atlanta McDonald’s walked out […]

Rep. Scot Turner spoke at UGA on Obamacare

Turner said, “That money has strings attached to it back to D.C. D.C. is pulling every string on every dollar, making your local government exactly what D.C. wants it to do. And so we have to get out of this idea that federal dollars are OK to take within the state without some sort of […]

Former Prisoners of War to tell stories

National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day is Sept. 20. In honor of that day, the National Park Service, the Friends of Andersonville and Georgia Southwestern State University are hosting the 8th Annual POW Convocation program Sept. 18. Source: Americus Times-Recorder Georgia’s ‘stand your ground’ legislation mirrors Florida’s Under “stand your ground” laws, a person […]

Half sister of slain toddler: Mother’s story didn’t add up

Half sister of slain toddler: Mother’s story didn’t add up

Lawyers representing a Brunswick man on trial in the shooting death of a toddler cannot introduce allegations that the slain child’s mother abused drugs, traded sex for drugs or mistreated her older children as part of the defense, the trial judge ruled Wednesday morning. In her testimony Tuesday, Sherry West, the mother of 13-month-old Antonio […]

Mother of toddler slain during robbery testifies

Mother of toddler slain during robbery testifies

Sherry West gave a tearful testimony Tuesday in the murder trial of the Brunswick man accused of shooting to death her baby in his stroller. She said two youths came down Ellis Street as she pushed the stroller on her way back from buying a stamp at the post office March 21. “The big one […]

Community must be cautious of rabid wildlife

Another fox – the second this month – has scratched or bitten a resident of the Golden Isles. Officials with the Coastal Health District suspect the animals were rabid, carriers of rabies. They’re warning residents to stay clear of wildlife, which people should automatically do anyway. We are talking about “wild life,” after all, not domestic animals.

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The Brantley Enterprise is considering an increase in the price of the newspaper at newsstands and the cost of subscriptions. When corporations plan on making major changes they often clear it with their shareholders beforehand. We consider you, our subscribers and those who purchase the newspaper each week at the newsstand, to be our shareholders, […]

‘Crazy Clown’ synthetic marijuana may have been made in Brunswick

So-called synthetic marijuana that has sickened at least 11 people in Glynn County since Friday may have been made locally, Police Chief Matt Doering said Monday.

Pierce County favored in 1-AAA

Region 1-AAA was formed last season after the GHSA made a major realignment — and Pierce County took advantage of its new surroundings by rolling through region play with a perfect 7-0 record. Savannah schools Johnson, Beach and Savannah High moved to the region from Region 3-AAAAA, where they had been playing two levels above […]

Jekyll Island may lose its post office and zip code

The governing authority of this state-owned island is working on an agreement to save the number 31527. That’s the island’s zip code, and the Jekyll Island Authority wants to save it and the U.S. post office that goes with it. The authority has been in communication with the U.S. Postal Service as it seeks to […]

Witness: Elkins hid a gun under neighbor’s sofa day baby was shot

Witness: Elkins hid a gun under neighbor’s sofa day baby was shot

A Brunswick teen accused of killing a 13-month-old hid a pistol that his mother later took to a pond where police found it, prosecution witnesses testified Monday. That testimony came at the onset of the second week of the trial of De’Marquise Elkins, 18, and his mother Karimah Elkins. Because of pretrial news coverage in […]

Long County drowning victim, 11, identified

Fifteen feet of water may not sound that deep to an experienced swimmer, but it was apparently too much for an 11-year old Long County girl. Authorities say the child drown Sunday evening after swimming in a neighborhood bar pit. The pit resembles a pond, and is dug for drainage purposes. The victim was identified […]

Boy loses fight against brain-eating parasite found in southeast

A Florida boy who contracted a rare, brain-eating amoeba lost his courageous battle Saturday. 12-year-old Zachary Reyna died at a hospital in Miami with his family by his side, exactly three weeks after contracting the parasite.  www.ajc.com.

Albany gets new heart cath technology

Phoebe Putney Memorial now has a cutting-edge cardiovascular imaging system in its cath lab. Source: Albany Herald   North Georgia clinics offer drive-thru flu shots Source: Dalton Daily Citizen   Wayne Memorial Hospital has $100.6 million impact on area Source: Press-Sentinel   John Gogick: ‘Chronicle’ reporter will help you understand health care reform “Surrogacy and expertise. Just two […]

McDonough: Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary needs help

The sanctuary is home to more than 1,000 animals — lions, tigers and bears included — and needs to raise its current 8 foot fencing to 16 feet. Source: Henry Daily Herald Landfill: 1 million tons of garbage enters Cherokee County landfill each year Source: Cherokee Tribune Red snapper ban lifted over weekend The weekend lift was […]

Former Dalton State professor talks about misconceptions re: the South

Larry Cooper, who has released a book titled “Lincoln’s Land,” on his genealogy and the Civil War’s impact on eastern Tennessee, talks about his family being Unionist, not Confederate. Source: Dalton Daily Citizen Morris Brown College returns to bankruptcy court with new $1.5 million loan According to legal filings submitted to the court last week, Morris […]

Beretta Firearms considers move to Upson County

If the company chooses Upson County, it could mean 450 to 500 jobs for the area; Beretta Firearms dates back to 1526. Source: Thomaston Times Cotton farmers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about this year’s harvest A 20% reduction in cotton production compared to last year is anticipated in Bulloch County. Source: Statesboro Herald Sue Else named the new CEO […]

Rep. John Barrow talks about Obamacare, fiscal crisis, port

Rep. John Barrow expressed his frustration with Congress when talking with editors at the Statesboro Herald. Source: Statesboro Herald Obamacare: Part-time teachers won’t be covered Source: Augusta Chronicle/Saturday   • Health care reform confuses colleges At issue is the 30-hour-a-week rule that would make an employee count as full time under the Affordable Care Act and require a […]

State’s freight corridor network includes I-985

The official network is intended as “a cohesive and complete map of the state’s priority of roads for freight movements,” according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Source: Gainesville Times Study shows education and workforce development play roles in decreasing disparities Source: Gainesville Times Civilian furloughs end at Fort Gordon Six weeks of civilian furloughs have ended. […]

Three more treated in Brunswick Sunday for smoking ‘spice’

The owner of a Brunswick smoke shop surrendered his entire inventory of “spice” after three people were taken to the hospital Sunday with reactions to smoking it, Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said. Sunday’s reactions come just three days after eight people were treated and three of them placed in intensive care after smoking […]

Volunteer uses social media to find homes for animals

Volunteer uses social media to find homes for animals

A Waycross woman is using Facebook and YouTube to find friends for dogs. As often as she can, Charlotte de la Vergne takes her video and still cameras to the Okefenokee Humane Society and captures the faces and wagging tails of dogs who need homes. She posts them online and often they result in adoptions. After […]

Brantley road closures continue

Extreme weather and flooding continued to plague Brantley County this week leading to the closing of school on Friday and a growing list of impassable roads. The list of roads closed as of Aug. 23 include the following: • Duck Pond Road • Warner’s Landing • Deerwood Road • Clara Jacobs Road • Lee Road […]

Charlton Memorial Hospital will suspend operations Friday

Charlton Memorial Hospital will suspend operations Friday

Financially-burdened Charlton Memorial Hospital will halt operations indefinitely next Friday, according to a statement released Friday by the hospital. The move comes in wake of the hospital’s past requests for county aid to help pay down old debt while restructuring to cover monthly operating costs. The statement reads: “Due to financial instability, the Hospital Authority […]

Nahunta resident turns 100 Aug. 30

Myrtle Rowell, a resident of Nahunta, will turn 100 years of age on Aug. 30. The Southern Georgia Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging and the Georgia Department of Human Services will recognizing Rowell by presenting her with a certificate of recognition and a thank you for her contributions to Georgia’s families and communities. “Georgia’s […]

Eight hospitalized in Brunswick from reaction to smoking incense

Eight people were hospitalized Thursday night for severe reactions to smoking a form of incense or “spice,’’ Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said. One of the smokers was reported in critical condition; the rest have been released, Doering said. All are 16 to 25 years old, he said. The Centers for Disease Control and […]

Future of rural hospitals in question

Neil Ginty, campus administrator for Louis Smith Hospital in Lakeland and Berrien County hospital in Nashville, said a study by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General states that most rural hospitals designated as critical care access facilities, would not meet the requirements if they had to re-enroll in Medicaid […]

Georgia Sea Turtle Center to release two more turtles

  Two rehabilitated turtles, Cinnamon and Ebb, will be released today. Source: WALB-TV Audio: Georgia Tech’s Judith Curry on climate change Curry is a of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also runs a side business as a private weather forecaster. But she doesn’t deny the basic principles […]

Two key leadership positions filled at Paine College

Edward Patrick, former controller for Clark Atlanta University, is now the vice president of administrative and fiscal affairs and Sam Sullivan will become provost and vice president of academic affairs, a position he has held as interim since March. Source: Augusta Chronicle Officials report fewer illegal school bus passings in McDonough Source: Henry Daily Herald UGA launches […]

Aldi’s opens in LaGrange

Aldi’s opens in LaGrange The store has few frills, but it is designed that way to keep the costs down. The store features a warehouse-style layout without shelving. Source: LaGrange Daily News Lt. Gov. Cagle says Kia an example for other manufacturers Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle promised to be a “partner and friend” to Kia […]

Dalton Mayor Pennington raising funds for gubernatorial run

Pennington is challenging Gov. Deal for the GOP nomination for governor. Source: Dalton Daily Citizen State Sen. David Lucas denies he choked 14-year old autistic boy The incident allegedly happened during a Wednesday campaign event for his wife, Macon Councilwoman Elaine Lucas. Source: Macon Telegraph Rep. Katie Dempsey of Rome says committee will look into mental health […]

Thomasville church to commemorate fiftieth anniversary of King speech

First Missionary Baptist Church will hold the event at 4 p.m. Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise 300 soldiers return to Hunter Army Airfield Source: Savannah Morning News Four key commands could be impacted at Fort Benning by budget cuts Commands supporting infrastructure and training to medical care on post include the Installation Management Command, Training and Doctrine Command, the […]

Savannah ordered to pay woman $12M over tree limb injury

A Savannah woman has been awarded $12 million against the city of Savannah for injuries suffered when a tree limb fell on her, reports Morris News Service. A jury on Thursday found in favor of Shanta Greene, 31, who was seriously injured on July 2, 2010, when a Live Oak tree limb fell and impaled […]

U.S. Marshals capture Waycross fugitive on Tybee Island

U.S. Marshals Thursday captured a fugitive wanted in Waycross on Tybee Island. Mark Ashley Griffin, 37, was wanted on a 2006 warrant for failure to surrender to serve a sentence and for violating his bond after he was convicted in Waycross for conspiracy to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and manufacture in excess of […]

Brunswick-Golden Isles chamber selling office, but there’s a catch

Brunswick-Golden Isles chamber selling office, but there’s a catch

The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce is selling its former office, a big house built in the 1870s and a big conference room attached. There’s a nice view of the marsh from the second floor, but it doesn’t come with the building. That’s because it has to be moved. jacksonville.com.

Henry ‘Tommy’ Tucker, 69

August 22, 2013 — Henry Thomas “Tommy” Tucker, 69, of Hoboken passed away Thursday at the Mayo Clinic in Waycross. Visitation will be held Saturday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Pearson Dial Funeral Home Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hoboken Baptist Church. Interment will follow […]

Bacon BOE tax millage expected to rise for first time since ‘08

or the first time in five years, the Bacon County Board of Education is seeking a tax increase. The BOE recommended a hike of one mil to 15.5 when they met in regular session Thursday, August 15. “The board really struggled with this decision,” says Superintendent of Schools Laine Reichert. “They did not take that […]

Georgia Southern warns students about HIV-positive man

An attractive black man with tattoos who claims to be well-traveled and to have a recording studio may be intentionally infecting victims with HIV, according to Georgia Southern University officials. Source: Statesboro Herald   Old tool used in new way in Augusta to help fight obesity H.U.M.A.N. Healthy Vending is providing healthy, clean and tasty alternatives […]

Heavy rains flood homes, close schools and wash out roads in Wayne County

All schools in the county were closed Tuesday because buses couldn’t operate on damaged roads. Source: The Press-Sentinel Audio: Atlanta exceeds yearly rainfall average More rain has fallen in the first eight months of 2013 than Atlanta usually gets in an entire year. Source: WABE.org Waters rise in South Georgia as rains continue Source: WALB-TV  

Albany Tech and GSW sign agreements

Through the articulation agreements, students graduating with a networking specialist, PC maintenance specialist or computer support specialist associate of applied science degree (AAS) from Albany Tech (ATC) can begin work toward a bachelor of science (BS) degree in information technology from GSW. Source: Americus Times-Recorder Douglas County School System may tighten security at some schools Source: Douglas […]

Drones could be used by farmers to fight weeds and diseases

For agriculture, unmanned helicopters have been flying this summer over cotton and peanut plots at Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie. The images from those craft can help identify potential problems. Source: Moultrie Observer Jerry Whittle, former McDuffie Progress publisher, dies at 72 Source: McDuffie Progress Sharpie to bring 60 jobs to Atlanta The popular permanent marker brand […]

Thousands in Jonesboro attend Rep. Scott’s annual health fair

Thousands of people came to Mundy’s Mill High School for the fair and attendees underwent a number of health screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, vision and dental check-ups. Source: Clayton News Daily Rep. Sanford Bishop tours Cairo, breaks ground at Tired Creek Lake Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise State’s Senate primary could be earliest in Georgia’s […]

Updated version of New Georgia Encyclopedia is online

It’s been almost ten years since the Georgia Humanities Council launched the New Georgia Encyclopedia as the first state encyclopedia designed exclusively for publication on the Web; a newly redesigned site has been unveiled. Source: WABE.org Atlanta named America’s funniest city Movoto.com, a real estate website, ranked the 50 funniest American cities based on number of […]

Barney Butler, 88

August 22 2013 — Barney Stanley Butler Sr., 88, of Nahunta passed away Wednesday at The Health Center at Standifer Place in Chattanooga, TN., following an extended illness. A visitation will be held Friday evening from 6-8PM at Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 PM at Frye […]

Unemployment still in double digits in much of southeast Georgia

The unemployment rate in the Brunswick metropolitan area inched down in July but remained in double digits at 10 percent. That’s an improvement of 0.3 percent since June and of 0.6 percent better than July of last year, the Georgia Department of Labor said. Among metropolitan areas, Athens had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at […]

Smithsonian traveling roots music exhibit opens Saturday in Waycross

Smithsonian traveling roots music exhibit opens Saturday in Waycross

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music opens Saturday at the Okefenokee Heritage Center and remains until Oct. 5.   jacksonville.com.

Wayne rains flood homes, close schools, wash away roadways

Wayne rains flood homes, close schools, wash away roadways

After unusually heavy rains fell Saturday and Monday nights, the results were widespread flooding, washed out roads and flooded homes across Wayne County. Monday morning, the recovery in Wayne County was far enough along that schools were open, all the buses got through and the lights were back on. Other area counties did not recover […]

Witnesses give grisly details of toddler’s slaying in first day of trial

Witnesses give grisly details of toddler’s slaying in first day of trial

Lawyers made opening statements Tuesday afternoon in the trial of a man accused of shooting a baby to death in his stroller with attorneys predicting the case would last all week and possibly part of next week. An indictment accuses De’Marquiese Elkins, 18, of shooting 13-month-old Antonio Angel Santiago to death and wounding his mother, […]

Former Long County Correctional Officer pleads guilty to murder

Former Long County Correctional Officer pleads guilty to murder

Kenneth Lumpkin, 43 showed no emotion Monday as he told a judge in a Long County courtroom how he killed Lori Arrowood. Lumpkin says he dragged Arrowood from her vehicle and strangled her to death nearly three years ago. Her body was found in the woods days later. Monday, Lumpkin pleaded guilty to murder and […]

Deputies arrest two on burglary charges

Deputies arrest two on burglary charges

The Brantley County Sheriff’s Department has arrested two local men in the burglary of a Brantley County residence. Jeremy Daniel Essman, 23, and Kyle Allen Brazell, 22, were arrested Aug. 14 and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, and theft by taking after deputies responded to a burglary in progress call in the 400 block of […]

Vidalia hospital’s cath lab Wi-Fi saving lives

Meadows Regional first installed the LifeNet system three years and ago and Roose estimates it’s being used an average of two times per week in emergency situations.Source: Southeast Georgia Today Georgia ranks as 20th most obese state Right now, a report shows a 29.1% obesity rate for adults in Georgia, compared with 28% last year. Source: Athens […]

New GreenBelt section to open in Carrollton

Bicycle riders will soon be able to hop on their bikes and pedal more than four continuous miles of the Carrollton GreenBelt when the latest 1.5-mile Hobbs property segment opens Saturday, Aug. 24. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian Columbia County gets 4.4 inches of rain Source: Augusta Chronicle Heavy rains wash away roads in Appling County More than 9 […]

Dalton State president hopes to grow college

Dalton State President John Schwenn spoke about the state of the college to the Kiwanis Club of Dalton on Monday at the trade center. Source: Dalton Daily Citizen Gainesville BOE tables decision on course credit policy Source: Gainesville Times Elite Scholars Academy in Morrow named a 2012 Georgia School of Excellence The school is a start-up charter […]

Statesboro’s first restaurant with a microbrewery begins

Van Gogh’s is creating craft beers at its Statesboro restaurant. Source: Statesboro Herald Audio: Southern Co. CEO welcomes possible revival of Yucca Mountain nuclear storage site Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning is applauding a recent court decision that may revive progress on a national nuclear waste disposal site. Source: WABE.org Toombs County to add new industrial park […]

Political Insider: On all the good things Republicans could afford to say about Saxby Chambliss

He’s got 16 months to go, but roughly 1,100 members of Georgia’s political and business elite gathered Monday to celebrate the congressional career of the exiting U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution About 1,000 people gather in Macon to honor U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss Source: Macon Telegraph Jamie Dupree: Back to the courts on Voter ID […]

Georgia’s road construction to be based on congestion relief

The measure provides the state with flexibility to target the resources it does have in areas where they’re in greatest demand. Source: SaportaReport.com Atlanta Braves face hurdles with ‘mag lev’ train idea Despite a number of attempts over 20 years, Marietta-based American Maglev has never launched a functional train. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Georgia DOT approves new freight […]

Juveniles safe after Satilla excursion goes awry

A boat ride down the Satilla turned into a perilous journey when four young boating enthusiasts lost their way on the Satilla, Sunday, but officials told the Enterprise Monday that they were found safely. According to Investigator Craig Pittman with the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office said that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the SO […]

GIAHA awards scholarship to McKenna

GIAHA awards scholarship to McKenna

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities has awarded the $500 Roberta M. Born Scholarship in the arts and humanities Anissa McKenna, a 2013 graduate of Brunswick High School.  The scholarship is named in honor of Roberta Born, who served as a board member for the organization and who was a Glynn County educator who had a […]

Southeast Health District gets unspecified grant

The March of Dimes has awarded a grant to the Southeast Health District to support Perinatal Health Partners, a Public Health program aimed at underserved maternal and child health needs. This program will improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through in-home nursing care and case management to […]

Pamela Warren, 57

August 19, 2013 — Pamela Elaine Harris Warren, 57, of Nahunta died unexpectedly  Thursday at her residence. Visitation will be at the the Robb Lewis Cemetery in Raybon at 1 p.m. Tuesday and graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Leon Wilson officiating.

Kevin McNie Mathie, 55

Aug. 17, 2013 – Kevin McNie Mathie, 55, passed away peacefully in his home Saturday morning, Aug. 17, after a short battle with lung cancer. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends from 6 […]

High school football player dies after scrimmage in Fulton County

Deantre Turman, 16, died after being injured during a game Friday night. Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday Northeast Georgia Medical Center makes $1 billion impact on Gainesville area The number represents not only revenue but also the impact that the hospital has on the overall economy and well-being of the community the hospital serves. Source: Gainesville Times/weekend New concussion […]

Honeysuckle an invasive plant species in Georgia

Volunteers and DNR officials ripped out honeysuckle plants along Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center in Midway. Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday ZooAtlanta welcomes baby rhino An eastern black rhinoceros was born Saturday evening at ZooAtlanta. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Western Georgia under flash flood warning Officials say river flooding is a possibility through the middle of the week. Source: Athens […]

University of North Georgia begins first full year as consolidated university

With the four campuses combined, the college has about 15,000 students, making it the state’s seventh-largest public university. Source: Gainesville Times Georgia College takes new approach to ‘common reading’ For the first time, first-year students were asked to watch a film instead of reading a specific book — “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Source: Milledgeville Union-Recorder Gordon […]

John Deere recalls 7,000 tractors made in Grovetown

The recall says that tractors built between February and July use the faulty pins, which can break and cause the rollover protection system to fail. Source: Augusta Chronicle New restaurants open in Columbus’ Midland area A look at the variety of restaurants opening in the Midland area. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Habitat for Humanity opens second ReStore location […]

Georgia Legislative Black Caucus gathers in Savannah on energy and telecommunications symposium

About 50 elected officials — state legislators, mayors and county commissioners — are meeting over the weekend to learn about current and emerging technology. Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday Gov. Deal to lead trade mission next week to Asia Deal will lead a delegation of state officials and business leaders on the nine-day trip to China and […]

DOT commissioner says changes likely to proposed I-75 connector

Property in Bartow County — specifically, the Dobbins Mountain Mine — is the latest roadblock to Floyd County’s hope of a direct connection from U.S. 411 to I-75. Source: Rome News-Tribune/Saturday Falcons stadium: Friendship Baptist Church delays vote on stadium deal Friendship Baptist Church was scheduled to vote Sunday on the City of Atlanta’s $19.5 million […]

Atlanta company places solar power panel field in Homerville

Clinch County’s sun has attracted a new industry. Hannah Solar of Atlanta has started construction on a solar panel field in Homerville. The company purchased 5.75 acres of land from the Clinch County Development Authority behind Bway’s Litho facility and has already began on the $2 million project. “What we’re looking at is not a […]

Ware takes Valdosta 6-0 in scrimmage

The Ware County Gators  outlasted  the Valdosta Wildcat varsity 6-0 in a three-quarter scrimmage that got the new season started on a high note. The Valdosta junior varsity punched across a score in the “fourth quarter” to down Ware’s jayvee 7-0. It was Ware’s trademark defense that stole the spotlight stifling what is supposed to […]

Wayne County school board reduces taxes, furlough days

The Wayne County Board of Education feels better about its financial situation this year. It feels so much better, in fact, that Tuesday night it reduced both taxes and furlough days in unanimous votes. The Board accepted School Superintendent Daryl Fineran’s recommendation to lower the school millage by 5 percent, from the state-allowed maximum of […]

Brunswick man bitten by rabid fox

A man in Brunswick is undergoing treatment for rabies after getting bitten and scratched by a fox. The incident happened at a house on Dolphin Street in Brunswick Thursday night. Wildlife experts have not been able to find the fox. The Glynn County Health Department is asking people to be extra-careful when around wildlife and […]

Tonight’s game delayed to Saturday

Tonight’s game delayed to Saturday

The scrimmage scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m. has been postponed to Saturday at 10 a.m. by lightning that accompanied heavy rains which also  left the field soggy and the sidelines covered in standing water.

Reginald ‘Reggie’ Herrin, 78

Aug. 16, 2013 — Reginald Dempsey Herrin, 78, of Folkston passed away Wednesday in Hospice of the Golden isles in Brunswick.   The family was to receive friends at Shepard Funeral Home today from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday at Riverside Baptist Church with the Revs. Randy Wainwright and E.C. Crews officiating. […]

Darlene Snowden, 51

AUG. 16, 2013  — Darlene Snowden, 51, of Shreveport, La., passed away Wednesday.  Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday  at 2 p.m. at Mooringsport Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mooringsport, La., officiated by the Rev. Doug Williams.  Visitation was held Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Gorsulowsky Funeral Home in Vivian, La.

Inez Popwell, 95

Aug. 16, 2013 — A Funeral Service will be held for Inez Lee Strickland Popwell Sunday at 3 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Harris and Bishop Raymond Willis officiating. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Satilla Cemetery, Hortense.

Adult obesity very high in 13 states, says CDC study

At least 30 percent of adults were obese in 13 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Source: Athens Banner-Herald UGA researchers use nanoparticles to fight cancer Researchers at the University of Georgia are developing a new treatment technique that uses nanoparticles to reprogram immune cells […]

Cave-ins reported after near record rainfall Wednesday in Columbus

Heavy rains will continue through the weekend according to the National Weather Service. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Flash flood watch posted for Central Georgia through Saturday morning Source: Macon Telegraph Tropical Storm Erin to bring more rain to Georgia Source: AccessNorthGa.com/AP   • Emergency officials watching rainfall in Albany Source: Albany Herald

Douglas County school buses to get stop-arm cameras

It’s not unusual for every bus running in the county to experience at least one driver illegally passing a stopped bus a day, amounting to over 200 violations a day. Source: Douglas County Sentinel ABAC agriculture program has more than 1,000 students The Board of Regents recently designated ABAC as Georgia’s official Agricultural State College. Source: Moultrie […]

Conference to be held in Valdosta on growing satsumas as alternative crop

Conference to be held in Valdosta on growing satsumas as alternative crop Satsumas are mandarin oranges that most resemble tangerines; they’re currently grown in California, Alabama and Louisiana but not south Georgia or north Florida, where they could grow. Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise Kelley Manufacturing Co.’s Lanier Carson named 2013 Peanut Pioneer The Peanut Pioneer award recognizes […]

Rep. Austin Scott speaks in Tift County

Scott spoke out on Benghazi and the farm bill at a Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday. Source: Tifton Gazette Dalton Mayor Pennington not threatened by Gov. Deal’s fundraiser in his town “It’s a statewide race. We’re both campaigning in every part of the state. I’ve been to Gainesville (Deal’s hometown),” Pennington said. Source: Dalton Daily […]

Georgia DNR won’t undo June vote creating Law Enforcement Division

The DNR’s vote in June started a process of the Wildlife Resources Division’s 204 conservation rangers, popularly known as game wardens, becoming part of the new Law Enforcement Division. Source: Gainesville Times   Audio: A look at the new federal sentencing policy and its effect on Georgia Defense attorney Page Pate comments on the new policy. […]

Dorothy O’Quinn Daniels, 77

AUG. 16, 2013 – Dorothy Mae O’Quinn Daniels, 77, of Hortense died Tuesday. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Palmetto Pentecostal Church with the Rev. David Inman and the Rev. Bill Johns officiating. Burial will follow in the Palmetto Cemetery.

John Glen Daniels, 51

HORTENSE – John Glen Daniels, 51, of Hortense died suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 13 in Hortense. A funeral service will be held Saturday morning Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. at Palmetto Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Bill Johns, the Rev. Tommy Whaley and Bro. David Inman officiating. Burial will follow in Palmetto Cemetery.  

Reginald Dempsey Herrin, 78

FOLKSTON — Reginald Dempsey Herrin, 78 of Folkston passed away Aug. 14, 2013, in Hospice of the Golden isles, Brunswick, Ga. The family will receive friends Friday, Aug. 16 at Shepard Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 17 at Riverside Baptist Church at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Randy […]

Jax forecaster calls for heavy rain, flash floods this weekend

Jax forecaster calls for heavy rain, flash floods this weekend

From FIRST COAST NEWS meteorologist Steve Smith: A wet weekend is shaping up with a flash flood watch to start at noon and run through Saturday evening. Erin is still a Tropical Storm and 3200 miles away. The energy in the Gulf will impact our weekend. Rain chance today is 70% with morning and p.m. […]

Charlton County residents can pay taxes in their pajamas

Paying taxes is never fun but it just got a lot easier. Tax Commissioner Debra Mizell announced last week that her office has launched an new website to help the taxpayers of Charlton County and those who do business here. Property tax info is now available at www.charltontax.com. “Our new online tax website allows our […]

St. George faces possible closure of post office

St. George faces possible closure of post office

In many small, rural communities the post office serves as more than just a place to buy stamps or pick up mail. It’s a gathering place, a place to exchange news and gossip, and a lifeline to the larger world. When word went out recently that the United States Postal Service was considering closing the […]

Breaking: Possible tornado spotted by resident; significant weather advisory

Update: The alert from the National Weather Service has been updated to include the possibility of funnel clouds and strong winds until 5:15 p.m. as severe storms have developed two miles northeast of Atkinson. Doppler radar has indicated weak rotation within this storm. Tornadoes may develop with little or no advance warning. Update: Law enforcement […]

Two doctors leave medical practice in Statesboro

 For more than a week, about 3,000 patients of a family physician’s practice have had no office to visit, as Drs. John and Angela Gerguis have split from Health Management Associations over problems. Source: Statesboro Herald State still scheduled to close Warm Springs Outdoor Therapeutic Program However, private entities have a month to propose a takeover […]

Construction moving along at Smithgall Woodland Garden in Gainesville

The garden includes construction of a wooded entry road, a visitor center, a 2,000-seat amphitheater, about 5 acres of display gardens, an interactive children’s garden, a native plant conservation nursery and a student training and education center. Source: Gainesville Times Tropical Storm Erin forms in Atlantic Ocean The storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, […]

USPS to revamp priority mail program

The agency is now offering free online tracking for priority mail shipments, free insurance and date-specific delivery so customers know whether a package will arrive in one, two or three days. Source: The Polk Fish-Wrap/AP First Community Bank and Savannah River Banking Co. to merge The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of […]

Rep. Phil Gingrey visits Milledgeville

Rep. Gingrey said his bus tour remains focused on repealing Obamacare and replacing it with health care reform initiatives that lower costs and protect the physician-patient relationship. Source: Milledgeville Union-Recorder   Gov. Deal encourages support of causes affecting children Deal told a group of elected and business officials, mainly from across the Southern Crescent, that children […]

Water wars: Gov. Deal says let’s return to table, not to court

“Gov. Scott’s threat to sue my state in the U.S. Supreme Court greatly disappoints me after I negotiated in good faith for two years,” Deal said. “More than a year ago, I offered a framework for a comprehensive agreement. Florida never responded. It’s absurd to waste taxpayers’ money and prolong this process with a court […]

Chemical explosion in Valdosta injures three, officials say

Fire crews were continuing to monitor the scene of a chemical explosion in Valdosta that rocked an industrial complex, injuring three people. City officials said in a statement that firefighters remained at the scene Wednesday night until an investigation could begin Thursday. Officials said several agencies are evaluating the safety of the area. They include […]

Atkinson County may clean moldy health department and move it downtown

It will likely be next week before the Atkinson County Health Department can resume services in its old offices in downtown Pearson, after mold and mildew forced the department out of its year-old building. Although equipment from the mold-infested building off U.S. 82 has been cleaned and moved into the old building, the health department […]

Two arrested for crystal meth possession, intent to distribute

Two arrested for crystal meth possession, intent to distribute

The Brantley County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the residence of Curtis and Lonnie Wood located on High Tower Road on the morning of Aug. 9. The two were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance schedule II (crystal methamphetamine) with the intent to distribute and possession and use of drug […]

Teen girl faces manslaughter charge in arson that killed two children

Fire officials in Savannah say a 13-year-old girl has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and arson in a blaze that killed two children. Authorities said Wednesday that the girl’s 6-year-old half-sister and a 13-year-old girl were pulled from a smoke-filled bedroom on July 14 and died four days later at Memorial University Medical Center. Department […]

Bodies of mother and son found in van on east side identified

UPDATE: The Brantley County Sheriff’s Office has identified the mother and son found dead in a van as Dorothy Daniels and John Glenn Daniels. They were discovered in a van about 10 p.m. Tuesday when deputies responded to a call on Georgia Highway 110 near Buster Walker Road in reference to a possible “dead on […]

Edward Blackman Sr., 77

ATKINSON — Edward “Stanley” Blackman Sr., 77, of Atkinson passed away Monday at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick following an extended illness. A visitation will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Thursdayat 10 a.m., at Frye Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Yawn officiating. Burial […]

Glynn faces $162,000 upcharge in murder trial relocation

The Glynn County Board of  Commissioners is expected to approve the re-appropriation of $162,000 from the general fund  balance to the  Superior Court’s ‘Felony Murder Case’ budget for the trial of 17-year-old De’Marquis Elkins, the Brunswick youth charged with fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby March 21. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley has moved the trial to […]

Former Waycross preacher indicted in April abduction of teenage wife

An indictment unsealed last week in Ware County Superior Court charges a former preacher with kidnapping his estranged teenage wife, whom he and his former wife had taken in as a 16 year old in hopes of straightening out her life. The indictment filed a week ago charges Kenneth Linwood Allen with kidnapping, simple battery […]

Nicholls woman dies in Monday night crash near Alma

A Nicholls woman was killed Monday night in the crash of her pickup truck near Alma, the Georgia state patrol said. Gidget Tanner, 41, was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger north on Cody Road just after 9 p.m. when she ran off the left shoulder of the road as she was negotiating a curve to […]

Big rig wrecks close I-95 SB in St. Augustine

Interstate 95 southbound at State Road 206 south of St. Augustine was closed Tuesday morning due to fuel spill and debris left from two separate crashes involving tractor-trailers.

Albany experts continue battle against childhood obesity

Experts in Albany are still seeing a consistent rate for children struggling with obesity. Source: WALB-TV Fort Benning hospital pharmacy to remain closed on Saturdays because of budget cuts Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia prepares for Tri to Beat Cancer Expo and Triathlon The expo will be held in Athens on Saturday, with the […]

Monday was Savannah’s hottest day so far this year

Temperatures hit 97 degrees on Monday. Source: Savannah Morning News Georgia’s squirrel hunting season begins this week Squirrel season begins Thursday and runs through the end of February. Cummings says hunters can pursue gray and fox squirrels and the maximum daily bag limit is 12 per hunter. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Flash floods plague North Georgia Zoo and […]

Carrollton City Schools consider plan for CES addition

Carrollton City Schools is moving forward with plans to add a new wing designed for the system’s youngest learners at Carrollton Elementary School. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian  Carroll County Schools add to reserve funds Instead of needing to use $2.25 million from the reserve funds, the system added $643,000 to the fund equity. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian  ABAC could […]

Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council seeks executive director

The salary for the position may increase. Source: Rockdale Citizen  Peanuts survive heavy rains, for the most part Crops of peanuts have not experienced the disease pressure often associated with weather extremes this year. Source: Statesboro Herald  Locally-owned bookstores survive in Atlanta despite online competitors A look at A Capella Books in Inman Park and Decatur’s Little […]

Bartow County’s Democratic Party chairman is ‘right where he wants to be’

Dr. J.M. “Joe” Prince has been chairman of the Democratic Party in Bartow County since 2004. Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News New chief justice named for Georgia State Supreme Court Judge Hugh Thompson will be sworn in on Thursday by former Gov. Zell Miller. Source: AccessNorthGa.com A conversation with U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall An “Out to Lunch” […]

123 soldiers return to Hunter Army Airfield

Nicknamed the Workhorse Battalion, the soldiers had been serving for the last nine months in Afghanistan. Source: WSAV-TV U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary urges Medicaid expansion in Georgia Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke to state legislators on Monday, saying her agency is eager to discuss current proposals by states to expand their Medicaid programs. Source: Athens Banner-Herald […]

St. Marys police rounding up suspects in Sunday shooting death

The St. Marys police have identified several people they want to speak with about the weekend shooting death of a Camden County man at an apartment complex, Lt. Johnny Guy said. “We have identified people. We’ll be tracking them down today,’’ he said Monday. He said there have been no arrests in the shooing of […]

Body found in Ogeechee River identified

One person is dead after drowning in the Ogeechee River on Sunday. David Ehsanipoor with the Effingham County Sheriff Department said the body of 33-year-old William Young, of Springfield, was found near the Steel Bridge on the Ogeechee River at Georgia Highway 119, at the Bulloch county line. According to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, […]

St. Marys family left homeless by fire last week

A St. Marys family of five was left homeless after a fire struck their Park Street home last week. The St. Marys Fire Department said the fire apparently originated in the kitchen and living room area, where it did the most damage. The rest of the house received smoke and light heat damage.

Glynn water, sewer board to let director’s contract expire

The Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission has voted to let the contract of director Keith Morgan expire on Dec. 31. The decision came on a split vote with chairman Ronnie Perry, Sandy Dean, George DuPuy, and county commissioner Dale Provenzano voting toy let the contract expire, and Tony Sammons, Don Elliot and city […]

Glynn OKs 5.673 millage rate, same since 2009

The Glynn County Board of Commissioners have approved a millage rate of 5.673 for the current fiscal year. The millage rate has not changed since 2009 when it dropped slightly from the previous year’s rate.

Bacon County robber finally captured in Columbia County

Bacon County officials finally have their hands on a man who stole several thousands of dollars worth of firearms and electronics in a January burglary and a February robbery. Kenneth Smith Jr., 20, was arrested by Columbia County authorities after fleeing from the Bacon County Sheriff’s Department and returned to Alma.

Bacon governmental agencies try to hold millage rate line

Two of three governmental bodies plan to hold the line on taxes in Bacon County. The Bacon County Board of Commissioners will hold the millage rate at 13.98 — the same rate since 2009 — and the City of Alma is expected to set its rate at 12.06 — the same for nine consecutive years. […]

Georgia now tracking drugs to address abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a “huge” problem that Georgia is only now implementing a system to monitor and curb, the second-to-last state to do so, an official said. Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday   Pain doctors look for alternatives to drugs The solution to keeping patients from abusing prescription painkillers might be to deal with the pain itself […]

Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful seeks more volunteers

The group needs more participants in the Adopt-A-Mile program. Source: Dalton Daily Citizen   Chatham County to address overgrown grass and litter problems Tall grass and an overgrowth of weeds along roadways, as well as litter here and there in the county, have led some — especially islands residents — to question if the county, which […]

Columbus: Meet the Namans — one family, six Ivy Leaguers

A look at how one family put emphasis on education and successfully got all four children into Ivy League colleges. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Saturday Clarke County BOE and AT&T move closer to agreement on cell phone tower on school property The communications company wants to put a 175-foot monopole on a plot of land near Cedar Shoals […]

Rayonier asks for refund of $1.5 million in local taxes

The money represents the difference between what Rayonier has paid in property taxes on its timberland (excluding the timber) for the past five years and what it would have paid under the last uncontested assessments—from 2007. Source: The Press-Sentinel   Hugh Acheson’s Savannah restaurant named Acheson, a celebrity chef from Athens, is opening “The Florence” in […]

Rep. Jack Kingston says national security is his top priority

Kingston spoke Saturday at the Coweta County Republican Party meeting. Source: Newnan Times-Herald Augusta businessman challenges Rep. Barrow on Obamacare Augusta businessman Rick Allen made his second campaign visit in two months to Toombs County and said Barrow is ignoring the challenge. Source: Southeast Georgia Today Rep. Quincy Murphy remembered in Augusta  Murphy, who served in the […]

Audio: Sequestration has Warner Robins on edge

Warner Robins, Ga., is a booming community that is entirely dependent on civilian Defense Department employment. The local Air Force Base is massive, but because it’s mostly a logistics depot, the bulk of the employees are not service members. Source: NPR.org/Morning Edition Few Georgians interested in toll lanes The Georgia DOT website only received ten public […]

New hunting regulations available

The 2013-2014 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is now available online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.    This guide provides important information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas, quota hunts, youth opportunities and much more.  You may view, download and print the […]

Swimmer reported missing on the Ogeechee in Effingham

A swimmer has been reported missing on the Ogeechee River. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources are searching near Steel Bridge, located at the Bulloch and Effingham County lines off Ga. 119. savannahnow.com.

Man shot to death at St. Marys apartment complex

St. Marys police are investigating the shooting death of a man at an apartment complex, officials said Sunday. The body of Jepaul M. Mainor, 22, was lying between two buildings at Cumberland Oaks, Coroner L.W. Bruce said. Bruce said he arrived at the scene about 5 a.m., and Mainor had been shot not long before. […]

BARC plans major fundraiser

BARC, Brantley Animal Rescue Coalitiion, is teaming up with Natural Life Teen Clothing and Accessories to sponsor a major fundraiser at the Denny’s parking area located off the I-95 exit 29 area, on hwy 82, August 31st, from 8am – 2pm. There will be some great deals on modern teen wear and accessories along with […]

Opinion: Georgia should avoid tax proposal

icture this: It’s April 2016. Your income tax return is due. While you still have to pay the federal income tax, there is no longer a state income tax. Sounds good, right? Would you trade not having to pay Georgia’s income tax, which has a top rate of 6 percent, for a sales tax as […]

Rayonier asks for $1.5 million refund of Wayne property taxes

Rayonier Forest Resources is asking for $1.487 million in refunds from Wayne County property taxes. The money represents the difference between what Rayonier has paid in property taxes on its timberland (excluding the timber) for the past five years and what it would have paid under the last uncontested assessments—from 2007. The request was made […]

Arnie Morgan, 69

NAHUNTA – Arnie Lavell Morgan, 69, of Nahunta died Saturday morning at his residence after an extended illness. Visitation will be held Sunday starting at 6 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with the Revs. Bruce Dean and Hilton […]

Friendly Express launches digital programs with OpenStore

Georgia convenience store chain  Friendly Express Inc. teamed up with OpenStore by GasBuddy to introduce several digital programs to its customers, including a branded mobile application (app). The app features in-store promotions, updated gas prices, locations, loyalty point balances and more. Customers can also send feedback from their mobile phones and receive electronic mobile coupons. […]

Judge: Baby murder defendant’s sister Sabrina will not be tried in Marietta with him and their mother

De’Marquise Elkins, 18, and his mother, Karimah, are the only ones of four family members who will be tried in Marietta beginning Aug. 19 in the March 21 shooting death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago and wounding of his mother, Sherry West. Police say the toddler was shot in the face as he sat in a […]

Downtown Cartersville’s Historic Wellness Walk in development

Placing an educational spin on physical activity, the Community Health Network is creating the Downtown Cartersville’s Historic Wellness Walk in partnership with Bartow History Museum and Cartersville Downtown Development Authority. Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News  Newton and Rockdale medical centers score high on Consumer Reports rankings Newton and Rockdale medical centers both scored a four out […]

Dolphin family saved in Wilmington River

A dolphin was entangled in a blue crab-pot buoy and her calf, swimming nearby, would have died as well if she hadn’t been rescued by a number of people. Source: Savannah Morning News Hurricane forecast tweaked Instead of six to nine hurricanes, now officials say three to five hurricanes will be major with winds greater than […]

UGA Department of Chemistry employee faces 34 counts of felony computer trespass

Rebecca Jane Pruett, an administrative assistant in the DoC, trespassed into the Gmail accounts of two chemistry department employees; Pruett is the daughter of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry’s director, Henry Schaefer. Source: Red&Black.com  Clayton County Schools to begin classes Monday About 52,000 students are expected. Source: Clayton News Daily  Henry County Schools tally 40,724 students […]

Man faces 42 charges in connection with setting up fake newspaper in Gainesville

Joshua Brian Randolph is believed to have started a fraudulent newspaper, the Gainesville Observer. Source: Gainesville Times Marietta Daily Journal launches upgrade to website Source: Marietta Daily Journal Rome stores expecting increase in business on sales tax holiday Source: Rome News-Tribune State and federal official promote Georgia agri-business near Commerce Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture […]

Rep. Jack Kingston says his extensive knowledge of the military will help his campaign

Kingston spoke at the Thomasville Rotary Club on Thursday about his views on matters of defense. Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise  Thomasville native Todd Robinson to run for U.S. Senate Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise Martin Sullivan Jr. seeks to replace State Rep. Watson Wilmington Island resident Sullivan, 27, has decided to run for House District 166, the seat held by […]

All jail visitations in Troup County now video chat

Face-to-face visitation is no longer at the Troup County Jail and instead, visitors will go to a Visitation Center building in the front parking lot at the Troup County Sheriff’s Office to video chat with inmates. Source: LaGrange Daily News  “Mega load” to move through Effingham and Screven counties today, Saturday The 941,840-pound deaerator load is […]

BCHS baseball coach’s termination for touching upheld by school board

The Brantley County Board of Education upheld the termination of baseball coach Keith Mobley late Thursday night after a day long hearing into allegations that he inappropriately touched a female student. Mobley spent much of Thursday afternoon defending himself against allegations that he touched the student — allegations which led to his dismissal from his […]

St. Augustine teen dies in Charlton car crash

St. Augustine teen dies in Charlton car crash

Garrett Jones, 13, was a sweet person with a big smile. He loved to hunt and fish and play video games. And he was smart; the kind of kid who had an answer for everything his sisters or cousins would ask. “They called him Google,” said Jenni Jones, Garrett’s mother. “He was my baby.” Garrett […]

Will Pierce settle lawsuit with former EMS director?

Will the county settle out of court with former Pierce County Emergency Medical Service and Emergency Management Agency director and fire coordinator Ken Justice? County attorney Willis Blacknall III indicated last week that an announcement regarding a resolution of the case could come as early as this week. “I can confirm to you that discussions […]

Mold, mildew prompts Atkinson County Health Department closure

Mold and mildew in the Atkinson County Health Department in Pearson has prompted the closure of the relatively new building as public health officials look for a temporary location to provide services, officials said. “We found out last week one of our employees noticed some mold and mildew in the building around the desks and […]

Obama plugs Jacksonville, Brunswick port deepening projects on Leno

President Barack Obama used his televised interview with Jay Leno to slip in a plug for three Southeastern states seeking federal funds to deepen the waterways cargo ships navigate to reach their ports. jacksonville.com.

CDC says first national sign of drop in childhood obesity

The biggest declines were in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey and South Dakota. Each saw their obesity numbers fall at least 1 percentage point. Source: Athens Banner-Herald New poll shows most Americans say ‘no thanks’ to reaching 120 years of age When asked about living to 120 or beyond, the survey found 51 percent of people […]

Peachtree City residents find dirty water flowing from faucets again

Manganese is the main ingredient in the brown water flowing from faucets; mud is also a factor. Source: Fayette Citizen News Georgia Aquarium denied permit to import 18 beluga whales The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Tuesday that it has denied an application by the Georgia Aquarium to import beluga whales from Russia for public display. […]

$147 million school opens in Atlanta

North Atlanta High has opened in an old IBM building and stands at 11 stories tall and has a 900-car parking deck; about 1,400 students will attend classes there. Source: New York Times Lee County Schools Superintendent Walter speaks to Rotary Club Superintendent Larry Walter, who has held the post for 11 years, credits the BOE […]

Thomasville’s Sweet Grass Dairy wins another award for cheese

Sweet Grass Dairy won third-place for its Green Hill in the Soft-Ripened category at the American Cheese Society Annual Conference and Competition in Madison, Wisc. Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise  Elmet Technologies is fully operational in Covington and will add jobs The facility will grow from 25 employees to between 75 and 100 in the next two to […]

Dalton Mayor Pennington sees Barge as ‘another political insider’

Pennington, who is running for governor, says State Schools Superintendent John Barge, who announced his intent to run for governor, is just another political insider. Source: Dalton Daily Citizen Hall County has state’s highest growth of Latino voters The report found nearly 184,000 Hispanic voters in the state, which is about 3 percent of the state’s […]

Atlanta mayor says Atlanta has partial deal for new Falcons stadium

The agreement to buy Friendship Baptist Church amounts to a partial victory for stadium supporters. To complete the deal, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority would still need to reach an agreement with a separate church, Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Source: Athens Banner-Herald • Deal reached between city and church for land The city will buy Friendship […]

Report: Reducing, eliminating state income tax brings problems

A report released this morning highlights the political challenges to Republican proposals to reduce or eliminate the state income tax. The Augusta Chronicle.